New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 29, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Nation’s foreign debt burden soars to billions
WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s foreign debt burden soared to $532.5 billion in 1988, pushing the United States further into hock as the world’s largest debtor country, the government reported today.
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Bush looks at campaign reform, pay hike revival
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush is moving to cut special-interest influence in elections, abolish gerrymandered political districts and revive talk of a congressional pay raise, ajdes say. Campaign finance reform was the focus of Bush’s speech before a group of congressional interns. See Page 5
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Vol. 137, No. 164
June 29, 1989 25 Cents
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Judge jails NR juror on contempt charge
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
A New Braunfels man remains in the Comal County jail today on a contempt-of-court charge after failing to show for jury duty in the Hampton vs. City of New Braunfels trial this week.
“This is the first time I’ve had to send out a warrant for an arrest” for a
juror, said District Clerk Margaret Hcrbrich. “He’s fined $100. He cither pays it or goes to jail. He can work off his fine in jail.”
The warrant was issued for the arrest of Ernest R. Moreno, 565 E. Common St., Wednesday after he called in sick twice while serving as a juror.
He called in sick along with another
juror June 20, a day after the trial began. Visiting Judge Charles Lance of Milam County postponed the trial for two days to give the two men time to recover.
Both men returned Thursday ard the trial resumed.
Then on Monday, June 26, Moreno
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Jury receives charge; considering evidence
After hearing closing arguments Wednesday night, the 9-man, 2 woman jury of the Richard Hampton vs. City of New Braunfels suit continue searching for a verdict today.
“They were here ’till about 9 o’clock last night,” said District Clerk Margaret Hcrbrich. The jury resumed deliberations al 9 a.m. today and were still in session at press-time today.
The jury received a 26-question charge prepared by visiting Judge Charles Lance of Milam County, heard closing arguments and began deliberations at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The charge to the jury advises the jury of the law applicable to the lawsuit and aids the jury in understanding the case. The judge decides the law applicable lo the case. The jury decides the facts after the judge instructs them of the law.
Hampton, who is suing the City of New Braunfels along with Marcus Tonish, took the stand Monday testfying the City of New Braunfels without basis terminated his lease
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Elks Lodge Red Sox pitcher Brian Schwartz fires one down the line during the Little League Intermediate city championship game last night at the National League Field. Schwartz relieved starting
pitcher Scott Holderfield for the Red Sox. The American League champs fell to the National League Sikes Electric team. For the complete story, see Page 10. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Utilities trustees to review PUC decision, GBR A suit
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
The Public Utilities Commission decision and the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority lawsuit are expected to be the highlights of discussion Thursday during the regular meeting of the New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees.
While the PUC decision is not set on the agenda for discussion, General Manager Bob Sohn indicated last week the subject would probably come up during his report to the board.
The commission voted to raise the Lower River Colorado River Authority’s rates June 22 without allowing
rate differentials for wholesale customers who had invested in 138 kilovolt transmission lines arui other transmission and substation equipment. LORA saves more money by supplying electric power to customers who have this equipment than to those
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Deputies harvest marijuana plants
A Canyon Lake man was arrested Wednesday and charged with possession of marijuana after sheriffs office authorities found marijuana plants growing at his residence.
Fred Eugene Fischer. 32, HC4 Box 165, posted a $5,000 bond W ednesday after being charged with possessing under four ounces of marijuana.
“There were approximately 14 marijuana plants ranging anywhere from two inches to a foot and a half,’’ said Ll. Rudy Rubio. “Aking with that was confiscated approximately $2,600 (cash),”
The plants, which were growing in pots, were sent to the Department of Public Safely l*ab in Austin for analysis, Rubio said.
Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Howard Smith issued the search warrant and set bond for Fischer.
High court delays cottonking abortion decision
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court did not announce its decision on the fate of legalized abortions today, instead extending its 1988 89 term until Monday and raising tile suspense over the most closely watched case of the decade.
The court’s lack of action disappointed the scores of abortion oppo nems and advocates who waited in line overnight for one of the few seats in the courtroom. Others milled outside the historical court building in anticipation of a decision that could overturn or retain a woman’s right to a abortion.
In addition, the court left hanging its decision in an important case from Pittsburgh on church-state relations.
