Thursday, November 13, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 13, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY ers hope to end Billies7 streak Page f B 50 CENTS New Braunfels f HeraldZeitu 14 pages in two sections Thursday November Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Roslo Wllllngham 20332 MOO SOWEST MICKOPUBLISMIMG 2A27 E YAMDELL ttR B PASO TX 79903 Vol 145 No 261 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Rosie Willingham Alan Bracks Milton Doege and Traci Garza 1 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Molds Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Infoimation provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 13 from Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 02 from Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge 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 Tuesday and gallons of well water Colder weather on tap for weekend Tonight Partly cloudy Lows near 50 Friday Partly cloudy Highs in the upper 60s Friday night partly cloudy Lows near y Saturday Partly cloudy and colder Highs in the 50s and 40s Sunday Fair and very cold Lows in the 20s to near 30 Highs in the 50s and 40s Monday Fair Lows in the 20s to near 30 Highs near 60 Let us meet your neighbors We want the rest of New Braunfels to meet your neigh bors Write us a letter or essay and tell us why your neigh bors are so special Well run them in our Neighbors sec tion in Horizons Mail your let to us at 707 Landa New Braunfels Texas 78130 If you have any ques tions contact Managing editor Margaret Edmonson at 625 9144 ext 220 The deadline is Friday Road work Texas Department of Transportation crews are con tinuing expansion work on Interstate 35 between Solms Road and FarmtoMarket 3009 Southbound exits with the exception of FM 482 will be closed Crews are working on FM 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane Take an alternate route if possible County road crews will be doing routine repairs this week City crews will be striping Mesquite Old Marion Road and Old McQueeney Road Help veterans by giving to drive Tree of Life Fellowship will collect canned goods for homeless veterans during November Drop off nonper ishable items in the box at the entrance to Librados through Friday For information call 6292963 SOS Food Bank also needs canned milk canned meats vegetables fruit peanut butter soups cereals laundry items shampoo and bath items To make donations call 629 3663 or bring them to 248 Mer riweather St Expert leads antiabduction classes in New Braunfels Parents children can learn how to stay safe By DEMISE DZIUK KNIGHT Staff Writer Finding out a child has been abducted can be a parents worse nightmare but two sessions of Escape School will teach local parents and children Monday how to avoid an abduction and what to do if it happens Robert Stuber a former police officer in Cali If youre going WHAT Bsdipe abduction pre Ventfon and survival session and Is Anhburlpnis J 21 64 TO REGISTER Call Zoeller Funeral Home at 6252349 to reserve a seat fornia and author of Missing Stranger Abduc tions Smart Strategies to Keep Your Child will present two Escape School sessions Monday at Oakwood Baptist Church 2154 N Loop 337 The free sessions will be conducted at 10 and 2 One of the reasons abductors are so success ful is that we dont teach otfr children how to get away from said Stuber Our ignorance helps the According to Street Sense for Parents printed by Berkley Publishing Co in 1995 approxi mately children are abducted by strangers each year in the United States the majority of these children are beaten molested and trauma tized before being released Of these about 400 never will be seen alive again An additional abductions are attempted each year Dan Zoeller managing director of Zoeller Funeral Home said the funeral home was soring Stubers sessions to help the community There certainly is nothing more sad than when you have to conduct a service for a child who has been abducted and unfortunately we have had that experience said Zoeller Were trying to help others in the Zoeller said the onehour sessions were open to parents and children Hamming it up HeraldZeitung photo by David DeKunder Leonard Borchers left talks to Joe Vesper right about ham radios at Chuck Donohoes home Tuesday Heritage Exhibit brings operators together By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer When Phyllis Borchers visited the New Braunfels Civic Center last week to see the Heritage Society exhibit she had no idea she would help reunite two ham radio operators who spoke to each other over the radio 36 years ago Borchers was looking through the Heritage Society exhibit Spreadin the News when she saw Chuck Donohoes display featuring a ham radio Borchers has special interest in ham radios because her husband Leonard has been a licensed ham radio operator since he was 17 Borchers while reading QSL cards ham radio operators send these to each other through the mail after they have made contact said she noticed some thing familiar I said Gee Leonard has one like she said I was looking at the QSL cards and there was my hus Borchers found her husbands call sign W5 JBI the code with which ham radio operators identify themselves I went to the hostess to see that Borchers said It was from Leonard Borchers was in Florida when Phyllis discovered the QSL card She said she phoned her husband imme diately I couldnt keep it a secret I told Phyllis Borchers said The QSL card was dated Dec 29 1961 the same day that Leonard 17 had talked to Joe Vesper 29 over a ham radio Vesper now 65 and Leonard Borchers 53 met for the first time at Donohoes home in Schumansville Tuesday Vesper who now lives in Wimberley said he and his wife Martha were living in Big Wells Texas when he received Leonards radio transmission on Dec 29 1961 Leonard Borchers who lives in Seguiri described himself an excited teenager from Schulenburg Texas when he first contacted Vesper I had just been licensed for two Leonard Borchers said I was anxious to get on with a new hobby I was anxious to see what is out Vesper said Donohoe was the catalyst for the firstever meeting between him and Leonard Borchers Donohoe 38 said the happy ending was an unexpected pleasure It kind