New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 18, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Thursday, March 18,1993
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Vol. 141, No. 86
Krueger testifies on stalking
WASHINGTON —A tissue in her clenched hand, Kathleen Krueger recalled a time when die cowered in her Texas home, peering through the curtains as the man who had stalked her family for years stood outside.
Mrs. Krueger, the wife of U.S. Sen. Bob Krueger, appeared Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee to urge passage of federal anti-stalking legislation sponsored by her husband.
Although it was her first appearance before a congressional committee, it was just the latest effort in her campaign against stalkers.
Armed with threatening taped messages from the man who hounded the family for eight years, Mrs. Krueger has testified before the Texas Legislature, given numerous interviews in Texas and appeared Wednesday morning on a Washington television news show.
“I am one woman among thousands whose family has en. Joe Biden, D-Del., the committee’s chairman.
Mrs. Krueding made by the former employee who began stalking their family in 1984.
Thomas Humphrey, Krueger’s pilot during the Democrat’s unsuccessful senatorial campaign in 1984, has been imprisoned three times on charges related to his harassment of the Kruegers. Currently in federal prison in Oklahoma for making death threats against Krueger, Humphrey is due to be released in the next few months.
Humphrey sometimes cal led the Kruegers 120 times a day and continued to show up at their home despite a restraining order. Even though calls became increasingly threatening, Mrs. Krueger said, law enforce ment authorities couldn’t arrest him until the threats became specific enough.
Thiity-two states have anti-stalking legislation on the books and another 15 states, including Texas, hays measures pending.
Texas Gov. Ann Richards is expected on Friday to sign the anti-stalking measure approved earlier by the Leg Mature.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D Calif., who introduced the federal anti-stalking measure with Krueger, said their leg islation would supplement state laws.
Under the bill, stalking across state lines or on foder a1 installations would become a federal crime as well as stalking by use of the telephone, the mail or other interstate commerce. The crimes would be punishable by up to IO years in prison and $200,000 in fines.
‘Any homicide is difficult, but ifs worse when you can’t identify the victims and get them back to their family. We’re hoping someone will hear about this and think about her.” — Chief Deputy Elwood Hoherz
Identity of dead body still unknown
Stiff and wire report
Some three weeks after a Comal County road crew found a pregnant woman’s body near Canyon Lake southwest of Austin, the identity of tho young woman remains a mystery, according to local law enforcement officials.
Mark Reynolds, a detective with the Comal County Sheriffs Department, said officials have two leads in the case, faut no positive information regarding the identi-of the woman found Feb. 25 on North ran es Mill Road by county workers.
The woman, who was three months prig nant at the time of her death, had the number ”4’’ tattooed on her left hand, a double-pierced ear and hair that had been
dyed almost red, officials said.
The body of the victim, believed to be in her late teens, lies unclaimed at Zoeller Funeral Home, days away from a pauper's burial under a temporary marker with ■unknown" printed as the only epitaph.
Funeral home representatives said they are waiting on permission from city and county officials before they can bury the woman.
Investigators with the Comal County Sheriffs Department say they are puzzled no one has come forward to identify the woman, despite the distinctive traits.
Chief Deputy Elwood Hoherz said the investigators have put out an all-points bulletin around the state with the woman’s description and had no positive matches
with other missing women.
"The only thing we can think is, some departments may not have noticed the description yet or know she matches with someone they’re looking for,” he said.
Justice of the Peace Howard Smith said the woman is white, between 18 and 22,4-feet-10-inches tall and weighs about IOO pounds. She has dark, medium-length hair and brown eyes.
"It’s just hard to believe that no one has come forward,” Smith said.
He said that according to an autopsy by Travis County Medical Examiner Robert Bayardo, the woman was strangled with the same kind of rope that was used after her death to bind her hands and feet.
Police first believed the woman may have
been a school student, possibly from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, but her description did not match any missing persons reports in the surrounding area, including Hays and Bexar counties.
Kevin Howell, a funeral director at Zoeller Funeral Home, said she probably will be buried at the county’s expense within the next five days if no one identifies her.
But Hoherz said investigators are determined to ensure the woman eventually rests under a tombstone bearing her name.
"Any homicide is difficult,” he said, *hut ifs worse when you can’t identify the victims and get them bade to their family. We’re hoping someone will hear about this and think about her.”
