New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 4, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 Pages in one section ■ Nov. 4,1993Herald-Zeitung
I IQM Serving Comal County ■ Home of ROSE KORPI
Vol. 141, No. 249!™SIPE I County considering juvenile facility
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opinion...... ...: a County at crossroads,
Sports Day.............8 ,
classifieds...........9-11 I according to juvenile
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Rose Korpi,
Rick Montanez, Cheryl Duvall, Diana Alanis (belated).
'Planning for Profits’ workshop sot for Nov. 9
"Planning for Profits," a workshop designed to aid small businesses in developing successful short and long term business plans, will be presented Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at Honors Hall, and will examine writing techniques, financial components, and lending requirements for strategic plans.
Sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and the Main Street Project, the seminar will cost SS to chamber and downtown association members and SS for others.
For more information, call 608-2100.
Weihnachtsmarkt to begin Nov. 19
The Fifth Annual Weihnachtsmarkt (Vi knocks marked, German for Christmas market), sponsored by t)ie Sophienburg Museum and Archives in New Braunfels, will be held in the „, Civic Center at 380 South Seguin on Nov. 19,20 and 21.
The event marks a Christmas shopping extravaganza with 50 merchants under one roof.
This year's theme, "Hansel & Gretel," promises inspired decorations to delight the eye.
The Kaffcc Haus in the lobby is a great place to meet friends and sample some of the home baked goodies, delicious potato soup and many other foods and beverages.
The S3 admission is good for all three days and children under IO are free.
Door prizes will be given away every hour. Hours are Nov. 19,
IO a.m. to 7 p.m.; Nov. 20, IO a.m. to6 p.m. and Nov. 21, ll a.m. to 5 p.m.
Powder Puff contest scheduled for Saturday night
A Powder Puff football game between senior girls of Smithson Valley High School and Canyon High School will be held at Smithson Valley's Rangers Stadium beginning at 7:30 p.m.
A junior varsity contest will be held before the seniors' contest.
Football players from both high schools will not only serve as referees, but also as cheerleaders.
Last year's winner was Smithson Valley.
Proceeds from the game will be split between both schools' student councils.
(The New Braunfels Herald-zeitung Invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. I According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, "Stammtisch" represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you to share with us.)
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
The lack of a facility in Comal County to house juvenile offenders has brought the county to a crossroads according to Frank Allen, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer and co-chair of the new planning committee for a juvenile detention center in the county. The potential for violent offenders to be released for lack of facilities and for the county to begin to pay more tor contracted services to handle these cases is present.
“Guadalupe County recently changed their policy on taking juveniles, said Allen. “They’re limiting contracting with outside counties once they have seven placements. After that they will only take placements from their own county. We’ve called up there and found no room at the inn. A lot times Austin is full and they also charge SI30 a day, nearly double what Guadalupe County charges.
“Hays has been talking about building a facility but they have been considering that for four or five years without building anything. We arc getting to a point in time where we may be faced with sending placements to Atascosa County and places like that and then you have the problem of transporting them back and forth ”
When juveniles have to be transported to outside facilities officers must be pulled off the street to take them to and from those facilities and the county also incurs additional expensive according to Allen. He said in another few years the cost of using outside facilities could be as much as building a facility locally.
Comal County school district superintendents and County Commissioner Cristina Zamora, members of the newly appointed planning com-THMW? are concerned about how Comal County will address the increasingly difficult problem of dealing with juvenile offenders.
Juvenile crime is problem that must be addressed, law enforcement officials say
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Juvenile crime in the Comal County arca is a problem that needs to be seriously addressed , according to local law enforcement officials.
Last week. the Comal County Commissioners Court appointed a committee to study the need for a juvenile detention center. Arca law enforcement officials said this is a step in the right direction.
“This is one of the major voids we have,” said New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Hcadcn.
Hcadcn said juveniles are aware there is not a facility in Comal County to hold them. He said the juvenile offenders may be sent away but as soon as the get in trouble in another school or detention facility they are sent back
“We need to fill the void. The kids must know that if they arc sent back here, they may never leave here. It may be that’s all that’s needed to straighten them out,’’ he said.
