New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 21, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
District 31 Little League tournament begins here today See P.5
New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21, 1845 March 21, 1995
10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, June 21,
1,1994 Serving Comal County for more than 142 years I Home of ROBERT D. SCHEEL, SR.
Vol. 142, No. 159Inside
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Robert D. Scheel, Sr. (belated), Senaida Or on a, Kayla Renee Castillo (6th!), Gilbert Guerrero in, Melanie Oakes (Monday), Alan Saunders, Emma Lee Allen, Virginia Allen, Maisie Barry, Vincent Cavanaugh, Jewell Pfeil, Patsy Tate. Happy Anniversary to Francisco & Sylvia Ortiz, Kent & Fadra Lucas (1st!).
Wednesday lotto worth $17 million
AUSTIN (AP) - No tickets correctly matched all six numbers drawn Saturday night for the twice-weekly Lotto Texas game, state lottery officials said. The jackpot was worth S9 million.
The numbers drawn Saturday night from a field of 50 were: IO, ll, 14, 17, 37, and43.
There were 122 tickets sold with five of the six numbers, with each ticket worth $1,833. There were 8,172 tickets with four of six numbers, with each winning S98 And there were 157,203 tickets sold with three of six numbers, with each worth an automatic $3
Lottery officials estimate the jackpot for Wednesday nights game will be $17 million
New Braunfels Art League meets tonight
The New Braunfels Art League will hold its monthly meeting tonight in the Arts Center, 646 Walnut Square, instead of the downtown building as planned
Pat Dcltz will demonstrate her techniques of painting clear and colored glass in oil on canvas The meeting begins at 7 p m and is open to the public.
Winning posters now on exhibit
The Children’s Museum in New Braunfels is exhibiting winning posters from the Habitat for Humanity student contest
Winners may retneve prizes and posters at the museum after the exhibit closes, June 30.
All entered contest posters are at the CMNB for pick up
Little Shop of Horrors to benefit Children’s Museum
The Little Shop of Horrors" performance on Thursday, July 7, will benefit the Children's Museum in New Braunfels.
Tickets are on sale at the museum, China N’ Things and at the theatre. Call 620-0939.
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NBU board names DiFonzo new general manager
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
The New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees voted last night to name Paula DiFonzo general manager of NBU.
DiFonzo, 38, currently works at NBU as the accounting and information manager. She has worked at the utilities for approximately 13 years and will begin her duties as general manager on July I. She is excited about being general
“I knew I was in the running but it was a very pleasant surprise. I am looking forward to the challenge. It is a very big challenge. I will start working with the staff immediately. We will get ourselves a mission and a goal and will keep NBU as strong as it is today,” said DiFonzo.
DiFonzo said she will be working on the economic incentive program and environmental issues, as well as day-to-day tasks.
“We have environmental issues to deal with.
We will continue to deal with water. Right now we have a rate change under consideration at the city council. We have employees who are a primary concern, and our No. I concern is the customer,” she said.
Board Chairman Gene Momhinweg said he was pleased the board was able to hire someone who works at NBU.
“I lean toward hiring someone from inside the organization. If we brought in somebody from outside we would not know anything about
them. It takes an outsider six months to get accustomed to us and the way we like to do business. Someone from the inside is familiar with all that,” said Momhinweg.
The board of trustees decided she was the best qualified at this time to take over the job as general manager,” he said.
DiFonzo will replace General Manager Bob Sohn. Sohn will be retiring at the end of the month. The board will meet on June 30 to discuss the salary and benefits for DiFonzo.
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Herald Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Second baseman Vincent Rodriguez celebrates after scoring his team's lone run in the third inning of the New Braunfels National League 11-year-old all-stars 3-1 loss to Luling Monday night.
New high-voltage power line east of New Braunfels to be subject of meeting
By GREG PERUSKI
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
The construction and location of a new high-voltage power line east of New Braunfels will be the subject of a public meeting Tuesday June 21 designed to garner input from local residents.
The meeting will be held 7 to 9 p m at the Memonal Elementary School, 1900 S. Walnut Street Information concerning the power line will be available from the Lower Colorado River Authority, which is hosting the meeting with the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative and New Braunfels Utilities.
