Sunday, February 11, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Unicorns top Cougars face Smithson Valley in showdown for playoff spot See Sports Page 6A The Gramm House Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Craig Christopherson Fran Allard Monday 85 Darlene Clennan Archie Culpepper Irma Fischer 49 Pat Hansbauer and Janet Mack Happy anniversary wish es to Victor and Rosie Rodriguez Rita and Paul Hudson 46 Howard and Irene Bran denburg 44 Alfre do and Rose Mary Mon tanez and Edgar and Patti Westbrook belated 23 NBU rate increases on agenda The city council will vote tomorrow night for the first of three times on proposed sew er and water rate increases by New Braunfels Utilities NBU trustees and city council members have discussed NBUs capital projects and possible funding methods for several months The city council will vote three times before any proposed rates are approved Interested NBU customers are encouraged to attend Mondays city council meeting at the municipal building Friends of the Library to meet Friends of the Library will have a meeting Thursday Feb 15 at 7 The meeting will be held at Dittlinger Memorial Library Anyone interested in joining this civic group is invited to attend Canyon Lake blood drive A blood drive will be held at Canyon Lake at the VFW Post in Sattler Friday Feb 16 from noon to 5 Donors may designate their blood as replacement for blood used by Helen Records an active member of Fischer School Community Center for many years For information call 9352625 Last call for Unsung Heroes and Citizen off the Year Each spring the Herald Zeitung presents a Citizen of the Year award and several Unsung Hero awards at a reception celebrating the annual Horizons edition of the newspaper The HeraldZeitung needs the publics help in finding Unsung Heroes Do you know a person whose good deeds have gone unrecognized Drop off a letter telling us about your Unsung Hero can didate at the HeraldZeitung office 707 Landa St Nominations may also be faxed to 6251224 Make sure to include your own name and daytime telephone number Nominations for Citizen of the Year are also needed The deadline for nomina tions is 3 Monday Sorry no lottery numbers today Due to an earlierthanusual deadline for this newspaper the winning numbers from Saturday nights Texas Lotto drawing are not in todays paper They will be printed in the Tuesday HeraldZeitung Murder victims family watches killer die HUNTSVILLE Texas AP In the end Linda Kelley expressed gratitude to the man who killed her son and because of what he did to her but what he did for her I am grateful that he made this Mrs Kel ley said Friday as she and four other members of her fam ily became the first survivors of murder victims in Texas to watch the killer of their loved ones be put to death The decision Condemned murderer Leo Jenkins vol unteered for execution He has saved us years and years in the appeals sys she said I am thankful for that I dont know I could live with this for another 10 to 20 Jenkins 38 received lethal injection for the 1988 fatal shooting of Kara Voss 20 and Mark Kelley 25 at their familyowned pawn shop in Houston The survey Is a flat tax simple and fair or does it give a big break to fat cats atthe expense of the little guys Find out what area residents had to say See Page 4A Debutantes ready to come out at ball PagelB New Braunfels Herald E YftNDEU rL PASO TX 79903 40 Pages in four sections Sunday February Serving Comal County for more than 144 years of IRMA FISCHER flg SUNDAY t d Vol 144 No 65 behind bars By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Vivian Moore Nickell is urging her friends to help stop the parole of the man convicted of murdering her sister 10 years ago at Canyon Lake i Nickell a resident of New Balti more Michigan is urging the friends of her murdered sister Deriise Moore Bonifacio to ask the Texas Parole Board to deny parole to Porfirio Boni facio who was convicted of second degree murder of her sister in a Comal County district court in 1986 If he were paroled I dont think he would stay in this country In the past he has told people that he has gotten away with murder before and that it gets easier every Nickell claimed Denise and Porfirio were married for 13 years before her nude decom Porfirio Bonifacio could be freed after serving 10 years for murder of his wife posed body was found in a wooded area near the Canyon Lake Marina in April 1986 Denise had been stabbed 17 times in the back with a pocket knife and stripped of all her clothes jewelry and any other identification Nickell said At the time of the murder the couple resided in Schertz where Denise worked at a convenience store Por firio reported to the Schertz Police Department that his wife was missing on April Denises body was found eight days later Porfirio was arrested May During the trial witnesses testified that Denise who was 31 at the time of the murder had told them she was a victim of physcial abuse from Porfirio One of the witnesses the victims boyfriend Stephen Hood of Cibolo said that Mrs Bonifacio wanted out of the marriage and wanted a divorce but that her husband threatened her Hood testified that on April he was waiting for Mrs Bonifacio out side a Schertz convenience store when he saw her drive past with her hus band She had a frightened look on her Hood said Nickell believes her sister was coerced into going with her husband to Canyon Lake on that fateful day I dont think my sister would have gone with him unless he made up a story or coerced her into going with him because she already had made oth er plans for that Nickell said Mr Bonfacio was charged with sec ond degree murder because the murder weapon was never found He