New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 15, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAYT.L. Walker appointed to GBRA Board of Directors - See Page 2A
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Raul Zamora, Ashley Lutz, Thomas Quinn, i tobin Erben, Jerry Gallion, Chi-a Medina, Sylvia Proctor, Nancy Schulz, Edith Strauch. Happy Anniversary to Doyle & Nancy Brinkkoeter.
Iris Society to host 29th Annual Iris Show
The New Braunfels Iris Society will present the 29th Annual Iris Show tomorrow from I p.m. to 5 p.m.
The event will be held at Wesley Hall of the First United Methodist Church, located at 572 W. San Antonio in New Braunfels.
Admission is free and the public is invited.
Mid-Texas Symphony to host rummage sale tomorrow
The New Braunfels Chapter of the Mid-Texas Symphony Guild will hold a rummage sale tomorrow from 9 a m. to 5 p.m. at the Children's Museum in the Courtyard Shopping Center.
All proceeds will benefit the symphony, which will present its annual Pops concert on Sunday, May 8, at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
To donate items, deliver to the Children's Museum from I p.m. to 5 p.m. today.
For items to be picked up, call Meredith Patterson at 606-0075, Pauline Rector at 629-2995 or Arlene Buhl at 625-6411.
American Legion Post 179 Amateur Chili Cook-Off
The American Legion Post 179 will sonsor the second Amateur Chili Cook-Off fund-raiser Sunday, April 24at4lOW. 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.
Breakfast Lions to host Job Fair April 23
The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Club will hold a summer job fair for area high school and college age students on Saturday, April 23 at Wesley Hall, First United Methodist Church, 527 W. San Antonio St.
Employers interested in participating may call Preston Kennedy at 629-8418 or Mac McDonald at 6 J-9109
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Nine-year-old girl plays key role in burglary arrest
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Arrest could be end to series of burglaries in area
A nine-year-old girl from the Spring Branch area played a key role in the arrest of a woman suspected to have burglarized several homes in the Buiverde/Spring Branch area.
The girl, whose name is not being released by authorities, had the initiative to inform her mother that she had seen a strange woman and an unfamiliar car at a neighbor's home, according to Chief Elwood Hoheiz of the Comal County Sheriff’s Office.
Hoherz said the mother confronted the woman, who was at a house on Rainbow Drive in Spring Branch. The woman said she was cleaning the house; however, the girl’s mother later identified the suspect and an arrest warrant was issued.
According to Hoherz, deputies had been investigating burglaries in the area. After the girl saw the woman at her neighbor’s house, deputies called the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. Bexar County was able to provide a picture of a possi
Detective Rick Cardenas took the picture to the woman who had confronted the suspect. She identifed the suspect as Jennifer Lynn Greene, 28.
According to Hoherz, Cardenas then contacted Bexar County and Kendall County and informed them of the warrant. Bexar County sheriffs deputies arrested Greene. At the time of her arrest, deputies also found several stolen items in her car, a silver Subaru.
She was later taken to the Comal County Sheriffs Office where deputies charged her with three counts of burglary of a habitation. Further charges could be assessed at a later date.
"The keen observation of a little 9-year-old girl is what broke the case,’’ said Hoherz. “We think she’s a hero.’’
Detective Ed Whitson and Cardenas were both involved in solving the case. Deputies seized three guns, a fax machine, typewriter, gloves, chainsaw and jewelry.
Greene is being held in the Comal County Jail. Total bond is $42,400.
Police to search car after dog smells drug odor
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
New Braunfels police officers arrested two men Thursday following a traffic stop on Interstate Highway 35.
According to K-9 Officer, Corporal Spencer Gremmer, a 1987 Dodge Charger was stopped at 12:33 p.m. Thursday on Interstate Highway 35 near Canyon High School. Gremmer said the vehicle was stopped because it allegedly had defective equipment.
According to Gremmer, a passenger in the car, Baudelio Moreno, 26, of Wisconsin, was discovered to be want-fid rn a warrant for possession of marijuana in die amount five to 50 pounds and for another warrant for failure to appear.
The warrants were issued in Kleberg County, which is located in South Texas.
The driver, Ramiro Ramirez, 29, of Mercedes, was arrested on traffic warrants.
Officers arrested two suspects on outstanding warrants during a traffic stop yesterday. A search of the car Is expected to be conducted today.
According to reports, Gremmcr’s dog, Bacchus, indicated that the car contained the odor of drugs. Grcm-mer said the department has issued a warrant to search the car. The search is expected to be conducted today.
Both Ramirez and Moreno are being held in the Comal County Jail.
Herald Zeitung photos by JOHN HUSETH Baccus, a drug-sniffing dog with the New Braunfels Police Department's K-9 Unit, is led by Corporal Spencer Gremmer. Baccus Indicated that drugs were in the car and officials are expected to search the car today.
