New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 17, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Iraqi peace overture may harden wartime resolve.
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Unicorns make big splash in first district swim meet.
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Twenty-seven girls participating in Young Woman program.
Vol. 139, No. 67
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City of New Braunfels offices will be closed during the President’s Day holiday Monday. The Sanitation Department will be picking up garbage as regularly scheduled.Canyon Music Boosters
Jim Williamson, associate director of bands at Southwest Texas State University, will be guest speaker at the Canyon Music Booster meeting Tuesday. He will discuss collegiate music programs in general and then address specifically the music opportunities and scholarships available at SWT. Williamson has been at SWT since 1987 and is the director of the Bobcat Marching Band. In addition, he teaches graduate and undergraduate music education courses and serves as recruiting coordinator for the Department of Music.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Canyon Middle School Commons. (The regular business meeting will not be conducted.) All interested parents and students in the New Braunfels area are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Joan Jelley at 629-7857.Blue Ribbon Gala
Tickets for the Blue Ribbon Gala Dance, sponsored by Comal County Junior Livestock Association, will be available late this week at Comal Saddlery, High Brahm Hats, New Braunfels, and Frank’s Western Wear in New Braunfels, Kanz Feed Store in Saltier and Bulverde Lumber and Hardware. ALI area FFA students also will be selling tickets. The dance is Match 9 at Wursthalle from 9 pat. to I a .rn. with music by Clay flaker and the Texas Honky Tonk Band.Graduation party
AU parents of Canyon Middle School eighth graders are invited to an eighth-grade graduation party planning meeting Wednesday at 7:30 pm. in the Commons. For more information, call Terry Gene Elliott at 629-7506.
Jan Douglas Bish of New Braunfels will be demonstrating in acrylic at the next New Braunfels An League meeting Tuesday at the Arts Center, 646 Walnut Square. His paintings and pen-and-ink drawings of New Braunfels scenes are well known in this area, but his Bish-Art has captured the atmosphere and feeling of locations around the world through his
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Roundup nets street dealers
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
In a county-wide drug cr&kdOwn Friday more than a dozen “street dealers” were arrested as the war on drugs continued in Comal County. .
“I’m tickled to death,” said Sheriff Jack Bremer after the warrants were served.
For close to three months, undercover officers from the Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force bought (hugs and worked cases on those persons arrested Friday. Officers from the Comal County Sheriffs Office and New Braunfels Police Department assisted in picking up the wanted per
sons after Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace R.G. “Doc” Blanchard issued the warrants.
Bremer, who is the project director of the multi-police agency task force, said the next step is to find the persons who supply the dealers.
“The more of these street-level dealers we apprehend the better opportunity we’re going to have to move up into the supplier level,” he said. “I think we’re very close to doing some things at the supplier level.”
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All in a day’s work for cop
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON
Rubbing elbows with the underworld, of drug dealers and users is just another job for undercover narcotics officers who comb Comal County looking for a new target to fool.
“I become one of them as far as they know,” said an undercover officer with the Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force, who will not be identified.
“I’m drinking beer with them. I’m
shooting pool with them. Whatever
they do, I’m doing."
And three months of rubbing elbows with alleged drug dealers in Comal County paid off Friday for task force undercover officers when more than a dozen people were arrested on drug delivery charges.
In an interview with the Herald-Zeitung one of the officers reflected on how he gets “in” with a drug ring.
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Ifs in the bag
Police Officer Anthony Celli is surrounded by property recovered from alleged shoplifters Friday. The two persons arrested allegedly had stuffed the property in plastic garbage bags in the trunk of the vehicle in which they were traveling. (Photo by Stephanie Ferguson)
Police nab shoplifters
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Nmri Editor
A Wharton County resident remains in the Comal County Jail on shoplifting charges today after he was arrested with a friend Friday allegedly stashing more than $5,000 worth of stolen property in a vehicle.
Lance L. Lucious, 21, and Sandy Marie Lavan, 24, were arrested around 2:30 p.m. by New Braun
fels Police Officer Anthony Celli in the 1000 block of Interstate 35.
Lucious was charged with theft over $20, under $200 and no driver’s license. He remains in the Comal County Jail in lieu of posting a $3,100.
