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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 25, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas New report targets for-profit trade schools AUSTIN (AP) — Tighter controls are needed to prevent unscrupulous private, for-profit trade schools from abusing the guaranteed student loan program, a new report says. See Page 3 Mo shacker suspends shrimp rule enforcement WASHINGTON (AP) — Commerce Secretary Robert Mosbacher’s decision to temporarily suspend controversial regulations requiring shrimpers to use devices intended to protect endangered sea turtles is in the best interest of all concerned, said Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas.    See    Page    5 Blue Jays spoil debut of Texas’ rookie hurler ARLINGTON (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays hit a season-high four homers and shelled Wilson Alvarez in his Major League debut Monday night with a three-run first, snapping the Texas Rangers’ four-game winning streak, 6-3. 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SUITE POO APLINGTON, TX 7A0 0 6 9 0 Vol. 137, No. 182 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 y July 25, 1989 25 Cents One Section, 10 PagesCasteel reveals CISD-county tax plan By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer With only 18 days before the tax consolidation election, Comal ISD School Board President has formulated a plan to consolidate tax assessing and collecting on the county level with the appraisal district providing data processing services. “If the voters want consolidation, they are going to have consolidation,” said Carter Casteel when she revealed her plan to the Herald-Zeitung Monday. “It appears to me the taxpayer wins, therefore why muddy the water in the election process?” But county commissioners Neil Craigmile and Clyde Jacobs, who have pushed for tax consolidation within the Comal Appraisal District on the county level, maintain the election is the best buy for the taxpayer. And the election can’t be called off, according to a county attorney opin ion, Craigmile said. “I’m sorry it took all this extra effort to bring them to the table.” After Casteel hinted at the plan June 27 at a tax consolidation forum sponsored by the Coalition of Concerned Citizens, Jacobs said if she had an “economically viable” plan it should be brought on line immediately. “I don’t see how she could ever come up with a better deal than the election will provide which mandates the tax assessor collector provide them with the service at cost,” Jacobs said. Casteel said the CISD board of trustees will examine the proposal Monday night at a regular meeting. “They may have some plans of their own,” she said. “Hopefully, we will be able to take some action so that we can enter into a contract with the county ... before the election.” Casteel proposes CISD enter into a contract with Comal County to have Tax Assessor-Collector Gloria Clen-nan assess and collect the school district’s taxes and go on-line with the CAD computer, which would provide immediate access and updates of property ownership. German currently leases computer equipment from Business Records and receives property ownership information from CAD in the form of computer tapes which are sent to Business Records to be entered into the computer program. Casteel said the plan would eliminate the middle man — Business Records — and said CISD’s hardware possibly could be transferred to Clen-nan’s office. “We are requesting of her that, as part of this contract, that she (dense® PLAN, Page 2 NB man pleads guilty A New Braunfels man pleaded guilty to three charges of possession of a controlled substance Monday in Comal County District Court. Leonardo Hernandez Jr., 42, 1764 Lee St., can face up to IO years in prison and a $6,000 fine for the three charges which stem from a Dec. 14, 1988, raid of his home and business at 1306 W. San Antonio St. According to District Attorney Bill Rcimer, Hernandez plea bargained for a 10-year sentence on each charge, which can be served concurrently, and a $2,000 fine for each charge. The Dec. 14 raid was a coordinated effort of the New Braunfels Police Department, Texas Alcoholic Bever age Commission and the Alamo Arca Narcotics Task Force officers. Rcimer said $7,800 was netted as a result of the raid, along with drugs Including cocaine, heroin and mcthamphctamincs with a street value of $12,000. As a result of the plea bargain, charges against Hernandez’s son and daughter were dropped in exchange for Hernandez’s confession. Rcimer said the two did not have any prior felony convictions. With three felony counts against him, if Hernandez is found guilty of another felony crime and serves pris- See PLEA, Page 2 City officials taking conservation steps Firemen battle weekend blazes Firefighters in the arca were busy this weekend with fires springing up around the city and county. A structure fire at 536 Lee St. ignited approximately 9:30 Friday evening, sending two engines and an emergency medical vehicle to the residence. According to New Braunfels Fire Marshal Elroy Fricsenhahn, the fire started from a short in an area fan in a bedroom. Ten