was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Sept He is eligible for parole this year Nickell said the pain of her sisters death still hurts her family 10 years later After my sister was murdered my mother who was in her late 50s and extremely ill at the time went into shock She eventually Nickell said My dad is now in my nursing home and every time I go and see him he thinks I am Denise He has a high school picture of Denise and looks at that and thinks I am Nickell said time is quickly coming when Mr Bonifacio will be up for parole People who want to write concerning Mr Bonifacios parole should write the Texas State Parole Board with his name and State ID number 03683964 and TDC ID number 432062 Nickell said people should state why he should not be paroled and that the maximum sentence should be served out Letters may be sent to Nickell at 50666 Burlwood New Baltimore MI 48047 She will forward them in a single packet to the Texas Parole Board Childrens Museum gets the boot By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer On the eve of its 10th birthday the Childrens Museum in New Braunfels has to move Insignia a large national real estate firm recently bought the shopping center where the museum is located The new own er has asked the museum to vacate its building within three to six months said Susan Williams CMNB executive director The museum had been able to make financial ends meet thanks to its nonprofit status and a nominal lease agreement with the malls former owner Williams said Insignia informed the CMNB that the lease agreement was ending in a letter dat ed Feb 1 We had no knowledge until we got the she said An Insignia representative also told Williams that the CMNB might not fit in the the firm had in mind for the refurbished shopping center Williams said The CMNB team is trying to look at the move as a blessing in disguise Williams said a chance to move up as well as out We see a lot of empty buildings in downtown New Braun she said A historic building would make an ideal new home for the CMNB if funding and other factors could be worked out Williams said We lean toward being a part of historical New Braunfels we would love to locate in a historic she said We want this to be the first step toward a permanent home and toward future growth and Efforts to contact Insignia were unsuccessful HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Teenagers hurt in wreck on Loop 337 A pickup truck with three local teenagers inside was Involved in an accident with a tractortrailer truck on Loop 337 near McCoys Lumber Friday at about 4 The pickup truck driven by Bradley Myers struck the back of the tractortrailer which was slowing to make a right turn The pickup truck rolled several times ejecting Myers Passenger Justin Vacek 17 of New Braunfels was taken by AirLife helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio where he is listed in stable condition The other passenger Johnathan Meek 17 of New Braunfels was treated and released at McKenna Memorial Hospital Kennady first to announce mayoral bid Herald2 Jordan Metz and friends play at Museum yesterday by MICHAEL DARNALL ie Childrens By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Councilwoman Jan Kennady announced Friday that she would seek the mayors office in 1996 The May campaign marks the citys first atlarge mayoral election The city vot ed to change to atlarge mayoral elections last year My sincere love of New Braunfels has compelled me to respond favorably to the many friends and supporters who have urged me to be a candidate for Kennady said Married to physician Don Kennady she has lived in New Braunfels for 15 years Kennady began as a city council member after years of leadership in local civic groups including the Comal Garden Club the Community Service Center Hospice Mid Texas Symphony Guild Toastmasters and New Braunfels Republican Women to name a few The Texas Republican Women voted Ken nady their First VicePresident last fall Kennadys three years on the city council have been educational and productive she said We are blessed with tremendous city employees who are always willing to go When we talk about economic growth we also must talk about controlled Jan Kennady the extra she said Caring and involved citizens have brought New Braunfels its high quality of life Ken nady said Teamwork is the key and I will strive to have that same teamwork prevalent to involve all local government entities By joining forces on more projects we can serve the taxpayers better with the available funds and combined she said The city faces challenges that must be addressed she said the water issue crime prevention traffic control street repair and drainage problems Judicious use of new sales tax revenues could make headway against those problems Growth in New Braunfels is a fact of life Kennady said When we talk about eco nomic growth we also must talk about con trolled growth through enforceable ordi nances and a united community Kennady pledges to lis ten to New Braunfels citi zens she said and to work to keep govern ment to a mini mum I truly believe that less government is better govern she said Kennady City council members should ask four questions before they vote on each issue she said 1 Are all of the facts on the table 2 Is it fair to the citizens 3 Will it address cur rent needs give a boost to future needs and 4 Are the benefits worth the cost By routinely considering these four ques tions together with citizens input individual study staff research careful thought and earnest prayer 1 believe the best possible decisions will be Kennady said If 1 am elected mayor 1 promise to follow Arrests of Serb leaders on war crimes charges threatens Bosnian peace See Opinion Page 44