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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY White Sox win Pee Wee city championship See Page 1B New Braunfels 50 CENTS Herak 20 pages in three sections Friday June Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Linda Pinson Vol 145 No 152 Inside Dear Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Linda Pinson Jerry Roberts Deanna Ryan Mariam Norwood Connie Lewis Dono van Harris 8 years Kyndal Payne 4 years Satur Brittney Grace Behling 2 Melissa Voigt William Max Welborn 9 years Satur Marisol Flores 14 years Cindy Carter Satur Toni Locke Carolyne Martin Maria Valenzuela Pete Matomonos Jr and Antonio C Alvarez 82 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Pollen 40 Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 290 cfs down 4 from Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 03 Canyon Dam discharge cfs release will be increase see page 3A Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million Ions of surface water Thursday and gallons of well water were used Pack your sunscreen for weekend outings Although were still a week away1 from the official start of summer this weekend will be a great time to head outdoors to the swimming pool the golf course or the park But if you go youll need your sun screen According to the National Weather Service this after noon will be partly cloudy and hot with highs in low 90s and a southwest wind at 15 mph Tonight expect partly cloudy skies and a low in the lower 70s There is a 20 per cent chance of evening show ers or thunderstorms On Saturday apply the sun screen grab a glass of iced tea and head outdoors Cloudy morning skies will give way to partly cloudy skies by the afternoon The high will reach the mid 90s and there will be a south wind at 10 mph Fathers Day is Sunday Time is running out for pick ing up that Fathers Day gift Fathers Day is Sunday so you might start looking for that perfect gift Few 135 southbound exits are open The only Interstate 35 exits open for southbound traffic are Solms Road in southeast New Braunfels and Farmto Market Road 2252 in west Schertz Officials discourage Guadalupe tubing Tubing and rafting are strongly discouraged on the Guadalupe River this week end as the Army Corps of Engineers was to increase the release from Canyon Dam to cubic feet per second See Page 3A for more Grand jury indicts businessman wife By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Wellknown local businessman Russell Brandt and his wife Pamela were indicted Wednesday on charges of embezzlement relating to their former business New Braunfels Resorts which they sold last year A Comal County Grand Jury charged them each with two counts of misapplication of fiduciary property one for an amount between to which is a state jail felony and the other for between and a thirddegree felony The indictments allege that the Brandts used rental pro ceeds from their property management company to pay personal and business debts including New Braunfels Resorts and Freunde Inc The indictments also allege that Pamela Brandt used money from the New Braun fels Historic Museums Asso ciation Inc to pay personal and business debts Rusty Brandt Russell Brandt was the former Wurstfest Asso ciation president former president of the Down town Rotary Club and the 1995 Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year The Brandts and their attorney Wade Arledge were unavailable for comment today New Braunfels Police arrested Russell Brandt in November three days after Wurstfest 1996 had ended He was arrested on one charge of embez zlement District Attorney Dib Waldrip said the reason for delaying the indictments for six months was the Chamber hires newCVB director Native New Braunfelser starts job July 1 By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce on Thursday named native New Braunfelser Judy Young as the director of the chambers Con ventions and Vis itors Bureau Judy Young Chamber President Michael Meek said he received more than 25 appli cations from all over the state for the position It became more and more obvious to me and members of the executive committee that Judy was the right person for the position and her accomplishments and work ethic sur passed those of other Meek said Young who has been employed by a local travel agency for the past seven years said she was excited about her new job I love my community and dont plan on Young said I appreciate the part of a team that will enhance New Braunfels and my Youngs duties will include man aging and implementing the Cham bers visitorrelated promotional bud get handling convention solicitations and management of the new High way Visitor Center Young will assume the director ship on July 1 She replaces Jim Scheele who is leaving to assume the newlycreated position of director of economic development with the chamber Miniature golf HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Karlssa Stigall puts just the right touch on the ball while putting Thursday afternoon at Landa Miniature Golf Course The weather is expected to stay hot and muggy through the weekend Canyon Lake woman dies after falling from vehicle By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A Canyon Lake woman died at a San Antonio hospital Thursday night after she fell out of a mov ing vehicle and injured her head Cordelia CantuWithoff 56 died at University Hospital at as a result of head injuries Lt Dennis Koepp of the Comal County Sheriffs Office said Koepp said Cordelia CantuWithoff and her husband Michael CantuWithoff were riding in their minivan in the 300 block of Charter Oak Dri ve in the Startzville area when Cordelia Cantu Withoff fell out of the van around Mrs Withoff and her husband had gotten into a Koepp said He was preceding to slow down when she opened