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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 11, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas v TUESDAY March 11 2003 Z10 pages in 2 sections EITUNG Vbi 153 No 101 Serving New Braunfels and Carnal County since 1852 50 cents Brothers arrested in connection with Surety Bank robberies BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Brothers believed connect ed to a pair of recent bank robberies in New Braunfels have been arrested in sepa rate counties and await transfer to this city to face aggravated robbery charges New Braunfels police Lt Mike Rust said Adam E Martin 36 formerly of Aus tin was arrested without incident Friday night at the Henderson County home of his girlfriend His btbther Noel Martin 28 of Mico was arrested March 3 in Bandera County The pair is believed con nected to robberies that took place at the Surety Bank branch at Interstate 35 and Walnut Avenue this past Jan 10 and on Nov 14 2002 Both suspects were consid ered armed and They are being held in coun ty jails on the aggravated robbery warrants from New Braunfels Bail on each man is In addition Adam Martin is wanted on a parole viola tion warrant out of Arizona Aggravated robbery is a firstdegree felony punish able by between five and 99 years in state prison and a fine of up to Rust said two other indi viduals now incarcerated on other charges are suspected to have some involvement in the robberies although they have not been formally charged The investigation is con tinuing Rust said and more charges could follow Rust said detectives Tarina Skrzycki Bob Parchman and he launched an investigation into the Nov 14 2002 rob bery in which two men one carrying a rifle went into Surety Bank during the lunch hour and demanded money They fled in a small brown car they abandoned still running in the nearby H EB parking lot From there they were believed at the time to have escaped in a white Chevro let pickup On Jan 10 Surety Bank was robbed again In that incident only a single sus pect was seen this time toting what appeared to be a largecaliber handgun Again the gunman escap ed by switching vehicles at HEB and again the ini tial getaway car was left run ning The similarities in the two robberies were striking Rust said We suspected they were he said The similar modus operan di gave detectives a place to begin to narrow their search for suspects Detectives Skrzycki See Clued Frazier Elementary librari an Betty Jones helps third grader Xavier Cardenas get clued into Event helps students track down good books BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer was the message Monday dur ing the first day of Frazier Elementary Schools Book Fair Librarian Betty Jones dressed in a trench coat and hat and carrying a magni fying glass was recast as detective Reed B Tween thelines She was helping the stu dents get clued into read ing and track down good literature Its just a gimmick to get them excited about the book Jones said The book fair which hap pens from 8 dai in DAVID Above secondgrader Jose Robledd found just thePokemon book he had been look ing for Monday at the Scholastic Book Fair at Frazier Elementary Below right JeanLuc Parker totals up how much money he needs to get from his parents to pay for the books he wants Bottom left Courtney looks over one of the many educational items for sale The book fair continues through Friday ly through Friday was a great opportunity for people to come and buy books for friends or family Or they can buy them and donate them to the library or other worthy places Money raised goes back to the school Jones said Last year the money was used to buy books for the See Council splits over need for consultant BY DYLAN Staff Writer New Braunfels has joined the regional race for Toyota offshoot business Monday night city council voted to hire TIP Strategies Inc to implement a fivestep strategy to pinpoint Toyota suppliers and help the city determine how to attract those suppliers based on their commercial needs The decision came after long debate about whether the consultant was necessary to counsel city economic de velopment officials One councilman said the infor mation TIP would provide is readily available via the Internet The motion passed 43 with District 4 Councilman Robert Kendrick District 3 Council woman Debbie Flume and District 5 Councilman Ken neth Valentine voting against the hire After approving one issue of economic development council heard an item that would have altered the citys taxabatement policy When inviting commerce and industry to the city the council often extends tax abatements to companies thinking of relocating in New Braunfels One of the stipu lations commonly attached to those abatements requires companies bring in a certain number of qualified which are jobs that exceed a certain salary The council voted against See CITY No identification yet on skeletal remains BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The sheriffs detective who is investigating human re mains found off Bretzke Lane Saturday had nothing to re port Monday Comal County Sheriffs Sgt Tommy Ward said his office and the Bexar County Medical Examiner are trying to positively identify the remains found by a horse back rider Saturday after noon Were working on the investigator said Monday morning Doep penschmidt Funeral Home took the remains to San Antonio for examination Ward and County Judge Danny Scheel have tenta tively identified scattered skeletal remains as those of a 52yearold woman believed missing since this past July Cheryl Jennings Saur whose family reported her missing this past fall took frequent walks in her neigh borhood north of New Braun fels The remains were found near the southwest corner of Saurs property about 200 yards from her home and just a few yards from the inter section of Bretzke Lane and Mountain Laurel Drive Family members reported they had not seen Saur since July which investigators were told was not at all un usual She lived a quiet almost reclusive Ward said In the fall Heidi Search Center volunteers worked without success for two days to find some sign of Saur Ward said he did not be lieve any foul play was in volved in Saurs disappear ance INSIDE Key Coda 76 Parties near compromise on Gruene Road project BY DYLAN Staff Writer A twoyear old debate on the proper width for the Gruene Road project could be nearing an end thanks to a compromise design worked up by New Braunfels City Engineer Mike Short After the Gruene Home owners Association conclud ed that Gruene Road was a the issue has been discussed in meetings of the New Braunfels City Coun cil and the 4B board The issue has been studied by both city officials and out side firms Homeowners and mer chants of Gruene generally agree the road needs to be fixed But the Gruene Home owners Association and the Gruene Merchants Associa tion are at odds about how wide the road should be The New Braunfels city comprehensive plan defines Gruene Road as a collector street ajjd city ordinance requires collectors to be 40 feet wide But homeowners citing safety concerns want a 28 foot road And merchants want a 24 foot road to preserve the his torical ambiance of Gruene Mike Short New Braun fels city engineer is work ing on a design for Gruene Road from Waterway Lane to SiMury Brook Drive The road would be 24feet wide with 4foot shoulders that can be used for a possi ble hike and bike trail or pedestrian traffic The design which was approved last week by the New Braunfels Planning Commission is based on in put from the community and officials City Councilman Robert Kendrick said he is extreme ly pleased that the project is finally getting off the ground I hope that it is coordi nated totally with the hike and bike he said Kendrick believes Gruene Road is the economic heart of Gruene And he feels it is important to preserve and maintain the area which is an investment in the per ception of visitors who come to the area yearround For the Gruene Merchants Association perception is much of the issue Members say the country ambiance of Gruene can be maintained while improving the road They agree with and encouraged the 24foot plan proposed by Short Cecil Eager member of Gruene Merchants Associa tion is happy with the pro gress on the project I have been elated and encouraged by the Eager said He said officials have gone See Which wiH it be The New Braunfels compre hensive plan defines Gruene Road as a collector street and city ordinance requires collec tors to be 40feet wide Homeowners along the road citing safety concerns want a 28foot road Merchants in the area want a 24foot road to preserve the historical ambiance of Gruene Mike Short Maw Braunfels city engineer is working on a design from Vtoterway Lane to Sunny Brook Drive which catts for the road to be 24feet wide with 4foot snoulders that can be used for a possible hike tremor pedestrian traffic ;