New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 7, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 61
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144Feb. 7, 1991 25 Cents
One Section, 12 Pages
Nice weather seems to be the pattern these days, with highs near _____
70 and lows in the 40 expected By STEPHANIE FERGUSON
today and Friday. No rain is anti- New* Editor
cipatcd and light winds are from commitment given by Gov. Ann
the north. Richards Wednesday to stall all
.j. hazardous waste permits in the state
Im icemen °f Texas for two years will quench the
.............................911 burning issue in New Braunfels for a
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CROSSWORD...............................3 “jt*s great news. I’m glad Ann
DEAR ABBY.................................7 Richards has really come out and
HOROSCOPE..............................„6 done this so quickly,” said David
KALEIDOSCOPE...........................7 Wallace, president of Securing a
SCRAPBOOK................................5 Future Environment. “We need the
SPORTS ................. 8-9 two-year moratorium at least to have
permits process stalled
"Taxpayers are weary, and with good reason," Gov. Richards said in her State of the State address. "They have long complained about a state government that is too large, unwieldy and expensive.".................Page 4
the real facts. We’re headed in the right direction.”
In a State of the State speech Wednesday, Richards declared a two-year moratorium (Mi permits for commer
cial hazardous waste incinerators, cement kilns that bum hazardous waste and injection wells.
“(Gov. Richards) sent the Water Commission and the Air Control
Board a letter requesting that they go ahead with this two-year moratorium even before legislation is introduced,” said Margaret Justus, deputy press secretary for the governor. “It gives us a breathing space.”
In January, State Rep. Edmund Kuempel (R-Seguin) introduced House Bill 420 that called for a two-year moratorium on the burning of certain hazardous wastes in cement kilns.
“I was happy to see her reinforce the bill that we have already filed,”
Kuempel said this morning from his Austin office. “We’re going forward with it (HB 420) this legislative session. That will give us a solid two years to see what’s happening."
The issue of storing and burning hazardous waste in New Braunfels at a local cement plant has beal controversial. After months of hearings and meetings, the Lafarge Corp., which owns the Balcones Cement Plant in New Braunfels, and its subsidiary
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Reagan marking his 80th birthday
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Former President Reagan celebrated his 80th birthday surrounded by the rich, the famous and the powerful, leading them in a prayer for the safety of U.S. troops at war with Iraq.
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Legislature has interest in rate case
By KATHRYN BCHOMBR
After a six-month trial, the Lower River Colorado Authority it awaiting a final decision from the
Public Utility Gommiasion. But the cate spilled hap the Texaa Legislature.
State legislators have taken a sudden interest in the Public Utility process, claiming that stipulated agreements can freest ratepayers out of a settlement process.
The LORA case, which is pending st the PUC. drew the attention of the subcommitte because LORA and some interveners signed a settlement decile the disapproval of other involved parties.
The Senate Subcommitte on Regulatory Affairs, chaired by Sen Peggy Rotsen. held hearings and heard testimony on non* unanimous settlements during the week of Jai. 28.
Witnesses testifying before the Rossen committee claim that a disputed settlement could let other issues fall by the wayside while PUC focuses on the non-unanimous agreement. In addition, the PUC now is pending a formalized process where only three PUC commissioners would have the choice of accepting or rejecting a settlement without considering any middle ground.
Fayette Electric Coopered vc of La Grange and the city of San Marcos submitted testimony that pointed to dangers that might lead to non-unanimous settlements setting the standards for case decisions.
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NB’s Colvin to play at Air Force Academy
New Braunfels Unicom volleyball standout Celeste Colvin has accepted an appointment to attend the Air Force Academy, where she will also compete in college volleyball.
Ann Richards rips state insurance poard
AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. Ann Richards, in her blueprint for a “New Texas,’’ touched a wide range of subjects, but the biggest buzz in the Capitol came from the political bomb she dropped on the Suite Board of Insurance.
Wade Linde man arui Lynn Ann Carley, Junior Class King and Queen of Hearts Candidates invite parents and students of junior class members to the Fun Night activities tonight beginning at 6:30 pjn. in the gym of New Braunfels High School. Food booths will be available in the main hall but class competition will be in the gym. Junior parents are encouraged to donate money to the “Parent Cake” to be auctioned during the evening....
Parents hear this! Family-favorite entertainer Joe Scruggs is coming to New Braunfels to entertain at a benefit for the New Braunfels Children's Museum.
He’ll be at the Civic Center Feb. 24 at 4 pjn. and tickets are $3 each for persons over 2 years old. There will be reserved seating in the front of the auditorium for museum members only. Scruggs is known for songs such as “Even Trolls Have Moms,” “Late Last Night," and his album ‘Traffic Jams” which features songs for the car. Tickets will be available this weekend at the Children's Museum in Courtyard shopping center. Stop by for family membership information, too. The number is 620-0939....
