New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 12, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
A man identified by the U.S. marshal’s office in San Antonio as a Canyon Lake resident is being held in Bexar County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond after being arrested yesterday in San Antonio for possession of a firearm on federal property.
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By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
The Missouri Pacific agent here and the chief of police have slightly different interpretations of the city’s train-crossing ordinance.
MoPac Agent Cecil Konkel said the law, which prohibits trains from standing still in a street intersection longer than five minutes, was “like the blue laws, rarely enforced.”
Not so, said Police Chief Burney Boeck. It may be difficult to enforce, but the law is on the books. He said blocked traffic at railroad crossings was “a recurring problem.”
“We don’t like to try and block it at all,” Konkel said. “It’s difficult at times and we regret it. But that law was written back in the days of steam engines, when the length of trains seldom exceeded 25 or 30 cars.” v “It was relatively easy in those days, but now you’ve got trains running lengths in excess of a mile. It makes it prohibitive to cut across a street in five minutes,” he said.
“It’s not an out of date law, and it is enforced — if we can get the caboose number,” Boeck responded.
Two railroads, the Missouri Pacific and the
Missouri-Kansas-Texas lines, run through New Braunfels from the southwest to the northeast, crossing each other near the center of the city between Comal Creek and Bridge Street.
The tracks cross major traffic arteries, like North Walnut Avenue and West San Antonio Street, as well as scores of smaller streets.
“We haven’t had too many complaints,” Konkel said.
“I know Walnut was blocked for about 22 minutes yesterday (Monday) during the morning rush hour. It was something like 7:30 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. — a bad time.
“The man had to pick up an engine here at the depot that was unable to run, and leave a switch engine to serve the industries here,” Konkel said.
“So here’s all these people in a hurry to get to work, and the road was blocked. It was just a bad moment. We don’t do it on purpose, we don’t do it to agitate people, but you’d be surprised how many think we do,” he added.
Boeck said the law does not simply prohibit the train from blocking traffic for five minutes. It just says the train cannot stand still for that length of time.
“The way the ordinance is written, the cars could be standing for four and a half minutes, and
if the train moves just for five seconds, it’s not breaking the law even if the road is still blocked.
“If he moves at all during those five minutes, he’s within the law.”
Konkel said crossings are naturally timeconsuming because of the number of streets a train may intersect at any one time. Each one takes a separate “physical maneuver,” usually by one man.
“A man has to be there to make that crossing by hand. It takes a physical maneuver and it has to be done right there on the spot.
“When a long train comes into town, and hits the first street, he has to drop a man off to cut that crossing, then pull up far enough to the next street, make another manual cut, pull up again.
“Traffic’s been blocked all this time, and that one man has to walk all the way. When the train is through, the move has to be reversed, and that guy walks the length of the train back to the end,” Konkel said.
“Chances are, a street will be blocked five to IO minutes in most cases. There’s a human element sometimes, or a mechanical problem, and it might even go 45 to 50 minutes. It takes a multitude of moves to get the train through the city.”
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Army parachutists will jump out of a helicopter and fall 1,500 feet into Canyon I,ake Sept. 20 in a training exercise named “Catfish Drop.”
An initial report that the exercise would take place tomorrow was incorrect, the Herald Zeituny was told by spokesman at the Corps of Engineers office at Canyon I,ake.
Thirty-six jumpers from Fort Sam Houston and Fort Hood will parachute from a UH-1D helicopter in groups of six between I and 3 p.m. Saturday between Canyon Lake Park and the Fort Sam Houston Retreat Area, according to Fifth Army Headquarters.
“The training operation is designed to instruct active Army personnel in safety requirements for intentional water parachute jumps,” the Army announced. “Knowledge gained will be passed on to reserve component personnel. All Ranger, Pathfinder and
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Special Forces units must be able to conduct airborne water infiltrations of enemy territory.”
The jumpers will come from the Army Readiness Group Infantry Team at Fort Sam Houston and the Rigger Platoon and Pathfinder Section at Fort Hood. Each will use a MC1-1B steerable parachute and B-7 flotation device.
Six radio-equipped recovery boats, each manned by a driver and spotter, will be used to recover the parachutists from the water, the Army announcement said.
Units from the Corps of Engineers and Army Readiness Group Medical Team will support the operation, which the Army invited the public to observe. “In case of lightning or winds above 13 knots, the training operation will be called off,” the announcement said.
“In case of rain only, jumps will be made.”
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Princess Leia gives more 'growl'
By PATRICIA YZNAGA Staff writer
Unemployment figures don’t bother Princess I^eia. She’s got a job with the Police Department.