firefighters, including volunteers, were dispatched to the fire which caused approximately $15,(HK) damage. Friesenhahn said the fire was extinguished at about 2 a.m. Firefighters were dispatched to the home of Hildy Slocum, 992 Rosemary, Saturday for a structure fire ignited by a short in an unused exhaust fan. Smoke started pouring from the exhaust fan in the bathroom around 4:30 p.m. Two engines were dispatched to the residence. “The only damage was to the unit (the fan),” said Ll. Herb Syring of the New Braunfels Fire Department. According to Syring, power was By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer While the rest of die city is under mandatory conservation, New Braunfels city officials are also taking conservation measures in response to the declining level of the Edwards Aquifer. Although the aquifer today is at 621.39 feet above mean sea level, above the mark designated for Stage III by City Council, City Manager Paul Grohman said the city will remain in a mandatory conservation state. “We’ll stay in mandatory conservation until we see a trend in what die aquifer is going to do,” he said. According to Grohman, the aquifer has been dropping approximately 0.07 to 0.08 inch every day, and the level can be as low as 621 feet amsl in four or five days. Controlled outside watering will continue for a while. Homes and businesses at cven-numbcrcd addresses can be watered on Mondays, Wed- Lawmen dig up 60 illegal plants Youngsters playing with matches resulted in a structure fire Monday afternoon. The fire damaged the siding on the home. More than 60 marijuana plants growing in the Little Ponderosa Subdivision were confiscated Monday by Comal County sheriff’s office authorities marking the third time in less than 30 days officials have harvested the illegal plant in Comal County. Sgt. Detective Dennis Koepp said 69 marijuana plants — ranging from 1-1/2 feet to 3-1/2 feet tall wer? growing in a roofless tin shed. No arrests have been made, Koepp said, adding a 68-year-old Bulverde woman and her son could be arrested arid charged with growing the plants. The plants were uprooted and sent to the Department of Public Safety laboratory for analysis. “With that many marijuana plants I would say it wasn’t just for (personal) consumption,” Koepp said. 'Hie plants were found around 3:30 p.m. after officials obtained a search warrant from Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Howard Smith. DPS narcotics officers also assisted in the seizure. Koepp said authorities received an anonymous tip about the plants. On July 13, sheriff’s authorities arrested Randy Rasmussen, 34, Mark Myers, 38, and Elaine Meckel, 49, all of MCR 3 Box 793 and charged them with growing marijuana plants in their garden. On June 28, Fred Eugene Fischer, 32, HGR Box 165, was arrested and charged with growing marijuana in pots at his residence. —STEPHANIE DAVIS going through the switch even though it has not been used in two years. Later that same evening, a grass fire started at Krueger Lane and FM 1863. Between 200 and 300 acres were burned as a result of the lighting-ignited fire between 6 and 9:45 p.m. NBFD coordinated efforts with personnel and volunteers from Bracken, Bulverde, and Canyon Lake departments and die Emergency Communications Club. A total of 30 personnel See FIRES, Page 2 B-52 bomber fire kills I, injures ll Police investigate robbery New Braunfels police continue their investigation today into the robbery of a local man who was probably hit with a flashlight and shot at in his home on West San Antonio Street. “He tried to defend himself with a hammer. The (suspect) shot a weapon at him, missed him and shot the floor,” said Police Spokesman Martin Mayer. The robbery took place approximately 10:30 p.m. Friday in the 2500 block of West San Antonio Street. Mayer said the victim reported his wallet and pants were stolen. “The victim was awakened when the suspect hit him in the forehead with a flashlight and the suspect told him in Spanish to give him some money,” Mayer said. “The victim told him he was going to go get some money and the victim grabbed a hammer from the tool box under the bcd and started to raise it to strike the suspect.” The suspect then discharged a revolver and shot between the victim’s legs. Mayer said the victim couldn’t give a good description of the man because he had blood in his eyes and the room was dark. He was treated at the scene by New Braunfels Emergency Medical Service technicians. Texas unemployment rises AUSTIN (AP) — I he Texas unemployment rate last month increased to 7.1 percent from 5.9 percent in May, according to figures released by the Texas Employment Commission. While the difference is “pretty substantial,” an increase at that time of year is not unusual, said Terence Travland, assistant chief of the economic research department at the commission, in releasing the numbers Tuesday. “What we re really looking at is a large number of young people getting out of school arid looking for work,” he said. “This is a seasonal phenomenon.” Graduates look for permanent jobs, while students who are out of school for the summer search for temporary employ ment. “The economy simply is not able, immediately, to