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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas                                FRIDAY COUNTDOWN 466 DAYS New Braunfelfi Semicentennial March March New Braunfels 410 M016 182 S 0 E S T IIIC R 0 P U B L 18 HIN G 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 14 Pages in one section Dec Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of AMBER OWENS Vol 142 No 21 INSIDE 4 Sports STAMMTISCH Birthday wishesl The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birth day wishes to Amber Owens Elaine Bracks Melanie Kocian Krystal Helman Ann DanForih Brandon Rose Araceti Sandoral Connie Navarro Happy Anniversary to Roy Alice Wittiams 33 years HeraldZeitung Cheer donations continue The New Brounfels Herald Zettungs Cheer fund campaign donations continue to pour in according to Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery The funds proceeds assist local needy families To donate call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144 Todays donation was from Annonymous ffl Shirley Ern Schaefer One bag of groceries Todays Total Breast Cancer support group meeting A breast cancer survivor sup port group will meet today at 12 pjn at 876 Loop 337 building D suite For more information call 629 7303 Grant application deadline set Dec 16 Nonprofit public service orga nizations interested in applying for Community Development Block Grant funding for commu nity development activites should keep in mind that the deadline for accepting completed applications is Thursday Dec 16 at S Applications received after that time will not be processed Applications may be obtained from the Development Department New Braunfels Municipal building 424 S Castell or by calling 608 2100 Symphony guild holds holiday lunch The MidTexas Symphony Guild New Braunfels Chapter will hold a Christmas luncheon Monday Dec 13 at at the Tea Loft Members should make reservations by calling Arlene Buhl at 6256411 by Wednesday Dec 8 New mem bers are welcome Rail Authority board meeting changed The Texas High Speed Rail Authority Board meeting has been changed from Dec 10 to Dec 17 at 10 at 125 11th St in Austin The meeting is open to the public For questions or additional information con tact Charlene Fern at 1800735 2989 Local church shows living nativity scene Oakwobd Baptist Church 2154 N Loop 337 invites the public to their living nativity scene tonight through Saturday from 7 to 9 each night Stammtisch The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Invites itt readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophicnburg Archives and members of the German community Stammtisch represents a titling place for members of the community to gather and share the days happenings We invite you to share with Morning accident HaraldZeltung photo by JOHN HUSETH A twovehlclD accldsM took at this morning at the Intersection of FM 482 and Rusch Lane after one ear collided with a pick up truck The driver of the pick up was transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital Her name and condition were not available at press time Assisting in the victim from the vehicle were New Braunfels emer 3 psrponnc frosn ten Ctonrad Frank Gonzales Jeff Mahan and Gilbert Benitez calls for ice shortage issue By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Mayor Pro Tern Butch Benitez is calling on residents of New Braunfels to offer suggestions on how to solve prob lems associated with the shortage of police officers in New Braunfels Benitez said he lias been concerned about the shortage of officers since he was elected to the city council He is searching for solutions to the problem before the city begins planning its budget in January My concern it to hire more people We aie 22 people short The town is growing and the police force is getting he said The bulk of the gang and juvenile jffenders are coming in from San Anto lio They are coming in because they tnow about the shortage we I am asking people what we can do f we raise taxes can we specify the money would go to that he said I want to let the ideas come in and see ivhat direction people would like to explained Benitez Local citizens may call Benitez at 625 8350 Ideas can also be directed to the HeraldZeitung at 6259144 or Box 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781301328 Butch Benitez By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Members of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce will hold a special ceremony to honor Air man First Class Darren ORourke of Randolph Air Force Base as Airmail of the Quarter ORourke was named Airman of the Quarter for the third quarter of 1993 A local ceremony will be held at 6 today in the Honors Hall at the New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce Chamber officials and mem bers will be at the ceremony to greet ORourke New Braunfels recognizes these airmen not only with a reception but also with a weekend vacation in New Braunfels HeraldZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Stan Woodward left and Devld right sample some of the tasty Wassail featured at The Finishing Touch during the first ever Wassallfest held last night A large crowd turned out for the festival which Included caroling and other activities Businessman arrested by NBPD on charges of indecency with a child From Staff Reports Downtown business owner Jobu Shay Clark 27 of New Braunfels wi s arrested by New Braunfels police ofli cers Thursday afternoon on charges tj indecency with a child According to officials Clark turned himself in at the New Braunfels Police Department The charges were made after Clark allegedly had sexual contact with a 16yearold female According to officials Clark has iwen ideased on his own recognizance He was magistrated by Just ice of the Peace Precinct 4 Howard Smith Lone Star kept as temporary polling place By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer The designation of