New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 6, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
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Uribe wants session soon for school funds
AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. Bill Clements says he will call a special session of the Legislature in March to overhaul public school finances, but several lawmakers say that’s too long to wait.
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Canyon outruns TMI; SV shuts down Billies
Canyon’s offense proved too much for Texas Military Institute Tuesday night while Smithson Valley’s defense smothered the Fredericksburg boys in nondistrict basketball games. The Cougars wor over the Panthers while the Rangers took j decision over the Billies. _ _
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y Bits, bites are stars \ at holiday get-togethers
No other group of foods is as varied and tempting as the aoneti-tor f^mily. Served mainly with cocktails day’s hosts have included appctiz-
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Vol. 138, No. 18
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144Wednesday
December 6, 1989
Two Sections, 20 Pages
Council looks at advisory board
New Braunfels City Council is considering establishing a downtown advisory board, which, according to City Manager Paul Grohman, is a timely idea.
“This is the right time to have a downtown advisory board,” Grohman said. “The downtown arca has some real problems that have developed over the past few years like some property values dropping, lf the city council approves the board it would be nice to look back five years from now and say we’re in better shape.”
The issue of establishing a downtown advisory board is in the second reading with the council. The special city council meeting Thursday at 5 p.m. in the New Braunfels Utilities meeting room will consider the issue for a third and final reading.
The city has received ll applications from citizens to be on the board; Thursday is the application deadline. Grohman recommends the board have nine members and council is considering restricting the board members to residents of New Braunfels. Mayor Doug Miller said the people who arc involved with the board shoud have a connection with the downtown area in some way.
“Members of the downtown advisory board should be part of the downtown arca, cither by working there or owning property,” Miller said. ‘The people should be forward thinking with the creation of jobs and improving trade as their goals.”
“The people who have applied arc very community minded,” Grohman said. “We can’t go wrong with any of the people who have applied."
The board will serve in an advisory capacity to the city only, with no ordinance-making powers. Grohman said the board will work with the Downtown Project’s staff, if it is approved.
“It is highly recomcnded to have an advisory board to work with the city," said April Goldsmith, director of the Downtown Project. “We model our-
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Children of all ages yesterday visited with St. Nicholas at the Sophienburg Museum. The German version of Santa Claus told youngsters the German Christmas story and listened to their Christmas wishes Receiving candy from St. Nicholas was 3-year-old Kelsey Crandell. (Photo by Desmond Bostick)Jury sentences teen-ager
A 16-year-old youth was sentenced Tuesday to one year at the Texas Youth Commission. The case involved a San Antonio male who was charged with the sexual assault of a Canyon latkc woman in May. The victim suffers from Downs Syndrome, a congenital condition which causes moderate to severe mental retardation.
The case is of special importance to relatives of the woman and to Kimball Brown, assistant county attorney, because she was allowed to testify on her own behalf through an interpreter. The testimony was instrumental in getting the conviction, according to Brown and the victim’s relatives. The case came to trial in 22nd District Judge Charles Ramsay’s court last week.
The woman was sexually assaulted as she walked a one-quarter mile stretch between the homes of two relatives who cared for her, according to her sister.
The sister said she wanted this information made public to let people know mentally retarded people arc particularly susceptible to abuse and they should come forward and say something. “Even though it is very very difficult, they should come forward when they arc abused,” the victim’s sister said, “because mentally retarded people have rights, too. Don’t let abuse go unnoticed.”
Kimbal Brown said, “What made the case so bad was that the victim he chose was a perfect victim. She is men-
Judge denies lower bond
tally retarded and had trouble keeping track of facts. In fact, the hardest part of the case was finding a medium in which the victim could communicate.”
Brown ultimately used dolls in the courtroom to aid in communication, but because of the docile, caring nature of persons with Down’s Syndrome, it was hard to show personal trauma.
“She thought of everybody as her friend,” Brow n said, “She even called her attacker a friend. That’s what made the case a problem."
But Brow n, with the help of Ricky Alvarez, now special investigator for the district attorney, pursued die conviction. Alvarez worked for four days straight, immediately following .he crime, and without sleep to get the case cleared up before evidence disappeared.
Brown commended Alvarez, on his work, saying, “He did an extremely good job of investigating.” Alvarez was an employee of the Sheriff’s Department at the lime of the incident.
Brown said, “It was so very incredible d;at the defendant could get up on the stand and infer that ‘every woman wants to have sex, you just (have to) ask right.’
