New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 4, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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Suspect hunted in shooting
Wurstfest official says crowds unaffected
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Crowds attending Wurstfest seem to be unaffected by a shooting incident which left one man dead in a parking lot across from Wurstfest early Sunday morning, according to a Wurstfest spokesman.
Timothy Joe Nelson, 31, who lived in Austin and was employed in New Braunfels as a construction worker, was pronounced dead at 1:13 a.m. Sunday from a single gunshot to the chest.
Police are hunting a suspect described as a white male, 20 to 25 years of age, approximately 6 feet tall, 175-185 pounds, with collar-length dark hair and long side-burns. The passenger in the front seat of the car with the suspect is believed to be a Mexican-American female in her early 20s, with shoulder-length dark hair.
Although the number of persons attending Wurstfest is down slightly this year, Tom Purdum, executive secretary of the Wurstfest Association, said this year’s crowd is an ‘excellent type of crowd” with people of all ages attending.
And with a good number of people attending Wurstfest last night. Purdum said the “isolated tragedy”
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does not seem to have any adverse affect on the crowds.
As of Tuesday morning, there were still no known suspects in the early Sunday morning shooting.
What started out to be an argument over getting out of a conjested parking lot across from Wurstfest, eventually ended up in the shooting, a spokesman for the New Braunfels Police Department said.
Justice of the Peace Harold Krueger said Nelson bleed to death as a result of a single bullet lodged in his left chest.
Lt. Felix Roque, head of the New Braunfels Criminal Investigation Division, said Nelson, in an attempt to lead his friend's van into the line of traffic leaving the parking lot, was trying to get other drivers’ attention and was banging on their car hoods.
Roque said an argument eventually broke out between Nelson and the driver of what is believed to be a medium blue, 1976 Pontiac Grand-Prix. During the argument, it is believed that Nelson smashed the (passenger side) windshield of the Grand-Prix with his fist.
The driver of the Pontiac then produced a small-caliber revolver (believed to be a .22) and shot Nelson in the chest, who fell to the ground. The driver of the
car then drove out the rear of the parking lot through a field. Roque said. Police believe there were four to five people in the car with the suspect at the time.
Since the shooting incident took place outside of Wurstfest, almost an hour after Wurstfest closed, Purdum said it was "something that could have happened anywhere.” He also said he felt that “beefing up security” on the Wurstfest grounds wouldn't really help, since it was the result of con-jested traffic and took place outside of Wurstfest after closing.
“We've got more security than other festivals our size. We have excellent security,” he commented.
However, there is a possibility that we'll try to improve the removal of heavily conjested traffic, Purdum said. “It’s something we can look into, perhaps even help with the problem next weekend. But it’s something that cannot be eliminated completely. There will always be traffic, he added.
“Murder is a serious thing, but this could have happened on a Saturday night outside a dance-hall. Anytime you get 30,000 people together like that, there’s a chance something like that might happen, there’s always a possibility that someone will go berserk,” he said.
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Vol. 89 - No. 94 14 Pages
(USPS 377 880) New Braunfels, Texas
report high of voters
Precinct 1......................Dittlinger Memorial Library
Precinct 2...........Cross Lutheran Church, Activities Center
Precinct 3.......................Fire Station No. 2, Loop 337
Precinct 4 .......................Comal Elementary School
Precinct 5............................Bracken Fire Station
Precinct 6...................................Wesley Hall,
First United Methodist Church
Precinct 7.....................Lone Star Elementary School
Precinct 8 ...................Fire Station No. 4, Kerlick Lane
Precinct 9 ................Mission Valley Community Center
Precinct 10.................... Bulverde Community Center
Precinct 11...................Fire Station No. 3, 598 N. Union
Precinct 12...............New Braunfels High, East Entrance
Precinct 13.........................Startz Store, Startzville
Precinct 14.......................Spring Branch Lodge Hall
Precinct 15...................................Eagles Hall
Precinct 16 ................Canyon High School Gymnasium
Precinct 17....................Faith United Church of Christ
Precinct 18.................Canyon City Fire Station, FM 306
Precinct 19...........................Fischer Bowling Club
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
As is usual for presidential elections, voter turnout was high in Comal County polling places Tuesday morning.
“We are as busy as a cat on a hot tin roof,” reported Hilmar Schriewer, Precinct 12 election judge at New Braunfels High School, shortly after 9 a.m.
"We’re getting about 150 voters an hour, and it’ll probably be like that all day,” Schriewer said.
The turnout was "just about the same” as the 1976 General Election, Schriewer said, but other precinct
judges thought this year’s was higher.
"We've had a good turnout. I’d say it’s higher now than four years ago," Gladys Erben, Precinct 18 judge at Canyon City Fire Station, said.
"Much higher,” agreed Dolly Gull, Precinct 5 judge.
Voter turnout at Bracken Fire Station was "fantastic,” Gull said.
"Before the polls opened they were lined up out to the street,” she added.
