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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas .............. society Herald-Zeitung □ Sunday, June 22, 1997 3 5A Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall Holgard Suhr, front left, accepts a certificate of appreciation from Mayor Jan Kennady for a Main Plaza marker commemorating the Geman American Society of New Braunfels and its work to preserve German heritage and culture. ‘Night Out’ example of community spirit Lawmen search for two suspects Officials believe brothers may have killed Wimberley man From staff reports Authorities in Hays County are looking for two individuals in connection with a homicide in Wimberley on Thursday afternoon. Captain Billy Bloom of the Hays County Sheriff’s Department said authorities want to talk to brothers Mark and David Xinidakis pertaining to the homicide of Darryl Glenn Rutherford, 52, of Wimberley. The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined that the cause of death was blunt trauma. “We have no warrants issued for anyone’s arrest,’’ Bloom said. “We are just interested in talking to these two men about the homicide and bank robbery in Dripping Springs.” Both men are being sought for questioning in for the aggravated robbery that occurred in Dripping Springs at Cattleman’s National Bank on Tuesday. Authorities have evidence indicating that the two men may be responsible for both crimes. “We just want to touch base with these two young men on information that has surfaced during the course of investigation,” Bloom said. Both subjects are white males. Mark Aaron Xinidakis is 29 years of age, approximately 6-feet-1-inch to 6-feet-2-inches, 190 to 200 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. David Israel Xinidakis is 20 years of age, approximately 6 feet, 160 pounds with blonde hair, blue eyes. Photographs are being obtained for both men and will be distributed as soon as possible. Both subjects have lived in California, New Mexico and Texas. They were last seen in an older model light-colored, pickup truck displaying California license plates. After 12 years in this community, I anrstill amazed at the response of the citizens, whether it be requests for volunteers or requests for funds. This is why New Braunfels is the desirable “living spot” that it is. Let’s talk. The Mayor, assistant to City Manager, Comal County Sheriff, Police Chiefs of New Braunfels, Garden Ridge, Canyon Lake participants, and seniors by the score are all participating in the S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) Council for the protection of seniors from fraud, abuse, and daily catastrophe. Indirectly, this helps all the citizens of Comal County. Another way all citizens benefit is through National Night Out. On August 5, 1997, New Braunfels celebrates “America’s Night Out Against Crime.” The New Braunfels Safe City Commission and the National Association of Town Watch are welcoming you and your neighborhood to the National Night Out crime prevention event. Over 28 million people in more than 8,800 communities are expected to join forces on August 5th to promote police-community partnerships, crime and drug prevention awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity for all citizens. And, you’d better believe the SALT Triad will be there too. This information is being published now because all neighborhoods need time to plan. Annually, the best National Night Out programs are those that get an early start. According to Don Ferguson of New Braunfels Safe City Commission, the “Give Neighborhood Crime and Drugs a Going Away Party” theme is continuing this year based on its success and popularity. The hope is Marie Dawson that the theme will be helpful in motivating all members of a neighborhood to get out and get involved in the National Night Out campaign. Theme art is encouraged in developing flyers, posters and related announcements. Don has asked that you please keep his office posted on your plans as they develop, and if you have questions or need assistance, please feel free to call 608-2100, Ext. 18. Block parties, outdoor lighting demonstration sites, police officer visits to neighborhoods, anticrime and drug rallies, ice cream socials, McGniff visits, and caravans through neighborhoods are only a few suggestions to help you get started on your neighborhood project. Be as creative as you like. Don says that often “off the wall” ideas turn out to be brilliant promotions. Involve everyone you can — groups, individuals, politicians, officials, businesses, organizations, etc. There is no question this year that the Sheriffs Department and the Police Departments will be involved. They always are involved in National Night Out, but this year especially so because of the newly formed Triad. Also, we want to encourage residents throughout the city and county to show support for crime prevention by lighting up their homes on August 5, 1997. It could become a habit and help reduce crime all the year round. The proper uses of energy-efficient outdoor security lighting will be extremely economical — just {jennies. Lighted homes, businesses, and streets deter crime and drug activity, as well as other related “dark night” activities. So remember “Lights On Means Lights Out for Crime.” The Plan: Choose a site that is easily accessible for neighbors. Yards, streets, and clubhouses are great sites for block parties. The suggested time is 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., but you may tailor the event to best accommodate your neighborhood. Plan games like “cakewalks” and “musical chairs,” or you may wish to have a speaker or a band to entertain people attending the block party. Give neighbors plenty of early notice using flyers, door hangers, newsletter, etc. Reminder calls or notices are recommended just before the gathering. Remind residents to bring