New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 28, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Lake blaze destroys 2-story home
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
Canyon I .ake firefighters brought a house fire under control Wednesday afternoon, only to have it reignite during the night and destroy a two-story home.
A fire at the residence of Lynn Berry on Parkview drive was spotted by Comal County Sheriff’s Deputy steve Stapleton, who saw smoke and notified the Sheriff’s department at 5:02 p.m.
Fire chief J.T. Greenfield heard the call on his scanner, and turned in the alarm to Fire Station No. I at Canyon
“Fire was coming out under the side of the house through an opening under the floor when I arrived/’ greenfield saki.
“Flames were three or four feet high at that time,” he said. Cause of the fire is unknown.
Six first rucks brought the blase under control. Mort of the firemen left around 8 p.m., ieavii* one firetruck there to watch the house. At that time, Greenfield said, the house had sustained quite a bit of anoke, fire and water damage inside, but the structure was still standing.
Berry, himself a fire department
member, also stayed on the scene, along with a neighbor, Greenfield said.
“Evidently, there was still some smoldering between the first and second floors,” Greenfield surmised, because another blase broke out at 2 a m. Thursday, this time, the house was destroyed.
The home was located off FM 306 between the Canyon lake Villas condominiums and Windjammer Estates.
Berry, who trains emergency medical personnel for the fire department, is a building contractor in the lake area.Slithering snakes sneak around
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Welfare investigation still on right track
By DEBBIE De LOACH Staff writer
The welfare fraud crackdown in Comal County went public in December of 1982, and continues to produce Grand Jury indictments.
The Grand Jury returned two such indictments against two women on July 20 Since December, District Attorney Bill Sdiroeder estimated at least five more persons had been indicted for welfare fraud.
Much of the credit goes to Cliff Hunt, Region 9 supervising investigator of the Texas Deportment of Human Resources’ Office of Investigator General. Hunt is responsible for uncovering welfare fraud in 21 counties, including Comal and Bexar.
With wily six investigators and four clerks under him. frustration might come easy for Hunt. Big the supervisor prefers a fight, and baa shifted hit emphasis to rural areas, where his investigators get better and quicker results.
“Frankly, the investigators prefer the rural areas, because people are more cooperative, and neighbors are more aware of what's going on around them," Hunt said.
“The way this thing works is we get referrals from case workers here, concerning possible fraud. We take thoae referrals and investigate them,” Hunt added, estimating there are at present at least 30 such referrals pending in New Braunfels.
Court dockets aren’t as crowded in rural areas as in places like Bexar County. The statute of limitations doesnt run out before the cases get to court, and the district attorney here. Hunt said, is receptive to welfare fraud prosecution Much of Schroeder’s receptiveness comes from the thorough Job Hunt and his investigators do. “Cliff and Ms people are very good. I can pick up a case file and walk into court with it.” Schroeder said. “It’s all there in black and white, and that’s very unusual Bor a state agency.”
The two mort common areas of welfare fraud in New Braunfels are “when the person finds employment, doesn’t report it, and keeps receiving welfare benefits, and when the husband is in the home but the wife says he’s not in order to get benefits.” Hunt said.
See WELFARE, Page 18
Savings withholding law gets ax from House
WASHINGTON (AP) — The 22 million people who complained to Congress about the prospect of having taxes withheld from their savings are about to get results.
A compromise bill to wipe the withholding law off the books was passed by the House today and sent to the Senate for final action.
The repeal plan swept through the House on a 329-18 ote. A Senate vote, perhaps later in the day, would send the bill to President Reagan for his signature. That would kill withholding before it is due to go into effect Aug 5.
The plan won't be pleafing to thoae who worry about the record federal deficit; the compromise
will worsen the deficit by nearly 81 billion over the next five years.
And those who dont honestly pay taxes on their interest and dividends will run the risk of having 30 percent withheld from their savings earnings if they are caught.
But for mort Americans, the new plan means taxes will not be withheld from their interest and dividends.
Congressional negotiators broke a week-long impasse over the compromise repeal bill Wednesday and sent it to the house and Sensu for final
See TAXES. Page ll
Tom Sawyer work
Neal Donop, 15, conned three friends into helping him paint this footbridge in Landa Park this week, even though it's Neal who's working toward being an Eagle Scout. After all, leadership is one of the necessary qualities. Assisting Donop (pictured at left) are Sean Beken, Brad Wittenborn and Tim Zipp.
