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WEDNESDAY November 2,1983 25 cents
Vol. 92 - No. 218
34 Pages—3 Sections
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Highway patrolman Robert Butler, formerly stationed in Comal County, has put on his boxing gloves again to challenge the Department of Public Safety.
His attorney Harris Butler said Wednesday that his client has initiated an appeal process through DPS channels to fight his Oct. 18 suspension without pay.
“This is an internal appeal. Butler will go before a DPS grievance board within the next month, I would guess,” the attorney said.
Butler’s first DPS fight was a five-day hearing in 207th District Court to challenge his Sept. 21 transfer to Rockport. Presiding judge Robert Pfeuffer denied an injunction to block the transfer, and Butler was instructed to report to Capt. Charles Gunn in Corpus Christi on Oct. 17.
"He didn't show — at my advice,” Butler said. “As a matter of fact, I sent a telegram to the Attorney General's Office stating I had advised him not to comply with the transfer order.”
Butler was subsequently suspended without pay on Oct. 18 for “insubordination,” DPS spokesman David Wells said.
The five-day hearing served to allow Judge Pfeuffer to either extend or dissolve a temporary restraining order on the Rockport transfer. Even though Pfeuffer denied a temporary injunction, his ruling did not affect Butler’s civil suit pending against the DPS. DPS New Braunfels Sgt. James Holder and DPS Director Col. James Adams.
"We haven't decided on a firm appeal of that one yet. I'm still thinking,” attorney Butler said. if we do appeal, I suppose the Court of Civil Appeals in San Antonio would decide the case.”
Butler claims in his suit that his transfer was a retaliation measure for his reporting violations of law in good faith to appropriate law enforcement officials. DPS has denied that charge, labeling the transfer “for the good of the service.”City's zoning may be outdated in some areas
By PATRICIA YZNAGA KING Wire editor
While the Planning and Zoning Comnussion discussed rezoning a tract of land on Loop 337 and Hanz Drive for a veterinary clinic, the subject of outdated zoning regulations came up
The commission voted to recommend rezoning the 2 46 acre tract from C*1 (Local Business District) and R-2 (Single Family and Two Family District) to C-3 (Commercial District) with restrictions only for a
veterinary clinic. Zoning in the area could drop to a OI in case the veterinary' clinic was not built.
Planning and Zoning Commission Executive Secretary Debra Goodwin said the comnussion had not received any negative response from adjacent property owners to the propsed change.
laical Realtor Jack Ohlrich, representing developer Howard Spandau, said veterinarian lairry Waldrip wanted to buy the property for a veterinary dime.
Ohlrich also said he was surprised that
zoning regulations along the loop were so stringent
“I was absolutely amazed to find that you couldn't even build a motel on Loop 337,” Olrich told the commission.
Spandau, who has other property in the area, said he didn't think the area was suitable for residential only, considering that there was a fire station on Hanz Drive.
Commission member S D. David Jr. agreed that the zoning regulations were probably outdated.
“I think we have to begin looking at Loop 337 as lioop 410,” in San Antonio, with respect to zoning rules, David said.
“I think that our zoning regulations need to be updated with the times,” he continued. “For right now, I don’t have any objections to turning this thing into a C-3.”
David noted that no one was at the hearing to object to the proposed rezonig.
Commission member John Dierksen said he was uneasy about rezoning the tract to a C-3 level. He said he had problems with commercial zoning “butted up against" strict
residential property He said he would rathe see the tract rezoned to a C-l with speels permits and variances for parking.
Waldrip said he had no problem with th suggestion
“I don't think a special permit matters a a1). I think that’s just fine,” Waldrip said.
Chairman David Hartmann said that thi case and previous cases indicated that thee was a need change zoning rules in the city.
Dierksen agreed, but added that zonin, changes would require careful study.
That warm glow
Radioactive substance found in trunk of car
Radioactive material discovered in the trunk of a car Tuesday night has been picked up by a Texas Department of Health official for identification.
A container identical to a syringe was found about 7 p.m. at a Bulverde residence off Smithson Valley Road in the trunk of a car. Sheriff’s Patrol Sgt. Brian John and Deputy Roger N ilte responded to the distresscall.
“The container had a serial number on it, and the lady from the Dept of Health said that meant a danger existed at one time,” Nolte said Wednesday. “But she said the small radioactive reading present now meant the danger was gone, except maybe if someone had held it in their hand for a week or so."
Before the Department of Health came to the rescue, Nolte said that Randolph Air
Force Base had refused to pick up the container. “They gave us the runaround, and then said the con tamer had to have 'U.S. Government’ on it before they would come out and get it. That’s pretty bad,” he added.
Civil Defense was also contacted and Ernie Hassold used a Geiger counter to
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Former residents indicted on drug charges
By DAVID KING Staff writ ar
Three Blanco County residents arrested in connection with a raid on a metham-phetamine-producing laboratory were indicted Tuesday in San Antonio.
Jutty Lee Van Ostrand, 29, Earl Leon Van Ostrand, 29, and Loretta Insane, 44, were arrested Thursday and charged with manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with Intent to distribute and conspiracy to
possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
Their indictments were handed down by a federal grand jury Tuesday, said Walter Pardaen, special agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. Pardaen is the agent in charge of the case, which has been under investigation since April.
All three of the suspects were former residents of Comal County, and they were suspected of manufacturing metham-phetamines in the northern part of the
county before moving to Blanco County in mid-July, Pardaen said.
In addition, officers of the DEA and the Blanco County Sheriff’s Department executed a federal search warrant on a mini-storage warehouse in Blanco Tuesday.
