New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 7, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Garden Ridge annexation passes on unanimous vote
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By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Once the fireworks were over, it was a breeze.
The City of Garden Ridge annexed 333 acres Wednesday night. The City Council approved the ordinance without discussion, and with a unanimous vote.
None of the 30-odd people who attended the stormy pre-annexation hearings had anything to say. In fact, they didn’t even come to watch.
A plan for extending the city’s few services into the annexed area was attached to the ordinance. Council approved that with a separate vote, also unanimous.
“Gee. That was easy,” smiled Mayor Betty McGranahan.
The annexation ordinance, drawn up by City Attorney Harvey L. Hardy, became effective upon passage. The mayor said she planned to file a copy
in the Comal County Courthouse today.
She’ll also be notifying city franchise holders such as Southwestern Bell, Entex and Gutierrez Waste Disposal. In most cases, annexed residents are already receiving service from these companies, but the city will be picking up additional fees for the new area.
Reporting on a telephone conversation with Hardy, McGranahan brought up another point for the council to consider.
“He informed us that if we want to have a city sales tax, we must have an election,” she said. The annexation ordinance takes in the FM 3009-FM 2252 intersection, which sports a convenience store and a small business complex.
“With increased traffic through the area, there will be in time. I’m sure, other businesses,” explained McGranahan after the meeting. “We think
Garden Ridge Drive
See annexation, Page 14 The shaded area is now Garden Ridge; the square is a commercial zone
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THURSDAY October 7,1982 25 cents
(USPS 377-880)'Suicide'may be linked to Tylenol deaths
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The cyanide death six months ago of a student in Philadelphia, which was ruled a suicide, may be linked to seven deaths from cyanide-laced Extra-Strength Tylenol in the Chicago area last week, the Illinois attorney general says.
The April 3 death of William Pascual originally was ruled a suicide, but Philadelphia police reopened tile case after the Chicago poisonings and discovered that a bottle of Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules found in Pascual’s apartment contained cyanide that was not detected in the initial investigation
The Chit Ago Son limo'today quoted unidentified police sources as saying a
search was being made in the Chicago area for an associate of Pascual.
The associate, described in newspaper and broadcast reports as a dental student at the University of Pennyslvania, drew attention after Philadelphia police received an anonymous call saying the dental student “knows something about it (the death I,” the Chicago Tribune reported.
Illinois Attorney General Tyrone Fahner, heading an investigation into the Chicago-area deaths from cyanide-tainted Extra-Strength Tylenol, said Wednesday the Philadelphia development “offers promise ...in terms of a Chicago angle.” but warned caution is in order" in trying to link the two sets of events.
Philadelphia police said Wednesday that preliminary tests at the time of Pascual’s death from cyanide poisoning
ruled a suicide when a note to his mother was found near the body showed nothing unusual in the Tylenol capsules found in a shoe at his apartment. But tests this week found some of the capsules to contain cyanide, said police Chief Inspector Frank Scafidi.
Pascual’s widow. Kathleen Burkhalter. was quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer today as saying she didn't believe her husband killed himself.
“There was no motive,” she said. “He was not depressed...They could interview
See PILIJS, Page 14Local pharmacies getting 'mixed' reactions
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
Hospital administrator Tom McNeal took care of his Extra-Strength Tylenol problem real quick.
• We had one bottle of the capsules here at the hospital, and that bottle is now' in my office, on my desk, where it’s going to stay,” McNeal said.
But local pharmacies have experienced somewhat larger doses of the nationwide confusion and concern over recent Extra-Strength Tylenol cyanide contaminations.
Customers at Eckerd’s Drugs have been asking questions, and returning unopened or partially used containers of the Tylenol capsules, pharmacist Dennis Wiesner said.
“The people seemed confused that some of tile lot numbers showed up in San Antonio when the deaths were in Chicago, and most of the capsules were manufactured at the
company’s plant in Round Rock,” Wiesner stated. “So I guess the proximity has caused some concern, too.
State officials inspected the Round Rock plant and gave it a clean bill of health, according to Associated Press reports.
“Many of our customers have even said after the situation is resolved, they won’t ever buy Tylenol again. That’s unfortunate for the company, which was probably the leading brand name in pain-killers before this.”
Instead, Eckerd’s customers are buying different brands that contain the same chemical found in Tylenol. “But even then, you can tell people are a little gun-shy about buying anything," Wiesner said. "It’s like no one is buying anything unless they really need it.”
Wiesner’s personal reaction to the cyanide contaminations was, ••disbelief, I guess. It’s hard to imagine that someone would strike
out so randomly.”
Vollbreeht’s Pharmacy has had much less consumer concern. “We had one customer bring in a sample that had come in the mail, but that’s it,” the pharmacist there said.
The pharmacist at Peerless Pharmacy said most of his customers joke about the incident. “Somebody will say, how many Tylenols did you sell today?’, or something like that. But it’s the publicity the media gives the crazy people out there that inspires them. The less said about this, the better.” Scott Schumann with Banda Pharmacy said, “Yes, we’ve had calls from concerned people, and I basically told them if the bottle had been partially used and there was no ill-effects before, then they’ve got a good bottle.
“In general, people have said the incident has made them wonder,” Schumann added. “It makes me wonder.”
“We took ours off the shelves the minute we heard,” said pharmacist Duke Rutkowski
with Comal Drugs. “Our customers are primarily over 50, and they are very healthconscious. But we haven’t had many returns, so I’m sure they’ve been watching the news as closely as I have."
Rutkowski’s personal reaction to the cyanide contaminations was “the culprit was probably a disgruntled employee who wanted to get back at the Tylenol manufacturer. But it was a very stupid approach,” he added. “You don’t hurt innocent people when you want to get back at someone. Just go up and knock the starch out of them.”
