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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 8, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas mprican Microfilm lr » Texas “merlin 4    ...    f    -    .    «S    Y*\    /"*    '6    -    j    I„tt:    ielb P.C. box UAA , ijailas, itx-vs Comal County Sports players of the week See Page 6A Comal River......... . 258 cfs (up 12) ■A/g*fg*r Canyon inflow    1 76 cfs (down 22) Canyon outflow .    341 cfs (same) Watch Edwards Aquifer    624 54 (down .03) Canyon Lake level    908.10 (up 23) Hance: I will State beat White See Page 3A Fadaral deficits $o -50 £}C£F:fSp8s lathe government going broke? See Page SA New Braunfels Herald New Braunfels. Texas Tuesday October 8,1985 25 Cents 14 Pages 2 SectionsTwo injured in accident Two people were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital after a three-car accident at South Walnut and West San Antonio at I p m Monday. Gayle Ake, 26, and Jason Merchant, 2, were treated and released. The three-vehicle accident was investigated by New Braunfels Patrolman Bussell Bell According to Bell’s report. Kenny Villarreal, 21, of 1897 Michigan, was eastbound on West San Antonio when his 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass struck a 1984 Plymouth Voyager van driven by Penme Koopman, 36, of 1669 Marigold. Villarreal’s car bounced off the van, which was northbound on Walnut, and struck a 1983 Nissan pickup traveling west on West San Antonio. The truck was driven b> Gene Ake, 25. of Route 6. Box 469. New Braunfels. Merchant was a passenger in Villarreal’s car. Another passenger was not injured. Gayle Ake was in the pickup According to Bell’s report, both Koopman and Ake said they saw green traffic lights Villarreal said he saw a yellow light. Koopman was cited for not having proof of liability insurance There were no other tickets issued Over the weekend, three other accidents sent one person to the hospital. Tina Greer, 17, of 1010 larkspur, was treated and released at McKenna Memorial Hospital after car in which she was a passenger collided with another vehicle Sunday evening At about 7 43 p m , a car driven by Jason Ernest Geistweidt, 16, of Route IO, Box 12P, struck a car driven by 23-year-old Mark Salter of 1618 Old Marion Road Geistweidt was cited for failing to yield right of way to Salter, who was turning left onto an entrance ramp in the 800 block of Interstate 35 Greer was a passenger in Geistweidt 'n car Another accident about 3:15 p m Sunday resulted in the arrest of Herm!mo Villanueva Jr , 44. of Route 8. Box 141, for driving while intoxicated The accident occurred at US 81 East and Texas 46 South whes Villanueva hit a car sitting at a traffic light The car s driver was Stephanie Ixiuisa Henderson, 20. of Glendale. Calif Villanueva's Cdr left 12 feel of ^kid See At < IDEN TS, Page KAPalestinian hijackers force Italian cruise ship to Beirut By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Palestinian hijackers who seized an Italian cruise ship with 413 people on board forced it to head for Beirut today, according to radio reports from Israel and Spain. The hijackers sought the release of 50 prisoners held in Israel and threatened to startling hostages unless their demands were broadcast. Israel radio, quoting unidentified radio monitors, said one person may have been killed by the hijackers, but that the situation on the ship was not clear. The radio said a boat carrying a PIX) negotiating team left Egypt headed for the ship. The Christian Voice of lebanon radio in Beirut also reported that a radio exchange between the hijackers and Syrian maritime authorities indicated an unidentified passenger .ad been killed. Israel radio said the ship was heading northeast in Hie Mediterranean from the Egyptian roast, apparently toward Beirut. A maritime radio station in San Sebastian, Spain, also reported that the captain of the cruise ship Achille I auro told a nearb> warship it was heading for Beirut Italian news agenizes quoted the Italian Foreign Ministry as saying the hijacker* were armed and had a large supply of explosives Port Said offit als said the hijackers’ leader threatened to blow up the ship if attacked . A Palestinian terror squad leader named Samir al-Kountar headed the list of prisoners Hie hijackers said were being held in Israel It demanded that the prisoners be freed in exchange for the ship and passengers, the officials reported. Israeli officials said al-Kountar was captured after a 1979 raid on the Israeli coast in which two Israeli hostages, a man and his 5-year-old daughter, were killed The mans widow said in Israel that the publicity arising from the raid made al-Kountar a symbol and that was why the hijackers sought his release In Tunis. Tunisia, the Palestine Ijberation Organization today "vigorously condemned and denounced” the hijaiking. and demanded that the hostages be freed The owners of the ship said there were 413 pe<*ple aboard, but did not have a list of the natl finalities Children face frontlines in guerrilla batties BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Leftist guerrillas are sending children as young as 12 into combat, armed with assault rifles nearly as tall as themselves. Last week three girls — 12, 13 and 14 years old — were killed when guerrillas of the April 19 movement ambushed an army patrol near the town of Tulua, about 250 miles southwest of the capital of Bogota. The report came from Tulua Mayor Alvaro Leon in a broadcast interview. He said the children’s bodies were so torn by grenade shrapnel and bullets that it would be difficult to identify them. Twenty guerrillas and four soldiers were killed, the Defense Ministry said. Guerrilla reports on fighting, slipped under the door of the AP’s Bogota office, say the army always distorts such figures in its favor. It is not unusual to find children helping out in guerrilla camps in Central America and South America, but sending youngsters to fight usually indicates desperation. Fighting between the April 19 Movement, known as M-19, and the army the last two months has been the heaviest in the last 30 years of almost constant guerrilla insurrection in this country of 30 million people. More than 200 guerrillas and 70 policemen and soldiers have been killed, most of them in the Andes in southwest Colombia, according ti military communiques and broad cast interviews with small