New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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From the Dispatch
A 30-year-old San Antonio man was arrested for public intoxication about 3 a.m. Friday by New Braunfels Police Department officers in the Tiger Tote parking lot, 10OO block of S. Interstate 35. Bond was set at $150.
A 21-year-old Plano man reported someone slashed all four tires on his 1994 Ford four-door sometime Thursday in the 1200 block of Gruene Road. Damage to the tires was estimated at $400.
A 50-year-old San Antonio man was arrested about 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the 1400 block of S. Interstate 35 after he was pulled over by New Braunfels Police Department officers for allegedly running a stop sign. Officers discovered two warrants had been issued for the man’s arrest for speeding and violation of a promise to appear.
The man also was arrested for running the stop sign and failure to appear. He was booked into the Comal County Jail; bonds totaled $425.
regular meeting of the board of directors, 2 p.m. Monday, Headquarters Building, Johnson City.
MARION INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT —board of trustees, 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Secondary School cafeteria, 503 Bulldog Dr.,
COMAL COUNTY WATER ORIENTED RECREATION DISTRICT—regular meeting, 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Canyon Lake Action Center, 1941 Farm-to-Market Road 2673, Sattler.
NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL —6:30 p.m. Monday, May 22,
New Braunfels Municipal Building, council chambers, 424 S. Casten Ave.
NEW BRAUNFELS UTILITIES BOARD OF TRUSTEES — 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, board room, Main Plaza.
NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL — 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 12,
New Braunfels Municipal Building, council chambers, 424 S. Casten Ave.
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To cap off their civic beautification program for the year, Four Seasons Garden Club donated two Crape Myrtle shrubs to Landa Plaza Apartments, 300 Laurel Lane. Indigenous to the area and known for their vivid blooms, these shrubs will provide a colorful and softened side
Officials warn against swimming attempts to island at Canyon Lake
Two men injured in accident Thursday
By Erin Magruder Staff Writer
An 18-year-old New Braunfels man and a 19-year-old San Antonio man were transported by helicopter Thursday night to a San Antonio area hospital after the vehicle they were riding in hit a light pole in the Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lot, 1209 S. Interstate 35.
Brooke Army Medical Center officials said Saturday the two men were released from the hospital.
The collision occurred about 10:20 p.m. when the 18-year-old man, driving a 1982 Dodge two-door, reportedly failed to control the speed of the vehicle while negotiating the Wal-Mart parking
lot exit at Mesquite Street, New Braunfels Police Department officers said.
The Dodge missed the exit and collided with some shrubs before hitting the light pole head-on, officers said.
Both the 18-year-old driver and the 19-year-old passenger in the front seat suffered incapacitating injuries and were transported by Airlife to Brooke Army Medical Center.
Two other passengers in the back seat of the vehicle — a 20-year-old San Antonio man and a 20-year-old New Braunfels man — suffered only minor injuries and were treated and released on nearby Gardenia Street by New Braunfels Fire and Rescue personnel.
By Erin MAGRUDER Staff Writer
A German family visiting the area received grim news Friday morning after divers recovered the body of their 21-year-old son who drowned Thursday afternoon while swimming in deep, choppy water at the southern part of Canyon Lake.
Divers found the body of Martin Phillip Schaal at 10:07 a.m. Friday about 50 yards from a peninsula near the area he was last seen swimming at Comal Park, Farm-to-Market Road 2673 near Startzville.
Schaal entered the water before noon Thursday at the peninsula located just outside of the designated swimming area of the park to swim to an island located about 200 yards from the shore, said Jerry Brite, U.S. Army CORPS of engineer lake manager.
The designated swimming area is a gradual slope that is about five or six feet at its deepest point. But the stretch Schaal chose to swim
— labeled with “Swim at Your Own Risk” and “Danger, Steep Drop Off” signs — follows the old Guadalupe Rriver channel and plummets to depths of 120 feet, Brite said.
