Thursday, March 27, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 27, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Weather causes low turnout at Landa Park See Page 7 50 CENTS New Braunfels Herald 12 pages in one section Thursday March Serving Comal County and surrounding areas or more than 145 years Home of Jon Undtoy Vol Mb No 96 Inside Birthday from The New Braunfels Herald Zeilung extends birthday wishes to Klmberly Evins Clayton Noble 9 years Tina Stone Pete Barren 11 years DeDe Garda Stephanie Median 19 years Andy Resales 13 years old Mdba Weyel Mm Mae Voss Braiuiberger Justin Stoeltjc 17 years Jon Lindley 40 years Theora Mondln Vivian Batson Cindy Mayo Happy anniversary wishes go to Aurelia and Raymond Vlllar real 21 years To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Potton Count MoWunavailable Oak unavailable Ash unavailable Mulberry Elm unavailable Hackborry unavailable Sycamore unavailable Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter ol air Information provided by Or Prank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond same as Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 Canyon Dam discharge 699 cfs Canyon Lake reading Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation NmvBrauntolaUtmtlM N0U pumping reports were unavailable Community Service Sts Peter and Paul invites the community to a Good Friday Community Service at Friday The subject will be The Seven Last Words of from various churches will participate Closing wont affect garbage recycling City offices will be closed Fri day in observance of New Braunfels Founders Day How ever there will be regular garbage and recycling collec tion l For further information or assistance please call 608 2140 from 8 to 5 on any business day During weekends or holidays please leave a message on the recorder and a city represen tative will return the call during regular business hours CISD spring break next week The Comal Independent School District will be on spring break from Monday to April 4 Schools and the central admin istrative offices will be closed They will reopen at their normal times April 7 Personnel will be available at the CISD central office from 9 am to noon week days for Board of Trustee elec tion matters Arbor Day celebration at Landa Park An Arbor Pay celebration will be at 2 Tuesday near the playground In Landa Park at the corner of Frederlcksburg Road and Playground Drive It Is sponsored by the New Braun fels Garden Club Advisory Board The public is invited to attend this planting of a new tree in the Landa Park Arbore tum 3 area teens die in crash By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Three teenagers were killed Wednesday night after the car they were in was hit by an Amtrak train in east Comal County Department of Public Safety troopers said Adam Lynn Trollinger 17 and Romina Sanchez 18 both of New Braunfels died as well as an uniden tified 18yearold girl of Mexico City Mexico Trollinger and Sanchez attended New Braunfels High School The Amtrak train was heading south toward San Antonio at about when the engineer noticed a car approaching the intersection of Union Pacific Railroad tracks at FM 1102 and Conrads Lane from the west The railroads warning lights came down DPS officials said and the vehi cle slowed down but then accelerated in an attempt to beat the oncoming train DPS Trooper James Jones said the engineer reported the car was sighted from about 150 yards away but he did not attempt to brake because the car appeared to be coming to a stop Five DPS troopers coordinated the initial investigation with the help of emergency personnel and police from the city of New Braunfels and the Comal County Sheriffs Office Preliminary reports indicated the train was traveling about 68 miles per hour when it hit the red Chevrolet Camuro splitting the vehicle into two pieces The pieces traveled at least 30 to 50 yards into a ditch after impact DPS officials said The two passengers were thrown from the car and the driver was found inside the car with his scat belt still buckled The train carried 135 passengers and was stopped for almost two hours The parked train caused delays for at least one Union Pacific freight train Justice of the Peace Ray Martinez who pronounced the individuals dead at the scene did not order autopsies but said bloodalcohol tests would be taken HornldZollunn photo A New BraunMs Fire Department paramedic checks the pieces of n Camaro that collided with a train Wednesday around All three teenage passengers In the car were pronounced dead at the scene Back on the track HoraldZoltung photo by Mlchnol Darnell Retama Park employee Von 8eay Installs the last few screws In sign announcing live racing will return to the park May 9 Retama also announced that It making profit this year and will soon be out of Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Live racing returns to Retama By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer SELMA After a rough twoyear beginning Retama Park plans to get back on track The 2yearold racing facility located off Inter state 35 in Selma has been dogged since its begin ning by financial losses and Chapter 9 bankrupt cy which it filed March At a press conference Wednesday night at Reta ma Park chairman and Chief Executive Officer Joe Strauss Jr said the race track is on its way to getting out of bankruptcy Strauss said all creditors and businesses of the track