New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 2, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County for more than 144 years ■ Home of CASIE A LOREN WOODS
Vol. 144, No. 101
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Comal River — 234 cubic feet per second, same Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well — 624.16, down .03
Bum ben reinstated
Comal County Judge Carter Casteel announced this morning that the burn ban has been reinstated because of dry conditions and the danger of fire.nile Cholee’ Ie Be performed Sunday
First Baptist Church invites the public to an Easter drama and musical presentation, “The Choice," tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. Admission is free.Being conservative at college
The New Braunfels Republican Family Club will meet Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. at the New Braunfels Christian Church Fellowship Hall on North Loop 337. Call 629-6442 for information. Topic: Being conservative in the liberal college environment.AIDS information at matting
The Unitarian Universalist group will meet Wednesday, April 3, 7:30 p.m. at the Victoria Bank, North Building. Robert Konkel, Comal County Coordinator for the Department of Health HIV/STD Regional Planning Coalition, will speak about AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Public is invited.Impact of Immigration
The Comal Area League of Women Voters will hold a forum on the impact of immigration on Texas on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Victoria Bank and Trust, North Building. Guest speakers will be David Pena of Texas Lawyers for Civil Rights under Texas laws, and Juan Antonio Flores, Department of Human Services, Office of Immigration and Refugees. There will be a question and answer session following the speakers. Public is invited. For information, call Gloria Sasser at 606-0864.After hours mixer
Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, April 4, 5 to 7 p.m. at Sundance Golf Course.
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Man charged in murders in
By MELANIE GERIK
A man arrested at the scene of a double homicide in Spring Branch was charged with the murders Monday.
John Charles Naef, 54, of San Antonio, was charged with two counts of capital murder and is being held on $1.4 million bond for the charges.
Naef was arrested off Farm Market 306 in Spring Branch Thursday aller he drove up to the scene where officers were investigating the murders. He was charged with unlawfully carrying .44 and .38 caliber guns in his car and drug possession charges.
Sheriff Jack Bremer said Naef was carrying a small amount of marijuana and almost 4 ounces of methampheta-mines. He was held on $7,000 for the charges.
Bremer said the involvement of drugs in the murders “certainly is a possibility,” although he would not release a motive for the killings.
The bodies of John Patrick Lamb, 44, and Kelly Dougherty, 33, were found by a friend Thursday night outside of Lamb’s trailer home off Farm Market 306 in Spring Branch.
Both victims were shot once in the head with a .38-caliber weapon, according to a prepared statement from the sheriffs department.
Bremer said Lamb was found in a well pressure tank, and Dougherty was found on the ground nearby. The bodies may have been there for more than 24 hours before Thursday’s discovery, Bremer said.
Bremer said Naef was charged with the murders after he made statements “only someone that was there at the murder would be able to make.”
Bremer said Naef may have been a business partner of the victims, and had keys to Lamb’s trailer.
Naef has hot denied nor confessed to the murders, Bremer said.
He added his department did not have any other suspects in the murders.
“This is our case as far as we’re concerned,” Bremer said.
Results from the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab are not expected back for several days, according to the prepared statement.
The DPS Motor Vehicle Theft Unit, Texas Ranger Richard Bennie and the San Antonio Police Department auto
E. San Antonio St. bridge to close
Motorists trying to cross the Comal River on E. San Antonio St. will be
detoured to another route Wednesday while city crews begin repairs.
“The approaches to the bridge have deteriorated over the years and are in desperate need of repair and resurfacing,” said C. A. Bolner, city engineer.
The city is encouraging drivers to use the Garden Street or Hinman Island
bridges to cross the river. Detour signs will be in place to help route traffic.
“We have coordinated the project with businesses in the immediate area and notified school transportation officials to help them plan in advance,” Bolner said.
City crews are attempting to complete several repair jobs before the summer tourist season arrives.Dawson, Kirk in runoff to earn commissioners seat
By DENISE DZIUK
The County Commissioner, Precinct I race has headed into a runoff, and early voting began Monday. Douglas Kirk and Jack Dawson are facing off for the Republican spot on the ballot.
Dawson said a big issue facing the county is “environmental control.” He said this includes looking at the county's regulations regarding issues such as drainage, septic systems, roads and “our precious water supply.”
“I think the rules and regulations need to be looked at and streamlined,” said Dawson.
