New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 20, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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SUNDAY April 20, 2003
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Vol. 152, No. 135Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
$1.00Driver charged with intoxication manslaughter
By Ron Maloney
The 38-year-old New Braunfels man who allegedly struck and killed a motorcyclist in a head-on collision Friday night has been charged with intoxication
Department of Public Safety trooper Cpl. Rick Alvarez arrested Nolan Beea Jr. after the accident in which Pedro I). Barrera, 45, of New Braunfels, was killed.
‘The driver failed to yield
the right-of-way. He has been charged with intoxication manslaughter,” Alvarez said.
The charge is a second-degree felony punishable by between 2 and 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Comal County Judge Danny Scheol set Bees’ bail at $50,000.
Bees posted it and was released al 2:15 p.m., according to a jail official.
The accident occurred when Bees, driving westbound in a 1998 Dodge 3/4-
ton 4-wheel-drive pick-up truck owned by Russell Fischer of New Braunfels, turned in front of Barrera.
Bees was attempting lo makes left turn into Fischer’s driveway on Texas 46, about 1.5 miles west of the Farm-to-Market Road 2722
Alvarez took Bees to McKenna Memorial Hospital for a blood test and then hooked him into Comal County Jail after the 9:30 p.m. accident.
The truck was released to Fischer.
Worlds in miniature
Photos by K. JESSIE SLATEN/Horakl-Zertuny
Connie Wilson helps her son, Tommy Ray, 2, up to be eye-level with one of several model train displays at the Elks’ Lodge Saturday for the Model Railroad Jamboree. According to his parents, Tommy Ray eats, sleeps and even dreams trains.
Train lovers young, old find delight in model rail exhibits
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
General Motors built it April 19, 1978 — 25 years to the day before it nilled into New Braunfels Saturday.
The 3,000 horses under its cowling would make Jeff Gordon or John Fora* blush.
And at 392,(KM) pounds, it produces the kind of down-force that even the engineers at Scuderia Ferrari can’t contemplate.
But engineer Larry
Schievelbein can — and does — and he knows how to handle it when he cracks the throttle.
That’s because he’s Union Pacific Engineer Larry Schievelbein, and Saturday, he was giving guided tours of UP Engine 3459 as the largest exhibit of the* 16th annual Model Railroad Jamboree conducted at the* New Braunfels Civic Center and Elks Club.
Like many other kids Saturday, Hunter Townsend spends some hand-in-hand time with his grandfather, Gary Spitzer. Townsend’s eyes lit up as he took a seat in the engine of a Union Pacific train parked for visitors.
Detective: More than half of city’s rapes unreported
At a glance
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Jerald E. Ytuarte told a Comal County jury it took him 20 minutes on July I, 1999, to meet, seduce and then have sex with a 37-year-old New Braunfels woman who then accused him of rape.
He suggested she was “loose.”
He suggtfsted she had been drunk.
He suggested she was emotionally unstable.
He instilled enough doubt that he got a hung jury in his first trial, and the woman was forced to testify twice and endure news coverage of both trials before Y tun rte got 75 years for rape.
The victim said after the trial that the experience of twice reliving the attack and then reading about it was tin* worst experience of her life next to the event itself.
She left New Braunfels after the first trial.
That case was, locally, a rare sexual assault one of only two reported “stranger rajies” in the city in the past few years.
Most sexual assault victims are attacked by people they know iii dating situations, for example or by members of their own families.
Many blame themselves for the attacks.
Karen MacDonald, crisis response coordinator for tin* Comal County Women s Cen ter said April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month MacDonald would like to see
The Comal County Women’s Center can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 620-7520.
The center's services include:
■ Advocacy for sexual assault victims,
■ Education for victims, their friends and their families;
■ Medical follow-up, such as testing for sexually transmitted diseases; arid
■ Outreach support for sexual assault and domestic violence victims that includes shelter, clothing, food and daily necessities for living.
victims aware that it isn’t their fault and that there is help available from a judicial standpoint and in terms of emotional support.
In New Braunfels, 41 sexual assaults were rt*| airted in 2002, In Comal County outside New Braunfels, there were another 24.
lf the numbers seem low, they probably are New Braunfels police detective 'farina Bkrzycki said, first of all, “More than half (of sexual assaults) don’t get reported Many victims, she said, wrongly blame themselves for being attacked. Sometimes, she said, even their friends or families blame them.
Council to hear budget proposals at workshop
By Dylan Jimenez
In the midst of talk about possible layoffs, New Braunfels city staff department heads will present Monday their proposed budgets for next year.
The meeting, slated for 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room A in the municipal building, will be the first of two budget workshops.
Council will hear proposed budgets, including the suggested needs of department heads. Budget expectations also will be discussed, At a May I meeting, staff will out
line how they will run their departments in fiscal year 2(K)4, which begins July I.
Decisions on possible layoffs will lie made in the interim as department heads balance their budgets. But those cuts will not be made public until the May I workshop. Department heads don’t have to have a balanced budget at Monday’s meeting. They will present what they need. And that doesn't always add up to zero,
Council then will present staff with budget goals and the bottom line of budget See BUDGET/5A
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CTTC breaks new ground Monday
By Dylan Jimenez
Shovels of dirt ceremoniously unearth the potential benefits of the (’antral Texas Technical Center, as officials break ground on the facility at IO a m. Monday at the New Braunfels Municipal AirjHirt.
The center has been in the talks since 1994,
Once the need for the school was recognized, the Greater Now Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc. led an effort to make the center a reality. Boon the city of Seguin, the U.S. Economic I Jevelopment Administration, Alamo Community CollegeAt a glance
■ WHAT. Central Texas Technology Center Groundbreaking ceremony
■ WHEN: 10 a m. Monday
■ WHERE: New Braunfels Municipal Airport, 2333 FM 758
■ WHO: State Rep Carter Casteel, state Rep Edmund Kuempel, state Sen. Jeff Wentworth, Texas Assistant Secretary of State Geoff Connor
District and other county and state agencies got involved.
Many of those major players will Is* on hand for Monday’s ceremony.
Four state officials will speak state Reps. Carter Caster*! and Edmund Kuempel, stair* Ben Jeff Wentworth and 'Texas Assistant Becretary oi Blate (sniff (hanoi*.
Casteel was the chandler of commerce chairwoman, and later county judge, as the project evolved. Wentworth and Kuempel have he<*n supportive of the project, said Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
And the supjxirt of the gov ernor’s office, which has encouraged the const ruct ion of technical schools