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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 13, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas Tropical Storm Jerry forming in Gulf MIAMI (AP) — The season’s 10th tropical storm formed today after a depression strengthened rapidly off the Mexican coast, forecasters said. See Page 3A of PUC problems AUSTIN (AP) — A Texas lawmaker says she is convinced the Public Utility Commission has problems, after hearing testimony from two PUC members who are at odds and an ex-commissioner who compared a former colleague to a skunk. See Page 7A first World Series The Oakland A’s leadoff marvel Rickey Henderson tries to stay in his groove while the San Francisco Giants, with prodigal son Kevin Mitchell back in camD. Dlot wavs to stoo him. 30 - W 0 O T MT r. P n P IT Rf T “ V T v! •“ See Page 10A New Braunfels Zeituns icpQ '377.nnn\ *;io-aoc;-Q1aa Vol. 137, No. 240 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 Friday October 13, 1989 25 Cents Two Sections, 18 Pages Lawmaker convinced Rickey ready forRobber runs off with cash A barefooted man robbed the Pay-less Gas store clerk late Thursday of an undetermined amount of money, but stayed long enough to pay for a carton of cigarettes, police say. “He made no verbal threats,” said New Braunfels police spokesman Martin Mayer about the robber. The suspect, described as 6-foot, Caucasian with slender build and shoulder-length hair, was carrying a knife, he said. “He robbed them first,” Mayer said, adding the suspect then asked the clerk for a carton of cigarettes and paid for it with the money he had taken. The store clerk was physically unharmed. The robbery occurred around 11:30 p.m. at the store located at the intersection of Texas 46 and Interstate 35, he said. Store personnel are running an audit this morning on how much money was taken, he said. “It’s not a large amount.” Mayer said police do have a possible suspect.Etching program cuts theft Leaving for work in the morning and finding no vehicle in the driveway makes vehicle theft hit close to home. And the Safe City Commission wants to prevent this scenerio from happening. Each Saturday during October, the commission is sponsoring an autotheft etching program between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Budget Car and Truck Rental, located at 513 U.S. 81 West. The service is offered for $15. Money raised will pay for supplies and support of the commission. Auto theft incidences have increased 61 percent percent in New Braunfels in the past five years resulting in a $3 million loss, said Commis- See ETCHING, Pag* 2A \ Lawmen arrest trio for home burglary Comal County sheriff’s department officials apprehended three illegal aliens Thursday after a local homeowner discovered the three suspects burglarizing his home. Jorge Martinez Lora, 19, and Jose Flores, 25, remain in Comal County jail in lieu of a $35,000 bond each for burglary of a habitation. Bond was set by Judge R.G. “Doc” Blanchard. A 16-year-old juvenile was taken to the juvenile detention center in Seguin. All three are illegal aliens from Mexico. Officials at the sheriff’s department received a call from Leland Wesch who said he arrived at his home on Kohlenberg Road to see Lora and Flores burglarizing his home around 10:15 a.m. The juvenile was sitting outside the home in a 1979 Ford station wagon. According to Chief Deputy Wayne Hoherz, the three suspects left the scene. Lora and Flores were later apprehended in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart Distribution Center. Sheriffs department officials pursued the juvenile through New Braunfels to the south side of the city where the suspect abandoned the car near Solms Road. Approximately 15 officers chased the juvenile on foot to a train where they surrounded and captured him. Boots, a phone recorder, jewelry and other household items were recovered by the sheriff’s department. Several other items including a wallet remain missing. Detective Bill Boles is investigating the incident. Hoopla shenanigans Captain Hook (Jason Zech) and Peter Pan (Amy Flanigan), members of Inner Circle, take time out from their performance at the Brauntex Theatre to entertain shoppers at Henne Hardware during Thursday evening’s Downtown Harvest Hoopla. The evening featured live entertainment for the family, along with a Harvest Hunt, won by the team of Nina and Chris Pace, and Pete and Sean Williams, who answered 27 questions in 53 mihutes by visiting downtown area businesses for clues. The team won $200. Second place was ERA Schoolcraft Realty team of Luke Speckman, Ginger and Tim Bushee and Mary Buck, who donated its $50 prize to Light Up the