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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Orioles come from behind to overtake Royals at Sr League Page 5 50 CENTS Nefw Braunfels The Landa Park gazebo 10 Pages in one section Tuesday June HeraldZv ST HICROPMHI H E YAM DELL DR Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of ANTONIA d ALVAREZ Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes Loyola 18 Antonia C Alvarez 80 and happy belated birthdays to Christopher Ybarra 13 and Marsha Kiesling Happy 59th anniversary to Hiimar and Lucille Scheel and happy sev enth anniversary to Roger and Susan Croteau River and aquifer information Comal River 308 cubic feet per second down4cfs Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well feet up 03 Guadalupe River cfs East Torrey Street closed for two weeks The City Street Department is reconstructing East Torrey Street from South Union Street to Lakeview Boulevard East Torrey Street will be closed to road vehicle traffic at South Union Street and Lakeview Boulevard until about June 16 from 7 to 4 each day Detour route will be via Lakeview Boulevard and Austin Street Stores and parking will be accessible as normal Concert in the Park Country band Texas Nights will perform at the dance slab in Landa Park Thursday at as the Concert in the Park Series continues The concert is free Bring lawn chairs No glass contain ers allowed Register now for Business Trade Show The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce reminds trade show exhibitors that they must register and pay deposit by Thursday June 15 to be a part of the seventh annual Trade Show to be held at the Civic Center Sept 12 and 13 After that time regis tration will be opened to the public Public hearing on sexual assault program slated The Comal County Womens Center will hold a public hear ing concerning the reapplica tion for funds for the Centers Sexual Assault Program This program is funded in part by the Texas Department of Health The board of directors will meet on Tuesday June 13 at at the Forke Store in Conservation Plaza Canyon Lake event Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce mixer will be June 15 at the Hill Coun tryvNursery Build a flag The Comal County Child Advocacy Inc Build a Flag Help a Child annual fundrais er is getting ready to start Your contribution of for a square or for a star will help children in the tricounty area who are victims of abuse or neglect Donationsxnay be mailed to CASA of Central Texas PO Box 311832 New Braunfels TX 78131 Or dall 6205536 for HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Arrests made after wreck New Braunfels police were called out to Misty Acres Road just off Highway 46 at about yesterday after a car hit a utility pole Officers believe the car was traveling about 50 miles per hour when it struck the pole Julio Jimenez 20 of Seguin was charged with several traffic violations and Roberto Luna 18 of Seguin was charged with false report to a peace officer At left officer Bill Spence and drug dog Rico check the car Police said only trace amounts of marijuana were found At top Jimenez waits in handcuffs as officers David Wilson and Jesse Villarreal wait for word back from dispatchers Above right the car wrapped around the utility pole New Braunfels Utilities had to go to the scene to repair the pole CISD to meet growth with more staff members By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer In response to an expected enroll ment increase Comal Independent School District approved adding an additional jobs to the 199596 budget in a meeting Monday night Comal ISO is anticipating a 10 per cent increase in student enrollment on the West side of the district and a 5 per cent increase on the East side Caroline Wernli Director of Per sonnel said she was requesting addi tional staff as we envision our needs to serve the increased number of stu dents Theres some very significant needs at the campus level as well as at the administrative said Wemli Administrators compiled a list of additional staff members needed in the district However the needs were lim ited by the lack of space and limited financial resources Of the addi School board also approves emergency repairs of flood damage tional staff needed only were requested The largest request was for nine additional secondary teachers This did not include the 20 teachers approved by the board of trustees in January said Wernli If we had the space we would have requested more but we were limited in what we could ask she said Wernli said the cumulative addi tional staff for 199596 of would cost the district approximately million The board approved the request which has already been added to the proposed budget In other business the board declared an emergency for the Cen tral Administration Building The building received extensive water dam age during heavy rains two weeks ago The water leaked into the building because the construction of the new roof was not complete said Mainte nance Director Roy Linnartz Linnartz said the damage was in the neighborhood of not including the ceiling tile and carpet which the insurance company is privately con tracting The expenses paid by CISD will be reimbursed by the general contractors insurance company However when nonbudgeted iunds are spent for emer gency repairs or when funds for emer gency repairs exceed the bid require ment limit State law requires the dis trict to declare an emergency This notifies the public that nonbudgeted funds were spent said Linnartz If we had the space we would have requested more but we were limited in what we could ask Caroline Wernli director of personnel If anyone hasnt been down there to the main office it really is a disaster said board member Lee Ikels The repairs should be completed within 15 days The new roof has already been completed and Saturdays rains did not cause any additional dam age I went down there first thing Sun day and checked to make sure every thing was Linnartz said Search turns up missing teenager By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A harrowing day on the Guadalupe River had a happy ending for Brooke McLeod thanks to her resourceful ness the help of strangers and coop eration between several law enforce ment agencies The 15yearold girl went to the Guadalupe River