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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas >AV New jhtiilssiFELS 7 0 IN EW (MMmSKFELS ^    *«    'HeRALD-ZeI I ONG Vol. 148, No. 146 24 pages in 2 sections June ll, 1999 Friday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Neighbor’s dog attacks woman Chow did not have its current rabies shots By Heather Todd Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — A late evening walk with the dog turned violent for a woman when she was attacked by a neighbor’s dog in her own driveway. Deborah Shiny is recovering at her home in the Arrowhead Village subdivision after an 8-year-old Chow named “Max” attacked her German short hair dog, then turned on her about 7 p.m. Wednesday. Shirey said she decided to take one of her three dogs for a walk when her husband, Troy, noticed Max out of his yard. “I told her not to walk the dog because Max was out,” Troy said. Deborah said she waited, then started out with her dog but only got as far as the driveway when the black Chow began fighting with her dog. Deborah said she tried to pull her dog away when Max attacked her. “He went for my leg and knocked me down, then attacked again,” she said. “He sunk his teeth in and didn’t want to let go.” Deborah said a young man finally helped her get away from the dog by striking it with a motorcycle helmet. Troy said the young man and several Mentis locked the dog up inside a fence at the owner’s property. “I’m scared to death it (Max) could hurt someone seriously. There’s a little kid across the street, and it could kill her easily,” Deborah said. Larry Gibour, Max’s owner, said he was See DOG/5A Deborah Shirey of Canyon Lake points to where she was attacked Wednesday evening by “Max," an 8-year-old Chow belonging to her neighbor, Larry Gibour. Shirey has three large puncture wounds, several bruises and a knot on her head. The dog was removed and held by animal control officials. HEATHER TOOD/ Herald-Zertung Scheel declares burn ban I I SCHEEL By Chris Crews Staff Writer Comal County Judge Danny Scheel heeded the advice of Fire Marshal Lin Manford cm Thursday and declared an emergency ban tm outdoor burning in the county. “The fire marshal said we needed it now,” Scheel said. “lf we get some good rain we can always take it off.” The ban took effect Thursday morning. Scheel asked Manford if the ban could wait another week until it could be ratified by the commissioners’ court, but Manford said conditions were bad and getting worse. Manford told the court the Texas Forest Service deemed the area a “high” risk for wildfires. The National Weather Service also reported the area was more than 5 inches below normal annual rainfall levels. No more significant rainfall is expected until mid-August, Manford said. “I know it’s not popular, but I think we need to be proactive rather than reactive,” he said. The prohibition states that a person is in violation if he bums “any combustible material outside an enclosure to contain all flame and or sparks .” Violation of the order is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or a jail term of up to 180 days. Also Thursday, commissioners voted to implement a county ban on aerial fireworks for the Fourth of July weekend. The act prohibits the use of fireworks that contain fins, rudders or sticks and can become airborne, officials said “Anything that leaves the ground intact and can fall on the roof of a house is prohibited,” commissioner Jack Daw son said. Bottle rockets and nussile-type fireworks are banned bul firecrackers, sparklers, Roman See BAN/BA MANFORD CHRS CREWS/HeraW-Zeitung Above, Darrell MoeHer, a member of the Germania Farmer Verein, looks over the dance floor at the dance hall at Anhalt in preparation for two live music shows and a barbecue cook-off this weekend. The rules enumerated on the overhead signs are no longer strictly enforced. Below, Moeller bellies up to the bar at the Anhalt dance hall, which was built in 1908. This weekend’s musical and culinary fundraisers will pay for repairs to the structure. transformation to a group to study methods for improvement of livestock and agriculture. Membership was drawn exclusively from Comal and surrounding counties. During that period, the annual meetings in May and October began as exhibitions for the season’s produce and included dances and picnics. Far from fading into obsolescence, the Verein is flourishing as it enters the 21 st century. Moeller said the Verein was now 600 strong, with members from across the United States and Europe. Tonight’s show will begin at 8 p.m., with Dana Lee and the Ranger Band taking the stage. “Scamp” Walker will say “Hi, Buckaroos” about 9:30 p.m. Tickets, available at the door, are $20 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Anhalt Weekend Today 8 p.m. — Dance featuring Jerry Jeff Walker and the Gonzo Compadres Admission: $20 at the door, $5 for children 12 and under Saturday 1 p.m. — Washer Pitching