New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 31, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Spring forward I hour this Sunday morning
WASHINGTON (AP) — Daylight-saving time returns to most of the nation at 2 a.m. Sunday, giving Americans an extra hour of light for summertime recreation.
The clocks, however, won’t move an hour ahead in Hawaii, Arizona or some counties of Indiana,
Annual Gruene 10,000 benefit run on Saturday
The fifth annual Gruene 10,000 Run through the Hill Country will take place at IO a.m. Saturday. The event will raise money for Friends For Rivers and participants may still register for the race.
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When it comes to weight, it appears that overweight American adults are responding to what they see. A recent national survey shows that 40 percent of participants considered themselves overweight, and most arc doing something about it. gee Page 1-8BGood dayStammtischNBU studies Landa hydro
New Braunfels Utilities this spring is continuing its investigation into modifications to make the Landa Hydroelectric Plant more efficient.
Bob Sohn, NBU general manager, said the plant in Landa Park was shut down in January for investigation to determine what type of automatic weed removal system would work.Tie said it was a good time for the project because of the decreased flow of the Comal River and the plant was not proforming at peak efficiency. Funds for an automatic weed removal system were allocated by a bond issue.
“We think, from a long-term situation, the Landa Hydroelectric Plant is going to be a viable source of energy for us,” Sohn said, “ll does very well.”
Sohn said shutting down the plant has no effect on other facilities or the city’s energy supply.
“We will replace what the hydro See HYDRO, Pag# 2 A
Robbers headfor prison
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Robbing local convenience stores got two New' Braunfels men 10-year prison terms Thursday in Comal County district court.
Disirict Judge Robert Pfcuffcr of New Braunfels sentenced Juan Trevino Garcia and Jose Alviso Tristan Sr. to Texas Department of Corrections. He also ordered die men each to pay $2,(XX) in fines.
The men will remain in Comal County jail until they arc transported to Huntsville to begin their prison terms.
Garcia, 42, 2251 W. Bridge St., was arrested and charged with robbing the Circle K convenience store Oct. 9, 1988. He was arrested 25 days later by New Braunfels police.
Tristan Sr., 34, 794 Dittlingcr, was charged with robbing the Luke’s convenience store clerk the night of Nov. 29, 1988. Luke’s is located at 2475 Loop 337.
Tristan was recently sentenced to 15 years at TDC in Guadalupe County district court on an aggravated robbery charge. That sentence will be served concurrently w ith the Comal County sentence.
New Braunfels Police Department detective Mario Guerrero said he is pleased with the sentence Garcia and Tristan received.
“Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony and if you gel caught — expect the worst. Dot ! expect probation,” Guerrero said. “Each
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Cigarette probable cause of trailer fire
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Careless cigarette smoking probably caused the Thursday morning trailer fire in the River Bend Subdivision that claimed the life of a New Braunfels man.
An investigator from the Slate of Texas Fire Marshal’s Office sifted through the remains of the trailer Thursday afternoon and estimated the fire began in a couch on the add-on
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Vol. 137, No. 100
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
March 31, 1989
Two Sections, 24 Pages
Jury: Man not ready for trial
A New Braunfels man charged with murdering his father in January was found incompetent to stand trail by a Guadalupe County jury this week.
The jury found Timothy Knickerbocker, 41, 170 Kelly Lane, incompetent to stand trail for the murder of Glen Knickerbocker, but said he could be competent to stand trial in
the future after treatment in a mental hospital.
Knickerbocker was charged with shooting and killing 68-ycar-old Glen Knickerbocker Jan. I with a ,38-ca-libcr pistol.
He was indicted by a Guadalupe County grand jury on a murder charge
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Wheatley handed 25 years at TDC
A New Braunfels man was sentenced to 25 years in the Texas Department of Corrections Thursday in Comal County district court after pleading guilty in February to two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Weldon Eugene Wheatley, 47, Route 6, Box 568, was charged in September 1988 with sexually abus
ing an 8-ycar-old and a 10-year-old for approximately a year.
District 207 Judge Robert Pfcuffer sentenced Wheatley to 15 years at TDC and ordered him pay a SI,OOO fine on one charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child. He sentenced Wheatley to IO years for the other charge.
