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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 20, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas ★ Blast Continued from Page 1A verted into a makeshift morgue. “There was an explosion. Then more explosions and we all started running towards the hill. There were balls of fire going up in the sky and rocks started flying down from the hill,” said Guadalupe Bonilla Miryea, a resident. “There were people coming out of there all ablaze,” said Isidro Escamilla, a rescue worker. In the neighborhood, piles of rubble were heaped where some homes once stood and shards of glass and smoldering debris littered the dirt streets. At the nearby Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, thousands of evacuated residents waited throughout the day for word that they could return home. Hundreds attended a special Mass. The area outside was converted into a refugee center and an adjoining older basilica was used as a clinic where people were treated on makeshift beds on the marble floor. Many waited for word on the fate of their loved ones. Others had already learned a relative or friend was dead and were trying to cope with the loss. Asked if he was waiting for information on ‘his family, one man, with his few belongings wrapped in a sheet slung over his back, said softly, “Not now. Now I know. There is nobody.” Some residents tried to talk soldiers and police who cordoned off the community into letting them in to get belongings. People lined up at clinics to donate blood and brought food and clothing to the basilica.★ LORA ★ GNR Continued from Page 1A Cooperative) hasn’t agreed either. We’re their two biggest customers,” he added. ' What they’re talking about is a 54 percent increase on non-fuel-related revenue,” Cunningham said. “As we calculate it, the immediate effect of that would be a 20 percent increase in the LCRA’s fuel bill to PEC, and the net effect would be to double the cost to the consumer.” PEC customers are now paying from 5 to 6 cents per kilowatt-houi;for power. He said the hike would raise that to about 12 cents for PEC users by 1989. “The most objectionable part of the package is a proposed charge of six mills per kilowatt-hour to each PEC member to finance the construction of LCRA’s Fayette power plant number 4,” Cunningham said. “They are only certified for Fayette 3. Nothing’s even been finalized vet on Fayette 4.” “That is just an estimate,” Soderberg said. “We don’t know what the next unit of generation is going to cost. For planning purposes, we put those figures in.” PEC officials estimate that their average consumption is 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month per member, which would mean each member would pay $6 per month toward construction of Fayette 4. “Needless to say, we have great objections to that,” the PEC spokesman said. LORA officials plan to file for the increase within the next months, and expect to begin charging the higher rate in June, 1985. The accounting firm of Arthur Anderson and Company has been retained by PEC to study the LCRA’s rate hike proposal, and PEC officials are preparing to intervene as soon as the LCRA officially files its request with the Public Utilities Commission.★ Trial Continued from Page 1A behavior. Jerry Lynn Baldwin, formerly of New Braunfels and now living in Uvalde, was arrested June 5 for DWI near Live Oak and Landa streets after a New Braunfels police officer saw him swerve around a vehicle and cut back in front sharply, the officer’s report showed. Baldwin, who is handicapped, tried to show that his problems with walking and talking led officers to believe he was drunk when he was sober. The videotape showed him with very little difference in gait or speech from his appearance in court, including a mistake in saying the alphabet that was almost identical in both instances. But the videotape did prove his memory was badly unpaired as to the circumstances of the arrest. Baldwin testified that the officer had not given him the option to take the blood alcohol test, but on the videotape the blood-alcohol test was mentioned seven times and he was asked three times if he wished to take the blood-alcohol test instead of the breathalyzer. He refused both. Baldwin testified he drank three beers and a sip out of a fourth, but on the videotape he said he drank two beers. Other parts of his testimony, such as where the accident happened, also varied from the officer’s report. Baldwin also testified he had joined Alcoholics Anonymous a day after the arrest. These differences, along with the videotape, apparently led the jury conclude that the memory lapses were not intentional, but a result of intoxication. Baldwin had first said he would plead guilty the morning of the trial, and later changed his mind, but the officers