New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 8, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 140, No. 13
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of E. D. Burr
December 8, 1991
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Three Sections, 48 Pages
Police make an arrest in murder case
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
A New Braunfels man remains in the Comal County Jail in lieu of posting a $100,000 bond following his arrest of allegedly murdering a former city of New Braunfels employee, according to police officials.
Reginald Nicholes, 28, a longtime New Braunfels resident who currently lists a San Antonio address, was arrested in connection with the May 19, 1991 stabbing death of Ronald Snell, 34, said Police Chief C.R. “Dick” Headen.
“He has a long history of arrests,” said Investigator Basel Boatright III, who is heading up the investigation. “It is still possible we will make another arrest (of another suspect).”
Nicholes came lo New Braunfels to turn himself in Friday afternoon after being telephoned by police, Boatright said.
Snell, a former city maintenance
employee was found dead in his home in the 200 block of Meusebach St., near the Comal River, by friends who had come to pick him up for church.
An autopsy performed by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Snell died of multiple stab wounds and suffered a blow to the head, officials said.
Snell’s murder was the first homicide of 1991 in New Braunfels.
Nicholes was arrested on a warrant issued by Municipal Court Judge David Perkins, who also set the $100,000 bond. There is also a pending theft charge against Nicholes for which he is awaiting sentencing, Boatright said.
The investigation into the case will continue, Boatright said. “Right now we are considering every possibility.”
Boatright added that, as a parolee, Nicholes may be held without bond if his probation is revoked.
Residents coming together to fight for improvements
By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer
Poor street lighting, badly patched pavement and suspicious activities around a dead end on New Braunfels’ west side have brought some close-knit neighbors together to seek immediate improvements from the city.
And although their main concerns are repairs, the group will also consider organizing to watch for criminal mischief in their arca.
“I live in a nice neighborhood,” said Lydia Lagunas, a resident on a dead-end street in the West End.
“I’m not saying this part of town is that bad. But it is bad if you make it, if you’re scared to do anything about it.”
Lagunas and others are currently scheduling a meeting with staffs of the New Braunfels Utilities, Safe City Commission, and the city of New Braunfels to address their neighborhood’s conditions. A date has not yet been set.
The organized effort to get
involved was spurred last week during a District I town meeting when city officials were seeking input on a possible capital improvements bond package. At the meeting many residents living in the west side of town aired concerns of being neglected by the city.
Residents also expressed concern about juvenile crime in the West End.
“I wasn’t aware that the problem was as bad as they say it is, and maybe we do need to look at a curfew,” District I Council Member Ramon Chapa Jr. said Saturday. “I really hate to see two or three bad apples make it bad for everyone else, but maybe this is one avenue we can look at.”
Lagunas and neighbor George Rodriguez said the residents take care of each another, exchanging calls about suspicious activities. 'They said unfamiliar teen-agers sometimes appear, looking into yards and loitering at the abandoned railroad tracks just beyond the dead end.
“lf everybody’s going to go out, somebody stays home and watches the rest of the houses,” Rodriguez said.
Stella Rodriguez, who organized the neighbors and lives around the
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Pearl Harbor remembered
• IOO people commemorate the veterans
By ROBERT STEWART Stall Writer
Downtown New Braunfels was filled with patriotic music and speeches Saturday as about IOO people turned out to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
“It doesn’t seem like 50 years ago,” said Pearl Harbor survivor Robert L. Lewis, who spoke to the crowd on Main Plaza. “If we can keep the spirit up in America, everything will be alright."
Under a drizzling rain the activities began with a parade that began at the Elks Lodge at 11 a.rn. The parade proceeded up Seguin Avenue to the Main Plaza. Participating were the Comal American Legion Post 179 colors and staff. Pearl Harbor survivors, Texas National Guard troops and colors. New Braunfels Middle School Band, Marine ROTC colors and cadets, veterans and ladies auxiliaries and police and fire departments.
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At the Main Plaza, the Rev. Daryl C. Higgins of First Protestant Church gave the invocation, followed by performances of die New Braunfels Middle School Band and the Canyon High School Chorus featuring vocalist April Bouk.
New Braunfels Mayor Clinton Brandt read a proclamation designating Pearl Harbor Day and Mayor Pro-tem Ramon Chapa Jr. delivered a Pearl Harbor Day address.
“On this day 2,330 Americans died for our country, 1,347 were wounded, eight battleships were sunk, IO other vessels were sunk and 188 planes were destroyed as the Japanese aircraft bombed and torpedoed the U.S. Hawaiian military complex known as Pearl Harbor,” Chapa said. “We must always be prepared to defend freedom but let us also remember that the best road to follow is the one of peace.”
