New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 4, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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26 Pages in two sections ■ July 4,1993Herald -Zeit ong
33 Serving Comal County ■ Home of Brian Hada
Vol. 141, No. 160
Letters to the editor 5.6A
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes;Fay Howard, Aimee Birne, Kay Noll Hamper, Tracy Ohm Schneemann, Paul Brotze, C.S. Sasse (Happy 81st!), John Fhigrath, Allan Spinney, Becky Flugrath (Monday), Chasty McCoy (Monday), Brian Hada (Monday) Hilmer and Alma Remm-ler (Saturday), Happy Anniversaries to Emiliano and Dora Loyola, Mat and Estella Monceballez, Ron and Cathy Pape (belated), and Jim Sr. and Evelyn Hazel (50th).
Offices to close for holiday observance
Offices of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, City of New Braunfels, New Braunfels Post Office, New Braunfels Utilities, and all New Braunfels bonks will be closed Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day. Sanitation department will operate normal hours.
All of these offices will reopen with normal business hours on Tuesday, July 6.
Organisers for ACS gala soaking rsvp
The American Cancer Society of Comal County is planning their biggest fundraising event of the year.
Reservations for the 1993 Summer Starlight Gala, scheduled for Aug. 13 are now being accepted. The public is invited and monies raised from the event will be used to assist cancer patients in Comal County.
For more information, call 629-5717.
Edwards Aquifer workshops sat
The Edwards Underground Water District is offering free workshops on the geology and biology of the aquifer for elementary school teachers.
Participants will receive educational materials to take back to their classes, and a field trip will be offered. For more information call (210) 222-2204 or (800) 292-1047.
Now Braunfels Veterans Memorial dedication
The official dedication of the Veterans Memorial located in Prince Sol ms Park, will begin at 7:30 this evening. The Fifth United States Army Band will perform, and special guests Rep. Edmund Kuempel, Sen. Jeff Wentworth and city officials will be on hand for the dedication.
Women in Business meeting scheduled
Canyon Lake Women in Business will hold its next meeting 11:30 to I p.m. July 8 at the Woodlands Country Club in Canyon Lake. Guest speaker will be Ken Stewart of the Small Business Adminstration. Guests are welcome.
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Torch runs through New Braunfels today
By RICHARD TIJERINA Sports Editor
It will begin today at 11:02 a.m. in front of Tri-City Electric on Landa St. It will end at 12:36 p.m. at the intersection of Seguin and Sky Forest.
In between, 45 New Braunfels residents and out of town guests will participate in the Olympic Festival Torch Run.
The Run makes its July Fourth stop
■ See complete story, map on page 10A_
in New Braunfels as it continues its journey to San Antonio, where it will light the Festival Flame July 23 to mark the beginning of the Festival.
"I have watched the Olympics before and I guess I'm the sentimental type,” said Dan Phillips, who is the area coordinator for the run as well as a partici
pant today. "Last year when I saw that guy shoot the flame into the Olympic Dish from the torch, I was really inspired. I had to do this."
The Torch will visit 58 Texas cities and travel more than 4,600 miles before it is all over. The 40 area residents who signed up were among the 3,300 Texans who wanted to be part of the Olympic spirit.
"This is a time for the world to come together in peace,” Phillips said.
Leap et Fate
Today, the Herald-Zeitung takes a dose up look at problems, past and present, at the Guadalupe River cliffs where hundreds of tourists jump every weekend. Jumps from 40-45 foot cliffs have claimed several lives and sent many more to local hospitals. What can be done to stop it? Why do people brave such a jump? What do dty, county officials have to say? Staffers Rose Marie Eash, Jennifer Rompel and John Huseth give the story - page 3A.
Checkpoints net numerous arrests
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Narcotics checkpoints and river patrols were part of the efforts this weekend by the Comal County Sheriff’s Office to keep trouble on the Guadalupe River to a minimum.
A narcotics checkpoint was set up at the W.O.R.D. Gatehouse on River Road.
Officers manning the checkpoint said numerous citations were issued for driving without a license, minor in possession and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Officers also said arrests were made for possession of marijuana.
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission officers on the scene said a large amount of alcohol was seized during the course of the day as well.
The checkpoint was set up at the request of the sheriff’s office but was manned by officers from the Texas Game Warden’s office.
Officers at the game warden’s office were sent to the New Braunfels area as water spedalists but also were charged with enforcing the penal code, catching traffic violations and assisting other agencies.
According to game warden officer Joe McClure, officers working at the narcotics checkpoint would flag every third or fifth car, and check driver’s licenses, inspection stickers and insurance.
McClure said no negative comments had been made by the drivers and passengers of the cars.
’The public in general is giving us a pat on the back. They want us to do more of it,” he said.
Sheriff Jack Bremer, along with County Judge Carter Casteel and a deputy, floated down the river between Farm to Market Road 306 and Rio Raft in order to search for possible problems or violators.
