New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 15, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
August 15, 1991
Vol. 139, No. 193
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL Ct
of Rudolph Salvermoser
One Section, 12 Pages
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeiiung wishes “happy birthday” today to Judy A. Roque, Jesus Ayala, Matthew Shipley, Missy May, Frank Heynis, Sheila Dian Schuctz, Suzette Keochan, Sandy Saiucllan, Stacey Robinson, Ll. Col. Amic Alanis and Tom Jones.
Related best wishes to Earl Johnson.
“Happy anniversary” today to Keitii and Teresa Simmons, Sandy and Sandy Santellan and Ben and Grace Farias.
Knew of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.
West Mill Street from North Casten to North Academy avenues will be closed from 7 a m. to 5 p.m. daily through Friday for replace mcnt of the rail road crossing.
Performing from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday at a dance to benefit die Comal County 4-H program will be the Grapes of Wrath Tickets von be purchased for $4.50 each from any 4-H member, the County Extension Office at 1?2 S. Watei Lane or at the door. The event is set for Eagles Hall.
A program on auto insurance by Jim Cook of State Farm will be presented at Friday’s 9:30 arn. meeting of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 666, at the New Rraunfcls Senior Citizens’ Center.
Call now to reserve your places at Friday Family Fling, set for 6 to
9 pm. Friday at the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels. The Isogram of fun and fellowship will ft atule recognition of junior volunteers and a pi//a party. Charge is $3 tor small appetites and $5 for big o|ipctiics Place your pizza order with the museum at 620 0939.
• Mujcr Tcjana, a non profit organization, will sponsor a rummage and bake sale from 9 arn. to 6 p in. Saturday and Sunday at lite Weekend Flea Market. 1661 S. Se guin Ave.
• New Braunfels' Historic Museums Association is collecting I ten ti for tai Aug. 22 rummage sale
10 benefit its members — Sophien burg Museum and Archives, Conservation Society (operators of Conservation Plaza) and Heritage Society (Museum of Texas Hand made Furniture). Donations are being accepted al Conservation Plaza each Saturday morning or pickup can be arranged by calling Dennis Heilkamp at 625-7541 or Pain Brandt at 629-1)004.
• New Braunfels’ Foursquare Gospel Church will host a fundraising yard sale from 8 a rn to 3 p in. Saturday at the church. 430 Farm u>-Market Road 306 (1/2 nu Ie west of Interstate Highway 35).
• Texas Army National Guard Family Support Group will host a rummage sale at the armory, 2253 1H 35 West, from 8 a rn. to 6 p m, Saturday.
Dedication ceremonies fur the new Bill Brown Elementary School will be at 2 p m. Sunday at the new campus Due to limited
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County jury indicts ex-bailiff
The chance for rain tapers throughout the day, with drier cun-diuoiis likely Friday, Saturday and Sunday The high today should be near 90 with and overnight low near 75 arid winds shifting from the northeast to the east by Friday For weather details, please see Page 2.
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By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
A former Comal County Court-At-Law bailiff was indicted Wednesday by a Comal County Grand Jury on one count of the felony charge of impersonating a peace officer.
Harold Andrew Krueger Jr., 24, of Hill Country Route 3 in New Braunfels was arrested July ll after an alleged incident of taking a man into custody at a River Road outfitting company.
Krueger allegedly identified himself as a peace officer from another county, said Chief Deputy Elwood Hoherz of the Comal County Sheriff’s Department.
Krueger served as bailiff under former Court At I ..aw Judge Ronald J Prichard.
The Krueger case was presented to the Grand Jury by Special Prosecutor Bill Gibbons from San Marcos
In another indictment, Tomas
City will get more hotel tax
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
The city of New Braunfels will soon begin collecting hole I-mote I tax es from lodging operations located just outside the city.
Recent changes in state law have allowed cities with populations aider 35,000 for lilt* first time to tat hotel facilities in their extraterritorial jurisdictions.
