New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 18, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from th# Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Janet Suzanne Wand, Dwight Horton, Heather Fest, Dorothy Brlnkkoeter, Jackie CaddeQ, David Ramirez, Sr., Jose (Cholo) JuarezRuben Felder, Gladys Flor, Nell Groos, Jane Keller, Thelma Lee, Leu Mahoney, Lucille Neuese,
Martha Renaerts, Margaret Sanders, Ivan Schemer, Ray Simulant, Helen Weaver, Amalia Ortiz (Monday.)
Goals 2000 Satellite meeting set tonight
At 7:30 pm. on Tuesday, Jan.
18, New Braunfels residents can join communities across the country in the Goals 2000 Satellite Meeting, a monthly interactive video teleconference for communities working to reach the "Six National Education Goals."
The program will be broadcast locally on TCI Cablevision Channel 16.
Book Review Club to meet Jan. 25
The Book Review Qub will meet tx the Senior Citizen's Center, 655 Lands St., Tuesday, Jan. 25 from IO am to 11:30 am Coffee will be served at 9:30 arn.
Dr. Kenneth Peters will review Generations, by William Strauss and Neil Howe, the History of America's Future from 1584 to 2069.
Guests are invited. A $2 donation is requested.
Project Graduation mooting plannod
Seniors and parents are invited to attend a planning session for "Project Graduation" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at Canyon High School. Students are encouraged to attend.
NB/Conyon Loko Arow Association of Realtors luncheon sot
The New Braunfels/Canyon Lake Area Association of Realtors will hold a membership luncheon on Jan. 24,11:30 am at Molly Joe's Restaurant.
The guest speaker will be Cathey Vackar who will talk on "Juvenile Gang Activity."
CaU 625-6954 or fox 625-6980 with RSVP.
In Sunday's Herald-Zeitung, page I A, a Dory entitled Bush to sped Tuesday in NB, indicated the New Braunfels Republican Women's Club's 30th Anniversary Dinner was scheduled for Jan. 18 Instead, the dinner is scheduled
for Jan. 24 with an RSW deadline cf Jan. IS (today). George W. Bush, son of the former President George Bush and part owner of the mas Rangers baseball team, will be the speaker.
Anyone interested in attending the dinner event should oaU 625-4184,6204109 or 625-6148 to make reservations. The dinner wUl begin it 6 pm on Jan. 24 at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Tickets are SIO per person.
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More charges filed against murder suspect
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Additional charges of felony theft have been filed against Michael Lynn Waller, who is currently being held in jaU for allegedly murdering and sexually assaulting an Odessa woman last month.
Waller, 21, has been charged with capital murder and is being held on a bond of $1 million for that charge.
According to Sgt. David Oft of the Comal County Sheriffs Office, the additional charges were filed after officers discovered that Waller had
Felony theft added to charges against Waller
allegedly stolen the victim's purse on Halloween.
Oft said Waller had been staying at a residence at Canyon Lake with his girlfriend and the victim had been at the same place. He said the victim could not find her purse and three rings. Oft said two of the rings had allegedly been sold.
The warrant on the felony theft charges was served last week. Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Howard Smith set bond in the theft case at $20,000.
Deputies also discovered that Waller was want
ed in Guadalupe County on charges of criminal trespass. Bond in that case is $1,000.
Waller was arrested Dec. 16 by Comal County sheriffs deputies He was located in Seguin by officers from the Seguin Police Department who knew the Comal County Sheriffs Office was looking for the man. He was brought to Comal County by CCSC) Detective Jimmy Limmer and Texas Ranger Richard Bennie.
The woman Waller is suspected of killing is Colleen Kay Tallant, 38. Her body was found
Dec. 11 on the south side of Canyon Lake near Crane's Mill Park. Tallant was not identified for several days after her body was discovered.
Investigators believe Tallant, who was confined to a wheelchair, was visiting Comal County and was planning to camp at the lake. Her car, a 1986 Ford Escort, was found behind the VFW Hall in Schertz by officers from the Schertz Police Department. Tallant’s purse had earlier been found by Schertz police officers.
