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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 30, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY No plans for drug testing athletes at local schools despite court ruling See Page 5A 50 CENTS The oldLCRA building 18 Pages in two sections Friday June 30 1995 New Braunfels Herald1 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of CHRIS NEVAREZ Vol 143 No 165 Zl Inside Sports Church 9A Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Iirtninfelx Hemhl Ztiliiiix extends birthday wishes to Laura Wooldriclge Chris Tammy Pfeuflcr Christopher Page and Christine Kirilin eight Happy anniversary to Art and Merry Hrinkkocter River and aquifer information Comal River 304 cubic feet per second down 8 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well feet up 11 Guadalupe River 574 cfs Most offices to be closed for holiday Tuesday is a national holi day Most local offices will be open for regular office hours on Monday However many will be closed on Tuesday All city and county offices will be closed Tuesday in observence of Independence Day Local banks will also be closed The sanitation depart ment will be open and garbage collection will follow its regular schedule The Post Office will also be closed on Tuesday The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung office will be closed on Monday and open on Tues day Housing Authority offers rental help to lowincome families The New Braunfels Housing Authority has announced that it has received a rental assistance grant and next week will begin taking applica tions from very lowincome individuals and households who needassistance with their rent The grant is part of a com prehensive outreach by the Housing Authority to provide decent safe and sanitary housing for the citizens of New Braunfels as well as for Comal County These funds will be utilized to provide rental assis tance in both areas To qualify for the rental assistance pro gram one needs only to be classified as very lowincome under federal guidelines Very lowincome households are those whose income is at or below 50 percent of the medi an income for this area According to the 1990 census households in the city of New Braunfels are very low income while another are considered lower These funds will supply rental assistance for units that are privately owned so either the actual very lowincome tenant can apply for the assis tance or the owner of the unit can inquire about the program if fie or she thinks the renter might qualify for the aid The units must pass a basic hous ing quality standards inspec tion Persons needing information about the program or wanting to apply for assistance should come by the main office of the Housing Authority at 300 Lau rel Lane Laurel Plaza Apart ments between 1 and 5 Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday and allow about 20 minutes to complete the appli cation process Kahlig arrested at courthouse Above an officer carries the loaded AR15 assault rifle to his patrol car At right Gary Kahlig is hand cuffed outside the courthouse yesterday At right Gary Kahlig talks to police outside the courthouse before being taken into custody He later posted bail and was released HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL At left with weapons drawn NBPD officers Jesse Villarreal and Felix Roque prepare to help other officers escort Kahlig out of the courthouse Incident raises questions about courthouse security By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Thursdays incident at the court house involving an assault weapon left many feeling a little shaken However most employees in the building still felt confident in the security system On Monday the Comal County commissionerscourt approved a secu rity plan which was implemented immediately and named John Calen tine as chief of security A more long term plan was also discussed That security system was tested Thursday when a man allegedly brought a loaded assault rifle to the courthouse I think this just the fact that we need to get online quicker I think everyones on the right track and now its just a matter of getting said District Attorney Bill Reimer Gloria Clennan County Tax Asses sor said the security that is currently in place did aiiexccllent job handling the She said the ofiicers response If someone intends to use that weapon that panic button is going to be totally DA Dib Waldrip time was exceptional and that goes to prove that it is working Several other courthouse workers said they are satisfied with the level of security and do not really see a need for any intense security actions Sheriff Jack Bremer said the main thing to was that the weapon never entered the building I le said his security plan is moving right on sched ule and at a satisfactory rate Setting up a security system is not a simple matter fheres a lot of things that have to be said Bre mer The decision on how tight the secu rity should be is one that will have to he addressed by as many people involved as possible Lveryone could be forced to enter through one door and be searched when they enter However this is probably not what the public wants said Bremer District Clerk Margaret llerhrich said she is concerned about the inci dent She said the man could have come to her office first because his case is being handled there She said her office handles a lot of family mat ters and those lend lo have the mosl potential for violence In the last year weve had four or five where weve been apprehensive dealing with she said She leels there are several options that would improve the security system in the building One possibility is a system She