Friday, November 17, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 17, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Tonights the night Canyon and Clemens take to the field See Sports Page 5 New Braunfels 50 CENTS The Mergele House 708 W Mill w Pages In one section Friday November 17 1995 HeraldZeitu 6 j O v PASC DP Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of COREY JOHN WESTBROOK Vol 144 No 4 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Corey John Westbrook 18 Mary Bueche Larry Bueche Gloria Herrera Dennis Tasto Nancy Chellen and Mario Rosales Happy anniver sary to Jerry and Lily Barucky 28 River and aquifer information Comal River286 cubicfeetper up 8 froms yesterday EdwardsAquifer feet above sea level up 02 Quadalupe Harvest from the Heart calls for volunteers New Braunfels1 surrogate Santas are gearing up for the 1995 Harvest from the Heart Organizers need volunteers for food prep decorations cleanup delivery to shutins and other jobs Donations needed are toys not gender specific in range frozen turkeys decor and desserts Cash donations are welcome drop by or mail to MailItPlus 651 N Walnut SLiite FrNB 78130 For infer mation call Robert at 608 1330 or 6060200 Buy those Cougar yearbooks now Attention Canyon High School students and parents the last day to purchase copies of the l 99596 Cougar yearbook is Dec 1 Cost is A minimum down pay ment is required Call 625 Yard and bake sale The youth of Primera Iglesia Bautista will hold a bake and yard sale Saturday starting at 9 Taco plates will go on sale for from 11 to 2 The event will raise Imoney for Youth Congress in Lubbock and Youth Camp next summer It will be held at 475 Magazine Ave For infor mation call 6255661 Contest to name city transit system The City of New Braunfels Transportation Committee would like to announce a communitywide contest to name and design a logo for the oneyear trial transit sys tem The name and logo will be utilized on all mate rials i Entries will be accepted anyone over the age of 12 at the City of New Braun Jels1 Main Street Office Box 311747 New Braunfels JX 781311747 or brought to Jthe office at 424 S Castell must be received no jaterthan Dec For jnore information please call 6082100 Entries can be up to four polor but need to be suitable lor onecolor reproductions as Some of the items will be in black and white First prize will be a oneyear bus pass Second and ihird prizes will be announced at a later time The committee reserves the right to alter or merge designs Cops Woman made up shooting story By DAVID DEKUNDER and MELANIE GERIK Staff Writers BULVERDE A resident of a mobile home park who first told author ities she was shot by burglars admitted late Thursday night she shot herself She had gone outside with the gun to practice and the gun had acci dentally gone off striking her in the according to sheriffs reports She admitted late last night that she made up the said Capt Ken neth Bilhartz of the Bexar County Sher iffs Department Patricia C Spencer 35 of 27732 Nyack Pass in San Antonio was listed in stable condition at University Hos pital in San Antonio Friday morning But Spencer told authorities Thurs day afternoon she was shot when she confronted two wouldbe burglars at her trailer home She said that she had just gotten home when she saw two teenagers breaking into her Chris Burchell of the Bexar County Sher iffs Department said at the scene She then told us that she reached for her weapon a 22 caliber which was recovered at the scene and that some how one of took the weapon away from her and shot her in the stomach The teenagers she said then fled on foot into the The shooting occurred at about at the intersection of Mackinac and Nyack Pass in the Oaks North mobile home park subdivision Capt Kenneth Bilhartz of the Bexar County Sheriffs Criminal Investiga tion Division said Spencer ended up costing everybody a bunch of money because of her false report Spencer was airlifted to the hospital at 4 Throughout the day Bexar County sheriff deputies searched the brush for the suspects by using heli copters roadblocks and canine units Deputies from the Comal County Sheriffs Department assisted in the search A perimeter was set from the subdivision to Bulverde and Borgfield Roads Spencer lives alone and is a nice really quiet person said her neighbor Shirley Dean Dean lives across the street from the victim and was one of the first people on the scene to speak to the victim I came just when the Bulverde volunteer fire department A deputy removes the gun from the scene Dean said I saw her sitting right by the front porch She indicated to me that she was reaching for her gun when she shooting occurred She did not make it clear to me whether she shot herself accidentally while reaching for the gun or whether the teenagers shot her My husband was here at the time he did not hear a HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Chris Burchell Bexar County Sheriffs deputy briefs the media outside the home where a woman was shot yesterday afternoon At the time police believed the womans story that she surprised two burglars and was shot But last night police said the woman admitted making up the story and said she shot herself LCRA to take down smokestack at old Landa Mills complex By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer A deteriorated smokestack at the old Landa Mills site will be removed in the near future due to concerns that it poses a safety hazard for owners and visitors The 120foot stack is part of an old industrial complex at the entrance to Landa Park on the Lower Colorado River Authority Property Bill McCann a spokesman for LCRA said the stack which is about 70 or 80 years old has not been functional for years and its removal is part of an effort by LCRA to improve its prop erty around the old Comal Power Plant site Were working to make sure that the site is clean and safe so it can be used by the community It will be up to the community how it will be said McCann McCann said the work on tearing down the smokestack could begin as early as next week The stack is being torn down because of