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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 20, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 27 16 pages in 2 sections December 20 2000 TT7 A V Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Fire investigated i Comal County state and federal fire investigators probed the caude of a blaze ttiat destroyed Cad Dpeppenschmidrs workshop eaijly Monday From left Sheriffs Dep Wayne Ellington Fire Marshal Lin Manford and Comal County assistant fire marshal Darren Brinkkoeter search for clues Workshop fire destroys antique automobiles and boat priceless memorabilia BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY Investigators still are working to find the cause of a fire that destroyed a workshop filled with antique cars and a lifetimes worth of mementos Comal County Assistant Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said late Tuesday a team of feder al state and local investigators didnt know what caused Mondays fire at the Carl Doep penschmidt ranch on Texas 46 Its Brinkkoeter said Were going back out An estimate of the damage was not avail able but officials said it could be half a million dollars or even more The fire destroyed a metal building that housed a workshop a sausagemaking facility and commercial kitchen three antique cars and an antique mahogany motorboat Also lost were utility vehicles and equip ment and Doeppenschmidt family heirlooms and photos that were considered virtually price less to their owners Carl Doeppenschmidt reported to authori ties that he heard a popping sound like a muf fled explosion late Sunday night before he retired He checked around his house but noticed nothing amiss he said About 3 Monday a sheriffs deputy dri ving on nearby Texas 46 smelled smoke but couldnt get by Doeppenschmidts steel securi ty gate County dispatch called Doeppenschmidt to report die smoke but the call was intercepted by his answering machine A few hours later after the Doeppenschmidts woke up Carl Doeppenschmidt looked out a window to see what he first thought was a sun rise reflecting off the side of his red metal out building Then he realized it wasnt Bulverde firefighters who arrived at the home shortly after 7 found that a fire had appar ently started near one end of the steel building and burned itself to the far end which held a commercialstyle kitchen where the Doeppen schmidts stuffed sausage Also in that kitchen were antiques that includ ed a gas stove a walkin cooler and other heir looms and artifacts including the Doeppen See Former county attorney dies unexpectedly Hawthorn Suites plans 70room hotel for NB BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Hawthorn Inn and Suites plans to open a new 70room hotel in New Braunfels The San Antoniobased company Texotel Inc has applied for a build ing permit from the city of New Braunfels to build the hotel at 1533 N Interstate 35 between Wright Distributing and a nearby medical Our suites are different from most clinic The cost of the building was Patel said Theyre actually placed at more than million on a larger the permit application Each suite also will have its own Mitch Patel a managing partner of wet bar although Patel said the hotel the planned hotel said the hotel would not offer a general bar and would include 20 suites Eight of restaurant those suites will be furnished with Its not full he said The Thats why Holiday Inn for instance began offering the Holi day bin Express without restaurants and bars he said All of the Hawthorn Inn rooms will have interior entrances and the approximately hotel will boast an indoor swimming Jacuzzis large enough for two peo market tends to go away from full pool and Jacuzzi that will be open pie service every day Early report Coroner blames aneurysm FROM STAFF REPORTS Trustworthy loyal helpful and reverent Those are just a few of the requirements in the Scout Law that Nathan Rheinlander lived by said friends who remembered him on Tuesday Rheinlander a longtime Scout master and respected assistant district attorney died unexpect edly Monday leaving many reel ing in shock Theres never a right longtime friend Jack Reinarz said Rheinlander 45 was found dead in his Comal County home Monday night His wife Cindy left him at home Monday to go to work and found him when she returned shortly after 7 Comal Coun ty officials said Pet 4 Justice of the Peace Howard Smith said that Mrs i Rheinlander called paramedics when she found her husband shortly after 7 They in turn called sheriffs deputies which is routine in the case of unattended deaths Smith was called to the home where he pronounced Rheinlan der dead at Nothing at the home indicated how Rhein lander had died although Smith said the attorney apparently had been ill However a preliminary autop sy report listed Rheinlanders cause of death as a ruptured aneurysm of the right middle cerebral artery Services for Rheinlander are pending with Zoeller Funeral Home In addition to his wife Rhein lander also leaves behind two sons Jared 9 and Tyler 6 Reinarz and Rheinlander were Boy Scouts together as children and Reinarz said his friend took his oath seriously to repay every thing Scouts had given him If you get out the Scout Law and Scout Oath he lived every part of it and every part was him to the Reinarz said Rheinlanders life was a testi mony to the oath he took as a Scout to do my best To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law To help See NATHAN RHEINLANDER Survived by wife Cindy and sons Jared 9 and Tyler 6 Graduated among the top 10 of New Braunfels High School 1973 chess German Spanish and sci ence clubs Theta Epsilon Nu Mu Alpha Theta National Honor Society National Merit Scholarship Commended student dis trict and region band trum pet region and state orchestra Eagle Scout Scoutmaster of Troop 133 for more than 10 years earned the Wood Badg4 described as a masters degree for Scoutmasters Graduated with honors from the University of Texas Austin Received law degree from Baylor University School of Law 1980 Aide to the Texas Legislature 1977 and 1981 legislative aide for the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee 1981 Private practice through 1989 Elected County Attorney in 1988 served from Jan to Dec Private practice 1997 May 2000 Candidate for County Court at Law judge in 1998 Named Assistant Criminal District Attorney Civil Division County Counsel May 15 2000 Wurstfest Opa Rotary Active in First Protestant Church Member Fraternal Order of Eagles Past Fair Association President Bush expected to make several preChristmas appointments BY RON FOURMER AP Political Writer WASHINGTON AP Amid a whirlwind tour of the nations capital Presidentelect Bush approved the nom inations of longtime friend Don Evans as commerce secretary former Cuban refugee Mel Martinez as housing sec retary and Califonuan Ann Veneman as agriculture secretary Republican offi cials said Tuesday predicting a blitz of preChristmas appointments Bush soon to be the nations 43rd president planned to announce the selec tions Wednesday in Texas said several GOP officials involved in the delibera tions They spoke on condition of anonymity The 36nday election standoff forcing a late start to his transition Bush squeezed several job interviews between sessions with congressional leaders President Clinton former rival Al Gore and Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan during a two day Washington stay mat ended Tues day night The sources said Bush who traveled home to Austin Texas with Martinez and Veneman on his plane might not limit his Wednesday announcement to those three nominations INSIDE Abby 5A Classifieds Comics 2B Crossword 5A Forum 6A 4A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A Soorts Todav 2A Key More cold temperatures on their way BY JCNMFER ROOMOUEZ Staff Writer Just in time for Christmas a cold front could chill New Braunfels by the end of the week National Weather Service Forecasters predict On Thursday low temperatures could drop to the 30s and then the 20s by Friday Light rain tonight could spice things up through Thursday then disappear and reappeai on Sunday Were not expecting anything meteo rologist Ray Peabody said Weve got a slight chance of rain here starting Wednesday night and into Thursday and maybe Christmas Day As far as freezing or precipitation we see nothing right Peabody said yoyo temperatures and condi tions were normal for this time of year Were into a series of frontal systems that come through every three to five days chill us for a couple of days and then we warm Peabody said Then another front comes in and we cool off again for a few The NWS is forecasting partly cloudy skies today with highs in the mid60s and gusty winds of 15 miles an hour by afternoon The temperature will drop to near 40 tonight and there is a chance of light rain A slight chance of rain continues through Thursday morning and a new cold front could bring high temperatures to the high 50s Friday should be clear with a high near 50 but the evening temperatures could sink to the 20s The cold temperatures should slowly warm through Sunday with a low in the 40s and highs in the 60s