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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 9, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG 150 50 12 pages in 2 sections January 2001 TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Deputies Woman allegedly shoots kills self FROM STAFF REPORTS FISCHER Comal County sheriffs detectives are investigating an apparent murdersuicide after the bodies of an estranged couple were found miles apart in separate counties Sunday Deputies were sent to the home of Jerry in the 27400 block of North Cranes Mill Road after Hays County offi cials found his Carol dead near Hays County officials reported Carol Brooks was dead of an apparent selfinflict ed gunshot When Comal County deputies arrived at the trailer home residence of Jerry Brooks about they found he had been shot multiple accord ing to a news release issued by Comal County Sheriffs Dennis Koepp 4 Justice of the Peace Howard Smith pronounced dead at Koepp The Brooks residence is on North Cranes Mill Road just south of the crossing of FarmtoMarket Road An official at the nearby Fischer post office was unfamiliar with the noting that mail service there was provided out of New Other North Cranes Mill Road residents said they had never heard of Brooks or his Allen media coordinator for the Hays County Sheriffs said Monday his agency would release no infor mation about the thats a Comal County Bridges Koepps news faxed at reported that investigators believed Carol Brooks apparently shot her exhusband and then drove to the Wim berley area and shot The news release reported no other information would be released at that time and that another news release would follow when more information was Koepp didnt return repeated calls to his office Lining up to pay more Postage stamp hike keeps postal workers busy Monday CHRIS A local resident buys 1cent stamps Monday from a stamp machine at the New Braunfels Post i BY MARIA INES MARIN Special to the HeraldZeitung New Braimfels Post Office had to call in reinforcements to handle the crowds Postage for mailing a firstclass letter through the Postal Service increased to 34 cents and the New Braunfels Post Office felt the impact on We saw 25 to 35 percent more customers than on an average said Mike officerincharge postmaster for the New Braunfels Post Weve been very Our main concentration was at the retail window To make sure windows were adequately additional even those who had the day were on duty to help with the extra The rate increases sent customers buy the new 34cent cus tomers should hold off throwing their 33 cent stamps More than 4 million 1 cent stamps have been made available at local post offices to use with the old Customers in New Braunfels also can get credit for their 33cent We will accept 33cent stamps if theyre in good Wilson They cant get their money but they can get credit for their 33cent stamp booklet or Although firstclass postagehas increased by one penny to 34 cents for the first the cost for each additional ounce has dropped to 21 The postcard rate remains at 20 Postage for Express Priority parcel periodicals and See CHRIS Mary of Canyon buys a pack of lucent stamps Monday from Post Office employee Rodriquez at the New Braunfels Post The cost of mailing a first class letter went up 1 cent Sunday to 34 Second man pleads guilty in 1999 sexual assault BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The second sexual assault trial related to an incident on the Guadalupe River in June 1999 began with a guilty plea Mon Ronald Wesley pleaded guilty Monday to sexually assaulting a 16yearold LaPorte girl while she was Judge Charles Campbell of the 22nd Judicial District heard the a Comal County jury will decide Sexual assault of a child is a second degree felony in Texas punishable by two to 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to In Loren plead ed guilty to the same charge and was sentenced to nine years in prison all probated except for six months he now is serving in Comal County Carver and both then serving in the Air were among a group of 20 or so men attending a reported bachelor party at Mountain Breeze campground the weekend of June SeeTRIALVSA INSIDE Abby 7A Classifieds Comics 8A Crossword 7A 6A Movies 7A Obituaries 3A Sports 2A Key Code Smoking ban receives initial council approval BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council gave its initial approval to a ban on in public places Monday Council voted 61 to approve the with Mayor Pro Tern Juan Luis Martinez offering the only negative vote against the I know which restaurants I can go in that are smoking and non Martinez I can choose to go Restaurants know if it hurts business to have smoking he Who am I to tell them how to run their business he The ordinance ntust be approved twice more before it is It appeared early in the meeting that Councilwoman Juliet Watson would join Martinez in his opposi tion to the But several local doctors argued on behalf of the ban to Watson said their arguments were She had said at first that people could choose if they would visit a restaurant that allowed It is the business owners choice if they wanted to allow I dont like to take peoples rights she But she offered the ban her sup port after the doctors Its just a really uncomfortable Watson I have not heard compelling evidence not to pass the ordinance The ordinance bans smoking in public which are defined as any enclosed area that is open to or is used by the general or that is a place of That includes public restrooms and other the ordinance excludes private tobacco hotel and motel rooms that are rented to private clubs and Mayor Stoney Williams spon OTHER ACTION In other action the city council second approval to an ordinance requiring tertiary containment for all new underground storage tanks the ordinance requires one more approval to become law gave second approval to an ordinance implement ing more strict regulation of current limitations on the amount of trash residents can place by the curb for each collection by charging for trash above the The ordinance must be approved once more before it is law and gave final approval to an ordinance relating to electrical service charges for New Braunfels Utilities Electric bills for residential and small gen eral service customers will not change as a result of the the ordinance decreases rates for a majority of NBUs 12 very large power distribution sored the ordinance at the urging of the Comal County Medical Soci City Attorney Floyd Akers drafted the ordinance based on sim ilar laws in other Some council members ques tioned why bars are exempted from the Williams Why are bars excluded A lot of people smoke in Thats the only reason I can think And Akers None of the ordinances he looked at had prohibited smoking in See COUNCI175A Back to school Goodwin Primary students enjoy snacks and play time after school Monday was the first day back to schoql from Christmas vacation for students in Comal Independent School CHRIS HeraldZeitung
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