concerns that it may fall down and several bricks are already loose and missing he said Fortunately its not in an area that has a lot of pedestrian use but theres still concern of it hurting he said The LCRA staff estimates that demolition of the stack would cost about while it would cost to restore it McCann said the removal of the smokestack will not harm the original mill building He said that work on cleaning up the entire area in and around the old pow er plant site will continue and no oth er removals are planned at this point I think the longterm plan is to put the building to valuable use by the community We will continue to remove material from the site making it clean and he said CISD to provide three afterschool shuttles By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer HeraldZeltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas Two workers from Bexar Electric hang Christmas lights on the Comal County courthouse Wednesday The county is spending for new lights this year An afterschool shuttle service will be provided for Comal Independent School District students on a trial basis for the rest of the year the board of trustees decided Thursday night Two routes one along State Highway 281 and one to the Canyon Lake area will bring students home from Smith son Valley Middle and High schools Another route will service students living in the Solms and Garden Ridge areas and attending Canyon Middle and High schools The trustees agreed unanimously that the afterschool ser vice was needed When you live in a district with 589 square miles then this must be said Trustee John Clay If the shuttle service starts Nov 27 Franklin estimated it would cost to run the shuttle for the rest of the school year The transportation department will study the costs and effectiveness of the system and the board will vote whether or not to continue the service next year But Calvin Kempin president of the Smithson Valley High School ParentTeacherStudent Association said the district should not provide a free shuttle for students who wish to stay after regular school hours voluntarily If my son wants to stay after school for whatever reason then it is my responsibility to get him Kempin said Kempin proposed a shuttle service funded by student fares each time they ride the bus but his plan was dismissed by trustees Trustee Derald LaRue said to charge the students would defeat the purpose of the shuttle which should allow dis advantaged students to participate in more school activities But Rose Cervin vice president of the Smithson Valley High PTSA said allowing the students not involved in extracurricular activities to stay after school will create secu rity problems Commissioners get closer to new courthouse security system By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners received a presentation Thursday on the proposed security system for the courthouse complex However Coun ty Judge Carter Casteel asked the com pany installing the system to return for another presentation when the court will have more time to discuss the plans Two representatives from Simplex Time Recorder Co made a short pre sentation to commissioners court on the changes being proposed Doug Emanus from the building systems division of Simplex told commission ers that the proposed security plan is an expansion and technological upgrade of the current system in the threebuilding complex He said the proposed system also has expansion capabilities if need ed To install a system today that were going to tell you to rip out tomorrow because its obsolete is not good for customer relations We can change as your needs said Branch Man ager Dana Manners Emanus said there are 16 security card readers used to gain access to locked areas in use throughout the complex He said that number will be increased by about seven and the sys tem has the capacity for even further expansion The cards will have a pho to of the employee on them so they will also serve as photo identification in the building Manners said the use of the cards to open doors will be docu mented which will help determine who was in a building at a certain time He said the card can also be designed so that it will only work during working hours on Monday through Friday What Im concerned about is what is your system going to do to stop some mentally deranged person from walking in through the garage with a bomb or loaded County Commissioner Danny Scheel That is strictly the controlled access portion of it It controls who comes in and goes said Emanus The way you try to protect some thing is protect the perimeter first and then worry about the said Manners Emanus said the doors stairwells and corridors will have motion detec tors The three buildings will also have separate alarm system key pads which will allow one building to be disarmed while the other two are armed The card readers and the alarms will be hooked up to one or two command centers Emanus also said that there are currently two fire alarms Howev er these alarms are not hooked up to any 24hour command center and he would like to change that The estimate on the security system is and the change to the fire alarms will cost an additional to Commissioner Danny Scheel said he did not think the problem was with people coining and going after hours or on weekends He said he was con cerned about how it will work to pro tect people during the workday What Im concerned about is what is your system going to do to stop some mentally deranged person from walk ing in through the garage with a bomb or loaded weapon or for that matter through a back door said Scheel Casteel asked that representatives return for an additional meeting with the court the sheriff and department heads Sheriff Jack Bremer said he hopes the next meeting will be benefi cial to completing plans for the sys tem and said he thinks it could be in place by as early as the first of the year Theres a lot of information out there and a lot of options Im hoping at this next meeting on December 1 we can come to some sort of a con said Bremer Newt Gingrich makes himself an easy target See Opinion Page 4