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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 15, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas CountyCommissioner under investigation See below Comal River.......... 340    cfs    (up    86) mm*    .    Canyon inflow ........ 205    cfs    (up    49) water cany0n outflow.........169 cts (up 9) Watch Edwards Aquifer ....... 624    64    (up    08) Canyon Lake level ...... 908    07    (up    .15) $ Lebanon agrees World to end civil war See Page 7A Ag* 65-arid-over hospitalizations •n lh* U I.. won»Wy (dotted par quartar A- A Length of alay * 1M| y. A: J tiff so at a? ai CNMfD TnSun* OXM    Arr. Medicare deductibles may go up, see page 3A New Braunfels Herald-Zeituno Mew Braunfels, Texas    Vo1,94~No-202 T uesday October 15,1985 25 Cents 14 Pages 2 SectionsStudent drowns at lake By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer A 22-year-old Southwest Texas State University student drowned while trying to repair a houseboat docked at the Canyon Lake Marina Sunday. That will be the official ruling of Justice of the Peace Howard “Curly” Smith, who said today autopsy findings show no evidence of electrocution in the death of Walter Alan Killingsworth, 22, of Buckhorn Ranch, Fischer. Smith said at one time electrocution was speculated in Killingsworth’s death, because “a friend said he said, 'Tingle, tingle, tingle’ in Spanish when he jumped into the water. But the autopsy picked up absolutely nothing besides drowning. “Why he drowned, I don’t know. Probably no one else does either,” Smith added. “But my official report will show drowning as the cause of death.” Killingsworth was reportedly trying to repair an outdrive on a houseboat belonging to the Buckhorn Ranch when the incident occurred about 3:50 p.m. Sunday. “He was in the water, wearing a life belt or life jacket. His friends were watching television, but one of them walked to the rear of the boat and found him,” Smith said. “He had one arm on the ladder, one arm dangling in the water, and was See DROWNING, Page 7AProsecutor investigates complaints about commissioner By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer A special prosecutor this month is investigating recent allegations that a Comal County commissioner has abused his power. Frank Smith, who calls himself Old Man River, filed a complaint in September with County Attorney Bill Keimer saying that Commissioner Bill George has harrassed him since August. “I think ifs ridiculous,” George said this week. “I’m simply doing my job; following up on complaints of some of the neighbors.” In August, Smith said, he spoke out against the proposed incorporation of Sattler village, now proposed as the Village of Canyon I,ake, at a town meeting in that area The following day, Aug. 15, a county deputy appeared and "said that Bill George had ordered all my cars off the street.” According to Smith, the deputy had checked the cars earlier and all but one had current inspection stickers and tags. Smith said that on Aug. 16, then-county sanitarian Bob .Stahl and sanitation inspector Monica Wallace came to Smith’s house. ‘ They said Bill George had ordered (them to inspect Smith’s septic system) because I was running raw sewage into an open cesspool,” Srruth said ‘I started laughing and he (Stahl) said, ‘Have you been in a meeting with Mr. George lately’’’ I said, What kind of meeting’ and he said, ‘I don’t know, but Mr. George said that you had opened your damn big fat mouth one time too many for him in a meeting.’ ’’ Smith said he then took Stahl and Wallace to his septic tank Wallace said she and Stahl were told to investigate Smith’s septic tank ‘ The sanitarian had come to me and said Commissioner George said there was raw sewage coming out of his house and he had no septic system,” Wallace said When I heard the address. I knew he did. I inspected it.” Wallace said she and Stahl still had See GEORGE, Page7AInsideToday's weather It will be mostly cloudy and cooler today. There is a 40 percent chance of rain today, dropping to a 30 percent chance of rain tonight. Winds will be from the northeast at IO miles per hour. The high will be near OO degrees with the low tonight dropping to 65 degrees. The high Monday was 87 degrees and the low today was 67 degrees. Sunset will be at 7:01 p.m. with sunrise at7:33 a.m. CLASSIFIED 3 6B COMICS 1 2B CROSSWORD 2B DEAR ABBY 3B DEATHS 2A HOROSCOPE 2B OPINIONS 4A SPORTS 5 6A STOCKS 7A WEATHER 2A Man suspected in robberies along interstate By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer A man robbed the clerk at the Stratford House Inn on Interstate 35 at gunpoint early Monday morning as part of an apparent string of robberies in three different counties. Austin Police Sgt John Hunt said Tuesday law enforcement officers are ‘ relatively certain the same guy was responsible for 13 robberies — one in New Braunfels, one in San Marcos, and the rest in Austin — over the past two to three weeks ” Hunt also said the robberies have been confined to motels, convenience stores and gas stations New Braunfels Detective Mano Guerrero said a black man walked into the Stratford House lobby around 5 a rn. Monday and asked if any single rooms were available. The clerk looked back at him to give him a registration form, and saw a small dark-colored revolver mostly covered by the man’s large hands,” Guerrero said “The man said, This is a robbery. I don’t want to hurt you,' and told her to open the register. The man put the money in the pocket of his wmdbreaker,” Guerrero added ‘ He’s believed to have left the building on foot." The suspect was described as having a medium complexion, weighing 