New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 Pages in two sections ■ Dec. 17,1993
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of PEQQY HIGGINS
Vol. 142, No. 26
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The New Braunfels Herald’ Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Crtoy Westbrook, Jennifer Koepp (Happy 1st!), Ore-gorto Hernandez, John Daniel Zavala, Amanda Medrano (belah-ed), Carolyn Johnson, Kenneth Beelike (65th!), Maria Dell Socorro Ortega, Bagoberto Rodriguez, Peggy Higgins, Virginia Huh (belated), Sandra Krueger. Happy Anniversary to Melvin A Ruby Schwab (33 yrs!), Joe A Elisa Natal Sr.
Hermld-Zmitung Cheer donations continue
The New Braunfels Hemld-Zeitung's Cheer fund campaign donations continue to pour in. according to Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery.
The fund's proceeds assist local needy families.
To donate, call the Herald Zeitung at 625-9144.
Today's donation was from:
■ Mr. & Mrs. H.G. Goldstucker - $25 ■ Anonymous - $300 ■ Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Kramer- $25 ■ Anonymous -1 bag of groceries Mrs. Joe L. Guinn - $25 ■ Steve & Shelley Kneuper - $25 ■ Today's Total-$5/778.02
Tree of Life having one worship Bervie s
Tree of Life Fellowship Church will be having only a 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, Dec. 26 due to the Christmas holiday.
Gift wrapping to benefit local groups
Gift wrap service is available at the New Braunfels Factory Outlet (next to Ribbon Mill,) courtesy of volunteers from the Children's Shelter and St. Paul Lutheran Youth.
Gifts can be wrapped for $1.50-55.50 and the proceeds will benefit both the Children's Shelter and St. Paul Lutheran Youth. Open daily from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. through Dec. 23 and from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 24.
SOS Food Bank sots or bim! o Decline
The SOS Food bank will hold grand opening ceremonies at its new location at 248 Merriweather Street (between S. Casten and Old McQueeney Road) Monday at 10 a.m.
A brief dedication service will be presented.
Plaza Fountain almost fully functional again
The Plaza Fountain, which was returned earlier this month to its rightful plaoe on the Main Plaza after undergoing restoration procedures, is quickly moving towards being fully functional again. According to Parks Director David Whatley, the basin of the fountain is in the final stages of painting, and installation of the new pump system will begin in the next two weeks.
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Commissioners voice concern over county treasurer moving $4 million in county funds to Victoria B&T
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
Commissioners voiced their concern at Thursday's Commissioners Court session over County Treasurer Bart Bartholomew moving $4 million plus in county funds from the Tex-Poo! account in the state treasury to Victoria Bank & Trust.
According to Bartholomew he was concerned about the county’s access to funds invested in the state’s Tcx-Pool investment portfolio because of some remarks made by the state treasurer.
"A couple of weeks ago she said she was going to do away with the treasurer’s office, ” said Bartholomew. "I later learned she wasn’t paying any attention to Tex-Pod and wasn't making the appointments to their advisory board. This disturbed the
County Treasurers’ Association and I also heard from the state treasurer’s office that there were problems."
Bartholomew said that kind of publicity can adversely affect investment.
"I thought it was a good time to minimize our exposure in Tex-Pool,” he said "There could be an audit for improprieties. This is why we have a county treasurer — to keep on top of these type of problems.’*
"The county treasurer is delegated under the direction of the commissioners court to invest county monies," said Neil Craig-mile, Commissioner Pct. #2. "Commissioners court is the investment body. It should have been done here — not one on one in our offices."
Neither Craigmile nor Evans felt they had authorized the movement of the fonds. Commissioner Schwab said in defense of
Bartholomew that fonds had been moved without official court approval prior to this situation.
"In defense of the treasurer, he moved funds from Plaza Bank — if he had not, we would have only got 70 cents on the dollar," said Schwab.
"We do business with two entities for investments—Tex-Pool and Victoria Bank & Trust," said Bartholomew "But, we do investments daily and they’re not brought before the court Because of the magnitude of this one, I advised them about it. I feel very comfortable about that. We need to take care of the county’s money and keep it available."
