New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 7, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Mattox says AIDS rental law invalid
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox says a new state law requiring real estate agents to disclose, in certain cases, whether a property’s former occupant had AIDS, violates federal law.
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Bennett takes drug campaign to Hill
WASHINGTON (AP) — National drug policy director William J. Bennett is taking the campaign for the administration’s $7.9 billion anti-drug plan to Capitol Hill, and he expects to succeed.
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First Colombian arrives in U.S. to face money-laundering charge
ATLANTA (AP) — A reputed money-launderer for the Medellin cocaine cartel arrived in the United States under heavy guard today at a small suburban airport, becoming the first person extradited from Colombia in the recent drug crackdown.
Eduardo Martinez Romero, who is accused of helping the drug cartel launder $1.2 billion, left Bogota aboard a Drug Enforcement Administration plane on Wednesday night, federal officials said.
U.S. Attorney Robert Barr of Atlanta said the plane landed under tight security at Charlie Brown Airport, a small, county-run airport used by private planes. It is just outside Atlanta. Martinez was whisked away in a helicopter. *
Martinez was being held at the federal courthouse for a hearing later in the day, Barr said.
He was arrested during the first weekend after Colombi-a President Virgilio Barco launched a crackdown on drug traffickers in his country triggered by the Aug. 18 assassination of leading presidential candidate Luis Carlos
Grand jury returns manslaughter charge
A San Marcos man was indicted Wednesday by a Comal County grand jury on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the July automobile accident which claimed the life of a New Braunfels teen-ager.
William Muckelroy III, 21, turned himself in Aug. 4 after officials notified his attorney a warrant was issued for his arrest.
A joint investigation between New Braunfels Police Department and
Texas Department of Public Safety estimated Muckelroy was traveling in excess of IOO miles per hour on Interstate 35 at the time of the accident. The accident occurred before midnight July 7 between Solms Road and Ruekle Road.
Muckelroy, traveling south in a Chevrolet pickup truck crossed the median, became airborne and landed
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Board plans hearing on tax rate proposal
Taxpayers in the Comal Independent School District can express their views to the board of trustees when the district holds its annual tax hearing Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Central Administration Building, 1421 U.S. 81 E. in New Braunfels.
In a record vote Aug. 28, the board indicated its intention to increase the tax rate more than 3 percent over the effective tax rate. Trustees will consider a tax rate of $1.07 per $100 valuation, 7 percent greater than last year’s tax rate of $1 per $100 valuation.
A record vote is required when it is anticipated that the effective tax rate will be increased by more than 3 percent. The increase is being considered to fund the $22.7 million budget which was approved Aug. 21.
No action will be taken at the Monday meeting, but taxpayers and patrons are invited to attend and express their opinions regarding the proposed tax rate.
The tax rate for the 1989-90 fiscal year will be set by the school board at a special meeting Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Central Administration Office.
Marina owners wait for collection ruling
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
The Water Oriented Recreation District and several Canyon Lake marina owners are waiting for an Attorney General’s opinion concerning the district’s authority to collect user fees from the marinas.
According to WORD Attorney Mark Clark, the marina owners are contesting the district’s authority to collect user fees from them because they have leases with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The marina owners are claim
ing federal preemption because the Corps of Engineers is a federal agency.
“Eve seen their lease with the Corps of Engineers, and it requires them to comply with every- state law,” Clark said.
Clark said the statute which created WORD gave the board of directors authority to collect user fees. Outfitters and business owners who provide services in the district are supposed to collect the user fees ‘‘over and above” the
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Two boards vote down CAD budget proposal
Garden Ridge City Council voted down the Comal Appraisal District’s 1990 budget Wednesday night and Comal County Commissioners Court followed with rejection of the budget this morning.
The main reasons officials noted for the rejection include the district’s continued participation in the Texas Association of Assessing Officers private retirement plan, which Attorney
General Jim Mattox has stated is unauthorized because the appraisal district is considered a political subdivision and shouldn’t participate in a private plan.
Precinct 3 Commissioner Neil Craigmile who lives in Garden Ridge and is a member of the CAD board of directors has fought for the elimination of that particular retirement plan.
“I am not against a retirement
Galan, an outspoken foe of the drug trade.
The Bogota newspaper El Tiempo quoted Martinez after his arrest as saying he was innocent.
“At no time have I had links to the Medellin cartel and I don’t know any of its members,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.
In the emergency measures imposed by Barco was a reinstitution of the extradition agreement with the United States that had been thrown out by the Colombian Supreme Court in 1987.