town officials. The M-19, which the army estimates has about 5,000 combatants, broke a one-year truce last June. The April 19 Movement, which takes its name after the date of an allegedly fraudulent presidential election 1970, is a Cuban-line group. The three girls killed near Tulua are not the first youngsters to die fighting for the rebel cause recently. {.ast month a IO year old boy was killed as the tried to place a bomb in a government building in Medellin, the police there said Medellin, in western Colombia, is the country s second-largest city with 2 million people. Un Oct. I. a 16-year-old girl armed Aith a submachine gun and hand grenades was killed in a shootout with policemen in BogotaInsideToday's Weather Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy and breezy today and Wednesday with highs in the upper 80s and southeast winds at 15 miles per hour and gusty. Considerable late night and early morning cloudiness is also expected.Fire Safety Tip The New Braunfels Fire Department would like to invite you to a home fire safety inspection. Where? How about at your house? Have you looked closely at your home? Are there any fire or safety hazards lying around? Get your family involved in being fire safe. Marion residents complain about city taxes, fees CLASSIFIED 36B COMICS 2-3B CROSSWORD 8A DEAR ABBY BA DEATHS 2A HOROSCOPE BA OPINIONS 4A SPORTS 6 7A WEATHER 2A By SARAH DUKE Staff writer MARION — City council chambers filled up Monday night when a group of unhappy residents presented the council with a petition listing several complaints and calling for a reduction of city taxes. The petition stated: ‘ Our city tae rate has reached an unprecedented high and (we) feel it should be substantially reduced. The high rates have brought the purchase and sale of Marion real property to a virtual halt.” The petition also included a call for the reduction of the city police force and rescinding recent city employee salary increases, including eliminating the increase in city council member and mayor pay. Mrs. E.C. Looff, owner of the Overlander Restaraunt in Marion, presented the petition. She said it contained about 70 signatures The tax rate for 1985 is .7434 cent per $100 valuation. That figure is up from .7116 cents per HOO valuation in 1984 “The only reason we had a tax increase was beause of our debts to build a wastewater treatment plant. said Mayor Clarence Jackson after the meeting. "The state mandated we build a new plant If we hadn’t, the state would have and our taxes would have been eve higher ..If we hadn t needed to build the plant, our taxes would be around 38 cents ' The city’s new plant has been open since March. The city issued $265,000 in bonds to finance the project At Monday’s meeting, the council voted to accept a bid of $359,579 for wastewater collection lines. Several of the residents present at the meeting said the streets are in poor shape and drainage is inadequate. “I know these projects cost a lot of money but they (city officials) are spending money on other tilings,” I ooff said I uesday. She said the city is spendmr money unnecessarily on vehicles and pay raises. We are addressing a lot of problems that are long overdue,” the mayor said We don't have all the revenue to address all the problems we have at one time but we are w (irking on them It would cost $1 million to address every problem the city has ” The council voted Aug 27 to pay council members $15 per meeting and to pay the mayor $400 per month There are iwo council meetings each month Marion can’t afford to pay a mayor $100 a week,” said McMiller Barnett, a resident and former councilman "I served for four years ..and I served proudly for $1 a year.” Several residents at the meeting See MARION, Page 8A District 21 attracts more candidates By LILLAN THOMAS Staff writer Texas' two political parties are still searching for candidates to run for Tom Ixieffler's District 21 Congressional seat w ith the latest entrant — former Sen Pete Snelson — consider asting his hat into the ring Snelson said many people have talked to him about running, but he has done nothing to seek support. "I ve had a lot people call me, friends and colleagues asking me to run. but I have not opened the door, nor have I closed the door," Snelson said. I’ve simply told people I would not rule out the possibility yet ” Snelson. who had been state senator for the district including Comal County from 1964 to 1983. characterized District 21 as a swing district, especially since Midland had been added to it and Del Rio has been taken out Many of the counties in it are not clear-cut partisan counties,” Snelson said. "The people often tell you they vote for the man, not the party in many of the counties I think that is becoming more of a pattern. Even major political figures will be critical of both parties.” So far five candidates have announced for the District 21 Congressional seat That seat will be vacated by Republican Tom Loeffler, who has announced plans to run for governor. The three Republicans that have announced include San Antonio City Councilman Van Henry Archer and Bexar County Commissioners Jeffry Wentworth and (.amar Smith Democrats include a David E Hunsicker, a San Antonio real estate developer and builder, and Terry Lowry, a supporter of Lyndon I-aR *u< ‘ * l^amar Smith, the only candidate who has a Comal County campaign committee, has stepped down from his county commissioner position to run for the District 21 spot Smith, a former state representative, has chosen Marion Botchers and Ann Bartholomew to cochair his New Braunfels campaign committee and 1.4Verne Cudabac to chair the Canyon lake campaign committee. "He has won six elections. He was county commissioner 1982-1985 He won a special election for partial term of a state representative position for 1981-1982. and he was Bexar County chairman oH the Republican Party,” Cudabac said * He was Phil Gramm's campaign chairman for Bexar County " Another former Bexar County commissioner, Wentworth also ran for District 23 Congressional seat and won 46 percent of the vote against Democrat Abraham “Chick” Kazen, Dr Charles Berger, Comal County chairman of the Republican Party said. Wentworth is a lawyer in San Antonio. See DISTRICT 21, Page*A Pennie Koopman talks to Officer Russell Bell about the accident 4Htf WALDT Mf PA! D 71 'Tljtyf ;

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