New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
State forestry society offering free seedlings to residents.See Page 4
Vol. 139, No. 06
707 Landa St., Now Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
One Section, 16 PagesWomen prove they’re ‘not just pretty faces’ in military.
SeeSV’s Gawlik pitches no-hitter in tournament opener.See Page 8Friday
March 15, 1991 25 Cents
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeltung would like to wish “Happy Birthday” today to Maria Lopez, Ernie Solis Jr., Carlos Molina, T. Dudley Zoelier and Kevin Kropp. Best wishes Saturday to Louis Gonzales and Jerry Molina.
“Happy Anniversary” today to Frank and JoAnn Villanueva.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Call our receptionist at 625-9144 the day before — we’d like to share in the greetings.
Raising the flag
If you have a copy of the March ll, 1991 edition of Newsweek magazine, take a look at the photo of some soldiers raising the American flag at the Kuwait airport. In that photo you will see U.S. Marine Rorie Wetz, son of Delmar "Sonny” and Carol Wetz of New Braunfels. "It’s a pretty cute picture." Sonny said yesterday, but of course, he’s somewhat biased. Rorie is a 1985 graduate of Canyon High School and is in the 1st Batallion, 5th Division.
White Cane weekend
New Braunfels Noon Lions and Lioness members will be hosting White Cane Weekend Saturday and Sunday. White Cane is a fundraising effort by Lions Clubs to help the blind and to fund sight conservation programs. Lions and Lioness members will be asking
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No severe weather is expected although the rain should continue through Saturday. Today’s high should reach about 61 with a low tonight near 50. Saturday will be cloudy with a chance of showers. Sunday’s high will remain in the 60s, bul the chance of rain will diminish. Monday will be sunny with a high in the 70s. Thursday’s high was 55 and this morning’s low dropped to 48. No rain has been recorded this month, leaving the total so far this year at 7.67 inches.
• A perspective on the career of departing New Braunfels High School head football coach and Athletic Director Jim Streety will be provided by New Braunfels Streety Herald-
Zeiiung Sports Editor Tom Labink-si. Streety soon will lake the top coaching post at San Antonio's Madison High School.
• Tour the Gruene Wastewater Treatment Plant and the new surface water treatment plant with Herald Staff Writer Kathryn Schoemcr.
• Results of Ute Comal County Junior Livestock Show Bl Sale, complete with photograph, will showcase the annual event in which A II and Future Fanners of Amen ca students display llteir animals
Suicide ruled in suspect’s death
From STAFF and WIRE REPORTS
SAN ANTONIO — What first appeared to be a fatal shooting of a robbery suspect by police officers turned out to be a suicide, authorities said.
Police Chief Bill Gibson said Michael C. Leinweber, 26, of New Braunfels died about 4 am. Thursday in a confrontation with police at the Ruby Inn on Interstate 35 in northeast San Antonio.
Funeral services for Leinweber will be Saturday in New Braunfels.
Three police officers fired nine shots at Leinweber. But the Bexar County medical examiner’s office ruled Leinweber first shot himself in the head with a handgun.
Gibson said Leinweber was struck seven times by the officers’ bullets.
“In a situation like that, you don’t stop and count your shots. You react, and you do what you’re trained to do,’’Gibson said.
Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Buske said the motel area was blocked off by police after an earlier robbery at a nearby convenience store. Police noticed a pickup truck in the motel parking lot matching that of the robbery suspect, Buske said.
A motel clerk told police the man who had been driving the pickup truck was in a room on the second floor. The three officers altered the room and saw the man in bed under a sheet, Buske said.
The officers told police investigators they ordered the man to raise his hands over his head, and then they spotted a gun and fired at him.
The officers involved were identified as Capt. Pete Casias Jr., a 31-year police force veteran; Sgt. Gerald Sef-fel, a 21-year police veteran: and Patrolman Edward Torres, with the police force two years.
Gibson said a preliminary investigation indicates the officers acted properly. He said the officers appa
rently saw Leinwebber raising a handgun to shoot himself Leinwebber lid not fire at the officers, police said
The officers remained on administrative duty while an investigation into the death continued.
Graveside services be at 1:30 pm. Saturday at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park with the Rev Ann
Clifton of New York officiating.
Leinweber is the son of Mr and Mrs. Frank Craig Leinweber
Man sought in robbery; Arrests of
An eager contestant in the Comal County Junior Livestock Associa- mg is followed today by judging of steers, lames, aeons. rurKoys. ana
tion Show & Sale, under way at the county fairgrounds through Satur- broilers. The sale starts Saturday at 1 p.m. (Photo by Enk Kanssom
day, prepares a hen for the weighing process Thursday’s swine judg-
3y STEPHANIE FERGUSON Editor
The description of an assailant who robbed a local convenience store is sketchy as New Braun!cis police continue there investigation today.
