New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 21, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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FRIDAY October 21,1983 25 cant*
20 Pages — 2 Sections
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Employees found only locked doors al M&R SportswearFirm's closing angers employees
Storms move to Oklahoma as Texas cleanup begins
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Tito District Attorney's office end the Tent Deportment of and Standards la Sen ere investigating the dosing ol BCAR Sportswear in Now Breenlsis.
MltR Sportiwear doesd its doors Oct. I# without nodes to its employ mo. Ors oI tho stnpioyms. Voile Zapata, 147 Waler Lens, said tbs beakless closed owing two waste’ pay to its employees, an lof $142 peri
at the factory.
Zapata said 23 employees tiled a complaint Mitert the Witt IU d^srtmanl of
standards. The smploysss flied a complaint with the New Braunfels Police Department.
The factory, located at 4B N. Wad End Ast., specialized la ladies hipness Tbs factory, which opened in late Jane, is owned by Michael and Rory McGuire of tho Dallas area.
The McGuires were not available for comment.
Zapata said that when the factory workers left work at 4:11 p.m. Oat IS, tho tartness was operating a* usual. Whoa they reported to work at 7 aja. the ass! day, the locks to the plant had
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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Hurricane-spawned torrential rains finally moved out of Texas Mid into Oklahoma, where that state’s governor declared a state of emergency in the face of more than a foot of rain in some places.
Oklahoma City already received more than 13 indies of rain this week, enough by itself to make it the second-wettest October ever, and less than a half-inch off the record, with more than a week still remaining in the month.
The rains, which fell on some parts of West Texas from Tuesday through Thursday almost non-stop, stranded cattle, damaged cotton crops, closed some streets and forced the evacuation of about 90 residents of a Lubbock nursing home
“The remnants of Hurricane Tico that caused all the rain are now across the Red River, exiting stage north and east of Wichita Falls,” meteorologist Bill Alexander of the National Weather Service in Fort Worth said Thursday.
Lubbock was among the hardest hit of the West Texas cities. In a 24-hour period from Tuesday
through Wednesday evening, the city got more than a third of its average 18-inch annual rainfall. The city received 5.85 inches of rain in the 24-hour period and more than 7 inches from start to finish.
The rams devastated the South Plains cotton crop, which farmers were ready to harvest Hail had damaged much of the crop earlier in the week. Agricultural officials said not only was the cotton in the fields damaged, there was a strong likelihood the cotton seed itself will suffer, causing a likely seed shortage in next year's planting season
The Texas Agricultural Extension Service estimated that 100,000 bales, or 7 to 9 percent of the crop in the 2S-county region, have been destroyed by hail storms.
The dry summer had already pushed the forecasted crop for the area down to 1.2 million to l.B million bale, 50 to 60 percent of average production.
“The rain came right when we didn t need it.” said Kary Mathis, agricultural economist at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
The storm system drifted to the east and north on Thursday, bringing additional rainfall to North and
Officials in Wichita Falls planned to keep a 24-hour surveillance of the Wichita River and swollen creeks, fearing that runoff from Oklahoma could cause the waterways to rise above flood stage.
David Tracey, Wichita Falls street superintendent, said any additional heavy rain would cause serious flooding.
“We’re about maxed on wit rivers and creeks, everything is full to the top But so far, we've been very, very lucky and all the flooding has been minor,” he said
The light ram and drizzle Thursday afternoon was part of a cool front sweeping the state from the northwest, bringing temperatures rn the 40s to the Panhandle. The heavier rams the preceding day were associated with the remnants of Tico, a Pacific storm that hit the northwestern Mexican coast Wednesday.
A light drizzle con tined around Wichita Falls this morning, but skies were partly cloudy to cloudy over
See WEATHER. Page IU
Slander suit filed
Constable seeks damages from couple over charges
By DEBBIE DelOACH Staff writer
Precinct 3 Constable Lester W. Jonas has filed a slander suit against a Bulverde couple for at least toil JRO.
Michael K. and Janie McCoy, parents of Kevin Mid Keith McCoy, are named as defendants in the suit. filed Wednesday by Jonas' attorney. Berme Martists of San Antonio.
11)0 original petition asks that Michael K. and Janie McCoy bo held responsible, jointly and separately, for damages to Jonas' reputation rn the community in the amount of at least $308,000.
The petition aloe states that Jonas “suffered special damages of at least $100,000” because statements from the defendants caused Jones to lose
his job with Comal ISO. Any future employment has also been affected, and his re-election as constable may be rn jeopardy, the petition adds.
Jonas, who worked as a bus driver and head of security at Smithson Valley High School, was terminated Sept. 20 by Comal ISD. At that tune. Supt Edgar Willhelm said the dismissal was a personnel matter, and refused to comment further.
CISD trustee David Boatner said no reason had to be given for his firing, “because Jonas was not a certified personnel.” He added the termination was Willhelm’s rec emends lion, “and that’s all it takes.”
