New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 26, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Local Crime Stoppers receives record donation after arrests
By DAVID MAY Staff Writer
New Braunfels-Comal County Crime Stoppers Organization received a big boost to its reward fund last week with one of the largest single contributions to date in the form of a $1,000 check from the Wurst fest Association.
The donation by Wurstfest comes on the heels of Crime Stoppers' first successful bust through an anonymous tip that broke what police called a major burglary operation in the city.
“We greatly appreciate Wurstfest’s donation. It will go a long way toward building up our reward fund,” said Crime Stoppers President Don Ferguson. “We just had our first success with the program. It is really starting to roll. ”
Wurstfest is no newcomer to funding crime-fighting efforts in New Braunfels. The association also contributed to the purchase last year of the police department's crime prevention van.
Continued from Paw I
culmination of months of work for New Braunfels Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn since an investigation began following a July 21 fire at 292 S. Santa Clara.
“Being as arson is so hard to prove, it's quite an accomplishment.” Friesenhahn said The fire marshal and investigator Bob Reed began their investigation following the fire which caused damage in excess of $20,000 to the rental property “In time, we came to find out that the cause of fire may have been arson.”
Investigators discovered Carrao. who was using an alias at the time of the fire, had a history of losing property in fires. On Feb 16. 1985. Car-rao's rented home in the York Creek area was damaged in fire Friesenhahn said the man collected $30,000 in insurance following that fire.
The property in the New Braunfels home was insured for $50,000, but Friesenhahn said the furniture was inexpensive and had been purchased at garage sales.
“It was his history of fires and deception that convicted him,” the inspector said.
Friesenhahn said the New Braunfels fire began when a stove ignited packing material. “He had taken packing material papers and placed them about and around the electric stove He had made a trail. But the initial source of the fire was the stove.” he said Friesehahn Mid
“Wurstfest has always contributed to worthwhile organizations in the city and feel this donation is most worthwhile in that we are helping the community by helping to prevent crime,” said Wursfest President Clinton Brandt Monday during official presentation to Ferguson, Crime Stopper Coordinator Martin Mayer and vice president S.D. David.
“The public must realize the significance of donations such as Wurstfest’s,” Ferguson Mid, adding that the non-profit organization plans to step up fund-raising activities.
“The reward fund is set up to pay informants who call Crime Stoppers anonymously with tips that help clear crimes,” he Mid.
Crime Stoppers, privately funded through various private, civic and personal donations, gives rewards up to $1,000 for information provided by persons on any felony crime leading to the arrest and grand jury indictment of those arrested The Crime Stoppers information number is 620-TIPS
The work of police investigators and a tip provided by an informant through Crime Stoppers recently led to the airest of a man and two juveniles who were operating a major burglary ring in the city. Police continue to clear burglaries through the identification of property obtained in the first cooperative effort between the program and police since the its inception less than a year ago.
“It’s proof that this program works,” Ferguson Mid. Crime Stoppers programs around the country have proven very successful in working with various law enforcement agencies in solving crimes, according to Ferguson.
Mayer, who serves as the police department’s crime prevention officer, Mid publicity surrounding the recent success has lead to several other calls with good information on other felony activities within the city.
“We have received a number of calls on the line with information investigators are following up on,” Ferguson Mid.
Carrao was not at the house when the fire broke out.
Fire Investigators became suspicious when items of clothing of various sizes and styles were found inside the residence Also, mailing labels on magazines found had been removed and several books had the first pages tom out of them
Friesenhahn testified in court that investigators are trained to look for such clues in determining the origin or circumstances in fire investiga lions
Carrao, who listed his occupation as a selfemployed para legal, tried to collect a the $50,000 insurance policy from the Farm Bureau In
surance Agency, Friesenhahn Mid The man had lost property in four other fires at rental sites, including apartments and mobile homes, the investigator Mid.
