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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 5, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG i fft Vol 150 No 20 12 pages in 2 sections December 5 2000 1 UESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Jail chief retires four days after two inmates escape BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The superintendent of the Comal Coun ty Jail retired Friday in the wake of the facilitys first jailbreak in several years Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder said Monday thatChief Deputy Bill Collins retirement became effective on Dec 31 Until then Collins is on paid leave A graveyard shift jail sergeant Troy Edwards a 12year employee who was in charge of the facility at the time of the escape also was relieved of his duties Friday The jails top brass will be replaced in coming weeks Prior to the escape Capt kudy Rodriguez announced his retirement On Nov 27 Johnnie Lee Cooper 27 and Wayne Edward Weirich 37 a pair of jail trusties who were working on an overnight cleaning detail climbed to the roof of the jail from a recreation area and escaped Detectives tracked down two days later and the Sheriffs Special Weapons and Tactics team arrested him Two relatives and a friend were arrested for allegedly helping Cooper Weirich turned himself in on Thursday Holder promised there would be no sac rificial lambs and personnel issues were among those being looked at On Friday Collins put in for retirement Holder said There was nobody who worked here who had more character integrity and loy alty than Bill Holder said Monday morning He is a very good friend and a fine See Christmas story K JESSIE Rep Ed Kuempel reads Not Enough Beds to a large turnout of prekindergarten through third graders at the Tye Preston Memorial Library in Sattler Monday night Kuempel shared holiday stories and his latefound appreciation for reading with the parents and children that came for the Christmas story pajama party Gore dealt double blow by courts Council asked to study parks master plan BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer A consultant working on New Braunfels parks recreation and open space master plan gave the city council homework Monday night Lloyd Lentz with Carter and Burgess the com pany hired to develop the plan asked council members to study the parks master plan decide what they like and dislike and how much the city can commit to the five to seven year plan He said the plan does not currently have a dol lar value assigned to it Its not time to put dollars up here but its going to be time to put dollars up here he said pointing to a preliminary chart of proposed plan Monday The city council met with the parks and recre ation and advisory board to discuss the proposed master plan The plan has been under development for a number of months Ifs really designed to be a business Lentz said Thats my approach to The proposed plan has changed since it was first presented to the city about a month ago At that time the plan included a proposal to relocate the county fair and convert the fairgrounds into a community park with an indoor recreation center indoor pool adult softball fields and other facilities However parks board members have since met with fair association representatives and decided that was not feasible at this time Parks Director Iris Neffendorf said That portion of the plan was tak en out The new proposed plan includes a number of options such as converting the HEB soccer fields into a community park with practice fields basketball courts and a skate park relocating the HEB soccer fields to the former Coco Landfill or to new land on south Loop 337 and relocating the recreation center and maintenance shop in Landa Park Then the plan proposes that the city use the buildings the recreation center and maintenance shop were located in at Landa Park as a way to earn revenue The former Comal Power Plant a Lower Col orado River Authority building near Landa Park is being converted into a hotel and conference center That creates an opportunity to do some pub type Lentz said He said the buildings that house the recreation center and maintenance shop could be converted into entertainment or dining areas the city could lease out That would generate revenue for the city See COUNCIU5A Options running out on Democrats presidential hopes BY RON FOURNIER AP Political Writer Al Gores prospects for assuming the presiden cy dimmed Monday when a cir cuit court judge re fused his request to overturn George W Bushs cer tified victory in Florida and the Supreme Court turned aside a ruling that had favored manual recounts Running out of options the presidents team pleaded with Democrats to stick with him a few more days They won We lost Were appealing to the Florida Supreme said Gore attorney David Boies after Cir cuit Judge N Sanders Sauls refused to order recounts in two Democratic counties Weve moved one step closer to having this It was Gores advisers con ceded a major step in the wrong direction Neither decision settled the contested race or untangled any of the legal knots tying up the election of a 43rd American president but the developments were a severe blow for Gore He is urgently searching for a quick court victory to sustain his presidential quest On Day 27 of the longest closest presidential race in a cen tury running mate Joseph Lieberman and top Gore advis ers called Democrats on Capitol Hill to explain the whirlwind of legal developments and urge them to remain steadfast One MONDAYS ACTION Circuit Judge N Sanders Sauls on Monday rejected Al Gores request for a manual recount of thousands of contested bal lots in Floridas presidential election and refused the vice presidents request to overturn George W Bushs certified statewide victory The Supreme Court on Monday set aside a state high court ruling that allowed selective manual recounts in Floridas con tested presidential election between Gore and Bush and sent the case back for further Acting with unusual haste the high court invited Floridas top court to clarify its reasons for its ruling that extended the deadline for handcounted ballots in some Democraticleaning counties in the state senior Democrat who partici pated ih the talks said there was no sense of quitting from the Gore team However the vice presidents advisers said privately that Gore was running out of time and options They said he would await word from the Florida Supreme Court and from a lawsuit in Seminole County over irregu lar handling of GOP absentee ballots before deciding whether to concede If he loses both cas es Gore is almost certain to give up advisers said That timetable means the race could be over in a matter of days if Gore doesnt catch a quick legal break They won We lost This is See INSIDE Cheer Fund Key Code 76 The HeraldZeitung seeks dona tions for its annual Cheer Fund to provide holiday meals for needy residents Mail or drop off donations at 707 Landa St in New Braunfels Lone Star rallies behind coworker BLOOD DRIVE WHAT Blood drive for lead custodian Jimmie Santellan who needs a kid ney transplant WHEN 4 to 7 today WHERE Lone Star Primary Antonio St FROM STAFF REPORTS Lone Star Primary School employees are asking the public today to give the most important gift of all to one of their cowork ers The schools lead custodian Jimmie Santellan needs a kidney transplant At 4 the South Texas Blood and Tissue Centers mobile blood bank will be at the school taking blood donations on Santellans behalf School employees are conduct ing he blood drive in hope that Santellan will have enough blood credited to his blood account when time comes for the transplant The drive is being conducted in conjunction with Lone Stars sec ond grade Christmas pageant A Place in the Christmas which begins at Mindy Nutt Lone Star Communities in Schools repre sentative is setting appointments for the drive She said she still had plenty of openings and could be reached today at 6256222 The appointments are essen she said We want as many people as we can get and we have a limited See LONE Photo submitted Jimmie Santellan lead custodi an at Lone Star Primary School needs a kidney transplant A blood drive is being hosted on his behalf today at the school
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