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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 6, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY AUGUST 6 2004 ZEITUNG LETTERS Readers sound off on river enforcement Smithson Valleys former principal trash giving city a poor image Page 4A VOLLEYBALL Local netters take to the court today for scrimmages in their first tests of teamwork Page SA Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 229 12 pages 2 sections CLICK 500 8 Partly cloudy High Low 95 72 DEAR ABBY 39 COMICS FORUM SPORTS TV GRIDS 4A 66A Grand jury indicts bank robbery suspect By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The Comal County grand jury Wednesday returned a robbery indictment against a San Antonio man suspected of a string of bank heists New Braunfels Police Lt John Rios said Thursday Joe Rene Tamayo 39 was indict ed on a firstdegree felony robbery charge in connection with the April 12 holdup at the Wells Fargo Branch locat ed inside the New Braunfels WalMart Rios said Tamayo was a ranking member of the San Antonio Mexican Mafia He confirmed that him Rios said If convicted Tamayo faces between five and 99 years in state prison But the New Braunfels charge isnt Tamayos only problem He has also been charged in similar robberies April 2 and April 9 in Austin and is suspect in others If convicted on the federal charges Tamayo faces 20 years in the federal peniten tiary on each count Tamayo and a codefen dant in the Austin robberies Ernest Hurtado Rodriguez 44 of Austin were sought for weeks by law enforce ment officials in several counties Tamayo allegedly wore a baseball cap while Rodriguez allegedly wore a cowboy hat during some of the heists causing police investigators to refer to him as the Cowboy before they identified him Rodriguez was arrested April 14 after an alleged botched robbery attempt at an Austin credit union Information developed in the New Braunfels investi gation allowed officers to make the Austin arrest Rios said That night Tamayo was arrested in San Antonio Chamber donation protects CL officers By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CANYON for Canyon Lakearea constables will soon get a little safer Commissioners accepted Thursday from the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce a donation to purchase eight bulletproof vests for constables and their deputies in precincts 1 and 4 Jeanne Slupik president of the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce told commis sioners the money was raised at the chambers third annual To Serve and Protect silent auction In each previous year the fundraiser brought about in donations This year with the recent shooting inci dent involving Sheriffs Deputy Brett Smith the chamber raised four times as much she said Weve had some danger ous Slupik said Weve received very gener ous donations and we will be able to protect the people who protect Four of the vests once a luxury now considered a basic safety item for law enforcement written into the 2005 budget requests for constables See DONATION Page 3A ST FRANCISBYTHELAKE EPISCOPAL Pastor Jerry Snowy Attendance 140 Meeting times Satur day and am Sunday Location 13260 FM306 Phone 830 964 3820 Web site I Worship style Rite one and two con tempotary Saturday I Mission As chil dren of God we at St Lake are commit ted to living learn ing and sharing Ihe love of Christ Wend of God and power of the Hoty Spirit with our church family our commu nity and ihe watd Dancing lesson Walnut Avenue shows zoning inconsistencies Photos by DAVID Above Madison Gibson 2 dances on her dads lap Eric Gibson while lis tening to the music at Concerts in the Park Thursday night at Landa Park Left Jay Eric entertains the crowd gathered around the dance slab Thursday nights performance was a benefit for Communities in Schools and attendees were asked to donate school supplies Next Thursday will be the last Concerts in the Park By Scott Mahon Staff Writer As local residents try to cope with traffic congestion on South Walnut Avenue some say the New Braunfels Planning Commissions deci sions on commercial zoning are inconsistent Tuesday commission members denied a request by Seth Ronan to rezone a residential home a commer cial office at the corner of South Walnut Avenue and Stonewall Street Like other applicants who wanted to rezone their resi dential property to commer cial property Ronan said his homes market value was not keeping up with its appraised value But in a previous zoning ordinance hearing commis sion members voted unani mously to approve rezoning a residence at the corner of Bridge Street and South Wal nut Avenue to a commercial office The two properties are five blocks apart A handful of neighbors protested the rezoning of Ronans home but no one protested the rezoning of the property at Bridge Street and South Walnut When neighbors voice their concerns its a said Mike Ybarra Planning Commission chairman And when people dont protest an application thats also a The commission and coun cil approved rezoning a mul tifamily property located in the 500 block of South Walnut Avenue to commercial The closer you get to Busi ness 35 the bigger the prob lem Ybarra said District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine voted against rezon ing the property at Bridge Street and South Walnut The whole thing on South Walnut Avenue is a said Valentine If they think See ZONING Page 3A COMING SUNDAY SAVE THE Mission work takes St Francis members to Honduras By Leigh Jones Staff Writer CANYON times a year missionaries from St Francisbythe Lake Episcopal Church travel to Central America to deliver small pieces of civi lization to the povertystricken natives of Danli Honduras Sewing machines and computers have enabled locals to learn marketable skills that help them get good jobs in the cigar producing town People take what little we bring them and turn it into something said John Carter Carter who is a retired nurse made his first trip as part of a medical relief team of doctors and dentists For the last four years he has traveled with the church planting and evangelizing teams and working to communicate his faith with people he cannot talk to Carter cannot speak Spanish but he manages to get his message across One day I was drinking a bottle of water sitting on a street he said This 5yearold little boy walked up to me and offered me a stick of gum He was just dressed in rags Somehow I per suaded him to come to our childrens activities and he ended up spending the whole day with After teaching the children gospel sto ries the missionaries encourage them to work hard in school for the possibility of receiving a higherlevel education scholarship The Honduran government only pro vides free education through sixth grade and the yearly fee for high school is too much for poor families to pay St Francis currently supports 18 students with guaranteed scholarships as long as they keep their grades up The Honduran church is growing so fast it needs its own building Members from St Francis and three other central See Page 3A St FrancisbytheLake s Rector Jerry Sneary stands in the churchs Memorial 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