Casteel said that the monies were moved Dec. 8 and invested for a 31-day period tt Victoria Bank A Trust.
Fire fatality ruled a suicide alter two-week investigation
Investigation overturns medical examiner’s homicide ruling
By JENNIFER ROMP EL Staff Writer
The death of a 31-year-old man who died after a fire two weeks ago has been ruled a suicide after an investigation was conducted by the Comal County Sheriffs Office.
Raul Ramiro Hernandez, 31, died as the result of severe bums he suffered in a fire in his mobile home in Startzville. The death was originally ruled a homicide by the Bexar County Medical Examiner. However, investigations by Comal County sheriffs deputies and Comal County Fire Marshal Milton Willmann show that the man set himself on fire.
"We decided he was attempting to commit suicide and finally succeeded," said Willmann.
'The medical examiner ruled it as a homicide. He ruled it this way because of the splash marks on the body," said Sgt. David Oft of the Comal County Sheriffs Office.
Ott said sheriffs investigators interviewed Hernandez’s wife, daughter and ron. He said Hernandez had been arrested in August 1993 for allegedly trying to set his wife on fire.
Ott said it appears Hernandez poured diesel fuel on himself and threatened to kill himself. His family then got the fuel-doused clothes off him and wiped the remaining fuel from him; however, the man’s pants still had fuel splashed on them, he said.
Investigators officially closed out their case Thursday. The medical examiner is expected to study the case further this afternoon.
Hernandez was found outside his mobile home after the fire. He was taken by Canyon Lake EMS to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He died three days after the fire.
The fire occurred in a mobile home behind the Startz Cafe in Startzville. It was owned by Comal County resident James Startz, who also owns the Stem Cafe. ti was being rented to Hernandez.
Canyon Lake EMS and the Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire.
NBPD interdiction results in seizure of 111 pounds of pot
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
A drug interdiction program conducted by the New Braunfels Police Department Thursday resulted in the seizure of 111 pounds of marijuana that was allegedly being transported through New Braunfels by a Canyon Lake man..
Willie Ray Jordan, 61, was arrested at 11:15 a.m. by Ll John Wommack of the NBPD. He was charged with aggravated possession of marijuana. Wommack said the man was stopped because he was not wearing a seat belt.
The arrest was made on Walnut Street near Interstate Highway 35. He was driving a 1988 Buick.
Wommack said officers decided to conduct a search after the drug dog alerted officers that an illegal substance might be in the car.
Officers then got consent to conduct a search and found 111 pounds of marijuana hidden in suitcases in the trunk. Wommack said the drugs seized have a street value of $72,000.
He said officers also seized a .357 magnum revolver that was in a briefcase in the front seat of the car.
According to Wommack, further charges could be filed by the Comal County District Attorney’s office because of Jordan’s alleged failure to obtain a tax stamp for the drugs.
Jordan is being held in the Comal County Jail. Bond had not been set as of press time.
Assisting in the search was canine officer Spencer Gremmer.
Sale of LCRA minibonds will not affect NBU rates, official says
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
The recent decision by Lower Colorado River Authority committee members to sell minibonds will not affect New Braunfels Utilities customers, according to NBU General Manager Bob Sohn.
The LCRA board is expected to discuss the matter during its meeting in January. If the issue is approved, the LCRA will issue $10 million in tax-exempt minibonds.
"Of oourie we will have to pay the principle interest through rates," said Sohn. "That la nor significant."
Sohn said no increase in NBU rates is expect
ed as a result of the bond sales.
The bonds could be purchased for as little as $500. The current minimum is $5,000. No one investor may purchase more than $5,000 in bonds.
The bonds will be limited to Texans with the target being the LCRA service area.
LCRA spokesman Bill McCann said more information concerning the sale of the bond! will be released after the ionic is discussed by the LCRA board.
"It went to the committee. The board will now vote on moving ahead with a marketing program and they will consider in January whether or not to take final action," laid McCann.
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