New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 13, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAY September 13, 2001
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Vol. 150, No. 262
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Robbery suspect leads officers on underground chase through pipes
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Even though they zipped through sewer pipes on skateboards alongside Interstate 35, New Braunfels police weren’t just playing cops and
robbers Wednesday It was the real thing.
A 39-year-old New Braunfels man scurried down a hole when an alleged shoplifting at Kmart went bad — and hid from police for hours
in a maze of storm drainage pipes.
Before the incident was over, police had employed an underground video camera, a small front-end loader, a police dog and even a pair of skateboards in their effort to
bring him back above ground.
Six hours after Randall S. Garrett allegedly struck two Kmart employees and fled the store in an alleged botched shoplifting, he was arrested and booked into Comal Countv
Jail on a robbery by assault charge.
In the end, it wasn’t the camera, the earthmoving equipment or even the skateboards that got him: it was some old-fashioned legworkSee CHASE/4A
Key Code 76‘Good will prevail’
Bush vows to spend ‘whatever it takes’ to fight war against terrorismTragedy strikes close to home for former New Yorkers
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
For some, the news of a terrorist attack in New York City and Washington, D.C. brought disbelief and shock. For some, it meant a permanent change to the New York skyline and for others, the deaths of coworkers and friends.
For New Braunfels resident Monroe Miller, words could not express his anguish.
“I just can’t tell you,” he said. ‘‘As a father, citizen and veteran, I am
frustrated and filled with grief. I have two sons who live in midtown Manhattan. Thank God, they’re safe. But all the thousands of others...”
Miller watched with the rest of the country as news broke that two hijacked airplanes hit the World Trade Center, the symbol of the nation’s financial power.
Th Miller, the World Trade Center’s twin towers were more than just icons in the New York skyline. As an investment banker, he had an office in the tower for
more than four years.
“I have friends, friends in the business community I can’t get in touch with,” he said. “I know my family is safe, but I can’t get in touch with people I know, people I used to work with.”
Miller, a World War II veteran, said the country chased down and retaliated against enemies who attacked Pearl Harbor.
“But we knew who they were,” he said. “We don’t seem to be able to find out who these people are. I am angry and frustrated — there
doesn’t seem to be much our country can do.” lb Miller, the attack on his former office — so close to his family — leaves the entire nation vulnerable.
“If we beef up security, it will take freedoms away,” he said. “We seem to be open to attack by anyone who has the slightest antipathy against the United States.” Miller retired IO years ago and hasn’t lived in New York CitySee TRAGEDY/9A
By Larry McShane
Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK — As the smoldering ashes of the World Trade Center slowly yielded unimaginable carnage, investigators fanned out across the country Wednesday to track the conspirators who orchestrated an unprecedented day of terror from the air.
The Bush administration disclosed that the White House and Air Force One may originally have been among the targets of Tuesday’s devastation.
The investigation swept from a Boston hotel to Florida and points beyond — all in an attempt to determine just who was behind the attacks in which two hijacked airliners blasted into the 110-story towers, a third dove into the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in western Pennsylvania.
President Bush on Wednesday condemned the attacks as “acts of war,” and said he would ask Congress for money to help in the recovery and protect the nation’s security.
At the White House, lawmakers and Bush discussed legislation to authorize the use of force under the War Powers Act. It was not clear how quickly it would be brought to the floor, but Democrats and Republicans alike expressed their support.
The House and Senate both took up a resolution condemning terrorism and expressing solidarity with the president in his determination to “punish the perpetrators of these attacks, as well as their sponsors.”
Lawmakers also began work on a request from Bush for an unspecified amount of emergency funding to help victims, begin reconstruction and bolster defenses against terrorism.
Where the 1,350-foot trade center towers once stood, the concrete canyons of lower Manhattan were still a dust-covered ruin of girders and boulders of broken concrete.
Late in the day, the few stories of the south tower that had remained standing — tile only recognizable vestiges of the steel-and-glass colossus — began to collapse, further com-
Probe focuses on terrorist groups
By Karen Gullo
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — Federal authorities have identified more than a dozen hijackers of Middle Eastern descent in Tuesday’s bombings and gathered evidence finking them to Osama bin Laden and other terrorist networks, law enforcement officials said.
The massive investigation stretched from the Canadian border, where officials suspect some of the hijackers entered the country, to Florida, where some of the participants are believed to have learned how to fly commercial jetliners before the attacks. Locations in Massachusetts and Florida were searched for evidence.
The names of two men being sought by authorities emerged in Florida. There, the FBI interviewed a family that gave them temporary shelter a year ago.
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that multiple cells of terrorist groups participated and that hijackers had possible ties to countries that included Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
The identities of more than a dozen of the men who hijacked four planes with knives and threats of bombs has been ascertained, the officials said.
Several hijackers had pilot’s licenses.
Authorities detained at least a half dozen people in Massachusetts and Florida on unrelated local warrants and immigration charges and were questioning them about their possible ties to the hijackers. No charges related to the attacks, though, had been filed.
The Statue of Liberty is shown as smoke from the rubble of the World Trade Center still billows up through the New York City skyline Wednesday morning. Bush condemned Tuesday’s terrorist attacks as “acts of war.”
plica ting rescue efforts. Another nearby building was threatening to come down.
A Brooks Brothers clothing store became a morgue, where workers brought any body parts they could find.
The workers’ grim task was interrupted by brief epiphanies of fife, when a fortunate victim was pulled alive from the wreckage of the steel-and-glass buildings. Four victims, three of them police officers, had been pulled from the wreckage.
Progress was slow. Cranes and heavy machinery were used, but only gingerly, for fear of dislodging wreckage and harming any survivors.
Authorities had “specific credible information’ that both Air Force One and the White House were targets, and that “the plane that hit the Pentagon may have been headed for the White House,” said Sean McCormack, spokesman for President Bush’s National Security Council.See WAR/3A
■ First-person accounts of tragic devastation^
■ This generation’s Pearl Harbor/6A
■ How residents can help victims, show their sup-port/9A
■ Residents roll up their sleeves in time of cri-sis/9A
■ New Braunfels shows its patriotism, support to victims/9A
■ Osama bin Laden has plotted against U.S. for years/7A
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
As New Braunfels Utilities employee Darrel Kennemer rolled up his sleeve to give blood Wednesday at the New Braunfels Civic Center, he commented that he wished his American-eagle tattoo was in better shape.