New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 pages in one section ■ Thursday, April 17,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Cbidy Boyce
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The New Braunfels Herald' Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Qndy Boyce, John Schwarz, Emma Trevena, Coteen Tabor, Darned Grain, Ben Clark, Christina Williams (17 years old), Steven Roloff (12 years old), Dorothy Schultz, Travis Cantu (I year old), Danny Martinez and Clarice Stange.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Tammy and Allen Giacobbe.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Comal River—274 cubic feet per second, same as Wednesday.
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Popular author Susan Wittig Albert will present two programs during National Library Week at the Dittlinger Memorial Library. Albert is the author of the China Bayles mystery series which is set in the Texas Hill Country.
Her program at 2 p.m. today is “Writing from Memory: Telling Your Life’s Story.” The 7 p.m. program is “Partners in Crime, led by her and her husband and co-author, Bill Albert. For information call 608-2150.
The Lioness Club decorated chairs silent auction fund-raiser is in progress at local merchants. See Ryan's for a list o\ where to see and bid on items
Manta! fat a ixia t ion care glvarm’ support
Family members of individuals with mental retardation, are welcome to the second support group meeting at 6:30 p m today at the Seguin Public Library.
Blood drhra at Canyon Lake today
The Canyon Lake community will hold a blood drive from 9 a m. to 7 p.m. today in the park ing lot of Frank’s Supermarket 8010 FM 2673 in the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center vehicle. Call (210) 899-7810 or (210) 899-2173 for information
Wack of th* Young Child observed
A citywide celebration of the Week of the Young Child wi be 9 a m. to noon Friday at the Landa Park Playground. Activi ties will include games, story telling, McGruff, fire trucks, EMS and more
Cross Lutharan holds rummagssals
The Dorcas Guild of Cross Lutheran Church is having a bake and rummage sale from I a m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Sat urday at the gym at 172 Hickory St. There will be a brown bag sale, $1 a bag, from 10 a m. to noon Monday.
By DENISE DZIUK
Students alleged to be involved in a hazing incident in the athletic department of Canyon High School have been disciplined following an investigation by the Comal Independent School District.
CISD Public Information Officer Don Clade said the district had completed its investigation into reports of hazing in the CHS athletic department, and had disciplined students involved.
“We have done as much as we can with the information we have at this
time,” Clark said.
Claik said that he cannot release the number of students reprimanded or the punishments because all the parents have not been notified. He said once that has been done, the information will be available.
Reports were filed April 7 and 9 with ie New Braunfels Police Department that state two male CHS students were assaulted with coat hangers by a group of senior football players in October 1996 arid January.
Detective Basel Boatright said his office had completed its report, which included two victims and five offend
ers. He said the parents had been referred to municipal court to file charges if they wished.
Boatright said as of Wednesday afternoon, no charges had been filed.
“It’s not up to the police to file charges. It’s up to the parents,’ Boatright said.
Boatright said both of the victims were juveniles and most of the offenders were 17 years old or older.
Clark said the district first received complaints of hazing incidents at CHS in January.
However, he said, the complaints were in the form of anonymous letters
with few details the district could investigate.
He said the Texas Education Agency and the District Attorney also received copies of the letters, and took no action in the matter. He said even though the letters were anonymous, the district took them seriously, and an investigation was conducted.
Letters were sent home with freshman athletes, and administrators spoke with every athlete. He said the investigation at that time revealed nothing, and the students were “put on notice that hazing would not be tolerated.”
“We take hazing seriously,” Clark
Ride the rails
Mod*! Railroad Jamboree
BHI Ervin conducta th# modal train at th# Maw Braunfels Railroad Museum on San Antonio Street. The New Braunfels takas place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at tbs Civic Cantar.
Train enthusiasts create past in miniature
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Ever since he can remember, Bill Ervin has been fascinated with the railroad.
“I like anything that has steel rails and runs on steel wheels,” Ervin said.
Ervin will be one of many train enthusiasts, hobbyists and 175 vendors who will ceiebrate the 10th anniversary of the New Braunfels Model Railroad Jamboree from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Civic Center.
The jamboree is the annual fundraiser for the New Braunfels Railroad Museum and is sponsored by the New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modelers Society/Bluebonnet Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.
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IF YOU RE GOING
The 10th Anniversary of the New Braunfels Model Railroad Jamboree Whore 9 a m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Whii ti Civic Center Admission: $4 for adults, $1 for youths under 18.
For more information, call jamboree chairman Kermit Baese at 625-2656
Braunfels 13 years ago, Ervin had a tram layout set in his home in Nebraska. When he and his wife Carol came to New Braunfels, the couple moved into a mobile home. Ervin left his layout set in Nebraska and took the trains and structures with him.
Since his mobile home was not
big enough to build a layout, Ervin donated some of the structures from his layout to the New Braunfels Railroad Museum.
Now part of the structure’s from the layout in his Nebraska home sit in a layout in the old depot museum on San Antonio Street.
Even though he does not build layouts anymore, Ervin said he still collects train cars and continually adds to his set.
Ervin said he is w orking on a grain train in his home.
“I am familiar with grain trains and their operations since I live up there (in Nebraska),’’ Ervin said. “I have one that looks like a Burlington Northern grain train. I have put a snowplow and reversible headlights on it.”
Ervin, the associate pastor at Southlake Baptist Church in Canyon
Lake, said he cannot explain why he still enjoys train modeling.