State park Sunday for an outing with her family Comal County Sheriffs Department Lieu tenant Sumner Bowen said McLeods parents notified a park ranger that she was missing at about 5 Bowen said A sheriffs deputy helped the park ranger search for two hours With darkness approaching the search effort kicked into high gear Bowen said We notified the fire marshal and local fire departments for manpower to he said We sent a number of deputies to the location plus Baptist AirLife was asked to send up a We were obviously concerned about foul Bowen said We were concerned that she was in the A number of Comal Volunteers and Texas Department of Public Safety patrolmen joined the search Bowen said Two helicopters equipped with infrared imaging for night vision were brought one from TxDPS and one from United States Customs he said Meanwhile McLeod had taken a swim on the Guadalupe River in an inner tube A strong swimmer who competes in the Special Olympics she made it all the way to Spechts Crossing with only bruises on her legs from the Bowen said two hours down the McLeod found a young man fishing on the river and asked if he could take her back to the park He said No but I can take you to some people who can take you Bowen said The young man drove her to a home where Cynthia Coonrod of Spring Branch agreed to drive McLeod back to the park McLeod got to the park entrance at about Bowen said where deputies were waiting She was in good shape and very confident and very responsible in the problem and handled herself Bowen said Despite efforts river cliffs still a concern By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The death of a young man jumping from a cliff above Jhe Guadalupe Riv er oh Saturday occurred at a location many call a problem area Steve of Alvin Texas died Saturday when he jumped from the Preiss Heights cliffs Barnwells was the first accident reported to the police this summer at the cliffs How ever it will probably not be the last said Lt Sumner Bowen Executive Officer for the Comal County Sher iff s Department We have several people jump from there each year and theres been a number of attempts to rectify the problem up he said This thing is a nightmare and its frustrat ing Its frustrating because these acci dents are The land belongs to the city of Seguin and people on the cliffs are trespassing There has been barbed wire put up around the area and signs are posted saying no However this does not stop people from entering the area said Bowen In one weekend we arrested around 35 people for trespassing about three or four years ago but every weekend is said Chief Deputy Elwood Hoherz Bowen said the sheriffs depart ment and the Water Oriented Recre ation District have invested funds into trying to prevent people from jump ing The sheriffs department has an officer stationed at the cliffs The offi cer is scheduled to be on duty during the time the area will have a peak crowd Bowen said Saturdays inci dent happened about 30 minutes before the officer was scheduled to be on duty All were doing is taking our lim ited resources and stretching them as far as possible We dont have the resources to be present at all times to stop a potential said Bowen The Seguin Police Department was contacted regarding the incident Any additional prevention measures may have to come from Seguin said Bowen Businesses see biggest tourist crowds in years By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Chalk up another good tourist weekend local business owners said Weve had the best crowds in many New Braunfels Resorts own er Rusty Brandt said Since Memo rial Day weekends have been very New Braunfels Resorts numbers reflect the close link between the Guadalupe River and tourist dollars flowing into the local economy Probably 90 percent of our guests are coming either to use the river Schlitterbahn or Brandt said The Holiday Inn was full to the gills last weekend not one of the 140 rooms was vacant Friday or Sat urday night Holiday Inn manager David Halm said The Holiday Inns occupancy for the whole year is down a bit from last year but May was up and I expect June will be Hahn said This was our busiest early June weekend weve ever Schlitter bahn Public Relations Director Sher rie Brammall said Beside the indi vidual tourists and family groups Schlitterbahn played host to the Chris tian Music Fest and three or four large company parties Brammall said The kickoff for Girl Scout Weekwas a factor too she said There was great weather last Brammall said When the rivers running well its good for The business owners dream can be law enforcements nightmare The drowning at Preiss Heights occupied police for most of Saturday New Braunfels Police Department Admin istrative Sergeant John McEachem said This weekend wasnt anything other than a good average McEachem said It was a fairly calm Comal County Sheriffs Department Chief Deputy Ellwood Hoherz said Arrests are down from last year Hoherz said I wont call it docile but I dont think our numbers are up as high as they were last he said Tragically at least two drownings a year occur at Preiss Heights Hoherz said Finding the manpower to deal with those summer tourist can pose a chal lenge for area businesses and law enforcement Right now Schlitterbahn employs over people Schlit terbahn Director of Marketing Rick Faber said By the peak season in a few weeks well probably be up over he said We can still use people were still Brammall said Schlitterbahn still has positions open in all areas lifeguards food service and the gift shops Brammall said Manpower needs take a huge jump for the NBPD when the tourist season starts McEachem said Working over time during the summer months goes with the job of a New Braunfels police officer he said Police patrols jump from two officers at six hours a day in early March to between 80 and 100 officer hours on a weekend like this past one McEachem said Memorial Day weekend was ISO he said The only way we have of accom modating all the activities is on a overtime McEachem said Officers burn out on the long hours by the end of the summer he said Its on a volunteer basis but later in the season we get to a place where we have to order people to he said Parents need to monitor what their kids read on the Internet See Page 44
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