Bremer said he and his officers were looking for Styrofoam containers, glass, drunk individuals and trouble
‘‘We will be looking for anything that could create a bad situation on the water,” he said.
During the sheriff’s trip down the river, two arrests were made for indecent exposure and several tickets were given to people carrying glass bottles and styrofoam containers.
Casteel said the river itself seemed fairly clean.
She added there appeared to be more families in the area and the rafters and tubers’ behavior was much more acceptable than what she saw last year in the area between the first crossing and Gmene Road.
In addition to the efforts on the river itself, Bremer said additional officers were stationed at the cliffs near Preiss Heights.
Bremer said the officers began patrolling the cliffs around 3:30 p.m. when people were pretty well inebriated and were jumping off the cliffs
According to New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Bob Reed, more than 500 people had jumped off the cliffs.
As of 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Reed said there had been no emergency calls to the cliffs near Preiss Heights, and said he was surprised because of the number of people jumping.
According to Reed, most of the calls for service by the EMS were not serious.
One run was made to the area near the bungy jump. According to Reed, the injured person was unconscious and combative with respiratory difficulties. He came ashore at the bungy jump, was placed in a raft and taken out of the river at the Preiss Heights Park.
The subject wastransported by ambulance to River Road and Loop 337 where he was picked up by Baptist AirLife Helicopter and transported to Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio.
His condition is unknown.
Herald-Z&tung photo by JOHN HUSETH
The July 4th weekend, the second busiest weekend of the year for local law enforcement, saw thousands of tourists flock to the area. This shot of the Guadalupe River near the bridge on FM 306, showed the massive crowds tubing the river toward New Braunfels.
Holiday celebration continues tonight
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
The Veterans Memorial Dedication will be held today at 7:30 p.m. at Prince Solms Park.
The dedication will begin with the Fifth United States Army Band concert which will last approximately 45 minutes. The cue for the audience to stand for the National Anthem will be the band’s next to last selection, ‘‘America.” Following the National Anthem, there will be a 21-gun salute.
American Legion 14th District Chaplain Harold Rail will give the dedication prayer. Introductions of the Fifth United States Army Band Commander Chief Warrant Offi
cer 4 Donald E. Barton and Band Sgt. Major Susan Raeger will precede the posting of the colors by Comal American Legion Post 179, Post Commander Charles Burgess and Color Guard Commander Ray Robinson, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7110, Post Commander Konstanty Haniewich, and the Sons of the American Revolution in their Continental Army uniforms, President Mike Clark.
Special guests at the ceremony will include Sen. Jeff Wentworth, Rep. Edmund Kuempel, County Judge Carter Casteel, the County Commissioners, Mayor Rudy Seidel, the New Braunfels City Council, Councilman-elect James Goodbread, and the New Braunfels Park Board, Chairman Ha! Herbelin.
Comal County crime rate remains
stable despite increase in rapes
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
The number of major crimes in Comal County during the month of June has remained stable compared to May with only a minor increase being reported in one category.
Total crimes decreased last month from 126 in May to 103 in June. Sheriff Jack Bremer said this decrease was not significant enough to make any assumptions about a decrease in crime. He said although one month may be on the downswing the next month could jump up.
‘‘One contributing factor is during the summer, we have a lot of additional officers and there is more visibility,” said Bremer.
“Until we get a long-term chart, I don’t think the drop is significant at this point in time,’’ he said.
According Uniform Crime Report statistics compiled by the sheriff’s office, the number of reported rapes increased from two in May to three in June while the number of
attempted rapes reported decreased from one to zero.
The number of criminal homicides in rural areas of the county remained the same at zero.
Reports of assaults decreased from 34 in May to 29 in June. In both months, no cases of assault with a firearm were reported
Reports of assault on a peace officer decreased from one to zero during June.
Burglaries dropped from 31 in May to 25 in June. In this category, 16 of the burglaries included forcible entry, seven no force and two attempted forcible entry.
In the burglary category, 18 were committed at residences with six occurring at night and 12 during the day. Seven were reported at non-residences with four occurring at night and three during the day.
The number of felony thefts decreased from 53 in May to 44 in June. Motor vehicle thefts dropped dramatically from six to two.
Comal County crime stats
■ Forcible rape
strong-arm simple assault
Forcible entry unlawful entry Att. forcible entry
■ Larceny (theft) 44
■ Motor Vehicle theft
■ Law enforcement officers killed or assaulted 0
Women’s Shelter opening set
The Comal County Women’s Center is preparing for their groundbreaking ceremony for the new shelter which will be located on the extension of Common Street north of G rue ne Road
The capital campaign to raise the funds to pay for the shelter had reached $215318 as of Saturday, July 3. The goal is $250,000 and 90 fair moat of the donations have been raised locally.
Gifts in kind are also accepted and credited to the campaign for cash value.
The groundbreaking ceremony will by held at 5:30 p m. on Thursday, July 8, at the Common St site with a reception following at Gruene Hall.
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