New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
West End park improvements may yield public hearing
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Two generous offers have Parks Board members talking about a February public hearing in the West Find area to receive citizen input on park development there.
One offer came in a letter from Herb Schneider, board chairman at New Braunfels National Bank, who indicated an interest in funding some improvements at Ernest Kike! Park.Parks roundup
The other offer was accepted by City Council in late October, involving about an acre of land on the northeast corner of North West End Avenue and Katy Street, which was donated by the Tulip Corp. in Houston, to serve as a neighborhood park.
At Monday night’s parks board meeting, parks director David Whatley suggested a “two-in-one” public hearing as a way to receive citizen input on future development of both parks. The suggestion was embraced by the board, which requested both parks reappear as a unit on the January agenda for possibly scheduling a public hearing in February.
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Man killed in hunting mishap
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
A 21-year-old hunter was accidentally shot and killed around 2 p.m. Saturday near Encino Park, a Bexar County sheriff’s department detective said.
Paul Rumage, 21, of Bulverde Hills died after receiving a gunshot wound in the head. The immediate investigation ruled it accidental death, detective Mike Phillips said, but the medical examiner's report, which is still pending, will make a final determination.
He had been hunting with two others, a 13-year-old
boy and the boy’s father, and went off alone stalking deer. Rumage, who was in camouflage gear and had his face blackened, had circled back to where some corn had been left as bait.
The boy fired the fatal shot when he thought he saw a deer, Nick Carter, assistant chief of the Bexar-Bulverde Volunteer Fire Department, said.
The volunteer firemen were involved in an unofficial capacity, Carter said, because the hunters came to them first to call the sheriff’s department. Also the firemen led the Bexas County deputies to the scene which was in a secluded area off of Hwy. 281.
“They were pretty shook up; we just helped them,” Carter said.
New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94-No. 234
December 4, 1984
Hefty price tag
Drainage work estimated at $12 million
Drainage improvement projects totaling $12 million loom over the city.
And if work doesn’t begin soon, the cost will continue to rise.
That’s what members of the city’s special committee studying drainage told City Council last night.
“That ($12 million) is escalated from the $6 million of several years ago. And if we don’t do something now, in eight more years, we’ll be looking at $20 million,” said committee chairman Cine Rutherford.
In an effort to begin chipping away at some of the highest-pnority items. Rutherford and his committee are asking for $15,000 for engineering studies.
Council will consider the request at its Monday meeting.
“We d Uke to request some funds for the continuation of the comnuttee because we’re running out of know
how," Rutherford said For $15,000, engineers will identify the exact drainage problems in several areas of town. “W've reached the point where we can’t define the kind of drainage problem Nw Braunfels has. short of floods,” Rutherford said. “W’ve talked about the high-priority, critical, life-affecting situation across the highway < in the Old McQueeney Road area), the intersection of luanda Street and Fredericksburg, and the area on San Antonio street in front of White’s Auto ”
Rutherford said there are also problems with drainage around individual houses.
“There is a huge amount of the type of things we can’t put our finger on,” he said, explaining that sometimes rain causes water to stand on all sides of a house. Work to correct that would be very expensive
and would benefit a small number of people, he said lf Council agrees to give Espey Huston and Associates, Inc. the $15,000 to study the high-priority drainage areas, Rutherford said the group could return to Council in January or February with “meaningful recommendations” about “realistic projects that can be done, and a dollar figure” for each project
“This is practical and realistic and it will identify some of the $12 million projects that have been gathering dust,” said Mayor Barbara Tieken. “We will be biting it off rn small chunks ”
Council, which has been talking about a 1985 bond issue election, agreed that it will need specific cost estimates for any projects proposed
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house,” Friesenhahn said.
Portions of the roof had fallen in and the back part of the house was Hone.
One firefighter suffered minor burns and another was slightly injured while battling the blaze. Friesenhahn said it took about an hour and a half to douse the flames
Firefighters from three New Braunfels fire .stations were dispatched, as were all local volunteers.
“The factors against us were that it had such an early start on us and the wind was really fanning it. The wind was hindering us,” Friesenhahn said
Before any local firefighters arrived at the scene, a passer-by tried to enter the burning house to see if anyone was inside.
