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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 12, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS MIOROFUBLISHIHO 2627 E YRNDELL DR IX FlmBO HERALDAEITUNG 124 18 pages in 2 sections May 1999 WEDNESDAY Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Fire investigation nears end BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Officials are close to completing their investigation into the apart ment fire that claimed the lives of two New Braunfels residents this past The preliminary autopsy report indicated Renee Kathleen and her 2yearold Timothy James Samples died from smoke inhalation in the bedroom of their home at Laurel Heights 483 Laurel Jack chief of New Braun fels Fire and said the fire likely burned undetected in the attic before the roof collapsed and filled the living area of apartment 310 with sheet insulation and oth er Collier said the pair allegedly retreated into the as the path to the door was blocked and they had no way of escape from the second It probably was a mat ter of minutes before the bedroom roof caved in on top of the Collier said the fire burning freely in the attic gave no signs for smoke detectors or human observation to indicate impending Though a final verdict had not been Collier said there was a strong indication the fire was caused by an electrical short between the walls of apartments 308 and Collier said four apartments were destroyed and a fifth was He said the fire moved quickly through the common attic until it was slowed by a fire wall between the fourth and fifth Walker wins state tennis title FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN New Braunfels sophomore Lauren Walker won the University Interscholastic League Class 5A girls singles tennis championship Tuesday at the PenickAllison Tennis Walker defeated her former doubles Duncanvilles Saber I was really espe cially in the first Walker I knew I had to relax and play my game and just stay who trans ferred to NBHS this won the District 145A championship and was run nerup at the Region II5A tour WALKER In Mondays Walker beat San Antonio Clarks Danielle Lee in a match delayed by In the semifi she defeated Odessa Per mians Beverly Dawson Walker is the fourth girls sin gles champion in the 17year tenure of New Braunfels coach David Rebekah Forney was the most having won state in See page 8A for more state tennis CISD set for safety meeting BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Comal Independent School District has scheduled an informational meeting with and law enforcement offi cials to discuss past and present methods to keep schools safe and consider changes to the districts crisis management Representatives of local law enforcement agencies and CISD superintendent Jerry Major are scheduled to give presentations to the public from to 8 Thursday at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone 100 FarmtoMarket Road New Braunfels Independent School Dis trict is making a similar effort with its Safe Schools Task The task comprised of business and law met with district patrons May 4 to strategize ways to prevent school vio lence before it In recent several local schools have beefed up security to address growing concerns voiced by parents and students that if it could happen in it could happen in New Offduty police officers have been placed at both Canyon middle and high schools for the remainder of the CISD officials said they did not know if the officers provided at the campuses and paid for by the district would be requested next School officials also have made efforts to open communication with parents after a rash of phony bomb threats in past weeks and a shooting incident involving two Canyon Middle School students on April That incident occurred just hours before two Colorado teens opened killing 12 classmates and a Reports of pranks and phony threats of violence at local schools have tampered but the Littleton shootings have caused a ripple effect of Concern and Current measures at CISD school include specialized training for adminis trators and counselors to identify students who might be potential discipline prob dress officers at campuses and monitoring of students and MCKENNA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL EXPANSION ROBIN Rose Mary clinical director of womens health services at McKenna Memorial uses the telephone Tuesday inside the surgery room in the womans health The room is part of the new addition to the Public invited to grand opening BY PERI STONE Staff Writer Patients at McKenna Memorial Hospital can now enjoy more privacy and more lux urious The public will have a chance to see these new features up close on when the hospital hosts a grand opening tour of its tower The ribboncutting ceremony will start the tour at at the 600 Union The public will be allowed to tour the first floor of the fourfloor including the patient registration area and the meditation Pictures will be available on the first floor of any areas the public does not The million construction project began in August 1997 after five years of Hospital officials started moving into the new building on Patients already are using the new Intensive Care Unit on the third Windows are in every clinical director Patrice Stark Its important for the patients orienta she They can tell days and nights and stay on a proper sleep The views of New Braunfels skyline also help fight Stark The 10 rooms in this unit also feature thick glass which keep out noise while allowing health officials to monitor Curtains are available for complete One floor down on the womens health new mothers can enjoy privacy in a decorated in mauves and greens with cherry wood Emergency equip ment is tucked away in It makes women feel more comfortable because its more clinical direc tor Rose Mary Feltner Mothers will stay in this room during delivery and In other their entire stay at the hospital will be in one And the baby can stay with thanks to a radiant wanner in the Feltner Another progressive feature in the tower is a special procedure which will open June Residents can be diagnosed with heart problems here by a procedure that uses catheters to visualize coronaries and detect any said Dawn director of the What will be on the fourth floor is still spokeswoman Jennifer Malatek The which is still under could house additional patient rooms as well as rehabilitory Renovation in the old building also About 90 percent of the existing building is being said hospital administra tor Tim Testimony begins in indecency hearing BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A Comal County jury heard open ing arguments and witness testimony Tuesday in a case District Attorney Dib Waldrip called a dark world of sexual Law enforcement and Child Pro tective Service officials testified in the trial of Richard Warren the spouse of a Comal County woman convicted of indecent exposure in October is accused of inde cency with a child by contact and by exposure for his alleged involvement in an incident involving his wife and her 11yearold son in early Waldrip told the two man jury Layman violated the inno cent purity of mind of a child by encouraging his wifes criminal behavior with her son through a series of correspondence while serving time at the Garza Unit of the Texas Depart ment of Criminal Justice in Layman was arrested in Septem ber 1997 for a parole violation but is currently in custody at the Comal County His who pleaded guilty to indecency with a child by is serving five years at the state criminal justice center in She also is currently in the Comal County Jury selection began State District Judge Jack Robison is pre Indecency with a child by contact is a seconddegree and indecen cy with a child by exposure is a third degree If he is convicted of the second degree Layman could face a firstdegree felony based on prose cutors evidence of previous criminal Layman could face 5 to 99 years or life in prison on the firstdegree felony charge and a fine not to exceed INSIDE Key Code 76 SB 1772 gets support from city BY PERI STONE Staff Writer After more than an hour of New Braunfels City Council voted Monday to support proposed legislation that would allow them to designate a portion of local bed tax revenue for river Council will only support the if it is changed to cap the amount they could spend to of 1 per cent of the citys 7 percent bed or about Senate Bill which is on its way to the Texas House ROBIN New Braunfels City Council heard debate Monday from both sides of a Texas Senate bill that would provide money to keep Comal Countys rivers Council OKs second reading of proposed golf fee plan advisory board president remains in post BY PERI STONE Staff Writer In two separate actions Monday New Braun fels City Council added fuel to an already heated rela tionship with members of the Landa Park Golf Course Advisory the council approved a second reading of a golf course fee structure the board has Then council ruled Doug Williams still was the boards although he was removed from office on May In a memorandum to the city attorney Floyd Akers said he believed the vote to remove Williams was invalid because it was not on the boards See
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