New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 4, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, April 4, 2007 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3A
advertisementsVERONA BARBARA FISCHER
Verona Barbara Fischer, 94, passed away on Sunday, April 1,2007.
She was a resident of the Kirkwood Manor Nursing Home and had lived in New Braunfels many years. She was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church; she sang in the choir and was a member of the Women’s Society of Christian Service, which later became the United Methodist Women. She began her career as a teacher and was director of the kindergarten at the United Methodist Church for many years. She loved to bake, sew, quilt and knit. Her grandchildren all had sweaters that she knit for them. Verona Weisser was married to Raymond Fischer on june I, 1938, in New Braunfels, and after raising their family and celebrating many years of marriage, Raymond passed away on Sept. 7, 2003. Verona worked as an abstractor for the Comal County Title Company and spent her time in retirement enjoying her grandchildren.
In addition to her husband Raymond, she is preceded in death by one daughter, Barbara Ann Ross, and one sister, Frances Thomas.
She is survived by three daughters: Mary Fischer, Dripping Springs, Texas, Nan
cy Nasseef, Howell, New Jersey and Linda Franke and husband Bob, Canyon Lake, Texas, one son; Raymond John Fischer and wife Janet, New Braunfels, Texas. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren; Michael, Tony, Alex, Ray and Art Nasseef, Julie and Jason Ross, Heather Franke, Jennifer Dees, Dylan Fischer and Leslie Fischer, eight great grandchildren, one sister; Ruth Hinkle, Mabank, Texas, and one brother, Ernst James Weisser, Elsa, Texas.
A visitation will be held at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 3, from 5 to 9 p.m. The service will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Altman officiating. Interment will be held at die Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park Cemetery immediately following the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church in New Braunfels, Texas, or to the Lupus Foundation of America, 2000 L. Street, N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036.CST
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BUDD A. NORWOOD
Budd A. Norwood, 80, of New Braunfels went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus ( brist on April 2, 2007, after a long, courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease, heart disease and diabetes.
A loving, devoted husband, father, grandfather and greatgrandfather, he was married for 60 years to Mariam Hen-niger Norwood.
Mr. Norwood was born on December 9,1926, at Aubrey, Texas. I Ie was a WWE veteran serving in Germany He retired from the MK&T and UP Railroad after 40 years of service. Mr. Norwood served as a deacon and greeter at Oakwood Baptist Church where he was a member for the past 17 years.
Mr. Norwood is survived by his wife, Mariam: daughter, Gloria Villella and husband, Don of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania; son, Stephen of New Braunfels; three grandchildren, Jennifer Joseph and husband, Erie, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania; Ian Finch and wife, Julia, of Pittsburgh, Penn
sylvania; and Amy Buckles and husband, Chris, of Las Vegas, Nevada; four greatgrandchildren, Samuel, Matthew, and Kathryn Buckets of Las Vegas, and Baylor Joseph of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania; sister, Jo Free of New Braunfels, and brother, George Norwood of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, at Zoeller Funeral Home, New Braunfels.
Funeral services will be held at IO a.m., Thursday, April 5, at Oakwood Baptist Church, New Braunfels with a reception to immediately follow.
Interment will be at Waco Memorial Park in Waco, Texas, with a graveside service at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 5. Memorial contributions may be given to Parkinson’s Research.
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■ Richard Lewis Kloppenburg, 83, IO a.m., Saint Paul Lutheran Church, New Braunfels.
■ Karleen Austin Mouton, 82,11 a.m., Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park.Concealed handgun records could become private■ Legislature considering bill providing confidentiality
By Mark Koopmans
A bill moving through the Texas Legislature would, if passed on its fourth attempt, offer more confidentiality for hundreds of local residents who own a concealed handgun license.
Currently, under section 411.192 of the government code, officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety release — after a written request and subsequent payment of a 40-cent-per-page copying fee — information on whether or not some one possesses a CHL.
The notification also includes the individual's date of birth, gender, race and ZIP code. License holders are notified when a request is made for information about them.
The new legislation, State Bill 122 and the identical House Bill 991, would prevent DPS officials from disclosing information about the CHL status. It would affect 422 residents of Comal County, according to the DPS Web site.
