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From staff and wire reports
Area residents worried that accused serial killer Rafael Resendez-Ramirez could strike in their community can rest easier now that he is in custody.
Resendez-Ramirez, the rail-riding fugitive suspected of killing eight people who lived along railway lines, surrendered at a border checkpoint Tuesday in a deal brokered by his sister, officials said.
Texas Department of Public Safety Capt. Bruce Casteel said the 39-year-old drifter, who is charged with two murders and linked to six other slayings, surrendered at the Ysleta port of entry to Texas Rangers Sgt. Drew Carter.
“Carter told me that he extended his hand, they shook hands and they handcuffed him. He was very pleasant, not aggressive,” Casteel said. “He was in Mexico, I can’t tell you how long he’s been there.”
The suspect’s brother, a Mexican citizen, walked across the International Bridge with him, authorities said. He was taken to the El Paso County Jail.
About three and a halfhours later, police on motorcycles escorted a white van that carried Resendez-Ramirez to the airport and a flight to Houston.
New Braunfels Police Lt. Mike Rust said railroad tracks in Comal County sparked a number of calls reporting sightings of Resendez-Ramirez during the manhunt.
“People would call and said they saw him on a railroad track or hiding behind bushes,” Rust said.
New Braunfels became connected with Resendez-Ramirez atter the June 9 murder of a local salesman. Television stations from Houston, Austin and San Antonio descended on the town the after 62-year-old Ted McReynolds was strangled in his apartment in the I OOO block of Sanger Avenue.
Rumors arose that Resendez-Ramirez killed McReynolds because the victim’s apartment was less than a half mile from a railroad line and Resendez-Ramirez was known to travel by freight train.
But officials dispelled those rumors the same day and eliminated Resendez-Ramirez as a suspect. Charles E. Joumeay has been in custody in the Comal County Jail since June 16 and has been charged with causing McReynolds’ death.
But even though a sighting of Resendez-Ramirez was never confirmed in New Braunfels, his arrest should put some local folks’ fears to rest.
“Our community can be a little more at ease now that he is in custody,” Rust said.
DPS spokesman Mike Cox said Carter, an FBI
Rail fugitive surrenders
Resendez-Ramirez accepts deal with state authorities; area residents express relief
Sabrina Gonzales, a receptionist at the New Braunfels Police Department, 1488 S. Seguin Ave., removes a wanted poster for Rafael Resendez-Ramirez on Tuesday afternoon.
To 93.5 FNI For park & R^c Information
Visitors to Landa Park now can receive information by tuning their radios to 93.5 FM.
Landa Park hits FM dial
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
Landa Park patrons now can spin the dial to 93.5 FM for information on their favorite picnic spot.
The low-powered frequency — heard clearly only in the park’s perimeters — relates a couple of different informational segments repeated throughout the day .
The parks and recreation department kicked off the new service on July 4.
“Locals and visitors passing through can tune in and get quick information,” said Iris Neffendorf, the parks and recreation department director.
New Braunfels bought the station this past fall for $2,100 from Direct Broadcast Systems in Austin.
The city bought the station for the park’s use as well as for the Holiday River of Lights, a 51-day light display in Cypress Bend Park. When the light display is open, drivers can tune their radio to 93.5 FM and listen to holiday music.
The antenna and transmitter, now in the bathhouse near the spnng-fed pool in the center of the park, w ill be moved to Cypress Bend Park during die light festival.
But other than that, it w ill be in Landa Park, said Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager.
Despite ongoing use, the city won't incur maintenance costs.
“Just the electricity,” Ferguson said. “.And that’s not much. It’s just a little box. It’s a real trip.”CISD trustees will keep their bond covenant with patronsNew high school won’t be built until 2002, won’t open until 2004
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
BULVERDE — Local school board members and patrons said Tuesday they wanted to “put to rest” any discussion of building a new high school before 2002 so the district could move its $141 million
bond project forward.
During a board meeting, Comal Independent School District trustees and two patrons voiced disapproval of trustee Robert Loop’s proposal to give voters the chance to revoke a bond LOOP covenant that binds the
district from beginning construction on a new high school until 2002.
Several trustees said taking the issue back to the voters would undermine the district’s credibility.
Trustee John Clay said, “When a $141 million bond passed, the voters told us something, and this covenant assured them that we would not go back on our word.” Before the bond vote, trustees placed a restriction on the bond issuance that would prevent the district from awarding a construction contract on the new high school until January I, 2002. The school is not expected to open until 2004.
Construction of a new high school is part of a $52 million proposition in a two-phase plan to address student growth. Voters approved the proposition, along with another $89 million plan, on May I.
CLAY Loop said many
patrons in the west side of the district were not happy with the bond package and should be given the chance to
decide when a new high school would be built.
“Proposition I failed in the west side of the district,” he said.
The proposition included expansion of both Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools.
Clay said he was tired of dealing w itll “hidden agendas.”
“We represent the entire school district, not our own little community, or our own little school where our kids go,” he said.See CISD/4A
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City council decides to seek bids for river cleanup
By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer
New Braunfels City Council voted Monday to seek bids for river cleanup instead of hiring more park rangers, possibly delaying cleanup efforts for another month.
District 2 councilman Larry Alexander who initially proposed allocating $20,000 for river cleanup during budget talks in May, made the motion to seek bids for the work. Council voted unanimously in support.
The motion came after parks and recreation department director Iris Neffendorf suggested council go out for bids.
Alexander - said, “There’s people who already know how to do it and have the equipment.” In June, council approved a list of several ways the city could spend the $20,000, including buying more trash cans and hiring park rangers. The list was forwarded to Neffendorf, who was directed to draw up proposals.
Neffendorf’s two proposals, which were scrapped by council, carried price tags of
$19,399.64 and a $57,416. Both called for hiring six seasonal park rangers and buying 25 trash receptacles. The more expensive plan, which council didn’t discuss because it would cost more than the allotted $20,000, asked the city to buy equipment such as kayaks and rescue boats.
The goals of both proposals, Neft'endorf said, were to patrol and clean the Guadalupe and Comal rivers and target ‘tuber trash” — items discarded by tubers and river users.
These same goals w ill be the thrust of the contract work, Neffendorf said.
Contractors also might get the option to bid on work such as removing tree branches
and aquatic vegetation. Neffendorf said the parks department hoped to have a draft of the cleanup proposal complete by next week. Council could award the bid as early as its Aug. 9 meeting and no later than Aug. 23.
The city still is looking into putting more trash receptacles along the river — the parks department is asking private property' owners to allow access on property for placement of trash receptacles. Landowners are asked to call 608-2160.
District 4 councilwoman Jan Kotylo said Zero Rivers, owner of Rockin’ R River Rides, w'as willing to donate the trashcans if needed.