Del Rio News Herald from Del Rio, Texas on July 25, 1982 · Page 1
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Today's Headlines State UNIVERSITY PARK police are cruising in a borrowed, gleaming white Mercedes-Benz for a week to see if its operation will prove more economical than the Chevrolels the police now use. A SALVADORAN teen-ager in Houston, claiming she was raped two weeks ago by a man Who offered her a ride home, shot and killed the alleged attacker in an apparent act of revenge, police said Saturday. But investigators said even if her story is true, the 16-year-old girl probably will be charged in Ihe death of Laxaro Franco Nadarrctc, 22, an illegal alien from Mexico CORSICANA authorities allowed 12 families to return home Saturday after an evacuation prompted by a lightning strike near a Gulf Kncruy Processing Plant. The families were evacuated by Navarro County deputies as a precautionary measure because of the possibility of a hydrogcn- sulfide explosion, a spokesman for the sheriff's office said. .National INTERIOR SECRETARY James Watt, embroiled in domestic controversies since taking office, on Saturday found himself m ;i foreign policy flap o\ er a letter he scut lo the Israeli .imbassador. Watt told Ambassador Moshe Arens that U.S. support for Israel could be |eopardi/cd if Jewish liberals op pose I h e l< ea ua n a d- minisi ration's eneriiy initiatives. SEVENTEEN HAITIANS, some at liberty for the first time in more than a year, broke into cheers, kissed relatives or sang a Creole hymn of thanks as they became the first of "t.HOO refugees lo be freed by a judge's order. Haitians incarcerated in federal compounds in Florida, West Viruinia. Texas. New York, Kentucky and Puerto Rico are to be released under orders of U.S. District .Indue Eugene P. Spellman of Miami. SOMALI SOURCES said Sat in-day the United States is rushing arms to help it fi^ht mvadinu Ethiopian troops. In V\ ashinulon. Slate Department spokesman Hush Taylor confirmed that "the United States is .iirliflinu military equipment lo Somalia forces." Inside TITO LANDRUM hadn't started a game in more than five weeks for the St. Louis Cardinals bin was more ready than rusty when called upon Saturday and combined with Mike Ramsey's two-run single to down the Houston Asiros Saturday in St. Louis. See Page 13A. WHEN THE RAINBOW Futurity field parades to the post at Huidoso Downs, N.M., this afternoon there will be six Tcxans, inducing a Del Rio- Ira i ned horse, a nd four Oklahomans seeking the richest- e\er Rainbow purse of $728,08.5. See Page 10A Today's Index Amusements 13,HA Business 5B Classifieds 7-12B Dear Abby 4B Deaths 2A Editorials 6B Horoscope 4A Outdoors 8A Public Records 5B Ranch 6-7A Sports 8-13A TV Log 10A Living 1-4B AREA WEATHER: Sunny and hot Sunday with the low in the mid-7()s and the high Sunday and Monday near 100. Winds from the southeast at near 10 miles per hour. Rainfall Friday .17 of an inch; total for month, .8(1 of an inch. Sunrise 6:39 a.m. Sunset «:40p.m. Miss your paper? Call the News Herald (775 1551) before 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and before m-in T, m nn Saturday and Sunday and we'll bring it to you. Good Morning! Sunday's Paper 1982 Del Rio Publishing Co.. Inc All RmhtsRcscn 6 Del Rio News-Her Vol. 54 No. 128 Phono 775-1551 Dol Rio, Toxat 78840 Sunday Morning, July 25, 1982 50 Two DtlRlo UMU continued tlMlr winning wtjn to pursuit of fUU youth baseball titles Saturday, ai the Del Rio Nationals and the Del Rio-Laufhlin seniors scored victories at *• - n H pr Floods cause landslides Paul Ka lUnger's talent helped keep XERF on the map Breaker, breaker, XERF may blast music again By MACK SISK Associated Press The super-powerful "bor- derblaster" radio station where VVolfman .Jack ay;' "Good Neighbor" Paul Kalhfiger once sandwiched hillbilly and blues records between long-winded mail order commercials and whining preachers, may be getting back into the music business. Del Rio attorney Arturo Gonxalex said he has been negotiating for XKHK — which claims lo be the most powerful commercial radio station in the world — to air an early morning country music show with commercials directed at the trucking set. The revelation of the station's possible departure from several years of exclusive religious programming could strike fear in the hearts of executives of U.S. "clear channel" stations transmitting their trucker shows at a mere 50,00<' rails of power. XKHK .s transmitter situ.' .ed about nine miles south of the lio Grande — and out of i'-.'