New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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A man suspected of stealing some clothes had to be rescued from the Guadalupe River Thursday after he tried to evade police by swimming in the river, officials said.
The incident occurred at 11:30 a.m. when New Braunfels Police officer Darren Rutledge stopped a vehicle on a traffic violation near the public boat ramp under Interstate 3S.
Rutledge said there were two males in the car when he stopped them.
“I was investigating a possible theft at the time because of property inside the vehicle,” Rutledge said.
Rutledge said he suspected something was not right because he saw assorted clothes with price tags on them in the car.
While Rutledge was checking on the possible theft, the passenger started to flee on foot toward the river.
Just about the time the passenger started to flee, Officer Robert Parchman arrived on the scene.
“He ran into the river, and I warned him the river was at flood stage,” Parchman said. “Once he got into the currents, he realized he couldn’t swim.”
Parchman said the suspect went under two times and had to snag a tree branch to hold on before help arrived.
“One of our units got a rope and pulled him (out),” Parchman said.
Sgt. John McEachern said the passenger, a 23-year old Hispanic male was arrested for evading arrest.
The driver, a 34-year old Hispanic male, was arrested for traffic offenses. Both suspects are from San Antonio.
Evidence of Asian campaign money aired
By JAMES ROWLEY
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first week of Senate hearings on campaign fund raising produced evidence that foreign banks wired two Democratic Party donors large sums of cash before they made questionable contributions.
Yogesh IC. Gandhi received two wire transfers totaling $500,000 from a Japanese businessman around the time he wrote a $325,000 check to die Democratic National Committee, according to records released by the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
Additionally, California businessman Johnny Chung received a $ 150,000 wire transfer from the Bank of China three days before he delivered to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s chief of staff a $50,000 check made out to the DNC, records show.
The contributions ware among the
$2.8 million that the DNC returned because the money came from questionable sources. The DNC returned 12 donations from Chung or his company totaling $366,000.
The disclosures of evidence tying the contributions to overseas money capped two days of testimony by former DNC finance director Richard Sullivan, the first witness in a set of hearings on the flow of foreign money to the coffers of both major political parties.
The hearings are scheduled to resume Tuesday.
Sullivan clearly frustrated attempts by Republican senators to get him to say he was nervous about hiring John Huang as a fund-raiser because he feared Huang would raise foreign donations.
Sullivan insisted that he merely feared that Huang was too inexperienced a fund-raiser to take on the task of spearheading a new DNC effort to raise money among Asian-
“The Democratic outreach in the Asian community was something of a new effort by virtue of some of the community being new players on the scene,” Sullivan testified during a six-hour session Thursday characterized by combative sparring with GOP senators.
Sullivan acknowledged that he became concerned that several foreigners attended fund-raising events with Clinton that had been set up by Huang. The DNC should be concentrating on inviting U.S. citizens to such events because they were eligible to make donations, Sullivan said.
One of the events where he noticed foreigners in attendance was the May 13, 1996, fund-raiser at the Sheraton-Carlton Hotel. Also present was Gandhi, a California resident who professes to be a distant relative of Mohandas Gandhi, India’s late independence leader and preacher.
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to come into the city, Ferguson explained.
Kuhn currently operates in San Marcos and New Braunfels. Since New Braunfels has no ordinance covering horse-drawn carriages, Kuhn has been given special permission by the city to operate in New Braunfels.
Kuhn, who lives near Gruene andMcKenna
has been a horse-drawn carriage operator for 15 years, said he was a responsible operator who made sure his horses were healthy, did not work them too hard, kept diem out of the heat and had updated equipment.
But he said an ordinance was needed because other operators may not be as responsible as he was.
“lf you don’t have an ordinance, they could bring shoddy equipment,” Kuhn said. “The ordinance should be set up to protect
the city (from bod operators). If you don’t meet the requirements you don’t operate.
“A lot of people are not responsibly that is why you have the guidelines.”
Kuhn said the horses* health should also be considered as well.
“I believe you should have a city vet,” Kuhn said. “They (operators) could take their horse (to him or her) once or twice a year.”
Kuhn said any potential ordinance
should require a driver’s license for carriage drivers, training, posting of rates, inspections of carriages, diapers on the horses and reflecting lights on the carriage.
Kuhn said he would like to see Gruene and Landa Park opened more to the carriages.
“Landa Park is not open, which is a sin since we have a good city park,” Kuhn said.
Ferguson said the reason Gruene and Landa Park were not opened
was because of traffic concerns the city had about those areas.
Board chairman Mike Norton said Kuhn gave the board a lot of information to consider.
“He’s got a lot of good ideas,” Norton said. “I have so many other questions I want answered.”
Norten said the board had the goal of coming up with a draft ordinance by its next meeting in August.
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presented by Sorensen:
A Texas town of about 35,000 residents, located about 20 or 30 miles from a major metropolitan area, has a thriving community hospital. A capital-rich company such as Columbia Healthcare or HCA builds a clinic in the town and competes with the community hospital for doctors and patients. This challenges the profitability margin of the community hospital in an industry in which a 5 percent
profit on gross revenue is considered outstanding.
Sorensen said the corporation has the financial resources to win such a standoff.
“The big corporations can divide the allegiances of the local medical staff, who ultimately decide which health care facility to admit their patients to,” Sorensen said.
Texas has a reputation for corporations closing hospitals that it has purchased, even in one-hospital towns* Sorensen said.
“lf a health care corporation buys
a hospital in a town with access to an urban area, they might close the local hospital and funnel the patients to their facility in the city,” Sorensen said. “They will not subsidize the community to the extent a not-for-profit would.”