Plaza Third was Carter Casteel, who gave her $25 award to United Way of Comal County. Approximately 500 visitors enjoyed the evening downtown. (Photo by Deryl Clark)Brother shoots tot with BB gun A 3-year-old New Braunfels boy is in guarded condition today at a San Antonio hospital after his brother shot him in the head with a BB gun Thursday, police say. Police will not release the name of the boy, who is in the pediatric intensive care unit at Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital. The incident took place around 11 a.m. when the victim and his 9-ycar-old brother were playing with the gun at their house in the 1200 block of Glenbrook Drive, said police spokesman Martin Mayer. “The BB penetrated on the left side of the forehead and there was enough force to penetrate the skull and lodge in the brain,” Mayer said. “There will be an investigation, but there is no indication it was any more than an accident,” he said. The BB gun was confiscated, Mayer said. Group lends support to parents When mothers have nowhere to turn after fighting for child support, a local group can lend some moral support. In the fifth part of a series, the President of the Organization for the Enforcement of Child Support encourages single parents to get involved. By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer / Landlords and creditors don’t care that a woman didn’t receive her child support payment to help make ends meet, but a local support organization does. The Organization for the Enforcement of Child Support, formed by Augie Schroeder, is a group of single mothers and fathers looking for a better tomorrow for their children although the ex-spouse has walked away from paying child support. Members of the group are non-welfare recipients. “There is no end to the amount of money it takes to raise a child,” Schroeder said. “And abandoning children (financially) is child abuse. “Many of our children have to live in poverty-level conditions because one of their parents walks away.” Members of the organization are advocates who want to work with the court system and ex-spouses to solve the growing problem of non-support, Schroeder said. The organization, which is more than a year old, is governed by a board of directors. “As a society we’ve all gotten very complacent to the fact that child support is no big deal,” she said. “People think it’s a joke." But it’s not a joke to the children, who suffer when the money isn’t coming in for food, supplies, clothing and extra-curricular activities. “I think (non-child support) is the root cause of poverty in this country today," she said. “I want to start an alliance like we have for welfare — an organization that saves a person’s dignity,” she said. “It’s hard for women to step out and not be on welfare.” Schroeder calls sing Ie-parent mothers not on welfare and not regularly receiving child support payments the “invisible poor." “Single-parent mothers happen to be that one minority that gets totally disregarded,” she said. “We’re not asking to be taken care of for the rest of our lives. “It takes two parents to make ends meet. You can’t get blood out of a turnip on both sides.” Schroeder will make a presentation to the Agencies United For Child Abuse Prevention and county S«* GROUP, Pag* 2A Businessmen predict economic slowdown HOT SPRINGS, Va. (AP) — The nation’s top business leaders today forecast a significant U.S. economic slowdown for 1990 and warned that an outright recession is possible unless the Federal Reserve cuts interest rates. The Business Council, composed of IOO chief executives of the country’s largest corporations, predicted that the economy will grow next year at the most sluggish rate since the end of the 1981 -82 recession. However, the expected slowdown will turn out to be the “pause that refreshes” and growth will rebound in 1991, giving the country an unprecedented nine consecutive years without a recession, the business leaders forecast. This optimistic outlook came with a major caveat that the Federal Reserve must cooperate by moving soon to lower interest rates to spur economic activity. The call by the business leaders for the Fed to relent in its inflation campaign and start nudging interest rates lower echoed comments being made by the Bush administration, which is worried that a sluggish economy next yea: could harm Republican chances in the 1990 congressional races. James D. Robinson III, chairman of American Express Co., said the Fed has done a good job in keeping a lid on inflationary pressures “but now is the time to bring interest rates down.” Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has so far given no indication that the central bank is willing to push rates lower. The Fed and the administration are locked in a dispute over the administration’s call for lower interest rates to help push the dollar lower and bolster U.S. exports. The Business Council released its semiannual economic forecast at the start of two days of meetings at this mountain resort. The corporate economists who prepared the report said they believe the nation this summer entered a slowdown that is expected to last 15 months — until the final three months of 1990 — when growth will rebound to more satisfactory rates. “That would make die growth slowdown that we are passing through die pause that refreshes and would imply an extension of the expansion to an unprecedented and remarkable nine full years," Preston, the chairman of the group that prepared the outlook, told reporters at a briefing on the report. Bequest to help youngsters Foundation to administer $100,000 in funds A gift of $100,000 was presented to the Braunfels Trust Fund this morning from the Christine Dierks Estate. The money will be used for youth development and education. Mrs. Dierks, who died in August 1988, along with her husband Harry Dierks, who died in the early 70s, had no children, but were dedicated to helping children get an education, said Raymond Staats, executor of Mrs. Dierks’ estate. A presentation of the money was conducted this morning in Honors Hall. “Harry and Christine Dierks were individuals who had a deep feeling for young people and were always supportive to youth activities, especially in the area of education,” Staats said. “It was only natural that Mrs. Dierks would leave a portion of her estate to be used for this purpose.” The $100,000 will be used to establish the Harry and Christine Dierks Memorial Fund, said Elliot Knox, president of Braunfels Trust Fund. Raymond Staats, left, hands over the funds to Braunfels Trust Fund President Elliot Knox. The couple opened a filling station, drive-in grocery and trailer park in the 1940s where the Underpass Saloon on Seguin Avenue now stands. Mrs. Diaries sold the property in 1976. The Braunfels Foundation Trust was created by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Se* FUND, Page 2A This morning’s cloudy, foggy skies will break into a sunny and warm day this afternoon with a high hear 90. Look for partly * cloudy skies and a low in the mid 60s tonight with partly cloudy skies and warm weather for tomorrow. The high temperature is forecast for the upper 80s. Inside: CLASSIFIED............................2-6B COMICS.......................................8A CROSSWORD.............................3A DEAR ABBY...............................2B ENTERTAINMENT.......................9A HOROSCOPE..............................8A RELIGIOUS FOCUS...................6A SPORTS...............................10-11A TV LISTINGS...............................8A WEATHER...................................2A New Braunfels Colts in Action (Just Say No to Drugs organization) is sponsoring a movie night TONIGHT from 7 to IO p.m. at the Middle School. Movies, popcorn and cakes will each cost 25 cents. Members are reminded to bring their CIA cards as proof of membership.... Supporters of the Comal County Family Violence Shelter will gather on Main Plaza tonight at 7:30 for a Candlelight Ceremony to show their support of the shelter, which currently is closed because of lack of funding.... The Hill Country chapter of Parents Without Partners will host a Garage Sale Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 210 S. Academy. The public is invited to go check out the bargains and benefit the organization. Saturday night, the group will hold an orientation where members are asked to bring single parents and introduce them to the organization. Orientation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. in San Marcos. Call 396-1699 for directions. A birthday party will follow. Then, on Sunday, the organization will host an Open House for anyone interested in joining or learning more about the organization and for members to meet and share refreshments and talk about PWP, what is has meant to their lives, and the future of the organization in New Braunfels, Seguin, and San Marcos. The Open House will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 292 S. Sycamore. For more information, call President Jim Roberson at 629-2527 or hostess Peggy Reinhard at 625-6378. Eveyone’s invited.... New Braunfels Children’s Museum Saturday will host Srini-vas Komanduri performing traditional music of India on the sitar and Rathna Kumar and a dance troupe from the Angli Center for Indian Performing Arts in Houston Se* STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2A ;