New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wish** from th* Hmrald-ZeHung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Joan Hetmke, J. M. “Butch” AHen (90 years old), Ricardo Gonzales Sr M Kristina Boggs-*seil (6 years old), Michael Carnes.
Happy anniversary wishes to: Kery and Kathy Noble (30 years), Lawrence and Pat Wenzel (47 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Comal River—282 cubic feet per second, up 8 from Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wet — 625.06 feet above sea level, down .02. Canyon Dam discharge — 714 cfs. Canyon Lake Inflow — 566 eft Canyon Lake level — 910.54 feet above i level. (Above conservation pool.)
New Braunfels utilities
NSU reports pumping 5.419 million gallons of surface waler Monday, and 786,000 galore of we! water.
Slow going south to Son Antonio
Wet conditions plus road work equal slow commutes on Interstate 35 to San Antonio. Work will continue on the interstate this week Southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane while crews continue to work on the main lanes. However, main lane closures should be complete by Thursday.
Several exits will also be closed because of construction. The Solms Road exit is the last open exit heading south until the FM 2252 exit. The exits in between will remain closed during construction. Hie FM 3009 exit is also closed.
Run between the drops for rn few days
Light drizzle could cause things to be damp the next cai pie of days, so you may want to go outside during the breaks in cloud coverage.
Although the sky will be most ly cloudy today with a high in the upper 70s and a light breeze from the east at 5 to 10 mph, the area should not see any showers. However, that could change tonight. Tuesday night’s forecast calls for cloudy skies with periods of light rain. The low will be in the mid 60’s and there will be 5 to 10 mph wind from the east.
On Wednesday the area has a slight chance for more showers. Skies should be mostly cloudy tomorrow with a 20 percent chance of light rain or showers. The high will be in the upper 70s and a 5 to 10 mph wind from the east.
Mill tim* to r*gi*t*r for Throe Parks Run
Advance registration continues through Friday for the Three Parks Run events Saturday: 5-K Run, kids’ 1/4-mile and 1/2 mile races and 5-K fitness walk.
The first 500 to register wil receive events shirts. Al entrants will receive buy-one-get-one-free admission to Schlater bahn Water park Saturday. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity.
Manhunt ends with fatal shooting
By ABE LEVY
The Comal County Sheriffs Office has ended its search for Kevin Ronald Miller after the 31-year-old former Canyon Lake-area man shot himself in the head Monday during a one-and-a-half-hour standoff in Spokane, Wash.
Miller did not injure his infant son whom he held hostage while Spokane police tried to talk him into surrendering, officials said.
Miller died at 9:45 p.m. Pacific time Monday, said David Reagan, public information officer for the Spokane County Sherriffs Department.
Miller was accused of shooting to death his ex-mother-in-law Karen Kennedy earlier this month and then attempting to kill his ex-wife, Alison Kennedy, and abducting his 20-month-old son this past week.
‘From the Information wa received, the standoff didn’t surprise me. He’s desperate. I’m glad he didn’t hurt the child.’
— Lt. Dennis Koepp, Comal County Sheriffs Office
Alison Kennedy remained in critical condition at Brackenridge Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, officials said Monday.
Bexar and Travis county officials conducted an all-out manhunt for Miller, who had lived in a trailer home in Indian Hills near Spring Branch.
The standoff began at about 4 a.m. Monday in a Super 8 Motel parking lot.
The Spokane County Sheriffs Department responded to a call at the motel just outside the city of Spokane, Reagan said.
A motel security guard spotted Miller in the parking lot in a maroon
Nissan Maxima at about 4 a.m., Reagan said. The guard did not know Miller was a fugitive but was suspicious because his car was running and the occupant seemed to be asleep.
Two deputies were dispatched and asked Miller for his name, Reagan said. He gave a false name and did not have any identification.
A search of the motor vehicle registration indicated the Miller was wanted for two felony charges in Texas, he said.
Before sheriff s officers could make an arrest, Miller rammed their car and
struck three private cars as he headed two blocks down the road, Reagan said.
He blew out both of his tires and disabled his mangled vehicle near a bank, he said, while deputies and other police agencies began to circle the area.
Miller placed his infant son on his lap and held a gun to his head. Fifteen minutes later he shot twice at officers with one bullet shattering one of the patrol car windows.
A SWAT team was called in and a 9-square-block area was sectioned off by police. A hostage negotiator became the contact point with Miller as he held his son hostage for 90 minutes before shooting himself in the head with a semi-automatic pistol.
During most of the standoff, Miller placed towels on the car’s windows so that police could not see him, Rea-
Success crafted locally
Herald-Zeitung photo by Tom Erickson
Pam Kraft, owner of Kraft Moblletel located at 671 South Seguin, accepts the 1997 Small Business Person of the Year award from Doug Miller, chairman of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
Small-town spirit feeds Kraft Mobiletel
By CHRIS CREWS
Pam Kraft did not expect great things when she opened a part-time cellular phone/pager business in 1988 . She was even more surprised Monday when a crowd of Chamber of Commerce officials descended on her place of business and presented her with an award for business excellence.
