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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 13, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas T f 13 2004 SPORTS LITTLE LEAGUI New Braunfels Junior AllStars Win the district title 87 against Halletsville other game results Pages 5A ZEITUNG FORUM LETTERS Readers respond to existing laws and river problems a drainage utility fee and giving recognition where its due 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 208 10 pages 1 section K 5OO www Mostly sunny High Low 95 71 Details6A DEAR ABBY 8A CLASSIFIEDS 910A COMICS 7A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 8A j Plan temporarily doses parks to tubers By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Agreeing that overcapacity crowds Saturday on the Comal River caused a life ithreatening situation the New Braunfels City Council Voted Monday on a contin gency plan that would tem porarily close city parks to outfitters and tubers Mayor Adam Cork placed an emergency item on Mon days agenda and said what happened on the Comal Riv er Saturday rose to the lev el of an emergency There were entirely too many peo ple on the river which caused a lifethreatening sit Because the Guadalupe River was flowing at swift for River outfitters shut tled tube s to the Comal River Satur day By early iifternoon Saturday city offi cials began asking the outfitters to stop shuttling lubers to the Comal River according to Stacey Laird parks director However by mid noon hundreds of tubers packed the river at the last exit forcing officials to ask homeowners for permission to allow tubers to exit the riv er on private prop erty We didnt have control and all it would have taken would have been one person Adam Cork to said Police Chief Russ Johnson At about 4 an 18year old college student near the last exit suffered an asthma attack and had to be pulled from the river onto the prop erty of Donna and Mike Welch Johnson said Marilyn Ellington of Sugar land said the young woman was tubing with friends She was with my daugh ter arid some friends when she suffered an asthma attack and went under the Ellington said Some friends pulled her up and got her out of the river and onto the bank near the Welchs home Then everybody in the river seemed to be trying to get out of the river on the Welchs property It was like a riot and See COUNCIL Page 3A 1 missing presumed drowned in river By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 19yearold New Braunfels man was missing and believed drowned Monday afternoon in the Guadalupe River beneath Interstate35 New Braunfels Police Detective Bob Parchman said Stephen Andrew Moli na was last seen at about as he slipped beneath the fastmoving water just downstream from the over passes Hes missing and presumed Parchman said We have the San Marcos Area Recovery Team New Braunfels Fire Department Bat talion Chief Don Zercher said rescue put a boat into the water to search for Molina but he called them off shortly afterward The waters moving too fast to safe ly try to put divers in the Zercher said Were going to try to get the dam gates shut down to look for The search by SMART would resume today Zercher said Monday afternoon the river was running at cubic feetpersec ond at the Canyon Reservoir flood con trol gates as the Army Corps of Engineers worked to lower the water level in the reservoir which was 912 feet above mean sea level Just above the Comal River the Geological Survey reported a flow of cfs at 6 Zercher said Houston Scoutmaster Kevin Tompkins attempted to save Molina Tompkins 45 was on vacation at the nearby RV park with his wife Pam and their sons He said he and his wife were reading while their boys and friends fished nearby Four or five boys walked up the See SEARCH Page 3A Photos by MANDY New Braunfels Police Officer Chris Culak rides on a jet ski owned by a property owner along the Guadalupe River so that the search for the victim could continue along the brush Its like a freight train It shows no mercy It was really scary Kevin Tompkins About the Guadalupe River Family members and friends corrlfort cials inform them that the search evening each other after offr cannot continue for the Kevin Tompkins the man who attempt ed to rescue the victim from the Guadalupe River gets rescued himself by New Braunfels Fire and Rescue and returned to dry land where he attempts to shake off some of the water Shooting victim remains in stable condition Valentine files petition to vote on land issue By Scott Mahon Staff Writer In a race with the clock New Braun fels District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine filed a petition Monday to vote on making the Comal County Fairgrounds a city park According to the city charter City Sec retary Michael Resendez has five days to certify the signatures and council then has 10 days to either adopt a resolution designating the property a city park or to put the issue on the November ballot Councils next regular meeting is July 26 however Resendez said he would have the signatures certified before the end of the week and council could call a special meeting before July 26 We can certiiy the signatures within a couple of Resendez said Then council may call a spe cial meeting Friday when well formally present the petition to However Valentines petition could be a moot issue if council accepts a proposal offered by Schlitterbahn president Gary Henry Henry who initially proposed swap ping a 41acre tract of land on Loop 337 for the fairgrounds property said Satur day he would withdraw his offer if the city would donate the 30acre fairgrounds property to the Comal County Fair Asso ciation Valentine who opposed Henrys initial offer initiated the petition drive to des ignate the fairgrounds property a city park and said the petition filed Monday contained signatures sig natures were required Im concerned there would be some activity by council to prevent this from being put on the Nov 2 Valentine said Council could call a special meeting before its next regular meeting on July CCFA officials Saturday endorsed the suggestion to donate the fairgrounds property to the association Arlon Hermes fair association executive See PETITION Page 3A Ken Valentine John Edward Morris By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO A Comai County Sheriffs spokesman said Monday the man shot when he drew a shotgun on a sheriffs deputy July 6 was in stable con dition Sheriffs Lt Mark Reynolds said John Edward Morris remained under guard in an intensive care unit at University Hospital in ian Antonio Morris received three chest wounds when he allegedly attempted to shoot Deputy Bret Smith who fired six shots at him when hi refused to drop the shotgun adva iced on the officer Morris is c larged with attempted cap Check us out on the ital murder His bail is Smith 43 has been cleared by internal investigations and the Department of Public Safety which concluded he acted properly to protect his life The deputy will return to work this week Detectives continue to trace Morris movements and investigate his back ground MILLER ft MILLER ueb at III 189 S Downtown New Braunfels
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