The cyanide contaminations caused Mountain Valley Pharmacy in Sattler to question its own security. “We took all Tylenol off the shelves, even the tablets, but we’re still selling generic brands of Tylenol and prescription forms of Tylenol. What happened is certainly an isolated case, but we’ve had second thoughts about our security here,” pharmacist Ronald Armer
“So we’re in the process of installing sliding glass doors on our wall fixtures, and we’re going to keep all our over-the-counter drugs under lock and key.
Iii our store, the customer w ill simply have to be waited on. and the customers we’ve asked said they wouldn’t mind the extra wait for the peace of mind it would give them," Armer said.
It’s possible that other contaminations can occur at the manufacturer or the wholesaler, “but here at the pharmacy, we plan on eliminating the possibility of tampering,” the pharmacist added.
In fact, Armer said tile whole incident could cause a shift from the large drugstore chains back to the old-fashioned drugstores. “I think the extra expense we’re going to with the glass doors will give our customers the peace of mind a large chain can’t provide.” he said.
TV or not TV?Inside
New frontrunner emerges in Garden Ridge
The City of Garden Ridge may someday have a cable television franchise, but it doesn’t have one yet.
City councilman David Hencshel, official liaison with the two companies still under consideration, briefed the council on latest developments Wednesday night. He’s changed his recommendation since the September meeting.
At that time, he and two other council members thought Skylink Cable of Mobile, Ala. offered a better deal than STAR (’ATV of Waxahachie, and had been more cooperative about answering the city’s questions.
Councilmen Keith Richter and Neal Craigmile (who was absent Wednesday because of a recent back surgery) held out for STAR, and thought Hencshel should make one more effort to resolve questions with the company.
In the past month, Hencshel said, it’s been Skylink who stopped communicating.
A press representative told the council Skylink’s deal with the City of Marion (which reportedly had
done everything but sign the contract two months ago) had fallen through. Garden Ridge Mayor Betty McGranahan heard the nearby subdivision of Northcliff had also backed out and the Skylink salesman had tailed about putting Northcliff and Garden Ridge on a linked system.
“The people who tended to lean toward STAR, I think, are way ahead,” Hencshel admitted.
He said he was having some trouble with that company, too, but didn’t think it was “a big deal” that couldn’t be resolved before the November meeting. Mostly, he’d like the number of channels to be offered written into the contract, along with a timetable for expanding the system.
City residents are finally seeing some activity in the soon-to-be subdivided Holzapfel property, but Planning and Zoning Chairman Bob Kolstad reports no construction as yet.
“I’ve had a couple of inquiries about what’s going on over there,” he said. Members of the local Lions Club have brought in backhoes and
other heavy equipment to clear trees out of future street right-of-ways.
Some citizens have asked Kolstad whether the Lions or the property owners need a permit to do this. As far as he can see, they don’t. The Planning and Zoning Commission has approved preliminary plans and diagrams of the subdivision.
The Lions, Kolstad added, are collecting wood from the downed trees and storing it away for their next annual fish fry.
Engineering studies for the subdivision (now titled Forest Waters) aren’t complete yet, but Kolstad has received two new maps which he presented to the council. One outlines the plan for water-sewer service to the new area. The other shows drainage patterns in the Apple Run watershed, and how these will be taken into consideration in the building project.
Planning and zoning secretary Maynard Hamilton had some doubts about the water plan. He asked whether the lines were looped, and whether there was any mention of
See GARDEN RIDGE, Page 14
Showers and thundershowers, some possibly heavy, are likely today in Comal County. According to the National Weather Service, there’s a 60 percent chance of getting wet, diminishing to 40 percent tonight. Winds today will be southeasterly at 10-15 mph.
Friday night will see a full spectrum for local high school football teams. The New Braunfels Unicorns take on the team with the worst record in District 13-AAAA, the Lockhart Lions, while the Smithson Valley Rangers must tackle the undefeated Bandera Bulldogs in a District 26-AAA opener. The Canyon Cougars will be somewhere in between, facing the Fredericksburg Billies. See Page 5
Capital murder trial of two S.A. suspects to begin in January
The 207th District Court will be buzzing Jan. IO, 1983, when two San Antonio men are scheduled to go to trial for capital murder.
The trial date was set by presiding Judge Robert Pfeuffer in pre-trial proceedings Wednesday Defense attorneys, John Chunn and James Cornelius, and prosecuting attorney Linda Walden, with the Texas Attorney General’s Office, all saw no immediate schedule conflicts with the January date.
On trial will be George Edwin Pittmann and Francis Irving Chandler, both of 3519 Blanco Road. The two men are accused of kidnapping Robert Williams and his wife Josephine from the couple’s Sail Antonio home in July, then raping Mrs. Williams and killing her husband.
Sheriff’s Investigator Rudy Rubio
said the two suspects were pretending to answer a for-sale advertisement on the couple’s truck, when Mr. and Mrs. Williams were kidnapped.
Williams’ body was recovered July 25 in a brushy area off Bear Creek Road in Comal County. An autopsy ruling July 26 stated Williams was hanged.
Texas Ranger Ray Martinez said Williams was hanged by a rope strung across a support beam iii a small shed near the creek.
Mrs. Williams was taken to Medina Lake sometime July 24, where she was left tied to a tree and later escaped. A passerby took Mrs. Williams to the Medica County Sheriff’s Office.
The two men were indicted by a Comal County Grand Jury for capital murder on Aug. 19.
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Extra Strength Tylenol —disappearing from pharmacy shelves
staff photo by Cindy Richardson