Chester Krause, Precinct 13 judge at the Startz Cafe in Startzville, said he thought turnout was "roughly” higher than four years ago.
“We’ve had around 200 vote iii the first couple of hours. That’s pretty good,” he said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Their long, sometimes bitter campaign over, President Carter and Ronald Reagan could only cast their ballots and wait today for a troubled nation to decide the outcome of the one of the most closely fought elections in recent times.
On the first anniversary of the capture of American hostages in Iran, one of the darkest moments in his presidency, Carter returned to Plains, Ga., early today and voted in the old
Turnout on the city’s West End was lower.
“It’s coming steady. Up to now we’ve had 20 to 30 voters an hour, and it's not slowing down. I think that's about even with last year,” reported Pat Hernandez, Precinct 7 judge at Lone Star Elementary School.
Absentee voting was at an all-time high, with 824 personal appearance
brick high school of his hometown. “I think it’s very close,” he told reporters.
Asked if he expected to win the election, Carter replied: “I hope so. We’ll see. I’ve always felt confident. I’ve always come out well.” He said the size of the voter turnout would be a big factor in the outcome.
While Carter gave emotional thanks to supporters who rallied at the Plains railroad depot, Reagan, his Republican challenger, awaited the voters’
ballots cast, 28 limited ballots (for those eligible to vote only for federal offices because of residency requirements(, and 652 mahout ballots sent.
Added up, they amounted to 1,504 absentee ballots compared to a total of 842 in 1976.
County clerk’s office personnel reported “at least 500” of the mahout ballots had been returned.
decision at his oceanfront home at Los Angeles.
The 24 registered voters in Dixville Notch, N.H., traditionally the first to cast their votes for president on Election Day, gave Reagan a 17-3 lead over Carter shortly after midnight. Independent candidate John B. Anderson got two votes, Libertarian candidate Ed Clark got one and one
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Wednesday student day
Tomorrow is a day students from the New Braunfels and Canyon High School German clubs have been looking forward to for quite awhile. However, ifs not only local students who are excited.
In conjunction with Wurstfest, students, from as many as 44 Texas high schools, have traveled from all over Texas to attend a musical show,
New Braunfels Fire Department responded to a call at the Lower Colorado River Authority power plant on luanda Street yesterday when fuses blew out of a capacitor bank.
The fire department reported three fire units responded to Comal Plant at 6:10 p.m. on standby for 16 minutes.
Seven fuses blew out, Roy Hartmann, LCRA plant foreman, said."When the fuses blew, the power
which will be presented by New Braunfels and Canyon High School students.
The show’ will be held in Wursthalle from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Stage and polka bands from New Braunfels and Canyon High Schools will be on hand to provide both listening and dancing entertainment. In addition to the bands and sing-a-
went to the ground,” he said, adding that the fuse blowout caused a great flashing arc of light. Hartmann said the incident "was quite common to occur, just like any piece of machinery that goes bad,” he said.
Nothing was damaged in the incident, Hartmann said, explaining that it had not been necessary to reroute power. “Nothing was switched over,” he said.
longs, the Seele School Junge Taenzer (elementary school dancers) will also provide entertainment.
There is also a possibility that a "mystery guest” will step in for a few minutes to surprise the students with an added feature of entertainment, according to Benno Engel, a sponsor of the New Braunfels German Club.
More than likely, this “mystery guest,” who Engel said has come many times in past years, will be Myron Floren of the l^awerence Welk Television Show.
This will be the 15th year in which students of the New Braunfels German Club have prepared for the musical show. Students from the Canyon High School German Club have assisted them for the last three years, Engel said.
Christine Taylor, a sponsor for the German Club at Canyon High School, said students have been preparing for this program for quite some time by practicing old German songs and polkas.
Capacitor fuses blown
A couple samples shish kebab and sausage at Wurstfest
WEATHER................14AIranians march on embassy; reply asked
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tens of thousands of Iranians marched on the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and in a carnival-like atmosphere entered the grounds on the first anniversary of the takeover today. The Iranian Foreign Ministry asked the Carter administration for a quick,
public response to its demands for the release of the 52 U.S. hostages.
The demonstrators, shouting “Death to American Imperialism” and carrying placards saying “Shame on Carter,” were joined by Iranian troops carrying their newest weapons and merchants from Tehran’s bazaar. Police helicopters dropped leaflets
over the crowd, the official Pars new agency reported.
A Western reporter at the rally said a sea of Iranians filled the embassy grounds and spilfed into the surrounding streets. Thousands of school children were in attendance as well as soldiers and revolutionary guards who paraded with flowers in
the barrels of their rifles. Brightly-colored banners decorated the embassy grounds.
The reporter said the militants did not allow the demonstrators to enter the embassy buildings, where the hostages are believed held. Estimates of the size of the crowd ranged from tens of thousands by Western reporter:
to hundreds of thousands reported by Pars.
Speeches were broadcast to those outside the grounds by loudspeakers, and reporters said the rally could be heard for blocks.
None of the buildings was open to tin public, and revolutionary guards manned the various entrances.