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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 4, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Rivercrest Neighborhood contest winners Page 2 50 CENTS it COUNTDOWN 494 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March March New Braunfels HeraldZeii 410 MO16 377 S 0 W E S T M I C R 0 P U E L 18 HIN G 27 E YANDELL HR EL PASO TX 79903 16 Pages in one section Aug Serving Comal County Home of ANNIE CADDELL I Vol 141 No 183 INSIDE Kroger 7 STAMMTISCH Birthday wishes The New Braunfels Heraid Zeitung extends the following birthday Wishes Annie Caddell Joyce Bauer Lloyd Havekost Ronnie Wilson Sandra Pugh Kono Aguirre Richard Aguirre Suzanne Herbelin Nicholas Nutt Emma Offerman Dolores Bustos Johnny Vela Lydia Johnson Happy Anniversary to Rayes Maria Medellin 30 Debbie Mike Pomeroy Blood drive for Tom Bluntzer scheduled A blood drive for New Braun fels resident Tom Bluntzer has been scheduled for Aug 23 from 10 to 6 at the law offices of Reagan Burrus Dierksen Lamon and Bluntzer located at 205 N Seguin Two blood mobiles will be on hand in the back parking lot to take donations Walkins are welcome or appointments can be made by calling Debbie at 625 8026 Sts Peter and Paul Rummage Sale set Sts Peter and Paul School Summer Rummage and Plant Sale will be held this week Fri day Aug 6 ana Saturday Aug 7 The sale will be open 8 to 6 on Friday arid 8 to 3 on Saturday There wil be all kinds of things for sale clothes furniture appliances toys housewares knickknacks and beautiful plants Donations are still being acceptedall this week at St Marys Hall on the school cam pus where the sale will be held For more information call 6251729 during the day or 625 6101 Friends For Rivers meeting scheduled Friends For Rivers invites the public to their next meeting on Thursday Aug 26 at 7 at Victoria Bank Trust 1000 N Walnut in New speaker Andy Goldbloont head of Texas Parks Wildlife Greenways Program will address River and Trail Issues throughout the state The meet ing will be held in the Herb Schneider Room of the North Building Call 90643115 or 210 4383628 for more information McQueeney VFD plans BBQ picnic The Annual McQueeney Volun teer Fire Department Picnic will be held Saturday Aug 14 at the airconditioned McQueeney Lions Community building on Hwy 78 six miles west of Seguin Great barbecue chicken and all the trimmings will be served from and again from 4 until 9 A drivethru service will be offered from to To get there take EM 78 to the McQueeney Lions Club located one mile east of McQueeney Call 3790660 or 5575621 for more informatioa Proceeds will go toward expanding the fire station Stammtisch The New Braunfels HeraldZeilung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community Stammtisch represents a silling place for members of the community to gather and share the days happenings We invite you to share with us Judge delays decision until Oct 4 By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer A decision on whether or not capital murder suspect Jack Davis should stand trial for the 1989 murder of local school teacher Kathie Balonis was delayed Tuesday until Oct 4 Judge Charles Ramsay of the 22nd District Court is expected to make a decision after more evidence is intro duced on Oct 4 by Davis defense attorney Stanley Schneider of Houston The hearing concerns a writ of habeas corpus filed by Schneider on Davis behalf Davis was tried three years ago for the murder of Balonis and found guilty His conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeals The murder occurred at the New Braunfels Oaks Apartments Balonis was a resident at the apartments and Davis was the maintenance man The evidence in question concerns past tests and provided by Fred Zain a former employee of the Bexar County Crime Lab Zain who was called to the Stand Tuesday chose to use his Fifth Amendment rights and refused to testify While on the stand Zain was informed by the judge that he c6uld be facing jury investigation Zain responded that he was unaware of this but agreed to answer further questions after his rights by the judge Prosecutor Ray Taylor of San Anto nio requested a break be taken to give the opportunity to review reports from the crime lab During this break Zain requested to contact his attorney Larry Souza of San Antonio I wanted him to be wellprepared He looked at the paper looked up and said he needed to talk to his said Taylor During thjs hearing Schneider has questioned the validity of Zains reports Schneider claims Zain had identified a blood stain on the victims carpet as being Davis He said DNA testing done by another employee of the lab showed the blood belonged to the victim was not put in the report The blood on the carpet is the vic tims He omitted this in his report His report is in direct contrast to said Schneider The cases in West Virginia occurred between 1983 and 1989 Schneider said attorneys recently discovered dis crepancies in Zains testimony in reports of cases has been snowballing in the past few weeks said Schneider A judge in West Virginia has requested an inquiry into the matter HeraldZaitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Defense attorney Stanley Schneider talks with the media after Tuesdays hearing Zain was also recently fired from the crime lab He testified he was fired because evidence was allegedly lost under his supervision Zains attorney said his client is in a passive mode right now until other decisions out of his control are made His life is not in his owncontrol His career is being flushed down the he said Both Schneider and Taylor said Zains decision not to testify would not damage their case Taylor added that if the judge decides on Davis side then he will appeal the issue I will keep him in jail if I he said Taylor said he believes enough evi dence will be available to prosecute the case without the test results from Zain This is a case where Mr Davis has literally been caught redhanded Her blood was on him and his blood was there in the I think we