New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 22, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149, No. 179
16 pages in 2 sections July 22, 2000
^omal County since 1852
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Arnulfo Villela is training for the 100-mile Tour de Tucson event Nov. 18 to raise funds for cancer research and treatment.
Cyclist rides for a cure
By Heather Todd
"ew Braunfels resident Arnulfo Villela always wears a plastic wristband bearing the name Dwight Newbeck in blue ink.
For Villela, the w ristband serves as a constant reminder for why, at 68, he will spend hours training for a 100-mile bike race in Tucson, Ariz. in November.
ewbeck is a 13-year old San Antonio ’ resident diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia.
The eighth-grader completed his last chemotherapy treatment this past month and / now is in remission.
“We wear these to remember the suffering they are going through. It keeps us going,” Villela said looking down at his bracelet.
Villela also hat* a personal investment in fighting against blood-related cancers — he lost his father to cancer several years ago.
Some residents might recognize Villela from his 27 years as a licensed vocational nurse at McKenna Memorial Hospital’s emergency room and as an operating room scrub nurse.
Now' retired Villela drives a school bus for New Braunfels Independent School District.
Although In* is approaching 70, he looks as physically fit as someone 20 years younger.
An avid jogger, Villela said he began biking when he started having problems with his knees.
And Villela does not seem inconvenienced by his age.
“There was a 72-year old participant one year,” he said.
Villela participated in a 150-cycling event from San Antonio to Corpus Christi to raise money for medical research.
Now, he hopes to raise $4,500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society before the 100-mile Tour de Tucson event Nov. 18. He needs sponsors to help reach his
Teen shooter allowed county visits
By Heather Todd AND RON MALONEY
One of two 15-year-old boys involved in a shooting incident this past year got permission Friday to return to the county for three visits prior to his release from a Maryland boot camp.
However, his plea agreement reached with the Comal County District Attorney’s office this past year denied any re-entry into the county during his 18-month sentence.
Comal County Court-at-Law Judge Brenda Freeman denied a defense motion in part to allow the juvenile back into the county, but she did grant the juvenile three weekend visits in
the county during the seventeenth month of his 18-month sentence.
“I’m going to deny except as to those last three visits immediately prior to his release in February over a 30 day period so he can get reoriented into the home. I don’t want it to be a crash landing; I don’t want things blowing up,” Freeman said.
The former Canyon Middle School student was one of two students accused of deadly conduct for shooting a .22 caliber rifle at the homes of two CMS teachers in April 1999. No one was injured in the incident.
The juvenile was sentenced in August 1999 to spend 18 months at a
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“I 'rn going to deny except as to those last three visits immediately prior to his release in February over a 30 day period so he can get reoriented into the home. I don't want it to be a crash landing; I don't want things blowing up."
Brenda Freeman Court-at-Law Judge
Put me in, coach
New Braunfels Blue Major League All-Stars ham it up in the Kmart parking lot Friday afternoon before heading to Austin for their sectional tournament game. The NB Blue includes Brooks Radla, Greg Garza, Jesse Zamora, Jeremy Erben, Laramie Boos, Bryan Webb, Cody Covington, Cody Miller, P.J. Hendrie, Patrick Mills, Chad Whitley and Nathan Churchwell. They are coached by David Covington, Gary Erben and Larry Boos. To find out how they did Friday night, see Page 1B.
Leaders look for Bulverde relief
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
County Judge Danny Scheel said Thursday he has been beating on doors and making phone calls, doing what can be done to help Bulverde get water.
Comal County Commissioner’s Court raised the issue of the water shortage in Bulverde and western Comal County on Thursday.
Earlier this week, Bulverde declared a water emergency and aldermen gave Mayor Bob Barton broad power to deal with the shortage, including the authorization to institute drastic conservation measures city-
wide as required.
And available evidence suggests something might
soon for Bulverde.
