New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 23, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
Professional golfer Casey Martin might be able to use his golf cart to get around the course while other golfers must walk; but Landa Park Golf Course rules about disabled golfers might get a little stricter.
Golf course manager W.S. Watson, in a proposal before council next week, hopes to curtail abuse of the course’s regulations that allow disabled golfers to drive off paths onto the fairway, cutting down the distance they have to walk.
The golf course makes red flags available to disabled golfers to use on their carts. The flags mark the carts as having permission to drive off the paths.
Mayor Stoney Williams said many golfers take advantage of the liberal rules and use the designated red flags on their carts, even though they are fully capable of walking the distance.
Williams plans to introduce proposed changes to the rules during the council’s 6:30 p.m. meeting Monday. The changes would make it harder to get the flags — and easier for people who really need them to take advantage of the golf course.
“This is a recommendation from the golf course manager,” Williams said. “Because of wear and tear on the course, and because people are abusing this so much, we’ve decided something needs to be done.”
If council passes the recommendation, the red flags now used to designate the carts of disabled golfers will change to blue. Only golfers who are eligible for the blue parking permits from the
What’s Up -
Who: New Braunfels City Council What: Possible changes in rules for allowing disabled golfers to drive their carts off the path.
When: 6:30 p.m. Monday Where: Municipal Building, 424 S. Casted Ave.
state for disabled people would be able to receive the flags for the golf carts.
Under current regulations, anyone can get the red flags for their carts. They just have to ask and claim a disability. The course has 50 flags, Williams said.
“And one day, the manager told me that a man came who really needed the flag — he had a legitimate disability,” he said. “All 50 flags were gone, being used.”
The proposed changes say that those people with a permanent or temporary parking permit for the disabled from the state of Texas can get a blue flag for display on their golf cart. The person who obtains the permit would be the only person who can use the flag on the carts. People who drive off the designated paths are required to keep their cart at least 30 yards from the edge of all greens and tee boxes. Carts must remain on the paths at all par three holes and out of all roughs as defined by mower cut fines, Watson said in a letter to Williams. The suggestions follow recommendations from the United States Golf Association, Watson said.
The rules governing the use of golf carts are strictly for people with mobility problems, Williams said.
‘It’s not just for anyone,” he said.
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► Vehicle burglary
New Braunfels police are investigating the burglary of a car in the 200 block of Primrose, according to reports.
A 20-year-old man reported that his 1996 Ford was broken into between Wednesday and Thursday.
An AM/FM radio, compact disc player and amplifier were stolen from the car, reports said. The items were valued between $700 and $800, according to reports.
The trunk lock had been broken open, police said.
► Vehicle but^lary
A truck was broken into Friday on West Lincoln Street, New Braunfels police said.
A 40-year-old man reported that a cell phone, radar detector, wallet and credit cards were stolen. The value of the items is $650, reports said. There were no signs of forced entry.
► Home burglary
A home at the IOO block of Reukle Road was broken into sometime between June 16 and Friday, according to police reports.
Someone entered the home by breaking into a door, police said. A number of items were stolen from the home, reports said. The items were valued at $180. Thieves caused about $350 worth of damage to the home, reports said.
► Stadium fire
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Vandalism and a blaze at a Central Texas stadium has resulted in thousands of dollars in damage.
Vandals smashed in doors at Gustafson Stadium.
A blaze was also set at the Northside School District stadium, but firefighters contained the damage to a downstairs dressing room.
School officials said $35,000 worth of new football equipment was torched and the dressing room was heavily damaged in the attack early Thursday morning.
Security guards found the control box for the stadium speaker system had been ripped from a wall and crushed in an upstairs press box.
► Pit bull attack
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — The owner of three pit bulls that mauled a 10-year-old boy has been charged with two misdemeanors, and two of the dogs remain on the loose.
Benjamin Moore, 27, was charged Thursday in Contra Costa County Superior Court for allegedly concealing the dogs after the attack. He pleaded innocent and was held on $50,000 bail.
The boy, Shawn Jones, remains hospitalized in critical condition.
NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL — regular meeting,
6:30 p.m. Monday, city council chambers, municipal building.
NEW BRAUNFELS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES — called meeting, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Education Center Board Room, 430 W. Mill.
COMAL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES — regular meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Canyon High School, 1510 IH-35 East.