Another issue that would be a focus for Dawson if elected would be to keep die tax rate at a minimum while still providing quality services. He said that with the population of the county growing, the tax base is also increasing, which can help in this effort.
“Therefore, the same or lesser tax rate can bring in the same amount,” Dawson said.
He added that long-range planning is also necessary for handling the growth in population and services. He said he would also like to look at all unnecessary reviewing and replacing issues that come before the court because too much time is being spent on it. However, he said the main thing he would like to accomplish as a commissioner is to change the attitudes and feelings toward elected officials and government.
“lf I can change the way people feel about government and politicians I would be happy,” Dawson said. “That is an a accomplishment I would feel dearly in my heart about.”
Kirk said he feels the most important factor is to have an official who will be dedicated to openness and accountability. He said he has a history of this type of representation while serving on a local
school boards, and feels it is needed at every level of government.
“It means responsibility... Explain to the public with open arms that this is what we’re going to do, and why,” said Kirk. “lf you want accountability, you have to elect someone with the guts to seek accountability.”
Kirk said growth in the county is inevitable.
However, he said, before it can be controlled, there needs to be an understanding of where it is coming from, why, and the demographics associated with it. He said more jobs also need to be made available for those moving to the county, and he would seek economic development while a commissioner.
“Growth in Comal County is inevitable. It’s inevitable because it’s such as attractive place to live. The only way to control growth is to understand it,” he said.
Kirk also said he feels the county already has good rules and regulations in place. The problems with adequate water can be addressed by not developing in an area where there is not water available.
“The people aren’t there now, so let’s don’t develop there,” he said.
Kirk also urges voters to look past the labels that have been attached to him. He said people who have not agreed the way Jack Dawson he represented the people in the past have labeled him a variety of things that do not apply. He said voters need to “get over the labels” and look at the issues.
Early voting is April I -5,8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 306 at the Comal County Courthouse. Polls will be open on election day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 9.
The runoff election is open to all registered voters. The winner of the Republican runoff will face Democrat Louis “Charlie” Millican.
Burglaries, status of jail issues in race for Sheriff
By DENISE DZIUK
Early voting in the Republican Primary runoff race for Comal County Sheriff began Monday and has two candidates pitted against each other for votes.
Bob Holder said one of die key issues he sees facing the county is the “rising crime as a result of improper placement of personnel.” He said he believes sheriffs deputies are spending too much time on the highway, and not enough time patrolling subdivisions.
“We have an absolutely terrible burglary rate in this county. Officers need to be more visible in the subdivisions where the crimes are happening,” said Holder.
Another area of emphasis for Holder if he were to be elected Sheriff is to increase cooperation between all law enforcement agencies in and around Comal County. He said agencies working together usually have a higher success rate. He said an open line of communication is needed between all agencies, including the fire marshal, New Braunfels Police Department and Garden Ridge Police Department, to help provided various forms of assistance.
“I see officers that don’t even acknowledge each other from various agencies. That’s terrible,” said Holder. “There’s strength in numbers. I don’t care who gets the credit as long as the job gets done.”
The incumbent. Sheriff Jack Bremer, said the number of index crimes reported dropped 203
from 1994 to 1995, and burglaries dropped by1 152 for that same period. He said this was achieved in part by increasing both the uniformed and unmarked officers in subdivisions.
“Frankly, I think all the problems that exist are being addressed at this time,” bremer said.
Ifhe is re-elected, additional focus would be given to “proactive” programs, such as the Crime Watch and DARE programs, he said.
“You try to improve everything everyday,” said Bremer. “But, you also have to approach a lot of things in a proactive way.”
Bremer said another issue that will soon be facing the Sheriffs Department is the condition of the county jail.
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county is actually making money from the extra space, but it will soon be overcrowded. He also added the jail is 11 years old, and in the next few years, the county may have to decide what to do about the jail and its condition.
“I think we need to be looking towards an addition to or a new jail,” said Bremer. “It’s becoming very, very expensive to maintain it.”
The winner of the runoff election will not face any opposition from the Democratic Par- ‘ ty. Polls will be open on election day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 9. Early voting is April I -5, 8 a m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 306 at the Comal County Courthouse.
The runoff election is open to all registered voters.
The only restriction is those who voted in the March Primary cannot change parties for the runoff.
Bob HolderVeto pen may come back to haunt President in November. See Opinion, Page 4