“There were several fires in the past of places he had lived at or rented and them made insurance claims on the possesions he lost.” Friesenhahn Mid. adding that Carrao never lived at the New Braunfels home, but simply put down a deposit and moved in some old furniture
• He lived off the money he col lected from insurance payments We traced his automobile and found out that he had paid off his automobile through payment of insurance claims." he Mid
Anna DeLemoa, chairman of the American Heart Association Telepledge, makes final plans for the event with LaMoyne Davis, cashier at New Braunfels National Bank. Volunteer callers will solicit pledges by
LESLIE KIMEWALOT/StaW I
telephone tonight from 7 to 9, using phones and other facilities at the bank. Funds raised will be used for advance of medical technology and education of the public on prevention and care of heart diseases^__
Second assault suspect in custody
Mr. and Mrs Mike M ic ha lee Route 3. Box 17A9, 8 pound. 14 ounce boy, Feb 24
Mr and Mrs Danny Cardenas; 1980 Spur 3; 8 pound, 6 ounce girl;
Mr and Mrs Rene Ortega. 450 E Dittlinger 7 pound girl. Feb 23
By DAVID MAY Staff Writer
New Braunfels police have made a second arrest in connection with investigation of a sexual assault that occurred at a party on the city’s north side Jan 17 Marshall Craig. 18. is in Comal County jail in lieu of $3,000 on revocation of probation charges he received
on an earlier forgery conviction
Craig has not been formally charged with sexual assault charges and detectives working the case say they are unsure if such charges will be made
Craig is allegedly one of a number of teen-agers, maybe as many as 50 youth who attended a party at a private residence in which an 18-year-old female allegedly was sex-uall> assaulted
Another man. Eric Rivers, 19, also remains in county jail on a $15,000 bond on a similar motion to revoke probation Rivers was arrested on a warrant issued for the sexual asMult
Police investigators My one more arrest in the asMult case is a possibility District Attorney William Schroeder expects to present the case next month to the grand jury.
Budget talks start March 5
Civil Filings Ex parte Maria Siller Acevedo.
Texas District Court name change
Ralph Vidal v Steven Sanders, suit Darlene Kay Anderson v Douglas
on note. Holden Anderson, URESA
Preliminary discussions for preparation of New Braunfels' fiscal year 1987-88 general operating fund budget will begin at 7 p m Thursday. March 5 in New Braunfels Utilities meeting room City Manager Joe Michie said the meeting will be open to the public He
encourages those interested to attend
Department heads will present their requests and needs at the workshop According to Michie, the budgets presented at that time will not have been cut Deletions or “budget strategies." will occur at
future workshops The hearings or discussions are intended to give priority ranking to city expenditures Municipal budgets generally are broken into three general areas, expenditures baaed on desired service levels , revenues based on property and Mies tax receipts.
To All Merchants! I Hpmp Larry
Advertising for our new SpringVisitors’ GuideWill Deadline Monday, March 2
Be Sure You Are Included In This Favorite Book Produced For the Many Tourists That Visit Our Lovely City.
Our spring* visitors’ rely on the Spring Visitors Guide to inform them on “where to go” and “what to do”.
Make sure that you are not left out of this edition of the Spring Visitors’ Guide.
Call one of our sale representatives Today for full information and rates625-9144
Mr. Larry Brumbelow. Executive Vice President. Citizens National Bank
Larry Brumbelow is definitely a hometown banker.
Citizens National Bank wants you to come by, say hello and welcome Larry home. He was raised here.
Went to school here He works and lives here He knows New Braunfels
"Citizens National Bank has that personal touch-you walk in-you know everyone.
You feel at home.”
"Weare responsive-we aren't trying to be the biggest-just the best financial institution in the city-for the city.”
Larry Brumbelow and Citizens National Bank. Your hometown banker and your hometown bank.
BANKING HOURS Lobby
Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 pm (Sameday credit)
Friday 9:OO a m. - 5:OO p.m. Drive-Thru Bank
Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
315 Landa Street (512)629-2265