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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW FEU 3 MO 09 SOWEST V K YHNDEIJ HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 16 22 pages in 2 sections December 10 1999 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Lawmen link Marion robber to holdup FROM STAFF REPORTS Lawmen believe the woman who robbed a Marion bank Tuesday morning also robbed a San Antonio bank in ear ly November The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Marion Police Department are inves tigating the robbery at Marion Sate Bank 301 W San Antonio St in Marion Darren Holmes special agent and spokesman at the San Antonio office of the FBI said no arrests had been made in the Marion robbery case He said officials believed the woman also robbed the Security Services Fed eral Credit Union at 6301 North Loop 410 in San Antonio on Nov 3 Witnesses who saw the woman at Marion State Bank on Tuesday described her as Hispanic in her midto late 30s with wavy brown hair about 5 foot5 and weighing about 140 pounds Marion Police Department officers said the woman approached the teller counter about and made a verbal demand for the teller to hand over Officials said the woman did not dis play a weapon but gestured with her hand in her pocket that suggested she had a weapon The teller gave the woman money from her work station The FBI could not disclose the amount of money the robber took from the bank Holmes said The woman ran out of the bank and sped away in a fourdoor 1980s blue Toyota officials said Witnesses did not get a license plate number The robber last was seen traveling southeast on FarmtoMarket Road 78 She was wearing a white shirt brown pants a brown suede bomber jacket and a darkcolored baseball hat She also was wearing prescription wirerimmed glasses with dark sunglasses over them and was carrying a large shoulder bag The San Antonio office of the FBI joined the Marion Police Departments investigation of the robbery early Tues day afternoon because bank robbery is a federal offense Anyone with information concerning the robbery should contact the FBI at 210 2256741 or the Marion Police Department at 830 9142391 WAI Comal County nurse Karen Preiss Comal County Engineer Tom Homseth center and Comal County Commissioner Jack Dawson take part in the Y2K crisis simulation at the Comal County Emergency Operations Center on Thursday Below Joe Moore of McKenna Memorial Hospital makes an important call about disaster responses Y2K disaster drill Emergency service agencies put responses to the test BY ERIN MAGRUDER AND PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writers Riots in the jail a shooting at a service station even a finger stuck in a champagne bottle the Y2K emergency city and coun ty officials are ready to deal with it On Thursday afternoon about 30 community leaders gathered at the Comal County Sheriffs Office to run through emergency operations procedures in preparation for New Years Eve The training also applies to any emergency situation Were gathering the major play ers here to deal with whatever might Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder said We are thinking of every little thing that could possibly go wrong New Years Holder New Braunfels Fire and Rescue Chief Jack Collier the city emergency management coordina tor and Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford emergency manage ment coordinator for the county headed up the drill Officials from Comal County Sheriffs Office New Braunfels Police Department Department of Public Safety Officers New Braun fels Fire and Rescue Red Cross local utility companies also partic ipated Although officials dont expect any Y2K catastrophes Thursdays drill wa was good practice Man ford said and forced people involved to think about what their actions might be in any given situ ation On New Years Eve the head quarters will be the Emergency Operations tenter at the Comal County Sheriffs Office equipped with technology to respond to potential disasters During the drill Carol Edgett the citys assistant emergency manage ment coordinator called out hypo thetical emergency situations and officials called out how they would respond Within a couple hours Edgett had gone through most of New Years Eve and a long list of disasters a shooting at a service station a fire at the high school a broken water main at Main Plaza Reports of icy roads sent several officials scurrying to their phones to see if they had chains for their vehi cles If county vehicles ran out of gas the county could dispatch a service truck which can be operated man ually county engineer Tom HZs Cheer Fund in need of donations Time is running out for Dec 18 deliveries FROM STAFF REPORTS Donations for the New Braunfels HeraldZeitungs Cheer Fund are falling behind previous years efforts and organizers are becoming concerned HeraldZeitung employees and volunteers are planning to deliver food baskets for 200 needy fam ilies in the New Braunfels area on Dec 18 Right now we are about short of what we need to buy the food