New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 29, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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By JENNIFER ROMPEL
The number of major crimes in New Braunfels during May remained fairly stable compared to May of last year, according to statistics released by the New Braunfels Police Department.
Major crimes numbered 257 in May. This is up only three from May 1993.
New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Headen said he does not see any surprising, drastic changes in May’s crime statistics.
“Things right now are holding well. We are now in our busiest season,” he said.
“We are having a banner year as far as tourists on the River. More families are coming back to the rivers. We are braced for the weekend coming up, but this summer has been really optimistic for us,” said Headen.
Burglaries of non-habitations showed a large increase in May 1994. The number of burglaries of non-habitations jumped from 11 in May 1993 to 33 in May 1994.
Headen said part of this increase may be attributed to storage building burglaries. Last week San Antonio police officers took Larry Don Arnold, 36, of Houston into custody. Arnold was allegedly involved in 27 burglaries of storage buildings in rural areas of the county and 30 burglaries of storage buildings in the city limits of New Braunfels.
The only other categories showing; increases were burglaries of a habita--tion and incidents of theft and shoplifting. Burglaries of a habitation increased from nine to 12. Incidents and theft and shoplifting increased from 92 to 104.
The following statistics compare May 1994 to May 1993:
■ Total calls for service arc up from 3,316 to 3,327.
■ Total arrests were down from 220 to 201.
■ Traffic accidents were up from 133 to 213
■ Murders were the same at zero
■ Sexual assaults were down from four to zero.
■ Robberies were down from eight
■ Assaults were down from 77 to
■ Burglaries of motor vehicles were dow n from 36 to 26.
■ All other burglaries (win-operated machines, etc.) were down from six to two
■ Incidents of auto theft were down from 11 to four
■ Arsons remained the same at zero.
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Today's weather drawing is by Jessica Elder, age nine, of Carl Schurz School.
Tonight, dear. Low in the upper 70s.
Thursday, sunny skies and very hot with a high near 107. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph.
Canyon Lake..........909.02 ft
Outflow................296 cf s
Edwards Aquifer.. 625.90 dn. .08 Comal Springs 335 same
Type Count Condition
Molds ... .280......light
Grasses... 13 light
Pollen County courtesy of Frank Hampel Jr. MD
Solar & lunar data
Sun roe# at 6:37 today and sets at 8:37. Moon rises at 12:20 pm, sets at 12:45 p.m.
FLOW REPORT GUADALUPE RIVER BASIN
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One Killed When Severe Thunderstorm Strikes
AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — A man was killed when a severe thunderstorm packing winds of up to 70 mph roared through this Texas Panhandle city, downing power lines and toppling small buildings.
Authorities said Walter Dean Depew, 51, an assistant football coach at Childress High School, died after the fireworks stand he was helping to construct collapse, trapping him beneath it.
Randall County Justice of the Peace Phil Woodall said Depew and his son, who was not identified, were working on the stand when the storm struck about IO p.m. Tuesday.
“Evidently a straight wind blew it over,” Woodall said. “Evidently the father was crushed under the weight of the cross timber. A son was inside the structure with the father.”
The son escaped uninjured, Woodall said.
Bribery Confession Opens National Probe Of Psych Hospital Fraud
DALLAS (AP) — This week’s confession from a former psychiatric hospital executive who helped make $40 million in bribes will likely result in indictments nationwide, observers say.
Former Psychiatric Institutes of America executive Peter Alexis Monday pleaded guilty to conspiracy and false statement charges and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in their probe of PIA's parent company, National Medical Enterprises Inc.
“I think that this admission signals the beginning of a long trail of righting the wrongs of these greedy people,” said Sen. Mike Moncrief, D-Fort Worth, who headed a state legislative panel that investigated fraud in the industry.
Moncrief said he expects to see fallout from the federal investigation hit other states and other companies.
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INS Unveils Campaign Vs. Illegal Crossings
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Immigration and Naturalization Agency is stepping up its campaign against border crossings in Texas and especially in El Paso through advancements in “people, equipment and technology.”
INS Commissioner Doris Meissner said Tuesday the early stages of the multi-year crackdown has gone well, especially in the target area of El Paso.
“We really are just in the first eight or nine months, but we believe we’ve already seen results,” she said.
The people of the program includes the creation of two top-level positions to be filled by agency veterans.
Mike Williams, who began with the agency in 1967 as a patrol inspector in Comstock, will become the director of the new central region, which will cover 18 states and be based in Dallas He begins July I.
Murder-For-Hire Case Against Fort Worth Teenager Heads Toward Jury
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A twisted Texas murder-for-hirc case has wound its way to final arguments in front of a jury that could send a teenage girl to death row.
State and defense attorneys had one last chance to try swaying the panelists about the fate of pudgy, brown-haired Kristi Koslow. The jury was expected
to begin deliberations by mid-after- * noon today.
Miss Koslow, 19, is accused of solic-- I iting her boyfriend and another teen I to kill her wealthy parents, ex-banker J Jack Koslow and his oil heiress wife,' J Caren. . •
Koslow, 51, survived the savage. I assault but Mrs. Koslow, 40, the defen- ! dant’s stepmother, died in a blood-. ’ drenched bedroom at the couple’s elegant Ri vercrest home. «•
The blonde oil heiress suffered 27;* « “blunt force” injuries to her head and body and her throat was slashed, a , medical examiner testified.
Range Fires Sparked By Lightning Bum In West Texas
Lightning and hot, dry conditions have sparked range fires in the Permit an Basin, destroying at least two homes * and burning more than 10,000 acres. ,» » In South Texas, a young boy had to, t. leap over a waif of flames when fire >, erupted where children were playing hide-and-seek in a large vacant lot. , •
A range fire, believed to have been • started by a lightning strike Friday, - -burned between Paducah and Crowell. on Tuesday. More than 10,000 acres in . Cottle County were burned, officials -said. No injuries were reported.
Fires near Midland started Tuesday .* after lightning from an early evening, *.* thunderstorm touched into burnt out :• > grass, igniting more than seven grass-.' fires. Three were still burning out of .-I control at midnight. ..:
Traffic to nearby Highway 191 was, v blocked off about 45 minutes after the; -.* Midland-area fires started, which ofTL cials confirmed was between 8-8:30 p.m.
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