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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 17, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 41 o MO53 I 0/ 22/85 hICRUPLEX I NC. MITCH WOMBLE P.O. BOX 45436 DALLAS:7 TX 75240 "I A Local CISD tax adoption meeting scheduled See Page 2A Water Watch Comal River............ 230 cfs (up 4) Canyon inflow........182 cfs (down 6) Canyon outflow........ 225 cfs (up 82) Edwards Aquifer........ 623.96 (same) Canyon Lake level ...... 908.16 (up .04) Investigation launched State into train derailment See Page 1B Jury selection begins in murder trial Two jurors were qualified Monday to hear evidence in the capital murder trial of Rodolfo Baiza Hernandez, but at least 14 are needed before testimony can begin. Hernandez was found competent to stand trial on Sept. 12, despite testimony he has no factual or rational understanding of the proceedings against him. He is one of two San Antonio men charged with capital murder in connection with the gangland-style shootings of five Mexican nationals off FM 1863 on March 7. The other suspect, Jesse Garibay, has struck an apparent plea bargain with the state in exchange for his testimony against his brother-in-law Hernandez. Of the 12 prospective jurors questioned Monday, District Attorney Bill Schroeder said two were qualified to hear trial evidence. The selection process will proceed today with 12 more prospective jurors scheduled for questioning Schroeder said the questioning will continue until 12 Comal County residents and two alternates have been seated cm the jury panel. If Hernandez is found guilty once testimony is concluded, he will face life in prison or death Those are the only two possible punishments for Capital murder the jury can consider. Americans comfortable with the computer age. Page 3A New Braunfels Herald New Braunfels. Texas Vol. 94-No. 183 T uesday September 17, 1985 25 Cents 16 Pages - 2 Sections One dead in accident By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer A 25-year-old San Antonio man was killed early Sunday morning after hts car went off an embankment into the dry Cibolo Creek at the Comal-Bexar county line. Department of Public Safety Trooper Scott Haag said David Johnson was northbound on the lower Smithson Valley road about 3 a.m. when he tried to negotiate a right-hand c urve over the creek. The 1974 Plymouth Valiant slid off the road into the creek, where it struck a cement culvert. Haag said the small bridge is about 8 feet above the bottom of the culvert. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart Haag said the man suffered multiple injuries. Passengers Erica Berglund, 20. and Billy Stone. 26, both of San Antonio. were transported to Medical Center in San Antonio. Berglund was l'.s»ed in fair to guarded condition in the hospital’s intensive care unit Monday, while Stone was treated and released Monday. Haag said Johnson was exceeding the 40 mile-per-hour speed limit and that his office is awaiting results of bl*x»d tests to determine if there is evidence the driver was drinking. No one in the car was wearing a seat belt. Haag said Officials thanked for lockdown George looking at improvements for sanitation ROSHARON (AP) — Some inmate gang members within the Texas Department of Corrections thanked officials for a recent lockdown and severe restrictions of 13 prison units, officials say We had inmate gang members coming up to us and saying, Thank you, if you hadn’t done something we would have been pulled into it,”' said Capt Steve Holloman of the Texas Department of Corrections' Ramsey I Unit in Brazoria County. "Gang members told us that if we had not locked them up, we would have been given a hit and had to carry it out.’ I know some of the guys would have carried the hit out," Holloman said Wardens. TDC investigators and guards said that the wholesale confining of one-half of the TDC's 38,000 inmates has short-circuited a bloody gang turf battle that has left eight prisoners dead this month About 7,000 inmates remained locked in their cells on Monday, prison spokesman Charles Brown said However, prison employee involvement in drug trafficking and inmate rackets is a growing problem that may eclipse the gang fighting, officials said "Right now, the inmate relations are not all that bad.” said Ramsey I Assistant Warden Bruce Thaler. See INMATES, Page TA County Commissioner Bill George is taking his job as liaison commissioner for tile County Sanitation Department seriously since the department is without a director now. He has been going out with the sanitation inspectors and looking at how work has been done, George said. "But there are a lot of rumors flying around that are not true,” George added. "We do not plan to make any changes in the rules until a new sanitarian is on board. We do not plan to do away with percolation tests.” But George said he met with the two inspectors and told them that he would be “looking over their shoulders now. We had no reason to when there was a head of the department, but now that things didn’t pan out I feel like I need to take a look at how things are done.” The rules that the county has been working under are good, George said, but commissioners may consider setting up specific ways to implement evaporative and other systems rather than exclusively using absorption systems. "I am aware that some of the other systems are more expensive, and because of this, I have not bushed them, but I think we need to begin working on finding a way to make them affordable," George said One of the cheaper systems he checked into was a sleeve system that is used in Louisiana because they have poor absorption there too "I think we need to get away from is blasting a system in,” George said If in dynamiting, a rock strata is cracked down to the water table, and someone’s well is polluted, not only the installer and the septic tank owner is liable, but the county might also be liable for allowing the blasting, the county commissioner said. We have been forcing absorptive systems when the ground won’t absorb anything, and we haven’t deviated from it, as if there