New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 7, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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Accident causes traffic jam
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Heraki-Zettung photos by JOHN HUSETH An accident which occurred yesterday at approximately 2:15 pm In the northbound lane on 1-35 north of the Conrads/Kohlenberg exit resulted in no Injuries. However, traffic soon became backed up for miles and the Interstate was closed until 4:15 pm A pickup pulling a camper JacknHed became lodged on one of the barracades in ’The tunnel** and had to be removed by several wreck-
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Grand Jury indicts New Braunfels woman on aggravated assault charges
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
The Comal County Grand Jury indicted a New Braunfels woman Wednesday on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Fermi Sakis, 36, was indicted for allegedly stabbing Charles Abdella, 46, also of New Braunfels in the chest with a kitchen knife.
The stabbing allegedly occurred at 11:15 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Bavarian Manor Apartments No. 806.
Reports show the stabbing was allegedly part of a Punily disturbance.
Sakis wu arrested immediately after the incident and wu charged with aggravated asuult.
Abdella wu transported by New Braun-fels Emergency Medical Services to McKen-
Charges stem from family disturbance call in February
na Memorial Hospital.
The case wu investigated by New Braunfels police detective Basel Boatright.
The Comal County Grand Jury met Wednesday and returned 13 indictments on 13 individuals.
Those indicted include the following:
■ Fermin Elizondo, 38, of Marion, driving while intoxicated, subsequent offense.
■ Eduardo Estrada, 29, of San Antonio, driving while intoxicated, subsequent offense.
■ Lloyd Benton, 57, Canyon Lake, driving while intoxicated, subsequent offense.
■ Fidel Rivera, 28, of New Braunfels, possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.
■ Brad Brasher, 20, of New Braunfels, possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.
■ Tracy Cole, 17, of New Braunfels, possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.
■ Liza Ayala, 17, of Waco, unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of controlled substance and forgery by possession.
■ Danny Deramus, 29, of Corpus Christi, driving while intoxicated, subsequent offense.
■ Benito Lopez, 27, of San Antonio, driving while intoxicated, subsequent offense.
■ John Schwcrtfeger, 41, of New Braunfels, theft over $750, theft enhanced to a third degree
An auction held Tuesday gave control of the former Plaza Bank building to General American Life Insurance Company, a nationwide firm based in St. Louis, Mo.
General American Life bid $195,000 for the building, formerly owned by Emerald Capital Associates, Ltd. of San Antonio and the original co-name on a promissory note, now-defunct MBank New Braunfels.
General American Life issued a $1.6 million promissory note in April of
1986. The notice of trustee’s sale, dated March 14,1994 at the Comal County Courthouse, named Emerald Capital and MBank New Braunfels as the grantor, or borrower, on the note.
Ruth Agather, an attorney representing General American Life, said the latest chapter in the life of the building was basically a default on a loan resulting in foreclosure.
“General American Life did foreclose on it. They basically took it back,” said Agath
Winn’s could be interested in building
By CRAIG HAMMETT
The Plaza bank building is empty. General American Life Insurance Company is looking for a buyer. While rumors always float, and sometimes sink, unconfirmed reports say Winn’s Department Stores are at least interested in moving.
The question is where?
Winn’s is currently under Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Company president Gary Tenniaon did say their axporate location does have a for-saie sign. However, he would not cr. ‘They ownTfWf "J wlierc the company was looking to move.
“It’s one of those things I cannot really discuss at this time. Our immediate plans are not to move,’’ he said. “We would consider someplace like New Braunfels. We looked at quite a few places in San Antonio and surrounding area like New Braunfels.’’
Tennison did not nile out the possibility, however. He stated that Winn’s has stores located in many smaller communities.
“We’ve got to consider all of our options,” he said. “We’re actually a small-town company. We appreciate things like the smalltown values, the good schools there and so forth.”
building now. I’m sure they would like to find a purchaser.”
John Oberman of Emerald Capital could not be reached for comment.
Plaza Bank originally opened in 1928. In 1986, Plaza Bank became MBank New Braunfels. MBank Dallas failed in 1989, foretelling the future of MBank New Braunfels which
again became Plaza Bank in 1991.
Plaza Bank could not recover lost fonds from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation which declared them insolvent in October of last year Texas Commerce Bank purchased the bank’s assets but not the building, which was vacated.
