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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 2, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                PELS 20332 M009 JEST MICROMUBLISH 262 t YflNDETLL DR El PR SO TX 79903 ING ITUNG Vol 148 No 161 24 pages in 2 sections July tTri Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Hitandrun suspect surrenders BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The man investigators believe drove the car that struck and killed an elderly New Braunfels man earlier this week turned himself in to authorities Wednesday morn ing Jesse Rodriguez Gomez a 38yearold New Braunfels man appeared with his lawyer Robert C Arellano of San Antonio at the New Braun fels Law Enforcement Center about 9 Gomez was trans ported to the county jail and booked on a charge of failure to stop and render aid As of Thursday afternoon no bond had been set for Gomez Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip said failure to stop and render aid was a See Brothers arrest gets constable involved CHRIS New Braunfels Police impound the car they believe was Involved in a hitandrun accident Monday BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer When Comal County Con stable Joe Gomez heard about a hitandrun accident in his precinct about 10 Monday he and his deputy immediately entered the search for a lightcolored twodoor car with damage to the right front end Gomez did not know that less than 72 hours later his brother would be arrested But what Joe Gomez knew and when he knew it will become part of New Braun fels Police Departments investigation into the acci dent that killed 78yearold Ray Biggadike How he balanced his devo tion to his family with his sworn obligations as a certi fied peace officer is under scrutiny Jesse Rodriguez Gomez Joes brother turned himself in to police Thursday morn ing and was booked into See Water over a troubled bridge CHRIS Pedestrians and cars must share Gruene Bridge Local officials plan to build a new bridge to provide safer passage for both New crossing aimed at providing better safer access for both tubers drivers BY PERI STONE Staff Writer A new Gruene Bridge could mean improved safety for motorists pedestrians and tubers alike or it could mean new hazards are on the way The narrow twolane bridge over the Guadalupe River provides passage from New Braunfels to historic Gruene known for its antique and speciality shops Gruene Hall and a variety of restaurants The bridge also is a tubing hot spot Two outfitters are stationed nearby Rockin R and Gruene River Company Tubers often park at thenlots and then are bused upstream The bridge is where many tubers get out and others start their journey Between Gruene tourists people lugging tubes and impatient motorists Gruene Bridge usually is crawling with activity The average daily traffic count across Gruene Bridge is cars according to New Braunfels city records To respond to this Texas Department of Trans portation and the city of New Braunfels plan to build a raised bridge and add side walks on both Part of a series sides on the roads we drive Of New Braunfels will provide rightofway and 10 percent funding in the million project The from the city will come from a rightofway fund money received from people who buy rightsofway from the city Federal money will fund 80 percent of the project and state money will fund 20 percent TxDOT plans to open the project for bids in fall of 2000 Well build it in the TXDoT resident engineer Greg Malatek said And have it built before Memorial During construction motorists from the southwest will be forced to take a detour down Loop 337 to Common Street and then turn onto Gruene Road New Braunfels Police Lt John Wommack said everyone people should avoid the See City gears up for Fourth fun BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer Residents and visitors should don their red white and blue this weekend as New Braunfels celebrates the Fourth of July Patriotic celebrations start Saturday with a parade and pro gram at Main Plaza and continue through Sunday with the city fireworks show at Landa Park Main Plaza will come alive with singing decorations and people as the OldFashioned Independence Day Patriotic Parade and Program sponsored by the Sophienburg Museum and Archives makes its way through downtown Starting at 9 Saturday the annual event is for young and old The parade will start in the Sophienburg Archives parking lot on Seguin Avenue and make its way down Mill Street to Acade my Street Participants will turn onto San Antonio Street and make their way to the Plaza The New Braunfels High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC color guard will lead the parade followed by the American Legions Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans carrying their colors American Legion Comal Post 179 will march in the parade and carry the post flag Following will be the American Legion Guadalupe Valley Post 35 Veterans of Foreign Wars 7110 Veterans of Foreign Wars 11050 and the Disabled Americans Veterans Post 163 All veterans able to attend will march behind the flags American Legion Comal Post 179 also will have a flag raising ceremony at the veterans memorial in Prince Solms Park SergeantatArms Joe Medina will place small Ameri can flags in the holders around the memorial The post then will have a barbecue and dance at 410 W Coll Saturday The barbecue will start at noon with the dance taking place from 8 to midnight John Rex Reeves will perform The public is invited American Legion Guadalupe Valley Post 35 will place American flags around the Plaza at 7 Saturday The flags See Cathy Christina and Tom Talcott top show off their 40by 30foot American flag while parade coordinator Anna Lee Hicks and Pete Stocking make sure the flag doesnt touch the ground AMANDA County judge lifts ban on aerial fireworks Residents encouraged to play it safe attend show at Landa Park BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Local fireworks enthusiasts have a little more pop since Coma County Judge Danny Scheel lifted the ban on aerial fireworks Thursday afternoon Scheel rescinded the prohibition that applies to bottle rockets and comets after June rains abated the neardrought conditions that existed in the county County Fire Marshal Lin Manford recom mended Scheel lift he ban after reviewing informa tion by the Texas Forest Service indicating that drought conditions no longer existed Manford also received information from fireworks distributors that the law allowing the county to implement a fireworks ban in SCHEEL drought also county to call off the ban if conditions improved Manford said he forwarded the informa tion to Scheel Thursday morning New Braunfels residents will have to con centrate on the citys annual fireworks show in Landa Park Sunday at because pos session use or transport of all fireworks is banned within the citv limits Information provided by New Braunfels Fire and Rescue indicated that tens of mil lions of dollars in property damage and thou sands of injuries were caused by improper ly used fireworks each year Statistics indicate that children between the ages of 10 and 14 59 percent of all injuries attributed to fireworks While most parents work yearround to keep their children safe if they shoqt fire works in their backyards they are placing their children at substantial said Lt Bud Cessna public awareness officer of the New Braunfels Fire and Rescue Cessna said that even sparklers could heat up to degrees and cause injuries to children For more on fireworks safety see page 12A INSIDE 6B Key code 76   

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