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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Little League ready to build new fields See Page 5 New Braunfels 50 CENTS Herald oil 12 pages in one section Tuesday May Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Joan Helmke Vol 145 No 134 Inside 6 Dear Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Joan Helmke J M Butch Allen 90 years Ricardo Gonzales Kristina Boggs Pseil 6 years Michael Carries Happy anniversary wishes to Kery and Kathy Noble 30 Lawrence and Pat Wen zel 47 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed 6259144 River Information Comal River 282 cubic feet per sec ond up 8 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 02 Canyon Dam cfs Canyon Lake inflow 566 eft Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Monday and gallons of well water Slow going south to San Antonio Wet conditions plus road work equal slow commutes on Inter state 35 to San Antonio Work will continue on the interstate this week Southbound traffic will be fenced to one lane white crews continue to work on the main lanes However main lane clo sures should be complete by Thursday Several exits will also be Closed because of construction The Solms Road exit is the last open exit heading south until the FM 2252 exit The exits in between will remain closed dur ing construction The FM 3009 exit is also closed Run between the drops for a few days Light drizzle could cause things to be damp the next cou ple of days so you may want to go outside during the breaks in cloud coverage Although the sky will be most ly cloudy today with a high in the upper 70s and a light breeze from the east at 5 to 10 mph the area should not see any showers However that could change tonight Tuesday nights forecast calls for cloudy skies with periods of light rain The low will be in the mid 60s and there will be 5 to 10 mph wind from the east On Wednesday the area has a slight chance for more show ers Skies should be mostly cloudy tomorrow with a 20 per cent chance of light rain or showers The high will be in the upper 70s and a 5 to 10 mph wind from the east Still time to register for Three Parks Run Advance registration contin ues through Friday for the Three Parks Run events Saturday 5K Run kids and mile races and 5K fitness walk The first 500 to register will receive events shirts All entrants will receive buyone getonefree admission to Schlit terbahn Waterpark Saturday Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity Manhunt ends with fatal shooting By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The Comal County Sheriffs Office has ended its search for Kevin Ronald Miller after the 31yearold former Canyon Lakearea man shot himself in the head Monday during a oneand ahalfhour standoff in Spokane Wash Miller did not injure his infant son whom he held hostage while Spokane police tried to talk him into surrender ing officials said Miller died at Pacific time Monday said David Reagan public information officer for the Spokane County Sherriff s Department Miller was accused of shooting to death his exmotherinlaw Karen Kennedy earlier this month and then attempting to kill his exwife Alison Kennedy and abducting his 20month old son this past week From the information we received the standoff didnt surprise me Hes desper ate Im glad he didnt hurt the Lt Dennis Koepp Comal County Sheriffs Office Alison Kennedy remained in critical condition at Brackenridge Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds offi cials said Monday Bexar and Travis county officials conducted an allout manhunt for Miller who had lived in a trailer home in Indian Hills near Spring Branch The standoff began at about 4 Monday in a Super 8 Motel parking lot The Spokane County Sheriffs Department responded to a call at the motel just outside the city of Spokane Reagan said A motel security guard spotted Miller in the parking lot in a maroon Nissan Maxima at about 4 Rea gan said The guard did not know Miller was a fugitive but was suspi cious because his car was running and the occupant seemed to be asleep Two deputies were dispatched and asked Miller for his name Reagan said He gave a false name and did not have any identification A search of the motor vehicle regis tration indicated the Miller was want ed for two felony charges in Texas he said Before sheriffs officers could make an arrest Miller rammed their car and struck three private cars as he headed two blocks down the road Reagan said He blew out both of his tires and disabled his mangled vehicle near a bank he said while deputies and oth er police agencies began to circle the area Miller placed his infant son on his lap and held a gun to his head Fifteen minutes later he shot twice at officers with one bullet shattering one of the patrol car windows A SWAT team was called in and a 9squareblock area was sectioned off by police A hostage negotiator became the contact point with Miller as he held his son hostage for 90 minutes before shooting himself in the head with a semiautomatic pistol During most of the standoff Miller placed towels on the cars windows so that police could not see him Rea Success crafted locally HeraldZeitunq photo by Tom Erickson Pam Kraft owner of Kraft Mobiletel located at 671 South Seguin accepts the 1997 Small Business Person of the Year award from Doug Miller chairman of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Smalltown spirit feeds Kraft Mobiletel By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Pam Kraft did not expect great things when she opened a parttime cellular business in 1988 She was even more surprised Mon day when a crowd of Chamber of Commerce officials descended on her place of business and presented her with an award for business excel lence I truly am a smiling Kraft said as family employees and Chamber officials gathered to con gratulate her Kraft received the New Braunfels Chambers Small Business Person of the Year award Monday after noon in an impromptu ceremony at her business Kraft Mobiletel