Water district set for anti-litter campaign
By ROBERT STEWART Special to the Herald-Zeltung
SATTLER—The board of the Water Oriented Recreation District authorized a Guadalupe River anti-litter logo and slogan contest Wednesday night
The goal of the contest is to find a catchy slogan that can be used on bumper sticker, signboards, etc. much like the ’Dont Mess With Taxed campaign" said director Susie Battle-Ledford. "(The slogan) will help remind people that are using our beautiful natural areas to please help keep them that way.”
Deadline for entries in the contest is May 14. The winner will receive a $100 prize. The WORD planning committee will choose a winner in the competition.
Battle-Ledford said she hopes area schools will become involved in the contest and submit entries. The contest are open to all. Entries must submitted on a piecd of standard-size notebook
‘(The slogan) will help remind people that are using our beautiful natural areas to please help keep them that way.”
Butle Battle-Ledford, WORD director
The slogan could be like the
slogan a Lower Colorado River Authority’s *Not On Our River, Bubba’ slogan, Battle-Ledford said.
Entries can be turned in at the WORD office in the Comal County Courthouse Annex in New Braunfels or at the lobby of the Victoria Bank and Trust Office in Settler in a designated entry box, Battle-Ledford said.
All entries will be displayed in the lobby of the bank during the week of May 9-15.
For more information, call WORD Manager Jim Inman at (210)820$644.
In other action Wednesday, the board:
• Approved up to $2,000 to feed volunteers at the Upper Guadalupe River Cleanup scheduled for May 1,1993. For more information, can (210) 438-2656;
• Authorised securing and placement of river service including portable toilets, dumpsters and trash barrels. Health and Sanitation Committee Chairman Zero Rivers said eight dumpsters, 34 toilets and 18 trash barrels with service support are tentatively planned for the river,
• Tabled the purchase of a "cata-raft" until Anther testing could be done to determine if that type of boat will be useful for law enforcement Alan Scott, an experienced river goer, told the board that a floored-raft would be more useful for apprehending lawbreakers;
• Heard concerned citizen Leis Duggan inform the board that a mapmaker was distributing faulty information using the WORD name and telephone number.
Jo# Kraft oI the Comal County 4-H Club unloads hogs Wednesday afternoon al the Comal County Fairgrounds In preparation for this weekend's Junior livestock show. The Comal County Youth Livestock show wM be held March 17-20. Photo by John Huseth.
Officials begin arson probe in downtown theater blaze
By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeltung
New Braunfels Fire and Police officials are continuing their investigation into a fire at the Brauntex Movie Theater Wednesday morning.
According to officials, the fire was ignited in a corner of the upstairs office and extinguished before any major damage was done to the building.
Outside of some smoke damage to the
theater and minor fire damages in the :ould h
according to Chris Mosel, manager of
office, it could havo boon
“If they would havo come in hors (the
the theater. they i
attic), tho wholo building would have gone up,” Mosel said. “We got lucky.” The person responsible for the fire ignited papers around a filing cabinet in a dry-walled comer of tho office, only a few feet away from a dry attic foil of papers, ,£)rieli did not become fully-
Officials on the scene said the person or persons responsible broke out the front door window of the theater, vandalised the theater, started a fire and left the building.
“They took a few personal things but I haven’t had a chance to really sit down and go through everything yet,” Mosel said.
Investigators have no suspects at this time, according to city fire and police
EDITOR S NOTE: An ankle in the March 17 edition of the Herald-Zeitung mietakenly identified Chrie Bowen ae the owner of Brauntex Movie Theater Bowen ie a manager at the Wal-Mart Dietribution Center.
The owner of the theater ie David Robertt. Chrie Motel thou Id have been identified os the manager of the theater.
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Katrina Scott, Carl Cayce, Paul McLaughlin, Amber Houlton, Bob Voss, Oretta Martinez, Let Barrientos, Amber Heilmann and Troy RonMir.
Belated Birthday wishes go to Jose Angel Urias. *, Anniversary Wishes go to Edward and Gloria Sanches and Dave and Peggy Supulver.
The American Heart Assoc dents for “crimes against the heart ” through today, ftind-raiser will be held at the Mill Store Plaza Office where
lotion will be aireetingloeal milt today. The annual
arrest warrants will be arranged. All proceeds go to the American Heart Association.
More information is available at 620-7981.Spsschcraft
Speecheraft, a learning experience; will be sponsored by New Braunfels Toastmaster Club. The sessions started March 16 and will meet 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, lasting for eight weeks They are open to the public. The class will meet at the Victoria Bank North Building.
More information is available at 625-2217 or 936-2367.
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