New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 18, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 94 - No. 119'
June 18,1985 25 Cents
12 Pages—1 SectionShiites release Greek, 2 Americans
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Greek folk singer Demis Roussos and two American hostages from the hijacked TWA jetliner were released today at a news conference held by a Shiite Moslem militia leader. Forty other Americans are still believed being held hostage throughout Beirut.
In addition to the singer, the freed hostages were identified as Pamela Smith, an American citizen often referred to as Roussos’ secretary, and a man the Shiites identified as Targontsidis, apparently Arthur N. Targontsidis, 18, who is a student in Greece, according to his family.
According to U.S. State Department figures, the latest release leaves 40 Americans still held hostage, including a group with “Jewish-sounding” names reportedly taken off the plane during an earlier stop in Beirut.
The release came at the west Beirut house of Justice Minister Nabih Berri, leader of Lebanon’s dominant Shiite militia. Amal. He has been negotiating for the Shiite hijackers of TWA Flight 847 since Sunday.
The Shiite extremists who hijacked the TWA Athens-to-Rome flight last Friday, with 153 passengers aboard, have demanded the release of more than 700 Shiite prisoners in Israel and two Shiites held in Spain for trial.
The hijackers earlier agreed to a request to free all remaining Greek hostages.
The release came after Berri’s representative at the airport, Bassam Tleiss, had contacted the plane’s cockpit and said since the Greek government had released Ali Atwa, who said he was a hijack conspirator, the hijackers should release the remaining Greek captives.
Laredo teen-ager fools hijackers
LAREDO (AP) — A 13-year-old girl who was among the passengers of a TWA flight taken hostage by Shiite terrorists outsmarted the hijackers by stuffing her mother’s and grandmother’s money inside her socks before the gunmen took the passengers’ possessions, a family member says.
Seven Laredo residents were among the more than 150 passengers aboard the TWA flight that was hijacked in Athens, Greece.
Two Laredo businessmen, Vicente Garza Jr., 53, and his son-in-law, Robert Trautmann Jr., 37, still are being held by the Shiite Moslems seeking the release of 700 of their comrades.
Five other family members arrived in Laredo Monday evening, but avoided reporters.
The five are Irma Garza, 48, her daughter, Irma Trautmann, 31, and Mrs. Trautmann’s three daughters, Adriana, 13, Ashley, 4, and Katherine, 3.
Mrs. Garza’s brother, Javier Santos, said Monday that Adriana Garza used a trick she learned back
home when the hijackers ordered passengers aboard the flight to give up their possessions.
“What happened is that she outsmarted the guys when they took the purses. Unbeknownst to her mother and grandmother, she quickly thought of emptying them (the purses) and the way she does when she goes to the mall here to shop. She doesn’t like to carry a purse ... she stuck everything in her socks, so she had everything that they had,” Santos said.
He said when Adriana Garza was reunited with her other relatives in Paris on Sunday, she had hundreds of dollars with her.
The teen-ager had been freed Saturday in Algiers. The other four were among the first to be released in Beirut on Friday.
“So we thought that besides being very smart, she was very cute,” Santos said.
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After a 25-minute pause, a voice from the cockpit agreed to the release of the Greek but said: “Don’t ask for others to be released. Otherwise we will destroy your control tower.”
The hijacker, speaking in Arabic, said the plane could be taxied to the tower and blown up. Freed passengers have said that cabin seats are wired with explosive charges.
Berri, who is attempting to negotiate a settlement, also was quoted as saying the hostages would be safe as long as he was in control.
Berri has said the hostages are now under Amal guard in west Beirut. * *
In Madrid. Spain, court sources said the trial of two Shiites whose release is being sought by the extremists would go on as scheduled Wednesday. Spain has said it will not release the two.
The U.S. Navy on Monday identified the man killed by the hijackers on a previous stop in Beirut as 23-year-old frogman Robert Dean Stetheni of Waldorf, Md Navy officials said his body would be returned to Andrews Air Force Base late today.
Before the latest release, the State Department said it believed a total of 43 people — 42 Americans and a Greek — were still held hostage, including a group with “Jewish-sounding" names reportedly taken off the plane during an earlier stop in Beirut.
Israeli officials have indicated willingness to free the Shiite prisoners in response to a public request from Washington, but the Reagan administration says Israel must make the decision Emphasizing Israel’s promise to free the Shiite prisoners eventually, presidential spokesman Larry Speakes said Monday, “If the hijacking situation were resolved, then that would certainly put us back at status quo and seemingly put the Israelis back in position to proceed with their announced plan.”
The plane refueled late Monday, but one of the hijackers said the fuel was for air conditioning and lights
County moves closer to opening boat ramps
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Comal County keeps getting closer to a solution that will allow the reopening of the private boat ramps on Canyon I^ke.
Some of the private boat ramps were closed nine months ago when the leases ran out in the midst of negotiations on new contracts that would make the county responsible for all maintenance and liability insurance on them.
County Judge Fred Clark said the county found a new carrier for the umbrella liability insurance coverage that the county needed as part of the conditions the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers required before allowing the ramps to reopen.
