New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Heavily armed DPS officers stake out 400 Simon Crest on Sunday during a search for Sheldon Oku following a grenade explosion.
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18 pages in two sections® Tuesday, December 10, 1996
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Vol 144, No 281
mswe I City gives initial approval to lower utility rates
Sports ;..............................;.....5 I By ABE LEVY
Comics ................. 7 I Staff Writer
Market Place I'.. :....8-10
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Nicholas Carrizales, Blaine Brucks, Kourtney Koepp, Laura Ann Stapper (6 years old), Beauice Garcia (belated), Zane Granzin (9 years old, belated), Artie Guerrero (26 years old) and Peggy and David Supulver.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Felix and Helen Velez (belated) and Roy and Alice Williams.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold —2,965 Cedar —Trace
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 201 cubic feet per second, same as Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well 623.44 feet above sea level, down .02 from Monday.
Canyon Dam discharge —189 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —175 cfs Canyon Lake level — 908.83 feet above sea level (Below conservation pool.)
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NBU reports pumping 5.986 million gallons of surface water Monday, and no well water was used.
Chssr Fund donations sought by newspaper
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung s 15th annual Cheer Fund campaign will provide food for local needy families on Dec. 21.
The fund last year provided Christmas food and gifts to 200 families in New Braunfels and Comal County.
■ Anonymous — $25
■ Today’s total — $25
■ New total — $2,447.48
Downtown group to have mixer tonight
The Downtown Association is having a mixer at 5 30 tonight at the office of Reagan, Byrrus, Dierksen, Lamon and Bluntzer.
Activities include the presentation of a Lifetime Membership Award to Wallace Johnson for 29 years of service.
Roach for a Star needs toys, cash
Reach for a Star is looking for donations of toys, cash and time to help give to local children We will be wrapping on Dec
21, starting at 10 a m., and Dec
22, beginning at noon, at Red McCombs Universal Motors.
For more information, call 629-9387 or 608-9406
OOP tour of homos sot for Saturday
The annual Christmas Tour of Homes, sponsored by the New Braunfels Republican Women is set for 1 to 5 p m. Saturday. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at The Collection, China-N-Things and The Cottage in Gruene. For more information, call Republican headquarters at 629-6442
Family Outreach seminars continue
Family Outreach of Comal County continues to have its “For Kids' Sake" seminars. They will run twice a month for the next two months.
The New Braunfels City Council approved the first reading of a proposal to reduce electric rates for all New Braunfels Utilities customers at its regular meeting Monday.
The NBU Board of Trustees approved the plan on Nov. 26 at its regular meeting in response to lower power prices from the utility’s wholesale supplier.
The proposed decrease, which requires approval by City Council on three readings, would mean a reduction of $2.21 on the average monthly bill of 1,000 kilowatts. Commerical and industrial cus-
Tim proposed decrease would mean a reduction of $2.21 on the average monthly bill for 1,000 kilo-watts._
tourers would see a proportional decrease, officials said.
If council approves the measure in two more readings, the earliest the proposed rates could take effect is Jan. 27 for the February billing cycle.
The Lower Colorado River Authority sells the
power to NBU. which expects to save up to $ 1.8 million from the new set of prices in 1997.
NBU board President Guadalupe Castillos told the council the proposed reduction passes the savings onto the customers.
“It is one that is as fair and as equitable as we can determine,” Castillo said. “We need to stride toward this light of deregulation.”
The council meeting also included:
■ A presentation from representatives of Glowfest ’96.
■ Approv al of designating the Jacob Schmidt building. 193 W. San Antonio St. as a historic landmark.
B Appointed three members to the Main Street Advisory Board: Susan Tate, Nora Morales, Anna Lee Hicks.
B Reappointed three members to the Community Development Advisory Committee: Fran-eisea Valdez. Rose Marie Zamora, Ron Roberts.
B Appointed members to the Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board: Arturo Cantu, Michael Norton, Steve Crosby.
B Aw arded a bid for the purchase of a 1997 ambulance remount. Council went with the staff recommendation, which was the lowest bid: $54,417 with a $3,000 credit for a trade-in. The total price will he $51.417.
Domestic dispute ends in violence
By DENISE DZIUK
CANYON LAKE — A family disturbance at Canyon Lake turned violent when a man detonated a hand grenade outside his home Sunday, injuring himself, his wife and his daughter.
According to a Sheriffs Department report, a family disturbance erupted at 490 Simon Crest, off of North Park Drive, in Canyon Lake ai about 4 pan. Sunday. During the
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50, detonated a hand grenade in front of his home, the report said.
Oku fled the scene on foot, and bloodhounds were brought in track him down. Department of Public Safety Troopers and state game wardens also assisted in the search.
At 6:30 pm, about two and a half hours after the explosion, Oku was captured near Simon Ridge Drive, and was airlifted to University Hospital. Poindexter said Oku’s hand was seriously injured, and required surgery.
“It (his hand) was pretty mangled^’ Sgt. Rick Poindexter said. “Ha was in serious condition for a while but they operated and last I heard he was in stable condition.”
