New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 12, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Hartigan elected Planning chairman
After five years on the Planning and Zoning Commission, chairman David Hartmann banged his last gavel as leader of that group Tuesday night when fellow Commission member Joe Hartigan elected to fill the spot.
Hartmann, appointed to the Commission in 1978, had served as chairman since 1981. The English teacher recently moved out of the city limits and had to give up his seat on the board.
Hartigan was re-appointed to
his second three-year term by City Council at its May 27 meeting.
Hartigan, who is vice president of Texas Commerce Bank, originally was named to the board in 1982 to fill the seat left vacant by Jack Wise, whose term expired.
Other new board members are Joe Gome*, Myrtle Clark and Chris Weichsel. SD. David Jr.
See HARTIGAN, Page 11A
One out of two
Panel OKs one 306 rezoning, rejects another
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
In a 4-3 vote, Planning and Zoning Commission agreed Tuesday night to recommend to City Council that a tract on FM 306 be zoned for commercial use.
The Commission then voted 3-2 (with one member abstaining) to refuse to recommend commercial zoning for a tract a half mile down the road.
Last September, the city annexed a two-mile strip of FM 306 extending from the city limits. When property is brought into the city, it brings with it an R-l (single family) zoning.
Planning and Zoning reviewed the zoning and
recommended C-l (local business) zoning from the old city limits near the MKT railroad to Bretzke I^ane. The Commission recommended 03 (commercial) zoning from Bretzke Lane to the end of the strip.
But, at its May 22 meeting. Council decided to leave the entire FM 306 strip at R-l zoning.
So two of the landowners on that road returned to Planning and Zoning Tuesday with their requests for commercial zoning. The first was I>ee Swift of San Marcos.
Swift, developer of Oak Grove Estates, wanted OI (local business) zoning on a 2.533-acre tract northeast
See REZONING, Page 11A
Baptists work to resolve differences, Pages 3,4A
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Vol. 94-No. 115
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8 marshals said killed by hijackers
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) Hijackers of a Jordanian airliner today released 66 passengers and crew, including two Americans, and blew up the plane. Airport and Red Cross spokesmen said eight Jordanian sky marshals were killed in the explosion, but an airline official said they were alive and free.
Munib Toukan, vice president of Royal Jordanian Alia Airlines, said in Amman, Jordan that the sky marshals, or security men, “are now in Beirut in custody of the Royal Jordanian Airline."
But a lebanese Red Cross official, who watched three explosions rip the plane apart said, “The marshals were blown up inside the plane. Their bodies are in pieces. We couldn’t get to them " An airport official who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed the report, adding that the hijackers “disappeared "
Toukan told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that the eight sky marshals, or security men, were in the airline’s Beirut office. “They are in good health and excellent spirits,” he said. “We’re going to put them on the first flight out of Beirut."
The pilot of the hijacked airliner, Capt. Ulf Sultan, a Swede, told The Associated Press that the hijackers fled the plane with the sky marshals as hostages before it was blown up “We have been assured by the hijackers that they are safe," he said.
The hijackers raked the plane with automatic weapons fire, then a series of explosions rocked the Boeing 727 and set it on fire as it stood on the airport runway, witnesses said.
Soon after the explosions, the plane’s fuel tanks caught fire and it broke up into burning sections of twisted metal Only'its tail, bearing the crown of King Hussein’s Hashemite dynasty, remained intact.
The plane was hijacked in Beirut on Tuesday, stopped in Cyprus, tried twice to land in Tunisia, refueled in Sicily, returned to Beirut, attempted to fly to Syria and then came back to“The eight security men...went up with the aircraft.”
—Unidentified official “We have been assured...that they aresafe.”—pilot Ulf Sultan
Beirut Tuesday night.
The hijackers, identified by Sultan as Shiite Moslems of I^ebanon’s Amal militia, were demanding that all Palestinian guerrillas leave Beirut for Tunisia where Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization has its headquarters. Various reports put the number of hijackers at four or six.
Nine crew members and 48 passengers reportedly held hostage were evacuated just before the explosion and gunfire. Nine passengers were released earlier at the Beirut airport. Two of the passengers were Americans “The crew and passengers are safe," said Munib Toukan, vice president of Royal Jordanian Airlines, in the Jordanian capital Amman. But later, when he was asked if the security men had been killed, he said, "I don’t know."
