New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 25, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 92 - No. 212 14 Pages
TUESDAY October 25,1983 25 cents
Rogers' son safe
Councilman relieved, thinks Marines should come home
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
City Councilmen!ber Joe Rogers made his announcement somewhere near the middle of Monday night’s meeting.
“Yesterday was a very long day for my wife and myself. Our son is in Lebanon. He’s alive; he was not in the building that blew up. We’ve had so many calls from so many lovely people ... I just wanted to thank everybody publicly, if that's appropriate."
Many American families were not so fortunate. For Rogers and his wife Ann, the tense wait ended with a phone call at approximately noon Sunday. First LL Craig Rogers, U.S. Marine Corps, “Just happened to be on (the USS) I wo Jima” when terrorist bombs destroyed the Marine outpost in Beirut that morning, his father said. The call came from the wife of LL Rogers' squadron commander. The parents have had no direct communication with their son, Rogers said.
“He’s a super, super guy. We’re very thankful,'* said the councilman after the meeting adjourned.
Thankful to have weathered this crisis, Rogers admitted to being uneasy about the overall situation in Lebanon. His son is still there, and the U.S. has already shipped more Marines to replace the JOO-plus killed and wounded in Sunday’s incident. Meanwhile, the terrorist group responsible for the bombs has yet to be identified.
“I want him (Craig) out of there. I want them all out of there," Rogers said. “We never should have gate in there in the first place.”
LL Rogers is due home in December. In New Braunfels, with Wurstfest just around the comer, that doesnt seem too far away. To a soldier in the Middle East, sitting open to terrorist attack, it might Beanlike forever.
“Our president has said we’re going In stay the course.' I’m just fearful that whoever’s doing this (the terrorist attacks) is going to do some more stuff,” said Rogers. He said he had written and telephoned President Reagan even before Sunday’s bombing, asking him to at least move the Marines to a less vulnerable area, if he wouldn’t pull them out of
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BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Marines were ordered into foxholes and bunkers today near the rubble of the bombed U.S. command post after three suspicious vehicles were seen at the airport, a Marine spokesman said.
Rescuers dug four more bodies from the shattered command post building, raising the American death toll from Sunday’s bombing by s suicide terrorist to 207, according to the Pentagon.
French officials said 35 French troops were killed. 15 were wounded and 23 were missing in s bombing at a French compound seconds after the attack on the Americans.
“There have been three vehicles spotted driving around the area,” said CapL Wayne Jones. “There are suspicions that they could contain explosives. ” Marines went on their highest state of alai and officers warned reporters to get in the bunkers or leave the area. Marine spokesman Maj. Robert
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Jordan said if anyone approached the gate to the Marine compound, “It will be a shoot-to-kill situation."
Airport officials received an anonymous bomb threat, and Marine guards took up firing positions around the British Embassy building in downtown Beirut that houses U S Embassy offices in the Lebanese capital.
American press attache John Stewart said the 45-minute embassy alert was triggered by “a warning of a potential threat. Later we were told we could resume normal activities. And we did.”
Stewart, however, said the atmosphere was ex-
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Marines capture 30 Soviets, 600 Cubans
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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) - As many as 1,500 U S. Army Rangers and Marines invaded Marxist-ruled Grenada from the air today along with 300 soldiers from six Caribbean nations. President Reagan said they captured Grenada’s two airports, and a U.S. official said % Soviets and 600 Cubans were seized.
Pentagon sources said Rangers suffered casualties, but gave no details. A ham radio report from some of the 750 U S. medical students on Grenada said a U.S. helicopter was shot down, and a Barbados radio station reported three Cubans killed and 22 wounded in fighting at an airport construction site.
Cuba’s official Prensa Latina news agency said the airport workers suffered unspecified casualties, including some deaths, after being ‘ attacked by poweful Yankee forces.”
A senior U S official in Washington the 600 Cubans seized would be allowed to leave on a Cuban ship. The official, who requested anonymity, said the
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Sm grenada. Pm* m Marines landed at Grenada TuesdayCouncil takes step toward earlier bar closings
Not all City Council members are convinced that bars should stop serving st midnight. But they were unanimous in asking City Attorney John Chunn to write an ordinance to that effect.
Council members Barbara Tieken and Betty Lou Rushing sided with the local Mothers Against Drunk Drivers group Monday night, and moved to rescind the 1979 ordinance allowing alcoholic beverage establishments to purchase late-hours 12 a ni ) serving permits.
