New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 28, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Three die in bridge collapse
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) - A 100-foot span of highway bridge collapsed before dawn today and hurled trucks and cars into the Mianus River, killing three people and injuring at least three others, authorities said.
Coast Guard and Greenwich police boats were searching the river for more motorists who may have been trapped in their cars.
The three eastbound lanes of the bridge, 70 feet over the water, collapsed about I 30 a rn. on Interstate 95, the main highway into New York City some 20 miles to the southwest, said Chet West. Greenwich Fire Department dispatcher State police spokesman John McLeod confirmed three people died in the ac
cident In addition, two women and one man were taken to the emergency room of Greenwich Hospital in critical condition, said Joan Grey, nursing supervisor.
The three injured people were identified by Mrs. Grey as David Pace, 27, and his wife. Helen. 23, of Warner Robins, Ga . and Eileen Welden, age unknown, of Darien. Conn.
Authorities said they had no idea why the bridge fell apart.
The bridge on the Connecticut Turnpike was last inspected in September, said state Transportation Commissioner J William Burns. “There were problems with the bridge deck, but not with the structure," he said.
State Transportation Commissioner J
William Burns said the collapse could have been caused by a missing pin. A large pin. used to hold sections of the bridge together, appeared to be gone and might have vibrated loose, he said.
"If that pin is missing or sheared off. it could have caused that," Burns said "That pin itself could have been a critical factor."
The 25-year-old bridge on the Connecticut Turnpike was last inspected in September, Burns said. "There were problems with the bridge deck, but not with the structure," he said.
The National Transportation Safet> Board w as sending a team of investigators
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Jeep rollover kills woman
A Seabrook woman was killed and a Canyon Lake man injured when a jeep rolled over in the Emerald Valley subdivision off EM 306 late Sunday night.
A hospital spokesperson said John I,. Gray of Star Route 3, Box 22. Canyon lake, was listed rn fair condition Tuesday morning at McKenna Memorial Hospital. Jenenine Posgay, 44, of 2128 Willowdell. Seabrook, died in the w reck
Comal County Sheriff's Detective Rudy Rubio, investigating officer for the accident, said the woman told Gray she had never seen a jackrabbit before. "So they hopped in his jeep she was driving and .started traveling on a gravel road in this new subdivision, near
Goofy’s," Rubio said.
The rollover occurred on a steep incline, where Rubio said the gravel was loose and the curve was sharp. However, Gray was unable to tell Rubio the exact speed of the vehicle.
Posgay and Gray were thrown from the jeep Rubio said Gray was knocked unconscious, but said the accident occurred around ll p.m. The lake’s Emergency Medical Service didn’t get the call until 3 a.in.
Rubio said Posga> was killed instantly. Peace Justice Precinct 4. Howard Smith, has ordered an autopsy which is now customary in all deaths from county motor vehicle accidents.
New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 92 No. 127 12 Pages
TUESDAY June 28, 1983 25 cents
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Council calls tentative election
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
The U.S. Department of Justice hasn’t passed judgement on New Braunfels’ new election plan yet But there’s nothing to stop City Council candidates from throwing their names in the hat In fact, City Attorney John Chunn wishes somebody would An emergency ordinance calling for an Aug. 13 election passed in City Council Monday, even though council isn’t sure at this point that we ll Ik* able to hold an election. That puts the filing deadline at July 12, less than three weeks away.
Terms expire for Mayor Pro Tem Gerald Schaefer and Councilman Max Winkler But under the new plan. Winkler won't be able to run for re-election
Candidates will Im* elected this year from voting districts I and 2. Schaefer and Winkler, reflectively. live in districts 2 and 3.
That is, of course, if New Braunfels is allowed to hold its elec tion as sc heduled And th.it dejiends on what the Department of Justice has to say about the four-district, three-at-large plan approved by local voters last April.