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Area residents packed the Civic Center Thursday night to sample New Braunfels’ best food and drink at the Tastes of the Town to benefit the New Braunfels Children’s Museum. Clockwise from above left, Bill Knight, owner of Langston House, plays music as samplers go from booth to booth; Jackie Stevens and Barbara Dewitt from Clear Springs Restaurant, hold oysters on the half-shell; Bernice Sheol, Anita Jaroszewski, and Joyce Bremer from Anita’s Catering serve up sausage and sauerkraut; and Richard Ponce, Heidi Hegeman and Debbie Ponce from Guadalupe Smoked Meat Company show off a hickory-smoked brisket, which was cooked for 14 hours. (Photos by Deryl Clark)
It’s going to be in nice weekend to be outside in central Texas. The cool front is keeping temperatures spring-like. The high today was expected to reach 76 under sunny skies. The low tonight will be 50. Saturday’s high will be 80 and the low will be 63. Skies will turn partly cloudy Sunday and the high will be 84. The low Sunday night will be in the 60s. A chance for thundershowers is forecast for Monday
HEALTH & FITNESS..............1-8B
By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer
Almost 29 percent of the buses used by local school districts are among vehicles targeted for change by the National Transportation Safety Board,
Buses manufactured before April I, 1977, do not meet current federal moter vehicle safety standards for school buses. The standard requires school districts to purchase buses meeting the safely standards, but does not require districts to modify existing buses to meet the new standards.
In its 77-bus fleet, Comal Independent School District currently has 28 buses manufactured in or before 1977. The district uses only 18 of the older buses on regular
New Braunfels Independent School District has 12 buses which arc 1977 models or older. Five of the older buses are spare buses that are used only on student field trips or if a bus used on regular daily routes breaks down.
I don’t know exactly what all die problems arc,” said Carlton Donop, NBISD director of special services, when asked about the older buses. “Newer buses do have safety features, older ones don’t. We budget two buses every year so we can start retiring some of the older buses."
In addition to the 1977 and older buses, NBISD has four 1979s, two 1980s, a 1981, two 1982s, two 1984s, two 1985s, three 1986s, two 1987s and two 1988s. The district has two 1989 buses on order.
“We continual y buy new buses to keep updating our fleet so, hopefully, we will get cought up,” Donop said.
CISD recently received IO 1987 buses and district trustees have approved the issuance of public property finance contracts to purchase 20 more new buses.
After removing 20 buses from its present fleet, the district will operate one 1977 bus, six 1978s, five 1979s, five 1981s, five 1984s, five 1985s, and the IO 1987s. Tile CISD
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Local school buses targetedFischer woman sentenced for possession of drugs
Iglesia Bethel Pcntccostes (bilingual), 385 N. Grape St., continues its week of church revival services this week through Sunday. Evangelist Sebastian Castillo is conducting the revival services each night at 7 p.m. and church members invite the public to join them....
Rain or shine, the ducks will float down the Comal River at noon Saturday — ducks of the rubber variety, that is. The Rubber Ducky Race will benefit die Comal County Women’s Center. KENS-TV anchor Gary DeLaune will be the celebrity guest host and will start the race at noon at Pat’s in the Park. Safe City Commission Director Don Ferguson will emcee the race and Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer will judge the winners. The Women’s Center offers emergency shelter
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A Fischer woman was sentenced to IO years in Texas Department of Corrections after she was arrested July 1988 for possession of a controlled substance.
Tracy Lee Spiess, 25, and Charles Harding Messenger, 29, of Houston were arrested in July after Comal County sheriff’s office detectives received a tip about a possible speed lab at Spiess’ residence.
“We didn t recover any equipment that’s necessary to cook the metham-phetamincs,” said detective Rudy Rubio in July. “We got over 200 grams of methamphetamines and over 400 grams of amphetamines.”
Spiess was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine by 207th District Judge Robert Pfcuffcr.
Messenger’s case was reset.More than 1,200 children died from abuse in 1988
CHICAGO (AP) — Drug use in major U.S. cities is fueling the rise in child abuse, which killed more than 1,200 youngsters in 1988, a survey shows.
“It’* hard to think of treating the problem of child abuse before treating the problem of drug abuse,” said Leslie Mitchel, co-author of a survey released Thursday by the Chicago-
based National Committee on the Prevention of Child Abuse.
Child abuse deaths rose 5 percent in 1988 to 1,225, compared with 1,163
deaths the year before, the committee said in its annual report on child abuse. The report was based on a 50-state survey.
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Smithson Valley high hurdler Mike Huff and all six of the local track and field teams will be taking part in the New Braunfels Unicorn Relay on Saturday at Unicorn Stadium. The event begins at 9:30 a.m., with the running finals scheduled for 3 p.m. Twelve boys teams and 14 girls teams will compete in the meet, which also features a 50-yard dash for children. (Photo by Deryl Clark)