New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 21, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 pages in one section ■ Thursday, July 21,1994
■Vol. 142, No.
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ThsMeiketptece--------------------i-12 | Proceeding* began yesterday and will con
clude today in an evidentiary hearing conducted by fee Texas Natural Resource Conservation OommiMion regarding the creation of the Comal County Underground Water District.
■The purpose of the hearing is to hear testimony from various parties so that hearings examiner ElizabefeTodd can gather information, ms ire her recommendation to the TNRCC who will then decide whether to accept the district and send it back to die voters for approval.
Several parties testified at the hearing, both for and against the proposed district.
Tinker McKnight, vice-chairman and a director of the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation
op Canyon Lake water district
TNRlC evidentiary hearing to continue today
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(CLWSC), testified against the district and believes the district would fail if put before the voters.
He fevered something to protect the integrity of the aquifer, but said the district would not solve the area's water problems.
"It's a public concept that the Underground Water District is going to solve the water problems," he mid. "If approved, it's still not going to solve the water problems. In the meantime, nothing has been done."
CLWSC plans to put a water treatment facility at Canyon Lake to help ease the burden of pumping from wells, said McKnight. The corporation recently bought several private water
companies in the area.
"We're pumping as much as we can pump and it's not enough," said McKnight. "If we've got water, we can sell it If we can sell it, we can pay for it."
McKnight said CLWSC bu agreed with fee Guadalupe-Blanoo River Authority to buy surfeoe water ftom Canyon Lake. He said the company would eventually like to bring wafer lo all portions of western Comal County, including fee Bulverde area.
Cameron Wiley brought the petition together and says a water district can do a better job than a private corporation.
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"We can do just exactly what Canyon Lake (Waler Supply Corp.) wants to do and do it better," he added
Wiley said the district would have the power to levy a tax of up to .05 cents per $100 of property value, and issue revenue bonds, should that be required.
He mid no entity could restrict pumping under 25,000 gallons, but feat a district could require spacing of wells and require specifications on well fittings.
McKnight said the CLWSC would eventually like to establish a Special Utility District through fee TNRCC that could help finance water distribution to the southwestern portion of the county.
Deadline pggriny for
Leadership NS claes
The deadline for niming in applications for the 1994-1995 leadership New Braunfels class is Friday, July 22.
Starting ifs third year, Leader-tifep New Braunfels is made up of a drama group of men A women ; their leader-; and knowledge of the oonnMDity.
Call 925-2385 or come by fee Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce office at 390 S. Seguin St for information or applications.
Chamber plane next Business After Hours
Business After Hours is planning a Membership Mixer, an informal gathering of Chamber of Commerce members sponsored by The Watering Hole Saloon & Dance Hall at 1390 ad McQueeney Road for Wednesday July 27 horn 5-7 p.m.
The Randolph Air Force Base Activities Office will sponsor an informal three-hour information uptime briefing on Aug. IO for military retirees and onuses.
Representatives ftom fee Medical Squadron, Family Support and Legal Offices will address a variety of subjects currently the concern of military retirees.
Each will also provide instructions on where retirees can seek more detailed guidance or assistance on subjects discussed.
The meeting will be beld in the Randolph AFB Theatre and begins at 0900 (9 a m ).
For farther information, call 652-6880
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By CHRISTINE MARTH
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. "I've never seen anything like it," said Sumner Bowen, head of the Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force for many yore.
Hb referred to a pot plantation in the HOO block of Purgatory Road .where die AANTF in conjunction wife the Bexar County Sheriffs Department, Department of Public Safety Trooper Scott Haag, Texas Parks Bl Wildlife Game Warden Sam Sanchez, Comal County Animal Control, a canine unit, a DPS unit out of Austin and a DPS narcotics unit out of San Antonio and the Capitol Area Task Force, arrested Paul Wayne Akers, the head horticulturist, 41.
They also arrested Ismael Lopez, 21, and Rene Botello, 20, Akers' employees. Botello and Lopez remain undocumented Mexican citizens.
Bowen said Akers' system was effective. "He had a PYC pipe running southwest aion a creek bed, pumping and irrigating on an electronic timer;" Bowen mid. "He [Akees] had a fortune in this thing.
