New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 16, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Texas Dance Hall sale announced
Austin man rescues would-be victim
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
Quick-thinking helped prevent a possible drowning near the Gruene crossing on the Guadalupe River Saturday afternoon.
Craig Kinney of Austin was floating down the Guadalupe between the railroad bridge and Gruene crossing with three friends Saturday when he saw a man ahead of them fall backwards into the water.
No one else in the front boat knew
the man had fallen off.
At first, Kinney thought it was a joke. But when the victim didn’t come to the surface right away, Kinney dove in to find him. Because he wears contacts, he kept his eyes closed and felt around for the body. “I was swimming and I felt a lump,” he said.
Re called for help and his friend, Frank Bryan, helped drag the victim to the surface.
See RESCUE, Page 12A
Dodgers 3 Astros 0
Rangers 11 Twins 2
Old radios at museum
Off its shelves
HEB pulls Jimenez cheese after recall order
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
The local HEB Food Store didn t waste any time getting its Jimenez cheese products off the grocery shelves Friday.
Frank Maldonado, market manager, said the products were removed immediately after Jimenez Food Products Inc., based in San Antonio, issued a recall of all its Mexican-style cheese from grocery shelves and distributors early Friday.
‘‘Yes, we’ve got it all boxed up and are waiting on instructions on what to do with it,” Maldonado said. ‘ Most of the time, we destroy it ourselves after we’ve been
given the go-ahead ‘ But sometimes, the companies pick it up just to make sure it gets destroyed,” he added The recall by Jimenez was ordered after California health officials in California reported 87 illnesses and 28 deaths that have been linked to contaminated cheese produced by the Jalisco Mexican Products Inc.
Jalisco manufactured cheese for Jimenez, which sells an array of Mexican foods Spokesmen at Divine’s Food and Drug. Kroger's and Wuest’s said those stores do not carry Jimenez cheese products, even though they may have chips and other
See CHEESE, Page 12A
Maw Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94-No. 118
June 16, 1985 50 Cents
56 Pages -5 SectionsVanFlaggs wife enters guilty plea
The wife of convicted drug dealer Peter William VanFlagg pleaded guilty Friday to not filing an income tax return in 1979.
In return for her plea, I^ea Beth Jones, 28, of Canyon I,ake, will be sentenced to one year probation.
Jones originally was indicted on charges of taking requests for illegal drugs imported by couriers in a large South Texas drug ring.
VanFlagg is believed to be the leader of that ring, which allegedly imported cocaine and methamphetamine from Bolivia, Brazil, South America, Canada, and West Germany.
He, Jones and another man were arrested Nov. 30, 1984 in Canyon I^ke.
VanFlagg pleaded guilty Thursday in a plea bargain agreement under which he will be sentenced to no more than 15 years in prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Durbin said VanFlagg will receive a minimum sentence of IO years.
“Continuing criminal enterprise is a pretty .serious crime,” Durbin said Friday. ‘ He’ll get at least IO (years) and he will serve his sentence.” VanFlagg will have no chance for parole or probation Many other drug charges, including conspiracy to manufacture, possess and import methamphetamine and cocaine, were dropped in the plea bargain. He would have faced a maximum sentence of life in prison for the 29 counts, including smuggling charges Durbin said the government will fare better under the bargain agreement.
“I’m sure he’s better off,” Durbin said. “But, so are we. It will save a heck of a lot of money. I’m sure it would have been very lengthy and there’s the possibility that something would happen during the course of the trial.”
Part of VanFlagg s bargain was that his wife would be given
See VAN FLAGG, Page 12A
Comal Rivar Canyon inflow Canyon Dam outflow Edwards Aquifat Canyon Lake levelNearly derailed?
No, Lisa Smith (foreground) and Tony Davenport aren't trying to overturn the miniature train in Lands Park They're suet ching in preparation for Saturday's Three Parks
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Run, a 5,000-meter chase which started and finished at the train station. A total of 205 runners showed up for the event, which benefitted the American Cancer Society.Burglary trial to begin Monday; suspect faces 25-year term
Jury selection in the house burglary trial of Ramon Alvarado Benavidez is set to begin at 9:30 a.rn Monday.
Benavidez was one of two San Antonians arrested for burglary of a habitation in May 1984 on U S. Highway 281 by Comal County Sheriff’s deputies Jeff Pickett and Roger Nolte, and Department of Public Safety trooper Ron McCoy.
The officers were able to track a van-type truck from a residence in Oak Village North onto 281, thanks to a neighbor who called the Sheriff’s Office during the burglary and relayed descriptions on the vehicle, its occupants and its direction of travel.
Hijackers fly to Algiers
The burglary charge against Benavidez has been enhanced by two prior felony convictions rn Bexar County: assault with intent to rob, Sept. 26, 1953; and burglary with intent to commit theft, Feb. 12,1970.
If Benavidez is found guilty, District Attorney Bill Schroeder said Friday the enhancement means he will be classified as a ‘habitual offender” by law, and will face a minimum of 25 years in prison.
With no enhancement, the range of punishment for burglary of a habitation begins at five years.
ALGIERS. Algeria (AP) — Arab terrorists who seized a TWA jet and killed one passenger flew back to Algiers where they freed three more American hostages early Sunday, the third day of the hijack drama, U.S. officials said.
