New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 22, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
Standoff ends peacefully
Milton Shoeheart, left, talks with Dennis Baker and Karlene Krueger of SMI-Texas Thursday during the Mission Valley Textiles job fair. The event was held to help more than 350 textile employees who are losing their jobs this summer.
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Freddie Najvar, of New Braunfels, is searched Thursday by New Braunfels Police Detective Jesse Villarreal, while Detective John Rios, left, Detective Pete Villarreal, right, and Lt. Mike Rust, far right, look on after a standoff at the man’s home on Texas 46 in the Clear Springs area.
Police surround home on Texas 46 when domestic situation erupts
Laurel Ridge opens New Braunfels facility
Chamber wooing technical college
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce is working on the next step to bring a comprehensive post-secondary and adult education facility to the area, Chamber President Michael Meek said.
Officials from Texas State Technical College came to the city at the chamber’s invitation. The college’s vice chancellor and executive vice chancellor were among the visitors to New Braunfels this past week.
“We urged them to consider coming here,” Meek said. “And, at first, it was just a courtesy visit because one of their regents actually lives here. Then, when they got here, they were very
impressed with the work we had done, the studies we showed them.”
The city’s higher education task force commissioned a study this past year from the CLARUS Corporation that highlighted the need for both post-secondary vocational-education training and adult education. One of the steps toward meeting the needs in the study was met when the chancellors visited New Braunfels, Meek said.
Amy Thchirhart is a regent on the TSTC board and Eves in New Braunfels. She said the school was flattered that it was asked to build a partnership in New Braunfels.
“We won’t be expanding the campus, because that probably won’t be approved,” she said. “But we can create partnerships. So we suggested that New Braunfels contact the Alamo Community College in San Antonio. We See CHAMBERS
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Area hits air quality problems
By Martin Malacara
The greater San Antonio area exceeded federal clean air standards for the first time this year on Monday, an air quality official said.
Dorothy Birch, natural resources and transportation specialist for the Alamo Area Council of Governments, said Tuesday the San Antonio area had an eight-hour ozone average of 90 parts per billion.
The Environmental Protection Agency has set the standard for met
ropolitan areas at 85 ppb of ozone in the lower atmosphere.
Ozone is a gas formed when sunlight breaks up oxygen molecules and re-forms them into ozone molecules.
Ozone in the upper atmosphere protects the planet from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation.
But if present in the lower atmosphere, ozone can cause respiratory discomfort or distress to people.
“It’s such a health issue, especially for children, the elderly and asthmatics,” Birch said.
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By Ron Maloney
A six-hour standoff* between police and an armed man ended without incident Thursday.
The man, who surrendered shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday, reportedly had threatened harm to his two young children, himself and his wife. Police also reported that the man had said he would shoot any officer who came on his property.
New Braunfels police, supported by Department of Public Safety troopers and Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office deputies, surrounded a home in the Clear Springs area shortly before 9 a.m.
Officers — first Sgt. David Wilson and then detective and negotiator Pete Villarreal — began talking by telephone with Freddie B. Najvar, 40, of New Braunfels.
Najvar, who was armed with a .22 caliber handgun refused to come out — and refused to allow his two preschool-aged boys to leave for much of the day.
Najvar was taken into custody and placed in the county jail on a charge of making a terroristic threat, which is a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in county jail and a
Negotiator Pete Villarreal stands by as the wife of a man involved in a police standoff Thursday talks to her husband.
$2,000 fine. His bail was set at $500.
Police said Najvar was upset over his domestic situation, but offered few details.
New Braunfels Police Detective Sean
Gabbard said, “A family’s involved. Anything like this is unfortunate when it involves a family.”
Police Lt. Doug Dunlap said the situation began Thursday when police received a “man with a gun” call for a fight at the Welcome Stop, a bar on Texas 46. According to reports, the man went to the bar and had a dispute with his wife, who works there.
“This grew out of a domestic problem that’s been going on for some time,” Dunlap said.
The woman told police her husband had threatened her with a handgun — and threatened to hurt himself and their two children.
When Herald-Zeitung reporters went to the bar later in the day, an employee there denied anything related to the standoff had occurred in the bar.
Najvar left the bar and returned to his home in the 1600 block of Tfexas 46 South.
Officers surrounded the home, and dispatchers called Najvar, who said he didn’t want to talk to police — and would shoot any officer who came onto his property, police said.
As Sgt. David Wilson talked to Naj-
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McKenna Memorial Hospital who were upset when the clinic closed its doors nearly two years ago.
The delay in reopening, Key said, was in finding a psychiatrist to work at the facility.
So Key recruited Dr. John King, of San Antonio, out of retirement to serve as medical director for the clinic.
“This is a really special day. We’re finally fulfilling a
dream,” she said.
King said he has had a working relationship with most of the local doctors since he began practicing medicine in the early 1960s.
King, who retired in 1996, said he would stay with the facility for as long as he is needed.
The clinic will serve adults who need treatment for psychiatric problems and drug See LAUREL RIDGE/5A
work to start
immediately on saltwater plant
its mental health clinic at 876 Loop 337.
Laurel Ridge New Braunfels Chief Executive Officer Ramona T. Key said the community was responsible for the facility’s return.
“We’re aware of the mental health needs here. That’s why it’s here. It’s really a reopening,” Key said.
Key said the reopening gave her a chance to patch up hurt feelings with staff at
in the wake of a Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission hearing in Austin Wednesday.
At that hearing, the TNR-CC granted a request by Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited for a contested case hearing on a Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority request to draw more water out of Canyon Lake.
Other groups, including the Friends of Canyon Lake, are raising other issues about the permit.
The contested case hearing will delay by at least four months and likely much longer the GBRA’s Western
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By Martin MalacaraStaff Writer
By Ron Maloney
A Comal County official concerned that key aspects of the region’s 50-year water plan will become mired in environ-mental issues Thursday called for work to begin immediately to build a
desalinize- GILLIKIN hon plant at the Gulf of Mexico.
The call by Pct. 2 Commissioner Jay Minikin came
JUSTIN BRASWELL/Herald-ZeitungLaurel Ridge officials, members of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and others celebrate the return of the mental health clinic to New Braunfels.
New Braunfels inhabitants no longer need to travel to San Antonio for their mental health care needs.
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce welcomed the return of Laurel Ridge New Braunfels late Thursday afternoon.
Laurel Ridge on Thursday celebrated the reopening of