TV controversy stemmed from the holiday displays of a Christmas
Nativity scene and a Hanukkah menorah at government buildings in that city. Lower courts said the displays represented an impermissible promotion of religion by government.
The court announced just two rulings from the bench during a brief public session. The Missouri case called Webster vs. Reproductive Health Services was not among them.
The justices are being asked to use the Missouri case to reverse the court’s 1973 landmark decision legalizing abortion
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist said from the bench, “On Monday, July 3, the court will announce all the remaining opinions during this term of the court.”
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Law officers to brief senator on problems
Banc One beats out competitors for MBanks
Local law enforcement officials will be briefing U.S. Sen. Phil Oran un on the drug problem ut Comal County Saturday at the Comal County Courthouse.
The public is rnv tied u> anend the briefing as the senator receives an update on the extern of the drug problem in Comal County and surrounding areas in addition, Or anim will brief those gathered on the recently passed Anu-Drug Act of 1988 which he co-sponsored.
“For too long law enforcement officials have had to fight a big battle with a small stick,'“ Grimm said “I am
pleased to say that the federal government is finally wading in arid giving local officials a bigger suck"
Comal County Sheriff Jack Bre mer, Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force Deputy un assignment Danny Ibarra, and New Braunfels Police Chief Burney Boeck will discuss the drug problem
The meeting will be in the county court at-law courtroom un the second floor cd the Comal County Court house starting at 7 pm. The gathering is expected to Last for about 45 minutes
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New Braunfels Children s Museum s new exhibit, Kir^ Cotton, was officially opened during an evening reception for volunteers and friends of the museum WestPotnt Pepperell Mission Valley mil! plant manager Bdl Morton demonstrates the intricacies of spinning wool to Amy Theail, left, and museum volunteer Monica Aguirre Volunteers who helped set up the exhibit were given a lour of the completed exhibit during the reception King Cotton shows youngsters, through hands-on activities, how cotton is made mio thread and woven into fabric The exhibit also features a video tour of a WestPotnt Pepperell md!. The museum in Courtyard Shopping Center is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a rn. to to 6 p m. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
DALLAS (AP) — Bant One Corp , an Ohio banking company known for its consumer products, overcame six other bids to win the 20 failed banks of Dallas-based MCorp in what is estimated to become the nation’s third largest bank bailout.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which insures the nation’s bank depo sits, announced Banc One’s selection Wednesday, but withheld details of the government assistance package until today, when simultaneous news conferences were scheduled for Washington and Dallas
Analysts praised the decision, saying it would add a strong competitor to Texas* banking industry while bidders who lost out said they are pre pared to compete FD1C Chairman William Seidman said in a written statement that Balk One was selected in “a highly europe uuve process” from among “attractive proposals ”
Bant One said ii would begin man aging the banks July 5 under the name Bank One Texas, and would purchase die banks after about a four- to six-month penod during which problem assets would be identified The holding company said it would invest about $500 million to buy all of Bank One Texas’ equity.
Bill Boardman, a Banc One senior vice president, said the FD1C would take over problem loans and “bring the balance sheet to a zero position "
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Sunny skies should prevail today with a high of about 95
and northeast winds between IO and 15 mph. Clouds will return tonight along with a 20 percent chance of showers. Friday will be partly mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of widely scattered showers and a high in the low 90s. The weekend outlook shows a chance of afternoon showers, highs in the low to mid 90s and lows in die mid 70s.
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Hometown band lime mew will be its rock'n'roll sounds to Landa Park tonight for ilk* Concert in the Park sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department and Miller Wholesale Beer The free concert starts at 7 pm, and you’re invited to take along picnic suppers. lawn chairs and blankets. Remember, no glass containers....
Local representatives of the U.S Census Burearu will revisit selected area households beginning July I lo conduct its Survey of Income and Program Participation SIPP is a major, nationwide continuing survey introduced in the fail of 1983. It is one of the nation’s largest, with about 25,000 households participating The Census Bureau publishes periodic reports providuig information from the survey. Subjects covered include jobs and earnings, the economic effects of unemployment, disability and retirement, how taxes affect personal spending, and parttcipa lion in such programs as Social Security, Medicare, Mediciad. and food stamps.
Information from SIPP helps policy makers and administrators determine how well government programs are serving the public and how changes in programs and policies will affect the public
Information gathered is confidential by law and field represen univ es should have credentials identifying them as U S Census Bureau employees...
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