New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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0 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, April 4,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of RHETT HUBERTUS
Vol. 143, No. 102
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Birthday wishes from the Hsrsld-ZsHungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to;Rh«tt Hubartus (16 yean), BM* Orduna (16 years). Happy balat-ad birthday ta Rata Isala Tor— (April 2), and happy 63rd anniversary ta Bill and Mary Mabry.
Mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms, high 67, low 60.
Woman’s cantar thanks helpers, still needs (tams
Staff and Board Members of the Comal County Women’s Center would like to thank and recognize United Way, Friedens United Church of Christ, the Watering Hole Saloon, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Phi Delta Gamma, the New Braunfels Newcomers Club, and Bulverde Baptist Church for monetary donations since January. Community financial support, such as that provided by these groups, enables the center to continue to provide shelter and other services to victims of family violence and sexual assault. Such generosity is greatly appreciated.
The center is currently in need of usable lunch boxes for children, OTC medications for children and adults, laundry detergent, bleach, housecleaning supplies, tinfoil and plastic wrap, detergent for the dishwasher and detergent for handwashing dishes. We also need white copier paper.
Comal County Aggio Mustor coming
The 1995 Aggie Muster will be held Friday, April 21, at the New Braunfels Knights of Columbus Hall. Fellowship will begin at 6:30 p.m., with dinner starting at 7:15 p.m. Guest speaker for Muster will be Mr. Donald Powell ‘56, director of business services for Texas A&M University and co-author of The Fightin’
Texas Aggie Band, a comprehensive history of the Aggie Band from 1894 to the present. Reservations can be made by calling 620-0704. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, April 18. Cost including •
. dinner is $10 for adults and $6 for children age 11 and under.
The South Texas Sound Barbershop Chorus would like to announce its annual show. “The 21st Annual Cavalcade of Barbershop Harmony,” in Seguin at Jackson Auditorium on the Texas Lutheran College campus, on Saturday, April 29, 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $6 and are available at Comal Flower Shop (625-2510), the Chamber of Commerce (625-2385), Henne Hardware (625-3318), or through any member of the South Texas Sound Chorus.
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Quiet weekend marred by two shootings involving teen-agers
Police suspect gang member involved in Katy St. shooting
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Two juveniles shot at Landa Park Sunday, another youth arrested
By 8U8AN FLYNT ENGLAND
Two juveniles were treated and released from McKenna Memorial Hospital after a shooting incident in Landa Park at about 7:15 Sunday evening, said New Braunfels Police officials.
A third juvenile was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Both victims and the youth being held in the shooting are from New Braunfels.
“I don’t think it was gang related iust a bunch of trsn-aop punks,” the officer in charge said. The officer said that while the altercation that led to the shooting was personal, the youths may
be gang members.
The two were talking with the third youth in a pickup truck near the Fredericksburg Road exit from the park, police said. Harsh words were exchanged and the argument escalated to where the youth in the truck pulled out a small pistol and shot the other two, police said.
A bullet also hit a nearby vehicle on the passenger side.
The park was still full of visitors, near the end of a beautiful spring day. A children's playground is only a short distance from where the shooting occurred.
The youth who allegedly fired the shots is being detained and will be sent to a juvenile facility.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
One man is injured and a New Braunfels juvenile is in custody after a shooting Sunday night at 1208 Katy, a New Braunfels Police official said. The shooting was of a personal nature, not gang turf related, police said It was not a drive-by shooting, but a determined, pointed act, they said.
However, police believe the youth involved in this shooting and the ones in Landa Park Sunday evening are gang members, the officer said.
Police were called to Alonzo Serna Jr.’s Katy residence at about 9:40 p.m. Sunday. A car had dropped the youth off near the house. Serna and
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the juvenile exchanged words.
Serna partly opened the screen door to his house and stepped partly onto the front porch, police said. The juvenile fired several shots from across the street, using a large caliber pistol, Police reports state. One shot passed through Serna, but he narrowly escaped serious injury. He was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital and released yesterday, police said.
Serna’s uncle and a friend were with Serna in the house and they were not injured.
The youth fled the scene in a light colored vehicle that was waiting nearby, police said. Police picked up a tccn-agc suspect yesterday and he is now in custody. He has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
He will remain in a juvenile detention facility until the case is adjudicated, police said.
This shooting may have been in retaliation for the earlier Sunday shooting in Landa Park, police said. But that possibility, as well as both cases, are still under investigation, police said.
San Antonio College offers more courses in New Braunfels
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
San Antonio College keeps expanding its course offerings in New Braunfels. Access to SAC administration is getting easier also.
