New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Thursday, Jan. 19, 1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of BRANDON SCHULLE
I Vol. 143, No. 48Inside
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; David Selena Hernandez, Brandon Schulle (belated Kith), Edward Espinoza. Jr., Usa Marie Guerrero, Jesse Lopez, Ida Biesen-bach.
Happy Anniversary to Melcher & Clara Gomez (33 vears!).
Project Graduation pep rally set
A Project Graduation pep rally will be held Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. at Luby’s Cafeteria.
Judge Carter Casteel will serve as emcee for the fundraising event and w ill be joined by both school distnct superintendents as w ell as principals of all three high schools.
All area students as well as the general public are invited to anend.
Quilt guild to meet Saturday
The New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild meets the 3rd Saturday of every month at 9:30 a m. at the New Braunfels Christian Church Fellowship Hall on Loop 337. Membership is open to everyone.
The Wednesday Quilting Bee meets every' Wednesday afternoon from lp m to4 p.m. Visitors are welcome.
Book Review Club to meet Tuesday
The Bvxik Review Club will meet at the Senior C itizen s Center. 655 Landa Street. Tuesday, Jan. 24. 1995, from 10:00 a.m.*
11:3() a rn. Coffee will be served at 9:30. Howard Schulz will review "Those Who Love” by Irv ing Stone. Plan to bring a fnend w ith you Guests w ill be as^ed for a donation of $2.00.
Newcomers sponsor International Night
Tile New Braunfels Newcomers C lub will host an International Night at the Comal C ounty Senior Citizens Center, beginning at 5:30 p m on Jan. 19.
(iuests are asked to bring a covered dish from the favorite countries.
Saturday jackpot set at $10 million
No tickets correctly matched all six numbers drawn Wednesday night for the tw ice-weekly Lotto Texas game, state lottery' officials said The jackpot w as worth $4 million.
Lottery officials estimate the jackpot for Saturday night’s game will be $10 million
The winning numbers
15, 24, 31,42, 43, 49
$4 million jackpot
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‘It could never happen to us’Victim’s rights addressed at TDCJ workshop
By CRAIG HAMMETT
"It could never happen to us.”
That’s what Charles and Louise Balonis thought before their daughter. Kathie, was brutally murdered four years ago. Especially not here, in a small town such as New Braunfels.
But it can and it does. Lorraine Cote’s sister was murdered in the area as well about three
These people are victims of cnme, in these cases violent crime. They are everyday folks, average people w ho never thought criminals or crime would strike their lives in some fashion.
They spoke to an audience of Community Service officers, formerly known as parole officers, who gathered at the Civic Center Wednesday for a workshop given by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Victim Services Office and Community Justice Assistance Division.
“We as a society' tend to forget.” said Louise Balonis. “We as a family will never forget.”
“These people are not just victims, they’re survivors,” said Raven Kazen, Director of the TDCJ Victim Services.
“They’ve taken what’s happened to them and try to help make the Criminal Justice System better."
Kazen said the victim’s rights movement began only about 12 years ago. The Texas Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights guarantees certain nghts for victims, including finding out information about criminals.
That is where the state comes in. The TDCJ service helps victims keep informed after the criminal is sent to prison. They help victims wade through the system of parole review, furlough issues, explanation of laws, and inmate release. Their number in Austin is 1-800-848-4284.
Local departments are becoming more involved. Comal County recently hired a fulltime Victim Assistance Coordinator, Maria Corona, who works both through the District Attorney and County Community Superv ision and Corrections Department (CSCD) commonly known as the parole department.
Jack Williamson, who heads the county CSCD, said the DA’s office deals mainly with those criminals in the penitentiary while the CSCD offices handles those on parole. The new victims assistance coordinator will help victims with both departments.
Williamson said victims in the past had little help or involvement after an arrest was made until the day in court.
Now. the new coordinator will answer questions about the process.
“She can help with input about restitution as well,” he said.
“Most of the crimes are not the violent ones, but the property crimes.”
Victims can receive restitution in some cases and the coordinator can help victims gain information and keep track of the probationary status of the criminal.
HEB celebrates 90 years
Herald-Zeitung photo by SUSAN ENGLAND
HEB store manager Ray Parker addresses a crowd of people attending yesterday s 90th anniversary celebration at HEB. The grocer chain celebrated the day simultaneously with each of the 226 other stores with a cake cutting. During the ceremony, Mayor Paul Fraser (to Parker’s left) read a proclamation which recognized HEB s contributions to the community. Lillian Latham, a 30-year employee of the New Braunfels HEB, said "I didn t go wrong starting with HEB because of the all the great benefits they gave us when we retired." The brief ceremony was attended by approximately 50 people. The anniversary cake was served to customers throughout the day.