absorb them all,” Travland said. The 7.1 percent unemployment rate represents 587,700 jobless Texans, Travland said. In June 1988, the unemployment rate was 8 percent. The lowest unemployment rate this June was reported in Bryan-College Station, with 4.8 percent. The highest was recorded in McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, at 14.7 percent. Rates of unemployment in the See UNEMPLOYMENT, Page 2 SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A B-52 bomber dial caught fire at Kelly Air Force Base, killing one jierson and injuring 11 odicrs, was undergoing routine maintenance and scheduled to be returned to its home base by week’s end, officials said. Hic accident late Monday night occurred as the plane was being refueled on the ground, Lt. Col. Ed Cooke said. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Jesus Pcdraza, 38, was killed, said First Lt. Dave Ebner, Kelly spokesman. Pcdraza and those injured were civilian employees of the Directorate of Maintenance Aircraft Division, production branch. The injured included Herman Morris, who was in serious condition al Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. The others were: Juan Garcia, Adam Najera and Wayne Holland, in fair condition at Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center. Robert Chassaigne, Frank Castaneda, Albert Gonzalez, Sally Marching Richard Bemriach, Louis Lara and William Shoemaker were treated for minor injuries and discharged, Ebner said. “I heard four to five large explosions about 11 p.m. and saw flames leaping 15 to 20 feet in the air,” Jim Fisher, a San Antonio school teacher who lives near the base, told the San Antonio Express-News Flames could be seen from up to one mile away, witnesses said. Cooke said die B-52, built in 1958, was undergoing “depot-level maintenance,” a 3/4 - to 4-month process in which the plane is virtually stripped and reassembled. He added that planes are scheduled for the maintenance “every couple of years.” Cooke said the fact it was being refueled indicated the plane probably was being prepared for a test flight, one of the final stages in the repair process. Kelly is one of five bases in die nation that performs the service. The plane was scheduled to be returned Friday to its home base at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, La., although Cooke said it was not immediately known if maintenance was proceeding on schedule. The B-52 was “very heavily damaged,” Cooke said, but estimates were not immediately available. There were no immediate reports of damage to any of the base’s facilities. The fire was put out in less than one hour, Cooke said. nesdays and Fridays. Odd-numbcrcd addresses can be watered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. New Braunfels police officers can issue citations for violations of the ordinance passed by City Council June 12. Violations can result in a fine of not less than $50 or no more than S2(K). According to Grohman, city officials also arc complying with the controlled outside watering. See CONSERVE, Page 2 Good day I'hc g(x>d news is that more rain is forecast today so keep the umbrellas handy. Today’s high will be 91 degrees with the low hitting 71 degrees by morning. Cloudy skies and a chance of rain continue on Wednesday. The high will be 92 degrees with a low of 72 degrees. Inside: CLASSIFIED.............................8-10 COMICS.........................................6 CROSSWORD...............................3 DEAR ABBY.................................5 HOROSCOPE................................5 SPORTS......................................7-8 TV LISTINGS.................................5 WEATHER.....................................2 Stammtisch A class in basic CPR will begin today at 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. iii McKenna Memorial Hospital. The class continues Wednesday. The tuition of $15 must be paid in advance at the New Braunfels Independent School District Education Center, 430 W. Mill St. Community Education will also offera CPR recertification class Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the hospital. The $10 tuition should be pay in advance at 430 W. Mill St. The Discovery Series offered by Community Education is continuing for youngsters ages 6 to 12. Ihe series is offered in cooperation with the Children’s Museum and meets Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more information and registration, call the museum at 620-0939. For more information or to register for Community Education classes, call 620-6200.... Lambda Psi sorority will host a Good Luck Party for Ann-Terese Matschek, New Braunfels’ 1989 Junior Miss, Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at pavilion 5 in Landa Park. Matschek will join 23 other teens from all over the state next week for the Texas Junior Miss Program at the Civic Center. Preliminary competition is Aug. 3 and 4 with the finals taking place Aug. 5. The winner of the Texas Junior Miss Program will travel to Mobile, Ala., next summer to participate in die national competition for America’s Junior Miss. The sorority invites the public to help wish Ann-Terese good luck.... See STAMMTISCH, Page I ;