New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 25, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Top seeds knocked out at Wimbledon. See Sports, Page 5.
New Braunfels water restrictions
a Odd-numbettod addresses may waler Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
■ Even-numbered addresses may water Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
■ No use of spdnlders between 9 am and 7 p.m.
■ You may water with a bucket, drip irrigation system or hand-held hose with a nozzle at any time.
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. 8 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, June 25, 1996
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Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of HUNTER MOELLER
Vol. 144, No. 160
Inside I Tow truck drjyer charged with taking weapon from suicide scene
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Comics............................................3 | staff Writer
.Sports..............................................5 I Authorities believe they have found
Market Race...............................6-8 I ^ weapon used ^ foe double murder-
suicide of a Bulverde family in March. Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer
tt-a- ■ .....___- I said on Monday that 44-year-old Paul
y. !!■!?J Glenn Winsett had been arrested for
th® Herald-Zeitung! allegedly taking the murder weapon
The New Braunfels Herald- | at the site of the suicide of Stanley
Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Hunter Moeller, Juanita E.
Morales, Lucille Weekley (belated), Mathew Schrilwer and Donald Cobb Guenther (belated).
Happy 33rd anniversary to Juan and Cruz Rosa Zavala.
To have a birthday or anniver-I \sary listed here, call 625-9144.
Lindsey on Smithson Valley Road.
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WifBett was the wrecker driver at the scene who towed Lindsey's crashed pickup.
“We have found the suicide weapon,” Bremer said.
Winsett was charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, a third degree felony. Justice of the Peace Ray Martinez served die warrant
for Winsett and placed the bond at $50,000.
Bremer said Department of Public Safety trooper Randy Wells learned that a subject in Arkansas had the 9 mm pistol in question.
The subsequent investigation by Wells allegedly traced die weapon back to Winsett. The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office verified dial die pis
tol recovered was the weapon involved in the suicide.
Lindsey, 43, is believed to have shot his wife, Pennye, 43, and son, Sheldon, 18, with a .38 caliber gun, both once in the head, at their home three miles east of Bulverde on March 13.
The murder weapon was recovered the following day at the north bank bf the Guadalupe River under the FM
311 bridge. Stanley Lindsey allegedly used two guns, one to kill his family and one to kill himself. He was found dead two miles south of his house in his pickup after it crashed in a cluster of trees.
“It (finding of the weapon) doesn’t change a thing,” Bremer said. “It was ruled a double homicide-suicide. It just verifies what we have said.”
Mold —1,020 Grass—trace
Oak — 0 Hack.—0
Pecan — 0 Elm —0
(Pollen maaaured In paris per cubic mater of
air. Information provided by Dr. Frank
Comal River — 82 cubic feet per second, down 4 cfs from Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 621.36 feet above sea level, up .07. from Monday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 59 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 26 cfs Canyon Lake level —605.22 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
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NBL) reports pumping 7.772 million gallons of surface water and 1.512 million gallons of aquifer water Monday.
Discovery of body sparks Investigation
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Comal County Sheriffs investigators and Texas Rangers are looking into the mysterious death of a Spring Branch woman over the weekend.
According to Sheriffs Department reports, at about 6:15 a.m. Sunday, a vehicle driven by Richard Lee Stuesser stopped Deputy Tom Byford at the intersection of U.S. Highway 281 and Highway 46 and told Byford he had something for him to see.
“He saw die deputy, flagged him down and told himihat he had a body in the back seat (of his car),’ Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Rick Poindexter said.
The body was that of 32-year-old Mary Elizabeth Baker. Baker was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart.
Both Stuesser, 40, and Baker lived on Shadow Mountain in Spring Branch.
Baker’s body was sent to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy where initial reports state that the cause of death was not natural, Poindexter said.
; No foul play is suspected nor is Stuesser a suspect at this time, Poindexter said.
Cinctr support group lo moot Thursday
The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, in the North Building of Victoria Bank and Trust, 1000 N. Walnut. Call 629-1763 for infor-maiton.
