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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 7, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels ‘ FRIDAY February 7, 2003 16 pages in 2 sections m—mmm mmmmpm    16    pages    in    2    secti(Herald-Zeitung I—I Vol. 152, No. 74 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Man indicted on charge of slashing wife’s throat By Ron MaloneyStaff Writer A Comal County grand jury indicted a 26-year-old New Braunfels man accused of slashing his wife’s throat. John Adam Chandler, was indicted Wednesday on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the Jan. 3 attack on Amanda Marie Chandler. New Braunfels Police Detective Jesse Villarreal presented the case against Chandler for allegedly stabbing his wife in their West Mill Street home. The charge is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Chandler is being held without bail in the Guadalupe County Jail because the victim’s mother is Comal County Sheriff’s Sgt. Christine Treadway — the Comal County Jail’s administrative sergeant. In addition, Chandler also faces a probation violation hearing on a previous Hays County aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge, and a driving while intoxicated allegation in Bexar County. New Braunfels police officer John Sullivan arrested Chandler under a Loop 337 bridge Jan. 4 after an 18-hour manhunt involving dozens of detectives and patrol officers. Amanda Marie Chandler — who was flown to University Hospital in San Antonio for treatment of her wounds — is recovering at home. County OKs deal, $I-a-year JLA lease By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to spend $335,000 for land that will be used to create a new home for the Comal County Junior Livestock Show Association and extension office. Precinct I Commissioner Jack Dawson negotiated the sale proposal, which now goes to a title office for projected closing in 60 days. Commissioners also voted Thursday to declare the site a county park and to lease about one-half of the 20-acre property, located on Tfexas 46, to the livestock association for $1 per year for the next 50 years. The livestock association will construct facilities on it that include a bam with a covered arena, a 45,000 square foot meeting and office area and a parking lot for 800 vehicles. lf the lease is not renewed in 2053, the improvements made by the livestock association would become the property of Comal County. It will become the new home for the annual Comal County Junior Livestock Show and for the offices and facilities of the Comal County facility for the Texas Cooperative Extension Service. Space also will be set aside to build a barn and boarding facilities for county high school to use for 4-H and FFA projects. The junior livestock show is now conducted at the Comal County Fairgrounds and will continue to be, at least for now, according to association President David Waldrip. “We hope we can be ready to move the show there by 2008 — maybe a little sooner,” Waldrip said. “It’s going to take several years.” The facilities the livestock association will have to build to move the show to the new site — located behind the county engineer’s office and rural recycling center on Texas 46 — will not be cheap. They will cost hall' a million dollars or more to build, Waldrip said. See COUNTY/8A NB hosts international skat tournament this weekend By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer The Texas chapter of the International Skat Players Association hosts an international tournament this weekend at the Elks Hall in New Braunfels. ' Play begins at IO a.m. Saturday and continues until 5 p.m., and goes from 9 a.m. to I p.m. Sunday. More than 60 skat players from New Braunfels, Canada, Germany and around the country will compete. Registration is $50 and covers both days. . According to the ISPA-Canada, the skat authority in North America, skat (pro nounced scot) is the most popular and widespread German card game. The game is different from the simple draw and discard game, scat, which is also called 31 or blitz. Skat involves three players and a dealer who does not play. Two players side against one player. When the hand is finished, the players and dealer rotate. A table plays 36 hands per session. One session lasts about two horns. Players say skat is similar to bridge but much more complicated. “I’ve been playing it 40 years,” George Goepf said, See SKAT/8A Inside Abby.............................. 5A Classifieds........................ 5AB Comics.......................... 4R Crossword.................... 5A Forum........................... BA Local/State................... 4A Movies.......................... 5A Obituaries..................... 3A Sports........................... 1-3B Today............................ 2A Key Code 76 8    56825    00001    I Committee to look at area’s road needs By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Local officials will form a committee to study future transportation planning needs for the New Braunfels area. The New Braunfels Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to appoint a committee that will consider how to update the master plans for thoroughfares and for future land use. The last time the thoroughfare plan was updated was in 1998 when the city’s comprehensive plan was changed. Before Tuesday’s vote on the issue, Planning Commission Chairman John Dierk-sen opened discussion with a brief summation of the history of planning for thoroughfares in and around New Braunfels. Included were mention of Loop 337 and preliminary talk of an outer loop around the city designed to accommodate traffic patterns in the decades to come. Dierksen said he believed a committee should be formed to study and make recommendations to the planning commission about future traffic needs. Planning commission member and former city planner James Vaughn agreed. “I think a committee made up of all the players involved, including Guadalupe County, Comal County and TxDOT, would be appropri ate,” Vaughn said. A small group made up of representatives of New Braunfels, the Texas Department of Transportation and the county engineers of Comal and Guadalupe counties will start the committee. That group will make recommendations about how to best study the city and the region’s needs, said Dierksen. “I think it’s incumbent upon the city and the counties to meet to discuss this,” Dierksen said. City Planner Frank Robbins said he hoped the plan could be updated in the coming few months. “The committee would take an initial look at what we need to do, the resources See ROAD/8A Photos K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herakl-Zeitung New Braunfels, Schertz, Cibolo and Bracken fire departments responded to a structure fire with reported multiple explosions Thursday night, to find a building full of chemical drums throwing flames and debris up to a half-mile away. (Above) NBFD engineer Jack Ward mans the elevated merged stream pumping hundreds of gallons a minute of water into the collapsing Temtex building on Engel Road Thursday night. Multiple explosions from inside the building caused Battalion Chief Donald Zercher to pull his teams out of the building and resort to an exterior-only attack of the fire. (Right) Firefighter Brent Bayliss climbs an aerial ladder to adjust the direction of water flow as New Braunfels firefighters try to contain an exploding structure fire late Thursday night. Warehouse explodes By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A metal storage warehouse and a home were destroyed late Thursday night in an explosion-wracked fire at an Engel Road business. Tara Brinkkoeter with the New Braunfels office of the American Red Cross reported that about 30 area residents were evacuated to a shelter set up in the Canyon Intermediate School cafeteria. None were believed injured in the fire. New Braunfels Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said just after midnight this morning that a few firefighters were being examined for possible smoke inhalation, but none had been taken to the hospital. The fire marshal said firefighters were called to the TEMTEX Solvents Corp. facility located in the 400 block of Engel Road for a structure fire just after IO p.m. “The initial report showed flames at the back of the building, and when firefighters arrived fire was showing through the roof and out the back of the building,” he said. Heavy north winds accelerated the fire quickly, Darren Brinkkoeter said. The warehouse building contained a number of 55-gallon drums of chemicals, he said, as well as a bulk storage tank in the back. “The building is fully involved, and we have lost it. We lost the house next door as well. We’ve had several explosions, and they have blown 55-gallon drums over 200 feet in the air, landing in fields for a half mile radius around the structure and setting small fires throughout,” he said. The Tbxas Commission on Environmental Quality was called in to survey the scene for possible environmental issues, he said. New Braunfels, Schertz and Bracken firefighters responded to the alarm. ;