New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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TEXAS AMERICAN MIERAF IIM ATT-* PETE SINCLAIR P.O. BOX 45436 DALLAS, TX 75245
Comal River......... 266 cfs (down 12)
l/ltnt fir Canyon inflow 322 cfs (down 410)
Canyon outflow....... 279 cfs (up 131)
INotch Edwards Aquifer ....... 624.67 (up .05)
Canyon Lake level ...... 908.16 (up .02)
Area(duaaaiupe tax rate upsets residentsSee below
New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94 - No. 204
18 Pages - 2 Sections
Israelis can identify
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Israel’s military intelligence chief and an Italian prosecutor both say they know who killed an American passenger on a hijacked Italian cruise ship. Neither identified the killer, but the Israelis said it was the youngest of four Palestinian pirates.
Meanwhile, in Rome. Prime Minister Bettino Craxi resigned today after his government collapsed under criticism of his handling of the hijacking.
The 26-month-old five-party coalition government came unglued after Defense Minister Giovanni Spadolini and two other Republican Party ministers quit Wednesday to protest the release of Mohammed Abbas, accused by the Reagan administration of masterminding the Oct. 7 hijacking of the Achille Lauro.
Craxi resigned after a speech to Parliament in which he expressed bitterness toward the United States for criticizing Italy’s release of Abbas, leader of the Palestine liberation Front, a PLO faction.
President Francesco Cossiga, who was handed the resignation, asked Craxi to stay on as caretaker prime minister, presidential aides said Craxi is Italy’s first Socialist prime minister since World War II.
Craxi told Parliament that Italy released Abbas and an aide because they carried diplomatic- passports
He also claimed the United States violated Italian air space by having U.S military planes follow an Egyptian jet carrying the PIX) officials from Sicily to Rome.
Prosecutors in Genoa also said Wednesday that all seven Palestinians detained in connection with the hijacking of the cruise ship Achille I^auro had been charged with murder and kidnapping in connection with the death of 69-year-old I>eon Klinghoffer.
The seven include the four hijackers, two unidentified fugitives and a Palestinian arrested in Genoa before the cruise began Oct. 3.
Klinghoffer’s badly decomposed body was identified in Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday and flown to Rome for an autopsy. Officials said the body had two bullet wounds Maj. Gen. Ehud Barak, chief of Israeli military intelligence, said Klinghoffer “was chosen by the Jewish sound of his name and dragged against his will to the edge of the ship’s deck The youngest of the terrorists shot him in the head once or twice ”
He said Israel s information about the death was ‘ determined conclusively by the evidence taken from the people on the ship ” He did not identify by name tile hijacker who allegedly shot the partially paralyzed
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Guadalupe official blames tax hike on lawmakers
By SARAH DUKE Staff writer
SEGUIN — Guadalupe- County Judge James Sagebiel blamed the county’s proposed 50 percent tax increase on state and federal lawmakers Wednesday.
“Anybody who really knows what is going on knows that the federal government is cutting back like the president said it would. The other
side of that is there is a greater burden on the local governments,” Sagebiel said.
“As soon as the I state and federal) government gets off our backs, we’ll be better off.”
More than 50 people attended a tax hearing Wednesday night at the Seguin-Guadalupe County Coliseum. They were concerned about the move to raise county taxes from 24 cents to
The county’s 1986 budget totals $7,142,173. One of the major expenses next year will be the new jail, which the county plans to build near Interstate IO.
Sagebiel said the county has no choice but to build a new jail because the present one is no longer adequate. He said the director of the state jail commission told him that
the county would have to build a new jail or close down the old one.
The county is now required to pay employees time-and- a-half for overtime work under the Fair I^abor Standards Act. The judge said this ruling will be a large expense to the county.
The Guadalupe County Jail was remodeled in 1984. Even with modifications, the jail does not
Reserve deputy loses commission
By ULLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Sheriff Walter Fellers has taken away a reserve deputy’s commission and removed him from the reserve deputies force.
Reserve Deputy David L. Owen of
Tangle Oaks subdivision near Garden Ridge was accused of shooting his weapon off near where he lives Fellers said.
The former deputy was charged with reckless conduct Wednesday in connection with the incident. He was released on personal recognizance
bond. A complaint was lodged by a neighbor who saw the sh<Kiting.
“He was supposed to have shot his gun off at some stumps out there," Fellers said, but added that a long standing disagreement between Owen and the neighbor was getting to the point I had to do something.”
“I dido t want my depaitrnent to get pulled into it," he said
Owen has worked as a reserve deputy for less than two years, Chief Deputy Brian John said
Owen was unavailable for commentInsideToday's weather
Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers through Friday. High in the 80s. Low in the upper 60s. Wednesday’s high was 75, low was 68. Sunset today will be 6:59 p.m.. Sunrise Friday will be 7:34 a m.
Three men unhurt after pile-up on interstate
Three men escaped injury Wednesday in a three-car mishap on Interstate 35 that occurred when one man tried to change lanes.