Comal County Aggie Moms are offering scholarships for students at Texas A&M who :have completed 95 hours or ■more. Call Linda Dieted at 625-2637 for an application. •Deadline is July 1.
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
Blue Bell distribution plant coming to Comal County
By ABE LEVY
Thirteen-year-old Brad Reininger knows what he wants to be when he grows up — an ice cream taster.
Sitting in front of the television with generous scoops of Blue Bell’s strawberry shortcake ice cream has been Brad’s idea of tim ever since his tongue recognized the sweet, creamy taste.
Brad, who helped buy ice cream on a family shopping trip at the New Braunfels H.E.B, creased a broad smile when he learned Blue Bell plans to build a new facility off of FM 306 by Spring 1997.
“(Ice cream) is good. It’s sweet and cold and cools you off after a hot day,” said Brad, whose brothers Jordan, IO, and Ryan, 8, helped their mother Barbara pick up two gallons of Blue Bell ice cream Monday.
Blue Bell Creameries of Brenham announced Friday that negotiations are under way to build a distribution center around Lifehaus Industrial Park in Northwest New Braunfels, employing about 25 full-time workers within a year. Expansion plans could increase the number of employees to 50 with investments totaling about $1.25 million.
“Our biggest need was trying to find a location that would satisfy the growth requirements in San Antonio and Austin,” said John Barnhill, executive vice president and general sales manager for the company. “For years (employees) thought New Braunfels would be an ideal place.”
Blue Bell officials said most of the jobs would be offered locally, but some employees will likely be transferred from the Brenham facility.
The building, which has 14,000 square feet of space on two acres of land, would be used primarily as a warehouse for cold and dry storage, officials said.
The new facility would store ice cream shipped from Brenham and sell it directly to retail stores in the San Antonio-Austin region.
Barnhill said many employees in Brenham share the German heritage of New Braunfels, making the move here an alluring possibility.
Blue Bell is also planning to build a distribution center in Little Rock,
Herald-ZertunaphcAo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Brad Rainlnger picks his favorite flavor of Blite Ball lea Cream at tbs KEB. Monday.
Ark., bringing to 28 the number of sales centers spread across 11 states mainly in the South.
According to A.C. Nielson Scan Track Data, Blue Bell is the top selling ice cream in the San Antonio-Austin market with 56 percent of the market share and statewide it accounts for 61 percent of all ice cream sales.
Brad and other ice cream enthusiasts know the appeal of Blue Bell ice cream, however Brad’s quest to be a taste tester will remain unfulfilled until he becomes a bona fide Blue Bell employee.
Blue Bell tests its new flavors by creating a panel of employees from all aspects of the operation, officials said.
“Unfortunately, we don’t have people whose only job is to taste ice
cream. That would be a great job,” said Tracey Bryan, public relations coordinator for Blue Bell.
Still, Blue Bell delivery staff takes input from the public on flavor possibilities, which employees vote on. The winning flavors are produced and then tested by the employee panel.
Blue Bell produces 17 permanent . flavors and rotates an additional 27 for an average of 25 flavors for sale on a given day.
Blue Bell President Paul Kruse said the company and land owner will appear before the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission in July to discuss a re-plat of the property and also hope to qualify for tax abatements from the city.
Herald-Zeituna photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Victor Morales speaks at Krause’s.
Morales stresses education during Krause’s visit
By DAVID DEKUNDER
U.S. Senate candidate Victor Morales rolled into town in his white Nissan pickup on Monday vowing to beat incumbent Republican Senator Phil Gramm in November.
“There is no question I can beat Phil Gramm, but the question is by how much,” Morales said to a crowd of 70 supporters at a luncheon at Krause’s Cafe.
Morales, die Democratic nominee, is taking on Gramm, who has served for two terms in the Senate.
Morales, an 18-year schoolteacher and former Crandall city councilman, touted his concern for education during his speech.
“I will be fighting for Head Start and Pell Grants,” Morales said. “I am concerned about education not because I am a teacher but because I want to get people off of welfare ... education will make people more qualified, help with the creation of jobs and bring more Social Security into the system.”
