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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 14, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY!District track meet scheduled to begin today at Schertz - P.8 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN! 342 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21,1995 New Braunfels Herald JL f X / O s\ ' ' r() ;• 12 Pages in one section ■ Thursday, April 14,1994 *...r    -v Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of ROBERT M. CRUZ ■ Vol. 142, No. 110 Inside Texas briefs...................................2 Obituaries .......................3 Opinion...........................................4 , Comics.^.........................................5 l,nSI^rkSplac<B classifieds!^* Omttm Dfcmry Stammtisch Birthday wishes from th* Herald-Zsittangl The New Braunfels Herald' Zeitung extends the following biithday wishes to; Robert Af. Cruz, Theresa Mancha, Jesse Montanez (belated), Adam CastUkja (belated), Barbara Hand (belated), Justin HerbeUn (belated), Kristy Scheel (belated), Neat Kearny, Gerry KUnk, Harvey Nelson, Hannah Rowttld, Esther Rappel, Kenneth J. Fielder, Harry L ZoeUer. Fountain dad leat ion sat for Saturday A ceremony to rededicate the Main Plaza fountain will take place Saturday April 16 at IO a.m. on the Main Plaza. Mrs. Lunelle Anderson of Preservation Texas and Texas Historical Commission will be the keynote speaker, and a bronze plaque documenting the fountain's restoration and honoring major donors will be unveiled. All New Braunfels citizens are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 608-2100. Music study dull to moot today The New Braunfels Music Study Club (TFMC, NFMC) will be having the April meeting this evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Seele Parish House Auditorium. Featured will be a program on dance, including ballet and tap. A second important feature will be the final presentation of the club's study book on the life of Johannes Brahms. This will be presented by Susan Deschner, member. American Legion Poet 179 Amateur Chili Cook-Off The American Legion Post 179 will sonsor the second Amateur Chili Cook-Off fund-raiser Sunday. April 24 at 410 W. Coll Street. Individuals or companies whishing to enter a cooking team may contact the American Legion at 625-0179 after 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Public is invited to attend for tasting. No charge for entering the grounds. A chili cooks dance is scheduled for Saturday night, April 23. Class of *42 to moot today at Krauso’s The New Braunfels senior class of 1942 will meet at Krause’s Cafe today. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. For more information call 625-3837. Stammtisch (The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung invites Us readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members cf the German community, "Stammtisch" represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share th day's happenings. We invUe you to share wUh us.) Tho winning numbers Latta Tans 27-33 39-40 44-90 HO million jackpot Krueger named ambassador to Burundi By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor New Braunfels' native son Bob Krueger will be heading to a global flash point, if a Senate subcommittee confirms his appointment as U.S. ambassador to Burundi. President Bill Clinton announced yesterday that he has chosen Krueger, 57, to fill the vacant post in the troubled central African country. 'T am hoping we will get an early hearing (in front of the African Affairs subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,) Krueger said. MI want to be on the job. My wife and I really look upon this as a great opportunity for public service.” Burundi borders Rwanda, which has been thrown into bloody civil war after its president died in a plane crash last week. The president of Burundi was also killed in that crash, but the situation in Burundi has not deteriorated as it has in Rwanda. Native son heading for troubled nation ‘‘It is certainly more stable than Rwanda,” Krueger said. Burundi is a densely populated, mountainous country of six million people, and is about the size of Massachusetts. The country is largely agricultural, with coffee and tea as its main exports. It is also, along with Rwanda, the only remaining home of the endangered mountain gorilla, popularized by the late Diane Fossey’s book ‘Gorillas in the Mist,” which was later made into a movie. Krueger said his daughters love wildlife, and he thinks they will be excited about the move. He said he does not think he will be moving his family into a dangerous situation. ‘‘It is a fledgling democracy. They just had thrir first free elections last year. Then their president was assassinated last October. In the plane crash last Wednesday they lost their sec ond president. It is a country hying to develop democratic institutions. The rival groups are trying to work towards a stable society,” Krueger said. ‘‘As the world’s oldest continuing democracy, we are being looked to by the Burundi government for help in its transition to democracy.” n h k The country is divided *ru«9tr among three main ethnic groups, the Hutus, who make up 85 percent of the population, the Tutsi and Twa pygmies, who make up 14 percent and one percent of the population respectively. The country was a German colony until the end of World War I, when it became a colony of Belgium. French is widely spoken there. Krueger speaks French. Burundi has been independent since 1962. Krueger said he has never been to Bumndi. but he travelled in the region twice with his parents in the 1960s and 70s, visiting neighboring Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Uganda. “I am sure it will have changed a since then,” he said of African. “Evenc < know who has been there says it is beautiful and the people are wonderful. They call it the Switzerland of Africa.” Krueger has served in the past as U S Sen tor, U.S. Congressman, U.S. Ambassador Large and Coordinator for Mexican A . • Texas Railroad Commissioner, a university dean, and a chief executive officer of a manufacturing business. Krueger was bom in New Braunfels, w here he still lives with his wife, Kathleen, and daughters Mariana and Sarah, ages four and five By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Five people were injured Wednesday morning during a two-vehicle accident that occurred on FM 2673 near Old Sattler Road Geanne Taylor and her 9-year-old daughter Lori and Sylvia Zapata and her two 9-year-old sons, Gabriel and Jeremiah were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital following the accident. According to officials at the scene, none of the injuries were msjor. According to reports, the accident occurred at 7:40 a m. when the two drivers were taking their children