New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 25, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 154, No. 35 16 pages, 2 sections
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 3B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 6A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 3B
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 25,2004
The year in Texas sports was good for some, lukewarm for others.
Page 7AAs Santa becomes an industry, some fear magic lost
By Matti Huuhtanen
Associated Press Writer
SANTA’S VILLAGE ON THE ARCTIC CIRCLE — Santa Claus takes a long look at two
English children sitting on his bearded face, considering the the brushoff, knees. fuss a British family caused Hilary Hughes, who
“Have you been good?” he this month by complaining brought two daughters and
asks gently. that they spent a fortune to four grandchildren to visit
The question might well be come to Santa’s village on the Santa, claimed to the
thrown back in his bushy- Arctic Circle, only to be given Guardian newspaper in Lon
don that they were told he was too busy to see them, then finally received them in a dining room cluttered with dirty plates.
Finns, highly sensitive
about their nation’s image, were horrified, and tabloid newspapers passionately bemoaned the damage to
See SANTA, Page 3ANew Braunfels bank robbed TxDOTtoundertake 6 projects in county
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New Braunfels Police Department Sat. Sean Gabbard, left, Cpl. Scott Lange and Lt. John Villarreal discuss the armed robbery of the TexStar Bank Friday morning.The robber, armed with a large caliber handgun, forced the employees of the bank into the vault before fleeing in an unknown direction in what is believed to be a gold colored newer model Chevrolet Impala
By Scott Mahon and Bon Maloney
The Texas Department of Transportation will undertake a SWK) million statewide highway improvement program, including six projects in Comal County worth more than $2.3 million.
The program will include (>44 projects across the state, including the widening of narrow two-lane roadways, installing harriers in die medians of divided highways, adding left turn lanes at highway intersections mid building new overpasses around the state.
Projects scheduled iii Comal County include:
■ Widening I’M IOLI from US 81 to tile Guadalupe County line at a cost $320,(HK),
■Widening EM 1863 from IJS 281 to the
See TXDOT, Page 3A
Tourists enjoy Christmas in New Braunfels at RV resort
Miller named to second term on aquifer board
By Bon Maloney
SAN ANTONIO — Former New Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller has been named to a second term as chairman of the Edwards Aquifer Authority board of directors.
The board elected officers for 2005 at its December board meeting held this week.
Miller, District 9 director for Comal and Guadalupe counties, is the longest-serving member of the hoard.
He was involved in the negotiations
See BOARD, Page 3A
Robbery third at location in past 2 years
By Ron Maloney
Some people just don’t take the holidays off.
That s how it was Christmas Eve iii New Braunfels when a robber struck a local branch hank — making it the third time the location has been robbed in just over two years.
New Braunfels Police Sgt. Sean Gabbard said a man walked into the lex Star Bank branch at Walnut Avenue and the Interstate 35 frontage road adjacent to H E B shortly before IO a.m. Friday, confronted two employees at gunpoint and robbed the bank.
There were no customers in the bank during the robbery, and no one was injured in the incident, Gabbard said.
“T hey were shaken up, but no one was hurt,” Gabbard said. T he bank, which was scheduled to he open until noon, dosed for the day.
Gabbard would not say how much money was taken.
“We don’t want to divulge that information,” Gabbard said.
Late Friday morning, the FBI, Rust, Chief of Police Russ Johnson and NBP!) Patrol Ll. Jo!in Villarreal were all at the scene of the robbery collecting evidence as other officers woi ked to find the suspect.
Gabbard said the man parked a gold-colored late model car, possibly die newest body style (Jievy Impala, iii front of the bank and went inside.
He walked directly to one of the tellers on duty, almost immediately produced a large caliber handgun and demanded money.
“He was given the money, and
BANK ROBBERIES IN NEW BRAUNFELS ■ Friday's bank robber was one of several in the past two years. A history of other area robberies is on Page 3A.
ordered the tellers into the vault,” Gabbard said. "I Ie closed it, but they were able to get out. One hit tile alarm and the other one simultaneously dialed 9-1-1. I believe we were on scene iii five to eight minutes.”
The man was described as a white or Hispanic male somewhere between his late 30s and early 50s with a heavyset build. I Ie had a light-brown or blond-colored beard, was wearing a dark knit cap and dark-colored gloves. I Ie was wearing a gray sweatshirt with a zippered front, blue jeans and dark-colored shoes.
Gabbard said the suspect parked his vehicle near the automatic teller machine and it was captured on video. Witnesses nearby confirmed the vehicle description, but were unable to tell police which direction the man tied in.
Officers cordoned off the bank lot with crime scene tape and carefully examined it and die inside of the hank, collecting evidence. Gabbard did not describe the evidence that was recovered during the investigation.
Police recovered excellent quality surveillance photos, Gabbard said because the bank, formerly a Surety Bank branch, had been robbed in late 2002 and early 2003 — resulting in arrests and federal convictions.
"They’ve installed a very good camera system,” Gabbard said.
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN?
Photos courtesy New Braunfels Police Department
The man who robbed TexStar Bank was captured on security cameras as he confronted a teller with a gun and as he left the bank. Anyone who knows him is asked to contact police at 608-2179 or 608-2185. Anyone with information who doesn't want police to know their identity can call Comal County CrimeStoppers at 620-8477 or toll free at 1-800-640 8422. CrimeStoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in an arrest and grand jury indictment.