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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 14, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas After one-year wait, officials eye expansion By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer The New Braunfels Planning Department is gearing up to tackle the issue of annexation after a one-year waiting period. The department is looking at the same areas it did a year ago — minus the properties that requested not to be annexed. Farmland is among the property the city has agreed not to annex, Planning Director Harry Bennett said. New Braunfels is considering annexing 8.5 square miles in IO areas outside the city’s limits in its extra-territorial jurisdiction. The area includes 835 homes and an estimated 2,321 people, city staff said. The targeted areas are: T Bar M/Mission Valley Road; Hunters Creek; Northwoods; Common Street/Orion Drive; Kowald' Lane/FM HOI; Alves Lane/Barbarosa Road; Stonegate; Southbank; Klein Road and FM 1044 and Schmucks Road/Engle Road. The council approved a five-year annexation plan that included the areas to be annexed. On May I, the planning department is See ANNEXATION/3 A Areas— • T Bar M/Mission Valley Road • Hunters Creek • Northwoods • Common Street/Orion Drive • Kowald Lane/FM 1104 • Alves Lane/Barbarosa Road • Stonegate • Southbank • Klein Road and FM 1101 • Schmucks Road/Engle Road Witness Before the Cross City looks again at annexation K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung As a “Witness Before the Cross,” Matt Kyle plays the centurion in Thursday’s drama at First Protestant Church of New Braunfels. People filled the church to witness the dramatization about the Night of Shadows, Good Friday and Easter. SATl IRDAYNew Braunfels    April    14,2001 16 pages in 2 section!Herald-Zeitung . —. —           ,    , ^   , • ^7^" ? 7 W Kl   ‘ "J J   !■   ! I j       —-i, — ii -a     — .     iii   ,.V.   —         ...'■■*« VV....-  — —      —   -      ^ . *                 t —       - ■ - .            —Vol. 150, No. 132    Serving    New    Braunfels    and    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Comal County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Klare might be 68, but he just went from parttime to a full-time warrants officer. Deputy not looking for rocking chair By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The guys at the Comal County Sheriff’s Office like to pick on Deputy Bill Klare. “When Bill Klare started out, he was handed the first IO laws he enforced on a pair of stone tablets,” Detective Tommy Ward said. “His first patrol unit was a pterodactyl,” Deputy Eddy Luna said. Klare has heard all the jokes about age and law enforcement. He laughs, takes the jokes in stride, and dishes back as good as he gets at the Comal County Sheriff’s Office, where, at 68 years old, he’s Bob Holder’s oldest employee. At least chronologically speaking, he is. “My kids are older than most of you guys,” Klare tells his co-workers, the implication being that they’re also, for the most part a little more, well... mature. A month ago, at a time in life when most employees are scaling back their workloads if not outright retired, Klare, who has worked part time for a couple years at the sheriff’s office, went full time. A change in the way Social Security benefits are paid enabled Klare to work full time without being penalized. “Before, they took a dollar for every three you earned,” Klare said. He works in the warrant division of the sheriff’s office, serving civil warrants in the county’s west end and doing other duties as directed by his boss, Sgt. Max Wommack. Klare said he was lucky because he was doing something he loved and he was having a great time doing it. “I decided I would do everything I wanted to do, and I did,” Klare said. He and his wife, Kathy, have lived in New Braunfels for nearly two decades. “If I could clone Kathy, I’d be a wealthy man,” Klare said. “Shes an angel and my inspiration.” See DEPUTY/3 A Court lifts execution stay in NB murder NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ended a stay of execution Thursday for a San Antonio man who shot five illegal immigrants in the neck and back, killing one, in Comal County. The decision, which affirmed a U.S. district court ruling dismissing a writ of habeas corpus, clears the way for Rodolfo Hernandez to receive a new execution date for the March 1985 shooting death of Victor Cervan. Among the arguments Hernandez asked the court to consider were that the jury in his case was not allowed to hear mitigating evidence that he was abused