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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Local football standouts named to AllState teams OOUNTDO 459 DAYS New March March New Braunfels Herald CENTS 16 Pages in two sections Dec Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Homo of PEGGY HIGGIN3 Vol 142 No 26 INSIDE Sports STAMMTISCH Birthday wishes The New Brounfets Herald Zeitung extends the following birth day wishes to Crissy Westbrook Jennifer Koepp Happy Gre goria Hernandez John Daniel Zavato Amanda Medrano belat Carolyn Johnson Kenneth Bretzke Maria Dett Socor ro Ortega Bagoberto Rodriguez Peggy Higgins Virginia Ikeh Sandra Krueger Happy Anniversary to Melvin Ruby Schwab 33 Joe Elisa NatalSr HeraldZeltung Cheer donations continue The New Braunfels Herald Zeitungs 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 Herald Zeitung at 6259144 Todays donation was from Mr Mrs Goldstucker Anonymous Mr Mrs Leonard Anonymous 1 bag of groceries Mrs Joe L Guinn Steve Shelley Kneuper Todays Total Tree of Life having one worship service Tree of Life Fellowship Church will be having only a service on Sunday Dec 26 due to the Christmas holiday Gift wrapping to benefit local groups Gift wrap service is available at the New Braunfels Factory Outlet next to Ribbon courtesy of volunteers from the Childrens Shelter and St Paul Lutheran Youth Gifts can be wrapped for and the proceeds will benefit both the Childrens Shelter and St Paul Lutheran Youth Open daily from 12 to 8 through Dec 23 and from 12 to 3 on Dec 24 SOS Food Bank sets grand opening The SOS Food bank will hold grand opening ceremonies at its new location at 248 Merriweather Street between S Castell and Old McQueeney Road Monday at 10 A brief dedication service will be presented Plaza Fountain almost fully functional again The Plaza Fountain which was returned earlier this month to its rightful place on the Main Plaza after undergoing restoration pro cedures is quickly moving towards being fully functional again According to Parks Direc tor David Whatley the basin of the fountain is in the final stages of painting and installation of the new pump system will begin in the next two weeks running out There are only 8 more shopping days left until Chrittmatl Stammtisch Tht New Braunfels HeraldZeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophlenburg Archives and numbers of the German community represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the days happenings We invite you to share with A little help from Santa HeraldZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Two and onehalf yearold Erica Marie Eaqulvel gets a little help from Santa Claus In trying on a new Big Wheel for size while her mother Lldla Esqulvel left looks on at the Angel Tree Christmas Program held Thursday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Approximately 200 local children were In attendance at the program Fire fatality ruled a suicide after twoweek investigation Investigation overturns medical examiners homicide ruling By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Commissioners voice concern over county treasurer moving million in county funds to Victoria By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Commissioners voiced their concern at Thursdays Commissioners Court session over County Treasurer Bart Bartholomew moving million plus in county funds from the TexPool account in the state trea sury to Victoria Bank Trust According to Bartholomew he was con cerned about the countys access to funds invested in the states TexPool investment portfolio because of some remarks made by the state treasurer A couple of weeks ago she said she was going to do away with the treasurers office said Bartholomew I later learned she wasnt paying any attention to TexPool and wasnt making the appointments to their advisory board This disturbed the County Treasurers Association and I also heard from the state treasurers office that there were Bartholomew said that kind of publicity can adversely affect investment I thought it was a good time to minimize our exposure in he said There could be an audit for improprieties This is why we have a county keep on top of these type of The county treasurer is delegated under the direction of the commissioners court to invest county said Neil Craig mile Commissioner Pet Commis sioners court is the investment body It should have been done here not one on one in our Neither Craigmile nor Evans felt they had authorized the movement of the funds Commissioner Schwab said in defense of Bartholomew that funds had been moved without official court approval prior to this situation In defense of the treasurer he moved funds from Plaza he had not we would have only got 70 cents on the said Schwab We do business with two entities for and Victoria Bank said Bartholomew