New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 30, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAYNew Braunfels Middle School has girls on the gridiron. See Page 6A.
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Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of JOEY MORALES
Vol. 143, No. 208
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Gordon Kniffin, Chris Slusser (four years), Benjamin Sanchez, Joey Morales, Shelly Cole, Gregory Bueche and Micaela Zoelier. Happy 15th anniversary to Jose and Diana Garcia.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -258 cubic-feet-per-sec., same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer — 624.58 feet above sea level, down .02. Guadalupe River — 108 c.f.s.
Quarter Moon closes concert series
Country band Quarter Moon will perform the free Concert in the Park Thursday, Aug. 31.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the dance slab in Landa Park. Bring lawn chairs, but no glass containers allowed. This is the last concert of the series this year.
Hermann Sons gather
Members of Hermann Sons Albert Kypfer Lodge #106 are reminded of the meeting and social Friday, Sept 1. The lodge will furnish hamburgers and hot dogs. Members are asked to bring something to go with the meat.
Polio Survivors Support Group to meet
The New Braunfels Polio Survivors Support Group will have its next meeting at 11 a m. Saturday, Sept. 2 at Landa Station restaurant, 381 Landa St. For information, call Debbie at 606-5556, Rena at 620-4473 or Raymond at 625-1363.
Tejano dance at Civic Center
A Pre-Labor Day dance with three bands, featuring Jay Perez will be held at the Civic Center Sept. 3. A portion of proceeds will benefit Project Learning. Presale tickets available at Ruben's Jewelers or call Dora at 606-0433 or Gloria at 625-8753.
Toby's School of Banco registration continuos
Toby's School of Dance has exDanded its registration until September. For more information, call 629-7974.
The Main Street Transportation Committee meeting set for Thursday has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled.
Young bowlers to register
New Braunfels Young American Bowling Alliance will sign up youth bowlers for fall leagues Saturday, Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at Comal Bowl (1202 Huisache - behind the new HEB). Leagues bowl on Saturdays at 9:30 a m. for ages 4 - 8 and 10:30 a m. for ages 9 - 20.
Call Donald or Kim at 625-6263 for more information Scholarships are available through these league sessions.
U.N. forces bombard Serb targets
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New apartment complex opens
The ribbon was cut yesterday for Grand Cypress Apartment Homes. The 164-unit complex at 453 Elliot Knox Boulevard was built by San Antonio's Schuparra Properties.Pictured, Dale and Helen Schuparra and Chamber of Commerce Blue Coats perform the ceremonial ribbon cutting.
Jack Davis is a free man again
By DENISE DZIUK
The man accused of murdering a Comal Independent School District teacher is out on $250,000 bond, pending a new trail.
Jack Warren Davis has been accused of killing local school teacher Kathic Balonis in November 1989. The murder and sexual mutilation occurred at The Oaks apartment complex, where Balonis was a resident and Davis was a maintenance man.
Davis stood tnal for the murder, was convicted and sentenced to life in pnson in 1990. However, several years after the trial, the verdict was overturned by a court of appeals due to an illegal search regarding the obtaining of blood samples, and a new trial was ordered, said special prosecutor Ray Taylor. Davis’ attorney further questioned the conviction because Fred Zain, a former serologist for the Bexar County Medical Examiner handled the blood samples. Zain has been accused of lying on the stand in several cases.
Davis’ bond was lowered to $50,000 and he posted it. The case then went before the Court of Appeals in Austin, to determine if Davis could stand trial
a second time or if the double jeopardy clause applied. The corp said he could sfenci trial, but Taylor said this ruling is still being questioned. He said the case could go back to trial within Five or six months.
“It’s hard to say when the courts can go as quick or as slow as they like,’’ he said.
Taylor said a higher bond was requested when the prosecution found out he could be retned, and Davis was put back in jail with a bond set at $250,000. Davis posted the bond around Aug. 14, and is believed to be living and working in Mississippi.
“He pretty likely went to Mississippi because he got a job there," said Taylor.
New Braunfels Police Department Det. Sgt. Basel Boatright said he has been in close contact with law enforcement officials in Mississippi. He said the police will keep an eye on Davis, and he will be kept updated on
arty happenings. He said it is an infor-ira' method of keeping tabs on Davis, ba it is all local authorities have to work with.
