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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 6, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Football teams have last tuneups before district play this weekend See Page 6 ISO CENTS to the dough boy New Braunfels Heraki o4 16 Pages in one section Friday Oct Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 years Home of JIMMY WILLIAMS Vol 143 No 235 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Jimmy Williams Sean Hill nine Darrell Hading and Melissa Marie Munoz Happy birthday in memory of Harry A Kastner Jr Happy 57th anniversary to Dorothy and Louis Vollbrecht and happy 45th anniversary to Milton and Sylvia Erben River and aquifer information Comal River270 cubicfeetper same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea down 52 Guadalupe River 200 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 The Cajunstyle 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 6064115 Black Heritage Society to meet Black Heritage Society of New Braunfels will host its next meeting at the Dittlinger Memorial Library Oct 10 at 6 The meeting will consist of the final decisions on the African Extravaganza Style Show and Dance 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 13 15 Hours will be from 11 to 7 Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 Sunday Admission is still only which is good for all three days For more information call 625 0612 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 Blood Drive A blood drive will be held Sunday Oct 22 from to at the First Protes tant Church Family Life Center Call 6097729 to make an appointment This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Local blacks like O J verdict By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Debates over the Simpson trial and verdict continue to take place both on a national and local level and sev eral AfricanAmerican residents believe the verdict centered around a lackxf evidence and not around race Walter Ervin of 204 Green Valley West said he was surprised at the ver dict because it was a black man accused of a crime against two white However the not guilty ver dict was not based on emotion or race and the prosecution tried to appeal to these just as much as the defense team did he said Ervin said the prosecution tried to elicit emotions by repeatedly playing the 911 tape and repeatedly show ing the pictures of the victims He said the prosecution also started the race issue when Chris Darden was put on the prosecution team Ervin said he believes this was an attempt to soft en the view so it was not a white pros ecution team going after a black man Clifford Wilson of 820 Simon and Faye Millett of 567 Beverly Lane also said race was not the determin ing factor Being in California race is always an issue but evidence wasnt there You cant convict a man when the evi Many say lack of evidence not race the key factor Prejudice is still out there I can see it I hate to say it but for each step we take forward we also go Faye Millett dence doesnt said Millett Ervin also said he does not believe Simpson bought his way out of the charges Ervin said Simpson simply hired the best defense team he could to present his case Simpson didnt do any more than anything anyone else with the money would have done He hired the best attorney he could he said Wilson said a big question he had and probably shared with the jurors was Where were all the clothes and the knife He also said it is hard to believe a lot of noise wasnt made dur ing the crime He said the evidence didnt fit and the jury did a good job Ervin said there were too many flaws and the evidence wasnt convincing enough He said that by allowing former Los Angeles Police Detective Mark Fuhrman to be involved in the case they ruined the credibility of a big part of their evidence and created reason able doubt Any outrage people feel should be aimed at the LAPD and the LA District Attorneys office If you cant trust part of the evi dence you cant trust any of the evi said Ervin The prosecution messed up They played with fire and got Millett said she does not believe the verdict has set back the movement against spousal abuse She said if any thing this case has brought the issue to the forefront and has shown people what could possibly happen if they remain is an abusive relationship She also said she the case has made her leery of the justice system How many more cases did this hap pen too and it was said If you cant trust part of the evidence you cant trust any of the Walter Ervin Millett Ervin said the case should not be a divisive factor between races He said that if they stop and look at the facts and how it really happened race wasnt that big of an Wilson said he doubts the case will have a major effect on race relations but a separation does exist There will always be a separation between the races There has been for a long time I dont think it will change said Wilson Millett said she believes the case will cause more friction between the races especially in California She said the police will probably be more apt to stop and hassle a black youth This in turn will cause black youths to be more apprehensive she said Prejudice is still out there I can see it I hate to say it but for each step we take forward we also go she said Cougar reported loose in River Acres By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A mountain lion in Coma Coun ty dont be alarmed or excited just yet said New Braunfels Ani mal Control Officer Tim Brinkkoeter It may just be a gold en retriever thats gotten away from its home New Braunfels and Comal Coun ty animal control officials scoured the River Acres subdivision yes terday afternoon following a report that a mountain lion had been spot ted in the area I was trying to find tracks or something that would give us proof that it was out Brinkkoeter said The day before I had been look ing for a golden retriever in the same he said Before dismissing that it may have been a mountain lion Brinkkoeter will have a trapper inspect the area and set traps It will probably take a couple of he said Lots of homes but few starter homes being built here By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer 1995 may be a record year for new home building in