New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, October 7, 1997, Page 2

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 7, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas mm2 □ HeraJd-Zeitung O Tuesday, October 7,1997 9-car By DAVI) DEKUNDER Staff Writer A chain reaction car accident on Interstate 35 south sent five people to area hospitals Monday and backed up traffic for miles. An Austin woman who was traveling southbound on 1-35 lost control of her car near the Schwab Road exit in the Schertz city limits at approximately 1:30 p.m., and another car hit her, said officer Marc Bane of the Schertz Police Depaitmen. “It was one vehicle that lost control, hit the retainer wall and ended up sideways across both lanes (of 35),” Bane said. Bane said seven other cars were involved in the accident. The Austin woman, whose name was not given, Had to be extricated from the car, Bane said. She was taken to University Hospital by SAFES in stable condition. New Braunfels EMS transported two San Antonio men, Marc Dimas, 24, and Daniel Mata, 22, to McKenna Memorial Hospital. Both were treated and released. The New Braunfels Fire Department, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Department of Public Safety also responded to the accident. A- Herakj Zettuna photo bv Dgyjrt Dskundor Braunfels EMS transported on* of five victims of a nina car acddsnt on Interstats 35 aouth Monday iiiCiTiOOfi* I wo of ino vicmns bhio woto ironopofwo lo    movivOmW    nospvioif More uiiTioSf • wio irflfiiOi 1,22, both of San Antonio, wars treated and ralaaaed. Fire From Page 1 “Most fire deaths occur when the family is asleep,” Friesenhahn said. “That is why it is critical to have a functioning smoke detector with a functional battery in it.” Smoke detectors can make a difference. Of the 19,370 residential fires reported in Texas in 1995, 9,000 homes had no smoke detectors and 3,000 did not have an operational one. Friesenhahn said. “Have a good evacuation plan and make sure the cooking equipment is operating properly and not in need of maintenance,” Fncscnhahn said. The fire department installs new smoke detectors and replaces batteries in smoke detectors for senior citizens free of charge, he said. For mnrr-, information senior citizens can call the fire department at 608-2120 A FEW COMMON-SENSE TIPS CAN SAVE HOMES, LIVES Each year Fires claim more Americans than natural disasters combined. Fire is the third leading cause of accidental death in the home with at least 80 percent of all fire deaths occurring in residences. The following safety tips can reduce the chances of fire occurring in your home or possibly save your life: • Check the batteries in your smoke detectors often Keep extra batteries on hand and replace them every six months • Check your smoke detectors. Replace any that arc IO years or older • Position detectors wisely Place at least one smoke detector on every level of your house and near areas ~Nhcre you and yoOr fanMy stfPff ~ • Keep detectors away from heating and cooling ducts, and at least six inches from where walls and ceilings meet. • Keep fire extinguishers handy Make sure there’s at least one on each floor — especially near the kitchen, garage, laundry room and workshop • Maintain a safe fireplace and chimney. Clean the fireplace regularly and have the chimney cleaned andmspected annually. • Check the wiring. Have a professional electrician check for faulty winng, especially if you own an older home • Check your dryer hose — lint build-up can cause overheating. Clean the hose; and dryer annually. • Keep pert*Mc apace heaters at I a s t^rnitrrrmrwifTf dm any combustible surface or materials (clothing, bedding, draperies, etc.) and keep these and other heating appliances unplugged when not in use. • Never leave the stove when cooking with grease. • Cover stove top pan fires with a lid and turn offbeat source. • Always turn off all burners when cooking is complete. • Keep paper and cloth towels away from burners when cooking. • Before you go to bed, check the oven and unplug unnecessary appliances. • Talk with your family and make sure everyone knows what to do in case a fin.* breaks out. Create a fire safety plan, with a designated meeting place Sources: American Red Cross, Allstate InsurancePolice From Page 1 firearms 2 percent and other objects 6 percent Only I I percent of the family violence reports were listed as involving no wrapt ms Discerning who was the victim and who was the perpetrator can be difficult sometimes, said Mayer, who arrived at family violence scenes to discover wounds on btnh parties, two conflicting stones and both under the influence of alcohol “The first thing that goes with alcohol is the loss of judgment,” Mayer said Guidelines set forth by family v lolcnCe codes enable officers to arrest a perpetrator even if the only evidence is a black eye, bruise or swelling on tfic body of the victim Often the victim wants to press Life Chain charges, but later drops the charges because she is afraid of repercussions from the offender. (Khome says. New Braunfels police are in the process of adopting a new “zero tolerance" policy toward domestic abuse offenders, (Shortie said Zero tolerance means that when called to domestic disturbances, officers are equipped with documentation that the victims are required to sign The victim selects to press charges or not Regardless of which box the victim checks, the case goes on to (fie district attorney’s office From this point, the district attorney can pursue the case because it is technically still a crime, even though the victim has dropped the charges In this way, the victim had an alibi, she could tell her husband or boyfnend that she didn't want to press charges against him but the police did, said Osborne. I X>r nestle abuse convictions carry the punishment of a class A misdemeanor When the defendant has been previously convicted of an offense against a family member two or more times, the offense becomes a felony, punishable by state jail time, according to the Texas Criminal Law Penal Code. The offense lh question did not have to involve the use of a weapon or a violent act, Osborne said. Perpetrators on their third offense could spend time in jail for much levs “It cixiid be a simple slap in the face” that would send the offender to jail, ()sbome said Victims are given notice of