“That’s one of the problems with this case. There’s no method to ensure the judge's orders are followed,” said Boatright.
Louise Balonis, the victim’s mother, said the idea of Davis being out of jail “is disgusting,’’ and he should not have even been given the opportunity to get out on bond.
“Everyone’s treating it too casually. They’re treating this guy like he stole a hub cap. He murdered my daughter," she said.
Balonis said she is “fed-up and outraged” with the way the case has progressed so far. She said she has seen a change attitude when it comes to the victims of crimes. However, she has not seen this change in Comal County.
She said she is hopeful that Davis will be convicted a second time.
“November 17 will be six years. I don’t see any closure to this, lf he had gotten the death penalty the first time, and was already executed, there would be closure,” she said.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Answering a deadly Bosnian Serb mortar attack on Sarajevo that dared a reluctant world to act, NATO warplanes and U.N. rapid reaction forces today unleashed a bomb and artillery assault on Serb targets around the besieged city.
A senior U.S. Defense Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, called this morning’s attacks “Round One,” and said more strikes were planned over the next several days.
In the biggest NATO action yet since the organization’s founding in 1949, three waves of warplanes struck between 2 a.m. and 9 a.m. (8 p.m. Tuesday and 3 arn. today EDT).
U.N. sources said NATO jets also targeted Bosnian Serb air defenses near the towns of Mostar in the west, Gorazde in the east, and Tuzla to the north, but there was no immediate NATO confirmation.
The United Nations said there were no NATO or U.N. deaths.
The first explosions were heard from the direction of the Bosnian Serb stronghold of Pale, to the southeast. The sky over the northern suburb of Vogosca, home to a Bosnian Serb munitions factory, also glowed red with bright flashes and smoke could be seen billowing there after a series of explosions.
Detonation flashes also were seen to the south, and the rumble of artillery could be heard. The international rapid reaction force also opened up from Mount Igman, southwest of the city, sending more than 600 shells toward Serb positions between 4:45 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. (10:45 p.m. Tuesday EDT and 1:30 arn. EDT), said Lt. Col Pierre Briere, a U.N. spokesman.
He said a “very important” ammunition depot was destroyed southwest of Sarajevo. Serb counter-fire was immediately returned, he said.
The attacks had gone "a significant way” toward eliminating the Serbs’ ability to bombard Sarajevo, said another NATO spokesman in Naples, Maj. Panagiotis Theodorakidis.
A U.N. official in Sarajevo said the
aim of this morning’s attacks was to reimpose a weapons exclusion zone around Sarajevo. A 12 1/2-milc zone around Sarajevo was imposed last year after a mortar attack that killed 68 people, but it gradually eroded.
More than 60 NATO aircraft from several countries flew from bases in Italy and the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt to conduct this morning’s strike, Theodorakidis said. There were no indications any allied planes had been hit by Serb air defenses.
NATO targets initially included air defense sites, missile sites and communications facilities, he said. Attacks were later extended to ammunition depots and local command posts.
President Clinton, vacationing in Jackson Hole, Wyo., called the anack “an appropriate response to the shelling of Sarajevo.” He predicted the show of force would not derail the delicate peace negotiations in the former Yugoslavia.
The Western allies had demanded retaliation after U.N. investigators concluded the Serbs were responsible for the mortar attack near a crowded Sarajevo market Monday that killed 37 people.
Bosnian Serb radio, in its first commentary, called the NATO assault a “criminal attack on civilian and some military objects.” It said initial assessments indicated there were civilian casualties and “significant material damage.”
To prevent the Serbs from retaliating by taking peacekeepers hostage as they did after previous airstnkes, the I anted Nations had pulled its troops out of Serb-held areas.
The only peacekeepers remaining on Serb-held territory were about 450 Russians, officials said. They were thought unlikely to be taken hostage because of Moscow’s traditional ties to the Serbs.
Serb-led Yugoslavia has endured more than three years of U N. sanctions for inciting Serb rebellions in Bosnia and Croatia that have left more than 200,000 people dead or missing.
Rushed presentation paid off with news that convention is heading here
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Teamwork, creativity and enthusiasm — and quick, intense work — made New Braunfels the first small city to hold a Texas Downtown Association convention.
Main Street Director Karen “K. C.” Crandall got the official word Monday that New Braunfels will be the site of the Nov. 1997 Texas Downtown Association convention.
