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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 18, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 4 10    MOS3    10/22/85 TEXAS AMERICAN MICROFILM ATT: PETE SINCLAIR P.O. BOX 45436 DALLAS* TX 75245I VI Vote in Saturday's bond election Complete results Sports of subvarsity games See Page WA Comal River........... 278 cfs (up 12) . Canyon inflow....... 275    cfs (down 47) ^ Canyon outflow......... 284 cfs (up 4) Watch    Edwards Aquifer........ 624.67 (same) Canyon Lake level....... 908.16 (same) Autopsy shows U.S. World man shot in head See below Read about the bond election, pages 2,4,7,9A New Braunfels Friday October 18, 1985 New Braunfels. Texas Vol. 94-No. 205 25 Cents 38 Pages 3 Sections Police arrest robbery suspect By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer A Houston man who was arrested after a convenience store robbery in Austin Thursday is believed to be the man suspected in Monday’s robbery at the Stratford House Inn in New Braunfels. Raymon Roberts, 34, has been placed under $50,000 bond in the Travis County Jail. New Braunfels authorities expect to travel to Austin soon to make a positive identification in connection with the local robbery. “He's in Austin, and ifs the same man we suspect,” Detective Mario Guerrero said. “But a warrant from us is pending identification.” Austin Police Sgt. Jim Andrist said Roberts was arrested after a 5 a.m. robbery at a convenience-gas store there Thursday. "We had a vehicle description, and moments later, it was spotted traveling south on In* terstate 35.” The suspect in Monday's 5 a.m. robbery at the local Stratford House was described as a black man between 35-40 years old, wearing blue jeans and a jacket. He reportedly pulled a small caliber revolver on the desk clerk and demanded money after asking if any single rooms were available. A man closely matching that description robbed Hie San Marcos Shaffer Inn Motel, also on Interstate 35, about 4:30a.m. Monday. Austin Police Sgt. John Hunt said Tuesday law enforcement officers are “relatively certain the same guy was responsible for 13 robberies — one rn New Braunfels, one in San Marcos, and the rest in Austin — over the past two or three weeks. ’ ’ Hunt also said the robberies had been confined to motels, convenience stores and gas stations. Crossed out I# Railroad safety is everyone's concern DffmClAN* Hf BAID ZTlTUNG Bunker gets funding for signal By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer The Bunker Road railroad crossing will soon be flashing “red" as part of the 1986 Federal Railroad Signal Funding Program. And Bobbie Hasert, resident engineer for the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation, was glad to hear it. “It is a hazard out there,” he said. “Ifs been around a long time, but we couldn’t get the funding " located off FM 482 near Comal Elementary, the Hunker Road railroad crossing consists of four sets of tracks, which flare out to seven tracks just south of the crossing T ive of the seven tracks are used for storage, with only one main track designated for thnMiafftc. When the storage tracks are full, the boxcars make if difficult to see if a train’s coining. So the crossing became Uke a barrier for school children living on in the Deer Park subdivision on the opposite side of the tracks. CISD buses would simply turning around at the crossing to avoid the potential danger. But bus driver Gertrude Smith, with the help of a track monitor named Sherry Patterson, now crosses the tracks at Bunker Road Patterson was hired by CISD trustees last January to watch for trains, and is paid for two hours of work per school day at $5 per hour Since her turn-arounds stopped, Smith estimated she has had to wait on a train once every two weeks. “But I usually don’t have to wait long,” she said The monitor system has made me feel better,” she added ‘i’m sure the signals will, too.” Rut Charles Comparing an engineering technician with the state Highway Department, warned the See RAILROAD. Page 14A Motorists need to observe signs Bells sound. Lights flash. Metal crunches, and the train wins the tie. That’s the horror locomotive engineers live over and over again, when they try to stop 6,000 tons of metal in time That’s also why there’s “Operation Lifesaver,*’ an ongoing public education program aimed at reducing railroad grade crossing accidents This is Texas Railroad Grade (Tossing Safety Week. Other weeks can be safe, too, if motorists will train themselves to watch for trains. There are nearly 15.000 public grade railroad crossings in Texas, the hivhCj* murther in die nation Each we is equ.pped with one or more of these "Lifesaver” signs: the octagonal stop sign, the X-shaped crossbuck, the yellow and black advance warning sign, flashing lights and bells, or automatic gates. Of the 797 train-vehicle accidents in Texas last year, 93 percent happened at crossings where tire driver’s view was unobstructed, 72 percent involved train speeds of less than 30 miles per hour, and 55 percent happened during daylight hours, It usually takes a train from 30 seconds to two minutes to pass through a crossing. A car traveling at 30 mph needs 78 feet to stop An average freight train weighing 6,000 tons requires almost two-thirds of a mile to stop in its tracks. There are about 7.000 grade crossing accidents annually on a nationwide average. In Texas alone. 