New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 1, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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40 Pages in three sections ■ Aug. 1,1993
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Loni Reininger, Renee'Endahl, Christine Ryals, Monday birthdays - Connie Farmer, Kristina Davis, Maria Perez, Courtney Juarez. Happy Anniversary to Domingo <& Gloria Herrera (24 years), Bren A Cindy Riley (belated), Pete & Mary Alice Martinez (belated).
NBHS band begins practice Aug. 2
The New Braunfels High School Unicom Marching Band will begin summer band practice on Monday, Aug. 2. The schedule is as follows: Aug. 2-4,7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Frosh, color guard); Aug. 5-Aug. 6,7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. - all band members; Aug. 9-13 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. -all band members.
Please call the NBHS Band Hall at 625-6271 for more information.
Rivercrest Night Out slated Aug. 3
The Rivercrest Heights Neighborhood Association will celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 3 with a meeting at Rivercrest Park. Decorations should be in place by 6 p.m. for judging. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. with a special visit from "Toby Tuber." Everyone should bring a lawnchair to share the fun and good times. McQueeney VFD plans BBQ A picnic
The Annual McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department Picnic will be held Saturday, Aug. 14 at the air-conditioned McQueeney Lions Community building on Hwy. 78, six miles west of Seguin.
Great barbecue chicken and all the trimmings will be served from 11:30 p.m. and again from 4 pm until 9 p.m. A drive-thru service will be offered from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
There will be games for the kids, bingo from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm, a Ladies Auxiliary auction from 7 pm to 9:30 pm, followed by a raffle. The raffle prizes will include a Kleingucnther custom rifle and a condo weekend for two tc Port Royal plus $200 cash.
To get there, take FM 78 to the McQueeney Lions Cub, located one mile east of McQueeney. Call 379-0660 or 557-5621 for more information. Proceeds will go toward expanding the fire station.
Aggie Fish Fry
Deadline for reservations for the 1993 Aggie Fish Fry is Monday Aug. 2. For more information or to make reservations call Tom Bums at 620-7044. See page two for more details.
In Friday’s Herald-Zeitung, under Page I headline "Local United Way receives $250,000 from GE fund," should have read National United Way instead. Those national funds are being directed to flood victims in the midwest. The local United Way's campaign to raise $260,000 has just recently
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Vol. 141, No. 181
Davis case heads back L yurt Monday
Herakj-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
A three-vehicle accident took place on Hwy. 46 at Clear Sprlnga yeaterday at approximately 4 p.m. The wreck waa caused when a car driven by Tommy Gene Ridgway, 38, of New Braunfels struck a car driven by Wauntta Riggins, 24, of New Braunfels while Ridgway was attempting a left turn on Hwy. 46. The collision forced Rklgway's vehicle Into the oncoming lane, striking a third vehicle, driven by Leonel Galavlc, 31, of Seguin. Two passengers In Galavlc's 1992 Jeep Cherokee, Including a 9-month old boy, were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital ae were Galavlc, Ridgway and Riggins by New Braunfels EMS personnel. All five victims were treated and released, according to officials at McKenna.
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
A hearing to consider a writ of habeas corpus filed by the attorney of alleged capital murder suspect Jack Davis will be held here Monday in the 72nd District Court of Judge Charles Ramsey.
A writ of habeas corpus is filed by a defendant to protect himself against illegal imprisonment In this case, the defendant’s attorney is claiming prosecutorial misconduct and police misconduct are grounds for the judge to set Davis free and not hold a retrial of the case.
Davis was tried three years ago for his alleged involvement in the capital murder of Cathy Balonis, a school teacher in New Braunfels. Davis was the maintenance man at the apartment mmnlex where Balonis iived.Davis was convicted of capital murder in the first trial.* A Court of Appeals later overturned the conviction.
Special prosecutor Ray Taylor of San Antonio will be presenting the state’s side of the case on Monday. Taylor said the main question for the judge to answer is whether or not the alleged misconduct of the district attorney’s office was so severe that a retrial should not be held.
Taylor said the testimony of Fred Zane, the medical examiner involved in the case, will also be discussed.
“I believe the judge will give both sides a very fair hearing,” said Taylor. “I think Judge Ramsey may find the key issue is whether or not Jack Davis committed the murder and not whether the police and district attorney got cross wise with each other.”
Davis is being represented by Houston attorney Stanley Schneider. The hearing will begin at 9 a m. It is expected to attract national media attention.
Dry, hot conditions force fire ban for rural Comal County
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
The Comal County Fire Marshal has issued a ban on burning in rural areas of the county.
