New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 19, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 pages in one section ■ Friday, January 19, 1996 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of AMY WATTS Vol. 144, No. 48
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Amy Watts, Anthony G. Aleman (13 years), Kevin Schriew-er, Mark Coster and Ray Foyt Happy 33rd anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Gus Fis-chbeck.
Cedar — 3,099 Mold —10,700
Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of
air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel Water Information Comal River — 286 Cubic Feet Per Second, same as yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.09 feet above sea level, down .02.
Lake Dunlap property owners to meet
The Lake Dunlap Property Owners Association general membership meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 19 at the River Bend Clubhouse.
For information, call Paul at 609-5769 or Frankie at 625-3042.
Sons of Hermann to meet
Spring Branch Lodge #127 Sons of Hermann will meet Sunday, Jan. 21 at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative meeting room for the regular meeting. Gathering at 2 p m Meeting begins at 2.30 p.m. Plans for 1996 will be formulated. Lodge will furnish refreshments, members may bring desserts.
Women's Shelter needs help
The Comal County Women’s Center needs a volunteer or group of volunteers to install wood shelving in a storeroom.
The shelter has everything except someone to put it up. lf you want to help with the project, call 620-7520.
Quilters to hear talk on crazy quilting
New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild meets at 9 a.m., Jan. 20 at First Christian Church on Loop 337. Maria Connolly will speak on 'crazy quilting ' Workshop will be on 'Shopping Las Colchas.'
Target sponsors health fair
Target is hosting an informational health fair Saturday, Jan. 20. The free event will include a variety of in-store activities, including:
• Step aerobics with Terri Sanders.
• Certified personal trainers on hand to answer questions.
• A massage therapy presentation
• A blood drive in the parking lot from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
• Plus several other events and promotions.
Stop by Target, 642 S. Walnut, between noon and 4 p.m.
It was reported in the Jan.
18 issue of the Herald-Zeitung that one of the rescuers' names in the mobile home park fire was Steve Casey. It should have been reported that his name was Steve Cayce
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
Sex offender moves into Garden Ridge
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A new Texas law mandates that a community be informed when a paroled sex offender moves there — and the first local application of that law appears in today’s Herald-Zeitung.
The sheriff has notified the Herald-Zeitung that a 25-year-old male living on Schuetz Drive in Comal County has registered as a sex offender on parole for sexual assault of a minor. The victim was 14 years old.
Schuetz Drive is a private driveway at the end of Bunker, which is off of FM 482, according to the Comal County engineer’s office.
Article 6252-13c. I of the Texas statutes says the parolee has to tell the sheriff when he intends to move into the area. The sheriff then has to publish a notice in the local paper.
“The notice needs to include the age and gender of the offender, a brief description of the offense, and the municipality, street name and zip code where he intends to reside,” District Attorney Bill Rcimer said.
The statute requires that the notification appear in English and Spanish, and that it be published twice, said Doug Toney, managing editor of The Daily News in Galveston.
Readers can find the first notice as a display ad on page two of today’s newspaper. The same ad will appear in about a week, lf another paroled sex offender moves into the county, the Herald-Zeitung will publish an ad with the same format.
The law says local law enforcement also has to notify the appropriate school district if the victim of the sexual offense was a minor, said Glen Castleberry of the Texas Department of Justice.
Sheriff Jack Bremer sent a letter to Comal Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Jerry Major telling him about the parolee.
“J have notified our principals with students who live in the appropriate area of the information that the SherifFs Department has provided us,” Major said. “lf there are parents interested in more information they should contact the principals.”
“For the most part, we can’t do any more than that by law,” said Don Clark, CISD public information officer.
The New Braunfels Independent School District has not made a written policy about parolee information yet, said Superintendent Charles Birdberry.
“My position would be that we would handle it on a case-by-case basis,” he said. “I would inform the principal and have him on a case-by-case basis inform the parents, and then ask them to refer to the sheriffs department.”
Other school districts have been cautious, Bradberry said — they wanted to make sure they respected both the rights of the parolee and those of the parents.
The law was first passed by the 72nd legislature, said Assistant District Attorney Dib Waldrip. "It has been amended numerous times since then,” he said, “the most recent bejng in 1995.”
Car chase through city ends with fatal crash
From Staff Reports
A Schertz man is dead atter a head-on crash with a tractor trailer in San Marcos last night, according to Schertz Police Department records.
A Schertz police officer found the man in his car in a Schertz parking lot near midnight. A hose was running from the car’s tailpipe into the car. The officer removed the hose , but the man took off in his car.
Schertz police officers chased the man north through New Braunfels, police reports said.
The Department of Public Safety set up “stingers” on the interstate in San Marcos to stop the car by deflating the tires. The stingers worked, but the car veered into the oncoming lane of traffic and hit the semi head-on.
Child pulled from fire critical
Mother in serious condition, two other children are OK
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A five-year-old boy rescued yesterday from a trailer fire at the Cypress Grove Mobile Home Park is in critical condition today and his mother is in serious condition at the same unit.
Skyler Pape, 5, and his mother, Crystal Pape, 24, remain in the bum center at Brooke Army Medical Center today. The two other children rescued from the fire, Sierra Pape, 3, and Veronica Pape, I, are both in good condition at Women's and Children's Hospital in San Antonio, and could be released today or tomorrow, according to a hospital spokesman.
