New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 13, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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~om ,.Temporary jail won't be ready for Wurstfest
By PATRICIA YZNAGA KING Wire editor
Despite his efforts, Comal County Sheriff Walter Fellers will not have a temporary minimum-security dormitory in time for Wurstfest.
Comal County Commissioners rejected [dans to have a building ready by Wurstfest because the cost of having a dormitory built within three weeks’ time is too high.
The commissioners voted Wednesday morning to have plans drawn for a temporary minimum security building.
After the plans are drawn, they will
be presented to the commissioners for approval ami presented to the jail standards commission for approval. If the commission approves the plans, then the county will advertise for bids, County Judge Fred Clark said.
The decision to advertise for bids was made after Jail Administrator John Jenkins presented cost estimates for a temporary building to be located in the parking lot next to the jail.
Jenkins told the commissioners that a portable dormitory plan available in Hillsboro would cost the county more than the estimated $30,000 to $35,000. Jenkins said the original estimate was
low was because the county did much of the construction with the use of trusties.
Also, the building, which houses 24 persons, would be 30 feet by 50 feet, too big for the park! ig lot space where it would be located, Jenkins said.
Jenkins told commissioners that he asked for informal bids from three contractors for a 18-by 54-foot building plan which would house 16 prisoners ami which could be moved to another site in the future.
Under jail commission standards, the building needed two fire extinguishers, an intercom system, two exit lights over two doors, a sub
flooring of fireproof wood, two smoke detectors and a panted sheet rock interior, Jenkins slid.
The jail commission requested “just a basic drawing to they’ll have something to file,” Jenkins said. He added that the commission will consider waiving some other requirements under the stipulation that the jail not be used past August, 1965. The new jail, including a 48-bed minimum-security dormitory, must be completed by that time.
Jenkins said according to estimates, the building would cost $35,000 to $40,000 to construct. The cost includes complete utility
hookups, jail standard requirements and furniture, Jenkins said.
Jenkins got estimates from three builders. Morgan Building Systems Inc. of San Antonio offered $29,160; Connell Portable Buildings of New Braunfels offered $26,256, and Chaparral Portable Modular Buildings Inc. of New Braunfels offered $20,139.
Connell could not offer the county a lease agreement since the building would be made to specification. Chaparral could offer the county a IO percent lease agreement.
The three firms reported they could have the building ready for occupancy
by Nov. 4 (the first day of Wurstfest) if they began no later tlian Oct. 22. Jenkins said.
County Auditor Bate Bond told commissioners they called the three builders “to have the building ready by Wurstfest if you wanted it.”
Bond told commissioners that they had $60,000 left in their contingency fund which would cover the cost of the building.
Commissioner Precinct 4 WL. ’‘Bill” George said he thought the county could handle the expense.
“It (the money) is not wasted,” he
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THURSDAY October 13.1983 25 cents
Vol. 92 - No. 204
24 Pages—2 Sections
Geronimo and New Braunfels firefighters battled a blaze at 164 Camp Willow Road Wednesday night, but were unable to save the home of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Green.
New Braunfels sent two trucks and five men to aid the Geronimo Volunteer Fire Department at 7:14 p.m. “One side of the house was in full bloom when they got there,” said a New Braunfels Fire Department spokesman
A truck was also called from Seguin, but “it was cancelled before it made the scene,” said a representative of that fire department.
Once the trucks arrived, it didn’t take long to get the fire under control. New Braunfels also sent an ambulance to the scene, but it wasn’t needed. The Greens got out without being injured. However, the house was judged a total loss.
As of press tm ie, the Herald Zeitung had been unable to contact the ' Geronimo V.F.D. for a full report on the fire or a ruling on its cause.
Learning to lead
Canyon 'lock-in' teaches valuable lessons
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
Camping out in the high school commons isn’t everybody’s idea of a good time. But maybe, those that think they wouldn’t Uke it, just haven’t tried it.
Members of Canyon High’s Student Council evidently had a lot of fun doing it two weeks ago. Though faculty sponsor Betty Kyle will tell you that fun isn’t quite the point. A “leadership lock-in” is supposed to be 12 hours or more of good, constructive, educational activity.
Educational or not, the lock-in wasn’t at all like school. It wasn't Uke a Scout campout, either; or even Uke a church retreat, though it had elements of both.
It’s hard to say what it was Uke.
But it's probably safe to say that no one could live through it and emerge un
The students locked themselves in at midnight Friday, less than two hours after the Cougar-Unicom “Game of the Year.”
Outside, the fans were stiU shouting -New Braunfels’ for the fifth win rn a noloss season, and Canyon’s for a great game played.
Inside, more than 40 footbaU players, voUeybaU punchers, future homemakers, band members and rookie freshmen got down to a different kind of business.
They came armed with bedrolls, toothbrushes and an arsenal of snacks. After a week of pep ralUes and positive thinking, and a night of wild cheering, one can only guess how tired they must have been. But no one got to bed until 2 a m.
Instead, they wrote goals for the next day. Then they played crazy games with spoons, oranges and balloons — to break
the ice, Kyle explained.
By mid-morning Saturday, the atmosphere was decidedly relaxed Chairs and sleeping bags were scattered at random around the commons. Running back BiUy Rude Ii tach was nursing a sprained ankle from Fnday’s game. CHS principal Larry Moehnke, another student council sponsor, was wearing shorts and tennis shoes. A lot of the students weren't wearing shoes at all.
