New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 2, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Za/fung, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, May 2, 1991
Search for aliend grows
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Immigration agents say more arrests could result from the discovery of three undocumented Mexican workers found padlocked inside an aluminum storage shed.
Jose Mario Hernandez, 52, was charged Wednesday with three counts of harboring illegal aliens after the workers were found locked in a shed on his property during a federal raid Tuesday.
Gary Renick, chief of investigations with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in San Antonio, said agents were investigating employers who may have hired the workers and paid them below minimum wage.
“We’re looking at two other individuals,” he said.
The three undocumented aliens found in the shed did yard work and odd jobs, Renick said.
“(They) worked them around the San Antonio area during the day, and brought them back there at night,” said Renick.
The workers were given food at the shed, which has electricity but no running water, Renick said. It is believed the workers used a portable toilet at the building.
The shed is located in a business district on a three-acre piece of property that also contains old cars and trucks. It is surrounded by an aluminum fence. Its gates were locked Wednesday.
Workers at nearby businesses said they did not know the undocumented aliens had been staying there and were surprised when they heard about the INS raid.
Thieves ‘did homework’
AUSTIN (AP) — Authorities investigating the theft of medical school application exams from the University of Texas say they are hunting for well-informed burglars.
The thieves knew what they wanted, where to find it and that there would be a market for the 290 copies of the Medical College Admission Tests.
“They apparently knew what they were looking for and knew exactly which room to go to,” said Curtis Funke, an
investigator with the UT Police.
Funke said nothing else was taken from the testing center, and no other room in the building was disturbed.
Police said they don’t have any suspects in the burglary, which occurred late Saturday or early Sunday at the UT Measurement and Evaluation Center.
Funke said that because six boxes of blank MC AT documents were stolen, probably more than one person was involved in the theft.
In earlier reports, police said the burglars forced open a window of the building and took the exams from a locked storage room. But Funke said that the only security at the time was a deadbolt lock, used to secure the door.
Ex-wife challenges mayor
VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — A record 70 absentee ballots were cast in the Moulton mayor’s race, which pits incumbent Harry Meyer against three challengers including his ex-wife, Georgia.
Saturday’s election is being called the strangest in years in Moulton, a town of 1,009 in Lavaca County.
Residents can’t remember a race for mayor that featured four candidates, much less one with such family ties.
Meyer has been mayor of Moulton for the past 14 years, and served two years on the City Council before that.
Not to be outdone, Ms. Meyer has decided she, too, has something to offer the community. Since filing for mayor, she can be found out cajoling votes from the citizenry when she’s not at her teaching job at Moulton Elementary.
Meyer professes no bitterness about his ex-wife’s decision to run for mayor. And he’s glad the campaign has been devoid of mudslinging and name-calling.
Mrs. Meyer said she considered running for mayor even before the breakup of her marriage.
“I’ve always been interested in politics and have attended several state conventions and been elected to many offices in our community,” she said. I’ve never taken a back seat to anyone during the course of my lifetime.”
Blast kills at least three Soil train near end of line
STERLINGTON, La. (AP) — Fires burned through the night at a fertilizer plant after explosions killed at least three people and left five missing in the ruins today, officials said. More than 120 others were reported hurt.
The blasts Wednesday at International Minerals and Chemicals Corp. hurled a man into the street, shattered windows in nearby homes and were felt eight miles away, witnesses said. Flying debris damaged a hospital and a school.
“I heard a pop, then I saw a fire and I told my daughter that the plant was fixing to blow up,” said Marcha Firmin, who lives across the street. “It ail went up, blowing me back against my house.”
The cause of the 1:30 p.m. blasts wasn’t immediately known. John Sutton, the company’s environmental manager, said it may have been caused by a propane gas leak.
The explosions occurred as workers were about to check a malfunctioning compressor, said Bill Patterson, operations manager.
It wasn’t immediately clear how many blasts there were.
Authorities said 123 people were injured and taken to hospitals. Twenty-two were admitted. State Police Ll. Wendell Lewis said. Their conditions were not immediately known.
Angolans agree to end civil war
ESTORIL, Portugal (AP) — Angola’s leftist government and guerrillas have reached a peace accord in one of Africa’s longest and bloodiest civil wars, with the United Slates and Soviet Union agreeing to stop arming the rivals.
Negotiators clasped hands at this coastal resort Wednesday to seal provisional accords that call for a ceasefire at the end of May and Angola’s first free elections in the fall of 1992.
VOTE SATURDAY MAY 4, 1991
ELECT MARTIN ALLEN
COMAL I.S.D. BOARD TRUSTEE
I will bring 20 years experience in Administration to the CISD Board. I will work for competitive teacher salaries to insure Quality Education; Aggressive Drug Awarerness; Board Accountability; and Long Term Planning.
ELECT JOE KUEHLER CITY COUNCIL - DISTRICT 3 “LOOKING TO THE FUTURE”
I pledge to provide conservative leadership with fairness, diligence and integrity. My earnest commitment to address the issues includes a desire to listen to your opinions on the challenges we face:
‘getting the most benefit from tax dollars,
•protecting our environment and conserving water, with emphasis on safeguarding the flow of Comal Springs,
•supporting our police and fire departments,
•maintaining our heritage through controlled growth,
•continuing the downtown re-vitalization efforts and promoting the local economy and commerce.
As a fourth generation native of New Braunfels, I have a strong love and concern for the citizens of this community. I will apreciate your vote.
VOTE MAY 4 0 NEW BRAUNFELS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
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Recuperating soldiers hear concert
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — About 200 American soldiers recuperating from wounds suffered in the Persian Gulf War got to leave behind a hospital for a concert hall to see singer Gloria Estefan.
Miss Estefan gave the soldiers free tickets to her show Wednesday at Frankfurt’s Festhalle, then met with them backstage afterward.
The singer had originally planned to visit the soldiers in the hospital but
ran out of time and decided to invite all those who could travel to the show, said her spokeswoman, Cindy Valk.
Miss Estefan is on a concert tour of Europe and the United States after nearly a year recuperating from injuries suffered in a crash of her tour bus.
Her new album, “Into The Light,” has produced two hit singles: “Coming Out of The Dark” and “Seal Our Fate.”
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A train that wandered the country in search of a dumping ground for its load of contaminated soil neared the end of the line today at a toxic waste site in Utah, despite protests from environmentalists.
Dogged by demonstrations and bad publicity as the cargo made its way down the East Coast and across the continent, CSX Transportation, which owns the soil, refused to say what time the train would enter Utah, or from what direction.
Like the New York garbage barge that wandered the ocean in search of dump site in 1987, the train had become a symbol of the nation’s waste problems.
The 2,400 tons of soil were scraped from the ground surrounding a toxic train fire in Freeland, Mich., in 1989. The soil contains acrylic acid, a pungent liquid acid, and trace amounts of other chemicals.
The Environmental Protection Agency, as well as Michigan and Utah authorities, said the soil is not hazardous, but the load was turned away in at least three states. The train traveled through Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina in search of a dump site.
Along the way, protesters chained themselves to the train.
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