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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas 410 School board Scores so are dropout numbers AUSTIN show public school students are doing better ifl writing arid but sta tistics on dropouts show more than left school in the state Board of Education said See Page 8 A tracksters fail short tf medals Both local competitors at the state track arid field meet atid foe New Sfeunfels ttoicom golf com peufig in the state fell short of 3 goals to win medals in Austifl over the race McKenna Memorial with the co sponsorship of the New Braunfels Runners hosted the second annual Toddler Run Saturday mom ing on the hospital Toddlers between 10 months and 24 months raced the 10yard See Page 1B New Braunfels 131 707 Landa New Texas 78130 USPS Zeituno 377880 5126259144 Sunday May 1989 50 Cents Four 50 Pages NeW doubles team of Breiida KaiqiKajileV was SdgedbuUn Saturday in the Conference V4A in lost toAllmp senior tearn and Sara McCamish and were awarded silver medals at the PenickAllison Teammate Rachel Forney collected her thirdmedal in state tennis claiming the silver in girls singles For the full see Page Photo by Deryl Clark Children caught in custody tugofwar By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer A complicated child abuse case surrounding a ninemember Comal County family has spurred allega triggered a grand jury inquiry and increased a bitter tugofwar cus tody its far from A hearing to decide who gets cus tody of the seven children of Carlos and Virginia Melgar is scheduled for Tuesday at in district The Texas Department of Human who retrieved the children from the home wants wants them Her 23yearold husband was con victed of indecency with one of her sons May 8 and forced to leave the United an illegal fathered three of Melgars He has been investigated by authorities on several allegations and charged with aggravated sexual assault of her 2yearold That charge was In a letter to the HeraldZeitung May Melgar He is not guilty he has never abused the either sexually or She wouldnt comment Saturday on the upcoming hearing upon advice of her attorney Atanacio Campos of New A trailer in the Oakland Estates Subdivision off Texas 46 is where the complicated case began when DHS began investigating allegations of child abuse a year Since the children have been in a tugofwar battle with a long They range in age from 6 months to 13 years July 1988 District court records indicate 207th District Judge Robert Pfeuffer granted emergency custody to DHS of Melgars 13yearold The department investigated allegations he was sexually abusing A caseworkers affidavit During the most recent Melgar left the home to go to Mary Melgar remained ambiva lent toward the need to protect the No charges were December 1988 DHS recom mended the girlbe returned home since the parents had received suc cessful January 1989 Comal County sheriffs detective Richard Alvarez See Page 3A Stab victim is stable Good day After last nights tornado the weather today should be a little The morning clouds should clear leading to a partly cloudy afternoon and a high in the upper 80s with a 20 percent chance of Tonights low will be in the upper Thats the forecast for most of the week late night and early morning partly cloudy highs in the upper lows in the upper 60s and small chances of Inside 8D DEAR TV 1 12C 2A A San Marcos man remains in stable condition at Hays Memorial Hospital after suffering a stab wound Friday night at a Comal County Alex Salas of San Marcos was transported to San Marcos by private vehicle after being stabbed in the upper chest shortly before Reports indicate he was involved in a fight at Rileys Tavern in Raul of San Marcos was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly He remains in the Comal County As of presstime Saturday no bond had been Disaster planning group to review business status New Braunfels Police Detective Paul Peterson waters and cares for the stolen plants on the sally port at the police Man charged with horticulture heist Stammtisch A New Braunfels man grew right into theft charges when he was charged with theft of plants by New Braunfels Ray Dennis was arrested in the 400 block of Academy Street at and taken to the Comal Reyco Drug Stores County He was released after posting a bond on a charge of theft to Police have received six to seven reports of stolen houseplants See Page 2A as an The Comal County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet Wednesday to discuss the status of businesses complying with hazard ous material requirement The group was created to with preparing for chemical disasters and the communitys right to The Superfund Amendments and Reau thorizauon Act of 1986 provided for businesses to register with local LEPC committees outlining chemi cals As of this time we have contacted around 80 percent of locations in New Braunfels having hazardous materials stored or used in their said local Chairman Ernie This inventory list is at the McKenna Memorial Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Depart New Braunfels Fire Depart ment and the DittlfnRer Memorial Library for public viewing during normal business Businesses who have any spills or accidents involving by are required to contact the fire department first at then notify LEPC chairman at 6258759 or call sheriffs office and ask for Unit We are working with all agencies to better prepare everybody as what needs to be done in case of any acci pertaining to hazardous chemi Hassold Any business that has