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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 1, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEWBRAUNIELS TUESDAY 2003 14 pages in 2 sections VoK 194 Serving New Bfauntets and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Pajth to civic center stfll unclear Council wants more time to study its four options BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil agreed Monday there was still not enough information to set forth any clear path for the civic center Lingering questions about traffic impacts and the benefits of renovation com pared to new construction left council members convinced they must study the issue fur Council heard presenta tions Monday from City Man ager Chuck Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President and Ken Rehler of Koone Rehler detailed four options for council members Renovation of the cur rent which would increase the space from square feet to square Build a square feet new facility near the Comal Build a square feet facility an option largely dismissed by Build a square Artists rendering of new civic center building 00 PCMTCDM nf dvic center 6xPansion this square See CIVIC feet structure would sit along the Comal Bomb Make sure Independence Day is a blast use caution BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Public safety officials warn that those planning to use fireworks on the Fourth of July should practice caution lest the red glare of the expe rience be from fire or New Braunfels Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said it is illegal to possess or use any fireworks within the city Our big concern is in Brinkkoeter We dont want anyone Brinkkoeter said fireworks are a problem each Indepen increased our staffing to1 try to assist the police department in taking care of the he In New the way to enjoy fireworks is at the annual display at Landa Park and you dont even have to go to Landa Park to see Well be there and provide fire protection for that Itll be very safe and much more The city of New Braunfels annual fireworks display will begin after dark on Friday at Landa Fireworks are legal and are sold in unincorporated county said county Fire Mar shal Lin You want to be careful to read and follow the safety instructions that are provid Manford This recent rains have made parts of the county rel atively safe from wildfire risk But dont be Manford As of the drought index for Comal County was 342 on a scale from 0 to In the wettest parts of the the drought index is 231 only moderate but in the driest areas it is See boxes of fireworks he and his dad r EuSene Almond MondayThe the fireworks Friday night as part o an annual neighborhood Independence Day celebration on Lake Fireworks Facts W NEW BRAUNFELS Possession of a fireworks device in New Braunfejfc a class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to Throwing a device even a cracker a vehicle or at a vehicle is also a class C misdemeanor anywhere in Penalties Increase if the incident causes IN COMAL COUNTY legal and are sold in unincorpo Eugene Almond checks his inventory at the start of business on Almond says the most popular items for children are fountains and Adults tend to gravitate toward larger fireworks like rockets and big ACROSS THE Ufflf ED STATES Fireworks cause average of more than injuries find deaths each Children age 14 and under account for 25 percent of the and death are responsible for fires and more than million in property damage each Prison guard may be an inmate after bar incident Chandler pleads guilty to throat slashing BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A 27yearold New Braun fels man pleaded guilty in district court Monday to the charge he assaulted his wife and slashed her John Adam Chandler entered the plea to the charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon before 207th judicial district court Judge Jack A ComalCounty jury of six men and six women will decide what penalty Chan dler He faces a range of pun ishment from two to 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to Prosecutor Ed Jendrzey opened the punishment phase of the trial with testi mony from New Braunfels Fire Department paramedics who treated Amanda Marie Chandler on the night of She suffered stab wounds and a slashed New Braunfels police offi cer John Sullivan arrested Chandler 4 beneath a Loop 337 after searching 18 hours for Police alleged Chandler slashed his wifes throat in their West Mill Street Chandler was taken to the Guadalupe County Jail because his victims moth er works at the Comal County Amanda Chandler was treated at the scene by police and She was flown to University Hospital and has been recovering since the testimony will See BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A Gatesville man who works in a Ttexas prison could soon find himself living in one after an incident early Sunday at a Stiver Road The Davy was allegedly trying to impersonate a peace officer and trying to scam a sher iff a deputy while he was at Nighgjg is prison guard who for the Tf Department of Comal County Sheriffs Tommy Ward said Nichols tried to close down the River Road Ice House at He said Nichols told staff and customers he was an officer with the Texas Alco holic Beverage which regulates alcohol and enforces liquor He went around the establishment and identified himself to patrons and employees as a TABC officer Ward He demanded See INSIDE Dear 1 2 men set ablaze suspects sought BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH Sheriffs deputies are look ing for three suspects they say were involved in an altercation and assault at a Guadalupe River camp ground in which two victims were doused with lighter fluid and set Comal County Sheriffs Detective Wayne Lehman the incident occurred May 25 at the Guadalupe Canoe Livery campground on the north bank of the river at the 281 Wanted for questioning are two men and a woman who drove the vehicle they escaped Hie deputies who were dispatched to this incident Jfeuu4 two male individuals were sprayed with lighter fluid and set on Hjfcby fcwo other males as a result of See Under Investigation Schertz girt remains under investiga Samantha Stntmatter died June 7 after she was by a pickup truck white walking on a gravel road in the Guadalupe River rwt say Monday whether
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