New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Note left in convenience store leads to
By DAVID DEKUH06R
Guadalupe County Sheriffs officers are investigating a possible abduction after a convenience store customer received a note Friday from a woman who said she had been kidnapped by her husband Larry Morawictz, chief of criminal investigation with the Guadalupe County Sheriffs Department, said the young woman left the note with a customer at a convenience store in western Guadalupe County on Interstate IO.
MAU the note said was ‘call this number' and she gave a number, and to tell Mac dud she was being held by her husband against her will,** Morawietz said
Morawietz said the woman was identified as Christina Van Camp, 24, of Cleveland, Texas. Her husband was identified as Jimmy Van Camp, 34.
A dispatcher with the Guadalupe County Sheriffs Department said the woman had not been located as of Saturday afternoon.
Morawietz said he called the number on the note and “Mac” told
him the woman's name.
Christina Van Camp was described
as 5-feet-7-inches tall, weighing 95 to IOO pounds with brown eyes and auburn hair.
Jimmy Van Camp was described as 5-feet-6-inches tall, weighing 170 to 180 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.
He was said to be wearing a black cowboy hat and boots.
Morawietz said they could be driving a green and tan extended cab Ford pickup or a blue four-door Intrepid.
“It appears she went into the
bathroom and used a paper towel (for the note)," Morawietz said. “It appears her husband got her out of the bathroom and she gave the customer the note as the male led her (Hit of the More. The customer gave it to the manager and the manager to me.”
Morawietz said he called authorities in Liberty County who said they knew the couple but had no arrest warrants for any alleged abduction by Jimmy Van Camp.
Liberty County is in east Texas.
Morawietz said he was not sure whether the man who allegedly was
spotted at the convenience store with Christina Van Camp was her husband.
“We don’t know if it is true, false, or otherwise,** he said. “So we will handle it like it is true until we find them. Right now my concern is her safety.*’
Morawietz said the couple could be in the Comal County area. «
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Guadalupe County Sheriffs Department at 303-5241 or (830) 379-1224.
Mi Douglas Fox Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidl Funeral Home in New Braunfels for Paul Douglas Fox, of San Antonio, who died on Friday, Aug. 29 1997 at the age of 34.
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home
On the agenda
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month. The high release rate was not good for tubing but was fine for whitewaterrafting.
Ellen Posey, owner of Whitewater Sports Campground, said it hurt to not have tubing in July, but her business survived.
“We had fun with the guided raft trips,” Posey said. “It was exhilarating. The guides that were here woe fun and exhilarating.”
Posey said August business picked up when the Corps reduced the release to 700 cubic feet per second and less, which was safe for tubing.
“There were a lot of people calling minute by minute to see when the river was coming down,” she said. “A lot of people were planning for August.”
Since school started in mid-August, she said she expected the busiest times to be during the weekends into September.
John Guenzel of River Valley Resort/Rio Raft Company said his business had not picked up that much because children were going back to school.
“The weekends have been fair and the weekdays slow,” Guenzel said.
Guenzel said Rio Raft Company
was able to get through the no-tubing season in July.
“Things were way off but not as bad as the drought,” Guenzel said referring to last summer's drought. “The only way we made ends meet was that we offered raft trips.” Guenzel said he was looking forward to Labor Day weekend because his RV park was booked.
“We got a few groups coming iff on the weekends, and with this good water and weather we hope for local San Antonio and Austin people to come out,” Guenzel said.
Billie Richey, of-Maricopa Ranch Resort, said not having tubers
affected her business a little bit but not too much.
“We are not totally dependent on the river and the lake,” she said. “We probably do better than most. We have reunions and seminars.”
Richey said she was looking forward to the upcoming Hill Country Triathlon and a woodcarver’s convention in October, which would fill rooms at the lodge.
Because the Guadalupe River was not suitable for tubing for a month, some outfitters shuttled tubers to the Comal River.
New Braunfels Police Lt. John Wommack said his department had a
busy year watching over thousands of river enthusiats on the Comal River.
The city was so crowded during the Fourth of July weekend that the city had to close streets to vehicles so people could get to their homes.
“We had more traffic accidents because more people were in town,” Wommack said.
“We put more officers on the (Comal) river on canoes. We did our normal summer thing to try and concentrate on the parks where the biggest number of people were. We put on extra people to handle the crowds in the parks,” he said.