Jonas' slander suit petition states, “At various times, beginning about May of 1903. and thereafter. the defendants made statements to the CISD superintendent and other district employees, to
represetatives of the Texas Department of Human Resources, the Texas Rangers, and the Comal County District Attorney’s Office,” with respect to Jonas' relationship with Kevin and Keith McCoy These statements contained accusations and insinuations that Jonas “had made sexual advances” to their sons, the petition states, and that Jonas' loss of job was “as a result of these sanderous statements'*
Supt Willhelm said Fnday that Jonas had never requested a hearing before the school board to discuss his termination. “But he has made an appeal to the Commissioner of Education Whether the commissioner will hear it, I dont know,” Willhelm added
See JONAS, Page UA
I nside_Teenagerwi wmMnr arrested
Mild days and cool nights are predicted this weekend, with highs In the upper-70i and lows in the
mid-50e. Skies will be partly dowdy today and III IVlUndUylllQ Saturday. Winds win be from the north at WO miles **
per hour today and tonight, switching to the nor- By DY ANNE FRY theist on Saturday. Sunset today will be at 1:56 p.m., Staff writer and sunrise Saturday at 7:37a.m.
* An I •-year-old New Braunfels man was in custody
JUS! Heavenly today at the Comal County Jail, charged with
A 7-year-old girl who nearly drowned describes aggravated kidnapping of an lh-year-old woman on being led through a dark tunnel into brightness and Monday.
“talking to the heavenly Father" in a flower-filled city police arrested Michael Rosales of 11$
afterlife, according to en account published today in Rodrigues St. an Thursday afternoon. Municipal a medical journal. See Page 11A Judge David Perkins arraigned him, and set his
Don tAID Chimps A police investigator said the victim had been
A group saying chimpanzees “have the in- casually acquainted with the prisoner He reportedly
telligence of children ’ ’ and should not be exposed to asked her to give him a ride Monday and then forced
AIDS in research experiments plans to present its ber. at knife point, to drive to a deserted spot on
case — and petitions — to the White House. So# Nacogdoches Road. She got away with a knife wound
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COMICS 9A in person at the police department.
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The marquee at New Braunfels High School shows the concern of the student body for senior Jobe Clonta, injured in a freak accident two weeks ago.
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Cloots who suffered head injuries in a fall from a pickup truck, remains in fair condition Friday at San Antonio Methodist HospitalOn the move
County to buy property; Appraisal office to stay put
Comal County Commiisionert expect to dost the purchase of the downtown Doepponachmidt property by the end of December, or January at the latest. But County Judge Fred Clark says there are no plans to evict the Comal County Appraisal District.
“Actually, there’s bean na plana developed for the aaa of this property,M said Clark, who was authorised Monday ta atgn an aarnaat money —tenet for Bn Comnlaotonars Coart. UM NPPfntonl district rents effka ipsot on tho bottom floor of a two Mary building on Mill Alroot, at tho northom edge of tho Do— penochmidt tract.
Hm county baa Intend about building aa office-courtroom on tho land. At retie point,
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IM iw mw J imiwng win ot lorn clown, oui Clark said that night not bo Mr two or three
years yet. For the next few months, the appraisal district is facing only a change la Un
“It’s my understanding that we’U be allowed Ie stay hart for the tone being,” aud Chief Appraiser Qiana Brocks. “They (the county) have ta worry abort building a UU flirt. ”
Clark Mwi. Hm rortdantial apartment on Bm second flair af Bm buildiag Is a different
“That will have la ha vacated,” said Clark.
Ms ladicaMd Bm rn—niartianrs will have to gal together with Bm appraisal dlrtrict’s beard af directors and wark art a financial agre—art. “It may ha Bn! instead of (Bm ogpratoal dlrtriet) peytag fart. mo (Bm county) would gat a credit aa aw budget,** ha said. Comal County
and the other governments served by the central appraisal district each have to pay a share of the district's operating funds
Brocks and his staff have always considered their quarters in the Doeppenschimdt building to be temporary, but directors have yet to find a bettor location at a price they're willing to pay
ft's possible that in the end. the district won't ba moving very tar. “Ultimately, whan we build a now building, we might oak the appraisal district if It would like some space, and build accordingly,” said Clark
In preliminary talks with architects, commissioners have even considered phasing the project so that the old building won't be torn down until the new one is ready to move into.
County seeks bids on temporary jai!
The Comal County Commissioners viewed a basic drawing of the new temporary jail and then called for bids pending approval by the jail standards commission during their regular meeting Thursday.
The commissioners were presented a basic drawing in accordance to their request from an Oct. 12 meeting
The plan calla for a I f-by-64-foot building with two showers, two water closets, two lavatories, a water heater and florescent Ughts
The new jail will be conventionally constructed on a foundation of concrete pilings and will be built on benn of being moved. The
roof will be composition shingles
Under jail commission standards.
the building also needs two fire extinguishers an intercom system, two exit lights over two doors, a sub-flooring of fireproof wood, two smoke detectors and a painted sheet rock ulterior.
The temporary jail will be a minim urn-security bolding area for lf prisoners.
According to estimates, the budding will com $35,000 to $40,000 to construct, which includes hookups, jail atondnrd requirements and furniture.
Commissioners rejected pima Ort. 12 to have a temporary jail randy far W tiredest because af the high buHdh* cart Hm facility baa ham pegged aa the foiutioi to crowded condtttons in the existing jail,