New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 30, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Last night’s thunderstorms have a good chance of continuing unlay as the temperatures arc expected to reach only the lower 80s under mostly cloudy skies. Tonight’s low should be in the low 60s. Monday should see partly cloudy skies with a 30 percent chance of rain.
Carl Schurz Elementary will holding its first May Fete and Carnival Tuesday from 5:30 lo 8:30 p.m. on the school grounds. There will be food booths, a country store, face painting, games, clowns, balloons, and more, with prizes for everyone. Also included int he evening’s events will be the May Pole done by the fifth graders, and a melodrama titled “Chalk White and the
CISD will notify its delinquent taxpayers
Comal Independent School District propertyowners who haven’t paid taxes by Monday will receive a letter to pay up soon.
“Late taxpayers are urged to pay their 1988 school taxes before July I in order to avoid the 15 percent additional charge,” said Ron Graham, CISD tax office spokesman.
lf 1988 school taxes go unpaid by July I, those accounts will be released to the district’s tax attorney, Sieve Taylor, for further 8m TAXES, Pag* SA
Commission targets autos so the car thieves won’t
Simple tips erase risk
An increasing auto theft problem in New Braunfels can be conquered by residents if prevention tips are followed, say local authorities.
Automobile owners should always:
• Lock the vehicle, even if it’s for a short time.
• Remove the keys and don’t keep a spare hidden on the frame or body of the vehicle in a magnetic box.
• Roll windows completely up. One slightly open window can render all other precautions useless.
See TIPS, Page 2A
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
An increase in auto thefts in New Braunfels has prompted three organizations to unveil a window etching program to combat the problem which has resulted in an almost $3 million property loss locally in five years. .
“No vehicle is immune,” said Don Ferguson, director of the Safe City Commission. “Auto theft has become a lucrative venture. It’s becoming one of the city’s fastest growing property crimes.”
The Safe City Commissiop, New Braunfels New Car Dealers Association and Independent Insurance Agents of New Braunfels are unveiling a plan Monday to help curb auto theft — window etching.
“It’s a very quick process,” Ferguson said about window etching. “A marked vehicle is less likely to be stolen and resold. One of the most costeffective deterrents to auto thieves is
the etching of your vehicle identification number into the windows of your car and also to various parts of your
Se* CARS, Page 2A
Workin’ on the Jamboree
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in annual contest
More than 250 poems were entered in the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council’s seventh annual Poetry Contest. Winners were awarded cash prizes and tickets to Circle Arts, Mid-Texas Symphony, and STAGE, Inc. productions.
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The New Braunfels Model Railroad Jamboree Saturday at the Civic Center, Elks Lodge and the Depot on West San Antonio drew crowds from all over the area to look at new and used model railroads and to buy, sell and trade the accessories of their hobbies, above. The second annual Jamboree was sponsored by the New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modelers Society and included more than 100 tables of items, layouts from around the state, tours of a Union Pacific engine and the depot. At left, Andrew McCormick and his grandfather Bill McCormick admire the huge Rayburg family Lionel layout from Boerne, which features parades (complete with Wurs-tfest float), moving animals in the cars and amusement park with its own miniature train. > Early estimates are that this year’s show surpassed the 1988 turnout, which proves that everything old is new again. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Rauch & Albrecht headed for Austin
Sophomore Shannon Albrecht of Canyon High and junior Cory Rauch of New Braunfels head a long list of District 28-4A competitors who will compete in the state track and field meet in Austin in two weeks.
CHS outlasts Canyon for 2nd straight win
Canyon made it two baseball victories in a row with a 12-8 triumph over Schertz Clemens, despite the fact that the already young Cougars are decidedly less experienced than they were a week ago.
Vol. 137, No. 121
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April 30, 1989
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A manhunt continues for a 21-year-old Louisiana man who escaped from die Bossier Parish jail with three other men in March.
Dennis Daniels of Louisiana escaped from the 131-inmate jail in Bossier City, La., March 29 with Richard Montgomery, 47, San Antonio; Ronald Gillespie, 30, Louisiana, and Jerry Kelly, 25.
Montgomery, considered the mastermind in the escape, was captured in San Antonio Thursday when police noticed his vehicle moving
slow and blocking traffic in the 20(H) block of Broadway, police reports
Police found a .380-calibcr semiautomatic pistol inside the stolen vehicle and Montgomery was using a driver’s license that didn’t match his appearance. He remains in die Bexar County Jail waiting to be extradited to Louisiana.