“We arc failing our kids by not having this. The kids themselves suffer. . . We’ve got a chance to turn kids around,” said Hcadcn.
Bremer said he hopes the committee will decide to make a commitment to establish or build a juvenile facility for both short-term and long-range holding to take the kids off the street and also for punishment.
“We’ve g(* to do something to these kids. The juvenile system is geared to promote crime rather than to deter it,” he said.
“It’s a whole new world dealing with juveniles. .. We can’t treat or handle juveniles the same way w;c do adults. The roles arc completely different,” he said.
Bremer said dealing with juveniles becomes more of a administrative duty than a disciplinary' one.
“There is a difference between handling juveniles and adults. The two aren’t really compatible,” he said.
Hcadcn said the juvenile crime in New' Braunfels is not “overly bad.”
“We’ve been able to jump on the problem and stay on top of it,” said Hcadcn.
“So far we have not had the serious drivc-by shorings We hope to keep it that way,” he said
Bladen also said his department has worked with juveniles through working with the school administration and summer youth programs.
"I feel we arc going in the right direction,” he said.
Bremer said there is a juvenile crime problem in the county. He said crimes committed by juveniles run the gamut of assaults, rapes, burglaries, unlaw ful carrying of a weapon, etc.
Bremer said many times the officers will deal with the same kids from age 12 on. He said nothing can really be done to the kids until they arc 17.
“It’s the same kids. Ninety percent of the juvenile crimes arc done by 10 to 12 percent of the population,” he said.
Superintendent Charles Bradbcrry at New Braunfels Independent School District said that there arc more juveniles than many would like to think in Comal County that arc on probation for various off enses and the severity of those offenses must be fairly significant to result in placement in a facility because of the lack of such facilities locally.
"There’s just nothing here that we can do to
reverse the direction it’s all heading,” said Baldberry "Basically now whenjuvcnilcs arc kicked out of school for using or selling drugs or some kind of violent act there’s nothing else we can do. TIk* best thing we have now is to put an ankle bracelet on them and that doesn't work very well. If we had a juvenile detention center we could provide a different kind of environment, an alternative school, and some counseling that might
break that cycle.
“It’s time that we start dealing with this problem because we deal with some pretty tough cases,” said Bradbcrry. “You’d be amazed at the number of elementary school kids we have tm probation There arc kids in fifth grade and fourth graders.” Zamora has visited the juvenile detention center in San Marcos and hopes that the center being considered for Comal County will be similar. She was impressed with the alternative school provided there through their REBOUND program, but stressed that she did not think one alternative school program would serve all needs “This is for juveniles that arc really in trouble,” said Zamora. These kids have been convicted. Students who have been expelled (for other than criminal reasons) need a different kind of facility. I wouldn’t want them together.”
“I think it’s definitely needed,” said Jerry Major, superintendent of Comal Independent School District. “You heard this many, many times — you pay on the front or you pay on the back You can send a kid to school for 17 years for w hat it cost to send one to prison for four years in Texas If we can save them up front, it’s going to save all of us a lot of trouble in the long run.” Unlike Zamora, Major is interested in the possibility of including an alternative school for students who do not have criminal problem's in the same facility.
“With the detention center I hope we can pursue an alternative school that will also serve for drop-outs — kids that drop out of school for good reasons like having to work — or pregnancy and things like that,” said Major “I think for the sake of cost w-c’d be better off having them at least at the same location. We’d have to explore and sec what kind of success people in other areas have had with that Maybe you would not want to mix those students tliat arc in the detention facility with students who arc coming for an alternative educational program. But, I think if we’re going to go to the time and effort and expense to put in a detention facility and hopefully teach these children something, then we need to make it available as a recovery program for students that have dropped out for one reason or another ”
Hispanic March for Jesus set
By ROSE MARIE EASH
The Hispanic Christian community is preparing for a neighborhood March for Jesus on Saturday, Nov.
