New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 140, No. 21
r^3 smber 19,1991
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY-/ Horn ..am Christon 1 Section, 14 PagesSteady rain causes local flooding
Grand jury indicts ; man on drug charge
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
A Comal County grand jury on Wednesday indicted John R. Oliver, J 36, a Seguin insurance representative
* for the Aid Association for
* Lutherans on a charge of criminal ' conspiracy.
The arrest was in connection with a reversc-sting operation in which the New Braunfels representative of that company allegedly paid SI5,000 . to an undercover narcotics officer of the Comal County Sheriff’s Department for the purchase oT one kilogram of cocaine.
The New Braunfels man, Joseph James Schultz Jr., 43, of the 800 block of Northstar Loop, pled guilty to illegal investment in District Court on Oct. 29 and was sentenced to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine. Oliver was arrested Nov. 15 as ^ an alleged conspirator in the transaction.
Also indicted was Richard Garza, 1 28, of the IOO block of North Plum Avenue on charges of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, over five pounds. Garza was arrested I Oct. 24 when he allegedly took
* delivery of IO pounds of marijuana from a U.S. postal inspector
I /disguised as a mail carrier. Drug I dogs had alerted on the package as
containing narcotics in Rio Grande City. Authorities then delivered the package as addressed.
Richard Rammer, 40, of Canyon Lake was indicted on charges of arson after he allegedly set fire to a mobile home Aug. 13 on Route 7. Utilities to the insured mobile home had been disconnected and witnesses reported seeing boxes being moved from the home before the fire, officials said.
Other indictments issued on charges were to:
• Stephen Poole of the 1500 block of U.S. 81; burglary of a habitation.
• Roman Morgan Jr., 28, of the IOO block of Rodriguez; DWI, subsequent offense.
• Gene Hetzfelder, 20, of the 1000 block of West Mill Street; theft over $750. Under $20,000.
• Toni Rand, 21, of the l(KK) block of West Mill Street; theft over $750. under $20,000.
• Britt Ivicic, 20, of Route 8; two indictments on burglary of a vehicle.
• Nolan Gass, 61, of Bulverde; theft of service over $750, under $20,000.
• Anthony Strut/, 31, of McQueeney; forgery by passing (enhancement) and forgery by passing.
Food to be delivered jato families Saturday
The New Braunfels Hcrald-Zeilung's Cheer Fund total is today at $4,982.09.
The goal is to raise $5,(MM).
The money collected will be used to provide a Christmas dinner to approximately 200 needy families in Comal County.
Daily updates of how much money has been contributed will appear in the Herald-Zeilung until the delivery date. Saturday, Dec. 21.
Latest contributors are:
Jackie Brinkhoeier's second grade class - bag of groceries.
Lee Stangc, Comal Bowl - $50
Claude and Martha Dickens - $25.
Robert and Margaret Dingeldetn $25.
Dr. Rallier arui stall • $50.
Richard and Dona Caldwell • SKM)
Richard Roegle, Slate Farm Insurance - $25.
CHS, National Honor Society $73.90.
Ira Adeline Schmidt * SM)
To contribute drop by die Hoi ald offices at 707 Lamia St For more information call 625-9)44
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Heavy rains in New Braunfels and surrounding areas this morning caused the barricading of some low-water crossings and the issuance of a flash flood warning by the National Weather Service.
Showers and thunderstorms are predicted to continue through Sunday.
“The flash flood warning began at 1:27 a.m. Thursday and was extended until 2 p.m. and may be extended again,” a National Weather Service forecaster said. “Tonight there is a IOO percent chance of more rain.”
Rainfall totals for the last 24 hours in New Braunfels were reported at 3.79, 4.20 and 3.77 inches in different areas around the city. The Canyon Lake Dam area reported 3.15 inches, according to the weather service.
“The warning may go beyond 2 p.m.," the forecaster said. “Some rain will continue but it's not sure it will be at this heavy a rate. We may be able to lower to a watch level.”
The weather service issues a flash
Officials of the Comal Independent School District announced that their schools would be closing early Thursday because of the weather.
“We’re going to close an hour and a half early and run on our early release schedule in order to give our buses plenty of time to navigate the high water,” said Sandy Jackson. C1SD public information officer. “That will help us get all our kids home before dark.”
The New Braunfels Independent School District had previously scheduled an early release. NBISD will release students one hour early today, said Leslie Rriewaldt, public information officer.
Employees at Entex Gas Company at 290 S. Casten in New Braunfels arrived at work this morning to find water standing in the building.
“We just had a little water in the building that came up through the floor drains,” said Tom Ley, division chief engineer. “There was about an inch of water in half of the building. We’ll come out of it OR."
