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A New Braunfels firefighter extinguishes grass that was set on fire along Interstate 35 Monday.
New theater going up, to open in time for ‘Star Wars’ saga
Vol. 148, No. 43 12 pages in I section January 19, 1999
Process starts Thursday night
By Chris Crews
Lakes Dunlap, McQueeney, Placid and Nolte will be lowered this weekend to allow for evaluation of water safety, the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority announced.
The lakes will be lowered four to six feet to identify obstructions and mark water hazards remaining from October’s flood. The process to lower the water level will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday and the refilling process will begin at I p.m. Saturday.
GBRA officials said lake residents should make preparations for the lower lake levels.
’’Lake residents might want to secure their boats and lifts or remove them from the water beginning Thursday,” director of project development David Welsch said.
Residents can take advantage of die low-water conditions to inspect shorelines, retaining walls and boat docks for future repairs, he said.
GBRA has restricted the use of motor-powered watercraft on the lakes since November 15. Officials said they hoped the lakes could be reopened for public use by mid-February.
Only persons with watercraft displaying special limited use permits will be allowed on the lakes.
After evaluating each lake, the agency will consider another lake lowering before spring to remove major obstructions and allow for shoreline cleanup by landowners.
GBRA general manager Bill West said GBRA was researching federal funding for debris cleanup efforts. West said he had been in contact with the Natural Resource Conservation Service to determine if funding was available.
NRCS provides 75 percent of the funding for debris removal from the river channel on approved projects.
Welsch said he would meet with representatives of the NRCS this week to determine how much money was available for the project and if the cleanup would extend to the shoreline or only to the waterways.
“No matter what happens the people along the shoreline will have to continue to take a great deal of responsibility for debris and shoreline cleanup,” Welsch said.
Serving Comal County since 1852
Firefighters battle 1-35 blaze
By Heather Togo Staff Writer
A 35-year old New Braunfels man landed in jail Monday on a preliminary charge of arson in connection with a rash of grass fires that spread about two acres along Interstate 35 just south of Midtex Oil.
A construction worker who said he watched the fires being set pointed out the man to police. New Braunfels arson investigator Darren Brinkkoeter, who was called to the scene, said he arrested the suspect as
he tried to walk away from the scene.
New Braunfels Fire and Rescue firefighters battled fires for more than two hours after receiving the call shortly after noon Monday.
Brinkkoeter said a cigarette lighter was used to start the seven fires. The fires destroyed grass along the northbound frontage road and on private property about a half mile south of Rueckle Road.
Arson investigators said no one was injured.
The suspect was taken to Comal
County Jail where officials said bond would be set when he appeared before the magistrate.
Brinkkoeter said the case was under investigation and would be handed over to the district attorney’s office to determine what formal charge would be filed.
Brinkkoeter said if the suspect were convicted of second degree arson and convicted, the man could be sentenced to two to 20 years in prison and assessed a fine of up to $10,000.
A construction worker walks in the shadow of the new movie theater wall Monday afternoon. Construction has begun on a new stadium-seating movie theater south of San Marcos on Interstate 35.
By Heather Togo Staff Writer
Local movie theaters will face stiff competition with the opening of a new 12-screen theater north of New Braunfels in May —just in time for the new Stars Wars saga.
Lone Star Theaters, the owner of Walnut 6 in New Braunfels, is developing a new 46,000-square foot movie theater complex off Interstate 35 between New Braunfels and San Marcos.
The Starplex theater will be equipped with stadium seating and digital sound in all of its theaters and will be able to house 2,IOO people, Lone Star
Theaters operations manager Chris Mosel said.
Mosel was not able to give a project cost for the construction of the new theater.
“Our corporate offices have been in this area, including both San Marcos and New Braunfels, since the 1980s. We decided to expand and putting the new theater in between both cities seemed like the right place to do it,” Mosel said.
The location of the new theater was also designed to draw movie buffs from the entire surrounding area along the I-35 corridor, he said.
David Roberts with Lone Star Theatres describes how the entrance to the theatre is designed so that it is easy for movie goers to decide where to sit.
mauled; dog in custody
By Chris Crews Staff Writer
An 8-year-old boy was mauled by a neighbor’s dog this past week when a friendly game of pingpong ended in tragedy, police said.
The police report said the boy’s lip had been tom and he received "multiple and sev ere" wounds to the neck, arm, leg and chest. Police, emergency medical service personnel and animal control officers responded about 5 p.m. Friday in the 200 block of Meadow Avenue.
The boy was treated and released from McKenna Memorial Hospital for treatment of his wounds.
According to the police report, the victim and his 8-year-old friend were playing table tennis at the friend’s residence.
The ball rolled away from the table and when the victim reached down for the ball, the dog attacked.
The dog, a Chow, was a family pet at the residence where the attack occurred.
Animal control officers seized the dog and took it to the New Braunfels Humane Society for quarantine. The dog would remain under quarantine until the investigation was complete, officials said.
The ow ners of the dog were cited for violations of the city’s anima! control ordinance, New Braunfels police Sgt. John McEachem said.
“The only thing we can do right now is investigate to determine if this is a dangerous dog,” McF.achem said.
He said proving the dog was dangerous might be diff icult if the attack took place in the owner’s home.
McEachem said investigators had not yet been able to reach the victim and his family for questioning.
lf the dog is found to be dangerous, he would not be immediately destroyed. The owners could keep the dog if they built an enclosure for the animal and obtained $100,000 in liability insurance for the dog, McEachem said.
New Braunfels police investigate arcade robbery
By Chris Crews
A Hispanic man in his late teens or early twenties, who claimed he was carrying a gun, robbed Diversions Game Room located in the Courtyard Shopping Center during the weekend.
New Braunfels police are investigating an aggravated robbery that occurred about noon Saturday at the arcade in the IOO block of Interstate 35 North.
Isidoro Espinoza, 19, said he was the only
employee on duty at the time of the robbery. He said an unidentified man entered the business just before noon and bought tokens to play games in the arcade.
Only one customer was in the room when the man arrived, Espinoza said.
The customer left a few minutes later. Espinoza said the man then walked over to the cash register area and handed him a note stating that he had a gun and to give him all of the money.
Espinoza said he was frightened after the man handed him the note.
“I just gave him what he wanted so that he would go away,” Espinoza said.
Espinoza said he believed the man was holding a gun in his front right pants pocket while he was gathering the money.
After giving the man an estimated $400 in cash, Espinoza said he complied with the man’s order to tear the telephone out of the wall.
The robber told Espinoza that he had accomplices outside the store who “would shoot him down” if he tried to leave to call police. Espinoza said he waited about 15
minutes before walking to an adjacent business to call the police.
Espinoza said the suspect looked “kind of like a gangster.” He described him as about 6 feet and thin and wearing a black and white flannel shut and black pants.
Police detective Sean Gabbard said a cap gun and several arcade tokens were found near Texas State Optical, which is nearby.
The gun would be dusted for fingerprints Gabbard said.
Gabbard said a security camera also would be reviewed.