Residents of Bulverde Hills have seen Bexar Metropolitan Water District semi-trucks make more than 300 trips during each of the past three months to haul water to their subdivision in the past year.
In recent weeks, a second subdivision, Oak Village
North, began running out of water. Residents who live in the higher elevations of that subdivision have been running out of water on a daily basis.
Commissioner Jay Million, w hose district includes Bulverde and Garden Ridge, said he heard about a number of private w ells running dry, as well as the water problems in the two subdivisions.
One of the water companies, Apex Water Services — which Minikin described Tuesday as a “water system in name only” because of the drought conditions got an expedited permit Thursday from the South
east Trinity Groundwater Conservation District to drill a new well to help alleviate water problems at Oak Village North. Drilling began Friday morning. Apex owner David Wallace said he hoped to have the new well on line w ithin a week.
Scheel talked to David Welsch, head of the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority’s pipeline project in the western county.
“We had a good meeting and everything is moving along just as if a permit is in place,” Scheel said. “With all that said, OBRA has assured us it is moving as if this permit is already assigned.”
Lawmen: Suspect set up sex business
Arrested man might face additional charges
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
SPRING BRANCH — The quaint little cabin is nestled in the woods off Snring Branch Road, a half dozen or so miles north of Texas 46.
A w indmill stands out front next to a pretty little porch sw ing — kind of like a playhouse or a giant dollhouse a father might build for his little princess.
But this place was built for someone elses little girls.
And while the 38-year-old San Antonio man who tried to lure two teenaged girls to the place Thursday night sits in the Bexar County Jail with bail set at $100,000, a sordid tale of a budding criminal enterprise emerged from a press conference Friday in Universal City.
Lawmen booked Thomas G. Hawes into jail Thursday on a single charge of compelling prostitution.
More state and federal charges are pending, Universal City police Ut. Charles Dewey said.
Dewey said that since initial reports aired on television Thursday night and in newspapers on Friday, Universal City police got more than a dozen calls from people offering information — and additional interv iews with possible witnesses are ahead.
Dewey said he believed the suspect might have been stopped w hile he still was setting up his operation.
“As of now, we’ve found no actual victims
just several young ladies actively pursued by Mr. Hawes to go into the ‘sex business,’” Dewey said.
“lf we didn't have three very courageous girls show up at our police department, I hate to see what he could have done to these children. We got to him at a very early stage of set-
Rural hospitals grab for grant funds
By Fred Blevens Staff Writer
When the state put $2.2 million of its tobacco settlement money out in a competitive grant program for rural Texas hospitals, 97 applications came rolling in for a total of $9.5 million.
Criteria were simple: construction of new facilities or improvement of old, and purchase of capital equipment, including information system hardware and software.
The Center for Rural Health Initiatives divided nearly all the allocation between 33 proposals, providing for equipment ranging
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from hospital beds, ambulances and sur-gical tables to scopes, scan equipment and telemetry systems.
Falls Community Hospital in Marlin got one of the largest grants $ 150,000 to reopen its surgery unit. But among the 33 w inning proposals were at least eight that have more to do with survival than program and facility enrichment in the counties that need it most.
Those were the grants earmarked for telephone systems, asbestos removal, roof
repair and an emergency generator, costs normally associated with general maintenance and upkeep.
In Erath County, for instance, the Coleman County Medical ( enter got $ 125,590 in tobacco cash for a building code update.
“This shows the state of rural hospitals iii Texas,” said Sam lessen, CRI Us executive director. “Some of these giants are for general maintenance and repairs, just to get by.”
The center, also known as the Texas State Office of Rural Health, is charged with the increasingly difficult task of helping See McKENNA/3A
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Your guide to New Braunfels
River conditions, weather, what to do. where to go, road work map.
The Derailers ride into town this weekend. Find out where inside.
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Quilters from across Texas will travel to New Braunfels for Quiltfest 2000 span sored by the New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild. This bisannual show will be held at the New Braunfels Civic Center July 28, 29 arui 30. /Lifestyle