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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 25, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Michalec takes state ing title See Page 5 50 CENTS New Braunfels Heralia 7H TX 10 paged in one section Tuesday March Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Ralph Martinet Jr Vol 145 No 94 Inside h Birthday wlstws from The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Gail Engler Yvettc Har grove Doug Posey Scott Car son Corey Preuss 17 years Dorfese Krueger Rkk Cantu Belated Sunday 16 years Mallory Miner Belated Mon Concha Gonzales Olga Diaz Ron Dcstefano Ralph Martinez Jr Happy anniversary wishes go to Sherry and Ed Maloy 8 Wendy and Roger Weaver Lisa and Cody Collier Linda and Larry Snider 25 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Podtn Count Mold 296 trace trace trace PoNen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Or Frank River Information Comal River 242 cubic feet per sec ond down 4 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wetl feet above sea level down 03 Canyon Dam discharge 699 ds Canyon Lake 11 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation Blood slated for A blood drive will beh6ld Wednesday at 9 at the Comal County Courthouse Juanita Tschoepe daughter of local attorney John Chunn is hospitalized at University Hos pital in San Antonio The court house will be holding a blood drive in her name in order to replenish some of the blood products that she is rising For each unit donated in her name she will be given a credit for each unit that she uses Call Ruby at to signup to donate Visitor Center seeks volunteers The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers for the new Highway Visitor Center planned to open in midMay Tlje Chamber cur rently has a great volunteer core but new volunteers are needed to staff the new center Anyone interested can call Lyn di Moon at the Chamber 6252385 Fund not affiliated with Cancer Society Be aware that the Pacific West Cancer Fund is not affili ated with the American Cancer Society Cancer funds and vol unteers being solicited for an April 1997 fund drive in Comal County are not sponsored by the American Cancer Society Comal County residents desir ing to donate money to the American Cancer Society can do so by contacting your Comal County unit at 625861 9 or 625 3252 Submitted by Bob Peter son chairman American Can cer Society Comal County unit SVHS Class of 07 plant reunion The Smithgon Valley High School Class of 1987 has planned Its 10year reunion for July 5 Information was mailed out March 15 If you are a classmate or know of a classmate who has not received the information please call or 4009 to update addresses Evidence presented in day one of Delgado trial By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The trial of 41yearold Robert Del gado of Converse accused of armed robbery of a downtown credit company three months ago began Monday after noon at the Comal County Courthouse with Delgado offering a plea of not guilty District Attorney Dib Waldrip began presenting evidence that alleged Del gado had planned to steal money from the Family Credit Service 273 W San Antonio by buying a BB gun from Kmart in New Braunfcls the morning of Dec Delgado disguised himself in a black ski mask and a black sweat shirt to pose as a delivery person during the hold up at about Waldrip said After buying of gas from a con venience store he threw a BB gun case into a nearby trash dumpstcr and pro ceeded to the credit store where he point ed a gun at the employees and demand ed whatever money they had Waldrip said He then fled the scene to his girl friends residence where he changed into gray clothes and drove in a brown vehicle to his former residence at Lorelei Lane off Post Road Waldrip said New Braunfcls Police Department officer Jessie Villarreal testified this morning that a back support similar to one witnesses said the perpetrator wore during the robbery was also found at the womans home He pointed a gun in their face and said Give me all your and words to the effect of Im going to kill you Im not Waldrip told the jury in his opening statements By the time all of the evidence is pre sented ask you instead of Tom Cruise Show me the show me a guilty The 12member jury made up of four men and eight woman was chosen Monday morning from a pool of 67 New Braunfcls Police Officer Brian Bowers testified that a deputy constable spotted Delgado as he was driving on Post Road shortly after police were noti fied that an armed robbery had just occurred Bowers said that police suspected Delgado was the perpetrator after a cred it company employee and former rela tive said she recognized the masked mans voice as Delgado Villarreal testified the woman recog nized the voice as her exbrotherin law and was visibly shaken after run ning out of the credit store After searching Delgado Bowers said he found a wad of cash in his pocket Waldrip showed the jury a black ski mask and black sweat shirt that Bowers said he found in the room of Rachel Juarez whom Bowers described as Del gados girlfriend Wnldrip also submitted into evidence a BB gun case that police said they found at the Exxon station on the comer of Loop 337 and Common Street the day after the alleged armed robbery Mondays testimony lasted about two andahalf hours before visiting state district judge Chuck Miller of Austin adjourned for the day After the first day of the trial Defense Attorney Vicki Langham of New Getting ready HeraldHeltung photo by Michael Darnall Josh Unrhue works on the bottom of a wave pool at Schlrtterbahn Waterpark Monday afternoon preparing the park for its opening the week end of April 26 Local AIDS activist attacks barriers By DEMISE DZ1UK Staff Writer A local AIDS activist attended a con ference in San Francisco last week where he gave a presentation about issues facing AIDS patients in rural communities Robert Konkel was among the rough ly individuals attending the Ninth Annual HIV Update Conference which was held March 18 through March 22 He said the conference was an effort to bring together physicians patients community organizations and volun teers The goal is to join together the var ious groups and try to disseminate the newest infor mation and in turn to try to teach he skills needed to