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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas                                Unicorns Cougars square off in soccer mafeli tonight See Page 15 New Braunfels I 410 187 Serving Comal County for moreDian 142 yean Home of JAMAAL SARGENT Vol 142 No 71 CHdfihLljji Sports Day 2 914 Stnmmlisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeHung els Herald extends the following birthday wishes to Randall Fonda Lorenzo Sauce do Jr Happy Ernest Huber Elaine Mevissen Cle burneSchultze Thomas Arbaugh Wilson J King Alissa Beth Moon Happy Anniversary to John Debbie Williams Way man Nancy Krueger Beauty and the Beast scheduled for NBHS The New Braunfels High School Theatre Department is pre senting the play Beauty and the Beast at 7 Friday and Satur day in the NBHS cafetorium Admission is for students and children and for adults Red Cross will hold orientation The Red Cross will hold an ori entation on March 12 at 9 in the second floor conference room at McKenna Memorial Hospital Anyone interested and for more information contact Lola Behrens Community Band to perform here Feb 27 The Comal County Community Band will entertain the public with a pops concert Sunday Feb 27 at 3 at Memorial Elementary School 1000 S Walnut The general public is invited however a special invitation is extended to senior citizens The New Braunfels ISD transportation department will help take people to and from the concert by picking them up from the senior citizens center and various nursing homes Business counseling available at chamber The business counselor from the University of TexasSan Anto nio School of Business will be in the Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce office all day Tuesday Feb 22 to offer free counseling to small businesses engaged in serviceoriented busi ness retail wholesale manufac turing and others These services are also avail able to individuals considering starting a new cham ber through an agreement with UTSA has been offering this ser vice regularly for the past four years Areas of counseling include expansion management preven tuw feasibility loan packaging cash flow etc To make an appointment for the service which is free and confidential call the chamber office at 6252385 Junior Miss program on tap next weekend The New Braunfels Junior Miss Scholarship Program will be held on Friday and Saturday nights Feb 2526 at 7 at the New Braunfels Civic Center Admission will be per per son per night All contestants are and will be competing for awards cash and college scholar ships For more information con tact Erin Wilson at 6252922 According lo iht Fire severely damages north side home i i i i The heat of the battle Top photo An unidentified New Braunfels fireman works to break through the roof Far right photo Carl Slfford the owner of the home sprays water at one side of the home Slfford arrived at his home to find firemen battling a fire Right photo Battalion Chief Don Zuercher gives Instruction by radio during the fire photo by JOHN HUSETH New Braunfels firefighters climb to the roof of the home Home owner returns to find fire has gripped his familys home a second time JTIT f J yyfV M By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer New Braunfels firefighters responded to a fire on Thursday morning that severely damaged a homeon the citys north side The fire occurred on Interstate Highway 35 north of the exit The fire was called in at approximately No one was in the house at the time of the fire Comal County Fire Marshal Milton Willmann said the cause of the fire has been determined to bb said the heater had4 been turned off but was not unplugged The home belongs to Carl Sifford Sifford returned home while firefighters were attempting to extinguish the blaze Sifford said he had just delivered a load in his truck to Lockhart and was on his way home when he saw the fire trucks and fire department per sonnel at his house Sifford said his familys former mobile home which was at the same location was also destroyed in the a fire frtWelostfeVefythingiftT989ihesaid I wouldnt wish this to happen on my worse said Sifford Siffords wife was at work and his son who was staying with parents because he had an injured leg was at the doctor at the the fire The fire was called in by several people in the area The Siffords neighbor James Stolte said he saw black smoke coming from the home Stoltes wife dialed 911 and reported the fire to dispatch ers Firefighters were already on their way by that I saw black he said It looked like The fire was located on the roof and in the bedroom on the south side of the home Fire fighters were tearing off portions of the roof in order to stop the flames Burning clothing and oth er items were being thrown out of the home Four fire department vehicles were called to the scene including a tanker and the search and res cue vehicle Flames werif extinguished approxi mately 30 minutes after the call was received Rape victim angered by comment DA Bill Reimer says victim became abusive during phone conversation By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor New Braunfels resident Anarae Weinman feels she was victimized twice first by the man who raped her on New Years Eve and second by the system that refuses to prose cute the case I called District Attorney BUI Reimer and asked him why he would not prosecute the Weinman said I asked What if it had been your