New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 19, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
SATURDAY July 19, 2003
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Vol. 152, No. 212
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
50 centsAssault suspect allegedly used blood as weapon
By Ron Maloney
A local woman could go to prison for the rest of her life for allegedly attacking a police officer — with her blood.
Elizabeth Timmermann, 37, was being held in Comal County Jail on charges including aggravated assault of a peace officer.
The charge is a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in state prison and a $10,000 fine.
Timmermann’s bail was set at $50,000.
New Braunfels police Lt. Mike Rust said
two officers arrested Timmermann at I a.m. Tuesday, after stopping her vehicle in the 2100 block of West San Antonio Street on a vehicle code violation.
As she was being taken into custody, Rust said Timmermann allegedly “intentionally exposed them to her blood.”
Timmermann resisted arrest and verbally berated officers, Rust said.
“Timmermann began screaming and yelling ... calling (the officer) a (expletives deleted) and saying she was going to kick the (expletive deleted) out of (the officer),” police detec
tive Scott Renken wrote in his arrest warrant affidavit.
Renken said officers had to subdue Timmermann.
“She got physically abusive. Due to the intensity of the struggle, she somehow got a laceration to her nose,” Rust said.
In the report, Renken wrote that after the arrest, New Braunfels police Lt. John Villarreal obtained a subpoena for medical records that showed Timmermann suffers from chronic blood-borne illness.
Timmermann, who was incarcerated for
resisting arrest, was rearrested Thursday night by Renken on the aggravated assault allegation.
In Renken’s affidavit, he alleged Timmermann “intentionally and knowingly” caused serious bodily injury to the officer “by causing her infected blood to make contact” with the female officer.
In the affidavit, Renken described Timmermann as a “known intravenous drug user” who “has previous drug arrests.” He noted Timmermann threatened the femaleSee BLOOD/3A
Mill Street could be city’s newest historic district
By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer
New Braunfels could see a portion of Mill Street from Market Street to Walnut Avenue become a historic district.
Comal County Historical Commission is notifying residents of the project that could make about a mile of Mill Street its own historic district. ,
Because time and manpower' are limited, the commission will focus only on the one-mile strip of Mill Street, said Don Offerman, commission chairman.
“It’s going to be an easy street to work on,” Offerman said.
He already has information on historic significance of some buildings on the street.
The project could take several months of work, Offerman said. Initial steps include notifying residents, photographing structures and researching histories of the structures.
The state historic commis-
aion will assist the
county in that process. After gathering all the necessary information, an application will go to the National Park Service for national designation of Mill Street as a historic district.
In order to be designated, 50 percent of the structures in the district must be at least 50 years old. Offerman said he was confident the one?-mile strip of Mill Street could be designated.
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□SD employees might get new insurance
By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer
Comal Independent School District’s health insurance consultant, Frank Witting, told trustees he recommends the district switch health insurance companies.
Health insurance for CISD employees is currently administered by Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Texas.
Witting recommends trustees vote to switch to United Healthcare at their July 29 board meeting.
He said the district is looking to change because of rules requiring government entities to request proposals every three years for expenditures in excess of $25,000.
Witting said the school district’s insurance committee, which consists of school district teachers and other employees, recommended changing insurance carriers.
Witting said the insurance committee found most doctors like dealing with United Healthcare better than Blue Cross-Blue Shield.
Witting, who narrowed the proposals submitted down from 18 to two, United Healthcare and Blue Cross-Blue Shield, said he recommended the school district use United Healthcare for financial reasons.
He would not disclose financial details of United Healthcare’s proposal.
End of STGCD spells demise of county aquifer protection
From Staff Reports
BULVERDE — Precinct 2 Comal County Commissioner Jay Minikin said county residents will rue the day they voted to close down the Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District. The district conducted its final business in a 20-minute meeting Wednesday.
Voters chose by a 2-1 margin in November 2001 to close the district.
County officials asked District 73 Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, to sponsor legislation to accomplish that.
The legislation, House Bill 2348, was signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry. It took effect June 20, 2003.
Wednesday night, the district board met in Bulverde and took its final actions.
“All our bank statements and financial records will be sent to theSee STGCD/3AInside
Team to tackle unemployment
From Staff Reports
New Braunfels economic development officials and local media are collaborating to develop a plan to attack city employment issues.
The group aims to enhance communication between the community and institutions able to address unemployment — employers, educators, elected officials and economic developers. *
‘The idea is we need to have good communication and understanding,” said Mayor Adam Cork Friday at the group’s first brainstorming session. “We’ve got to figure out a way to connect the dots.”
The idea started when Cork
approached the local Texas Workforce Commission office earlier this year to try to understand the city’s unemployment problem.
Cork, TWC and the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc. teamed up to study the number of factors involved in the city’s economic situation and how to pool resources to address those issues.
The group approached The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, the local radio station and the San Antonio 24-hour news station to help educate the community to take action.
How those institutions would disseminate information could be determined at a future workshop.
Local sculptor hopes his art will decorate the city
By Sean Bowlin
The towering, mustachioed figure of Prince Carl Solms has returned to New Braunfels thanks to the artwork of Chris Elizardo.
For now, though, the life-sized statue stands in his living room.
“My wife kind of likes it, but she said she’s like to have her living room back,” Elizardo said.
Elizardo, who has been sculpting for about ll years, said he always wanted to sculpt a statue of Prince Carl Solms, particularly, he said, since Solms was the driving force behind German settlement in Texas.
Elizardo said Solms came here in 1845, left and never returned.
“But he’s come back to New Braunfels,” Elizardo said,
(Above) Chris Elizardo works on the chin of the 7-foot-tall statue of Prince Solms in his home Monday. The sculptor, who usually creates much smaller models, says the life-size project is a joy to work on. (Beiow) Elizardo works on some finer details in the statue. He hopes the figure will eventually be displayed at Main Plaza or in front of a new civic center.