of makes it Donohoe said Man denied new trial for molestation Miranda says lawyer did not do adequate job By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT Stiff Writer District Court Judge Bill Ben der denied a request Wednesday for a new hearing for a Comal County man sentenced in Sep tember to 99 years in prison for the aggravated sexual assault of an 11yearold In the motion for a new trial Jte contended that Rarjdy Jansseri who represented Domin go Miranda during the trial did not do an adequate job Miranda was convicted on charges that he picked up the 11 yearold daughter of his exgirl friend on Jan 30 took her to Landa Park and sexually assault ed her in the back seat of his car Paul Cedillo Mirandas new attorney called several wit nesses during Wednesdays hear ing Mirandas wife Lillian said she met with Janssen two times before the start of the trial She said the attorney never asked for a list of witnesses never visited the house never examined the car where the incident allegedly took place and never questioned her about their lives She said he also voiced con cerns that Miranda would never get a fair trial in Comal County His feelings about my hus band going to trial in Comal County were negative from the she said She added that she asked ques tions about the case but got little response from the attorney I would ask him questions and he was unable to answer she said Miranda also took the stand and testified about few meetings with Janssen He said he was given lit tle information about the case and Janssen tried to make me say But I told him I wasnt going to say guilty because I had noth ing to do with these Miranda said Janssen testified Wednesday that he did not ask for a list of witnesses other than the defen dants wife and motherinlaw Instead he tried to develop a list of people who had seen him through the events leading up to and following the time the assault took place What we were looking for was who were you with what were you he said Janssen added that he did not hire an expert to refute DNA results because Miranda had told him he didnt want to spend the money on it He also did not attempt to find a potential wit ness because family members first said they did not know where she lived and then said we really dont think she can help Domin he said Following his testimony Janssen said he would love to see Miranda get a new trial but would not lie to accomplish it He said that although the trial was not perfect he represented Miran da as best he could I did as good a job as any attorney was going to said Janssen This was a hard City throws switch on Holiday River of Lights tonight By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Recent rains and patches of mud could not delay the Holiday River of Lights kickoff scheduled today Thursdays ceremony will begin wittya news conference and a sneak preview for season pass holders city officials and neighboring residlnts of Cypress Bend Park Gates will open at and the preview will continue until 9 The light display will open to the public at 6 Friday Sponsors of the citys firstever light show coor dinated with the Texas Department of Transporta tion to place directional signs on Interstate 35 to Turn to Lights Page 2A Holiday River of Lights WHEN Beginning Friday through Jan 4 Open Sunday through Thursday and Q Friday and Saturday Cypress Bend Park off Common Street and south on Peace Avenue COST for vehicles carrying up to eight largfyang recreajipna vehicles for buses for season passes Two Festtage cards and one copyright question Ad firm claims new cards violate copyright law By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT Staff Writer This years Festtage Christmas cards are not spreading holiday cheer between the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and a local advertising firm Pete Williams of Advertising Marketing claims the art of the new Festtage cards violates copy right law Chamber executives say they paid for the original work and owned the rights to it Festtage is pronounced FEST tahgah and is German for holi days in New Braunfels Last years card featured the Comal County Courthouse cov ered in lights The artist Melissa Lynch spent numerous hours in her free time and during business hours producing the painting depicted on the cards Williams Photos submitted The card pictured at left was sold In 1996 and credited Melissa Lynch as the illustrator The card on the right is being sold this year and credits Misty Buch as the illustrator said Lynch was employed with the advertising and marketing firm at the time The point is doing these things were a lot of work in very little he said The chamber which now over sees the Festtage program again has begun sale of the Festtage Christmas cards Williams said he was surprised to find the cards were almost identical to last years except the new cards had a little richer color On the new card artist Misty Buch not Lynch is credited with the work Its a ripoff to my said Williams It just makes me mad and theyre just shrugging their Williams said although he had talked to the then Festtage director about having a contract spelling out everyones rights and respon sibilities signed between the parties involved in the event one was nev er signed Lynch who has since moved from New Braunfels said it was disconcerting to hear of another persons name being placed on her work She said the chamber should not have even altered the picture without contacting her first There should at least be credit for my original Lynch said Im kind of upset too because they should have gotten permis sion before they changed Chamber president Michael Meek said the chamber had an invoice that showed the chamber paid for the work last year He said the chamber now owned the rights to that original work Its our opinion that we own that he said Tim Kelley executive director for Lawyers for the Creative Arts said the situation sounded like a copyright infringement He said despite being paid for her work Lynch still owned the copy right unless she signed a paper transferring it to the chamber You own the copyright to your work as long as its an original you he said Barring some contractual agreement that does violate her Turn to Cards Page 3A Take a trip back in 8A