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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 25, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas -it • Mtch ^orofcle P.O. bo* ^5*0 o Oollps, i>.xp* 75°-^ NB man drowns in Hays County By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer A 22-year-old Southwest Texas State University student drowned at Jacobs Well on Wimberley^ Cypress Creek sometime Wednesday night. Richard Madison Patton of Route 2, Box 711-C, New Braunfels, was pulled from the water about 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. It took divers from The Dive Shop in San Marcos about an hour to find Patton's body. That same swimming spot “has claimed at least nine other lives we know of in the last decade,” Hays County Sheriff Alfred Hohman said Friday. “It’s a big rock hole in the middle of the creek. No one knows for sure how deep it is, but we know it goes down at least 90 to IOO feet. “That well has rooms and chambers that go every which way. People go down there, get in trouble and can’t get out in time. We lost two boys there in 1979, dived for their bodies five days night and day, and never found them,” he added. A spokeswoman for the Hays County Sheriff’s Office said Patton entered the water between 7:30-8 p.m. Wednesday. “We got the call about 9 p.m. that he was missing,” she said. Grates have been placed numerous times over the well’s opening to keep the curious out. “But the kids keep tearing them out,” Hohman said. “They want to go down there, do what someone else hasn’t ever done before, and then die doing it.” Patton was the son of Robert Frank and Ouida Wynell (nee Madison) Patton. He was born on Nov. 20,1961, in Orange, Calif. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home with Dr. Gordon Graham of New See DROWNING, Page 10A Christmas to light up downtown New Braunfels will “turn on” to Christmas Tuesday at dusk, when Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr. flips the switch on the lights downtown. The big Christmas tree is already up on the Main Plaza, and New Braunfels Utilities has been stringing white lights in the other trees to make them look more Christmasy. Santa will ride in on a fire engine Tuesday, led by the Canyon Middle School Band. Kids who haven’t seen the jolly old elf yet will have a chance to make their holiday wishes known. The exact time of Tuesday’s ceremony will depend on the weather, said Gene Chollett of the Downtown Merchants’ Association. “If ifs a nice, clear night, we’re going to turn the lights on at 6 p.m. If it’s dreary and rainy, we’re going to start at 5:30, so the kids won’t have to stand out there so long,” he said. The crowd will warm up with a bit of caroling. After Santa arrives, the Downtown Merchants will be giving free treats to the little ones. The annual lighting ceremony is always well-attended, and signals the official start of the Christmas season in New Braunfels. A. New Braunfels 4-—I, New Braunfels, Texas Hgrald-Zeitung Vol. 92 — No. 235    18    Pages FRIDAY November 25,1983 25 cents (USPS 377-880) Andropov Soviets will increase arms MOSCOW (API — President Yuri V. Andropov says the Soviet Union will enlarge its nuclear arsenal at home, rn eastern Europe and at sea rn response to NATOS deployment of new U.S. missiles in Western Europe Most Western leaders said Andropov’s statement, carried Thursday by the official Soviet news agency Tass, was little more than a confirmation of long-standing Soviet plans. However, it was the first time Andropov publicly had disclosed new plans to bolster Soviet maritime nuclear forces. Navy sources in Washington have said several Soviet submarines armed with nuclear weapons are assigned to positions several hundred miles off the east and west U.S. coasts. Th? North Atlantic Treaty Organization plans to deploy 572 new medium-range US. cruise and Pershing 2 nuclear missiles in five Western European countries starting next month. Parts of some of the missiles already have arrived in Britain and West Germany. Andropov indicated that, through an increased sea arsenal, he wanted to keep the direct threat to American soil at the same level as that posed by Western weapons to Soviet territory Since by deploying its missiles in Europe the United States increases the nuclear threat to the Soviet Union, the corresponding Soviet systems will be deployed with due account for this circumstance in ocean areas and seas,” he said. The Soviet Union on Wednesday broke off negotiations in Geneva on limiting inedium-range nuclear missiles. In West Germany and Britain, government spokesmen said Andropov's statment was not a surprise. “It does not meet our hopes, but