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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Sunny conditions today will be marked with a high of about 64, hut clouds arc expected to roll in as overnight temperatures fall to about 39. Saturday and Sunday should be cloudy, with highs near 65 and lows in the mid- to low-40s. Inside: CLASSIFIED...........................10-13 COMICS.........................................6 CROSSWORD...............................3 DEAR ABBY.................................7 ENTERTAINMENT.........................7 HOROSCOPE................................6 RELIGIOUS FOCUS.....................4 SPORTS......................................8-9 TV LISTINGS.................................6 WEATHER.....................................2 The Feb. 4 meeting of the Comal County A&M Mothers Club will be held at the Senior Citizens Center, 142 Comal Ave., ut 6:30 p.m. Aggie Dads are invited to attend the appreciation banquet in their honor. Two Yell Leaders from Texas A&M will be attending also. The dinner is potluck and you should bring a main dish and salad or a side dish and dessert. Utensils will be provided.... The intersection of Lakeview Boulevard and Torrey Street will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 4-5, for utility construction.... Attention New Braunfels High School Junior Class parents:    It    is Queen of Hearts lime and your help is needed. The Junior Class needs donations for the rummage sale on Saturday, Feb. 2. Items may be brought to New Braunfels High School rooms D-l or B-23 during the school day or to 50 Mission Drive after 3:30 p.m. Parent volunteers also are desperately needed to help with the Junior Class Lock-In tonight. Shifts arc from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. Parent help also is needed to work at the rummage sale Saturday and this afternoon to sort and price items. Interested parents should contact Karen Rayburn at 625-8457 or 625-6271.... Registration for all persons interested in umpiring ASA softball, adults and children, is tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the meeting room at Wholesale Beer, on Interstate 35 in New Braunfels... New Braunfels Village Brass Band will have a rehearsal Sunday at Bavarian Village Bier Garten from 2 to 5 p.m. Officers meet at I p.m., but the rehearsal is open to the public.... Any Senior Director, Director or Drover wanting lo go to the luncheon for Hill Country Days at the San Antonio Stock Show on Feb. II needs to contact Max Wommack Jr. at 625-7037 or Mozelle Dome at 625-2770 by Feb. 7.... Don Jargis, from the Slate Democratic Headquarters, will be rn New Braunfels Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at 1892 Palace Drive to present the essentials of information to Young Democrats of Comal County. Persons in high school or in their 20s are encouraged to attend. Call Tiffany Durham at 629-9827, or Caroline Holte at 620-0203 for more information.... New Braunfels High School Sophomore Class will be washing cars, and having a bake sale and rummage sale this weekend to raise money for Queen of Hearts. The car wash, $2, will be from IO a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Wayne’s Landa Garden Center, 666 Lands St. The bake sale and rummage sale are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Buy-For-Less, 604 S. Walnut Ave.... rn rn Motion filed for new trial in Davis case Circle of prayer Students at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School join a National Prayer Circle Thursday. At 1 p.m. Central Standard Time, students at Catholic schools across the nation formed circles to pray for peace and the swift end of war in the Persian Gulf. The activity was part of Catholic Schools Week observances. (Photo by Erik Karlsson) Attorneys representing Jack Warren Davis — who was found guilty of murdering a New Braunfels woman in 1989 — have filed a motion for a new trial. “This is really a big deal,” said New Braunfels Attorney John J. Curtis, who helped represent Davis during the trial in Comal County. “In criminal law, this Jack Davis ease is going to be a real big deal.” The motion for a new trial was Filed with the suite 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin Wednesday. Curtis prepared the brief. Stanley G. Schneider of the Houston firm Schneider & McKinney filed Jury opts for 99-year prison term for robbery A Comal County jury sentenced Richard Jerome Taliaferro to 99 years in prison Thursday after finding him guilty of aggravated robbery. The jury also assessed a $ 10,000 Fine. The defendant now will be transported to the Diagnostic Unit in Huntsville to be processed and will serve his time in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division. Taliaferro was found guilty by an 8-man, 4-woman jury of robbing a store clerk in August 1990 at the Pit Slop Food Mart, at Ruckle Road and Interstate 35, in New Braunfels. In the course of the robbery, the store clerk was shot twice with a .32-caliber pistol. He survived the wounds. Taliaferro got away with the cash register and about $100. The defendant, most recently of San Antonio, was arrested Sept. 5, 1990, in San Antonio at a bus stop and charged with the robbery. Retired District Judge M. Ted Butler of Bexar County presided ov^r the trial at the Comal County Courthouse. the motion for new trial. A Comal County Jury found Davis guilty of capital murder and sentenced him to life in prison in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division. He was found guilty of murdering school teacher Kathie Balonis. The motion for new trial alleges a forensic criminalist of the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office contradicted his trial testimony with testimony given in a deposition for a civil suit in which the Balonis family Filed against the apartment complex Se# MOTION, Pag* 2 NEU left reeling by rate issue By DANA OVERSTREET City Editor Money. New Braunfels Utilities Trustees spent three hours Thursday night discussing the lack of it and too many requests for it. Earlier this week, New