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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas 21 Wednesday, August 31,2011 | herald-ZEITUNG.COM For breaking news, sports and traffic follow us on Twitter ©NewBraunfelsHZ Become a New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Facebook fan at Sign up for e newsletter by visiting the Herald-Zeiting online KÌ ► COMING UP IN THE H Z Thursday Looking for something to do7 Check out the Weekend page to see what's happening Gear up for high school football with previews of local games in the Sports section Saturday The Herald-Zeitung's Faith pages feature local houses of worship every Saturday Herald-Zeitung columnist Mike Fitsko puts his unique spin on life's events ► fOm DAILY COMMUTE The following Canyon Lake boat ramp closures have been announced ■    Canyon Lake Forest, Ramp 5 ■    Canyon Lake Hills West, Ramp 7 ■    Canyon Lake Shores. Ramp 22 ■    Mystic Shores, Ramp 23 Most-read story at Homestead exemption changes start Sept 1 BECOME AN I REPORTER h -z ■vi'.î'ie'aid /eitung com ► WHAT S ON THE AGENDA Upcoming public meetings include ■    Comal County Commissioners’ Court, 815 a m Thursday, 199 Mam Plaza ■    Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, 6 p.m. Sept 6. Landa Haus ■    New Braunfels Planning Commission, 6 p.m. Sept 6, City Council Chambers, 424 S. Castell Ave ON! INE EXTRA MEETING AGENDAS Visit to download agendas for upcoming local public meetings. New Braunfels Herald vZeitung HERALD ZEITUNG.COM 707 Landa St., New Braunfels. TX 78130 (8301625-9144, tax (830)625 1224 Published on Saturday, Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Thursday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (USPS 377 880), 707 Landa Street, or PO. Orawer 311328. New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas 78131 1328 Periodical postage paid at New Braunfels, Texas. POSTMASTER Send address changes to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, PO Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Delivery Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 6 am Tuesday through Friday and by 7 a in Saturday and Sunday can call (830) 625-9144, ext 229 Staff directory Doug Toney. Editor and Publisher, Ext. 201 doug [email protected] zeitung com Autumn Phillips, Managing Editor, Ext 220 aphiltips#heratd Shawn Lewis. Assistant Managing Editor, Ext, 221 Chris Hoffman. Sports Editor, Ext 223 [email protected] /eitung com Kate Thomas, Copy Editor, Ext 222 Greg Bowen, Staff writer, Ext 225 Dalondo Moultrie Staff writer, Ext. 224 dmoultrie> Will Wright, Staff writer, Ext 218 Laura McKenzie Photographer, Ext. 227 [email protected]* Shannon Myers, Advertising Director, Ext 208 smyers «herald Jeff Fowler, Circulation Director, Ext. 228 jfowier ^herald Rosie Willingham, Business Managet, Ext 202 Henry Coello, Production Director, (830) 625 5232 hcoellQitherald Classified advert rig, call 625 9144, ext. 207; display advertising, call 625-9144, ext 208, obituaries, weddings, engagement, anniversaries, call 62.5-9144, ext 214 ■ J w * sports1©herald 8 Lp J ■ [email protected] com 1 Wf M, • [email protected] |||| Jm Jg ■ [email protected] * [email protected] [email protected] 1 weekend, 6 credit card thefts By Dalondo Moultrie The Herald Zeitunq New Braunfels Police Department officers took six reports over the weekend of credit/debit card abuse in fhe (ify, a department spokesman said. I t. Heath Purvis said five reports came in between about 12:40 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday and one (> p.m. Saturday. According to Purvis: An officer was dispatched about 12:40 p.m. fo the tOO block of Casttewood Drive where a yit tim stated someone broke into an unlot ked pic kup between 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at a restaurant in the 500 bloc k of N Business 5r> and stole credit cards and other items. The victim discovered the c art Is were used after call ing to cancel them. About 12:55 p.m., an officer went to police headquarters to take a report of credit card abuse. A victim said he had his wallet stolen about 11 p.m. Aug. 23 in the (>00 block of Crosspoint Drive and someone made charges to his credit card account. A woman who received a fraud-alert call from her bank contac ted police about 1:35 p.m. Friday in the* 1500 block of Interstate 35 N. and reported numerous c harges appeared on her account, apparently from out of state. Another woman reported about 4:10 j.m. Friday at police headquarters having ost her c redit c ard in Seguin. She1 said she went to her bank to report the card miss ing, where a bank employee informed her that several charges had been made on the account over the weekend anti she should inform NBPD because two of the charges were made in New Braunfels. A woman showed up at PD headquarters about 7:30 p.m. Friday because her bank called her about a fraudulent charge from Aug. 24. The woman checked her account and notic ed several more bogus transactions, some in New Braunfels. On Saturday about 6 p.m., a vic tim in the UK) block of N. Seguin Avenue reported someone broke into a vehicle between