New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 25, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
' and Joesph are the youth min-
Donations so far — $192,093
To contribute to the United Way, call 620-7760.
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: Jose Regalado, Evelyn Cowsert, Angie Morales, Patrick Pope (16 years old), Tiffany Davis (14 years old), Glenn Timmermann, Sarah Gonzales (16 years old), Mary Jane Llamez, Carroll Carson, Manuela Acevedo and Rebecca Mendoza.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Marian and Budd Norwood (50 years), Kenneth and Christine Ryals (10 years) and Ernesto and Elida Sotello (41 years on Tuesday).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Canyon students sell cards to raise funds
Canyon High School’s senior class is selling “all star cards” to raise money for Project Graduation, a drug-and-alcohol free party for graduation night.
The card offers discounts from 16 New Braunfels merchants and can save up to $316.
To order the cards, call 606-0729.
Canyon Class of v72 prepares for reunion
Members of the Canyon High School Class of 1972 should contact Maureen Magin Haas at (210) 629-4558 about information concerning fellow classmates
The 25th class reunion is planned for the coming summer.
Vista volunteer offers support to disabled
Don Guenther, the VISTA volunteer for Comal County, will be at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Guenther will be available to assist all citizens with disabilities.
Literacy group offers adult education
Adult Education & Literacy, a cooperative effort by Comal, Guadalupe and Kendall counties, is offering free classes for adults working toward general education degrees Classes are held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Carl Schurz Elementary School, 633 W Coll St.; 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Comal Leadership Institute, 1050 Interstate 35 East; and 9 a m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at the Community Service Center, 132 Caddell St.
The cooperative is planning a formal graduation ceremony in May.
Resource center provides support
The Austin Resource Center for Independent Living Inc. now has a New Braunfels office open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Fridays at 839 N Walnut Business Center on Interstate 35 South:
The center, part of a national network of independent living centers established by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, serves as an advocate for the disabled, while also providing peer support and training for living independent lives.
Thrift shop socks donated items
The Community Service Thrift Shop is now soliciting donations. All items are welcomed.
Desired items include furniture, appliances, clothing and cooking utensils.
Bring donations to 132 Caddell Lane or contact Pete for pickups on Tuesday and Wednesday.
24 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, December 25, 1996
Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years B Home of Patrick Pope
Vol 145. No 30
Interim Marion chief vows full effort
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Staff Writer _
MARION — Interim Police Chief Ricardo Crespo wants Marion residents to know he will do his best to protect and serve them.
“I guarantee they will get a lot from me.” the 41-year old Crespo said.
Monday was Crespo’s first day as interim chief.
The Marion City Council last week appointed Crespo as interim chief for a 90-day period.
Crespo replaces former Police Chief Max Wommack Jr., who resigned to take a position in the Comal County Sheriff’s Department.
The council will decide whether to make Crespo the
permanent chief following the 90-day period. Mayor Glenn Hild.
Crespo, a New York City native, has 22 years of law enforcement experience, most of it serving as a military police officer in the Army.
His last tour of duty was at Fort Sam Houston, where he served as the personnel supervisor for the military police. Crespo recently retired from the Army.
Crespo, one of two full-time officers in Marion, was named interim police chief only a few w eeks after becoming a full-time officer on the force.
Before joining the Marion force, Crespo was a reserve police officer in Garden Ridge for a year. During that time, he worked as a full-time officer in the Alamo Community
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Reenacting the Posada of Mary (atry from Holy Family Church Monday evening.
Photo provided by New Line Cinema
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Ex-New Braunfels resident dies in standoff
By ABE LEVY
the film craw tor the movie ‘Michael* hit Gruane for IO days of production, it quickly became the town. v . £ . ^
the producers chose Gruane Hall to film a the movie that will debut Christmas Day. the bun turned up a few notches when onlookers movie's star, two-time Acad-Pravolta, who pktys tho bedin the film that opens today in the nation.
nice,” said Mary Jane Nalley, one of owners who helped organize other arrangement, for the film crew Travoltl^
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A fumier New Braunfels man was killed Munday after an 18-bour chase and standoff in Fort Aransas that iiu iuded at least IO law enforcement agencies, police officials said.
Harrison Warren Preston. 36. who grew up in New Braunfels, was staying in the Port Aransas area police said when tile confrontation began at about S 40 a.rn. Sunday near tile north end of Padre Island.
Port Aransas Deputy tUnstable Jerry Nash was shot three times after responding to a call that a car w as on fire, said Robert Sherwood, the Port Aransas Constable for Precinct 7 in Nueces County.
Sherwood said Nash was in stable condition iii a Corpus Christi hospital and that the shots went into Ins side and wrist.
Sherwood said Preston shot 21 rounds with a semi-automatic nile and a handgun and retreated into a bush area w here he shot a fisherman.
The name ut the fisherman had not been released as of press time.
Police secured a four-squarc-milc area throughout the night and other police agencies were called in. including a Department of Public Safety SNV Al team and more than UK) Heathy city and county police.
T wo helicopters were sent iii !oi the standoff but were forced to retreat because of the gunfire. Sherwood said.
I he ordeal ended at about 2:45 p in. Monday when Preston was found with one gunshot ti* his head and one to his chest, Sherwood said
Sherwood said he believes DPS officers shot him in the chest and then Preston shot himself iii the head
Sherwood said the incident is under investigation and that police banded together when they heard a fellow police officer had been shot
“That’s what happens when you shoot a police officer,” Sherwood said. “When one ol them goes down, they all go ” Sherwood said Preston allegedly called to threaten another deputy constable at his home minutes be lore the incident began and that Preston allegedly was retaliating tor being arrested two times before for public intoxication and resisting arrest this year arui iii I 994
A dose friend of Preston’s who asked not to Iv identified, san! Preston, who was commonly referred it) as "Iloppy.” stood about six feet tall and a tx tut 2 IO pounds and had his own construction company iii New Braunfels
The source siiid he was mad about the vs ay police allegedly dealt with him during the past two years that he was liv-
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Harvest dinner reaps strong support
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Chaps dish out To go” plate* at th# annual Harvest of th# Heart.
Numerous volunteers and hundreds of people gathered at the New Braunfels Civic Center on Monday night to celebrate the third year of I larv est f rom the Heart.
Originally started us a meal for homeless and lonely people who would otherwise spend Christmas alone, the meal has grown into something bigger,
said Robert Konkel, the event s founder.
“We have turned it into a community meal for anyone,” Konkel said as he sat among people chowing dow n on turkey, dressing, green beans, beverages and desserts.
Participants have ranged from bank presidents to the homeless, Konkel said.
Konkel said he started the event to thank the community for supporting
the catering business he owned until he became infected by the AIDS virus I \en though the business no longer exists, Konkel said he wanted to see Harvest from the Heart keep going.
“I wanted to continue this as a community effort,” Konkel said.
More than 50 volunteers helped served Monday’s dinner. I he meal began at 5 p m. and lasted until K p.m. “We have prepared for KOO people. Turn to Harvest. Page 2AVolunteers make South Texas a better place to live. See Opinion, 4A.