A Guadalupe County fire official said the investigation into the cause of the mobile home fire at the mobile home park in Guadalupe County will begin as soon as possible.
“We have not started the investigation yet,” Guadalupe County Fire Marshal Don McFarland said. “We will let it (fire scene! dry out until we go out there and investigate it. In a fire such as this that occurred in cold weather, we will be looking at factors such as heaters and stoves.”
The mobile home fire occurred at 8:22 a m. yesterday.
The quick-thinking actions of three mobile home residents— Willie Rangel, Steve Cayce and DcWayne Stinson — helped get the mother and her three children out of the home before it was engulfed by flames and smoke.
The McQueeney and Lake Dunlap fire departments were called out to the scene. McFarland, a McQueeney Fire Department volunteer, was the first one on the scene. “When I got there the children and the mother were out of there and on the ground covered up with blankets," McFarland said.
The fire was put out within five minutes, McFarland said.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
A neighbor is overcome with emotion at the scene of the mobile home fire yesterday.
Plan would put brakes on irrigation during drought
By DENISE DZIUK
The Edwards Aquifer Liaison Committee is developing a plan to ensure that the Comal and San Marcos spnngs keep flowing if a drought stokes.
The committee met Thursday and discussed a plan that would call for a voluntary reduction in pumping. Vanous agencies dealing with the water issue said they would be willing to work on its development.
According to preliminary designs, the basic goal of the plan is to reduce irrigation pumping during dry periods. Luana Buckner, general manager of the Medina County Underground Water Conservation District, said farmers’ participation in the program would be completely voluntary, and farmers would be paid not to farm for a given period of time.
“We’re addressing a problem, and trying to put into place a market dri-
‘Regardless of how much compensation a farmer gets, what about all the people who work there or in industries tied to it?’
— Paul Edwards, Uvalde
ven approach,” said Gene Ames, an Edwards Underground Water District board member.
Paul Edwards, from the Uvalde County Underground Conservation District, said he was concerned with the approach the plan takes. He said his county’s economy is based on agriculture, and to take farmers out of business will hurt laborers and industries that rely on farming.
“Regardless of how much compensation a farmer gets, what about all the people who work there or in industries tied to if?” asked Edwards.
Edwards suggested that instead of paying farmers not to farm, there may be incentives that can be used to encourage farmers to grow crops requiring less water. Buckner said that is a possibility. She said the plan has not been designed yet, and there is still time to look at vanous options.
“That’s one of the things we’re here for today—to find out what needs to be included in this design to safeguard the agncultural industry,” she said.
Another key issue in the plan is where the money will come from to pay the fanners. Joe Aceves, of the San Antonio Water System, said he felt confident the SAWS would be willing to provide some funds if there is a direct benefit for SAWS and residents.
“We’ll have to show very definitively that it works, and we benefit,”
he said. “I think we will be willing to pay for a temporary fix for what is considered a temporary condition ”
The committee agreed that more research needed to be done before an actual plan is designed. That is to include looking at vanous states that have implemented similar programs. Other details of the design, such as the term of the contract th* method of payment, and criteria of a dry year will also need to be woiked out dunng the drawing up of a model design and contract. Buckner said all of this may take time, and the three boards will still need to approve it before it can be implemented.
"It’s pretty complicated. It may take some time to come up w ith a long-term plan,” she said
The committee is also looking to develop a regional water management plan. An outline of the plan has been developed, and further discussion and research is needed
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
All in the family
L.B. Zimmerman, a rancher in Marion, has been raising Barbados sheep for more than 15 years, but this is the first time one of his sheep has given birth to quintuplets. He said he has seen three sets of triplets in his years of ranching. The momma and all five babies are doing fine.
Sansung replaces Miller as United Way president
At the annual meeting of the United Way of Comal Count), David Sansing was elected president for 19% Outgoing president Doug Miller announced the ‘95 drive exceeded its goal of $3IO,(KH) and thanked drive chairperson Frances Huff for her leadership in bonging the dnve to a successful conclusion.
Miller stated, “Trying to cover the needs of twenty nine worthwhile organizations, we set a very ambitious goal of $310,000. Frances easily exceeded the goal In several thousand dollars and it’s still coming iii In addition to Sansing. Cheryl Bremer was chosen as president-elect, and James Dunks as treasurer. New -ly appointed or elected to the board of directors w ere Michael Meek, Randy Pawalek, Carol Robinson and Bill Smith.
Re-elected to the board were Cheryl Bremer. Carol Grav is, John Mathis and Bonnie Tetrault
Remaining on the board arc Tim Briefly, Diana Campos, Joylecn Dodson, Mike Doherty. James Dunks. Mike Fitsko, Bobbie Landrum, Ray Martinez. Esther Mendoza, Kathy Meunn, Doug Miller, ken Peters, Lee Rodriguez, David Sansing. David Sullens and Ed Wetzel.
Retiring from the board are Rusty Brockman, De.uiie Chollett, Jack l ams, Frances Hutf, Cheryl Land. John Stauffer, Judy Waring and Jane WoodFor subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.