Thursday, October 9, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Coaches discuss history of Comal Bowl Page 1B 50 CENTS New Braunfels HeraldZeit 16 pages in two sections Thursday October Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Kevin Wllllngham Vol 145 No 236 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Beatrice Gonzales Kevin Will ingham Manuel Camareno Cassie Camareno Michael Schneider Amber Somers belated and Melissa Torres To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Not available Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Infbmiation provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 299 cubic feet per sec ond same as Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level from Wednesday Canyon Dam cfs Canyon Lake inflow 243 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Wednesday and no well water was used Chance of rain goes on and on Tonight Mostlycloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms tbwvinthe tower 70s Sonthr east wind near 10 mph Friday Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms Locally heavy rain possible High near 90 southeast wind 10to15mph Saturday and Sunday Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thun derstorms Lows near 70 Highs in the 80s Monday Mostly cloudy and cooler with a chance of showers or thunderstorms Lows near 60 Highs near 80 Candlelight pep rally set tonight Alumni of New Braunfels High School are invited to a candlelight pep rally at Uni corn Stadium today in prepa ration for Homecoming The event will start at 7 with the football volleyball and cross country team arriving followed by the cheerleaders The rally will end at about with the extinguishing of lights and the playing of the fight song and alma mater Register to vote in CISD election Today is the last day to reg ister to vote in the Nov 8 bond election for the Comal Inde pendent School District Voter registration cards are available in the County Tax Office from 8 to The applica tions must be postmarked by Thursday to be eligible to vote in the bond election Eat lunch with the mayor A brown bag lunch with Mayor Jan Kennady will take place at noon Friday in confer ence AB at the New Braunfels Municipal Building Cypress Bend Park closed during week Cypress Bend Park will be closed for public use Monday through Friday until late Octo ber to allow electrical contrac tors to prepare for the citys Holiday River of Lights Get set New Braunfels and Canyon cross country teams get ready to start the New Braunfels Triangular Meet on Wednesday evening at Prince Solms Park HeraldZeltung photo by Michael Darnall Weather wont dry out soon By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT Staff Writer Intermittent showers and light rain have kept New Braunfels soggy the past few days and there is little sign of things drying out before the end of the weekend according to the National Weather Service in New Braunfels Meteorologist Roy Pringle said airflow from the Gulf of Mexico has been bringing warm moist air into the area and that has caused show ers all over south Texas The New Braunfels air port reported inch of rain Monday inches Tuesday and inch Wednesday and the rain isnt just local he said All along the coastal plains its almost solid he said Everyones getting Pringle said forecasters were expecting a weak front to move through the area and dry things out but that front wont make it this far He said a chance of showers remains at least through the weekend On Monday another weak front is expected to move through the area bringing Turn to Weather Page 2A NBHS roof leaking However officials say situation better than two weeks ago HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall New Braunfels High School receptionist Tina Resales has to work under a large piece of plastic on the ceiling and around several trash cans catching water that is leaking through the roof The problems were caused by recent rains By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT Staff Writer Most of the main office at New Braun fels High School stayed dry during recent showers now that leaks in the new roof have been repaired Assistant superintendent of finance Lon nie Curtis said the majority of the high school is getting a new metal roof He said roof work leaves the interior susceptible to leaks from the moment work begins until it is complete Until you get it all in it still has areas it can get in and run he said During the summer and as recently as two weeks agO portions of the high school including a hallway a counselors office and the main office were soaked by rains when the water leaked through the roof However high school principal Keith Garinger said the situation had improved I cant describe how much better its he said They obviously did a lot of hard work repairing the Its certainly not anything like it was over the summer or even two weeks principal Keith Garinger Garinger said two weeks ago the water leaked in numerous spots During showers in the past few days only one small spot dripped with water he said He said roofers still were trying to rectify the problem in that one area Its certainly not anything like it was over the summer or even two weeks said Garinger However Curtis said the disappearance of the other leaks could simply be a result of light showers Basically we have not had really a hard enough rain to test he said Curtis said heavy leaking during the summer damaged some equipment includ ing computers Carpet and ceiling tiles were also damaged He said the carpet and rile were dried and a fungicide was applied to kill mold and mildew that might have developed However Curtis said the damaged mate rials would not be replaced until the work was completed When it is replaced Cur tis said the roof contractor will be respon sible for paying for labor and replacement Until you get it entirely dried out it doesnt pay to tear anything out and replace said Curtis The contractor