New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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1996 New Braunfels Area Crime StatisticsConstitutional amendment election not an easy vote — Pages 4A and 7B
won’t take it anymore
By CHRIS CREWS
Beth Btzer is mad as hell, and she's not going to take it any more.
The “it” that has infuriated Bizer is crime. Neighborhood crime. Crime in her home. The type of crime that Bizer said strikes very close to home.
“You feel real violated,” Bizer said. “The impact of (mine doesn't really hit you until it affects you personally”
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County’s rising population could boost crime rate
By DAVE) OEKUNOER
With Comal County’s population bursting at the seams, the possibility of crime increasing in
the county is real.
“Unfortunately, the tendency is as the population density increases, crime moves with the population,” said Tim Kolbe, Comal County Sheriff’s Office
crime prevention officer.
The population of Comal County has uncreased about 29 percent from 1990 to 19%. That
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Jump on tho national night out bandwagon
It’s not too late to register a National Night Out Block Party ; for Tuesday’s festivities All par-
• ties must be registered, and the ; city can close street on an as I needed basis. Registrations will
be accepted until the end of
• business Monday. Register your party by calling the municipal building at 6908-2100 or stop by 424 S. Casten Ave.
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- The Gruene Bridge will be closed through the weekend
- Streets to be closed from 1 pm until about 6 (a.m. Saturday and Sunday
- Union Avenue will be closed from Garden Street to Mather Street
- Garden Street wiil be closed from Comal Avenue to the Tube exit
- Ail IH-35 exits from Solms road to PM 2252/482 near Schertz will be closed.
Chanco to coat Borty ballots ands Tuesday
Early voting for two separate elections ends Tuesday.
All registered voters can vote on a constitutional amendment to increase the amount of homestead exemptions when determining school taxes. The poll for this race is at the Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave.
Residents in the New Braunfels Independent School District are also filling two at-large seats and the district 1 and 4 seats. Voting in this race is taking place at the courthouse annex and at the NBISD Education Center, 430 W. Mill St.
The education center polling place will also be open Saturday to give voters an extra opportunity to cast a ballot in only the NBISD election. Voters need to enter through the back entrance at the ground level.
Early voting runs through Aug. 5, with the election being held Aug. 9.
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lf you’re feeling like a short road trip, try San Antonio's Texas Folklife Festival.
The festival, sponsored by the University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures, concludes its four day run today in Hemis-fair Park.
New Braunfels Wurstfest Association is represented at the festival, as are numerous other local performers.
There is an admission charge for the festival, so for scheduling and other information call (210! 458-2300.
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: Meiia Abb Koepp, Yometda Guerra, Adda Amaro, [Monday), Darrel Hunter (M onlay), Bart Median (Monday), Karen Rayburn (Monday), Aanett Alexander, Sandra Duncan, Nancy Lopez (16 years old),
(Sotarday), (Saturday), Karla Wenzel (Saturday), Sarah Norris 12 years old), Loran Gusme, latin Gonzales, EUberto Median Sr. (Monday).
Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Ted and Helen Wyatt (30 years), Danny and Monica Rodriguez (I year), Michael and Debra Pomeroy (Monday).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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28 pages in four sections ■ Sunday, August 3,1997
Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years-* Home of tundra Duncan
Vol. 145, No. 188
Pawn shop owner shot in holdup
Police still searching for suspect
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Shooting victim Mike Kevlin.-gave New Braunfels Police the following description of the suspect:
■ Hispanic male
■ mid to late 20s
■ 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 in height
■ medium build
■ Short dark hair
Persons with information
about the suspect should call the New Braunfels Police Crimestoppers line at 620-TIPS. Callers do not have to reveal their names.
The suspect is described as having short dark. hair.
Boatright said three eyewitnesses w ho were about ready to go into the store saw the suspect flee in a dark blue sedan, possibly a Toyota.
In a statement, police said evidence at the scene indicated the suspect was injured after breaking a glass gun case in the store.
By CHRIS CREWS
For those who have been longing for those slow, sultry river days on the Guadalupe, the end to hazardous tubing conditions is in sight. Maybe.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Ron RutYenach said that, barring significant rainfall above or below Canyon Dam, the release rates from Canyon Dam will gradually be reduced beginning tonight.
The Corps of Engineers is responsible for regulating the release rate from the dam.
"We're still looking at the inflow into Canyon Lake, but (reducing the release rate) is our plan for next week,” RutYenach said on Friday.
He said tentative plans called tor the rate reductions to begin Sunday night with the discharge flowing at about 3000 cubic feet per second by Monday.
The rate is scheduled to be reduced to betw een I .OOO to 1,500 cfs by Tues-day.
The preliminary plan projects the rate will reach about 700 cfs by Wednesday and remain at that level through the weekend.
Local river outfitters have said a flow rate of 700 to 800 cfs is ideal for tubing and other recreational activities on the aver.
The release rate has been more than 5,000 cfs since late June, when heavy rains elev ated the w ater level at Canyon Lake to near the top of the spillway.
A flow rate of 5,000 is considered hazardous for all recreational activities except guided raft trips.
New Braunfels Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Judy Young said her group would begin to promote Guadalupe recreation statewide once the Corp* of Engineers makes an official announcement regarding reducing the release rate.
Toking it to tho streets
Neighbors lead fight against crime on National Night Out
By OEHME DZIUK
Nobody wants a nosy neighbor, but when it comes to fighting crane, knowing who should be at the house next door or down the street can make all the difference.
That’s exactly what National Night Out is all about — meeting your neighbors.
“The goal of National Night Out is to bring residents out of their homes to meet their neighbors and forge a relationship with the police department,” said Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager.
New Braunfels Safe City Commission has made National Night Out into a two-day event, compared to ocher cities that only have activities on night He said things would be kicked off Monday night “with the entire city participating in a unified event.”
Residents are invited to the civic center at 7 p.m. Monday, where activities will include an open house at the police station, information booths, a slide presentation and briefings by the New Braunfels Police Department. Ferguson said ooe of the more interesting booths at this year’s lock off would
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be a display of narcotics and firearms confiscated within the city of New Braunfels.
“I think the goal and intent of that display is to drive home the idea that our community faces some of the same problems bigger cities do,” Ferguson said. “But, the good thing which this display
Festivities at the civic center will conclude with a demonstration by the popular K-9 unit.
New Braunfels Police Chief Ray Douglas said the Turn to Night Out, Page 2A
A local pawn shop owner was rushed to University Hospital in San Antonio on Saturday afternoon after he was shot in the head dunng an armed robbery.
Mike Kevlin, owner of the The Hunting Camp Pawn Shop, located on 1630 South Business 35, was listed in critical condition at press time Saturday night.
New Braunfels Police Detective Basel Boatnght said Kevlin was w orking alone in his shop when the shooting occurred at 12:12 p.m.
“Apparently a single Hispanic male entered the store and approached Mr. Kevlin and displayed a handgun.” Boatright said. “A struggle ensued and Mr. Kevlin was shot once in the head.” Boatright said Kevlin was coherent to police officers even though he had been shot in the head.
“He was able to notify us by telephone,” Boatnght said. “He gave us a description of the subject.”
The suspect is descnbed as a Hispanic male in his mid to late 20's, approximately 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 tall with a medium build.
■ Keep doors and windows locked at all times.
■lf you move into a previously occupied home, change ail locks install minimum 1 3/8" thick solid core wood doors or a metal door ■Install minimum 1" length deadbolt locks of case hardened steel
■ Use reinforced metal strike plates with 2 1/2" to 3" screws
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