New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 17, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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M&R Sportswear employees receive back pay
By PATRICIA YZNAGA KING Who editor
Former employees of M&R Sportswear got good news this week — they were paid for two week’s work.
The factory, located on West End Avenue, closed its doors without notice to its employees Oct. 14. Its employees said that the business closed owing two weeks’ pay to its employees, an average of $142 per person.
Between 30-35 persons worked at the factory, which specialized in ladies blouses. The business, which opened in late June, is owned by Michael and Rory. McGuire of the Dallas area.
Irma Vallejo, 176 Richter, said she was surprised but pleased to get her money.
“We got full two weeks’ pay,” she said. “I’m sure glad we got it.”
Vallejo said she and the other employees did not think they would ever see the money. The checks were waiting for them at the Comal County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon, she said. They were signed by Rory McGuire, she said.
After the closing, 33 employees filed a complaint with the Texas Department of Labor and Standards in San Antonio. The labor office and the District Attorney’s office have been investigating the factory’s closing.
Larry Kosta, department division director, said the returned wages was the result of joint efforts of labor department investigator Bobby Knieski in San Antonio
and the District Attorney’s office in Comal County.
Kosta said it had not been determined if the investigation was closed. It still remains to be determined whether the closing and delayed payment was a violation of statute, he said.
“We’re waiting on the D.A.’s decision on whether he wants to prosecute,” Kosta said.
District Attorney Bill Schroeder was out of the office, and was unavailable for comment.
Kosta said that although the wages had been paid, there might still be some penalities.
Rowcroft quits Community Council; Flavin named acting director
By DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writ ar
Michele Rowcroft has resigned as executive director of Community Council of South Central Texas.
“Although I will be in and out of the office during November and December “as needed” to take care of necessary business, as of Monday, I will be out of the office on leave to look for a place to live in Corpus Christi,” her resignation memo read.
John Morales, chairman of the CCSC! Central Board of Directors, was notified of Rowcroft’s move on Oct. 31. She had held the executive position since March 5,1981.
John Flavin, CCSCT deputy director, was named acting director after Rowcroft’s an
nouncement. He said Wednesday that applications would be accepted for the position until the Dec. I deadline.
“I myself am applying for the position,” he said, adding the salary range had been set at between $22-28,000.
Flavin wasn’t sure exactly how Rowcroft’s replacement would be chosen. “I would think the Executive Committee would screen the applicants, and make a recommendation,” he said. “Or they may zero in on a small number of choices, and let the Central Board of Directors vote in a successor.”
The next regular CCSCT Central Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Wilson County Courthouse in Floresville.
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THURSDAY November 17,1983
Vol. 92 - No. 229
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Students, driver escape injury after bus wreck
A Comal ISD bus driver and four children escaped serious injury in a near head-on collision with a Kraft Home & Autotruck on FM HOI Wednesday.
The diesel bus, in its second year of operation, wasn't so lucky Harvey Pape, ClSD’s director of support services, called the wreck “one of the major bus accident* we’ve had with Iuds on board.”
Melvin Schwarzlose, store manager at Kraft Home & Auto, said he’d sent two trucks on a delivery late Wednesday afternoon. “One was traveling ahead of the other, and the second truck had a blow-out The driver lost control, and collided with
the bus," Schwarzlose said The truck and bus collided “driver side to driver side,” Pape said “The truck almost went underneath the bus, it being so much higher off the ground.”
The truck skidded until it hit the bus' back wheels, and wound up in a roadside ditch, Schwarzlose said.
My driver said the bus started to flip when the truck hit that back frame,” Pape added, “but fortunately that didn’t hap pen."
The bus driver, George Smith, was sent to the emergency groom at McKenna Memorial Hospital. “He was complaining about his ribs, but everything checked out
okay. No one else was injured,” Pape said.
Pape couldn't place a dollar estimate on damage to the school bus, but he could describe it. * The whole back end is out of alignment. There’s extensive body damage from front to back on the driver’s side The front bumper is bent, and the fender which is all fiberglass on these new ones just shattered. It (the fender) is completely gone.”
The accident happened near the end of Route No. 9 at approximately 4:40 p.m.
“We have enough stand-by buses to pick up this route,” Pape said. "We’U just have to use an old bus now.”
Amorous reconciliation broken up by unwanted hero in Houston
HOUSTON (API — A man who thought he was rescuing a woman from an attacker refused to believe the couple was married and was threatened with burglary charges after kicking in the door of their house, a prosecutor said.
The man, who was not identified, was driving by a field Tuesday night when he spotted partially clad woman and a man taking off hs clothes, said Assistant District Attorney Clay Rawlings.
The would-be hero was unaware the
couple was married who after reconciling their differences had stopped along the roadside to consummate their decision to reunite.
“Their car turned into a seething passion pit,” Rawlings said. “They felt they had to stop. ”
Die man stopped and asked the woman if she was all right, Rawlings said.
Both the husband and wife asked him to leave, but the man was skill suspicious and decided to follow the couple to the
husband’s inner-city home, where they had become amorous again on the front lawn, Rawlings said.
Rawlings said the man asked a neighbor to help him stop the “attack,” but the neighbor just looked at the naked couple and said, “Oh, that’s just them.”
The man then went over, grabbed one of the woman’s arms and tried to pull her away. The husband grabbed her other
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Butler to get DPS hearing in Austin Friday
Highway patrolman Robert Butler will “plead his case” before his superiors in Austin Friday afternoon, a Department of Public Safety official said Thursday.
