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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 29, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PTPTT Q r mOROFUBI YRNDblJ HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 73 14 pages in 2 sections February 29 2000 TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Want to watch the Spurs Find out how you can survive while Spurs games are not 1B Council gives final OK for openair market BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council approved Monday the final reading of an ordinance allowing construction of an openair mar ket off Interstate 35 although one coun cil member questioned the citys efforts at protecting the neighbors The rezoning was approved 61 with District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson casting the dissenting vote Im not against the developers or the attorney representing the she said But Watson said she questioned the planning departments handling of the situation It appears the developer has the upper she said The city should have looked more seri ously at the possibility of granting a spe cial use permit to the project an option that would have allowed the city to hold the developers legally responsible for promises made regarding lighting and fences Watson said Instead council approved a rezoning from a singleand twofamily district See Stealing the show Curbing NB vehicle burglaries focus of new TV commercial BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer The New Braunfels Law Enforcement Center became a stage of sorts Monday afternoon complete with a director cam eraman and a dashing star police detective Sean Gabbard The afternoon acting stint for Gabbard was hardly an attempt to make millions or garner an Oscar but rather a goodwill effort to raise awareness aboufrtherising v crime of motor vehicle burglaries Gabbard took time out of his day often spent investigating auto thefts to star in a public service announcement that will air on 16 Time Warner Cable channels The 30second spot sponsored by NBPD and the Safe City Com mission should be aired in the next couple of weeks and run for 90 days Time Warner Cable donates a percentage of its advertising space for PSAs on channels such as ESPN CNN USA and TNT We believe in helping the senior account exec utive and PSA director Fritzie Richter said When you give you Assistant to the city manager Don Ferguson who penned the PSA said the city was grateful for Time Warners cooperation Without their support itd be difficult to pass the message he said And the message is important he says New Braunfels has experienced an 18 percent increase in motor vehicle burglaries from 1998 to 1999 he said In 1998 500 motor vehicle bur glaries were reported in 1999 591 were reported Prime locations for the crime include parking lots and areas along Interstate 35 although New Braunfels Police Detective Sean Gabbard stars in a pub lic service announce ment Monday afternoon to raise public awareness of motor vehicle a crime thats on the rise in New Braunfels The 30second commercial which offers ways to avoid vehicle bur glary was taped by Time Warner Cable at the New Braunfels Law Enforcement Center It should air in the next two weeks and run 90 days on 16 Time Warner Cable stations including CNN TNT and ESPN HeraldZeitung neighborhoods have been victim ized as well This is a crime that can easily be Ferguson said Tips offered in the PSA include parking in open welllit areas hiding valuables from view equipping vehicles with antitheft devices such as fuel kill switches and steering wheel locks always taking your keys with you rolling up your windows and always locking your doors You need to put as many barri ers as possible between you and the Ferguson said Gabbard warned that motor vehicle burglaries could turn into auto thefts especially if keys are left inside the car See Seguin teen killed in stabbing Services slated Wednesday for young victim BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer SEGUIN Seguin Police Department officials are inves tigating the fatal stabbing of a 17year old man during a party early Sunday morning Ricardo Hernandez of 723 E Seideman died early in the 300 block of Taft St after he allegedly was stabbed mul tiple times by an unknown assailant Lt Sgt Mike Rosas with the Seguin Police Department said dispatchers got a 911 call about Sunday from someone requesting help at 340 Taft St Rosas said The first officer on the scene found a Latin male lying in the front yard of the residence and the subject had stab wounds in the chest and was gasping for Rosas said emergency med ical services personnel arrived at the scene Justice of the Peace Larry Morawitz pro nounced Hernandez dead at the scene at Rosas said a preliminary investigation indicated Her nandez was stabbed at a resi dence at 352 Taft where a party was in progress and walked down to 340 Taft where the first officer at the scene found him Rosas said juveniles and adults were attending the par ty Police had not identified any suspects as of press time Rosas said Preliminary autopsy reports from the Travis County Med ical Examiner indicated the cause of death was a stab wound to the chest that pene trated Hernandez heart and lungs Friends and relatives of Her Ricardo Hernan dez was nice He was there for you if you ever needed any Candie Tinoco Seguin High student nandez reported witnesses at the scene saw a fight break out between Hernandez and another group of men Her nandez ran from the scene and then was allegedly stabbed five to eight times they said Candie Tinoco a freshman at Seguin High School said Hernandez who would have been a sophomore was well known around campus although he stopped going to school about three or fourth months ago He was nice He was there for you if you ever needed she said Hernandezs sister Crystal Almaguer 13 said her broth er liked playing basketball and worked at a Seguin restaurant Just moments after the stab bing a friend of Hernandezs arrived at the 300 block of Taft Street to pick him up when she found out about the killing Crystal said Cindy Almaguer 11 said news of her brothers death shocked family and friends I couldnt believe it was him I never thought anything would happen to she said He was funny He made us Crystal said Im really going to miss A funeral service for Her nandez is scheduled for 10 Wednesday at Palmer Mortuary 1116 N Austin St in Seguin Visitation for family and friends will take place 2 to 9 today at the funeral home with a prayer service at 7 Longtime AIDS activist Konkel dies BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Friends and relatives of Robert Konkel 41 will say their final goodbyes Wednesday to a man who touched many lives with his tireless passion for helping and educating the New Braunfels community Konkel a vocal AIDS activist and community leader died Monday morning at McKenna Memorial Hospital after a long battle with Acquired Immuno deficiency Syndrome For many years Konkel devoted his time and energy to helping oth ers whether it was promot ing AIDS awareness or organizing Harvest from the Heart an annu al holiday event that offered hun dreds of local residents a free meal KONKEL Roberts father who has asked that his name not be published said Robert was taken to McKen na Memorial Hospital Friday afternoon where he was placed in the intensive care unit Robert reportedly suffered from liver failure and pneumonia and passed away early Monday morning A funeral service is scheduled 3 Wednesday at Doeppen schmidt Funeral Home 189 N Seguin St Visitation for family INSIDE Abby 7A Classifieds Comics 8A Crossword 7A Forum 6A 4A Movies 7A Obituaries 3A Sports Today 2A Television 8A Key Code Another candidate files for District 4 council seat FROM STAFF REPORTS The District 4 New Braunfels City Council race is heating up a third contender filed Monday morning Mary Cameron Wall 35 direc tor of managed care at Alamo City Medical Group joins retired archi tect Robert Kendrick and life insur ance agent Dave Pryor in the District 4 race Her campaign treasurer is brother Joe Cameron The District 4 seat currently is represented by Jan Kotylo who said she would not seek reelection to allow more time for grandchildren and volunteer work Filing for District 3 and 4 started Feb 22 at the New Braunfels Munic ipal Building 424 S Castell and ends March 22 The election is Saturday May 6 Early voting begins on April 19 and ends on May 2 For a full story see Wednesdays HeraldZeitung
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