Wednesday, July 14, 1999

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 14, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 169 18 pages in 2 sections July WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Rail fugitive surrenders RESENDEZ RAMIREZ ResendezRamirez accepts deal with state authorities area residents express relief FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Area residents worried that accused serial killer Rafael ResendezRamirez could strike in their com munity can rest easier now that he is in custody ResendezRamirez the railriding fugitive sus pected of killing eight people who lived along railway lines surrendered at a border checkpoint Tuesday in a deal bro kered by his sister officials said Texas Department of Public Safety Capt Bruce Casteel said the 39yearold drifter who is charged with two murders and linked to six other slayings sur rendered at the Ysleta port of entry to Texas Rangers Sgt Drew Carter Carter told me that he extended his hand they shook hands and they handcuffed him He was very pleasant not Casteel said He was in Mexico I cant tell you how long hes been The suspects brother a Mexican citizen walked across the International Bridge with him authorities said He was taken to the El Paso County Jail About three and a half hours later police on motor cycles escorted a white van that carried Resendez Ramirez to the airport and a flight to Houston New Braunfels Police Lt Mike Rust said railroad tracks in Comal County sparked a number of calls reporting sightings of ResendezRamirez during the manhunt People would call and said they saw him on a railroad track or hiding behind Riist said New Braunfels became connected with Resendez Ramirez after the June 9 murder of a local salesman Television stations from Houston Austin and San Antonio descended on the town the after 62year old Ted McReynolds was strangled in his apartment in the 1000 block of Sanger Avenue Rumors arose that ResendezRamirez killed McReynolds because the victims apartment was less than a half mile from a railroad line and Resendez Ramirez was known to travel by freight train But officials dispelled those rumors the same day and eliminated ResendezRamirez as a suspect Charles E Journeay has been in custody in the Comal County Jail since June 16 and has been charged with causing McReynolds death But even though a sighting of ResendezRamirez was never confirmed in New Braunfels his arrest should put some local folks fears to rest Our community can be a little more at ease now that he is in Rust said DPS spokesman Mike Cox said Carter an FBI See LESLIE Sabrina Gonzales a receptionist at the New Braunfels Police Department 1488 S Seguin removes a wanted poster for Rafael ResendezRamirez on Tuesday afternoon LESLIE Visitors to Landa Park now can receive informa tion by tuning their radios to FM Landa Park hits FM dial BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Landa Park patrons now can spin the dial to FM for information on their favorite picnic spot The lowpowered frequency heard clearly only in the parks perimeters relates a couple of dif ferent informational segments repeated throughout the day The parks and recreation department kicked off the new service on July 4 Locals and visitors passing through can tune in and get quick said Iris Neffendorf the parks and recreation department director New Braunfels bought the station this past fall for from Direct Broadcast Systems in Austin The city bought the station for the parks use as well as for the Holiday River of Lights a 51day light display in Cypress Bend Park When the light display is open drivers can tune their radio to FM and listen to holiday music The antenna and transmitter now in the bath house near the springfed pool in the center of the park will be moved to Cypress Bend Park during the light festival But other than that it will be in Landa Park said Don Ferguson assistant to the city manager Despite ongoing use the city wont incur main tenance costs Just the Ferguson said And thate not much Its just a little box Its a real CISD trustees will keep their bond covenant with patrons New high school wont be built until 2002 wont open until 2004 BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer BULVERDE Local school board members and patrons said Tuesday they wanted to put to rest any discussion of building a new high school before 2002 so the district could move its million bond project forward During a board meet ing Comal Independent School District trustees and two patrons voiced disapproval of trustee Robert Loops proposal to give voters the chance to revoke a bond covenant that binds the district from beginning construction on a new high school until 2002 LOOP Several trustees said taking the issue back to the voters would undermine the districts credibility Trustee John Clay said When a million bond passed the voters told us something and this covenant assured them that we would not go back on our Before the bond vote trustees placed a restriction on the bond issuance that would prevent the district from awarding a con struction contract on the new high school until January 1 2002 The school is not expected to open until 2004 Construction of a new high school is part of a million proposition in a twophase plan to address student growth Voters approved the proposition along with another million plan on May 1 Loop said many patrons in the west side of the district were not happy with the bond package and should be given the chance to CLAY decide when a new high school would be built Proposition 1 failed in the west side of the he said The proposition included expansion of both Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools Clay said he was tired of dealing with hidden We represent the entire school district not our own little community or our own little school where our kids he said See INSIDE Abby 5A Classifieds 610B Comics 26 Crossword 5A Forum 6A 4A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A Sports Today 2A Television 2B Key Code 76 City council decides to seek bids for river cleanup BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council voted Mon day to seek bids for river cleanup instead of hiring more park rangers possibly delaying cleanup efforts for another month District 2 councilman Larry Alexander who initially proposed allocating for river cleanup during budget talks in May made the motion to seek bids for the work Council voted unanimously in support The motion came after parks and recre ation department director Iris Neffendorf suggested council go out for bids Alexander said Theres people who already know how to do it and have the In June council approved a list of several ways the city could spend the including buying more trash cans and hiring park rangers The list was forwarded to Neffendorf who was directed to draw up proposals NerTendorfs two proposals which were scrapped by council carried price tags of ALEXANDER and a Both called for hiring six seasonal park rangers and buying 25 trash receptacles The more expensive plan which council didnt discuss because it would cost more than the allotted asked the city to buy equipment such as kayaks and rescue boats The goals of both proposals Neffendorf said were to patrol and clean the Guadalupe and Comal rivers and target tuber trash items discarded by tubers and river users These same goals will be the thrust of the contract work Neffendorf said Contractors also might get the option to bid on work such as removing tree branches and aquatic vegetation Neffendorf said the parks department hoped to have a draft of die cleanup proposal complete by next week Council could award the bid as early as its Aug 9 meeting and no later than Aug 23 The city still is looking into putting more trash receptacles along the parks department is asking private property own ers to allow access on property for placement of trash receptacles Landowners are asked to call 6082160 District 4 councilwoman Jan Kotylo said Zero Rivers owner of Rockin R River Rides was willing to donate the trashcans if needed