New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 30, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAYNo plans for drug testing athletes at local schools, despite court ruling. See Page 5A
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeituni> extends birthday wishes to: Laura Wooldridge, Chris Nevarez, Tammy Pfeufler,
C hristopher Page and Christine Kirilin (eight years). Happy anniversary to Art and Merry Brinkkoeter.
River and aquifer information
Comal River — 304 cubic feet per second, down 8 from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well 625 60 feet, up 11
Guadalupe River — 574 cfs
Most offices to be closed for holiday
Tuesday is a national holiday Most local offices will be open for regular office hours on Monday However, many will be closed on Tuesday.
All city and county offices will be closed Tuesday in observence of Independence Day. Local banks will also be closed. The sanitation department will be open and garbage collection will follow its regular schedule. The U.S. Post Office will also be closed on Tuesday.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung office will be closed on Monday and open on Tuesday
Housing Authority offers rental help to low-income families
The New Braunfels Housing Authority has announced that it has received a $400,000 rental assistance grant and next week will begin taking applications from very low-income individuals and households who needassistance with their rent.
The grant is part of a comprehensive outreach by the Housing Authority to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing for the citizens of New Braunfels, as well as for Comal County. These funds will be utilized to provide rental assistance in both areas. To qualify for the rental assistance program, one needs only to be classified as "very low-income" under federal guidelines. "Very low-income" households are those whose income is at or below 50 percent of the median income for this area. According to the 1990 census, 2,219 households in the city of New Braunfels are "very low-income’ while another 1,755 are considered “lower-income." •
These funds will supply rental assistance for units that are privately owned, so either the actual very low-income tenant can apply for the assistance or the owner of the unit can inquire about the program, if he or she thinks the renter might qualify for the aid The units must pass a basic housing quality standards inspection.
Persons needing information about the program or wanting to apply for assistance should come by the main office of the Housing Authority at 300 Laurel Lane (Laurel Plaza Apartments) between 1 and 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and allow about 20 minutes to complete the application process.
Kahlig arrested at courthouse
Above, an officer carries the loaded AR-15 assault rifle to his patrol car. At right, Gary Kahlig is handcuffed outside the courthouse yesterday.
At right, Gary Kahiig talks to police outside the courthouse before being taken into custody. He later posted $2,000 bail and was released.
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
At left, with weapons drawn, NBPD officers Jesse Villarreal and Felix Roque prepare to help other officers escort Kahlig out of the courthouse.
Incident raises questions about courthouse security
By DENISE DZIUK
Thursday’s incident at tile courthouse involving an assault weapon left many feeling a little shaken. However, most employees in the building still felt confident in the security system.
On Monday, the Comal County commissioners court approved a security plan, which was implemented immediately, and named John t'alen-tine as chief til''security. A more longterm plan was also discussed.
That security system was tested I hursday when a man allegedly brought a loaded assault rifle to the courthouse.
“I think this just emphasizes the fact that we need to get on-line quicker. I think everyone’s on the right track and now it’s just a matter of getting there,” said District Attorney Bill Kenner.
Gloria Clennan, County Tax Adsessor, said the security that is currently in place did an excellent job handling the incident. She said the officers' response
if someone intends to use that weapon, that panic button is going to be totally worthless.’
Assistant DA Dib Walcfrip
time was exceptional and that goes to prove that it is working.
Several other courthouse workers said they are satisfied with the level of security and do not really see a need for any intense security actions.
Sheriff Jack Bremer said the main thing to realize was that the weapon never entered the building. I Ie said Ins security plan is moving right on schedule and at a satisfactory rate.
‘‘Setting up a security system is not a simple matter. There’s a lot of things that have to be considered,” said Bre-. mer.
The decision on how tight the security should be is one that will have to be addressed by as many people involved
as possible. Everyone could be forced to enter through one door and be searched when they enter. However, this is probably not what the public wants, said Bremer.
District Clerk Margaret llerbrich said she is concerned about the incident. She said the man could have come to her office first because Ins case is being handled there. She said her office handles a lot of family matters and those tend to have the most potential for violence
‘‘In the last year, we’ve had four or five where we’ve been apprehensive dealing with them,” she said.
She feels there are several options that would improve the security system iii the building. One possibility is a ILA. system. She also said she thinks it would be beneficial to lock several of the doors so only employees with a card key can gain access to certain areas. She said several doors are already locked during early morning flours and opened with a card. She also said she has been to the courthouse in
Bexar County and people must go through a metal detector to enter the building.
“We’re not a small town. We’re between Austin and San Antonio and that makes us big We have to decide how we want to handle our security now,” she said.
Assistant District Attorney Dib Waldrip said he feels comfortable with the present security system However, he said no amount of security precautions will ever Ik* enough
“Unless we’re going to build a castle with a moat, there’s always going to be some risk,” he said. “I! someone intends to use that weapon, that panic button is going to be totally worthless."
