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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 6, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Religious Focus, Page 6,7A/Senior Prom, Page 2a/Soccer rivalry, Page 10A New Braunfels AV New Braunfels, Texas mmmm rn mFridayMarch 6, 1987 25 Cents Vol. 134, No. 45 Two Sections, 22 Pages rv (’oma! County Hullers Assoria lion in anticipation of this weekend * home products show at Wursthaile jus? sponsored a coloring contest for local school children Winners have already been an nounced and here thev are In the V to 8 -.ear old div ision Ryarme Robinson will win a wagon as the first place pr»** Honorable mention rf ■** to Brandy Bras ami Joy Orr A deluxe port (hie radio will go to 7 and 8 year old first place winner Rebecca Kspino a Honorable men lions in th,it ategory are Melissa Pipkin and Debmah l.imtartz In the to !< .t a • I group first placr winner (Jabriel a ('anima will receive a ta e ecus ie Honorable mentions a?e M.n < a von » ru/ and Bx an Hati: «*rt Ijoitk ai th.f" r -st pia* e winner April Is< f»o» |ie *. the I to ti sear old division i> gonna got a television set Mono) able merit} >n are * one V an /anti? and T mw* Rodriguez parti, paigs , t» ' ti. c >( a bouse and of course a ie ‘parti rpanls ex like about * o Ion rig cor entered a COt sh rut'' trees dog in the x an aint) wrote wh. their horn*** Mete * a sat home bec jus It is pi et' \ the weather ai am vers happ Tschoepe Ms swing Mammy i> i Alway * tieft Bray is »s pretty I * * 11 it has * In mg mom «*• I like nil ut cs tx us from .it t«» ne at I IU you April toy are here Kathleen are 11 sc    fir a rid! i a sa.muling in it it bas one is cia* I amli i las a big room ’Ural at* have Mi It ha* a wif iv mg I oculi ' and Un logs area sa* it »* vc tirei wild tune coming in >*ut Pipkin It sab*, yr t.tmnx uses it ss arm in th* w filled witti tov* ('ardri i.»* It is Ie aul ll has a mc. y at and it giit- lu run and has a van M«« a SS »* Max» swimming in I house is id ta by a lase < *• It * peas cfi have nu • H*,rf tonger livest -«»n Beerybody thaneks I am rich \nd it* ilk« it I i can and we have a lot of room I* nu* limit!gu* it IS wa! lit , fordable M* la end talk Joy The home* pi twid Saturday pm and Sui it ii p tit Adm is tot formation ail IHI This weekend marks Hie beginning of Spring Break for local school i htldren but even if you ic not getting a vacation it will Ie a great weekend to Ie outside Today and Saturday will tie sunny and mild perfect weather for sailing un Hie lake Highs will be iii lite mid 7o* and winds will ie from the soul!least at 5 IU mph Tonight will be fair and cool ideal for a romantic walk under tile stars It ie low tonight w ill be in the upper 40s with light winds Thurs day s high was a comfortable Ti ami thy* morning's low was a brisk (8 The Menu CLASSIFIED 3 10B COMICS .............2B CROSSWORD.......IB DEAR ABBY   IB ENTERTAINMENT..IB OPINIONS  .........4A SPORTS..........10-11A WEATHER...........2A Contract sanitation service pending New Braunfels’ sanitation department makes a ’profit’ of some $800,000 annually — Whether a franchise can do the job cheaper depends on information not yet in hand By JIM WEBRE Staff Writer New Braunfels sanitation employees met with City Manager Joe Michie Friday morning to ask whether they would lose their jobs should the city council decide to let a contract for garbage collection services lf we do this a requirement (of the contract would be that everyone now working for New Braunfels city sanitation depart ment would be given an applica Hon Michie told the 28 sanitation t rvw men during the S Dam meeting <*• where my he summer its ai wax s wi rf ■mi x and a nu e garden I enough room to gal age for our it is big ss« live pi et tx We and my t at '..anne Robin xt-r j«cople Hr cozy it is com ly ar*-! I * an relax ii I* show w ill fie ii )u a rn to ft nim txMm to f> Ii Hor more in ♦    *4 (II K24 “I'm not here to defend using a private contractor, but I think cit liens of New Braunfels > deserve the opportunity'’ to decide whether any cost savings can be realized through privitization of garbage collection. Michie said Despite Michie’s promise to return to sanitation workers with updates of the proposal process for such contract service workers after the meeting said they were still wary of what would happen to them if a private firm did take over We have to think of our futures lf a private contractor comes in. we ll he back at the bottom and not making nearly what we make now." said Salvadore Diaz one of two Valenzuela denied release, low bond; remains in custody B » DAVID MAY Stall Writer V moi ioii to either release or tedu« e the bond of a man accused iii the murder of a 14 year-old Nattier girl was denied in district court Thursday afternoon District Court Judge Fred Moore denied Hie writ of habeas corpus filed on tiehalf of Milano F sc alette \ alen