Wednesday, August 30, 1995

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 30, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY New Braunfels Middle School has girls on the gridiron See Page 6A CENTS New Braunfels The Plaza Bandstand 16 Pages in two sections Wednesday August mmmim 9 HeraldZeittCk Serving Coma County for more than 143 years Home of JOEY MORALES Vol 143 No 208 Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Gordon Kniffin Chris Slusser four Benjamin Sanchez Joey Morales Shelly Cole Gregory Bueche and Micaela Zoeller Happy 15th anniversary to Jose and Diana Garcia River and aquifer information Comal River 258 cubicfeetper same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level down 02 Guadalupe River Quarter Moon closes concert series Country band Quarter Moon will perform the free Concert in the Park Thursday Aug 31 The concert starts at at the dance slab in Landa Park Bring lawn chairs but no glass containers allowed This is the last concert of the series this year Hermann Sons gather Members of Hermann Sons Albert Kypfer Lodge are reminded of the meeting and spcial Friday Sept 1 The lodge will furnish hamburgers and hot dogs Members are asked to bring something to go with the meat Polio Survivors Support Group to meet The New Braunfels Polio Sur vivors Support Group will have its next meeting at 11 Sat urday Sept 2 at Landa Station restaurant 381 Landa St For information call Debbie at 606 5556 Rena at 6204473 or Ray mond at 6251363 Tejano dance at Civic Center A PreLabor Day dance with three bands featuring Jay Perez will be held at the Civic Center Sept 3 A portion of proceeds will benefit Project Learning Pre sale tickets available at Rubens Jewelers or call Dora at 606 0433 or Gloria at 6258753 Tobys School of Dance registration continues Tobys School of Dance has expanded its registration until September For more informa tion call 6297974 Meeting cancelled The Main Street Transporta tion Committee meeting set for Thursday has been cancelled It will be rescheduled Young bowlers to register New Braunfels Young Ameri can Bowling Alliance will sign up youth bowlers for fall leagues Saturday Sept 2 from 10 to noon at Comal Bowl 1202 Huisache behind the new Leagues bowl on Saturdays at for ages 4 8 and for ages 9 20 Call Donald or Kim at 625 6263 for more information Scholarships are available through these league ses sions This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint forces bombard Serb targets New apartment complex opens The ribbon was cut yesterday for Grand Cypress Apartment Homes The 164unit complex at 453 Elliot Knox Boulevard was built by San Antonios Schuparra Dale and Helen Schuparra and Chamber of Commerce Blue Coats perform the ceremonial ribbon cutting Jack Davis is a free man again By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The man accused of murdering a Comal Independent School District teacher is out on bond pend ing a new trail Jack Warren Davis has been accused of killing local school teacher Kathie Balonis in November 1989 The mur der and sexual mutilation occurred at The Oaks apartment complex where Balonis was a resident and Davis was a maintenance man Davis stood trial for the murder was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 1990 However several years after the trial the verdict was over turned by a court of appeals due to an illegal search regarding the obtaining of blood samples and a new trial was ordered said special prosecutor Ray Taylor Davis attorney further ques tioned the conviction because Fred Zain a former serologist for the Bexar County Medical Examiner handled the blood samples Zain has been accused of lying on the stand in several cases Davis bond was lowered to and he posted it The case then went before the Court of Appeals in Austin to determine if Davis could stand trial a second time or if the double jeop ardy clause applied The court said he could stend trial but Taylor said this ruling is still being ques tioned He said the case could go back to trial within five Davis or six months Its hard to say when the courts can go as quick or as slow as they he said Taylor said a higher bond was requested when the prosecution found out he could be retried and Davis was put back in jail with a bond set at Davis posted the bond around Aug 14 and is believed to be living and working in Mississippi He pretty likely went to Mississip pi because he got a job said Taylor New Braunfels Police Department Det Sgt Basel Boatright said he has been in close contact with law enforcement officials in Mississippi He said the police will keep an eye on Davis and he will be kept updated on any happenings He said it is an infor ira method of keeping tabs on Davis bu it is all local authorities have to work