ought to let a New Braunfels jury fig ure it he said Schneider said he believes his client is innocent Other testimony was heard from Carl Kent who helped investigate the casewhen it went to civil trial Kent testified that several residents at the apartment had told himthey saw a man in a white tshirt with black hair leaving the apartment He also testified that tapes of state ments given to New Braunfels police officers were destroyed and evidence was lost The main issue dealt with a taped statement allegedly given by Marcie French that said she had seen a man in a white tshirt and black hair leaving the apartment Other testimony was heard from for mer New Braunfels police officer Montgomery K Kama who said French had not given a description of anyone but Davis French also testified she had not described anyone but Davis Testimony was also heard from Davis former defense attorney John Curtis Curtis told the court several incidents during the trial and the inves tigation affected his former clients case Natural gas pipeline explosion A natural gas pipeline explosion lit Dept personnel from Comal Hays HeraidZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH up the night sky between Seguin and San Marcos at approximately 2 this morning Police and Fire and Guadalupe Counties responded to the blaze The fire could be seen up to 40 miles Several fire departments rush to explosion scene By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer A natural gas pipeline running between Seguin andSan Marcos exploded at approximately 2 Wednesday According to reports the explosion occurred between Meyer Road and Lehmann Road near Seguin The line is owned by Enron Gas Co of Hous ton No cause for the explosion has been determined at this point Officials at Enron were not available for comment as of press time Reports show several area fire departments responded to the blaze Those departments responding includ ed the Guadalupe County Sheriffs Office Texas Highway Patrol from Guadalupe Hays and Comal counties Other departments assisting include Seguin Fire Department New Braun fels Fire Department and San Marcos Fire Department Officials were at the scene for sev eral hours Bremer to tell his side tomorrow Public hearing on recall petition on tap By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer A public hearing concerning a recall petition filed against District 2 City Councilman Dan Bremer will be held Thursday at at the New Braunfels Municipal Building Meeting Room The hearing is being held to allow Bremer the opportunity to address alle gations made against him in the recall petition The council was presented with a petition last month It contains more than 200 signatures from District 2 Petitioners claim Bremer has not represented the wishes of his district and has threatened the election process The document requested ah elec tion be called to consider the recall of Bremer The city charter gives Bre mer the right to hold a public hearing However the charter does not provide a format for the hearing During a past city council meeting Bremer proposed guidelines for the meeting However the city council epted not to take action on it Several members stated they did not believe it was within their rights to set the for mat United Way helps Teen Connection help others HeraldZeiiung photo by JOHN HUSETH Conley C Thompson Executive Director By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Teen Connection is a United Way funded community action private non profit organization Teen Connection operates two emer gency shelters one for girls and one for boys ages 10 to 17 The primary fund ing for the two shelters is a federal grant applied for annually through the federal Department of Health and Human Services The grant requires that the community applying for the grant match the request by ten percent What we mainly use the local resources for is this said Con ley C Thompson executive director We also have a contract with the state Department of Protection and Regula tory Services which is Child Protective Services That contract also requires a 10 percent match so the local resources that we are able to get from the United Way and from donations are used to provide that match for those Teen Connection also administers the Alternative School for the two Comal County school districts They provide the facility and a fulltime counselor to work with the program A Teen Connection art therapist also works parttime teaching two classes a week with the program Theres not ever really any funding left over when we do the ten percent said Thompson But if there were this is where that would be used So one may ask how do you make it sounds like you would be The emergency shelters also have con tracts with the Child Protective Ser vices and area Juvenile Probation offices for services and we are paid a daily rate by these organizations when they place a child in our Teen Connection provides these types of services for about eight coun ties in the area according to Thomp son Teen Connection also provides the art therapist services for the shelter and last year for students at Carl Schurz Elementary There is also a parent training and education program which has worked with elementary schools in both districts We plan to expand that this year and do more of said Thompson Its our feeling that we need to pay more and more attention to the younger kids instead of waiting and trying to figure out something when theyre 15 and Last year Teen Connection provided parent training an evening workshop once a month through the schools According to Thompson there was a good response to the program and they hope to continue it this year If you get a grant from the federal government of lets say then youve got to have in match to add to that for a program of said Thompson That differ what we have to come up with So what were fortunate to get from United Way and from other donations helps us For news advertising or subscription information call 6259144
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