daughter And he told me I would tell her she should be ashamed of and he hung up on Reimer did not deny the comment She was cursing on the phone I told her if she my daughter told me a story like that Id be ashamed of her and I hung up I was exceed ingly polite until she became Reimer said Weinman denied using profanity Kristin Seibert assistant director of client services at the Comal County Womens Cen ter is Weinmans rape advocate I find Mr Reimers comment extremely inappropriate no matter what his presenting reason was Telling her she needed to be ashamed of herself is not right Shame is a major issue of sexual assault victims and for someone in his position to say that to her that is really cruel Unfortunately he does not understand why it was she said Weinman a 43yearold divorced mother of two who works taking care of elderly people in their homes said she had a New Years Eve date with a man she knows only as Tom through an Austin dating service After the date they wem back to her home where Tom raped her for five hours Weinman mares every night and has trouble sleeping and eating All I wanted was a simple answer and I got hung up on and told I should be ashamed of myself I have nothing to be ashamed she said She said she ended up with bruises on her neck from being choked and bruised ribs and bruises between her legs Seibert said she saw Weinman shortly after the rape She was traumatized and still is trau matized She had visible bruises on her neck and arms and she had difficulty Not everyone is that hysterical screaming female She follows a lot of typical reactions of rape Absolutely I believe she was raped Reimer said the case was not winnable She decided late the next day that she was he said She took a phone call during the When you stop in the middle of a rape to take a call and dont report it until the next It is a bunch of Reimer said Weinman said she did take a telephone call from a friend at because her attack er told her to answer the telephone and to sound calm I was scared to death I would have done anything to not get hurt any worse than I was already she said She said she waited until that evening to report the crime and go to the hospital because she was in shock and did not know what to do Seibert said taking the telephone call and waiting to report the crime do not make it any less likely that Weinman was raped Connie Williamson the Victims Assistance coordinator for Comal County supported Reimers version of events and of Weinman She witnessed the conversation between the two after giving a phone call from Weinman to Reimer She was argumentative She didnt want to listen to anything I said Bill tried to be as sensitive as he could He did end up hanging up I am sure he didnt mean it to sound that bad but she was being Williamson said she does not even believe Weinman was raped I dont think she was at all traumatized by it I just have a gut feeling she was not raped from working with so many sexual assault she said New Braunfels Detective Mike Osbome said he has no doubt that Weinman was raped but that there is no way the case could be won in court He added that Weinman now has the mans telephone since it was on her last phone bill and it would be easy to identify the attacker but since the case will not be prosecuted there is no point I do believe it occurred just the way she said it Osborne said I have worked a lot of sexual assault and sexual assaults of children and I have never had a case with this many points against the victim to the point that I could guarantee that the assailant would be It is not a hard case to win it is a no win case Sometimes people make so many unfortu nate bad choices they make it impossible for the system to hdpthenx That does not change the fact that she was a Osborne said That is what happened in this case as far ts a victim gutting theuown case raving to teU the whole Bordid story again she would get shredded by the defense She would be even more victimized on the wit ness Weinman does not care about that assess ment however tad insists she wants to see her attacker brought to justice Headen honored by DBA for drug enforcement efforts in NB By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Headen received an award from the Drug Enforcement Administration recognizing his efforts and those of the New Braunfels Police Department over the last three years Thursday afternoon Weve been involved with NBPD in a drug enforcement task force for five and a half years but especially over the last three years the chief has committed people and resources undercover people exper tise use of equipment and so said Vernon Parker Agent in Charge the San Antonio District Office who presented the award He has helped io the seizure of assets of more than million which has helped law enforcement efforts throughout the state Parker expressed the DEAs appreciation for the support they have received from the NBPD I can say I ha vetnc entire NBPD working for roc and we dont have to bring in DEA said Parker Headen said the NBPD share of the seized assets go towards law enforcement support efforts locally departWtts appreciation of tte in turn from DEA Itsbcerjagjcatoprwrtunityandhaigivenusa good professional relationship with sjM Weve made wmegood friends in this of drugs in through the area ai well as in our local drug news advertising or subscription information   

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