Saturday, September 6, 2003

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 6, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY September 14 pages in 2 VoL 254 Serving New Braunfels ana ounty since 1852 50 cents Pair released after arrest for felony drug charges BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Two New Braunfels residents Were arrested Thursday on felony drug charges that could imprison them for but both are one on ho the other oi Comal County Sheriffs detective Tommy Ward said Grover and Raquel Almen were booked into Comal County Jail on charges of manu facture or delivery of between 4 and 200 grams of a controlled possession with intent to deliver between 4 and 200 grams of a con trolled possession of between 1 and 4 grams of a con trolled substance and abandoning Or endangering a chilli through criminal The first two charges are first degree felonies punishable by between five and 99 years in state The third is a seconddegree felony punishable by two to 20 years in The last is a state jail felony punishable by between six months and two years in a state All carry up to Comal County Magistrate Ellen Salyers Friday released both sus A Comal County Jail official said no bail was set on who is on was released on Ward said the Hays County and Comal Countynarcotics task forces executed a search warrant at Almendarezs residence in the Grand Cypress 400 block of North Business 36 Thurs day After a lengthy they developed enough information and obtained a search Ward Drugs found in the apartment included cocaine and Ward In investigators found chemicals consistent with the man ufacture of Ward Investigators took a 2yearrold child at the residence and released the toddler to relatives of one of the Ward Due to the activity in the both were charged with endanger ing a child by placing the child in circumstances where they were dealing Ward residents Photos by DAVID Willard Startz looks out over the trash that collected on the Guadalupe Rivers Lake Dunlap behind his home on East Zipp Road Friday slowing water flow cause buildup of trash near homes along Lake Dunlap BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Willard Startz and his wife woke up Friday to a clutter of trash on Lake Dunlap behind their Every time you get a little theres a little rise in the you get this trash along the Startz the water on that Guadalupe Riv Prince Solms er south of New Braunfels is pretty he saidBut a flow and a wind from the north allows the trash to collect near his When he awoke the mass of vegetation and trash extend into the river for as much as 100 feet a blight of shoe pet glass con tainers and foam Much of the trash floats down from the Comal River and Landa Startz He blames tourists for the mess and the city for not taking care of Over the the city and local beer distributors have spon sored a series of dive They offer mesh tubes and air to divers and anyone else willing to help clean up the The volunteer groups have been able to fish out truckloads of garbage this including two Dumpsters full last District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine expressed some skepti cism of the dive parties earlier this summer after the first few were less successful than he had he said the monthly dive parties have been A light bulb and bottle float in the Guadalupe near Starts Trash gathers when the river has a stow flow and wind from the he I think the same amount of lit ter has been but because weve had so frequent its less Valen tine Valentine lives on the Comal was a former river activi ties committee member and has been a vocal advocate of city efforts to maintain a clean He said he would like to see more trash boats and vis ible trash He supports but questions the effectiveness of the Love Your Riv er ad he affect equity loans This story is the eighth in a series examining the 22 pro posed amendments to the Texas 9 Y RON MALONEY Staff Writer Proposition 15 would pro tect government employees retirement benefits and dis allow them from being reduced or State Carter RNew said the amendment would afford some protection to people enrolled jji many local publjc systems against changes in the Jt basically If Im in the retirement system and the state tries to change it doesnt affect Casteel Benefits person was enti tled to before a change is made cannot be reduced by the retirement system or the governmental agency enrolled in the Some retirement such as the plan for San Antonio police and firefight are exempted from the The Texas County and District Retire ment in which Comal County is is also Comal County Human Resources director Bob Grazi oli said the amendment applied to accrued entitle Our initial look at this is its not going to affect Grazioli It may affect smaller counties or counties that are not in The amendment applies to public retirement systems of political includ ing cities and counties that provide employee It applies only to service or dis ability retirement benefits SeeELECTiONflA INSIDE Church Dear Senator will heed Perrys next call BY APRIL CASTRO Associated Press Writer AUSTIN Democrat John Whitmire said Friday he will voluntarily fight con gressional redistricting on the Senate floor if and when Republican Rick Perry calls a third special The Houston senator who broke ranks this week with 10 boycotting colleagues in would Weve got to start the process to get to the John Whftmire about redistricting give Republicans the quorum need to vote on the divi sive Perry has indicat ed he will call another ses but refused to point to a date again I urge Governor Perry not to call another special ses said the longestserving It is it is a power elections We should See Gas prices fall 2 cents this week San Antonio drivers get best deal at HOUSTON AP Near record gasoline prices around Texas are easing a bit with the statewide average of selfserve regular down 2 cents from a week according to a survey of stations by AAA The same survey a year ago by the auto club put the average price at San Antonio drivers had the cheapest fuel prices heading into the with gaso line at a down 2 cents from a week Dallas still tops the survey at a decrease of about penny in the past Houston and Fort Worth were about With Labor Day and the summer travel season gasoline prices are expected to fall this month as demand AAA spokeswoman Rose Rougeau said jf there are further supply fuel prices could start to move gasoline prices reached a record a gal lon last jumping more than 12 cents a