had already been dismissed; therefore, they could not testify. Canyon student receives award Kenneth D'Alfonso, a sophomore at Canyon High School, has been selected to receive the Hugh O’Brian leadership Award. The award is named after the actor, and is given each year to a sophomore who demonstrates leadership and shows sensitivity and concern for others. D’Alfonso will attend a leadership Continued from Page 1A since December 1982. Also on the economic front: Americans’ personal income rose 0.6 percent in October but consumer spending slipped 0.1 percent — the first spending drop since last February, the government said Monday. The Commerce Department said personal consumption spending, which includes virtually everything except interest payments on debt, dropped 0.1 percent in October It followed a revised 1.7 percent spending increase in September. The 0.6 percent gain in incomes was only slightly below the 0.7 percent rise in September. But the key component of incomes — wages and salaries — rose by only 0.2 percent, far below the 0.7 percent gain of September. John Albertine, president of the American Business Conference, a coalition of high-growth companies, said, “The October figures for personal income and expenditures represent the lull before the holiday spending storm.” One other development: Bankrupt financier Jake Butcher pleaded innocent after he and a longtime associate were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of defrauding a city bank of $1.5 million. The charges came less than a week after Butcher was indicted in Knoxville on 44 criminal counts. Ashes only trace of blast victims seminar in San Antonio, and a representative from tfiat session will be .selected to attend a national youth leadership .seminar in Los Angeles. TLALNEPANTLA. Mexico (AP) In the pastel-painted cement block homes near the exploding gas storage tanks, people were burned to ashes as they slept in bed. fixed breakfast or tried to flee with their children in their arms. Only a ditch, a railroad track and IOO dusty yards separated San Juan Ixhuatepec district from the storage tanks of UEMEX, the government oil monopoly. In a roughly 5-by-4 block area, where large and extended families lived in cramped quarters, almost all homes were destroyed or heavily damaged. At least 264 people were killed when the tanks began exploding early Monday in the working-class district, situated in a flat area surrounded by hills and the snowcapped peak of the volcano Iz-ta cc lh ua ti “The majority were burned. Many were disintegrated.” said A. A. Alvarez, a Mexico C ity policeman. "You could see only the figure of the bodies. They were only ash.” Alvarez said most people did not even have time to get out of bed. He saw the body of one woman leaning over the stove where she apparently was making breakfast. A man was found w ith his hands on the door as if trying to leave, another body with tortillas in its hands. “It was a powder keg.” said Dr Luis Sanchez Guerra, coroner for the Mexico state attorney general’s office. He was supervising the rescue workers as they brought clear plastic bags of shriveled, blackened bodies into a police station patio. Many of the dead were children. “We found 16 bodies in one house, 13 in another, eight in another." said one rescue worker. Dr. Guadalupe Gutierrez, working with a Mexico City {Milice rescue crew. had a list of 29 bodies. “And I have only been in three or four houses,” she said “In one house where I was. I saw ll bodies...there were burned people running in only their underwear with their children in their arms." said a Mexico state policeman, who asked not to be identified. With an estimated 100,000 people evacuated from the area, by afternoon there were only rescue workers in the streets of San Juan Ixhuatepex. and army troops guarding against looters. The dirt streets were littered with glass and cement block rubble, and the bm nod out shells of cars and a bus. Trees were blackened. Windows were blown out of homes Shreds of curtains hung limply in windowless frames. Roofs, window frames and doors were charred, and walls were cracked. But somehow glasses remained untouched on shelves in some homes. Squares of white notebook p.q>er hung on some doors, bearing only a handwritten number the number of dead found inside In one home, the body of a ><»ung man hung across a chair in a Rib hen and a girl lay on flu* floor The body of an adult lay in bed in another room The front of another housi had been blown away, revealing oval framed family photos hanging untouched on a oink wall inside. Clean Drivers Save on Auto Insurance at COMALTEX THE INSURANCE PEOPLE YOU HATE LESS INSURANCE AGENCY—INCORPORA TED 457 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 Open Thundays Till 7:00 p.m.THE SAFECO PINK PANTHERS HELP SMART PEOPLE SAVE MONEY ;