“The details are real, real sketchy,” said Police Sookesxnan Martin Mayer “'’"here was not a deck of a loc of information."
Mayer said the robber *ntered the Circle K Food Store. 486 luanda St., at approximately 12:30 am. Thursday and ordered the clerk to give him all of the money in the cash register.
“She just said he came rn and aopa-rently (pointed at her) what .he relieved to be a gun n his xxUtet. aithougn she never saw it, ’ he said.
‘fThe clerk) didn't get any type of facial description. Mayer said.
Hie roobcr is described as .in iiis-panic male. about 5-lect 3-mcnes tail. ‘ie wcigns approximately 130 pounds and was wearing a red plaid stun. aluc jeans ami emus -.noes.
Mayer said the man apparently lieu die premises an loot with a man mount ot casn.
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Volunteer seeks CISD board seat
Two-year-old New Braunfels girl dies iii accident
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A I- yea* old New Braunfels girl was killed I'hursday alter the vehicle she was rn collided with a pickup truck on texas 4b, according to reports from the Seguin Police lleparuueut
A bag ai I Gonzales died al Guada tope Valley Hospital iii Seguin. Ser
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the acc ideal occurred thin witty afternoon as Ramon Gonza.es Jr., SS, of New Braunfels, was Jlivmg a Nod Dodge car southbound on l e vi., lo, according lo the accident icpoit. According to reports Gonzales veered off the toad aud over steered mo opposmg traffic aud muck a vehicle
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.eat ol the Gouge w nil hts 1 adar. Boul were uausportcd by private vehicle to Guadalupe Valley Hospital
Abaguil was transported to the hospital by Seguin Emergency Medical Service.
Glahmauu also was u*uupoiud by hM$ to Guadalupe Valley Hospital rn Seguin iud later translated lo Hun caul Metropolitan Hospital in San
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Haws Editor
The race for a place on the Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees increased to five candidates Thursday when school volunteer Connie Cantu filed her uueiiuons to run.
"We’ve lived rn the district for eight years ... and since being here I’ve been very active with the school district ... and I tuive a lot of experience in the schools,” said Cantu, who wants to bring that Cantu experience lo the school bourd.
I'urn-inly. Caum is a volunteer at ('allyou High School. She also is pres idem of tile Academic Hoostei Club al (TIS and was the chati man of C'aieei Day last year
Fuidmg a permanent aupeiuuca dent for die school distr ic I and follow lug die suite snuggle wadi school finance are die two nuyor issues tm mg die district, Cantu said
"’Hie fallout (nun whatever hap I asm to die (school finance) bill dial’s being talked about rn Ausim tight now is going to affect us immensely,** she
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A swan sits on her nest
Complaints creating flap over Landa Parks swans
By DANA OVERSTREET City Editor
Various versions of die story are making men way through the community, but Parks Duce tot David Whatley is not going to rid the pane of all its wildlife or go hunting for swans today.
This week. Whatley has been working witn residents of the Landa Estates area, foimaity known as Comal County Water Recreauon District #1, who have complained about the heaidi aud safety hazards causal by die swans on then porn oil of Lamia Lake.
According to a letter from the District o bailey, die birds have become lemtoual, produce '‘•jstomsningiy" urge amounts of waste, aud bleu aggiessivc untie terrifies die youngsters. Hic letter asks hat W hatley suggest a sol ution to die problem by today.
‘We are on die horns of a dilemma hen#,’* '•aid W hades jai lie* this week. ‘We 're uyuig to be
good ncignoois, out we dim I wont to gel nu ut tie awaits totally ... bceousej a .ut of people enjoy die .waits. We want to be good nciglibois
aud we re tying to figuic out a way to accomplish dun.
Lamia i'aik is Inane to IO swans, including a .'on ol tate 'tack Australian swans, ami has leer i lor duce years. 'Hie only nasou J icy mc hens, ’ Whitney .aid, "is amt die old-lunets aid tany Landa had swans. We had been looking or about tout years and we I tad contaeted zoos oolong for somebody who would donate the buds.’’
'bt swans are on loan to Lamia Wuk .rom .ai out-of-town nan who wishes lo remain anonymous.
“Hie >wans arc die only dung we’ve tnougiu into die lake," Whadey said, explaining much of
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