The 21-gun salute was delivered at ll :55 am to correspond with the exact moment of the attack, 7:55
As the parade passes by Sean Karl Negron, 2. at left; Kenneth Negron, 4, right and Joshua Dominguez, 5. show their patriotic support. Approximately 100 people turned out for the ceremonies on Main Plaza Saturday that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor during World War ll. (Photos by Bill Ervin)
am. Hawaii time.
The names of Pearl Harbor survivors were read by retired Army Maj. Fred Lingner.who spoke about the importance of maintaining a strong defense.
“We cannot remember Pearl Harbor unless we also remember the cause — with a stronger army the Japanese never would have attacked us,” Lingner said. “You must never allow the United States
of America to be a paper tiger
A closing benediction was given by the Rev. Robert O’Hara of Holy Family Church.
Alternative water plan may flow to an end
It will be sunny and cool today with a high temperature around 65 degrees. Tonight’s low will dip down to a temperature of about 39 degrees. For more weather information see page 2A.
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17 shopping days to Christmas
By LARRY ROWE SUH Writer
The general manager of a nonprofit corporation that wants better, more and inexpensive water in problem areas of Comal County said Saturday he is not optimistic that they will receive the needed funds to get started.
David Wallace, general manager of the Canyon Lake Water Supply Cor
poration, said he does not have high hopes for an engineering study grant from the Texas Water Development Board. He expects to receive an answer on the grant Thursday.
“On December the 12th, since we have no county support from the Commissioners Court, I truly believe that this thing will be dead in tiie water,” said Wallace, who is also president of WW Water Company in
the Saltier area.
County Judge Caner Casteel said members of the Commissioners Court still have several questions about the non-profit corporation that must be answered before they can support it.
The main question is why the corporation’s current plan does not include supplying water to the Bulverde area, which has experienced a quality and quantity problem with
water, she said. The plan that the commissioners have seen includes upgrading the water supply around Canyon Lake and ai Wallace’s company.
“As county government, we’re compelled to look at not only Saltier, Siartzville, but Spring Branch. Fischer and Bulverde also,” Casteel said.
Wallace said the corporation has in fact agreed lo include Bulverde.
Casteel said she is inviting the group to appear before the Court in a workshop session to provide the commissioners with more information.
If it gets off the ground, the corporation would be a cooperative owned and managed by its customers — waler companies and subdivisions — and would aim to supply treated water
8m WATER, Pag* 2ACheer Fund drive mounts
.The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung’s Cheer Fund drive now has raised $3,378.19.
The goal of the drive is to raise money to provide Christmas dinners to local residents who are less fortunate.
Daily updates of how much money has been contributed will appear in the Herald until the delivery date, Dec. 21.
Latest contributors are:
James and Carolyn Kilkenny........$25
Dorothy and Wallace Johnson $25
Michael and Claudette Doherty.... $25
Elks Ladies Klub........................$100
Victoria Bank and Trust...............$25
Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Corbin.............$25
Congressman fields tax, environment questions
By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer
A crowd of about 70 people packed the Comal County Commissioners Courtroom on Friday to give U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith their thoughts on everything from the capital gains tax to recycling.
Although no single topic dominated the lunch-hour discussion, the issue of taxes came up several times, and Smith repeated his antitax stance.
Several citizens said they were concerned that anti-tax rhetoric was not living up to its word.
Although President Bush promised no new taxes, “we’ve had nothing but new taxes,” said county resident Evelyn Tuohy.
And retired New Braunfels businessman Charlie Walker told Smith he was “a little concerned
with your voting record as far as spending taxes.”
Smith responded that “I have yet to meet a tax I like.” He said he wants to cut the nation’s capital gains tax. “We just can’t go on forever with the highest capital gains tax in the world.”
Several citizens raised the topic of the environment, and some said they want more government backing of recycling efforts.
‘They want us to recycle yet they don’t want to compensate us for it,” remarked Kate Mathis, who said the government should pay citizens for recycled goods instead of citizens paying the government to take them.
Smith told her the reason for that is “there’s not the demand for
those (recycled) materials yet.”
Walker also thanked Smith for responding to the concerns of citizens who want to keep Lafarge Corp. and its subsidiary from burning and storing hazardous waste at its local cement plant.
After the meeting, Smith said he has written to the Environmental Protection Agency with his concerns about the Lafarge situation.
Asked if he opposes Lafarge’s plans, he answered that he is concerned, but is waiting for the completion of a study on the matter by the Southwest Research Institute.
“When that study is released in early 1992 by the Southwest Research Institute, then I think we’ll be in a better position, knowing what our next step is,” he said.