New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 25, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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alcohol sales in eateries
AUSTIN (AP) — A recent statewide sting operation found most violations of laws prohibiting sales of alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21 occurred in restaurants.
Officials of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said it indicates that perhaps they need to give restaurants more attention.
“We concentrate on the night clubs and the convenience stores,” said Lt. David Ferrero of the Austin district office of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. “We need to take a better look at the restaurants.”
Teen-agers working undercover for the commission went into 495 bars, stores and restaurants around the state during October and November. Ferrero said all the undercover volunteers sent into restaurants were told to say that they were meeting somebody and order a beer.
Statewide, 44 percent of the 495 businesses that were randomly selected for the sting sold alcohol to minors. Bexar County’s rate, 60 percent, was the worst in the state. Travis County’s rate, 29 percent, was the lowest.
Widow files suit over dispute in restaurant
DALLAS (AP) — The widow of a Humperdink’s Restaurant manager who was shot to death during a domestic dispute in the establishment has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the restaurant.
The lawsuit filed by Michele Brigham alleges that Todd Brigham’s death June 7 could have been prevented if his colleagues had responded promptly to death threats a customer made before the shooting.
Richard Gene Bell, 35, fatally shot Brigham before killing Crissa Bearden, 24, and himself at Humpcrdink’s Restaurant in suburban Addison.
Named as defendants in the lawsuit are Humperdink’s and its parent company, the Texas Ram Corp.
The lawsuit said employees should have called police when Bell threatened to kill another customer. Had they* done so, the shooting
lawsuit said, noting that the average response time for the Addison Police Department is about two minutes.
Troubles involving Texas Republic shock jeweler
AUSTIN (AP) — Jeweler Kelly Smith says he didn’t think he would run afoul of the law when he accepted an order in September to manufacture sterling silver “Ranger” badges for the Republic of Texas “defense forces.”
“You know what, I’m just an artist,” Smith said. “I just make jewelry. I don’t care if you want to play ‘Roger Ramjet.’ I’ll make your insignia and I’ll make it nice.”
State law prohibits the manufacturing, selling or possession of a badge that bears an insignia similar to that of the Texas Rangers, which is a division of the Department of Public Safety. Violation is a misdemeanor.
Lisa Smith, Kelly’s wife and the marketing partner of the couple’s business, said she didn’t know about the badge law at the time she took the order.
The badges were never delivered because, Smith said, the group did not pay for the badges, leaving them stuck with an inventory of 75 badges they can’t sell.
The Republic paid a $3,500 down payment, but the couple’s bank rejected a $3,496 check to cover the balance.
Owners of livestock, pets brace for gnats
NEW BOSTON, Texas (AP) Owners of livestock and pets in northeast Texas are bracing for an infestation of southern buffalo gnats like those that killed young calves and small pets in 1979 and 1992.
The emergence of the black fly species from the larval stage is likely to start between Christmas and New Year’s Day, said Erie Lum, Texas Agricultural Extension Service agent in Bowie County.
Because of high water levels caused by rain in early November, the usual treatment to kill the larvae is cost-prohibitive, Lum said.
The regular treatment would be to apply Bacillus thuringensis
occurring biotoxin, to the rivers and streams where the larvae live before they become flying insects. That would usually cost about $9,000.
Cost of the chemical, which is nontoxic to humans, is shared by small grants from the states of Texas and Arkansas and supplemented by donations from local communities and companies.
Santa Claus hits th# Internet to chat with kids
AUSTIN (AP) — Santa Claus may be busy wrapping gifts and preparing for his worldwide tour, but that hasn’t kept him from chatting a little with children across the country.
Ichat Inc., an Austin software company, has had a Santa chat room on the World Wide Web, part of the Internet, since Dec. 2. Questions from children pour in for several hours each day and Santa responds to each within minutes.
“We’ve been having a blast,” said Charlie Wood, an on-line operations manager for Ichat.
Wood and a University of Texas student have shared the duties of opening Santa’s on-line mail. He said questions have ranged from the simple and polite, like “Santa, how are you?” to more difficult queries, such as, “Do you really exist?”
“There are probably IO or 15 questions we get all the time,” Wood said. “Because it is a different set of kids every day, we keep answering them.”
