New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 11, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Saturday, January ll, 2003 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3A
Guy Vincent McDonnell Jr. born March 22, 1971, died Jan. 6, 2003. He was the beloved brother of Kenneth Charles McDonnell and loving uncle to Michael VincentROBBERY/From 1A
McDonnell. Visitation will be held Saturday, Jan.ll, 2003, from 12 to 2 p.m. with services following at 2 p.m. at Toothman Funeral Home, 141 S. Mariatta St., St. Clairsville, Ohio 73950.
Mrs. Helen Marzee Harris, age 84, of New Braunfels, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2003. She was born in Prairie Lea, Texas, Feb. 14, 1918, to Lemuel and Sallie Maddox. A memorial service
will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at the Eden Chapel.
The family appreciates the beauty of flowers but requests that memorials be made to Eden Home or Hope Hospice of New Braunfels.
The day after Zwarun’s arrest, Judge Brenda Chapman set his bail at $1 million.
On Dec. 17, District Judge Charles Ramsay reduced Zwarun’s bail to $25,000 cash bond.
Sheriff’s detective Sgt. Tommy Ward said then that Zwarun would likely face additional charges as the investigation unfolds.
Sheriff’s detective James
Miller and members of the State Attorney General’s Internet Crime Bureau will continue the investigation by examining computer equipment seized from Zwarun.
Detectives believe Zwarun cultivated a relationship with his victim over a number of months.
“We knew there would be more charges coming,” Ward said.
He is believed to have had an accomplice.
“We have a witness who gave a potential description of the suspect vehicle. At this point, we don’t know whether he went north or south,” Villarreal said.
The bank was cordoned off and closed while detectives investigated the crime scene.
Villarreal did not say whether police believe the robbery was related to one that occurred at the same bank Nov. 14, 2002.
But the two incidents share at least one similarity — the quick switch in getaway vehicles with the discarded one left running.
Friday, firefighters were called when the still-running vehicle overheated and looked as though it might catch fire. The vehicle was towed to the NBPD, where police detectives were aided in their investigation by Comal County Sheriff’s Detective Ron Womack.
Womack, a crime-scene
Friday robbery fourth in IO months
After a bank robbery hiatus of more than three years, three New Braunfels banks were robbed in 2002.
On Nov. 14, two men brandishing a rifle walked into Surety Bank during the lunch hour and escaped with an unknown amount of cash. Police are still looking for the pair.
On Aug. 2, New Braunfels Police Lt. John Wom-mack arrested Gregory Ginn, 41, of San Antonio,
technician, is an expert in forensic evidence and fingerprinting.
A New Braunfels woman who didn’t wish to give her name, drove by the bank at the time of the robbery and believes she saw the suspect escape.
‘I was pulling into the shopping center, and I saw a car backed up to the bank. I
after he allegedly robbed the Wells Fargo Bank branch on Loop 337.
Ginn is awaiting trial in Comal County Jail.
On March 4, Glen A. San-dau, 40, of Canyon Lake, was arrested after a daylong manhunt in connection with the robbery of First State Bank on Main Plaza. On Oct. IO, Sandau pleaded guilty to robbery and was sentenced to 37 years in state prison.
noticed the car because of the way it was parked,” she said.
“It was an older silver car — the kind with a square top. I saw a man coming out of the bank. He looked like he was carrying a white bag, and that made me think he was robbing the bank,” she said.
“He was wearing a stocking cap on his head. My guesstimate is he was proba
bly 5’7” or 6 feet — a good-sized guy. He wasn’t skinny.” The woman said she initially dismissed what she saw.
‘I shook it off. I told myself, ‘You’ve been watching too much TV,” she said. “Then, when I got to H-E-Ej, I heard the sirens, and I thought, ‘What’s wrong with me? I should have gotten a license plate.”’
Police detectives worked at the bank until I p.m., but the bank did not reopen while officials awaited the arrival of FBI investigators.
The bank remained closed all afternoon, according to the message on its telephone answering machine.
Anyone with information about the Surety Bank robberies is asked to call Lt. Mike Rust, or detective Bob Parchman, at (830) 608-2185.
Callers also can contact Crime Stoppers at 830-620-TIPS, or 1-800-640-8422.
All calls are confidential and the caller would remain anonymous.
within 200 feet of the museum, and second, a driveway within 200 feet of the museum could be considered part of parking facilities because its like the ramp to a parking garage.”
Clark accepted McNeal’s argument and ruled against Molak.
“They won, we lost,” Herman said.
“The thing about the abuse of discretion was that if there was any evidence to support the board of adjustment’s deci-
sion — the city zoning board’s — then the decision was not arbitrary,” McNeal said. ‘They had evidence and they were not deciding it on a whim.”
Molak, who still contends the parking is inadequate, said he would not contest the parking issue any longer.
“We’re going to go on about our business and try to maintain Gruene’s historical integrity as we have for the last 27 years. We aren’t planning any legal action or anything,” he said.
The owners are now charged a $5 fee per passenger per round of golf.
The cost for renting a city-owned golf cart is $11.50 per round.
The new proposal would for the rest of this fiscal year freeze the annual cart trail pass sales and institute a $7.50 per-round cart trail fee.
After July I it would allow customers who own their carts to pay a $295 season private cart trail fee or pay the $7.50 rate for a single round.
Assistant City Manager Don Ferguson said those who pay
the annual trail fee would not pay the per-round trail fee.
“The board has heard from residents who would rather use their own carts than rent city carts,” Ferguson said.
“This is a step in the direction of opening the course to private carts. It’s designed to encourage use of the Landa Park Golf Course by those golfers who have private carts. At this time, restrictions are in place that limit the use of private carts to only those who have paid annual trail fees and have had those trail fees for at least the past year,” Fer
Ferguson said the board Is interested in opening the door to private carts — as long as the owners pay their way.
“Basically, what it comes down to is light now you have restrictions in place that limit the use of private carts at the golf course. The board has rec
ognized there are a number of golfers who would play Landa Park if they had the ability* to use their private carts,” Ferguson said.
The city official said it wasn’t clear just how many new customers would golf Landa Park under the proposed policy.
“We try to have two quarters of allocations in reserve,” said Hammerstrom. “For funds for the year of 2003, we’ll be able to honor all obligations. But if we have a flood or a major event, it’ll really hurt us.”
Charlotte King, the newly installed president of the board of directors for the United Way of Comal County, has been involved with the agency for two years.
“I don’t remember it being
this bad in the last couple of years,” King said.
She pointed out that besides the United Way money expected from San Antonio, some corporations wouldn’t donate until well into this month, so more funds are expected.
And local agencies are depending on them.
In New Braunfels, at the Community Service Center at 132 Cadwell Lane, Director Suzie Garcia will get $50,000
of the $55,000 she expected.
“We depend on it. We really depend on it. If the United Way didn’t meet its goals, they would be cutting programs."
Those programs, Garcia said, would be a food bank, handing out baby formula, helping the needy pay essential utility bills and general equivalency degree and English as a second language programs.
Similarly, Carolyn Gregory of the Canyon Lake Action Center, said she has a food bank and provides rent and electricity payments, plus medical equipment loans, to seniors that could be cut if United Way funds weren’t to come through.
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