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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 29, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas JHX New FELSHerald 'Urn 2 MC) 0 9 10/22/00 So"URST MICROPUBL I SHING 2 62 7 E YAN DB! LL BR EL PRSC) , TX 79903 □ Vol. 149 No. 73    14    pages    in    2    sections    February    29,    2000 Tuesday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 centsWant to watch the Spurs? Find out how you can survive while Spurs games are not televised/ 1B Council gives final OK for open-air market By Peri Stone-PalmguistStaff Writer New Braunfels City Council approved Monday the final reading of an ordinance allow ing construction of an open-air market off Interstate 35, although one council member questioned the city’s efforts at protecting the neighbors. The rezoning was approved 6-1 with District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson casting the dissenting vote. “I’m not against the developers or the attorney representing the developers,” she said. But, Watson said she questioned the planning department’s handling of the situation. “It appears the developer has the upper hand,” she said. The city should have looked more seriously at the possibility of granting a special use permit to the project — an option that would have allowed the city to hold the developers legally responsible for promises made regarding lighting and fences, Watson said. Instead, council approved a rezoning from a single- and two-family districtSee MARKET/5A Seguin teen killed in stabbing Services slated Wednesday for young victim By Heather Todd Staff Writer SEGUIN Seguin Police Department officials are investigating the fatal stabbing of a 17-year old man during a party early Sunday morning. Ricardo Hernandez, of 723 E. Seideman St., died early in the 300 block of Taft St. after he allegedly was stabbed multiple times by an unknown assailant. Lt. Sgt. Mike Rosas w ith the Seguin Police Department said dispatchers got a 0-1-1 call about 2:30 a.m. Sunday from someone requesting help at 340 Taft St. Rosas said, “The first officer on the scene found a Latin male lying in the front yard of the residence, and the subject had stab wounds in the chest and was gasping for breath.” Rosas said emergency medical services personnel arrived at the scene. Justice of the Peace Larry Morawitz pronounced Hernandez dead at the scene at 2:42 a.m. Rosas said a preliminary investigation indicated Hernandez was stabbed at a residence at 352 Taft St., where a party was in progress, and walked down to 340 Taft St., where the first officer at the scene found him. Rosas said juveniles and adults were attending the party- Police had not identified any suspects as of press time, Rosas said. Preliminary autopsy reports from the Travis C ounty Medical Examiner indicated the cause of death was a stab wound to the chest that penetrated Hernandez’ heart and lungs. Friends and relatives of Her- “(Ricardo Hernandez) was nice. He was there for you if you ever needed anything." Candle Tinoco Seguin High student nandez reported w itnesses at the scene saw a fight break out between Hernandez and another group of men. Hernandez ran from the scene cmd then was allegedly stabbed five to eight times, they said. Candle Tinoco. a freshman at Seguin High School, said Hernandez, who would have been a sophomore, was wellknown around campus although he stopped going to school about three or fourth months ago. “He was nice. He was there for you if you ever needed anything,” she said. Hernandez’s sister. Crystal Almaguer, 13, said her brother liked playing basketball and worked at a Seguin restaurant. Just moments after the stabbing, a friend of Hernandez’s arrived at the 3(X) block of Taft Street to pick him up when she found out about the killing, Crystal said. Cindy Almaguer, ll, said new s of her brother’s death shocked family and friends. “I couldn’t believe it was him. I never thought anything would happen to him,” she said. “He was funny. He made us laugh.” Crystal said, “I’m really going to miss him.” A funeral service for Her-, nandez is scheduled for IO a.m. Wednesday at Palmer Mortuary, 1116 N. Austin St. in Seguin. Visitation for family and friends will take place 2 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Longtime AIDS activist Konkel dies By Heather Todd Staff Writer Friends and relatives of Robert Konkel, 41, will say their final goodbyes Wednesday to a man who touched many lives with his tireless passion for helping and educating the New Braunfels community. Konkel, a vocal AIDS activist and community leader, died Monday morning at McKenna Memorial Hospital after a long