New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 Pages in one section ■ July 9,1993
3 Serving Comal County ■ Home of Herb Skoog
■ Vol. 141, No. 164
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Risa Culpepper, Marital Ellers (Saturday), Krystin Ramirez, Dennis Galla-her and Nancy Harriet (Saturday). Happy Anniversary to Melvin and Dorothy Fetters.
Habitat for Humanity seminar
There will be an informational seminar for anyone interested in the work of Habitat For Humanity on Saturday, July IO from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Tree of Life Fellowship on Loop 337.
Informational brochures and videos will be available. Also, board members of Comal Counr-ty HfH will be there to discuss local needs. Directors or members of local youth groups are encouraged to sign up Saturday for Cardboard Village scheduled for Sept. 18. For more information, call 625-7005 or 629-3663.
Hispanic Bone Marrow Drive set
The South Texas Regional Blood Bank will be holding a Hispanic Bone Marrow Registry Drive at the Dittlinger Memorial Library located at 373 Magazine and W. Coll on Saturday, July IO, from IO a.m. to 4 p.m.
The drive is in response to the nearly 2,500 Hispanic children and adults who are diagnosed with Leukemia and other fatal blood diseases each year.
For more information call 625-2187, Amy Morales at 620-8438, or Usa Acosta at 1-800-292-5534.
Masonic Lodge to moot tonight
New Braunfels Masonic Lodge No. 1109 will have a called meeting at 7:15 p.m. tonight.
Members are urged to attend.
Comal County ACS planning big gala
The American Cancer Society is planning their biggest fundraising event of the season. Reservations for the 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.
California Blvd. to bo closed two days
California Blvd. will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., today and Saturday between Landa Park and Lakeview Blvd.
The closing will allow city crews to install a guard rail in the area near Panther Canyon.
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Field of Dreams’
Heraki-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Breaking ground for the first time, Comal County Commissioners and members of the New Braunfels City Council turned the sod to begin construction on the Comal County Women's Center, located just north of Gruene Road on Common Street (extension). The ceremony took place yesterday and was followed by a reception at Gruene Hall.
Women’s Center gets closer to reality
By MARK LYON Managing Editor
In the midst of what County Judge Carter Casteel called "a field of dreams," county and city officials broke ground on what will soon be the Comal County Women's Center yesterday at the center's location just north of Gruene Road on the Common St. extension.
The landmark event was hosted by CCWC board chairman Don Maxwell. Maxwell credited the board, staff, and people of Comal County for making the center possible. Maxwell reported that the latest figure for donations to build the center were at $216,983. The center's goal is 5250,000.
Judge Casteel, one of several county and city dignitaries in attendance, said the groundbreaking ceremonies were significant.
"This is truly a field of dreams," she said. "People often say 'you can't do that* and then we turn around and do it. It is now a reality. We should all have a sense of relief to know that this place exists. It will be a place of safe haven. These kinds of causes are what makes us different."
Cindy Stauffer, Executive Director of the Women's Center, said that the center's opening was a message to many women in the county.
"You have made clients realize that the community cares," she said. "This has been one of the biggest boosts for them that I can remember."
Also singled out for his work on the center was John Stauffer, whom Maxwell said "single-handedly led the fundraising efforts to make this happen."
The ceremony was followed with a reception at Galen Hall.
Bungy business files suit against Comal County
Sheriff’s Dept., Preiss Heights Property Owners, several residents named in suit
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
The owners of Bungy over Texas, a business in New Braunfels, have filed a lawsuit against Comal County, the Comal County Sheriffs Department and the Preiss Heights Property Owner’s Association and several county residents claiming their civil rights were violated while they were opening their business in I 991.
The lawsuit was filed this week in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Texas.
The lawsuit was filed by J.F.F. Enterprises, Inc., Robert Weedn, Ray Bullock and Ray Harlow.
. Other defendants named in the lawsuit are Jim Williams, Daniel Moore, Jeanette Ormand, Larry Ormand, Scott Hensley and RJ. Richardson.
According to the original complaint, the plaintiffs attempted to open their business on July 3,1991.
The complaint also claims the owners were the victims of shootings, bottle rockets had been shot at customers of the bungy jump and sheriffs deputies refused to investigate both matters.
The lawsuit also states the Comal County engineer was allegedly ordered
to refuse to provide the Bungy Jump with occupancy permits.
It also states members of the Preiss Heights Property Association allegedly met to discuss ways in which the Bungy Jump could be closed down and that a meeting with Comal County officials was later held.