where they can get the assistance they need, Mayer says W here to find free legal aid, shelter, an attorney and family counseling is information that might not be apparent to a victim in distress, he From Page 1 the Lite Christian Center Band performed After the prayer, participants lined the sidewalks on San Antonio Street and Seguin Avenue, forming a cross. The event also was closed with a prayer Stewart said that although a few cars ‘topped and heckled the demonstrators, the event remained peaceful “We didn t respond to them,” said Stewart "It’s in our Code of Conduct On the agenda Comal tndapandant School District The Comal Independent School District board of trustees will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for the first meeting of the month. The board will hear numerous reports, including reports on the recognition of campuses for 1996-97 TAAS results and the Comal County Indoor Swimming Pool. In addition to the reports, the board also will consider action on several items. One of the items for consideration is options the board has if the Nov. 8 bond election fails. The following four options will be presented to the board: not to respond. We are there just to make a statement afxxtt our belief” Grumbles said the local interest in the issue of abortion was moving, especially considering the reason and the cross-section of people participating This year’s Life Chain was the first atter a short break Stewart said local churches participated in the national event for three years. However, about three or four years ago, there was no organizer, so local participation ended She said an effort will be made • Reconfigure attendance zones to balance enrollment at the high schools. • Present another bond issue to expand Smithson Valley High School to 2,500-student capacity. • Implement year-round, multitrack school; split schedules, purchase more portable buildings, or lease space • Increase class sizes. City of Now Braunfels Planning Zoning Commission City of New Braunfels Planning Commission will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal building to continue participation. Participation in future years looks promising considering this y ear’s strong turnout “It went really well, and hopefully next year we’ll double our numbers,” said Stewart “V^e’rc going to keep it going every year so it keeps growing and growing ” fhe first Life Chain was formed in 1987, and Lite Chains have been built every year since then. The chain is traditionally built the first Sunday in October and all denominations are invited to participate. meeting room at 424 S. Casted. Public hearing and recommendation to city council of proposed special use permit for 832 Gruene Road to allow a restaurant and proposed rezoning of Andres Sanches, approximately 300 feet in width along the north and west right-of-ways of Texas 46 and Loop 337 are to be considered. The commission will also discuss trade with New Braunfels and a pieshaped portion of 710 Eweling Lane for a street easement Other business includes the proposed abandonment of the right-of-way at the end of Valencia Drive. Obituaries ETHEL L.AMPELAS Ethel L. “Jean” Ampeias of Canyon Lake passed away Sunday, Od. 5, 1997, at her residence at Canyon Lake at the age of 68. She was bom July 25, 1929, at Kaufman, Texas, to Clyde Vernon Rodgers and Odell (Fincher) Rodgers. She married Fred Ampeias Nov. 21, 1944, in San Angelo. She worked as a head cashier at Sears and was a member of die Baptist faith. Survivors include husband Fred Ampeias ofCanyon Lake; mother Odell Gressett of New Braunfels; three daughters, Yvonne Findley of Boerne, Gloria Cervin of Canyon Lake and Darlene Sebben of San Antonio; brother Bill Rodgers of Conroe, Texas; sister Patricia Ann • Boggard of Anchorage, Alaska and nine grandchildren and two great- a -lS a.. granocnuorcn. Funeral services were IO a.m. Tuesday, Od. 7,    1997, at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake. Burial followed at Cranes Mill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice New Braunfels. Doeppenadunidt Funeral Home, Canyon Lake 1 J. WESLEY SPENCER, SR J. Wesley Spencer, Sr., age 94, passed away Oct. 3, 1997. Mr. Spencer retired from B. F. Goodrich in 1968 and moved from San Antonio to Canyon Lake in 1971. He was a member of Petted Union Masonic Lodge No. IO and was a 32nd Degree Mason. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Orlean W. Spencer of Canyon Lake, son and daughter-in-law J. Wesley and Marion Spencer of Lake Brownwood; daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Bill Slater of Canyon Lake; sister Florence McJohnson; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1997, at Sunset Memorial Park in San Antonio. Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home, Canyon Ladle Children’s Chorus conducts auditions The New Braunfels Children’s Chorus will have initial registration and auditions for the organization from 4:15 to 7 p.m.. today at the First Protestant Church. This audition for die NBCC is for the director to have a chance to meet briefly with each young singer to gain information about their musical background and placement in the chorus. The audition is not to say yes or no in regards to a young singer’s opportunity to sing in die NBCC. Hopefully, parents who enjoy music will want their children to be a port of this enrichment program. The chorus will practice and perform music of the masters of all styles and historic periods. The music literature will also include folk, jazz and patriotic music to enhance a well rounded music education. The New Braunfels Children’s Chorus will be a non-profit music education organization supported by tuition, membership contributions, grants, fund-raising and performance proceeds. Call Judy Stephenson at 608-9427 to arrange for the audition and to receive more information. Recently Moved? Getting Married? New Baby? Give us a calli Ask us about our Double Your Down Payment Offer Mid. “Help is there to break the cycle,” Mayer said For immediate shelter, counseling or help out of an abusive relationship, contact the Comal County Women’s Center at 620-7520 or the crisis line at 620-4357. Teens who need shelter, counseling or assistance with handling an abusive situation at home can call the Teen ( onnection at 629-6571. 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