Saturday, September 11, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 11, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas PASO n 79903 T T SEPTEMBER RALD FOOTBALL Smithson Valley 7 Canyon 17 AustinMcCallum 3 New Braunfels 30 Seguin 36 Page 5A FORUM COLUMN Woodall writes that while some dates may fade from memory people will remember Page 4A ZEITUNG Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 260 14 pages 2 sections CLICK j cjp cloudy High Low 94 67 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B COMICS 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 38 SPORTS S6A TV PD cashes in on suspected forgery ring Jesse Villarreal By Ron Maloney StaffWriter New Braunfels police have rolled up a local forgery ring they say was using a computer to create fake payroll checks and cashing them at local businesses Police Detective Jesse Villarreal said Friday he was still working to determine how many checks were involved but the thousands of dol lars so far recovered has raised the interest of the Secret Service which will decide whether federal charges are to be in connection with the case in addition to the state five suspects now face Arrested so far in a monthslong investigation are Angelica Tristan 29 of New Braunfels arrested June 23 charged with forgery a state jail felony Jahns 19 New Braun fels arrested Aug 21 charged with forgery of a financial instrument a state jail felony Antonio Valadez 33 New Braunfels arrested Sept 1 charged with theft of service a state jail felony Valadez was also subse quently charged with engaging in organized criminal activity forgery a thirddegree felony Randi Leann Hummell 22 arrested Tuesday charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and forgery Michelle Moreno Morales 29 New Braunfels arrested Thursday charged with engaging in organ ized criminal activity and forgery Other arrests and farther charges are believed likely in the ongoing investigation In addition this past week Vil larreal and other officers have seized along with other evidence a computer and printer believed See RING Page 3A Ceremonies protests planned for anniversary Badger Associated Press Writer Texans wiJJ mark the third anniver sary of the Sept terror attacks with solemn ceremonies around the state remembering the nearly Americans who died that day in New York Washington and Pennsylvania At the Bush Library and Museum in College Station an exhibit will open Saturday that includes a twoton steel beam from the World Trade Center and responserelated objects used by res cue workers But in Austin the anniversaiy will be used for a march near the Capitol to protest the war in Iraq Gov Rick Perry has ordered that all Texas flags be flown at halfstaff Satur day out of respect for victims of the Sept 11 attacks and soldiers and others killed in Iraq and Afghanistan Perry said Friday that horrific day three years ago also should be remembered for its many acts of inspiring heroism particularly by police and firefighters in See Page3A Smith visits Comal County Republicans By Ron Maloney StaffWriter A congressman and the man who hopes to join him in Washington helped Comal County Republicans christen their new party headquarters Friday Rep Lamar Smith RSan Antonio whose 21st Congressional District rep resents most of Comal County and Jim Hopson of Seguin who is battling Hen ry Cuellar to replace Giro Rodriguez D San Antonio in the 28th Congres sional seat visited the headquarters Smith exhorted local Republicans to support Hopson and hammered on tra ditional themes in support of incum bent President George W Bush assailing what he said was biased media coverage and the Senate record of his oppo nent Democrat John Kerry See SMITH Page 3A under Homes struction Photos by DAVID Construction superintendent Dart Hyde and developer Larry Peel look over blueprints for the conversion of the old LCRA building into highend loft apartments Ground broken to begin construction of lofts at former LCRA plant Austin developer Larry Peel says the conversion of the old LCRA building into highend loft apartments is the most challenging project of his 30 year career History of the LCRA power plant William Meriwether a Virginia Ppwer Hant the LjndaHydiaeleetric planter who immigrated to New Plant was operated periodically until ft was initially estimated that the Springs to power his mitt By imt seven gist flour and gaUow of water a minute but the site were the spring waters ftpaf fire aterti for nar low uitog a system of f By Scott Mahon StaffWriter Abandoned in the 1970s the LCRA power plant came close to being demolished But by 2006 Austin developer Larry Peel will have spent million to renovate the his toric building into highend loft apartments Itll be the only old power plant in the country convert ed to residential Peel said Thursday at the official groundbreaking ceremony Originally called the Comal Power Plant the building was constructed by the United Gas Improvement Company of Philadelphia on the Comal Canal in 1926 In April 2004 LCRA sold the property to Peel for There were restrictions that the building be pre said Jeff Singleton LCRA project manager Before working with Peel Singleton said LCRA had found a developer in Hous ton who wanted to build a hotel on the site We did feasibility studies for two years and finally con cluded a hotel wouldnt he said Singleton said LCRA began working with the community as far back as 1994 to preserve the building The first decision was to tear it down or keep the build he said The city wanted us to keep the building but there were some environmen tal After spending million to clean the property up including leaded paint and asbestos problems LCRA began looking for someone who would preserve the facility We talked to a lot of groups in New he said But eventually we found Mr Peel who came up with a great idea for the Earlier this year Peel suc ceeded in getting the build ing listed in the National Reg ister for Historic Places which qualified the project for feder al tax credits worth million The tax credit made the project financially he said Peel said the project would be the most challenging of his 30year career as a devel oper Over the next 16 months the plant will be convened to See LCRA Page 3A