with Thats one of the problems with this case Theres no method to ensure the judges orders are said Boatright Louise Balonis the victims mother said the idea of Davis being out of jail is and he should not have even been given the opportunity to get out on bond Everyones treating it too casually Theyre treating this guy like he stole a hub cap He murdered my she said Balonis said she is fedup and out raged with the way the case has pro gressed so far She said she has seen a change attitude when it comes to the victims of crimes However she has not seen this change in Comal County She said she is hopeful that Davis will be convicted a second time November 17 will be six years 1 dont see any closure to this If he had gotten the death penalty the first time and was already executed there would be she said SARAJEVO BosniaHerzegovina AP Answering a deadly Bosnian Serb mortar attack on Sarajevo that dared a reluctant world to act NATO warplanes and rapid reaction forces today unleashed a bomb and artillery assault on Serb targets around the besieged city A senior Defense Department official speaking on condition of anonymity called this mornings attacks Round and said more strikes were planned over the next sev eral days In the biggest NATO action yet since the organizations founding in 1949 three waves of warnlanes struck between 2 and 9 8 Tuesday and 3 today sources said NATO jets also targeted Bosnian Serb air defenses near the towns of Mostar in the west Gorazde in the east and Tuzla to the north but there was no immediate NATO confirmation The United Nations said there were no NATO or deaths The first explosions were heard from the direction of the Bosnian Serb stronghold of Pale to the southeast The sky over the northern suburb of Vogosca home to a Bosnian Serb munitions factory also glowed red with bright flashes and smoke could be seen billowing there after a series of explosions Detonation flashes also were seen to the south and the rumble of artillery could be heard The international rapid reaction force also opened up from Mount Igman southwest of the city sending more than 600 shells toward Serb positions between and Tuesday EOT and said Lt Col Pierre Briere a spokesman He said a very important ammu nition depot was destroyed southwest of Sarajevo Serb counterfire was immediately returned he said The attacks had gone a significant way toward eliminating the Serbs ability to bombard Sarajevo said anoth er NATO spokesman in Naples Maj Panagiotis Theodorakidis A official in Sarajevo said the aim of this mornings attacks was to reimpose a weapons exclusion zone around Sarajevo A 12 zone around Sarajevo was imposed last year after a mortar attack that killed 68 peo ple but it gradually eroded More than 60 NATO aircraft from several countries flew from bases in Italy and the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt to conduct this mornings strike Theodorakidis said There were no indications any allied planes had been hit by Serb air defens es NATO targets initially included air defense sites missile sites and com munications facilities he said Attacks were later extended to ammunition depots and local command posts President Clinton vacationing in Jackson Hole called the attack an appropriate response to the shelling of He predicted the show of force would not derail the delicate peace negotiations in the former Yugoslavia The Western allies had demanded retaliation after investigators con eluded the Serbs were responsible for the mortar attack near a crowded Sara jevo market Monday that killed 37 people Bosnian Serb radio in its first com mentary called the NATO assault a criminal attack on civilian and some military It said initial assess ments indicated there were civilian casualties and significant material To prevent the Serbs from retaliating by taking peacekeepers hostage as they did after previous airstrikes the United Nations had pulled its troops out of Serbheld areas The only peacekeepers remaining on Serbheld territory were about 450 Russians officials said They were thought unlikely to be taken hostage because of Moscows traditional ties to the Serbs Serbled Yugoslavia has endured more than three years of sanc tions for inciting Serb rebellions in Bosnia and Croatia that have left more than people dead or missing Rushed presentation paid off with news that convention is heading here By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Teamwork creativity and enthusiasm and quick intense work made New Braunfels the first small city trv hold a Texas Downtown Association convention Main Street Director Karen K Crandall got the official word Monday that New Braunfels will be the site of the Nov 1997 Texas Downtown Association convention We had four days to throw the pre