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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 7, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY February 7 2003 y g Mr vr J5 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 153 No 74 i Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents wifi BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A Comal County grand jury indicted a 26yearold New Braun fels man accused of slashing his wifes throat John Adam Chandler was indicted Wednesday on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the Jan 3 attack on Amanda Marie Chandler New Braunfels Police Detective Jesse Villarreal presented the case against Chandler for allegedly stabbing his wife in their West Mill Street home The charge is a seconddegree felony punishable by two to 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to Chandler is being held without bail in the Guadalupe County Jail because the victims mother is Comal County Sheriffs Sgt Christine Treadway the Comal County Jails administrative sergeant In addition Chandler also faces a probation violation hearing on a previous Hays County aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge and a driving while intox icated allegation in Bexar County New Braunfels police officer John Sullivan arrested Chandler Warehouse explodes BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A metal storage warehouse and a home were destroyed late Thursday night in an explosionwracked fire at an Engel Road business Tara Brinkkoeter with the New Braunfels office of the American Red Cross reported that about 30 area residents were evacuated to a shelter set up in the Canyon Inter mediate School cafeteria None were believed injured in the fire New Braunfels Fire Mar shal Darren Brinkkoeter said just after midnight this morn ing that a few firefighters were being examined for pos sible smoke inhalation but none had been taken to the hospital The fire marshal said fire fighters were called to the TEMTEX Solvents Corp facility located in the 400 block of Engel Road for a structure fire just after 10 The initial report showed flames at the back of the building and when firefight ers arrived fire was showing through the roof and out the back of the he said Heavy north winds accel erated the fire quickly Darren Brinkkoeter said The warehouse building contained a number of 55gal lon drums of chemicals he said as well as a bulk storage tank in the back The building is fully involved and we have lost it We lost the house next door as well Weve had several explo sions and they have blown 55gallon drums over 200 feet in the air landing in fields for a half mile radius around the structure and setting small fires he said The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality was called in to survey the scene for possible environmental issues he said New Braunfels Schertz and Bracken firefighters respond ed to the alarm Photos K JESSIE New Braunfels Schertz Cibolo and Bracken fire departments responded to a structure fire with reported multiple explosions Thursday night to find a building full of chemical drums throwing flames and debris up to a halfmile away Above NBFD engineer Jack Ward mans the elevated merged stream pumping hundreds of gallons a minute of water into the collapsing Temtex building on Engel Road Thursday night Multiple explosions from inside the build ing caused Battalion Chief Donald Zercher to pull his teams out of the building and resort to an exterioronly attack of the fire Right Firefighter Brent Bayliss climbs an aerial ladder to adjust the direction of water flow as New Braunfels firefighters try to contain an exploding structure fire late Thursday night under a Loop 337 bridge Jan 4 after an 18hour manhunt involv ing dozens of detectives and patrol officers Amanda Marie Chandler who was flown to University Hospital in San Antonio for treatment of her wounds is recovering at home County OKs deal JLA lease BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Commissioners voted unani mously Thursday to spend for land that will be used to create a new home for the Comal County Junior Livestock Show Association and extension office Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson negotiated the sale pro posal which now goes to a title office for projected closing in 60 days Commissioners also voted Thurs day to declare the site a county park and to lease about onehalf of the 20 acre property located on Texas 46 to the livestock association for per year for the next 50 years The livestock association will con struct facilities on it that include a barn with a covered arena a square foot meeting and office area and a parking lot for 800 vehicles If the lease is not renewed in 2053 the improvements made by the live stock association would become the property of Comal County It will become the new home for the annual Comal County Junior Livestock Show and for the offices and facilities of the Comal County facility for the Texas Cooperative Extension Service Space also will be set aside to build a barn and boarding facilities for county high school to use for 4H and FFA projects The junior livestock show is now conducted at the Comal County Fairgrounds and will continue to be at least for now according to association President David Waldrip We hope we can be ready to move the show there by 2008 maybe a little Waldrip said Its going to take several The facilities the livestock associ ation will have to build to move the show to the new site located behind the county engineers office and rural recycling center on Texas 46 will not be cheap They will cost half a million dol lars or more to build Waldrip said See NB hosts international skat tournament this weekend BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer The Texas chapter of the International Skat Players Association hosts an inter national tournament this weekend at the Elks Hall in New Braunfels Play begins at 10 Sat urday and continues until 5 and goes from 9 to 1 Sunday More than 60 skat players from New Braunfels Cana da Germany and around the country will compete Regis tration is and covers both days According to the ISPA Canada the skat authority in North America skat pro nounced scot is the most popular and widespread Ger man card game The game is different from the simple draw and discard game scat which is also called 31 or blitz Skat involves three play ers and a dealer who does not play Two players side against one player When the hand is finished the players and dealer rotate A table plays 36 hands per session One session lasts about two hours Players say skat is similar to bridge but much more complicated Ive been playing it 40 George Goepf said INSIDE Key Code 76 Committee to look at areas road needs BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Local officials will form a committee to study future transportation planning needs for the New Braunfels area The New Braunfels Plan ning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to appoint a committee that will consider how to update the master plans for thor oughfares and for future land use The last time the thor oughfare plan was updated was in 1998 when the citys comprehensive plan was changed Before Tuesdays vote on the issue Planning Commis sion Chairman John Dierk sen opened discussion with a brief summation of the his tory of planning for thor oughfares in and around New Braunfels Included were mention of Loop 337 and pre liminary talk of an outer loop around the city designed to accommodate traffic patterns in the decades to come Dierksen said he believed a committee should be formed to study and make recom mendations to the planning commission about future traf fic needs Planning commission member and former city planner James Vaughn agreed I think a committee made up of all the players involved including Guadalupe Coun ty Comal County and TxDOT would be appropri Vaughn said A small group made up of representatives of New Braunfels the Texas Depart ment of Transportation and the county engineers of Comal and Guadalupe coun ties will start the committee That group will make rec ommendations about how to best study the city and the regions needs said Dierksen I think its incumbent upon the city and the coun ties to meet to discuss Dierksen said City Planner Frank Rob bins said he hoped the plan could be updated in the com ing few months The committee would take an initial look at what we need to do the resources See
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