New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 25, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Scot Weishaar, Joe Esquivel Jr., Tammy Braune, Scot Weishaar, Heidi Weishaar, Christina Solis, Elvia Susong, George Wcekley, Matthew Hansbauer, Scott Fleming and Linnell Ellis.
Belated birthday greetings to Sarah Paredez, Genevieve Lagunas, Julie Ann Castilleja and Jessica Nolte.
Celebrating an anniversary today, Kathy and Albert Wet*, Erwin and Louie May Henke, Michael and Paula Rose Feltner and Tony and Rolette Palacios.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we d like to share in the greetings.Street closure
Mistletoe Avenue from Perryman and Merriwcathcr will be closed today until 4 p.m. while city crews continue with street construction.Defensive driving
SCHERTZ — The Schertz Senior Citizens will offer a defensive driving class Sunday, July 28. the class will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 512/655-5467 for more information or to sign up for the course before July 27.Book sale
Pack up those books from spring cleaning and donate them to the Friends of the Dittlingcr Memorial Library annual book sale. The book sale is slated for Oct. 4 and 5. lake books lo the library at 373 Magazine Ave. or call 629-3048 to make arrangements for them to be picked up at your home. For more information call the library at 625-8919.
After six weeks of collecting a host of items the senior citizens are ready to have their big garage sale all day Saturday at the old Krueger building. 472 W. San Antonio St Profits will benefit the Senior Citizens Foundation.Park concert
David Owens will play his folk tunes tonight at the Lamia Park Dance Slab beginning at 7:30 p m. as die Concerts in the Park series continues. The concert is free and open to the public.Senior’s club
Senior Mexican-American Club will meet tonight at Cypress Bend Park at 7:30 p.m. Any sailors attending Canyon. New Braunfels or Smithson Valley high schools are invited to attend and join.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church if sponsoring it* annual »ammer festival Aug 2 and 3 ai the church, 138 W. Austin Fesuvi ties begin Friday. Aug. 2 at 6 pm. with free admission Grounds open 8 am Saturday with a volleyball tournament Plenty of food, a carnival, and dances are planned Bowling tournament
Senior Citizens Center and Cumal Bowl are sponsoring bowl a-lhon Sunday. July 28 from 2 3 pm. at Comal Bowl. Vol un leers are needed to participate Proceeds will go to the building fund of the new senior citizens colter For more information call Steven
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Partly cloudy conditions today yield only a slight chance for precipitation. with a high near 94 and an overnight low near 74 antic ipated Similar but mure stable conditions are expected the next few days Wednesday*i high in New Braun leis was 93 and the overnight low was 74 Tonight’s low is expected lo drop to the mid-7Qs For more weather information, please see Page 2.
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Arrests may settle rash of car thefts
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor
After apprehending five persons in two separate arrests Wednesday, New Braunfels police are investigating whether they have the culprits involved in a rash of recent car thefts in the city.
“We’re on top of this thing of car theft that’s going on,” said New Braunfels Police Chief C.R. “Dick” Hcadcn.
“We’ll have groups that will case in out of San Antonio and work the interstate all the way up to Austin. And they will steal cars all along the way and send them back to San Antonio and strip them.”
Local police arc investigating whether that scenario applies to the rash of car thefts that have been reported in New Braunfels the last several weeks.
Wednesday afternoon police apprehended three San Antonio residents after receiving a call from a person who reported he saw the suspects stealing his suburban while he was playing tennis at the courts in Prince Solms Park, said police spokesman Martin Mayer.
After the dispatcher relayed liar information, police officer Robert Parchmann spotted the described sub
urban and started chasing it, Mayer said.
The three suspects then abandoned the vehicle on Viewcrest and after a foot chase with police were apprehended on Common Street, he said.
Arrested were, Armando Martinez, 17; Edward Godoy, 17; and a 16-year -old male, all of San Antonio.
Later Wednesday evening, detective John Villarreal received a tip that two suspects were stripping a vehicle in a field in the 2200 block of West Katy Street.
"John and (officer) Scott Lange approached the individuals and they ran and after a foot chase they caught them,” Hcadcn said.
Arrested were. David Morales, 20, of New Braunfels and Adam Morales, 18, of New Braunfels. They both were charged with theft over $750, under $20,000. Both remain in the Comal County Jail pending registration
“The real significance of this is that we're looking hard to first of all to see if there is a connection between this group and the group that was caught earlier and we think there may very well be.” Hcadcn said. “Secondly, that these may he the ones that have been responsible for the car thefts that we’ve had in our city lately.”
New Braunfels man convicted of theft
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
After 30 minutes of deliberation this morning a Comal County jury found a 58-year-old New Braunfels man guilty of sc anim mg elderly New Braunfels residents.
Tomas Acevedo, of the 200 block of Camp Street, was charged with theft over $750. under $20,000 Hie jury was deliberating at press time on what sentence Acevedo would receive.
“Justice has absolutely been served,” said District Attorney Bill Ramer “The only injustice is thai the maximum penalty is not enough “
For the crime Acevedo faces a maximum of IO years rn prison Acevedo, who has been out on a $10,000 bond was absent from the courtroom when the verdict was announced He has been late twice during the mal
Testimony in the case concluded Wednesday rn District Court rn New Braunfels with jurors hearing more testimony from Reynaldo Acevedo, the defendant’I Kin, and viewing more evidence introduced by theGood Dav
Acevedo was involved rn a scam to deceive elderly New Braunfels rest dents into paying for home repairs like house leveling that was not needed lf the person did not want to have work done he allegedly unum dated them into Letting him perform the work
Checks iota] trig $70,000 made oui to Acevedo from Alvine Schwandt for work done to a home in the IOO Mock of Cumal Avenue were muudwued uuo evidence Witnesses allege (hat the checks were given to Acevedo after he threatened the woman with a lawsuit, claiming he had injured Ms knee while working on her house
District Attorney Bill M asked Reynaldo Acevedo what a $5,820 “salesman commission” was that was added uuo the bdl for work
done to another home
“That’s for the service provided by Thomas Acevedo.’’ the son said. “The labor charge ($3,430) is what is paid to the workers.”
