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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 28, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas w New Braunfels 4,0 MO16 10/22/99 SO-UEST n I CR C)P UBI I SH INO 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO, IX 79903 Thursday Afternoon, January 28,1993 Serving Comal County/ Desired Home of Lee Dunkelberg Vol. 141, No. 50 - Daily 50 cents, Sunday 75 cents Criminal activity took a downturn in most categories in 1992 By GARY P. CARROLL Staff Writer The burglary activity in New Braunfels took a down turn in 1992, dropping by nearly 21 percent from 1991 statistics according to a recent report from the department. There were 809 reported burglaries in 1992 as compared to 1,016 in 1991. New Braunfels Police Chief C.R. “Didk” Headen said the decrease in burglaries can be attributed to the positive role citizens have taken in reducing criminal activity in the city. “We’ve got a real active Safe City Commission which is involved in coordinating the neighborhood watch programs, and getting people involved in their neighborhoods to watch out for their neighbors," Headen said. Headen also credited the Crime Stoppers Program as being an active effort by a citizens committee to reduce crime in New Braunfels. “It's getting more and more involved and more effective,” Headen said. “It’s a very active tool for us to use and we use it more and more effectively as time goes on.” Chief Headen said the police department has been able to clear an “unusually high number” of cases, which means that stolen property is being returned to its owners; but it is impossible to recover all stolen property. Headen said a substantial amount of burglaries can be related to the younger population of New Braunfels. In 1991, a string of car thefts was thought to be gang related, but since then the activity has waned. “We think (youngsters) were responsible for most of it. It’s what made our numbers go up in *91, but it's quieted down now," Headen said. Headen said the car thefts were not so much an organized theft ring as they were incidents of minors taking cars for joy rides. He said most all of those vehicles were recovered. I .............................. —....... I I Crime Stat Comparison I The numbers in brackets are the number of [unchanged] fatalities/deaths: 0/0 [-1/1] increase or decrease from 1991 DWI arrests: 113 [+13] Calls for service (includes fire and EMS): 34,306 Murder: 0 [-2] [+ 3,034] Sexual Assault: 21 [+12] Total 911 calls received: 11,560 Robbery: 20 [-6] Total reports processed (including accident Assault: 596 [+30] reports): 6,983 [• 195] Total burglaries: 609 [-207] Total Criminal offenses: 5,232 [+ 19) of habitation: 179 [-45] Total arrests: 1,636 [+169] of non-habitation: 203 [-96] adults: 1,577 [4-210] of motor vehicle: 357 [-65] children: 261 [-41] aN others: 70 [-1] Traffic accidents investigated (NBPD): 1,405 Theft/Shoplifting: 1,210 [+5] [+93] fatalities/deaths: 1/1 [-3/3] Auto theft: 167 [-63] Traffic accidents investigated (DPS): 8 Arson: 3 [+1] According to Headen, a large portion of the criminal activity takes place during the summer in an around the recreational areas surrounding New Braunfels. “If we have a heavy tourist season our crime stats go up - it's just that simple,” Headen said. “But we increase our manpower as much as we can.” One of Headcn’s main concerns and goals is reducing the criminal activity of children and young adults - a task he said is important to the community. Since 1991, there have been declines in juvenile incidents in the areas of burglary, weapons crimes; but other areas such as theft, .drunkenness, and aggravated assault continue to be a problem. Another problem the police department is beginning to take a more active role in is dealing with runaways. Since 1991, Headen said he has seen a decline in the incidents of runaway, an hopes this trend continues. “Police traditionally address the symptoms of runaways,” Headen said. “They runaway and we go find them. Somebody needs to ^address what those kids are running from. “Most kids are running from abuse,” Headen said. “If they can’t find help they need to know they can contact a police officer and we'll find that youngster some help.” In 1992 there were 17 fewer runaways than in 1991. Gov. Richards focuses address on Texas ’ future Education, insurance top list of to-dos By ROBE MARIE EASH Staff Writer “Like a Wagnerian opera, it sounds worse than it is,” said a very hoarse Governor Ann Richards as she prepared to give the Suite of the Slate address. “I don’t know why Susan put that in this speech— actually it's worse than it sounds.” Once she got into her speech, the governor’s State of the Suite remarks didn't dwell on the status quo. She took a few minutes to say one of every three new jobs in the U.S. were created in Texas and that about two-thirds of the 50 national and international companies targeted by the suite in the last two years have relocated or expanded their operations in Texas. The backslapping ended there, however. The only other significant reference to the past dealt with preserving basic human services, environmental protection and government efficiency gains. “We stand firm behind those gains,” said Richards. “All of those things are in place and will continue.” The budget Richards presented was based on Suite Comptroller John Sharp’s estimate that $1.8 billion in additional revenue will be available—the governor said she's counting on $750 million. Her budget sets aside $300 million to fund a five percent across the board pay raise for teachers, $50 million for a child immunization program and $50 million for a Smart Jobs Fund to provide working capital to be used for job training. She also asked the legislature to pass an Insurance Availability Act that would