Other members voiced some doubts, and a citizen in the gallery made an unexpected plug far late drinkers’ rights In the end, however, the council agreed to vote on a rescinding ordinance at the next meeting.
As Chunn and City Manager E.N. Delash-
mutt explained It, Council will have to pass an ordinance to remove Ordinance 76-11, which made it possible for local bars to get 2 a.m. permits. The ordinance will have to be read and voted on three times, just like any other city ordinance.
lf it passes, all hers will go back to operating under state liquor license laws, which allow serving until midnight Sunday through Friday, and until I a m. on Saturday.
MADD thinks this would be better for the community. When the group presented its idea to the council last month, president John Reynolds pointed out that surrounding communities (with the exception of San Antonio) don’t have J a.m. permits. MADD contends that the local law invites people to get in their cars at midnight and chive to New
Braunfels for two more hours of drinks, thus increasing the danger of Driving While Intoxicated accidents.
Tieken said her phone calls since last month had been two to one in favor of eliminating the late-hours permits. She supported her case with statistics provided by Police Chief Burney Boeck. Total calls for police service, said Tieken, have increased 34 percent over the past five years. However, DWI arrests have gone up 162 percent in that time, and public intoxication arrests, IOO percent DWI arrests between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m. tripled, she added.
Rushing talked to someone from the state liquor control board. “He said that we re not the only ones that are considering rescinding
this," she said.
For the other council members who seemed less certain, Reynolds said that a look at County Attorney Bill Renner’s court records might answer all their questions for them
However, citizen Leonard Meyer advised against hasty action.
Meyer admitted he had a six-pack of beer in his refrigerator at home, and had been known to enjoy mixed drinks; still, he doesn't frequent bars, he said. “Bitt do I have the right to interfere with someone else’s lifestyle who does frequent bars?" he asked, lf people are sent home at midnight, they might think New Braunfels is "kind of a one-horse town," he said.
Meyer also said that Ordinance 7f-ll passed by a responsible city council, “just like you folks are To repeal it would, perhaps, cast some doubts on th motives of that council ’’
Tieken said she was on the council m 1979, and voted in favor of that ordinance “I think I made a mistake, and I’m willing to admit it, and revert back," she said
If council does rescind the Late-hours ordinance. what happens to the clubs that have airead) paid for 2 a m permits? Chunn had no immediate answer to that question, but be said the club owners would have a chance to ask the council during the three readings of the ordinance
Jail inmate still free
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
Escaped Comal County jail inmate Kent Krueger remained at large Tuesday morning, but has contacted the Shenff’i Department, Sheriff Walter Fellers said.
“We’ve been getting calls from him from tune to tune,’’ Fellers said. “He’s asking if we don’t file jail escape charges, he’ll turn himself in. Bid we won t promise him that; we’U let the judge decide that
“We’ll apprehend him in time," Fellers said.
Krueger crawled under a fence bordering the jail's exercise area, located between the Courthouse and the neighboring First Federal Savings Saturday morning.
He was among nine prisoners in the exercise area when he escaped.
Krueger was in jail on charges of driving with a suspended license He had been serving a 60-day sentence.
Fellers said Krueger’s escape was “foolish.”
“He just had 14 mors days to go before he was out,” Fellers said.
The escape was the first from the exercise ares, but precautions against further escapee have been
“We’U probably put a little more security out there during exercise,” Feller said.
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Comal County forecast calls for increasing cloudiness today with a 20 percent chance of thundershowers, decreasing cloudiness tonight, and sunny Wednesday. Winds will be northerly increasing to near 20 mph today, decreasing to near IO mph tonight, and back up to 16-15 mph an Wednesday. Sunset will be at 6.51 pm., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 7 40 a.m
Houston Astros manager Bob Flea” Lillis loot by one vote in balloting for National League manager of the year announced today The winner — Lam Angeles Tom Lasorda Sports. Paps I
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Firefighters from the Brecken Volunteer Fire Department douse burning hey and what was left of the barn it wee stored in. The horse bam wee et Chappy Ranch on Hwy. 482 eight miles south of town. No one wee injured in th# fire, which occurred Sunday morning shortly before 11:30 e.m. It consumed an estimated 3,000 belee of hey, as well es
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the structure. Firefighters from New Braunfels and members of the Emergency Communications Club were et the scene. Owner Welter Chapman said he hee no idee what caused the fire A horse show going on across Ore ranch continued, despite a power outage.