New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 19, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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FRIDAY November 19,1982
Local 'speed' lab linked to massive drug roundupPlayoff tracks
From staff and wire reports
Federal agents say they have broken a ring that was manufacturing and distributing millions of dollars worth of methamphetamines, also known as “speed.” in Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico.
The investigation turned up illegal drug labs in New Braunfels. Wimberley, San Marcos and Fredericksburg.
U.S. Attorney Edward Prado and Chuck Carter, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s San Antonio office, announced that 20 people were accused in sealed indictments and were being rounded up late Thursday. Comal County Sheriff’s Investigator Gilbert Villarreal said arrests had been made in San Marcos and possibly Wimberley, but none locally.
Carter said drug traffickers called the organization DOPE and Company or “DOPEC,” an
acronym for Davis, Oberski, Pearson, Epperson and Co. — signifying, he said, the names of the organization’s principal members.
He said Charles G. Davis, Michael N. Oberski and Norman Richard Epperson were among the defendants arrested Thursday. Names of the other defendants will be withheld until all arrests are made, he added.
Comal County law officers have uncovered at least four methamphetamine labs in the past two years. Investigations are usually turned over to federal authorities. Villarreal said he wasn’t sure which of those labs was involved in this particular case.
“We made a bust on River Road, one in Bulverde, Canyon I^ake, Cypress Uke Cove. That one was within the past year. And once we rounded up a bunch of people at Canyon Uke Condominiums," he said.
The lake area is popular with drug producers, he
No upturn yet
Quarterly GNP figures not encouraging
WASHINGTON (AP) — Revising its national growth figures downward, the government said today the national economy stayed flat in the July-September quarter rather than inching upward as first estimated
The Commerce Department report also said U.S. corporations’ profits rose slightly in the quarter. However, they remained at a low level.
Neither piece of news was likely to surprise government officials and private economists, who are generally agreed that the recession moved into a 16th month in October and may well be continuing yet
The inflation-adjusted, or "real," gross national prod t stayed at an annual rate of $1 478 trillion, the
Heitkamp won't challenge results
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Although several of his supporters have urged him to file "some sort of election contest,’’ County Commissioner O R. Heitkamp has decided against it.
Heitkamp, who was seeking his third term as precinct 4 commissioner, was defeated in the November general election by Bill George by 329 votes Heitkamp, a Democrat received 1,198 votes to George’s 1,527.
Many of my supporters have called to my attention that there were certain alleged irregularities in the Republican primary." the precinct 4 conunissioner stated ui a press release
"It seems that 42 absentee ballots were cast from the River Gardens Mental Retardation Facility and it is alleged that most of the applications appear to be in the same hand
writing," he added.
“After careful consideration, however, I feel that w hat happened in the Republican Primary was simply a party matter and I will not get involved in their party politics," he said.
The voters have made their choice, he said, “and I will respect that decision. I wish Mr. George the very best in his efforts as county commissioner."
The allegations Heitkamp referred to in his statement came from Canyon Lake businesswoman Uis Duggan, who ran against George in the Republican primary and lost that race by 19 votes.
Duggan asked Commissioners Court not to certify those votes cast from River Gardens in the general election saying "my premise has been and still is that the Commissioners Court has the authority to void those votes."See HEITKAMP, Page 16
added. Investigators sometimes find remains of labs whose owners have moved on to avoid getting caught.
‘They’re looking for rural areas where they can cook (methamphetamine) and ifs harder for the neighbors to smell it. It takes 24 hours to complete one cycle. Sometimes they’ll just rent a house for a weekend,” he said.
Carter said DOPEC operated since 1978 in Texas, New Mexico and louisiana and “was formed solely for the purpose of trafficking in the lucrative methamphetamine business.
“It was a close-knit and highly skilled criminal organization consisting of about 50 members throughout the three-state area,” Carter said. “It was a gigantic operation. It did $10 million last year."
See DRUGS, Page 16Inside
same as in the second quarter, the new report said.
Commerce Department economists had estimated last month before all economic data for the third quarter was in — that there had been a gain at an annual rate of 0 8 percent. Since then, officials said newer reports — especially one showing the foreign trade deficit higher than expected for the quarter — made it likely real GNP would be revised downward.
Real GNP — the broadest measure of U.S. economic activity — is a figure designed to include all goods and services produced in a given period.
Before adjustment for inflation, the GNP rose 4.7 percent to a rate of $3,081 trillion in the quarter.
See ECONOMY, Page 16Today's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for mostly cloudy today and tonight, and partly cloudy Saturday. There is a 40 percent chance of showers or thundershowers today. Winds will be from the southeast near IO mph today and tonight. The extended forecast for Sunday through Tuesday is partly cloudy to cloudy skies, with a chance of showers Monday.
SPORTS..................... 6 7
Staff photo by John S inter
There are now official Unicorn tracks in the New Braunfels High School parking lot, and Unicorn tracks are what the football team hopes to leave on the Carrizo Springs Wildcats tonight in San Antonio. The playoff begins at 7 30 at Nor thside Stadium. See Sports, Page 6
Rock 'n roll pros and cons to be discussed at symposium
Does Rock ’n Roll play a role in the problems youths face today?
The answer to that question, plus many others affecting involving music and teenagers, will be explored in a monthlong series of public symposiums entitled “Uvewires" sponsored by the New Braunfels High School Student Council.
The series will be opened Nov. 30 with a three part special entitled ‘ Sex, Drugs and Rock ’n Roll: Fact and Friction." The first special will deal exclusively with "Rock ’n Roll: Fact and Friction."