Kraft opened the business as a parttime endeavor in an unused portion of her husbands automotive repair shop Doug Miller Chamber chairman for 1997 said the award is presented to the small business that best exem plifies the best qualities of enterpre neurship We present this award to a person who has dedicated themselves to their business put in a lot of hard work has been community minded and has pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps to become success Miller said Kraft said that she owes much of her success to the smalltown atmos phere that exists in New Braunfels I think people in smaller towns prefer to deal with a small Kraft said They prefer the person al service they are likely to get from a small Kraft added that her companys ability to offer service after the sale for her products contributes to her success Our customers can place one phone call and have everything tak en care of Kraft said The company sells and services cellular communication equipment such as pagers and phones They also offer satelite television equipment and service Kraft also owns similar stores in Seguin and San Marcos Kraft has served on the Chambers Board of Directors since January and has been a member of the Chamber since 1988 San Marcos takes a bigger gulp By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Even though it has a contract for acre feet of water per year from Canyon Lake the City of San Marcos is asking the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority for an additional acre feet Last Monday the San Marcos City Council approved a resolution giving City Manager Larry Gilley the green light to begin negotiations with GDRA for additional surface water City of San Marcos spokeswoman Melissa Millecam said the city is con sidering all options for its water supply We are looking to the Mil lecam said We are in the process of designing a surface water treatment We are looking at limits from the Edwards aquifer that we all face We are looking to purchase additional rights from Canyon and that is what the council authorized the city manager to San Marcos signed a contract in 1989 with GBRA which stipulated that the city would receive acre feet of water The city pays GBRA about per year for the water San Marcos began paying for the water in 1995 San Marcos will not use the water until its surface water treatment plant is completed in 1999 GBRA and the city are close to com pleting an interlocal agreement on a regional surface water treatment plant which would be located in the San Marcos area Under the agreement water from Canyon Lake would flow down the Guadalupe River to Lake Dunlap where a raw water intake and pipeline would be built by GBRA The water would then be transported by a pipeline to the surface water treatment plant GBRA General Manager Bill West said San Marcos has been talking about getting additional water since February We are concentrating on consum mating and concluding the contract for the pipeline and water treatment plant and getting that deal put together and West said Then we will start considering that request for an additional acre West said there are acre feet of uncommitted water available for industrial and municipal users The price for the water is per acre foot West said the pipeline contract will be brought to the GBRA Board of Directors in June gan said Police went in to seize the uninjured child and then called for EMS The infant was taken to state child custody officials who are expected to release him to other family members Reagan said police knew no motive for Miller being in Spokane even though some believe he was going to join forces with white separatists group in the area Because of the recent turn of events Lt Dennis Koepp of the Comal Coun ty Sheriffs Office said he would con clude a forgery investigation in which Miller was accused of signing a false name on two vehicles that his exwife owned Koepp said Turn to Manhunt Page 3 328 master planners apply By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The citys Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee approved a list of 328 people to serve on nine subcom mittees that will provide input in draft ing a master plan for New Braunfels future development officials said A total of 328 people applied for the nine committees and most should be allowed to serve on the committee that was their first choice said City Planning Director Harry Bennett At least 17 filed late and will be allowed to serve on subcommittees the committee decided at its Monday meeting The city originally planned to create 19 subcommittees but for lack of inter est and logistical reasons decided to narrow them to nine Most of the committees are made up of 30 to 35 people and will have a series of six or seven meetings during the planning process officials said The citys planning firm will gather input and assist the steering committee in a process scheduled to take 18 months that will include numerous public hearings Bennett said The citys planning consultants will provide a report on each of the sub committees for members to use during their talks The steering committee is made up of representatives from the Comal and surrounding counties school districts the city utility chambers of commerce and city officials A kickoff meeting of all the sub committee members is scheduled ten tatively for 7 June 2 at the Civic Center but could be moved to June 4 City officials plan to send out a let ter of invitation to all the subcommit tee members PLANNING SUBCOMMITTEES The citys Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee has placed at least 328 applicants and up to 17 late applicants to serve on the following nine subcommit tees ation Economic Development Education and Population Environment Utilities and Drainage Land Use and Zoning Parks and Recreation H Public Service and Finance Transportation Urban Mainstreet Historic Source City of New Braunfels Enterprising spirit takes hold downtown See Page 4
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