“I truly am surprised,” a smiling Kraft said as family, employees and Chamber officials gathered to congratulate her.
Kraft received the New Braunfels Chamber’s Small Business Person of the Year award Monday afternoon in an impromptu ceremony at her business, Kraft Mobiletel. Kraft opened the business as a part-time endeavor in an unused portion of her husband’s automotive repair shop.
Doug Miller, Chamber chairman for 1997, said the award is presented to the small business that best exemplifies the best qualities of enterpre-neurship.
“We present this award to a person who has dedicated themselves to
their business, put in a lot of hard work, has been community minded, and has pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps to become successful,” Miller said.
Kraft said that she owes much of her success to the small-town atmosphere that exists in New' Braunfels.
"I think people in smaller towns prefer to deal with a small business,” Kraft said. “They prefer the personal serv ice they are likely to get from a small business.”
Kraft added that her company’s ability to offer service after the sale
for her products contributes to her
“Our customers can place one phone call and have everything taken care of locally,” Kraft said.
The company sells and services cellular communication equipment such as pagers and phones. They also offer satelite television equipment and service. Kraft also owns similar stores in Seguin and San Marcos.
Kraft has served on the C hamber’s Board of Directors since January and has been a member of the Chamber since 1988.
San Marcos takes a bigger gulp
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Even though it has a contract for 5,000 acre feet of water per year from Canyon Lake, the City of San Marcos is asking the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority for an additional 5,(XX) acre feet.
Last Monday, the San Marcos City Council approved a resolution giving City Manager Larry Gilley the green light to begin negotiations with GBRA for additional surface water.
City of San Marcos spokeswoman Melissa Millecam said the city is considering all options for its water supply.
‘‘We are looking to the future,” Mil
lecam said. “We are in the process of designing a surface water treatment. We are looking at limits from the (Edwards) aquifer that we all face. We are looking to purchase additional rights from Canyon and that is what the council authorized the city manager to do.”
San Marcos signed a contract in 1989 with GBRA which stipulated that the city would receive 5,000 acre feet of water. The city pays GBRA about $265,000 per year for the water. San Marcos began paying for the water in 1995.
San Marcos will not use the water until its surface water treatment plant is completed in 1999.
GBRA and the city are close to completing an interlocal agreement on a regional surface water treatment plant which would be located in the San Marcos area.
Under the agreement, water from Canyon Lake would flow down the Guadalupe River to Lake Dunlap, where a raw water intake and pipeline would be built by GBRA. The water would then be transported by a pipeline to the surface water treatment plant.
GBRA General Manager Bill West said San Marcos has been talking about getting additional water since February.
“We are concentrating on consummating and concluding the contract tor the pipeline and water treatment plant
and getting that deal put together and finalized,” West said. “Then we will start considering that request (for an additional 5,(XX) acre feet).”
West said there are 12,000 acre feet of uncommitted water available for industrial and municipal users. The pnce for the water is $53.03 per acre foot.
West said the pipeline contract will be brought to the GBRA Board of Directors in June.
Police went in to seize the uninjured child and then called for EMS.
The infant was taken to state child custody officials who are expected to release him to other family members.
Reagan said police knew no motive for Miller being in Spokane even though some believe he was going to join forces with white separatists group in the area.
Because of the recent turn of events, Lt. Dennis Koepp of the Comal County Sheriffs Office said he would conclude a forgery investigation in which Miller was accused of signing a false name on two vehicles that his ex-wife owned, Koepp said.
Turn to Manhunt, Page 3
By ABE LEVY
The city’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee approved a list of 328 people to serve on nine subcommittees that will provide input rn drafting a master plan for New Braunfels’ future development, officials Mid.
A total of 328 people applied for the nine committees and most should be allowed to serve on the committee that was their first choice, said City Planning Director Harry Bennett.
At least 17 filed late and will be allowed to serve on subcommittees, the committee decided at its Monday meeting.
The city originally planned to create 19 subcommittees, but for lack of interest and logistical reasons decided to narrow them to nine.
Most of the committees are made up of 30 to 35 people and will have a series of six or seven meetings during the planning process, officials said.
The city’s planning firm will gather input and assist the steenng committee in a process scheduled to take 18 months that will include numerous public hearings, Bennett said.
The city’s planning consultants will provide a report on each of the subcommittees for members to use during their talks.
The steenng committee is made up of representatives from the Comal and surrounding counties, school districts, the city utility, chambers of commerce and city officials.
A kick-off meeting of all the subcommittee members is scheduled tentatively for 7 p.m. June 2 at the Civic Center but could be moved to June 4.
City officials plan to send out a letter of invitation to all the subcommittee members.
The city’s Comprehensive Ran Steering Committee has placed at least 328 applicants and up to 17 late applicants to serve on the following nine subcommittees:
■ Economic Development
■ Education and Population
■ Environment, Utilities and Drainage
■ Land Use and Zoning
■ Parks and Recreation
■ Public Service and Finance
■ Urban, Mainstreet, Historic
Source: City of New BraunfelsEnterprising spirit takes hold downtown. See Page 4.