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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 29, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAYNew Braunfels    june    29,2001 26 pages in 2 sections "W* —mam?*    26    pages    in    2    secticHerald-Zeitung I .......'■“,1.........'..........7' ..............'i.........................................................1 ■ ■■■ v • r"--; .....;; - ............*....... Vol. 150, No. 197 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Fighting the clock to open Monday, Charlie Kubesch (right) works with Erie Flores of Seiler Fire Equipment bringing needed equipment up to date at Krause’s Cafe. Krause’s set for Monday re-opening By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer Monday morning, Bob Krueger hopes to be at his regular place at Krause’s Cafe — the long Stammtisch table, playing the early morning game to see who will pay for coffee. On Thursday, he hopes to order the turkey and dressing that made the restaurant famous for more than 50 years. “I’m delighted they’re reopening,” he said. “Krause’s was unique in our town. It’s nice to know it will continue to be a special place.” After nearly nine months, Krause’s Cafe is re-opening with new ownership. Charlie and Lynn Kubesch bought the store and plan to operate it much in the same style longtime New Braunfels residents remember. “It’s a neat place,” Charlie Kubesch said. “The minute I walked in, I really liked the way it was set up. It has its own personality.” Kubesch said he was charmed by the restaurant’s German appearance and planned to keep it like it was — news regulars like Bob Krueger are happy to hear. “I’ve heard they’ve hired some of the same family members and some of the same cooks,” Krueger said. “I’m glad to hear it. Although I don’t know these people personally, I know they own Frank’s in Schulenburg. That’s another restaurant with a great family atmosphere. They’re the right people to buy a place like this.” In the days before the reopening, Kubesch is busy at the restaurant, putting finishing touches and hiring new staff. “We’re ready to go on Monday,” he said. “I just hope we have the staff. We’re hiring people now; everything else is in place. We have the food; we have the equipment. Now we just need people to come.” Getting people into the restaurant, which was part of downtown New Braunfels history for more than 50 years, should not be hard. Regulars to the restaurant have been by in the weeks since he has been working on preparing Krause’s for reopening. “I keep having to turn them away,” he said. “They’ve come by, thrilled to hear thatSee KRAUSE’S/5A rn K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungBecky Blades hopes someone has information about the whereabouts of her husband, Michael, who has been missing since Saturday. now, untouched. He has a cell phone and credit cards that have gone unused since Saturday. Becky has tried to find him and considered hiring a private investigator. She went to the Comal County Sheriff’s Office and talked to Detective Jim Rose. A “missing person” file has been opened on Blades, but Rose said so far, there is no confirmed sign of foul play. Nonetheless, the case is puzzling, Rose said.See MISSING/5A Missing- Michael “Hooch” Blades is 40 years old, has long brown hair, a beard and hazel eyes. He is 5-feet, 10-inches tall, weighs 160 pounds and has a distinctive, bowlegged walk. He has tattoos on both arms. The left forearm tattoo is a “dreamweaver.” On the right arm, he has a Harley Davidson logo and the legend, “Sturgis ’93.” Anyone with information should contact Sheriff’s Detective Jim Rose at 620-3400 or Becky Blades at (713) 502 4223. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Missing manHouston resident not seen for five days, wife reports Thursday was Michael “Hooch” Blades’ 40th birthday, and his wife, Rebecca, said she almost hopes that he spent it in a bar somewhere far away with another woman. No, her husband does not like bars, and he is not the type to go after another woman. But for Becky Blades, the alternative to that scenario, bad as it would be, is just too terrible to even contemplate. Hooch Blades had a small spat with his wife Saturday afternoon at Camp Beans on the Guadalupe River. He called a cab and disappeared. He is a commercial electrician and job supervisor for an electrical contracting firm, and she is an executive secretary at the M.D. Anderson Medical Center in Houston, where the pair fives in a house they bought this past year and have been renovating. They have been together five years and got married last February, Becky said, because her husband felt like it was “the right tiling to do.” He had been tubing on the Guadalupe once, about 15 years ago, and they