New Braunfels Were up to 189 year to date count ing said Michael Meek Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce president Why then do so many medium income families still have trouble find ing housing in New Braunfels The chamber and local manufacturers have been concerned about it for several Meek said Many new homes are being built Meek said but most are custom homes in the plus range If I had homes that were starting in the 50s 60s and 70s Id sell them all said Century 21 Real Estate Bro ker Sue Norris The lack of affordable midrange housing can defeat the purpose of try ing to bring new industry to New Braunfels Meek said When they dont have a place to live youve got a he said The homes are suitable for management but out of range for most workers even those who dont classify for government subsidized lowincome housing Meek said Not everyone can be the boss in a Norris said Even companies of 30 employees have trouble getting their workers housed Meek said If a company wanted to move in lock stock and bar rel they wouldnt come he said The chamber brought together local bankers Realtors manufacturers city Perhaps we have some ordinances that need to be looked at in todays light instead of Mike Norris developer officials developers and utility repre sentatives to attack the problem in Aug 1994 After studying this for over a year they gave a report to the chamber Meek said From the developers point of view building profitable yet affordable hous ing is a complex problem Meek said People need to realize that our coun ty is on a geological he said That land is harder to Finding the land is the easy part Its not so much the cost of the land but the cost of improvements to that land that have driven this price said developer Mike Norris The developer is the one who installs roads curbs water sewer all the Mike Norris said That in itself is quite The city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities have been quite fair over the years Norris said but roll backs on such things like impact fees would make it easier to build affordable housing HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL There are several factors that have contributed tothe lack of affordable homes in New Braunfels but city officials are working with developers to try to get more homes in the to range on the mar Some of the planning and zoning rules might be outdated and could per haps be revised he said Our stan dard lot in New Braunfels is supposed to be 60 feet by 100 Norris said Why cant it be something less Perhaps we have some ordinances that need to be looked at in todays light instead of he said The chamber has made a first step toward making affordable housing more feasible to build Meek said There are a lot of players involved and it takes lots of communication and he said Affordable housing affects more than those who buy the homes Meek said If primary jobs make the economy grow we need housing for the workers in those jobs and the result is a better standard of living for everyone in the he said Were all con Probation no picnic so criminals ask for jail time official says By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer More and more people convicted of crimes in Comal County are asking judges to send them to jail rather than being put on probation according to the director of probation for the county Probation is not a slap on the wrist and its certainly not seen as that way when people would go to jail said Jack Williamson office supervisor for the Community Supervision and Corrections Department Williamson told commissioners court Thurs day that in the past year and a half the department has been trying to change its mission statement to focus more on correction and supervision He said the mission statement says the department serves four purposes The first is to serve crimi nal courts The second is to protect the commu nity The third is to try and get away from the idea of being a form of rehabilitation Williamson said this is because that implies people were once okay and were trying to get them back He said this is only true in about 60 percent of the cases The final purpose is to be more punitive Williamson said probation is considered more punitive for several reasons He said these reasons include the fact that people are usually on pro bation longer than they are incarcerated they have to pay fees and restitution while on proba tion they may have to do community service restitution and they may be asked to make a change in lifestyle I think some of that is because of the unproved conditions in the prison system If it wasnt quite so pleasant in therepeople wouldnt be so eager to go said Commissioner Jumbo Evans Williamson said from Sept to Aug 31 1995 almost cases per month were handled and about 20 percent of those cases are women He said the number of cases being handled has I think some of that is because of the improved conditions in the prison system If it wasnt quite so pleasant in people wouldnt be so eager to go Evans remained about the same He said these cases are generating about for victim restitu tion for the county and for the operation of the adult probation program and staff He said this brought the grand total gener ated last year to about Williamson also said approximately hours of community service restitution was also completed He said the value of these hours is about per hour which means worth of work was completed for the community He also added there were about 67 misde meanor cases and 34 felony cases revoked and sent to either jail or penitentiaries He said these are the people who are not abiding by their pro bation conditions or are not paying their fees Some people say those are your failures 1 think its us doing said Williamson It does cost the county money but its cheaper than locking them up permanently or for their full Williamson also added that there are a lot of programs made available to those on probation Some of these programs are drug and alcohol rehabilitation and intervention anger and theft intervention and education and job training He also added that there are residential treatment centers that some may be sent to Winners in the Livestock Show at the Comal County Fair listed See Page 5
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