“My wife wonders why,” Ervin said with a laugh. “It is like an addiction. I really don’t know why I like trains. They’re big, smelly and very, very powerful. If you let one hit you, it can do you some mischief. I am fascinated with mechanical things. The study of the railroad is the study of American history. The history of our country from the 1830s on is built on the railroad.”
Ervin said he is glad people are beginning to appreciate trains again.
“We are beginning to realize we sold them too short too soon,” Ervin said
Ervin said his interest in the railroad was sparked during his childhood because two of his uncles were Turn to Train, Page 2A
Bill Mayo puts his money where his raft is
By DAVID DEKUNDER
CANYON LAKE — The generosity of a water district board member will put much-needed paramedics on the Guadalupe River weeks before the Memorial Day weekend.
Bill Mayo, treasurer for the Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District, told board members he would pay half of the $6,000 needed to put one paramedic on River Road during most weekends and two dunng major weekends.
Mayo made the offer at the meeting at the Canyon Lake Action Center on Wednesday night.
“It is something we need,” he said.
Mayo said he was making the donation as a gesture toward Sheriff Bob Holder, who he said helped him handle a friend’s emergency a month ago.
“The sheriff did a nice thing for me,”
he said. “I appreciate that more than anything ”
The WORD board approved Mayo’s offer.
Because of Mayo’s offer to pay half of the cost from his own pocket, WORD Manager Jim Inman said the paramedics will be patrolling River Road sooner than expected.
“It lets us put paramedics on the river right now where we would have had to wait until we modified the budget,” Inman said. “We will put them out on the river three to four weeks earlier.”
The five paramedics who will work the river are reserve deputies with the Comal County Sheriffs Office who are trained as paramedics.
Richard Bennie, chief deputy for the sheriffs office, said the sheriff s office will put one paramedic on River Road for 11 weekends and two paramedics, one on Riva- Road and one on Canyon
Lake, during the three major weekends — Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.
“They will work as a police officer and in case of a medical emergency they can break away and work on the emergency,” Bennie said.
The paramedics will be in a sheriffs car and have their own equipment with them, Belime said.
He said one paramedic will work Saturdays and Sundays during two 12-hour shills for $300 a weekend. For 11 weekends, that would cost WORD $2,700.
On the three major weekends, two medics working two 12-hour shifts each for three days would cost $3,300.
Erie Epley, AirLife medic and reserve deputy, said paramedics will be ready when an emergency anses on the river.
“I think the program will provide rapid response on the river,” Eplcy
said. “It will cut down on the response time quickly.”
In other business the board:
■ Reviewed and approved a proposal for Guadalupe River cleanup for the upper and lower portions of the liver. Al Zator of Little Ponderosa was aw arded the contract for the lower portion of the river from FM 306 to the WORD district limits for $2,886 a week from May 27 to Sept. 2.
Bigfoot Canoes was given the contract to clean the upper ponton.
■ Approved the authorization of using four buoys on the nver to present safety messages on locations in the river. Those locations would be at dams 2 and 3. Hueco Falls and Slumber Falls. The buoys will cost $300 each.
said. “We conducted a very' thorough investigation.”
Claik said parents and students came forward last week with additional information, and the investigation was reopened.
He said the district spent about two days investigating the claims and found that hazing did occur in January or before. Claik said the events were confined to a “relatively small” number of athletes at CHS.
Clark said the investigation is complete at this point unless new information is brought to the district’s attention.
By ABE LEVY
Drug-minded criminals can no longer count on squabbles between police agencies to keep the strong arm of the law away from their illicit activities.
Local law enforcement agencies plan to speak the same language, use the same computers and share the same intelligence information - all in a new effort to work together against drug-related crimes in the county, officials announced Wednesday.
The Comal County Metro Narcotic Task Force, an agreement signed officially Wednesday by Police Chief Ray Douglas, Sheriff Bob Holder and District Attorney Dib Waldrip, reflects a new-and-improved campaign to combat drugs in the area.
“We’re taking this to heart because we want to fight drugs,” Douglas said. “We don’t want city limits to keep us from doing anything. The need has always been there.”
The interlocal agreement will include one detective from the police department, two from the sheriff’s office and two from the Department of Public Safety, officials said.
Dennis Koepp, director of the sheriffs Criminal Investigation Division, will supervise the program that will rotate DPS troopers who will help train and provide computer resources from the state agency.
The new agreement will cost no additional tax money, but will increase the efficiency of the current justice system. A bonus may be a tougher crackdown on auto thefts and burglaries, the department heads said.
The law enforcement departments consolidated their efforts not because problems existed but because pooling resources is a better philosophy for crime-fighting agencies than conducting isolated, law enforcement operations, they said.
“This county is noted for it’s tourism,” Holder said. “When you have that population growth, you also have crime problems. We need this for all parts of the county.”
The five task force officers will meet at a secret location within the county, sharing information and planning drug arrests.
Current drug problems have been heightened, police said, because the major highways in the county, such as Interstate 35 and Highway 281, carry drugs from Mexico and San Antonio into pockets throughout the region.
Waldrip said 1-35 is the No. I roadway for dings in Texas, with a variety of narcotics shipped north leaving a money trail running south.
Moreover, the Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force is designed to work more with Bexar County anti-drug efforts, leaving Comal County in need of its own resource, officials said.
“We’re going to be working with them as the need anses,” Holder said. “The (Alamo task force) traditionally has spent much of the time on Bexar County. They’re strapped pretty thin.**No layoff woes for New Braunfels' Coleman factory. See Page 2.