The defense questioning of the son indicated that at the time photograph* wert taken of piers ii was eight months after the job was completed. The piers beneath the house were not in contact with the structure they were supposed to be supporting, and the defense contended that the ground could have settled due to the land drying after rains earlier this year.
The defense introduced into evidence a five year handwritten guar ait tee bearing the names Thomas Acevedo aid Oscar Acevedo, another ion of the defendant, issued to Mrs Bounce Hardin of the 400 block of Ferryman for work done on her house The defense’s contention is that Tho mas Acevedo was never given the chance to adjust work that may settle overtime It was continually pointed out by the prosecution thai Acevedo is nut a Incensed contractor in New Braunfels and obtained no building per nun for work performed
During some of the testimony, Acevedo appeared to become angry and diook hts finger at the prosecutor Throughout the trial the jury was constantly sent out of the courtroom by vim ung Judge George K el ion of Odessa Return’s unpredictable Kyle and explosive nature kept attorneys busy reacting lo (us rulings Defense attorney BUI Sc hr ardri made numerous mon urn for mistrial, all of which were denied “I’m not gonna do ii.” the judge exclaimed “I hate lo see a mistrial after we’ve already spent this much lune "
The state and the defense closed their cases and the jury returned si 8 30 am today for summations and to make thru decision
Rusted through areas are easily visible on the bowl and arms of the figure at the top of the fountain in the downtown plaza The Missouri company that handled the Goddess of Liberty statue work on the state Capital several years ago has recommended the city not turn the fountain on again until it is rehabilitated (Photos by Mark Warnken)
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Experts say the downtown plaza's badly rusted castiron fountain, which has been dry for about two years. direly needs restoration before being turned hack on The historic fountain originally was shut down in the summer of 1989 because of the city’s emergency water conservation measures, said David Whatley, director of the city Parks and Recreation Department
last August, parks officials contacted Washington University Technology Associate* Inc. of Missouri. one of the nation’s foremost statue and monument restoration finns, about severe rust inside the IO-foot. three section cast-iron statue pan of the landmark, which is more than IOO years okl. Whatley said “What they are telling us is that probably the best thing thai we could have done is to let this thing dry out if we’re serious about wanting to have the fountain here for future generations,’’ Whatley said “It’s very close to the point where it can’t be rehabilitated But the fountain is still in good enough shape that we can restore the original and nut have to mold a replica “
The community also could opt to recast the original fountain rn aluminum ut concrete and offer the original lo the Supnienburg Museum, he said “Thai’s the choice facing the community We can repair or replace the fountain or we can run it until it falls over,” Whatley said In a letter dated July 8, WLT A President Patrick Rice recommended against continued operation of the fountain prior to restoration, based on a firsthand ifupecuon by the firm last (Xtober.
“The inter tor surfaces and all plumbing mechanism are in an advanced state of deter mr abort The fountain can be restored in its current condition However, it
Piru* department workers painted the outside of the fountain several weeks ago to help seal the badly rusted interior of the fountain.
carmot tolerate additional deterioration prior lo restoration,” Rice wrote.
Parks officials originally were worried that some of the many layers of paint on the outside of the fountain contained lead, which would have complicated and increased the expense of restoration
Whatley hopes that the community will consider restoring the fountain through a fund raising project in conjunction with the city's 150th anniversary celebration rn 1995
(Abe* repairs needed ai the downtown plaza include replacing the zinc bayonet on the World War I dough boy statue for about $3,(JU) and repairing the cracking alone Civil War statue fur about $124100, Whatley said
City Charter committee picks officers, sets agenda
The New Braunfels Charter Review Committee elected officers and set the agenda for future meetings during m organizational meeting last week
Members unanimously elected George Etten ai chairman. Raymond Mendez Jr., vice chairman, lad George Bokurney. secretary. Others serving are Quartic Walker, Chem Suatemaui. JC. Reagan and Karen
City Hall All meetings will be posted and open to the public
During Mf nest meeting, scheduled for Thursday. Aug I. members of previous charter review cotnmiuee* who can be located will be invited rn brief the current committee members on pant jpg considered to provide ■ tyh^amgeeunces and ie cay s
The group decided lo MBI to 9 pm every other Thursday ai
The committee also will invite former cay officials and others involved with the settlement of the Maucan
American Legal Defense and Educe uon Fund (MAIDEF) lawsuit that partly shaped the current procedure for electing city officials “One of the challenges issued to us al the beginning of this review was to consider the issue of electing the mayor,” fcrbcn sad “No one seems to know for sure. but several folks seem to remember thai the current proce dure wa* pan of the settlement with MALDE*
“And we as a committee don’t want to take any actions thai would be
unfair to minority voting rights or wind up getting Ute cat) lino Legal trouble and/or possible Lawsuits at some future point,” br ben tad
Erberi expressed hope that city residents will become active ai the com nnune’s efforts and provide input for comnuuee consider anoa
Mayor James Guudbread has asked the comnuuee to consider having voters elect the mayor through city-wide election*, instead of cononuuig to have the Qty Council abaci one of us
Goodbread also recommended Me comnuuee consider a small payment to council members, perhaps $200 to $300 per month. u> encourage youn gel residents to mn for the pubs His third suggestion involved studying stricter requirement* un resident petitions forcing the council in call referendums
The committee oughty study the* whatever other issues deemed tam, Goodbread sad
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