New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 16, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 149 No. 150 22 pages in 2 sections June 16, 2000
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iMayor brings radio station back to Fourth fold
By Heather Todd manager, said Thursday he decided to bring resume the partnership. Kendrick suggested the city create a would not donate time to broadcast music
Staff Writer the radio station back as the broadcast On Wednesday, Stockwell pulled the newsletter because the local newspaper during the Fourth of July fireworks show or
New Braunfels residents will get to listen sponsor of the Fourth of July fireworks radio station out of the fireworks show did not have a large circulation and many provide free promotional time.
to music during the city’s Fourth of July display over Landa Park. after hearing comments made by District 4 people did not listen to the local radio sta- On Thursday, Stockwell said he changed
fireworks show after all. On Thursday, Mayor Stoney Williams councilman Robert Kendrick at Monday’s don because they did not like the format. his mind after talking with Williams.
Fred Stockwell, KGNB/KNBT general said he and Stockwell spoke and agreed to council meeting. In response, Stockwell said the station See RADIO/5A
Deputies arrest VFD bookkeeper for theftBulverde Area chiefs wife accused of stealing $33,000
By Erin MAGRUDER
Comal County officers arrested the bookkeeper of Bulverde Area Volunteer Fire Department Wednesday morning for allegedly stealing about $33,000 during the past two years from the tax-funded department.
Corinne Ann Schlueder, 36, also the wife of the fire department’s chief, turned herself in about 9:30 a.m. to the Comal County Sheriff’s Office after a warrant was issued for her arrest on third-degree felony theft charges.
She is accused of signing more than $27,000 in fraudulent payroll checks made out to her husband Raylon Schlueder, Comal County Court-at-Law records show.
She also is accused of writing almost $6,000 in fraudulent checks payable to her as reimbursement for department supplies she said she bought.
Investigators said they did not believe Raylon Schlueder was involved in the alleged theft, and charges probably would not be filed against the fire chief, sheriff’s office detective Tommy Hubertus said.
“The case is still under investigation, but I don’t see at this point any charges being filed against (Raylon Schlueder) in the future,” Hubertus said. “It appears that (Corinne Schlueder) was the one that possibly took care of the finances and the household bills.”
Neither Corinne nor Raylon Schlueder could be reached for comment by press time.
Pat Anthony, treasurer of the Bulverde Area Volunteer Fire Department district board, said he was shocked when he learned a member of the community and volunteer for the department might have betrayed his trust.
“I don’t know how she thought she was going to get away with stealing that much money,” Anthony said. “I didn’t have many dealings with her, but I talked to Ray .... We’re hoping he’s not involved.
“He’s a good fire chief — the type of guy who could take apart the entire fire station and then put it back together. But I don’t think he knew anything about finances. She did all of the treasury work for the department.”
The alleged theft was reported to investigators in May by newly appointed Bulverde Area Volunteer Fire Department board president James Wappes, who recently hired an outside auditor to look over the department’s bank books and payroll.
Court records showed Wappes asked Corinne Schlueder for the password to the computer, and she
See ARREST/5ABuilders love a paradeGuada-Coma
What’sgroup presents Parade of Homes starting Saturday
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Home and Garden Show 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Family/Sports Day 10a.m.-9 p.m.
Health Fair 5-9 p.m.
Chef’s Night 5-9 p.m.
Redneck Games and Chili « Cook-off 5-9 p.m.
Travel and Leisure Night 5-9 p.m.
FRIDAY, JUNE 23
Block Party — Wine & Cheese 5-9 p.m.
Arts & Crafts 10a.m.-9 p.m.
Car Show 10a.m.-9 p.m.
Advance — $6 At the gate — $7
River Chase has been a busy place lately.
Thursday, work crews hammered, sawed, ran wires and moved mulch as they got ready for the opening of the Guada-Coma Home Builders Association 2000 Parade of Homes.
The event, which runs from Saturday through June 25, begins today with an invitation-only pre-parade preview party.
Tickets for the 2000 Parade of Homes are available at Home Depot for $6. At the gate, they’ll cost $7. Hours on Saturdays and Sundays will be IO a.m. to 9 p.m. On Monday through Friday, hours will be 5 to 9 p.m.
River Chase is about a half dozen miles up Farm-to-Market Road 306 from New Braunfels.
“There’s a lot going on at River Chase,” said Susan Granzin, chairman of die Parade of Homes. “Everything’s going to be ready. The builders, decorators and landscapers are working pretty hard. We have tents being set up for concessions. It’ll be a great event.”
This is the first time Guada-Coma Home Builders Association has had the Parade of Homes, Granzin said.
“We’re hoping it’s our first annual. There’ll be a lot of special events. Each day has a different theme,” she said.
Six upscale homes along a street in the River Chase devel
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
Many of the builders make final preparations Thursday at the 2000 Parade of Homes model homes at River Chase.
opment next to the Guadalupe River have been built, decorated, furnished and landscaped to demonstrate latest trends and techniques.
“There are so many things to see — all the newest and most innovative products — it’ll take awhile to go through all the homes,” Granzin said. “This will be especially valuable for people who are building or buying. If you own your own home now, you’ll get lots of decorating ideas. I think people are going to be really surprised at the homes and how well they’re decorated. It’s like someone is already living in them.”
Jay Patterson, vice president of Southerland Properties, developer of River Chase, said
things were falling into place nicely late Thursday.
“This will be spectacular. We think everyone who visits will really enjoy River Chase. The builders and developers are real excited,” he said.
“We think people should make two or three visits. We’ve got different things happening each day, and all sorts of neat stuff,” Patterson said.
Dean Seydler of San Marcos helps decorate a home that will be featured in Guada-Coma Home Builders Association’s Parade of Homes.
Schools, lawmen talk tragedy strategies
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
It’s every cop’s and every teacher’s worst dream.
Some maladjusted misfit gets a gun and shoots his way into a school classroom — maybe killing a couple of kids or a teacher on the way.
Inside, he holds the weapon to someone’s head and hunkers down.
What develops then is a three-ring nightmare of school officials, parents, public, press, civil, police and military authorities trying to deal with a dan
gerously high-charged, tense and emotional situation involving the risk of injury or death to children.
Thursday, teachers and administrators of Comal Independent School District met with sheriff’s and police officers for a workshop at Canyon High School on “Surviving a hostage situation.”
Wayman C. Mullins of the Southwest Texas State University Institute of Criminal Justice Studies conducted the seminar. Mullins, a hostage negotiator for
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Man accused of kidnapping his ex-wife convicted by Comal jury
By Heather Todd
Comal County jurors convicted 26-year old Johnnie Lee Cooper Jr. of aggravated kidnapping for taking his ex-wife at gunpoint from her New Braunfels residence earlier this year.
The six-man, six-woman jury came back with the guilty verdict about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. A punishment hearing is scheduled 9 a.m. today. District Judge Gary Steel presided over the trial.
Cooper, who said he was distraught over the breakup of his marriage, was accused of taking his ex-wife from her New Braunfels residence on Jan. 31 while armed with a 9 mm handgun.
Now that he has been convicted of the first-degree felony, Cooper could face life or up to 99 years in prison.
Cooper was arrested by New Braunfels Police Department officers Feb. I. A month later, a Comal County grand jury indicted Cooper on the aggravated kidnapping charge.
Comal County assistant district attorney Ed Springer told jurors evidence indicated Cooper sought to harm Laura Cooper, his ex-wife, their seven-year old daughter and Laura’s father the night of the incident.
Springer said late Jan 30 or early Jan. 31 See KIDNAPPINGS