An autopsy was conducted by officials from the Travis County Medical Examiner's office. Officials said the death was reported to be the result of strangulation and drowning.
County growth on upswing in last six months
County Engineer points to 1,100 new homes sites along U.S. Highway 281
By ROSE MAIKE EASH
Within the last six months approximately 1,100 new home sites have become available in the un-incorpo-rated areas of Comal County via new subdivisions in various stages of progress.
"Most of these are within the last six months," said Tom Homseth, Comal County Engineer. "That's 1,100 lots in a short period of time. Normal planning, back when I was doing development work, for sewer and water type of stuff, is to plan for three and one-half people per single-family residence. You're looking at about 3,500 new nannie- but build DUt .On thftsg could take some time. A lot of these feta will sell to people who are planning for the future and no development will happen, but that's not to say they couldn’t all move out right away.”
Some of the new subdivisions include:
■ Oak Hills Estates around Bill Brown Elementary near U.S. Hwy. 281 and State Hwy. 46 with 290 one to two and one-half acres lots, a public water system and private roads.
■ Elm Valley located on the west side of U.S. Hwy 281 south of State Hwy. 46 with 76 five-acre plus lots with individual wells and public roads.
■ Highland on the east side of U.S. Hwy. 281 south of State Hwy. 46 with 41 one and one-half acre to three and one-half acre lots, private roads and individual wells.
B Cypress Springs on the Guadalupe south of and abutting the Guadalupe River between Spring Branch and U.S. Hwy. 281 with 608 lots — 57 one acre lots, 285 two acre lots and 266 five acre lots.
The one acre lots and some of the two acre lots will be served by a public water system, but the remainder will have individual wells. Public roads will be built.
B Persimmon Hills west of Bulverde Estates and north of Amman Road with 60 five acre lots, public roads and individual wells.
■ Homestead Oaks on Lone Star Road north of State Hwy. 46 and east of Farm to Market 2722 with 27 one acre Iota.
According to Homseth there has also been some activity which indicates possible other developments in the county including:
■ 70 lots in what was once known as Bulverde Ranchette subdivision south of State Hwy. 46 and west of U.S. Hwy. 281, south of the Elm Valley subdivision.
B Shepherd Hill with shout 35 five sere lots on Brand Road south of Oak Cliff Acre! with public Headland individual wells.
B Beck Ranch Homestead with 42 five acre lots, public roads and individual wells.
B Rocky Creek off of Firm to Market 414 north of Canyon Lake with 50 one-half to one acta Iota with a public water system.
B 740 acres for Ava acre lots north of State Hwy. 32 east of Horton Road.
Police Chief says there’s no need for teen curfew here
While area cities impliment curfews, NB Police take different approach
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Headen said he does not see a need to enact a teen curfew in the city of New Braunfels.
Several cities in the South Texas area have put curfews in place. Last month, the Seguin City Council enacted a curfew keeping teens from being out between ll p.m. and 6 un. Also San Antonio recently passed a day time curfew prohibiting kids frffiri being out during school hours.
The Converse City Council is also discussing enacting a curfew.
Headen said he is not a supporter of curfews.
"I would rather work more directly
toward working with kids to try to establish an open dialogue with them so that we can avoid this kind of dung,” he said.
"I guess I have more confidence in our kids,'’ said Headen.
Headen said graffiti is one thing that those cities enacting curfews may be trying to curtail.
"I don’t think curfews are the answer. I'd rather try to get a message to the kids and keep the lines of communication open,” he said.
"We work closely with schools and with different community leaders to find other ways to meet the needs of kids.”
Headen said he believes the department should meet the problem more head on ind-work closely with school officials. Headen said ideas such as
tKe summer recreation program and the local boxing program are good ways to address any problems.
"I feel like if we can tap into and establish an open dialogue with kids and collectively try to meet their needs,” he said.
