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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 25, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday July 1991 25 Cents 178 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY Home of Ronald One 12 Pages Best wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung wishes happy birthday today to Scot Joe Esquivel Tammy Scot Heidi Christ ina Elvia George Matthew Scott Fleming and Linnell Belated birthday greetings to Sarah Genevievc Lagu Julie Ann Castilleja and Jessi ca Celebrating an anniversary Kathy and Albert Erwin and Lottie May Michael and Paula Rose Feltncr and Tony and Kolette Know of a birthday or anniver sary Give our receptionist a call the day before at 6259144 wed like to share in the Street closure Mistletoe Avenue from Perry man and Merriweather will be closed today until 4 while city crews continue with street con Defensive driving SCHERTZ The Schertz Senior Citizens will offer a defen sive driving class July The class will be from 8 to 5 Call for more information or to sign up for the course before July Book sale Pack up those books from spring cleaning and donate them to the Friends of the Dittlinger Memorial Library annual The book sale is slated for 4 and Take books to the library at 373 Magazine or call 6293048 to make arrangements for them to be picked up at your For more information call the library at Seniors fundraiser After six weeks of collecting a host of items the senior citizens are ready to have their big garage sale all day Saturday at the old Krueger 472 San Antonio Profits will benefit the Senior Citi zens Park concert David Owens will play his folk tunes tonight at the Landa Park Dance Slab beginning at as the Concerts in the Park series The concert is free and open to the Seniors club Senior MexicanAmerican Club will meet tonight at Cypress Bend Park at Any seniors attending New Braunfels or Smithson Valley high schools are invited to attend and Summer festival Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church is sponsoring its annual summer festival 2 and 3 at the 138 Festivi ties begin 2 at 6 with free Grounds open 8 Saturday with a volleyball Plenty of a car and dances are Bowling tournament Senior Citizens Center and Comal Bowl are sponsoring a bowlathon July 28 from 23 at Comal Volun teers are needed to Pro ceeds will go to the building fund of the new senior citizens For more information call Steven SM 2 Good Day Partly cloudy conditions today yield only a slight chance for preci with a high near 94 and an overnight low near 74 Similar but more stable conditions are expected the next few Wednesdays high in New Braun fels was 93 and the overnight low was Tonights low is expected tp drop to the For more weather please see Page Intktt DEAR TV Arrests may settle rash of car thefts By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor After apprehending five persons in two separate arrests New Braunfels police are investigating whether they have the culprits involved in a rash of recent car thefts in the Were on top of this thing of car theft thats going said New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Well have groups that will ease in out of San Antonio and work the interstate all the way up to And they will steal cars all along the way and send them back to San Anto nio and strip Local police are investigating whether that scenario applies to the rash of car thefts that have been reported in New Braunfels the last several Wednesday afternoon police apprehended three San Antonio resi dents after receiving a call from a per son who reported he saw the suspects stealing his suburban while he was playing tennis at the courts in Prince Solms said police spokesman Martin After the dispatcher relayed the police officer Robert Parchmann spotted the described sub urban and started chasing Mayer The three suspects then abandoned the vehicle on Viewcrest and after a foot chase with police were apprehended on Common he Arrested Armando 17 Edward 17 and a 16year old all of San Later Wednesday detec tive John Villarrcal received a tip that two suspects were stripping a vehicle in a field in the 2200 block of West Katy John and officer Scott Lange approached the individuals and they ran and after a foot chase they caught Headen Arrested David of New Braunfels and Adam of New They both were charged with theft over under Both remain in the Comal County Jail pending magistration The real significance of this is that were looking hard to first of all to see if there is a connection between this group and the group that was caught earlier and we think there may very well Headen that these may be the ones that have been responsible for the car thefts that weve had in our city New Braunfels man convicted of theft By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer After 30 minutes of deliberation this morning a Comal County jury found a 58yearold New Braunfels man guilty of scamming elderly New Braunfels Tomas of the 200 block of Camp was charged with theft over under The jury was deliberating at press time on what sentence Acevedo would Justice has absolutely been said District Attorney Bill The only injustice is that the maximum penalty is not For the crime Acevedo faces a maximum of 10 years in who has been out on a bond was absent from the courtroom when the verdict was He has been late twice during the Testimony in the case concluded Wednesday in District Court in New Braunfels with jurors hearing more testimony from Reynaldo the defendants and viewing more evidence introduced by the Acevedo was involved in a scam to deceive elderly New Braunfels resi dents into paying for home repairs like house leveling that was not If the person did not want to have work done he allegedly intimi dated them into letting him perform the Checks totaling made out to Acevedo from Alvina Schwandt for work done to a home in the 100 block of Comal Avenue were introduced into Witnesses allege that the checks were given to Acevedo after he threatened the woman with a claiming he had injured his knee while working on her District Attorney