New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 4, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 141, No. 118
Canine assists in drug bust
By GARY P. CARROLL Htrald-Z* thing
The New Braunfels Police Department Canine Unit was called to San Antonio International Airport late Friday afternoon to assist United State Drug Enforcement Agency officials in a drug bust.
According to Capt. Ray Douglas of the NBPD Criminal Investigation Division, the New Braunfels canine unit is becoming renowned around the region for its effectiveness.
“People hear about just how good our unit is, and the fact that we’re willing to travel is a plus, too,” Douglas said. “It’s just a case of *have dog, will travel,’ I guess."
Keisha, the New Braunfels K-9 involved in the arrest, was called to the airport to sniff out drugs alleged to be in a suitcase which arrived on a flight from Laredo.
Once the luggage from the flight was lined up, Keisha went directly to a suitcase, Douglas said. Agents found 40 pounds of marijuana inside.
DEA agents arrested Richard Garcia, 36, of Rio Grande City and Leonard Howard, 24, of Atascosa County, according to Douglas.
Both were bonded at $50,000 each and remain in the Bexar County Jail.
NB man charged in train death
By GARY P. CARROLL Harald-Zaltung
A New Braunfels man was charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving while intoxicated Friday in the April 25 death of his 15-year-old brother.
According to Capt. Ray Douglas of the New Braunfels Police Department, Edilberto “Eddie" Machuca was arrested in connection with the death of Brian Machuca.
The teen died when the car his brother was allegedly driving was struck by a Union Pacific freight train at the intersection of San Antonio Street between Academy Avenue and Casten Avenue.
Edilberto Machuca was transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital and treated for injuires.
Brian Machuca was transported by Baptist AirLife to Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, where he later died of massive internal injuries.
Following an NBPD investigation, Douglas said Machuca was arrested Friday afternoon and charged in the incident.
The New Braunfels man was taken to the Comal County Jail, where he was later released on a $10,000 bond.
City count took more than 19 hours
By GARY P. CARROLL Hereld-Zeltung
New Braunfels voters filled three at-large psotions on the City Council Saturday following one of the longest ballot counts ever seen locally, according to City Secretary Bonnie Sarkozi.
Officials began counting votes Saturday morning and did not finish counting votes until 2:30 p.m. Sunday, more than 19 hours after the polls closed.
“I called the secretary of state’s office to see if we could lock the ballots up and let the counters take a break,” Sarkozi said. “But they said the counting had to be continuous.”
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Councilman Paul Fraser said he knew the task of counting votes would not be easy, and lauded the work of the people involved in the tallying of the election results.
Tm particularly impressed with the way this election was handled,” Fraser said. “It was a very difficult ballot, and I think the election judges, Bonnie Sarkozi down at City Hall and everyone else involved in the process, should be comended for an outstanding effort”
Sarkozi said that along with the difficulty of the ballot, the problem of hand
counting the ballots was compounded by the high voter turnout for a city-wide election.
There are 17,163 registered voters in New Braunfels. She said 4,542 voted in the city election for 26.46 percent voter turnout
Sarkozi said teams of vote counters alternated so some could rest while others counted. But the difficulty of tallying votes by hand for one proposition, 18 City Charter amendments and seven council candidates, took its toll.
“It’s the longest count I’ve ever experienced,” Sarkozi said. “The latest I’ve ever been here is midnight, and when it’s that
late the tallying gets very tiresome."
Another problem officials faced while counting votes was a misplaced tally sheet for the mayoral election proposition from District 2. Although the amendment, calling for the at-large election of the mayor, was passing overall, without the tally sheet the votes could not be canvassed or made official, she said.
“We think (the tally sheet) is in a ballot box, and according to the election code, we have to have a court order to open the box," Sarkozi said.
“I’ve just got to call the secretary of state’s office and find out what we do if it’s not in there."
Fourleen-month-old Larissa Ubrich of New Braunfels portrays Raggedy Ann Saturday at the Kinder-masken Parade. The infant was among New Braunfels residents who celebrated Kindermaskenball and Foldest during the weekend. The New Braunfels Herald-Zertung will feature a pictorial look at the weekend events on Wednesday. Photo by Karia Wenzel.