Ray Lewis of SAC will have office hours here in New Braunfels starting today, he said. His office will be in the National Guard Armory Building and Lewis can be found there Tuesdays from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
* Registration for summer classes will be on two days, May 16 and May 30 at the National Guard Aimory. Summer classes are from June 5 to July 27.
Phone registration is an option for students already
enrolled in SAC classes starting April 5. For information on phone registration, call 1-800-944-7575.
Those wanting to start taking classes from SAC in New Braunfels need to take a college entrance exam, Lewis said. Prospective students can take the exams at Lewis’ National Guard Armory office on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. starting April 4. Beginning students should have counseling and course placement testing done early, Lewis said.
The exams are free, Lewis said, but you must call for an appointment. The number to call for the college entrance test appointment, or for other information about SAC classes in New Braunfels, is I -800-944-7575 ext. 2020.
. . . . Herald-Zeltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Christopher Williams is loaded into a San Antonio AirLife helicopter after he was Involved in a car accident Friday night in Clear Springs. He later died from injuries suffered in the wreck.
Man still critical after 1-35 wreck; victim of Clear Springs crash dies
Herald-Zeilung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Mulch for the taking
Hundreds of truckloads of New Braunfels yard waste go in a giant mulcher at Cypress Bend Park. City trucks picked up the “green waste” after March storms blew branches down in may New Braunfels yards. The result ie a huge supply of nutrient rich mulch that New Braunfels residents are free to pick up and use, Mayor Paul Fraser said.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Robert Ryan McNeill of New Braunfels is still in critical condition in Brooke Army Medical Center after Thursday night’s wreck that left three others dead. McNeill was a passenger in a Mazda dnven by Kory Hudgins when it crossed the median of IH-35 near Ruekle Road.
Hudgins’ car struck the Honda dnven by Gracie Villarreal, spinning it around. It was then struck by a 18-wheel tractor trailer dnven by Danny Fish of Oklahoma. Hudgins, Villarreal and Marganta Espinoza, all of New Braunfels, were killed. Fish was not injured, An autopsy has been performed on Hud
gins, said New Braunfels Police Lieutenant John E. Wommack. Tests for alcohol and drugs are being performed but have not yet been completed, he said.
Memorials to Gracie Villarreal, wife of New Braunfels Police Detective Sergeant John Villarreal, may be given to Eden Home.
Memorials to Marganta Espinoza may be given to Hospice New Braunfels.
In a separate incident, Christopher Williams of Seguin is dead following a Friday night accident near Clear Spnngs on Highway 46. Williams was dnving north and turned left in front of a utility truck driven by Alfred Boeck.
Williams was taken by AirLife to BAMC. He died Saturday night at about 9:30. Boeck
County may tighten up septic tank rules
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Future residents of Comal County, or anyone wanting to plat a lot outside city limits will have to meet new requirements should updated regulations by the county gain approval from the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission.
The county is considering stricter requirements regarding platting for the spacing between septic tanks and w^er wells. Currently, water wells must have a radius of 150 feet from any septic tank. That will not change.
The county would require developers or anyone wanting to plat a lot show a plan for this spacing, ensuring that this distance is maintained.
The effect, although not to officially increase
Developments in unincorporated areas would face new standards
the one-acre minimum lot size will almost assuredly create need for a larger lot when a water system is not available.
“People had been asking Commissioner’s Court to increase the minimum lot size from an acre up to something else,” County Engineer Tom Homseth said.
Although the county has no authority to regulate where a well is drilled, they can regulate spacing around septic tanks through subdivision requirements.
“We’re asking that planning be done at platting time,” he said. “...a developer or subdivider will show that measures are in compliance.”
This prevents neighbors from putting septic tanks near the property lines, within the 150-foot radius of a neighbor’s well, lf a homeowner should want to revise the plats, however, that is something that would need to be considered when looking at the final plat.
Most of the homes in C omal County, outside city water supplies, still get water from wells
and rely on septic tanks. Until these areas of the county receive more water systems, the regulations will have an affect, especially on new subdivisions.
Also, the lack of a controlling authority such as an underground water conservation district to regulate underground water delays any further control, except those of the limited county orders.
Environmental Health Officer Monica Wallace said people often drill wells anywhere on their land, forcing their neighbor to move a septic tank out of the 150-foot zone. She said the intent is to require future developers to plan for these zones so that no overlapping occurs.
lf approved by the TNRCC, these new platting requirements will be debated at a public heanng in the following weeks before coming to Commissioner’s Court for final approval.Call 625-9144 for information about subscriptions to the Herald-Zeitung