decided to come tubing this past weekend. Becky Blades does not know what happened to him. Sure, she said, they argued Saturday. But for him to up and leave does not make sense in the man she has come to know. “He doesn’t even storm out the front door. You have an argument at home, he goes into the garage and snaps on his radio,” Becky said. “There’s no way. It’s just so strange... Its completely out of character,” Becky said. “And none of his friends or work have heard from him. He’s a homebody. We can’t get him out of the house. All he does is work or stay home. He doesn’t even like bars.” At this point, she would be almost grateful, Becky said, to know her husband had merely left her — and something worse had not happened. “I just want to make sure he’s OK,” she said. Becky said her husband is very outgoing, is an old AM radio buff, has five electric guitars and a Harley Davidson. All of it is at their Houston home light K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungNew Braunfels residents and commuters await completion of interstate repairs as each stretch of new construction affects traffic through town. Local officials identify problem wreck areas Inside Abby................................7A Classifieds.......................6-12B Comics.............................10A Crossword........................7A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................7A Obituaries...........................3A Sports............................1-3B Today.................................2A Key Code 76 By Ron Maloney ANO K. JESSIE SLATEN Staff Writers Comal County officials don’t have a IO most dangerous intersections fist, but they do have areas where they believe more auto accidents occur. State Farm Insurance, the nation’s largest auto insurer, released this week a study of the country’s most dangerous intersections, based on the company’s accident claims and the severity of injuries. In New Braunfels, Police Lt. John Wommack noted Interstate 35, which currently is under construction through New Braunfels, as an area of concern. Wommack said the major causes of State Farm Insurance ranks the country’s intersections/8A accidents in the Interstate 35 corridor aren’t collisions at intersections — they are rear-end collisions caused by inattentive driving. There have been 275 accidents from January to May in New Braunfels, Wommack said. ‘We’ve had foul’ wrecks with five fatalities and that’s way too many,” Wommack said. Greg Malatek, Texas Department of Transportation area engineer in New Braunfels, said Comal County roads were safer on average than those in most of Texas. “Looking at the statistics, we have lower accident rates than the rest of the state,” Malatek said. “I couldn’t give you a top IO fist of dangerous intersections in Comal County. But that doesn’t mean you can’t improve an intersection. There are always ways to make them safer.” When officials see a trend toward accidents at any particular intersection, Malatek said, engineers investigate and try to make it safer. “Its one of those things to where if an intersection does look possibly accident prone, we’ll look at it and add some features,” Malatek said.See WRECK/5A Golf course putting red light on some blue flags By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer Lands Park Golf Course is cracking down on the abuse of handicapped flags that allow golfers to drive carts off the paths and to their balls. “This is a living thing,” Golf Course Manager Ward Watson said of the golf course at Monday’s city council meeting. “And I don’t have the money to maintain it the way it needs to be maintained. This is a privilege people are abusing, and it’s harming the fairways.” Council approved the first reading of an ordinance changing the way golfers get permission to drive carts off fairways to get their balls. Under the new ordinance, only people who have handicapped parking permits from the state are eligible to receive the flags. The ordinance also changes the color from red to blue and prohibits anyone from riding with the person eligible to receive the blue flags. Councilwomen Juliet Watson and Debbie Flume voted against the ordinance, while Mayor Stoney Williams, Mayor Pro Tem Lee Rodriguez, Robert Kendrick and Larry Alexander voted in favor. Currently golfers ask for red flags and do not need to show proof of an actual physical disability. The flags are signals that the golfers have permission to drive carts on the fairways. They are supposed to drive from the path to their balls — with a 90-degree turn from the path — and then back. Tho many people abuse the system See FLAGS/5A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungGolfers with a blue flag are allowed special, off-path access at the Landa Park Golf Course. ;