New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 20, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Former county attorney dies unexpectedly
Early report: Coroner blames aneurysm
From Staff Reports
Trustworthy, loyal, helpful and reverent.
Those are just a few of the requirements in the Scout Law that Nathan Rheinlander lived by, said friends who remembered him on Tuesday.
Rheinlander, a longtime Scoutmaster and respected assistant district attorney, died unexpectedly Monday, leaving many reeling in shock.
“There’s never a right time,” longtime friend Jack Reinarz said.
Rheinlander, 45, was found dead in his Comal County home Monday night.
His wife, Cindy, left him at home Monday to go to work and found him when she returned shortly after 7 p.m., Comal County officials said.
Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Howard Smith said that Mrs. Rheinlander called paramedics when she found her husband shortly after 7 p.m.
They in turn called sheriff’s deputies, which is routine in the case of unattended deaths.
Smith was called to the home, where he pronounced Rheinlander dead at 8:55 p.m. Nothing at the home indicated how Rheinlander had died, although Smith said the attorney apparently had been ill.
However, a preliminary autopsy report listed Rheinlander’s cause of death as a ruptured aneurysm of the right middle cerebral artery.
Services for Rheinlander are pending with Zoeller Funeral Home.
In addition to his wife, Rheinlander also leaves behind two sons, Jared, 9, and Tyler, 6.
Reinarz and Rheinlander were Boy Scouts together as children, and Reinarz said his friend took his oath seriously to repay everything Scouts had given him.
“If you get out the Scout Law and Scout Oath, he lived every part of it and every part was him to the bone,” Reinarz said.
Rheinlander’s life was a testimony to the oath he took as a Scout to “do my best, To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law; To help
• Survived by wife, Cindy, and sons Jared, 9, and Tyler, 6.
• Graduated among the top 10 of New
Braunfels High School, 1973; chess, German, Spanish and science clubs; Theta Epsilon Nu; Mu Alpha Theta; National Honor Society; National Merit Scholarship Commended student; district and region band (trumpet player); region and state orchestra.
• Eagle Scout; Scoutmaster of Troop 133 for more than 10 years; . earned the Wood Badgd* described as a “master’s degree” for Scoutmasters.
• Graduated with honors from the University of Texas, Austin.
• Received law degree from Baylor University School of Law, 1980.
• Aide to the Texas Legislature 1977 and 1981; legislative aide for the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, 1981.
• Private practice through 1989.
• Elected County Attorney in 1988, served from Jan. 1,1989 to Dec. 31,1996.
• Private practice, 1997-May 2000.
• Candidate for County Court at Law judge in 1998.
• Named Assistant Criminal District Attorney Civil Division (County Counsel) May 15, 2000.
• Wurstfest Opa.
• Active in First Protestant Church.
• Member, Fraternal Order of Eagles.
• Past Fair Association President.
Bush expected to make several pre-Christmas appointments
By Ron Fournier
AP Political Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a whirlwind tour of the nation’s capital, President-elect Bush approved the nominations of longtime friend Don Evans as commerce secretary, former Cuban refugee Mel Martinez as housing secretary and Californian Ann Veneman as agriculture secretary, Republican officials said Tuesday, predicting a blitz of pre-Christmas appointments.
Bush, soon to be the nation’s 43rd president, planned to announce the selections Wednesday in Texas, said several
GOP officials involved in the deliberations. They spoke on condition of anonymity.
The 36nlay election standoff forcing a late start to his transition, Bush squeezed several job interviews between sessions with congressional leaders, President Clinton, former rival Al Gore and Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan during a two-day Washington stay that ended Tuesday night.
The sources said Bush, who traveled home to Austin, Texas, with Martinez and Veneman on his plane, might not limit his Wednesday announcement to those three nominations.
Key Code 76
More cold temperatures on their way
By Jennifer Rodriguez
Just in time for Christmas, a cold front could chill New Braunfels by the end of the week, National Weather Service Forecasters predict.
On Thursday, low temperatures could drop to the 30s and then the 20s by Friday.
Light rain tonight could spice things up through Thursday, then disappear and reappeai on Sunday.
