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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 25, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAYMichalec takes state powerlifting title. See Page 5 50 CENTS New Braunfels WW____fl. HSTAIIa ■()• • ■ T MO 09    1.0/    t    i,    /    99 bo wi '• f nillopufo ism 9627 ti. YANDELL LL* 17, ;o, TX /wo 10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, March 25,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Ralph Mart Inti Jr. Vol 145, No. 94 Inside Editorial........................................4 Sports......................................5 Comics................... 6 Market Place.........................,...7-10 Dear Abby......................................3 SLimmlisi Ii Birthday wishes from he Heraltf-Zeitung! | The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Gail Angler, Yvette Hargrove, Doug Posey, Scott Carson, Corey Preuss (17 years old), lorises Krueger, Rick Cantu Belated, Sunday, 16 years old), Mallory Miner (Belated, Monday), Concha Gonzales, Olga Nu, Ron Destefano (Belated), Ralph Martinez Jr. ■Happy anniversary wishes go [to: Sherry and Ed Maloy (8 yean), Wendy and Roger Weaver, Lisa and Cody Collier, Linda and Larry Snider (25 years). ■7o have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.Evidence presented in day one of Delgado trial rotten Count Mold — 296 Sycamore — trace Aah —trace Mulberry — trace (Wien measured in parts par cubic meter of air. Intameaon provKfcd by Dr Frank Hamper) River Information Comal River — 242 cubic feet per second, down 4 from Monday. EdMarda Aquifer Panther Canyon Wei — 624.34 feat above sea level, down 03 Canyon Dam diacharge — 660 cfs Canyon Lake indow —11 cfs Canyon Lake levai — 910.84 feet above aaa level. (Above conservation pool.) Blood drive alated tor Wednesday A blood drive will be heid Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Comal County Courthouse Juanita Tschoepe. daughter of local attorney John Chunn is hospitalized at University Hospital in San Antonio. The courthouse will be holding a blood drive in her name in order to replenish some of the blood products that she is using. For each unit donated in her name, she will be given a credit for each unit that she uses. Call Ruby at 620-5569 to signup to donate Visitor Center sssks volunteers The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers for the new Highway Visitor Center planned to open in mid-May. Tl^e Chamber currently has a great volunteer core, but new volunteers are needed to staff the new center. Anyone interested can call Lyrv di Moon at the Chamber office, 625-2385 Fund not sffHiatsd with Cancer Society Be aware that the Pacific West Cancer Fund is not affiliated with the American Cancer Society Cancer funds and volunteers being solicited for an April 1997 fund drive in Comal County are not sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Comal County residents desiring to donate money to the American Cancer Society can do so by contacting your Comal County unit at 625-8619 or 625-3252. Submitted by Bob Peterson, chairman, American Cancer Society, Comal County unit. SVN* Clast of‘87 The Smithson Valley High School Class of 1987 has planned its 10-year reunion for July 5. Information was mailed out March 15. lf you are a classmate (or know of a classmate) who has not received the information, please call 904-4733 or 904 4009 to update addresses By ABE LEVY Staff Writer .The trial of 41-year-old Robert Delgado of Converse, accused of armed robbery of a downtown credit company three months ago, began Monday afternoon at the Comal County Courthouse with Delgado offering a plea of not guilty. District Attorney Dib Waldrip began presenting evidence that alleged Delgado had planned to steal money from the Family Credit Service, 273 W. San Antonio St., by buying a BB gun from Kmart in New Braunfels the morning of Dec. 20,19%. Delgado disguised himself in a black ski mask and a black sweat shirt to pose as a delivery person during the holdup at about IO: 15 a.m„ Waldrip said.Getting ready After buying S3 of gas from a convenience stem, he threw a BB gun case into a nearby trash dumpster and proceeded to the credit store where he pointed a gun at the employees and demanded whatever money they had, Waldrip said. He then fled the scene to his girlfriend's residence where he changed into gray clothes and drove in a brown vehicle to his former residence at Lorelei Lane off Post Road, Waldnp said. New Braunfels Police Department officer Jessie Villarreal testified this