New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 8, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Man, 25, guilty of March kidnap
By Ron Malonoy
A 25-year-old Canyon Lake man was convicted Thursday on aggravated assault and kidnapping charges in connection with a March incident in which he assaulted and threatened to kill a San Antonio man.
Jason Paul Wright, also known as Daniel Thomas Reich, was convicted in 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison’s court.
Robison will sentence Wright on Dec. ll, said Assistant District Attorney Ed Jendrzey, who prosecuted the case with Assistant District Attorney Ed Springer.
The conviction is the second in a case involving four suspects who allegedly on March 28,2003, picked up a 20-year-old San Antonio man they believed had stolen something that belonged to them.
"They decided they were going to teach him a lesson,” said sheriff’s Detective Wayne Lehman, who investigated the case.
One of the defendants, Erie Behrens, already has pleaded guilty, Jendrzey said, and awaits sentencing.
The victim was beaten, threatened with a knife, handcuffed and thrown in the trunk of a car. The suspects allegedly told him they would dump his body in Canyon Lake.
They later released him from the car and he stumbled into a convenience store at Oblate Drive and I'M 2673 and called sheriff's deputies.
Wright has previous convictions for sexual assault in Oklahoma and for possession of a controlled substance in Arkansas.
He faces from two to 20 years in state
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One in every four Comal County residents has or will develop diabetes.
Residents will have the opportunity to raise awareness of the growing problem by participating in the Afoot For Fitness.
Participants can collect money as individuals or teams. Many churches and companies are gathering the entrance fee collectively.
Organizers anticipate about 300 participants for this year’s event.
“The idea is to raise awareness of the dangers of diabetes,” Phillips said.
Diabetes education, adult literacy, English as a second language, after-school tutoring and the Thanksgiving feast programs will all benefit from the proceeds.
“We do not charge people
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to come for those things,” said Dr. Carlos Campos, president of the American Diabetes Association, Alamo Chapter.
The event will go on rain or shine. After the walk will be food and a health fair. A group of children who study theater and music at the center will provide entertainment.
"Diabetes are th^ perfect storm blowing this country away,” Campos said.
The U.S. populations growing the most — the elderly, Hispanics and the obese — are also the most likely to develop diabetes.
In Comal County, 18,000 to 20,000 residents have prediabetes or diabetes.
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State slaps county with roadway fine
By Ron Malonoy
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has assessed Comal County a $2,400 fine for building a half-mile section of Ammann Road without filing a water pollution abatement plan.
County Engineer Tom Hornseth said the fine assessed Wednesday was part of an agreement between the county and theTCEQ to settle an enforcement issue over the county inadvertently breaking rules designed to protect drinking water.
A county road crew put new culverts in Ammann Road where it crosses Pleasant Valley Creek near Bulverde — and straightened the section of road.
The changing of the road alignment over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone kicks in requirements that the county do studies
and develop a plan for protecting groundwater, Hornseth said.
The county was not aware of the requirement for the water pollution abatement plan because it doesn’t build roads, Hornseth said — just repairs them.
“Our activities are typically maintenance activ-ities and not construction,” Hornseth said.
As part of the agreement, the county was required to do engineering and environmental studies and bring its work into compliance with the regulations.
“We did all that, the plan was completed and is on file,” I iornseth said.
The county was not required to make any changes in the job, I iornseth said.
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By Linda C. Jacobson
Doris and Patrick Mol-lenhauer have been to Wurstfest every night since it opened last Friday. Although they enjoy the food and atmosphere, what draws them the most is the music — polka music.
"Years ago, all of your farming and ranching communities had a little dance hall, and every Saturday night they had a dance,” Patrick, 66, explained. “Everyone learned how to dance. It was a way of life growing up.” And for Patrick, that dancing was polka dancing.
“My parents were big polka dancers,” he said. “It was passed down from generation to generation. I was about 9 or IO when mother got me out on the dance floor.”
Patrick, a New Braunfels native, remembers first learning to dance at the old Echo Hall, now the Eagles I loll.
The dance hall is located in what was then known as Comal Town, near present-day Schlitterbahn.
Doris, 65, learned to polka at the old Boenig’s Hall in her hometown of Geronimo in neighboring Guadalupe County.
“I don’t remember not
dancing,” Doris said. “That was our social life. I/its of people met their future spouses at a dance.”
As did the Mollenhauers, who met at a polka dance some 50 years ago. They have been dancing together ever since.
It wasn’t until just over a decade ago that the couple decided to pit their dancing skills against others. In 1992 they entered their first dance competition—a waltz contest in Wisconsin—and have been winning trophies ever since.
Last year, the Mollenhauers won first place in a waltz contest in Fredericksburg and won the dancing contest at the Comal County Fair. But they were really pleased when they walked away with first place at the inaugural polka contest at the 2001 Wurstfest.
John Kaderli and his band, the Seven Dutchmen Orchestra, plays for the polka contest each year. In fact, Kaderli was a driving force behind creating the contest and is now in charge of it.
His history with Wurstfest — and polka music — goes back to the early 1970s.
“I was in a polka band at the New Braunfels High School, and we got to play atWurstfest, ’
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