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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 12, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 103 16 pages in 2 sections April 12 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Alert letter carrier comes to womans rescue iPost office letter carried Don McBroom was the first one to notice something wrong at an elderly womans residence on Monday Resident saved days after falling BY ERIN MAORUDCR Staff Writer Local letter carrier 6on McBroom has taken his job to heart by looking out for the wellbeing of an elderly New Braunfels resident on his dairy mail route And a little after 2 on Monday he noticed something was terribly wrong The mailbox of the 77yearold woman who lives alone was still filled with Saturdays letters Even more alarming the radio was playing and the lights were on in the no one was answering the door The woman had fallen and broken her hip sometime during this past week end and was unable to call for help McBroom immediately contacted a post office supervisor who called the New Braunfels Police Department to check on the residents welfare For the past two or three days the woman had been lying on the said Doug Newell former president of the letter carriers union New Braunfels Fire and Rescue per sonnel transported the woman about Monday to McKenna Memorial Hospital where she was scheduled to have hip surgery Tues day McBroom said From her hospital room early Tues day afternoon the woman said she was grateful beyond words that McBroom had come to her rescue Oh bless his heart he was won derful to find she said He is a very fine fellow I want to throw him a party Just not now Ill have to wait a little while until I feel McBrooms service was part of a lit tleknown program called the carrier alert system Postal employees volun tarily make arrangements to check on elderly residents who live alone by watching for troubling signs like an overflow of mail in the mailbox he said The customer has to initiate the ser said McBroom who checks on two elderly residents along his route The 77yearold woman doesnt have See Courthouse evacuated Police investigate phony bomb threat BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer About 250 people were evacuated from the Comal County Courthouse early Tuesday in response to a tele phoned bomb threat The threat was called about 8 by an unnamed man although a coun ty official expressed confidence he would be found The call was placed to the citys 911 emergency system from a pay phone in the 200 block of South Union Avenue Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said Its a serious Scheel said from his office afterward I think its totally unfortunate that we have deranged people who would do some thing like this out on the street Hope fully we wont have this happen Scheel didnt identify a suspect but said he believed whoever called in the bomb threat would be found and prosecuted We have some pretty good ideas A Criminal investigation is in Scheel said And it was in progress virtually before the building could be evacuat ed and the employees and people with business in the buildings could be moved a safe distance away across the street or down the block The 911 system records the number and address of all incoming calls as well as the calls themselves While officers moved to secure and evacuate the courthouse others immediately fanned out to begin the investigation Attention all a police dis patcher radioed over the emergency net shortly after the call went out to evacuate the courthouse Weve lis tened to the tape again We believe the suspect might be a Hispanic The telephone number crossrefer ences to a pay phone in front of the Pit Stop fuel and convenience store at 245 South Union which has a security and surveillance camera sys tem As the courthouse buildings were New Braunfels Police Department responds to a telephoned bomb threat Tuesday being evacuated and a search mount ed for any possible bomb detectives were working at the store talking to employees and dusting the telephone for fingerprints At the courthouse Scheel who said he believed from the beginning he was likely dealing with a prank call took charge and began a search of the courthouse grounds While Scheel started at the back of the building with a sheriffs deputy checking the dumpster and then mov ing on into the annex parking garage New Braunfe Is police officers walked up and down the streets looking over vehicles parked near the courthouse Then the common areas of the courthouse those the public has the greatest access to were checked by supervisory employees looking for anything out of the ordinary We allowed supervisors and their See RON About 250 peo ple were evacu ated Tuesday morning from the Comal County Courthouse on the Main Plaza because of a bomb threat The incident is still under investiga tion RON HeraldZeitung Zwicke secures sheriff nomination iBaenziger and jMayes also ireceive nomination BY ERIN MAQRUDER Staff Writer j Drawing a close to a heated race Arnold S Zwicke secured the Repub lican nomination for Guadalupe County Sheriff by defeating Tom Tannehill in Todays runoff elec tion Zwwto now will have to prepare to square off with Johnny Juan Garcia in the November general election Zwicke garnered votes or percent while Tannehill cap tured votes or percent Zwicke said he was very pleased with results of the election and ready to vie for the chance to fill the big shoes left behind by current Guadalupe County Sheriff Melvin L Harboth who is stepping down after 16 years on the job I really want to thank the voters and my supporters in the pie of Gvadelupe County are happy with the department and want to see it as it in the past and also see some changes down the road aft the county grows in the TannehiU said Tuesday night he had no about the effort he and those who becked him had put forth to his campaign I want to thank my friends and supporters and I especially want to tnjakmy wifo for ifqf Kor help and Tioaehill said I also want INSIDE Scroggin will face Sutton in constable race BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Comal County Pet 4 constable candidate Ben Scroggin secured the Republican nomination Tuesday night and now will face Democratic opponent Jim Sutton in the Nov 7 general election Scroggin a retired senior Army officer won Tuesdays Republican primary runoff election for the constable position with 58 percent of the votes or 667 votes Opponent J Ronald Star Carey a former military police officer got 483 votes or about 42 percent of the votes Only registered voters in county precincts and 24 voted in the constable race and registered voters in those precincts cast ballots In both local and statewide Republican runoff races Comal County voters cast ballots while 106 voters went to the polls in the Democratic runoff race for Unit ed States Senator Scroggin and Carey were the top votegetters in a five way primary race March 14 Pet 4 constable Ed Mullins did not file for reelection The Pet 4 constable position represents the Canyon Lake area In a fiveway primary election March 14 Scroggin garnered 964 votes or 32 percent and Carey got 897 votes or 30 percent Candidate Jim Higdon came in third with 599 votes or 20 percent Lee Hernandez and Wylie I Queen picked up the remaining votes I am extremely honored and grateful to the marvelous support of the community and the people in precinct Scroggin said at the Comal County Courthouse And for their confidence in allowing me to represent the Repub lican party as the Republican nomination for constable precinct 4 as we go into the general Carey said low voter turnout in the primary runoff race contributed to the election results The turnout made a he said In areas of support and in districts where I was strongest people did not turn See RUNOFF RESULTS Comal County Constable Pet 4 Republican Party Ben J Ronald Star Guadakipe County Sheriff Republican Party Tom Arnold S Guariah jpe County Commissioner Pet 1 Republican Party Roger John T Guadakipe County Constable Pet 4 Republican Party Lavem E Vem Eugene Gsm Democratic Party wtth 74 of Texas Osne Republican Party Tom wtth 96 of Texas pracincts Sharon t JiMfee Republican Party wtth 86 of TtXM niaotots Ouy