Wednesday, June 4, 2003

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 4, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas HERALD NEW BRAUNPELS WEDNESDAY June 4 2003 16 pages in 2 sections ITUNG Vol 152 No 173 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 18Sa 50 cents Man dies in highspeed multicar accident DAVID Comal County Judge Danny Scheel examines the remains of a Mustang involved In a multlvehlcle accident Tuesday afternoon on FarmtoMarket Road 3009 near the Garden Ridge and Schertz city limits The driver of the vehicle died in the accident Local teen arrested in connection with outfitter arson BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer 19yearold Schertz man was killed in a highspeed crash Tuesday on FarmtoMarket Road 3009 Another man was critically injured when his truck was struck headon He was flown to University Hospital in San Antonio His condition was not known Tuesday night The driver of a rearended semitruck was taken to an area hospital for evaluation The crash happened about just after the9 yearold fled from Schertz police officers Comal County Judge Dan ny Scheelpronounced the dri ver dead in his car an older model Mustang Scheel would release no information We havent notified his family Scheel said Parts of the car were scat tered in a wide radius Its engine was thrown several hundred yards away from the impact points on FM 3009 Schertz Police Lt Steve Starr released little informa tion Tuesday night What we have available at this time is that the Mus tang was traveling on FM 3009 headed northbound toward the City of Garden Ridge The Mustang appears to have struck two vehicles in the southbound lane of traffic and then struck a semi Starr said in a news release Traffic was diverted around the accident scene while offi cers investigated The road way was opened at 9 Garden Ridge Police Chief Walt Myers arrived at the scone just after the collision We heard they were headed toward Garden Ridge on 3009 and they were going 100 Myers said Officers in pursuit of the vehicle broke off the chase because of traffic on the roadway and the high speed The car continued to Red Iron Road We were going to try to stop him at the railroad Myers said Then another officer reported the accident Thats not a wreck it was an explosion I arrived on scene within 30 Myers said I was absolute ly amazed Having done this for 35 years you still dont get used to FROM STAFF REPORTS Arson investigators arrest ed a teenager for allegedly setting the May 16 fire that destroyed a river outfitters store and offices Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford said Aaron M Allen 17 of Canyon Lake was booked into Comal County Jail Monday evening Allen was charged with bur glary of a building and arson in the predawn fire that destroyed Janies Riverbank Outfitters BaiT was set at The fire caused an esti mated in damage Burglary of a building is a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in state jail and a fine Arson is a seconddegree felony punishable by two to 20 years in state prison and a fine Manford said in a news release that New Braunfels Police Det Bob Parchman was investigating another case and developed information that led to Allen More than 100 items of merchandise reportedly taken in the Janies burglary were recovered MahTprdttaid Sheriffs Deputy Milton Willmann discovered the fire about 3 May 16 when he was investigating a loose live stock call on River Road Moll signs off on plan to end bankruptcy BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer The new Moll Industries will emerge from bankruptcy later this month after a con firmation hearing sets the companys reorganization plan Thursday Theyre just confirming our plan and the debtors are confirming our plan and if they can support it which is the major part of being able to emerge from said Ron Embree Moll vice president of operations Moll Industries Inc filed voluntary bankruptcy Sept 17 2002 Part of the reorganization plan included consolidating facilities in Austin and San Antonio in New Braunfels The city and county enticed the company to relocate to New Braunfels with a num ber of incentives including a nointerest loan a 10year city tax abatement and a graduated eightyear county tax abatement In exchange the company promised to create at least 75 local jobs and bring in million in taxable capital Embree said the firm also would bring in million in payroll The company already has hired more than 80 local peo ple and retained about 20 employees from former facil ities Embree said the 110 positions should double by September when the facili ty gets into full swing The consolidation is about a month ahead of schedule The facility is running 20 machines and shipping prod ucts out of New Braunfels The San Antonio location See MOLL Dry spellbound Tiny rainfall totals wreak havoc for local fanners ranchers BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Tho Dictcrt family Loon and Inn son Clinton farms about acres north and east of New Braunfels The land is dry Locally there has boon almost no rain in three months This weeks rains offer scant relief and no help to already damaged crops Clinton Diotert said Tuesday the prospects for local farmers and ranchers arc not good He said it costs a farmer or more to plant an acre of cropland We arent going to sec much return this year This will be the fourth whorl crop wince 1996 Its going to be tough on people who havent done well the past two years Hope fully their bankers are real Dietert said Even if we get a decent rain I think wed have a Jot of problems getting any decent This weeks scattered storms caused heavy damage in the Sun Marcos area but HO far have brought only aboutu halfinch of rain to New Braunfels National Weather Service Meteorologist Joe Arellano said Monday evenings storm overturned small aircraft at the Sun Marcos airport blow the roof off a barbecue restau rant and blew down signs along Interstate 36 See DRY K JESSIE Above Clinton Dietert scoops up a handful of crumbling dirt from what he wishes was moist ground With no soil in which to lay its roots the com crop already is laying down growing to only about half the size it would be In a normal season Right At one point this growing season Dietert said he could put his fist in many of the cracks in this field The sixtenths of an inch of rain that fell Monday helped close up some of the cracks but it will do nothing to help crops already destroyed from the drought Free concert series attracts families BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer The Concerto in the Park series is a throwback to an era when a pavilion in Landa Park was a popular gathering spot for community parties True to its original purpose the popular musical series remains a familyoriented entertainment offering The 2003 series of 11 con certs kicks off at Thursday with the pop and original sounds of ReBeca Ifs not a church night like Wednesday If s not the start of the week like Monday or At a glance WHAT2003 Concerts Jn the Pub Panoe if said 801 Thompson recreation superintendent for the City of New Braunfek Also it doesnt conflict with bigger weekend events Thompson said the concerts are similar to community gatherings held in the 1920s and 30s at a pavilion built to host music and dancing Thats how the concrete pad where the events are now held got the name Dance All the acts are good wholesome family acts that you can take your kids to that you can take your grand mother to that you can enjoy on a summer Thomp son said The concerts which end at 10 are free to the public As music fills the park Sea INSIDE Summer mosquitoes return bring West Nile virus worries FROM STAFF REPORTS Summer brings with it a health alert dangers from West Nile virus Its early in the suid Dr Catherine Tull of the Texas Department of Healths Region 18 in Uvalde and no reports of West Nile virus have surfaced That shouldnt keep resi dents from being alert to the dangers of the virus Comal County Health Department Head Nurse Karon Priess said county See WEST Reduce chances of infection Stay at dawn duuk and In the early evening Wear and tono outdoors 1 Apply irupd repellent sparingly Spray okrthlnowjth Insect or mosquitoes may bite throuflhthlnctothlnfl yew tavt JWMM windows Do not sJJowwslir to elati ng In trash containers swimming pools tjlrd