Lavan was released from jail after posting a bond on a charge of Class B theft.
Celli said he received a tip that Lucious and Lavan were allegedly
shoplifting from several New Braunfels stores.
The two were arrested shortly after exiting the Kmart store on
According to police, more than $5,000 worth of various items and clothes were found in their vehicle. The items were in plastic garbage sacks in the trunk of the 1978 Cadillac, Celli said.Good Day
City plans little growth in budget
Flanked by New Braunfels High School ROTO students, Terra Lynn Debner and her father await her turn to be presented as a 1991 Mid-Texas Symphony Debutante. The annual Debutante Ball was Saturday night at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Following the presentation, the Paul Elizondo Orchestra provided dance music. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer
Not many changes will take place in the 1991 preliminary budget draft, according to city officials.
City Manager Paul Grohman projects a $ IO. I million budget compared to last year's $9.8 million, adding that most of that increase is the result of inflation.
State sales taxes continue to be the largest revenue for the city, generating $2.9 million. Property taxes follow that figure with $2.2 million, according to city budget reports.
“There hasn’t been any radical changes (because) it's more of a budget of refinement than implementation,” he said.
Public safety costs are the largest budget increase, growing by 13.5 percent. However, Grohman believes they still “have an inadequate number of police and criminal investigators.”
Another significant change is the 5-percent cost-of-living raise for all city employees which will increase the budget by approximately 5 percent, he said. Only 3.2 percent of
those funds will be put aside tor employee raises, while 2.3 percent will be donated to a merit pool for outstanding performance, he said.
But the 41 -cent tax rate remains the same. “We still continue to have one of the lowest tax rates of all full-service cities,” Grohman said.
Richard Buntine, New Braunfels Director of Finance, said city officials didn't want to make any radical changes in the budget until they saw how the recession affected sales taxes.
“We’re being conservative on our projections” because the recession makes the city’s number-one revenue totally unpredictable. Bur dine said. A recession could restrict people from traveling to other nations, making tourism more popular in New Braun fels, he said.
Other budget figures were as follows: general administration costs grew 3.9 percent, planning costs increased by 6.1 percent, public works slightly rose less than I percent, the Parks and Recreation Department grew 1.64 percent and library funds rose 6.8 percent.
Chamber boasting a successful 1991 drive
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
Total amount of new membership dollars paid to the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce this year is expected to reach $25,000 as soon as the annual drive for new members ends.
The membership drive, which ran this year from Feb. 12-14, produced 133 new members and at least $21,000 in new member dollars.
Despite a soft economy, the Chamber of Commerce had its most successful membership drive in recent years, said Chairman of the Board
New members will bring the total Chamber membership to 1,200. The Chamber’s goal this year was to recruit 125 new members.
“Since membership in die New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce is unusually large for a city its size, it is difficult to recruit new members because the easy sales have all been made,” said David Lamon, chairman of the drive. “However, we feel we were successful because the Chamber continues to be effective in its eco-
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Strickland arrested for D WI
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Nows Editor
A 24-year-old New Braunfels man whose 1988 trial spurred a wave of controversy in the Hispanic community is back behind bars in San Antonio, according to Bexar County Jail records.
Wesley Strickland remains in the Bexar County Jail today after he was arrested Friday in San Antonio on a charge of DWI, evading arrest and driving while license suspended.
He also was wanted for a parole board violation and remanded without bond. Strickland also was wanted out of Guadalupe County on a charge of assault with bodily injury, according to jail records.
Strickland was sent to Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division, formerly known as Texas Department of Corrections, in early 1989 to serve a
four-year sentence in connection with the death of a San Antonio woman.
He was charged with failing to stop and render aid to Maria Blanco and Effie Mares after his car struck them on the Interstate 35 access road in New Braunfels in November 1989. Blanco died as a result of the accident.
The case was highly publicized when members of Lie League of United Latin American Citizens accused lien-District Attorney William Schroedcr of being prejudiced against Mexican-Americans. Schroedcr had recommended probation for Strickland, who was Anglo. His victims were Hispanic.
A plea bargain was reached in 1988 and Strickland was sentenced to four years in prison. He was on parole when he was arrested Friday in San Antonio.
Strickland previously has been convicted on two DWI charges.