will pay for Garinger said despite the current leaky roof material and equipment were not being damaged Administrators learned early to move things around to keep them out of the trouble areas Curtis said the work on the new roof is winding down He said it should be com plete as early as late October or early November Shooting suspect indicted Seguin teen accused in pawn shop robbery By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A Guadalupe County teenager was indicted by a Comal County grand jury Wednesday for the August armed robbery of a local pawn shop Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip said the grand jury indicted Dino Baiza 18 of Seguin for one count of aggravated robbery which took place Aug 2 at The Hunting Camp Pawn Shop 1630 South Business 35 Baiza is accused of shooting the pawn shop owner Michael Kivlin 51 once in the head New Braunfels police said Kivljn was airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio but not before he was able to give a description of the suspect to police officers Baiza allegedly broke a glass gun case and stole some items from it Police detective Basel Boatright said when Baiza allegedly broke the glass case there was evidence that he was injured Boatright said Baiza became a suspect in the case when he was arrested on Aug 27 in Jim Wells County When he was arrested down there he had stolen property from the pawn shop He had two of the Boatright said Baiza could have been charged with an attempted murder Boa tright said but he and the Criminal District Attorneys office decided to go with the aggravated robbery charge We felt it would be easiei to prove aggravated robbery than attempted murder punishment is the Boatright said Waldrip said the armed robbery charge is a first degree felony punishable by 99 years or life in prison and up to a fine Boatright said once Baiza was arrested in South Texas he was transported to the Guadalupe County Jail where he was wanted on a charge of burglary of a building Boatright said blood recovered at the pawn shop from the bro ken gun glass case was sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety for testing Something that took a significant amount of time was getting a search warrant for Mr Baizas Boatright said Boatright said police had to wait for the DNA tests from the crime scene before making their move He said police got pre liminary results from the DPS lab that showed the blood at the crime scene was Baizas Boatright said it would probably take another four weeks before police get a final analysis on the DNA test Turn to Indicted Page 2A Music fest kicks off in Gruene From staff reports Area music lovers need look no fur ther than Gruene for the best enter tainment deal in Texas this weekend Gruene Music Fest 97 will bring together the areas finest musi cians for a three day bash to bene fit United Way of Comal County Fridays Pre mier Party starts as a private gath ering at Gniene Hall for special donors and opens to the public from until midnight with Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88s Admission is Gruene Hall festivities start at 1 Saturday Dan McCoy and Friends Matt Toon and the Big Deals and ters Morales fill the afternoon and ear ly evening and regional favorites Clay Blaker and the Texas Honky Took Johnny Dee For a complete schedule and price list see page 7A band finish the night Admission at Gruene Hall Saturday is free until 5 from to 1 Food booths in the beer garden will satisfy appetites from 1 to 9 Organizers pull out the stops and blow off the roofs Sunday when Gruene Hall the Gruene Hall bar and the Beer Garden Stage will all rock with a cavalcade of the areas favorite music Admission Sunday from noon to 11 is for adults with children 12 and younger admitted free Special on Sunday is The Blues in premiering this year in the Grist Mill meadows tent Sets by Jim my Spacek and Mason Ruffher will be interspersed with eclectic electric blues from the Jamaniacs a new band formed specially for the Gruene Music Fest from members of Hat Trjck Quar ter Moon and Monty Guitar Tylers band Womens center offers refuge By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer With only the clothes she was wearing and a backpack strapped across her shoulders a woman arrived at the Comal County Womens Cen ter She walked several miles to escape the abuse of her boyfriend a law enforcement official outside of Comal County That first day was said the woman who wished not to be identified But this place is better than home because the people here have a genuine concern for The woman had lived with her boyfriend for many years before the abuse became unbearable His beating and my not being able to retaliate made me she explained During 1996 more than Problems at home Last of a fourpart series victims reported family violence in Texas and 77 percent of those women according to the Texas Department of Public Safetys Crime Information Bureau in Austin The Comal County Womens Cen ter provides temporary emergency shelter for victims of family violence and sexual assaults and their children The center helps clients find new housing employment legal aid and provides counseling every step of the way The center located near Loop 337 and Common Street has been oper ating at that location for more than three years It was a consolidation of prior shelters located around New Braunfels in secrecy for the sake of the victims protection Now the shelter is equipped with effective security measures and can house up to 30 victims at once with private sleeping quarters living areas a large kitchen handicappedacces sible bathrooms laundry rooms and large play areas for children Job notices are posted and there are phones to use Businesses in the community work with the womens center to employ clients if background checks arent available or threaten the security of the client A curfew is imposed on clients by Turn to Center Page 2A More fair winners on Page 5A