170-180 pounds, standing about 6 feet, 3 inches tali and between 35-40 years old He was wearing blue jeans and a jacket Guerrero said a man closely matching that description robbed the San Marcos Shaffer Inn Motel, also un Interstate 35. about 4:30 a.m. Monday. See ROBBERY. Page 7A Council listens to union, passes drainage law By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer A union representative has requested a meeting with the New Braunfels city manager to discuss grievance procedures for city employees. Linda Chavez Ramirez told City Council Monday night that she represents about 50 city employees who want to be represented by the American Federal of State, County and Municipal Employees, local 2390. “We stand ready to meet with the city manager aqd present our guidelines and receive any guidelines you may have,” Ramirez said. “We are a reasonable organization that deals strictly within the guidelines of the law. "We are not a radical organization.” Ramirez explained that her group tries to cooperate with the department head and the city manager and “deal with a way to deal with problems...and open the line of communication between employees and the employer.” City Manager Joe Michie said he has talked with City Attorney Barry Moore and has responded to a letter from Ramirez. He said all discussions of the union matter will be channeled through Moore’s office and asked that Moore be given additional time to study the law regarding union representation. Ramirez said she has been talking to employees from several city departments, including public works and parks, who want to improve working conditions and job security. Also Monday, the council passed an interim drainage ordinance to replace an emergency drainage ordinance passed last December. The controversial ordinance has been opposed by members of the builder community because of the planned user fee to help fund a comprehensive drainage study. Following the second reading of the ordinance two weeks ago, members of the drainage committee met to discuss the fees, as did members of the Comal County Builders Association. “We don’t really care how we fund it as long as the ordinance is put into place and the study is commenced,’ said drainage committee chairman Gene Rutherford, who said a user fee was recommended because it was the "easiest solution.” “In the meantime, we have met with the city manager and established the fact that there may be some money available from the general fund and with that, we went back to the drainage committee and thoroughly discussed the entire ordinance and the fee structure," Rutherford told council. The city, Rutherford said, has agreed to pay $25,000 this year and at least $25,000 next year to help pay for the drainage study, if the builders will come up with a similar amount. That deals with the subject that the building community felt they are paying all of it while all citizens benefit,” Rutherford said. Builders say they should not have to bear the .entire burden of paying for a drainage study for the whole city. However, builders still oppose the fee “We’re just mainly opposed to getting another form of tax on the builders," said builder Kirk Reidel, who is a member of the drainage committee. See COUNCIL, Page 7A drenches county Heavy rainNew Braunfels firefighter Ray Hacker vacuums water from City Hairs basement while city draftsman Don Buskohl continues working 0€«n CLARK 'Mf RAID ZflTUNG By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer A late-night thunderstorm Monday caused power outages and flooding at low water crossings. Weather forecasters say the rain may continue. Lightning and winds were the culprit in some minor power outages in New Braunfels, but electricity was restored by 7 this morning. “We had lightning that hit poles and a car that hit a pole,” said George Preusser, assistant superintendent at New Braunfels Utilities. “That’s all we had," he said. "It was mostly caused by the rough weather.” Pedemales Electric Cooperative wasn’t so lucky About 10:30 p.m. Monday, lightning caused a major utility outage in the Sattler area, according to David Dossey, district managerat PEC “We lost a transmission line to Crane’s Mill, Devil’s Hollow and Blanco substation,” Dossey said. "That lightning really cut it up ” It took about an hour for crews to restore power to those areas, Dossey said. This morning, PEC crews were busy with minor outages in the Bergheim area and in some areas surrounding the lake. "There are a few burned up transformers and line fuses," Dossey said. “Two or three customers here and there.” Dossey said the PEC office received about two-and-a-half nches of rain. Meanwhile, KGNB-KNBT radio station on Ixwp 337 recorded 21* inches of ram; Bulverde, 2 inches; Canyon I^ake, 2^ inches. Kuehler Avenue resident Ernie Hassold reported more than 3 inches of rain in that area overnight. The heavy rain also meant there were some calls for assistance for stranded motorists, which New Braunfels Police LL John Wommack calLs normal. "Stranded motorists and things, when it rains like it did last night, we expec t them," he said. Street lights went out in some areas of New Braunfels, including Seguin and Walnut avenues and the sheriffs department reported that Bulverde Road was impassable and other low-lying areas were flooded about ll:50p.m. The forecast calls for a mostly cloudy ami cooler day with a 40 percent chance of continued rain. Skies tonight and Wednesday will be cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. DfRVl CLARK MfRALO»ITU*G Local residents crowd into council chambers Monday night ;

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