Since the FDIC does not pay rent on the building, there was no income coming in. Thus, a default and eventual foreclosure occurred.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Helen Mims, Chelsea Moore, Amanda Petty, Kermit Jonas, Edna Bindner, Ruth Fritter, Alice Soham, Car* ottne Tewes, Charles Vesetts, Ronald Waller, Waller E. Sumner.
Business counselor available to small business owners
The Business counselor from UTSA’s School of Business will be in the Chamber office all day on Tuesday, April 12 to offer free counseling to small businesses engaged in service oriented business, retail, wholesale and manufacturing.
These services are also available for individuak considering starting a new business. The Chamber, through an agreement with UTSA, has been offering this service on a regular basis for the past three years.
Areas of counseling include expansion, management, pre-venture feasibility, loan packaging, cash flow, etc.
To make an appointment for the service, which is completely confidential, call the Chamber office (625-2385).
Boy Scouts to host fand floor April 10
Boy Scouts of America Troop 163 will be having a fund-raiser breakfast on Sunday April IO at Sts. Peter A Paul Church.
The breakfast will be pancakes and bacon or sausage. The prices are $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for children.
The time is from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 am.
DHT to hold meting Saturday
The Dmighten of the Republic of Texas, Ferdinand Lindheimer r, will meet a 9:30 a.m.
9 at the Forke Store in Conservation Plaza.
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Children's Muaouvn orc ho st ro funning
The Children's Museum Television Orchestra is now forming.
Anyone wanting to be a part of the soundtrack team should call Denise at (210) 497-7782 for more information.
Marion VTO to hoot
The Marion Volunteer Fire Department will have an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfhst at the fire aration on Sunday, April IO from 7 am. to 12 pm..
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New Braunfels’ Ryan Rogers leads the way for one-act-play, soccer team
Caught In the act
By RICHARD TUCRINA
Break a leg may be an actor’s favorite phrase, but Ryan Rogers wants nothing to do with it this week.
The New Braunfels senior, who ta the lead role in the school's one-act play production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night s Dream, ta forsaken the stage for his muse of
preference the goalie’s box. At
Long before Rogers was dealing with the mischievous Puck in the play, he was excelling on the field, stopping shots on goal.
Rogers not only ta led the school to the area round of the UIL One-Act Play Contest, but also taken the Unicom soccer team to the threshold of its first irate title; the Unicorns open their
bid for the state crown Friday evening when they play undefeated Klein at Pflugerville High School in the state semifinals.
Two hours earlier, the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will take the stage at San Antonio Churchill High School for the area contest of one-act. Rogers plays the leading role of Oberon, the fairy king. Play director Kathy Ward insisted Rogers sit out this performance, so that the senior would be able to folly concentrate for his state title shot.
Ward said she knew this double duty could put her play in a tough spot, so she prepared for the possibility long ago; Andy Meek, who assumes the role of Oberon, has been working closely with Rogers for several weeks, going over lines together, supporting each other.
“I tried to keep myself covered,”
Herald-Zeitung photos by john HUSETH Ryan Rogers as Otreron with Amy McKinnon as
Unicorns' goalio Ryan Rogers. Titania.
Ward said. “The cast has been supportive of both Andy and Jim, and of course, this is a happy circumstance to have to adjust to. It’s wonderful for anybody to go to state These students know how to adjust and adapt, and they know what it takes ”
What it took for Ward, who led New Braunfels to the state tournament in One-Act Play last year with Alice in Wonderland, was some late season cast juggling. Meek had been playing
the character of Flute, but was moved to Rogers’ role of Oberon. Alternate Jim Flournoy will take Meek’s role of Flute.
If New Braunfels breaks out of the area competition, Rogers is expected to don the black cape and resume his role for the Region competition April 22.
On the field, Rogers has been a rock for the Unicorns. The All-State goalie can take a game over with his defensive play. “It’s been a nice contrast being in
here than on the field,” said Rogers,; who is in a play for the first time in his; i life. “We really help each other out • here. I’m probably the weakest actor out here, but someone is always there to pick me up or help me along We all try to do that."
“This is Ryan’s first year in theater, and it’s his first play,” Ward said “He’s really done an excellent job. I admire him for the way he’s been able to balance both drama and soccer"