New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 23, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Record declines in gasoline and fuel oil prices sent consumer prices tumbling 0.2 percent last month, the government said today. It was only the second time since 1965 that consumers’ costs have actually fallen.
Gasoline prices plummeted 6.7 percent; over the last four months they have fallen 10.8 percent. Fuel oil prices fell 4.7 percent.
The costs of food and housing were unchanged. Medical care expenses soared 0.8 percent.
Today’s report from the Labor Department — following three months of little or no gain — boosted economists’ predictions that the Consumer Price Index for all of 1963 may match last year’s 3.9 percent, the smallest rise in a decade.
As for gasoline and home heating oil, economists say they expect even further declines in the coming months as a result of OPEC’s decision last week to slash its base price for crude oil by $5 a barrel, to $29.
Today’s report said that gasoline
prices, as of last month, were 16.6 percent below their peak level of March 1981. Last month’s record drop came after a 3.3 percent decline in January and a 0.8 percent fall in December.
Food prices, unchanged last month, have risen only 0.8 percent in the last 12 months. Economists, however, expect those prices to pick up somewhat later this year, partly as a result of the heavy farmer participation in the Reagan administration’s new Payment in Kind
program to trim price-depressing crop surpluses.
Analysts also say the heavy rains on the West Coast may have damaged California fruit and vegetable crops so severely that prices will rise further. Last month, however, those prices tumbled sharply.
Food prices had risen 0.1 percent in January after being unchanged in both November and December.
Last month, fruit and vegetable prices fell I percent. Prices for meat, poultry, fish and eggs rose a slight 0.1
percent, as did prices for dairy products. Cereal and bakery goods prices rose 0.3 percent while restaurant meal prices were unchanged and prices for alcoholic beverages rose 0.5 percent.
For the last 12 months, consumer prices overall have risen 3.5 percent.
If last month’s 0.2 percent decline held steady for 12 straight months, the yearly drop would be 2.4 percent. The annual rate reported by the department is based on a more precise calculation of monthly prices than the
figure the department makes public.
Consumer prices rose 0.2 percent in January, fell 0.3 percent in December and were unchanged in November.
The February and December declines were the only two recorded since the 0.1 percent drop of August 1965.
The department reported these other details of last month’s consumer price activity:
—Natural gas prices rose 0.2 per-
See INFLATION, Page 12A
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New Braunfels. Texas Vol. 92 - No. 58 36 Pages-4 Sections (USPS 377-880Spike bucks targeted by officials
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
County officials, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and about 20 local hunters agree on one point — spike bucks are inferior animals and should not be given special protection.
Of the almost 20 young and old county hunters who showed up at a parks and wildlife hearing Tuesday night, most agreed on this point. Several, however, did not understand Commissioners Court's reasons for vetoing last year’s proposed regulations.
Comal Commissioners — not present at the hearing — have this year favored spike buck shooting — which is a switch from previous years.
In the past, the legalization of spike buck hunting has been a sore point between Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission and local officials. Last year the court vetoed the regulations proposed by the state commission, thus making it illegal to shoot spike bucks (which have a hardened antler, or “spike” protruding through the skin instead of forked antlers I.
The court also vetoed the commission's proposed regulation that called for a change in antlerless deer hunting which would require an antlerless deer tag for either sex of deer. (This year the commission has not made any proposals concerning the hunting of does without a permit.)
I^ast year the court seemed convinced with the theory that spike
See DEER, Page IZA
Medical examiner outlines fatal injuries
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
On the night of April 19. 1982, 17-year-old Jimmie Muenich died of a broken neck and a crushed right chest
Dr Roberto Bayardo, chief medical examiner for Travis County, confirmed today the cause of Muenich’s death in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Thomas Henry Young Muenich. while jogging in the 2100 block of the Interstate 35 access, was struck from behind by Young's Jeep Wagoneer last April 19.
The neck injury resulted in the transection (or severing) of the spinal cord, which Bayardo said causes “complete paralysis from the neck down."
Had James Muenich lived, would
he have been a paraplegic?," District Attorney Bill Schroeder asked The witness said yes. “He wouldn’t have been able to breath either, because ribs number two to 12 were fractured,” Bayardo added “He would have to have been connected to a breathing machine "
The medical examiner described calf injuries to Muenich’s body, which earned a pattern similar to a motor vehicle grill Other injuries were made by sliding on a rough surface like concrete. Bayardo said
Iii addition, the chest injury severed Muenich’s aorta, cutting off the blood supply to the body Instead, blood filled up the lung cavity, Bayardo said.
Testimony indicated the first part of Muenich’s body to contact Young s jeep were the calves and the back of
the left thigh. Defense counsel repeatedly asked Dr. Bayardo, in his opinion, what happened to the body after impact. And repeatedly, the medical examiner said the questions went outside of his expertise Other testimony Wednesday morning came from Fernando Gutierrez, who identified Young as the man he saw at the Gourmet Inn bar prior to the fatal accident.
“How would you describe the defendant’s demeanor that night?," Schroeder questioned “He appeared like he’d had too much to drink. While I was there, I saw hun fall dowm.” Gutierrez said. “I noticed when he w as escorted out "
Gutierrez further stated rn his opinion the defendant was m-
See TRIAL, Page IZA
Recent store holdups said linked
ByDYANNEFRY Staff writer
New Braunfels police think the March 15 kidnapping of a Sac-N-Pac clerk may be related to similar convemence-store incidents in December and February.
