New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Nightclub stampede leaves 21 dead, hundreds trapped
CHICAGO (AP) — It was a chaotic scene: Hundreds of screaming people stumbling down the darkened stairs of a crowded nightclub, gasping for air and stepping on bodies, only to find themselves trapped at the bottom with one open exit.
At least 21 people were killed and 55 injured in the stampede early Monday at the E2 nightclub, authorities said. There were reports that as many as 1,500 people were crammed into the second-floor club when someone sprayed Mace or pepper spray to quell a fight about 2 a.m.
Witnesses described a frenzied scene of some people trying to climb through the ceiling, while others were trampled in the frantic rush for an exit, their faces and bodies flattened against the glass front door.
Firefighters with sledgehammers and pry bars desperately struggled to open other doors in the half-block-long building. Some were locked, others blocked by laundry bags.
The locked doors are a fire code violation, Fire Commissioner James Joyce said.
NASA asks for fanners help during spring planting
SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) — As the days become weeks since Columbia’s disintegration over Tbxas, fewer and fewer pieces of Columbia wreckage are turning up, even though the calls keep coming in.
On Monday, NASA asked farmers and ranchers out West to be on the lookout during spring plowing for anything that might have fallen from the sky on Feb. I.
“It’s kind of a mixed thing. Theres a tremendous amount of information available already, even though not everything directly points to a particular thing. There are a lot of circumstantial things," said NASA’s Steve Nesbitt, who is serving as the spokesman for the accident investigation board.
Mixed messages on links to diet and Alzheimer's
CHICAGO (AP) — Some dietary fats might help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, others may increase the risk and — contrary to some reports — antioxidant vitamins may have no effect on the mind-robbing ailment, two studies suggest. The study on fats adds to growing evidence that the same type of diet that protects the heart may benefit the brain.
Data are more mixed on effects on Alzheimer’s of antioxidants such as vitamins C and E and beta-carotene, although recent studies have suggested a potential benefit, and scientists say a link makes biological sense.
The discrepancy may be explained by different study characteristics, say authors of the latest antioxidant research, from Columbia University. Their study, which found no effect from consuming antioxidants, involved older people who might have been less susceptible to the vitamins’ purported benefits, and subjects were followed for a shorter period.
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The 17th annual Mid-Texas Symphony Ball and Debutante Presentation took place Saturday night at the New Braunfels Civic Center. The 13 debutantes honored were (in alphabetical order) Laura Alicia Chapa, Emily Gail Coleman, Sarah Elizabeth Fumey, Anna Marie Krug, Taylor Matthews-Tunnell, Kiley DeShong Morris, Emily Louise Ralph, Martha Barrett Rockwood, Kristina Marie Seibert, Micaeli Klein Smith, Kathleen Flinn Stringer, Sarah Ashley Turpin and Taryn Taylor Varner.
■ Lone Star PTA book fair, 8 arn to 4 p.m.
■ Youth Leadership New Braunfels, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
■ NBHS Campus Improvement Council, 3 p.m.
■ Literacy Collaborative class at Lamar Primary, 4 p.m.
■ NBISD Board of Trustees regular meeting, NBHS, 7 p.m.
■ Memorial Elementary parent workshop, speaker will discuss ADHD/ADD.
►Clubs aid Events
THE NEW CENTURY DONS CLUB meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Adobe Verde in Gruene.
COMMUNITY COUNCIL OF SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS at 300 Laurel Lane hosts lunch for those 60 years and older in the Laurel Plaza Community Room from 11:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Suggested donation is $1.25.
Call Rita at 629-1751 to make reservations 24 hours in advance. Free transportation to site to eat: Thursday is bingo with prizes.
THE NEW BRAUNFELS ROTARY CLUB-EVENING meets Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., at the New Braunfels Smoke House.
THE NEW BRAUNFELS TOASTMASTERS meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Summit Center, 2405 Interstate 35 S. For information, call 620-6350.
SOCIAL SERVICES OF GUADALUPE VALLEY HOSPITAL offers free grief support groups at 5:30 p.m. every first and third Tuesday of the month at Guadalupe Valley Hospital, 1215 E. Court Street in Seguin. Sessions are free and confidential. Call (830) 4011-7348 for information.