A new power line east of New Braunfels will bring more reliable service to the Schumansville area east of 1-35. Both OVBC and New Braunfels Utilities will have the ability to route power to their customers more efficiently and with greater reliability once the line is built Both utility companies purchase electricity at wholesale rates from the LURA The LURA will manage construction of the power line
“The final route for the new transmission line has not been finalized,” said Loy Aston, LUR A's manager of Real Estate
Stabbing victim released from local hospital
Tonight’s meeting designed to gamer public input from local residents
Services "Based on previous discussions with area landowners and additional research, we have some ideas where we think the line should go But we have not made a final decision We want to hear from local residents before making tire final route selection ”
Once the LURA decides where to build the power line, it must receive a permit from the Public Utility Commission of Texas before construction can begin
The power line will connect two electrical substations The Sheriffs Posse substation, just southeast of New Braunfels and tile recently completed Schumansville substation, off West Zipp Road, provide service east of lnierstate-35 to customers buying electricity from New Braunfels Utilities and GVEC. Substations are a vital link between the LCRA, New Braunfels Utilities and GVEC
Substations convert electricity from high-voltage power lines to lower-voltage electric distribution lines, which bring electricity to individual homes and businesses
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
A San Antonio resident was released from the hospital this weekend after allegedly being stabbed by his sister’s boyfriend while they were visiting Canyon Lake Saturday.
Michael Tones, 20, of San Antonio, was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital on Saturday after suffering a knife wound to the chest.
Comal County Sheriffs Deputies and Canyon Lake Emergency Medical Services personnel were called to the scene of the incident at 9:37 p.m. Saturday.
According to CCSC) Detective Jimmy Limmer the incident occurred when the victim and his sister's boyfriend, Thomas Perez, 27, of San Antonio, got into an argument on Farm to Market Road 3159. Perez had
allegedly beaten the victim’s sister which caused an argument between Perez and Torres. Perez allegedly pulled a knife during the argument and stabbed Torres.
Limmer said Tones’ friends drove the victim to the Pit Stop convenience store in Startzville on FM 2673 and FM 3159. An ambulance was called to the scene Reports show Torres was stabbed once in the chest with a 7-inch knife.
According to Limmer witnesses said Perez had fled into the underbrush on FM 3159. Perez, was arrested three hours later on FM 3159 and was charged with public intoxication He was taken to the Comal County Jail and was released on bond
Limmer said charges of aggravated assault may be brought against Perez after the case is reviewed by the Comal County District Attorney
O.J. Simpson case puts domestic violence in national spotlight
By CRAIG HAMMETT
O. J Simpson. The name once associated with newspaper headlines in the sports pages, has now transformed through gruesome if not tragic events onto the front pages of this nation While Simpson’s case may grab the biggest headlines in this country, the issue of domestic violence, the root of the drama, has also been thrust into tile spotlight Cases like O.J. Simpson’s demonstrate that domestic violence cuts across all demographic lines be they economic, social, ethnic, etc These cases occur everywhere, from Hollywood to Comal County "Whether O.J. is guilty or innocent, bringing this to the public light will affect our community,” said Chante Mazy, director of the Comal County Women’s Center A woman in the United States is beaten every 15 seconds, said Mazy She said local police and shenff calls regarding domestic violence have risen, and over 70 percent of emer-gency-room calls around the country deal with domestic violence County Attorney Nathan Rheinlan der said his office handled 131 assault cases in 1993 and 64 through 1994, the majority of cases being associated with domestic violence, a Class A misdemeanor that cames up to a $3,000 tine or a year in jail Rheinlander said they often have problems bringing the offenders to trial because the victim will eventually fail to testify after a two or three-month span between initial filing and actual trial
Rheinlander said one thing they are trying to do is have officers sign the complaint instead of the victim, part of a "no-drop policy” that Rheinlander
says helps to "bolster and stay with it (case) ”
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offenses, proba- st0fY. Pag6 3 tion is often a good measure because* the county can monitor persons for up to two years, as opposed to serving say 30 days and then leaving with no future supervision or counseling “What we really need to do is keep it from happening again,” he said "Probation is an excellent prevention tool ”
Jack Williamson of the County Adult Probation Office said the office recently started a Family Violence Intervention Program which deals intensively with the problem.
“Most commonly there is a pattern of substance abuse that goes hand-in-hand with domestic violence,” lie said Rheinlander said a very good option is a Family Violence Protective Order filed as a civil case which restricts an abuser from being within a certain distance of the victim or may contain other restrictions up to one year Violation of the order is a criminal offense whereby the offender would sit in jail until the judge heard the case
Williamson said cases of domestic violence are expected to rise in this decade, due in part to better sup|*>rt programs for victims, the ability of law enforcement to driest, and new laws which support that arrest “We really didn’t have any laws whatsoever,” said New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Headon. “T hey (officers) were social workers really ” With protective orders, shelters such as the Women’s Center and law s that give officers a firm ground, Headon said the situation as far as arrest has improved dramatically just over the last three years.
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