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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 12, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW ELS Water Restriction Landscape watering Is allowed from midnight to 10 and from 8 to HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 125 20 pages in 2 sections May 12 2000 FRI Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents Fine cuisine Marcien Rusuriye and Bette Spain prepare one of the many appetizing entrees for the crowd attending the Historic Outdoor Art Braunfels mural fundraiser The event took place Thursday at the New Braunfels Civic Center CHRISTINA C drowned lissing man in Canyon Lake FROM STAFF REPORTS CANYON LAKE Law enforcement and rescue personnel including half a dozen divers from the Canyon Lake Dive Team were searching late Thursday for a missing man feared drowned Comal County Sheriffs patrol Captain David Ott said authorities were searching for Martin P Schall 21 of the Federal Republic of Ger many Schall was reported missing at about 1 Thursday by witnesses who said theyd watched him swim from Comal Park at the south end of the lake out to an island On the way back he reportedly disappeared from sight Ott said He swam from one island to the other and on the way back they lost sight of him Were considering it a case of possible Ott said late Thursday afternoon Right now hes a missing Ott said sheriffs deputies game wardens the dive team and mem bers of the Army Corps of Engineers were involved in the search The search is challenging because of the deep water in that part of the lake Ott said In memory of K JESSIE John Covington Michael Kendel and Edgar Zamora are three of the four New Braunfels High School students riding their bikes Saturday to raise money for a scholarship fund in memory of friends Shelby Famsworth and Fernando Diaz who died this past year in an automobile accident Students honor friends raise money BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff writer Four New Braunfels High School students are getting up ear ly Saturday to ride heir this is not just an ordinary trip through the neighborhood They are men on a mission For two months Edgar Zamora a senior at NBHS has planned a memorial bicycle ride for 16yearold Shelby Famsworth and 15yearold Fernando Diaz who died this past year in an auto mobile accident The couple was leaving campus after attending a New Braun fels Marine Corps Junior Reserve Offices Training Corps trip when their car collided with a truck in front of the school Ive dedicated my whole year in ROTC to Zamora said I want to help them out I want to pay them John Covington Michael Kendel and Chris Millett who decid ed to join Zamora on his trek will leave at 7 Saturday from the Home Depot and travel SO miles using the Interstate 35 frontage roads to the Austin city limits then travel another 50 miles back to New Braunfels We are not going to stop until we reach Covington said I would do this again Its for a good The bike ride is not only in memory of Shelby and Fernando but also to raise awareness about the scholarship set up by the fam ilies of Shelby and Fernando Each year the scholarship is awarded to one male ROTC cadet in honor of Fernando one female ROTC cadet in honor of Shel by and one senior girl on the high school soccer team Shelbys family asked that the recipients names not be released because they have not yet learned they are receiving the schol arships See Approved signs remind that roads should be shared BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer New bicycle warning signs on River Road approved Thursday for placement on River Road are geared to remind motorists and cyclists to play nice on the narrow tourist thoroughfare this summer Local cyclists pushing for the addition of the regulatory signs before the peak tourist season voiced con cerns about bicycle safety on River Road in a public comment session at Commissioners Court 150N Seguin Avenue The signs initially were requested by Canyon Lake Area resident Link Fuller who said he was looking to commis sioners and others in leadership posi tions to publicly advocate motorist awareness of the bicyclist who regularly ride on the winding road I love River Road and I think its a trea Fuller said And the truth is that both bicyclists and dri vers are part of that envi ronment and we need to come to some mutual under Several cyclists cited instances when they had either been insulted or felt disre garded by motorists zooming by on the roadway Its all about 29 yearold River Road resident Rudy Guerrero said If the motorist is patient enough to allow cyclists to move over everything would be State law for bicyclists and motorists requires cyclists move as far to the right side of the lane as possible so a vehicle behind them can safely pass But Fuller pointed out that cyclists are not required by law to move to the far right if the lane is two narrow as many stretches of River Road might both the bicycle and vehicle to travel safely sidebyside Cyclist Matt Gruene owner of Gruene Bikewurks in New Braunfels said problems maneuvering around motorists on the roadway arise even when cyclists are following the rules Cyclists need to take responsibility for their own safety but even when they are doing things still happen like people throw bottles at us or spit at And John Buntz who commutes to New Braunfels everyday by bicycle said recently had a less benign encounter with a motorist I was going up a hill about 7 Monday and a car was going down the hill and they threw a hard object at Buntz said They were just hooting and hollering and thought it was so Some people think its OK to assault Both cyclists and com missioners said they hoped the new signs might alleviate some of the strain and cre ate more public aware ness that would benefit the safety of those on bikes and in vehicles County Engineer Tom Hornseth said two triangular Share the Road signs soon will flank either end of River Road and possibly Schoenthal creates a similar hazard for cyclists The discussion of cyclists safety also served as a public forum for outfitters and cyclists to address a recent rumor about an underground movement to outlaw bicycling on Riv er Road The rumors initially fueled by an item recently placed on the Water Ori ented Recreation District meeting agen da by WORD vicepresident and local outfitter Paul Rich that proposed limit ing or restricting bicycle travel on Riv INSIDE Major crime down 6 percent in New Braunfels BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Major crime in Now Braunfels is down six percent compared to the same time last jstnisyear A quarterly crime report which compares criminal activity in the city during the first three monito in 2000 to the first three months in 1999 indicates a drop in most major crimei including sexual assault robbery aisault burglary theft and auto During January February and March of sexual assaults luimlii W WW auto in New Braunfels There were no murders during the first quarter of 2000 The burglary category includes burglary of a habitation burglary of a nonhabitation and burglary of a motor vehicle In the first three months of 1999 there were five sexual assaults four robberies 208 assaults 179 burglaries 356 thefts and 30 auto thefts There also were no murders in the first three months of 1999 The quarterly report indicated both rob beries and auto thefts increased this year The six percent decline is Dim TUfiilmu jJMJiltn ilm oily mananet T in apprehending criminals and it shows that the crime prevention efforts of the safe city commission are paying Ferguson said the Safe City Commission worked aggressively to educate citizens about ways to avoid becoming crime victims Ferguson said me largest drop in the crime rate could be attributed to a decrease in bur glaries which dropped 22 percent com pared to the first quarter of 1999 And in particular auto burglaries dropped and burglary of nonhabitations dropped 22 percent in the quarterly report We hope that this trend Fer guson said But local residents shouldnt be off their guard just yet Ferguson said We are heading into the busiest time of the year for motor vehicle burglaries in the city Ferguson said This is the time of year where we see an increase in the number of thefts and in particular motor vehicle bur I think this shows an aggressive effort to ehend individuals who break into motor New Braunfels Police Department Detec tive Sean Gabbard said certain criminal behavior such as assaults and disorderly con See CRIMEA