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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 14, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas *** dallas**£************** #* ** *#■*■*.* 410    MO53    10/22/86    25:1 TEXAS AMERICAN MICROFILM ATT: PETE SINCLAIR P.O. BOX 45436 DALLAS, TX 75245 Sports Deer season opens with a bang See Page WA Water WatchComal River.............. 304 (same)Car lyon inflow......... 548    (down 160)Canyon outflow .......... 926 (same) Edwards Aquifer ....... 625 61 (up .01) Canyon I ake level .... 909 85 (down .11) Wurstfest crowds Local down slightly See below % Cougars challenge Billies to playoffs, Page 8A New Braunfels Herald New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 94-No. 223 Thursday November 14,1985 25 Cents 20 Pages —2 Sections Deputy indicted By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer A former reserve deputy for the Comal County Sheriff’s Office has been indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, in connection with a shooting incident involving three Garden Ridge boys last month. David Lee Owens of Route 20, Box 518D-4, San Antonio, was among 21 individuals indicted by the Comal County Grand Jury Wednesday. Owens had worked as a reserve deputy for less than two years, prior to his arrest for reckless conduct and removal from the force in mid-October. A sheriff's department's report stated the alleged incident occurred on Oct 12 in a pasture near Owens’ house in Garden Ridge. The boys, ages 9. ll and 12, said they were popping firecrackers in the pasture when they saw Owens fire a gun three times. They stated the bullets threw up dirt about five to seven feet away from them. Owens told law enforcement officers that he heard some shooting in a field behind his house, and thinking it was coming from hunters, he fired three rounds from his 357 Magnum into a tree stump After the’shots were fired, Owens said he saw some kids run out of the brush Re said he was not shooting at the boys. but added the tree stump was in line with the area the kids ran out of See GRAND JURY, Page 11A Constables petition for better budgets By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer Petitions asking commissioners to reconsider taking away pay and gas mileage or cars from deputy constables are circulating around the county. “I think that each constable is averaging around 200 signatures apiece on these so far,” Constable Werner Kiesling of Precinct I said Other constables were not available for comment Attorney John Chunn will represent the constables at commissioners court Nov. 21 when the petitions will be presented During budget workshops, com missioners discussed constables’ request for a pay raise from $400 per month to $800 per month Commissioners compromised on a raise to $700 per month, but without informing the constables this concession would be made in exchange for removing deputy constables’ pay and reimbursement of the deputies’ ex pensesor vehicles from the budget. A letter dated Oct. 18 from County Auditor Bate Bond was sent to the county judge and commissioners to clarify the policy that they had agreed upon In the letter Bond stated that commissioners formulated a policy that all deputy and reserve deputy con stables will serve without compensa lion or reimbursement for expenses ’ This policy also dictates that no deputy or reserve deputy constable shall use any county-owned or leased equipment.” Bond said in the letter, “Commissioners court recognizes that constables have the authority with the approval of the court, to ap point deputies However, commissioners do not intend to use county funds to support the activities of the deputies “We, as registered voters of Comal County, ask that you provide them (deputy constables) with a reasonable amount of hours and serviceable vehicles,” the petition reads, "so they may continue to pro- See CONSTABLE, Page UACleaning! a mess LESUCKWeWAlDT Mf RAI D ZflTUNGJose Duran cleans up his wrecking work at the old New Braunfels High School on Mill Street. Duran and his father and brother are working on the building, which will be renovated for use as an administrative building for New Braunfels ISO. Volcano buries Colombian town BOGOTA. Colombia (AP) — A volcano in western Colombia erupted before dawn today and sent torrents of mud and water crashing into a river that buried a sleeping town and three villages Officials feared tens of thousands were killed Rescue workers are talking about 20.000 dead,” said Red Cross director Artemo Franco in an interview with the Bogota radio chain Caracol “It is an immense tragedy.” Eighty-five percent of the town (Almeroi is destroyed, and we estimate there are 15.000 deaths,” Gov Eduardo Alzate of the state of Tolima. said in a live broadcast interview with Caracol. Officials said Armero. a farming town in the state of Tolima of about 30 miles from the volcano and 105 miles northwest of Bogota, was inundated by mud that swept down to the l.angunilla River after the eruption *f the volcano. Nevado del Ruiz Snowpeak of Ruiz I The volcano which has been spew ing smoke ashes and gases since Oct im I MT 4. apparently melted snow around »t> cone, creating tons of mud that went crashing down Lagunilla River Sgt Ruben Garcia the fire chief of Chtnehina which sits on a hill 750 feet above the river said 14 people were killed in an area ot about 200 houses along the river Almero. in the coffee growing state of Tolima. is about 30 miles southeast of the city of Manizales and 30 miles north of the city o! {hague Caracol reported that heavy rains also started at about dawn when the 15,500 foot high volcano erupted con Intuiting to the flooding Caracol reported Fernando Rivera a crop dusting pilot who flew over the devastated area said the avalanche of mud also destroyed the villages of Santuario. Carmelo and Pindalito. which have a total of about 20.000 people Rivera said in a live interview with the Caracol that the mud also buried farmhouses along the river for 25 miles Some survivors were dinging to ‘see VOLCANO, Page