New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 11, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
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Politicians see lottery as funding solution
AUSTIN (AP) — A gubernatorial candidate and a state senator say a Texas lottery could help raise needed money for public schools, but other top officials aren’t betting that a state-run game will come to
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Canyon, NE claim 8th district victories
Canyon and New Braunfels kept pace in the District 28-4A volleyball standings on Tuesday, with the first-place Cougarettes routing Smithson Valley and the Unicorns rallying past Samuel Clemens.
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Vol. 137, No. 238
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
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October 11, 1989
Two Sections, 20 Pages
A Comal County jury heard closing arguments today in the jury trial of a New Braunfels man accused of possession of a controlled substance.
Reynaldo Serna, 37, 5043 Lahn Road, could face between two years and life in prison if the jury finds him guilty of possession of mcthamphetamines.
District Attorney Bill Renner explained Serna would be considered an enhanced felon because of previous felony offenses. Because Serna is an enhanced felon, the offense of possession of a controlled substance becomes a first-degree felony instead of a second-dtgrce felony.
Reimer said Serna probably would not receive a life sentence if the jury decides the defendent is guilty.
New Braunfels police officers arrested Serna April 27, 1989, after a short chase down U.S. 81. Less than an ounce of methamphetamines were confiscated in the arrest.
In August, District Court Judge Robert Pfeuffcr revoked Sema’s 10-year probation sentence from a previous conviction because of the new charges. He was sentenced to serve the rest of his probation in the Texas Department of Corrections, but his lawyer, Robert Hatcher, indicated he would appeal. An appeal bond of $35,000 was set.
Officials in the Comal County district clerk’s office indicated the appeal was filed.
M City drops insurance
Rafter premium jump
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Risking a self-insurance plan, New Braunfels City Council Monday approved dropping the city’s Workman’s Compensation insurance offered through Texas Municipal League’s guaranteed program.
“This is a very critical issue,” said City Manager Paul Grohman. “Our premiums have increased drastically.”
The city’s move toward a self-insurance plan, or retention program, came after the City received a $345,611 premium from TML about four weeks ago, Grohman said.
During budget time, city personnel estimated the premium to be $237,000 based on last year’s premium of $240,000, he said.
City Council voted to enter a self-insurance program with Texas Political Subdivision Workers’ Compensation Joint Insurance Fund.
With the retention program, TPS will be paid administration fees and will set up a safety program for the city.
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) Board recommends 11.5 percent hike
AUSTIN (AP) — The State Board of Insurance staff has recommended an 11.5 percent increase in workers’ compensation rates, about one-third of what the industry had sought.
The three-member board, which has approved increases totaling 148 percent since 1985, is scheduled to begin a hearing Tuesday on raising the rates again.
The insurance industry is asking for a 34,9 percent increase.
Expected to last for several days, next week’s hearing comes just before the Legislature convenes on Nov. 14 for another special session on workers’ compensation.
Gov. Bill Clements has insisted that the system should be overhauled, but lawmakers failed to do so in either the 140-day regular session or a 30-day special session in June and July.
Members of the Comal Garden Club gathered recently at Pat’s in the Park to construct wreaths to decorate downtown parking meters for Thursday’s Downtown Harvest Hoopla which begins at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot at New Braunfels Utilities. Teams of up to four may register for the Harvest Hunt from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and the hunt will begin promptly at 6 with clues stationed in downtown stores and restaurants. Garden club members taking part in the wreath-making were, from left, Peggy Watson, Marilyn Edwards and Marguerite Millican. For more information on the Hoopla, see Page 3B. (Photo by Deryl Clark) ’
Building permits drop for month
Comal County attorney trying new tactics to collect money for frustrated mothers
Editor's note: In the third of a series concerning child support, Comal County's new county attorney tells the Herald-Zeitung he is encouraged by the response of people paying what they owe.
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Since laking office in January, County Attorney Nathan Rhcinlandcr is encouraged by the “heartening” response of ex-spouses paying child support.
“A lot of what we’re doing on child support is still kind of developing,” he said. “We’re trying some new things out.”
Though the county attorney’s office is swamped with women, who aren’t receiving child support payments, Rheinlander said the enaction of withholding orders is resolving about 89 percent of the criminal non-support cases.
Withholding orders are sent to the ex-spouses place of employment and child support is withheld from the paycheck and sent to the district clerk’s office for dis-
Withholding orders are sent to the exspouses place of employment and child support is withheld from the paycheck and sent to the district clerk's office for distribution. Withholding orders can't be placed on persons, who work independently, such as contractors and attorneys.
tribution. Withholding orders can’t be placed on persons, who work independently, such as contractors and attorneys.
“It’s not as frustrating as it sounds,” Rheinlander said. “The great, great majority of the cases we have
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The value of building permits dropped in September along with the number of permits issued by the New Braunfels Planning Dcprimem.
A total of 111 permits were issued in September valued at $620,181, down from the 145 permits issued in August valued at $1.4 million. Last month’s figures also reflect a decrease from the same period last year in which the planning department issued 122 permits with a total value of $1.05 million.
Only one new commercial permit was issued for an $8,000 tenant finish-out for Ostcn Temporary Services. Hansmann Cosntruction performed the work at the office located at 555 Interstate 35 W.
Residential permits applied for in September were:
• Maxine Hampe; Jurica Construction; 743 Briarbend; residence with brick fence; $52,(XX).
• Bobby Kroft; 947 Mission Hills; residence with chain link fence; $75,000.