Number of crimes dropped slightly in ’94
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels has good news and bad news when it conies to cnme in 1994. New Braunfels Police calls w ere up 5 .8 percept in 1994, but major crimes decreased by 0.7 percent New Braunfels Police Sergeant John Mel adient attributes the general rise in crime to the tourist season in New Braunfels. “Ovhiously we’re tourist related In a good water year there are more people coming through New Braunfels, and crime will increase,” he said
The past year had fewer traffic accidents resulting in fatalities seven in 1993 and five iii 1994 Driving while intoxicated arrests were down significantly in 1994, 14.8 percent. Total traffic accidents, however, increased by a whopping 31 percent Police investigated more traffic accidents last year for a fairly simple reason, McLach-ern said Prior to 1994 police had not investigated accidents where no injuries occurred Last year they did investigate accidents involving only property damage. Thus the jump in number of accidents investigated
Burglaries increased 10.1 percent in 1994 “Burglaries occur in cycles, like the predatory cycles in animals,” he said, "A group of professional burglars develop w ho inflict a lot of dam
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Total Calls for Service
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Total Arrests (Includes DWI Arrests)
Traffic Accidents Investigated by NBPD
Traffic Accidents Investigated by DPS
"Then we put that hatch away and the rate goes down It takes a couple of years for the ones behind bars to get out and the younger ones to become pros,” said Mchachem The violent crimes of sexual assault and robbery both decreased Sexual assaults decreased by 11.7 percent and robbery' decreased by 111 percent Brady Bill firearm transactions were a new feature of 1994 police work statistics. Police processed 305 firearm applications and rejected 25.
An emphatic “No” was McEach-
em’s answer to whether he feels the Brady Bill is effective in deterring violent crime “It’s useless legislation on top of other useless legislation," he said Those who commit crimes with firearms are not buying their guns through legal channels anyway, said Mel achern. “There are millions of stolen guns out there,” he said.
Mc I achem believes a more effective violent crime deterrent would be enforcement of the laws already enacted "We keep enacting legislation and ignoring the legislation already on the hooks," he said.
City council to set recall hearing date
Mayor issues formal hearing request
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Monday night, the New Braunfels City Council will schedule a hearing regarding the recall of city council member Paul E. Fraser Jr.
A resolution to schedule the hearing is on the regular agenda for Monday night’s regular meeting, said city secretary Veronica Sarkozi.
The mayor formally requested the hearing yesterday afternoon Under the New Braunfels charter the mayor had until early this morning, five days after council received the petition, to request a hearing.
"Tile resolution to schedule the hearing is on the agenda for city council’s regular Monday meeting," said Sarkozi.
Under the charter of the City of New Braunfels once a petition to recall has
been received and the signatures verified, the subject of the petition has five days in which to request a hearing on »hc petition..
The city then has not less than five days and not more than 15 davs to schedule the heanne
Tile resolution on Monday’s council agenda is to schedule the hearing No discussion or statements regarding the petitions will he heard at that time. These will he reserved for the hearing itself.
The council received a petition for the recall of Fraser at a special meeting held Saturday morning.
Crime Stoppers seeking help with burglary at NBU location
New Braunfels Comal County Crime Stoppers is asking for your help in locating person or persons responsible for a burglary of the New Braunfels Utility property located on Klmge-niann Street.
Between the hours of 3:30 p.m. Jan. 6. 1995 and 7 a rn. Jan. 9, 1995, unknown suspect! s) unlaw fully entered the New Braunfels Utility property located on Klingemann.
After entry was gained onto the property, suspect^) unlawfully entered a storage building and took several items off of New Braunfels Utility Vehicles. The items taken include a large amount of copper wire, some chain saws, personal tools and a portable generator.
Police have no suspects at this tune.
Crime Stoppers w ill pay a quick $50
CRIME STOPPERS Offense: BURGLARY/THEFT Location: NBU - KLINGEMANN Date: Jan 6. 1995 - Jan 9, 1995 Time: 3:30 PM -7 AM
for information leading to the arrest of these suspect(s) and up to $ I .OOO for information that leads to grand jury indictment Anyone with information about this cnme. call crime Moppers at 620-TIPS or I-800-640-8422 All calls are confidential and you will not he asked to give your name (.nine Stoppers pay s UP TO $1,000 on information leading to the arrest and grand jury indictment of any felony crime.
County approved 62 flood plain permits for month of December
From staff reports
C omal C ounty Hood plain development permits totaled 62 for December.
The permits are required of mobile homes, win kl frame structures and other building projects and give an indication of the amount of building in the county.
The 62 structures had a total esti
mated value of $5,752,678. W in f rame structures, many of them hoi es, accounted for 4<> permits worth ; estimated $5.16 million Twenty-four of the 46 permits h values more than $100,000 Mobile homes accounted for IO p< nuts worth $257,7(H) while “Ollie structures totaled six, worth an es mated $330,(KH).The Marketplace Classifieds - One-stop shopping five days a week!