According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Jon Lindley, lawrence Richardson of Bergstrom Air Force Base was southbound on the interstate about 1:25 p.m.
Richardson, 20, tried to move from the outside to the inside lane, but his 1978 Dodge Colt bumped into a Datsun pickup driven by 24-year-old Page Houser of San Marcos.
“When Richardson bumped him, the Datsun lost control and slid across to the right and hit a vehicle driven by Manuel Silva of Mexico
City,” Lindley said "The Datsun hooked the front bumper of the 1973 Ford and the first vehicle i Richardson’s) got caught in between ”
Lindley said the three vehicles finally came to a stop with Houser’s pickup in the bar ditch.
No one was injured. “It was fortunate,” Undley said. Both sides of Richardson’s vehicle were damaged and the entire right side of Houser’s pickup was crumbled.
Richardson was cited for making an unsafe lane change.
Also Wednesday, 37-year-old Marcus Gonzales Gomez of 2800 Windgate was charged with reckless
provide enough space tor prisoners and is not in compliance with state regulations, the judge has said.
Joe Fleming, who served as Guadalupe County judge from 1979 to 1981, said he a 50 percent tax increase is excessive.
"We are much better off than Bexar, Comal and Gonzales counties but we are paying the high taxes," Fleming said He added that 50 years
ago the county built a new jail and new courthouse at the same time without having to raise taxes drastically.
' I wish things could be like they were,” Sagebiel said ‘ But we can’t live as we did 50, 20 or even IO years ago. I would say it’s time to stop jumping on local government and let
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driving after two patrolmen finally caught up with him.
Although speeds were excessive, police are not calling it a high-speed chase. They first saw him down on U S. 81 when he passed the Mill Store going real fast,” said Police LL John Wommack
“He went through intersections at 80 miles per hour and forced one car off the road and went around another
Wommack said Gomez was driving lus 1978 AMU at speeds up to 95 miles per hour along parts of the highway about ll p.m.
He posted bond this morning.
Lake woman indicted on murder charge
By DEBBIE DELOACH Staff writer
A Canyon Lake woman charged with murder was among IS individuals indicted by a Comal County Grand Jury Wednesday
J a run ona Childre Rust was indicted in the Sept 20 shooting death of George Gaylord Gray, 45, of Canyon Lake. Gray was shot once in the femur ai artery of the lower abdomen, and died within minutes of the shooting.
The fatal shooting occured at a residence in Village West, a subdivision off FM 2673.
Other indictments for unlawful use of a criminal instrument were returned against three men, accused of using boltcutter* to break into coin-operated machines at three different car washes last August. They were Victor Lawrence Shartzer and Mark Lloyd Shartzer, both of Fischer, and Kyle Alan Krohn of Canyon Lake.
Domingo ■ T. Urbane of 199 Rosedale was on twocounts of aggravated assault a deadly weapon, involving. Sept I incident in tbs city*End. The indictment stated Ur*
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banc threw a knife into the chest of Emeterio Sanchez, and cut Emeteno’s nephew, Clemente Sanchez, in the abdomen and leg
Miguel Cruz and Guillermo Rodriguez, both of Rosedale Apartments were indicted for burglary of a motor vehicle, in connection with the same June 30 offense The pair were accused of breaking into the vehicle belonging to Ronald Rester with intent to commit theft
Luis Alvarez of 102 Izxna Vista was also indicted for burglary of a motor vehicle on July 26 His indictment was enhanced by a Jan. I, 1963 indictment in Comal County for burglary of a building.
Robert Lee Smith of 6435 Crestway No. 27, San Antonio, was indicted few incest, while Ray G. DeLeon of P.O. Box 12674, Fort Worth, was indicted for theft of property by check, in connection with a $1,603.20 check written to the New Braunfels Smokehouse for smoked meats.
Teresa Griffin of 535 Clearfield was indicted for welfare fraud, along with a Spring Branch woman who had not been arrested
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By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
f The more than 80 street overlay projects included in Saturday’s city bond election are not set in stone, and probably will be changed, the city manager told West End residents Wednesday night.
"We are using this list as a guideline,” Joe Michie said. “I don’t think they’re set bi concrete and there can’t be minor additions and deletions.”
Michie and other bond backers were speaking to about IO West End residents Wednesday to explain Saturday’s $11.45 million bond Issue election to pay for Improvements to streets, drainage, public buildings, and parks.
Included bi the street bn* provement proposition Is $601,000 for a street overlay program for about 62 projects.
"There are two areas I know of that are of special concern — the number of streets and the amount of streets to be paved and surfaced,” Michie said, explaining that he drove through some West End streets this week.
"Several of the streets that are not on our list of streets to be paved look like they need some help,” he said.
Michie told the group that the city’s first goal should be to complete the paving of all im-
Nayo Zamora listens to Joe Gomez at the meeting
"We already have streets to add to the overlay Hat,” he said. "I
won’t say this (list) bi the gospel and a street can’t be added, because it can.”
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