New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, October 30, 1997, Page 2

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October 30, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 30, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 2A Q Herald-Zertung □ Thursday, October 30,1997 Mil Witnesses . ■VI ' From Page 1A felony conviction for possessing between 28 and IOO grams of mcthamphetamines. That sentence could be probated for three years, and he would pay a $2,000 fine and reimbursement to the state for lab tests, he said. It would be up to the judge whether Villarreal was given probation or deferred adjudication, die prosecution pointed out. During cross examination, Villarreal denied he made a great deal of money from the sale of the drugs, or that he was part of a major traffic ring in San Antonio and Comal County. He said 4 ounces was the largest amount with which he ever dealt. Villarreal testified that another acquaintance from San Antonio was shot in the back of the head and killed just IO days before bodies of Lamb and Dougherty were found. In 1990, that same individual had been arrested with 122 pounds of methamphetamines and was a manufacturer of the drug, the defense said. The runner who shot the man gave Villarreal a piece of lab equipment to hold for him, Villarreal testified. Wurstfest Defense attorney Jim Pape also asked Villarreal about a conversation he had with Lt. Sumner Bowen in April 1996. During that discussion, Villarreal allegedly told Bowen that Lamb had collected $20,000 from the sale of methamphetamines just prior to his death. According to a report from that conversation, Villarreal said Lamb owed the California supplier $31,000, and his life was in immediate jeopardy. Villarreal denied making the comments. Villarreal also denied that his girlfriend was a carrier and that a “drug hit” was placed on his car. “I never did say drug hit, sir ... There was no drug hit on it,” Villarreal said. Pape asked Villarreal about the death of two people at a San Antonio Bingo Parlor. Villarreal said the killings occurred in 1994 or 1995, and the two were Bandito Gang members. Villarreal said the two had purchased a vehicle from him but never picked it up. He denied being acquainted with them beyond that. Pape asked Villarreal if he still considered himself as only a social user. “That’s what we are,” Villarreal said. “That’s what I am, yes sir.” On re-direct, the prosecution asked Villarreal whether he or Lamb were wealthy. Villarreal said no. He said he lived in an apartment and drove a 1978 Ford pickup, and his girlfriend drove a 1983 Mercedes that her mother gave her. He said he did not own any real property. Lamb drove a late-1980s Toyota pickup, lived in an older mobile home and purchased his clothes from yard sales or KMait. Villarreal also testified that the defendant often used methamphetamines and would ask Villarreal and Lamb for “a bump.” According to court documents, Lamb’s body was found at his residence on Farm-to-Market 306 wrapped in blankets, tied up and stuffed in a water pressure tank. Dougherty’s body was found under a mobile home next to the water pressure tank, covered by a tarp. Naef, who told police the shootings were a result of a murder-suicide, was arrested and charged with the murders five days later. Each victim was shot in the head one time with a .38 caliber weapon, deputies have said. Naef, a former self-employed diesel mechanic, was a social and business acquaintance of the two alleged victims and worked for Lamb, deputies said. From Page 1A of continuous music. “You can’t go anywhere at Wurstfest without hearing German music,” said Brumbelow. Tool man Wurstfest is produced by more than 200 members of the Wurstfest Association, a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the local economy through tourism and preserving the community’s rich German heritage. Wurstfest will be open Friday through Nov. 9, and admission is $6 for adults. Children 12 and younger get in free. From Page 1A Other times, people come calling for less disastrous reasons. Unger said he had closed the shop and was mopping the floor one evening when a man appeared at the window needing a small part. Unger said the man knew immediately who Unger was. “He said ’You must be the owner — who else would be here late mopping the floor?’” Unger opened the store, helped the man and sent him on his way In the wake of new hardware stores coming to town, Unger said being able lo sell his service meant a lot lie also it adding a rental program that will feature a line of 8,000 loanable tools like hammer drills, chain saws, sewer Police Beat ■    New    Braunfels    Police investigated a report of criminal mischief this week in the 700 block of Landa Street Nathan Alterman Electric of San Antonio reported someone stole the rear door hinges from a storage trailer, valued at $500 Police said the trailer was on the Albertson’s lot ■    New    Braunfels    Police investigated a report of criminal trespassing at ll am Tuesday in the IOO block of Wisdom Court A New Braunfels woman reported two juveniles broke into her home. Police said the suspects were identified ■ New Braunfels Police arrested three men this week in the 2700 block of Interstate 35 North for hanging onto an 18-wheeler truck A 32-year-old Neuvo Laredo, Mexico man, an illegal immigrant, was arrested for evading detention, a 18-year-old Dallas man was arrested for public intoxication and a 23-year-old Kerrville man was arrested for evading detention Police said they were all being held on bond ■ New Braunfels Police investigated a report of burglary between 7:30 a m and 3:30 p m Tuesday in the 400 block of Landa Street A New Braunfels woman reported someone stole