But we do investments daily and theyre not brought before the court Because of the magnitude of this one I advised them about it I feel very comfortable about that We need to take care of the countys money and keep it Casteel said that the monies were moved Dec 8 and invested for a 31day period at Victoria Bank Trust Sale of LCRA minibonds will not affect NBU rates official says The death of a 31yearold man who died after a fire two weeks ago has been ruled a suicide after an investigation was conducted by the Comal County Sheriffs Office Raul Ramiro Hernandez 31 died as the result of severe burns he suffered in a fire in his mobile home in Startzville The death was originally ruled a homicide by the Bexar County Medical Examiner However investigations by Comal County sheriffs deputies and Comal County Fire Marshal Milton Willmann show that the man set himself on fire We decided he was attempting to commit suicide and finally said Willmann I The medical examiner ruled it as a homicide He ruled it this way because of the splash marks on the said Sgt David Ott of the Comal County Sheriffs Office Ott said sheriffs investigators interviewed Hernandezs wife daughter and son He said Hernandez had been arrested in August 1993 for allegedly trying to set his wife on fire Ott said it appears Hernandez poured diesel fuel on himself and threatened to kill himself His family then got the fueldoused clothes off him and wiped the remaining fuel from him however the mans pants still had fuel splashed on them he said Investigators officially closed out their case Thursday The med ical examiner is expected to study the case further this afternoon Hernandez was found outside his mobile home after the fire He was taken by Canyon Lake EMS to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio He died three days after the fire The fire occurred in a mobile home behind the Startz Cafe in Startzville It was owned by Comal County resident James Startz who also owns was being rented to Hernandez Canyon Lake EMS and the Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Depart ment responded to the fire NBPD interdiction results in seizure of 111 pounds of pot By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer A drug interdiction program conducted by the New Braunfels Police Department Thursday resulted in the seizure of 111 pounds of marijuana that was allegedly being transported through New Braunfels by a Canyon Lake Willie Ray Jordan 61 was arrested at by Lt John Wommack of the NBPD He was charged with aggravated pos session of marijuana Wommack said the man was stopped because he was not wearing a seat belt The arrest was made on Walnut Street near Interstate Highway 35 He was driving a 1988 Buick Wommack said officers decided to conduct a search after the drug dog alerted officers that an illegal substance might be in the car Officers then got consent to conduct a search and found 111 pounds of marijuana hidden in suitcases in the trunk Wommack said the drugs seized have a street value of He said officers also seized a 357 magnum revolver that was in a briefcase in the front seat of the car According to Wommack further charges could be filed by the Comal County District Attorneys office because of Jordans alleged failure to obtain a tax stamp for the drugs Jordan is being held in the Comal County Jail Bond had not been set as of press time Assisting in the search was canine officer Spencer Gremmer By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer The recent decision by Lower Colorado Riv er Authority committee members to sell mini bonds will not affect New Braunfels Utilities customers according to NBU General Manager BobSohn The LCRA board is expected to discuss the matter during its meeting in January If the issue is approved the LCRA will issue million in taxexempt minibonds Of course we will have to pay the principle interest through said Sohn That is not Sohn said no increase in NBU rates is expect ed as a result of the bond sales The bonds could be purchased for as little as The current minimum is No one investor may purchase more than in bonds The bonds will be limited to Texans with the target being the LCRA service area LCRA spokesman Bill McCann said more information concerning the sale of the bonds will be released after the issue is discussed by the LCRA board photo by JOHN HUSETH now vote on moving ahead with a marketing JOY rahaarftal program and they will consider in January r T LL ComalCounty Senior Cttlzene JOY group rahMraad their production of Wltnt Night thf certUr list night Their flrit production will tike plaoe tonight at 6 at the oenter A Moond production will be prtMnttd Saturday night at 9 whether or not to take final said McCann For news advertising or subscription information call 6259144 7 m
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