New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Contact Features Editor Brian Grant, 625-9144 ext. 222Dispatch— Cold snap should bring chill through weekend
A 49-year-old Canyon Lake man was arrested for theft after an alleged shoplifting incident at Wal-Mart Sunday night.
Allen E. McComb was booked into Comal County Jail on a class B misde- * meanor theft charge after he was allegedly caught attempting to leave Wal-Mart at 6 p.m. with $68 worth of tools he concealed in his clothing.
Class B theft is punishable by up to six months in county jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
In another alleged shoplifting incident at Wal-Mart Sunday, a 15-year-old Canyon Lake girl was arrested on a class C misdemeanor theft charge.
She was watched as she allegedly took jewelry worth $12 and attempted to leave the store with it.
She was given a court citation, a criminal trespass notice and was released to her mother.
Class C theft is punishable by a fine of up to $500.
By Sean BowlinStaff Writer
Acold snap, which hit New Braunfels last night, will stay through Sunday,
Officials with the National Weather Service said.
An arctic air mass flowing between the Rocky and Appalachian mountains caused today’s sunrise temperatures to be in the mid 30s, with winds at IO to 20 miles per hour.
“But with lower dew points, there will be no frost,” said Christy Mitchell of the National Weather Service.
Mitchell said that Friday morning temps would hover in the upper 20s. Then
clouds will roll in, and Friday evening won’t be as cold as Thursday night — it’ll probably be in the upper 30s.
Over Saturday, Mitchell said she expects lows to be in the 30s and highs to be in
the 60s, with some' light rain and drizzle.
Then the clouds should leave Sunday and temperatures should revert to the low to mid 30s on Monday; morning. *
Garden Club marks 70 years
A stereo system was reportedly stolen from a 1994 Chevrolet pick-up truck Friday night.
Police said the theft occurred in the IOO block of West Torrey Street when someone got into an apparently unlocked vehicle and took an AM/FMstereo compact disc player and speakers worth a reported $130.
An additional $800 worth of compact discs were taken and an estimated $200 worth of damage was done to the vehicle’s dashboard, police said.
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New Braunfels Garden Club members celebrate the club’s 70th anniversary with a dedication ceremony at the Faust Street Bridge and a luncheon afterward Tuesday.
State executes man convicted of killing his grandmother
HUNTSVILLE (AP) — A man convicted of bludgeoning his grandparents to get money for cocaine was executed Wednesday by injection.
Robert Lookingbill, 37, maintained his innocence but said he was resigned to die.
“When it comes, you can’t run hum it and I’m not going to run,” Lookingbill said in a final statement from the gurney.
Lookingbill was convicted of beating his 70-year-old grandmother, Adeline Dan-nenberg, with a steel bar as she slept. She died IO days later.
The grandfather, 77-year-old Lorenz Dannenberg. was
beaten in the living room and died after a year in a corna.^ Lookingbill was convicted <tf. attempted murder in thajy attack.
The Supreme Court denned two requests for stays.
Lookingbill lived with his grandparents after serving a prison term for burglary’.
He was the third convicted killer put to death this year in Texas.
“I would like to thank all my loved ones that are standing over there for all the kindness and support you have shown me over the years,” Lookingbill said in his final statement, referring to his wife, Brenda, and some friends.
1 ' ^ a,,wwolu y' Ihe grandfather, 77-year- his wife, Brenda, and soni
- old Lorenz Dannenberg, was friends.
Panel: Water management should be U.S., Mexican priority
WASHINGTON (AP)— mg a U.S.-Mexico water bank six months of study, refused 1944 treaty to the future* and from Texas, say Mexico hi
WASHINGTON (AP) The Rio Grande water dis pute between the United States and Mexico should be considered as important to national security as oil, according to an expert panel.
The panel offered a string of proposals for medium- and long-range management of the Rio Grande, known as the Rio Bravo in Mexico, in a report released Wednesday. Among the ideas was creat
ing a U.S.-Mexico water bank where water is bought and sold by “wet” and “dry” regions at market-determined prices.
All were intended to make managing water supplies a higher priority in the administrations of President Bush and Mexico President Vicente Fox. ,t ,
But members of the U.S.-Mexico Binational Council, which issued the report after
six months of study, refused to say how the two nations should resolve the ongoing dispute. American farmers say Mexico owes the United States about 500 billion gallons of water under a 1944 treaty.
Al Zapanta. U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce president, said the countries can resolve the water debt dispute if they “get away from the past," shift focus from the
1944 treaty to the future and ‘not get caught up rn history.’
He is not suggesting that the water debt should be forgiven but that “we need to go beyond the treaty," he said.
Under a 1944 U.S.-Mexico water treaty, Mexico is to release an annual average of 350,000 acre-feet, about 114 billion gallons of water, in cycles of five years to the United States. But some U.S. officials, particularly those
from Texas, say Mexico has not met its obligation over several years.
An acre-foot of water is the amount of irrigation water it takes to cover I acre to a depth of I foot. It equals about 326,000 gallons.
Mexico says it is in compliance with the treaty and does not owe water. Mexican officials say their water supplies have been hurt by extreme drought.
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