deal with Konkel said All in all it was a great trip great time I think I did Texas Konkel who attended a previous con ference and was vocal regarding the presentations was asked back to this years conference as a speaker Konkel Robert Konkel said his session focused on rural inter vention and prevention strategies Konkel said he explained to the audi ence that methods are being used local ly to get around the barriers associated with anonymity and services and infor mation availability I tied my speech to those barriers with a lot of good old downhome Texas Konkel said Basically I told them you find the little things to do If you cant get in the front door you jump in a Konkel said attending the conference was great because he learned a lot that con be passed on to local AIDS patients and physicians Me said speaking ut it was an even greater accomplishment Basically I exist here in my home and live with my disease by Konkel said Going to a new state and talking with peers who know what Im going through was While in San Francisco Konkel said he was also asked to participate in AIDS Watch 97 He said there is a possibili ty he could travel to Washington in April to speak before Congress regard ing Medicare benefits for AIDS patients He said his rip may depend on having adequate funds to pay for the trip It would be nice to go to Washington as a lobbyist for people infected with Konkel said Womens Chamber to provide role models By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Womens Chamber of Com merce on Thursday will discuss plans for a program aimed at providing role models for girls in the two local school districts The Womens Chamber would like to work as models and helpers to any young lady who has a education committee chair Jan Booth said Joannie Garza who is serving oh the subcommittee organising the pro gram called Our Future Leaders of said the program will pro vide mentoring for high school stu dents She said students will be matched with mentors who share com mon interests and hobbies The mentors will then encourage attendance and education provide career awareness and shadowing act as a guest speakers in classes and a tutor become involved in intramural activities and serve as potential employers Garza said establishing the program because we feel a lot of high school kids need direction and need help in the world of Garza said I think all the kids will need what well be Garza said the mentor program would complement programs current ly in place and would be open to a wider variety of students and provide additional assistance She said it would not be a duplication of existing pro grams Sometimes its a special interest group and kids may not fall into the other Garza said Well offer a lot of different kinds of things to pick from and help Booth said the education commit tee planned to begin three projects and this is the first one She said the subcommittee working on the program will present proposals and possibili ties to the general membership at the meeting Thursday at the Gruene Homestead Bed and Breakfast Booth said the program would be set up in the coming months and should be imple mented in the fall To volunteer For more information on the Womens Chambers mentoring program or volunteer time and skills contact Jan Booth at 6258081 Braunfels said only Theres n real good jury and I think its going well Its always a pleasure to be here Comal County residents are Because only 67 of the 200 sum moned potential jurors showed up Waldrip said he was unable to choose a second jury as planned to hear testimo ny on a second count of aggravated rob bery stemming from the same incident Because of this change the defenses case is expected to begin Tuesday after noon the judge indicated Waldrip said he plans to try Delgado on the other charge for allegedly stealing an employees purse along with cash That trial lie said will have to wait until after the next round of summons but Mondays trial should continue through Wednesday or Thursday morn ing Outfitters asked for input on river safety By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Sensing a need to bring closure to its discussions lie citys River Safety Com mission appointed three outfitters to draw up a drall policy by the next meet ing in two weeks The 1 1 member board also decided to invite other entities with interest in riv er safety to attend the next meeting scheduled for April 7 where further input will be solicited cominiliec mem bers said I think we need something on paper to get it said committee mem ber Henri Fanner a homeowner of riv erfront property Were kicking it around but were not getting The committee is represented by var ious interests of the rivers such as the Water Oriented Recreational District and is charged with recommending pol icy to enhance the safety of visiting water rccreationalists The effort is part ofa settlement by the city of New Braunfcls with the parents ofa woman who drowned while tubing on the Guadalupc several years ago Outfitters and committee members Paul Rich and Zero Rivers were select ed to serve on the special committee and will also choose another outfitter to help them in composing the draft policy The special committee is charged with assigning specific river flow rates with conditions that range from safe to hazardous for using the Guadalupc or Comal rivers Police seek suspect in robbery From Staff Reports New Braunfels 1olicu arc seeking a man who robbed the West San Anto nio Wuests Monday evening claiming to have a bomb The incident happened at approximately according to investigating officer Detective John Bailey The bomb threat turned out to be a hoax but the suspect yot away with an undetermined amount of cash Bailey said No one was hurt lie said New Braunfels Police describe the suspect as a white male in his late 30s to early 40s approximately 6 feet 3 inches tall slender with blue eyes and brown hair and a several day growth of beard wearing a black cowboy hat a white and gray shirt with red collar and blue pants Five NBPD units and several New Braunfels Fire Department units including an ambulance were called to the scene Bailey said Anyone with information about the suspect may call at 620TI PS or 6208477 Using county jail labor makes sense See Page 4
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