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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung August 9, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 9, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels THURSDAY August 9, 2001 14 pages in 2 sections ■w*    14    pages    in    2    sectnHerald-Zeitung Vol. 150, No. 232 .... ~Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Keep AC on, but turn down the water tap Conservation measures loom in heat wave By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer While the rest of the country struggles through a heat wave and worries about increased electrical needs, lower aquifer levels are the main concern from the tripledigit heat in New Braunfels. Utility companies, concerned about providing more electricity as thermometers rose, asked customers to use less air conditioning to maintain electrical supplies. But increased need for electricity isn’t a problem for New Braunfels Utilities — or for the rest of Texas. “Texas is a little like an island as far as electricity,” NBU spokeswoman Gretchen Reuwer said. “The ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) grid covers most of the state, and it’s put in several new power plants just this year. So, electric supply isn’t a problem for us, like it is for the rest of the country.” NBU is not concerned about “black-outs” or “brownouts” that occur in places like California, where there is no infrastructure for increased Save Water- • Water lawns once a week. • Turn the sink water off when brushing your teeth. • Take shorter showers. • Run full loads of laundry or dishes. • Only water the lawn before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., under the year-round New Braunfels ordinance. • Put evaporation covers on swimming pools. • Wash cars at home on the lawn, using a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle or a bucket. For information or to track aquifer levels, go to www.edwardsaquifer.org. electrical demands, Reuwer said. “They (Texans) can run their air conditioners as much as they want,” she said. “Of course, they’ll pay for it at the end of the month.” And if electric bills get too high this summer, state law prohibits utilities from disconnecting customers during months of excessive heat, according to a press release from the Public Utility Commission of Texas. “Texas state law and PUC regulations prohibit investor- See CONSERVATIONS Mom accused of killing kids could be executed By Pam Easton Associated Press Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal will seek the death penalty against a mother accused of drowning her five children in a bathtub at the family’s southeast Houston home. Rosenthal informed state District Judge Belinda Hill of his decision Wednesday after Andrea Yates’ attorney, George Parnham, told the court earlier in the day she is innocent of two counts of capital murder because she was insane. A court-ordered mental evaluation of Yates, prompted by a defense request for a competency hearing last month, was returned to the court Monday. It showed Yates was legally competent to stand trial, attorneys for both sides said during the arraignment.Commissioner wants state to change property appraisal system By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County commissioners could ask the state to reform the way it computes property values. Pct. I Commissioner Jack Dawson drafted a resolution asking the State of Texas to “address the concerns of local property owners who believe the property tax system is no longer fair and equitable.” Commissioners will vote on the resolution at when they meet starting at 8:15 a.m. today in the com missioners courtroom, third floor, Comal County Courthouse Annex. “It’s a situation, in my opinion, where the state has mandated such stringent laws for making these appraisals that the citizens are just getting to the point where they don’t DAWSON think any property tax situations are fair,” Dawson said. “We just need to do something about it.” Dawson said he wanted the state to arrive at a fair distribution of valuations. ‘It’s just like in real estate,” Dawson said. ‘Tou have ‘location, location, location,’ and the same rules that apply to Bexar County or Harris County may not apply in Comal County.” The draft resolution, number 2001-20 calls for: • Changing the maximum yearly increase in appraised taxable value of a homestead from IO percent to 5 percent per year; • Reviewing the way property value studies are conducted; • Studying property tax valuations; • Changing the law so a taxpayer who wins a lowered appraisal would not have his or her property appraised at a higher value the next year unless material improvementSee APPRAISAL/7AWhat’s Up Comal County Pct. 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson said people who have concerns about property appraisals should contact the State Comptroller’s Office, P.O. Box 13528, Capitol Station, Austin, Texas, 78711-3528. The telephone number for property tax questions is (800) 252-9121. Inside Gala Event Abby................... Classifieds........... .............5A ..........4-6B Comics................ .............8A Crossword........... .............5A Forum................... ..............6A Local/Metro.......... .............4A Movies................... ..............5A Obituaries............. ..............3A Sports.................. ..........1-3B Today.................... .............2A The American Cancer Society’s Starlight Gala 2001, “Fabulous Forties,” will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the New Braunfels Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin Ave. General admission is $1 OO for two tickets. For information or to buy tickets, call (830) 606-5810 or (830) 606-0376. www.herald-zeitung.com Key Code 76 A6 ft „»> r”"n ' SUH*** Officials tout diet, lifestyle |5 as main cancer defenses By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer About two-thirds of cancer deaths can be prevented through lifestyle choices and early detection, the American Cancer Society says. Lifestyle choices — diet, exercise, not smoking — might reduce risks for developing cancer, experts say. They also encourage regu lar physicals, self-examinations and knowing family medical histories to detect problems before its too late. Mary McMullan, office manager at Dr. Alexander Zweibach’s office, said the oncologist’s office did not see many cancer patients early enough. ‘There are so many new See CANCER/7A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Heraid-Zeitung McKenna’s Dr. Richard Lowe reads a mammogram x-ray. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Heraid-Zeitung Using a gunshot residue collection test, Schertz Police Detective J.J. Leal tests a shooting suspect’s hands after a felony traffic stop on Farm-to-Market Road 3009 Wednesday afternoon. Cops nab two in shooting No one injured after five shots allegedly fired at deaf Austin man By Ron Maloney Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE —Area lawmen apprehended two San Antonio men Wednesday afternoon, just minutes after they allegedly tried to rob and then kill a deaf man in Schertz. Charged with attempted capital murder were Melvin King, 23, and a 15-year-old male. The victim, Allen Brown, 48, of Austin, told Comal County deputies and Schertz police that the juvenile fired five shots at him in a wooded area off Schertz Parkway. Witnesses called police after seeing Brown running out of underbrush and being chased by two men in a two-tone gold Lincoln Tbwn Car. Schertz Police Sgt. John Reidy said Brown reported that two men traveling south on Interstate 35 had given him a ride. During the ride, the two allegedly attacked the victim and demanded money, Reidy said. The driver of the vehicle left Interstate 35 and stopped in the woods, off Schertz Parkway. The second suspect — the 15-year-old — allegedly produced the hand- Garden Ridge Police Detective Gary Johnson photographs a 9mm handgun protruding from the door panel of the shooting suspect’s vehicle on FM 3009. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Heraid- Zeitung gun and continued to demand money. The victim fled the car, and the teenager allegedly fired at him as he ran. Upon getting Brown’s statement, Reidy alerted other authorities about the car and its direction. Comal County Sheriff’s deputies Cliff Duncan and Robert Huerta were on patrol near Farm-to-Market Road 3009 and FM 2252 when they heard the call from Schertz police. According to the alert, the last time the car had been seen was near Interstate 35 and FM 2252. “I heard the description of the vehi cle and notified Garden Ridge PD,” Duncan said. At the same time, Garden Ridge officer Clint Jacobs was headed northbound on FM 2252 and heard the Schertz radio traffic. At the Garden Ridge Police Department, Chief Walt Myers dispatched Lt. Victor Matta, Sgt. Bill Stanley and detective Gary Johnson, who headed southbound on FM 3009 toward Schertz. The suspect vehicle, a 1986 Lincoln See SHOOTING/7 A ;

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: August 9, 2001

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