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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 11, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG 150 52 12 pages in 2 sections January 2001 THURSDAY Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Deaths followed court decision Slain father won child support BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer FISCHER A November court decision awarding child sup port to a Comal County man might have led to his shooting death and his exwifes Comal County Sheriffs Dennis Koepp reported in a news release Wednesday that detectives believe Carol of Hous shot her exhusband Jerry at his residence Sunday and later that same day killed Koepp wrote in his report that Carol Brooks allegedly went to her exhusbands trailer home on North Cranes Mill Road sometime after shot and then left the the daughter of the met her mother on nearby Koepp Krystal Brooks had lived with her father since before March according to documents filed in the 274th Dis trict According to Koepps Carol who had not seen her daughter in nearly two told her she needed to and they drove around Wimberley While parked at a Wimberley office Carol Brooks told her daughter she had killed Jerry Koepp He also said that Carol Brooks then ran from her vehicle with a cal iber revolver in hand and shot her self in the Koepp said investigators were told Carol Brooks had been very upset after a November 2000 deci sion in the 274th District Court in New In that District Judge Gary Steel ordered Carol Brooks to pay her exhus band per month in child sup Jerry Brooks had had cus tody of his daughter since JESSIE Juan Gonzales reads meters at the back of a business at Willow and Butler streets in New Powerful bills Cold weather makes for higher utility costs BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Colder temperatures and high natural gas costs are translating into higher electricity bills for some local The bill for a residential cus tomer who used kilowatts of power in December 1999 was Reuwer But this past a bill for a kilowatts of electrici ty was New Braunfels Utilities spokeswoman Gretchen Reuwer said November electricity usage was up about 10 percent this December usage also prob ably she consid ering the extended cold weather the area has Youre looking at tempera tures that are not typical for this especially extended cold Reuwer You had holidays in November and SAVING ENERGY To lower your electricity bill Set thermostats at 68 Clean Make sure weather strip ping and caulking are com December Thanksgiving and With holidays come and school kids are at That means appliances are being used she Reuwer said she checked local weather and the normal high is about degrees this time of while the normal low is We had 12 days in December where the high never got above 59 she and 18 days where the low was below 40 All that has really played into the higher But increased usage is not the only factor contributing to high er bills this winter NBUs rates have not Reuwer But natural gas costs have increased this past which ineahs electricity customers are paying more of a fuel cost recov ery charge The fuel recovery charge recoups the cost the Lower Colorado River Authority pays for natural gas used to generate The created by the Texas sup plies wholesale electricity to Its not something that NBU or LCRA makes money Reuwer Theres no added charge to Its a straight pass The charge had not increased in but it grew twice in 2000 because of the natural gas The increases were triggered when LCRAs own cost per unit of natural gas reaching See Abovenormal rainfall helps thirsty lakes Wednesdays rain approaches record BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Gray skies dumped about inches of rain on the New Braun fels area Wednesday and contin ued more than three months of aboveaverage rainfall in South Central After five years of drought and a 500year flood thrown in the mix gauging whats normal as far as rainfall goes is difficult at best But National Weather Service forecaster David Schumacher said there is no question things have been wetter than Weve been above normal in Schumacher We kind of had a rally there toward the end of last It started to pick up in November and Decem and were sort of continuing that To get an inchandahalf rain in January is not normal a lot of January is pretty Moisture from the south and southwest rode over South Central Texas a little ahead of a low pres sure system that bumped into a large upper level pressure system in West The result was the lat est slow pour over a saturated New This has been our biggest rain so far this Schumacher Wednesdays rain fell about an inch short of the record set in when inches were Wed have gotten the record on one of the other days in Schumacher Well have made a run at it NWS rates the weather at the end of each month and uses a sys tem based on the averages of those months to determine normal con ditions for each You go through these periods where you have dry spells and wet Schumacher The last few weve been on the wet side of the CHRIS Lee of fishes Wednesday in the Guadalupe River between rain NWS predicts a couple of nice days with warm temperatures in the 60s with decreasing clouds Thursday and Friday before anoth er quick rain hits While the extended period of wet weather might vex construction project some of thirsty reservoirs in the area are eating it It definitely reversed the Up until last summer we were still in a pretty strong downward This we made some gains Schumacher He said reservoirs around Austin Lake Canyon Marble LBJ and Inks have taken the rain and run with but toward the theres still room for more After that dry theres still a lot of reservoirs to the west that can still take a lot of Schumacher To theeast there are reservoirs doing really well and are near farther west you the farther down they seem to Medina Lake is still down about See Man receives twoyear prison sentence for sexual assault BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A Comal County jury sentenced a Dallas area man to two years in state prison Wednesday for raping a 16yearold girl on a June 1999 tubing Ronald Wesley was taken to Comal County Jail after his sentencing for second degree felony sexual assault on a He also will pay a The which consisted of seven men and five could have sentenced Carver to as many as 20 years in Carvers Ray Green of San Mar said his client would appeal the sen tence handed out before 22nd Judicial Dis trict Court Judge Charles An appeal bond was set at Carver is the second man to plead guilty and be convicted in connection with the June sexual assault of a 16year old LaPorte In Loren Rutter pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the girl while she was unconscious in her tent at a Guadalupe River Rutter got a nineyear sentence in state prison and a fine all probated except for six months in Comal County who cooperated with authorities in the investigation and cried on the witness stand for half an hour Wednesday morning as he expressed will serve state prison Testimony in his sentencing hearing showed Carver had returned to the victims tent at least three times after her friends had removed In his statements to Carv er said the girl had initiated sex and that shed told him she was On Carver backed away from that As you sit here do you know whether she was conscious or not Green asked his Carver wiping away I was highly intoxicated INSIDE Abby 5A Classifieds Comics 8A Crossword 5A Forum 6A 4A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A Today 2A Key Code Local skat players head to Las Vegas BY BETTY TAYLOR Editor t Some liken it to chess and say it is the most mentally challenging card game Perhaps that is the it was brought to this area from and select groups have played it ever passing the game down from generation to Contrary to what many people skat does not rhyme with It is pro nounced As some struggle with the others are busily preparing for a Las Vegas tournament this weekend and arj International Skat Tournament to be hosted in February in New James president of the Texas State Skat League and a former winner in the Las Vegas will join Jim Chester Bernie Henry Dan Schumann and Russell Krueger as they vie for cash prizes Saturday and Sunday in Las As many as 150 players are expected to participate in the tourna Stolte said he had been playing skat for more than 60 My dad and his friends and I watched and eventually began playing as he It was really Bernie Krebsbach who got us playing in international Skat tour We met him when he spon sored a tournament in a winter Texan from Wisconsin who spends about six months out of the year in New was the winner in this past years Las Vegas He said this years cash prize should be about You dont make any but it is cheaper than he Participants in tournaments usually pay an entry and the cash amount See JESSIE From Danny Jim Bernie James Stolte Russell Henry Rusch and Chester Boenig are participating in a Las Vegas skat
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