New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
City Council, District 1City Council, District 1
By CRAIG HAMMETT
t History will come alive this weekend at Conservation Plaza when the annual Folkfest activities resume.
The weekend event will feature various examples of the pioneer lifestyle from churning butter to shoeing horses.
Pam Brandt, one of the coordinators •for the event, said the event “cele-;*brates the pioneer tradition” by showing people how the early settlers had to make their living, how they performed . their daily chores and the tools they J used to do so.
; “Most of things will be going on ; continuously each day,” she said.
* “...There will lots of hands-on crafts ! exhibits, especially for the children.
They can wash clothes in a washboard, learn how to grind com, there will be sand painting...”
I Also included will be examples of ! basket weaving, the craft of keeping a
* bee-hive and extracting honey and veven candle-making, something that is
* always popular with die kids, she said. : Although many of the people
I exhibiting crafts are local, many come ! from around the state such as a man I -who will demonstrate what it was like
long ago to be a blacksmith. There will even be examples of wine-making, sausage-making and nine-pin bowling.
The Timmermann sisters will be there to demonstrate the art of Easter egg painting using natural products such as leaves to create intricate art.
Exhibits will join both food and entertainment as items to enjoy on the grounds of Conservation Plaza. Buildings there as well as the Texas Museum of Hand-Made Furniture will also be open for viewing.
“You can get a map when you come in to tell you where to go,” Brandt said.
A $3 charge is required for admission. The event runs Saturday from
10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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By DOUGLAS BRANDT
Corporal Spencer Gremmer and Canine Bacchus of the New Braunfels Police Department helped Gillespie County officials find a burglary suspect in Gillespie County Wednesday, May 3, NBPD officials said.
NBPD canine handler Bill Spence assisted in the operation as a cover officer.
The suspect, in his mid-20’s, was recently deported as an illegal alien. He allegedly returned to the United States illegally in search of work.
He worked for the alleged victim’s husband, doing odd jobs around the house, officials said.
During this time the suspect allegedly developed a fixation with the victim.
Phone records indicate the suspect began making phone calls to the woman that escalated to harassment calls, and eventually to sexual harassment calls, officials said. Phone harassment charges were filed against him the day before.
The suspect allegedly attempted to break into the victim’s home. The victim called 91 I at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday May 3, and the suspect
fled into the Hill Country outside Fredericksburg on Highway 290 West, officials said.
Gillespie County law enforcement officials were unsuccessful in their attempt to locate the suspect with a bloodhound. Officials called N.B.P.D. at 9:45 a m. to ask for Cpl. Gremmer’s assistance, officials said.
Gremmer, Spence and Bacchus began their search at 11.40 a.m. Bacchus located the suspect in heavy brush about one-half mile from the victim’s home at about 12:30 p.m. The suspect surrendered without incident.
The suspect faces possible charges
of burglary with intent to commit sexual assault.
The victim “was visibly shaken over the incident” and expressed gratitude to the officers.
“I treat a situation like this as if it could happen to my own family,” Gremmer said. “The thanks from the victim is a reward that will go a long way.”
“I really appreciate the help from the city of New Braunfels in apprehending this suspect,” Gillespie County Sheriff Milton Jung said.
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Thursday, May 4,1995 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ 3Streets a priority for Benitez
Martinez has deep roots in city
“None of us was against it.”
“One of the things I hope to continue will be the summer work program,” Benitez said. Making it into a year-round program is also a top goal. “For those kids who get out of school and have nowhere to go — this is a thing I’m going to pursue whether I get elected or don’t get elected,” he said.
Benitez has considered other youth issues such as teen pregnancy and cutting the drop-out rate. “I have given some thought to some programs,” he said. Making a more detailed statement would be premature right now, Benitez said. “There are certain people I need to talk to so I can see if I could get these off the ground,” he said.
Bringing World Changers to New Braunfels was a favorite project for Benitez. In the program 344 youngsters will volunteer their time this summer to make needed repairs on low-income homes here, in San Marcos and in Seguin.
