New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 12, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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►fatal helicopter crash
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The cause of a tourist helicopter crash near the Grand Canyon that killed six people remained under investigation Saturday, and the sole survivor was in critical condition.
The flight that crashed Friday was operated by Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters of Las Vegas. The company called off all of Saturday’s scheduled flights out of Las Vegas out of respect for the victims’ famihes, said Robert Graff, vice president for marketing.
The pilot and five family members were killed near the canyon’s western end.
The sole survivor,
Shawna Daskai of New York City, suffered burns over 80 percent of her body and was in critical condition Saturday at University Medical Center, authorities said.
►Officer pleads innocent
NEW YORK (AP) — A police officer charged with killing three family members while driving to work drunk pleaded innocent and was released on $250,000 bail Friday as three fellow officers accused of drinking with him before the accident were fired.
Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik said he fired three of the 17 officers accused of drinking with Officer Joseph Gray before Gray allegedly hit the three victims. The officers were celebrating a sergeant’s upcoming wedding.
Two of the officers, John Wptsh and Craig Hildebrand, had been with Gray at an off-limits “corruption-prone” strip club near the 72nd Precinct statehouse, Kerik said. A third, Edward Sills, allegedly had been drinking with Gray in a police parking lot.
The three could be fired at the commissioner’s discretion because they were on probation. Welsh and Hildebrand were probationary officers because they had been on the job for less than two years. Sills was on disciplinary probation for a DW! infraction.
COMMUNITY COUNCIL OF SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS, INC. — public meeting to elect representative and alternate, 9 a.m. Monday, 300 Laurel Lane.
NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL — executive session, 5:30 p.m., regular meeting, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Municipal Building Council Chambers.
COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ COURT — regular meeting, 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Commissioners’ Courtroom, third floor, Comal County Courthouse Annex,
150 N. Seguin Ave.
NEW BRAUNFELS INFRASTRUCTURE/IMPRO VEMENT CORPORATION — regular meeting, 7p.m., Wednesday, Municipal Building, conference room A.
SCHERTZ-CIBOLO-UNI-VERSAL CITY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
— called meeting, 7 p.m., Tuesday, district transportation building, 1060 Elbel Road, Schertz.
SCHERTZ-CIBOLO-UNI-VERSAL CITY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
— regular meeting, 7 p.m., Thursday, Dobie Junior High School, 395 West Borgfeld Road, Cibolo.
NEW BRAUNFELS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT — called meeting, Thursday, Education Center Historical Room, 430 West Mill.
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By Amy Clarkson
Much like the battle of the Little Big Horn, Indians won a victory7 over the cowboys at the National Night Out best block party competition Tuesday night.
Tfexas Avenue, who went “on the warpath” against crime, won the coveted trophy with their tepees, Indian decorations and games. They “squeaked” by Willow Avenue’s cowboy theme party by a narrow margin, Assistant to the City Manager Don Ferguson said.
“It was a really hard decision,” he said. “All the parties did such a great job. The competition was extremely tough. But it came down to the activities, the theme and the participation.”
Tile Estates won honorable mention for their efforts, while Edgewater Avenue won for
best newcomer, he said.
“So the rivalry continues,” Ferguson said. talking about the good-natured competition that Willow and Texas Avenues share each year during National Night Out. “But they were both really fantastic parties.” From the “Willow7 Goes West” theme to Bridge Avenue’s muscle man competition, Ferguson said more than 70 neighborhoods participated in the evenings fight against crime.
“They showed what makes New Braunfels so special,” he said. “And sent a strong, clear message that we aren’t going to tolerate crime in the neighborhoods. They also had a lot of fun.”
The best part of the evening, Ferguson said, was watching neighbors get together and meet each other — some for the first time.
“In some neighborhoods, they were introducing them
selves," he said. “It was the first party they've ever had and it planted that seed that they need to work together."
Ferguson said it was a record night in New Braunfels with a wade variety of activities.
“The parties were fantastic,” he said. “Bridge Avenue’s muscle man competition was great. That block had a beach theme. The Estates had more than 130 people. It really was a special night. All the neighborhoods showed they simply weren’t going to tolerate crime in New Braunfels.”
The best thing about National Night Out, Ferguson said, was the number of parties and the wide variety of activities.
“At The Estates, they played pin-the-handcuffs-on-the-criminal,” he said. “But other neighbors just sat
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
Lin Rose (left) and Jim Beath (with plaque) present Tom (second from left) and Marsha Kiesling and the rest of the Texas Avenue tribe with the winners plaque for the National Night Out contest. Texas Avenue, which won for the third year, will receive a street sign noting them as the winners.
around with lemonade wonderful to see everyone
under the trees. It was a getting to know each other
great night — it was really and really participating.”
CHRIS PACE/Herald Zeitung
The “Dixie Chicks” performed at the Canyon High Fishcamp Friday in the school’s cafeteria. These “chicks” included seniors Derek Rossen, Justin Parchman and Mark Jung.
Police: Mother left 13-year-old in charge
Park concert doubles as school supply drive
By Amy Clarkson
Bring markers, backpacks and notebook paper to the Concert in the Park Thursday night and hear Jay Erie perform during one of the season’s last concerts.
Communities in Schools is joining forces with the Landa Park concert series for a benefit fund-raiser to get more school supplies for low-income families throughout Comal County, Director Chris Douglas said.
“And there is such a need across the county,” she said. “We try our absolute best to make sure kids from low-income families have the supplies we need. We’re already getting phone calls from families concerned about getting school supplies.”
All kinds of school supplies are needed, Douglas said. The organization provides supplies for students in all Comal County schools. They’ve conducted several fund-raisers
over the summer, she said.
Douglas said families in need of school supplies should contact the Communities in Schools coordinator in each school.
“They should talk to the people in the school,” she said. “And we have someone in nearly every school. If there isn’t someone at that school, teachers know how to reach us.”
Anyone interested in donating items to CIS should bring them by their office at 161 S. Caste!! Street in New Braunfels, Douglas said. They welcome any kind of school supply, including clothing.
“We give school supplies based on financial need,” she said. “And people are already starting to be concerned about getting the supplies for schooL It costs about $40 to get the supplies on each school’s fist. And some of them have very specific requests, so parents are beginning to worry about it.”
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LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) — The mother of three chil-dren who drowned in a murky motel swimming pool has been arrested on felony child abandonment charges for leaving her eight small children in a motel room while she and her husband worked.
An arrest warrant for Blaza Bustemante Garcia, 40, was issued Friday after authorities discovered that she had violated a July 5 court order not to allow her son, then 12 years old, to baby-sit the other children, the Gregg County district attorney’s office said.
The boy, now 13, is a suspect in a March fire at a
Longview elementary school, school records show.
Garcia had the boy in charge of her seven other young children at the Palace Inn on Thursday. Three of the children, ranging in age from 6 to IO, went into the motel swimming pool and drowned.
The water was so murky that after rescue workers pulled two bodies from the pool, it was another 30 minutes before they learned a third body was still in the water.
The 13-year-old boy, who was asleep when police went to the motel room, told officers he hadn’t realized his sister, Maria Martinez, IO,
and brothers Israel Martinez, 8, and Marvin Martinez, 6, had left the room.