The two-and-one-half year old German Shepherd has been working for the New Braunfels Police Department since June “on an experimental basis,” Patrolman Spencer Grenuner, the dog’s owner, said. “I’ve been trying to get a dog program started since January,” he added.
Gremmer, who handles Princess Leia, said he has gotten a positive response from the Police Department concerning the use of the dog on patrol.
“A few of the officers were in favor, a few were a little leery and afraid that the first bite would be a police officer,” Gremmer said. “After they saw the amount of control the dog has been taught, I haven’t had anyone say that they’re against the dog or the program.”
The New Braunfels Police Department is Princess Ilia’s first employer. She usually accompanies Grenuner on his nightly patrols.
Gremmer explained that although she is trained to attack, the dog has not had a bite in the city since she began working, but has prevented several bad situations. She aided Gremmer a few weeks ago by helping him and another patrolman apprehend two males on the roof of Ixme Star Elementary School.
Gremmer began training dogs approximately three years ago with the help of Robert Butler, a patrolman with the Texas Highway Patrol stationed at Katy, “who got me started in it,” Gremmer said. “I’ve loved dogs for a long time. He’s (Butler) the one who gave me knowledge to train dogs,” he said. “We’ve been together ever since.”
Gremmer said the dog program’s main intention is to aid in
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Imports lead fuel economy
WASHINGTON (AP) — American automakers, despite offering their most fuel-efficient cars ever this fall, have yet to break the stranglehold held by the imports on fuel economy.
For the third straight year, the IO cars getting the best mileage in the 1981 model year are all foreign-made, according to statistics released today by the Environmental Protection Agency.
And for the fourth straight year, Volkswagen’s diesel-engined Rabbit is ranked No. I, with a 42-mile-per-gallon estimate in city driving for its 1981 four-speed model.
While the Rabbit is assembled in Pennsylvania, it is listed by the EPA as an import because more than 20 percent of its parts are imported.
A new Toyota model, the Starlet, took second place with 39 mpg, followed by the five-speed version of the diesel VW Rabbit at 38 mpg.
But U.S. automakers, who have suffered through a disastrous year as fuel-efficient imports captured about one-fourth of total sales, are fighting back, introducing new small cars and putting mini-computers on old models to get better fuel mileage.
The best mileage a domestic car got in the EPA ratings in 1980 was 26 mpg by the Chevy Chevette. But nine 1981 models beat that mark.
The Chevrolet Chevette and a new Ford car, the Escort, tied for the top domestic spot with 30 mpg. The Escort also will be sold as the Mercury Lynx.
Various versions mf Chrysler’s Dodge Omni and Plymouth Horizon scored 28 and 27 mpg.
Chrysler, being propped up by government-guaranteed loans, is pinning hopes for a resurgence on its new front-wheel-drive “K” cars — the Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant. They scored better than any of their competitors in the mid-size field, coming in at 25 mpg. The best mileage for GM’s front-wheel-drive Citation was 22 mpg.
Chrysler was also the only U.S. automaker to have models among the top IO mileage makers, although both — the Dodge Colt and Plymouth Champ — are built by Japan’s Mitsubishi Co. They tied for fourth at 37 mpg
Those cars were followed by the five-speed Datsun 210 and Toyota Corolla Tercel, each at 36 mpg.
Rounding out the top IO were the Honda Civic and the four-speed and five-speed versions of the Mazda GLC, all at 35 mpg.
The EPA cautioned that its figures should be used for comparison purposes only because they are arrived at through “mechanical tests that cannot possibly reflect individual driving habits or road and weather conditions.”
Using an average selling price of $1.45 a gallon for diesel, the EPA estimated a motorist driving 15,000 miles a year could expect to pay $518 for fuel in the top-rated VW Rabbit.
Area man for having
Alexander Julian Schroeder, 48, was arrested at the doors of a federal courtroom in San Antonio yesterday afternoon after a courtroom guard discovered a gun in his briefcase. The firearm, a Coll .45, was fully loaded and cocked, U.S. Marshal Rudy A. Garza said.
Garza said Schroeder was earring the gun for his personal protection. “He claimed that some people had threatened his life,” Garza said, adding that “he said he had some business but wanted to talk to the judge.”
Garza said Schroeder was apprehended before he was able to enter the courtroom. "He never did enter the courtroom,” Garza said. "He was apprehended by the security guard."
Possession of a firearm on federal property is a misdemeanor, Garza said, with a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail.
The sun prepares to fall behind the smoothly rolling hills near Sattler
Staff photo by John Santat