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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 11, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas HER ALDZEi IU NG Vol 148 No 255 16 pgs in 2 sections November 11 1999 THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Canyon Cougarette Amy Luna left tries to block a shot from a Smithson Valley Ranger during a dis trict match on Oct 15 Smithson Valley won that match In a previous meeting in September Canyon won WAI Suspect hole officers at bay Man accused of threatening judge patrol trooper BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer A New Braunfels man accused of threatening Comal County Judge Dan ny Scheel and a highway patrol trooper held officers at bay for about two hours Wednesday afternoon Kent Krueger 37 surren dered peacefully about to law enforcement offi cers at the Hill Country Community Mental Health Center 180 W Mill St Law men routed traffic away from Mill Street during the two hour ordeal Krueger threatened to harm himself with a knife after Department of Public Safety officers tried to arrest him on two felony indictment warrants for retaliation The warrants stemmed from an incident on Oct 23 when Krueger was arrested by DPS trooper Tim Upright on charges of public intoxi cation and resisting arrest Krueger allegedly made threats to kill Upright after his arrest Because of the alleged threats against Upright Krueger was charged with retaliation on Oct 23 and Scheel set no bond the next day Krueger then allegedly made threats to kill Scheel sometime during the next eight days he was in jail Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder said he understood a bond hearing was conduct ed at county courtatlaw and bond for Krueger was set shortly thereafter Krueger was released on Nov 1 Wednesdays warrants were issued after Krueger was indicted by a grand jury After the ordeal on Mill Street Krueger was booked into the county jail about He was magistrat ed by Pet 3 Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart and his bond was set at As of press time Wednes day Krueger had not been released from jail Retaliation is a third degree felony punishable by two to 10 years imprisonment and up to a fine Comal rivalry on high heat tonight 4A region match will determine who goes to state tournament BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer The shoe polish on the car windows and the brightcolored banners in the school hallways give you a sense of deja vu Two local schools one in the city and one in the Hill Country are bat tling it out to see who will advance to the state semifinals this year At the Blossom Athletic center you have to pick a side So what III do is just not sit I II prob ably be walking around and seeing whats going Jerry Major Comal ISO superintendent If this sounds eerily familiar thats because it should At 6 today Smithson Valley and See GAME TIME WHO Canyon Cougarettes vs Smithson Valley Rangers I WHAT Class 4A Region 4 Final WHEN 6 today WHERE Blossom Athletic Center 12002 Jones Maltsberger San Antonio More on Page 1B Trading war stories CHRISTINA MINOR and WAI Above Veteran Harold Ward looks over old newspaper clippings and letters from World War II Ward penned a book about his experiences and will have a book signing today at the Sophienburg Museum Below Wallace and Winona Smith share a home in New Braunfels Smith jokes that he finally was captured by a German when he met Winona his second wife and a German descendent after he moved to New Braunfels Veterans remember hard lessons learned in battle BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer They are a dying breed Of the millions of men and women who served in the military during World War II only million remain While movies like Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line focus new attention on WWII veterans most are content to get on with their lives and leave the war in the past Two of those veterans are Wallace Smith and Harold Ward both residents of New Braunfels Here are their stories Wallace Smith The year was 1939 and a young South Carolina man decided to join the Navy Having met a sailor once the young man was intrigued by life on a ship With boot camp in Norfolk completed Wallace Smith 17 board ed the cruiser USS Honolulu on his way to the Hawaiian islands During his time on the islands Smith prac ticed attack and war procedures But no matter how many procedures Smith and his crew mates practiced nothing could prepare them for that infamous day in 1941 Slowly sipping his first cup of cof fee Smith was spending a quiet Sun day morning in early December in the fire room of the USS Honolulu talking and laughing with his fellow seamen Suddenly the peaceful atmosphere was broken by the sound of explo sions Smith heard the warnings The Japanese are As a machinist mate first class his job was to immediately close the watertight doors I heard people yelling and could feel the ship jumping up and Smith said We had a near miss A DONT BE A VICTIM r Carjackers pull off heist in local parking lot Carjacking was second in two months in New Braunfels t BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Two carjackers were still at large Wednesday night after they fled the WalMart parking lot 1209 Si Interstate Highway 35 Tuesday night in the vehicle of a 21 yearold New The two men were seen last driving north bound in the 1100 block of the 135 frontage road in front of McDonalds about in a 1997 teal green fourdoor Honda Civic with Texas license plate number YRG28P The woman was approached by the men in the WalMart park ing lot as she tried to enter her vehicle New Braunfels Police Detective Sean Gab bard said One of the men pointed some type of automatic handgun pointed at the womans head and forced her to surrender her car keys Gabbard said The woman com plied with the mens orders and that might have been the reason she was not he said i The man who brandished the handgun was described as a black male in his late teens or early 20s about 5 feet 9 inches tall 140170 pounds wearing a dark blue jacket with a gray hood and some type of scarf that covered the lower half of hjs face The other man was described as a black about 5 feet 9 inches tall wearing darkcolored clothing with a darkcolored hood and a darkcolored See To reduce the risk of becoming the victim of a carjacking Detective Sean Gabbard offered this advice Always be aware of your surroundings and look around before entering your vehicle If you see anything suspicious do not hang around Leave the area and retreat to a safe place When in doubt call the police or sheriffs department Better to be safe than sorry Most importantly you are confronted by somebody absolutely comply with the carjack erjs orders It could mean the difference J between life and death INSIDE Archives Key coda 76 Drainage committee asks for projections BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer The citys Drainage Advisory Committee once again asked city staff Wednesday for cost projec tions that could give them some idea how much money the city needed to raise through monthly public drainage fees The committee has not yet set any specific fee but once it does New Braunfels City Council will have to give final approval Committee member Rick Myrick said they needed projections in order to back into an actual fee amount Then you can say the fee is say and heres why its he said To me thats the backup we need for a fee Committee member David Jr said I think thats what weve been saying from the The sevenmember committee has been meeting about twice a month since June trying to come up with a drainage ordinance that pro vides the city with a mechanism to fund damage piojeus We dont want to get involved with dams or large capital improvement Bolner New Braunfels city engineer In the past two months the com mittee has discussed what exactly the fees should fund major cap ital improvement projects or main tenance projects At Wednesdays meeting city engineer Bolner said the fees should fund upgrading of aging and new drainage systems v We dont want to get involved with dams or large capital improve ment projects or projects that should come out of the general fund like he said A future bond issue and sales tax money could fund these types of projects he said Were looking at watershed he said Bolner agreed to have cost pro projects by the next meeting Nov 23