UACommission sets hearing on All- American pipeline route From staff and wire reports SAN MARCOS (AFG While two Hays County landowners accused All American Pipeline Co of falsely claiming that it has a state permit to operate a proposed crude oil pipeline in Central Texas, the Texas Ftailroad Commission Wednesday scheduled a public hearing on the company’s application for that operating permit. The landowners statements were made at the court hearing in San Marcos on All-American’s petition for restraining orders against them RRC spokesperson Brian Schaible confirmed that the railroad commission planned the public hearing for 9 a in Dec IO on the company’s ap plication to operate a pipeline from McCamey to Freeport All American Pipeline Co already received an operating permit in February for the pipeline route from the Texas border to McCamey That permit gives the pipeline common carrier status for that part of the line, and the company has attempted to generalize it to the entire state The railroad commission had decided unanimously Oct. 23 to conduct a public hearing on All-American’s application for the operating permit. The route proposed in the application goes through Gillespie, Bianco, Hays and Caldwell counties, travers ing the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone Originally proposed to go over the recharge zone in Comal County, the crude oil pipeline was opposed by citizens here who were Ihe first to raise concerns ovei pollution of the aquifer The place of the public hearing (on the permit) has not been deeid ed,” RRC spokesperson Brian Schai hie said “We are trying to find an auditorium large enough for the crowds we expect to see on this ” All-American will have the distinc tion of being the first common car rier pipeline in Texas that required a public hearing netore receiving an operating permit, the railroad com mission spokeperson confirmed But no pipeline has ever been turn cd down for environmental concerns in the past 30 years at least, Schaible said In the San Marcos court hearing Tuesday. All American petitioned for an injunction against two landowners so that surveying crews could enter their property Austin attorney Dick Brown told State District Judge Fred A Moore that the company petition against the two landowners was ‘‘based on per jured testimony." The court hearing continued Wednesday. All-American is surveying easements and buying land for the final leg ot a 1.700 mile to inch heated crude oil pipeline from California to Freeport Connections with refineries near Houston will he by oil tankers or by having Ihe pipeline have a second terminus point at the refineries a company spokesperson said in earlier interviews The project has been estimated to cost $870 million The route has been criticized by landowners, environmentalists ami some local and state officials because it cuts across the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone in Hays Colin tv The company is using the power of eminent domain to obtain easements on ihe grounds the pipeline will be a common carrier open lo any oil company Attorneys for All-American have obtained restraining orders against four Hays County landowners to allow surveying crew son their land Brown, who represents Marion Brooks and M G Michaels 111. said he will dispute the company status as a common carrier Brown said all of the legal petitions filed by the company in Hays County contain assertions that the company has u permit to build and operate the pipeline Inside 1985 Wurstfest attendance downToday's weather The long promised cold front will move through Comal County tonight or early Friday, bringtng lows in the lower 50s and highs in the mid-60s on Friday. The front also brings a 40 percent chance of showers tonight and a 30 percent chance on FridayGooden Plenty The New York Mets’ Dwight Gooden, still three days short of his 21st birthday, became the youngest player ever to win the Cy Young Award when his selection was announced Wednesday. Sport!, Page BA.CLASSIFIED 5-8B COMICS 4B CROSSWORD 3B DEAR ABBY 38 DEATHS 2A HOROSCOPE 3A KALEIDOSCOPE 138 OPINIONS 4A SCRAPBOOK 2B SPORTS 8-9 A WEATHER 2A By DEBBIE DELOACH Staff writer Attendance figures for Wurst fest 1985 are hot off the sausage stick, and they’re almost as sweet as a slice of apple strudel Bill Jackson executive secretary for Wurstfest 1985, said total attern dance for the festival’s 25th anniver sary celebration was approximately 134,000, which represents about a 6,000-person drop from 1984 s crowd "The first weekend of Wurstfest is usually the most crowded.” Jackson said. “The rainfa'l we had opening night, along with the ensuing cold weather, definitely eut into the overall attendance this year ” But attendance at Wursthalle — home of the famous Chicken Dance and the accordian man, Myron Floren was up this year, with “more people, including entire famiiies taking part in the events, especially Myron Floren per formanees and dancing,” Jackson added. Highlights of Wurstfest’s 25th anniversary were the Nov. I opening performance by the University of Texas band, a special Wurstfest cancellation mark offered at the post office booth on the festival grounds and a Nov IO drawing for a free trip for two to Frankfurt, Germany The trip sponsored by Delta Airlines was won by Paul Nelson of Bel Air Maryland The Wurstfest Association also of fered New Braunfels residents with newspaper coupons clipped from local newspapers free gate admis sion Nov 4 An official count later showed 1,600 coupons were collected at Gates 1,2 and 3 “The response to New Braunfels Night was excellent, an outstanding response ” Jackson said. The comments were all favorable The Wurstfest Association places a lot of money back into the community, and this response highlighted tins commitment.” he added Jackson said Wurstfest 1985 involved more than 200 OOO volunteers, and employed about 400 temporary workers • Added to this are 23 non profit organizations which operate concessions at Wurstfest to produce See WURSTFEST, Page UA ;

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