While a corporate hospital does not inherently provide poor health care to its patients, its motivation differs from that of a community hospital, Sorensen said.
“Traditionally, the emphasis of health care has been effectiveness, not cost. The corporations presumeKaffee
effectiveness and are oriented toward efficiency,” Sorensen said. “Efficiency is driven by dollars, effectiveness is driven by the quality of health care.”
Johnny Johnson, president and CEO of McKenna, acknowledged the possibility of a corporate competitor in the future.
“Any hospital, any system could build a hospital in New Braunfels,” Johnson said. “The state of Texas doesn’t regulate capitalism, but such a facility would have to apply to the state for a license.”
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Johnson said that while such a move was possible, it was unlikely. He added that McKenna has two important factors working in its favor to prevent a corporate invasion.
“Our medical staff is very loyal, and as long as we are able to maintain that loyalty, our hospital will be successful,” Johnson said. “Also, our patients and our citizens don’t want to go to San Antonio. I believe the community would reject any health care entity that would encourage them to do that.”
Thomas Garza Jr.
Thomas Garza, Jr,. age 28, of New Braunfels died Wednesday, July 9, 1997, at the Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He was bom August 28,1968, to Thomas M. Garza* Sr. and Argelia Chapa Garza in New Braunfels.
He was a 1987 graduate of New Braunfels High School and a graduate of M.TA School in San Antonio.
Survivors are son: Thomas
Garza, III of New Braunfels, daughter Candice Ann Marie Garza of New
Braunfels, mother Argelia Chapa of New Braunfels, father and step-mother Thomas and Mary A. Garza, Sr. of New Braunfels, sisters and brothers-in-law: Michele and Roger Ortegon of New Braunfels, and Nelda and Mario Rosales of New Braunfels, brothers: Christopher Adam Garza of New Braunfels, Jerry Garza and James Garza both of San Marcos, niece: Marina Michele Ortegon of New Braunfels, nephews: Joshua Ryan Rosales and Joseph Rey Rosales both of New Braunfels, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, godfather. Marcek) Garza of Austin.
A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. Friday at the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be held IO a.m. Saturday, July 12, at The Holy Family Catholic Church with Father James Wasser, M.S.F. celebrant. Interment will follow in the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will begin noon Friday and continue until 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Pallbearers will be: Danny Gonzales, Ryan Gonzales, George Romero, Christopher Garza, Peter Casolleja and Paul Castilleja.
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it,” said Canion. “Anyone who wants some gets to take some home.”
The warmth radiating from the group of individuals can be felt immediately. Visitors were
New Braunfels Police Department responsed to a:
■ Report of criminal mischief, burglary of a motor vehicle, 300 block of Interstate 35, 8:36 a.m. Wednesday.
■ Report of burglary of a motor vehicle, 200 block of Business 35, 8:15 arn. Wednesday.
■ Report of burglary of a motor vehicle, 1300 block of Stonewall Street, 12:13 p.m. Wednesday
■ Report of a burglary of a motor vehicle, 580 block of Union Avenue, 12:21 p.m. Wednesday.
■ Report of criminal trespassing, 74 block of Guada Coma Circle, 1:31 p.m. Wednesday.
■ Report of burglary of habitation, 200 block of Sycamore Avenue, 1:37 p.m. Wednesday.
■ Report of a suspicious vehicle, 1500 block of Daisy Lane, 1:55 p.m. Wednesday.
■ Report of burglary of a motor vehicle, 500 block of Liberty Avenue, 4 p.m. Wednesday
■ Report of forgery/counterfeit, 1000 block of Walnut Avenue, 4:26 p.m. Wednesday.
■ Report of criminal mischief, 3700 block of FM 482, 4:37 p.m. Wednesday.
■ Report of theft/shoplifting, 600 Mock of Walnut Avenue, 5:22 p.m. Wednesday.
■ Report of theft/shoplifting, IOO block of Garden Street, 5:47 p.m. Wednesday.
■ Report of criminal mischief, 400 block of Liberty Avenue, 5:52 p.m. Wednesday.
■ Report of reckless driving, 800 block of Church Hill Drive, 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.
■ Report of burglary of a motor vehicle, 200 Mock of Union Avenue, 6:57 p.m. Wednesday.
■ Report of harrassment, 2800 block of Katy Street, 10:44 p.m. Wednesday.
■ Report of suspicious vehicle,
IOO Mock of Liebschcr Drive. 11:26
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Although the kaffee klatsch has provided an excellent opportunity for the group to visit over a cup of coffee and a pastry each month, those who
■ Report of reckless driving, 1000 block of Church Hill Drive, 12:51 a.m. Wednesday
■ Report of intoxicated pedestrian, 4300 block of Farm-to-Market 482, 1:18 a.m. Thursday.
■ Report of deadly conduct, 1600 block of Mill Street, 1:46 a.m. Thursday
■ Report of suspicious person, 1400 block of Cross Street, 2:36 a.m.
attend have come to depend on the friendships the klatsch has helped build.
“It’s kind of like family — we know all the personal details,” said Jackson. “I’ve had some real hard times and these people have been so supportive, they helped me
■ Report of intoxicated pedestrian, 1400 block of Texas 46, 2:56 a m. Thursday.
■ Report of suspicious person, 580 block of Guenther Avenue, 6:35 a.rn. Thursday.
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“You can tell we have a good time and enjoy each other’s company,” she said. “It’s all about just getting together to talk and have a good time.”
■ Report of burglary of a coin operated machine, 650 block of Business Interstate 35, 6:55 a m. Thursday.
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