New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of JAMAAL SARGENT
■ Vol. 142, No. 71
Birthday wish—from Mw Harold itHungl
The New Braunfels Herald■ Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Christopher Randall Fonda, Lorenzo Sauce-do, Jr. (Happy 2 Isl!), Ernest Lehmann, Sytha Becka, Olga Huber, Elaine Mevissen, Cleburne Schultzs, Thomas Arbaugh, Wilson J. King, AUssa Beth Moore. Happy Anniversary to John A Debbie Williams, Way-man A Nancy Krueger.
Baauty and tho Boast achodulod for NBHS
The New Braunfels High School Theatre Department is presenting die (Hay "Beauty and the Beast" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the NBHS cafetorium.
Admission is $2 for students and children and $3 for adults.
R*d Cross will hold orfsntation
The Redcross will hold an orientation on March 12 at 9 a.m. in the second floor conference room to McKenna Memorial Hospital.
Anyone interested and for more information, contact Lola Behrens ■ 625-9764.
Community Bawd to perform hot* Fab. 27
The Comal County Community Band will entertain the public with a peps concert Sunday, Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. ■ Memorial Elementary School, 1900 S. Walnut The general public is invited, however a special invitation is extended to senior citizens. The New Braunfels 1SD transportation department will help take people to and from the concert by picking them up from the senior citizens center and various nursing homes.
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The business counselor from the University of Texas-San Antonio School of Business will be in the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce office all day Tuesday, Feb. 22 to offer free counseling to small businesses angled in service-oriented business, retail, wholesale, manufacturing and others.
These services are also available to individuals considering starting a new business.The chamber, through an agreement with UTSA, has been offering this service regularly for the past four years. Areas of counseling include expansion, management, pre-venture feasibility, loan packaging, cashflow, etc. To make an appointment for the service, which is free and confidential, call the chamber office at 625-2385.
Junior MI—pro gram on tap noxt wofcond
The New Braunfels Junior Miss Scholarship Program will be held on Friday and Saturday nights, Feb. 25-26 at 7 p.m. at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Admission will be $5 per person per night. All contestants are ocal and will be competing for awards, cash and college scholarships. For more information, contact Erin Wilson at 625-2922.
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Fire severely damages north side home
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(Top photo) An unidentified New Braunfels fireman works to break through the roof. (Far right photo) Cwt Slfford, the owner of the home, sprays water at one side of the home. sword arrived ■ hie home to find firemen battling* fire. (Right photo) Battalion Chief Don Zuercher gives Instruction by radio during the fire.
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New Braunfels firefighters climb to the roof of the home.
Home owner returns to find fire has gripped his family’s home a second time
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New Braunfels firefighters responded to a fire on Thursday morning that severely damaged a home on the city’s north side.
The fire occurred on Interstate Highway 35 north of the Conrads/Kohlenberg exit. The fire was called in at approximately 9:30 are. No one was in the house at the time of the fire.
Comal County Fire Marshal Milton Willmann said the cause of the fire has been determined to
be a space heater. Willmann said the heater had been turned off but was not unplugged.
The home belongs to Carl Sifford. Sifford returned home while firefighters were attempting to extinguish the blaze.
Sifford said he had just delivered a load in his truck to Lockhart and was on his way home when he saw the fire micks and fire department personnel at his house.
Sifford said his fkmily’s former mobile home, which was at the same location, was also destroyed in the a fire.
“We lost everything in T989,” he said
“I wouldn't wish this to happen on my worse enemy,” said Sifford.
Sifford’I wife was st work and his son, who was staying with parents because he had an injured leg, was at the doctor rn the time of the fire.
The fire was called in by several people in the area.
The Sifford’s neighbor James Smite said he saw black smoke coming from the home. Stolte’s wife dialed 911 and reported the fire to dispatchers. Firefighters were already on their way by
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Rape victim angered by comments
DA Bill Reimer says victim became abusive during phone conversation
By ROGER CROTEAU
New Braunfels resident Anarae Weinman feels she was victimized twice, first by the man who raped her on New Year’s Eve, and second by the system that refuses to prosecute the case.
*1 called (District Attorney) Bill Reimer and asked him why he would not prosecute the case,” Weinman said ”1 asked ’What if it had been your daughter?’ And he told me ‘I would tell her she should be ashamed of herself,’ and he hung up on me.”
Reimer did not deny the comment. “She was cursing on the phone. I told her if she (my daughter) told me a story like that I'd be ashamed of her and I hung up... I was exceedingly polite until she became abusive,” Reimer said
Weinman denied using profanity.
