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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 10, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW FELS n i n I I HERALDZEITONG Vol 148 No 59 22 pages in 2 sections February WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Jim Hlgdon of Canyon Lake says he plans to appeal Tuesdays ruling by Precinct No 4 Justice of the Peace Howard Curly Smith on unlawful possession of a wild animal Smith said Hlgdons pet canine Shadow was a wolf Higdon was fined for the Class C misde meanor and charged court costs ROBIN HeraldZettung Canyon Lake canine declared a wolf Owner barks at decision says he will file an appeal BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Its a wolf Precinct No 4 Justice of the Peace Howard Curly Smith ruled Tuesday that Jim Higdon of Canyon Lake was guilty of unlawful possession of a wild animal specifically his pet canine Shadow The case began in early December when the animal left its yard in the 100 block of Burr Oak and allegedly killed two chickens in the 100 block of Red Oak Animal control officers found the animal run ning loose and impounded it Animal control officer Tim Brinkoetter cited Higdon for unlawful possession of a wild animal because the county ordinance prohibiting animals running atlarge did not include wolves Smith said Brinkoetters testimony that Shad ow was a wolf and a shot record from a Nevada veterinarian identifying the animal as a wolf forced him to rule against Higdon Ive got an expert witness a piece of paper mat says that it is a wolf Smith said in handing down the verdict I dont have anything mat says it is not a on animals as to whatever breed the owners instructed mem Higdon asked Brinkoetter if he came to his conclusion mat the animal was a wolf because it was so stated on the shot record If it had said it was a Chihuahua would that have made it a Chihuahua Higdon askbds Brinkoetter said he had worked in the field for Back on the air ROBIN Julie McParland gives the 5 news report Tuesday on KGNB 1420 The radio station went off the air for three days after the AM transmitter malfunctioned and went out about 3 this past Saturday KGNB returned to the airwaves at 11 on Tuesday Broken transmitter silendltlCGNB for three days BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer New Braunfels radio listeners were alarmed about what they heard on KGNB 1420 AM this past weekend dead air The local radio station went off the air for three days after the transmitter for the AM sta tion malfunctioned and caused a disruption in radio programming and advertising The station went off the air about 3 Sat urday and didnt return until 11 Tuesday Mike Wahrmund operations manager for KGNB and KNBT said the sta tions temporary hiatus from the airwaves could be traced to the October 1998 flood The rains flooded the transmitter building so we were using our backup transmitter Then we got a new transmitter and decided it was a good time to get the backup one he said Three weeks ago the station installed the new transmitter and sent parts of the backup to the manufacturer for refurbishing It was kind of an ironic situation because we had just sent the backup one out to be worked on and the new transmitter Wahrmund said KNBT the FM station was not affected Fred Stockwell general manager for KGNB and KNBT said the station could not get back on the air until Tuesday because parts for the transmitter had to be flown in from Dallas The manufacturer had to keep sending down parts until we found the one that had caused the transmitter to blow Stockwell said Many New Braunfels listeners depend on the radio station for local news and community information such as obituaries and church ser vices I think it is very unfortunate that we could not broadcast the church services on Stockwell said A lot of people for a variety of reasons cannot make it to church and the radio is their Sunday Stockwell estimated KGNB had a weekday listenership of in an area spanning South Austin to parts of San Antonio KNBT which has a countryAmericana for mat extended its news segments to provide area listeners with local news and information normally aired on KGNB Stockwell said the station was flooded with calls from concerned listeners during the week end Opportunities for area youth to be expanded Comprehensive plan committee calls for more programs activities Editors Note Todays story is the fourth in a series on the comprehensive plan for the city of New BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Expanding recreational programs and job opportunities for New Braunfels youth are top priorities in a plan to enhance the citys educational services for the next 20 years Proposals for the New HEARING WHAT Proposals for New Braunfels comprehensive plan WHEN Tuesday WHERE New Braunfels municipal building 424 South Castell Ave Copies of the comprehensive plan are available at the munic ipal building and Dittlinger Memorial Library 373 Magazine Ave Braunfels comprehensive public hearing at Tuesday at the New Braun fels municipal building 424 S Castell Ave About 30 volunteers examined city population trends and youthoriented programs and services to determine needs to prepare area youth for college and employment opportunities in the 2 1st century The Population Educa tion and Youth subcommittee studied housing trends and pop ulation projections and developed of list of recommendations to enhance the education of area students According to statistical data prepared by the committee New Braunfels is expected to have between and res idents in 2020 Although residents age 55 and older account for 27 percent of the population more than 25 percent of New Braunfels residents are younger than 18 years of age according to the 1990 census The subcommittee identified the need for more and better uti lization of youth programs and facilities and an increasing demand for secondary and postsecondary vocational education and technical training The recommendations submitted by the committee included providing more recreational and athletic facilities for youth developing a directory of youthrelated services and pro grams developing a job hotline and webpage for information on work opportunities and providing youth training for job interviewing We really wanted the community to be aware that there are not a lot of opportunities for recreational as well as education al activities in New Braunfels for our said Rita Kauf mann subcommittee member and vice of First Commercial Bank Susan Phillips a subcommittee member said Thechil dren of New Braunfels are neglected We need to provide more youth facilities where children can have places to play and our INSIDE Jury convicts New Braunfels man of sexual assault BY BILL OCoNNiu Staff Writer A Comal County jury convicted a 29year old New Braunfels mm of attempted sexual assault and related charges on Tuesday The oneday trial ended with guilty verdicts on three counts against Mario Hernandez Caballero formerly of the 500 block of West Zipp Road Caballero was convicted of attempted sexual assault assault by family violence and violation of a protective order The last two counts were enhanced because of prior criminal convictions on CabaUerols record which could result in extra jail time upon sentencing Caballero in two to four weeks He could face a maximum punishment of 10 years imprisonment and a fine Caballero could be released from prison after serving less than three years under state sentencing guidelines court officials said A sixman sixwoman jury listened ly as the victim and her young son who was home at the time of the attack testified He just got up zipped himself up and got the woman told the jury as she recounted the events of the assault which occurred in June 1998 Caballero and the victim had lived togeth er before the attack but the relationship apparently ended in 1997 The victim said she continued to see Caballero occasionally to even flMHigh she had a protective order against him I never thought hed do she said of the June 1998 attack The victims son now U reportedly was awakened by his mothers screams during the early morning attack He took the stand Tuesday and pointed to Caballero when asked to identify the man who attacked his mother Caballerps attorney W David Friesen hahn told jurors he questioned the victims credibility Friesenbahn showed the juiy a videotape reportedly shot by Caballero   

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