New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 27, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAYWeather causes low turnout at Landa Park. See Page
12 pages in one section ■ Thursday. March 27, 1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of
Vol 145, No 96
Market Race........................... 9-12
Dear Abby ............................3
Birthday wishss from tha Harald-Zettung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitunx extends birthday wishes to: Kimberly IC vim, Clayton Noble (9 yean old), Tina Slone, Pete Barron (ll yean old), DeDe Garcia, Stephanie Median (19 yean old), Andy Rowalew (13 yean old, belated), Melba Weyd (belated), Mrs. Mae (Voss) Braunherger, Justin Stodge (17 yean old), Jon Lindley (40 yean old), Theoni Mondin, Vivian Batson (Belated), Cindy Mayo.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Aurelia and Raymond Villarreal (21 yean old).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold — unavailable Oak — unavailable Ash — unavailable Mutoerry — unavailable Elm — unavailable Hackberry — unavailable Sycamore - unevadabH
(Pollan msMurad rn pan* per cubic meter al mr InlormatKxi provided by Dr Frank
Pl River Information Comal River — 246 cube feel per second. same as Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon sea level, dc
— 624JO feet above
Canyon Dam discharge — 600 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — no reading Canyon Lake level — 910 91 feet above aaa level (Above conservation pool)
NBL) pumping reports wereuna' dhbli
Sts Peter and Paul invites the community to a Good Friday Community Service at 12:15 p m Friday The subject will be
"The Seven Last Words of Christ ” Clergy from various churches will participate
dosing won’t affect
City offices will be closed Fri day in observance of New Braunfels Founders Day However, there will be regular garbage and recycling collec tion
For further information or assistance, please call 608 2140 from 8 a rn to 5 p m on any business day.
During weekends or holidays please leave a message on the recorder and a city represen tative will return the call during regular business hours.
CIM spring brook non! wook
The Comal Independent School District will be on spring break from Monday to April 4. Schools and the central administrative offices will be closed. They will reopen at their normal times April 7. Personal will be available at the CISD centra office from 9 a rn to noon week days for Board of Trustee elec t»on matters.
Arbor Day oplobraHon at Lamia Paifc
An Arbor Day celebration wit be at 2 p.m. Tuesday near the playground in Landa Park, at the comer of Fredericksburg Road and Playground Drive It is sponsored by the New Braun leis Garden Club Advisory Board The public is invited to attend this planting of a new tree in the Landa Park Arbore turn,
3 area teens die in crash
By ABE LEVY
Three teen-agers were killed Wednesday night after the car they were in was hit by an Amtrak train in east Comal County, Department of Public Safety troopers said.
Adam Lynn Trollinger, 17, and Romina Sanchez, 18, both of New Braunfels, died, as well as an unidentified 18-ycar-old girl of Mexico City, Mexico.
Trollinger and Sanchez attended New Braunfels High School.
The Amtrak train was heading south toward San Antonio at about 10:30 p.m. when the engineer noticed a car approaching the intersection of Union
Pacific Railroad tracks at FM 1102 and Conrads Lane from the west.
The railroad's warning lights came down, DPS officials said, and the vehicle slowed down but then accelerated in an attempt to beat the oncoming train.
DPS Trooper James Jones said the engineer reported the car was sighted from about 150 yards away but he did not attempt to brake because the car appeared to be coming to a stop.
Five DPS troopers coordinated the initial investigation with the help of emergency personnel and police from the city of New Braunfels and the Comal County Sheriffs Office Preliminary reports indicated the train was traveling about 68 miles per
hour when it hit the red Chevrolet Camara, splining the vehicle into two pieces.
The pieces traveled at least 30 to 50 yards into a ditch after impact, DPS officials said.
The two passengers were thrown from the car and the driver was found inside the car with his seat belt still buckled.
The train carnal 135 passengers and was stopped for almost two hours .
The parked train caused delays for at least one Union Pacific freight train.
Justice of the Peace Ray Martinez, who pronounced the individuals dead at the scene, did not order autopsies but said blood-alcohol tests would be taken.
Hwrald ZtMtunu photo by .ti. 'moi Aumail
A Maw Braunfels Firs Department paramedic checks the pieces of a Camara that collided with a train Wednesday around 10.30 p m Ail three teen age passengers in the car were pronounced dead at the scene
Back on the track
Delgado's fate now in hands of jury
By ABE LEVY
/ottung photo by Michael Darnel!
park May 9. Retama also
Retama Park employee Von Easy Installs the leat few aortae In a sign announcing live racing will return to i announced that It anttdpofee making a profit this year and will eoon be out of Chapter 9 Bankruptcy.
live racing returns to Retama
By DAVE) DEKUNOER
SELMA — After a rough two-year beginning. Retsina Park plans to get back on track.
The 2-year-old racing facility, located off Interstate 35 in Selma, has been dogged since its beginning by financial losses and ( hapter 9 bankruptcy, which it filed March 20, 19%.