David Wells, with the DPS Public Information Office, said Butler has “a meeting” with DPS Director Col. James Adams Friday. "It's incorrect to call it a baaring. It’s really just a meeting,” he
“What he has to say will be evaluated, and within a week to IO days, a final determination will be nude on his status with DPS,” Wells said.
Butler was suspended without pay Od. ll after he failed to obey his Rockport transfer order. The reason Wells gave for the suspension was “insubordination.”
Butler, formerly stationed in Comal County, fought his transfer in 207th District Court for five days before Judge Robert Pfeuffer denied an injunction to block the transfer on Od. ll. Butler was instructed to report to Corpus Christi Cape Charles Gunn on Oct. 17, but he did not
Today is the day millions of Americans will throw their cigarettes away and begin a life of breathing clean air. At least, that’s the idea behind the annual Great American Smokeout. Folks all across the country’ are doing some interesting things to mark the occasion. S«a Page BA.Today's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy and warm today, turning fair with increasing clouds late tonight. Cloudy Friday morning, turning partly cloudy and warm by afternoon. Southeasterly winds at 10-15 mph today, decreasing to 5-10 mph tonight. Southerly winds at 15-20 mph Friday. Sunset will be at 5:35 p.m., and sunrise Friday will be at 6:57 a.m.State Bound
The Canyon Cigarettes, in the state volleyball tournament for the first time since 1975, face an unusual El Campo team in the semi-finals in Austin’s Gregory Gym Friday at 4:30 p.m. How unusual7 Three of the Ricebirds serve underhanded. Sports. Papa SA.Greyhound's back
Greyhound’s buses returned to the highways Thursday, with plenty of protests and few passengers. The bus company had been idled for two weeks by a strike, and striking workers let the compnay know what it felt about the move in no uncertain terms. S— Raga SA.
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that the deaths of 58 French soldiers killed in a suicide attack on their Beirut barracks Oct. 23 “will not go unpunished.”
Moments before the attack on the French Oct. 23. another suicide terrorist blew up a U.S. Marine command post in Beirut, killing 239 Americans.
On Nov. 4, yet another suicide terrorist blew up an Israeli command post in Tyre, killing 29 Israelis and 32 Lebanese prisoners.
The Israelis flew retaliatory raids against the Shiite bases in the Bekaa Wednesday, killing 43 guerrillas according to lebanese police.
Ahmed Jibril, who led the assault Wednesday th*.! drove Arafat’s loyalists into Tripoli from their last stronghold in the Baddawi refugee camp, said, “All we want at the moment is for Arafat to leave.’’
He warned that if Arafat stays, “We shall level all places he frequents in the city down to the earth. We shall not attack but shall bombard him
See MIDEAST, Page 12AKrueger indicted for jail escape by Grand Jury
Kent Anthony Krueger, who escaped from the Comal County Jail Oct. 22 but was captured three days later, was among 17 indiv iduals indicted by the Grand Jury Wednesday.
Krueger of P O. Box 651, New Braunfels, was serving a 60>day sentence for driving with a suspended license when he escaped from the jail’s exercise area. He was captured by police in Duncanville, a Dallas suburb, and brought back to the Comal County Jail.
He has been serving out that same tiO-day sentence since, but now has a third-degree felony indictment for escape working against him.
Other indictments returned Wednesday included three for burglary of non-habitalion against Robert Gomez of 602 N. Walnut, Douglas Mark Joslin of 2026 Shadow Bend, Houston, and Everette E. Rhoden of 1202 Washington, West Monroe, la*.
Rhoden was also indicted for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Cheryl Lynn Jackson of 703 Matthews, San Antonio, and Corine Zamorano of 430 Torres, San Antonio, were each indicted for robbery with bodily injury.
George Michael Wooley of 3206 Cripple Creek, Apt. 35-K, San Antonio, and Mary Ruth Bell (also known as Debbie Bell) of 2386 Michigan, were each indicted for forgery by passing.
Juan Vargas of 223 Bergfeld was ii dieted for burglary of a motor vehicle, and p*«ssession of a controlled substance I methamphetamine).
Others indicted were James Scott Muller of 3811* D Run of the Oaks, Austin, possession of marijuana over four ounces; Esther Armstrong of 1165 Sycamore, Seguin, theft of property by check; Brian Varner of San Antonio, aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon; Zefenno Olvera of 168 Rosedale, unlawfully carrying a weapon on licensed premises.
Also, Fernando Rodriguez Gomez of Route 2, Box 651-W, New Braunfels, Driving While Intoxicated — subsequent offense; Arthur Kent Witcher Jr., of 2805 Hunter Road, San Marcos, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; Mario Valadez of 460 Central, burglary of a habitation; and David Williford of Route I, Bo* 398-A, New Braunfels, attempted burglary (rf a habitation
A pickup truck came to rest in the brush of FM 1101 after hitting a school bus Wednesday
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TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) — French jets attacked a Shiite Moslem guerrilla base in the Bekaa Valley today, a day after the Israelis bombed the same area to retaliate for suicide attacks on U.S., French and Israeli bases in Lebanon.
In the PLO war, guerrilla mutineers threatened to bomb Yasser Arafat’s sanctuaries in Tripoli “down to the earth” unless he leaves.
But the besieged PLO chief said he would go only if asked by the city's elders. Beirut radio said Arafat ordered his fighters to cease fire, but he said he had “no choice” but to fight on.
The French Defense Ministry in Paris said Super Etondard jets from the carrier Clemenceau hit “a military objective east of Baalbek” in the Bekaa Valley to “prevent new terrorist actions.”
It said the planes attacked in the afternoon and returned to the Clemenceau with the “mission executed.”
President Francois Mitterrand said on French television Wednesday night