New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 27, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
New BraunfelsHeral' ^orng
n< 07 1(507 P/snnal Pa* iaHj anH .. . irsHmn amor (at nwA than 1 A CL vjAaro ■ Wrxron a1 IAI -I BmiaH
12 pages in one section ■ Thursday, February 27,1997 Serving Comal County and sui.uunding areas for more than 145 years! Home of WJ. Nmil Vol 145, No 76inside i Gunman robs local family-owned restaurant
|d,tor,al............................... J I By ABE LEVY
SPO™......................................5 | staff Writer
Market Race............................9-12 i A . . . . , . , , ,
1 A clerk watched helplessly as an
armed robber cleaned out the cash register of a Chinese restaurant Tuesday Birthday wishas from I afternoon, fleeing the scene before
th# Harold loitunq! New Braunfels Police could arrive,
_ J, * m» m a law enforcement officials said.
The Afew tomW Herald- Police said witnesses described the
Strung CTtends birthday perpetrator as a white man in his multo. WJ. Parnell, JohnT. Wright 30s who stole more than $200 from
the cash register at Shang Hai Inn Chi-Joahua MueMer 06years old), ncse Restaurant, 690 S. Walnut Ave.
Mindy Htoon, Tasha (.ranrin, Tht man entered the building at
approximately 5 p.m., wearing ajack-Matthew Durbin Susan Miller, TP. o *1, !•
Johnathan Hernandez (3 yew, I « ^ holdrag a plwoc grocoy »ore
old), Richard Rhoades, Margie Jackson
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Raymond and Sylvia Zamor-rtpa (24 years.)
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
bag that he demanded be filled with cash from the female cleric, police said.
He opened his jacket to reveal a small handgun, said Michael Lin, the clerk’s son, who was not an eye witness but spoke on behalf of his mother.
Lin said his mother struggles with speaking English and was unable to respond to the robber’s demands.
The robber stepped behind the counter and filled the bag with the cash himself as Lin’s mother watched.
Lin, 18, who works part time at the restaurant, said one customer was in the room where the incident occurred, and three employees were in the back
kitchen, washing dishes and cooking, unaware of the situation.
The robber fled the building on foot at which time Lin’s mother called for emergency help.
Lin said in the five year history of the restaurant, no crime of flus magnitude has occurred.
Armed robbery is a first-degree felony charge punishable by five years to life in prison and an optional fine of $10,000.
Police said the matter is under investigation and are asking the public to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 620-TIPS or 1-800-640-8422 if they have any additional information
Mold—-569 Mountain Cedar —16 Aah — 48 Mulberry —6
(Rotan measured in peds per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr Frank Hamper)
Comal River — 222 cubic feet per second, up 3 (rom1 Edwards Aquifer Panther I — 623 78 feet above sea level, up 02 Canyon Dam discharge — 237 da Canyon Lake inflow —106 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909 39 feet above aaa level (Above conservation pool )
Nm Braunfels unmet
NBJ reports pumping 4.750 miion£Bl-bns of aurtaoe walerWednesday. antu13,000 gatona of wsl tartar were used
The giant fair where kids in grades three to six -can sew their creations and usable items will be from 9 a m. to noon Saturday at the Civic Center Booth rental is $3 for half a cafeteria-sized table. Admission is free. The fair is sponsored by Children’s Museum, First Commercial Bank and KGNB/KNBT. Call 620-0939
The Women’s Chamber and the Hispanic Chamber will join from 5:30 to 7 p m. today at the Children's Museum in New Braunfels for a mixer celebrating Black History Month Admission is $5 tor members. $7 for guests. For information on the Women’s Chamber call Susan Tate at 609-4004
Linton brown bug lunch
An ecumenical Lenten brown bag lunch will be held at noon Friday at First United Methodist Church in Wesley Hall. The message will be by Fran Shelton of. New Braunfels Presbyterian Church. Special music will be by Cathy Talcott. Tea and coffee will be provided, as well as a nursery.
KBaoion Valoy Bowflnf ChA
The Mission Valley Bowling Club will begin its Junior League at 7 pm Friday at the club Call 629-0028 for information. .
Registration is under way for the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department's Youth Tennis Program Group lessons for youth 12 and older will be held from 4:30 to 5 30 p m Mondays at the Prince Solms Tennis Courts The five-week program begins Monday. The fee is $25 per participant. Register at Lands Recreation Center Call 608-2167 for information
The Children’s Museum in New Braunfels will hold its annual Citywide Garage Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p m. Sunday at the Civic Center. Booth rental is $25 for one; $20 for each additional. Admission is $1 for adults; maximum $2 per family. Donations are being accepted now. Call 6200939 for information.
Digging into classwork
Ult to right, Emily Parfait, Zoa Qabbard, Baau Bauta, Chartae Boston, and Tony Boachting work tho tulip garden Wednesday In front of Lone Star Behoot. Tho gordon was prwrldsd by a grant from tho American Bulb Association that allowed these tuHpe to come directly from the
BAd^^bBt^fetaB^titaXtaBah B^xm BBxata Be eABeese x*^8B9 axaxtaB BBxtax aeBe tita^^xtaxB^x ® estated ev^tatasBeee aaBe tisdA^eee
rMvnenanaa. waring tot ma umps win os pan or ma students science ana gsogrnpny nuaei
IPW awards grant for science camp
By ABE LEVY
By DAVIO DEKUNDER
Area sixth graders will get to know more about the outdoors and Honey Creek State Natural Area thanks to a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Ute Friends of (medalupe River /Honey Creek were awarded a $15,065 grant from the parka and wildlife department for its science outdoor environmental camp slated for May 5-23 at Guadalupe River State Park.
