New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 3, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
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Plane crash kills Spring Branch man Alarm
alerts couple to fire
■ Experienced pilot killed in San Patricio County flying small plane in morning fog
By Mark Koopmans
A single-engined plane crash in Sinton, Texas, about 130 miles south of New Braunfels, claimed the life of a Spring Branch man, a Federal Aviation Administration official said Monday.
FAA aircraft safety inspector Boyd Kempf said 46-year-old Scott James Schilleci of Spring Branch was pronounced dead at the scene of the mid-morning accident, which occurred close to the
■Travelers say quality of air travel decreased in 2005
Passengers bemoan delays, lost luggage
By Jennifer C. Kerr
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — Airline hassles are on the rise: More passengers found themselves bumped, their flights delayed or their bags lost last year than in 2005, according to the annual Airline Quality Rating report released Monday.
The report does not include recent weather-related flight delays such as the ones that left JetBlue and United Airlines planes idling for
hours on taxiways.
“They just don’t get it yet,” said Dean Headley, an associate professor at Wichita State University who co-authored the study with Brent D. Bowen of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
One upside, researchers said, was that the overall number of airline complaints has stabilized since hitting a five-year low in 2005.
Jet Blue, which rated highest on the list for the past three years, was bumped out of the top slot by Hawaiian Airlines, which made its debut on the list this year. The top three on the 18-airline list were Hawaiian, JetBlue and AirTran, while
■ Southwest had the fewest complaints in 2006, 0.18 per 100,000 passengers.
■ United and US Airways tied for the most, 1.36 per 100,000 passenger.
San Patricio County Airport, several miles west of Sinton.
“Preliminary reports are suggesting that at about 8:45 a.m. Central (Daylight) Time, the pilot was on initial approach when the plane stalled and crashed," said FAA spokesman Roland Ilerwig. “The pilot received fatal injuries and the aircraft was destroyed by fire.”
Dorothy Pace, who lives about 200 yards of the crash site on Texas 188, said she heard two “loud pops” just
Photo courtesy of Kurt Mogonye San Patricio County News
Texas Department of Public Safety Sat. Danny Lorberau (left) and Sinton Volunteer
Fire Department firefighter Jason DeLeon survey the wreckage from a plane crash that claimed the life of Spring Branch resident Scott Schellici, 46, in San Patricio
See CRASH, Page 6 County Monday morning.
DAVID INGRAM, Herald-Zeitung
Above:Tomas Caballero "flies” out a larger-than-life Superman pinata at the Landa Park Pinata and Castle Bounce on Monday afternoon. With Easter this weekend up, this is one of the busiest weeks of the year for the business sells the traditional party accessories, including cascarones.
Cascarones are an Easter tradition
By Suzanne Ashe
What are brightly colored, look like a cartoon or movie character and holds up to 15 pounds of candy? Pinatas, of course.
Tomas Caballero, his daughter Estella Young and son Tomas Caballero Jr., have been selling brighdy colored pinatas and cascarones at luanda Park Pinatas and
See SMASHING, Page 6
■ Free detectors recently provided under city program
By Suzanne Ashe
An alert neighbor and a smoke detector were instrumental in saving the lives of a New Braunfels couple Sunday afternoon.
Darren Brinkkoeter, a battalion chief with the New Braunfels Fire Department, said Monday that Ed and Nancy I fill, both in their 90s, were taking a nap at 3:03 p.m. at their residence on the 1800 block of Kuehler when their attic caught on fire.
“When we arrived, there was heavy smoke and fire coming from two ridge vents in the attic,” he said.
Brinkkoeter said Nancy Hill heard the smoke detector alarm and got her husband up and out of the house.
“Mr. Hill was at the front door and we assisted him out of the house.” Brinkkoeter said.
Firefighters cut a hole in the kitchen in order access and extinguish the fire, Brinkkoeter said.
The cause of the fire is elec-trical, according to New Braunfels Fire Marshal Doug Vogel. The damage to the home is valued at about $15,000.
The monetary damage to the house was secondary to Ed I fill, who said he was grateful to the Firefighters.
“There were flames shooting out and they did a remarkable job controlling the fire,” he said. “They confined it to the attic and kitchen."
Loretta Englebert, the Hill’s daughter, lives across the street from her parents and said their next door neighbor called the fire department when he saw the flames.
“Quest Couch, the nextdoor neighbor, was working in his garden,” she said. “He made sure mother and dad were out.”
Brinkkoeter said the smoke
See SMOKE, Page 7
Garden Ridge mayor faces election challenger
See AIRLINES, Page 7
By Jessica Sanders
Garden Ridge Mayor Jay Feibel-inan will face competition from challenger Gerald Caswell in the May city election.
Feibelman, who has been mayor since 1997, ran unopposed in the two most recent elections.
Caswell, who has lived in Garden Ridge for three years, said he thinks the city is ready for a change.
“I think the current administration has done a good job, but I think there’s room for improvement,” he said.
The challenger, a retired civil servant, said he would like to see taxes lowered and wants the city to take
steps toward ending blasting at the Hanson Quarry.
“I know the tax rate is low, but when you put that toward a $300,000 or $400,000 home, that’s a lot of money,” he said. “I d also like to find out more about the quarry situation. I don’t think there’s any plan, per se, as to when they will be done blasting.”
Feibelman said he has worked to keep Garden Ridge’s tax rate the lower than many other cities in the area. The 2006 tax rate is 23 cents per $100 valuation, or $230 per year for a home appraised at $100,000.
The mayor said he’s also helped
See ELECTION, Page 6