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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 5, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Lifestyle Spa therapies offer ways to destress after hectic holidays/1 B Leisure A look at what 2003 offers for the music industry/insideNew Braunfels Sports NB girls soccer wins season opener, 2-0/8A SUNDAY January 5, 2002 38 pages in 3 sections ■hmm* mmammm    AK    pages    in    A    sectlCHerald-ZeitungwBsmm | '  ..... Vol. 152, No. 47Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 $1.00 ROVE Rove Texan of the Year By Michael Cary Staff Writer Presidential Adviser Karl Rove was chosen as Texan of the Year, Cyndi Taylor Kri-er, chair of the Texas Leg-i s I a t i v e Conference Advisory Committee, announced Friday. Rove will be honored at the 37th Annual Texas Legislative Conference March 20 and 21 at the New Braunfels Civic Center. The Texan of the Year honor is awarded each year to a person who has performed outstanding services in the field of public affairs. Past recipients include President George W. Bush and other presidents, congressmen, state officials and business officials. Krier said the conference has evolved into a prestigious event at the state and national level. Many state legislators are expected to make the trek to New Braunfels from Austin since the 78th Texas Legislature will be in session in March. “We’re just ecstatic that we have someone of his national stature coming to New Braunfels,” Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc., said Saturday. “Rove has been in the national news of late, and was credited with the Republicans’ big win in the midterm, nationwide election,’ Meek said. “Rove got credit for that.” Meek said Rove has been to New Braunfels many times before when he worked as a political consultant in Austin, and that he had See ROVE/4A Herber to pursue fire chief post By Ron Maloney Staff Writer When New Braunfels Fire Chief Jack Collier left his post this past Monday, City Manager Charles Pinto appointed a veteran firefighter with nearly d quarter century of experience to fill the job on an interim basis. Interim Fire Chief John Herber — whom Collier appointed as Assistant Fire Chief in 2001 — applied for the top spot in the department along with other New Braunfels firefighters when Collier won the job more than four years ago. Herber wants the opportu HERBER nity to help the fire department move forward — and would like to show the men he works with and city hall that can do it. Pinto said he’d already received inquiries about the chief position and had been sent one resume. He expressed support for Herber Friday and said that the city is in no hurry to appoint a permanent fire chief. “If something was broken and we needed to fix it, that would be a different story, but there’s nothing broken at the fire department that we need to fix,” Pinto said. “Ifs just changing leadership and directions. I’ve told Herber to go forward and have fun. He’s got some good ideas and stuff and some things he’s going to do,” Pinto said. In th£ near future, Pinto said he would meet with the NBFD’s command staff and then with each of the department’8 three shifts. “We’ll be talking about some things we’ve found and some things we might be ableSee CHIEF/4AInside Abby......................................2B Classifieds............................5-12B Comics..................................7A Lifestyle..............................1-4B Forum....................................6A Local/State............................4A Movies...................................2B Obituaries.............................3A Records................................5A Sports................................8-9A Today .................................2A Stocks.................................10A 56825 00002 b SBC issues New Year's warning against scams By Tony Cantu Staff Writer In preparing for the New Year, SBO Communications has some advice: Beware of hucksters, con artists and fraud in general. Noting that Americans lose more than tens of billions a year to telemarketing fraud, the telecommunications giant issued a list of the most commonly reported cases of scams and threats its customers experienced in 2002. In addition, the company issued tips for consumers to safeguard themselves against fraudulent practices. ‘Theres a lot of fly-by-night operations that use the telephone to try to solicit people,” said SBC spokesman Steve Lee. “A good practice is to be careful and suspicious and ask a lot of questions. Make sure you understand what the person is saying — what they’re trying to tell you and sell you.” The Federal Trade Commission estimates consumers are sea mined out of $40 billion annually to consumer fraud. Every day, thousands See SCAMS/4A Manhunt ends with arrest JMiMJ isJjaa^.Os. rn SS 8 rn MICHAEL CARY/Herald-Zeitung John Adam Chandler, 26, was arrested at sundown Saturday after evading area law enforcement officers for more than an hour in the Dry Comal Creek near Loop 337. Assault victim’s husband goes to turn self in, then bolts into woods By Michael Cary AND RON MALONEY Staff Writers New Braunfels police Saturday arrested the man they believe sTashed the throat of a 24-year-old New Braunfels woman Friday night — her husband. John Adam Chandler, 26, was arrested after an hour-long manhunt about 6:20 p.m. Saturday under the Loop 337 bridge over the Dry Comal Creek. He was booked into Comal County Jail on an arrest warrant alleging aggravated assault with a deadly weapon of his wife, Amanda Marie Chandler. Law enforcement officials said Saturday night she was in critical but stable condition at University Hospital in San Antonio. John Chandler was being held on $200,000 bail in Comal County Jail Saturday night. HUNT BEGINS New Braunfels Fire Department Station 2 firefighter/paramedics treated Chandler at the scene before she was flown to University Hospital. Police knew Friday within moments of the attack whom they were looking for and immediately set out to find him, said NBPD Patrol Lt. John Villarreal. The lieutenant was at home listening to the police radio Saturday afternoon when a police department dispatcher broadcast the report that Chandler was at the sheriff’s office and he was turning himself in. Then, dispatchers reported that he ran off. Chandler apparently went to the sheriff’s office with his mother, Elisa Gail Chandler, 49, to turn himself in just before 5 p.m. “His mother was bringing him in, and he panicked,” Sgt. Larry Roper, shift supervisor at the Comal County Jail, said Saturday. “She came to the door (of the sheriffs office) and said she was turning him in, so I sent deputies over and called dispatch, but he left, just like that,” Roper said, and snapped his fingers. Police dispatch advised patrol units the suspect had vowed not to be taken into custody without a fight, and warned officers to remain in their vehicles if they encountered Chandler — he might be armed and dangerous. Chandler fled across the parking lot of the sheriff’s office, across a field behind the Alamo Bail Bond Co. See MANHUNT/4A K. JESSIE SLATEN/ Herald-Zeitung K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herakj-Zeitung Minutes before dusk, New Braunfels police officer Joseph Tovar (back) and canine officer John Sullivan search along Altgelt Road with police dog Cezar for John Adam Chandler. The three located Chandler under the Loop 337 bridge at Landa Sreet shortly thereafter. Comal County sheriff’s deputies stand guard at the railroad tracks late Saturday afternoon. In the hunt for Chandler, officers set up a perimeter around the south and west ends of town after Chandler fled on foot from the Comal County Jail. ;