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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 5, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY SWT running back leads the country in yards See Sports Page 5 50 CENTS New Braunfels TheComal County Courthouse 12 Pages in one section Thursday Oct 5 JS95 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 years Home of DOLLY VERELA Vol No 234 Inside 7 Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Lexie Minis four years and Dolly Verela River and aquifer information Concert on the Plaza tonight The Community Band will play on the Plaza from 7 to 8 on Thursday Oct 5 The Elderhostel group visiting New Braunfels from all over the Unit ed States will be present for the evenings concert Bring your lawn chairs your picnic baskets and enjoy the music New Orleans Night in Gruene The Gruene Mansion Restau rant and the American Cancer Society Gala Planning Commit tee are hosting New Orleans Night in Gruene Tuesday Oct 17 from until TheCajunstyle dinner buffet will include shrimp etouffee dirty rice with sausage black ened chicken complimentary beer and wine and more The event will benefit the ACS and help underwrite the 1996 Starlight Gala Seating is limited so reserve your tickets by call ing 6296153 or Antique Show and sale The 45th semiannual Antique Show and Sale will be held at the Civic Center in New Braun fels 380 S Seguin St Quality dealers from all over the state and many out of state dealers will exhibit quality merchandise for sale The show and sale will be open three days Friday Saturday and Sunday Oct 12 14 Hours will be from 11 to 7 Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 Sunday Many door prizes will be giv en away Admission is still only which is good for all three days For more information call 6250612 or 6204934 Seen these photos Several photos submitted for publication to the Herald Zeitung for use in our Comal County Fair special section were picked up with other pho tos in August from the Herald Zeitung front desk The owners of the Fair Queens Court and Rodeo Queens Court parade float pic tures need those photos returned Please call the Her aldZeitung at 6259144 if you have any information about these photographs The winning numbers Lotto Texas Essr LOTTERV This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Emergency workers remove the body of Eleanor Thorvaldson from the Buick LeSabre she was riding in yester day when it was involved in a wreck in front of Wursthalle Landa Street wreck kills Florida woman By MELANIE GERIK Staff writer A Florida woman in town for the Elderhostel program died and the programs cochairwoman is in satisfactory con dition after a Wednesday morning car wreck in front of the Wursthalle Eleanor Thorvaldson 78 of Palm Harbor was pro nounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Ray Martinez Martinez said she died at approximately the same time New Braunfels police said the accident occurred New Braunfels police Lt John Wommack said Elder hostel CoChairman Mary Anne Hollmig with Thorvaldson riding in the passenger seat was turning left onto Landa Park Drive from Landa Street in a blue Buick LeSabre as a black CMC doublecab truck traveling south on Landa Street approached the intersection The truck hit the passenger side of the car crushing the door and making it impossible to open Wommack said the New Braunfels Police Department received the first call about the accident at and the first officers were on the scene by New Braunfels Emergency Medical Service technicians put back and neck supports on Hollmig before removing her from the car and transporting her to McKenna Thorvaldson was pronounced dead at the scene The driver of the truck 45yearold Candace Sober of New Braunfels was not injured in the accident Wom mack said A group of Elderhostel participants including Thor The car and truck show heavy damage from the impact ivaldsons husband were outside of Wursthalle listening to an explanation of the maibaum but Wommack said they did not see the wreck There were a couple of buses there so they couldnt see he said Clyde Blackman an organizer of the Elderhostel said Thorvaldson was returning to the entrance of Landa Park from a doctors appointment Thorvaldson was taken to Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home but it will not handle the services The Elderhostel is a nationwide program of classes offered in different cities Blackman said The 40 participants selected for the New Braunfels program are staying at the Faust Hotel and are touring historic sites Alternative school proving to be a success school official tells board members By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The alternative school in the New Braunfels Independent School District is succeeding in increasing student attendance and helping those in atten dance pass according to a report pre sented to the board of trustees Tuesday night Karen Simpson NB1SD executive director of Education Services told the board that the Ombudsman Alter native School is succeeding at keeping kids in school and getting them to attend She said many of the children in the school have had a lot of attendance problems in the traditional school set ting and usually only had about a 50 percent attendance rate However she said once they get to the alternative school attendance seems to go up She said attendance still is not 90 or 100 percent but the increase is encourag ing That is our goal but that improve ment is exactly what were she said Simpson said one child had low attendance a 58 percent rate at the middle school level The childs parent called and asked that the district file against the child for truancy Vicki Barfield principal at the Ombudsman said the child has already started to attend more regularly She called and said I cant con trol this student anymore Please help Were working with the high school on that right said Simp son Simpson said there are two Ombuds man locations The Bear Creek Ranch location is for special education stu dents and current attendance is seven fulltime students and four parttime students The Courtyard location has 50 students attending which includes 16 ninthgraders 12 eighthgraders and eight tenthgraders Simpson said spaces at the school are limited and she turns down two or three requests week ly to attended the school What we didnt anticipate was how many would be student or parent requests We know the traditional school environment isnt said Simpson Bradberry said the school will soon have to decided how to handle the dis tribution of the available space at the school He said changes in Senate Bill 1 made it mandatory to send students to alternative school for certain offens es He said this could result in not hav ing enough space Thats something were going to have to deal with when we get closer to our Bradberry told the board Simpson said the Ombudsman is working because it is a radically dif ferent program from most other class es She said comments have been made that the program may be too laid back however she said the requirements are strict She also