will be paid in full We think we have the plan that will Strauss said We have the ample budget to do it We expect to have positive cash flow and positive net profit for next Last month a Bankruptcy Court judge in San Antonio signed the order confirming Retama Parks bankruptcy and funding plan The plan will allow the race track to pay off its creditors and vendors Under the plan Call Now Inc and Howe Solomon and Hall HSU completed a buyout agreement for million in bonds which were used to start the truck in 1995 The original costs of the bonds were million The existing long termdebt of the track will be refinanced in two series of bonds Strauss said under the new arrangement the race track will be able to pay oilthe primary bond worth million We hud a million a year 1995 and 1996 debt Strauss said Because of the new arrangement it will be less than a year for the million primary Another series of bonds secondary bonds are for million and will be paid for from profits received from Retama Park Turn to Retama Page 2 Delgados fate now in hands of jury By ABE LEVY Staff Writer After hearing twoandahalf days of testimony lawyers bewail closing arguments Thursday morning in the trial of Robert Delgado who is accused of robbing a downtown cred it store with a BB handgun three months ago Delgado 42 of Converse pleaded not guilty to the January indictment of aggravated robbery a ttrRtdegrce felony that Is punishable by five years to life in prison and an optional fine of The trial began Monday with the selection of a 12rncmber jury The prosecution called police officers and the victims of ihe Dec 20 incident to the stand this piist week They said that Delgado disguised himself in black apparel to perform the robbery and then changed into gray colored clothes at his girlfriends house Delgado and his girlfriend drove to her former residence in casl New Braunfels where police arrested him they said Credit store employees choked hick tears in describing lie incident They said Delgado pointed a pin in their faces during the loblmy iul demanded that they fill a raidbojnd box with money One of Ihe employees Tom layian exsisterinlaw of Delgado said she the voice of the rolbei as Delgados Wednesday iiiytan identified a hill thai police had confiscated from I el gado during the arrest iaylan said that bill had scribblings and other markings that made the bill unusable for customers The defense which did noi call Del gado to the stand brought testimony from his mother his girlfriend and two delivery men Turn to Jury Pago 2 Its time to have pets vaccinated for rabies By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer As the temperatures slowly get warmer and spring fever increases people and animals will begin to head outdoors to enjoy the weather Now may bo a good time to have pets vac cinated for rabies Dr Katherine Tull Texas Depart ment of Health director of the zoonosis department for region VIII which includes Comal County said rabies is typically found in bats in the fall skunks in the spring and foxes in the winter Tull said that 28 counties form region VIII and in those counties four confirmed cases of rabies had been reported this year She said that in Jan uary a fox from Vul Verde and Edwards County tested positive and in March Uvalde reported two skunks with rabies Comal County Animal Control offi cer Steve McKin said Comal County had not reported a case of rabies since August or September when a fox with rabies was found near the Comul Kendall county line However he said pets older than 3 months old needed to be vaccinated every year Thats the Texas Department of Health McKin said Animals also need to be licensed through the city or county so if they get out the owners can be contacted McKin said rabies vaccinations are required for the license McKin said that in addition to the state law Texas was also under a rubies quarantine He said under this status warmblooded animals including cats and dogs older than the age of 3 months cannot be transported unless the animal owner has u current certified rabies certificate showing the rabies vaccinations are uptodate MeKin said this applied even to short trips into neighboring counties or within the same county Actually any law enforcement otti cer can write u ticket and if there is animal control in the urea the animal can be taken into possession until prop er proof is provided or the quarantine is he said Tull said the slate was placed under a rubies quarantine u few years ago when two separate strains of rabies were being confirmed She said the quarantine should be lifted in September However pet owners still need to Ixj uwurc of the threat of rabies McKin said some symptoms include an animal stumbling around with its mouth wide open or has a change in demeanor from aggressive to gentle or vice versa If an animal is showing these signs McKin said the animal control game warden or sheriffs department should be con tacted immediately Call us ami just keep and eye on the unimal but dont uppnxich McKin said RABIES CLINIC Tho Coirial County VoliTII i ulai i Medical Assodatioi 11 al iii IK When April Where Oornal u ily I air Oroundii Hro Station I md I nu Station 2 Time 1 to A Cost lh vac cination find for city unin ly liconsio Tho loi a vacci nation at a vutonnanan runs from to Hi I Proceeds fioin II10 will go tolhroe to soniors from lh local Incjli schools Kudos to those who helped area disabled veterans Seepage 4