Braunfels City Council approved a water rate increase of 29 percent and a sewer rate hike of 16 percent. NBU had requested 48-percent and 27-percent increases, respectively. The new rates will be enacted in two steps, one in 90 days and the second six months after that. NBU’s original request was to be in three steps. “lf I read the council correctly, they do not want us to come back for a third step. I have had two meetings with Mr. Sohn on this subject and charged him and the staff to come back in February with plans on how we can reduce expenses, particularly in water and sewer, but I think we need to reduce expenses company-wide and we may need to look at several plans," said Board President E.C. “Gene" Month in weg. Trustee Robert Or pointed out to the board that the 29-percent increase would not even be enough to pay for bonds sold to build the surface water treatment plant and Gruene Wastewater Plant, renovations to the Kuehler wastewater plant and West End sewer renovations, and to make up the interest lost because the bonds aren't invested anymore. “The zero operating budget in some departments may have to be reduced to negative because we have to make our bond payments," Orr said. "We have had the expectation from everyone that whatever project they could get the Financing for, they would have no difficulty getting a permit for and getting water and sewer to it. That day is over. We will have to make it crystal clear to Comal ISD, New Braunfels 1SD, Comal County, the state highway department and the city of New Braunfels, that if they want a sewer line moved to build a highway ... it may take us two years before we are able to work it into our budget. Se* NBU, Pag* 2 Richard Rhodes Appraiser takes new position By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Newt Editor After four years of heading up the Comal Central Appraisal District, Richard Rhodes is resigning and taking a similar position in another Texas appraisal district. “I didn’t go look for the job,” Rhodes said. “The job came to me and the offer Tit my professional needs and the location Fits my personal needs." The appraisal district board of directors will meet Tuesday at IO a.m. to act on whether or not to accept the resignation. Rhodes said his last day at work is scheduled for Feb. 15. Tile chief appraiser was hired to head the Comal CAD in 1987,replacing Glenn Brucks. He moved to Comal County from Wyoming where he was a private consulting appraiser. Before that time, he was an appraiser for the Jack County CAD in Jacksboro. Bm RHODES, Page 2 Visibility of deputies credited with decline in some crimes By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Maw* Editor Burglaries and motor vehicle thefts fell slightly in Comal County in 1990 thanks to increased visibility of sheriffs deputies, says Sheriff Jack Bremer. “I think just that visibility of the vehicle and... establishment of priorities in subdivisions (helped reduce crime),” he said The Sheriff’s OfFicc released the crime statistics this week for the year 1990. “Every place I go I hear from people that they’ve never seen so many patrols in the subdivisions and I think that’s important," Bremer said. “There probably were patrols there before but the cars were so nondescript nobody ever really realized that they were there. But this way they slick out and people see them. lf our citizens see them the crooks sec them. And they arc not going to hit as often if they know the patrols are out there SM CRIME, Page 2 Bush visiting military bases CHERRY POINT MARINE AIR STATION, NC. (AP) — President Bush told a cheering, flag-waving crowd at a Marine base today that the sacrifices of U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf "will end the nightmare of Iraq’s brutal occupation” of Kuwait. With an attack helicopter as a backdrop, the president said the United Suites and its allies "will prevail, make no mistake about that. And when we do, we will have taught a dangerous tyrant, and those few who would follow in his footsteps, that there is no place for lawless aggression in this critical region.’’ Bush’s mention of sacrifice was particularly meaningful to the Marines and military families who greeted him at this air station. The first ground casualties of the Gulf War were Marines, 11 killed as allied forces battled an Iraqi incursion into Saudi Arabia on Wednesday and Thursday. The president’s next stop was Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, N.C. Two pilots based at that installation arc listed us prisoners of war and two others are missing in action. Bush referred to the Marine casualties as "American heroes" and said the dedication of military families u/nc “ Ii uhl i no I hr hmrt' * of the nation. "It comes as little surprise,’’ said Bush "that the First ground engagement in the gulf involved Marines, and it comes as no surprise that the Marines fought with great distinction and fought very bravely. "Their professionalism and sacrifice will end the nightmare. I’m absolutely confident of that, will end the nightmare of Iraq’s brutal occupation arni ensure that Kuwait is once again free.’’ "We arc on course,” said Bush. "We arc on schedule and things go Bm BUSH,Page! /ti or ' predicting tax hike AUSTIN — Texans are likely to face a "rather large” tax increase to pay for state services over the next two years, U. Gov. Bob Bullock said. Se# Page 3 San Antonio rallies win over Bulls David Robinson scored nine straight points to open the fourth quarter and tic the game, pid Rod Strickland kept San Antonio ahead with a game-breaking steal and bucket as the Spurs came from behind to beat Chicago, despite Michael Jordan’s 36 points. See Page 8 Deaths rising as ATLANTA (AP) — More Americans arc quitting smoking, but deaths from smoking-related illnesses have increased 11 percent — to more than 430,000 a year—as those who smoked years ago take ill, federal health officials say. 8m Pag* 14 9 New Braunfels avo 50'^! L n 7 E. 1 Vol. 139, No. 57707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 Friday Feb. 1, 1991 25 Cents One Section, 14 Pages ;