New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 31, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Tubers filled the chute and the Comal River this weekend
Officials say Memorial Day set records
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
A record number of people celebrated a warm sunny Memorial Day weekend in Comal County, according to local law enforcement officials.
Both city and county lodging accomodations were scare, the parks were crowded, River Road was packed, and the C anyon I .ake area was wall to wall people and boats,” one marina ow ner-operator
An actual count of people visiting the county over the three-day period
was not available. But both Sheriff Walter Fellers and New Braunfels Police Bt. John McFachern reported "record” crowds and numerous arrests.
The police department answered 249 calls for service over the three days. These calls ranged "from noise disturbances to deaths resulting from traffic accidents,” said McFachern, w ho added that the police department covered 24 traffic accidents w ithin the city limits Two of these 24 resulted in three traffic fatalities, he said
Sheriff Fellers saw a lot of tile police department’s work over the weekend, as accomodations in the
County Jail were worse than any w here else
Fellers, who referred to holiday period as a "hectic weekend," estimated that 150 people were arrested and booked by his department from late Friday night to Monday.
' We were over-full most of the three day s," said Fellers who thought this Memorial Day crowd "was the largest crowd tin' county has ever had for any holiday We were constantly busy.”
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WILLI AMSHFKCi Va \P President Reagan, having gui led the summit through economic differences, is joining other leaders of industrialized democracies in a fresh pledge to reduce high interest rates and large budget deficits Reagan, preparing to return today to the White House, said the ninth annual economic summit had been "as fruitful and as useful and enjoyable as w e had all hoped In a toast to his guests at a state dinner Monday night, he b*>k brief note of the differences that were sometimes aired in the talks "Our individual perceptions about particular issues may .sometimes differ; but gatherings such cs this give us an opportunity to work together on a regular basis to address the problems we share "
Despite Pampean concerns about U S interest rates and a dispute over the wording of a statement on arms policy, the summit which began Saturday broke up on a harmonious note with the president reading a declaration on economic recovery "We must al! focus on achieving and maintaining low inflation, and reducing interest rates from their present toohigh lev els, the president recited,
We renew tim commitment to reduce structural budget deficits, iii particular, by limiting the growth of expenditures.” the declaration said Reagan was flanked by French President Francois Mitterrand, West (•ermon Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Canadian Prune Minister Pierre Trudeau, Japanese Prune Minister Yasuhiro Nakasoiie, Italian Prune Minister Xmintore Fanfani, and Gaston Thorn, head of tile Furopean Common Market British Prime Minister Mal caf et That! hei left early to return to campaign lur tin June 9 parliameiitai y election'
Trudeau and other leaders praised Reagan for his handling of the summit
From the outset, th* president had insisted that the bilk' Is- more informal than those at previous 'urn-
mils He didn t w ant a rigid agenda or a final statement prepared in advance of the meeting
He was taking a very big gamble that we could have an unstructured summit arni still produce results,” said Trudeau "And I must say I had to congratulate hun for having won that gamble.”
The 10-point summit declaration also called for greater stability in monetary exchange rates and raised the possibility of an international monetary conference in future years It urged a halt in protectionist trade barriers and expressed concern about the debt problems of tile developing nations. It said economic relations with .fie Soviet I mon should i>< compatible with our security interests ”
At one point, the allies set aside their economic talks to discuss arms control iii what Secretary of State George P. Shultz called a freeflow mg, honest-to-(lod ext bange ” They eventually agreed on an arms control statement supporting NAH) policy. promising to pursue negotiations while maintaining sufficient military strength ti* deter attack
Still, it was tin economic talks the purpose of the summit that drew tin- most discussion The foreign leaders apparent!) presented a united front in expressing their concern about tin* I S interest rates and enormous budget debt its Kohl observed that was "an important experience for our Ament an colleagues I S leaders were forced. Kohl said, to se** themselves as ix*ing clearly opposed by everyone from the Japanese to the Canadians to us Furopeans and that will certainly not fail to have an impact on Amen* an policy,"
Indeed, a senior Reagan administration source said the talks will reinforce our determination to try to do something about interest rates and whatever it is that is < a using interest rates lo stay high ”
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W»th st Bool out Oms Wright (right) and Hilly
Loin hoi rn wasted no time in cooling off in a pond in banda Hark Golf Course Vacationing
students may not need any cooling off Tuesday however as another cold front pushed through South T usa*.
Holiday crashes kill three
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
The Memorial Day holiday rn New Braunfels was marred by three traffic fatalities, all within a 13-hour time span Saturday and Sunday.
Two of the three deaths occurred around 3 30 p.m. Saturday near FM 300 A 197ti Oldsmobile driven by William ( Dodson Jr., 25, of Austin. was northbound on Interstate 35 at a high rate of speed, when it struck the guardrail above FM 30ti.