• Timothy and Myra Zunkcr; Ben Fricdcn; 1739 Sunnybrook; residence; $70,(XX).
Other permits issued by the planning department were five singlefamily residential additions and alterations, $48,000; one residential carport, $600; four storage buildings, $3,660; two commercial additions and alterations, $84,(XX); 86 out-of-scopc items (which include fences and driveways), $266,921; and one structure other than a building, $12,(XX).
Luling residents protesting plant
LULING (AP) — Although some say the town needs the jobs, a group of Luling residents has presented petitions aimed at blocking a hazardous-waste recycling plant that supporters say will be an economic boost for the city.
Residents said controversy over the recycling plant has polarized the town of 5,000 between those who see it in terms of jobs and dollars and those who think the health risk of having Refined Solvent Inc. is not worth the
45 jobs the firm could bring.
“We don’t want this in our community,” said Gus “Pinky” Brown, president ot inc concerned Citizens of Luling and Surrounding Areas, which sponsored the petitions. “It would not be worth the risk. It would be a deterrent to good, clean industry.”
Brown said his group is concerned about air emissions, possible contami-
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Drug traffickers claim assassinations, warn newsmen
Bush accepts invitation for summit
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Drug traffickers claimed responsibility for the assassination of two employees of a crusading anti-drug newspaper and threatened to kill its remaining ll workers in Medellin if they don’t leave.
A magazine journalist and four other people also were gunned down Tuesday in Colombia’s cocaine trafficking capital.
The shootings in Medellin followed 13 bombings in three other Colombian cities late Monday and early Tuesday — the most serious rash of attacks since the country’s drug lords went to war with the government nearly two months ago.
Last month, a car bomb exploded outside the main officies in Bogota of the 102-year-old El Espectador newspaper, injuring scores of bystanders and causing extensive damage.
In a telephone call to El Espectador, a man said a group called The Extraditables would kill the 11 members of the paper’s Medellin staff if they did not leave the city in three days, an editor at the paper said. The staff is composed of journalists, secretaries and administrative workers.
The anonymous caller said The Extraditables was responsible for Tuesday’s assassinations in Medellin of the paper’s administrator and circulation manager for the city of 2 million, said the editor, who asked not to be identified for security reasons.
Drug traffickers have issued statements under the name The Extraditables. The country’s top cocaine barons fear extradition to the United Slates, which seeks to put them on trial.
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ICA, Peru (AP) — President Bush has accepted an invitation to attend a drug summit with the leaders of the world’s three largest coca-producing countries, who pledged all-out war on traffickers during talks in this desert city.
The presidents of Bolivia, Colombia and Peru, in a five-hour meeting Tuesday, invited Bush and European leaders to take part in the summit, to be held within the next 90 days in Latin America.
In Washington, White House press secretary Marlin Fitzwater said: “TTie president will go." He said 90 days was “within the time frame we have been considering. It’s reasonable.”
Fitzwater said the United Suites had no objection to participation by Europeans and security concerns would not stand in the way of a summit. Of a planning meeting Nov. 20, he said: “I’m sure that’s fine with us.”
At their meeting, Presidents Jaime Paz Zamora of Bolivia, Virgilio Barco of Colombia and Alan Garcia of Peru
also questioned U.S. reliance on military and police actions to stem the cocaine trade.
In a briel communique at the end of their session to develop a common strategy to fight drugs, the presidents said both the production and consumption of cocaine must be addressed at the summit.
They also pledged to continue “all-out war” on trafficking.
In the statement, the presidents said a successful antinarcotics campaign must, in addition to seeking punitive measures against drug traffickers, also deal with production and consumption of drugs.
They did not elaborate in their statement. However, Peru, Colombia and Bolivia have said military-style repression of the drug trade should be accompanied by more U.S. economic aid to provide alternative crops or sources of income for the hundreds of thousands of peasants who grow coca.
Good Day -
Today will be a continuation of the sunny and warm pattern with a high near 90 degrees. Tonight will be clear and cool with the low near 60 degrees. Thursday’s forecast calls for more of the same with a high near 90 degrees.
Eckerd Drug Company is again sponsoring a Halloween Coloring Contest for children ages.2 through 12. The contest will run until Oct. 26 with three winners being picked in each of Eckerd’s 1,600 stores. The winners arc from each of the three age groups — 2-5, 6-9, and 10-12.
Each winner receives a “Pun’kin Pal” stuffed toy. Judging takes place at each store Oct. 27 where all entries will be on display.
Entry forms and coloring guides are available at any Eckerd Drug Store...
Several hundred survivors of the Battle of Guadalcanal 47 years ago will hold a national reunion in San Antonio Oct. 12-15. About 2,700 men of the 60,000 who fought on the South Pacific island in 1942 and 1943 are members of the Guadalcanal Campaign Veterans, which will have headquarters in the El Tropicano Hotel. There are several members in the Central Texas area, including Norwood (Willie) Williams of New Braunfels. Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands, was the scene of “perhaps the bitterest fighting ever waged by Americans at war,” according to military historian Walter Lord.
It was there that under-manned and ill-equipped Marine, Navy, Army and Air Forces snapped, for the first time, the long string of Japanese conquests that began at Pearl Harbor....
The lack of a football game won’t keep Unicorns at home Friday the 13th. They will be at “Rocktobertfest.” The music event, sponsored by New Braunfels High school Student Council, will be in full swing beginning at 7 p.m. at the NBHS Cafetorium.
The monster “Battle of the
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