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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas                                IN SPORTS DAY SUNDAY COUNTDOWN 478 DAYS New Braunfels Sesqulcentennlal March March INSIDE Sports STAMMTISCH Birthday wishes The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung extends the following birthday wishes to RaulRosales 3 Arthur Caballero Alice Robbing LuSeale Boykin Janette Buchanan Lucille Fischbeck Freddy Fisch er Lots Holmstrom Roger Jacob Pamela Myers Bob Van Zandt HeraldZeitung Cheer fund donations sought The New Braunfels Herald Zeitungs Cheer fund campaign to provide food for local iieedy fam ilies is continuing with much suc cess according to Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery Avery said that any type of nonperishable food item can be donated as well as money The Cheer fund goal is to assist 200 local families this year To donate call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144 Todays donations were from Glenn Ruth Johnson Todays Irwin will appear at Tree of Life Doc 1 Don Irwin internationally known composer performer and recording artist will bring his unique sound to Tree of Life Fellowship Church on Wedne say Dec 1 at 7 His musical ministry will be a familyoriented concert which should not be missed by any one He will also play many of his songs off his new album Local man to bene fit from blood drive A blood drive to benefit Ver non Taylor of New Braunfels will be held Thursday Dec 2 from 5 to 8 at the New Braunfels Elks Lodge located at MidTexas Symphony to host concert Dec 12 The MidTexas Symphony will present a concert of holiday music on Sunday Dec 12 at 4 in Jackson Auditorium in Seguin The concert will feature tradi tional holiday music a perfor mance of Pergolesis Magnifi cat by the MidTexas Sympho ny Chorus Special guest artists will be Chaski a flute and harp duet which features Adrienne Inglis the principal flutist of the MidTexas Symphony and Shana Norton the MidTexas Symphonys harpist Tickets are for adults for college students and senior citizens and for students through high school age They are available at the door or at First Choice and the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Call 6290336 for more infor mation Tb Ntw Brautfth HeraldZttiuis invlitt in rtuden to submit iltnu to Stamtnltsch According to fa and fnembrt eflbt Gtrtwn community rtprtstnu a fitting plant for mtmbtn community gcuktr aid short tht hoppin ingi Wi invite you to short with Trout anyone personnel will stock rainbow trout In Texas during the month of Decambor Including some In the Ouadalufw Rlvor 13A COUGARS FALL TO CALAUfiil M0JU A Great Way to Ind Elorjda M The Canyon Cougan went down flghtfrtfl Saturday DMtn m against Calallen and many gasjar Sports Editor Richard Tljerlna BA New Braunfels 75 CENTS 42 Pages ii A Painful Loss ildZeitung for more than 142 Home of MATTHEW LYON Shooting Serving Comal County I Vol 142 No 12 HeraldZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Canyon senior offensive lineman Cody Balmbrldge left and senior receiver Jason Welch show the pain of Saturdays 2314 loss to Corpus Chrlstl Calallen at Victorias Memorial Stadium The loss spelled the last football game for many of the graduating Cougars careers The Cougars despite the loss advanced Into the playoffs further than any previous Canyon team ever had See story 12A leaves many unanswered questions By MARK LYON Managing Editor CANYON LAKE One unsolved piece of a puzzle left behind from Wednesdays fatal shooting in a Canyon Lake neighborhood which left 47yearold Roger VanMatre dead may never be found a motive In an exclusive interview with the HeraldZeitung the wife of Nor ris Waitschies the man who allegedly pulled the trigger of a 45 cal iber pistol in defense of his wife and himself is Why did he want to kill me and my she said reflecting on the incident which she said seemed like hours but actually only last minutes There are a lot of things about this that just dont make sense to me or my Mrs Waitschies said that on Tuesday night the same man knocked on the door of their home at approximately 9 and asked Mr Wait schies for directions to the VanMatres home Not knowing who the VanMatres were Mr Waitschies explained directions to a home a few blocks away where he believed a family by that name resided One thing stuck out in the mind of Mr Waitschies she said The man who had asked for directions was barefoot That was extremely she said Why wouldnt he know where his parents lived The next day shortly after 2 pm Mrs Waitschies heard a voice call ing out where are you Thinking it was her husband she replied down indicating she was on the first floor of their threestory home The entrance of the home is located on the second floor He called to me again and I replied she said I then start ed up the stairs and he apparently started down stairs We met at about the middle of the stairs where he pulled his gun and pointed it straight at my