The agent said the warehouse contained chemicals and glassware similar to those siezed when agents raided the laboratory in rural Blanco County.
The case is still under investigation, and more arrests are possible in the near future, Pardaen said.
Wurstfest starts FridayToday’s Woathar
Comal County skies will be partly cloudy today, with a 20 percent chance of thundershowers. Skies will AT3MV be fair early tonight,
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WEATHER............ BANBISD 'repairs' redistricting plan
New Braunfels ISO trustees unanimously approved the rewording of boundary descriptions in the 5-2 single member district plan in Tuesday’s special meeting
According to attorney Jack Hurdlers, there were errors in the legal descriptions for the boundaries.
Borchers said two people "drove the district” according to the boundaries and found the descriptions did not concur
These were minor discrepancies” which won’t affect district percentages, he said.
The lawsuit filed against the NBISD concerning redistricting will continue to trial, said Judith Sanders-Castro, staff attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
"The suit has not been dropped We’re still preparing for trial,” Sanders-Castro said Wednesday.
Sanders-Castro was not sure when the case would come to trial. “We haven’t had any kind of schedule,” she said.
In action during NBlSD’s regular study session Tuesday, trustees learned the MALDEF lawsuit so far has cost $13,639.
Bradbury said the lawsuit could com ten times that amount if the judicial process goes full cycle.
— DORIAN MARTIN
Cuban diplomats won't leave Grenada
POINT SALINES, Grenada (AP) - Cuban, Soviet and Libyan diplomats were ordered to leave Grenada by today, but an official in Havana says Cuba’s delegation will stay put until Cubans captured or wounded during the U.S.-led invasion are evacuated.
About 70 of the 600 Cuban prisoners worked Tuesday on construction of a detention camp to house them until they are sent back to Cuba.
By nightfall, after 36 hours’ work, prisoners moved into the complex of 30 tents and a concrete building at Point Salines.
The complex is near an airport many of the Cubans were helping build before the United States invaded the Caribbean island to oust a Marxist, pro-Cuban regime that seized power in a military coup two weeks earlier.
Shortly before a nightly curfew began, Capt. Bob Willey, a U.S. Army spokesman, said there had been no reports of any shots fired on Grenada Tuesday. But 17 Grenadian troops were reported to have surrendered to the 292 Marines who took Carriacou, a tiny island dependency of Grenada, and five other Grenadian soldiers were captured in the northern part of Grenada.
Cuba’s deputy foreign minister, Ricardo Alarcon, said the expulsion order from Governor General Paul Scoon of Grenada “will only be carried out by force and by U.S. troops "
Scoon. “evidently acting under instructions by the U.S.Related stories, Pages 6,7A
government, ordered the Cuban diplomatic personnel on Grenada to leave the country in 24 hours,” Alarcon said, adding that the message was received before noon Tuesday.
Libya and the Soviet Union did not publicly comment on the order.
International Red Cross officials said they hoped 35 wounded and 15 ill Cuban prisoners would be airlifted today or Thursday to Barbados, where a Swiss jet waited to take them home.
Two Cubans, one with a spinal injury and the other with a fractured skull, have been admitted to a U.S. hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where 44 American servicemen and one Grenadian have also been treated for injuries in the invasion.
The Cuban prisoners working on their new prison were “good, fast workers, and they’ve done a super job,” said Capt. John Ramey of the Army 82nd Airborne’s 307th Engineer Battalion. As they worked on the new encampment, some Cubans smiled and waved at reporters.
Natives of Carriacou, 20 miles north of Grenada, said they had been awaiting the Marines since invasion of the main island began.
Checking the blueprints
NBISD board gets peek at new school
what was originally projected.
This type of foundation is being used in other district schools, assistant superintendent Ixmnie Curtis said.
Another area of concern is roofing. The district is considering changing the proposed metal roof to fiberglass composition.
Cost will be the main consideration in the change. Bradberry said. The composition's cost is $25,000 — $30,000 less than metal. However, metal’s projected life will be 40 years while composition will last 25-30 years.
The school’s interior also could cause financial woes.
“The big problem I Btu in it so far is the ca >e work,’ Herb Crume of Jessen and Associates said.
Noting the school has more bookcases requested than normal, Crume suggested not putting all the bookcases rn at once.
The interior also will include central zone airconditioning which will be "fuel efficient and pretty economical,” Crume said.
Many classrooms will include four-foot windows and much of the school will have carpeting. One classroom will be wired for future computer installations.
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By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
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Pam Koppltn, a 1980 graduate of New Braunfels High School, checks out some of the sausage making equipment at the annual Heritage Exhibit in the Civic Center Kopplin is Miss liverwurst” for the 1983 Wurstfest, and she and Der Grosse Opa John Poster will preside over the IO day festival as ministers of good cheer The salute to the sausage opens Friday
An architect’s sketch was the next best thing to being there as New Braunfels ISD trustees viewed preliminary drawings for the new elementary school Tuesday.
The one-level elementary school will be built on a 22-acre tract at the comer of Old McQueeney Road and County Line Road. It will be built with fu*.u& from the $8.85 million bond package approved by voters in May.
The school has been planned around the input oi the NBISD employees. Superintendent Charles Bradberry said.
“Although not everybody may like everything about this building, every item in this building is a calculation of everything everybody has asked for,” he said. He hopes to put the school’s construction up for bids by March.
The sketch included plans for 24 classrooms, cafeteria-auditorium, seperate parking lots for teachers and public, library, conference room, sound-proof speech room, teacher's workroom and multi-purpose room.
The school’s foundation is one major cost the architect didn t foresee. According to Bradberry, the site’s weak soil could cause the pier foundation to cost $100,000 more than