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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 7, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Rangers lose nondistrict volleyball match Page 6 50 CENTS New Brauitfels 12 pages in one section Tuesday October Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of JlmtnyWilliams hi I 1 1 N i Vol 145 No 234 Inside Stammtiscn Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Bmunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Jimmy Williams Tristan Moore Robert Bridges Nicole Cornevin Norma Schwab Robert Goebel Dar rell Bading and Lindy Sohn Happy Anniversary wishes go to Milton and Sylvia Erben 47 years and Louie and Dorothy Vollbrecht 59 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Molds Ragweed tedar 40 Grass Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information omal River 294 cubic feet per sec ond same as Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 02 from Monday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Below conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Monday and gallonsof well water Chance of showers remains through week Tonight Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers Low in the lower 70s Southeast wind near 10 mph Wednesday Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thun derstorms High in the mid 80s Southeast wind near 15 mph Thursday Mostly cloudy with a chance of show ers or thunderstorms Highs in tljie 80s i Friday and Saturday Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms Lows in the 60s to near 70 Highs in the 80s Common Mather residents meet tonight The city of New Braunfels invites residents who live along Common and Mather streets to a neighborhood meeting at today in Cypress Bend Park The pur pose of the meeting is to dis cuss plans for the upcoming Holiday River of Lights and a neighborhood lighting contest Road work Department of Transportation crews are con tinuing work to expand Inter state 35 between Solms Road and FarmtoMarket 3009 No lanes will be closed but southbound exits with the exception of FM 482 will be closed AHnorthbound lanes are open Crews are working on FM 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane Traffic like ly will be reduced to one lane County crews will be working on Barbarosa Lane The remain open New Braunfels street crews will be working on Oasis Street from Business 35 to Ridgewood Avenue through Friday Construction is scheduled to seal coat Old McQueeney Road Morningside Drive Mesquite Avenue and Old Marion Road through Friday Pow wow dancer HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Larry Crawford dances a special Fancy Dance Saturday afternoon during the pow wow at Canyon Lake Hundreds of Native Americans came to dance at the event and enjoy a weekend of culture NB man dies in hanging accident From staff reports A New Braunfels man was killed Monday in San Antonio in a mainte nance accident The man David Philip Jennings 47 was employed by Praxair a sub contractor for VLSI Technology Inc Jennings apparently was strangled about 8 while checking the chem ical levels on a VLSI Technology tow er at 9651 Westover Hills Blvd in San Antonio According to police reports Jennings tied a piece of rope approxi mately 6 feet long to his belt and attached the other end to a flashlight in preparation for the tower check He was last seen about when he left to conduct the check The flashlight apparently caught on the ladder guard when Jennings slipped and the rope looped around his neck One of Jennings coworkers noticed he was gone for longer than he should have been The coworker looked out the window and saw Jennings hanging and still on the towers ladder accord ing to police reports Coworkers called an ambulance and ascended the ladder to help They cut the rope and carried Jen nings down to a landing and started cardiopulmonary resuscitation Emergency medical service techni cians arrived and found no vital signs at according to police reports Firefighters focus on fire prevention By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Common sense prevention and knowing what to do during a fire can be the difference between life and death How to prevent people from becom ing statistics will be emphasized during Fire Prevention Week in New Braun fels through Saturday Elroy Friesenhahn New Braunfels Fire Department fire marshal said activities and education would be part of Fire Prevention Week We have gotten involved with pub lic education programs in both school he said We have demon strations lectures essay contests fire truck demonstrations and puppet Essay contests will be conducted in third fourthand fifthgrades in city schools Friesenhahn said each school would have two winners an hon orary fire chief and honorary fire mar shal Each of those winners will be given a ride in a fire truck or EMS van to the central fire station on Hill Street on Oct 17 The essay winners will be treated to a lunch at the station Preventing fires and preparing for them should be serious business for every family Friesenhahn said The biggest cause of home fires is cooking when food is left unat he said Friesenhahn said 1995 Texas Fire Reporting statistics the latest ones available show that cooking fires were the No 1 cause of residential fires in Texas There were cases of cooking fires followed by sus picious or arson fires and fires related to heating equipment Friesenhahn said most of these fires could be prevented with precautions and common sense rules Obviously dont get distracted from Friesenhahn said Go ahead and take the food off the heat source burner or oven so that you are not distracted Time is our worst ene my We try to get back to cooking before we know it we have a Friesenhahn stressed the importance of a good functioning smoke detector in the home Turn to Fire Page 2 Police officers prepare for worst in domestic violence calls By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer When a New Braunfels police officer is dis patched to the home where a domestic distur bance is taking place he or she must prepare for the very worst Guns or knives might be present at the scene and at the hands of two angrily feuding parties Maybe alcohol is involved too heightening the chance for explosive behavior The officer is about to walk into a potentially dangerous situation He or she will attempt to determine why the violence is happening and what provoked it The officer is about to meet a victim and face an abuser Texas police officers responded to f am i 1 y violence incidents in 1996 percent more than incidents in 1995 according to reports released by the Texas Depart ment of Public Safetys Crime Information Bureau Problems at home Second of a four part series New Braunfels police responded to 386 inci dents of domestic violence in 1996 and Comal County Sheriffs officers answered 245 Responding to a domestic violence call is like tying down an said Corporal Martin Mayer a New Braunfels police officer who has been dispatched to numerous domestic distur bances He explained that there was no typical family violence scenario The dispatcher usually could clarify to the responding officer whether conventional weapons were involved in the dispute before the officer arrived Mayer said Even if firearms or guns were absent from the conflict officers still faced the unknown when they arrived at the residence More than 800 form local Life Chain By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT Staff Writer New Braunfels residents turned out in record number Sunday to make a statement against abortion Members of 30 different churches from a cross section of denomina tions met at the plaza Sunday after noon for the common cause of taking a abortion through par ticipation in a Life Chain Joanie Grumbles director of the Crisis Pregnancy Center said more than Sop people shpwed up for the demonstration 125 fnore than in pre vious years So thats encouraging That was really she said Cathy Stewart who coordinated the local event said about 45 church es were contacted Although the orga nizers hoped for a large turnout they did not expect the number that showed up she said The Lord was really good and sent a lot of people to stand up for said Stewart The demonstration started with a prayer on the plaza at 1 30 and Turn to Life Chain Page 2 HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall More than 800 participants showed up for a rally In the downtown area Sunday for the Life Chain that read Abortion Abortion Hurts Women and Forgive Our Nation Lord were displayed by young and old on every downtown street New Braunfels police detective Mike Osborne said that two officers were automatically dis patched to any domestic violence scene and if weapons had been confirmed more officers would join them to control the situation According to TDPS Crime Information Bureau statistics weapons dont automati cally mean switchblades or pistols During 1996 the most widely used weapon in fam ily violence cases was physical force through the use of hands feet and fists accounting for 74 percent of the incidents Knives or cutting instruments accounted for 4 percent of the incidents blunt objects 3 percent Turn to Police Page 2 HZ now offers Ivins column Molly Ivins columnist for the Fort Worth Star Telegram joins the New Braun fels Herald Zeitung column writers with todays edition A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Ihree times Ivins was the winner of the 1992 Headliners Award for best column in Texas Ivins columns will appear on a rotating basis with those of Cat Thomas Both columns will appear on Sundays in the HeraldZeitung Stale limit on pay phone costs expires today Page 5
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