Benitez is proud of his city council record. Several of his decisions have been confirmed in court, he said. “I try to look at the whole city and make my decisions based on what’s best for the city, he said. “On all of the decisions we’ve made these three years, I’ve been able to put my head on the pillow and go to sleep at night,” he said.
Folkfest to fill Conservation Plaza this weekend
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Ambrosio “Butch” Benitez wants
I to serve three more years represent-l ing Dist. I on city council. He has
* lived at his-Katy Street home for over
• 30 years. He grew up in Pleasanton
* and graduated from Pleasanton High I School. He and his wife have raised
* four children in New Braunfels and I have eight grandchildren living here as
• well. Benitez is a long-time employee
* of Bluebonnet Motors.
Finishing the job on Dist. I streets is
* number one on Benitez’s list of things
* to accomplish if re-elected. “We’ve got two projects en route, but we’ve got to get the other things going,” he
! Give the city the tools it needs to do ‘the job, Benitez said. “Pass that half ;cent sales tax,” he said, “then get the
• city the equipment it needs to do these
I Continuing to work on youth violence is another top priority for Ben-
• itez, “whether it comes from outside or
• inside the city,” he said.
I A Hispanic chamber of commerce is *a good idea, although it’s not a new .‘idea, Benitez said. “When I first got ; elected three years ago talk was start-^ed,” he said.
• A Hispanic chamber shouldn’t *. duplicate existing chamber services, I he said. “From what I understand it’s to ‘ strengthen the minority community,”’
he said. “That would be a p.us.”
The “friendly” lawsuit brought against city council to encourage passage of the redistricting charter amendment was no surprise to Benitez, although the timing was, he said. “When the charter was being brought before council, I made the statement that if we didn’t get sued for one thing, it would probably be for another,” he said.
Naming the city council in the lawsuit was puzzling, Benitez said, since the city council supported the amendment all along. “It was a unanimous vote on the charter proposal,” he said.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Juan Luis Martinez lives in the same house on Katy Street that his grandfather built over 50 years ago. “I’m going to open my ears to the people,” Martinez said. “The people in District I can have more input than they do.”
Martinez graduated from New Braunfels High School in 1982 and went on to complete a course in diesel and heavy equipment mechanics from T.S.T.f in Waco. He has worked at Texas Industries (TXI) since 1983!
First on Martinez’s agenda if elected is to help the residents of the Rosedale area. “It’s privately owned. All he’s doing is profiting off those poor people and they’re neglected,” Martinez said. “Basically it’s like a slum lord.”
Another priority is fixing more streets in the west end, Martinez said. Seele and Simon streets have no curbs, he said. “We get a few inches of rair and they’re up to here with water,” he said.
District I is not limited to Hispanic residents, Martinez said. “It’s a multicultural district and I want to represent the whole district,” he said.
Martinez supports the formation of a New Braunfels Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Many businesses have never joined the greater chamber
Juan Mart nez
for unknown reasons, Martinez said. “A lot of people say you’re trying to divide the city,” he said, “but both chambers cou'd work hand in hand to improve the city.”
Filing the “friendly” lawsuit against city council urging voters to pass Charter Amendment I has some merit, Martinez said. The amendment would have the mayor elected by the whole city by plurality. It would also rearrange the voting districts so two of the six distnets would have mainly “minority” populations.
The voters can cither pass the
amendment now or be forced to do so by the federal courts, Martinez said. “Primarily they’re trying to awaken the city...just to put a little more pressure on the voters,” he said.
Most of the problems with today’s youth can be traced back to the family, Martinez said. “It all boils down to home,” he said. “I grew up in a single parent family, lf we did wrong we knew she was going to punish us,” he said.
Martinez supports continuing the Summer Jobs Program. “Maybe it could be better supervised and funded,-” Martinez said, “maybe by CDBGs.” The summer jobs program should target the low-income, at risk kids, he said.
The jobs program should be extended to the whole year, not just the summer, Martinez said. A few hours of work every other day would be enough to help an at-risk youth. “I just wish people would forget their egos and help these kids out,” he said.
Martinez wishes more Dist. I voters would become involved in shaping city policy, although he hasn’t yet hit on the specifics of how to do that, “lf only half of us would go and vote we would get that redistricting,” he said.