82 persws died and 305 were injured last year. The signs of life were there, but the train a1 wa vs wins the tie. Autopsy shows man killed during hijackInside Site chosen for treatment plant ROME (AP) — An autopsy indicated that the American slain during the hijacking of the Achille I^auro died from gunshot wounds, an anti-terrorism official said. But PIX) chairman Yasser Arafat denied the four hijackers held in Italy had killed him. In other developments Thursday stemming from the seizure of the Italian luxury liner: —Italian Premier Bettino Craxi, who resigned after being criticized at home and aboard for his handling of the hijacking, accused the United States of ignoring Italy’s actions to end the crisis. —The whereabouts of Mohammed Abbas, a Palestine Liberation Organization official charged in a U.S. warrant with masterminding the cruise ship’s seizure, remained unknown, but a PIX) leader vowed he would never be taken. —Yugoslavia, where Abbas flew after being released by Italian police, turned down a Reagan administration request that it hold him for extradition. The body of Leon Klmghoffer, the 69-year-old New York City resident killed during the two-day hijacking, was exariuned at Institute of l-egal Medicine in Rome. The body had washed ashore in Syria on Monday. The anti-terrorism official, who spoke on condition he not be identified, said the seven-hour autopsy established tiiat the wheelchair-bound man had been shot to death. He said no bullets were found in the body. No statement was issued following the autopsy, but ANSA, tile Italian news agency, quoted unidentified sources at the institute as saying Klmghoffer had been shot at least twice, once in the head and once in the chest. The four gunmen charged in the Oct. 7 hijacking and Khnghoffer’s death are being held in a prison in Spoleto. Italian authorities arrested them after a jet carrying them was See HIJACK, See Page 14AToday's weather Mostly cloudy skies will dominate the weekend, with a 58 percent chance of ram extending through Saturday. Highs are expected to reach the mid-Ms, with lows dropping to near-70. Yesterday’s high was 85 and this morning’s low was 75. Sunset today will be at 6:58 p.rn. and sunrise Saturday will be at 7:35 a.rn.Show-Me Series The first all-Missouri World Series since the Cardinals and Browns played in 1944 starts Saturday when the Royals and the Cardinals meet in Kansas City Sport*, Page 10A. By SARAH DUKE Staff writer SEGUIN — The Clear Springs Water Treatment plant will be built on the west side of l,ake Dunlap, according lo a report made to the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority Thursday. “Now we are in the stages of choosing the actual site of the plant,” said dreg Rothe, GBRA’s chief engineer. “We initially started this project with the idea of serving several areas including New Braunfels, the Green Valley Water Corporation and possibly even Schertz and Cibolo,” Rothe said He added that now Green Valley is the plant’s only customer. Green Valley serves portions of Marion and McQueeney and rural areas of Guadalupe County. Green Valley has about 3,000 customers. Expenses for plant construction on the east side of the lake almost doubled expenses for the west side “To get water from the east side to the west side would have been a pretty significant expense.” Rothe said. Rothe said the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative would connect electricity to the plant at no charge on the west side of the lake, Rothe said. GRR A has .studied the sin I factors and accessibility of both sides of the lake Rothe said preliminary designs will be ready in a few months John Specht, GBRA’s general manager, said the proposed financing will be discussed at the November or December board meeting Men charged with credit card abuse CLASSIFIED 3 12B COMICS 12A CROSSWORD 2B DEAR ABBY 2B ENTERTAINMENT IC HOROSCOPE _2B OPINIONS 4A RELIGIOUS FOCUS 5A SPORTS IO 11A STOCKS HA WEATHER 2A New Braunfels Police started out looking for two men who took $10 in merchandise from H E B and ended up with two felony arrests Wednesday. John Calvin Taylor, 33, of 521 Olive, San Antonio, is in Comal County Jail under a $15,000 bond for credit card abuse. Mario Gilbert Allen, 33, also of San Antonio, was released tm $5,000 bond set by Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart for unlawfully carrying a weapon on licensed premises. Both Taylor and Allen were arrested and charged at 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to the police report. The arrests came 12 hours after an H E B clerk reportedly saw the pair leaving with the merchandise The clerk described their car and gave the license plate number to police. The arrests occurred after Police Officer D L. Dunlap saw two men leaving a convenience store and entering a vehicle that matched the description given earlier, Detective John Villarreal said. According to Dunlap, one of the men was in a security uniform and was carrying a revolver. He had just emerged from the store which was a licensed premises," the detective said. “Dunlap immediately arrested the security guard Officers saw food in the back seat of the car and checked with the convenience store to see if a credit card used to purchase the food was valid, Hie detective said. ;

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