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The New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The board will discuss the1997 tax rate using 1996 values. They also will take a roll call vote on the maximum tax rate, which determines the highest tax rate the board will consider adopting.
A public hearing on the tax rate also will be scheduled.
The meeting will be conducted in the education center board room, 430 W. Mill St., and is open to the public.
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With Labor Day heralding the end of summer and school starting two weeks ago, water recreation business on local rivers is winding down.
Consequently, local tourism officials and city staff are shifting their focus to an arsenal of fall and winter events.
Festtage, a series of about 15 Christmas-related events in New Braunfels, and Wurstfest in November are building momentum as the tourist events of the fall and winter.
“I don’t even want to try to match
100.000 (summer tourists) on weekends,” said Marian Benson, chair of the Festtage committee. “We’re trying to reach a reasonable expectation for 5,000 to 10,000 people to shave more of multi j—ntiooal events”
Festtage attracts an estimated
3.000 winter Texans, usually retired, by offering holiday-related events.
Added attractions include Wassailfest, downtown lighting and last year’s featured Glowfest, an event that mixed holiday music and hot air balloons.
The idea has been to start traditions
■ New Braunfels Police arrested a
19-year-old New Braunfels man on a charge of public intoxication Thursday. Bond was set at $97.
■ New Braunfels Police investigated a report of theft Thursday in the 600 block of South Seguin Avenue. A 42-year-old New Braunfels woman reported that her $500 antique stick pin was stolen between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. She said she laid the pin cm the counter at Artistic Custom Framing and believes two women may have taken it while inside the store. Police said they had no witnesses or suspects.
■ New Braunfels Police arrested a 26-year-old Austin man on charges of speeding and failure to appear. Bonds totaled $275. The man was trying to leave Pit-Stop, 300 Texas 46, without paying for some items when police arrived and discovered two warrants issued by the Department of Public Safety in Waco for his arrest.
that would become larger each year and make New Braunfels more than a summer-only destination.
“The first year or two (these Festtage events) are primarily locally-based and then through the years as the word gets out, we’ll have more and more out-of-towners,” said Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek.
The city and the chamber have focused on jump starting the River of Lights project this year.
The project will run 45 days from the day after Wurstfest in November to the beginning of January and will provide about 38 lighting displays for people to see as they drive through Cypress Bend Park.
“I think this is an excellent example of getting year-round tourism,” said Mayor Jan Kennedy. “We’ve got summer covered up.' We’vp got fall covered, and pow we’re getting December and January.”
The city is paying for the event in a three-year contract with a New York company that will lease the displays for a price not to exceed $ 150,000.
Admission would cost a proposed $7 for each car.
City officials are projecting 30,000
cars will pass through the displays for a total revenue of $210,000 and a profit of $30,000 in the project’s first year.
Nearly $100,000 in profit is expected if the event grows larger in the next few years, according to city projections.
The New Braunfels chamber receives more than $700,000 of hotel occupancy tax revenue from the city in a contract to promote overnight tourism in New Braunfels.
While new events are beginning to attract non-summer tourists, Meek said New Braunfels should consider entering the convention business as a way to increase year-round tourism.
No building currently exists in New Braunfels that could provide a full-service hotel with other amenities such as a golf coarse, Meek said.
,"Th% «lbc next sty) in our evolution, he said. We would have a dynamic meeting facility business, which is year-round.”
He also said the bus tour business would be another way to promote year-round tourism.
Although some bus tours are offered now, he said because New Braunfels had two rivers with
numerous bridges and underpasses, the industry avoided this area.
“They read maps and avoid places like us,” he said. “They don’t want to
have buses stuck. When we have those issues resolved, that will open us up to increased bus business. We’re not meeting our potential.”
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■ New Braunfels Police arrested a 20-year-old New Braunfels man on charges of failure to identify and minor in possession of an alcoholic beverage.
Police reported that they stopped the man in the 1600 block of West Mill Street for allegedly failing to signal.
They arrested him after they found a warrant for one charge and after he allegedly gave them a false name.
■ Comal County Sheriffs deputies responded to a report of criminal mischief at Hill Country Resort and Farm-to-Market Road 306 Wednesday at Canyon Lake. Juvenile gang members believed to be from San Antonio allegedly put gang signs on property near the HBI Country Resort.
Police said they are investigating the case and have suspects.
■ Comal County Sheriffs deputies responded to a report of criminal mischief in the 1900 block
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