"You could feel the intensity of the pain when she was
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A motion to reduce the bond on Jack Warren Davis was denied Tuesday by 22nd District Court Judge Charles Ramsay.
Davis is charged w ith the Nov. 17 murder of Kathic Balonis, a Bulverde Elementary school teacher who was found slabbed to death in her apartment in New Braunfels. Davis, 32, was arrested in the early morning hours of Nov. 18. His bond was set at $100,000.
Assistant District Attorney Robert Fisher said he cxjiccts a Dec. 18 Grand Jury to return a capital murder charge on Davis. Davis was a maintc-
Survey to focus on crime
Determining the level of arca residents’ fear of crime is the purpose behind a survey sponsored by the Safe
Four hundred New Braunfels residents will be asked to participate in the Fear of Crime survey, said Don Ferguson, director of the Safe City Commission.
“We arc trying to assess the fear of crime," Ferguson said. “This is an extensive study that should produce some interesting results."
A press conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. today to discuss the survey. Also, a march against crime will take place at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Villa Serena to highlight the fight against crime and drugs.
Results of the survey will be compiled and analyzed by Dr. Beth McConnell and Cliff Blanks from Southwest Texas Slate University’s Criminal Justice Department, according to Ferguson. Findings will be released next year along with a comparison of similar statewide surveys, he said.
Ferguson said studies have shown that fear keeps many people from getting involved in a complete crime pre-
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nance worker at the apartment complex where Balonis lived, according to police reports. Fisher said Davis remains in custody.
Rudy Esquivel of San Antonio, Davis’ attorney, said he tried to get “some sort of reasonable bond” set at Tuesday’s hearing and filed a writ of habeas corpus for $30,000 or S20,(HK).
Police reports at the time show Balonis had been stabbed repeatedly and police now believe a “kitchen knife” is the murder weapon because of the nature of the wounds.
—JOE KINCHELOEGood Day
Enjoy the warm weather today because a cold front will move into the arca tomorrow, dropping temperatures by 20 degrees. Today will be partly cloudy and warm with a high of 75 degrees.
Tonight will be partly cloudy and cooler with a low of 45 degrees. Thursday will be cloudy, windy and cold with the high between 53 and 55 degrees and the low in the 30s.
PO YOO THINK 476 ITEM5 ARE TOO MANY FOR; V A CHRISTMAS LIST ? /
19 shopping days to Christmas
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The Word Made Fresh is an effort by Dr. Andy Edington to put the Bible in contemporary, informal settings that will attract non-scholarly readers as simply a good book to read. Designed to be an enjoyable vehicle to get otherwise non-Bible readers to study the Scriptures. The Word Mode Fresh seeks to blend the
Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart has filed flu reelection in im.
Stewart is seeking his fourth term. His current term ends Dev 31, I VMO. He is running under the Republican party ticket and the primary is March 31,1990. Filing for the position began Dec. 3 and ends Jai) 3.
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Cheer Fund shares bounty of season
Cirl Schurz music teacher Jane Haas' fifth grade chorus presented the program at the school’s PT A meeting Tuesday night. "Tis the Season" featured a Santa and his singers getting suntans on the Hawaiian beach.. These hula costumed chorus members were singing “Christmas is Made of Love." (Photo by Desmond Bostick)
Those looking for a way lo share their blessing this holiday arc invited to take pan in the eighth annual New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund. This year’s goal is to raise $5,000 in contributions by Dec. 15 to provide Christmas dinners to 200 area families.
The minimi drive snonsnrcd bv
the newspaper accepts donations from the community to purchase items to fill Christmas baskets for area families selected by the Community Service Center.
The administrative costs are paid by the newspaper and volunteers including members of the New Braunfels Fire Fighters Association and Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department as well as newspaper staff members provide the labor to package and deliver the Christmas baskets each year.
Each year since 1982, die newspaper has sponsored the drive lo provide a Christmas dinner to the
less fortunate in the area who might not otherwise enjoy a holiday meal. That first year, the dtive netted $1,807.70 and spent $1,260 to provide baskets lo 60 families.
The drive has grown and now provides baskets to 200 families in the arca. This year, a goal of $5,000 has been set to buy the goodies to fill those baskets.
All of the tax-deductible contributions are used to purchase die food items contained on the Cheer Fund shopping list. The administrative and distribution costs are
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