New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 1, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
BEST AVAILABLE COPYComal County Fair winners recognized
The latest Comal County Fair is winding down and winners are preparing to take their entries and trophies home. Some of the winners are recognized today. Additional photos will be published Tuesday.
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NB squeezesj SV eases to victories to go to 4-0
New Braunfels nipped Del Valle 10-7 Friday while Valley ripped Cole 25-0 as both teams
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush’s capital gains tax cut may face trouble in the Senate because of concerns that it is ill-timed and gives too large a tax savings to the nation’s richest people.
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County gives sheriff approval for project
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Contact visitation between inmates and visitors in the Comal County jail increases infiltration of contraband into the facility, says Sheriff Jack Bremer.
Commissioners Court Thursday approved during a regular meeting the specifications for non-contact visitation. If the county goes out for bids on the project, Commissioners Court will then decide if there arc funds available for the construction.
Bremer told the Uerald-Zcitung in May: “I’m doing everything I can to eliminate the contact visitation situation because it dews lend itself to allow contraband in.”
The sheriff, who took office in January, said he is already learning prisoner’s tricks.
Visitors have poured bourbon into cans after purchasing the soft drinks at the jail and given them to prisoners, he said in May.
Prisoners, while hugging another person, have been given shots of drugs in the arm, he said. “It’s a piece of cake.”
Visitation at the jail is scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Bremer said the county must always give contact visita-
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Vol. 137, No. 231
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Last-minute words of encouragement
Five-year-old Shenna Schneider gets some last minute coaching from her mom Sheliah Schneider while her Yorkshire takes a drink from a bottle held by her dad Tyrone Schneider in a break in the competition at the Comal County Fair. The words of advice cam# after the young Sch neider had won the Championship Lightweight Yorkshire category and before the championship judging. Shenna’s sister, Ashley, won Grand Champion Hog.
Utilities file lawsuit to overturn rate case
New Braunfels Utilities is one of eight Central Texas cities and electric cooperatives that have filed suit against the Texas Public Utility Commission in State District Court seeking to overturn the commission’s ruling on an electric rate case July 22.
The plaintiff’s, all wholesale customers of the Lower Colorado River Authority, charge that the commission’s decision “was based on a random trade of votes” by two commissioners rather than on application of Public Utility Regulatory Act Standards and the facts in the case.
The issue triggering the dispute is the commission’s decision to not implement rate incentives for those cities and cooperatives which have invested larger, more'efficient transmission lines to receive power from LCRA.
“The evidence established that LCRA’s rate structure, in which the same prices were charged for 69 kv and 138 kv deliveries of electricity, caused LCRA customers taking power at 138 kv to subsidize customers taking power at 69 kv,” the plaintiff’s petition noted. “Based on this evidence, the PUC hearings examiner recommended that LCRA re-establish the voltage differential.”
At the July 22 final orders hearing, Commissioners Marta Greytok and Bill Cassin both favored recognition of the different costs associated with the more efficient trans
mission lines but disagreed on the method of implementation.
Cassin favored the .separate rate system proposed by the examiner while Greytok advocated the creation of a facilities credit with LCRA setting up a financial pool to compensate customer directly for their investments rather than incorporating the incentives into the rate structure.
The third com missioner, Jo Campbell, opposed recognition of different costs associated with transmission service. She also op|x>sed another issue favored by Cassin — the implementation of different rates for summer and winter months.
“Commissione rs Cassin and Campbell determined, on the record, to trade votes in order to achieve a majority decision,” the pla intiffs note. “As a result of the vote swap, Commissioner Campbell agreed to vote for seasonal rates and Commissioner Cassin agreed to vote against the voltage differential.”
Charging that they are being asked to pay more for electricity than is. justified, the cities and co-ops are asking the court to either reverse the PUC order or remand the case to die Conin lission for a new hearing.
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Deputies arrest 2 for burglary
Two San Antonio men remain in the Comal County jail today on burglary of a building charges.
Juan Hernandez and Ruby Tugg were arrested Saturday after they were found loading a pickup truck with vehicle parts at the Chemical Express Building on Watson Lane off Interstate 35, said Don Reynolds of the Comal County sheriff’s office.
