New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Panel returns 18 indictments Wednesday
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A Canyon I,ake contractor accused of lien law violations was among 18 individuals indicted by a Comal County Grand Jury Wednesday.
The release of the contractor’s name was pending his arrest this morning. The indictment against him stated he intended to defraud more than $250 in trust funds from a Mexican-American couple under a mechanic’s lien contract for the construction of their home in June 1984.
Three San Antonians were indicted for theft over $750 but less than $20,000, in connection with video recorder equipment stolen from Curtis Mathes on April 4. They were Mary Ester Delton of 609 N. Chupaderes, Edward Diaz Moreno of 5202 Warcloud, and Santiago V. Delton of 5843 Annalissa.
The indictment against Moreno was enhanced by a prior conviction in Bexar County for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on Dec. 12, 1983, while the one against Santiago Delton was enhanced by a forgery conviction in Bexar County on May
Forgery by passing indictments were returned against Walter E. Parrish Jr., of Route 6, Box 695, No. 17, New Braunfels, and Carl David Stobbs of 420 River Bend Drive-David Salazar Aleman of 633 S. Academy was indicted for burglary of a habitation, while Raul Rangel Garcia of 1208 Brooklyn No. 8, San Antonio, was indicted on two counts of burglary of a habitation.
Federico (Fred) Garcia of 565 N. Market No. D was indicted for injury
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Clay pit search unsuccessful
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
Guadalupe County officials’ attempts to find a woman’s body in a McQueeney clay pit ended unsuccessfully Wednesday night, but the sheriff there said the search for Kathleen Ranft is not over.
“That part of the investigation has been completed,” Harborth said. “But the case is not going to be closed.” Harborth said his office will continue to follow leads and officials also will keep an eye on the pits, especially after rains.
Ranft, 29, has been missing since April 5, and Guadalupe County Sheriff Melvin Harborth called in a Dallas County psychic to help locate the body.
The psychic identified the clay pit at Acme Brick Co. as the spot to search for Ranft. He said he believed she had been hit over the head and strangled the night she disappeared.
Her car was discovered at a nightclub on Texas 467 south of Seguin, Harborth said, by her estranged
husband. He works at Acme Brick Co.
About 20 reserve deputies used picks and shovels to dig in part of the pit Monday before the backhoe and front-end loader were brought in that afternoon.
The pit, once mined for brick materials, now contains waste material from the manufacture of brick. The area is about IOO feet wide, with walls reaching about 75 feet high,
Harborth said he had thought about washing the sides of the pit with water today because the slopes of the pit were too high for the backhoe.
“I had considered that if we didn’t accomplish what we set out to do,” the sheriff said, explaining that the higher slopes were beyond the search area recommended by the psychic.
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Nicaragua aid vote
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan is praising House approval of $27 million in nun-lethal aid to Nicaraguan rebels as a vote to help “safeguard our own national interests.” But some Democrats claim it is a step toward war.
In a dramatic turnaround, the House approved the Contra aid Wednesday and refused to extend a ban on use of U.S. funds to support military actions against the leftist Sandinista government.
Calling the House action “historic” and a demonstration of “great intelligence,” Reagan said “a clear bipartisan majority has shown that our nation stands with those who are determined to pursue a political solution and seek a democratic outcome of the crisis in Nicaragua.”
“Both houses and both sides of the aisle have now demonstrated American resolve to safeguard our own national interests and to advance the rights of the people of Central America,” the president said.
While House Republicans said the action actually improves chances for peace talks, one Democratic leader described it as “tantamount to a
declaration of war’’ against Nicaragua.
Reagan pulled off the victory by holding all but a few Republicans and winning over many conservative and Southern Democrats. The House approved the Republican plan for $27 million in food, medicine, clothing, transportation and other “humanitarian aid” on a 248-184 vote.
The House action followed last week’s Senate approval of *36 million in non-lethal aid to the Contra rebels, but the two versions are attached to different bills and will require additional votes before the funds can be sent.
House Republican leader Robert Michel of Illinois said the turnaround on the House rejection of a $14 million aid plan in April began when Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega flew to Moscow seeking economic help after that vote.
“The phrase, fly now, pay later,’ has taken on a deeper, richer meaning for President Daniel Ortega,” Michel said.
