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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Comal Countys Most Wanted See Pace 8B NEW BRAUN TUESDAY mbcrl PllKcs n 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG 24 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Trial Spring Branch man faces burglary charges BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A 35yearold Spring Branch whose trial began Monday in Comal County district could be sentenced to 99 years in prison if he is convicted of sexual Michael Villegas is on trial for aggravated sexual assault and bur glary both firstdegree If convicted on either he could be sentenced to five to 99 years in state prison and fined up to Jack judge of the 207th Judicial empanelled the jury Prosecutor Ed Jen drzey opened the trial with a description of the attack on a Spring Branch Jendrzey said Villegas is accused of breaking into the womans attacking her from behind in the darkness and threatening her with a knife or He then allegedly used duct tape to restrain her and sexually assault ed her four times during a period of Jendrzey She was the perfect victim at home alone for long periods of and her visa to be in this country was The victim told detectives had never seen her attackers face See TRIAU3A Keepers of the flame CHRIS Coleman employees and Olympic torch runners Dan Kopchak front and Carol Voges stand with coworker and alternate runner Dan Rios Monday in front of the New Braunfels Kopchak and Voges will run with the torch on Wednesday in Coleman employees to carry Olympic torch Wednesday BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer When Carol Voges and Dan Kopchak hand off the 2002 Winter Olympics flame to each other in Arlington what will set them apart is their indirect hand in building the Voges and Kopchak work at The Coleman Company 766 Farmto Market Road The Kansasbased corporation designed and manufactured nearly torches carrying the flame to Opening Ceremonies at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake For Voges and its person This is something Ill look back on some day and remember that I carried the flame while working at Voges Its exciting to know that I will get to be a small part of the Nearly 150 Texans were picked as torchbearers for the 46state The selections were based on a nominees commitment to inspiration to others and proven abili ty to overcome Both Kopchak and Voges said they were surprised by the A molding group pro duction Kopchak of his mail that had circu lated for four days among At I thought it was a practical Kopchak I dont know who nominated and I didnt find out until after everyone else I look at this as a onceinalifetime They say everyone gets 15 minutes of fame in this and this is my 15 minutes of A Coleman inventory Voges learned of her selection this past September on her Her rec ommendation came from department head Chuck I wanted to nominate someone who is a and she Voges is very team Klusmeyer She is one of the hardest working individuals in our She binds us all She has a spirit and a wonderful Lighting the way All of the torchbearers will have the option of buying the torches they Weighing about 3 each torch carries a price tag of The copper enclosed in a glass is based on the design of the Olympic Salt Lake Olympic logo A mixture of propane and butane provides 27 minutes of fuel for the which burns up The aged look of the upper section and the polished surface at the bottom are meant to symbolize past and The Light the fire are emblazoned on the SOURCES Salt Lake Organizing Committee photo by John Wang Council OKs utility rates in split votes BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer In a pair of 43 votes on util ity rate New Braun fels City Council approved an 8 percent increase in water costs and a percent cut in electric The average New Braun fels Utilities water and electric customer should see an over all net reduction of about per NBU offi cials Council will consider the two ordinances again on 14 and City charter requires approval at three separate meetings before an ordinance goes into The only time council reached consensus on the issue was when they agreed the formulas used to figure cost factors for elec trical generation and trans mission were Council members Robert Debbie Flume and Juliet Watson voted against the Mayor Stoney Lee Lar ry Alexander and Sonia MunozGill voted for the new rates that will go into effect in The NBU proposal would not necessarily cut electrici ty rates because it is broad ening the pass through rates between power suppliers and NB This resolution asks us to approve a rate that fluctu ates rather than a fixed Kendrick The fuel costs are not controllable by any one if LCRA Lower Colorado River Authority just passes them Gary a consultant with Management Applica tions Consulting said fuel costs are generally beyond anyones The proposal would both lower rates and protects NBU hired Management Applications Consulting Firm this year to conduct an inten sive costofservice NBU officials project that electric customers will see an overall decrease in their with total electric costs to res idential customers dropping by nearly per The water rate hike stems from NBUs decadelong effort to reduce subsidies for its water operations from elec tric said Jeff NBU director of business City approves manager employee raises BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council voted 70 Monday to pay Charles Chuck Pinto annually to be New Braunfels next city Council named Pinto as its top choice this past Tuesday to replace Mike who retired in Pinto also would get up to as a temporary hous ing allowance and use of n cityowned Hector interim city manag said he was relatively con fidant Pinto would be on the New Braunfels payroll no lat er than Ive already shown him the Tamnyo Chuck is a really fine Hes better now than when I used to know and Ive known him a long The 52yearold Pinto has been Orange city manager since but his central Texas roots include as both city manager and chief of police in Live Orange has n population of nearly and is on the western bank of the Sabine River sep arating Texas and Pinto is slated to moot today with Orange city council members regarding I ho dmuse in his contract requiring him to give notice bofoix leaving for another The HeraldZeitung thanks these contributors to the Cheer Fund and Johnnie Bekal Homer Sloan Archie and Elizabeth Culpepper Send donations to the HZ at 707 Landa INSIDE Key Code 76 Justice of the Peace Campos seeks reelection FROM STAFF REPORTS Diana Guerrero Campos is seeking reelection as a justice of the peace in Comal County now Precinct 1 Justice of the is running for a thkd term in the new Precinct This Comal County redrew dis trict Officials also changed the designation of some offices so that com justice of the peace and con stable precincts share the same bound aries and precinct The filing deadline for candidates is The primary election is March and the general election is A Cam pos first took office in I promised to make major changes in the and I am happy to report that changes have improved our ability to better serve our citizens and the general Campos CAMPOS During her time in Campos implemented new We have automated the jury selection process to ensure efficient And 1 have implemented policies and proce dures that result in cases being msolvod in a timely 1 can report to you that I run a moro pro ductive office for the of Comal Campos said in her campaign In her Campos hears truancy cases for New Braunfels school See ;