Several thousand Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will ask you to put it in the bag Feb. 16 as they distribute plastic sacks for you to fill with non-perishable food items. Local Scouts will be knocking on Comal County doors that day to present residents with bags to be filled for collection on Feb. 23. The food will then be taken to the SOS, Inc. Food Pantry in New Braunfels or the food pantry at Canyon Lake. Residents who do not receive s Scouting for Food bag are invited to drop off food items at HEB in New Braunfels, where a collection box will be available all that week....
By the hundreds
In celebration of the 100th day of the school year, students at Memorial Primary today are participating in a number of century-related activities: counting 100 pennies, making trail mix with 100 ingredients and stringing necklaces of 100 rings of fruit-flavored cereal. To his necklace, above, Ismael Guillen adds about 20 extra pieces—just in case he needs a snack between classes. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
Drug cases among local indictments
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON N»w« Editor
A Comal County grand jury handed down a number of indictments Wednesday including two to a New Braunfels man on drug charges.
Martin Aleman, 25, of the 200 block of Anhalt, was handed two indictments on charges of possession of a controlled substance, cocaine and possession of a controlled substance, herion.
Also indicted Wednesday were two men who were linked to 14 vehicle burglaries in Garden Ridge last year. Indicted on charges of burglary of a motor vehicle were Scott Pearson, 24, of Garden Ridge and Kevin Higgins, 19, of Schertz.
Also indicted Wednesday were:
•Richard Cruz, 32, of 1500 block of Lorelei Lane, two charges of aggravated assault.
•James Hill, 22,800 block of North Houston Avenue, burglary of habitation.
•Darin Adams, 22, 2500 block of
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Man convicted in shootings of attorneys
SEGUIN, Texas (AP) - A Stockdale man has been convicted of wounding two attorneys during a shooting at a law office.
A jury took 20 minutes to make the decision Wednesday in the case of Albert De Leon. He had been charged with attempted capital murder in the shootings of law partners Chris Moore and Atwin Pape Jr. last Sept. 26.
Police said a woman was arrested Tuesday after testifying that she
helped her boyfriend plan a shooting at a law office that left the two attorneys wounded.
In testimony at De Leon’s trial, 26-year-old Donna Cook of Universal City made the surprise statement. The woman also said she had planned to attack a state employee on her own, but had earlier told police she took no part in the shooting.
The mother of five testified she was angry with child welfare officials after losing custody of three children.
A court also had removed De Leon's two daughters from an apartment the
two families shared in Seguin, she said.
The woman testified she and De Leon, 36, bought a gun from a pawn shop to seek revenge against a lawyer and a Texas Department of Human Services caseworker.
Testimony showed Pape was the court-appointed attorney to de Leon’s 8-and IO-year-old daughters during a 22-month period before the shootings.
Pape was the target of De Leon’s wrath, according to testimony that also indicated Moore was wounded when he walked past the law office door and spotted De Leon holding a gun on Pape and a secretary.
About 20 minutes after finishing her testimony, Ms. Cook was arrested outside the courtroom She was charged with attempted capital murder and taken to the Guadalupe County Jail, where Justice of the Peace Walter Bargfrede set bond at $50,000.
The Texas Single Shot Rifle Association is sponsoring its annual winter match this weekend at the Diaz Rifle Range on Highway 46 West.
The match will have shooters competing in the Schuetzen tradition of the late 1800’s. All competitors must shoot original or replica single shot rifles of the era between the Civil War and 1900. All bullas must be lead alloy and no bolt-action rifles are allowed.
Shooters will compete in both bench rest and off-hand at ranges of IOO and 200 yards. There will be separate matches for rifles with iron sights or telescopic sights.
The match will take place all day Friday and Saturday, and until noon on Sunday. Competition is open to the public and visitors are welcome to watch or compete....
The Ferdinand Lindheimer Chapter of the Daughter of the Republic of Texas will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Church in the Valley at Canyon Lake. Presenting a program on Jane Long will be Mrs. Helen Coleman of San Antonio. For more information, call Marie Offerman at 629-6668....
man jailed in shooting death
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Newt Editor
A San Antonio man remains in the Comal County Jail today on a $500,000 bond after he was arrested and charged with the murder of another San Antonio man Wednesday.
Paul Daniel Jew, 22, was arrested by San Antonio and Comal County authorities Wednesday night in San Antonio after officials received a tip on the murder, said Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer.
“Based on information that San Antonio Police Department had received that this gentleman was very likely involved in this homicide and because of some (other) information ... we were able to get an arrest warrant,” Bremer said.
The body of the young Hispanic male found in the right-of-way of U.S. 281 Tuesday morning in the limits of
Comal County was identified by his father and sister today as Paul Rodriguez, 19.
Mr. Rodriguez died from the result of a gunshot wound to the die back of the head. Authorities believe a 20-gauge shotgun found nearby in a pasture was the murder weapon.
Bremer said it is believed the two men were acquaintances. He estimates the victim was shot on U.S. 281, in the southbound lane right-of-way, around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning. His body was first spotted by a motorists around 9:18 that morning.
“They (detectives) are still taking statements, it’s still under investigation,” Bremer said.
Bond was sa on Jew by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart.
Sgt. David On and Detective Richard Alvarez of the Comal County Sheriffs Office investigated the murder.