Montgomery’s step-daughter Vicki Vanderburg, 27, helped the four men escape and remains in the Comal County jail in lieu of a $150,000
bond. She was arrested at her residence at Canyon Lake April 7. She is waiting to he extradited to Louisiana.
“Montgomery was kind of the whole mastermind behind the whole escape from what we’ve been able to determine,” said Tom Myrick, patrol division supervisor of Bossier Parish Jail. “He has a very, very lengthy criminal history and has escaped from several federal institutions.”
The escapees could be linked to
See ESCAPE, Page 2A
Mechanical problems halt launch
Shuttle flight off indefinitely
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA studied two mechanical problems Saturday that halted the launch of space shuttle Atlantis and its robot Venus probe, and a spokeswoman said it's anybody’s guess when the lift-off will take place.
Sources said the delay, which began with the last-minute cancellation of the flight Friday, would be several days and could stretch to a week or more if technicians have to replace both a faulty fuel pump and a leaking fuel line.
NASA said it probably would replace the line but would not know
about the pump until engineers inspect it Sunday.
Three of the five astronauts — Mary Cleave, Mark Lee and Norman Thagard — returned to their training base in Houston Saturday, an indication NASA doesn’t expect to launch soon. Commander David Walker and pilot Ronald Grabe planned to leave Sunday after flying practice runs in a jet plane equipped lo handle like the shuttle. Earlier Saturday, all five astronauts were briefed on the
See SHUTTLE, Page 2A
becoming fire district
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Comal County could have a third fire prevention district for the response and extraterritorial jurisdiction area of Bracken Volunteer Fire Department if county commissioners call an election.
A petition with more than IOO signatures requesting the district was presented to commissioners court recently.
“The fire department people of the Bracken Volunteer Fire Department recognize the need of a stable base income,” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Neil Craigmilc of Garden Ridge. “It’s just a follow on of the other fire districts in the county.”
Commissioners court allocates funds each year for volunteer fire departments, but by creating a fire prevention district, a 3-ceni tax per SKX) valuation can be charged, Craig-mile said.
A district creates “a stable financial base,” he said, adding the county would still financially support the districts. ‘They are a political subdivision with the power of taxation.”
“The county has already gone on
record here in commissioners court that there will he no change in funding regardless of whether an area goes for a fire district,” Craigmile said. “We intend to continue supporting the volunteer fire departments in the county. It is not... the intent of commissioners court to change the funding to the volunteer fire departments.”
Areas asked to be excluded from the proposed district include City of Schertz, City of New Braunfels, and the City of Selma. Areas to be included are incorporated area and extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Garden Ridge and all of the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of San Antonio situated in Comal County.
Cities — depending on population — can extend their extraterritorial jurisdictions beyond their city limits a fixed distance as authorized by state statute.
The public is invited to attend a public hearing for the proposed fire district May 9 at 7 p.m. in the Commissioners Courtroom at the Comal County Courthouse Annex on die third floor.
For more information, contact commissioners at 620-5501.
Manhunt continues after SA arrest Springiest
Seven Almost Dwarfs” put on by the teachers of Carl Schurz....
A teacher change has been made in the Cajun Cooking Class to be offered this week by the Comal ISD’s Community Education program al Canyon High School. Eva and Bob O’Mahoney will be instructors for the class from 7 to IO p.m. Monday. They have had a catering business in San Antonio for 20 years and have taught “Cooking With Eva” Community Ed classes for 12 years in the Garden Ridge arca. Those who register for this class will learn to make janibalaya, dirty rice, a Cajun seafood and chicken dish, and a New Orleans-style dessert.
Cost of the class is SIL To register, call Community Education at 625-8081. Tressie Russell is coordinator of the CISD program at Canyon High School....
Midland teacher Adell Morris came to New Braunfels with fellow teacher Judy Sproul to sell their hand-painted sweatshirts, T-shirts and shorts at the Springfest sponsored by the Comal County Fair Association. Springfest continues today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with arts and crafts booths, commercial booths, horseshoe pitching, horse racing and live entertainment at the fairgrounds. Gruene Crossing with Johnnie Pfeil will play this afternoon. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Teen-agers who have difficulty accepting responsibility, who spend more time avoiding tasks than completing them and whose report cards reflect D’s and F’s despire above-average intelligence may be showing signs of an underachiever. Educators estimate at least 25 percent of all school children fit this description. Parents, teachers and students can learn more about the problems of an underachiever at the free seminar sponsored by Charter Real Outreach Services of New Braunfels Tuesday from 7:30 See STAMMTISCH, Page 2A