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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 12, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY June 12 2003 16 pages in 2 sections ITUNG Vol 152 No 180 New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents dies in van crash K JESSIE Above New Braunfels para medic Greg Patty center stead ies one victim in front of the overturned van she was in The van crashed along southbound Interstate 35 shortly before Wednesday Lett A Schertz paramedic carries an infant injured in the rollover accident Witnesses said some of the chil dren were not restrained and thrown from the van Right Patty and Mark Tisdel right prepare a patient for trans port after more critical patients from the accident in Schertz were flown to University Hospital in San Antonio 9 family members in rollover accident BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer fell to their knees and offered up prayers Wednes day for the nine victims of a single vehicle rollover accident A 5yearold girl died and eight oth ers were injured in the accident that closed southboundInterstate 35 for more than an hour Wednesday Schertz Chief of Police Steve Cantrell said the girl was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival at Uni versity Hospital Cantrell did not have the girls name or hometown Weve just begunour Cantrell said Wednesday afternoon About 1 the victims vehicle a maroon Plymouth Voyager traveling southbound at about mile marker 179 was reported to have lost he said Mile marker 179 is just south of Schwab Road north of the Schertz rest area Witnesses reported the vehicle e saw a man on the side of the road praying We prayed with him J MICHELLE MAY accident witness swerved possibly from a flat or deflated left rear tire and then began a series of rolls coming to rest on its roof on the southbound side frontage road There were nine occupants two adult women and seven children ages 13 to infant Cantrell said We dont know for a fact but we have preliminary indications that some of the children were unre he said Michelle May who lives nearby came onto the scene just after the accident My sister and I were coming home from work We saw the van rolled over and there were groups of people work ing to help the she said One group was doing CPR over a little girl There were people May and her sister got out of their car We saw a man on the side of the road praying We prayed with she said It shows that its important to have your children buckled up and it shows how precious life is Maybe this could have been May said The vehicle registered to a Flo resville resident was traveling from San Marcos to the San Antonio area Schertz Public Information Officer Tony Wilson said the two adult women were believed to be cousins The chil dren belonged to the women Wilson reported in a news release that possibly five children were eject ed from the van Schertz EMS Director Dudley Wait said Schertz and New Braunfels para medics treated everyone in the vehicle for some injury or another Lone vote cast against city tax increase budget passes 2004 budget differs little from the current one BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer A New Braunfels city coun cil member Wednesday cast the first vote against a 19percent property tax hike the only opposition the increase faced through three read ings of the ordinance District 6 Council man Ken Valentine wanted to amend the tax increase to include more money for river cleanup The amend ment died for lack of a second Valentine supported the increase at previous readings Approved 51 the new tax rate becomes effective with the next tax billing cycle VALENTINE Council unanimously vot ed to approve the fiscal year 2004 budget with District 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil absent The new tax rate will be cents per assessed valuation City Manager Chuck Pinto is the citys acting finance manager He said he basical ly took last years numbers and transferred them to this years budget adjusting for rising costs of things the city control such as health insur ance and gasoline Its basically the same as last year minus 19 Pinto said Tuesday The million 2004 budget reflects about million in revenue from the general fund and balances expenses with enterprise funds such as the golf course and airport Most of the major changes See CITY Trio arrested in drug investigation BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A 45yearold New Braun fels man faces a possible life prison sentence in connec tion with his arrest in a drug investigation Raul R Herrera of Mar ble Drive was arrested at his home Tuesday evening and booked on an allegation of pos session with intent to deliver between one and four grams of cocaine in a drugfree zone Because Herrera was allegedly selling drugs with in feet of a playground the charge against him was enhanced to a firstdegree felony A firstdegree felony is pun ishable upon conviction by a fine and between five and 99 years in state prison His bail was Herrera was one of three people arrested in connec tion with surveillance con ducted at the Comal Farms subdivision off Interstate 35 north beginning after 4 Tuesday The other two are Gregory S Redd 31 of Leesville and Angela J Turner 32 of New Braunfels Both were booked for possession of less than two ounces of marijuana a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in county jail and a fine Sheriffs Sgt Tammy Ward said investigators of the Comal County Metropolitan Narcotics task force devel oped information that a cer tain individual would be picking up drugs Tuesday evening at an unknown resi dence in Comal Farms The investigators had a description of the vehicle that person would Ward said They went to the area and maintained surveillance until they observed the vehicle come in and stop at the resi dence The individual stayed a few minutes and then Redd who was driving the car was followed and stopped He was booked into county jail Detectives continued their investigation watching the residence as another vehicle INSIDE Kunkel is crowned 2003 Wurstfests Grosse Opa BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The Big Man has been named The Wurstfest Association board chose Larry Kunkel as Grosse Opa for the 43rd annual Wurstfest Oct 31 to Nov 9 Wurstfest which has named a Grosse Opa or Big Grandpa every year since 1968 is no runOfthemill sausage feet although it began as a tribute to sausage making New Braunfels lOday annual oele bration of German heritage is attend ed by people from around the world including contingents from Braunfels Germany the city New Braunfels founders came from Our charge is to promote the local heritage and said spokesman HerbSkoog But Wurstfest isnt only about sausage bier and entertainment Skoog said a big part of Wurstfest is With million in receipts in 2002 considered a soft year Wurstfest is this citys biggest nonprofit and ser vice organization fundraiser The majority of the 40 food conces sions belong to social and service organizations Kunkel who was the New Braunfels HeraWZeitungs Citizen of the Year in 1994 knows about fundraising and KJESSIiStATENyHeraldZeituno See GROSSE The newly crowned 2003 Wurstfest Grosse Opa Larry Kunkel
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