The ban is effective immediately and will continue until further notice is given. No open fires, trash burning, brush or debris burning, etc. will be allowed.
A request from Fire Marshal Milton C. Will man states that because of “ recent weather conditions during the month of July, the vegetation being very dry and a heavy fuel load for fire conditions, and the safety of the public and all fire department personnel,
the fire marshal’s office is requesting a ban on all burning.
The Comal County Commissioners Court is expected to discuss the issue at its next meeting Aug. 5. Comal County Judge Carter Casteel said she expects the court will pass a resolution in favor of the ban.
Hays County put a similar ban in place last week. The Hays County ban ends Monday but commissioners will discuss upholding or dropping the ban next week.
Anyone with questions regarding the ban should contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 608-2014 or Comal County Dispatch at 620-3400.
Assault victim says she’ll file grievance against prosecutors
HarNd-Zaitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Fay* S. Makarsky of th* Texas Army National Guard gives children from New Braunfels Summer Recreation Program a hands-on tour of th# Huey UH-1 Helicopter she pilots during a session bald Friday afternoon at Elkel Park.
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
The victim of a 1990 alleged sexual assault said she will file a grievance this week against the two Comal County prosecutors involved in the case.
The victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she is filing the grievance in relation to the Kirk Wayne McBride case.
She claims both District Attorney Bill Reimer and Assistant District Attorney Robert Fisher did not handle the case, in which she is the victim, correctly.
Fisher said he would not respond to the possible grievance at this time.
“I will respond when I see it," he said. "There is nothing to stop a person from doing that.”
Reimer could not be reached for
comment at this time.
The grievance will be filed with the Texas State Bar Association. After it is filed, those persons named will have a chance to respond. If the complaint is found to be a violation then a hearing could be held.
The case involving the person filing the grievance concerns a sexual assault that occurred in January 1990. McBride was convicted of the sexual assault in August, 1990. He was sentenced to four 99-year terms.
His conviction was reversed in October 1992 when a Court of Appeals judge stated the blood taken from McBride as evidence was seized illegally.
Past statements from the judge said case law has made it clear that blood cannot be seized from an incarcerated, non-consenting defendant through an order granting some kind of motion.
Available local homes down from last year, average price increased
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Wrltsr
The supply of homes for sale in New Braunfels has drastically decreased from houses available one year ago.
According to Luke Speckman, of Remax Realtors, and the Board of Realtors, the number of houses available for sale as of July I is 461. During the same period last year, 612 houses were available for sale.
Speckman attributed this decrease to an increased demand for houses, a better economy and lower interest rates.
According to Speckman, 741 houses were available for sale as of July 1,1991. He said at that time, there were no buyers for the houses.
"it took six months to a year to sell a house. Now we can sell a house in a week,” he said.
The supply of houses is going down across the state, according to figures released from the Real Estate Center at Texas AAM University. The number of existing homes
for sale declined in 22 of 27 Texas markets. Overall, the Texas inventory of existing homes for sale fell 11.9 percent in the last 12 months.
Killeen decreased 62.4 percent, Temple-Belton decreased 40.8 percent and Bryan-College Station decreased 40.1 percent.
The average home price in New Braunfels and Comal County is $84,634. Speckman said this is up a small amount from last year.
However, this is still below the statewide average According to the Real Estate Center at Texas AAM University, Texas homes sold between April 1992 and May 1993 averaged $95,200, up 3.5 percent from the previous year.
Northeast Tarrant County had the highest average price at $118,400. Dallas was second with $115,300. Other markets with averages of $100,000 or more were Austin with $109,100; Irving with $106,00; and Houston with $100,000.
Harlingen showed the largest jump with a 37.4 percent increase.
Herald-Zeitung survey shows divided community on James Goodbread issue
From staff reports
This week’s Herald-Zeitung survey question, "Should James Goodbread be allowed to serve on the city council," drew heavy response from the newspaper's readership this week. This was the second week for the newspaper's survey, which saw the number of responses double in just one week from 118 last week to 239 this week.
The survey results showed 121 readers in favor of James Goodbread serving his fourth term despite a term limitations amendment to the city charter. There were 118 readers
Goodbread on council • 121 Goodbread off council-118 ,
■ See quotes from survey responses, Page 5A
who were against Goodbread beginning a fourth term on the city council.
"The results were close," said Managing Editor Mark Lyon. "Three votes prevented an even draw and based an the feedback this staff has seen the past few months, I feel that (survey results) is fairly accurate with what we’ve observed The community seems to be split on this one."
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