Friday, April 16, 1999

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 16, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEI 11009 i n NG 2ft27 PL TX Qgo3 106 24 pages in 2 sections April 1999 FRIDAY Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Gunman opens fire in Mormon 3 dead SALT LAKE CITY AP A 71year old man calmly walked into the Mormon churchs renowned genealogical library during an international convention on Thursday and methodically shot people with a smallcaliber Before it was the gunman had killed a church security officer and a library patron and wounded five includ ing a police He was fatally shot by police and died later in an Police knew of no motive for the gun TxDOT battling deadline Pollution levels could stop projects BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Texas Department of Transportation officials are scrambling to get area high way programs bid and let before possible federal sanc tions take effect next Were trying to get the rest of 135 approved by July TxDOT area engineer Greg Malatek Federal funding for widening of Interstate 281 and Texas 46 could dry up if San Antonio does not meet federal air quality Malatek The federal government can suspend or even terminate transportation projects in areas not meeting Environmental Protection Agency The EPA is expected to announce the nonattainment areas in July Cleanair sanctions would take effect immediately if the areas did not have plans in place to meet federal clean air On March a federal judge ruled the EPAs practice of allowing projects under way to receive federal funding was ille Malatek said the elimination of the grandfather clause complicated plan ning road TxDOT was moving ahead with acquiring rightofway for the section of 135 between Texas 46 and Fannto Market Road he The work being done to get the 135 project in New Braunfels bid before the July 2000 date was two or three years ahead of its original TxDOT is working with the commissioners court and the chamber of commerce to get the work Malatek San Austin and Tyler MSAs See MALATEK identified as Sergei Babarin of Salt Lake Mayor Deedee Corradini said at a news conference that the gunman was schizophrenic and had not been taking his He didnt say He just came in and started shooting said Mar garet who was at the direct ly across the street from Temple He just looked intent on what he was He came to do what he was said who huddled under a desk in the firstfloor research area as the man roamed the lobby and adjacent stopping at one point to I did not hear him say He didnt call no names or He just kept his hand held out pointing at peo a married man with he was a Russian native often frustrated by his broken neighbors Police Chief Ruben Ortega said Babarin was arrested after a 1995 fight at a depart ment store in downtown Salt He had been carrying a semiautomatic pistol and was charged with assault and carrying a concealed The the largest center for genealogical research in the is direct ly across the street from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints Salt Lake Temple and It has more than 2 million rolls of microfilm copies of census and other records from more than 100 An international genealogical conven tion had attracted heavy traffic to the which has two floors below ground level and three Some 250 people patrons and employees are in the build ing on a typical The church has been involved in geneal ogy since its founding nearly 170 years The church amasses the records for what it calls the baptism of the Mor mons believe that such baptisms give the dead the opportunity to join in the Success story Jerry Biesenbach has prosthetics on the ends of both but that hasnt prevented the 36yearold Bulverde resident from living a normal life or owning and operating a suc cessful ROBIN HeraldZeitung Bulverde man works with prosthetic hands BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer You could say Bulverde resident Jerry Biesenbach is a handson As owner and operator of Biesenbach works with road construction equipment every while spending his off days fishing and snow As a family man who enjoys the he doesnt look much dif ferent than any other Comal County except he has prosthetics on the ends of his Biesenbach lost both of his hands in a dynamite explosion when he was an 18year old student at Smithson Valley High Despite his traumatic or maybe in spite of has made his life a success There really isnt anything I cant do he I can do anything I could do The time frame might be but there isnt much I cant Biesenbach said the biggest chal See Constable wont face charge Grand jury declines indictment on Mullins BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer A Comal County grand jury declined to indict Precinct 4 Constable Ed Mullins Wednesday on an assault charge stemming from a January incident near Canyon In its report to the 22nd District Judge Charles the grand jury The grand jury did not wish the state to pursue criminal charges Mullins conduct was deemed highly unprofessional and inap Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip said the grand jury reviewed results of an investigation by Texas Ranger Tony Leal and heard testimony from Waldrip said the grand jury typically heard only from prosecuting but in this case grand jurors specifically asked for Mullins Mullins said the grand jurys decision brought a sense of both relief and Im really happy its over he said Thursday I was really surprised that the grand jury made that Waldrip said members of the grand jury told him they believed it was not worth the effort to pursue the The grand jury members expressed that it would be a long run for a short Waldrip citing the possible impropriety of one elected official questioning another in a formal legal said he excused him self from the proceedings and did not hear Mullins Sheriffs office dispatch records indicated a call came in at on 8 from a woman claiming someone had assaulted her Two deputies arrived at a residence in the 1100 block of Eastview Drive within 10 The 38yearold Canyon Lake woman who called said Mullins assaulted her 12yearold She said her daughter was not injured See MULLINS Grand jury indicts man responsible for grass fires FROM STAFF REPORTS A Comal County grand jury indicted a 35yearold New Braun fels man Thursday in connection with a series of grass fires set along Interstate 35 in on On medical authorities had Carlos Munoz committed to the San Antonio State Munoz had been confined in the Comal County Jail in lieu of a New Braunfels arson investigator Darren Brinkoetter said a cigarette lighter was used to set seven fires along the access road and private property along just south of Midtex Munoz was arrested at the scene after being identified by a construction Firefighters battled the fires for more than three There were no injuries and damage was limited to a few acres of INSIDE 5B Key Code 76 Comal River ready for recreation FROM STAFF REPORTS Tubers looking to float the Comal River need not wait any Damage caused by the October 1998 flood was repaired and debris removed with help from the Natural Resources Conser vation New Braunfels city officials reported Thursday the tubing stretch of the Comal from Hin man Island to the tuber exit on Union Street would be open for recreation this The tube chute has been cleared since last city parks and recreation director his Neffendorf The actual chute operations normally arent open until May but people should be able to get in at Hin man Island and get out at the last public tuber exit on Union TCB Construction of has worked since March 16 to clean up debris and remove The project was funded with from NRCS and from the City engineer Bolner said Thursday contractors might be called to take care of a few The city also plans to make new sidewalks and repair con struction damage near die dam at the tube But it wont interfere with use of the he The tubers can still use the tube