New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 10, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
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Seizures result of drugs moving from Colombia
WASHINGTON (AP) — The recent U.S. seizures of almost 36 tons of cocaine may be the result of the Colombian drug crackdown as traffickers move the drug out of an unsafe haven, officials say.
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Scandal could send drug prices higher
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers may soon be ■paying higher prices for prescription drugs as more generic products are pulled from the market and cost-conscious buyers are left with fewer low-priced
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LaRue, Ritterhouse Players of the Week
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Vol. 137, No. 237
707 Lands St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
October 10, 1989
One Section, 10 Pages
Council considers parade fee increase
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
The number of city street closings for parades, longdistance runs and bicycle races is increasing annually, so city staff wants to raise the permit fee more than $200 per participant.
“Our biggest goal is to get a handle on our special events, our parades and make sure they are safe,” said City Manager Paul Grohman. “Somebody is bearing costs for these special events.”
City Council tabled action Monday during a regular meeting on proposed revisions to the parade/special permits ordinance, which would require all participants in parades and other such events to pay a $250 fee, The fee
now is $25.
“I think that’s what our property tax is for,” Council-mcmbcr James Ooodbrcad said about hometown persons paying the increased fee. “I think we’re getting a little grubby.”
The ordinance also calls for applicants to reimburse the City all costs expended by the City for traffic control and related expenses that exceed the $250 permit fee.
Also added to the ordinance is the authority of the police chief to publish rules and regulations regarding the route of a parade or special event, safety regulations and other necessary regulations.
The weather was perfect and the music on key for the annual Gruene Music Fest Sunday afternoon. Jennifer and Frank Havelka of New Braunfels took a turn on the dance outside ‘dance dirt’ to the music of the County Line Band. Sunday’s entertainment lineup featured many local musical acts, children's activities and lots of food to benefit the United Way of Comal County. Saturday’s entertainment included a premiere party with entertainment by Fiddlin' Frenchie Burke, above right, followed by a concert for the public. (Photos by Deryl Clark)
Man appeals court ruling
Water flowing into generators
A Comal County District Court ruling could be overturned if a New Braunfels man’s appeal is successful this week as a Comal County jury hears testimony in the case.
Reynaldo Serna, 37,5043 Lahn Road, appealed District Court Judge Robert Pfcuffcr’s decision in August to revoke his 10-year probation because of an April 1989 arrest for possession of methamphetamines. Serna already was serving a probation sentence for possession of methamphetamines and possession of a weapon when he was arrested, according to District Attorney Bill Rcimcr.
Pfcuffer decided to revoke Serna’s probation and force the New Braunfels resident to serve out the rest of the IO years in the Texas Department of Corrections. Serna’s lawyer, Robert Hatcher, said the decision would be appealed. An appeal bond was set at $35,(XX).
Judge Fred A. Moore presides over the appeal hearing.
New Braunfels police officers arrested Serna April 27, 1989, after a short chase down U.S. 281. Almost an ounce of methamphetamines was confiscated in the arrest.
Generation at the Canyon Hydroelectric Plant will resume today, according to Tommy Hill, chief engineer with the Guadalupc-Blanco River Authority.
Hill saia the recent rainfall provided enough run-off to raise the reservoir outflow to 90 cubic feet per second, the minimum required for the plant to generate. The Spring Branch gauge, located above the Canyon Reservoir, provides an indication of inflows. However, the total inflow includes rainfall directly on the reservoir and other runoff below the gauge.
While the flows arc in the operating range of the plant, GBRA will be performing additional testing of the plant. The initial operation of the plant began in January. Production was halted this summer because of
drought conditions above the reservoir. GBRA reduced the release from Canyon Reservoir to meet dwindling inflows on July 27.
Hill said, "This is nor an indication that the drought is over. This is only 90 cfs, and that’s only temporary relief.”
Generation at the plant could be continued for as briefly as a week or two, or longer if inflows continue. Generation at the plant relies on the natural flow of the river.
The plant is capable of generating six megawatts of power using its two units. Power is delivered to the City of New Braunfels. Studies indicate that 25 million kilowatt hours of electricity will be generated at the plant on an average annual basis.
Mothers need support from court system
Editor's Note: Women at the end of their rope
— trying lo get ex-husbands to pay child support
— can find some help in the county attorney's office. In the second part of a series, the lier ald-Zeitung talks to a county employee who handles child support delinquency cases.
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Start Writer
Child-support delinquents arc anyone from truck drivers to attorneys, and though “times arc tough all over" when ex-spouses don’t pay, the children are the ones who suffer, says a county employee.
Women need more support from the court system, said Ann Hackney, who works with criminal non-support cases in the county attorney’s office.
‘Times arc tight all over. Sometimes men don’t have the money,” she said. “But if they can’t pay the whole $50, go out and pay $10; that shows me at least he’s making an effort and is concerned about the kids. People etui help their children.”
Women whose ex-husbands aren’t paying child support can file criminal non-support complaints with Hackney and arrest warrants will be issued. After the ex-husband posts bond, a court date will be set.