The march is a celebration of faith and unity in Christianity.
The Hispanic Christian community invites all area Christians to participate by gathering at Holy Family Catholic Church at 8:30 a m The march is scheduled to start at IO a m.
The route will proceed from the church on Hidalgo to Live Oak where the march will turn left and march to Bridge St. turn left again towards Grape St. and go left on Grape up to San Antonio St. and then go right back to Hidalgo.
Churches scheduled to participate thus far include: House of Refuge, Hosanna Baptist, First Spanish Assembly of God, Primera Iglesia Bautista, Tree of Life, Freedom Fellowship, Iglesia Bethel, Pentecostal of New Braunfels, Mission Valley Bible Church, Day Spring Fellowship, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and First Assembly of God.
League forum on tap tonight
The Comal County League of Women Voters will host a forum on Juvenile Justice tonight at 7 p m. the Herb Schneider Room at Victoria Bank & Trust North Building
A panel of local law enforcement, juvenile justice and school personnel will present a status report on Juvenile Justice in Comal County and respond to questions from the audience.
The public is invited to attend.
Grand Jury indicts San Antonio man for attempted murder
Re-indictment done to include suspect’s alleged use of hands to strangle victim, officials say
Herald-Zaitung photo by KARLA WENZEL
Ntw Braunfels Mayor Rudy Saidal praaanta th# Burgarmalstar to Ttxas Junior Chamber of Commarca Prtaldtnt Dava Glutton, making him Mayor of th# Day during his visit to Wurstfaat. Th# presentation was mads last night at th# Wuratftat grounds.
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
The Comal County Grand Jury reindicted Hcrbcn Wheeler Jr., 40, of San Antonio, on charges of attempted aggravated sexual assault and two counts of ancmpicd murder.
Comal County' District Attorney Bill Rcimcr said Wheeler was rc-indietcd so that the indictment could include Wheeler’s alleged attempt to use his hands to strangle the victim.
“It was an amendment where the grand jury was giving notice to the attempt to murder by strangling with hands," he said
Wheeler was originally indicted in September on the same charges.
However, that indictment included only attempted strangulation by rope, according to Rcimer.
Wheeler was arrested and charged by Comal County Sheriffs deputies with assaulting an employee at the Crane Mill’s Marina on Canyon Lake in July.
According to reports, the man entered the store at approximately 1:30 p.m. Tuesday began to purchase some items.
Deputies said the man allegedly grabbed the woman working behind the counter and backed her into a store room.
The grand jury met Wednesday and returned 16 indictments, including 20 counts on 16 individuals with one person being no-biilcd.
The indictments included the following people:
■ Kelly Schorr, 24, of Canyon Lake, two counts of forgery
M Raymond Saenz III, 25, of 653 Loop 337, possession of a controlled substance.
■ Rosalie Yanas, 23, of 663 E.
Mather, debit card abuse.
■ Joel Torres, 39, of 1985 W San Antonio St., possession of controlled substance w'ith intent to deliver.
■ Jerry Pere/, 19, of 146 Baden, burglary of a habitation.
m Jameson Rodriguez, 19, of 460 Common, burglary of habitation.
m Chad Umphrcy, 22, of Port Arthur, possession of a controlled substance - LSD.
P Darrell Helms, 43, of 2701 FM 725, two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent deliver.
m Amy Jo Moyer, 17, of 9658 FM 1863, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance
m Paulin Moreno, 25, of 441 Cam-machc Drive, possession of a controlled substance over five pounds and less than 50 pounds
■ Elizabeth Lassctcr, 79, of 102 Glenbrook, driving while intoxicated.
■ James Stites, 23, of 245 Oclkors Drive, aggregated theft over $750
■ Samuel Valadez, 21, FM 725, aggregated theft over S750.
■ Mary Joan Adams, 33, of Abilene, aggregated theft over S750.
m Betty Calnan, 47, of Canyon Lake, forgery,Today1 s Texas Lottery numbers are 2-3 - 5 - 8 - 33 - 39 Jackpot $10 million