Brite said he could recall about 12 drownings in the vicinity since the park’s opening in 1968.
But Schaal made the swim to the island — and after a brief rest
— began swimming back to shore, Brite said.
Schaal’s grandmother and parents — Dr. Eberhard Claus and Karin Schaal — also were at the park and saw Schaal make the swim to the island, officials said.
Schaal was last seen by his father about 12:10 p.m. after he had completed about one-third of the swim to the peninsula —which is usually submerged when lake levels are normal, Brite said.
“The father turned to talk to his wife, and then when he turned
Marion man pleads guilty to aggravated robbery
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
A 27-year old Marion man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of aggravated robbery for his role in a carjacking in New Braunfels Feb. 5.
Jose Pantoja, allegedly one of three men involved in the carjacking, accepted the plea agreement with a recommended sentence of IO years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility in District Judge Charles Ramsay’s courtroom.
A high speed chase after the alleged carjacking claimed the lives of two people. Robbery suspect Larry Holt, 22, of San Antonio and Marion resident Misty Milligan, 37, who was an innocent bystander, were killed instantly when their cars collided in Marion.
A punishment hearing has not yet been scheduled.
A judge could accept the plea and sentence Pantoja to the recommended IO years, or the judge could reject the plea.
If the judge rejects the plea, Pantoja could withdraw the plea and submit a harsher plea or the case could go to a court or jury
According to the plea agreement, the Comal County District Attorney’s office will drop the aggravated robbery charge arid prosecute Pantoja on a lesser charge of robbery.
Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony punishable by life imprisonment or up to 99 years in prison and an optional fine not to exceed $10,000.
Robbery is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
In the plea agreement, the district attorney’s office also indicated it would not be opposed to sentencing Pantoja to 180 days in prison and IO years probation.
San Antonio resident John
Marshall Lee, 23, also faces aggravated robbery charges for allegedly forcing the couple out of parked car in the early morning hours Feb. 5.
New Braunfels Police Lt. Mike Rust said the couple were sitting in a parked 2000 Chevrolet around I a.m. at a residence in the 300 block of Madrid in New Braunfels when Lee and Holt approached them.
Lee, Pantoja and Holt allegedly stole jewelry, a cellular phone and $400 in cash from the driver and female passenger.
Lee and Holt fled the scene in the Camara, Rust said.
According to police reports, Pantoja followed the Camara in a second car but lost Lee and Holt See ROBBERY/5A
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back around — his son was gone,” Brite said. “No one heard anything, and no one saw him struggling in the water.”
Several other witnesses had seen Schaal — who had just celebrated his 21st birthday April 15 — swimming back to shore, but none had watched him disappear under the water, officials said.
Rough water due to wind and a lateral current could have increased Schaal’s fatigue as he swam back to shore, said Canyon Lake Fire/EMS assistant chief Greg Winters, who also was one of the divers who recovered Schaal’s body.
“People get out there and underestimate the water and overestimate their swimming ability,” Winters said. “I would not recommend swimming out to the island, and if I attempted it, I would have a personal flotation device.”
Schaal’s parents — who speak English —called the Comal County Sheriff’s Office about
12:30 p.m. after they were unable to locate their son, CCSO deputy Mark Reynolds said.
Canyon Lake Fire/EMS personnel and members of its dive team, CCSO deputies, game wardens, park rangers and members of the U.S. Army CORPS of engineers searched the Comal Park area from about 1:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. — but turned up nothing.
The party returned early Friday morning and searched another area near the peninsula where two divers found Schaal’s body submerged about 65 feet from the surface of the water, Winters said.
Schaal’s family, whose hometown is near Hamburg, Germany, came to the area to attend the wedding of Martin Schaal’s brother last week in San Antonio, Reynolds said.
The family was scheduled to return to Germany Friday — and wanted to visit the Canyon Lake area before their departure, officials said.
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