also does not contradict our expectations.” said West German spokesman Peter Boemsch. The Soviet short-range missiles ’ have been ready for deployment for some time. The Soviet Union would probably have wanted to deploy them in Eastern Europe in any case,” the British Foreign Office said. But Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou of Greece, who is NATO’s leading critic of new missile deployment, said the United States miscalculated the Kremlin reaction. “I warned that the Soviet response would be to increase its nuclear weapons in Europe, leave the talks and possibly take additional measures.” Papandreou said during a visit to Brussels, Belgium. The West contends its new deployment is needed to counter Soviet SS-20s aimed at Western Europe Andropov has not been seen in public since Aug. IS. His statement was read in full on the main Soviet television evening news. But as has been customary since he came to power a year ago, no pictures of Andropov were shown. He said the Soviet Union was ending a moratorium on deploying new SS-20s in Soviet Europe and accelerating preparations for short-range nuclear missiles rn East Germany and Czechoslovakia. “It goes without saying that other measures, too, will be taken to ensure the security of the U.S.S.R.” and its allies,” Andropov added without elaboration. Getting tough DW/ offenders will face stiffer penalties in '84 ByDYANNE FRY Staff writer Modern Tom Sawyers Staff photo fly John \ Saute’ Brant Bailey, left. Steve Hamm and David Hamm take advantage of the sunny weather and no school to head over the Landa Park this morning. The boys had some fishing in mind. People who get caught drinking and driving will be facing stiffer penalties in 1984. Increasing public concern about the number of alcohol-related accidents on Texas highways prompted the Legislature to come up with tough new set of Driving While Intoxicated laws. Starting Jan. I, a suspect's refusal to take a breath, blood or urine test will be admissible as trial evidence. Jail time and temporary loss of driving privileges will be mandatory for subsequent convictions. In cases where someone’s been hurt, first-time offenders will be going in the slammer, too. And starting Jan. I, there will only be one “first time” for each person. Deferred adjudication, which allows a defendant’s record to be wiped clean for good behavior, will no longer be allowed in DWI cases. “The DWI laws are much, much tougher. You’re going to have some things changed enough to get people's attention,” said County Court-at-laiw Judge Ron Zipp. The new law won’t transform society overnight. Zipp can’t even say right now what its long-range effects will be. “This won’t be tested until it gets into court. It’s now strictly a raw law. It’s on the books, and that’s it.” he said. He says his own policy will be “fair, but strict, enforcement.” And it looks as if the new rules will make it much easier to be strict. “Aggravated DWI” is a new term in the state code book. It refers to any DWI offense which resulted in serious bodily injury to another person. Penalties for aggravated offenses will include fines from $600 to $2,500; and jail sentences ranging from 63 days to five years. The sentences may be probated, but everyone — including first-timers — will have to serve at least JO days in jail as a condition of probation. Involuntary manslaughter by reason of DWI will remain a third- degree felony, punishable by fines up to $5,000 and prison terms from two to IO years. The legislature added two wrinkles: a minimum of 120 days in jail, even for a probated sentence; and suspension of the driver’s license from 180 days to two years. In unaggravated cases, a first-time offender may get probation, but only if he submits to an alcohol or drug dependency evaluation. He can avoid having his license suspended by completing a DWI educational course within 180 days of the date of probation. Fines for first-time offenses will range from $100 to $2,000; and jail sentences can be three days to two years. A second-time DWI offender will have to serve at least three days in jail, even if he didn't cause injury to anyone. He may serve as much as two years, and fines will range from $300 to $2,000. Third and subsequent convictions will carry fines from $500 to $2,000. An offender may be sentenced to the county jail for 30 days to two years, or to the state penitentiary for up to five years. If his sentence is probated, he ll have to serve at least IO days of it. Drug dependency treatment is a condition of probation for second and subsequent offenses. And in any case, the convict will lose his driver’s license for at least 180 days. Zipp seemed especially