provide every Texan access to an insurance plan for basic health care—including primary and preventive care. The governor said that keeping Texas schools open is first on the agenda. She emphasized the U.S. district court’s ultimatum that unless an acceptable system of school finance is in place on time, state schools will close. The Texas house of representatives is working under Speaker Pete Laney’s 30 day deadline to come up with a solution to this issue. Representative Libby Linebarger of Manchaca is working on one of the proposals. Linebarger represents District 46 which include the San Marcos area. Lt. Governor Bob Bullock and Senator Bill Ratliff are also working on a plan to address the school finance issue. Richards addressed the state’s prison problems. She thanked •aa Slaw, Raga I Women’s Center sets out to build new shelter A capital campaign to build a new shelter for the Comal County Women’s Center was announced today by Don Maxwell, chairman of the Center's board of directors. “The home will provide a safe place for women and their children who are victims of family violence and/or sexual assault,” Maxwell said. “According to FBI statistics,” he continued, “a woman is a victim of family violence every 12 seconds in this country. “State of Texas Statistics Indicate that one out of every four women is a victim of family vio-lence, and one out of every    six women is a victim of sexual as-sault.” During 1992, Maxwell said, there was a 77 percent increase in the number    of women and a 35 percent increase in the number of children sheltered in the Center’s current facility. “An extensive study has shown,” the civic leader said, “that the need is now for a home to shelter at least 24 women and children from Comal County.” The capital campaign's goal, Maxwell said, has been set at $250,000. For more information, Maxwell said, interested persons may contact the Comal County Women’s Center at 620-7520. Maxwell SA. Light officially closes its doors SAN ANTONIO (AP) — South Texans awoke today to the reality that the San Antonio Light is gone and this is a one-newspaper town, though the remaining San Antonio Express-News promised to grow bigger and better. "The suddenness of it is a shock, a surprise, but we're looking forward to a new era of newspapering in San Antonio," said Express-News Executive Editor Jim Moss. The Hearst Corp. closed the 112-year-old San Antonio Light Wednesday after getting Justice Department approval to buy the rival Express-News from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. for $185 million. Hearst announced Oct. 6 it had agreed to purchase the Express-News and that it would close the Light if a buyer wasn't found. Hearst said the Light had lost $60 million since 1987. "The feeling ii of relief," Light Executive Editor Ed Rademaekers said, describing the mood of the staff. "It’s gone on for so long." Light Publisher Oeorge Irish told employees in a farewell letter the long period between the October announcement and the newspaper shutdown was unexpected. He praised Light employees, telling them that throughout the almost four months "you have maintained Bee Light, Page t Index Stammtisch 30 Seconds I 1 Section, 14 Pages I CLASSIFIED .............11*13 COMICS....................... ....................9 MAR ASSY................ ....................I HOROSCOPE.............. .................. 9 LOOKING SACK ....................S LIFESTYLES............... .................S-7 RBOOROS................... ....................3 ....................4 REPRESENTATIVES . SCRAPBOOK ....................S SPORTS...................... .............10-11 WATER WATCH WRATHER................... ....................3 ••Bt wlshss The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Lee Dunkelberg, Mark Wamken, Kathy Koepp, Katy Wrightmire, Jose M. Sierra, J. R. Salazar, Keith Ann Dorton, Leslie DeeAnn Schmidt and Karen Haass. Belated birthday wishes go to Helen E. Pittman. Anniversary wishes go to Lorenz and Lottie Bading and Tim and Charlene Pittman. Walton Lint closing Comal County Road Department will be reconstructing two drainage structures along Watson Lane Bast. This project is scheduled to begin Feb. 8 and be completed in approximately four weeks. During the construction of these drainage structures Watson Lane will be intermittently closed. Traffic will be detoured to Kolenburg Lane and York Creek Road. For more information call 625-5719. Fro# parenting classes In conjunction with the Comal County Emergency Children's Shelter, Family Outreach will be offering free parenting classes for parents of young children and teenagers. Early childhood classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Feb. 27, and Teenage classes will begin on Tuesday evenings beginning Feb. 23. Anyone interested in attending the classes is invited to an orientation on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Comal County Extension Service in New Braunfels. For more information, call 620-1299 or 629-0659., Recycling Meeting Friends For Rivers will have a mee\ing at 7 p.m. tonight at Victoria Bank and Trust at 1000 N. Walnut to discuss the positive impact of recycling and the possibilities of a curbside recycling program in New Braunfels. Everyone interested is welcome to attend. Lottery Numbers AUSTIN (AP) — Here ait there results of the Lotto Texas winning numbers drawn Wednesday by the Texas Lottery: 4,12,17,25,35,42 (four, twelve, seventeen, twenty-five, thirty-five, forty-two) The estimated Lotto Texas jackpot is $16 million. For llomo Delivery Call 625-9144 Adam Andrade (left) and Buddy Cudd assist Bill Ellis (inside) as Interstate 35 on Wednesday. The three are employees of Gem the three work on the new sign going up at Arby’s at 185 Sign Service in San Antonio. (Photo by John Huseth) Lower Away ... Carefully ;