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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 24, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY New Braunfels SVHS boys lose to South San West Campus Page IB 50 CENTS Ooal U did it recontribute to the United Way call 6207760 UnlfcMVfey I r HeraldZei m aw um 16 pages in two sections Wednesday December Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Bonnie Klesllng Vol 146 No 29 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braiittfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Bonnie Kiesling and Janet Pomeroy Sweet Happy Anniversary wishes go to Alfred and Tina Arizmendez 4 years and Kenneth and Chris tine Ryals 11 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count not available Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River not available Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well not available Canyon Dam discharge 169 cfs River flow may increase greatly down stream due to runoff Canyon Lake inflow 292 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Tuesday and no well water P Colder wetter weather in store Today Sunny Highs in the mid 60s Tonight fair and cold Lows in the mid 30s Christmas Increasing clouds Highs near 60 Thurs mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain Lows near 40 Friday and Saturday Cloudy with a chance of rain Highs in the 50s Lows near 40 Sunday Decreasing clouds with rain ending Lows in the 30s to near 40 Highs in the 50s United Way shares the spirit The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today was United Way of Comal County This nonprofit organization will supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to today and hand out informa tion In return the organization will receive 50 cents per vehi cle that passes through Cypress Bend Park tonight Offices close for Christmas Window service for the New Braunfels post office will close at noon today and Dec 31 Express mail parcels and pri ority mail may be picked up until 4 Down at city hall offices will be closed today and Thursday in observance of Christmas There will be regular garbage and recycling collection today but not Thursday Residents who miss recycling collection on Christmas Day will have their recyclables collected on Saturday NBHZ closing offices for holiday The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung business offices will be closed starting at noon today and all day Thursday News items can be dropped off in the newspapers night drop box near the front door at 707 Landa St For information call 6259144 The Herald Zeitungs Christmas Day edi tion will be delivered early Thursday morning If you have delivery problems on Christ mas Day call us at 6259144 from 7 to 10 Nichols5 fate rests with jury that convicted him Jurors deliberate 41 hours could sentence him to death By SANDY SHORE Associated Press Writer Sasser Campos DENVER Jurors who decided Terry Nichols shares the blame for the Oklahoma City bombing but is no mur derer now must determine if he will pay with his life for the nations dead liest act of homegrown terrorism To the wrath and anguish of bomb ing victims and relatives of the dead jurors on Tuesday refused to convict Nichols of murder instead finding him guilty of involuntary manslaughter and Sasser to step down as Comal Demo chair From staff reports Comal County Democratic Party Chairwoman Glo ria Sasser will step down after her present term and Atanacio Campos has tossed his hat into the ring to take her place Campos filed for the post Tues day We decided ir was time to step back and let someone else do it for a Sasser said Local attorney Campos said trying to fill the void left by Sassers departure was a duty Its a labor of he said Comal County Democrats will vote for a new county partychairman dur ing the March 10 primary election Judge truly breaks a leg in reelection bid Jack Robison will need crutches as he nans for his second term as 207th district judge Robison was collecting signa tures for his peti tion to be included in the March Republican pri mary Saturday when he fell and broke his leg It broke in three Robison said His leg needed surgery and Robi son went home from McKenna Memo rial hospital Tuesday afternoon The fracture might have slowed Robisons search for signatures but it would not cripple his campaign he said He was about 200 signatures shy of the 500 he needed to reserve a place on the ballot without paying a filing fee I may just have to go ahead and pay the filing he said SOS Inc Food Bank and Schlitterbahn volunteers Roland Willmann Tom Kennedy Olga Huber and Martin Huber sport food drive T shlrts HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Flynt England of conspiring with Timothy McVeigh The conspiracy conviction carries the death penalty The sentencing phase is scheduled to begin Monday Survivors and victims relatives cried out for a harsher verdict as they learned that only McVeigh will bp branded a murderer for killing 168 people in an act that ripped apart the nations sense of security Nichols portrayed as a willing participant in McVeighs plot to1 avenge the governments 1993 on the Branch Davidian compound was actually acquitted of two charges TERRY NICHOLS How dare that jury think that 168 deaths is involuntary manslaughter Turn to Nichols Page 2A Whats next in Oklahoma City bombing case A look ahead at expected developments in the Oklahoma City bombing case Both Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh face state trials in Oklahoma Bob Macy the Oklahoma County district attorney said he will file state charges after the end of Nichols federal trial which was moved to Denver because of pre1 trial publicity McVeighs appeal of his federal conviction and death sentence in the bombing will continue