Education, Morales said, can help reduce crime in Texas.
“We shell out $30,000 to $40,000 for prisoners in Texas,” Morales said. “As they say, pay now or pay later.”
On the subject of affirmative action, Morales said he supports efforts by President Bill Clinton to make some reforms to the program, but he reiterated that he wants to keep it intact.
Morales said he, like Gramm, is for a balanced budget and that he has one area in particular he would cut.
“I don’t understand why we are subsidizing tobacco growers,” the senatorial candidate said. “I have always been a fiscal conservative... I am not going to bring (pork barrel) projects to spend money on so that you will vote for me.”
Since Morales has s^id he will not take any PAC money, he has had to entirely rely on the donations of his supporters at every campaign stop. Morales said there need to be campaign reforms which will make it easier for people like him to run for public office.
“The media, the press need to give us air time and work with us cm costs,” Morales said. “It is just too difficult to drive 70,000 miles in a truck and leave your family.”
He said he was encouraged by a recent Texas Poll which showed him 14 percentage points behind Gramm, which was improvement from the last poll which showed Gramm up by 25 points.
Morales said he has received warm welcomes wherever he has gone and he believes his campaign is catching on.
“I think people relate to me and know that I am sincere,” Morales said. “They appreciate me and know that I do my best.”
Fraser loses vote <m Braunfels rep
By ABE LEVY
A proposal to name members of the New Braunfels City Council as official representatives to Braunfels, Germany for its 750th celebration died Monday, after council members failed to offer a second motion.
Councilman and former mayor Paul Fraser initiated the measure that would have endorsed council members as official representatives for the celebration on July 13 and 14. Fraser said he plans to attend the event.
Council members let the motion die during consideration because the designation raised concerns that it would duplicate the services of local advertising agent Herb Skoog, who was named the official ambassador for the city two weeks ago at the last council meeting.
“I’m not sure I understand the necessity of this proposal,” Councilwoman Cathy Talcott said during
discussion of the matter.
Skoog said his duties as ambassador would be to act as liaison between the two sister cities and present gifts tm behalf of New Braunfels.
“I accepted it. It's an honor. I can work with Mr. Fraser. I don’t have a problem with that, but you’ve got to have one person as a spokesman,” Skoog said.
Councilman Paul Fraser said he did not place the item on the agenda to usurp Skoog’s jurisdiction over the event but to recognize elected officials from the city.
“I’m not suggesting that anything change on Mr. Skoog’s designation,” Fraser said. After the motion died on the floor, Fraser refused to comment on the proposal.
Gene Mormhinweg of New Braunfels told the council the move would usurp Skoog’s designation and urged the council to kill the motion.
Mayor Jan Kennady suggested that Skoog recognize Fraser during ceremonies in Germany.
EUWD continues study of bad water line in aquifer
By DENISE DZIUK
Representatives from the Edwards Underground Water District were in town Monday to take the second water sample for a program aimed at gathering information on the line between fresh and saline water in the Edwards Aquifer.
John Waugh, a hydrologist with the EUWD, said various wells along the “bad water line” are being tested by the EUWD and six other agencies to try to determine if that line will move as levels drop. He said if the line moves, it could mean a decline in water quality. However, he added, even if the line does move, the water would still be drinkable.
“It’s kind of a boundary between the fresh water and water that wouldn’t taste so good if you drink it,” he said.
New Braunfels Utilities General Manager Paula DiFonzo said one NBU well is about half a mile from the line, and is being monitored along with a couple of shallow wells. However,
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John Waugh, hydrologist, takas a water sample Monday.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
even if the line does move, New Braunfels residents may not have to drink the contaminated water. DiFonzo said NBU has several deep wells that would likely be unaffected.
“It would just mean more stringent conservation measures than our cur
rent ones,” she said.
The first set of water samples wert taken on May 28. Rick Illgner, EUWE general manager, said the results fron the first sampling have been returned and will be used as a baseline for com paring future results.For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.