However, the information, already available to any criminal justice agency asking whether an individual or anyone named in a specified list is licensed to carry a concealed handgun, would remain unchanged. Police, who already can access CHL information during the normal course of their duties, also would see no change.
That is one reason Larry Arnold, spokesman for the Texas Concealed Handgun Association, said he supports a change.
“I think it's a good idea because of the extra information provided, such as the ZIP code,” Arnold said. “What if someone was stalking me? The ZIP code alone narrows the search, and that’s a bad thing. If anyone seriously wants to find out if I have a concealed handgun license, all they have to do is ask a law enforcement officer. They can provide the information.”
Sen. Bob Deuell, R - Greenville, authored SB 122, while State Rep. Patrick Rose, D - Dripping Springs, is responsible for HB 991. While both bills are identical, Don Forse, communication director for Deuell, said the senate version might be approved first.
“Most states have stronger confidentiality agreements when it comes to concealed handgun laws,” Forse said. “The (confidentiality) provision was originally passed as an amendment in a previous senate bill. But it was stripped off by the clerk when it came before tile House.” Deuell, who has a CI IL, made the decision to introduce SB 122 as a stand-alone bill, Forse said.
According to an analysis of the proposed bill, “the disclosure of information presents a potential violation of the personal privacy of concealed handgun license holders.”
Some have argued that access to the information could allow criminals to find out whether a person carries a concealed gun. But Rose said he knows of no examples when that has happened.
Ken Whalen, executive vice president of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association, said his organization opposes closing off access to the information because media organizations sometimes request the information for news reports. He said theres no evidence that having the“We’re just not really sure what problem they’re trying to solve.’
— Ken Whalen
Texas Daily Newspaper Association executive vice president
records accessible to the public poses any harm.
“We’re just not really sure what problem they're trying to solve,” Whalen said, adding that few requests are made for the information each year.
According to a recent report by the Associated Press, there were 184 requests in 2005 and 132 in 2006. Whalen said there are some 258,000 concealed handgun licenses in Texas.
Asked if the possible constriction in information shared might go against the grain when it comes to open records and the public’s right to know, Forse said Deuell “understands public information is for people to keep track of records and financial transactions.”
“What’s not public record is a concealed handgun license of a private citizen,” Forse said. “That’s the (decision) of the citizen, and Sen. Deuell feels it is not right for anyone to just check up on their neighbors.”
Currendy, SB 122 is out of committee and is filed at state affairs. However, if passed on schedule, it is expected to become law by the end of September.
Lt. Mark Reynolds, spokesman for the Comal County sheriff’s office, said the agency “would continue to abide by any laws passed by the Legislature.”
Mark Koopmans can be reached at mkoopmans® herald-zeitung.com.
Man shoots teen neighbor
HOUSTON (AP) — A teen was expected to survive after being shot while breaking into his 77-year-old neighbor’s home and trying to rob him early Ihesday, police said.
The elderly man, Bob Man-ross, was in his southeast Houston home when his neighbor
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Public works official update projects
■Walnut Avenue widening project—Short said the project will take “three years from start to finish.”
■ Walnut Avenue to Klein Road —The city has hired Cox and Associates to work on a feasibility study. The goal is to have the road built by the fall of2008.
■ Greene Road—Joe Bland Construction of Austin restarted construction on Greene Road one month ago. The contractor has until late August or early September to complete the project.
■ Landa Street to Loop 337 —The county is meeting with the Texas Department of Transportation to come to an agreement. Short said the road will be widened “coming down the hill."
broke in around 1:45 a.m. The 18-year-old, carrying a pistol, demanded all the elderly mans cash, police said.
“I told him I didn’t have the money with me but I d get it from the other room,” said Man-ross, who had a loaded rifle in the other room.
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Man had worked for CISD for 5 years
his arrest, and he resigned April 24.
He was employed with the district for five years.
Garcia was the second former CISD custodian to plead guilty to sex crime charges on March 27.
Barry Craig Nielsen, 54, pleaded guilty to federal charges of possession of child pornography before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Pri-momo.
Nielsen will be sentenced June 14 in federal court and he faces up to IO years in prison.
Investigators said several images of child pornography were found on his computer, but none included Nielsen or children from the campus where he worked.
Nielsen, a Bulverde resident, worked at Smithson Valley Middle School for 18 years, but was Fired shortly after his Feb. 23,2006, arrest.
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