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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 7, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas N EW (^BubNFELS 2627 E VONDELL DR Et POLO, TX 79903- 7 3Herald-Zeitung Vol. 148, No, 164    18    pages    in    2    sections    july    7,    1999 Wednesday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Herald-Zeitung graphic Indian Hills and Village West subdivisions have reported a series of car burglaries during the past month. Lake areas hit by car burglars By Chris Crews Staff Writer Comal County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning after a rash of car burglaries in the Village West and Indian Hills subdivisions: Lock your car. Residents in those areas have reported numerous car stereos, speakers, radar detectors and purses stolen from their vehicles during this past month. Detective Tommy Hubertus of the Comal County Sheriff’s Office said none of the vehicles burglarized were broken into — all had been left unlocked, providing easy access for the burglars. Indian Hills is near Farm-to-Mar-ket 306 and US. 281; Village West is between the south side of Canyon Lake and Farm-to-Market 2673. Hubertus said the burglars likely went out in pairs because the number of items taken would be too much for one person to carry. “They go out and hit a bunch of cars and go home,’’ Hubertus said. The burglaries have been committed at night and on the weekends, Hubertus said. The missing items also have not turned up in local pawn shops. “Most likely, the items are being sold out of the back of a pickup or in pawn shops in San Antonio,” Hubertus said. Officials have requested extra patrol units for those areas. However, residents are advised to be on the lookout for suspicious vehicles or persons going car to car, looking for unlocked vehicles. Investigators have not recovered finger prints or any other physical evidence and have no leads. Officials asked anyone with information about the case to call Hubertus at 620-3417 or Crimestoppers at 620-8477 or (800) 640-8422. Crimestoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $ 1,000 for information leading to the arrest and grand jury indictment of the persons responsible. ■"V, ..    .pi.' ,    ^ VS-Jk ' Bones found on Comal ranch belonged to Native American rn HEATHER TODD/Herald-Zeitung Comal County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that these bones belonged to a Native American. By Chris Crews Staff Writer Human remains found on a northern Comal County ranch in June belonged to a Native American who lived before this area was settled, a Southwest Texas State University professor reported this week. Forensic anthropologist David Glassman issued a report to sher- ■ Firefighters recover from injuries sustained in blaze/4A ■ Loop accident sends three to hospital/4A ■ Hueco Springs Loop accident victim listed in stable condition/4A iff’s office investigators on the skeletal remains found off Ranch Road 32 in the northern part of the county on June 9. Glassman determined the remains were those of a Native American male, between 22 and 35 years and between 5-feet-5 and 5-feet-IO inches tall. Signs of infection were present, suggesting the person probably died of natural causes. See BONES/5A Ride for a cause Texas cowboy raising awareness about diabetes CHRISTINA MINOR/Herald-Zertung Billy Dillard gets ready to travel to Seguin, his next stop on his diabetes awareness ride. Dillard has traveled more than 600 miles on his second annual ride. By Christina Minor Staff Wnter The mysterious cowboy who passed through town Tuesday was a man on a mission. Billy Dillard of Weatherford and his two horses, Candy and Babe, have traveled more than 600 miles on their diabetes awareness ride. “My wife died of diabetes in 1995.1 ride so people realize that diabetes is a killer,” he said. Dillard, who started his ride June 18, has been covering 15 to 30 miles per day, from Weatherford to New Braunfels. “I traveled down Highway 281 then turned onto Highway 46 in Spring Branch,” he said. “My wife died of diabetes in 1995. I ride so people realize that diabetes is a killer Billy Dillard Weatherford cowboy His plans for today include traveling from Seguin to Bastrop and eventually to Matagorda on the Texas coast. He hopes to cover 1,000 miles on this trip. This real-life cowboy, who is in his 60s, is on his second ride in as many years. The first journey took him from Weatherford to Austin and back. He is traveling with just his two horses and enough supplies to get him through his trip. Dillard and his horses have caused quite a stir in each community they pass through. People passing him on the road stop him to find out what he is doing. “People always want to know what I’m doing,” he said. “Some people invite me to stay in their home.” That happened on Monday evening. Dillard said he was traveling down Texas 46 and met one of the homeowners. After a few minutes of conversation, Dillard was offered a place to stay for the night, an ofter he cordially accepted. Because he travels on horse, Dillard said he had the opportunity to See COWBOY/5A Drowning victim’s body recovered From Staff Reports Canyon Lake Fire Department divers recovered the body of a drowned man from Canyon Lake early Tuesday evening. Chief Doug Rogers with Canyon Lake Fire Department said divers found the man’s body about 6:40 p.m. in the North Park area on the north side of Canyon Dam. Rogers said he did not know where the man was from but estimated he was in his 40s. Officials declined to release the name of the victim on Tuesday evening. “Canyon Lake fire department divers were deployed, and they retrieved the body about IO minutes after they entered," Rogers said. Sheriff’s dispatch received the call about the drowning about 5 p.m. Officials with Comal County Sheriff’s Office and US. Army Corps of Engineers at Canyon Dam also were dispatched. The man’s brother w itnessed the accident and said the victim was diving off the rocks right before he drowned, Rogers said. Rogers would not confirm w hether the man died from head injuries as a result of his dive. The man was Comal County’s second drow ning victim of the year. Pete Sosa, 33, of San Antonio, drow ned in Canyon Lake while on a family outing at Fort Sam Houston recreation facility on June 12. CISD bond oversight panel meets today Comal Independent School District’s bond oversight committee will call its first meeting at 6 p.m. today at Bill Brown Elementary School, 20410 Texas 46 West. The meeting is open to the public. The committee was appointed by the school board to ensure the district’s S141 million bond projects were completed on time and money was spent properly.. The committee also is expected to tour construction projects and report to the board. NBISD task force takes facility proposals for test drive By Heather Todd Staff Writer Community leaders will gather Thursday to hear a task force’s recommendations for addressing facility needs in New Braunfels Independent School District. The draft of recommendations for school construction could lead to a bond referendum this fall. Carter Casteel, chair of the district’s Facility Task Force and former Comal County judge, will present recommendations for renovation and construction to invited community leaders. Superintendent Ron Reaves said the rec ommendations were in draft form and were not a public document yet. “We have invited a group of people from all different segments of the community to review what the committee has done so far and see if they need to make any other adjustments before they go to the board,” Reaves said. Reaves said a bond election had not yet been called, but he said the committee was planning to recommend a referendum for this fall. Although Thursday nights meeting would not be open to the public, Reaves said plenty of opportunities for public input would be available if the recommendations led to a bond issue. “When the recommendations go to the board, there will be a public presence. And, if the board decides to call a referendum, there will be a lot of meetings concerning what the bond issue will be about,” he said. He also said the task force, which includes 59 teachers, parents and community members, represented all stakeholders in the district. The committee’s proposed construction projects currently total more than $70 million, which is about $14 million less than recommendations by a consulting firm. Total Program Management, a school management and planning company based in Grapevine, presented a facility, land use and demographics study in December 1998. TPM recommended more than $84 million in renovations and construction for NBISD. The task force’s recommendations follow a six-month study of school campuses and TPM’s facility report. Reaves said the presentation Thursday was a “pilot” to see how the community reacted to the recommendations. The facility task force is scheduled to make a presentation to the board of trustee* at the end of July. 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