All other conditions of the lease have been agreed upon by the county and the corps.
"We have the insurance now; the only question is how much the premiums will be,” Clark said. “We are looking at our contract with Frank B. Hall (who agreed to provide all insurance for the county and had gotten the umbrella policy coverage for the county) to see who has to absorb an increase, us or them."
The new umbrella policy will double the 155,000 premium, but Clark wants to see if Hall can be made to absorb some or all of that premium
Umbrella coverage insures the county above the $300,000 statutory limit on the amount for which a county can be sued.
Umbrella policies are getting harder to find, commissioners discovered, when their umbrella insurer got out of the “umbrella business,” as County Auditor Bate Bond put it, and the commissioners had to find another company.
The corps wanted the county to be covered up to $1 million for personal injury per person with a total of $3 million per accident.
The private boat ramps, originally installed by developers, became controversial when a developer, the county and the corps were involved in a lawsuit brought by David Saks after several members of his family died in an accident at one boat ramp in 1981.
At this point the county has not received the binder, the evidence of coverage, from Hall, Bond said.
Once that is received and the comimssioners send it to the corps offices in Fort Worth, the leases between the county and the corps will be ready to sign.
All but ready
Commissioners accept new jail
County commissioners accepted the new jail, inside and out, after an inspection Monday showed the facility was substantially complete.
The prisoners may be moved to the new jail later this week, Sheriff Walter Fellers said.
Buddy Vogler, site inspector for architect Chris DiStefano, recommended that the commissioners accept the jail portion of the building.
But he said the contractor still had to have everything done on the punch list before the building would be considered finished. The punch list includes items found to be un
satisfactory, such as fire extinguishers that put out electrical and chemical fires but not those involving plain paper and cloth.
“Seven days from the day of acceptance ought to be long enough to get these things finished,” Vogler said. “But then I thought we would already be in the building June 7.” Coiiuiussioners were concerned about jailers knowing how to run all the equipment and what to do in maintenance emergencies — shutting off water or electricity to a damaged area.
“We can’t have any dummies in
here running this stuff,” Commissioner Monroe Wetz said during the inspection, as commissioners watched how the cell doors were operated from a box of controls at the end of each corridor. “We have got to have people that are educated and trained.”
Fellers assured commissioners that he had given the jailers one training session on the equipment and could give them another if the commissioners thought it was needed.
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A hummingbird flies down toward its nest Monday afternoon. The rare sight of a nesting
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Comal Rival 260 (down 4)
Canyon inflow 317 (down 63)
Canyon Dam outflow 636 lnamal
Edwaida Aquifar 624 47 (down 071
Canyon lake laval • 909 36 (down 06)
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Comal County forecast calls for mostly cloudy today and tonight, with a 40 percent chance of showers and-or thunderstorms.
The chance of rain will drop to 30 percent on Wednesday. Winds will be from the southeast at 10-15 miles per hour today, near IO mph tonight, and easterly at 5-10 mph on Wednesday. The high today will be in the low 90s, low tonight in the mid 70s, and a high on Wednesday in the upper 80s.
City approves budget
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
In a short special meeting Monday afternoon, City Council approved a $7.39 million budget, which includes more funds for the police and fire departments and added personnel for other city services.
City Manager Joe Michie said the budget reflects his philosophy that basic services and public safety are the most important items.
To that end, he included 16 police cars for a take-home program under which patrolmen will care for their own vehicles. Two patrolmen and a traffic and crime prevention officer were also added to that department.
The fire department’s budget includes money for a full-time, rather
than part-time, inspector, and Michie suggested the city begin planning for new firefighters to staff the substation proposed near County line Road.
Abo under that department’s budget, volunteer firefighters will receive more money, and two transfer technicians will be added to the ambulance service.
Although the city finished Hie fiscal year in the black, with a $792,000 carry-over and a contigency fund of between $250,000 and $300,000, a bond issue still will be necessary, Michie warned.
“The need for additional fire station facilities, streets, storm drainage, public buildings, and park unprovements are well known," he said last month “We cannot continue
to ignore pressing capital needs that will benefit all citizens.”
The city manager also called for a comprehensive five-year financial plan for city government That in eludes a review of service, permit, and recreation fees, to “allow property and sales taxes to pay for basic serv ices such as police and fire protection, street repair, and general health.”
Other features of the new budget, effective July I. are a first-ever merit plan for pay raises, and the addition of employees in the planning, service, parks, sanitation, and finance departments. The library and sanitation and animal control departments will upgrade employees
See BUDGET, Page 12Benavidez sentenced to 25 years
Bv DEBBIE OoLOACH Staff writer
Just before noon today. Ramon Alvarado Benavidez of San Antonio was sentenced to 25 years in prison by 22nd District Judge Charles Ramsay.
Five character witnesses testified this morning in Benavidez’ behalf What followed was the judge’s 25-y ear sentence, which was the minimum punishment he could consider under the enhancement of Benavidez' two prior convictions
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