The student council picked the topic of Rock ’n Roll for this series since "often rock ’n roll music is held to blame for numerous problems of today’s youth, such as the generation gap and the drug problem,” said student Mark Kennedy, who is in charge of the publicity for the
“Until we can get through the fallacies and distortions surrounding rock ’n roll we will be unable to explore the true causes of
those problems," Kennedy said.
Other reasons why this topic was chosen, he noted, were because "rock ’n roll is unusually predominant in our town which is also well known for its traditionalist background."
Kennedy also mentioned New Braunfels’ “incredible growth rate," noting that the town "is centered right between two major cities and two major IFM» rock ’n roll stations — KISS (San Antonio) and KLBJ (Austin).”
New Braunfels also has a “large elderly population," he noted, “who feels intimidated or, at least are highly critical of rock ’n roll."
The student council is hoping that "the intensity of this program will be comparable with shows such as Phil Donahue’ and be as intimate and personal as the real Livewire show la teenage talk-show on cable TV)."
“Due to the size of the issue we are dealing w ith," Kennedy said the council is seeking the help of "trusted professionals who can speak authoritatively" on the subject.
The student council has contacted various San Antonio radio disc jockeys to be guest speakers at the Nov. 30 symposium, which will bt* held at the New Braunfels High School bund hall from 7 to 9 p.m.
Others who have been asked to speak at See KOCK ’N ROLL, Page 16
McKenna rates honor from hospital panel
For its ability to control costs and "to better meet the new Medicare cost-per-case requirements,” McKenna Memorial Hospital has been recognized by the American Hospital Association.
McKenna — an 86-bed hospital currently undergoing renovation and expansion — was awarded the 1983 Hospital Administrative Services (HAS) certificate of recognition by the American Hospital Association, said Tom McNeal, hospital administrator.
“This allows McKenna Memorial Hospital to provide higher quality services with greater staff efficiency and help us keep patient charges lower,” he explained.
And by participating in the voluntary program from which the certificate is given, the hospital is also "in an excellent position" to keep its costs within new federal guidelines for Medicare reimbursement, .McNeal said
The information gained from monitoring its performance through the HAS program is also used by the hospital to meet Medicare’s reimbursement plan, McNeal noted.
Due to changes made in the
Medicare reimbursement plan, hospitals will bt* reimbursed for patient care according to the average length of stay which Medicare has determined each diagnosis requires.
“They’re (Medicare) going to start paying us per disease (diagnosis) per stay," McNeal noted.
“They take diseases state wide and determine how long an average (hospital) stay is needed to recover from each," he said.
For example, McNeal added, “let s say they’ve assigned an average stay of six days for pneumonia, then they’re only going to pay for a patient's (who has pneumonia) care for six days "
The Medicare reimbursement program changes will not become effective, however, until either Jan. I or July I, 198:), McNeal said, noting that th*date had not been set.
For IO years, McKenna has participated in the “voluntary com-paritative management information program" sponsored by HAS, he noted
Under this program, McKenna monitors “its costs, employee
See MCKENNA, Page 18
Junior Miss contestant Elaine Weichsel works to get a leg up on her talent performance in preparation for Saturday night's pagent, which will begin at 7:30 at the Civic Center A total of 19 local high school girls are competing for crown.
Staff photo by Cindy Richardson
Junior Miss coronation due Saturday night
Tomorrow, 19 young women will be going through final preparations for the crowing of New Braunfels Junior Miss at the Civic Center. ^9
Set to begin at 7:30 p.m., the contest auns to determine the representative high school senior girl
who is a well-rounded individual with the personality, poise, promise and perception to serve as a able spokeswoman for her generation, says a representative of lambda Psi sorority, which sponors the contest.
Judging by a panel of five focuses on scholastic achievement, mental alertness, poise and appearance, physical fitness and creative and per-fomung arts.
This pageant's theme is Salute to New Braunfels and will feature a dance number with the contestants wearing German dresses; a physical fitness routine with the girls wearing leiderhosen and carrying small inner tubes, and a poise and appearance routine with a Maypole.
Mistresses of ceremonies will be Marion "Cookie" Clark. Judges will be Mario Bosquez, I Juda Psaute, Anita Windecker, Linda Bailey and Edward War-necke.
Contestants for the annual competition are: Brenda Borchers, Cristi Ann Compton, Pam Dunks, Kimberly Friedel, Paula Kay Gansky, Shannon Lee Kenrtady, Koseann Leyh, Usa Susan Lyles, Carolyn Jo Maxwell, Sarah Miller, Melissa Pape, Elizabeth Ann Roberts, Dana Sims, Natalie Yvonne Skov, Sarah Tagert, Staci Waring, Elaine Christina Weichsel, Sara Beth Zipp and Angie Williams.
Also taking part in the pageant tomorrow night
will be past participants or “Forget Me Nots” including the first Junior Miss from 1958, Mrs. Gerry Curry.
Other past contestants include winners from the past five years — Usa Phelan, 1981-82; Uurie Strzelczyk, 1980-81; Susan Marsh, 1979-1980; loss Kay Rheinlander, 1978-79; Kristi Bueehe, 1977-78, who was also Texas Junior Miss; and Kathy Ward, runner-up.
The winner of the New Braunfels title will not only advance to the state competition in January but also win several scholarships and prizes including an $800 scholarship from Mary Hardin Baylor College;
a $500 scholarship from lambda Psi; a diamond pendant; two $50 savings bonds; three $50 savings accounts; $70 in gift certificates; and other awards.