Post office workers meeting holiday demands
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writ*
The rapid approach of Christmas traditionally means a mass
convergence at the local post office to send cards and presents u> family and friends. This year is no different, according to Alice Briones, assistant postmaster of the New Braunfels office of the U.S. Bostal Service.
“We thought that we would not have as much as last year but. comparing last year's numbers, u appears that we've got just as much and perhaps a little bit more,” Briones said. “This is our best time and we're encouraged."
The post office will continue to be open during normal hours which are KJ0 am. to 5 pin Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 11:30 ani. on Saturday.
“We’ve got foul windows open every day and then on Monday and Friday we’ve got a fifth window open so that helps with the lines," Briones said. “And of course we have the lobby machines — the commodity vendors — that will sell postcards, envelopes, books of stamps, and coils of stamps, There is also a money changa there "
The lime has now come when procrastination has brought on the
necessity of using Express Marl overnight service to insure delivery by Christmas, Briones said.
“We have express service with next-day delivery Jo 75 percent of the country.” Briones said “Two-day delivery is available to other areas and the Bostal Service will refund your postage if the delivery is not made by the promised time ”
Bnones said that things can get hectic in the morning *hen regular box customers are picking up their mail. The parking lot get* congested but if customers are patient, parking spaces will open up, she said.
Besides the mere ase in outgoing mail. there also is a majoi influx of incoming Christmas packages and cards, she said “Right now the major increase is with parcels coming in," she said “We try to accommodate the customer if we miss them by giving them a redelivery if they call in.”
Bi tones emphasized that even though it is gelling very close to Christmas, the sooner you get those cards and parcels in the mad. the better.
"But we don't have any customers who procrastinate," she said with a sr tule.
flood watch when weather conditions make flooding possible. A warning is declared when conditions make flooding imminent.
“They’ve got a lot of barricades out but most of them arc passable yet,” said Gladys Warnke, office manager at the Comal County Road .Department. “We’ve had some crews out early this morning (placing barricades).”
Roads closed at low-water crossings include, Schocnthal, Linnartz, Alves and Hcrbelin, Warnke said.
Officials warn that caution should be used at any low-water crossings including those on North Live Oak, Church Hill Drive, Wald Road, Nacogdoches Road and Blanco Road.
Tammy Haecker, administrative technician with the Texas State Highway Department reports that Farm to Market Road 1044 in Guadalupe County is closed because it has been under construction and “is a real mess ”
The Comal County Sheriff’s Department has also been monitoring the situation overnight.
A number of local streets were closed this morning due to low-level flooding. This photo was taken on Live Oak shortly attery a.m. (Photo by Bill Ervin) ___
“We had to put up a bunch of the south part of the county near the major incidents overnight,” said barricades at low water crossings in Cibolo creek area but there were no Chief Deputy Elwood Hoherz.
e local post office will continue to be open during normal hours as the influx ot Christmas matt heightens (Photo by Bill Ervin)Good Day
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District receives petition calling for rollback
By ROBERT 8TEWAM I Bluff Writer
Officials ut the Cornu! Independent School District received a petition Wednesday containing 2,668 signatures calling foi an election to rollback the district’s 1991-92 lax rule, said Sandy Jackson, I ISH public tnfoiillation officer.
The document was detected to C1SD Superintendent Joe Rogers by J. F. “Bud” Wright, Fete Ogre us and Glen Robbins at 1:35 pm. Jackson
All three ot lite men are founding menthe!a of the Comal ISO Taxpayers Anociation, which initiated die rollback petition dnve.
The CISD business office has until Jan 6 to verify thai at least 1,74) ut the signatures ate valid T hai figure represents the minimum IU percent of the district’s registered voters that must sign the petition for a to be valid.
Run Oiaham of the OSU Tax
OI lice will spearhead the eft or I to verify that the voter legistiation nun i Iv is and addresses of those who signed the petition are valid, Jackson said.
Richard Lorenz, spokesman for the C ISO Taxpayer Association, said that his group verified all signatures with the* tax rolls and the Comal Tax Office computer prior lo submitting the petition.
Superintendent Joe Rogers said that some patrons who initially
signed the petition have indicated a desire to vtiihdiaw their signatures alter attending a recent informational meeting at Smithson Valley High School
"We have had several inquiries 11oui people who wish to icniove their names,” Rogers said “They can come lo our office on Jan 2, 3 or 6 and simply remove their names and initial the pennon ’’
lf the petitions are found valid, the school disinci has 90 days from
the verification date to call an election Rogers indicated he wilt place the matter on the agenda ol the next regular school board Blee ting, scheduled for Jan. 27 at Smithson Valley High School. Rogers estimated that the election could be held in March.
CTSD offices will be closed from Dec. 23 through Jan, I for the Christmas holidays and will reopen Jan. 2.