.c., of L'.S. Federal Communications Commission power limitations — operates at 250,000 watts that can send its signal halfway round the world. Its engineer claims he could rev up the station's mammoth transmitter lo MX),000 watts, (ion/ale/ said. Homesick servicemen have reported picking up the stalion's broadcasts as far away as Ihe Medilcrranean and the Soulh Pacific. Gonxalex said he read in the book "KGB Story" lhal Soviet agents listened lo XERF to learn to speak English. See BREAKER, page 4a City Council to consider utility rate hike request City Council will lead off its meeting Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. wilh a public hearing on Central Power & Light Company's request for an estimated 50- percent rate increase, and wrap thi' session up with a discussion on city police problems, requested by Mayor Roger S. Cerny. CP&J. originally asked for Ihe rale hike — in line wilh one Ihe company proposed lo the Texas Public Utility Commission — for April 30, but at its April 13 m eeli ng , con n ci I v ole d unanimously to suspend con sidcralion of Ihe requested increase for 9t) days; I hen joined some '"I'd "the' 1 ' i: ' irs jn nMiKiMM" Ihe proposal lo J I., t . Following the hearing, council members are due to decide on the rate request. Al the request of Mayor Roger S Cerny, the council will be discussing tin- police department. H is believed thai Cerny will address Ihe recruilmeni and relent ion problems of patrolman. The council also is scheduled to consider a stall report on Hainbow Transit Co'.s request lo place bench advertisements at bus stops; a report on motorcycles in city parks; a taxi permit application; appoint a member lo the Airport Advisory Commission lo replace Virgiho Luna, and set dates for a budget workshop. The meeting will be held in (he council chamber a' Cil\ Hall Thousands comb Tokyo in search of survivors TOKYO (AP) — Thousands of rescue workers dug frantically for survivors Saturday, combing through landslides caused by torrential rains that left at least 335 dead or missing in southern Japan. The rain, described as falling "like endless barrels of water," caused flash floods and slides that killed at least 120 people, injured 63, left 215 missing and thousands homeless by official count. Police said more than 6,000 policemen, soldiers and civilian volunteers were digging through the mud, crushed houses, and buried cars, trying to find (hose still trapped. The rains, coming at the end of a long drought, dumped 16-22 inches of water in a 24-hour period on the southernmost main Japanese island of Kyushu and on some sections of Honshu. The city hardest hit was Nagasaki, scene of a U.S. atomic bomb attack in 1945 and where floods killed 092 people in 1957. A total of 104 deaths were recorded there Saturday. Police said 687 landslides were reported in Nagasaki and its neighboring areas, while more than 32,000 houses were flooded, roads were cut at 417 places and 61 bridges were washed away. "The rains, which were falling intermittently late Friday, suddenly changed into a downpour," a survivor, who declined use of his name, told a reporter. "It was like someone had turned over endless barrels of water." According to Japanese meteorologists, more than a foot of rain fell in the Nagasaki area during a single three-hour period. Early Saturday, police said waist-high streams of muddy water were still surging through parts of the city. Casualty figures from other areas included seven dead in Oita Prefecture, four dead and four missing in Kumamoto, two in Saga, and three in Yamaguchi. Sudden, heavy rains often occur at the end of Japan's rainy season in July, but this year, Kyushu got a season's worth of precipitation in one storm. Before Friday, water was being rationed in some parts of the island because of a drought. The downpour paraly/ed air and rail transportation and some areas were without electricity, gas, water and phone service. Meanwhile in Tokyo, the Central Meterological Agency recorded 11 earthquakes between late Friday and Saturday. The first, with a magnitude of 7 on the Richter scale, jolted Hokkaido, the northernmost main island, and eastern Honshu just before midnight, local time, on Friday. A quake of that magnitude is capable of widespread, heavy damage, but no damage or casualties were reported. Rail transportation was delayed 20 to 30 minutes in some areas. The remaining ten tremors followed the large one and were classified as aftershocks, the agency said. Israeli jets bomb PLO stronghold By The Associated Press Israeli jets bombed the Palestine Liberation Organi/ation's west Beirut stronghold for the third day Saturday and one warplane was downed by Syrian missile fire over eastern Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. Syria said the two Israeli pilots bailed out of the F-4 Phantom fighter-bomber