Al a press conference Wednesday night at Retama Park, chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Joe Strauss Jr. said the race track is on its way to getting out of bankruptcy
Strau.su said all creditors and businesses of the
track will be paid in full “We think we have the plan thai will work,” Strauss said "We have the ample budget to do it. We expect lo have positive cash flow and positive net profit for next year "
Last month, a U S bankruptcy Court judge in San Antonio signed the order confirming Retama Park’s bankruptcy and funding plan The plan will allow the race track to pay off its creditors and vendors
Under the plan. Call Now Inc. and Howe, Solomon and Hall (HSII) completed a buyout agreement for $10.3 million in bonds which were used to start the track in 1995, The original costs of
the bonds wert* 557 million The existing long term-dcbt of the track will he refinanced in two series of bonds
Strauss said under the new arrangement the race track will be able to pay off the primary bond worth $7 million "We had a $5 million a year (1995 and 1996) debt service," Strauss said "Because of the new arrangement, it will be less than SWK),(HK) a year for tire $7 million primary bond ”
Another series of bonds, secondary bonds, are for 586.925 million and will be paid for from profits received from Retama Park.
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After hearing two-and-a-hall‘days of testimony, lawyers began closing arguments thursday morning iii the trial of Robert Delgado, who is accused of robbing a dow ntow n credit store with a BB handgun three months ago Delgado. 42. of ( onversc pleaded not guilty to the January indictment ot aggravated robbery, a lion degree felony that is punishable b> /i ve years to life in prison and an optional fine of 510,000
The trial began Monday with the selection of a 12-member jury.
The prosecution called several [Hilice officers and the victims ol the Dec 20 incident to the stat kl this past week They said that Delgado disguised himself in black apparel to perform ilk. robbery and then changed into gray-colored clothes at Ins girlfriend's house
Delgado and his girlfriend dime lo her former residence iii east New Braunfels where police ai rested him. they said.
< rcdit store employees choked bai k tears iii describing the mc iii They said Delgado point* d a their faces during the n»l> demanded that they till a box with money (hie of the employees, I <on < lavtan. ex-sister-in-law ol Delgado, said die recognized the voice of the rofrbi-i as Delgado's Wednesday, < iaytan identified a bill thai police had confiscated from i >el-gado during the arrest (iaytan said that bill tun) scribblings and oilier markings thai made the lull unusable for customers
Hie defense, which did nut call I )el gado lo the stand, (nought testimony from Ins mother, Ins girlfriend and two delivery men
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Ifs time to have pets vaccinated for rabies
By DENISE DZIUK
As the temperatures slowly get warmer and spring fever increases, people and animals will begin to head ouUkxHi to enjoy the weather Now may be a good time to have pets vaccinated for rabies
Dr. Katherine Tull, Texas Department of Health director of the zoonosis department for region VHI, which include* Comal County, said rabies is typically found in bats in the fall, skunks in the spnng and foxes in the winter. Tull said that 28 counties form region VHI, and in those counties, four confirmed cases of rabies had been reported this year She said that in Jan
uary, a fox from Val Verde and Edwards County tested positive and in March, Uvalde reported two skunks with rabies.
(xxnaJ County Animal Control officer Steve McKin said Comal County had not reported a case of rabies since August or September when a fox with rabies was found near the Comal-Kendall county line. However, he said pets older than 3 months old needed to he vaccinated every year.
"That’s the Texas Department of Health law,” McKin said.
Animals also need to be licensed through the city or county so if they get out, the owners can he contacted McKin said rabies vaccinations are
required for the license McKin said that in addition to the state law. I cxas was also under a rabies quarantine He said under this status, warm-blooded animals, including cats and dogs, older than the age of I months cannot be transported unless the animal owner tuts a current certified rabies certificate showing the rabies vaccinations arc up-to-date McKin said this applied even to short trips into neighboring counties or within the same county,
"Actually, any law enforcement officer can write a ticket and if there is animal control in the arca, the animal can he taken into possession until proper pnsif is provided or the quarantine is
lifted," he said Tull said the suite was placed under a rallies quarantine a few years ago when two separate strains of rabies were being confirmed. She said the quarantine should be lifted in September.
However, pct owners still need to be aware of the threat of rabies. McKin said some symptoms include an animal stumbling around with lls mouth wide open or lias a change in demeanor from aggressive to gentle or vice versa lf an animal is showing these signs, Mc Kin said tile animal control, game warden or sheriffs department should be contacted immediately. •
"( all us aik) just keep and eye on the animal 1x4 don’t approach it," McKin san!
Tito Cornel Gout tty Vet or if m ii im i Mix Ik a ii Associate XI Ii ll dir IK j
■ When: A) ml b
■ Where: fontal County I air Grounds, fire Station I and I nu Station 2
■ Time: I to 4 p rn
■ Cost: $11 ($(> tor tho vaccination arid $?> for city or co un ty license) Die cost for a var a nation a! a veterinarian office runs from $9 to $1?
Proceeds from tho clinic will go to three sci Otar ships off red to seniors from the local high schoolsKudos to those who helped area disabled veterans. See page 4.