New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 1, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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1,1994 Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of BRADLEY HIU.
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Birthday wiahas from th* Harald-Zaitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Frances Dominguez, Bradley HIU, John Brandi, Felix Velez, Jr., Patrick Max Welbom, Joule Ryals, Rosendo, Aqulrre, Leonard Longoria, Doris Coman, Claudine Mulhem, Ruth Stevenson.
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Muonic Lodpt to pvosont swords
New Braunfels Masonic Lodge 1109 will have an open meeting Tuesday, March I at 7:30 p.m. to present Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar medals to one student and one teacher ftom New Braunfels and Canyon High Schools.
The awards are for excellence in personal achievement. The public is invited to attend.
Laagu* to sponsor juvenile viol ane* A justle* patio!
The Comal Area Provisional League of Women Voters will sponsor a panel on Juvenile Violence and Justice Tuesday, March 3 at 7 pm at the Victoria Bank & Trust, Herb Schneider Room.
The League is participating in a one year smdy on the issue of juvenile violence and justice.
The panel discussion will focus on prevention and will feature Robert Owens of the police department discussing the DARE program, Maribeth Powers from the Texas Juvenile Probation Department, Martha Ellis with the PRIDE program, Marti Woodard ftom the Comal County Juvenile Probation Department and Jansey Madden, who is a member of the Texas League of Women Voters Juvenile Violence and Justice Committee.
The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Darlene Hicks at 629-5167.
Canyon Friands of Education scholarships
The Canyon High School Friends of Education have been receiving generous contributions from load merchants to be presented in the form of cash scholar-sh'ns to graduating seniors. The fo braising campaign formally enued Feb. 28, however, anyone wishing to make a donation still can by calling Larry Lehr at 625-8343.
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Juror: <We are not a police state’
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
A New Braunfels woman who served on the jury for the Branch Dividian trial in San Antonio said she believes the raid of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco never should have happened.
The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said the trial took an emotional toll on all the jurors.
“If I live to be IOO, I will never hear anything as sad as this case on both sides,*'she said.
The juror said she lamented the loss of the four officers ftom the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. She explained they were just doing the job they were told to do but a lack of planning at higher levels caused the problems.
“There were several times I would be sitting there and we would being hearing testimony about the death of the agents. I would feel terrible for their families. I think truly somebody at the top should pay for what happened to these men,” she said.
New Braunfels woman who served on jury speaks out on trial of 11 Branch Davidians
She also said the people in the compound were merely followers of David Kotesh.
The juror said the raid of the compound was not necessary.
“We are not a police state.. .I don’t think this type of force was needed. David Koresh jogged down the road every day of the world. .They only had one arrest warrant They had a search warrant for the compound, but they should have arrested him first," she said.
“I don't understand all these lives were lost for one arrest warrant.. .I don't think they need that kind of force.
“Nobody knows who set the fires on April 19 that burned women and children. Tanks went through the front door.. .The tanks penetrated the wall and went into the next room. There were kerosene lamps on the floor to light the room
because the electricity had been cut off.. .The construction of the building was made of plywood and no insulation," she said
Testimony in the case continued for six weeks. More than 120 witnesses were called but the juror said the testimony of three key witnesses and of the ATT agents made the decision for her.
“There were three witnesses for the prosecution who I think are the reason the defendants were found not guilty of conspiracy," she said.
Two of those witnesses were very sincere and one witnesses, who testified to being a mistress of David Koresh, was not believable, according to the juror.
“A number of ATF agents also testified but they were not believable because nobody's testimony matched They all had a differed thing to say," she said.
“We could not find evidence for conspiracy. That's not to say that the inner circle (of the Branch Davidians) didn't have other ideas."
AU of the defendants were found not guilty of conspiracy to murder. Five were found guilty of aiding voluntary manslaughter. One was convicted of possessing a grenade and one was convicted of conspiracy to unlawfully manufecture and possess machine guns and of aiding Kotesh in unlawful possession of machine guns. Two of the defendants who were found not guilty are still in jail because of immigration violations. Two others were fteed Saturday.
The jurors deliberated in the case for approximately three days. Their identities were not revealed. The New Braunfels juror said they were driven to a checkpoint each day and taken to the courthouse in vans. The windows of the van were coveted with paper.
Despite the inconvenience, the juror said she WM pleased to serve on the jury.
“I'm glad I WM picked for the jury. I didn't think I had a chance to be picked," she said.
Officials trying to identify substance found in drums Resident
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Officials ftom the New Braunfels Fire Department responded to a call this morning that several drums containing an unknown substance had been dumped on Hunter Road.
According to Capt. Dan Proc-know, four drums were found on Hunter Road near Hoffman Lane. The substance in the drums is currently being treated m a hazardous material, but it hM not been identified at this time.
Procknow said Borne labels were on the drum and representatives of thf&mpeny whose name was on the labels were called to die scene. The representatives determined that the substance in the drums was not theirs.
Samples of the product were taken by representatives ftom the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commistion.
The drums and the material will be transported to the household hazardous waste location near Fire Station No. 2 on Loop 337. The drums will remain there until a determination can be made about who dumped them or if they had fallen off a vehicle.