Antique salesman David linier, a
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Smoke from Tuesday's fire nearly blocks out the sun as firemen struggle to control the blaze
S.A. man charged in 2 local robberies
Bv DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
[.aw enforcement teamwork has led to the arrest of a San Antonio man suspected of robbing at least 26 motels and convenience stores by gunpoint since last July
James Irving Ray, 27, was arrested by San Antonio police officers last week on an outstanding warrant for aggravated robbery last July in Euless, Tex He was still in custody in the Bexar County Jail. as of presstime today.
New Braunfels detective Mario Guerrero said Ray has also been charged with the armed robbery of
Revco on Nov. 12, and the Quality Inn on Nov. 25. His bond has been set at $75,000 for each robbery.
Police Chief Burney Boeck indicated Ray is a suspect in at least 15 similar armed robberies in San Antonio, two in Austin, two others in New Braunfels (Divines Food and Drugs on Nov. ll and the Stratford House lim on Nov. 161, and one apiece in Seguin, Universal City and Kerrville
Ray’s arrest was definitely a team effort, Boeck said “We had a meeting here on Nov. 27 with officers from San Antonio, San Marcos. New
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mas. You can make your contribution in the form of cash or nonperishable food items. Monetary contributions can bt* brought by our offices at 186 S. Casten or mailed to Cheer Fund, PO Drawer 361. New Braunfels, Tx., 78131. Food contributions can bt* brought by our offices during normal business hours of 8:30 a in. to 5 p.m. Pickup of donated food can be arranged by contacting circulation manager Don Avery at 625-9144.
All contributions are taxdeductible. Food will be distributed Dec. 23, and local National Guard units have again agreed to help us with the distribution. We hope to have plenty of work for them to do.
The forecast includes a 60 percent chance of rain today, 80 percent chance tonight and 40 percent chance Wednesday. Otherwise the weather should remain cloudy and cold with temperatures reaching the low-50s and dropping to the low-40s overnight.
Poison gas toll mounts
BHOPAL, India (AP) - The leak of poisonous gas from a LLS -built pesticide plant killed 1.000 people, mostly children, in this central Indian city and nearby towns, two doctors said today.
Dr. Parveen Chaudhary and Dr S.K. Snvastava said they personally counted more than 500 bodies and received reports from other doctors totalling another 500 dead.
Government officials said 600 bodies have been found, and police teams were searching for more as relatives flocked to mass burials and cremations.
Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi told reporters after a tour of the city of 895,000 that his government would in future not allow production of “dangerous” material in heavily populated areas. “There will be an overall government policy change," he said.
The doctors, working at Bhopal’s Hamedia Hospital, said the accident was expected to cause severe longterm health problems to the estimated 20,000 people who are suffering from gas inhalation.
Chaudhary said there was a danger that the survivors may lose their eyesight. Surviving women may not be able to have children, he said.
Another doctor. S.K. Trivedi, said the gas inhalation may also cause blood circulation problems.
Authorities, meanwhile, ordered the Union Carbide Corp. to pay compensation to victims.
The leak of methyl isocyanate gas affected an estimated 20,000 residents of Bhopal, capital of Madhya Pradesh state about 370 miles south of New Delhi, and triggered a mass exodus from the city.
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We’ve received six more donations to our Cheer Fund the last few days, and it raises our current balance to $2,935.05
The Larry Kunkel Insurance
Agency contributed $100 to the Cheer Fund pot Monday. J.L. and Jean Cooney added $28, Mike and Sally Grist chipped in $25 and Davis and Sheila Jackson also contributed $25. Frances Wlggs brought us some groceries, as did an anonymous donor.
We appreciate your generous contributions. Again, our goal is to feed 200 local families this Christ-
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Arson eyed as cause of Zamora blaze
Arson is suspected in Monday’s fire that destroyed Aguinaldo Zamora’s Peach Street home
New Braunfels fire marshal Elroy Friesenhahn said this morning he expects to rule on the cause of the fire by Wednesday afternoon
Mrs. Zamora left the house only 19 minutes before a neighbor called to report a fire at 243 S. Peach at 9:34 a.rn.
“The whole rear part of the structure was heavily involved by then." Friesenhahn said. “Normal fires don’t get that much of a start."
The fire marshal also said he has found several origins of the fire. “You can tell by the deep charring," he said.
Firefighters spent the greater part of this morning digging through the charred debris of the two-story house. “We have to re-structure as much as we can to re-build’ the
By DANA STELL Staff writer