about 4:45 p.m. and the time she made the report. She said the front passenger window was smashed, a purse was stolen and the c redit cards inside were used. IIDDEN HISTORY NAME OF SUBJECT South Seguin Avenue Railroad Underpass, New Braunfels BACKGROUND This year marks the 75th anniversary of the grand opening of the South Seguin Avenue Railroad Underpass At noon on July 29, 1936, the new underpass was opened to vehicles and pedestrians, according to the New Braunfels Herald Before it was built, travelers on South Seguin drove up a slight incline to cross the Missouri-Pacific (formerly the International & Great Northern) railroad tracks, A 1930s photograph at shows that grade crossing A proposed underpass on Seguin, also state Highway No 46, promised a safe and unrestricted passageway beneath the tracks into downtown New Braunfels In 1935, the Works Progress Administration allocated $82,000 in federal funds to the State Highway Department for the underpass. In November 1935, Austin Bridge Co. of Dallas won the state construction contract with a low bid of $72,855.80 New Braunfels Board of City Commissioners agreed to move all utility lines. Photo courtesy o1 Seguin Avenue underpass circa 1935 from the TxDOT photo archive. Early in 1936, construction on the underpass began with local labor and locally quarried limestone. Temporary railroad tracks were laid and street traffic detoured along East Faust Street to Comal Avenue to Hampe Street. The Depression-era WPA project provided jobs for about 80 men from January-July 1936 The new underpass, with its dramatic dip and limestone walls, represented "an unusual feat of engineering as the project is located on a slight curve of the railroad," according to the Herald The underpass currently is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Marilyn Kuehler Have you seen a piece of “Hidden History" in New Braunfels you would like to know more about? Send your suggestion to [email protected] or bring it to the newspaper office at 707 Landa St BOOKINGS Law enforcement officers in New Braunfels and Comal County booked the following individuals between August 29 and August 30: ♦    Joseph Dominic Barrientos, 21, New Braunfels, driving while license invalid two charges, minor in possession of alcohol, public intoxication ♦    Gerald Leroy Burns, 21, Seguin, driving while intoxicated ♦    Parker Cole Cellmer, 27, Converse, assault causes bodily intury, driving while license invalid with previous conviction or suspen sion without financial responsibility ♦    LaQuince Edward Chamberlayne, 29, New Braunfels, driving while license invalid Capias Pro Fine ♦    Larry Cline, 45, hold for Texas Department of Criminal Justice/possession or transport chemical with intent to manufacture, bench/failure to appear/possession with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, bench/failure to appear/possession controlled sub stance penalty group 1 under I g Analogue Ct II ♦    Tondra Daily, 22, Austin, possession controlled substance penalty group 1 under 1G - two charges, possession controlled substance penalty group 3 under 28G, possession of drug paraphernalia ♦    Juan Antonio Gongora, 38, Spring Branch, cruelty to non-live-stock animals: failure to provide 2 charges ♦    Anthony Guerrero, 19, Blanco, no driver's license, no insurance, possession of drug paraphernalia ♦    Lee Lamar Jackson, 23, New Braunfels, no seat belt - driver ♦    Nathan Aaron Kneupper, 22, New Braunfels, public intoxication ♦    James Taylot Mayer, 37, Fischer, possession dangerous drug - three charges, public intoxication ♦    Whitney Lynn McKay, 24, Sari Antonio, public intoxication ♦    Donna Baird Owensby, 52, San Antonio, motion to proceed adjudication - tamper or fabricate physical evidence with intent to impair human corpse ♦    Juan Manuel Ruiz Jr., 33, New Braunfels, driving while intoxicated 3rd or more ♦    Amanda Marie Sanders, 21, New Braunfels, failure to obey commitment order/ motion to proceed ad|udication/theft property between $500 and $1,500 ♦    Paul Gene Simpson, 17, San Antonio, possession marijuana under two ounces in drug free zone, possession drug paraphernalia ♦    Stephanie Mae Thomas, 18, San Antonio, failure to appear/fail to attend school ♦    Shaw Wendel Wagner, 25, Austin, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license invalid Under the U S Constitution, any person/defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty. If any person is found not guilty or had the charges dropped without the State proceeding to trial and would like that finding published in the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, contact Managing Editor, Autumn Phillips, at (830) 625-9144 or email [email protected] BOOKINGS New Braunfels Police Department reported the following incidents between 7 a.m. Friday and 6:59 a.m, Monday: ♦    Aug. 26, 8:10 a.m., 18-year-old male skipped school and has not returned home at the 300 block of N Washington Ave. Investigating Officer D Sweet. ♦    10:18 a.m., subject arrested for driving while intoxicated at the 4600 block of FM 306. Investigating Officer D. Sweet. ♦    June 