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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 12, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas SE* 25 Cents fcV* fbSQi# <jy I tang Thursday December 12,1991 Vol. 140, No. 16 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY I Home of James H. Duke One Section, 12 Pages stammtisch jury frees former bailiff on charges Best wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends birthday wishes today to Elwood Sachtleben Jr., Arlene Tice, Beverly Ann Kleinjan, Cindy Farias and Lee Miller. Belated birthday wishes to Ann Danforth, Sam Martinez Davis, Maria Silva and Melanie Kocian. Anniversary wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Wohlfahrt. Holiday music concert set The Mid-Texas Symphony will present a concert of holiday music at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at the New Braunfels Civic Center. The concert features the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus with the New Braunfels High School and Seguin High School choirs performing    Vivaldi’s “Magnificat” along with traditional holiday carols. The rest of the program will include Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3,” Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival” and “Fantasia on Greensleeves” by Vaughn Williams. Maestro Akira Endo will conduct the orchestra. The Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus is being rehearsed by David Stevens of Austin. Tickets for this Christmas concert are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and college students and $2 for students through high school. Tickets are available at First Choice and Rhoads Interiors in New Braunfels and will be available at the door the day of the concert. The Mid-Texas Symphony Guild will sell Christmas poinsettias during the reception immediately following the concert. Proceeds benefit the Mid-Texas Symphony. Call 629-0336 for more information. Caroling on the Plaza Celebrate the holiday season by helping fill the night air with song at the annual Caroling on the Plaza Sunday, Dec. 15. Area musician Paul McLaughlin will serve as song leader for the holiday tradition, which begins at 6 p.m. on the Main Plaza. The streets will be blocked off for the 10th annual celebration, and printed song sheets will be distributed. Participants should consider taking lawn chairs and flashlights. Hot chocolate and coffee will be served. ‘Shop Alone' program “Shop Alone, offered by The Children’s Museum, helps frazzled parents do their holiday shopping child-free each Thursday night before Christmas. For $5 per child, parents may make reservations for their children to stay at the museum between 5-10 p.m. on Dec. 12 and 19. Children may play in the museum for the evening or parents may choose to have them participate in another special holiday activity, “Santa’s Workshop. SM STAMMTISCH, papa 2 By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writ ar After nearly Five hours of deliberation, a Comal County jury on Wednesday acquitted a former County Court-At-Law bailiff of charges of impersonating a peace officer. Harold Andrew “Andy” Krueger Jr., 24, of New Braunfels was found not-guilty by the six-man, six woman jury at 8 p.m. Wednesday. “The verdict was fantastic,” Krueger said. “Justice is still there for the innocent.” Krueger added that he plans to remain in the law enforcement field. “I want to continue my career and my education in law enforcement,” Krueger said. “I plan to seek a master’s degree in criminal justice.” Krueger was arrested July 11 after allegedly taking a man into custody on July I for criminal trespassing at a River Road outfitter/rental company. Krueger identified himself as a peace officer because he said he believed he was still employed by the Schulenburg Police Department where he had worked as an undercover narcotics officer. Precinct I Justice of the Peace Harold A. Krueger, Andy Krueger’s father, said he felt the Comal County Sheriff’s Department had wasted resources in trying to prosecute his son.“I hope this never happens again to anyone in Comal County,” he said. In closing statements, Special Prosecutor Bill Gibbons said that Judge Harold Krueger, Andy Krueger and New Braunfels attorney Ben Shefman “sought to cover up the situation” in visiting Schulenburg Police Chief Lee Hoffman and convincing him to file a form reinstating Andy Krueger’s commission. The form was filed on July IO and back-dated 30 days to June IO at the urging of the Kruegers and the attorney, Hoffman said. “I submit to you that is evidence of guilt,” Gibbons told the jury. “What they were after was cover to paper over this particular occurence.” Defense attorney Bill Schroeder pointed out to the jury that a convicted felon cannot be a peace officer and that Krueger would not risk his law enforcement career by impersonating a peace officer. “Why would he jeopardize that in such a stupid way?,” Schroeder said. “Chief Hoffman’s confusion (over paperwork) caused this man to come into this courtroom with his whole life on the line.” Krueger said he believed he was still commissioned with the Schulenburg Police Department because Chief Hoffman had asked him to appear before a Fayette County grand jury to present a drug case on June 21. He was also listed as the assigned officer on the report of a drug arrest that day in Schulenburg. On River Road July I, Krueger handcuffed Refugio Martinez, “patted him down for weapons,” and detained him at gunpoint until Comal County deputies arrived. “I was trying to keep him there because I was out of my jurisdiction,” he said. “You’re supposed to have the local jurisdiction pick the prisoner up that you have arrested."Martinez pled guilty to a misdemeanor criminal trespassing charge and was fined. “I feel that the jury obviously considered all aspects of the case and came up with the proper decision,” Schroeder said. Prosecutor Bill Gibbons said that he felt he had done his best in presenting the jury with the facts of the case. Krueger said that he will not work in Schulenburg again. “My undercover ability in Schulenburg has been compromised,” he said. Officials look at rate hike By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer Electricity users in New Braunfels may see a 1.12 percent rate increase in March, but