the sliding back door and then she fell out She had fallen when the van was still in Koepp said a passerby with a cellular phone called deputies Canyon Lake EMS responded to the scene as well Cordelia CanniWithoff was then flown to University Hospital An investigation would be conducted he said Right now there is nothing criminal at this Koepp said We are following up on the time involved in investigating embezzlement cas es The Brandts were very willing to cooperate and provide us with the information to help us with the he said Because the Brandts have said Pamela Brandt managed most of the financial records for New Braunfels Resorts she was cited with 13 instances of embezzlement in the two indictments and Rus sell Brandt was cited with three Waldrip said District Judge Jack Robison had not set bond for the Brandts as of today and Comal County Jail officials said they had not admitted them to date Comal calls for cut in speed limit County school officials plead for slower 281 traffic By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The Texas Department of Transportation heard three hours of emotional testimony Thursday ranging from tearfilled appeals from people who had lost loved ones in traffic accidents to libertarian demands for abolition of speed limits An audience of more than 150 Central Texans jammed the TxDOT district office in San Antonio to give opinions on speed limits and other ills they believed afflict the public roads in the state The meeting at times reached the fervor of an oldtime camp meeting as calls of Amen and Right on mixed with spontaneous applause answered speakers with popular points Comal County Judge Carter Casteel presented a resolution passed by the county commissioners court requesting that the speed limit be lowered on all of US 281 in Comal County 281 in our county is in a stress condition and we plead with you to lower the speed limit on said The strength of the Comal County contingent was evident when Casteel asked that all people from the county present at the meeting stand More than half of the crowd rose The San Anto nio district of TxDOT covers 12 counties in Cen tral Texas including Comal County Michael Jarrell of Bulverde said 281has always been dangerous but it has now become deadly The increase in traffic in this area has made traveling a lifethreatening gamble Entering the roadway has become a Dennis Simmons who lives in Timberwood Park near the ComalBexar county line com mented on a recent school buscar accident at the intersection of 281 and Borgfeld Road Seventy miles per hour should apply to inter state highways not rural roads that have become urban roads like Simmons said At the meeting Simmons circulated a petition calling for overpasses at the Borgfeld and Bulverde intersections with 281 He said he expected to present the petition to TxDOT at a July meeting designated exclusively to address the Borgfeld situation Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees President Dan Kmeger was accompanied by board members Scott Watson and Robert Loop and Superintendent Jerry Major Krueger pre sented TxDOT officials a resolution unanimous ly passed by the board calling for the speed limit to be reduced to 55 mph on 281 from Loop 1604 to the Blanco County line We have 37 buses and more than stu dents who use the Krueger said Weve tried to alter our bus routes to minimize crossing Comal County Commissioner Jack Dawson said reducing the speed limit would help the situ ation on the 281 and increasing the number of patrols would help as well The commissioners court would subsidize Turn to Speed limit Page 2A Veterans nation observe Flag Day with Saturday services By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Veterans and the citizens whose rights they protect will pay respect to Old Glory with a Flag Day ceremony at the Elks Lodge on Seguin Avenue Saturday afternoon The ceremony to be conducted at 2 will commemorate the 120th anniversary of the birth of the stars and stripes The flag was first autho rized by the Second Continental Con gress in Philadelphia on June 14 1777 A m e r i c a n Legion Posts 179 and 35 the Sons of the American Rev olution William H i g h t o w e r Chapter and Boy Scout Troop 757 will participate in the honor guard Richard Kreutler commander of American Legion Post 179 said Americans should observe Flag Day as a day to be thankful that they live in a free country Kreutler said people should express their thankfulness by showing courtesy toward the flag It means in our country we have to respect the flag and those who dont like it should leave our Kreutler said We cant have the best of both worlds A lot of people died for our flag so it should be respected It is a shame when people try to bum it or desecrate it It all gets back to veterans and the people who fought for it If it wasnt for veterans or the people who fought for it we wouldnt be enjoying the freedom we have he said Retired Lt Col Marvin Brown said Flag Day held special significance for veterans and military personnel who currently serve in the armed forces For the last 50 years it has been a welcome symbol to people all over the world and why the American mil itary is there and why we are assisting said Brown a veteran of World War II Korean and Vietnam conflicts I think for the civilians here at home it is a symbol of the country it is the symbol of free Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Jerry Sikes said honoring the flag was part of the Elks tradition Sikes said the Elks were instru mental in helping start Flag Day in 1894 The basic tenets in our organiza tion are belief in God and Sikes said This ceremony is one of the ways we honor our House approves amendment to let Congress outlaw burning American flag See Page 84
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