Names of men arrested in drug bust released by local officials
Photo by SUSIE CROTEAU Three-yeer-old Kale Langa, a student et Heppy Deye Dey Cere In New Breunfele, watchee en Indoneelen Water Python real cloee while allowing the snake to crawl around hie body freely. The snake wee pert of a demonstration put on by Kart Spillers of Austin, cousin of New Braunfels Police Officer Scott Lange, Kale's father. Students at Happy Days were able to handle several snakes under cloee supervision by trained snake handlers during the demonstration, Including a Columbian Red-Tailed Boe, and an 11-foot Burmese Python.
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Four South Texas men were arrested on drug charges last Thursday in a combined effort by several law enforcement agencies in the area.
Officials have released the identities those arrested, which include Juan Ramero Gonzales, 32, of New Braunfels; Israel Santana Castillo, 29, of Jourdanton; Carlos Jose Cruz, 28, of Arlington and Augustine Anza, 40, of Pearsall.
All four men were charged with delievery of marijuana between five
and 50 pounds.
Several vehicles and 23 pounds of marijuana were confiscated during the the arrests, which took place on Stonewall Street.
Officials from the Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force, the 81st District Task Force and the Comal County Sheriffs Office conducted an undercover and surveillance operation that led to the arrests.
Lr. Sumner Bowen, of the Alamo Area Narcotics Taak Force, said the arrest was the result of an undercover operation.
Young girl who was left on McKenna Memorial Hospital’s doorstep is adopted by foster family
From staff reports
An infont baby girl no more than six hours old and wrapped in towels who was found on the steps of McKenna Memorial Hospital on Aug. 28,1992 was adopted by her foster parents in district court proceedings two weeks ago, just in time for Christmas.
'This was one of the hippier endings to the many Child Protective Services caaea we have handled, and was the ideal Christmas gift not only for the little gill and her new fondly but for us as well," said Comal County Attorney Nathan B. Rheinlander.
The county attorney's office began handling child protection cases almost two yean ago under a cooperative agreement with the Texas Department at Protective and Regulatory Services, formerly the Department of Human Services.
"They have one attorney to handle some 14 South Texas counties," said Rheinlander. "We felt that that love! of staffing was not property saving the children it risk in our community, in that so many times ihirri; neglected or children ara shuttled
between foetor hornet and institutions without seeking permanent hornet for them, limply because the department ii unable to get to their cases. So, we •geed to take on the additional duties."
The adoption of Baby Girl Doe, aa she was referred to in court papers, came after a lengthy judicial process. The infant girl was placed In protective custody of the state immediately after being found, and an attorney ad litem was spumed by the court to represent her interests.
On her release from the hospital, she was placed with foster parents who had also been cleared to adopt her when possible.
To do so, explained Rheinlander, required that the "parental righta" of her unknown parents ba terminated, which under the Texas Family Code required that a diUgent search be conducted to determine their whereabouts, that if they could not be located that they be "cited by publication" in a local newspaper, and that attorneys ad litem be appointed to represent them in their absence.
"The several leads aa to the identity of the parents furnished to the New Braunfels Police Department were all investigated," said Rheinlander, "but ultimately led nowhere. The Attorney General's Parent Locator Service was also called in, again without remit."
"These ads were placed by the Department itself," he laid "and unfortunately contained certain technical errors to which the parents’ attorneys objected, requiring the notices to be republished. This is only proper, u it ii the job of the attorney! appointed to represent the missing parents in such cases to make aurethrt aU the elements of due proeere are met TW* is particularly important in the event the parents evettually reaurfoce and try to amaut the termination and adoption."
Termination of the parental right! of the baby girl's milling parents waa finally accomplished on Nov. 11 of Otis year by court order signed by District Judge Robert T. Pfeuffer. On Dec. 21, Baby Girl Doe wu formally adopted by her fbeter parent! and given both a permanent home and a legal name. Another records of the proceeding! hive been sealed by court order.
"TWI is a beautiful, thriving toddler who brightens any room she comes into," said Rheinlander. "Her two older brothers dote on her, and had bought her a little beauty queen's tiara she insisted on wearing into the courtroom the day of her adaption. She absolutely charmed everyone she met, and all of us in the Judicial system are overjoyed to have played even a small part in finding her a home of her own."Looking for a bargain? See the Herald-Zeitung Classifieds