Sometimes the system doesn’t work fast enough and women become frustrated when the warrant isn’t served, she said. Other women’s frustrations mount when the ex-husband can’t be found.
“When they come through that door, they are already mad,” Hackney said. “They have nowhere to take it out but right here. They think once they sign that magic paper that everything is going to be OK for them. They don’t realize the legal process we have to go through.”
A part of that process that is encouraging to officials and spouses is the ability to withholding orders issued.
The order allows the courts and the ex-husband’s employer to withhold a specified portion for child support from his paycheck to be sent to the district clerk’s office for distribution.
“If the man is working, we try to get a with
holding order ordered through the court system,” Hackney said. “If he’s not working, all we can do is order him to pay child support plus some of the back child support.”
After this process, the man is put on probation and if it is violated, a motion to revoke the probation is filed and the parties arc brought back to court.
“They are arrested and they will go to court. They will pay it and this will go on for a couple of months ... then they get comfortable again and they will slip up again,” she said. “Of course some of them, it scares the death out of them. When they take them to the jail it scares them.”
Putting a man in jail doesn’t help, but sometimes it is necessary, she said.
“It doesn’t help the woman to put him in jail and keep him there if he can’t pay die child support,” Hackney said. “But sometimes if they just keep repeating this, maybe it’s necessary to show them that she docs mean business.
“A lot of them say, ‘Well, I’m not working,’ well, the child is still eating,” she said.
Wives, many of whom work at minimum-wage jobs, also must pay for child care, which runs from $50 to $60 a week.
“And when you’ve got $60 coming out of minimum wage, what have you got?” asked Hackney, adding that it is easier for women to apply for welfare.
Hackney said women need to get involved and let public officials know their complaints.
“The more voices a judge hears or a county attorney hears or a lawmaker, the more attention he’s going to pay lo it,” she said. “They are going to listen to the voice that voles.
“I want each legislator to take three children and on that woman’s salary, I want them to raise those three children and work and see what happens,” she said. “There would be a major revision of all these laws.”
Hackney also has an idea of her own.
“I would like to see a penalty put on them,’ she said. “I would like to sec more community service ”
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Sunny and warm days are forecast through the week. Today’s high temperature will be near 85 degrees Tonight will be clear and cool with the low temperature near 55 degrees. Temperatures for the rest of the week will be near 90 for the highs and near 60 for the lows.
Santa Clara Street between West San Antonio and West Mill will be closed through Thursday for a continuation of the drainage improvement project there. Have patience, they TI be finished soon,...
New Braunfels Masonic Lodge No. 1109 will have a monthly stated meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge
Famed area storyteller Daryl Fleming will lend his talents to New Braunfels Children’s Museum Thursday at 4:30 p.m. as he relates enchanting folktales of India in conjunction with the current exhibit, “Where in the World?” which focuses on local, state and national geography and also features China, Kenya and India. The program will start at 4:30, so youngsters can come after school and they arc invited to stay (or come early) and tour the exhibit. Admission is the $1 for non-members; free for members.
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Detective, investigator learning the other side of criminal justice
Trading places with the district attorney’s investigator will teach a sheriffs office detective there is more to the criminal justice process then arresting a person.
At the same time, the DA’s investigator will learn what it’s like on lite streets.
An internship program between the Comal County district attorney’s office and the sheriff’s department will give selected employees the opportunity to learn what it’s like on the other side of the fence.
“There’s a lot of things that an officer needs to learn other than just arresting a person,” said Richard
Alvarez, who is the first participant to work in DA Bill Reimer’s office.
Reimcr’s investigator Rolph Ehr-lich will work for Sheriff Jack Bremer on patrol.
Alvarez, who was hired by the county in 1984 as a jailer, will gain insight into the inter-office operation of Reimer’s office and the court system as his internship continues for about one year. He will take messages and insight back to people at the sheriff’s office.
“This is an experiment,” Reimer said, adding Alvarez will learn how to plug loopholes in cases and develop Sea PROGRAM, Pag* 2Sheriff Jack Bremer, left, Detective Richard Alvarez, center, and District Attorney Bill Reimer talk about the program.
Ribbons taking aim at drug-free T exas
Tic on a red ribbon during the fourth weekend of October to take part in the 1989 Texas Red Ribbon Campaign, designed to present a unified and visible commitment toward a drug-free Texas.
The Safe City Commission is coordinating local activities and educational programs Oct. 22-29 to take part in the special week. Persons are encouraged to wear red ribbons throughout the week to show' support for a drug-free society.
“The Safe City Commission will serve as a clearinghouse of information regarding the Red Ribbon Campaign,” said Commission
Director Don Ferguson. “The purpose of this campaign is really to present a unified and visible commitment toward a drug-free New Braunfels and Comal County and a drug-free nation.”
The Campaign originated when Federal Agent Enrique Camarena was murdered by drug traffickers in 1985. The reel ribbon became the symbol to reduce the demand for drugs.
Gov. William P. Clements and his wife will serve as honorary chairpersons of the 1989 Red Ribbon Campaign.
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