Rededication ceremonies for Plaza Fountain set tomorrow
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Several years of hard work and preparation will be celebrated Saturday when the Plaza Fountain is rededicated to the citizens of New Braunfels.
The celebration will begin at IO a m. Saturday at the Downtown Plaza. According to Main Street Director Penelope Church, the event will include music, speeches and awards.
Church said the committee’s efforts and the dedication of the committee were shown in the restoration of the town’s centerpiece.
“It was definitely a very memorable project,’’ she said.
The ceremony will be kicked off by music from the Community Baixl
A welcome will be given by Iris Schumann, chairman of the Fountain Fundraising Committee.
The keynote speaker is Lunelle Anderson, a former commissioner from the Texas Historical Commission. Anderson is also on the executive board of the Preservation Texas Alliance and is active in the San Marcos Heritage Society She is a lifelong educator and preservationist.
According to Church, Anderson will speak on the importance of preservation and on the importance of what the community did to save the Plaza Fountain.
Harry Slyhoff, of Robinson Iron, will be on hand to officially present the fountain to the committee. Mayor Rudy Seidel will then unveil the plaque commemorating the fountain restoration.
Murder suspect turns himself in
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
The suspect in a capital murder case in Marion turned himself in Thursday afternoon at the Guadalupe County Sheriffs Office.
Alberto Russell, 22, the brother of one of the murder victims, was arrested and charged with capital murder. The homicide occurred Wednesday night on Old Marion Road, one mile north of the city of Marion.
According to reports, Jonathan Russell, 13, and Maria Russell, 54, were found dead by Guadalupe County sheriffs deputies Wednesday night. The two victims were found in the garage of their home. Each had been shot once in the head.
Casings found at the scene show that the victims had been shot by a .22 magnum.
According to officials, dispatchers received a call at 9:45 p.m. from a neighbor of the victims who said shots were heard coming from inside the residence. Upon arrival, deputies found the victims in the garage. The suspect had already fled the scene, according to reports
Officials said Jonathan Russell was taken by AirUfe to a hospital in San Antonio. He was pronounced dead on arrival. Maria Russell was pronounced dead at the scene of
City council candidate forum to be in Sunday’s Herald-Zeitung
Candidates for the New Braunfels City Council faced off for the first time since announcing their intentions to run for office in a form held Thursday night at the New Braunfels Independent School District's Education Building on Mill Street.
The forum was sponsored by the Comal Area Provisional League of Women Voters.
Due to space limitations and a lengthy report on the forum, the Herald-Zeitung will publish the report on the forum in Sunday's Herald-Zeitung.
Officials said a witness saw a family member leave the house after the incident. The suspect was driving a 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 for both the victim and the car
County commissioners veto WORD field manager proposal
By CRAIG HAMMETT
County commissioners vetoed a proposition by the board of the Water Oriented Recreation District to add a position to the WORD office.
The board had restructured the budget to allow} 12,000 dollars for a Field Manager to be hired. The Field Manager would work through the summer season, then be evaluated in the fall.
"This particular budget amendment removes several hundred dollars from things like cleanup," said Commissioner J. L. "Jumbo" Evans, who along with other commissioners did not want fonds diverted from other budget departments to pay for the extra help.
County Judge Carter Casteel said the commis
sioners wanted to meet with members of the WORD board to address the needs and methods by which funds could be distributed, either through word fonds or by outside contract.
"I don’t want to tell WORD how to conduct their business," said Casteel. "We need to have this workshop so we can talk about this, see where it is headed."
WORD Manager Jim Inman said he is not able to handle the daily duties during summer due to increased paper work.
"This field manager would spend a lot of time in the field," said Inman. "I’m stuck in this office and can't get out."
The court also passed a new interlocal agreement with WORD to allow the district to move its offices to Settler. WORD now uses space in the
courthouse free of charge. The county will not pay for the space or the additional expenses such as utilities.
The court did discuss cleanup efforts slated for May 16. According to Inman, the cleanup is sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and has been done the last three years along the upper part of the river. This year, the cleanup will include both the upper and lower parts of the river.
Inman said WORD has agreed to budget $6,000 to contract for the meal at Canyon Lake following the cleanup.
Talk then centered on port-a-potties A portion of the agreement enabled the county to provide funds for specific purposes such as helping the cleanup, more specifically, to provide port-a-
potties. This must be done through contract, ne simply through one county department donatin money.
"What we could do is provide a contract wit WORD to offer assistance in the cleanup effort, said Casteel.
Commissioner Neil Craigmilc objected to th process He said the county could do this tnroug their own services "lf we want to assist the cleanup, we can do th ourselves We can do that without a contract."
The court did authorize dumpsters for use du ing the cleanup. The dumpsters will be placed c county right-of-way locations at the gate house c River Road and in Sattlcr at the intersection ( River Road and Old Saltier Road The durn* stere will be placed May 13 and removed Ma> IiFor subscription, news or advertising information, call 625-9144 (Metro 606