New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 6, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 148, No. 168
12 pages in I section
July 6, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
A worker paints the living room in the new Comal County Emergency Children’s Shelter building on Old Bear Creek Road. The shelter, affiliated with St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, will soon have a larger space to call home.
Children’s shelter gets room to grow
New building, affiliation with St. Jude’s has director excited about the potential
By Christina Minor Staff Writer
Comal County Emergency Children’s Shelter is getting a new home.
The shelter, which serves children who have been removed from their homes, will move later this year from its Interstate 35 location to 18 acres on Old Bear Creek Road.
The move will provide more living
space as well as room for assessment services, director Kim Snyder said.
Snyder said one reason for the move was to provide more room for age appropriate activities.
“The assessment services include physical screenings and exams, developmental screenings and assessments, social adjustments and more,” Snyder said. “If a child has to
take medication, we can offer medicine monitoring.”
The shelter affiliated with St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in February. St. Jude’s, based in Las Vegas, has a branch in Bulverde.
“I have always recommended the shelter affiliate w ith someone. Marilyn Shelby, whose in charge of the Texas St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, helped us become affiliated with them,” Snyder said.
St. Jude’s bought the property on Old Bear Creek Road and offered it
The Comal County Emergency Children’s Shelter needs volunteers and board members. Call 643-0695 to help.
to the emergency children’s shelter, Snyder said.
“There is a lot of potential out here (the new place),” Snyder said. “We would like to have a garden for
Families drawn to Comal, younger set hits Guadalupe for Fourth of July weekend
By Chris Crews Staff Writer
Younger, rowdier crowds flocked to the Guadalupe for the Fourth of July weekend while families tended to prefer the flow of the Comal River, based on reports from local lawmen.
Comal County Sheriff’s Office deputies were on pace Monday to set records for the number of arrests •and crtationrfbr a‘holiday weekend.
However, their peers in the New Braunfels Police Department reported a relatively quiet weekend.
NBPD Detective Robert Parchman said that, aside from a couple of traffic jams at tubing take-out points, the holiday weekend crowd was well-behaved with few incidents and arrests.
“This was one of the best Fourth of July weekends since I’ve been here. It seemed like there were more families out,” said Parchman, who has been with the New Braunfels police since 1983.
On the Guadalupe River, the Fourth of July crowd seemed rowdier than visitors during this past Memorial Day, said Lt. Ed Whitson of the sheriff’s office.
“Memorial Day was a more laid-back with more families,” Whitson said. “But this was a younger, rowdier and more disorderly crowd.”
Tubers had good reason to pick the Guadalupe — the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set the Canyon Dam release at a prime recreational flow of about 300 cubic feet per second. Deputies made 85 arrests in the county and issued 185 citations from noon Friday to noon Monday, Whitson said.
Those were down from the 109 arrests and 250 citations issued during the Memorial Day weekend, but Whitson said they could climb during the rest of the afternoon. Final statistics would not be available until Tuesday or Wednesday.
Deputies had made 75 arrests by 2 p.m. Saturday, Whitson said, but afternoon rains kept the numbers down.
Drug- and alcohol-related arrests accounted for most of the jail trail ic. Arrested were 42 for public intoxication, 30 for possession of marijuana, 14 for minor in possession of alcohol and six for felony possession of
Above and right, crowds flocked to Landa Park on Sunday for the annual Fourth of July concert and fireworks display. Sunday’s rainy weather held off long enough for the festivities.
a controlled substance.
Whitson said most of the people arrested and cited were from out-of-town.
“Most of the locals know better than to get out (on the Guadalupe) on holiday weekends,” Whitson said.
A two-man traffic unit on Farm-to-Market Road 306 helped prevent major accidents there during the
CISD bond project will begin soon
First step is Wednesday’s oversight group meeting
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
Comal Independent School District will get its $141 million bond project off'the ground starting Wednesday w ith the first meeting of the bond oversight committee.
Two trustees and seven appointed members will meet at 6 p.m. at Bill Brown Elementary, 20410 Texas 46 West. The meeting is open to the public.
The committee is charged with supervising how the district will allocate $141 million for bond projects. CISD patrons approved a two-proposition bond package. at $89 and $52 million each, on May I.
The propositions arc part of the district's two-phase plan to address exploding student growth and campus needs during the next IO years.
Marlene Keller, a member of the committee, said the first gathering would be an organizational meeting.
“I think it’s going to be us getting together and coming up with a game plan on how we want to on ersee w hat's going on,” she said.
Other members of the committee are Glenn Wenzel, Bill Hauboldt, Greg Huff. Paul Walker, Denise Kern and Bill Sw int.
Each trustee appointed one member to the committee during a board meeting on June 22. Trustees w ill serve on the committee on a rotating basis, with board president Dan Krueger and trustee Lester W;. Jonas as permanent members.
Keller said she wanted to make sure voters get w hat they voted for.
“My main interest is that vs hat people voted for on the bond is earned out no more, no less. I want to make sure the projects are done how we wanted them, in a timely manner and
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Anger over custody settlement ends in murder, suicide
By C. Bryson Hull
Associated Press Writer
SOUTHLAKE — A doctor infected with rage over an apparent custody dispute crossed half the country and shot his ex-wife to death before putting the gun under his chin and killing himself Monday.
Police said Dr. Scott Chester Stone Jr., 32, of Tarboro, N.C., ambushed his former wife, Dr. Man sa Deneen Jackson, as she took a morning jog around a lakeside path. Jackson had been staying with
her ex-husband’s sister, whose house was visible from the spot where her husband shot her several times before walking down the path and shoot mg himself around 8 a.m.
The killings leave two daughters, ages 6 and 8, without parents. A divorce court in North Carolina last week awarded the mother custody of the girls, whose names were not released.
Family members said there was no warning or indication trouble was on the horizon, Southlake police spokesman Robert Finn said.
“It was, from the family’s standpoint, unexpected," Finn said. “You never know what precipitated it. Crimes like this cross every known socioeconomic boundary.”
Jackson and her daughters apparently had been staying with Stone’s sister and her husband so the girls could perform in a violin recital in Dallas over the weekend, Finn said. Stone knew' where his w ife was, he said.
“One of the conditions of the custody agreement was that he could have the girls for six weeks in
the summer,” Finn said. “Apparently, he was told that he could pick up the children in Dallas if he wanted to.”
Stone did not tell his wife or his sister he w as coming to Texas, Finn said, and investigators were trying to find out when and how he arrived here.
Detectives believe Stone hid in a wooded area to wail for his wife before shooting her.
“Obviously, he probably knew (the morning jog) was a regular thing for her,” Finn said.
He walked about a quarter-mile down the path before shooting himself, police said. A person riding a bike along the path saw the bodies and called police.
Neighbors in the well-manicured subdivision were thunderstruck at the killing. Some thought the gunshots were firecrackers left over from the Fourth of July.
“You just don’t expect something like this to happen,” said Patsy DuPre, a Southlake city councilwoman who lives across the street from Stone s sister.