meta 22. who remains in Comal County jail on a USO,(ilk) bond Valet) zueiu lists an address of Route 7. Rolling Mills at Canyon Lake Defense attorney Paul Ccdillo filet! Hie motion because Valenzuela has been held for more than 150 days without indictment or announcement for trial which Cedillo said was a violation of Texas Speedy Trial Act Tanya Otterpohl was stabbed IJ limes on the night of Sept 28 at her mobile home lot ated in a trailer park between Sattler and Startzville Comal County Sherifs Department (Tnef Investigator I a Rudy Kubio testified that while lie was respon ding to the call, he saw Valenzuela running toward SUrtzville along a road about half a mile from the murder site The suspect reportedly hitched a ride with Rubio, who testified also that investigators have "We have to think of our futures, lf a private contractor comes in, we'll be back at the bottom and not making nearly what we make now." Salvadore Diaz Sanitation worker designated spokesmen for sanitation employees The other is Johnny Garcia Both men have work ex! for the department for more than IO years and make about ST an hour “You always hear the good things before they come in but you don t hear the bad things about contract service' until they re on you Diaz said Michie said he had been in st rue ted by the city council during its retreat last September to prepare recommendations and plan ft proposal requests for such service All I need is my marching papers and 1 11 go whichever way they want to go.’’ Michie said He added that rumors and mtsinforma Hon have characterized much of the information discussed among employees including statements that private contract sanitation service is inherently poor and rumors that alt sanitation workers would be fired or that the concept of pnvittza lion was a decided issue already City of New Braunfels sanitation department will have made almost $900,000 above expenses by the end of June lf sanitation were a true enterprise fund for city operations that would mean a profit of some $800 000-plus “I think it s important tnat you understand what's going on.'' Michie told the workers He said he believed that most New Braunfels residents offered the chance to have lower garbage ejection rates would chose to overlook personal hardships of sanitation workers and opt for dollar savings “We haven t charged enough for services and our property tax rate is so low We are now doing these things cost cutting measures that we haven t been doing “ Michie said Michie and Assistant City Manager Hector Tamayo responded See GARBAGE, Page 2A For Romans murder trial Judge denies venue change By DAVID MAY Stab Wr.ter A motion to move th*" murder triai of a New Braunfels man accused in the death of his lO-moron-oid stepson was denied in distnct court here Thursday afternoon Defense attorney Michael Grazier flied the motion for a change of venue on behalf of James W Romans 25 because of what he said was ex ce&sive publicity of the case here and in San Antonio Distnct Court Judge Fred Moore of the 274th state district court denied the venue change A tnal date of Apnl 6 has been tent I vet y set Homans, a paramedic whose employment with a san Antonio am bul ante service was terminated following his indictment last xear by a Comal County grand jury ischarg ed with the Nov 12 murder of Justin Thomas Frben, his infant stepson He was arrested Nov 18 and remains free on a HOO OOO bond The child was found dead by New Braunfels police at the Romans residence at about 5 Jo a rn that morning Travis County Medical Kx ammer Robert Ba cardo ruled the de .uh was caused by blows to the head and body resulting in a rup tuned liver and small intestine The child lived with his mother and Romans The autopsy report revealed the in (ant sustained bruises and lacer a tunis and showed two healing head wounds and old fractures of the ribs. ankle and elbow Grazier brought three witnesses to the stand to testify that they had knowledge of the case through media reports and conversations with local and countv residents The witnesses stated in their affadavits that they felt Romans could not receive a tair trial rn Comal County District Attorney William Schroeder produced two witnesses who testified they had little knowledge of the facts surrounding the arrest and investigation and felt that Roman* could receive a fair tnal here One served prev tousle on a murder jury in Comal County Defense witnesses included two employees of F.den Home residential complex and a fast food outlet employe** who testified they had heard about the case and disclosed it with other people In denying the venue change Moore said that at the time of jury selection, the motion to move the tnal could be reviewed should exten sive pnor knowledge by potential juror* of the case hamper its selec Hon River Road cleanup draws interest from across county twvn unable to establish a motive in the slav mg