New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 7, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Wednesday, April 7,1993
Serving Comal County • Home of Brittney Frey
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Vol 141, No 99
Officials probe lake murder
By GARY P. CARROLL Here kl-Zelt ung
Comal County law enforcement officials are continuing their investigation into the April I shooting death of a 25-year-old New Braunfels man found dead at the home of Canyon Lake woman.
Duddley Alan Franks was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound at 10:30 p.m. last Thursday by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Howard “Curly" Smith.
Smith said Franks was allegedly shot by a 49-year-old Canyon Lake woman following an argument the two were having at the woman’s home, which is located in the Canyon Lake Forest subdivision.
The woman has not been charged in the shooting and an investigation into the incident is ongoing, officials said Tuesday.
Sheriffs office reports indicate that a total of four shots were fired at Franks from a .38 caliber hand gun — three striking him in the chest and one in the wrist.
Witnesses at the scene said the woman and Franks could be heard arguing, and shortly before the shots were fired, the woman warned Franks to leave the house, according to Smith.
Smith said the cause of death was a sin gle bullet wound to the heart.
According to Comal County’s Deputy Chief K W. Hoherz, an investigation will be conducted bv the sheriffs office and the
results will he turned over to District Attorney Bill Kenner for action.
“Because of the circumstances of the case, we want the D A. to investigate it," lloherz said.
Kenner said all he can do is wait for the completion of the sheriffs office investigation before any action is taken from his office.
“lf they feel they have sufficient evidence to make an arrest and show probable cause that a crime was committed, then they will send it over to me for me to take to grand jury,” Kenner said.
County Sheriff Jack Bremer said results from the sheriffs office investigation will lie sent to Kenner bv Friday.
NBISD officials fail to support sex ed measure
Chief says city low on manpower
By GARY P. CARROLL Hereld-Zeltung
The New Braunfels Police Department ii under staffed, according to a report by Police Chief Dick Headen at Monday night’s city council budget workshop.
According to Headen, th* ratio of police officers to city residents should be 2.2 officers to 1,000 people in the general population.
New Braunfels currently has 45 officers for a ratio of approximately 1.5 to 1,000 based on a population of 30,OOO. Headen said in order to bring the New Braunfels Police Department up to the 2.2 to 1,000 ratio, he would need 15 additional officers.
“I should have in the 60s and I do not have it," Headen said. Tve asked for additional police officers, and because of budget constraints I have not been able to get close."
Headen said calls are stacking up and the available police officers are having to bear a much heavier load. He said more officers are needed to handle the department’s workload.
There are currently five detectives in the New Braunfels Police Department According to Headen, IO are needed. There are currently three empty narcotics officers positions, because all available officers are on the street, Headen said.
"I can’t afford to pull a patrolman off the streets for crime prevention," Headen said.
On top of his proposed budget, Headen requested fonding for three additional patrol officers and two detectives at a cost of $423,360, including salaries and equipment.
Headen said he needs at least three additional patrol officers and two detectives, but he will take what he can get.
The chief said one way to help alleviate officers’ workloads would be to combine the Comal County Sheriffs Department with the police department.
“My people are meeting this thing head on and they’re doing the best they can do with what they’ve got... and they’re doing a good job with what they’ve got to work with," Headen said.
Vote to support amendments fails
By ROSE MARIE EASH Hersld-Zeltung
'l'he New Braunfels Independent School District hoard of trustees approved u resolution supporting opposition to Senate Bill 20 Tuesday night and failed to approve a resolution urging voters to pats current school finance amendments in May.
The resolution on SB 20— leg islation regarding sex education
— supported state represent tives opposing the hill on the Uisis on maintaining local control.
Superintendent Charles Brad-berry admitted SB 20 does not mandate specific sex education at any level and does leave decisions about programs to the local districts, but said he opposed the hill on the grounds of maintaining as much local control as pos Bible.
He agreed the hill would only affect those districts which have no sex education programs at ail
— mandating that they have a program in place, hut leaving the program's content up to the local districts.
Iii other district action, Bradbury submitted a resolution to the board urging voters to support school finance amendments
Board members Leo Chafin and Jaime Padilla voted for the resolution. The resolution failed when Arlon Hermes, Anne Miller and Margie Rnbom voted against it.
Brndlierry also made a presen
tation on the maximum limit on the NBISD tax rate, which is cur rently $1.50 per $100 valuation Most districts have a cap of $ I 50, in addition to debt service, according to school officials.