1, noon, sexual assault at the 2900 block of Sunset Dr. Investigating Officer E. Cuellar, ♦    Aug. 26,10:01 a.m., offender entered residence destroying items and stealing property at the 1000 block of Mission Dr Investigating Officer M Garcia ♦    10:45 a.m., unknown subjects) stole outside AC unit from new home under construction at the 2100 block of Hazelwood Dr. Investigating Officer R. Gardner. ♦    10:46 a.m., exterior AC unit stolen at the 2600 block of FM 725 Investigating Officer R. Luna ♦    12:30 p.m., unknown offender made entry through rear sliding window of truck and stole numerous items at the 300 block of Castlewood Dr. Investigating Officer R Luna. ♦    1:17 p.m., male stole merchandise valued between $50 and $500 at the 200 block of Creekside Way, Investigating Officer D Sweet. ♦    Aug 24,8 a.m., complainant's son-in-law stole money and debit card from wallet and then used debit card without consent at the 600 block of Crosspoint Dr. Investigating Officer L. Bettice. ♦    Aug. 26, 2.15 p.m., subjects reported to be operating a vehicle while intoxicated at the 500 block of E. San Antonio St., found to have open alcoholic containers, and NBMC warrant. Investigating Officer G Anderson. ♦    1:44 p.m., unknown subject(s) used victim's debit card number in California at the 1500 block of 1-35 N. Investigating Officer D Sweet. ♦    12:30 p.m., offender entered unlocked vehicle and stole assorted credit cards at the 500 block of N Business 35 Investigating Officer R. Luna. ♦    4:10 p.m., two people used debit card without owner's consent at the 1400 block of S. Seguin Ave. Investigating Officer A. Taylor. ♦    4:30 p.m., found wallet at the 1900 block of W County Line Rd. . /// /r/trr r/ .//, ! June Itosulcs Aleman, wife of Joe 1C ( ¡uerrcru who passed avvu-y August 19, 2(111, won Id like to thank the following people: Joe’s close friends, Tom Joliffe, Jesse mid Mary < 'hapa, Kenneth Inch, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Inch, (iarlos Tijerina, and everyone at the American Legion, \ I W, and the I loity Toil; Passers-by and emergency medical personnel who / attended to Joe on \ugust lt>, 201 I, with special thanks'» to Tracey Bruno for your kind words and prayers; All of (he doctors and nurses who attended to Joe throughout his battle with diabetes, with special thanks to the staff at Dav ila of New Braunfels; Kvery one w ho helped with Jot 's f uneral, including his brother David (iucrrcro, his brother Tomás anil wife < iintly (iucrrcro, “Little Key” Rosales, Adrián and Cry stal Kosales, Mr. and Mrs. l-'rancisco Lopez, L\ a Sanchez, Fr. < Jamil« > of O.J and Zoeller Funeral I lome. J a »bi j. Public’s a no-show at By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung A lack of public participation resulted in a quit k public hearing on Comal County's proposed tax rate increase Tuesday morning. Comal County judge Sherman Krause opened the hearing by explaining that a tax rate of 33.8 cents per $100 valuation would be required to generate the' same amount of tax revenue as the current, tax rate, 3 * 4 cents. A drop in taxable value's is thee ulprit behind that difference. "Our proposed tax rate is I.6 c ents higher than (33.4), for a total rate ot 3S.04 cents," Krause said. The inc rease would generate funds lor debt service payments for four major projec is lor which I Minds were issued in June: the Krueger Canyon Dam projec t, the Farm to-Market Road 3 Oh improvement project, Phase II of a computer software upgrade for the county's iudic ial system, and right-ot-way acquisition for the U.S. 281 improvement project. "That is what we are here to take some input on this morning," Krause said, before calling tor public comment. But only a deputy, a reporter and a handful of county stalters attendc'd. With no public comment, the public nearing was c losed. The hearing lastcxl a couple of minutes. "Two minutes. Does that count as the fastest meeting we've had'" asked County Commissioner Greg Parker Market watch Aug 30,2011 Dow Jones industrials Nasdaq composite Standard & Poor’s 500 Russell 2000 +20.70 11,559,95 + 14.00 2,576.11 +2.84 1,212 92 ♦3.43 728 08 NYSE diary Advanced: 1,909 Declined: 1,101 Unchanged: 119 Volume:    4 0b Nasdaq diary Advanced:    1,320 Declined:    1,199 Unchanged:    121 Volume:    18b AP KS IriM’ OMnt DfUiii1 llill Friday The Texas Jamm Band featuring members of George Strait’s Act: in the Hole Band Saturday & Sunday Niyht Charlie Robison September 10th Paul Thorn September I Ith Gospel Brunch w/a Texas Twist 9/11: How did it change you? Sept. 11, 2001 was the day that “changed everything,” but how many of us did it change in any sort of lasting way? For a time we may have felt more united, more vulnerable, more concerned over the state of the world; then we went back to old routines. Vet some did set out to change their lives. Some moved. Quit jobs. Started foundations. Found God. How did 9/11 change you? Send your thoughts in 300 words or less to [email protected] or bring it to the newspaper office at 707 Landa St. Be sure to include your name and contact information. Now Braunfels Herald vZeitung ;