forehead pressing it into my head He said Tm going to kill I pleaded with him and asked why I dpnt even know who you are He then said Tm going to blow your brains out wheres your husband I told him he has down in the garden and he insisted we get Reports show that VanMatre was carrying a 38 caliber pistol Backing up with the gun pointed at her Mrs Waitschies said the two headed back to the front door with VanMatre moving backward When he was just outside the front door she said she slammed it shut and locked it Turning around she grabbed for the phone and dialed 911 I was just she said He began trying to break the down in but he couldnt see me and I felt pretty safe because we have a fourinch stone wall there at the front I shouted out to my husband through a window come quick theres a man with a gun trying to kill me He didnt answer so I didnt even know if he had heard me It was then that I heard shots I thought he killed our dog He said Im going to NBPD numbers show shortfall ss as why1 I dont even By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Head en said he will be putting as many officers as possible out on the streets during the holiday season But he could run into some trouble since the limited number of officers avail able at the New Braunfels Police Depart ment makes having an extra patrols diffi cult According to national averages each city should have officers per people in the city Using an average of people in Now Braunfels the NBPD would need approximately offl cers The department currently has 44 offi cers Tbeso 44 officers include patrol offi cers tho chief captain of the criminal If something really bad happens we may have two to three officers tied up and we may only have five officers on the he said We just went over calls for ser vice at the first of November Thats calls per month When someone is off due to sickness vacation or school it takes away from our man We prioritize calls as much as possible Wo respond immediately to calls involving threats to life and bodily he said We are trying to respond in excess of calls and deal with narcotics prob lems and let detectives work their ho said Headen said the shortage of officers becomes particularly difficult in the sum mer months when tho high numbers of tourists more than doubles the population of tho city of these officers work with 0 and spend their time in the schools according to Headen I am worried now more than anything since wo are off tho tourist season It is a slower time excluding the holiday sea son but we are still iedng more and more calls stack up because wo do not have tho officers to respond to tho ho said oy include cutting services however he said he did not know how this could be done I have boon in the business 30somo thing 1 dont know how to cut pliee 1 dont think I want to Know how to cut police I understand the tax situation What we imvo boon doing is streamlining tho budget as much as said Headen It has been justified in the last three years to have more officers However the mon ey is not there without a tax Officials will begin preparing the new budget in January Headen said the depart ment currently needs 21 more officers That would impact the budget in the neighborhood of million to do ho said Headen also expressed concern about officers deciding to leave the depart ment I am seeing officers start to look elsewhere That will hurt us in tho police department It costs to to bin and get a police officer to the point where ho is productive To lose that person to else for a few dollars more costs tho city ho said In tho coming year or so wo may see officers start to Bum out They can only take eo ivory time we lose an offi cer too city lorn We cannot progress while wo are going he said h Mrs Waitschies Dick HMdtn hurt you now The parents of Roger VanMatre Mr and Mrs Rylie VanMatre who also live in the Tama rack edition at Canyon Lake declined to comment on the incident when contacted Saturday Mr Waitschies a retired policeman of 27 years from San Antonio met VanMatres near the entrance of the front yard where both lifted their guns she said Waitschies fired the first and fatal shot Reportt show that throe shots were fired from Waitschies gun Waitschies had driven up from the garden behind their home after hear ing his wifes scream for help Mn Waitschies said that her husband never once fired his gun on anyone during his lengthy career with the S APD In fat It was the IramingoinMOfthebigdtythatledta lived in at Canyon Uko for the 1 5 yean onod thereNow HI be looking our doors all tho to KM head and threatened her Ufe teepi kniwlng at her She and her hujband hiva never mat tho VanMatre nunily huibawJha intention of etaming sometime during the day When ho arrived it tho gte nid to told me he knew what to expect he dMrft whether or not I wai alivo or ViaMttw ww ended to Baafct Medical Center In San Antonio by Todays Texas Lottery numbers are 567 31 3942 Jackpot million   

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