battle with Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. For many years, Konkel devoted his time and energy to helping others, whether it was promoting AIDS awareness or organizing Harvest from the Heart, an annual holiday event that offered hundreds of local residents a free meal. KONKEL Robert’s father, who has asked that his name not be published, said Robert was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital Friday afternoon, where he was placed in the intensive care unit. Robert reportedly suffered from liver failure and pneumonia and passed away early Monday morning. A funeral service is scheduled 3 p.m. Wednesday at Doeppen-schmidt Funeral Home, 189 N. Seguin St. Visitation for family See KONKEU5AInside Abby................... ............7 A Classifieds............ ...........4-6B Comics................. .............8A Crossword............ ..............7A Forum................... ..............6A Local/Metro.......... .............4A Movies................... ..............7A Obituaries............. .............3A Sports.................. ..........1-3B Today................... .............2A Television............... .............8A Key Code 76 Another candidate files for District 4 council seat From staff reports The District 4 New Braunfels C ity Council race is heating up a third contender filed Monday morning. Mary Cameron Wall, 35, director of managed care at Alamo City Medical Group, joins retired architect Robert Kendrick and life insurance agent Dave Pryor in the District 4 race. I ler campaign treasurer is brother, Joe C ameron. The District 4 seat currently is represented by Jan Kotylo, who said she would not seek reelection to allow more time for grandchildren and volunteer work. Filing for District 3 and 4 started Feb. 22 at the New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casted Ave., and ends March 22. The election is Saturday, May 6. Early voting begins on April 19 and ends on May 2. For a full story, see Wednesday’s Herald-Zeitung. Stealing the show Curbing NB vehicle burglaries focus of new TV commercial By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer The New Braunfels Law Enforcement Center became a stage of sorts Monday afternoon — complete with a director, cameraman and a dashing star, police detective Sean Gabbard. The afternoon acting stint for Gabbard was hardly an attempt to make millions or gamer an Oscar but rather a goodwill effort to raise awareness about the rising crime of motor vehicle burglaries. Gabbard took time out of his day often spent investigating auto thefts — to star in a public service announcement that will air on 16 Time Warner Cable channels. The 30-second spot, sponsored by NBPD and the Safe City Commission, should be aired in the next couple of weeks and run for 90 days. Time Warner Cable donates a percentage of its advertising space for PSAs on channels such as ESPN, CNN, USA and TNT. “We believe in helping the community,” senior account executive and PSA director Fritzie Richter said. “When you give, you get.” Assistant to the city manager Don Ferguson, who penned the PSA, said the city was grateful for Time Warner’s cooperation. “Without their support, it’d be difficult to pass the message along,” he said. And the message is important, he says. New Braunfels has experienced an 18 percent increase in motor vehicle burglaries from 1998 to 1999, he said. In 1998, 500 motor vehicle burglaries were reported; in 1999, 591 were reported. Prime locations for the crime include parking lots and areas along Interstate 35, although neighborhoods have been victimized as well. “This is a crime that can easily be prevented,” Ferguson said. Tips offered in the PSA include parking in open, well-lit areas; hiding valuables from view; equipping vehicles with anti-theft devices, such as fuel kill switches and steering wheel locks; always taking your keys with you; rolling up your windows; and always locking your doors. “You need to put as many barri ers as possible between you and the thief,” Ferguson said. Gabbard warned that motor vehicle burglaries could turn into auto thefts — especially if keys are left inside the car. See COMMERCIALS New Braunfels Police Detective Sean Gabbard stars in a public service announcement Monday afternoon to raise public awareness of motor vehicle burglary — a crime that’s on the rise in New Braunfels. The 30-second commercial, which offers ways to avoid vehicle burglary, was taped by Time Warner Cable at the New Braunfels Law Enforcement Center. It should air in the next two weeks and run 90 days on 16 Time Warner Cable stations, including CNN, TNT and ESPN. K.JESSIE SLATEN/ Herald-Zeitung ;