for the Cheer Fund coordinator Rosie Willingham said The newspaper collects money every year to buy food baskets for needy families identified by the Community Service Center The food baskets include ham canned vegeta bles shortening flour sugar pie filling bread eggs and fruit along with other items for a complete hol iday meal Putting the food baskets together and delivering them truly becomes a group effort as employees and volunteers begin working early in the morning and often do not finish until well after lunch We encourage everyone to give to the Cheer Fund so these families will be guaranteed a nice holiday meal for Willingham said Donations to Cheer Fund can be made at the Her aldZeitung 707 Landa St in New Braunfels For information about donating money or time to the Cheer Fund effort call Willingham at 6259144 ext 203 Family mourns as authorities search for local mans killers Reward now up to on Interstate 35 slaying BY ERIN MAORUDER Staff Writer Authorities are no closer to finding the two men who shot and killed 28yearold New Braunfels resident John Adkins two weeks ago on Interstate 35 Meanwhile Adkins mother Cheryl 51 and grandparents came back to New Braunfels this week to settle legal affairs and spend time in the comforts of those who knew and loved the San Antonio high school teacher whom students called Adkins was killed about noon on Nov 24 as he traveled south bound on 135 near Schertz in what police believe was a case of road rage Adkins trailer now sits empty at the Hill Country RV Resort 131 Ruckle Road Even his beloved mutt Cookie has found a new home with close friends of the family While visiting the home of one of her slain sons friends Cheryl Adkins a school teacher in Korea reflect ed on the roller coaster of emotions in the days since John Adkins untimely death John always wanted to be in the help field somehow He was always working on someone Lately he was try ing to get me to quit she said as she smiled and lit a cigarette A reward for information leading to the arrest and grand jury indictment of Adkins killers already has reached from Crime Stoppers and from the North East school district where Adkins taught I talked to the police Tuesday and the detective said they have so many phone calls from people with infor she said They have had to investigate every lead whether the person calling is legitimate or Adkins taught health and physical education for the past two and a half years at the Center School an alternative high school for troubled adolescents in San Antonio Cheryl and family members attended a memorial ser vice Tuesday honoring Adkins at the Center School cafe teria More than 150 students and faculty members many of whom spoke about their beloved teacher and friend were in attendance Cheryl said attending the memorial service helped her deal with her grief and anger toward her sons killers It is a very small school with only 125 she said They are still very emotional about what hap pened One girl walked up to me and gave me a hug and said Youre Coachs It was important to hear how John affected their Dan Beck Adkins grandfather said he could not put into words what he felt sitting in the packed cafeteria lis Photo submitted This photo of Adkins instruct ing his students was included in a program for his memorial service See Openair market plans meet opposition from neighbors BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Supporters say a proposed openair market off Interstate 35 will benefit the whole com munity but neighbors say it will ruin their quiet peaceful way of life ShopSmart a San Antonio company less than a year old is proposing to put a squarefoot market at Interstate 35 and Doep penschmidt Road where more than vendors could sell a variety of items during Photo submitted daylight hours on Fridays Saturdays and This rendering details slopSmarfs plans Sundays for a million openpir market at The estimated million project would Interstate 35 and Doeppenschmidt Road be shopSmarts first openair market Everett Collins principal of shopSmart said it could boast sales of up to million annually The market would be on a 40acre site surrounded with several businesses in metal buildings and some homes At a public hearing before the city planning commission Tuesday neighbor Brian Wetz described the area around the site as friend ly and calm with children playing in the streets and in the front yards Its a great area to grow up he said I cant see how this wouW benefit Wetz and others cited concerns about traf fic water pressure security and overall ambiance of the area All these concerns will be addressed Collins said want to do whatever we very Collins said We feel this will benefit the whole The market could give local small business owners and national vendors a chance to dis play goods with low overhead costs he said Vendors could rent a spot for an average of a day Several vendors already have expressed interest in selling items including furniture jewelry computers apparel silk flowers sporting goods 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