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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 9, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY August 2001 If pages in Z sections HERALDZEITUNG 232 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents JESSIE Using a gunshot residue collection Schertz Police Detective Leal tests a shooting suspects hands after a felony traffic stop on FarmtoMarket Road 3009 Wednesday Cops nab two in shooting No one injured after five shots allegedly fired at deaf Austin man BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE lawmen apprehended two San Antonio men Wednesday just minutes after they allegedly tried to rob and then kill a deaf man in Charged with attempted capital murder were Melvin and a 15yearold The Allen of told Comal County deputies and Schertz police that the juvenile fired five shots at him in a wooded area off Schertz Witnesses called police after see ing Brown running out of underbrush and being chased by two men in a twotone gold Lincoln Tbwn Schertz Police John Reidy said Brown reported that two men travel ing south on Interstate 35 had given him a During the the two allegedly attacked the victim and demanded Reidy The driver of the vehicle left Inter state 35 and stopped in the off Schertz The second suspect the 15year old allegedly produced the hand gun and continued to demand The victim fled the and the teen ager allegedly fired at him as he Upon getting Browns Reidy alerted other authorities about the car and its Comal County Sheriffs deputies Cliff Duncan and Robert Huerta were on patrol near FarmtoMarket Road 3009 and FM 2252 when they heard the call from Schertz According to the the last time the car had been seen was near Inter state 35 and FM I heard the description of the vehi Garden Ridge Police Detective Gary Johnson photographs a 9mm handgun protruding from the door panel of the shooting suspects vehicle on FM JESSIE Zeitung cle and notified Garden Ridge Duncan At the same Garden Ridge officer Clint Jacobs was headed northbound on FM 2252 and heard the Schertz radio At the Garden Ridge Police Depart Chief Walt Myers dispatched Victor BUI Stanley and detective Gary who headed southbound on FM 3009 toward The suspect a 1986 Lincoln See Keep AC but turn down the water tap Conservation measures loom in heat wave BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer While the rest of the coun try struggles through a heat wave and worries about increased electrical lower aquifer levels are the main concern from the triple digit heat in New Utility con cerned about providing more electricity as thermometers asked customers to use less air conditioning to main tain electrical But increased need for electricity isnt a problem for New Braunfels Utilities or for the rest of Texas is a little like an island as far as NBU spokeswoman Gretchen Reuwer The ERGOT Electric Reliability Council of Texas grid covers most of the and its put in several new power plants just this electric supply isnt a problem for like it is for the rest of the NBU is not concerned about blackouts or brown outs that occur in places like where there is no infrastructure for increased Save Water Water lawns once a Turn the sink water off when brushing your Take shorter Run full loads of laundry or Only water the lawn before 10 or after 4 under the yearround New Braunfels Put evaporation covers on swimming Wash cars at home on the using a handheld hose with an automatic shutoff noz zle or a For information or to track aquifer go to electrical Reuwer They Texans can run their air conditioners as much as they she Of theyll pay for it at the end of the And if electric bills get too high this state law prohibits utilities from dis connecting customers during months of excessive according to a press release from the Public Utility Com mission of Texas state law and PUG regulations prohibit investor See Mom accused of killing kids could be executed BY RAM EASTON Associated Press Writer HOUSTON AP Har ris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal will seek the death penalty against a mother accused of drowning her five children in a bathtub at the familys southeast Houston Rosenthal informed state District Judge Belinda Hill of his decision Wednesday after Andrea Yates George told the court earlier in the day she is innocent of two counts of cap ital murder because she was A courtordered mental evaluation of prompt ed by a defense request for a competency hearing last was returned to the court It showed Yates was legally competent to stand attorneys for both sides said during the 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 1 Commissioner Jack Daw son drafted a resolution asking the State of Texas to address the con cerns of local property owners who believe the property tax system is no longer fair and Commissioners will vote on the resolution at when they meet start ing at today in the com missioners third Comal County Court house Its a situa in my opin where the state has man dated such strin gent laws for making these appraisals that the citizens are just getting to the point where they dont DAWSON think any property tax situations are Dawson We just need to do something about Dawson said he wanted the state to arrive at a fair distribution of Its just like in real Daw son You have loca and the same rules that apply to Bexar County or Har ris County may not apply in Comal The draft number 200120 calls for Changing the maximum yearly increase in appraised taxable value of a homestead from 10 percent to 5 percent per year Reviewing the way property value studies are conducted Studying property tax valua tions 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 improvement Whats Up Comal County 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson said people who have concerns about property appraisals should contact the State Comptrollers Box Capitol The telephone number for prop erty tax questions is 800 252 INSIDE GALA EVENT Key Code 76 The American Cancer Societys Starlight Gala Fabulous will begin at 7 Friday at the New Braunfels Civic 380 General admission is for two For information or to buy call 830 6065810 or 830 Officials tout lifestyle as main cancer defenses BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer About twothirds of cancer deaths can be prevented through lifestyle choices and early the Ameri can Cancer Society Lifestyle choices not smoking might reduce risks for devel oping experts They also encourage regu lar selfexamina tions and knowing family medical histories to detect problems before its too Mary office manager at Alexander Zweibachs said the oncologists office did not see many cancer patients early There are so many new See JESSIE McKennas Richard Lowe reads a mammogram
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