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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 41 18 pages in 2 sections January 14 2000 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Bomb scare evacuates SVMS K JESSIE Smithson Valley Middle School students spent most of Thursday afternoon in a nearby athletic field after a bomb threat was found in a school restroom Eighthgrade student taken into custody BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer A written bomb threat found in a restroom at Smithson Valley Middle School led to the evacuation of the campus and arrest of an eighth grade male student The scare came just three days after a pipe bomb was found at Blanco High School Comal County Sheriffs deputies arrested the boy and charged him with making a false alarm or report He was taken into cus tody by juvenile authorities offi cials said COBB No explosive devices were found in the school on FarmtoMarket Road 311 and no one was injured said Captain David Ott of the Comal County Sheriffs Office The bomb threat was discovered by a student during the schools lunch period in a downstairs boys restroom near the gym said Nancy Cobb assistant to the CISD super intendent The note said There is a bomb in the school It will go off at 3 Ott said The student notified school administrators who immediately called the police and evacuated more than 500 students and faculty from the building Cobb said Cobb said We encourage stu dents not to do this as a hoax The students are angry that someone would do See BOMB CL home destroyed in blaze BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE A Canyon Lake area family escaped injury but their entire home was destroyed Thursday afternoon in a fire that might have started in the attic The blaze was reported about 1 by a neighbor who saw smoke coming from the res idence at 5731 W Texas 46 owner Susan Hei drich said None of us were at home at the Hei drich said They said maybe the fire started in the attic because they saw flames coming out of the roof and it was solid black with smoke around the Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department crews arrived about and backup came shortly thereafter from New Braunfels Fire and Rescue CLVFD Chief Douglas Rogers said Bracken Spring Branch and Bulverde vol unteer fire departments also responded Firefighters had the majority of the blaze extinguished within about 30 minutes but the singlestory more than squarefoot resi dence was a total loss he said Heidrich said her home was insured and Rogers estimated damages at more than The fire probably started near the back cor ner of the home and the cause of the blaze is still under investigation Rogers said Heidrich said one of her five dachshunds was missing after the fire but she thought the dog probably was not hurt This is just one of those things you never think is going to hap Heidrich said My daughter is getting married Feb 12 and all of the wedding invita tions were in the house Luckily her wedding dress was somewhere K JESSIE A firefighter hoses down hot spots in a Canyon Lake area home that was destroyed by fire Thursday The owners were not home and no one was injured in the fire that caused more than in damages BERTELSEN Lockhart murder trial enters fifth day in Comal CANTU FROM STAFF REPORTS Testimony continued Thursday at Comal County Courthouse in the murder trial of 21 year old Lockhart resident Carlos Cantu A sixman sixwoman jury heard testi mony from state witnesses against Cantu accused of aiding in the shooting death of 21 year old Lockhart resident Henry P Silva in February 1998 Cantu is charged with firstdegree murder and two counts of aggravated assault in con nection with the shooting of Silva during a confrontation between two alleged gangs Feb in north Lockhart If convicted of the murder charge Cantu could face up to 99 years or life in prison Aggravated assault is a seconddegree felony If convicted Cantu could face two to 20 years hi prison The trial was moved to Comal County after State District Judge Charles Ramsay approved the defenses request for a change of venue in November 1998 CISD board accused of duping voters BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer BULVERDE A large crowd of Comal Independent School District patrons outraged by a proposal to move a new elementary school to the east side of 281 accused trustees Thursday night of betraying voters and vowed they would not support any future bond proposals in the district A motion by trustee Robert Loop to buy property on Borgfeld Road on the west side of 281 for a new elementary school failed Thursday night just a halfhour after CISD patrons accused trustees of ethical misconduct for reject ing the same site in December About 150 district patrons packed the cafeteria at Bill Brown Elementary School Thursday night to express out rage over a proposal to move the loca tion of a new elementary school in the 281 and Cibolo Creek area to the east side of 281 Michael Glen a Timberwood Park resident called board members used car salesmen for betraying the trust of CISD patrons who supported a million bond in May 1999 You have conned he said I guarantee you if you try to pass another bond it will not At the heart of the controversy was a proposed alterna tive bond plan by John Bertelsen to move a new elemen tary school to the east side of US 281 move a new high school to the west side of 281 and draw a boundary line down 281 Bertelsen said the plan would address some problems including transportation and unbalanced enrollment with the current bond plan Voters passed a twophase bond plan this past year that included building three new elementary schools and one new high school in the Canyon Lake area During the bond campaign the district outlined three general areas for the new elementary schools and desig nated the area north of Canyon Lake for the new high school But some residents said Thursday night voters approved the package with the expectation that the new Creek school would be built in Timberwood Park a subdivision on the west side of 281 in Bexar County The district is looking at school sites on the west and east side of 281 after rejecting the Borgfeld Road site in December An attempt by Loop Nick Nichols and John Clay to change the vote on the Borgfeld site Thursday night failed in a threetothree vote Bertelsen Lester Jonas and Dora Gonzales voted against Loops motion Board president Dan Krueger was not INSIDE A Key code 76 Business 35 crash sends 2 to hospital BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer Traffic traveling on Business 35 was diverted to side streets after a twovehicle accident occurred Thurs day afternoon New Braunfels Police officer Fred Pfeil said a 36yearold New Braun fels woman was turning left from Castell Avenue onto Business 35 when a Chevrolet Beretta struck her vehicle a Pontiac Grand Am The light changed green and the New Braunfels woman pulled he said The other girl hit her car causing it to spin Witnesses said the Beretta lifted the Grand Am into the air before turning it around New Braunfels EMS personnel said the driver of the Beretta a 17 yearold Seguin woman received lacerations to her face and eyes after her face went through the windshield Airlife transported her to University Hospital in San Antonio The New Braunfels woman was transported by Star Flight to Brack CHRISTINA enridge Hospital in Austin with left Left EMS personnel treat a woman who was involved in a hip pain EMS personnel said she twovehicle accident Thursday afternoon on Business 35 could have possible internal injuries Right New Braunfels Fire and Rescue paramedics prepare and that she was confused one of the victims to be airlifted