sentation Crandall said Our theme was and will be Rivers of Progress Rivers of Rivers have brought people to the New Braunfels area for thousands of years and they form the backdrop for a multicultural mix that includes Native American Spanish and German Cran dall said Using a Chamber of Commerce video a presentation by Convention and Visi tors Bureau Director Jim Scheele and a musical skit the New Braunfels team beat out stiff competition for the con vention We did it in a humorous Crandall said Scheele Cathy Talcott and Melissa Medrano of the Compania de Danza Folklorica portrayed the Native Ameri can Spanish and German cultures in the skit Crandall said It was really fun and they loved she said They gave us a standing If you can throw in some fun it shows you have Karen Crandall Competition between cities is hot to lure conventions and the tourist dollars they bring Scheele said Its becoming more common for cities to pull out all the creative stops to sell associations on the merits of their city Typically a group trying to get the convention puts together a manual or Scheele said When theyve seen four or five packets you have to dis tinguish yourself and make it Putting forth that extra effort worked for New Braunfels Scheele said If you can throw in some fun it shows you have he said Crandall and company will do a repeat performance of their Rivers of Progress Rivers of History skit at the next meet ing of the local Downtown Association at noon Sept 5 at the Hummel Muse um Crandall said The New Braunfels Downtown Asso ciation will celebrate its 30th birthday in April of 1997 Crandall said 1991 weve had a reinvestment figure in the downtown area of almost mil she said Well hit million this City may change parade rules By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A new amendment will tighten up the ordinance on local if it passes three readings in city council An amendment tightening regulations on parade conduct intro duced at Monday nights meeting passed its first reading by one vote If the amendment passes the next two readings it will go into effect in time for the Comal County Fair Parade This started out to be a house keeping said New Braunfels Police Chief Ray Dou glas In the past some people have been offended by objects thrown from In some instances small children were running dangerously close to the moving Douglas said The amendment would make interfering with a parades progress illegal It would ban parade partici pants from using silly string and similar products and small explo sive devices like People on floats would no longer be able to throw candy or small gifts into the crowd if the amendment passed Its getting to where the donts become larger than the Coun cilman C Ray Schoch said After some debate the city coun cil decided to allow parade partici pants walking along the parade route to hand not throw treats to people in the crowd As the amendment was intro duced to Mondays meeting it also prohibited marching bands from stopping to play What is the hor rible travesty about a band playing at the plaza the crowd on the plaza sure seems to love said Coun cilwoman Brenda Freeman If you cant throw things and you cant play music then what do you have said Councilman Tim Walker When the city council passed the first reading of the amendment the part prohibiting marching units from stopping was removed Voting in favor of the parade amendment in its first reading were Councilman Juan Luis Martinez Councilwoman Jan Kennady Freeman and Schoch Walker Mayor Paul E Fraser Jr and Mayor ProTern Chris Bowers voted against the amendments first reading It seemed like there was so much in it that the council was debating that it would be more appropriate to send it back and rework Fras er said The problem is that there is a time constraint before the Comal County Fair If you cant throw things and you cant play music then what do you have Councilman Tim Walker The parade amendment goes before the city council for the second reading Sept 11 The final reading is Sept 25 In other business the city council unanimously tabled consideration of the interlocal agreement between New Braunfels and Comal County about the restoration and mainte nance of the Faust Street bridge Id at least like to read and study it until the Sept 11 Ken nady said The city council gave the Safe City Commission the goahead to hold a community gang awareness forum Oct 16 ut the Civic Center waiving the usual rental fees The program will be similar to the one presented ut the National Night out on Aug Safe Citys proposal said The October forum should take a more serious tone than the National Night Out presen tation said Nora Morales of the His panic Chamber of Commerce For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at