Deputy Bill Dodson of the Comal County sheriffs office noticed an open door and two persons inside who were loading the truck, Reynolds said.
Further investigation revealed Hernandez also was wanted on felony theft charges in Arkansas.
The two were arrested and booked in the Comal County Jail and are waiting registration for burglary of a building.
It will be another sunny and warm day today with the high temperature reaching near 90.
Light winds will be out of the southeast at IO mph. Tonight will be fair with the low dropping to 60 degrees. Monday will be sunny with the high in the lower 90s.
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Agents arrest three in cocaine seizure
New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is preparing for its Second Halloween Haunted House on Oct. 27 and 28.
lf you would like to be a volunteer or a co-sponsor for this event, call the Parks Office al 629-PARK or the Recreation Center at 620-PLAY....
A representative from the Comptroller of Public Accounts will be in New Braunfels Tuesday lo answer questions about Texas taxes and assist taxpayers with paperwork and problems Carlos Pierro, an enforcement officer from San Antonio Northwest field office, will be at Comal County Courthouse from 1:30 to 4
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BOGOTA, Colombia — The government plans to extradite a second drug trafficking suspect to the United States, Colombian news reports said Saturday, and another reputed narcotics figure has been arrested in Ecuador.
Meanwhile, tougher security measures failed to halt the wave of bombings blamed on cocaine barons. Police said five people were injured in seven explosions Friday in the capital and the western city of Cali.
In Ecuador on Saturday, police said a leading Colombian drug trafficker, Evaristo Porras Ardila, was arrested and will be extradited to Colombia after an investigation is completed.
A high-ranking police official in Quito, the capital, said on condition of anonymity that Porras Ardila was arrested Thursday in Tulcan, near the
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Members of the Smithson Valley High School marching band, right, step out in unison during the parade to kick off the festivities for the Comal County Fair. Above, Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer rides in a Packard along the route Friday morning. Although events at the annual event which is billed by organizers as "The Largest County Fair in Texas" start on Wednesday night, the parade starts the action rolling. Students throughout tho county are released for the day and parade entries flow into the county from surrounding cities. Fair activities continue today Including rodeo performances, horse racing, Best Dressed Western Contest and entertainment at Comal Corral. (Photo-8 by Deryl Clark)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal agents made three more arrests in the world’s largest cocaine seizure, bringing to six the number held in connection with the 20 tons found in a suburban warehouse, an official said .Saturday.
Workers and business owners in the warehouse complex on an upscale, tree-lined street said they were suspicious about the establishment, called Adriana’s Pottery Warehouse. Adriana’s prospcrous-looking operators claimed to be in the velvet painting business.
But when authorities acting on a tip broke into the warehouse by knocking apart a $6 padlock, they found 20 tons of cocaine, the largest seizure in the
world by a law enforcement agency.
Its estimated value was between $2 billion and $20 billion, depending on its final form for sale on the street.
Three Southern California men were arrested Friday morning in connection with the case. The other three, all from Los Angeles, were arrested later Friday in their rooms at the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas.
A U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency source who requested anonymity identified the men arrested in Las Vegas as Carlos Tapia Ponce, 68, his son Hector Eduardo Tapia Ponce, 34, and Hector Tapia, 66, the brother of Carlos.
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The local chapter of American Red Cross is accepting donations for the Hurricane Hugo relief effort. Donations can be made payable to Comal County ARC Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 311097. New Braunfels, 78131-1097.
All funds will be forwarded to help victims on the East Coast.
For information concerning the national relief efforts call 800-453-9000 or 800-453-4487 for information in Spanish....
McKenna Memorial Hospital will host several community education classes during October. The first will be a free nutrition lecture on diabetes sponsored by local physicians. The class will be Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the Garza Street classroom across from the hospital’s main entrance. Call 625-9111, extension 134 or 136, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for more information.
The next class will be Wednesday and Thursday. The CPR class sponsored by the hospital will be from 6 to 9 p.m. each night. Participants must pre-register and the fee is $20. A minimum of six participants is needed for the class to be held. Call 625-9111, extension 190 or 195, for information....