New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149, No. 41 18 pages in 2 sections January 14, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
Bomb scare evacuates SYMS
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
Smithson Valley Middle School students spent most of Thursday afternoon in a nearby athletic field after a bomb threat was found in a school restroom.Eighth-grade student taken into custody
By Erin MAGRUDER
A written bomb threat found in a restroom at Smithson Valley Middle School led to the evacuation of the campus and arrest of an eighth-grade male student.
The scare came just three days after a pipe bomb was found at
Blanco High School.
Comal County Sheriff’s deputies arrested the boy and charged him with making a false alarm or report. He was taken into cus
tody by juvenile authorities, officials said.
No explosive devices were found in the school on Farm-to-Market Road 311 and no one was injured, said Captain David Ott of the Comal County Sheriff’s Office.
The bomb threat was discovered by a student during the school’s lunch period in a downstairs boy’s restroom near the gym, said Nancy Cobb, assistant to the CISD superintendent.
“The note said, ‘There is a bomb
in the school. It will go off at 3 p.m.’” Ott said.
The student notified school administrators, who immediately called the police and evacuated more than 500 students and faculty from the building, Cobb said.
Cobb said, “We encourage students not to do this as a hoax. The students are angry that someone would do this.”
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Lockhart murder trial enters fifth day in Comal
From Staff Reports
Testimony continued Thursday at Comal County Courthouse in the murder trial of 21 -year old Lockhart resident Carlos Cantu.
A six-man, six-woman jury heard testimony from state witnesses against Cantu, accused of aiding in the shooting death of 21 -
year old Lockhart resident Henry P. Silva in February 1998.
Cantu is charged with first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the shooting of Silva during a confrontation between two alleged gangs Feb. 20, 1998, in north Lockhart.
If convicted of the murder charge, Cantu
could face up to 99 years or life in prison. Aggravated assault is a second-degree felony. If convicted, Cantu could face two to 20 years in prison.
The trial was moved to Comal County after State District Judge Charles Ramsay approved the defense’s request for a change of venue in November 1998.
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Business 35 crash sends 2 to hospital
By Christina Minor
Traffic traveling on Business 35 was diverted to side streets after a two-vehicle accident occurred Thursday afternoon.
New Braunfels Police officer Fred Pfeil said a 36-year-old New Braunfels woman was turning left from Castell Avenue onto Business 35 when a Chevrolet Beretta struck her vehicle, a Pontiac Grand Am.
“The light changed green and the (New Braunfels) woman pulled out,” he said. “The other girl hit her car, causing it to spin around.”
Witnesses said the Beretta lifted the Grand Am into the air before turning it around.
New Braunfels EMS personnel said the driver of the Beretta, a 17-year-old Seguin woman, received lacerations to her face and eyes after her face went through the windshield. Air life transported her to University Hospital in San Antonio.
The New Braunfels woman was transported by Star Flight to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin with left hip pain. EMS personnel said she could have possible internal injuries and that she was confused.
CISD board accused of duping voters
By Heather Todd
BULVERDE — A large crowd of Comal Independent School District patrons outraged by a proposal to move a new elementary school to the east side of U.S. 281 accused trustees Thursday night of betraying voters and vowed they would not support any future bond proposals in the district.
A motion by trustee Robert Loop to buy property on Borgfeld Road on the west side of 281 for a new elementary school failed Thursday night, just a half-hour after CISD patrons accused trustees of ethical misconduct for rejecting the same site in December.
About 150 district patrons packed the cafeteria at Bill Brown Elementary School Thursday night to express outrage over a proposal to move the location of a new elementary school in the U.S. 281 and Cibolo Creek area to the east side of281.
Michael Glen, a Timberwood Park resident, called board members “used car salesmen” for betraying the trust of CISD patrons who supported a $141 million bond in May 1999.
“You have conned us,” he said. “I guarantee you, if you try to pass another bond, it will not pass.”
At the heart of the controversy was a proposed alternative bond plan by John Bertelsen to move a new elementary school to the east side of U.S. 281, move a new high school to the west side of U.S. 281 and draw a boundary line down 281.
Bertelsen said the plan would address some problems, including transportation and unbalanced enrollment, with the current bond plan.
Voters passed a two-phase bond plan this past year that included building three new elementary schools and one new high school in the Canyon Lake area.
During the bond campaign, the district outlined three general areas for the new elementary schools and designated the area north of Canyon Lake for the new high school.
But, some residents said Thursday night voters approved the package with the expectation that the new U.S. 281/Cibolo Creek school would be built in Timberwood Park, a subdivision on the west side of 281 in Bexar County.
The district is looking at school sites on the west and east side of 281 after rejecting the Borgfeld Road site in December.
An attempt by Loop, Nick Nichols and John Clay to change the vote on the Borgfeld site Thursday night failed in a three-to-three vote.
Bertelsen, Lester Jonas and Dora Gonzales voted against Loop’s motion. Board president Dan Krueger was not
(Left) EMS personnel treat a woman who was involved in a two-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon on Business 35. (Right) New Braunfels Fire and Rescue paramedics prepare one of the victims to be airlifted.
CL home destroyed in blaze
By Erin Magruder
CANYON LAKE — A Canyon Lake area family escaped injury but their entire home was destroyed Thursday afternoon in a fire that might have started in the attic.
The blaze was reported about I p.m. by a neighbor who saw smoke coming from the residence at 5731 W. Texas 46, owner Susan Flei-drich said.
“None of us were at home at the time,” Hei-drich said. “They said maybe (the fire) started in the attic because they saw flames coming out of the roof, and it was solid black with smoke around the attic.”
Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department crews arrived about 1:12 p.m., and backup came shortly thereafter from New Braunfels Fire and Rescue, CLVFD Chief Douglas Rogers said.
Bracken, Spring Branch and Bulverde volunteer fire departments also responded.
Firefighters had the majority of the blaze extinguished within about 30 minutes, but the single-story, more than 2,000 square-foot residence was a total loss, he said.
Heidrich said her home was insured, and Rogers estimated damages at more than $100,000.
The fire probably started near the back corner of the home, and the cause of the blaze is still under investigation, Rogers said.
Heidrich said one of her five dachshunds was missing after the fire, but she thought the dog probably was not hurt. “This is just one of those things you never think is going to happen,” Heidrich said. “My daughter is getting married Feb. 12, and all of the wedding invitations were in the house. Luckily, her wedding dress was somewhere else.”
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
A firefighter hoses down hot spots in a Canyon Lake area home that was destroyed by fire Thursday. The owners were not home, and no one was injured in the fire that caused more than $100,000 in damages.
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