morning that a back support similar to one witnesses said the perpetrator wore during the robbery was also found at the woman’s home. "He pointed a gun in their face and said, ‘Give me all your money,’ and words to the effect of, ‘I’m going to kill you; I’m not kidding,’” Waldrip told the jury in his opening statements. “By the time all of the evidence is presented, I’ll ask you ~ instead of Tom Cruise, ‘Show me the money,’ show me a guilty verdict.” The 12-member jury, made up of four men and eight woman, was chosen Monday morning from a pool of 67. New Braunfels Police Officer Brian Bowers testified that a deputy constable spotted Delgado as he was driving on Post Road shortly after police were notified that an armed robbery had just occurred. Bowers said that police suspected Delgado was the perpetrator after a credit company employee and former relative said she recognized the masked man’s voice as Delgado. Villarreal testified the woman recog nized the voice as her ex-brother-in-law and was “visibly shaken” after running out of the credit store. After searching Delgado, Bowers said he found a wad of cash in his pocket. Waldrip showed the jury a black ski mask and black sweat shirt that Bowers said he found in the room of Rachel Juarez, whom Bowers described as Delgado’s girlfriend. Waldrip also submitted into ev idence a BB gun case that police said they found at die Exxon station on the comer of Loop 337 and Common Street, the day after the alleged armed robbery. Monday’s testimony lasted about two and-a-half hours before visiting state district judge Chuck Miller of Austin adjourned for the day. After the first day of the trial, Defease Attorney Vicki Langham of New x-r -T.r,^a **■/'  ■■■ — Herald Zoituny photo by Michael Dernali Joah UnrtHJB works ow tho bottom of I wava pool I BchMttartothn Wafrpark Monday afternoon preparing the park for Ha opining tho weekend Of April 26. Local AIDS activist attacks barriers By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer A local AIDS activist attended a conference in San Francisco last week where he gave a presentation about issues facing AIDS patients in rural communities. Robot Konkel was among the roughly 4,000 individuals attending the Ninth Annual HIV Update Conference, which was held March IK through March 22. He said the conference was an effort to bring together physicians, patients, community organizations and volunteers. “The goal is to join together (the var ious groups) and try to disseminate the newest information and, in turn, to try to teach the skills needed to deal with AIDS," Konkel said. “All in all, it was a great trip, great time. I think I did Texas proud. ” Konkel, who attended a previous conference and was vocal regarding the presentations, was asked Nick to this year’s conference as a speaker. Konkel Robert Konkel said his session focused on rural intervention and prevention strategies. Konkel said he explained to the audience that methods arc being used locally to get around the barriers associated with anonymity and services and information availability. “I tied my speech to those barriers with a lot of good old down-home Texas humor,” Konkel said. “Basically, I told them you find the little dungs to do. If you can’t get in the front dux, you jump in a window ” Konkel said attending the conference was great because he learned a lot that can be passed on to local AIDS patients and physicians. He said speaking at it was an even greater accomplishment “Basically, I exist here in my home and live with my disease by myself,” Konkel said. “( kung to a new state and talking with peers who know what I’m going through was great.” While in San Francisco, Konkel said he was also asked to {xutiuputc in AIDS Watch ‘97. He said there is a possibility he could travel to Washington in April to speak before Congress regarding Medicare benefits fix AIDS patients. He said his trip may depend on having adequate funds to pay for the trip. “It would he nice to go to Washington as a lobbyist for people infected with AIDS,” Konkel said. Women’s Chamber to provide role models By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Women’s Chamber of Commerce on Thursday will discuss plans for a program aimed at providing role models for girls in the two local school districts. "The Women’s Chamber would like to work as models and helpers to any young lady who has a need,” education committee chair Jan Booth said. Joamiie Garza, who is serving on the sub-committee organizing the program called “Our Future: Leaders of Tomorrow,” said