as a child and suffered chronic paranoid schizophrenia. The appeals court said the contention was without merit. Hernandez was convicted for his part in the March 1985 shooting death of Cervan, a Mexican citizen, in New Braunfels. Court records show Hernan dez rounded up five illegal immigrants in San Antonio after they slipped into Texas aboard a boxcar from Mexico. He offered to find them transportation to Denton where they hoped to get jobs. Hernandez and his brother-in-law, Jesse Garibay, agreed to drive them for $150. They stopped in a secluded area of Comal County where the five Mexican men were ordered out of the car at gunpoint. When one of the men tried to run away, he was shot in the- back. Court records indicate Hernandez ordered the men to lie on the ground face down, took their valuables and shot each in the neck, then drove off with his brother-in-law. Cervan was the only one of the five to die. The four others testified against Hernandez at his trial. Garibay got a four-year prison term for theft. Groundwater district, well owner settle dispute By Martin Malacara Staff Writer BULVERDE — A Bulverde property owner and the county’s groundwater conservation district reached a settlement Wednesday on tw<i driljed wells. The Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District met with representatives for Forrest Kaupert to put the four-month conflict to rest. “We came to terms with an agreement that meets everyone’s expectations,” district president Stovy Bowlin said. The conflict began in January when district manager Ray Lax-son noticed a large pond on Kau-pert’s property. Laxson said he saw water gushing out a pipe to fill up the pond. He then queried Kaupert about the pond. Upon further investigation, Laxson discovered the wells, drilled by TR Pump, allegedly did not obtain district well drilling permits. Permits cost $175 per well. Kaupert agreed to shut down the wells about March 6 until both parties resolved the issue. The district tried to impose a $2,000 fine on TR Pump’s owner, Todd Moore, for not obtaining the permits. The Texas Licensing and Regulation Department, however, told district officials they could not impose a fine because the district’s enabling legislation did not grant the board that kind of authority. Southeast Trinity board secretary Ernest Lee voted for* the agreement but objected to one of its clauses pertaining to future liability. “It might affect future management of the wells,” Lee said. “It does not pertain to future production or modification of the wells.” Lee said the clause could be overly restrictive toward the district and gave away its authority granted by the state in Chapter 36 of the Texas Water Code. Kaupert’s attorney, Steve Kosub, said, “We don’t want to look at additional claims from a future board. We’re paying for See SETTLEMENTSInside Abby...............................5A Classifieds.......................3-6B Comics..............................9A Crossword.........................5A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports...............................1-2B Today.................................2A Key Code 76Take a trip on a Maine schoonerVSunday in the Herald-Zeitung.this weekend Highways will be hoppin’ By Ron Maloney    arrival    of    German    settlers    here    in Staff Writer Public safety officials expect heavy holiday traffic over Easter weekend but few road-related problems. Department of Public Safety Sgt. John Ritter said the Easter weekend was not considered a major operational holiday for DPS like New Year’s. In this area, Easter is basically a three-day holiday weekend with Good Friday and, in New Braunfels, Founders’ Day, which honors the 1846. But many more vehicles will be on the roads, and anytime there are, the roads are more dangerous, Ritter said. “Drive friendly and don’t let the road rage get you,” he said. The DPS will be out, looking for law violations — not wearing seatbelts, speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. “Our normal crew will be out and alert,” he said. “As always, when you have more traffic, there are usually more accidents. I’d urge the public to drive defensively. “The best things you can do are slow down, wear your seatbelt and don’t drink and drive.” In Comal County, Sheriff’s Patrol • Lt. Brent Paullus said deputies would make their routine patrols. “We’ll have our regular shifts on as well as our traffic units,” Paullus said. “The biggest safety thing is to slow down. Don’t try and get in a hurry. Any time there’s more traffic than usual, people need to allow a little extra time to get places.” ;