“'This change prevents a hotel located immediately outside the city from benefiting horn the ty s tour ism promotions w thoul collecting hotel motel taxes,” City Manager Paul Grohman said before the City Council reviewed an ordinance extending the tax on Monday.
The move will allow the city, th* Greater New Braunfels Chamber ot Commerce, and various aits and cul (ural organizations to benefit from hotel-motel taxes collected by Un John Ncwcombc and I Bai M tennis ranches beginning (Kl » G.unman said.
Owners of the two businesses already have agreed to annexation by the end of die year lo toke advantage
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Monthly sales tax rebate tops $300,000
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
For the first time is city history, the monthly sales tax check from the state comptroller’s office has topped $300,000.
New Braunfels received an August rebate check on sales tax collected in June thai is 1.3-percem higher than the $296,718 collected in August of last year, the previous record “Thai of course shows that we have a very strong retail economy here loc ally.'* City Manager Paul Grohman said. “A great deal of that can be attn * bated to our visitor industry ”
Saks tax revenue hasn't increased as much as projected rn July arid August, the first two mumJix of the city’s budget year. In July, die city collected $211,053. about I 5 percent higher than the $207,850 collected in July IWD
But checks ui July and August arc likely to be n neb higher percentage wise durn the same months last year, he said
By the etal of the year, the city should realize the budgeted 9 percent increase over the $2 62 (tuition col levied ut the 1990 91 fiscal year. Lait year s sale* tax revenues were hurt by the war ut the Bestian Gulf hat-jnn* of the large nuhiary pretence ut dus leg ion, Grohman said Much of the reason dial die New Braunfels property tax late is among die lowest in die state lur a city us size is because of relatively high sales tax revenues, Ululation said,
Saks uu is the largest smgk component of the city’s annual budget. making up about 26 percent, com pared with about 24 perceru for prop •ny tax, belard
Two arrested on sealed indictments
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Two men were arrested Wednesday night on sealed indictments handed down by a Comal County Grand Jury.
Walter Richard Hampton, 59, of the 1300 block of S. Mesquite Ave. in New Braunfels was arrested and charged with arson relating to a July 16,1987, fire at the Hill Country Tire Co., then located at 503 S. Seguin St, according to the Comal County District Attorney’s Office.
Hampton was released from die Comal County Jail on a personal recognizance bond.
Hampton was the owner of the tire company and at one time was the concessionaire of the Prince Solms Park Tube Chute on die Comal River.
Larry Marlin Griffith, 47, of Canyon Lake remains in
the Comal County Jail in lieu of bond after being arrested at his home last night and charged with the 1982 murder of his wife.
The body of Sandra Griffith was found burned beyond recognidon in the aftermath of a fire in the Griffith home off Hilinc Road in Bulverde on April 7, 1982. An autopsy by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office in Aus tin revealed that she had been shot twice in the upper part of her back before the fire was set.
Ll. Rudy Rubio of the District Attorney’s Office and Texas Ranger Ray Martinez, investigated the case and made the arrest
Bond for Griffith was set at $25,(XX) by District Court Judge Robert T. Pfcuffcr,
Acevedo, 58, of the 200 block of E. Camp St. in New Braunfels was reindicted on new charges of theft over $20,000. Acevedo was convicted July 25 of a third degree felony of theft over $750, under $20,(XX) in a case
where he was found to have bilked an elderly resident out of money for unnecessary home repairs.
The new indictment is on a similar case at a different home, according to Comal County District Attorney Bill
Other indictments handed down Wednesday include:
Terry Lynn Grigsby aka Terry Lynn Peters, 34, of the 1600 block of Old McQueeney Road; prescription
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Robert Lee Wheeler, 32, of South Guenther Ave.; forgery by passing, enhancement.
Reginald Nichols (habitual), 28, of the IOO block of S. West End; theft over $750, under $20,000.
Jose Tristan Jr., 18, of the 2500 block of W San Antonio; burglary of a habitation, two indictments.
Brandy Welch, 19, of the 400 block
of Beatty; forgery
Laura Sagebiel, 18, of the 800 block of Oak Lane; forgery by
Scott Dukat, 23, of Houston; possession of controlled substance, methaqualone.