THE DIABETES EDUCATION AND SUPPORT GROUP meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today at Cross Lutheran Church, 2171 Common Street. Topic is “Meal Planning and Carbohydrate Counting.” Call Paula Morales at 629-8181, or Carol Schroeter at 627-0005, for information.
AMERICAN RED CROSS presents “Shelter Simulation” from 7 to
9 p.m. today. Call 608-9876 for information or to sign up.
THE NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY OF TEXAS, UNDHEIMER CHAPTER, meets today, 7 p.m., in the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative Auditorium, 36101 FM 3159 Smithson Valley, New Braunfels. The speaker will be Mark Fanick, owner of Fanick’s Garden Center of San Antonio. He will talk about heirloom roses and give a hands-on pruning demonstration. Open and free to the public.
THE CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAS meet today, 7 p.m., in the Family Room of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Speaker will be from Hope Hospice. Members please bring items for the Women’s Shelter. Guests are welcome.
THE GUADALUPE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY meets at 7 p.m. today at the Seguin-Guadalupe County Public Library, 707 E. College Street in Seguin. Clyde
Powers will talk on the history of the Ragsdale/Powers family and the Powers Ranch. Call (830) 379-6264 for information.
THE NEW BRAUNFELS AARP CHAPTER 1823 meets at 9:30 am. today at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center. Comal County Fire Marshal Manford will talk about the county and city emergency plans and show a short film on the Dialogic Notification System. For information, call 627-1155.
THE NEW BRAUNFELS MARCH-UND WANDERGRUPPE meets at 7 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church, West San Antonio Street. Call 609-3124 for information.
NEW BRAUNFELS LODGE 1109 AF&AM meeting is today,
7:30 p.m., to present the Golden Trowel Award. Call 609-6642 for information.
THE CANYON MUSIC BOOSTERS meet today, 7:30 p.m. in the Canyon High School Cafeteria. Our
guest will be Dr. Jim Grunert of CISD. The CHS Symphonic Band will provide entertainment. Call Marilyn Schlameus at 830-625-2069 for information.
THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS — COMAL AREA invite the public to attend a meeting on “Building Flood Dams in Comal County.” It will be held at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative Auditorium, 36101 FM 3159, at 7 p.m., Thursday.
AMERICAN LEGION AMERICAN LEGION LADIES AUXILIARY UNIT 179 has scheduled a rummage sale from 9 to 2 p.m. Saturday at 410 W. Coll in New Braunfels. Donations for the sale are needed. Bring to the Legion Hall after 3 p.m. through today. Pickups of items may be arranged. Call (830) 608-0689 for more information.
Partly cloudy Lows 50 to 55 Rain: Drizzle Winds S 15 to 20
Edwards Aquifer 692.9 ft. Comal River 434 cfs Canyon Dam inflow 394 cfs Canyon Dam outflow
Canyon Dam lake level
909.87 ft. above mean sea level
Partly cloudy Highs 68 to 72 Rain: None Winds S 15 to 20
Wednesday — Morning drizzle and patchy Dnilpn f ntmR fog, otherwise continued mostly cloudy with w
a slight chance of showers. Highs 63 to 67.
Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Wednesday night — Cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows 53 to 57. Chance of rain is 30 percent. Thursday — Cloudy with a chance of showers and t
thunderstorms. Highs 65-69. Friday — Mostly ^SunHs6/SunS6t cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, rain ending becoming partly cloudy. Lows 53 to 57. Highs 68 to 72.
NBU Pumping Report Surface water
5.913 million gallons Well water
0.217 million gallons
Mountain Cedar moderate
(Provided courtesy of Dr. Frank Hampel)
Law enforcement officers in Comal County charged the following between Feb. 14 and Feb. 17:
Roger Barrera, 27, Blanco, open container, failure to dim headlights, failure to appear/open container, failure to dim headlights.
Charles W. Bates, 41, San Antonio, driving while intoxicated, second offense.
Jessica D. Braden, 23, Gonzales, public intoxication.
Oscar S. Bustos, 47, Dallas, driving while intoxicated.
Teresa D. Cam, 47, New Braunfels, disorderly conduct (vulgar language).
