New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 Pages in one section ■ Dec. 10,1993
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of AMBER OWENS
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Amber Owens, Blaine Bracks, Melanie Kocian, Krystal Helman, Ann Danforth, Brandon Rose, Amesti Sandortd, Connie Navarro (belated). Happy Anniversary to Roy A Alice WUtistms (33 yearsI)
HmrmkbZmltung Chew donations continuo
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung's Cheer fund campaign donations continue to pour in, according to Circulation Director Carol Ami Avery.
The fund's proceeds assist local needy families. To donate, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144. Today's donation was from:
■ Annonymous - SIO ■ Shirley & Em Schaefer-One bag of groceries ■ Today’s Total — $4,123.02
Breast Cancor support group mooting
A breast cancer survivor support group will meet today at 12 pm. at 876 Loop 337, building D, suite #401,
For more information, call 629-7303.
Qrenft application deadline set Dec. 16
Non-profit public service organizations interested in applying * for Community Development Block Gram funding for community development activites should keep in mind that the deadline for accepting completed applications is Thursday, Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. Applications received after that time will not be processed.
Applications may be obtained from the Economic/Community Development Department, New Braunfels Municipal building,
424 S. Castell, or by calling 608-2100.
Symphony guild holds holiday lunch
The Mid-Texas Symphony Guild New Braunfels Chapter will hold a Christmas luncheon Monday, Dec. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Tea Loft Members should make reservations by calling Arlene Buhl at 625-6411 by Wednesday, Dec. 8. New members are welcome.
Rail Authority board mooting changed
The Texu High Speed Rail Authority Board meeting has been changed from Dec. IO to Dec. 17at 10a.m. at 125E. lith St. in Austin. The meeting is open to the public. For questions or additional information, contact Charlene Fem at 1-800-735-2989.
Local church shows living nativity scons
Oakwood Baptist Church, 2154 N. Loop 337, invites the public to their living nativity scene tonight through Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night.
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Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
A two-vohlcle accident took place at 7:45 a.m. this morning at the Intersection of FM 482 and Ruse ii Lane after one cor collided with a pick up truck. The driver of the pick up was transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital. Her name and condition were not available at press time. Assisting in releasing the victim from the vehicle were New Braunfels emergency medical personnel (from left) Bruce Conrad, Frank Gonzales, Jeff Mahan and Gilbert Campos.
City councilman Benitez calls for public input on police shortage issue
By JENNIFER ROMP EL Staff Writer
Mayor Pro Tem Butch Benitez is calling on residents of New Braunfels to offer suggestions on how to solve problems associated with the sliortage of police officers in New Braunfels.
Benitez said he has been concerned about the shortage of officers since he was elected to the city council. He is searching for solutions to the problem before the city begins planning its budget in January.
“My concern it to hire more people. We are 22 people short. The town is growing and the police foroe is getting smaller,” he said.
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‘The bulk of the gang and juvenile offenders are coming in from San Antonio. They are coming in because they know about the shortage we have.”
“I am asking people what we can do. If we raise taxes, can we specify the money would go to that?" he said “I want to let the ideas oome in and see what direction people would like to go,” explained Benitez Local citizens may call Benitez at 625-8350. Ideas can also be directed to the at 625-9144 or P.O. Box 311328, New
Airman to be honored tonight
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Members of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce will hold a special ceremony to honor Airman First Class Darren O’Rourke, of Randolph Air Force Base, as Airman of the Quarter
O'Rourke was named Airman of the Quarter for the third quarter of 1993.
A local ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. today in the Honor’s Hall at the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. Chamber officials and members will be at the ceremony to greet O’Rourke.
New Braunfels recognizes these airmen not only with a reception but also with a weekend vacation in New Braunfels.
Hereld-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Stan Woodward (felt) and 9.D. David (right) aampla soma of tho taaty Waaaall faaturad at Tha Finishing Touch during tha first-avsr Waaaallfast bald last night. A targa crowd turned out for tha festival, which Included caroling and other activities.
Businessman arrested by NBPD on charges of indecency with a child
From Staff Reports
Downtown business owner John Shay Cark, 27, of New Braunfels, was arrested by New Braunfels police off! cera Thursday afternoon on charges of indecency with a child.
According to officials, Clark turned
himself in at the New Braunfels Police Department. The charges were made .lifter Clark allegedly had sexual contact with a 16-year-old female.
According to officials, Clark has oeen released on his own recognizance. He was magistrated by Just ice of the Peace Precinct 4 Howard Smith.
Lone Star kept as temporary polling place
By ROSE MARIE EASH
The designation of temporary branch polling places for the March 8, 1994 Primary Election created some discussion at Thursday’s Commissioners Court session.
