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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 2, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW FEa 11 uNG Vol 149 No 117 14 pages in 2 sections TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Watering Restrictions With new watering restrictions implemented by the Edwards Aquifer Authority on Monday see Page 5A to find out when you can water your lawn and how long these guidelines are expected to last CHS junior killed in wreck Photo submitted Jessica Atchley 16 was killed in a collision early Sunday morning near BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SCHERTZ A 16yearold New Braunfels girl died early Sunday when she was crushed in an accident in which the truck she and three friends were push big along a roadway was rammed from behind Jessica Atchley was dead prior to arrival just after 5 Sunday at Brooke Army Medical Center at Ft Sam Houston in northeast San Antonio Canyon High School brought in addi tional counselors Monday to help Atch Boyfriend describes leys junior classmates cope with the loss Principal Bob Wiegand described Atchley as a good student who was involved in French Club and the Visitation will take place at 3 today for family and friends with services scheduled for 3 Wednesday at Zoeller Funeral Home in New Braunfels Injured in the accident were Ronald Schott 19 of New Braunfels and Justin Altaian 19 of Canyon Lake Both were treated for their injuries at San Antonio area hospitals and released by late Mon day The driver of the 1986 Toyota pickup Mitchell Trey Lively 18 of New Braun fels escaped serious injury as did Atch leys boyfriend Matt Trussell 17 Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Cody Klaehn said rescue and police officials were called to the 4300 block of FarmtoMarket Road 1518 in the unincorporated area of Schertz just south of Selma at Sunday Klaehn said the truck had apparently See Collision sends three to hospitals K JESSIE New Braunfels Fire and Rescue left to right Garrick Herbert Donny Obuch and George Amen prepare to transfer an accident victim to an emergency helicopter Fifteenyearold suffers head injuries two women 18 and 36 also hurt BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer A 15yearold local high school student was transported by helicopter to a San Antonio hospital about 4 Monday after the green Mazda fourdoor in which he was a passenger was broadsided near ChickFilA in the 1000 block of S Walnut Avenue As of press time Monday the condition of the 15yearold student who suffered head injuries had not been released by University Hospital officials Another local high school student an 18yearold female who was driving the Maz also was injured in the wreck and was transported by New Braunfels Fire and Res cue to McKenna Memorial Hospital battal ion chief Donny Zercher said As of press time Monday the 18yearold female was listed in stable condition at McKenna Memorial Hospital The green Mazda was traveling south on Walnut Avenue when the driver attempted to turn into the ChickFilA parking lot New Braunfels Police Department Lt John Worn mack said One lane of northbound traffic on Walnut Avenue was cleared for the Mazda to turn into the parking lot but the 18yearold student probably did not see a blue Ford Explorer The Mazda turned in front of the Explorer which collided with the passenger side of the vehicle fire and rescue personnel said The 15yearold boy was riding in the front passenger seat The 36yearold New Braunfels woman who was driving the Explorer reportedly suf fered non lifethreatening injuries and also was transported by ambulance to McKenna Memorial Hospital by New Braunfels Fire and Rescue The collision caved in the front and back passenger side of the Mazda and totaled the vehicle officials said Zercher said the boy was unconscious traveling in the northbound lane of traffic immediately after the accident but was awake officials said at the time he was transported INSIDE VW HZ wins top honors in contest Paper brings home five first place plaques FROM STAFF RCPORTB HeraWZeitong won nine awards including five first place Associated Press Managing Editors journalism contest The awards were announced Satur day and Sunday during the annual convention The contest is considered VML MM with first place awards in the Class A division in effort for the special report on the oneyear anniversary of the devastating flood of October 1998 Page cro design for managing edi tor MajgaretEdmonson Feature series for reporter Heather Toads series on a local resident with 1 Sports column writing for former writing for Browns piece on boxing The HeraldZeitung also received 6wr oonewble mentions in Photojournalism for firmer pho tographer Robin Cornett Sports writing for former sports editor BUI OConnell and Spot news for former reporters Chris Crews and Bill OConnell In the team effort category judges wrote This shows the kind of effort a small paper can muster when disaster strikes The photography was com pelling And the reporting didnt stop when the water ebbed the followup stories were particularly well The HeraldZeitung was assisted by Panel orders complex to be vacated class at Southwest Texas state Uni Thirdworld conditions lead to city intervention BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Residents of the Rosedale Apartments and the South Krueger Apartments in the West Bad will have to vacate their homes in 30 days after the New Braunfels Building Standards Commission saw evidence Monday of what one city official called thirdworld The commission voted unan imously Monday to order that all residents of the apartment complex vacate in 30 days and ordered the property owners to secure the grounds and remove any debris within the same time period If the building is not secured city officials will secure the complex at the owners expense the commission decided The commission will reeval uate plans for the apartment complex at their next meeting June 5 The privatelyowned Rosedale Apartments are on Rosedale Avenue off W San Antonio Street The Rosedale Apart ments have 42 units but city officials do not how many resi dents live there City Attorney Floyd Akers said up to 150 people could live at the apartment complex But Nadine Murdoch director of the New Braunfels Housing Authority said that number could be as high as 400 to 500 people San Antonio resident Emmett Cater owns 21 units on Rosedale Avenue and six units on South Krueger Avenue Cater who inherited part of the Rosedale Apartments two and a half years said he was trying to repair the properties but did not have enough experi ence with commercial proper ties to know how to proceed Cater said so far he spent attempting to repair two units I am not an absent slum lord Im trying to do the right Cater said Cater said recent improve ments included cutting the grass which officials reported was 12 inches high and putting new smoke detectors in all units said Chairman Shawn Rutledge K JESSIE Brooms hung outside nearly every apartment Monday on Rosedale Avenue and the yards were freshly mowed said But your education cannot come at the risk of the residents of New Braunfels and their health and Cater said he would like at least 30 to 60 days to evaluate his options including whether to demolish the structure and rebuild or renovate the existing structure Rutledge said My concern is what will happen in the inter im with the current violations and how to amend all the prob lems in time and not run the risk of another fire or Akers said city inspectors found 150 violations of building fire health and safety codes dur ing an inspection of the com plex April 7 A videotape of the complex taken April 7 and presented to the commission Monday night showed rotted walls holes in floors collapsing roofs sagging floors and leaky plumbing in many units Terry Hikel building official for the city said some tenants reported they fell through holes in the floor And Hikel said the walls in many units were cracking and pulling away from the ceiling because the floors were sagging The electricity is unsafe It is not wired for residential Hikel said No wiring in the building is to code Itfe all old wiring from when they built army An inspector with the fire department said they could not find a working smoke detector in any of the units they inspect ed No twoway firewalls sepa rate the units in each duplex Akers said New Braunfels Fire and Res cue Chief Blroy Friesenhahn said numerous tires were report ed at the apartments including one that destroyed entire
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