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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 4, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels WEDNESDAY June 4, 2003 16 pages in 2 sections IO pages 111 L SCCHe rald-Zeitung Vol, 152, No. 173 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 centsMan dies in high-speed, multicar accident DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Comal County Judge Danny Scheel examines the remains of a Mustang involved in a multivehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on Farm-to-Market Road 3009 near the Garden Ridge and Schertz city limits. The driver of the vehicle died in the accident. Local teen arrested in connection with outfitter arson From Staff Reports Arson investigators arrested a teenager for allegedly setting the May 16 fire that destroyed a river outfitter’s store and offices. Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford said Aaron M. Allen, 17, of Canyon Lake, was booked into Comal County Jail Monday evening. Allen was charged with burglary of a building and arson in the predawn fire that destroyed Janie’s Riverbank Outfitters. Bail was set at $70,000. The fire caused an estimated $250,(XKJ in damage. Burglary of a building is a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in state jail and a $10,(MMI fine. Arson is a second-degree? felony punishable by two to 20 years in state prison and a $10,(HK) fine. Manford said in a news release that New Braunfels Police Dot Bob I birchman was investigating another cast* and developed information that led to Allen. More than IOO items of merchandise* reportedly taken in the Janie’s burglary were; recovered, Manford said. Sheriff’s Deputy Milton Willmann discovered the fin* about 3 a.m. May 16 when he was investigating a loose* live*-stock call on River Road. Moll signs off on plan to end bankruptcy Bv Dylan JimEnez Staff Wnter The “new” Moll Industries will emerge from bankruptcy later this month after a confirmation hearing sets the company’s reorganization plan Thursday. ‘They’re just confirming our plan, and the* debitors are confirming our plan and if they can suppeirt it, which is the major part of being able? to emerge? from bankruptcy,” said Ron Em bren*, Moll vice* president of operations. Moll Industries Inc. filed voluntary bankruptcy Sept. 17, 2002. Part of the* reorganization plan included consolidating facilities in Austin and San Antonio in New Braunfels 'Die; city and county enticed the company to relocate to New Braunfels with a num- By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SCHERTZ—A 19-year-old Schertz man was killed in a high-speed crash Tue?sday on Farm-to-Market Road 3009. Another man was critically injured when his truck was struck head-on. He was flown to University Hospital in San Antonio. His condition was not known Tue?sday night. The driver of a rear-ended semi-truck was taken to an area hospital for evaluation. The crash happened about 4:40 p.m., just after the 19-year-old fled from Schertz police officers. Comal County Judge Danny Scheel pronounced the driver dead in his car, an older model Mustang 5.0. Scheel would release no information. “We haven’t notified his family yet," Scheel said. Parts of the car wert* scattered in a wide radius. Its engine was thrown several hundred yards away from the impact points on EM 3009. Schertz Police Et. Steve Starr released little information Tuesday night. “What we have available at this time is that the Mus tang was traveling on FM 3009 headed northbound toward the City of Garden Ridge. The Mustang appears to have struck t wo vehicles in the southbound lane of traffic and then struck a semitruck,” Starr said in a news release. Traffic was diverted around the accident scene while officers investigated. The roadway was opened at 9 p.m. Garden Ridge Police Chief Walt Myers arrived at the* scene just aft er the collision. “We heard ... the*y were headed toward Gurdon Rielge* on 3009 ane! the*y were* going KH) mph,” Myers said. Officers in pursuit of the vehicle broke off the chase? because of traffic on the roadway and the high spend. The car continued to Red Iron Road. “We* we*re* going to try to stop him at the railroad tracks,” Myers said. Them another officer reported the* accident. ‘That’s not a wre*ck it was an e*xplosion. I arrived em scene within 30 seconds,” Myers said. “I was absolutely amazed. Having done this for 35 ye*ars, you still don’t get used to it.” ber of incentives, including a $6<H),(KH) no-interest leian, a 10-year city tax abatement and a graduated eight-year county tax abatement. In e?xehange, the company promised to create at le*ast 75 local jobs and bring in $8 million in taxable* capital. Embree saiel the firm also would bring in $8 million in payroll. The* company already has hired more; than HO lentil jx*o-pie ariel retained about 20 employees from former facilities. Embree said the* IIG positions should double by September, whe?n the* facility gets into full swing. The? consolidation is about a month ahead of schedule;. The facility is running 20 machines and shipping pnxi* ucts out of Ne;w Braunfels. The San Antonio location See MOLL INDUSTRIES^ Dry spell-bound Tiny rainfall totals . wreak havoc for local farmers, ranchers By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The* Dietert family Lt*on and his son, Clinton farms about 2,300 acres north and east of Ne*w Braunfels. The land is dry. Ixx:ally, there has been almost no rain in three* months. 