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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 12, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas AVNew BititiaWELS Water Restrictions ■ Landscape watering is allowed from midnight to 10 a.m. and from 8 p.m. to midnight one day per week. Addresses with a last digit of 8 or 9 can water today.Herald-Zeitung ^ ^.1..    ’/..IL:.;.............................................. Vol. 149 No. 125 20 pages in 2 sections May 12, 2000 FRI Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Fine cuisine Marcien Rusuriye and Bette Spain prepare one of the many appetizing entrees for the crowd attending the Historic Outdoor Art Gallery/New Braunfels, Inc.’s mural fund-raiser. The event took place Thursday at the New Braunfels Civic Center. CHRISTINA MINOR/HerakJ-Zeitung L-    cissing    man drowned in Canyon Lake From Staff Reports CANYON LAKE — Law enforcement and rescue personnel — including half a dozen divers from the Canyon Lake Dive Team — were searching late Thursday for a missing man feared drowned. Comal County Sheriff’s patrol Captain David Ott said authorities were searching for Martin P. Schall, 21, of the Federal Republic of Ger many. Schall was reported missing at about I p.m. Thursday by witnesses who said they’d watched him swim from Comal Park at the south end of the lake out to an island. On the way back, he reportedly disappeared from sight, Ott said. “He swam from one island to the other, and on the way back, they lost sight of him. We’re considering it a case of possible drowning,” Ott said late Thursday afternoon. “Right now, he’s a missing person.” Ott said sheriff’s deputies, game wardens, the dive team and members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were involved in the search. The search is challenging because of the deep water in that part of the lake, Ott said.In memory of...Students honor friends, raise money By Christina Minor Staff writer Four New Braunfels High School students are getting up early Saturday to ride their bicycles — but this is not just an ordinary trip through the neighborhood. They are men on a mission. For two months, Edgar Zamora, a senior at NBHS, has planned a memorial bicycle ride for 16-year-old Shelby Farnsworth and 15-year-old Fernando Diaz, who died this past year in an automobile accident. The couple was leaving campus after attending a New Braunfels Marine Corps Junior Reserve Offices Training Corps trip when their car collided with a truck in front of the school. “I’ve dedicated my whole year in ROTC to them,” Zamora said “I want to help them out. I want to pay them back.” John Covington, Michael Kendel and Chris Millett, who decided to join Zamora on his trek, will leave at 7 a.m. Saturday from the Home Depot and travel 50 miles using the Interstate 35 frontage roads to the Austin city limits then travel another 50 miles back to New Braunfels. “We are not going to stop until we reach Austin,” Covington said. “I would do this again. It’s for a good cause.” The bike ride is not only in memory of Shelby and Fernando but also to raise awareness about the scholarship set up by the families of Shelby and Fernando. Each year; the scholarship is awarded to one male ROTC cadet in honor of Fernando, one female ROTC cadet in honor of Shelby and one senior girl on the high school soccer team. Shelby’s family asked that the recipients’ names not be released because they have not yet learned they are receiving the scholarships. See RIDE/7A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung John Covington, Michael Kendel and Edgar Zamora are three of the four New Braunfels High School students riding their bikes Saturday to raise money for a scholarship fund in memory of friends Shelby Farnsworth and Fernando Diaz, who died this past year in an automobile accident. Approved signs remind that roads should be shared By Erin Magruder Staff Writer New bicycle warning signs on River Road approved Thursday for placement on River Road are geared to remind motorists and cyclists to “play nice” on the narrow tourist thoroughfare this summer. Local cyclists — pushing for the addition of the regulatory signs before the peak tourist season — voiced concerns about bicycle safety on River Road in a public comment session at Commissioners’ Court, 150 N. Seguin Avenue. The signs initially were requested by Canyon Lake Area resident Link Fuller, who said he was looking to commissioners and others in leadership positions to publicly advocate motorist awareness of the bicyclist who regularly ride on the winding road. “I love River Road, and I think it’s a treasure,” Fuller said. “And the truth is that both bicyclists and drivers are part of that environment ... and we need to come to some mutual understanding.” Several cyclists cited instances when they had either been insulted or felt disregarded by motorists zooming by on