when it was hit and one was captured but the other was found dead. In Cairo, U.S. presidential envoy Philip C. Habib continued his search for an Arab country willing to lake the estimated 8.000 PLO guerrillas trapped in the Lebanese capital. Habib met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Kamal Hass n Aiy for 70 minutes, an neither side commented afterward. Egypt's Middle East News Agency quoted an official source as saying speculation that Habib was trying lo persuade Egypt to provide asylum for large numbers of PLO guerrillas "is absolutely of no basis." The agency reported Aly "affirmed the necessity of Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon and the need for an immediate halt to the bloodshed and guaranteeing the safely of all P a 1e st ine Lib er a t i on Organixalion members." It said the Egyptians "stressed the right of self-determination for the Palestinians and said there could be no just peace in the region without a just solution tolhe Palestinian problem." Habib is to meet Sunday with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and then fly to Israel. Israel confirmed the loss of the F-4 and said other war planes destroyed Syrian SAM-8 antiaircraft missile batteries. The Israel command said that the Syrians moved the sophisticated ground-to-air missiles — the most modern in the Soviet arsenal — into the Bekaa Valley from Syria late Friday night for the first time. It added: "The slate of Israel is resolute in its decision not to allow Syria to bring land-to-air missiles into Lebanon." A Syrian missile of the older SAM-H type fired from the Syrian-Lebanese border brought down Ihe Israeli Phantom jet about 5 p.m. (10 a.m. CDT), three hours after three SAM-8 missile batteries were destroyed, the command said. But Israel Radio quoted political sources as saying the missile was fired from just inside Syria . Power outage occurs in South Del Rio Sections of south Del Rio were without electrical power for about 40 minutes late Saturday night after a Central Power & Lighl Company line broke in half in the 800 block of Las Vacas St. C' P & L e m ploy e e s w e r e working at News-Herald press time to restore service to normal, according lo Firefighter Tom Merkle. The News-Herald, the Del Rio Police Department and downtown Del Rio was pitch darkness from 10:52 p.m. when, according to Merkle, one of the power lines "broke in half" until service was restored at about 11:35 p.m. Merkle was part of a lire department unit thai slood guard in Ihe event of another emergency and kepi the large numbers of interested bystanders away from Ihe CP&L work area. Local Central Power & Light manager Richard Byrne said he had just driven in from an out-of- town trip when he learned of the difficulty, and did not have an explanation of the problem yet. Trial may put county in financial bind BRADY (AP) — McCulloch County officials say one verdict from a lengthy capital murder trial is certain — the trial will put the county in a serious financial bind. Officials say the trial of Jack Lee Minica, moved from Brady to Kerrville on a change of venue, could drain as much as one-third of the county's $600,000 1982 budget. County Treasurer O.J. Behrens said the county already has borrowed $100,000 from Commercial National Bank in Brady to pay ils bills through the fall. Mrs. Behrens said the loan should keep the county government no ing unlil adilional lax revenues are collected in October "But I mav have to borrow more," she said. Minica, a 19-year-old Houston truck driver and former Brady resident, is charged with the 1979 shotgun slaying of liuee people in a ranch home north of this Central Texas city. Testimony has not yet begun in Ihe trial, which opened July li in district court here. Nine jurors had been chosen by Friday In 1979, McCulloch County taxpayers had to fool .1 $150,000 bill for another trial moved 80 miles south lo Kerrville. Mrs liehreii.s said Ihe Minica (rial bill will be higher •— perhaps mure ih,.n Sl'o i.uou for motel accom modal ions for jurors, food, travel e\ penses and the co.si ol guarding I he defendant Sheriff Glenn Weatherman said he or one of his deputies must make (he trip to Kerrville every day lo help miard Minica, adding to the cost of Ihe trial. "\Ve no down there and back the same day. We can't afford that $28 per day motel room." Weatherman said. The sheriff said he asked if the Kerrville Police Depart nienl could provide oil duly ol'licers for the guard duly "But we couldn't afford the sin per hour they charge, eil her. " he said. "Costs will really start running up when the jury is ehosen and sequestered," Weatherman .said.

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