lawn chairs, and make sure you have plenty of beverages on hand for the party, such as water and soft drinks, you may want to provide name tags. That’s one good way to help the neighbors get to know each other. Please notify the City Manager's office about your party plans. The New Braunfels Safe City Commission will visit each block party and present an award to the best gathering on the day following the National Night Out. Also, please inform the City Manager’s office if you need a street closed for a block party: 608-2100, Ext. 18. The County and City need the support, cooperation, and creative expression of every citizen of Comal County to participate in this extremely valuable and worthwhile event. We are all the sponsors, the participants, and the recipients. It costs nothing: no fundraising — just a simple caring for your fellow man. (Marie Dawson writes a weekly column about issues relating to senior citizens.)Portable potty problem resolved: Developer, residents reach agreement By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer After Comal County Commissioners approved pursuing a lawsuit against parties involved in an illegal subdivision in the county, the parties involved agreed on i solution. The problem arose when Rolanio and Ramona Gomez applied f<r a septic permit in March for their.iew home in Park Lane Estates,sear Garden Ridge. According to county officials, developer William Sutton apparently did not plat the property, and the lot the Gomez family purchased failed to meet flatting requirements. The county requires property to have a 40-foot easemett giving access to the property fron a public road. The Gomez property must be reached by a 30-foot strip that crosses a neighbor’s proierty. The county initially denied the permit request, forcing the homeowners to us« a portable restroom. The court approved letting the Gomezes use the septic tank, while attorneys presenting the parties tried to lammer out a solution. Possible solution} were presented, but all parties woald not agree to them. The holding tank permit was extended severil times while negotiations cornified. On Thurscay, attorneys representing the Gomez family, Sutton and another fancily thkf bought property from. thp tjonjeSes and have the same problem, told commissioners court that they still had not reached an agreement. Sutton’s attorney, Harry Adams, said his client did not want to sign the agreement because of requirements that would leave his client at risk for future legal action. The attorney for the Gomezes did not want to give up that right. “That’s the one sticking point we have,” said Brent Free, attorney for the property owners. “I think the purpose of Commissioners Court today is to resolve the problem between the property and the platting requirements.” The court voted 3-2 to grant the septic tank permit and pursue legal action. Commissioner Danny Scheel, who voted against it, said granting the permit would remove the pressure to bring the property into compliance. He also said the Gomez family was taking advantage of the situation to personally benefit. “I feel what was once a victim situation Gomez turned around and was trying to use Commissioners Court to feather his nest,” he said. Once the vote was taken, the attorneys went into the hall to work on an agreement and finally reached one. “I’m satisfied and I think the parties are satisfied,” said County Judge Carter Casteel. “Actually what i, has happened is what should have happened in^thie first place ” . According to the agreement, Sutton would provide appropriate accesses, at a cost of about $55,000, and plat the new lots. In addition, Sutton, Gomez and the other property owner all would be released from claims against each other and their attorneys. “I think it’s fair to all parties," said Adams. Rolando Gomez called the entire ordeal “94 days of frustration.” .He said he now would consider legal action against other panties involved in the original subdivision. “It just should have never happened because all these people were professionals,'’ he said. Casteel said others can learn from this experience. “This surely should be a lesson for Centex rrmofllce plus ‘four best value everyday! Copy Paper is always on SALE. 154 S. Business IH35 (next to Adobe Cafe) 629-3979 those people who want to subdivide    agreement are followed, and    a plat is to please follow the county’s    submitted to county, C^eel    said the regulations,’’said Casteel.    county should not have rn take any lf the items outlined in the signed    legal action in the matter. Digital PCS Service Y Dr. Wes Stamps Chiropractor rn Natural Health through Chiropractic I 625-601 I I 58 N. Union St. Immunizations available in Spring Branch The Coma" County Health Department will begin providing immunizatior services at Spring Branch Emergency Medical Services budling at U.S. 281 and Ranch Road 511 beginning July 18. Immunizations at this site will be available for infants, toddlers, children and adults the third Friday of odd-nunbered months. These clinics will be by appointment only. I In addition to the Spring Branch clinic, immunizations may be octained at the Canyon Lake Action Marriage licenses The following people were married with licenses from Comal County: • William Toed Combest and Elizabeth Rose Ramey of Arlington. • Matthew Thomas Cowan and Dawn Elizabeth Stuhldreher of New Braunfels. • Matthew Eri< Gass and Anamelia Nadine Voss of Spring Branch. • Donald Sidney Jackson and Betty Lou Benbrook lf New Braunfels. Center in Sadler on the third Friday of even numbered months and at the health department offices in New Braunfels during several days each week. Appointments are necessary for the clinic in Sadler as well as for special clinics scheduled at the health department for babies, toddlers and school-aged children. 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