'Phis we*e*k’s rains offer scant relie?f and no he*lp to already damaged crops. Clinton Dieter! said Hieaday tin* prospects fern local farmers and ranchers are not good. He said it exists a former $ 125 or more* to plant an acre of cropland. “We* aren’t going to se*e* much return this ye*ar. 'Phis will Is* the fourth short crop since 1990. It’s going to be* tough on people who haven't done well the* past two years. Hopefully, (heir bankers are re*al good,” Dietert said. “Even if we* get a decent ram, I think we*’d have a lot of problems gelling any docent quality." ’Phis week's scattered storms cut used heavy damage in the* San Marcos area, but so far have brought only about a hall inch of rain to Ne;w Braunfels. Nat ional Weather Service* Meteorologist Joe* Arellano said Monday evening’s storm overturned small aircraft at the* San Marcos airport, blew the roof off a bor Im rue restaurant and blew down signs along Interstate* 35. See DRY SPELL/3A K. JESSIE SLATEN/! terald /Mtung (Above) Clinton Dietert scoops up a handful of crumbling dirt from what he wishes was moist ground. With no soil in which to lay its roots, the com crop already is laying down, growing to only about half the size it would be in a normal season. (Right) At one point this growing season, Dietert said he could put his fist in many of the cracks in this field. The six-tenths of an inch of rain that fell Monday helped dose up some of the cracks, but it will do nothing to help crops already destroyed from the drought. Free concert series attracts families By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer Th© “Concerti in the Park” series in a throwback to an era when a pavilion in luanda Park wan a popular gathering Hpot for community parties. 'IVue to ita original purpose, the popular musical series remains a family-oriented entertainment offering. The 2(K)3 wen oh of 11 concert** kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with the [Kip and original sounds of Re Boca. “It’s not a church night like Wednesday. It’s not the start of the week like Monday orAt a glance ■ WHAT: 2003 Concert* in the Parte    * ■ WHEN; 7:30 to IO p m Thursday* m WHERE: Lands Park Dance Slab ■ Admi**won it tree, emcee bi Joe Grist For Information, cab 608 2160 '(bendayMaul Bill Thompson, recreation superintendent for the City of New Braunfels, Also, it doesnt conflict with bigger weekend events. Thompson said tile concerts are similar to community gatherings held in the; 1920s and ’30s at a pavilion built to host music and dancing. That’s how the concrete pad where the events are now held got the name “Dance Slab.” “All the acts are good, wholesome, family acts that you ('Jill take your kids to, that you can take your grandmother to, that you can enjoy on a summer night,” Thomp-son said. Tile concerts, which end at IO p m., are free to the public. As music fills the park, See CONCERTS/3AInside Abby.................SA Oassifiecte............. 3-6B I Comics...............SA Forum................6A Local/State.............4    A I Movies .............   SA I Sports...............1,3B I Today................2A Stocks................5A 56826 00002 Summer mosquitoes return, bring West Nile virus worries Reduce chances From Staff Reports Summer brings with it a health ulert dangers from West Nile virus. “Its early in th** season,” said Dr. (’atherine '(fill of the 'fexMH Department of Healths Region 18 in Uvalde, and no reports of West Nile virus have surfaced. That shouldn’t keep residents from being alert to the dangers of the virus. Comal County Health Department Head Nurse Karon Priess said county See WEST NILE/4Aof infection ■ Stay indoor* at dawn, dusk and in the early evening. ■ Wear long sleeved shirt* and long panto* outdoors ■ Apply insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin. An effective repel lent contain* 36 percent DF. ET ■ Spray clouting wit!) Insect repellei its containing permethrin or Of FT, or mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing. ■ It you leave (louse windows open, ensure they have screens. ■ Do not allow water to slag mite in ok! tires, flowerpots, trash container*, swimming pools, birdbaths, pet bowla, etc, ;