Bill Reimer asked Reynaldo Acevedo what a salesman commission was that was added into the bill for work done to another Thats for the service provided by Thomas the son The labor charge is what is paid to the The defense questioning of the son indicated that at the time photographs were taken of piers it was eight months after the job was The piers beneath the house were not in contact with the structure they were supposed to be and the defense contended that the ground could have settled due to the land dry ing after rains earlier this The defense introduced into evi dence a fiveyear handwritten guaran tee bearing the names Thomas Acevedo and Oscar another son of the issued to Beatrice Hardin of the 400 block of Ferryman for work done on her The defenses contention is that Tho mas Acevedo was never given the chance to adjust work that may settle It was continually pointed out by the prosecution that Acevedo is not a liscensed contractor in New Braunfels and obtained no building permits for work During some of the Acevedo appeared to become angry and shook his finger at the Throughout the trial the jury was constantly sent out of the courtroom by visiting Judge George Kelton of Keltons unpredictable style and explosive nature kept attorneys busy reacting to his Defense attorney Bill Schraeder made numerous motions for all of which were Im not gonna do the judge I hate to see a mistrial after weve already spent this much The state and the defense closed their cases and the jury returned at today for summations and to make their Rusted through areas are easily visible on the bowl and arms of the figure at the top of the fountain in the downtown The Missouri company that handled the Goddess of Liberty statue work on the state Capital several years ago has recommended the city not turn the fountain on again until it is rehabili Photos by Mark Warnken Restoration studied By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer Experts say the downtown plazas badly rusted cast iron which has been dry for about two direly needs restoration before being turned back The historic fountain originally was shut down in the summer of 1989 because of the citys emergency water conservation said David director of the city Parks and Recreation Last parks officials contacted Washington University Technology Associates of one of the nations foremost statue and monument restoration about severe rust inside the threesection castiron statue part of the which is more than 100 years Whatley What they are telling us is that probably the best thing that we could have done is to let this thing dry out if were serious about wanting to have the fountain here for future Whatley Its very close to the point where it cant be But the fountain is still in good enough shape that we can restore the original and not have to mold a The community also could opt to recast the original fountain in aluminum or concrete and offer the original to the Sophienburg he Thats the choice facing the We can repair or replace the fountain or we can run it until it falls Whatley In a letter dated July WUTA President Patrick Rice recommended against continued operation of the fountain prior to based on a firsthand inspection by the firm last The interior surfaces and all plumbing mechanisms are in an advanced state of The fountain can be restored in its current it Parks department workers painted the outside of the fountain several weeks ago to help seal the badly rusted interior of the cannot tolerate additional deterioration prior to restora Rice Parks officials originally were worried that some of the many layers of paint on the outside of the fountain contained which would have complicated and increased the expense of Whatley hopes that the community will consider restoring the fountain through a fundraising project in conjunction with the citys 150th anniversary celebra tion in Other repairs needed at the downtown plaza include replacing the zinc bayonet on the World War I dough boy statue for about and repairing the cracking stone Civil War statue for about Whatley City Charter committee picks sets agenda The New Braunfels Charter Review Committee elected officers and set the agenda for future meetings during an organizational meeting last Members unanimously elected George Erben as chairman Raymond Mendez vice chairman and George Others serving are Charlie Chere Reagan and Karen The group decided to meet from 7 to 9 every other Thursday at City All meetings will be posted and open to the During the next scheduled for members of previous charter review committees who can be located will be invited to brief the current committee members on past issues considered to provide insight as to the circumstances and thought that shaped the citys current The committee also will invite for mer city officials and others involved with the settlement of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educa tion Fund MALDEF lawsuit that partly shaped the current procedure for electing city One of the challenges issued to us at the beginning of this review was to consider the issue of electing the may Erben No one seems to know for but several folks seem to remember the current proce dure was part of the settlement with And we as a committee dont want to take any actions that would be unfair to minority voting rights or wind up getting the city into legal trouble possible lawsuits at some future Erben Erben expressed hope that city resi dents will become active in the com mittees efforts and provide input for committee Mayor James Goodbread has asked the committee to consider having vot ers elect the mayor through citywide instead of continuing to have the City Council select one of its Goodbread also recommended the committee consider a small payment to council perhaps to per to encourage youn ger residents to run for the His third suggestion involved studying stricter requirements on resident peti tions forcing the council to call The committee also should thor oughly study the charter and consider whatever other issues deemed impor Goodbread
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