not complied by the SARA Title III law are in viola tion and should contact the LEPC at Persons failing to comply can be Wednesdays meeting will start at in the Municipal Courtroom at the New Braunfels Police executor battle over Rubys gun DALLAS AP The notori ous gun that Jack Ruby used to kill Lee Harvey Oswald ha pitted Rubys survivors against executors of his estate in a court battle over who has the right to sell the The Jules says proceeds from the sale of the Colt Cobra are needed to pay Rubys while Rubys Earl said Mayer is trying to make money he has not Jack Ruby shot Oswald on two days after Oswalds extension of its healthcare will offer lowcost screenings to measure and glucose blood levels Wednesday from 10 to 6 the store at 612 Walnut in New triglycerides and blood sugar levels are determined with just a few drops of blood gathered from a simple finger stick The screening requires fasung for 12 hours before the test and through arrangements with a company specializing in public blood Revco customers will pay for the Those who audition Monday for Circle Arts Theatres summer musical will determine what that musical is going to So says Elizabeth executive artistic director of the theatre located in Landa The story of Mqme concerns a flamboyant lady who lives life the fullest while raising her orphaned The original movie version starred Rosalind Russell and remake was done at least 20 years ago with the late Lucille Ball in the title Bri Kddoon is a Lemer and Lowe 2A State legislation hikes CAD budget proposal BvSTEPHANIFrtAVle JL By STEPHANIE DA VIS Staff Writer When the chief appraiser presents his proposed 1990 budget to Comal Appraisal District directors Monday it will be approximately more then expected because of anticipated state House Bill currently in the Calendars calls for numerous changes in appraisal dis The bill could tremendously affect the local district by requiring annual notices be mailed to all proper ty The Comal Appraisal District cur rently sends notices only to property owners whose property value increased or I almost guarantee you it will Since Im turning my budget over to my board I think I better anticipate the cost of said Chief Appraiser Richard Were having to amend because they are going to require an annual delivery of notices to he Of thats going to mean a much increased wailing Rhodes had anticipated presenting the budget at but will now offer it at House bill could affect Comal Appraisal District The House Ways and Means committee of the Texas Stale Legislature passed a substitute House BUI 432 by Mark Stiles Beaumont addressing numerous changes to the appraisal district The Calendars Committee will set the House vote The bill could impact the Comal Appraisal District in vari ous Restricts serving as Appraisal Review Board or chief appraiser when relatives do appraisals for property tax pur Disallows appraisals per formed by the chief appraiser or relatives to be used as evidence Thats the danger of trying to do something like this when the Legisla ture is in he There are other bills that may come out that we dont even know about that could inpact but you dont know about We know about so we bet ter anticipate Rhodes said he downtobject to the legislation except the increased cost of personnel and computer and I certainly believe that notifying everybody every year is an unneces sary he I dont think it takes that much effort for a person who is interested to come in and find out what their value is without sad dling that burden on everybody out Increased mailing also will increase public contact and informal value pro test hearings with the Appraisal Review Rhodes Lets face If somebodys something in the odds of them having questions are much Rhodes Its going to increase our workload I can assure you more notices go well have more There were several years when the district sent notices to all property whether their value had increased or said Assistant Chief Appraiser Pat and we had between 500 and 600 When the district sent out to there were only 250 to 350 she Rhodes also is anticipating looking for new review board members if the bill The bill would limit appraisal review board members to two Thats not an immediate impact in terms of but we were lucky in that we had welltrained ARB A number of them have been here three and four Rhodes Were going to have to accelerate those peoples training calling the bill an overall good piece of agrees with the bill in tpms of addressing con flicts of interest among board mem chief appraisers and review board He also is glad the bill allows tax information to be removed from annual It on the notice tax he The appraisal district has nothing to do with tax rates and yet for years weve had to put tax rate information and estimates on taxes on notices when it doesnt relate to this Its always been an item of information that has created a lot of who put the proposed budget out for public and board scru tiny at the beginning of the said the increase is coming from the prop osed legislation I dont want the people out there to think we put out this early budget to sandbag them with a low figure and at the last minute are coming in with this high he We put out this thing early so that they and the board could get a feeling of what was in the knowing full well that there was a possibility that legislation would come along and impact The proposed budget will be pre sented Monday night at Budget workshops will be conducted June 19 and July
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