Bradberry said a change in the current cap is due, since it has been in place for some time.
Unless changed to allow the district the same opportunities as other districts, he said NBISD'a quality of education will suffer.
Although consideration was given to putting the issue before the voters in May, Bradberry' rec ommended waiting until the fall, when the district will know exact ly how much state funding they will lie receiving.
Refinancing existing bonds is saving the district some money, which along with the current two cent margin lietween the cap and the current rate of $1.48 will allow operations to continue next year.
“I’m recommending we delay it until we know we nave to do it," said Bradberry. "We’re saying we’re going to lie able to operate next year.
“At this point in time, with us being able to reduce the debt rate by a cent and half and free that up for operations, I want tome real facts," Bradberry said. “I think that people expect that, and I expect to be able ta give it to them in the fall."
Bradberry said by fall the status of the school finance amendments and the enacting legislation would be resolved and the district would be able to tell exactly where it stands financially.
Schools, city offices to be closed for holiday
Alex King of New Braunfels delivers the news during the CMN-1V studio grand opening at the New Braunfels Children's Museum Tuesday KMOL-TV4 was on hand to do a live remote Members of the community and New Braunfels children took their turns In front of the camera In what will be a part of the new Art of Language exhibit, which Is designed to stress the Importance of reading and writing for children. Photo by Gary P. Carroll
City and school district officials will observe the upcoming Easter holiday, closing various offices Friday and Monday.
New Braunfels Independent School District and Comal Independent School District students will not attend classes Friday or Monday for the Easter holiday.
C18D offices will be open on
City offices, including New Braunfels Utilities, will be closed in observance on Friday. City officials said the sanitation department will continue operations as normally scheduled.
For forther information on city closures, residents may call 625 6625.
First Lady challenges Americans to study values
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung
AUSTIN — First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton almost filled the capitol city's Frank Erwin Center Tuesday afternoon for her speech on "Remolding Our Society."
Mrs. Clinton’s appearance in Austin was her first in public since her father’s March 19 stroke.
The half-hour dissertation, delivered without notes, talked about a country struggling with “alienation and helplessness," and cities where there are “too many
girls with babies and angry boys with guns."
She challenged Americans to study their values and take care of their children.
"If we believe that the reconstruction of civil society with its institutions of family, friendship networks, communities, volunteer organizations are really the glue of what holds us together ... we have to better understand what we can do to strengthen those institutions," Mrs. Clinton said.
She spoke of the need to recognize how the world is different today and how Americans must look lieyond tradition and long
held cherished views of the past which are no longer valid.
Addressing medicine and health care, Mrs. Clinton said there was a need for a system that promotes wellness and health.
She said the question is “how do we create a system that gets rid of the micromanagement, the regulation and the bureaucracy and substitutes instead human caring, concern and love — that is our real challenge."
Mrs. Clinton said the administration’s health care plan, which she is helping to develop, should be done in May.
Mrs. Clinton urged individuals to reject cynicism, be hopeful and take risks.
“Let us be willing to remold society by redefining what it means to be a human being at the end of the 20th century," she said,
“Let us try to restore the importance of a civil society by committing ourselves ... to reaching out beyond the circle of those we know to the many others on who we are dependent in this complex society and understanding a little more about what their lives are like and doing what we can to helping ease their burdens."
The New Braunfels Herald -Zeitung invitee ite readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, "Stammtisch" represents a sitting place reserved for a group of special people — or a time set asale for members of a community to gather arui share the day’s happen ings. We invite you to share with us. More Stammtisch is featured on Page 3B.Best wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Brittney Frey. Belated birthday wishes go to Pastor Ron Walters, Ismael Gonzales Jr., Adolfo “A.J * Ortega, Angel Diane Ortega and Ramon Castilleja.Project Graduation
A Project Graduation meeting will be held in the Canyon High School Library at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 7. An important senior calendar of events and parent letter will be districted. Call 629-0316 for information.Cross Lutheran Egg Hunt
Cross Lutheran Activity Center will host an Easter Egg Hunt from ll a.rn. to noon on Saturday, April IO, at 169 S. Hickory St. Participants are asked to bring their own baskets.
Different areas will lie provided for children, ages 18 months to 9 years old. Event is sponsored by the Cross Lutheran Jr. Youth Group,Meet the candidates
Candidates In the May 1 city council eiection will participate Ina forum at 7:30 pm tonight In the board room of the New Braunfels Independent School District's Central Education Office, which is located on the comer of Mill and Academy Streets