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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 11, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY January 11 2003 ijfffmtuijjjm J4 pages jn 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 51 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Sex assault suspect faces nine indictments BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The 29yearold Austin man arrested in December 2002 while allegedly trying to pick up a 14 yearold girl fdr a sexual tryst has been indicted on nine felony charges A Comal County grand jury indicted Alex Gregory Zwarun Wednesday on five charges of inde cency with a child three counts of sexual assault and one count of attempted sexual assault A bench warrant has been issued for Zwaruns rearrest The bail fig ure on the document is mil lion Eight of the indictments are sec onddegree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to for each count The attempted sexual assault charge is a thirddegree felony pun ishable by two to 10 years in state prison and a fine Comal County Sheriffs detectives arrested Zwarun Dec 5 2002 in the parking lot of Smithson Valley Middle School as he prepared to leave with a 14yearold Comal County girl Sheriffs detectives allege he was planning to take her to a motel room in San Antonio Subsequent search es of the motel room and Zwaruns Austin home resulted in the confis cation of evidence but detectives havent said what that evidence was except that it included a computer Zwarun allegedly met his victim at an ice hockey game in Austin and communicated with her by email and telephone He was originally booked only on two charges sexual assault of a child and attempted sexual assault of a child See Bank robbed again DAVID Above New Braunfels Police detective Craig Christopherson interviews a witness to the robbery of the Surety Bank Friday morning Below Christopherson dusts the front door of the bank for fingerprints following the hold up This was the second robbery at the bank within two months Some details similar between robberies two months apart BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer At midmorning Friday a gunman robbed the Surety Bank located next to HEB at Walnut Avenue and Inter state 35 South No one was harmed in the robbery which was the second at the same bank hi less than two months and the fourth in New Braunfels in 10 months New Braunfels Police Lt John VUlarreal said a man walked into the bank at about brandished a large caliber handgun and demanded money He left the bank with an unstated amount of cash and might have left in a silver or gray colored vehicle which was found the engine running in the nearby HEB parking lot He was last seen on Wal nut Avenue driving toward Interstate 35 Police describe the suspect as a white male believed to be in his late 20s to early 30s 5 feet 10 inches to six feet tall and weighing 180 to 225 pounds He was wearing blue jeans a brown plaid shirt and a black ski cap that did not cov er his face and dark sun glasses See City takes first swing at allowing private golf carts BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil Monday considers the first reading of an ordinance that would end restrictions on pri vate cart use at the Landa Park Golf Course Also on the table will be a recommendation to eliminate the fee for riders in private carts and to give the golf course manager authority to negotiate rates for special events and promotions Council meets at in the City Hall Council Chambers 424 South Castell Ave The recommendations were among those made in December by the Landa Park Golf Advisory Board They are intended to help promote the course and make it more attractive to the golfing pub lic An ordinance can be adopt ed after its third reading Other Action In other agenda items at its Monday meeting city council will Conduct public hearings for rezoning of tracts of land at the northwest comer of Gruene Road and Common Street Gruene Road west of Ervendberg Avenue and in the Gardens of Evergreen subdivision Appoint one member to the Community Development Advisory Committee Consider first reading of an ordinance pertaining to member ship of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and Consider a proposal for two new rearloading garbage trucks Currently the only private carts permitted on the course are those owned by golfers who paid the private cart fee in the previous year The policy effectively grandfathers existing cus tomers who are cart owners and prohibits new ones See Judge tosses out suit over parking ordinance BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Following arguments about inadequate parking and what constituted a parking facility near the New Braunfels Muse um of Art and Music being built in Gruene 207th District Court Judge Fred Clark dis missed Pat Molaks lawsuit against the city of New Braun fels Attorney Tim Herman rep resenting Molak argued that the museums 75 parking spaces were inadequate Herman said the squarefoot museum under construction adjacent to the squarefoot Rivers Edge Restaurant should have 135 parking spaces based upon a code requirement of one parking space for every 100 square feet of space Herman said many of the 75 parking spaces plus 92 leased by the museums board were more than 200 feet from the museum violating city statutes He claimed the spaces were considerably more than 200 feet away from the museum And if thats the case for the board of adjustment citys zoning board to proceed further would be an abuse of their Herman said But Museum Attorney Bill McNeal argued the city zoning board didnt abuse its discre tion when it accepted evidence from New Braunfels City Planning Director Frank Rob bins saying first several museum parking spaces were See United Way at 60 percent of goal chair says agencies will be funded BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer Residents seeing ther mometerstyle signs showing the results of United Ways fund drive frozen at 55 per cent might get the wrong idea since it ended Dec 1 They might think the agency is massively under funded Donations were down in this years drive but money is coming in and the 26 agen cies supported by the United Way will get funded as always Were about at the same level as we were last year at this time if not said United Way Chairman Doug Hammerstrom But compa nies that make donations have lost employees and as an aggregate company dona tions were down Weve been having some difficulties raising money the economy has hurt more folks especially retired he said Also there was the recent flooding and a lot of contributions were made after 911 Were real close to 60 per cent were almost at and is our That goal includes desig nations of funding from peo ple who live in Comal County but work outside the county likein San Antonio and who participate in workplace giv ing They can designate their gifts to help in Comal County The big question mark is what well get from the San Antonio United said Hammerstrom They con tribute about 20 percent of our annual or about When will Hammerstrom see those funds Hes not sure The earliest well know is the middle of the United Way chairman said But the shortfall should not sound a funding alarm The local agency has a reserve account of K JESSIE Suzie Garcia right goes through Community Service Centers monthly bills as treasurer Martha Rehler signs the checks Among the checks is one for the Welfare Account See to help customers of the center pay their utility bills INSIDE 5A Abby Classifieds Comics 2B Crossword 5A Forum 6A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A Sports Today 2A Key Code 76 8 i   

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