the program will provide mentoring for high school students. She said students will be matched with mentors who share common interests and hobbies. The mentors will then encourage attendance and education, provide career awareness and shadowing, act as a guest speakers in classes and a tutor, become involved in intramural activities and serve as potential employers, Garza said. “(We’re establishing the program) because we feel a lot of high school kids need direction and need help in the world of work,” Garza saki. “I think all the kids will need what we’ll be doing " Garza said the mentor program would complement programs currently in place, and would be open to a wider variety of students and provide additional assistance. She said it would not be a duplication of existing programs. “Sometimes, it’s a special interest group and kids may not fall into the other groups,” Garza said. "Wc’H offer a lot of different kinds of things to pick from and help kids.” Booth said the education committee planned to begin three projects, and this is the first one. She said the subcommittee working on the program will present “proposals and possibilities” to the general membership at the meeting Thursday at the Gruene Homestead Bed and Breakfast. Booth said the program would be set up in the coming months, and should be implemented in the fall. To volunteer For more information on the Women's Chamber's mentonng program or volunteer time and skills, contact Jan Booth at 625-8081 Braunfels said only, “There’s a real good jury and I think it’s going well. It’s always a pleasure to be here. Comal County residents are super." Because only 67 of the 200 summoned potential jurors showed up, Waldnp said he was unable to choose a second jury as planned to hear testimony on a second count of aggrav ated robbery stemming from the same incident. Because of this change, the defense’s case is expected to begin Tuesday afternoon, the judge indicated. Waldnp said he plans to try Delgado cxi the other charge tex allegedly stealing an employee’s purse along with cash. That trial, he said, will have to wait until after the next round of summons hut Monday’s trial should continue through Wednesday ex Fhursday morning.Outfitters asked for input tmriv er safety By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Sensing a nm! to bring closure to its discussions. the city’s River Safety Ccxn-mission appointed three outfitters to draw up a draft policy by the next meeting in two weeks. The 11 -member bexuxl also decided to invite other entities with interest in river safety to attend the next meeting, scheduled for April 7, where further input will be solicited, committee members said. “I dunk we need something cxi paper to get it started,’’ said committee member I lenri Fanner, a homeowner of riv-er-front properly. “We’re kicking it around but we’re not getting anywhere.” Hie committee is represented by various interests of the rivers, such as the Water ()nented Recreational District, and is diargcri with recommending policy to enhance the safety of visiting water recreationalisLs. Hie effort is part of a settlement by the city of New Braunfels with the parents of a wcxnan who drowned while tubing on the Guadalupe several years ago. Outfitters and committee members Paul Rich and Zero Rivers were selected to serve on the special committee and will also choose am (tiler outfitter to lielp them in compt (sing the draft policy. The special committee is charged with assigning specific river flow rates with conditions that range from safe to lia/ardous fix using tile Guadalupe tx Comal livers.Police seek suspect in robbery From Staff Reports New Braunfels Police arc seeking a man who roblied the West San Antonio Wuest’s Monday evening claiming to have a bomb The incident happened at approximately 7:Y5 p in , according to investigating officer Detective John Bailey I he bomb threat turned out to be a hoax, but the suspect got away with an undetermined amount of cash, Bailey said No one was hurt, he said. New Braunfels Police describe the suspect as a white male iii his late 30s to early 40s, approximately 6 feet 3 inches tall, slender, with blue eyes and brown hair and a several day growth of heard, wearing a black cowboy hat, a white and gray shirt with red collar, and blue pants Five NBP!) units and several New Braunfels Fire Department units including an ambulance were called to the scene, Bailey said. Anyone with infonnation about the suspect may call at 620-TIPS tx 620-X477.Using county jail labor makes sense. See Page 4. ;