I’res* mat ion of the case to a grand jury ha* tx*en delayed while prosecutors await blood and hair sample test results from the Texas Depart ment of Public safety crime lab in Austin The head of Hie crime tab Joe Ur ba now ski t est died Thursday that the lab i* backlogged about six to eight months with work He said results of tests were completed March 3 and mailed to Distnct Attorney William Schroeder The district attorney said lie did not tiave Hie results in hand for the hearing Thursday Urbane* ski said the lab tries to ex pedite cast's based on severity of offense and need (Hit the Valenzuela case took a back seat to others because of trial dales set in other cases The blood tests were completed in Februrarv Rut>io testified that in a February phone conversation a lab technician told him there was a possible match of the suspect s hair and those found at the scene and that additional samples were necessary to confirm the match Schroeder told the court he would present the case to the grand Jury later this month with those test results in hand Bv SARAH DUKE Slat* Writer Members of Friends for Rivers and other ambitious volunteers will hit the road Saturdav to do something about the Utter problem in Comal c ounty Soldiers in the war against litter will ;oin forces in a Rendevous w»th Rubbish as they comb the sides of River Road Saturday morning puking up trash Betty Walls county chairman of the Keep Texas Beautiful effort said she thinks with about W 40 people volui'teers can put a big dent in ugly litter along liver Road Comal County Commissioners voted Thursday to sup port the Rendevous with Rubbish saying it will benefit the county In recognition of their support Walls named the commissioners Proud Partners for preserving a clean and beautiful environment rn the great Male of Texas to be enjoyed now ami by future generations Commissioners authorized use of men working signs and vests to protect the safety of volunteers Walls said she has volunteers from the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce the Downtown Merchants Association and the Rotary Outreach group They will concentrate their efforts on the 20 miles of River Road linking New Braunfels from Loop 337 lo Sattlei "The more people we have the less they have to ck) she said Walls said she did a tittle research into the River Road litter problem about a month ago We clean ed up about a half mile in three hours she said added that she and a friend filled lo bags with Jo pounds of rub bish “We were surprised that we were able to pick up that much trash, ’ she said There are places that don t look so bad. but when you gel up close you find out there s really a lot of litter there " Walls said Friends for Rivers has targeted River Road as a clean up site because of it is a corridor between the city and Canyon Lake With a little work, she said. the road could be one of the most beautiful drives around Volunteers will meet at lo a rn Saturday at Texas Canoe Trails near the second crossing on River Road Organizers will drop people on both sides of the road about every one-half mile Walls said one half mile. although it may sound like a long way is a reasonable distance to cover Tootney Sanitation will dispose of the rubbish After a morning of picking up rubbish volunteers will share a meal furnished by Popeye s Famous H nod hicken in New Braunfels Walls said she is surprised mort* r*eopie involved in the visitor industry haven I shown more support tor the pro jeel “For jwople in the bospit.i ity basifies.* it * to their benefit to hive an attractive Ruer Road sri** said a.l ding tho th* visitor industry is mon* important to ,kie local area that many people realize The Rendevous with Rubbish is only the u-ginning of the clean up campaign* Walls hope* to organize within the county She said sex erai people have called lv*r a. «out having neightiorhood clean ups on Naturdays and she s all for it Walls added that after concentrating on the River Road area she plans lo organize community *iJt clean up efforts Hidden letters 43 years late By SARAH DUKE Stat* Writ0r While a crowd of television cameramen and reporters Ulexi out of their home near Canyon I .ake Thursday John and Naomi Cruet said thev never thought a couple of letters could get so much allen Hon But the-, were special letters The sprx'Ut letters were written by c'pl James Kart Gunn Cruet s cousin Although he sent the let lers one lo his mother and one to his sweetheart — A3 years ago they never reached their de&tina lion In May i*W4 on a troop ship going to Africa < pl Jatne* Fart Gunn, then a hoy fresh out of high school, sat down and wrote a letter to his mother back home in I hit nam He assured his mother that he was doing fine He wash I sure where he was going but despite the fact that World War ll was raging ail around him. he didn t want his mother to worry Hts mother never got the letter See LETTER, P*«c 2A ;