said that most kids do not want to be there because they are totally cut off from the regular campus and are only allowed to go to that cam pus to take the TAAS test Anyone who says its only for three hours and kids will want to go there I encourage to go over there and see what its she said O J blasts distortions of evidence LOS ANGELES AP Simpson called it the source of his basic the distortions as he described them of the evidence in his doublemurder trial Fortunately for me the jury lis tened to what the witnesses said and not Marcia Clarks or Christopher Dardens or anyone elses rendition of what they Simpson told CNN Wednesday night speaking out for the first time since his acquittal The surprise phone call to Larry King Live came as King interviewed Simpsons lead defense attorney John nie Cochran Jr Simpson didnt speak long and he tried to get off the phone by saying I got to go I really got to King squeezed in one more question asking Simpson about his first meeting earli er in the day with his two young chil dren since being arrested on charges of killing their mother Its been Simpson said And so it ended with Simpson thanking King for being fair Any more comments from Simpson may have to wait for the TV payperview show in the works a program that could reap Simpson millions Earlier some of Simpsons jurors also were speaking out explaining for the first time why they acquitted him in the slayings of exwife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Gold man The jurors said they had reason to doubt almost everything prosecutors threw at them the blood the glove the socks the detectives testimony They spoke of domestic violence having nothing to do with murder Mr Simpson was not guilty It was not proven I did not have enough evi dence to convince me that he was juror Brenda Moran said dur ing a news conference which was tele vised live Simpson remained out of sight for most of his second day of freedom During Larry King Live Cochran confirmed that Simpson had met secretly with Sydney and Justin Then Simpson broke his silence He responded to a woman who called in asking about prosecution claims that a shadowy figure seen moving across the driveway of his house was him returning from an attempt to hide the bloody glove on the estate Simpson said prosecution testimony from limousine driver Allan Park nev er showed this only that there was a person near the front door It was me walking out of my front door dropping my bags and going back he said Simpsons defense had said that Simpson was racing around his house at about 11 packing for a planned trip to Chicago Simpson said prosecutors and legal commentators misconstrued the evi dence My basic anger is people Ive heard say I followed the Ive heard experts say This was the testimony and that wasnt the testimony Simpson said Simpson said he went back to his cell many nights and asked Were they in the same courtroom that we were in today Did they hear the testi mony today Simpson friend Robert Kardashian meanwhile was reportedly behind a SI million photo package offer to the supermarket tabjoids that promised exclusive photos of Simpsons posttri al homecoming and the reunion with his children An unidentified Simpson represen tative contacted the Globe National Enquirer and Star to offer the package said a source at one of the publica tions who spoke on condition of anonymity Kardashian orchestrated the source said The Star bought Star officials declined to comment on what they paid for the photos Even though more than 100 reporters staked out Simpsons Brent wood estate he reportedly slipped out Wednesday to meet with his children A local bakery clerk told KCALTV she served Simpson and Kardashian banana tofu cakes and scones to go in the morning and a CNN cameraman said he saw Simpsons wild embrace with 7yearold Justin was halfway out of the and Justin ran towards CNNs Greg Canes said They embraced It was a wild embrace it was a passion ate embrace You could feel the Canes said the reunion occurred on an unidentified part of Mulholland Dri ve a winding hilltop street that marks an exclusive neighborhood overlook ing the city In her first full day free from seques tration Moran a black computer tech nician said the glove on Simpsons property was key to her decision to acquit Somebody planted Moran told more than 100 reporters signaling she agreed with the defense contention that Simpson was framed by rogue police officers beginning with Detec tive Mark Fuhrman Another black juror Gina Rosbor ough a postal worker said on Oprah that jurors had a lot of reasonable doubt from the beginning about the prosecutions evidence including the blood I feel in my heart that he did not commit these she said If he committed such a bloody crime then there should have been more blood in that Bronco than this little speck that we Although the court days are over defense attorneys kept on arguing this time with each other F Lee Bai ley responded to an interview in which Robert Shapiro attacked Cochran for playing up race to the jury and said hed never speak to Bailey again Bailey told WCVBTV of Boston that Shapiro was a sick little puppy and he criticized Shapiros abilities as a lawyer He accused Shapiro of once discussing a manslaughter plea for Simpson with Kardashian as a fall guy NBU promotes its Safe Haven program during Public Power Week By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities will reach out to the community this week to edu cate both children and adults as it cel ebrates Public Power Week We were established as a municipal said David Werley NBU con sumer programs coordinator From its onset NBU has been a public enii NBU will take an arcing demon stration to the public schools this week showing the physical properties of elec tricity in a dramatic way The public can view the same demonstration at Friday Oct 6 in front of the NBU office located on Main Plaza Werley said NBU hopes to raise public aware ness of its Safe Haven Program this week Safe Haven was stalled to let the kids know that theres somebody out there besides the fireman and the policeman that they can go to for help in an emergency Werley said Safe Haven uses music and stories to get the message to children from kindergarten through second grade that they can get help by contacting an NBU employee Weve got in the neighborhood of 100 vehicles out there every Werley said Were highly visible in the If a child is not at home and has an emergency need he can come to an NBU truck Werley said The NBU employee will contact the dispatcher who will then contact the proper authorities Project Safe Haven has been going on for 12 or 13 years and were really proud of Werley said Oct 1 through 7 marks the utility awareness observance by publicly owned utilities across the nation Wer ley said Please contact our Consumer Pro grams Office at 6298492 for more information about the Public Power Week arcing demonstration or about any programs offered by your utility Werley said Senator Helms stops foreign policy apparatus in its tracks See Page 4
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