Amarillo board opposes backyard slaughters
AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Out of sight, out of mind?
Not when it comes to animal slaughter, Amarillo’s animal control board says.
Four of the board’s five members said they have a problem with a proposed ordinance up for discussion at today’s Amarillo City Commission meeting. It would allow residents to slaughter animals in their backyards.
The ordinance was drawn up after Linda and Ray Albright complained last summer about neighbors who slaughtered and processed a hog in view of neighbors, including children.
Computer courses made available to disabled
People with disabilities who are interested in careers in computer technology have until Jan. 14, 1997, to enroll in the Office Computer Systems Training program at San
Antonio College Classes begin Jan 21, 1997.
“The class will focus on basic microcomputer use, application programs, business communications.
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during the shoot. “His main concern was the fans. He said, ‘When the fans see me, I feel like I should go out and talk to them.’ He was extremely considerate with the fans.”
Travolta, a pilot, flew in daily to the New Braunfels Municipal Airport from Dripping Springs, where he stayed during the shoot. He even ordereu a turkey sandwich from the Grist Mill.
Up to IOO people gathered around Grucne Hall during the filming to see Travolta and other stars in the movie, who on occasion signed autographs and chatted with wide-eyed fins.
The movie is based on the story of the Archangel Michael, who made miraculous appearances throughout history as the head of the angelic armies, accomplishing such feats as the rescue of Daniel from the den of lions and assisting Joan of Arc to
battle impossible odds.
Travolta’s character in the film paints a slightly different image of the top-ranked angel.
With two weeks on Earth to carry out a mission from God, Michael sets out to bring two cynical hearts together, but that doesn’t mean he can’t enjoy the pleasures of life.
When news of Michael’s existence reaches the National Mirror, washed-up journalist Frank Quinlan (William Hurt) goes to interview him along with angel expert Dorothy Winters (Andie MacDowell) and journalist Huey Driscoll (Robert Pastored).
The three are charged with tracking down this angel who appeared in Iowa and bringing him back to the tabloid in Chicago by Christmas.
Michael was filmed mainly iii the winter and spring of this year in Chicago, Austin and other parts of Texas.
various office skills and preparation for entry-level jobs," said Mary Whitehead, program chair.
After four months of classroom instruction (meeting 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday), students will complete a two-month internship with a local business.
Applicants must be referred by their vocational rehabilitation agency and have a high school diploma or GED certificate. The class is limited to 15 students, and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.
To apply, call (2IO) 733-2859. or
brushet with tbs law
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Every little step Bobby Brown takes seems to land him in more trouble.
The R&B singer faces drunken driving charges stemming from an accident last August, police said Monday.
Brown’s car jumped a curb and slammed into some hedges and a sign. He was hospitalized briefly with leg and neck injuries. Police said he was speeding, but no charges were filed at the time.
Investigators who obtained Brown’s medical records discovered his blood-alcohol level was above .20 — more than double the state’s legal limit — and blood tests showed the presence of cocaine and marijuana.
Brown was charged with drunken driving last April in Atlanta, and was charged last year with assaulting a patron at a Florida night club. The assault charges were dropped last month after Brown’s accuser agreed to settle a civil suit.
Brown, 29, the former lead singer of New Edition, went on to a successful solo career with 1980s hits like “My Prerogative” and “Every Little Step.” He is married to singer Whitney Houston.
Hospital releases Bennett following hernia surgery
WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Tony Bennett is steppin’ out again after emergency hernia surgery.
Bennett, released from Georgetown University Medical Center Monday, is in good condition and plans to spend the holidays
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ing in the Port Aransas area.
During that time, the source said Preston and police had developed a hostile relationship.
Preston’s family is well-known in the New Braunfels area, the source said, adding that he graduated from New Braunfels High School in 1978 and his father donated Tye Preston Memorial Library in Sattler and donated land for a new school nearby the library.
“He was the nicest guy you’d ever meet," the source said. “He was just always a real nice guy.”
Sylvia Weiner said.
Bennett, 70, suffered a ruptured hernia just after arriving at the White House Saturday to attend a holiday dinner with President Clinton. He was treated by White House physicians and rushed to the hospital.