also said she thinks n would be beneficial to lock several of the doors so only employees with a card key can gain access to certain areas She said several doors are already locked during early morning hours and opened with a card She also said she has been lo the courthouse in Bcxar County and people must go through a metal detector to enter the building Were not a small town Were between Austin and San Antonio anil that makes us big We lo decide hou we want lo handle our security she said Assistant District Attorney Dib Waldrip said he feels comfortable with he present security system Howev er he said no amount of security pre cautions will ever be enough I nless were going to build a cas tle v illi a moal heres always going to be some he said II someone intends to use that weapon that panic button is going lo be totally worth Waldrip said the only way lo really know what level of security is needed is to implement the plan and then see how it is You have lo give it a chance lo work and then step it up if it needs to be and hope no one is hurt in lite said Waldrip Loaded assault weapon seized By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Stall Writer A hike parked outside lie Comal County Courthouse yesterday after noon earned some deadly cargo a loaded AR15 semiautomatie rifle The hieyele and gun allegedly belonged to Gary Kahlig former Bluebonnel Motors general manager and eity eouneil candidate Kahlig was arrested and charged will Disorderly Conducl will a Firearm Comal County Sheriffs Chief Deputy I ill wood said But not before New Braunfets Police and Comal County Sheriffs Depart ment officers had gathered at the building Kahlig has been released from the omal Counfy jail on bond lie allegedly brought the rifle to the courthouse because he said he thought a gentleman would do him physical officials said The gun remained locked to the bicycle Kahlig never took it into the build ing Kahlig walked into the courtroom where Judge lred Clark was silting and a County Court at Law clerk saw him in I he courtroom a court officer said He was sweating the official said 1 walked up behind him on the left side and couldn i see the officer said I positioned myself between him and the judge thats my he said Neither the clerk nor the officer knew about the bike and the ritle until later the court officersaid Sheriffs officers entered the court room and arrested Kahlig the officer said Kahlig is due lo appear before Clark Motulay July 3 for a Motion of Enforcement of Child Support Order and an Order to Appear The motion charges that Kahlig owes thousands of dollars in child support payments Kahhgs former wife Kalherine D Kahlig filed for divorce from Kahlig on Aug IW4 Kahlig filed a suit against Judge Clark on May 22 IW5 alleging that he exceeded jurisdictional limits Disorderly conduct with a firearm is a Class B misdemeanor I said The charge carries up to a line and ISO days in jail lie said Kahlig will be tried in the County Court at Law Kahligs gun will be kepi in a prop erty room until Kahligs trial Whether he gets it back or not will depend on the outcome of the case I said I he gun on Kahligs bike the AR Ix is the civilian version of the M16 Doe Cantu of Does Guns said It is used a lot for competition Canlu said I he AR15 comes with that hold anywhere from the to 10 i omuls he said With a several suits pending Gary Kahlig is no stranger to courts By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Workers in the Comal County District Clerks office are familiar with Gary Kahlig former Bluebonnet Motors general manager When he comes into the office he has always been very District Court Clerk Margaret Herbrieh said He knows everybody by Kuhlig is scheduled to appear in court Monday on a motion for Lnforcement of Child Support Order and an Order lo Appear Kahlig lost a suit against Mayor Paul Fraser Jr alter he lost a city council race to Fraser Kahlig acted as his own counsel in the lawsuit The suit alleged that the IW4 election in which fraser defeated Kahlig for the Disl 4 cily council seat was invalid due lo election irregu larities Judge Joe Dibreil ordered Kahlig lo pay I las ers court costs I lerbrich said I le has yet to pay them she said Kahlig has filed several lawsuits in the last several months according to court records May 12 1995 against Aaron Schmidt Schmidt and Kahlig were involved in a minor motor vehicle accident May 22 1995 against Judge Ired lark lor exceeding jurisdid ioi la I June 6 1995 against Gilbert I Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel el al and against Michelle Petty individually for compcnsaioiy and punitive damages lor negligence gioss neg ligence and intentional infliction o emotional distress June 6 1995 against the Stale Bar of 1 exas Kenneth and IMeuffei 1 LI Kahlig recently filed a km suit against psychi atrist John Walkei clerks olticials said A lawsuit was filed against Kahlig on March 2d 1995 by Bluebonnei Motors and ClaieitceJ Kahlig Kahligs brother according to court records Gary Kahlig has greatly damaged the goodwill and business reputation of Bluebonnet Kahlig has unlawfully taken and detained property and files belonging lo Blue bonnet the court document said Kahlig has chosen lo represent himself in some of his lawsuits He has also signed Affidavits of Indigency in conjunction with lour cases When an affidavit of indigency is signed I lerbrich said a contestant docs not have lo pay court costs The court costs Kahlig has avoided bv using the affi davit of indigency amount to S777 according to court records Check oaf the HeraldZeitung Car Care Guide pages 1Bto 3D in todays paper f
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