I .ast Tuesday, a suspect armed with a folding knife abducted a 22-year-old clerk from the Sac-N-Pac store at FM 306 and Hunter Road. The crime occurred just a few minutes after midnight
It was the 7-11 store on Ixwp 337 that was hit on Feb. 9. The female clerk reported she was alone rn the building at 4 a m., restocking shelves, when a gun-toting man came in He took the clerk hostage in her own car, drove out FM 306 and threw her out of the vehicle. Her car was later found abandoned Another convenienee-store clerk, aged 21, was kidnapped and raped by a late-night "customer” on Dec 27. In this case, the suspect had a car to
carry his victim away rn.
“We’re hoping to offer a reward for information that may lead to an arrest un any of these cases I,” said Lt. Felix Roque, head of the city’s Criminal Investigation Division. He said he would be conferring with the city’s Secret Witness program rn the next few days.
The suspect who visited the 7-11 store last month was described as a white male between 5*8" and 5’10,” weighing 130 to 140 pounds.
Staff photo bv Clotty RichardsonHearings officer David Sinclair presided at Tuesday's meeting on deer hunting
Absentee voting slowly increasing
Being that the April 2nd elections will be held on Easter weekend, absentee voting is starting to pick up for the New Braunfels and Garden Ridge city elections and the two local school board races.
Absentee voting for board races in the Comal and New Braunfels Independent School Districts, Garden Ridge city council, the New Braunfels districting and fluoridation issues will continue through March 29.
As of Wednesday morning, 15 votes had been cast for CISD; 26 for NBISD; “close to 30" for the city elections; and five for Garden Ridge’s races.
Those wishing to vote absentee in the NBISD races may do so at the district’s central administrative office on West Mill
Street. In the CISD election, absentee votes can be cast at the central office on Highway 81 East.
For the New Braunfels election, city voters may cast absentee ballots at City Hall, 202 N. Seguin. For the Garden Ridge races, ballots may be cast at City Hall on Timber Rose Drive.
Three spots are up for grabs on the NBISD board and one on the CISD board There are three contested races for Garden Ridge’s city council.
And New Braunfels’ voters are being asked to decide whether the city’s water supply should be fluoridated and whether council members should be elected according to a "4-3” plan — four from smgle-member districts and three at large.
Those candidates who have filed for the NBISD races include incumbents Rudy Reimer and Bob Self, in places 6 and 4, respectively. David Cook and Jose Valdemar Espinoza have filed against Reinier.
In place 4 on the NBISD bv^ard, Gladys Bartling, Ronald Dalrymple, Bonnie Uhr Denson and Christina Zamora have filed.
There is only one race on the CISD ballot. Incumbent Erwin Lehmann faces Selden G. Becker of Canyon I^ake in that race.
In Garden Ridge, Robert Kolstad faces Paul Davis in the mayor’s race, Robert Howey opposes Neil Craigmile for Place 2 and Ben White faces Robert Harmon in Place 3.
:ken pox outbreak 1't spread here—yet
An outbreak of chicken pox in San Antonio schools hasn’t hit the high country of Comal County. But local school officials aren’t saying it won’t.
Marcia Colleran, school nurse at Bulverde Elementary, doesn’t know of a single case right now. But she knows Bulverde is not too far from the Alamo City, and many of her charges’ parents work there.
“There’s a lot of exposure," she said, adding, “(Chicken pox) hasn’t been bad for about three years, so we’re sort of due. It gets to be a cyclic thing.”
Comal Elementary, also on the south end of the county, reports two children out with confirmed or suspected cases of the disease. Nurse Edith Aderhold doesn’t consider that
an alarming number, and said there weren’t any cases reported to her at Goodwin Primary School.
Lone Star Elementary in the New Braunfels Independent School District has one case of the pox on record. Seele and Carl Schurz report none at all, and so does the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School.
Susan Bell, school nurse at Lone Star, said New Braunfels had its last severe outbreak just two years ago. The families who had the disease then should still be carrying immunity, so she’s not really expecting an epidemic here. But she said, “There’s still a chance that it’s yet to come.”
“It does usually erupt in the springtime,’’ commented Seele nurse Elaine Startz.
There’s a 70 percent chance of rain or thunderstorms today, and winds will be from the north at 10-15 miles per hour. Skies will become partly cloudy this afternoon, and winds tonight will be light. Thursday will be partly cloudy and mild. Sunset today will be at 6:43 p.m., and sunrise Thursday at 6:30 a.m.
Krueger puts '84 campaign in gear
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Speaking to the same group which campaigned so hard for him in 1978, an optmustic Bob Krueger stepped onto the campaign trail Tuesday before Comal County Democrats.
For quite some time, Krueger has indicated that he will once again attempt to unseat Republican Sen. John Tower in 1984.
But now words have turned into action for the New Braunfels native, who in 1978 came within I percentage point of defeating Tower.
Krueger, who served as ambassador at large to Mexico under President Jimmy Carter’s administration, said he has “filed a committee to raise (campaign) funds with the federal elections commission."
"I’m set to start again," he told county Democrats jammed into the back room of the Faust Restaurant.
Krueger’s official “campaign kick-off” will not come until later this summer, he said in a telephone interview.
At the noon luncheon, Krueger, a former congressman, boasted that he was so "absolutely convinced that this race is winnable,” that he’s extended the lease on his Washington D.C. home through December, 1964.
And while he was at it, Krueger also made a plug for the national Democratic party.
The Democratic party “did a better job of trying to develop a full-range of potential for all the people in this country," he noted. “The great advances of civil rights” were under the leadership of the Democratic party, Krueger added.
Noting that "not every program we’ve tried has worked," the senatorial hopeful pointed out that “the American people turned away in 1980” by electing a Republican president.
“But there’s no doubt we’re (Democrats) coming back," he told his attentive audience, many of which wore “Krueger" campaign tags.
“We’ve got to continue,” he added, “keeping a broad-range of support.” Krueger referred specifically to those Democrats who were sue-
See KRUEGER, Page UA