excited about the new laws on testing for drugs and alcohol in a suspect's body. Right now, a test showing alcohol blood content is adnussible as evidence in court. But if a suspect refuses to give a blood sample, or take a breath test, the prosecuting attorney can’t tell the jury about that. The new law will allow an officer to suspend a suspect’s license for 90 days if he refuses to take a blood, breath or urine test. The refusal can be cited during the trial And there are certain conditions under which an officer can take the blood test without the suspect’s consent Tension remains high along border PLO mutineers, loyalists agree to evacuate, end battle TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) - PLO mutineers and loyalists reached agreement today on a plan to end their three-week-old battle and evacuate both forces from the Tripoli area within two weeks, the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and Syria announced. There was no immediate confirmation by PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat or his opponents of the announcement, which came shortly after loyalists and Syrian-backed guerilla mutineers clashed with mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and machineguns in this northern Lebanese port. The agreement was announced at a joint news conference in Damascus by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal and his Syrian counterpart, Abdul-Halim Khaddam. The accord, read to reporters by Khaddam, calls for a permanent ceasefire in and around Tripoli, a negotiated settlement of the PLO’s internal differences and departure of all Palestinian fighters from the Tripoli area. Prior to the announcement, there was a 90-minute exchange of mortar and machine gun fire between the rival forces in Tripoli which Arafat’s aides described as “probing attacks” by the rebels to test loyalist defenses in the city. Arafat had been reported ready to bow to the rebels’ demands and leave his last Middle East stronghold to avert a bloodbath, provided he got sufficient guarantees for the safety of loyalists and local militia allies he would leave behind. Shells fell in a seaside shantytown and the Azmi commercial district during the exchanges. One or two shells landed in the city center and the harbor. Arafat had been reported ready to bow to the rebels’ demands and leave his last Middle East stronghold to avert a bloodbath, provided he got sufficient guarantees for the safety of loyalists and local militia allies he would leave behind. In Beirut, 50 miles south of Tripoli,warplanes flew low runs over the city early today as Lebanese troops and Shiite Moslem militiamen battled near the Marine base at the international airport. Manne spokesman Maj. Robert Jordan said three shots were fired into the Marine base but caused no casualties. He said the shooting stopped when Marines fired a few rounds in return. Asked whether the incoming rounds were deliberately aimed at the Marines, Jordan said: “They were probably fired in their direction.” Arafat gained the release Thursday by Israel of 4,600 Palestinian and Lebanese prisoners in exchange for six Israeli soldiers captured by PLO fighters in September 1982. But his aides said the exchange was not directly linked to Arafat’s predicament in Tripoli. Thursday also was the first time PLO rebel delegates met with the Saudi mediators in Syria. Hundreds of people in Tripoli and in two nearby refugee camps have been killed in weeks of warfare between Arafat’s forces and the rebels who want to oust him from leadership of the PLO. Meanwhile, it was announced that President Amin Gemayel will hold talks with President Reagan in Washington on Dec. I, two days after Reagan’s scheduled meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and Defense Minister Moshe Arens.Inside Today's Weather Comal County forecast calls for sunny and warm today with increasing cloudiness tonight. Southeasterly winds today at 10-15 mph, decreasing to near IO mph tonight. Saturday will be partly cloudy, windy and warm with 20 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms Saturday’s winds out of southeast at 15-25 mph Sunset tonight will be at 5:32 with sunrise at 7 04 a rn.Tightening Up In a move that appeared to be designed to foil any Beirut-style bombing, the Secret Service tightened security around the White House during the Thanksgiving holiday by parking seven sandladen dump trucks at five metal-gate entrances. See Page 3AYoung folks Tonight in Las Vegas, heavyweight champion Larry Holmes will fight the son of a man he sparred with IO years ago - former champ Joe Frazier. Sport*, Pag*6A. 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