“We had four days to throw the presentation together,” Crandall said. “Our theme was and will be “Rivers of Progress, Rivers of History,”.
Rivers have brought people to the New Braunfels area for thousands of years, and they form the backdrop for a multicultural mix that includes Native American, Spanish and German, Crandall said.
Using a Chamber of Commerce video, a presentation by Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Jim Scheele, and a musical skit, the New Braunfels team beat out stiff competition for the convention. “We did it in a humorous way,” Crandall said.
Scheele, Cathy Talcott and Melissa Medrano of the Compania de Danza Folklonca portrayed the Native American, Spanish and German cultures in the skit, Crandall said. “It was really fun and they loved it,” she said. “They gave us a standing ovation.”
'N you can throw in some fun, it shows you have creativity.’
— Karen Crandall
Competition between cities is hot to lure conventions and the tourist dollars they bring, Scheele said. It’s becoming more common for cines to pull out all the creative stops to sell associations on the merits of their city.
“Typically a group trying to get the convention puts together a manual or packet,” Scheele said. “When they’ve seen four or five packets, you have to distinguish yourself and make it fun.” Putting forth that extra effort worked for New Braunfels, Scheele said, “lf you can throw in some fun it shows you have creativity," he said.
Crandall and company will do a repeat performance of their “Rivers of Progress, Rivers of History” skit at the next meeting of the local Downtown Association — at noon Sept. 5 at the Hummel Museum, Crandall said.
The New Braunfels Downtown Association will celebrate its 30th birthday in April of 1997, Crandall said, “...since 1991 we’ve had a reinvestment figure in the downtown area of almost $10 million,” she said. “We’ll hit $10 million this year.”
City may change parade rules
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A new amendment will tighten up the ordinance on local parades — if it passes three readings in city council. An amendment tightening regulations on parade conduct, introduced at Monday night’s meeting, passed its first reading by one vote.
lf the amendment passes the next two readings it will go into effect in time for the Comal County Fair Parade.
“This started out to be a housekeeping ordinance,” said New Braunfels Police Chief Ray Douglas. “In the past some people have been offended by objects thrown from floats."
“In some instances small children were running dangerously close to the moving floats,” Douglas said.
The amendment would make interfering with a parade’s progress illegal. It would ban parade participants from using “silly string” and similar products and small explosive devices like "throwdowns.”
People on floats would no longer be able to throw candy or small gifts into the crowd if the amendment passed.
“It’s getting to where the ‘don’ts’ become larger than the ‘dos,’” Councilman C. Ray Schoch said.
After some debate, the city council decided to allow parade participants walking along the parade route to hand — not throw — treats to people in the crowd.
As the amendment was introduced to Monday’s meeting, it also prohibited marching bands from stopping to play. “What is the hor-nble travesty about a band playing at the plaza — the crowd on the plaza sure seems to love it,” said Councilwoman Brenda Freeman.
“lf you can’t throw things and you can’t play music, then what do you have?” said Councilman Tim Walker.
When the city council passed the first reading of the amendment, the part prohibiting “marching units” from stopping was removed. Voting in favor of the parade amendment in its first reading were Councilman Juan Luis Martinez, Councilwoman Jan Kennady, Freeman and Schoch. Walker, Mayor Paul E. Fraser Jr. and Mayor Pro-Tem Chris Bowers voted against the amendment’s first reading.
“It seemed like there was so much in it that the council was debating that it would be more appropnate to send it back and rework it,” Fraser said. “The problem is that there is a time constraint before the Comal County Fair Parade.”
‘lf you can’t throw things and you can’t play music, then what do you have?’
— Councilman Tim Walker
The parade amendment goes before the city council for the second reading Sept. 11. 71k* final reading is Sept. 25.
In other business, the city council unanimously tabled consideration of the interlocal agreement between New Braunfels and Comal County about the restoration and maintenance of the Faust Street bridge. “I’d at least like to read and study it until the Sept 11 meeting,” kennady said.
The city council gave the Safe City Commission the go-ahead to hold a community gang awareness forum Oct. 16 at the Civic Center, waiving the usual rental fees.
“The program will be similar to the one presented it the National Night out on Aug I," Safe C ity’s proposal said. The October forum should take a mole serious tone than the National Night Out presentation, said Nora Morales of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at