Other claims in the complaint include stating measures by the sheriffs department were taken to allegedly not allow off-duty officers to act as security guards, signs were vandalized and stolen by defendants and defendants had made defamatory statements concerning the bungy jump.
The lawsuit claims the county and the sheriffs department fostered these actions and vigilantism.
County Judge Carter Casteel stated Thursday the suit had been received and was turned over to the proper channels. She added the county is innocent of the claims.
“In no form or fashion has Comal County done the things so stated,” she said.
The plaintiffs are seeking punitive damages in the maximum amount authorized bylaw.
Damages claimed to be incurred are back pay, lost wages, lost business earnings, cost of security, injury to real and personal property, medical expenses, out-of-pocket expenses and attorney’s fees.
Other damages also include impair merit to reputation, personal humiliation, mental and emotional distress, indignation, fear, intimidation, frustration, anguish, embarrassment and pain and suffering.
The owners of Bungy over Texas were not available for comment as of press time.
Double-shooting leaves local man dead, woman critical
By GARY P. CARROLL News Editor
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Brandi Bezecny, the victim's wife, Is consoled shortly after the Incident.
Kayak accident at lake claims life of Rosenburg man
New Braunfels Police Department investigators labeled Thursday’s double shooting that left a New Braunfels man dead and a woman in serious condition as a murder — suicide.
Police and emergency medical services responded to the 200 block of Loma Vista to the Balcones Haus, apartment 108, at 1:42 p.m. on Thursday after residents in the complex reported hearing gunshots. Upon their arrival, police found Royce Dumm and Tammy Harr inside the apartment, both
with gunshot wounds to the head evidently fired horn a .380 automatic handgun which was recovered at the scene According to police investigators, Dumm apparently fired two shots into the head of Harr before turning the gun on himself.
Precinct One Justice of the Peace Harold Krueger pronounced Dumm dead at the scene while Barr was treated at the scene by EMS units before being transported by Baptist AirLife to Medical Center Hospital in San Antonio, where she remains in critical condition Police are still investigating the cause of the shooting
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
A 29-year-old Rosenberg man drowned Thursday afternoon at the Overlook Park area near the Canyon Lake Dam.
According to sheriffs reports, Patrick Ray Bezecny was in a kayak on the lake. Witnesses report Bezecny was bailing water out of the boat when he got into some trouble and went under the water.
Reports show the boat went under the water at approximately 1:30 p.m. Bezecny’s body was recovered at 3:37 p.m.
Bezecny was recovered in an area of water that is 25 feet deep, according to Chief Deputy Elwood Hoherz, of the Comal County Sheriff’s Office.
Divers from the San Marcos Dive Shop arrived on the scene to conduct the search. They were called out at the request of the Comal County Sheriffs Office.
Bezecny was in the area on his honeymoon. He and his wife had been married over the weekend. The incident was reported by his wife.
Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace: Howard Smith was on scene to make a ruling on the death.
Texas Water Commission asks for plan to remove illegal landfill
Owner to prepare schedule for removal of landfill near Cibolo Creek
By ROSE MARIE EASH
The Texas Water Commission has identified some property owned by Preston Word as an illegal landfill and has asked that Word submit a written plan for its removal.
The request was made Monday by TWC officials and reported to county commissioners by county engineer Tom Homseth yesterday at their regular meeting
According to Mark Vickery, manager of compliance and enforcement in the Municipal Solid Waste Division of the TWC, there is some concern because the landfill is “very near Cibolo Creek.”
“Mr. Word attempted to fill in an area on his property with mostly construction debris,” said Vickery. “Our rules don’t allow that without a permit. We’ve asked them to remove it. We expressed our concerns and he’s been very cooperative.”
Vickery said a schedule will be prepared by Word for the removal of the material.
The issue was raised in Comal County Commissioners Court Thursday when Homseth asked commissioners for approval to take soil samples as a precautionary measure.
“We’ve become involved because they also filled a large portion of the flood plain at Cibolo Creek," said Homseth. “We put this on the agenda
to take soil samples if need be."
TWC also had requested that the landowner take soil samples.
“Anytime you dispose of waste material like this, rainfall can cause leakage,” said Vickery. “We want to be sure there is no worse contamination than we think. We want to insure that we have no worse environmental damage from metals or other materials."
The property is located behind the Comal Cemetery on Bracken Drive.
Commissioners approved the request by Homseth to take soil samples with Commissioner J. L. Evans abstaining.For news, subscription, or advertising information^ call 625-9144