Deirdre E. Hisler, park ranger, said this year's camp will target students horn Canyon and Adon Seay Intermediate Schools.
“The Friends of Guadalupe River /Honey Creek have initiated the pilot program working with sixth graders in Comal County," Hisler said "This is the most exciting project our park and friends group has offered hack to the community."
Terry Urbanc/yk, coordinator of the camp, said the purpose of the four week camp is to teach children to appreciate and care for nature.
“I hope it gives kids an appreciation for the environment and to make them realize the difference between a protected area (Honey Creek) compared to a non protecti vcd area."
The camp will have numerous activities for the students, Urbanc/yk said.
"We will be doing water samplings and relative humidity,” Urbanczyk said. "We will be doing bio monitoring by testing critters in the water and identifying the animals in the creek "We will also do a compass activity where they will learn how to use a compass and follow a course and make observations in the area."
Nuder said the pilot program will reach a big audience of students this year.
"This year with the grant we are looking al the potential of reaching 750 students," Hisler said "The biggest thing I want to make sure the people know is thai it will be no cost to the taxpayers, students and schools.” Hisler said she hopes the pilot program will be the start of something big.
"Our full intention is to start a year round outdoor
education school for all grades," Hisler said. "We hope to increase it next year to also include fifth graders or some other grade levels. The greatest potential we could reach is the Blanco Independent School District, and from there go to the inner city of San Antonio.’’ The science camp will have the curriculum will correspond to the requirements of the Comal Independent School Distnct, Hisler said.
Urbanc/yk said the volunteers and the park staff who work on the camp will learn valuable lessons from the pilot program.
"This is our first step to sec how it goes and to see what changes need to he made so thai we can improve it in the future," she said The Friends are looking for volunteers to help with the camp
"I need volunteers who can work during the day from 8 a in to 2 p.m., and who can volunteer at least one or more days a week," Urbanc/yk said.
Hisler said another $3,(XX) from the Amy McNutt Foundation will he used for the camp
Officials believe faulty hosing caused an estimated 200 gallons of diesel fuel to leak out of a local petroleum products distribution center in Solms Wednesday afternoon.
A customer noticed the spilled fuel at about I p.m., and notified managers of Johnson Oil Company. 4332 W. Interstate 35, and Solms Road. the company’s manger said.
The fuel flowed from pipes at the distribution center and down hill aking Solms Road to FM 482, where Texas Department of Transportation officials spread gravel and sand to contain the spill.
Larry Simpson, manager of commercial business for Johnson, said the company has a cleanup plan rn place, as roqiunxl by state law , that officials implemented in dealing with Wednesday’s spill.
The first priority was to ensure the safety of drivers and residents near the spill, which local emergency personnel accomplished after the spill was discovered.
New Braunfels Fire Department, LMS, Police and Comal County Sheriffs Office officials were called to the scene and blocked the access road to I-35 and along Solms Road while the cleanup took place.
Johnson employees went on fix* to remove some of the fuel by liand and more of the company’s trucks were expected to arrive later Wednesday to remove fuel from w lierc it collected in the soil.
Simps* rn said he contacted tile Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and was instructed to continue the cleanup process as planned
Mobley Environmental Service* in Lytle was scheduled to perform par! of the cleanup. Simpson said
The center began operations in the early ll>80s and this spill is tlx.* largest in its history, company officials said.
(Mlicials said they were relieved thai diesel fuel was fix.* material spilled and not substances with higher flammability
Probation office construction delayed
By DENISE DZIUK
Harato-Ztatung photo by Mtohtitil Dams*
ABmt Gorda oondmm work on tho Comal County Probation Cantar ichariulad for a March 19
Recent rains may have sped up the recovery of the Edwards Aquifer, but slowed the construction of Comal County’s Probation Complex, pushing the completion date several weeks later.
The new complex, located on Mill Street next to the Christian Science Reading Room, was slated for completion tomorrow. Comal County purchasing agent Ed Krai said that date will not be met. He said a more realistic completion date is mid-March.
"We’ve had to extend that date,” Krai said. "(The general contractor) said it will now be March 19 because of the rain days and so forth.”
Krai said the canopy is currently being added to the I l,(XX)-square-foot building, and most of the interior work has* been completed.
Krai said the big items still needing completion are installation of the healing and cooling units, laying carpet, running wires from the courthouse annex to new building and completing a parking lot.
"The parking lot is what’s holding us up now,” Krai said. "But, if we can keep good weather between now and the 19th, we should be okay.”
Krai said the possibility of construction being completed before that time is slim, which means the move in dates for the juvenile and adult probation departments will have to be
Juvenile probation offices were scheduled to begin moving March 11.
Director Carol Robison said the delay should not cause problems for her department, and if will move into the new building as soon as she is told it is ready.
“We decided we wouldn’t set dates anymore," Robison said. "We’ll just wait until were told."
The adult probation department anticipates moving March 19. Krai said that date could changed as well, depending on how work goes in the next couple of days.
"We’re going to take another look at it this time next week,” Krai said ‘They say they might be able to get it
Jack Williamson, office supervisor for Community Supervision and Corrections Department, said he is keeping the original plans until next week, when the situation can be re-evaluated
Once the probation offices move to the new complex, the vacated space in the old courthouse will be used by the county clerk and the justice of the peace, precinct I, to handle the growth in those offices
The building is expected to cost approximately $1,027,(XX). Money to pay for the building will come from $1.25 million in Comal County, Texas Tax Anticipation Notes, which are similar to certificates of obligation.Cloning raises ethical questions . Page 4.