New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 6, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Quarterfinals unkind to Jenkin, Skrobarcek. See Page 6
Dear Abby..................... 3
lirthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitiing!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Benito Engel, Bonnie Engler 50 years old), Jimmy Rhein-aender, Amy Grace (13 years old), Rosa Madera (belated).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold — unavailable Oak — unavailable Pecan — unavailable Mulberry — unavailable Elm —unavailable Grass — unavailable
Comal River — 274 cubic feet per second, same as Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.03 feet above sea level, down .07. Canyon Dam discharge — 707 cfs. Canyon Lake inflow — 740 eft Canyon Lake level — 910.62 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NBU reports pumping 6.109 million gallons of surface water Monday, and 972,300 gallons of well water
One-way traveling through Sattler
Factor in some extra drive time if you're headed through Sattler.
A 7-mile stretch of road on FM 306 through Sattler will have one-way traffic through a lead vehicle while the Texas Department of Transportation installs an overlay for the next two to three weeks.
The stretch includes the intersection of FM 2673 but oneway traffic will only extend aiong intervals of up to three quarters of a mile.
For more information, cal! TxDOT at 625-6278.
Time’s running out — don’t forget mom
Sunday will be the day to honor those women without whom none of us would be here — Mother’s Day. Children of all ages still have plenty of time to honor their moms. Card companies, candy companies and florists stand ready to provide a concrete expression of gratitude The mothers themselves, though, will cherish expressions of honest affection along with the gifts.
Great day to do something outdoors
The weather today and tomorrow should be perfect for working or playing outside. This afternoon will be partly cloudy with a high in the mid-80s and a south wind at 10 to 15 mph. Tonight will continue to be partly cloudy with a low in the mid-60s and a southeast wind at 5 to 10 mph
Headed south on 1-35, don’t be in a hurry
lf you’re driving south on Interstate 35, expect delays starting Thursday. Work crews will be channeling traffic into a newly constructed center lane from Solms Road to FM 2252/FM 482 near Bussey’s Flea Market.
The center lane has two lanes and will continue to serve as the main thoroughfare for southbound traffic for six to nine months.
The move is part of an ongoing project to expand the highway to six lanes.
And if that's not enough, for about one week that southbound lane will be whittled down to one lane beginning Monday. That move is scheduled to last until May 15 to allow work crews to set up barriers along the sides of the highway.
A grant application has been submitted to the Lower Colorado River Authority to help fund a system designed to warn tourists along the Guadalupe River of imminent flooding.
Comal County Fire Marshal Milton Willmann said the county and the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority had submitted a grant application to LCRA requesting help to fund an emergency communication system along the Guadalupe River. The project is expected to cost SI OI .OOO, and the application requests S25.000. The county and GBRA would share the remaining costs.
“The start-up date depends on the grant.” Willmann said, “lf we don’t get the grant, we’ll have to do it in pieces ... There’re a lot of different things we can do, it’s just w hich is cost effective.”
Willmann said the system would consist of four or Five river level gauges between Canyon Lake Dam and New Braunfels, in addition to using existing gauges that the Edwards Aquifer Authority has placed on the tributaries leading to the Guadalupe River.
"We know what’s coming out of the dam,” Willmann said. “That would give us some idea of what’s coming in from tributaries and runoff.”
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More charges filed in CHS hazing matter
By ABE LEVY
Bomb scare location
Mile Marker 177
S.A. man arrested after claiming truck contained explosives; no devices found
By DENISE DZIUK
Charges were tiled this morning in Municipal C ourt against three C anyon High School upperclassmen who are accused of assaulting a younger student in an October hazing incident.
The father of the alleged victim signed complaints late Monday afternoon that named three defendants, ages 16, 17 and IS - all of whom are Canyon football players.
The charges come one week aller the first set of charges were filed against two other students who are also football players Those charges involve reports of hazing of a 15-year-old freshman in a January incident at the high school.
Another 15-year-old freshman is named as the alleged victim in today’s tiling.
All the charges are listed as class C misdemeanors that carry a maximum fine of $500 and no jail time.
Arraignment tor last week’s charges is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. May 15 at the Municipal Court. There the defendants have the option of selecting a judge or six-member jury to decide the case.
Arraignment for today’s charges is expected to be scheduled for May 20 or 22, court officials said, adding that they did not know yet whether the two arraignments would be combined.
Parents of the alleged victims could not be reached for comment Tuesday morning but have said they were reluctant to press charges.
Administration and coaches were to blame for the incidents more than the accused students w ho were conditioned to behave that way, they have said.
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A San Antonio man was arrested by the Schertz Police Department Monday morning after he told officers he had a truck filled with explosives in a wooded area in Schertz.