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One year later, efforts continue to find out ? victim's identity
By JENMFER ROMPEL
More than one year after a woman WM found dead on North Cranes Mill Road. Comal Cram-
to find out the victim's identity.
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crews on Feb. 25,1993. Medical records have determined that she is between 12-14 years old. She was three mw alw pregnant when rite was killed.
Reports show tile had been sexually assaulted and WM strangled.
The woman bad dark hair and a tattoo on her hand
Deputies are looking into a suspect who is being investigated by officials from the FBI, according to Sgt David Ort. He said he is still waiting for further information ftom the FBI about the suspect
Ort said the suspect, who was a long-haul track driver, is believed to have sexually amault-ed and killed eight to IO women.
Information Mora this murder was sent to FBI officials in Pennsylvania, Mid Ort.
No lead! on the woman’s identity have been found. Deputies are continuing to send the woman's description on the teletype and a broadcast was shown on a San Antonio television station last night.
Ort laid be bop— someone will recognize the victim, but he believes she may be ftom out of state.
The woman was buried last year in the Bracken Community Cemetery. The cost of the burial was paid for by Comal County.
Kuempel predicts big battle on environment in next session
State representative addresses New Braunfels Board of Realtors
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
A variety of issues were discussed by State Representative Edmund Kuempel Monday during the regular meeting of the New Braunfels Board of Realtors.
Kuempel wm the guest speaker during the lunch meeting which wm held ti Capparelli'i restaurant. The stale representative took time to discuss items of concern to both the board of realtors and individuals in the audience.
"I want to touch on things coining up in the next session and find out what issues are important to you, not only m a group but also m an individual," he ■aid.
Issues brought to the table included education, torte reform and criminal jutiioe.
Kuempel predicted that the next session of the Legislature would include a “big environmeraal battle"
"I don’t consider myaelf an anti-environmental individual... Some industry ii good for Tex— and Texas is good for industry," he said.
Kuempel explained that moat of the time a aohition can be found for both environmentalists and industry.
’There is always a solution but both tides might not like it,” he said.
On the issue of torte reform, Kuempel said he hM supported it ftom day one. He added that mote work is needed
Concerning juvenile crime, Kuempel explained that he would support lowering the age a juvenile becomes an adult.
“I think we will continue to see it lowered until we do make an impact on it (juvenile crime)," he said.
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Public education was a topic of discussion that included the question about why Texas Lottery fUnds were not being used for education
Kuempel explained that many voten were misled about the use of Lottery funds because the bill
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Kuempel also laid that the problem with public education wm not the teachers or the administrators but instead the parents.
“We have a tendency to blame educators and adminirtrtion when the blame should be on the parents. lf we could find a way to legislate against the parents, we oould solve the eduction system’s problems," he Mid.
“We have to get back to where parents are concerned with education," he said, adding that teachers should not be expected to be social workers and psychologists.
“I don't think we ought to be coddling kids who don't want to learn and are being disruptive. We've got to have an avenue to get these kids out of public education," he arid
Other items diacuMed included the voucher system for education, the Deceptive Trade Practices Act ami the Homestead Act.
Kuempte spoke to a group of about 50 people, mort of whom were members of the New Braunfels Board of Realtors.
expresses concerns to city council
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
A local New Braunfels resident expressed his concern last night about the poMibility of the city of New
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a second household hazardous waste d»y.
Jim Mooney, a resident of New Braunfels, told the city council that he would like them to hold a public hearing discussing a coat analyris of the last household hazardous waste collection which wm held in December 1993.
He also said he would like to know where the ftinds are coming ftom for the collection and if Comal County would be involved.
The household hs2sudous wists col* lection day wm held late fell and wm funded by a grant ftom the HMC. The second (fey will be funded by money left over ftom the Ant collection day.
Approximately $40,000 wm left over ftom the lint collection day, according to Mayor Rudy Seidel, a member of the Household Hazaadous Wane Collection Committee.
Seidel said he did not think the cote af the second day would be—much m the first.
In other business, the council recognized City Manger Hector TUmtyo for his 22 years of service to the city of New Braunfels. Tamayo, whb announced hit retirement in October 1993, wu presented with a plaque and a key to the city.
The oouucri nwMmntiaiy ^proved a resolution command! ug Mm for his service.
After the presentation, Tamayo thanked the city council, dry iteff and city volunteers. He also thanked New Braunfels Utilities, the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Oon^nerpe, and his wife Mary.
“I'd also like to thank the mavor (Rudy Seidel). Over 38 yean ago on December 25,1955 he gave a part of his Christmu day to come to Our Lade of Perpetual Help Church to toke our wedding pictures," —id Tamayo.
Other action taken by the council included approving an ordinance establishing new speed limits on Union Avenue and approving an ord-neroe tier allows for th einstaUation af traffic control ngna on Gen*, Union, Austin, Houston and Torrey streets.
Council approved an ordinance allowing for the installation of alop rigna on Guenther and Butcher greets and approved the first reading of an ordnance dm allow* for Mops rips to be placed on Kentucky and Canyon streets. Also approved wm an ordinance allowed for new speed limits on Kentucky Boulevard near New High School.Don’t miss Horizons ’94 - Coming March 27 in the Herald-Zeitung!