The explosion came nine minutes after the hijackers’ 2 p.m. (7 a m EDT) deadline for blowing up the jetliner if Chedli Klibi, secretary-general of the 21-member Arab League, did not appear to negotiate with them The explosion came shortly after the hijackers demanded that a bus be brought up to the plane.
At one point, the hijackers opened fire at two Shiite Moslem militiamen who drove a jeep to within about 25 yards of the plane. No one was hurt It was not clear why they tried to drive up to the plane
See HIJACK, Page HA
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Psychic called in search for woman
The search will end today in a .McQueeney clay pit for the body of a 29-year-old woman missing since April 5.
Guadalupe County Sheriff Melvin Harborth said this morning he hopes two days of digging will be finished today at Acme Brick Co’s old clay pit.
“I hope by noon, or shortly thereafter, to have checked the arab we set out to cover," he said
“We’re working at it," Harborth said. We’re back out there today We had an eight-hour day yester day."
The search began Monday for the body of Kathleen Ranft of .McQueeney when about 20 reserve officers used picks and shovels to dig in part of the pit that has a real heavy slope," Harborth said
On Monday afternoon, a backhoe and front-end loader from the county road department were brought in to help move clay from the 100-foot wide pit Three county road crew employees are aiding in the search
Harborth said the pit, which once was mined and now contains waste material from the brick company, has a 60-degree slope reaching about 75 feet high
As the backhoe goes up the sides, material it digs up is being used as a pad for the machinery. The backhoe is breaking material off," Harborth said You cannot dig straightens it."
A psychic brought in from Dallas County Sunday identified the pit as the place to find Ranft The sheriff said all other efforts to find Ranft turned up nothing so the county hired psychic John Catchings as another resort
“He does not make any guarantees, he’s not always right, but he has a reputation of doing good work and he’s right about 20 percent of the time,’’ Harborth said. ‘ We’ve checked out every lead for two months’
The psychic said the woman was strangled the night of her disappearance He has located a dozen missing persons since 1980-10 dead and two alive.
Ranff’s late-model car was found off a farm road two days after her
See SEARCH, Page IUVandals break Seele windows
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Seek School suffered $136 worth of damage over the weekend when someone threw rocks at windows, breaking 17, according to a New Braunfels police report.
“This is what I would call mischievous vandalism," Principal Vivian Reagan said. “They also tore up a Rower bed. Someone was just feeling their oats probably Some pretty good size rocks were found inside, so this was no accident. ”
The damage was discovered by a worker at the school early Monday morning. Officer Martin Mayer took the report, but at this point police
See NBISD, Page IU
The ordeal is over
Quinlan dies after 10 yeaps in coma
MORRfs PLAINS, N J. (AP) Karen Ann Quinlan, who found death in the arms of her weeping mother more than nine years after her ease established the right to die with dignity, showed “how far we can go to preserve life," her father said today.
Miss Quinlan died at the age of 31 at 7:01 p.m. Tuesday in the Moms View Nursing Home here of “respiratory failure following acute pneumonia on top of a chronic vegetative state," said Dr. James Wolf.
“Please let us mourn in peace," the mother, Julia Quinlan, said in a brief interview today at the family’s
The Quinlans, deeply religious and daily visitors to their daughter’s bedside, in 1976 won a landmark court order allowing them to remove a respirator from Karen to spare her continued agony" and to honor her expressed wish never to be kept alive through extraordinary means.
“I think there are a lot of lessons to be learned by how far we can go to preserve life," Joseph Quinlan said today. “Death is not so much to be feared. Everything in this world is temporary’ We shouldn't really fear death that much."
The father, although weary, said he and his wife are strengthened by
their belief in an afterlife He called life “a trial."
The historic case began when Miss Quinlan lapsed into a coma on April 15,1975, apparently after consuming several gin and tonic drinks at a party after taking what doctors said was a "therapeutic’’ dose of a mild tranquilizer and aspirin.
Although she never knew it, Miss Quinlan became a symbol of the right of the terminally ill to decide their fates with their families.
“She had been embraced ... as someone with whom the world could empathize,’’ said Paul Armstrong,
See QUINLAN, Page ILA 1
warm, and skies, partly cloudy. Temperatures may reach the upper-80s and drop to the mid-60s overnight. Tuesday’s high was 94, and this morning’s low was 71.
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