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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW MVvr 63 SOWEST SlCROPUBLlSHINQ 2627E 79903 jp V p rx 7990J Vol 149 No 8 12 pages in 2 sections March 14 2000 TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Primary decisions Several local races will be decided at the polls today Polling places in Comal and Guadalupe FROM STAFF REPORTS Registered voters in Comal County are headed to the polls today to cast their ballots in local state and presidential pri mary races The winners in todays Republican and Democratic pri mary elections will campaign for the Nov 7 general election Local residents can cast their ballots in Democratic and Republican primary races at several locations throughout Comal County Local residents can vote at 22 precinct polling locations from 7 to 7 today Registered voters must vote in the precinct in which they live Precinct numbers can be found on each residents voter regis tration card During early voting Feb 28 through March 10 about per cent of the registered voters in Coma County went to the polls In the Republican primary local voters cast their bal lots for party candidates while 519 residents voted in the Democratic primary Officials at the county clerks office said voters did not have to be registered Republicans or Democrats to vote in either pri mary but voters can cast ballots only in either the Republican or Democratic primaries Linnell Hinojosa elections clerk said voter turnout during early voting was slightly above normal in the 2000 primaries compared to other primary elec tions Local positions up for elec tion in 2000 include all four Comal County constable posi tions Pets 1 and 3 County Commissioners Comal County Tax AssessorCollector Comal County Sheriff and the state dis trict bench in the 22nd Judicial District Candidates running on the Democratic ticket include County tax assessorcollec tor Gloria K Clennan 3 commissioner Cristi na Zamora Pet 1 constable Joe Gomez and candidate Randy Galindo See Pet 1 elec tion clerk Marc Powell and volunteers Cristabell West and Allene Wofford prepare Monday night for the 12 hours they expect to spend manning the voting booths Tuesday at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center Equipment and ballots were deliv ered to polling sta tions throughout the county Monday evening K JESSIE HeraldZeitung Incumbent challenger vie for constables office BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Comal County Democrats will decide today whether Precinct 1 Constable incumbent Joe Gomez will stay in office another four years or challenger Randy Galindo will be the next man on the job The winner in todays primary elec tion will be unop GOMEZ posed in the Nov 7 general election and will represent the New Braunfels area Gomez said the experience he acquired during his two terms in office make him the most qualified candidate for the position GALINDO which pays an annual salary of I have eight years experience and Galindo has never worked in the con See INSIDE Find out where you are supposed to Bush Gore on the campaign City council votes to dim annoying lights Fines could reach under new ordinance BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels residents and business owners might need to check the angle of lighting ema nating from their properties in another month they could be found in violation of a light pol lution ordinance and smacked with a fine as much as At a meeting Monday New Braunfels City Council approved the first of three readings of an ordinance declaring certain light a nuisance To qualify as a nuisance the light must originate from a resi dential or commercial property and be directed at another resi dence Violation of the ordinance would be a Class C Misde meanor The first reading passed 61 after council approved two amendments broadening the scope of the ordinance draft Mayor Pro Tern Juan Luis Mar tinez cast the lone dissenting vote and said after the meeting he was concerned the law would over burden the New Braunfels Police Department Theres too many ordinances Council members address critics complaints 5A he said City attorney Floyd Akers said the ordinance would be comr plaintdriven Police officers wont be out looking for Once a complaint has been called in the city possibly the code compliance officer would inform the offending neighbor of the law If that doesnt work a complaint can be filed and the offender will have to appear in municipal court A judge would determine whether the person would pay a fine anywhere from to But people will call the police anyway with complaints Mar tinez said When its 10 oclock at night who are they going to call he said Were not District 6 cotmcilwoman Juliet Watson said she was concerned about how the law would affect security lights If its not aimed at a house See Spring Branch man arrested charged in sexual assault BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer A 33yearold Spring Branch man was arrested Friday in con nection with the Feb 12 sexual assault in the Indian Hills subdi vision off 281 the Comal County Sheriffs Office announced Monday The man was arrested without incident by Comal County Sher iffs Office detectives and Texas Rangers after a search and arrest warrant was executed at his Indi an Hills subdivision residence about onehalf mile from the res idence where the alleged sexual assault took place The man was booked into the Comal County Jail for aggravat ed sexual assault aggravated rob bery and burglary of a habitation in connection with the Feb 12 assault As of press time Monday the man remained in jail on bond The woman was alone at her residence about when the sexual assault occurred authorities said The man allegedly entered the residence and bound the woman forcibly sexually assaulted her and burglarized her home The man allegedly was in the residence about two hours before he left and the woman was able to contact relatives who notified CCSO deputies The woman was transported to a San Antonio hospital where she was treated and released offi cials said The man was arrested after an investigation by CCSO Criminal Investigations Division Texas Rangers and the Texas Depart ment of Public Safety Crime Lab oratory CCSO Detective Tom my Ward said Several people were contacted during the investigation and helped detectives identify the man as a suspect officials said Brauntex renovation displacing downtown barbershop The Original Barbershop will have to move to make room for the expanded Brauntex lobby officials say K JESSIE 6UTW HeraldZeitung BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer A downtown barbershop thats been in business for more than 50 years will be dis placed some say unnecessarily by ren ovation of the Brauntex Theater We were hoping against hope that we could work something said Mac McCoy president of the Brauntex Perform ing Arts Theatre Association Inc But our architect said it was necessary for the BPATA bought the theater 209 W San Antonio in December and has leased the space occupied by The Original Barbershop on a monthbymonth basis since then We were hoping against hope that we could work something out But our architect said it was necessaiy for the Mac McCoy president Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre Association Inc The theater first opened in downtown New Braunfels in January 1942 a month after the Pearl Harbor attack It has been vacant since May of 1998 but BPATA plans to ren ovate it to use as a performing arts facility When the renovation is complete the the ater will include 700 seats too large a crowd for the existing lobby McCoy said BPATA plans to expand the lobby into the 22by13foot barbershop space forcing the shop to move in the next six to 12 months Its been housed at that location since 1948 Elijah Brown who has owned the barber shop since 1955 said he was disappointed by the news but at least one other local resident had a stronger reaction I realize businesses come and go but to force out a long standing business just to See INSIDE Key Code 76
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