Kristin Seibert, assistant director of client services at the Comal County Women’s Center is Weinman’s rape advocate.
"I find Mr. Reimer’s comment extremely inappropriate, no matter what his presenting reason was. Telling her she needed to be ashamed of herself is not right. Shame is a major issue of sexual assault victims and for someone in his position to say that to her, that is really cruel... Unfortunately, he docs not understand why it was inappropriate.” she said
Weinman, a 43-year-old divorced mother of two who works taking care of elderly people in their homes, said she had a New Year's Eve date with a man she knows only as Tom and the town he is from. The date was arranged through an Austin dating service After the duo they went back to her home, witere Tom raped her for five hours.
Since the rape, Weinman said, she has nightmares every night and has trouble sleeping
and eating. "All I wanted was a ample answer and I got hung up on and told I should be ashamed of myself. I have nothing to be ashamed of,” she said
She said she ended up with bruises on her neck from being choked, and bruised ribs and bruises between her legs.
Seibert said she saw Weinman shortly after the rape. ‘‘She was traumatized and Bill is traumatized She had visible bruises on her neck and arms and she had difficulty breathing... Not everyone is that hysterical screaming female . She follows a lot of typical reactions of rape survivors... Absolutely, I believe she was raped”
Reimer said the case was not winnable. "She decided late the next day drat she was raped,” he said ” She took a phone call during the rape... When you stop in the middle of a rape to take a call and don't report it until the next day ... It is a bunch of crap,” Reimer said.
Weinman said she did take a telephone call from a friend at 3:30 a m., because her attacker told her to answer the telephone and to sound calm. ”1 was scared to death. I would have done anything to not get hurt any worse than I wu already hurt,” she said She said she waited until that evening to report the crime and go to the hospital because she wu “in shock” and did not know what to do.
Seibert said taking the telephone call and waiting to report the crime do not make it any leu likely that Weinman wu raped
Connie Williamson, the Victim's Assistance coordinator for Comal County, supported Reimer's version of events and characterization of Weinman. She witneeaed the conversation
between the two after giving a phone call from Weinman to Reimer.
“She wu argumentative. She didn't want to listen to anything I said Bill tried to be u sensitive u he could He did end up hanging up ... I am sure he didn't mean it to sound that bad, but she wu being abusive.”
Williamson said she does not even believe Weinman wu raped “I don't think she wu at all traumatized by it. I just have a gut feeling (she wu not raped) from working with so many sexual assault victims,” she said
New Braunfels Detective Mike Osborne said he has no doubt that Weinman wu raped, but that there is no way the case could be won in court.
He added that Weinman now bu the man’s telephone number, since it wu on her last phone bill, and it would be easy to identify the attacker, but since the case will not be prosecuted, there is no point.
T do believe it occurred just the way she said it occurred," Osborne said “I have worked a lot of and sexual afray*— al children,
and I have never had a case with this many points against the victim to the point drat I could guarantee that (the assailant would be acquitted.) It is not a hard case to win, it is a no win case.
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nate, bad choices, they make it impossible for the system to help them. That does not change the fret that she wua victim.” Osborne said. “That is what happened in this case, u far us victim gutting their own case... Besides having to tell the whole sordid story again, she would get shredded by the defense attorney ... She would be even more victimized on the wit-
Weinman does not care about that mere, however, and insists she wants to see her attacker brought to justice.
Headen honored by DEA for drug enforcement efforts in NB
By ROBE MARIC EASH
New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Headen received an award from the Drug Enforcement Administration recognizing his efibtts and thou of the New Braunfels Police Department over the last three years Thursday afternoon.
“We've beat involved with NBPD in a drug enforcement task force for five and a half years, but especially over the last three years the chief bu committed people and resouioes — undercover people, expertise, use of equipment and so on,” said Vernon P. Parker, Agent in Charge, the San Antonio Distiid Office, who presented the award. “He has helped ifi the seizure of assets of more than $3 million whkfe has helped law enforcement efforts throughout the stale.
Parker expressed the DEA’s for the
support they have received from the NBPD.
“I can say I have the ertire NBPD working for me and we don't have to bring in DEA resources,” said Parker.
Headen said the NBPD share of the seized assets go towards law enforcement support efforts locally and save taxpayer revenues. He also expressed the department's appreciation of the support they receive in turn from DEA.
It's been a great opportunity and has given us a good professional relationship with DEA,” said Headen. “We've some good friends in this area. It's grete because we have an imerest in the flow of drugs in through the area as well as in our local drug problems.”For news, advertising or subscription information, call 025-9144