temporary branch polling places for the March 8 1994 Primary Election created some discussion at Thursdays Com missioners Court session Although some consideration was given to eliminating the west side temporary polling place because the courthouse polling site is close by the commissioners voted unani mously to keep the Lone Star school as a temporary polling place Gloria Sasser Democratic Coun ty Chair and other citizens spoke in support of the west side polling place saying citizens in that area were accustomed to voting there and might be intimidated about going to the courthouse to vote In other business the commis sioners Authorized the request for bids for patrol vehicles for the Sheriffs Department Appointed William Waechter Kaighin Watts Bob Fleming to the Fire Prevention District No 3 board for two year terms beginning Jan 1 HeraldZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Doc CantuWithoff of Docs Guns In New Braunfels says his cus tomers are not afraid of background checks Brady Bill not creating more gun sales here By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Despite the recent passage of the socalled Brady a law intended to curb the use of guns on the streets many local citizens and officials think it will be less than effective and would like to see more done to address the problem My concern is were mixing ide alism with said New Braun fels Police Chief Dick Headen Ide alistically it might be a good idea but realistically I dont think it will accom plish what they want it to accomplish In some instances it will hopefully keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldnt have them but I dont think its going to keep them out of the hands of the is what our real concern is My biggest concern is eliminat ing guns that have no real social val ue these automatic assualt weapons the Saturday Night Specials these kinds of guns concern me more than anything If they could be somehow bothering most of his customers His business is good but he credits most of it to a healthy local economy Christ mas season buy ing the hunting season and a man ufacturers deci Dlck Headen sion to discontinue marketing certain kinds of ammuni tion Our customers arent afraid of a background check we dont get that kind of said Cantu Withoff Our customers come in con cerned that theres more legislation coming in down the line that might limit availability of certain kinds of guns Theyre more concerned about things like the assualt weapon kind of limitation or the limitation on ammunition or clips or magazines available Because of that theres a lot of buying going on of those things Theyre selling very well however more controlled or eliminated maybe we have been selling other stuff we could do some good But realisti The Brady BiU does not add any cally any gun can kill you The Brady limitations to who can have a gun It adds a certification that buyers are answering correctly and truthfully the limiting questions that already exist from the 1968 gun control act There are eight classifications of people who cannot have guns The Brady Bill gives five days to the police agency Bill or any other bill isnt going to keep the guns out of the hands of the bad people I think a combination of things is the Headen said This isnt anything new but until they put a deterrent effect back in the criminal justice system for bad behavior were treat ing cancer with an aspirin Only fear in the minds of criminals Is going to control Headen also voiced One of the hottest Items taken In a bur glary Is guns Police Chief Dick Headen CantuWithoff the where the buyers live to check and make sure these people are telling the According to Bureau for Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms will host a sem inar in Austin next month to set up the mechanics for carrying out the Brady Bill Certain things have gone into effect already the licensing for a gun dealer has gone up from to his concern for lawabiding citizens who want to carry guns with them You have to consider the civil risks as well as the said Headen You may be justified in defending yourself with an illegal weapon but the survivors of that criminal or he 6 UMUV11100 uuut ww himself if he survives may have you no longer marked ship il recourse They may not ever collect mentsof guns with gunson the out side if anyone steals a gun from a federally licensed gun dealer it is now a federal said CantuWithoff The provisions of the Brady Bill begin Feb fiveday waiting period for example Thats an inconvenience but remember that the Brady Bill was backed by something like 88 percent geuingmese guns Even though someof the public when CNN ran the poll body s got one and they complied Our customers dont see a problem with the Brady bill some crook can They see more of a problem in the come along and break into the house lawlessness going on and things run and get their gun Realistically if ning crazy and losing control of things youre sleeping there in your bed and That is the problem A lot of them vouhaveaguninyournightstandif put these guns on layaway anyway If but you will have to defend your actions A person can have a gun in their home but that might be risky too said Headen One of the hottest items taken in a burglary is guns because they can be disposed of so he said Thats where the crooks are going to keep someone is going to come in to get you theyre going to have you before you ever have a chance theyre going to have that gun of yours pos sibly to use on you Ive seen situa tions where its backfired Mike CantuWitboff of Docs Guns said the Brady BiU isnt really I have a customer come in and say I have to buy a handgun right now because Im afraid of the police Im not going to sell him a gun If we have any reason to suspect that theyre not telling the truth on the application were not going to sell them a For news subscription or advertising information call 6259144   

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