A spokesman for the State Department in Washington said reports from Algiers indicated the three latest hostages to be released had not been harmed and they were taken to the American Embassy to be debriefed As negotiations with the hijackers continued, a unit of the U.S. Army’s anti-terrorist Delta Force based at Ft. Bragg, N.C., was sent to the region, according to a source in Washington who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Neither the White house nor the Pentagon would comment on the report.
Saturday night, a six-member International Red Cross team arrived in Algeria. The team leader, Jean Hoeflmger who took part in the recent exchange of Palestinian and Israeli prisoners, told reporters the delagation had come at the request of U S. and Algerian officials ‘on a purely humanitarian basis.”
The sky pirates also set a new deadline for meeting their principal demand, the release of Arab prisoners held by Israel.
If Israel does not free 700 prisoners by 9 a m. GMT Sunday 15 a m. EDT» the hijackers told Algerian negotiators they would “leave Algiers for another destination and the price will be paid,” the official Algerian news agency reported It said the gunmen did not specify what action they would take There were conflicting reports about the number of hijackers and the number of hostages still on the Boeing 727, which was commandeered Friday with 153 people
aboard after taking off from Athens, Greece, en route to Rome.
David Venz, a TWA spokesman in New York City, said there were more than 12 hijackers on the jetliner The U.S. ambassador in Algiers. Michael H. Newlin, said he thought there were four. Earlier, it was believed there were only two.
One of the passengers freed in Algiers, Christine Cooke, from Boston, Mass , said that on the second stop in Beirut, “about six more guys (hijackers) ran onto the plane They were heavily armed .’’ Venz also said there were 43 people still held aboard the plane, all believed to be American men But another TWA spokesperson in New York. Sally McElwreath, said: The
numbers are very tricky, but according to my count there should be 49 passengers and three crew, plus the hijackers.”
And in Washington, State Department spokesman Tom Krajeski said it was believed the hijackers still hold 51 or 52 hostages, including three crewmen.
The hijackers said in a communique reiterating their demands earned by the Algerian news agency, that they still held about 40” captives
The hijackers freed 53 passengers, mostly women and the elderly, and the five female flight attendants rn
See HIJACK. Page 12A
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Note Eof the first time in more than thine years, the level of Canyon Lake is above the conservation pool level of 909 teat above mean sea level Release rates are now determined by the Fort Worth hydrology department of the Army Corps of Engineers
The biggest fish is already landed, but Texas’ three NBA teams will be scrambling for some medium-sized beauts in Tuesday’s draft. For a preview, Sa* Pag* 7A.
Today s Weather
It will stay partly cloudy and warm through Monday with daytime highs in the mid-90s and overnight lows in the mid-60s Sunset today is at 8:32 p m. and sunrise Monday will be at 6 31 a rn.
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On the road again
FM 725 bid awarded; widening to begin next month
Work will begin next month on a major expansion of FM 725 — one of the two roads leading from here to to McQueeney and Seguin.
The two-lane highway will become a five-lane thoroughfare (with a continuous left-turn lane) from Interstate 35 to the entranie of the Iselin Plant.
From there to the county line, FM 725 will be a four-lane road, with a left-turn refuge lane right at the entrance to the plant.
The road is expected to be finished about May 1986, at which time crews will move up the road and start on the similar expansion of Texas 46 East.
"I believe we have 120 working days set up on the job,” said Bob Hasert, resident engineer with the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation’s local office.
He said that the highway department figures an average of 15 work days per month, then takes into account bad-weather delays in the winter.
“I’d say April, maybe May, before the project is actually finished,” he said.
“You know, really, we wind up building two roads out there,” Hasert said. “With the 10,000 cars a day that will be out there with us, we are going to have to build a separate road to move traffic.”
Two lanes will be built on the east side of FM 725 (the Iselin plant side heading toward McQueeney) first, then traffic will be re-routed to those lanes while the others are built on the the west side.
“As desirable as it might be (to close off traffic while the roads are
under construction), it is not feasible,” Hasert said.
The engineer said the entire road will end up .shifting slightly toward the east, or toward the Iselin plant side, because of the way the road has to be situated between telephone cables, utility lines, and water and sewer pipes.
The road is not the only thing that has to fit between the utility tines as the “rural section” of highway is widened and made into what Hasert calls an “urban section ”
Instead of the ditches there now, Hasert said, the wider road will have a short section of storm sewer in the vicinity of the Porter Company And, to the west of the road, slots will be cut in the curb to allow water to drain into a large ditch. To the east, water will be carried rn a gutter to the
Hasert said the road and drainage system will not solve the drainage problems in the FM 725 area. “It’s a flat area and it will have drainage problems,’’ he said. “This is not going to solve the water problem; we’re not going to drain the swamp.” However, he did say the dramage system will benefit the area by “providing them with a structure that will be capable of carrying the 100-year flood.”
The city will bear the cost of the storm sewer, th** curbing and the sidewalk that will connect with the one on Interstate 35, Hasert said.
The city’s other option would have been to buy the needed iight-of-way from property owners and businesses
See FM 725, Page 12A
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