“We’re not expecting anything crazy,” meteorologist Ray Peabody said. “We’ve got a slight chance of rain here, starting Wednesday night and into Thursday, and maybe again.. Christmas Day. As far as freezing or precipitation, (we see) nothing right now.”
Peabody said yo-yo temperatures and conditions were normal for this time of year.
“We’re into a series of frontal systems that come through every three to five days, chill us for a couple of days and then we warm up," Peabody said. “Then another front comes in, and we cool off again for a few days.”
The NWS is forecasting partly cloudy skies today, with highs in the mid-60s and gusty winds of 15 miles an hour by afternoon.
The temperature will drop to near 40 tonight, and there is a chance of light rain.
A slight chance of rain continues through Thursday morning, and a new cold front could bring high temperatures to the high 50s.
Friday should be clear with a high near 50, but the evening temperatures could sink to the 20s.
The cold temperatures should slowly warm through Sunday, with a low in the 40s and highs in the 60s.Vol. 150 No. ZI 16 pages in Z sections December 20, 2000 IT J TAX nrx A _ 7 Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents
Hawthorn Suites plans 70-room hotel for NB
By Jo Lee Ferguson
Hawthorn Inn and Suites plans to open a new 70-room hotel in New Braunfels.
The San Antonio-based company Texotel Inc. has applied for a building permit from the city of New Braunfels to build the hotel at 1533 N. Interstate 35, between Wright
Distributing and a nearby medical clinic. The cost of the building was placed at more than $2.4 million on the permit application.
Mitch Patel, a managing partner of the planned hotel, said the hotel would include 20 suites. Eight of those suites will be furnished with Jacuzzis large enough for two people.
“Our suites are different from most suites,” Patel said. “They’re actually a larger room.”
Each suite also will have its own wet bar, although Patel said the hotel would not offer a general bar and restaurant.
“It’s not full service,” he said. “The market tends to go away from full-service.”
That’s why Holiday Inn, for instance, began offering the Holiday Inn Express without restaurants and bars, he said.
All of the Hawthorn Inn rooms will have interior entrances, and the approximately 48,000-square-foot hotel will boast an indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi that will be open every day.
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Comal County, state and federal fire investigators probed the cause of a blaze that destroyed Carl Doeppenschmidt’s workshop early Monday. From left, Sheriff’s Dep. Wayne Ellington, Fire Marshal Lin Manford and Comal County assistant fire marshal Darren Brinkkoeter search for clues.
Workshop fire destroys antique automobiles and boat, priceless memorabilia
By Ron Maloney
SMITHSON VALLEY — Investigators still are working to find the cause of a fire that destroyed a workshop filled with antique cars and a lifetime’s worth of mementos.
Comal County Assistant Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said late Tuesday a team of federal, state and local investigators didn’t know what caused Monday’s fire at the Carl Doep-penschmidt ranch on Texas 46.
“It’s undetermined,” Brinkkoeter said. “We’re going back out (today).”
An estimate of the damage was not available, but officials said it could be half a million dollars or even more.
The fire destroyed a metal buildihg that housed a workshop, a sausage-making facility
and commercial kitchen, three antique cars and an antique mahogany motorboat.
Also lost were utility vehicles and equipment and Doeppenschmidt family heirlooms and photos that were considered virtually priceless to their owners.
Carl Doeppenschmidt reported to authorities that he heard a popping sound like a muffled explosion late Sunday night before he retired.
He checked around his house but noticed nothing amiss, he said.
About 3 a.m. Monday, a sheriff’s deputy driving on nearby Texas 46 smelled smoke but couldn’t get by Doeppenschmidt’s steel security gate.
County dispatch called Doeppenschmidt to report the smoke, but the call was intercepted by
his answering machine.
A few hours later, after the Doeppenschmidts woke up, Carl Doeppenschmidt looked out a window to see what he first thought was a sunrise reflecting off the side of his red metal outbuilding.
Then he realized it wasn’t.
Bulverde firefighters who arrived at the home shortly after I a.m. found that a fire had apparently started near one end of the steel building and burned itself to the far end, which held a commercial-style kitchen where the Doeppenschmidts stuffed sausage.
Also in that kitchen were antiques that included a gas stove, a walk-in cooler and other heirlooms and artifacts — including the Doeppen-