After IO hours of enforced togetherness, they’d lost all selfconsciousness and were just being themselves. They were starting to appreciate individual strengths and weaknesses. And with no one concerned any more ahold how he looked to his fellow students, all were free to really pay attention to what was going on.
See LOCK-IN, Page IZA
Suspect sought in sex abuse case
Qty police are investigating a sexual abuse incident which occurred in the bedroom of a 14-year-old girl at 1:36 a in Wednesday.
A spokesman for the criminal investigative division said the girl woke to find a young, white male standing behind her bed. He wasn’t wearing a shirt, and she later noticed that his pants were about halfway down, the spokesman said.
When she ran for help, the suspect escaped through the front door. Police believe he got in the same way, because the door is reported to have been unlocked.
In other police news, a local man charged with trying to burglarise an apartment above the Greyhound bus station was released on bond Tuesday from the Comal County jail.
The MMpect, 22-year-old Richard M. Yam, was arrested shortly after 13:11Police roundup
a.m. Tuesday, after police found him on the roof of the Greyhound station rn the 300 block of North Seguin. Patrol unite had been called to the scene by the resident of the upstairs apartment, who bad heard noises at the window and seen the shadow of a human figure.
A spokesman for the Criminal Investigative Division said the suspect appeared to be trying to force the lock with a metal social security card. Screens had been removed from two windows on the station downstairs, indicating an unsuccessful attempt to gain entry there, he added.
Justice of the Peace Harold Krueger charged Vote with attempted burglary of a habitation, and est his bend at IMMInsideToday'* Waathar
Sunny and mild today, with highs in the apparels. Tonight wifi be Cair and coot, with Iowa atar Ii. Winds wifi be light ani variable. Friday will be sunny with a high near IK and wtads shifting to the southeast al 146 mites per hour. Sunset today will be at 7:63 p.m., andsuariae Friday at 7:33.Football Player Ohs
A 15-year-old Dei Rio High football player died of injuries suffered in a game last Friday. See Paps BA.
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Victim of crime spree feared Moreno's wrath
HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) - The first victim of a 5 4-hour lulling spree called police minutes before his death and said he was afraid bu brother-in-law was armed and heading to South Texas for a confrontation with his estranged wife, according to police.
Juan Garza Jr. called e detective shortly before 6 pm. Tuesday to tell him his fears about EUseo Hernandez Moreno, College Station police Capt Ronnie Miller said Wednesday “The officer said that he felt Moreno might possibly be armed sad I think he fait that Moreno was probably going to try to find tea ex-wife,” Miller ■aid. ’’But he did not, at that time, think Moreno would come to hie home.”
Minutes later, the 36-year-old Garza and his wife, Esther, Si, both lay dead of bullet wounds rn their College Station apartment. Police said there were several witnesses to the shooting Moreno was arrested shout 11:36 p.m. in Wharton County, southwest of Houston. He was taken to Hempstead, 50 miles northwest of Houston, Wed
nesday afternoon ami charged with capital murder in the slaying of state highway patrol officer Russell Lynn Boyd
Boyd stopped Moreno about 6:30 p m on a routine traffic violation near Hempstead, about 40 miles south of College Station, Waller County Sheriff Ronnie Sitton said
Officials also believe Moreno killed two Hempstead residents and shot another when he stopped at their house shortly atter Boyd was shot. kidnapped a Hempstead couple and their three children and forced them to Lake him to Pasadena, where he freed them unharmed; and kidnapped a man whom he was holding hostage when he was arrested near El Campo
Hundreds of officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement agencies lined Southeast Texas roads during the tenge, which covered 160 miles and 54 hours
Moreno was charged with aggravated kidnapping
See MURDERS, Page UA
Was Meyer, firefighter and emergency cere attendant, practices a "rescue" on Scott Renken on the fire tower next to the main station Hill Avenue.
The two were practicing repelling, as Meyer said he needed to break in a new rope
SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) -A malfunction described by an astronaut as a near disaster during an August flight could mean a delay of up to four months in the scheduled Oct. 28 launch of the space shuttle Columbia, a NASA official said.
A National Aeronautics and Space Administration official who asked not to be identified said Wednesday that a rocket nozzle used in the August launch of the space shuttle almost burned through, which would have sent the space shuttle unto a spiral.
The discovery has caused engineers Lo question Ute dependability of rocket nozzles that were Lo be used on the shuttles Spacelab flight
“I don’t think there’s a chance ... that we’U fly in October,” said the official.
A NASA official rn Washington who also asked not to be identified concurred that there was a very slim chance of making the October launch date.
Columbia was scheduled lo carry the $1 billion European Spacelab, a science module.
NASA spokesman John MacLeaish
A bum-through of the nozzle would have been ‘catastrophic’ and fatal to the astronauts, an astronaut said.
said the rocket mizzle problem was being studied, but said, “No decision has been made as yet.”
“I would expect a decision within the next couple of days,” MacLeaish said. “There is a likelihood of a delay.”
After the last mission, engineers found the nozzle on the starboard rocket booster had come within lets than an inch of burning through during the launch If the nozzle had burned through, the rocket's thrust would have spewed out once side. sending the shuttle into a cartwheel CBS News quoted astronaut Darnel Brandenstetn, the pilot of the last
See SHUTTLE, Page 12A
Mike Minatrea and Angie Laffrey take the pudding test