The federal agency, which requested more information early this month, now has until Aug 7 to make a decision, Chunn informed the* council If it should come through with an okay at that tune, the city couldn’t possibly launch an election in six days As noted above, candidates must file a month ahead
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West End citizens won't file jail suit
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writ ac
No legal action should In* taken against the county bv those West End citizens who oppose the county’s jail site, the group s attorney said
After review of the documents provided by Commissioners Court dealing with Die jail site selection and the bond election, it appears that their actions, though not just. were legal," a statment issued Tuesday by San Antonio attorney Richard O Trevino read
Trevino was highly critical of the actions taken by Commissioners Court and brought politics into play by suggesting that the West End residents “would not get legal justice until we elect individuals who will represent our community also ."
The committee does not argue with the fact that a new jail is needed, only the oppressive manner in which the site was selected,’ added Trevino, who
represents the Westside Citizens Committee The county plans to build a 100-inmale ca pat tty jail on a nine-acre site off Water lame, which bor tiers West San Antonio Street According to a federal lawsuit settlement, the county must have a new jail open by August. 1983 Trevino was highly critical of Commissioners Court for what he called its "heavy-handed manner in which our elected officials acted in placing the new jail in un area predominately Mexican American " This "evidences that community's lack of representation in the present court.'' tile statement read County Judge Fred Clark and the commissioners were iii Beaumont attending a county government seminar and were unavailable for comment to respond to the attorney's statement But in the* past both Clark and commissioners have
See JAIL Page 12Wreckers may get regulated
City Council voted "yes" on a wrecker-regulating ordinance Monday night, but will probably make some changes before reading it the second time
Local wrecker operators apparently feel somewhat insulted by the ordinance, which basically makes it illegal for any tow unit not called by authorities to appear at the scene of an accident. They say their existing “gentleman’s agreement" with city and county law enforcement is working well, and resent the implication that wreckers would drive by and solicit business, or get in the way of lifesaving efforts
The ordinance is trying to govern something that never takes place," said Teddy Voigt, one of four wrecker drivers who came to Monday’s meeting.
"In the four .< ,i that I have been on call, I don’t se, anotia*! (ruck try to come help me," Voigt said, admitting that there'd l>een tunes when he really could liave used tile help He insisted that most wrecker drivers have lx*tter things to do than wait around tile police scanner when they aren’t on call for the city or county.
" Hic work we do in towing and impounding these cars for the city is not tin* only business we have We have cars to repair We have cars to tow for triple-A (tile American Automobile Association)*’said Voigt. “When you’re on call for that week, you don’t see your family I look on it as a profession."
lit* cited one rec ent instance in winch lit* was able to pull a car off a woman, when tile* Emergency Medical Service’s Hurst tool f ailed
But there are Lf wrerkei services on tile city-county rotation list now. and Police Chief Burney Boeck says that's "too cumbersome." Though most companies abide by Uh* gentleman's agreement, some are ' quarreling amongst themselves, and we have no authority to regulate them in any way," tie said.
Jerry Vineyard cd Busy Corner Auto Service conc eded ttiat not all drivers exhibit model tiebavior
Sec WRECKERS. Pag* 12Looking up Four industries studying Comal County for location
By JACQUI LINT SMITH Staff write!