NEW BRAUNFELS ETHICS COMMISSION — regular meeting, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Municipal Building, Conference Room A COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONER’S COURT — regular meeting, 8:15 a.m. Thursday, commissioners’ courtroom, third floor, Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave.
changes in golf cart regulations
Mother makes first court appearance
County employee helping Houston recover from flood
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Sometimes it takes awhile, but if one watches, sometime, somewhere, an opportunity will present itself to return an important favor.
And so it is with Comal County. In the after-math of the October 1998 flood, a Houston area community “loaned” an engineer to help this county recover from the damage caused by a flooded Guadalupe River and Dry Comal Creek. The engineer worked in the area for two weeks at no charge.
Now, with a reported 30,000 structures, including homes, businesses and public buildings, damaged in the recent flooding caused by Tropical Storm Allison, County Engineer Tom Hornseth has loaned out Janine Ellington. She is working with the city of Houston for IO days.
Ellington, described on the Road Department rolls as an “administrative assistant,” also is Comal County’s acting flood plain coordinator.
Ellington knows the ins and outs of the federal paperwork involved in obtaining disaster assistance. The work involves a specialized set of skills that are not exactly widespread.
In fact, Hornseth said, Houston asked for Ellington by name.
“All the paperwork, the homeowners you have to help deal with this — there are very complex issues involved,” Hornseth said. “We had a couple hundred buildings damaged in our flood. I’ve been told Houston had 30,000. The burden is so great a local government gets overwhelmed.”
In 1998, when the city of Conroe loaned Comal County an engineer, his help was invaluable because he was able to free up Hornseth and his staff to deal with other
“He really knew what was going on. We could just put him on something — usually involving field work — and he could go take care of it,” Hornseth recalled.
“We’re just paying back a favor that was done for us,” he said.
And if skills count — and Hornseth said there could be no question they do — Comal County is paying back with interest in Janine Ellington.
“It’s a very specialized field and a very specialized set of skills. Not just anybody can step in and handle this stuff. Here in Comal County, we’re lucky because we have someone who knows the system,” Hornseth said. “And that’s so important. She’ll be a massive help to them.”
And, of course, Ellington will come back with the kind of experience that will help out at home the next time disaster drops by Comal County.
The working conditions in Houston are not good, Hornseth has heard. In a downtown that smells like putrid, trash-tossed mud and mildewed carpet, Ellington is reportedly working in the city’s administrative offices, which were flooded.
“They have the electricity back on, and I think they have telephones,” Hornseth said. “But I’ve been told they have no air conditioning. I’m sure shes going to come back with some interesting stories.”
HOUSTON (AP) — Without uncrossing her folded arms once, a mother accused of drowning her five children told a judge Friday she was indigent and needed a court-appointed attorney.
In a brief hearing, State District Judge Belinda Hill said she would arrange for an attorney for Andrea Yates, 36, after Harris County prosecutor Kaylynn Williford summarized why Yates should remained jailed.
Attorney Bob Scott was assigned to the case. The hearing was held in a makeshift courtroom after floods devastated downtown Houston earlier this month. A speaker in the small, glass room where reporters watched the proceedings picked up only the judge’s voice.
“She took the lives of her five children by drowning them,” Williford explained after the hearing. “I did not go into any specifics, because I do not have any evidence.... I am still waiting on everything from the officers.”
According to an account in Friday’s editions of the Houston Chronicle, an officer who had heard an audiotaped interview with Yates said she gave this account of the events on Wednesday:
She drowned her sons, ages 2, 3 and 5, and placed each boy on the bed in a back bedroom. She then began drowning her 6-month-old daughter, Mary. After her 7-year-old son walked in and asked “What’s wrong with Mary?” she chased him through the house and dragged him back to the bathroom, where she drowned him next to the infant.
The Chronicle originally reported that the interview was videotaped. The newspaper said Friday it since has learned the format was an audiotape. Police spokesman Robert Hurst confirmed the interview was audiotaped, but would not comment on the content.
The report “wasn’t too far off base,” according to a source with the Police Department who requested anonymity.
Yates was charged late Wednesday with one count of capital murder covering the deaths of Noah, 7, and John, 5.
Harris County Assistant District Attorney Joe Owmby said other charges might follow.
“Its not an everyday occurrence anywhere. Ifs not an everyday occurrence in the world. I’ve been here 15 years. I’ve not seen the cases others
have seen, but this is the most horrendous thing that I’ve ever seen,” Owmby said.
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