Waldrip said the only way to really know what level of security is needed is to implement the plan and then see how effective it is.
“You have to give it a chance to work arui then step it up if it needs to be, and just hope no one is hurt in the meantime, said Waldrip
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A bike parked outside the Comal County Courthouse yesterday afternoon carried some deadly cargo a loaded AR-15 semi-automatic ritle. The bicycle and gun allegedly belonged to Gary Kahlig, former Bluebonnet Motors general manager and city council candidate.
Kahlig was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct with a Firearm, Comal County Sheriff's Chiel Deputy Ellwood Hoherz said. But not before New Braunfels Police and Comal County Sheriffs Department officers had gathered at the building.
Kahlig has been released from the Comal County jail on $2,000 bomi.
He allegedly brought the rifle to the courthouse because “he said he thought a gentleman would do him physical harm," officials said. The gun remained locked to the bicycle; Kahlig never took it into the building.
Kahlig walked into the courtroom where Judge I red C lark was sitting, and a County Court at Law clerk saw him in the courtroom, a court of ficer said. “He was sweating profusely,” the official said.
“I walked up behind him on the left side and couldn t see anything,” the officer said, “I positioned myself between him and the judge; that’s my job,” he said.
Neither the clerk nor the officer knew about the bike and the nile until later, the court officefsaid.
Sheriff’s officers entered the court room and arrested Kahlig, the officer said.
Kahlig is due ti) appear before C kirk Monday, July 3, for a Motion of Enforcement of Child Support ()rder and an Order to Appear. The motion charges that Kahlig owes thousands of dollars in child support payments Kahlig's former wile. Katherine I) Kahlig tiled tin divorce from Kahlig on Aug. 30 of I‘>04
Kahlig Hied a suit against Judge ( lark on May 22, I‘>‘>5. alleging that he exceeded jurisdictional limits.
Disorderly conduct with a firearm is a Class Ii misdemeanor, Hoherz said.
I he charge carries up to a $2,000 line and ISO days iii jail, he said. Kahlig will be tried in the County Court at Law.
Kahlig’s gun will Ik* kept in a property room until Kahlig’s trial Whether he gets it back or not w ill depend on the outcome of the case, I loherz said.
I he gun on Kahlig’s hike, the AR-15, is the civilian version of the M-16, Dix* ( antu of Doc’s Guns said. “‘It is used a lot for competition shooting,” ( antu said. I he AR-15 comes with magazines that hold anywhere from five to 40 rounds, he said
With a several suits pending, Gary Kahlig is no stranger to courts
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Workers in the C omal County District Clerk’s office are familiar with Gary Kahlig, former Bluebonnet Motors general manager. “When he comes into the office, he has always been very cordial,” District Court Clerk Margaret llerbrich said. “He knows everybody by name.”
Kahlig is scheduled to appear in court Monday on a motion for E nforcement of Child Support Order and an Order to Appear.
Kahlig lost a suit against Mayor Paul Fraser Jr. after he lost a city council race to Eraser. Kahlig
acted as his own counsel in the lawsuit.
The suit alleged that the May I‘>‘>4 election, in which Eraser defeated Kahlig for the Hist 4 city council seat, was invalid due to election irregularities.
Judge Joe Dibrell ordered Kahlig to pay Eraser’s court costs, I lerbrich said. I Ie has yet to pay them, she said.
Kahlig has filed several lawsuits in the last several months, according to court records:
May 12, I‘>95 against Aaron Wayne Schmidt; Schmidt and Kahlig were involved iii a minor motor vehicle accident;
May 22, 1995 against Judge I red ( lark ‘lor
exceeding jurisdictional limits;”
June (>, 1995 against (iilbert I azo, < Mlice of Chief Disciplinary Counsel et al and against Michelle Petty individually tor “compensatory and punitive damages tor negligence, gross negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress;”
June (), 1995 against the State Bar of I exas, Kenneth Brazle, Brazle and Pfeufler I I IV Kahlig recently filed a lawsuit against psychiatrist John I) Walker M D., clerk’s officials said.
A lawsuit was filed against Kahlig on March 26, 1995, by Bluebonnet Motors and ( larence J Kahlig Jr., Kahlig’s brother, according to court
“(«aiy Kahlig has greatly damaged the goodwill and business reputation of Bluebonnet Motors...Gary Kahlig has unlawfully taken and detained property and tiles belonging to Bluebonnet Motors,” the court document said.
Kahlig has chosen to represent himself in some of his lawsuits. He has also signed Affidavits of Indigency in conjunction with four eases. When an affidavit of indigency is signed, llerbrich said. a contestant dtK*s not have to |>ay court costs The court costs Kahlig has avoided by using the affidavit of indigency amount to $777, according to court records.