His attorneys are expected to file a brief regarding the appeal today The sentencing phase of Nichols federal trial begins Monday Timothy McVeigh Holiday travelers get all wet Rainslicked highways lead to several Comal car wrecks BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Holiday to reach their destinations and bad weather might have caused several accidents reported in Comal County Tuesday according to local officials A tornado watch was issued for Guadalupe County and wind gusts lightning and hail were reported in areas surrounding Comal County Tuesday The rain and people not driving safely and not paying attention to whats going on caused a number of accidents Tuesday said Vaughn Pack Public Safety trooper Pack and DPS trooper Randy Wells worked two separate accidents on Interstate 35 south Tuesday afternoon that were first identified as a four car piteup A twocar accident occurred on the inside lane near exit 195 Then two other cars hydroplaned out of control to miss accident colliding with one another said Vaughn Once the accident occurred on the inside lane it caused a second acci said Pack who worked the first accident Traffic flow was constricted to one lane and cars were lined up for sev eral miles waiting to pass According to meteorologist Joe Baskin of the National Weather Ser vice unseasonable weather condi tions such as tornadoes and heavy thunderstorms can occur even in HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Jakobsen A wrecker prepares to move an automobile involved in a twocar accident on Interstate 35 south Tuesday near exit 195 Another twocar accident occurred nearby delaying holiday traffic December We get this said Baskin Every second or third Christ Two fronts off the west coast brushed across the southern states early this week bringing moisture to Central and South Texas during a period that is generally dry We should be experiencing the driest time of the said Baskin However three storm systems the third due this weekend have brought much needed rain to area Highly publicized El Nino has been analyzed since the early summer Turn to Wrecks Page 2A Charges rise against concealed gun permittees Robison ii DALLAS AP Criminal charges filed against Texans with concealedhandgun licenses rose sharply in 1997 according to statistics compiled by the Texas Department of Public Safety Felony and misdemeanor cases involving permit holders rose from 431 in 1996 to 666 thus far in 1997 a percent increase according to The Dal las Morning News Tuesday editions By comparison the number of permit holders increased from last year to through midDecember percent jump Opponents of the concealedcarry law say the numbers prove the need fpr increased restrictions on handgun permits Supporters of the 2yearold law say the figures show that fewer than percent of permit holders got in trouble with the law in 1997 The preponderance of the evidence suggests that the vast majority act said state Sen Jer ry Patterson RPasadena the main architect of the concealedcarry law Patterson said no Texas permit holder has been convicted in a homicide since the law took effect Jan 1 1996 Four permit holders have been charged with killing people DPS statistics dont identify the suspects and they classify the cases as pending The files do not reveal whether firearms were involved in the deaths We havent had a case yet in which a citizen was proven to use his weapon in an unjustified or illegal Patterson said Sooner or later we will have a handgun licensee do something stupid but it hasnt happened Travis County Constable Bruce Elfant who favors tighter restrictions on handguns said the arrest figures tell him that lawmakers should require psychological screening of permit applicants 1 am disturbed that several hundred people with these permits have apparently committed said Elfant a spokesman for Texans Against Hand gun Violence Supporters told us these are upstand ing lawabiding DPS records reveal a wide range in the 188 felony and 478 misdemeanor offenses alleged against per mit holders this year including kidnapping sexual assault aggravated assault with a deadly weapon pos session and sale of illegal drugs theft forgery drunk en driving and impersonating a police officer DPS records show no disposition for most of this cases Statisticians cautioned against trying to interpret the numbers until all the case outcomes are reported and paint a complete picture of the permit holders guilt or innocence The records show that the state has revoked 377 Turn to Guns Page 2A Schlitterbahn helps SOS help others By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor Fewer Comal County tables will be bare this holiday season thanks to SOS Spirit of Sharing Inc Food Bank Schlitterbahn and Lacks Fur niture Schlitterbahn employees and resort guests made a recordbreaking delivery of pounds of food to SOS Inc Tuesday Lacks delivered about pounds of food t6 SOS Inc on Monday said volunteer Olga Huber Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Sher rie Brammall said Employees from Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Gen eral Store International and tourists participated in our holiday food dri Schlitterbahn sent mailouts to its summer workers and they also par ticipated Brammall said The waterpark enticed employees and guests to participate with a deal who donated at least 10 non perishable food items received a Tshirt Winter Texans Tom and Dorothy Kennedy of Lake City donated food to the drive and helped with the delivery Weve been coming down here for 10 years staying at Schlitter Tom Kennedy said SOS Inc volunteers checked the crates of food The nonprofit orga nization is run locally entire Turn to SOS Page 2A Serve up something new for Page 1OA
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