The Department of Dubio Safety report said the car went through the guardrail, and landed on its top on the HI 35 frontage road below Dodson was killed in the crash, and Tracy Bromin. IT. of Austin, a passenger in th* cai (lied at McKenna Memorial Hospital
A Datsun 280-Z, driven by James Sa.sso of Dallas, was traveling under tin* 111 35 overpass at FM 308 when the* Dodson car went through the guar-
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Attorney General busy, so no Savage decision yet
By DI BBH DeLOACH Staff writer
It’s still a question mark whether William Dale Savage will be prosecuted furtlier for killing a New Braunfels family of four last < k'tober
Mr Arlhuri Mitchell said there are no new developments, Will Rogers, a clerk iii th** Attorney General’' Office of Dubio Information, said Tuesday Mitchell is one of three lawyers closest to At tome) General Jim Mattox in staff position
Savage was placed on IO years probation in April fur flu* death of
Ruben Saucedn Sr Suuceda’s wife and two small children were also struck and killed by Savage's Volkswagen District Attorney Bill Schroedcr said he refused to try Savage again on any oilier in voluntary manslaughter indictments, and a month long protest of com thous** picketers, downtown marches, and jail inmate hunger strikes began
On May 18, Slate District Judge Carl Anderson signed an order, asking the AG's office to review the Savage case on May 18 Mattox said Ins office would comply, and placed a two-week timetable on th** review That deadline has now come and gone
The problem lias Im***ii that Mr Mattox has been over at th** legislature Ii* has some bills that he really cared about, like Ins nursing home reform bill," Rogers said While th** legislature was iii session, most of his energy was going over there Now that the legislature is over, lie’ll be around here mot**
Mitchell has been assigned to review the case, and will make a recommendation to Mattox. Boget said However, th** final decision i est' with lh** attorney general, who will consider other circumstances Insides Mitchell’s thoughts on the matter,” Rogers said
What I’m trying to say is Mil rhell’s recommendation will have weight, hut tin* attorney general will use his own judgment iii making a final decision,” th** clerk added
Savage's attorney Rn k Woods has formally objected to the Attorney General's review, contending it could possibly put his client iii double jeopardy a constitutional protection against a per-son being I. led twice for tin* same offense Woods has also stated In* will take tin* issue all tin* way to the Supreme Court if Mattox decides iii favor of further prosecution
Legislature finished—but for how long?Inside
AUSTIN AD lawmakers say the failure of th** legislature to take care of unfinished business including not passing a hilt continuing the Texas employment Commission guarantees a s|x*cial session this summer
I would assume it’d la* sometime In-tween now and July 15,” said Sen. Carl Darker, Import \rthur, who said the governor told him there would be a called session
However, Gov Mark White insisted publicly he had not made up his mind
The regular 'ession ended Monday night at midnight, with th** more than 3,000 |M*ople who work for the TF( wondering if they will be unemployed themselves next fall.
Without a special session this summer to pass a bill continuing the agency that gives out unemployment ani and finds work for the jobless, it will tx* phased out beginning Sept. I.
Also, a bill that would have brought Texas into compliance with federal brucellosis control standards failed in the Senate despite the US Department of Agriculture’s imposition of a quarantine of Texas cattle, effective Wednesday
Although White would not confirm la* plans to * all them buc k into session, be did tell House members in brief remarks shortly before the scheduled midnight adjournment, Should we have to call a special session I will make it at a time most convenient to legislators ”
He said it would not la* June 4, sin* * he said he understood many lawmakers plan vacations in June In fact, W hit**, Ll Gov Bill Hobby and Speaker (Jib Lew is also have travel plans during the month House and Senate members spent til* final day of the regular session Liking final votes mostly on minor bills and passing congratulatory’ resolutions Rep Carlyle Smith, IXJ rand Dram**, criticized the 140-day meeting as nonthinking and lethargic Some |x*opl** are calling it the Valium session.”
Other legislators, however, praised themselves for passing a stronger anti-drunken driving law, a no-new-taxes budget and a prison reform package that sets up community centers where low-risk inmates can live ' on the outside” while they work to pay back their victims Lawmakers also passed consumer-
oriented changes in th** way utilities ar** regulated and a bill to lower credit card interest rates White praised the I -egidature f*ir that and for creating an ethics commission, raising welfare payments from $13 to $48 a month ja r child, and passing several other bills
Some legislators who responded to an informal survey listed as tin* major achievement a new fund for state univ**! 'dies outside th** University of 'Texas-Texas AAM systems
I reappointments of th** 88th session, some members said, included the failures of parimutuel wagering, nursing home reform, a statewide water program, a brucellosis
control bill, mandatory child safety seats in cars, and, th* on* most frequently cited the lack of a big pay raise for
"That was by far the biggest failing of this House,” said Rep Arces Jones Sr , R-Fl Paso, a freshman in the House "That should have been the No. I priority when we began the session."
Hobby said, “There was not the
recognition that I thought there ought to Im*
for the needs of education, both higher
education and piddle school education ”
White met with Hobby and Lewis late Monday and agreed to resurrect a special committee on education that Hobby had chaired previously The coiiimitee would meet during the summer to draft a plan for funding public education
Most of th** major battles had already been fought and won or lost before the last day of the session.
But a few major issues waited until the last day to tx* declared officially dead, including a statewide water plan and a bill that would have extended workmen’s compensation tofarin workers
The water plan died in conference com mitt**** whi*n lawmakers from different areas of the stat** failed to agree on its terms
Workmen's compensation for farm win kers failed when Sen Bill Sat palms. I) Hereford, staged a talkathon against it beginning at 9 50 p rn CUT He talked until adjournment at midnight, killing the bill without a voteToday's Weather
It will be cloudy today with a 30 perenit chance of showers, with clouds continuing tonight and Wednesday Winds will la* northeasterly at 10-15 mph today, light and variable tonight, and easterly at 10-15 mph Wednesday Sunset will Im* at 8 26 p in., and sunrise Wednesday will tx* at 6 31 a rn.Unicorns to Pick Cotton
The New Braunfels Unicorns face the Robstown Cotton Dickers tonight in the first of a three game regional playoff The action starts at 8 p.m. on the Unicorn field and the winner will In*
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