Sally Arenas said she was cleaning her home, located on Molly Lane, oft' of Interstate 35 just north of Bussey’s Flea Market, when her two dogs began barking. She said a man with a chain over his shoulder appeared, asking her for water and a sandwich.
“If I hadn’t had my big dogs barking, I wouldn’t have known,” Arenas said.
Arenas said she told the man he could not have food because she did not know him. She said he continued to “harass” her, and refused to leave. She said her telephone would not work, so when he was distracted, “I jumped in my truck, locked my door and went to my neighbor’s to call the police.”
"He told me to call them,” she said. “He stayed around and waited for them ... He was watering my yard and wouldn’t leave.”
Arenas said this was not the first time suspicious individuals had roamed the brushy area.
"We get weird people all the time,” she said. "It’s time for me to look for another place to live.”
Schertz Police Chief Jerry Smith said officers responded to a suspicious person call in Guadalupe County, and when they arrived found 38-year-old Roberto Cervantes of San Antonio, who said he was getting a drink of w ater from the hose. According to a statement from the department, Cerv antes, who w as taken into custody at the scene, told officers he had a truck filled with explosives ready to go off "that would make Oklahoma City look small.”
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall
Sgt. Michael Harris with the Schertz Police Department opens a U-Haul truck that a San Antonio man claimed was filled with enough explosives to ‘make Oklahoma City look small.’ The truck was actually filled with junk.
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall
Sally Arenas, who called the police when a man showed up at her house asking for a drink and a sandwich, talks with Schertz Police Department Lt. Beverly Todd, left, and Officer Dana Reynolds during a bomb scare Monday morning.
Law enforcement officers blocked oft'the area and called in assistance from the Fort Sam Houston bomb squad, Texas Rangers, U.S. Marshals, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agency, the FBI and the Texas Department of Public Safety Special Crimes Division. Residents of the four or five homes in the highly w inkled area were evacuated for several hours.
"We always do that as a precautionary measure,” Lt. Beverly Todd said. "Any time there’s any mention of explosives we evacuate."
Smith said officials found a U-l laul hidden in a brushy area. He said officials thought the truck was brought into the area Monday morning. The truck was parked between trees and was covered with yard clippings. Smith said his officers were told the truck was filled with explosives.
"There were wires sticking out the back of the truck intended to back up his story,” Smith said.
It took officials several hours to
detennine that tile truck did not contain explosives. Smith said the truck actually contained "a mix-match of junk.” C erv antes was arrested on charges
of making a false report to peace officers and resisting arrest He was taken to the Guadalupe County Jail. is being held on $4,000 bond.
12 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, May 6,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Bonn!* Engler
County, GBRA request grant for emergency notification equipment along Guadalupe River
By DENISE DZIUK
New Garden Ridge mayor ready to take reins
Vol. 145, No. 124
By DAVID DEKUNDER
GARDEN RIDGE — After winning Saturday’s elections, Mayor-elect Jay F. Feibelman said he was ready to get down to business.
Feibelman, who has served as councilman for the past two years, is expected take over for departing Mayor Jay P. Minikin in a called council meeting later this week.
Feibelman won the mayoral election by garnering 348 votes, 78 percent, to Catherine Cochnauer’s 96 votes, or 22 percent.
The first order of business is to find a new city administrator, a new police chief, an alternate municipal court
judge and a new city treasurer, Feibelman said.
"We need to establish cut-off dates and start reviewing packages (applications) for police chief and (city) Jay Feibelman administrator and start the hiring process,” Feibelman said.
Earlier this year, the city council voted to re-establish the city administrator's position, which the council eliminated rn 1992. The council did so because Million, who has been mayor for about six years, decided not to mn for re-elec
tion Minikin helped mn the day-to-day operations of the city by putting in as many as 60 hours a week in the nonpaid mayor’s position.
Feibelman said he hoped to have a city administrator and police chief hired by July.
He said he would meet with Million to discuss the issues the city w ill face at the beginning of his term.
“I want to have a smooth transition between myself and Mayor Minikin,” Feibelman said. "He has been involved in many things only the mayor knows about. I will get that information (from him).”
In the long term, he said he would like to see a library in Garden Ridge.
"Many years ago someone donated $400 for a city library,” he said. "I
plan on using the money to establish a small library. We would lix>k for donations and build a small library starting with the $400 as a nucleus.”
Just as it was during Millikin’s tenure as mayor, water will play a significant role during Feibelman’s term.
“IXiwn the road we will have to start upgrading the water system,” Feibelman said. "Some day we will have to fund it most probably through a bond issue and from impact fees from future developers. I will check every angle to see how we can pick up the money to improve our water systems and see what we will need in construction costs and how we will fund it. The least amount we borrow the better we are. I have no intentions of raising water rates.”
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