Erie J. Camarillo, 21, Gonzales, public intoxication.
Miguel A. Castillo, 32, Houston, driving while intoxicated
Chad R. Childress, 26, Austin, driving while intoxicated.
Robert O. Dewald, 41, San Antonio, speeding — 84 mph in a 65 mph zone.
Cathenrie M. Donis, 41, Seguin, public intoxication
Dennis D. Dubose, 48, Canyon Lake, fictitious/counterfeit inspection/insurance document for display, fictitious license registration, expired license plates, failure to maintain financial responsibility.
Steven R. Duncan, 43, Universal City, unlawfully carrying a weapon.
Duane T. Felux, 20, San Antonio, speeding — 96 mph in a 70 mph zone, no
Linda G. Fletcher, 50, Canyon Lake, no safety belt, failure to appear.
Nora J. Gonzales, 35, New Braunfels, public intoxication.
Natalie M. Gray, 27, Austin, public intoxication.
James A. Gnzzle, 37, Canyon Lake, driving while license suspended/invalid — enhanced.
Anna M. Guerrero, 26, expired license plates, violation of promise to appear (2 counts), expired inspection sticker.
Donna R. Harmon, 47, Canyon Lake, driving while intoxicated.
David R. Juarez, 50, Canyon Lake, driving while intoxicated.
Jack A. Kane, 18, New Braunfels, motion to adjudicate/possession of less than 2 ounces of manjuana in a drug free zone.
Ryan B. Keatts, 18, New Braunfels, possession of between 1 and 4 grams of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, possession of less than 28 grams of a controlled substance, penalty group 3, reckless driving.
Ryan M. Knell, 24, New Braunfels, commitment/driving while intoxicated
Joel L. Lamar, 45, Canyon Lake, probation violation/aggravated assault with a deadly weapon,
Joseph J. Langley, 24, New Braunfels, speeding — 55 mph in a 40 mph zone,
failure to appear, expired license plates, violation of promise to appear.
Adrian Lopez, 20, New Braunfels, possession with intent to deliver between 4 and 200 grams of a controlled substance, penalty group 1 (2 counts).
Jerry Bill Louden ll, 17, Canyon Lake, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia.
Ricardo Marquez Jr., 44, Marion, driving while intoxicated.
Allen E. McComb, 49, San Antonio, speeding, failure to appear/speeding.
Beatrice Manchaca, 36, Seguin, public intoxication.
Zebulon F. Miller, 22, New Braunfels, failure to appear/theft by check between $20 and $500.
Ernesto Moreno, 45, New Braunfels, ran stop sign.
Michael J. Padilla, 34, New Braunfels, commitment/criminal mischief between $50 and $500
Shelby W. Patek, 23, Spring, motion,to revoke probation/driving while intoxicated.
Leonardo M. Rea, 26, San Antonio, failure to maintain financial responsibility, no driver's license.
Theodore L. Reichert, 51, Canyon Lake, driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest, search or transport.
Paul Robles, 23, Seguin, contempt of court (failure to pay child support) failure to appear/theft by check.
Michelle A. Resendez, 28, McQueeney, failure to maintain financial responsibility, allowing child to ride unsecured by safety belt.
Rafael Ruiz, 26, Kerrville, commitment/motion to revoke probation/assault causing bodily injury.
Richard B. Salas, 24, San Antonio, theft between $50 and $500, failure to identify to a peace officer.
Dawn M. Sanchez, 25, New Braunfels, unauthorized use of motor vehicle.
Mason E. Schmidt, 24, New Braunfels, public intoxication.
Randy J. Sulaica, 33, New Braunfels, failure to appear/possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.
Don M. Thompson, 21, San Antonio, accident involving more than $200 damage to vehicle.
Albert Torres, 41, San Marcos, driving while intoxicated, third or more offense, parole violation/driving while intoxicated,
Terry M Ulloa, 45, New Braunfels, failure to appear/engaging In organized criminal aetivity/delivery/possession of marijuana/possession of a controlled substance, bail jumping and failure to appear/felony, injury to a child with intent to cause bodily injury, assault causing bodily injury to a family member.
Rosemary S. Zavala, 21, New Braunfels, failure to maintain financial responsibility, no driver's license
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