Tournament 3 p.m. — Barbecue cook-off judging 8 p.m. — Dance featuring Geronimo Trevino Admission: $7.50 at the door, Children 12 and under $5, children 6 and under free The eighth annual barbecue cook-off will run through the afternoon Saturday, with judging about 3 p.m. The washer pitching contest will begin at I p.m. Saturday’s dance features Geronimo Trevino at 8 p.m. Gate admission is $7.50 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, with kids 6 and under admitted free. The dance hall at Anhalt is off Texas 46 about 4.5 miles west of U.S. Highway 281. Take Anhalt road about two miles. Jerry Jeff headlines weekend in Anhalt Germania Farmer Verein Notice mOCCENmiNCOMMONLY DANCING- IN-THIS-H A LL IS-STRICTLY-PROHIBITED THE-VEREIN raising funds to repair 91-year-old dance hall By Chris Crews Staff Writer ANHALT — If your tastes run to posh discotheques that call themselves honky-tonks, serving up lukewarm adult beverages and tinny pseudo-country music. San Antonio has an abundance of entertainment venues designed especially for you. But if old German dance halls, ice cold beer and classic Texas music are more your style, the dance hall in western Comal County will fit your weekend plans like an old pair of boots. The Germania Fanner Verein is sponsoring a weekend of music and fine Texas dining that kicks off tonight with a show by Jerry Jeff Walker and the Gonzo Compadres. Entertainment also includes one of the county biggest barbecue cook-offs and a washer pitching tournament Saturday afternoon. Darrell Moeller, a Verein member and one of the organizers of the weekend’s festivities, said the original building at Anhalt was built about 1875 and the dance hall was completed in 1908. The spacious and immaculately maintained dance floor, with more than 3,000 square feet for waltzing and two-stepping, is one of the largest in the county, Moeller said. “We could fit four Gruene Halls in here,” he said. Though dancing is a prominent attraction, plenty of room is available on the grounds to sit back, relax and take in the atmosphere and history the venerable building exudes. “Some people don’t dance — they come here mostly for the socializing,” Moeller said. The history of the Verein is the history of rural Comal County in many ways. It was formed in 1875 as a cooperative of livestock owners to deter predation of their herds by rustlers and Indians. By the 1880s, the organization had begun its Murder investigators still looking for motive, suspect By Chris Crews Staff Writer New Braunfels Police reported little progress Thursday in the investigation into the strangling death of a 62-year-old man found in his apartment on Wednesday. NBPD Lt. Doug Dunlap said the autopsy for Ted McReynolds had not been completed by Thursday afternoon, and no new information on the case was available. He said no motive had been established and a suspect had not been identified. “Everything is pretty much status quo,” Dunlap said. McReynolds moved to New Braunfels from the Pacific Northwest two months ago. “His being fairly new to the area makes it hard to know his lifestyle,” Dunlap said. Dunlap said detectives spent about eight hours Thursday poring over the crime scene at the Mill Bridge Apartments in the 1000 block of Sanger. Detectives said a great deal of physical evidence needed to be secured and catalogued. Dunlap said based on evidence gathered, he could not conjecture whether McReynolds was asleep when he was killed. He also declined to speculate whether the victim was strangled by hand or if a foreign object was used. McReynolds was found by family members about noon Wednesday. Officials said he probably died sometime early Sunday morning. McReynolds’ silver 1988 Toyota Camry station wagon was not found in the apartment parking lot, officials said. Dunlap said the license plate number on the vehicle, D15ZLS, had been entered into state and national computer systems. Members of a task force looking into a string of senal killings in South Texas exam ined the crime scene to determine whether the New Braunfels crime was related to the other homicides. Preliminary indications were that the crimes were not related. Dunlap said he had received a few phone calls Wednesday morning from people who reported seeing the suspect in the serial crimes, Rafael Resendez-Ramirez, in New Braunfels. McReynolds’ death was the first homicide in New Braunfels since 1997. Anyone with information about the homicide can contact New Braunfels Police at 608-2185 or Crimestoppers at 620-TIPS. Inside Abby...................................7A Classifieds.....................7-14B Comics...............................SA Crossword..........................7A Forum.................................SA Local/Metro........................4A Movies.........................7A, 5B Religion .......................9-10A Sports..............................1-48 Today.................................2A Television...........................SA Key cod* 76 ;