Although New Braunfels didn’t suffer as much as oilier plac es during tile 1981-82 national recession, the local economy was somewhat affected
New prospects for the county s industrial climate almost came to a standstill iii 1981 Only one industrial firm the I acy al Fan Company moved into town that year, which was quite a switch from previous years when a new industry coming lo town w as not that rare
Tom Purdum, executive vice president of the* Chamber of Commerce estimated that from 1978 to 1981 there weic* IU new industries that moved to Comal (’ouiity But now things are once again beginning to look up Several industries, which Purdum referred to as * good prospects,” arc* looking at Comal County as a possible new flume
Four of tile* prospects arc* more active and viable than the others iii that they've already visited the area and are more seriously considering loc ating here, Purdum said
Although tic* was not at liberty to release the names of tile* four, Put durn did say ttiat they are diver sifted iii the type of product they make And tile four ate riot giant companies" hut they do employ anywhere from 75 to 200 people, Purdum added Two of the four are medal fabricators, one is an industrial instrument manufacturer and the fourth is a chemical producer, said Purdum. who was quick to add ttiat the* chemical producer “is not a polluting industry
That may Im* misleading," he said
of the* chemical firm, "hut ifs as close* as I can get ”
One of tile* firms has used Fatuus, a c onsultant firm ttiat assists industries iii locating sites for their business, Purdum said The* one using Fantus to sc ope out Hie arc a is "very interested iii HI 35 from Waco to San Antonio, excluding (the cities of I Austin and San Antonio (as possible* sites." tie added
It’s hard to say if the industries will encl up ui Comal County bec ause* "you’re dealing wilt) so many unknowns," said Purdum "If I knew all the i other * cities they were looking
at hut I don't know what (lie com petition is although I do know some of their needs ”
"Generally speaking all arc* looking for tile quality and quantity o! tailor. tile* availability to market and the quality of lite* in which their employees will (email! stable," tile ('handier exe c utive explained One of Hic* four is concerned about being so far away (rom tile* Houston market plac e* although they realize tiiat Hie Austin San Antonio area is a growing market and in the* long-run will Im* important," said Purdum This area is still somewhat han-
dtcap|M*d flowerer, iii tint the San Antonio-Austin cooridor cannot meet the* population grow (ti o| the Dallas Ft Worth metroplex or Ha* Houston area, tic* .icicled
Purdum is experting "some type cd answer" on at least two of the prospe c tive industries by Hic* end of Hic* summer "Tile other* were more vague" in their time phramc for c hoosing a location, ta* said Ttiose answers he* ge ts later Hits summer may not however, Im* final answers. Hie firms "may just tell us that
See IM U STR Y, Page 12InsideToday s Weather
It will tx* partly cloudy through Wednesday, with a 30 percent chance of thundershowers today and tonight, dropping to a 20 percent chance on Wednesday Winds will tx* from the southeast at 10-20 mph today, decreasing to 10-15 mph tonight Sunset will tx* at 8 35 pm, and sunrise Wednesday will tx* at6 33a iiiTo Cap or Not to Cap?
The House has passed a measure calling for a ceiling, or "cap,” on the tax cut we'll tx* getting in July Senate Majority leader Howard Baker says it won't happen, because he has the votes to defeat that measure President Reagan says he’ll veto it lf it’s passed S«e Page 3No center yet
The Dallas Mavericks needed a center, and they had two first-round choices. But there weren’t any centers left, so they chose* Tennessee forward Dale Ellis and Illinois guard Derek Harper instead The San Antonio Spurs had not chosen at press time Tuesday.
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Port Aransas detective arrested pornography probe
PORT ARANSAS I AP • Port Aransas polic e seized $9,000 worth of pornographic* video tapes from Ha* home of the chief of detectives after arresting him while tic* was on duty, Police Chief Nick Baumann said.
Charles Titus was fired from Hic* police force after tus arrest, Baumann said Monday
Baumann said police seized about 200 tapes from Titus’ home on Sunday. He called tilt* materials "hard-core ”
The chief of detectives had been under investigation for aixrut three weeks, Baumann said City Judge Charles Neblett said he in formed Titus of his rights and Hie com
plaint against him, which included selling obscene material, possession of stolen gotxis and possession of a dangerous drug Baumann said Titus was released from Hie Nueces County Jail Sunday utter (Misting bond of $1,5(8) on Hic* pornography complaint and $1 .UUU on Ult* oilier two complaints Baumann said police who raided Titus' home also found an "elaborate" microphone reported stolen by Hit* National Crime Information Agency, and some pills.
Titus itad been acting pollee chief until Baumann, a former Corpus ( brist polic eman, w as hired recently Baumann said Titus was arrested
Sunday night while on duty at the Port Aransas Polic e Department "He was fired from the* police dejiart-inent upon Ins arrest Sunday night," Baumann said Baumann said the Port Aransas police department was continuing an investigation in the* e ase He* said last Friday Hic* 10-member police department called Ui a s(w*cial undercover officer who allegedly bought tapes containing previews of $9,000 in films Hie undercover officer was negotiating to buy from Titus Baumann said Bx* undercover officer also alleged that Titus was planning a September trip to Amsterdam to buy some kiddie*' porn
People* playing .it Canyon Lake water transportation wind