household items valued at $628 Police said entry was gained through the back door ■ New Braunfels Police investigated a report of criminal trespassing between Oct 12 and 28 in the 2000 block of Wcstbndge A New Braunfels man reported Horsefeathers Those who took a gander at the Wednesday Herald-Zeitung might have noticed it had its feathers dossed in a cull me on Page IA. The two waterfowl crossing the road were not ducks, but geese lf any human or ornithic beings had their feathers ruffled, the Herald-Zeitung regrets the error augers and other supplies. True Value also will sell one nut or bolt at a time instead of requiring the customer to buy a whole set. After living in Munich, Germany, and Venezuela and working for Efco, an international company that makes heavy steel forms, Unger said living in New Braunfels and being a small merchant meant being able to compete with small and large businesses alike. “You can’t expect the market not to change,” said Unger When another hardware chain opened some 15 miles away, Unger said he noticed True Value’s traffic flow was down, but after a couple months, he was seeing just as many customers as before "Ihc area is growing,” said Unger lf that trend continues, then there should be a large enough population to someone broke into an uninhabited house and went through possessions Police said nothing was taken ■ Comal County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 46-year-old Blanco woman for driving while intoxicated at U S 281 and Texas 46 at 2 48 a m Wednesday The woman was taken to the Comal County Jail where she posted a $300 bond that same day. ■ Comal County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 23-year-old Canyon Lake woman Wednesday for driving while intoxicated and for possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces at U.S. 281 and Texas 46 The woman was taken to the Comal County Jail where she posted bonds of $600 the same day. ■ Comal County Sheriffs deputies arrested a 40-year-old Canyon Lake man for possession of Non-bored member Mayor Jan Kennedy vacantly praaants randy Outreach volunteer Pal aeattAe Hue DMr Will I Ini DOWu Member of tie Year Award. Photo submitted support all of the home improvement and hardware stores in New Braunfels, he said. Jackie Unger, who contributes at least 60 hours of her week to True Value said true devotion to the shop has made it successful. “It’s a lifestyle,” said Unger. “We’re constantly devoted to the business to make it survive.” Some customers just know what they want and where to get it, and visit the Unger’s store for those products. Ryan Reater of New Braunfels said he has shopped at True Value before and went there Wednesday because he needed just one item , “All I needed was a ‘for sale’ signs because I’m selling my car,’ said Reacer. “I figured they’d have one here." marijuana less than 2 ounces Tuesday. He was taken to Comal County Jail where he posted a $300 bond the same day. ■ Comal County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 30-year-old Canyon Lake man for outstanding warrants at 12:28 p.m. Wednesday at the Sheriff s Office. The man had warrants for an expired license plate and for failure to appear The man was released the same day when he paid $208.50 in fines. ■ Comal County Sheriffs deputies arrested a 33-year-old Canyon Lake woman for outstanding warrants at 8:32 a.m. Wednesday at Farm-to-Market 3159. She had outstanding warrants for an expired license plate and for failure to appear. The woman was released from the Comal County Jail that the same day when she paid $208 50 in fines. Kuempel announces re-election intentions State Representative Edmund Kuempel, District 45, Republican from Seguin, has announced his candidacy for re-election. District 45 includes the counties of Comal and Guadalupe. Kuempel said, “I enjoy serving the people of Comal and Guadalupe Counties and would like the opportunity to continue to serve diem as their representative. During the past legislative session, I was fortunate to work on many bills that will be beneficial to this district and to all the citizens of Texas.” Kuempel was appointed by the Speaker of the House to the Energy Council, die Executive Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference, and to the Edwards Aquifer Legislative Oversight Committee. He has served as the Chairman of a number of committees during his service in the Legislature and currently is Chairman of the State Recreational Resources Committee. Improving Texas’ retirement systems, including the Firefighters and Volunteer Firefighters Retirement Funds, has been a particular concern to Kuempel. Kuempel has been honored and recognized by many organizations for his work in the Texas House. Among those honors are the “Man of the Year” from the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association, “Legislator of the Year” from TPEA, “Better Life Award” from the Texas Health Care Association, “Distinguished Service Award” from the Vocational Ag Teachers of Texas, “Environmental Award” from LCRA, “Golden Flame Award” from the Vocational Home Economics Teachers Association, Future Farmers of America’s “Blue and Gold Award,” and the “Representative of the Year Award” from the Associated Builders and Contractors of Texas. Kuempel has been active in his community for many years having served on the Board of the Seguin and Guadalupe County Activity Center, as a member and Past President of the Seguin and Guadalupe County Chamber of Commerce, and as Task Force member of the Community Justice Council, among others. Kuempel, age 54, is a graduate of Texas Lutheran College. He is married to the former Roberta Blumberg of Seguin, a teacher. 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