to school. Reports show, Taylor, who was driving a 1973 AMC Jeep, was headed southeast on FM 2673 and was preparing to make a left turn into a convenience store parking lot. A second car drove around the right side of the 1973 Jeep. According to officers, Zapata, who was driving a 1985 Jeep Cherokee, did not see Taylor’s car and collided into the rear of the vehicle. Lori Taylor was reported to have a injury to her ankle and Geanne Taylor was reported to have a crushed hand The driver and passengers in the second car were reported to have assorted bumps and bruises. Highway Patrol Trooper Jon Lindley responded to the accident. Deputies from the Comal County Sheriff s Office assisted with traffic control One more day Countdown for Tax Day has begun for those who are filing late returns By JENNIFER Staff Writer ROMPEL Taxpayers have just one more day to turn in income tax forms to the Internal Revenue Service. Tomorrow is April 15, also known as Tax Day. Tax forms must be postmarked tomorrow or else they will be considered late. Local accountant Ray Schoch suggested that if anyone has not prepared tax forms by now, they should probably file an extension. According to Schoch, taxpayers can get an automatic extension the first time. The extension will allow filers to turn in their forms in August The number for the extension form is 4868. Forms are available at the Dit-tlinger Memorial Library and the Post Office. ‘To avoid a penalty for paying late, they should estimate what they should own and attach a check to cover it. They should file something so they don’t have a late filing penalty. People can fill out the form with it showing that nothing is owed and then later they may have to pay,” said Schoch. Schoch said, at this late date, asking an accountant to do a tax return may be out of the question. He said people should either file an extension or do their taxes themselves However, rushing through a tax form can result in more mistakes, he said ‘‘If people file their return now they may be asking for trouble Mistakes are made at this point in time,” he said “The IRS certainly has no more reason to examine a person’s taxes because he is asking for an extension ” The first extension is automatically allowed. However, in order to receive a second extension filers much have a ’ reason. For those people who are working on returns tomorrow, the Post Office will have a drop box in the lobby. If returns are in the box by midnight Friday, they will be postmarked April 15. The IRS telephone assistance numbers are as follows: recorded tax and refund information -1-800-829-4477; tax information and notice inquiries -1-800-829-1040; referral to problem resolution program - 1-800-829-1040; and forms and publications orders I-800-829-3676 The best time to call is 8 a rn or 3 p m to 4:30 p.m. Apparent hostage situation ends in arrest of Seguin man Man allegedly held gun to head of worker By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer New Braunfels Police officers arrested a Seguin man Wednesday following an alleged hostage situation that occurred at the New Braunfels Smoker Company on Freiheit Road. Floyd Hurst, 46, was arrested and charged initially with reckless conduct. He allegedly held a loaded gun to the head of an employee at the business. According to Lt John Wommack, officers were called to the New Braunfels Smoker Company at 3:45 p.m. because a subject with a firearm was cither threatening an employee or attempting to commit suicide According to Wommack, Hurst was allegedly demanding payment for some construction work that had been done the past The proper people to deal with mak. ing the payment were not at the busi* ness and Hurst allegedly pointed the gun at an employee. Hurst had allegedly put his gun h ck into a briefcase. When police arrived they found Hurst outside the business with two other people. Wommack said Hurst appeared to be calm when police arrived Hurst was arrested without incident The gun involved in the ingi-dent was a 380 automatic. According to Wommack, employees inside the place of business had been moved to one side of the building. He said those who saw Hurst said he was not combative and he merely indicated that the financial matter would be handled one way or am*lier Wommack said the officers were never informed about whether or not Hurst had pointed the gun at himself However, a phone call from someone in the building indicated that the suspect was allegedly threatening to shu it himself if the pol ice came to the scene Hurst was taken to the Comal County Jail. He was released Wednesday on bond Three New Braunfels police officers and an investigator were canal to the scene I 6-0846) investigated in Guadalupe County Five injured in accident Double homicide Horakl-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Emargancy medial technicians secure Geanne Taylor In a stretcher before transporting her to McKenna Memorial Hospital yesterday after a two-vthlcle collision on FM 2673. No serious injuries suffered in morning accident By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Guadalupe County sheriffs deputies are investigating a double homicide that occurred Wednesday night in Marion. Jonathan Russell, 13, and Maria Russell, 54, were found dead by* Guadalupe County sheriffs deputies The two victims were found in the garage of their home on Old Marion Road, just one mile north of the city of Marion. Officers are searching for Alberto Russell, 23, the brother of Jonathan Russell. Alberto Russell is suspected to be in the New Braunfels area. According to officials, deputies received a call at 9:45 p.m. from a neighbor of the victims who reported that shots were fired inside the residence. Upon arrival deputies found the two victims in the garage. Each had been shot once in the head. Casings found at the scene show that the victims had been shot by a .22 magnum. Officials said Jonathan Russell was taken by AirLife to a hospital in San Suspect could be in New Braunfels area, officials say Antonio. He was pronounced dcau o;i Shiva!. Mina Russell was pronounced dead at th* scene of the incident Official said a witness saw a family member leave the house after *K? incident. The suspect was dnv 1987 Ford Bronco. The vehicle was later found at a convenience store on San Antonio street in New Braunfels. It was found by New Braunfels police officers who had been notified to look for1    • victim and the car. Officials said they believe the suspect, Alberto Russell, is still in the area and he is considered annet! anti dangerous. He is described as being 5*2”, ! u pounds. He is a Spaniard anti he hilt ‘‘afro-type" hairstyle Anyone with information should call the local authorities or the Guadalupe County Sheriffs Office.For    subscription, news or advertising information, call 625-9144 (Metro 6 ;