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Police empty Comal River after bomb scare
By David Rupkalvis
A bomb scare led to the evacuation of the Comal River and parts of Schlitterbahn and San Antonio Street for two hours Saturday afternoon.
New Braunfels Police Department Sgt. Chris Snyder said the department received information at 2:48 p.m. that a man in his mid 20s, possibly of Middle Eastern descent, threw two backpacks over a fence in an area crowded with people near the San Antonio Street Bridge and ran and jumped into the river.
Snyder said a visitor in the Comal River reported what he saw to a law
enforcement officer who passed on the information to police.
Snyder said that due to the suspicious circumstances, police cleared all tubers and swimmers in the Comal River, closed San Antonio Street at the Comal River Bridge and emptied the Surfenburg portion of Schlitterbahn.
Snyder said the department’s goal was to clear anyone within 500 feet of the area.
“Schlitterbahn security worked great with us and luckily we had the luxury of having officers on the rivers,” he said. “Otherwise, we would have had to do this with the
six patrol officers on duty.”
During a search of the area, police located two backpacks in the area where the witness suggested. Because the NBPD does not have a bomb squad, a bomb squad from the San Antonio Police Department was called in.
The SAPD officers checked both backpacks and determined they had no explosives. New Braunfels police later determined the backpacks held only clothing and shoes.
Snyder said the owner of one backpack was located and he was not of Middle Eastern descent. No charges were filed.
DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
Less-than-happy tubers load into buses after the Comal River was evacuated Saturday afternoon after a bomb scare.
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Friedman sings, jokes, campaigns during visit
By David Rupkalvis
■ Radio show gives Friedman chance to speak but also works forTexas musicians, see Page 10A
Gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman went back to his roots Saturday much to the delight of a standing-room-
only crowd at the Freiheit Country Store.
Friedman, who is trying to become the first independent candidate elected governor since Sam Houston in 1859, did his share of campaigning during a visit to New Braunfels. But when he took out his guitar and began singing, his fans really went crazy.
With his trusty sidekick “Jew-ford” by his side, Friedman sang three songs and then went back on the campaign trail.
“I believe musicians can better run this state than politicians,” Friedman said. “Heck, I think beauticians can better run this state than politicians.”
Since Friedman announced his candidacy, there has been a growing buzz in the state, ranging from laughter to those who take Friedman’s effort seriously.
For the more than IOO people who crowded into Freiheit’s to watch as Friedman taped an episode for the “Humble Time" radio show, Friedman’s candidacy is not only serious, it s an opportunity for Texans to take control of their state.
likely to rise if CL Water sale approved
By David Rupkalvis
CANYON LAKE — SJW Corp. President Richard Roth admits his company sells water to make a profit, but if SJW purchases the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation, Roth promises rates will not rise for at least two years.
Wednesday, Roth said the proposed
AT A GLANCE
Three public meetings are planned to let users discuss the proposed sale of Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation to SJW Corp.
■ 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bill Brown Elementary in Bulverde
■ 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rebecca Creek Elementary
■ 7 p.rn.Thursday at Mountain Valley Elementary in Sattler
Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
Cigar-smoking gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman stops to take a souvenir photo with cigar-chomping supporter Deborah Center before taking the stage at the Freiheit Country Store Saturday afternoon. Below, Pam Harden listens to Friedman speak, sing and joke during his performance for the 'HumbleTime' radio show.
“The Republican party has left me. The schools are going to heck, and I have 12-year-old and 14-year-old girls," Tom Clark said.
“Our last, best hope is we need another Sam Houston instead of more of the same. I kind of see Kinky Friedman as the independent party’s Ronald Reagan.”
Friedman admits the two major political parties are not taking him seriously but will soon enough.
"I don’t think theres anyway we can lose,” Friedman said. “If you talk to politicians, theres no way an independent can win. You talk to the regular people and they say,
‘if that little booger gets on the
See KINKY, Page 10A
sale would have little immediate impact on CLWSC customers or employees.
“We don’t see any change in rates at least for a couple of years,” Roth said. “I think the major change will be the resources we can bring in. Each employee will retain their jobs. For the day-to-day operations, I don’t think there will be any changes.”
Last week, the CLWSC Board of Directors approved the sale of the company to SJW. Before final action can be taken, the board must approve a final deal, two-thirds of the water users must approve the sale, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality must give its approval.
See WATER, Page 8A
Police, outfitters prepare for rush of Labor Day visitors to New Braunfels.
Life without parole among new laws taking effect Thursday
By Kelley Shannon
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN —The law for punishing capital murderers in the nation’s No. I death penalty state is about to change as Texas juries get the option of sentencing defendants to life in prison without parole.
Whether the new law will mean
fewer executions remains unknown, though some death penalty opponents say it will. Attorneys aren’t so sure. Texas has executed 12 inmates so far this year, and 348 since the state resumed the death penalty in 1982.
“Texas is still going to get a lot of death sentences,” said Keith Hampton, legislative chair of the
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
The life without parole law is one of hundreds of new laws taking effect Thursday following the spring legislative session. Others include reforms to child protective services, limits on lawsuits stemming from asbestos- and silica-related illnesses and a require
ment that unmarried girls under age 18 get parental consent for abortions.
Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed the parental consent bill because it gives parents the right to decide whether their daughter should receive an abortion, just
See LAWS, Page 3A
NEW LAWS TAKE EFFECT
Some of the new laws taking effect Thursday are:
■ Life Without Parole: Gives jurors the option of sentencing murderers to life in prison without parole or the death penalty.
■ Abortion Consent: Requires a parent to provide written consent for unmarried girls under 18 to get an abortion.
■ Child Protective Services reform: Allows the hiring of up to 2,500 new caseworkers and moves some agency tasks to private companies.
■ Workers' Compensation reform: Creates new doctor networks and increases benefits to injured workers.
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