were no other systems,” George said "Even with the extra costs, I think it would be worth an extra $1,000 to have a system that works and is safe to the water supply." After a new sanitarian has been hired, George said, he hopes that the installers and the sanitation department can communicate better When these two work together, the public will get clear information that will help them choose the best type of private sewage disposal for their particular situation, he said. Woman held at knife point, raped NBU consultant suggests re-definition of customer classes By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer New Braunfels Utilities trustees got three hours’ worth of "something to chew on" Monday night in a presentation on new cost-of-service-based electric rates. In his presentation, Jerry Thomas with Thomas Engineering Inc., suggested a re-definition of electric customer classes, and corresponding rate designs to go with each class based on various cost-of-service options. Cost-of-service rates for the water and sewer departments went into effect in November 1984. The last actual electric rate increase was in March of 1980 Monday night, Trustee Robert On-asked, "So we’re trying to go from (electric) rates based on God-knows-what to cc»t-of-service? And you’re saying this is the most optimum time since 1972 to make this adjustment?" Thomas said "yes" to both questions. He noted higher power costs from the Lower Colorado River Authority, which supplies NBU with its power, were being met by an interim 9.4 percent power cost adjustment approved by trustees last July. But even with the power cost adjustment, a 20-percent decrease in fuel costs had lowered the bottom line on most Utilities bills. The power cost adjustment will be eliminated when the new cost-of-service rates go into effect. But that probably won’t be until December or after Jan 1,1986 Thomas said about $3 million would be needed in net income from the operation of the electric department in 1986. The net income in 1985 was 91.15 million. But he added the amount of revenue collected will stay “relatively the same. That’s the number consumers are interested rn.” In his re-definition of electric customer classes, Thomas recommended the existing small and large commercial classes be broken down into small and large general service Small general service would include all non-residential customers who do not exceed 125 kilowatts for any two months. Existing large power and large commercial would be combined into large general service for all customers at more than 125 but less than 1,000 kw The very large power class would then be split up by distribution or transmission levels for those customers using more than 1,000 kw If existing customer classes were redefined this way, Thomas said residential users would see an ll percent rate increase as a class, small general service a 34 percent increase, large general service 85 percent, very large power-distubution 1.4 percent. Very large power users at the 138kv transmission level would see an 18.7 decrease as a class. Thomas said he and Roger Biggers, Utilities technical services manager, have met with all seven very large power customers to familiarize their representatives with the cost-of-service concept. The customers are Coleman, Dittlinger Mills, U.S. Gypsum, Parker Brothers, and WestPoint Pepperell at the distribution level, and Texas Industries and General Portland at the transmission level. Thomas also presented many rate design options for each customer class, including various rachets for small and large general service and very large power customers. "Without IOO percent rachet, you establish an actual usage and spread the costs over all customers in that class," Thomas said. "With IOO percent rachet, if a customer imposes a capacity requirement, that establishes a minimum demand charge for the next ll months or until it (the requirement) goes higher.” Very large power customers would be billed the same way LCRA bills NBU with a customer charge, an See NBU, Page 7A David Reasoner, of Schumann-sville, is being held in the Guadalupe County jail on charges of aggravated sexual assault after allegedly holding a knife on a woman for four hours Reasoner was arrested Friday afternoon after a Schumannsville area woman reported that he raped her and held her at knife point during the early morning, said Guadalupe County Sheriff Melvin Harborth. The woman told officers that she was raped at Ba m Friday and held against her will until she managed to talk the man into letting lier go, Harborth said. Harborth said the victim reported the crime to the sheriff's office near noon Friday. The victim, also of the Schumannsville area, knew the accused Reasoner was arrested at his home at 4:30 p m Friday and is being held on $25.1)00 bond Gun accident reported Wiley Ellington, a resident of Silver Hills in far west Comal County, was cleaning his gun Monday when the weapon discharged, shooting him in the leg. Boerne EMS responded and took him to Baptist Memorial Hospital in San Antonio where he underwent surgery Comal County Sheriff’s Department also investigated the incident. Ellington was m fair condition when he left the emergency room, a hospital spokesperson said■ • InsideToday s weather Partly cloudy skies are expected through today and tonight. Temperatures will reach the upper-90s with the low in the mid-70s Monday ’s high was 88 and this morning's low was 63 Sunset will be at 7 28 p m. with sunrise at 7 20 a rn.School opening The Bulverde Elementary school is nearing completion and CISD of ficials estimate that it could opened next week See Page 7A be CLASSIFIED 57B COMICS 3-4B CROSSWORD 2B DEAR ABBY 2B DEATHS 2A HOROSCOPE 2B OPINIONS 4A SPORTS 5-6A STOCKS BA WEATHER 2A New school taking shape New Braunfels' new elementary school, Memorial Primary, is    operates a forklift with roofing    material The new school is really starting to take shape out on County Line Road. Pictured,    pictured in the background Mike Blunder with Krueger Construction Co., of Victoria, ;

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