"He had two growing chambers
under the house, with a tank to shot*: off carbon dioxide to make theipi; green-up faster,” Bowen continued./ ‘That's where he got his seedlings." Akers, who has a prior arrest record,
which gives fee consumer twice high as regular pot and costs twice as much.
Bowen estimated Akers netted grossed about $3,000-54,000 per plant Each plant could have produced 12 pounds of marijuana.
Although Akers hid the mature plants by nestling them among trees, a flyover by Operation Green Thunder out of Austin helped Sumner’s group get a search warrant.
Comal County Judge Fred Clark signed fee search warrant at 3:30 pm. Tuesday, and the bust continued through 11 p.m. Officers were still invertigating the site yesterday.
The case will be tried in federal court, being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's office in San Antonio.
Comal County Animal Control was also involved They [Akers and his crew] had a great dane and we decided we wanted someone who knew what they were doing," Bowen said.
Canyon Lake man found not guilty in assault trial
By CHRISTINE MARTM
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"Don't want no meter," was the last thing 73-year-oid Leonard Ohmes of the Canyon Lake Estates water well board heard before he was beaten bloody last year at fee Canyon Lake Estates pump house.
The assailant shouted the meters cost him money before beating up fee trustee Ohmes at the time wu going to begin installing meters at residential tomes in Canyon Lake Estates Ohmes accused 18-year acquaintance John Lecas of Canyon Lake Estates, of perpetrating the June 16.1993 attack A three-man, three-woman jury Comal County Jury found Lecas not guilty yesterday In fee trial, testimony came out about the controversy that has troubled the neighborhood for years The Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission bu ordered trustees of the well, including Ohmes, to install meters at the tomes of those served by the well.
Terry Hadley, TNRCC spokesman, said he had no knowledge of any controversy.
Mark WiUemin, of Spring Branch, also serves as a trustee of the Canyon Lake Estates well. He said the trustees don’t want the responsibility of installing the more-than-100 meters.
WUIemin continued that neither he nor Ohmes nor fee other trustee knew what they were getting into when they took on fee rupontibility of the waterworks. The stele refoaes to let them resign unless they fig find fire wJunttff* for fee .job of get-
ting the meters installed and supervising fee water
Pfeuffer to set Hernandez execution date
By CHRISTINE MARTH
Comal County 247th District Judge Robert Pfeuffer will set in three weeks the execution date of a murderer who in 1985 killed five Mexican nationals, gangland style, on FM 1863.
Rodolfo Hernandez trei been on death row sinoe his Sept. 27, 1985 death sentence. The murders occurred March 7 the same year.
Pfeuffer awaits one final step in the appellate process before he sets fee date, but he has been
ordered by a higher oourt to go ahead Md don. At fee time of Hernandez's trial, his sanity was questioned.
Hernandez was described as very hyperactive, unable to complete a thought and distrustful of everyone.
He was described as cold lo the depths of bis soul.
"What are you worrying about me for," Hernandez wee quoted ae Baying “Wetbacks don't count for anything."
works at the estates, he Mid Constable Edward Mullins, who responded to the call, said at least one other rerident of the development had given Ohmes trouble getting fee water meters installed.
David Friescnhahn, assistant county attorney, based his doting argument on fee fact feat Lecas' friends, neighbors and employees romprirrd bis alibi. Lecas had pled innocent of the minor offense against the law.
Tom Gamer, defense attorney out of San Marcos, pointed out he did not have to prove his diem was innocent. The state had lo prove Lecas wu guilty. "They have failed," Gamer saki.
Frieeenhahn add some of Gamer's wkneaaea may have construed the times they were wife Lecas in their minds.
Comal County Ptirol Sergeant DevidOtt investigated the case. He said he avoided going and ques-boning Lecas at fee Sundowner ber and Restaurant in Canyon Lake, owned by Lecas, aller Ohmes
OttMid he foiled lo see fee nrceMhy of checking Lecas' hands for blood aadfor bruises as loon ae postibie after fee alleged time.
Frieaenhahn in hie doting argument qucttiotred fee testimony of Daniel Kramer of Canyon Lake. "Lecas’ wife called to say fee law was looking for him," Kamer mid. T went in and fee noon news ame
Prom ate* reports
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