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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung January 14, 1999

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas Waldrip calls for DPS probe on alleged assault charge Removal a possibility if Mullins is convicted By Chris Crews Staff Writer Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip said Wednesday he would ask the Texas DepSrT: ment of Public Safety to investigate an assault allegation against Comal County Pct. 4 Constable Ed Mullins. Mullins is accused of assaulting a 12-year-old Canyon Lake girl who was babysitting in the lake area on Friday night. The girl’s mother, ^^38-year-old Canyon Lake woiTum^aid her daughter was notJnirt. Waldrip said th# information gathered by Comal MULLINS County Sheriff’s Office indicated the case merited further investigation. When contacted Tuesday, Mullins said he did nothing improper. “I’ve been up here for more than 20 years in law enforcement, and I know what the law says I can and cannot do,” he said. Mullins was not available for comment on Wednesday. Mullins has been the constable in Pct. 4 since 1973. Before that, he worked for 13 years in the sheriff’s office. Waldrip said he would write a letter to the colonel in charge of DPS operations explaining why an outside agency should investigate the case. If Waldrip”s request is approved, agents from DPS intelligence or Texas Rangers would be assigned to the case, lf convicted of assault, Mullins would not be removed from office automatically. The Texas Constitution allows for constables and other county officials to be removed from office by a district court for “incompetency, official misconduct, habitual drunkenness or other causes defined by law.” The district attorney would have to file a case in district court. A jury would decide if the official should be removed. 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO, TX 79903Herald-Zeitung __   - Vol. 148, No. 40    14    pages    in    I    section    January    14,    1999Thursday ^erv*n^ ^*oma* ^°untY s*ncc 1^2 50 cents Rangers’ wall moving back, back, backDays of easy home runs are going, going, gone By Heather Todd Staff Writer Smithson Valley High School baseball players will find it more difficult to hit one out of the ballpark this season, and they couldn’t be happier. Work is under way at Ranger Park to move the outfield fence back about 20 feet to create a regulation-size high school baseball field. To the casual observer, it doesn’t sound like a big improvement, but to the Smithson Valley baseball team, it could make a world of difference. The Rangers have felt a little out of their league for several years, as they tried to play a high school level game on a Little League-size field. “A 12-year old Little League field measures 300 feet all the way around the outfield fence, and our field measures 299 feet all around,” Smithson Valley baseball coach Matt Gustafson said. “The work being done will change the dimensions to 320 feet down the line and 355 feet dead center.” Every sport has its share of avid fans, but even the most loyal of sports fanatics would be hard pressed to rival local Ranger baseball fans. Several anonymous donors in Comal Independent School District gave $40,000 as well as their own blood, sweat and tears to see the dream of Smithson Valley baseball players become a reality. Roy Linnartz, director of maintenance for Comal Independent School District, said several individuals approached superintendent Jerry Major about their willingness to pay for the expansion. “This is something that coaches, players, and parents have wanted for several years, and I think they got together and decided to make it happen,” Linnartz said. Gustafson said Ranger baseball players were excited by the prospect of a season with a new expanded field. “They’re always asking me what the chances are that they’re going to get a new field, and now they know that it’s for sure. They realize that this is a pretty good deal,” he said. “It’s about time,” senior baseball player See FENCE/5 Gustafson leaves CanyonCougar coach, AD accepts Churchill job By Tom Erickson News Editor Coach Carl Gustafson, who led Canyon High School to its most successful football season in school history, has a new job. Gustafson accepted the position of athletic coordinator/head football coach at San Antonio Churchill on Wednesday. His first day is today. “It was really a tough decision for our family,” Gustafson said. “It’s a decision based on what we feel is best.” The Cougar football team was 15- 19 in two seasons under Gustafson, but advanced to the regional final game in 1998. Gustafson said he _gave the news to the football team on IHHHHH Wednesday after-GUSTAFSON noon. “It was really tough,” he said, “but they will overcome it. I can’t say enough about the student body at Canyon High School.” Gustafson will replace Irl Kincaid, who is the new coordinator/coach at San Antonio Reagan. Gustafson graduated from Churchill in 1980. Park process begins Above, Shawn Schora winds up for a throw from the Prince Solms disc golf No. 8 hole, Wednesday afternoon. In the background, damage from the Oct. 17 remains evident at the tube chute. Left, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are touring the city this week to look over damage to parks and recreation areas, including Hinman Island, Prince Solms Park and Landa Park. ROBIN CORNETT/ Herald-Zeitung City employees targeting flood damage this week By Bill O’Connell Staff Writer Restoring city parks to their pre-flood condition has kept New Braunfels Parks and Recreation crews busy for more than two months. Federal Emergency Management Agency officials also are in town this week to look over the damage in the city’s parks, city chief financial officer Chet Lewis said. Parks and recreation officials said this week cleanup efforts were nearly finished, with some repairs still planned before city parks start bustling with visitors in the spring. Landa Park, arguably the cornerstone of the city’s park attractions, was scheduled for structural repairs after cleanup was finished. “We have most of the debris picked up except for the area near the pool,” parks and recreation director Iris Neffendorf said. Structural work reportedly was scheduled for the park office and a number of other facilities at Landa Park. A major renovation was slated for the Olympic-size swimming pool at the park. New Braunfels City Council on Monday hired a San Antonio company to perform a $198,134 rehabilitation of the pool. The renovation was a planned project that pre-dated the October Hood. “It’s going to be a state-of-the-art process,” Unique Pools and Gardens general manager Terry Smith said. Floodwater that swamped the park contributed to See DAMAGE/5Inside Abby................................7 Business.............................5 Classifieds.....................11-14 Comics...............................8 Crossword..........................7 Forum.................................4 Local...................................2 Obits...................................3 Sports............................10-11 Today.................................2 Television...........................8 New Braunfels sees 13 percent jump in sales tax rebate By Bill O’Connell Staff Writer New Braunfels saw its January sales tax rebate jump 13 percent compared the same check the city got last year. City officials got a $544,218.40 rebate check from Comptroller Carole Keeton Ry lander this month. The January 1998 payment was $478,162.17. Portions of the monthly rebates received by New Braunfels are used to help pay the cost of infrastructure improvements and economic development. However, the bulk of the funds go to the city’s general operating fund. Sales tax rebate funds also are used by the city to hold down the cost of property taxes. New Braunfels chief financial off icer Chet Lewis said $408,163 in January sales tax rebates went to the city’s general fund, an increase of more than 26 percent above the $320,000 budgeted for this month. The rebates received by New Braunfels in January were from actual sales taxes collected by the city during November. “I would say it’s a good indicator because that was right after the (October) flood,” Lewis said. On the other hand, Lewis said the flood might have caused more economic activity in New Braunfels than the city otherwise might not have seen. A better indicator of the city’s economic health was sales tax receipts collected this fiscal year, Lewis said. Year-to-date sales tax rebates received by the city were $2.3 million, an 8.6 percent surplus compared to the $1.9 million projected. Rylander announced January sales tax rebates totaling $163.8 million to 1,0% Texas cities and 118 counties, a 5.1 percent increase more than the January 1998 allocation. “I’m delighted to begin serving in the office of comptroller as the state of Texas begins another promising year,” Rylander said. January’s payments included local sales taxes collected by monthly filers in November at the start of the traditional holiday shopping season and reported to the comptroller in December. Sales tax rebates totaling $150.5 million were paid to Texas cities, while Texas counties received rebates worth $13.3 million. ;

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: January 14, 1999

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