Valenin Sanchez, 18, of Spring Branch; burglary of a habitation.
Aa beam Howell, 17, of the 500 block of Parkview Blvd.; burglary of a habitation
Canvass upholds GED vote
By ROBERT STEWART Stett Writer
lire Comal County Education District canvassed the results of the August IO election at a meeting Wed ncvday night
Voters in the Comal CHD approved a 20 percent homestead exemption and a $10,000 homestead exemption tor disabled and elderly residents. A tax on tangible personal property was turned down
"This board due* not have to take action authorizing these exemptions - ti’* a voter mandate,” Board Chair man Ixroy Goodson said.
"The CEU will have to have a budget hearing and adopt a budget," satd Abet Campos, business manager for Comal Independent School District.
(he CFD will enact a tax rate, but wonT have to have a tax hearing as thai rate will he set arbitrarily by the system set 141 by the legislature. acc or ding to Campus.
A meeting will be called for a budget hearing when figures are availabk fur cost of tax collection and professional liability m.»uialice for the hoard NBISI) has provided a proposal for cost of collection rn the city but the board is sud awaiting a proposal from the County, Campus said
there was discussion about how the tax burden will shift to businesses because of the exemptions passed in the electron.
"Another thing dial could inflate the uu rue is the freeport inventory exemptions." C ampos sud
The frozen tax situation for people over 65 is snottier factor affecting tax rues.
"The (TED gets first shot at frozen taxes money ' he said “As the CEU rue escalates (as mandated for the
coming years up to $1 per UUU value lion), the school districts will probably get nothing
“More and more people will be tost un hat first uc 1 (CLD tax),” said Loa rue Curtis. NBISD business manager
the board declared diet the next rwrung of the Comal CCD will be suttee I to call when information comes in that mates a possible lo forma •ate a 'judger
City approves plan for LCRA park
By MARK WARNKEN Duff Writer
Eighteen aud of downtown prop city came a small step closet to becoming park land this week with city approval of a master development plan
Since 1987, the city of New Braun fell has leaked and maintained the aueage •- located west of I anda Hark across the canel aud north of Laude Sweet — from the Lower Colorado River Author ay u no cost
As pan of the 50-year deal, LCRA (•quired the city to develop a master perk pi an to identify appropriate uses for each pan of the park to ensure u tipi o venter us are well-designed. The City Council on Monday approved the $10,000 master plan. about a year in the Hulking
$ 1.5 million park moves step closer
Next. LCRA will review the prop used master plan lf approved, the property will be cleaned up and pus Ubly opened to the public initially es open space, said David Whately. Harks and Recreation department director
Development of the final $13 filii lion polk likely will be competed in phases through Laude Hark profits. city and parks department labor, one for -one matching grams from the state Harks and Wildlife Department, and possibly cooper wive projects with community organizations, be said
“We look u this as a multi year
project, Whatley sard “It will have to be dune ai pintas* We wdt ny 10 bund woiiipuirents as funds become •variable Right now. there arc no funds to du the project "
Chis gnu sauna feature of the p*au ta a botan wa) garden usa rn the neath em taction of the properly, said Dee ms hue a lands* ape architect auh J.T IXmhia sud Associates of Uaiias The awa will feature s pond fed by water pumped from the canal The wsMn will Bow back to dbl vans* through a waterfall feature Hi aas also call for a small amphitheater, seating between 1,500 ami I, KIO people, near the
(Jiber Clements include large and sinai! picnic shelters, two pedestrian bnogcs from Lands Park, 160 parking sp***, a jogging trail, an extension of the miniature train route, and an open playground area for children Green tty along the western end of (he prop en) will screen the power stance
V cluck access is planned at the north end of the property front Finder Olsburg Road aud at the south end trow I anda Street
The final prim also includes greco tty and boardwalks along the canal to help screen the concrete embankment. as suggested by the aromal during a recent workshop to review a prehnua-ary version of the plan of the
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