Incumbent, freshmen take
By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeltung
Incumbent Councilman James Goodbread was re-elected for his forth term Saturday, along with freshmen council members Chris Bowers and Jan Kennedy.
The New Braunfels City Council convened Monday to officially canvas the results of the May I election.
The council approved readings of an ordinance declaring the results of the special election and Bowers, Kennedy and Goodbread were presented with their certificates of election.
All of the amendments were approved, with the exception of Amendment 4, and the results were made official.
Amendment 4 called for the abolishment of the requirement that city council members own property in order to serve on the council.
That ballot item failed, even though such a requirement is unconstitutional, according to city officials.
The fact that the amendment failed and the property ownership requirement is still on the books will not affect future council members, City Attorney Barry Moore said.
“It probably won’t cause any problems, because basically that is an unenforceable provision in the charter," Moore said. “Federal courts have already ruled that cities cannot enforce prop
erty ownership requirements to run for office."
Moore said the idea behind the charter amendment was to bring the City Charter into compliance with state and federal regulations.
Although the wording of the requirement will remain in the charter, Moore said the amende-ment will not be enforced.
A proposition on the election of the mayor was tabled due to the unavailability of final tallies from District 2, according to city election officials.
The council voted to table the canvassing of the proposition regarding the method of selection of a mayor until the tally sheet could be obtained for the district.
Councilman Paul Fraser voted to approve the results on the basis of basic overall support in the remaining three districts.
“I think we have enough evidence to show that it probably would be insignificant what District 2 will show anyway," Fraser said.
Before the meeting was adjourned, council members recognized the efforts of those involved in the process of counting, tabulating and posting the election results.
The next regular city council meeting will be 7:30 p.m., Monday, May IO.
Council freshmen Bowers and Kennedy are scheduled to take office at the meeting.
Officials discuss consolidation of city, county voting
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung
The Comal County Commissioners canvassed votes from the May I Special Election Monday, verifying 11,184 ballots cast and the results.
County Judge Carter Casteel said city officials may be interested in consolidating election efforts with county offices in the future.
City returns were late coming in during
the election. Officials said it is possible to incorporate city election issues on the county ballots or use county equipment to count separate city ballots.
Although the commissioners had received only a few complaints from citizens on the consolidation of some precincts, Gloria Clennan, the tax asses-sor-collector and county voter registrar, said there were numerous complaints received in her office about the need to go to at least two different polling places to
vote in both city, state and school district elections.
Casteel reactivated the Consolidation Voting Group to reconsider the issue. It will meet at Commissioners Court at IO a.m. Friday, May IO.
“We invited the city council... and the two school districts," Casteel said. “We're going to get them back because everybody’s talking about it right now. Let’s see if we can come up with some system that may be of some help.”
According to the local elections office, there was a higher turnout where the polling places were consolidated.
County Clerk Joy Streator reported that there is state legislation being discussed that proposes consolidating subdivision elections at county polling places.
Casteel also commented that the optical scan voting equipment performed satisfactorily and the issue would not be back on the agenda unless one of the commissioners wanted to reconsider it.
The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, "Stammtisch" represents a sitting place reserved for members of a community to gather and share the day's happenings.Best Wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Frank Villanueva Jr. and Barron Blevins. Belated Birthday wishes go to Usa Marie Alanis and Marcos C. Torres.
HealthLink Health lectures sponsored by McKenna Hospital and the Laurel Ridge Treatment Center of New Braunfels will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Garza Street classroom.
The topic will be Communicating with Adolescents About Today’s Issues.Canyon music banquet
The Canyon Music Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 7 in the New Braunfels Civic Center. Tickets are $6.50
each. All CHS band, colorguard, drill team and choir students will be honored. Tickets will be sold at CHS May 3-5. Call 629-3636.Concord Coalition
A meeting to organize and introduce policies to members and interested people will be held at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 4 at the Dittlinger Memorial Library.
Gail Partain, 629-4348, or Sherron Howard, 629-9707, may be contacted for more information.Director named
The Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Larry Hill, an assistant at San Antonio Clark, to the position of Athletic Director/Head Coach at Smithson Valley High School Monday night.
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