Saturday, June 9, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 9, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY June 2001 16 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG 180 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Sandy Morales has retired from the Comal County Sheriffs Off ice after a 16 year seven which he spent working as the school resource officer at Smithson Valley High School CHRIS HeraldZeitung Smithson Valley school officer retires after seven years BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY Comal Countys largest high school campus wont be quite the same next Sandy a fixture at Smithson Valley High School for the past seven years as the sheriffs school resource offi has retired his post and left a big pair of boots for the sheriffs office and the Comal Independent School District to He was honored Thursday by Comal County commission ers with a plaque and a proclamation followed by a retirement luncheon at a local Sheriff Bob Holder described his the kind of man Morales is and said how much hell be missed at the sher iffs office and on the student campus in western Comal In a 16year career with the Comal County Sheriffs Morales has worked in a num ber of but the one he has enjoyed the he was his seven years at 1 consider those my best working with the stu Manford named to second term as fire marshal dents and the Morales The deputy said he loves But the school job presented its challenges dur ing the past couple of when bomb scares rocked the campus and the school dis The bomb scares began the same year two students shot See BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County commis sioners voted unanimously Thursday to reappoint Lin Manford to a second twoyear term as county fire A retired Depart ment of Public Safety Manford first was named to his post two years ago at the request of Comal County Sheriff Bob also a retired troop er Manfords office handles fire investigations in unin corporated county areas as well as fire burn per mits and Investigators who work MANFORD with Manford use words such as tenacious and dogged to describe his ded ication to his Under his the Comal County fire marshals office has been involved in a number of including the highprofile Adele Hartwig murder Hartwig is serving a life sen tence for her husbands death in an arson Manfords office also is investigating the case of Danny a Canyon Lake man who allegedly shot and killed his Barbara and set fire to her home in Manford is getting help from former sheriffs deputy and assistant state fire mar shal Tommy Hubertus in the investigation of an arson fire that destroyed Carl Doep penschmidts garage and workshop along with See Comal grand jury indicts theft suspect BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A Comal County grand jury this week indicted a 45 yearold New Braunfels man whose roofing and driveway repair business allegedly defrauded a homeowner more than two years Alex Williamson is accused of theft between and which is a state jail because Williamson has two prior convictions for felony theft in Georgia and the pun ishment level under the Texas Penal Code is bumped up to 220 the same as for a seconddegree District Attorney Dib Waldrip Bail on the Comal County theft charge was set at but Williamson remains behind bars because of a a fugitive theft warrant from He has an extradition hearing pend ing in that a jail offi cial said Williamson was arrested on March 10 by sheriffs Detective Donna OConner after a monthslong investi OConner reported in her arrest warrant affidavit filed with 2 Justice of the Peace William Schroeder that Williamson allegedly had drivers licenses from New Geor North Colorado and Texas all with his photo and all with different Among the names were James Rojas Kay Allen Alex Tay lor and Alex The company names he allegedly has used in Comal County include Tri State General Contractors and Pave but there might be OConner Williamson did not have a contractors OCon ner See INSIDE 5A Key Code 76 II III John Croyle passed up a professional foot ball career to help chil in the HeraldZeltung Water talks CHRIS County Judge Danny Scheel listens as GuadalupeBlanco River Authority General Manager Bill West goes over a Canyon Lake area map Friday in the Commissioners Courtroom in the Comal County Courthouse Annex The pair met with Canyon Lake residents who oppose a GBRA proposal to take more water from the GBRA offers agreement to ease Canyon Lake residents worries BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Concerned Canyon Lake residents might be on the verge of a compro mise with the GuadalupeBlanco Riv er Authority concerning its permit amendment to draw more water out of the In a Friday afternoon meeting facil itated by Comal County Commission ers GBRA offered the Friends of Canyon Lake a proposal to supple ment the countys agreement with the river The supplement would include an impact paid in full by on recreation and safety issues an agreement to study facility needs study contour mapping of the lake and permits from the Corps of Engineers develop cost sharing and establish funding and create a multiagency lake commit The countys current agreement with GBRA ia to have no more than acrefeet directly drawn from the lake Commissioners Court made the We need the level of the lake to be a certain level for economic Bob Wickman Friends of Canyon executive committee member agreement with GBRA in November 1999 to support its permit amend ment request before the Texas Nat ural Resource Conservation Commis sion to draw an additional acre feet out of the This amendment would increase the draw from the lake to acre if approved by An acre foot is the Friends oppose GBRAs permit amendment to draw additional water from the lake and have filed a legal motion with TNRCC to be reconsidered as an affected par The river authority offered the pro posed supplement to the Canyon Lake group in the hopes it would drop its legal GEfRA Project Manager David Welsch Weve tried to be bal anced with all Friends executive committee mem ber Bob Wickman said the groups goal to voice its concerns with the whole permit Were a customer We need the level of the lake to be a certain level for economic Wickman Welsch said the Friends would be a part of the multiagency lake com as well as representatives from the the Water Oriented Recre ation the Corps of a county municipal water GBRA and representatives from the New Braunfels and Canyon Lake chambers of The Friends executive committee agreed to discuss the proposal at its Sunday meeting and notify County Judge Danny Scheel of its decision Friends members said they have concerns about the impact study get ting underway after the TNRCC approves the river authoritys It would be after the Friends See Corps exploring ways to promote winter tourism BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer CANYON LAKE ed effort could be on the horizon to join the business community with federal planners to attract nature lovers and longterm win ter tourists to Canyon The Army Corps of neers also announced Thursday it would continue the renovation and rehabilitation of its Canyon Lake campgrounds this summer with work at a pair of north shore Corps of Engineers lake ager Jerry Brite and his staff con ducted its fifth annual informa tional meeting with interested About 20 who attended were told how the lake and See Honoring volunteers CHRIS Jane with the New Bragnfels office of the American Red speaks Friday dur ing the volunteer