“I would like to thank the many fans, friends and family who have sent their good wishes to me over the past two days,” Bennett said.
Bennett, whose next concert is Jan. 31 in Washington, won a Grammy in 1994 for his comeback album “Steppin’ Out.”
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Harrison cleared of trespassing charges
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Woody Harrelson and nine others who scaled the Golden Gate Bridge have been cleared of ignoring a police officer, but still face trespassing charges.
Prosecutors Monday dropped the charge of failing to respond to a police officer against Harrelson and the protesters who climbed the bridge on Nov. 23 to demonstrate against logging in the Headwaters redwood forest.
The protesters still face up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine for the two counts of trespassing. They are due in court on Jan. 14.
Harrelson, the star of “Cheers” and “Natural Bom Killers,” stars in “The People Vs. Larry Flynt,” which opens Friday.
Milbie R. John, age 75, of New Braunfels, died Monday, December 23, 1996 at her residence. She was born October 24, 1922 in
Fredericksburg, Texas to Harry Danz, Sr. and Wanda Hohenberger Danz. She married Edward M. John on June 17, 1944 in Fredericksburg,' TX. He preceded her in death in 1992. Mrs. John was a homemaker and member of the Newcomers, Senior Citizens, PTA, Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church and served as a school and church volunteer.
Survivors are a daughter and son-’ in-law: Janie and Michael Kiolbassa, of New Braunfels, granddaughter, Jennifer Kiolbassa of New Braunfels; sisters, Vera Jenschke and Lillie Weinheimer, both of Fredericksburg; brother, Harry Danz, Jr. of Fredericksburg. She was preceded in death by a sister Laura Pape.
A rosary will be recited Thursday, December 26, at 7 p.m. at the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass is scheduled for Friday, December 27, at IO a.m. at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Msgr. Edward Bily, celebrant. Entombment will follow in the Saints Peter & Paul Mausoleum. Visitation will begin Wednesday at 6 p.m. and continue until Thursday at 9 p.m.
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So far, 300 people have been here,” Konkel said during the meal’s first hour. “I hope we run out and make our goal so that I can run out and buy more food.
“No one will go hungry.”
The support of volunteers, donors, other individuals and businesses enhanced this year’s dinner, Konkel said.
“This year more people are here and more sponsors have contributed,” Konkel said. “A myriad
of people have contributed toys,’’ desserts and monetary donations.” * Twenty local businesses and: individuals, including Wal-Mart* Supercenter, HEB Food Stores and the city of New Braunfels,* contributed to the event.
Dora and Bill White of Cateran,' Granzin Meat Market Inc. and* Naegelin’s Bakery helped cook the ' meal, Konkel said.
Judy Kraft, Rita Kaufmann, * Bonnie Tetrault, Pam Kraft and Konkel helped organize the annual » event.
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Crespo said he had a strong law enforcement background growing up in New York City.
“I come from a law enforcement family,” Crespo said. "My father was a New York City policeman."
When Wommack tendered his resignation, Crespo said he did not believe he would be appointed interim police chief.
“I was definitely surprised to be offered the position,” he said. “Since being new to the community, I didn't* think they would offer it to me, but I am glad they did. I am grateful the mayor and the City Council saw my qualifications and picked me as a'full-time officer and then made mc interim chief."
Crespo said he would like to reach out to the Marion community and better train his officers.
“My main concern is to make sure residents feel that they are being well protected,” he said. “I plan on implementing biweekly training
programs with reserve as well as fulltime officers and get much-needed training as far as community policing and basic law enforcement tactics. I want to bring them up to date on law enforcement changes.”
Working with schoolchildren is another of Crespo’s goals.
"I plan to work with the (Marion) schools as far as having a DARE program and basically working with kids elementary ages and up,” he said. “I want them to understand that the policemen are here to help them out and that we are approachable.” Even though he has been in Manon for only a few weeks, Crespo likes the city and its residents.
“It has been great,” Crespo said. “I like a small community like this, because everybody waves at you. The community has been good and very receptive to the change."
Crespo lives in New Braunfels and is married to Alicia Martinez Crespo, who is a clerk for the city of Garden Ridge. He has two stepchildren and two children from a previous marriage.
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