New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Several local races will be decided at the polls today
City council votes to dim annoying lights
Fines could reach $500 under new ordinance
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
New Braunfels residents and business owners might need to check the angle of lighting emanating from their properties in another month, they could be found in violation of a light pollution ordinance and smacked with a fine as much as $500.
At a meeting Monday, New Braunfels City Council approved the first of three readings of an ordinance declaring certain light a nuisance.
To qualify as a nuisance, the light must originate from a residential or commercial property and be directed at another residence. Violation of the ordinance would be a Class C Misdemeanor.
The first reading passed 6-1. after council approved two amendments broadening the scope of the ordinance draft.
Mayor Pro Tem Juan Luis Martinez cast the lone dissenting vote and said after the meeting he was concerned the law would overburden the New Braunfels Police Department.
“There’s too many ordinances
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already," he said.
City attorney Floyd Akers said the ordinance would be complaint-driven. “Police officers won’t be out looking for this.” Once a complaint has been called in, the city — possibly the code compliance officer — would inform the offending neighbor of the law. If that doesn’t work, a complaint can be filed, and the offender will have to appear in municipal court. A judge would determine whether the person would pay a fine —-anywhere from $ I to $500.
But people w ill call the police anyway with complaints. Martinez said.
“When it’s IO o'clock at night, who are they going to call?” he said. “We’re not here.”
District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson said she was concerned about how the law' would afreet security lights.
“If it’s not aimed at a house,
Spring Branch man arrested, charged in sexual assault
By Erin Magruder The woman was alone at her
Staff Writer residence about 10:30 p.m. w hen
A 33-year-old Spring Branch man w as arrested Friday in connection with the Feb. 12 sexual assault in the Indian Hills subdivision off U.S. 281, the Comal County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday.
The man was arrested without incident by Comal County Sheriffs Office detectives and Texas Rangers after a search and arrest warrant was executed at his Indian Hills subdivision residence about one-half mile from the residence where the alleged sexual assault took place.
The man was booked into the Comal County Jail for aggravated sexual assault, aggravated robbery and burglary of a habitation in connection with the Feb. 12 assault.
As of press time Monday, the man remained in jail on $250,CKX) bond.
the sexual assault occurred, authorities said.
The man allegedly entered the residence and bound the woman, forcibly sexually assaulted her and burglarized her home.
The man allegedly was in the residence about two hours before he left and die woman was able to contact relatives, who notified CCSC) deputies.
The woman was transported to a San Antonio hospital w here she was treated and released, officials said.
The man w as arrested after an investigation by CCSO Criminal Investigations Division, Texas Rangers and the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory, CC SO Detective Tommy Ward said.
Several people were contacted during the investigation and helped detectives identify the man as a suspect; officials said.
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From Staff Reports
Registered voters in Comal County are headed to the polls today to cast their ballots in local, state and presidential primary races.
The winners in today's Republican and Democratic primary elections will campaign for the Nov. 7 general election.
Local residents can cast their ballots in Democratic and Republican primary races at several locations throughout Comal County.
Local residents can vote at 22 precinct polling locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.
Registered voters must vote in the precinct in which they live. Precinct numbers can be found on each resident s voter registration card.
During early voting Feb. 28 through March 10. about 7 percent of the 50,000 registered voters in Comal County went to the polls.
In the Republican primary, 2,997 local voters cast their ballots for party candidates while 519 residents voted in the Democratic primary.
Officials at the county clerk’s office said voters did not have to be registered Republicans or Democrats to vote in either primary, but voters can cast ballots only in either the Republican or Democratic primaries.
Linnell Hinojosa, elections clerk, said voter turnout during early voting was slightly above normal in the 2000 primaries compared to other primary elections.
Local positions up for election in 2000 include all four Comal County constable positions, Pets. I and 3 County Commissioners, Comal County Tax Assessor-Col lector, Comal County Sheriff and the state district bench in the 22nd Judicial District.
Candidates running on the Democratic ticket include:
• County tax assessor-collec-tor Gloria K. Clennan
• Pct. 3 commissioner Cristina Zamora
• Pct. I constable Joe Gomez and candidate Randy Galindo
Pct. 1 election clerk Marc
Powell and volunteers Cristabell West and Allene Wofford prepare Monday night for the 12 hours they expect to spend manning the voting booths Tuesday at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center. Equipment and ballots were delivered to polling stations
throughout the county Monday evening.
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Incumbent, challenger vie for constable’s office
By Erin Magruder
Comal County Democrats w ill decide today whether Precinct I Constable incumbent Joe Gomez will stay in office another four years or challenger Randy Galindo will be the next man on the job.
The w inner in today’s primary election will be unop-GOMEZ posed in the Nov. 7
general election and will represent the New Braunfels area.
Gomez said the experience he acquired during his two terms in office make him the most qualified candidate for the position, GALINDO which pays an annual salary of $20,396.
“I have eight years experience, and (Galindo) has never worked in the con-
Brauntex renovation displacing downtown barbershop
The Original Barbershop will have to move to make room for the expanded Brauntex lobby, officials say.
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By Peri Stone-Palmquist
A downtown barbershop that’s been in business for more than 50 years will be displaced — some say unnecessarily — by renovation of the Brauntex Theater.
“We were hoping against hope that we could work something out,” said Mac McCoy, president of the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre Association, Inc. “But our architect said it was necessary for the lobby.”
BPATA bought the theater, 209 W. San Antonio St., in December, and has leased the space occupied by The Original Barbershop on a month-by-month basis since then.
“We we tv hoping against hope that we could work something out. But our architect said it was necessary for the lobby."
president, Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre Association, Inc.
The theater first opened in downtown New Braunfels in January 1942, a month after the Pearl Harbor attack. It has been vacant since May of 1998, but BPATA plans to renovate it to use as a performing arts facility.
When the renovation is complete, the theater will include 700 seats — too large a crowd for the existing lobby, McC oy said.
BPATA plans to expand the lobby into the 22- by-13-foot barbershop space, forcing the shop to move in the next six to 12 months. It’s been housed at that location since 1948.
Elijah Brown, who has owned the barbershop since 1955, said he was disappointed by the news, but at least one other local resident had a stronger reaction.
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