New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 28, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852Police seek man in Landa attack
By Dalondo Moultrie
Police are still searching for the knife-wielding man who attacked a New Braunfels woman Sunday night in Landa Park, binding her hands and cutting her neck, a New Braunfels Police Department spokesman said.
The attack happened about 9:45 p.m. near 100 Gazebo Cir
cle, where the man fought with the woman and cut her neck twice before she was able to break free and tell passersby, who called police, Capt. Mic hael Pen-shorn said.
He said the 52-year-old woman was taken to Christus Santa Rosa Hospital-New Braunfels, where she received treatment for non-life threatening injuries, including two
superficial knife wounds on her throat.
The woman was walking her dog in the park when the man attacked her, using a zip tie to bind her hands in front of her, Penshorn said. Then he cut the woman's neck, the whole time telling her to "shut up," Penshorn said.
He said the pair's struggle led
them to shallow water in Landa Lake, and that's when the woman hit the man and got away. She swam in the lake, made her way to shore and hurried up to the road, where she bumped into a group of people in the park, Pen-shorn said.
Police responded with two K-9 units and a Department of Public Safety helicopter in their search
for the suspec t but were unable to find him, Penshorn said. He said the man is described as being Hispanic, standing between 5'6" ancl 5'9" tall, weighing about 170 pounds and wearing a button-down shirt with a collar and dark green work pants.
Anyone with information should contact NBPD at (850) 221-4100.
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Dive team pulls body from lake
One found, another still missing at Canyon Lake
By Dalondo Moultrie
A crew searching Canyon Lake on Monday morning found the body of a San Antonio man who went missing in the lake Saturday evening, but another man is still missing, a Comal County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.
Lt. Mark Reynolds said a recovery team pulled from the lake the body of Maurice T y r o m e Hami Iton,
28. They found Hamilton just below the surface about 100 feet from shore near Canyon Park, Reynolds said.
Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders pronounced Hamilton dead at 11:45 a.m. Monday, ruled Hamilton drowned and ordered no autopsy, Reynolds said.
Hamilton was on an inflatable alligator raft, fell off and the wind blew it away from him Saturday evening, Reynolds said. He said Hamilton swam after the raft but failed to reach it.
Hamilton's 5-year-old son was on the raft with him but he did not go under, said Dan Misiaszek, public information officer with San Marcos Area Recovery Team,
See DR0WNINGS, Page 7
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THE RIVER WILD: HERALD-ZEITUNG SPECIAL REPORT
A NECESSARY EVIL?
Residents see both sides of
By Will Wright
By and large, homeowners along the banks of the Comal River say they look at tubers and tourism as a necessary evil.
They know the often-row-dy behavior of some can get out of hand. But they also say that's balanced by the economic benefit to New Braunfels — and that it only lasts from late April until early September.
"We knew what we were getting into when we moved here," one resident said. "We knew it was going to be loud and there were going to be drunks. But it's only a few months out of the year, and it's mainly on the weekends. During the week, it's not bad at all."
Two types of people own property on the river — year-round residents and part-time residents. Scattered among the homeowners are vacationers who pay for short-term rentals.
Whether they rent or own, all believe the taxes they pay give them the right to have their say.
They're upset about tubers who urinate and fornicate on their lawns, jump off their decks and swear loudly and profusely.
Some want more police enforcement and more rules, such as access fees and prohibition of alcohol. Others say the latter have forgotten what it's like to be young, and take the noise and the trespassers in stride.
"It's a big party out there, and everybody parties," said jerry Laumen, a visitor from Jersey Village who rents a cabin at The Other Place. "You see a lot of tempers flare because of the excess alcohol, especially as the day goes on. And there's less police here than I've seen in the last several years."
"The kids having the music (loud) isn't really a big deal," said Deborah Spradlin, another visitor from the Houston area, who questioned why the city is considering moves such as river access fees to rein in unruly tubers.
See RIVER, Page 7
Photos by LAURA McKENZIE | Herald-Zeitung
Sharon O’Toole watches river-goers approach the Last Tubers Exit from the deck behind her Comal River home on Saturday.
Chief would like river to be less MTV and more family
By Greg Bowen
New Braunfels Police Chief Tom Wibert likened the crowds of tubers on the Comal River at peak times to "the Normandy Invasion" and said he'd like to see a river that is "less of an MTV environment and more of a family environment."
Wibert and Fire Chief John Robinson reported to New Braunfels City Council on Mon-
■ New Braunfels city councilors say river access fees could be answer.
day about tubing conditions on the Comal River in what Wibert termed "a strange season."
The strangeness has included the first closing of the river to tubers since 2004; two drown-ings at a riverside tree, now cut down, from which a rope swing popular with tubers hung; and an officer allegedly being cnoked unconscious at riverside by an inebriated off-duty U.S. Marine.
See WIBERT, Page 7
THE SIT ER WILD
A Herald-Zeitung special report
Series at a glance
■ POLICE SPEAK: Police chief Tom Wibert was at Monday's New Braunfels City Council meeting to talk about recent incidents on the river, including one in which a U.S. Marine reportedly choked a police officer.
■ LIFE ON THE RIVER: Property owners on the river spend their weekends fighting off tubers who urinate and fornicate on their lawns, and jump off their decks. Property owners talk about their strategies for dealing with this behavior and their perspective on how it is changing and what needs to be done
■ MOB MENTALITY Staff writer Dalondo Moultne talks to experts about the anatomy of a riot and crowd dynamics. Could something like that happen on the Comal?
■ POLICE TRAINING: What is the atmosphere at the police station nowadays and what are they bracing for?
■ JURISDICTION: In Texas, there's a line on the bank where the water goes from being city property to a “navigable river" — what's the difference and how does it affect regulations and the police ability to con-trot behavior?
■ WHO'S RESPONSIBLE?: What is the Chamber's role in river behavior? They work to bring tourists here, do they have a responsibility to help control behavior or tourist attitudes? What about the outfitters? What is their responsibility in controlling behavior? Liquor stores — do they have a responsibility? The city? Personal responsibility? Who is responsible for the message I marketing of this community?
■ HOW DOES rr WORK ELSEWHERE?: EHijay, Ga„ has banned alcohol on the rivers and requires life jackets; Galveston and several other Texas beach communities charge for use of the beach; Steamboat Springs, Colo, set limits on the number of tubers that can be on the river each day and also limited the stretch of river they are allowed to use under the extensive Yampa River Management Plan.
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