New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 11, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comal rivalry on high heat tonight
4A region match will
determine who goes to state tournament
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
The shoe polish on the car windows and the bright-colored banners in the school hallways give you a sense of deja
Two local schools — one in the city and one in the Hill Country — are battling it out to see who will advance to the state semifinals this year.
“At the Blossom Athletic center, you have to pick a side.
So, what I 'll do is HpsN just not sit. I ll prob- H p * jyfl ably be walking
around and seeing ' ' H
what s going on. ’ ’ ™
Jerry Major, Comal ISD superintendent
If this sounds eerily familiar, that’s because it should.
At 6 p.m. today, Smithson Valley and
WHO: Canyon Cougarettes vs. Smithson Valley Rangers |
Class 4A Region 4 Final WHEN: 6 p.m. today WHERE: Blossom Athletic Center, 12002 Jones Maltsberger, San Antonio More on Page 1B
Canyon Cougarette Amy Luna, left, tries to block a shot from a Smithson Valley Ranger during a district match on Oct. 15. Smithson Valley won that match. In a previous meeting in September, Canyon won.
Suspect holds officers at bay
Man accused of threatening judge, patrol trooper
By Erin Magruder
A New Braunfels man, accused of threatening Comal County Judge Danny Scheel and a highway patrol trooper, held officers at bay for about two hours Wednesday afternoon.
Kent Krueger, 37, surrendered peacefully about 2:30 p.m. to law enforcement officers at the Hill Country Community Mental Health Center, 180 W. Mill St. Lawmen routed traffic away from Mill Street during the two-hour ordeal.
Krueger threatened to harm himself with a knife after Department of Public Safety officers tried to arrest him on two felony indictment warrants for retaliation.
The warrants stemmed from an incident on Oct. 23 when Krueger was arrested by DPS trooper Tim Upright on charges of public intoxication and resisting arrest.
Krueger allegedly made threats to kill Upright after his arrest.
Because of the alleged threats against Upright, Krueger was charged with retaliation on Oct. 23, and Scheel set no bond the next day.
Krueger then allegedly made threats to kill Scheel sometime during the next eight days he was in jail.
Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder said he understood a bond hearing was conducted at county court-at-law and bond for Krueger was set shortly thereafter. Krueger was released on Nov. I.
Wednesday’s warrants were issued after Krueger was indicted by a grand jury.
After the ordeal on Mill Street, Krueger was booked into the county jail about 3:30 p.m. He was magistrat-ed by Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart, and his bond was set at $ 150,000.
As of press time Wednesday, Krueger had not been released from jail.
Retaliation is a third degree felony punishable by two to IO years imprisonment and up to a $10,000 fine.
Drainage committee asks for projections
By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff writer
The city’s Drainage Advisory Committee once again asked city staff' Wednesday for cost projections that could give them some idea how much money the city needed to raise through monthly public drainage fees.
The committee has not yet set any specific fee, but once it does. New Braunfels City Council will have to give final approval.
Committee member Rick Myrick said they needed projections in
order to “back into” an actual fee amount.
“Then you can say the fee is say $5 and here’s why it’s $5,” he said. “To me, that’s the backup we need for a fee justification.”
Committee member S.D. David Jr. said, “I think that’s what we’ve been saying from the beginning.” The seven-member committee has been meeting about twice a month since June, trying to come up with a drainage ordinance that provides the city with a mechanism to fund chainage projects.
“We don't want to get involved with dams or large capital improvement projects...”
New Braunfels city engineer
In the past two months, the committee has discussed what exactly the fees should fund — major capital improvement projects or maintenance projects.
At Wednesday’s meeting, city engineer C.A. Bolner said the fees should fund upgrading of aging and
new drainage systems.
“We don’t want to get involved with dams or large capital improvement projects or projects that should come out of the general fund like maintenance,” he said.
A future bond issue and sales tax money could fund these types of projects, he said.
“We’re looking at watershed maintenance,” he said.
Bolner agreed to have cost projections for watershed management projects by the next meeting, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 23.
Trading war stories
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Above: Veteran Harold Ward looks over old newspaper clippings and letters from World War ll. Ward penned a book about his experiences and will have a book signing today at the Sophienburg Museum. Below: Wallace and Winona Smith share a home in New Braunfels. Smith jokes that he finally was captured by a German when he met Winona, his second wife and a German descendent, after he moved to New Braunfels.
Veterans remember hard lessons learned in battle
Caijackers pull off heist in local parking lot
Carjacking was second in two months in New Braunfels
By Erin Magruder
Two caijackers were still at large Wednesday night after they fled the Wal-Mart parking lot, 1209 S. Interstate Highway 35, Tuesday night in the vehicle of a 21-year-old New Braunfels woman.
The two men were
Don’t Be a Victim
To reduce the risk of becoming the victim of a carjacking, Detective Sean Gabbard offered this advice:
• Always be aware of your surroundings and look around before entering your vehicle.
• lf you see anything suspicious, do not hang around. Leave the area and retreat to a safe place.
• When in doubt, call the police or sheriffs department. Better to be safe than sorry.
• Most importantly, if you are confronted by somebody, absolutely -comply with the carjack-efs orders. It could mean the difference *. between life and deathy
seen last driving northbound in the 11 OO block of the 1-35 frontage road in front of McDonald’s about 11:30 p.m. in a 1997 teal green, four-door Honda Civic with Texas license plate number YRG-28P.
The woman was approached by the men in the Wal-Mart parking lot as she tried to enter her vehicle, New Braunfels Police Detective Sean Gabbard said.
One of the men pointed some type of automatic handgun pointed at the woman’s head and forced her to surrender her car keys,
“The woman complied with the men’s orders, and that might have been the reason she was not harmed,” he said.
The man who brandished the handgun was described as a black male in his late teens or early 20s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, 140-170 pounds, wearing a dark blue jacket with a gray hood and some type of scarf that covered the lower half of his face.
The other man was described as a black mate, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing dark-colored clothing with a dark-colored hood and a dark-colored
By Christina Minor
They are a dying breed.
Of the millions of men and women who served in the military during World War ll, only 5.9 million remain. While movies like “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Thin Red Line” focus new attention on WWII veterans, most are content to get on with their lives and leave the war in the past. Two of those veterans are Wallace Smith and Harold Ward, both residents of New Braunfels. Here are their stories.
The year was 1939, and a young South Carolina man decided to join the Navy. Having met a sailor once,
the young man was intrigued by life on a ship.
With boot camp in Norfolk, Va., completed, Wallace Smith, 17, boarded the cruiser USS Honolulu on his way to the Hawaiian islands. During his time on the islands, Smith practiced attack and war procedures. But no matter how many procedures
Smith and his crew mates practiced, nothing could prepare them for that infamous day in 1941.
Slowly sipping his first cup of coffee, Smith was spending a quiet Sunday morning in early December in the fire room of the USS Honolulu talking and laughing with his fellow seamen.
Suddenly the peaceful atmosphere was broken by the sound of explosions. Smith heard the warnings:
“The Japanese are coming.” As a machinist mate first class, his job was to immediately close the water-tight doors.
“I heard people yelling and could feel the ship jumping up and down,” Smith said. “We had a near miss. A See VETERANS/3A