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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 22, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY February 2001 n sections HERALDZEITUNG 88 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Mans body pulled from river RON New Braunfels firefighters retrieve the body of a man found floating in ihe Comal River early BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Bexar County medical examiners will deter mine today what killed a man found floating in the Comal River in New Braunfels early New Braunfels Police Detective Mike Rust said Wednesday afternoon he could not release the identity of the 72yearold man until nextofkin was New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief John Herber said firefighters were dis patched to the scene about for a possible The man was found floating in shallow water along the west bank of the Comal Riv beneath the north railing of the San Anto nio River bridge beside the Herber said it was obvious to firemen when they arrived that the man was The man apparently had been in the area but officials said they knew of no local address for Rust said the man did not appear to be a victim of foul Were presuming itll be natural the detective Police routinely investigate unattended and autopsies are regularly ordered for New Braunfels Police Department Criminal Investigations Division detectives were at the scene for about an hour Wednesday morn ing along with A duffel bag containing items of clothing and other personal property was found along with a blanket under the bridge at the top of the directly beneath San Antonio Rust said the property belonged to the vic and he might have been living under or at least staying under the After investigators finished their fire fighters carried the body across the river to Prince Solms It then was taken to Doep penschmidt Funeral The body was taken to the Bexar County Medical Examiners Street funding goes to Council 4B board to explore loan for Scooter Store office park BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The New Braunfels Infrastruc will recom mend to City Council Monday that the city assume as much as million in debt for six road improvement The body also voted down 61 a request for from the Scooter Store for a road extension and other improvements associated with an office park under construction at Loop 337 and Texas City Financial Officer Chet Lewis was directed by the also known as the 4B to explore a loan to The Scooter After the 4B board will discuss with Scooter Store officials the kind of help it may be able to offer the The board is recommending that up to million in certificates of obliga tion be issued to pay for six street and drainage improvements that have long been considered serious needs in the Certificates of obligation are a form of The board proposes to pay for the debt using money from the city sales tax revenues it The proposed projects are Reconstruction and improvement of Wright Avenue and Church Hill Dri ve Comal Avenue drainage improve ments Walnut Avenue reconstruction Gruene Road drainage and recon struction County line Road extension to FM 1044 Landa Street drainage improve ments City Manager Mike Shands said the Wright Hill Drive pro ject could soon go into engineering if approved by council The next project to go itito the pipeline would be the Comal Avenue City Engineer Bolner said the projects supported by the 4B board could take at least five years to com Board member Rusty Brockman described the projects as These are projects that are desper ately needed and have been needed for a long Brockman The Scooter Store had previously requested a million loan from the citys onceseparate economic develop ment sales tax revenues to help con struct its new offices on the That CHRIS Eugenio with Kopplow sets up and calibrates the survey gun Wednesday at the grounds of the future Scooter Store building while Rob and Troy Gresswell look request was withdrawn in The scaled back funding proposal didnt fare as well Wednesday night as the other proposed street projects Scooter Store Chief Financial Officer Tony Smith and Bob of Worth and Associates made a 10 minute presentation about the Scooter Store proposal for a threestory office building that will cost about million for the com pany to build and Ground was broken oh the project on The money Smith would pay most of the of extending Oak Spur Drive from Texas 46 to Loop 337 and building a pair of storm water retention Compa ny officials asked for the money to be a loan that would be forgiven complete ly if the company created 200 new jobs and met other The business was widely praised by the but the request was a victim of funding I like your I like your pre and I like said board member Monroe But Id like See 4B State Medicaid contractor under investigation BY CONNIE MABIN AP Business Writer AUSTIN AP Texas Medicaid a sub sidiary of technology services provider Electronic Data Sys tems is being investi gated for allegedly overcharg ing the state tens of millions of House Appropria tions Chairman Rob Junell said Investigators from the Travis County District Attor neys Office searched the offices of National Heritage Insurance and its Pianobased parent to seize records related to the Medic aid contract between EDS and the state of said The company has adminis tered the states billion Medicaid program for 23 The basic allegations are that NHIC fraudulently rep resented to the state certain factors in the know ing that they were fraudulent and knowing that in the event they got caught they would just simply Oh it was a Junell We find this accusation of misconduct highly disturbing and believe it to be said Ken NHIC We at NHIC and EDS have always applied the highest ethical standards in our business and in our rela tionships with our No criminal charges have been Messages left at District Attorney Ronald Ear les office were not immedi ately returned to The Associ ated The search war rant states investigators were for evidence which is necessary to ic Data Systems and National Heritage Insurance have committed the felony offenses of theft by securing execution of a document by deception and tampering with governmental The investigation began about a month ago after sev eral Texas Department of Health employees wrote Junell after reading an AP article about Medicaid cost overruns and lawmakers con cerns that NHIC could have been overcharging the Junell forwarded the letters to the DAs which con vened a grand jury to investi Police urge caution with personal data FROM STAFF REPORTS A New Braunfels police detective is warning resi dents about a telephone credit card scheme that could spell trouble for card The intent is to get an unsuspecting credit card holder to divulge a card number over the telephone and then use the number to fraudulently run up Detective John Rios said a New Braunfels couple was called at home on a recent Sunday by someone who claimed they were behind in payments on their credit She sounded very professional and knew what she was but the gen tleman she called was able to pick up on Rios The woman told the New Braunfels resident that a computer had kicked out his account number as and she asked him to give the number as See Comal officials mourn loss of water district president BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer BULVERDE Environmentalist and pres ident of the Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Chris Dullnig died Tuesday in San He was A retired geolo gist and a longtime mem ber of JBexar Audubon Dullnig was nomi nated to the STGCD when it was formed in November Comal County 2 Commissioner Jay whose district includes Bulverde and Garden expressed sadness Wednesday that Dullnig had succumbed to non Hpdgkins Tve lost the dear friend Ive come to know pvey the last two and a half Millikin But Comal County probably lost much more than a Millikin said Dullnigs expertise was irreplaceable at the DULLNIG Hes a He was a vital cog in getting the groundwater conservation district Millikin To Dullnig had been the only chair of the dis Legislation proposed for this years session would grant the STGCD full authority as a perma nent If that hap pens as county officials Dullnig and his expertise will be sorely Millikin Being a he knew of whence he spoke on water Millikin In addition to being a Dullnig was a strong environmental advo Millikin We can find another per but we can never replace his sincere and See INSIDE Abby 5A Classifieds Comics 8A Crossword 5A Forum 6A 4A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A Sports 2A Key Code I ;