only if the recommendation passes the scrutiny of both the New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees and the City Council. “We want to be very realistic about what we’re asking for,” NBG General Manager Bob Sohn told the board Wednesday before presenting them with the staff’s rate hike proposal. “I have never felt that we should come to you for SIO knowing that you would only give five and that would be enough.” The recommended rate increase averages 1.12 percent for all electricity customers, but residences would see a 1.60 percent increase, as would the biggest customers, in the “large power-transmission” category. The NBU staff also recommended a I percent increase for “small general service” customers and a 1.5 percent increase for “medium general service." “Large general service" customers, about the size of H.E.B. and Wal-Mart, and “large power-distribuiion” customers, such as the WestPoint Pepperell shopping center, would see no increase, according to the recommendation. Sohn said they were not included in the rate hike because “they’re already paying a little more than they Se* RATES, pas* 2 Outside members agree on accusation's severity By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council members on the outside of a feud between Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa Jr. and Council Member Paul Fraser agree that accusations against Chapa are serious, but differed on whether the council should respond. “I’m not sure if this is something that we can expect to go away,” said Mayor Clinton Brandt. Council Member Paul Fraser brought up a Dec. 5 city memo during Monday’s City Council meeting, in which Chapa was asked to return a $575 advance from the city to be used for an October meeting he did not attend. The memo also included a bill for a city Cellular One phone, assigned to Chapa as interim mayor, and requested payment for personal calls and the return of the phone. Chapa said his only mistake was returning the $575 late, and he apologized for it, saying it was only “a little negligence on my part" and not a serious matter. He said he paid the bill and returned the phone on Monday, Dec. 9. This was as soon as possible because he received it on Dec. 6, and the council building was closed for the weekend on Dec. 7 and 8, he said. Council Member Loraine Kraft said Chapa should have returned the check immediately, but now that he has, the council should “just let it die” “I just wish we could get on to better business instead of this eternal struggle we seem to have of the differences between council members,” she said. ‘This is something that I’m not sure will basically die,” Brandt said. “I think this is something that has surfaced now that might need to be dealt with.” Council Member James Goodbread said the matter deserves further study. “I think it’s something that has to be looked into,” he said. “Perhaps there’s been a misuse of public trust." But Council Member Rudy Seidel said “he just needs to watch his p’s and q’s." He said Chapa’s actions were irresponsible and that he himself returned an expense check for the same meeting when he did not attend. Council Member Bill Arnold reserved any conclusions on the matter. “I really need to sit down and talk to Ramon about it. I’m not pleased with it. I’ll say that.” “If I had done something criminal, or something of that nature, I would think it would be wrong,” Chapa said in response to Brandt and Goodbread. “I think my mistake was not turning that check in. Other than that, I haven’t done anything wrong.”Chiefs praise response efforts Good Day It will be cool and damp today as the high in New Braunfels reaches about 78 degrees. Tonight's low will dip down to about 54 degree. This high temperature in New Braunfels Wednesday was 72 degrees. The overnight low was recorded at 67.Inside: COMICS....................... ...........8 CROSSWORD............. ...........3 KALEIDOSCOPE......... ..........6 OPINIONS.................... ...........4 RECORDS................... ..........5 SCRAPBOOK.............. ...........7 .....S-10 By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer Emergency personnel responded quickly and professionally to the natural gas release that occurred in southwest New Braunfels, said New Braunfels Police Chief C.R. “Dick" Headen. “Emergency management has really become important in this day and time,” Headen said. “Our people and the Fire Deparunent are very heavily experienced and when something like this happens they handle it in stride.” Headen added that training in dealing with “emergencies on the spot through the setting up of an “incident commander’’ mobile command post is important as it is a practical way to managing an emergency situation. “It was pretty much a textbook response,” said New Braunfels Fire Chief Phil Baker. “When the first unit got on the scene, he established a command post and started evacuations.” A release valve on a gas line, located off of Morningside Drive in south New Braunfels, erupted early Tuesday morning resulting in the evacuation of about 20 homes. “It was, in my opinion, a very organized incident,” said Elroy Friesenhahn, fire marshal for the city of New Braunfels. “We followed our protocol. The only problem I saw was trying to determine whose gas line it was.” Stanley Graham, district manager for Intertex Gas Company which manages the natural gas transmission pipeline, said that the local response may have been too dramatic. “It was really just a situation where the valve came open, as it’s supposed to,” Graham said. “It was not as dangerous as it was noisy. It might be that we overreacted out there, I don’t know, but it was certainly the normal operation of a pipeline system.” They can call it overreaction if they want but I've seen what happens when a gas line ruptures,” Baker said. “We did what we felt was necessary under the circumstances." Cheer Fund totals rise The New Braunfels Herald-Zcitung's Cheer Fund drive now has raised $3,823.19. 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: Preston W. Sisals- $25. Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Pape $25. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Kramer-$20. Arthur and Lois Johnson-$25. Max Schmidt-$10. Stan and Mary Cunningham-HOO. New Braunfels Firefighters Asaociation-SlOO.Toby and Bob Lohr-$25. ;