Attorney General Dick Thornburgh said in a statement issued late Wednesday, “I applaud the extraordinary courage and resolve of President Virgilio Barco and the government of Colombia in their efforts to restore the rule of law to Colombia.”
Martinez, 35, was indicted in March in Atlanta as a result of an investigation code-named “Operation Polar Cap” that federal officials said revealed an operation that
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Lawsuit against city
District judge denies request for judgment of neglience
Comal County District Court Judge Charles Ramsay denied a motion for a summary judgment Tuesday in a lawsuit filed against the City of New Braunfels by a motorcyclist who claims the city was negligent in not keeping a stop sign clearly visible to motorists.
Sidney Richardson of New Braunfels filed the lawsuit against the City of New Braunfels in Comal County District Court May 21, 1987, in regard to a June 1986 incident in which Richardson failed to stop his motorcycle at a stop sign at the comer of Groos Street and Faust Street and collided with a pickup.
As a result of the accident.
Richardson’s leg was broken, he sustained cuts and bruises, and he lost wages and salaries because of his pain and suffering, the suit maintains.
Richardson claimed in his original petition he could not see the stop sign because of “abnormal growth of branches and limbs” from a tree near the sign. Richardson also claimed it is the responsibility of the City of New Braunfels to provide adequate notice and warning signs as well as clear visibility of stop signs.
The action also was filed against Walthcr Waldom, owner of the
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plan,” Craigmile said. “As a matter of fact I am very much in favor and would vote for a retirement plan, but it has to be a retirement plan not a deferred (compensation) plan.”
The proposed 1990 district budget, adopted by the CAD board of directors Aug. 21, shows an increase from the 1989 budget of $2,100. The
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"Keep the umbrella handy because there is a good chance for showers and thunderstorms through tonight. The high temperature will reach 93 degrees and the low will be 74 degrees by morning. On Friday, there is only a slight chance for rain and the high will climb to 95 degrees.
'Hic weekend will be partly cloudy and hot with highs near 96 degrees and lows near 75 degrees.
Teen-agers, are you ured of being turned down for jobs because you lack that high school diploma? Get your GED and open doors lo better-paying and more satisfying work opportunities. Teen Connection offers GED for teenagers only on Mondays from 7 to 9 pan. beginning Sept. ll. There is no fee for the classes. Call 629-6571 or drop by Teen Connection at 1414 W San A ntonio St. All you need is a pencil or pen, and a desire to improve your chances for success.
Meanwhile, Teen Connection also is seeking volunteers to teach GED classes, lf you have a few hours to give each week, call Volunteer Coordinator Lane Parker at 629-6571,...
Green Thumb Garden Club’s first meeting of the year will be Sept. 12 at the home of Mrs. William Rogers, No. 15 La Mesa Drive. Jerome Nowotny will be the speaker....
San Marcos n ptist Association is collecting Ct pbell Soup labels to qualify for a “gift van” for transportation at the Texas Baptist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 7, Round Rock. Numerous churches in the south and central Texas area are collecting labels, lf you’d like to contribute, send your labels to Round Rock....
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Motorists bog down on muddy
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Morning rains Wednesday dampened the work of the West San Antonio Street and Santa Clara Avenue drainage project when motorists began bogging down on the unpaved road.
New Braunfels City Manager Paul Grohman said the project’s subcontractor CCM Utility Corp. of New Braunfels will be responsible for the costs of having the motorists towed from the mud. The contractor is E.E. Hood.
At least two motorists got stuck in the construction. City Engineer Bill Dobrowolski said one motorist paid for the towing bill, but will be reimbursed.
“They (sub-contractor) are responsible and everything shall be taken care of,” he said.
“I’ve never heard of anybody getting stuck in a construction site,” Grohman said. “The best thing is to
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Rains Wednesday turned the unpaved area of Santa Clara Avenue into a quagmire. (Photo by Deryl Clark)Architectural interest
Claire Mashburn of Claire Mashburn Company in
Georgetown instructed area real estate agents on the benefits of selling and leasing historic properties Wednesday afternoon before the group toured the Jacob Schmidt building downtown and a vacant home on Mill Street. In cooperation with the New Braunfels Downtown Project. Mashburn offered several suggestions for successfully marketing historic, commercial and residential structures. Among those suggestions were that real estate agents
should educate themselves about different styles
and fixtures of historic architecture; that agents should become involved with area preservation groups and should develop a list of restoration contractors whose work on historic structures has been authentic; and tha* agents should get excited about historic listings because enthusiasm generates sales. Mashburn sold most of the historic property in downtown Georgetown during its successful Downtown Revitalization Program. (Photo by Deryl Clark)