Poindexter said Oku’s wife Carol and 14-year-old daughter Megan Rub were near him when the
grenade went off, injuring all three.
The wife and daughter were taken to McKenna Hospital. The daughter was treated and released, and the mother was transferred in stable condition to another hospital in San Antonio.
Poindexter said police would try to determine how Oku had a grenade.
Poindexter said Oku has been charged with aggravated assault. However, he added that the incident remained under investigation, and “(the charges) could change later on.
A Texas game warden puts his Jacket over a bullet-proof vest while participating In the search.
State plans to drop rabies vaccine in region
By DAVID DEKUNDER
After the first of the year, the Texas Department of Health will drop rabies vaccine baits for foxes in the Hill Country, including Comal County.
Justin Henefy, a health department technician in Uvalde, said the rabies drop would take place in January after the TDH does its coyote rabies vaccine drop in South Texas on Jan. 6.
It is the third year the state health department lias done the rabies vaccine drops from airplanes. The rabies vaccine bait is a cube of dog food with a vaccine packet in it.
“When the fox bites down on the packet it gets onto its tonsils and into the immune system,” Henefy said.
Henefy said since the rabies drops were initiated three years ago, health department officials have seen a dramatic decrease in rabies cases.
“We have seen a drop in canine (coyote) rabies...,” Henefy said. “Over two years, we have seen a 65 to 70 percent decrease.”
The announcement of the drop comes after a Bulverde resident discovered a bat with rabies in his home a few weeks ago.
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NBISD narrows choices to two for interim post
By DENISE DZIUK
Two retired superintendents interviewed Monday for the position of interim superintendent at New Braunfels Independent School District, and one of them might be offered the job as soon as Saturday.
NBISD Superintendent C harles Bradberry tentatively will become superintendent at Keller Independent School District on Jan. I In an executive session Monday night, the board of trustees interv iewed I bonus Moseley and Gonzalo Garza.
“We’ve got two very qualified candidates,” trustee Anne Miller said. “Lither choice would he ginnl. I don’t know that we could go wrong with either one of them."
Moseley said if he were chosen for the position, his goal would he to “maintain stability" in the district. Ile also added that parent expectations have made this district great, and it will remain a quality district through the transitions.
“I think everybody wants the same thing They may differ on how to get there ... but nobody wants chaos," said Moseley. “Yes they had some problems when they changed some board members, but the important things didn’t change. It’s still a good school district."
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung was unable to reach Garza after the interview.
After the executive session, the board met iii open session and members agreed to discuss tile candidates in another executive session tonight. Jaime Padilla, tile nurd’s president, said the board's pick would then be invited back on Saturday morning to answer any final questions, and the Kurd could act at that time.
“We have two real good candidates," Padilla said. “They have a lot of experience and really either one of them would he good W e could make th.it decision on Saturday "
Trustee Bette Spain said Jan. I is quickly approaching, and the hoard needs to find an interim superintendent. She said even if the contract needed negotiating, the individual could get to know the district.
“I'm not saying to rush our decision, but we're getting down to the
It's final. New Braunfels Independent School District Charles Bradberry has been hired by the Keller Independent School District.
The Keller school board met Monday night and approved the contract, iii what Julia Zwahr, KISD public information officer, told the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung was “a formality”
Bradberry has been waiting for the contract approval before he would tender his resignation to the local board.
Tonight is the board's last regular action meeting before Jan. I, when Bradberry begins his new job.
“I haven’t talked with Keller yet, but if everything is in order, I will submit my letter of resignation as soon as possible,” Bradberry said. “That could be later today or tonight.”
The board meeting is at 7:30 tonight at the Lducation Center boardroom, 430 W. Mill St.
end here," said Spain.
On Sunday, the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung reported that un attorney for the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, based in Austin, said the school board must release the names of the finalists 21 days before selecting an interim superintendent, according to the Texas Open Records Aet. I he time frame would allow the public an opportunity to inform itself about the candidates before board members voted.
Padilla and Spain said the hoard’s attorney disagreed, say ing the hoard did not have to comply because the law only mentioned superintendent, not interim superintendent.
The Herald-Zeitung obtained the
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Taylor man charged with marijuana offense
By ABE LEVY
New Braunfels police charged a 39-year-old man Sunday with trying to buy about 90 pounds of marijuana from an undercover police officer at the IOO block of Fast Interstate 35.
Wheeler P. Spires, a real estate salesman from Taylor, was arrested and charged with illegal investments and taken to the county jail w ith a $100,000 bond, jail officials said.
Police issued a warrant for another suspect they believe is connected to
the incident, which is the result of a week-long investigation.
Police confiscated a 1991 C hevrolet S- IO Blazer and about $34JKX) iii cash.
I lie Comal County Sheriffs Department also arrested a 29-year-old McQueeney man Saturday on charges of molesting three children.
Deputies arrested Gregory Wilson atter receiving a report earlier that day.
Justice of the Peace Ray Martinez issued warrants for three counts of indecency w ith a child.
Wilson is in the Comal County Jail on bonds totaling $75,000Simpson’s testimony fails to fill holes. See Opinion, Page 4.