Staff photos by Cindy Richardson
Expect a sunny, hot, humid afternoon, followed by a fair, warm night Some early morning cloudiness is expected Friday, with sunny skies and more of the tame heat by afternoon Winds will be from the south today at 10-15 miles per hour, south to southeasterly tonight and south again on Friday, near IO mph Sunset today will be at 8.26 p m Sunrise Friday will be at 6.49 a m.South Rises Agate
The South Ail-atars defeated the North Alist ars 16-14 Wednesday in the Texas Coaches Association annual game. Former New Braunfels High School runningback Earl Wilton was part of that victor) as he contributed a first down to the South's winning drive fora field goal. See Page I
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Lifeguard* at Prince Sol me Park had to reacue a New Braunfels policeman out of water Tuesday afternoon, when some viators got rough on their way out.
According to a police cokeman, an off-duty patrolman had seen three visitors “creating a minor dUturbance” at New Braunfels' popular lube chute” at approximately 5 p m Tuesday.
The officer saw that ow of the men acting disorderly, and asked all three to leave. The two other companions agreed to take care of their friend. Bul as soon ss they crossed the
park boundary, ane of them turned an the escorting officer, using foul language and an obscene gefiure “I don’t know for sure whether he hit him then, but he'd crossed the limits of tolerance,” said the department R>okeunan The officer tried to place the two men under arrest, whereupon ane hit him in the cheat and the other grabbed him from behind and started choking him. the g»okcaman said The officer and at least one of his assailants were an the ground when the lifeguards saw what was happening
Meanwhile, the man who had been acting disorderly had apparently realized what was going an end decided to stay ort of it. th-w spokesman said
Arretted were Bill Randall Britt. 24 and John Robert Bolduc. 23. both of 606 Johnson rn Seguin. Peace Justice Harold Krueger charged them aggravated a Maul of a peace officer, and aet each man s bond at 85,000
Bolduc was released an bond Wednesday night Britt was filii in the Comal County Jail at lait report The off-duty officer ended if) with a skinned arm and a skinned knee.
police sources say Evidence of another assault in Prince Solms Park was discovered late Wednesday by a passing citizen Michael Roy iaaaig, ll. of 1173 Croat, was found unconscious near dam between the tube chute and Camp Wameke apparently the victim of an attempted robbery He was taken to McKenna Manorial Hospital by the New Braunfels Emergency Medical Service fiiortly after midnight.
Reagan's Nicaraguan aid package heads ta House
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan’s pokey of undercover military aid to Nicaraguan rabats la facing ta firrt tart in the House as his wpporters try to wrter down a bill to outlaw such assistance Hic House began public debate Wednesday an legislation barring support “directly u. indirectly, to military or paramilitary operations in Nicaragua by my nation, roup, organisation, movement or individual."
Rep. C.W. Young, R-Fla., offered the Ant
amendment, providing that safistance could
continue until Nicaragua’s tofus! government agreed not to mpport guerrillas In
other Central American nations “We wait all of us to play by the flame rules,” Young told the House Undo- the amendment, the Sandinirta regime in Managua would have to permit verification that it was no longer helping ship military supplies to rebels A vote on the bill was expected late today. Meanwhile, a Central American defector told a news conference Wednesday that operations of anti-Sandinifia guerrillas md some actions of the Honduran army have reduced clandestine shipments of arms to lefts* rebels in EH Salvador.
Miguel Bol anes, who claims to have bean
a Nicaraguan security officer, said that when he defected two months ago anne of the overland channels af arms and ammunition had been cut by the antKSandlnifia forces known as “contras “
However, the Pentagon mid Wednesday said about a closen Soviet-bloc cargo rtiips are headed for Nicaragua in a new surge of arms deliveries, expected to fieri arriving Saturday.
They mid nine ttuploeds of equipment already have been delivered to the country •o far this year, compered to five shiploads of military gear sent In all of 1812.
Military officials also estimated that the
number of Cuban civilian and military advisers ut Nicaragua has increased by about 500 in the part month or so to about 7,500.
While the House debated aid to the Nicaraguan rebels, legislation placing a mild restriction on military aid to El Salvador moved toward the floor And, in the Senate a 87 M billion military construction ^pending bill was approved that attaches firings to building a second backup airfield in Honduras The bill, paaaad by voice vote, would forbid the Pentagon to spend the 81 mutton earmarked for the baat at La Ceiba.