the roadway. “It’s all about respect,” 29-year-old River Road resident Rudy Guerrero said. “If the motorist is patient enough to allow cyclists to move over, everything would be fine.” State law for bicyclists and motorists requires cyclists move as far to the right side of the lane as possible so a vehicle behind them can safely pass. But Fuller pointed out that cyclists are not required by law to move to the far right if the lane is two narrow — as many stretches of River Road might be — for both the bicycle and vehicle to travel safely side-by-side. Cyclist Matt Gruene, owner of Gruene Bikewurks in New Braunfels, said problems maneuvering around motorists on the roadway arise even when cyclists are following the rules. “Cyclists need to take responsibility for their own safety, but even when they are doing things safely—things still happen like people throw bottles at us or spit at us.” And John Buntz, who commutes to New Braunfels everyday by bicycle, said recently had a less benign encounter with a motorist. “I was going up a hill about 7 p.m. Monday and a car was going down the hill and they threw a hard object at me,” Buntz said. “They were just hooting and hollering and thought it was so funny ... Some people think it’s OK to assault cyclists.” Both cyclists and commissioners said they hoped the new signs might alleviate some of the strain and create more public awareness that would benefit the safety of those on bikes and in vehicles. County Engineer Tom Homseth said two triangular “Share the Road” signs soon will flank either end of River Road and possibly Schoenthal Road —which creates a similar hazard for cyclists. The discussion of cyclists safety also served as a public forum for outfitters and cyclists to address a recent rumor about an underground movement to outlaw bicycling on River Road. The rumors, initially fueled by an item recently placed on the Water Oriented Recreation District meeting agenda by WORD vice-president and local outfitter Paul Rich that proposed limiting or restricting bicycle travel on Riv-See SIGN/7A SHARE THE ROAD Inside Abby................................5A Classifieds.......................4-6B Comics...............................3B Crossword........................3B Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports............................1-2B Today.................................2A Television.............................3B Key Code 76Major crime down 6 percent in New Braunfels By Heather Todd Staff Writer Major crime in New Braunfels is down six percent compared to the same time last year thanks in part to a large drop in auto burglaries this year, officials reported. A quarterly crime report, which compares criminal activity in the city during the first tliree months in 2000 to die first three months in 1999, indicates a drop in most major crimes — including sexual assault, robbery, assault, burglary, theft and auto theft. During January, February and March of tliis year there were four sexual assaults, eight robberies, 203 assaults, 138 burglaries, 349 thefts and 33 auto thefts in New Braunfels. There were no murders during the first quarter of2000. The burglary category includes burglary of a habitation, burglary of a non-habitation and burglary of a motor vehicle. In the first three months of 1999, there were five sexual assaults, four robberies, 208 assaults, 179 burglaries, 356 thefts and 30 auto thefts. There also were no murders in the first three months of 1999. The quarterly report indicated both robberies and auto thefts increased this year. “The six percent decline is encouraging,” Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager, said “It shows the efforts by law enforcement in apprehending criminals and it shows that the crime prevention efforts of the safe city commission are paying off.” Ferguson said the Safe City Commission worked aggressively to educate citizens about ways to avoid becoming crime victims. Ferguson said the largest drop in the crime rate could be attributed to a decrease in burglaries — which dropped 22 percent compared to the first quarter of 1999. And in particular, auto burglaries dropped 41 percent, he said. “I think this shows an aggressive effort to apprehend individuals who break into motor vehicles,” Ferguson said. Burglary of a habitation dropped 11 percent and burglary of non-habitations dropped 22 percent in the quarterly report. “We hope that this trend continues,” Ferguson said. But, local residents shouldn’t be off their guard just yet, Ferguson said. “We are heading into the busiest time of the year for motor vehicle burglaries in the city,” Ferguson said. “This is the time of year where we see an increase in the number of thefts and in particular, motor vehicle burglaries.” New Braunfels Police Department Detective Sean Gabbard said certain criminal behavior, such as assaults and disorderly con- See CRIME/7A ;