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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 1, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY March 2001 14 pages in 2 sections pages in 2 scctic HERALDZEITUNG 94 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents The day the butts went out in New Braunfels Public smoking ban begins today JESSIE Mamacitas Restaurant District Manager Luis Torres is wor ried many returning tourists will be displeased with the new smoking BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Diners in New Braunfels should get their nicotine fix before they go out to eat because they are no longer allowed to smoke in local Beginning public buildings in New Braunfels become smoke free Local restaurant owners hope their profits wont go up in smoke when they put away their ash The smoking ordinance passed by City Council on 12 forbids smoking in public The ordinance defines a public place as any enclosed area that is open to or is used by the general or that is a place of Places deemed public by the ordinance include restau public restrooms and tobacco hotel and motel rooms rented to private clubs and bars that realize more than 51 percent of their business through sales of alcoholic bev erages are excluded from the Also exempt are enclosed bar areas in restaurants that have separate ventilation sys tems from the remainder of the Owners of public estab lishments are required by law to post no smoking signs at their Signs are available at no cost from city They can also be down loaded from the citys Web site at Violating the smoking ordi nance is a class C misde meanor punishable by fines in Municipal Court of See Strong quake hits northwest SEATTLE AP A powerful earthquake rocked the Northwest on shattering showering bricks onto sidewalks and sending terri fied crowds running into the streets of Seattle and At least 25 people were none The strongest quake to hit Washington state in 52 years temporarily shut down the Seattle knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of cracked the dome atop the state Capitol in Olympia and briefly trapped about 30 people atop a swaying Space Needle in Everyone was said Paulette who scrambled onto a fire escape in a Seattle office The quake hit at and was centered 35 miles southwest of according to the National Earthquake Information Center in Experts said its depth in a fault about 30 miles underground spared catastrophic Damage was relatively light in the highly region with more than 3 million In recent millions of dollars have been spent to remodel buildings and highways to protect against In the Northridge quake in Los Angeles in 1994 struck just 11 miles It caused an estimated billion in damage and killed 72 The Northwest quake was felt in Vancouver and other parts of British Columbia and in southern Ore 300 miles Buildings in downtown 140 miles from the swayed for nearly a half minute and crowds gathered on street corners to talk about the Officials evacuated the citys Multnomah County which has not had a major retrofitting for I If this building were I didnt know what to Do I hide under my desk or what said Dee a judicial assistant who works on the fifth Of the 25 people treated at Seattles Harborview Medical five had serious a spokes woman Authorities said two had been struck by falling President on a twoday trip to sell his said he had asked the director of the Federal Emergency Management Joe All See Ash Wednesday JESSIE Faithful worshippers attend Saints Peter and Paul Church Wednesday evening for Imposition of Ashes on the first day of Jeweler jailed in salesmans death JESSIE Debbie Layne checks out MRT Jewelers Wednesday Layne has a ring in for repair at the store and is worried about getting it No one answered her knocks on the The stores owner is being held in jail on a murder Missing jewelry salesman found in shallow grave BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer jew eler is being held without bail for alleged ly shooting to death a New York jewelry The salesman was reported missing a week Seguin Police Mike Rosas said Alejandro owner and opera tor of MRT Jewelry on South King Street in was arrested at 2 Wednesday for allegedly shooting Majid of New York Zerovabeli leaves behind his wife and four ages Rosas said Torres is being held without bail in the Guadalupe County Jail on a firstdegree felony murder Rosas said Torres confessed to the killing Tuesday evening and led investi gators to a shallow grave he allegedly dug 200 yards from his Geronimo home at 9350 FarmtoMarket Road 123 Investigators also recovered some jew Rosas although he didnt know if it was all of the worth of inventory officials believe Zerovabeli was Authorities recovered the silver 2000 Dodge rental car the victim reportedly was driving Tuesday night at the New Braunfels Rosas MRT Jewelers was the last place the missing man was traced to on Rosas That Zerovabeli failed to show up at a relatives The following he was reported missing when he didnt make his flight back to New Rosas said Torres initially was not a suspect in Zerovabelis But because his store was the last place the salesman had been detec tives decided to look a little further into what Torres had told He was brought down he and his because he was the last known Rosas We asked them if they would submit to a poly The test was scheduled late Tuesday Rosas head of the Seguin Police Departments Criminal Investigations did not sit in on the polygraph he so he didnt know just what But he knew the end Torres made a He con See Dewhurst eyeing run for lieutenant governor AUSTIN AP Acting BUI Ratliff announced Wednesday he is forming an explorato ry committee to help him decide whether to run for lieutenant governor in A short time Texas Land Commissioner David Dewhurst said he is leaning towards run ning fpr lieutenant although he hasnt made his final Both Ratliff and Dewhurst are Surrounded by fellow Ratliff said he will decide whether to run only after the legisla tive which ends May Tm going to go about my duties in this session and try to make sure that we have a successful session of the Texas Senate and the Texas Legis Ratliff The lieutenant arguably the most powerful politician in presides over the 31member a remains a senator from Mount He was elected by the Senate to replace Rick Perry when Perry moved up to governor in succeeding President See INSIDE Key Code 76
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