Although some consideration was given to eliminating the west side temporary polling place because the courthouse polling site is close by, the commissioners voted unanimously to keep the Lone Star schcx)l as a temporary polling place.
Gloria Sasser, Democratic County Chair, and other citizens spoke in support of the west side polling place saying citizens in that arca were accustomed to voting there and might be intimidated about going to the courthouse to vote.
In other business the commissioners:
■ Authorized the request for bids for patrol vehicles for the Sheriffs Department.
■ Appointed William Waechter, Kaighin Watts, Bob Fleming to the Fire Prevention District No. 3 board for two year terms beginning Jan. I.
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Doc Cantu-Wtthoff of Doc's Guns In Maw Braunfels says his cus-tomara ara not afraid of background chocks.
Brady Bill not creating more gun sales here
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Wrkar
Despite the recent passage of the so-called "Brady Bill," a law intended to curb the use of guns on the streets, many local citizens and officials think it will be less than effective and would like to see more done to address the problem.
“My concern is we’re mixing idealism with realism,” said New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Headen. 'Idealistically it might be a good idea, but realistically I don’t think it will accomplish what they want it to accomplish. In some instances it will, hopefully, keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them; but I don't think its going to keep them out of the hands of the criminals — which is what our real concern is.
“My biggest concern is eliminating guns that have no real social value, these automatic assualt weapons, the Saturday Night Specials, these kinds of guns concern me more than anything, lf they could be somehow more controlled or eliminated, maybe we could do some good But, realistically, any gun can kill you. The Brady Bill or any other bill isn't going to keep the guns out of the hands of the bad people.
“I think a combination of things is the solution," Headen said 'This isn't anything new, but until they put a deterrent effect back in the criminal justice system for bad behavior, we’re treating cancer with an aspirin. Only fear in the minds of criminals Is going to control criminals."
Headen also voiced-
his concern for law-abiding citizens who want to carry guns with them.
“You have to consider the civil risks as well as the criminal,'' said Headen. “You may be justified in defending yourself with an illegal weapon, but the survivors of that criminal, or he himself if he survives, may have civil recourse. They may not ever collect, but you will have to defend your actions.
A person can have a gun in their home, but that might be risky, too, said Headen.
“One of the hottest items taken in a burglary is guns because they can be disposed of so easily," he said “That’s where the crooks are going to keep getting these guns. Even though somebody's got one and they complied with the Brady bill, some crook can come along and break into the house and get their gun. Realistically, if you’re sleeping there in your bed and you have a gun in your nightstand; if someone is going to come in to get you, they're going to have you before you ever have a chance — they’re going to have that gun of yours, possibly to use on you. I've seen situations where it's backfired.
Mike Cantu-Withoff, of Doc’s
bothering most of his customers. His business is good but he credits most of it to a healthy local economy, Christmas season buying, the hunting season and a manufacturer’s deci-
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Guns, said the Brady Bill isn’t really x[\ them a gun."
sion to discontinue marketing certain kinds of ammunition.
“Our customers aren't afraid of a background check — we don't get that kind of customer,” said Cantu-Withoff ‘Our customers come in concerned that there’s more legislation coining in down the line that might limit availability of certain kinds of guns. They’re more concerned about things like the assualt weapon kind of limitation or the limitation on ammunition or clips or magazines available. Because of that there’s a lot of buying going on of those things. They’re selling very well, however, we have been selling other stuff.
“The Brady Bill does not add any limitations to who can have a gun. It adds a certification that buyers are answering correctly and truthfully the limiting questions that already exist from the 1968 gun control act. There are eight classifications of people who cannot have guns. The Brady Bill gives five days to the police agency
_where the buyers
live to check and make sure these people are telling the truth.” According to Headen Cantu-Withoff, the Bureau for Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms will host a seminar in Austin next month to set up the mechanics for carrying out the Brady Bill.
“Certain things have gone into effect already — the licensing for a gun dealer has gone up from $30 to $200, you no longer marked shipments of guns with 'guns' on the outside, if anyone steals a gun from a federally licensed gun dealer, it is now a federal crime,” said Cantu-Withoff. "The provisions of the Brady Bill begin Feb. 28 — the five-day waiting period, for example.
“That’s an inconvenience, but remember that the Brady Bill was backed by something like 88 percent of the public when CNN ran the poll. Our customers don't see a problem. They see mote of a problem in the lawlessness going on and things running crazy and taring control of things. That is the problem. A lot of them put these guns on layaway anyway. If I have a customer come in and say ‘I have to buy a handgun right now because I’m afraid of the police check,' I’m not going to sell him a gun. lf we have any reason to suspect that they’re not telling the truth on the application, we're not going toFor news, subscription or advertising information, call 625-9144