See REAGAN, Page 16Down with the old
Renovation work on the Utilities Annex Building had Steve Dise of Bartlett Cocke Construction Company busy taking down
the old outside canopy this morning. Construction on the Utilities' corner of Main Plaza, which will include a two story
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expansion between the Main Building and the Annex, should be completed sometime in late 1985
Americans' plane hijacked twice by terrorists in two days
I .ARN AC A, Cyprus (AP) — An American father and son trying to leave Beirut were twice snared in a bizarre eye-for-an-eye hijack episode that ended when a suspected Palestinian hijacker surrendered in Cyprus.
I^ndrey Slade, 53, assistant president of the American University of Beirut, and his son, William, were on board a Jordanian airlines plane that was hijacked Tuesday in Beirut, and a.Middle East Airlines jet that was commandeered Wednesday as it neared Cyprus.
They were attempting to leave Beirut for the graduation of Slade’s older son, lawrence, Jr., from
Georgia Tech on Sunday.
William Slade, 18, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his hotel room in larnaca, Cyprus, after the second hijacking ended: “We are fine ... It wasn’t bad, but it isn t something we want to talk about.”
Asked where he and his father planned to travel next, he laughed and said: “You mean fly
somewhere? I’m not sure yet.”
But they departed Cyprus this morning on a British Airways flight to london.
“Please God, let it be true,” was the only reaction from Slade’s 82-year-old mother, Gladys, in
Wayland, Mass., when news reports said her son and grandson had been freed after the second hijacking.
In Anunan, Jordan, authorities took the suspected Palestinian hijacker of the Middle East Airlines jet into custody toda>.
That hijacking apparently was in retaliation for the Tuesday hijacking of a Jordanian jet by Shiite Moslems in Beirut, which ended Wednesday when the Shiites destroyed the plane w Uh three explosions,
No one w as hurt in either incident.
The Shiites, who had demanded expulsion of Palestinian guerrillas from Beirut, got away.
Eight Jordanian security men
were at one time thought to be on the Jordanian plane when it was blown up in Beirut, but the hijackers freed them unharmed.
“Each of them was Uke a full army, carrying a machine gun .. . plus two revolvers, plus hand grenades, plus dynamite, plus plastic explosives,” Cif Sultan, a Sw ede w ho was the pilot of the Jordanian plane, told reporters in Amman “They were equipped for a war, all of them.”
“Tile passengers were bf course very nervous and scared at first,” Sultan said. “But they calmed down and I must say they behaved ver\. very well.”
Temperatures should reach the the upper-tKb and drop to the upper-60s overnight Wednesday’s high was 85 and this morning s
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A 30 percent chance for rain today will dec rease to a 20 percent chance tonight. Easterly winds will remain at about IO mph.
NBISD construction projects making progress after rains
Bv ULLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
The construction schedule on New Braunfels ISD’s building projects has speeded up over the past two weeks, Lonnie Curtis, assistant superintendent of finance, said today.
“Particularly at the middle school we have seen some rapid progress,” Curtis said. “At tile rate it’s going now, if they can sustain it, they will be able to pick up some of the lost
time. The Huddle school project ta fine arts building) ought to be ready soon after the beginning of school.”
All of the projects were financed by a $8 85 million bond issue voters approved in May 1983, The new elementary, the New- Braunfels High School cafetorium and the New Braunfels Middle School fine arts addition, together making up phase 2 of the project, was bid b> I JUN DECO at $4 96 million.
The recent rains only put them out a day or two, Jack Sullivan, con
struction superintendent for LAN-DECO, said
At the new elementary site on County Line Road, workers are pouring the concrete floor. That work will continue through the end of next week, if the weather penults Once the floor is in, then the steel structure of the building will be next, the LANDECO spokesman said
Origmally the finishing date on the elementary had been projected for the beginning of the next school year,
but now the estimate is between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
* We have been moving real good,” Sullivan said “At the middle school, we are putting up the stud walls and preparing for the roof.”
At the high school, where a cafetorium is being added on, work is just beginning.
“We are roughing in the plumbing and drilling for the concrete piers,” Sullivan said, explaining that this tiad to be done before the foundation is finished.
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Construction at New Braunfels Middle School