New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 13, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 pages in two sections ■ Thursday, November 13,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of
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Vol. 145, No. 261
Birthday wishas from In Horald Ititunyl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Ink WSHngham, Alan Brocks, Milton Doege and Trad Garza (I year).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Rotan maasutoriptali par cubic meter af ar. Wombier prodded by Dr. Frank Hampel) tlvsr Information
Comal River—317 cubic feet per second, down 13 from Wedneeday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well —525.85 feet above sea level, up .02 from Wedneeday.
Canyon Dam dtocharge —169 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 243 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909.00 feet above
NGU reports pumping 5.644 miHon gallons of surface water Tuesday and 147,000 gallons of well water
Colder weenier on top for weekend Toniest - Partly cloudy. Lows near 50.
Mdey — Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s. Friday night, partly cloudy. Lows near 4a mid 30a.
teftwdey — Partly cloudy and colder. Highs in the 50s and 40s.
Bunder — Fair and very cold. Lows in the 206 to near 30. Highs in the 50s and 40s.
Monday — Fair. Lows in the 20s to near 30. Highs near 60.
We want the rest of New Braunfels to meet your neighbors. Write us a letter or essay and tell us why your neighbors" are so special. We ll run them in our “Neighbors" section in Horizons. Mail your letters/essays to us at 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130. lf you have any questions, contact Managing editor Margaret Edmonson at 625-9144, ext 220 The deadline is Friday.
• Texas Department of Transportation crews are continuing expansion work on Interstate 35 between Solms Road and Farm-to-Market 3009. Southbound exits, with the exception of FM 2252/FM 482, will be closed
• Crews are working on FM 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane Take an alternate route if possible
• County road crews will be doing routine repairs this week
• City crews will be striping Mesquite, Old Marion Road and Old McQueeney Road.
Tree of Life Fellowship will collect canned goods for homeless veterans during November. Drop off non-perishable items in the box at the entrance to Librado’s through Friday For information, call 629-2963
SOS Inc., Food Bank also needs canned milk, canned meats, vegetables, fruit, peanut butter, soups, cereals, laundry items, shampoo and bath items To make donations, call 629-3663 or bring them to 248 Mer aweather St.
Expert leads anti-abduction classes in New Braunfels
Parents, children can learn how to stay safe
By DENSE DZIUK KNIGHT
Finding out a child has been abducted can be a parent’s worse nightmare, but two sessions of “Escape School” will teach local parents and children Monday how to avoid an abduction and what to do if it happens.
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“One of the reasons abductors are so successful is that we don’t teach our children how to get away from them,” said Stuber. “Our ignorance helps the abductor.”
According to Street Sense for Parents, printed by Berkley Publishing Co. in 1995, approximately 4,600 children are abducted by strangers each year in the United States. The majority of these children are beaten, molested and trauma
tized before being released. Of these, about 400 never will be seen alive again. An additional 125,000 abductions are attempted each year.
Dan Zoeller, managing director of Zoeller Funeral Home, said the funeral home was sponsoring Stuber’s sessions to help the community.
“There certainly is nothing more sad than when you have to conduct a service for a child who has been abducted, and unfortunately we have had that experience here,” said Zoeller. “We’re trying to help others in the community.”
Zoeller said the one-hour sessions were open to parents and children.
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Leonard Bore bara, lait, talks to Jos Vsspsr, right, about ham radioa at Chuck Donohoa’a home Tuesday.
Heritage Exhibit brings operators together
By DAVID DEKUNDER
When Phyllis Botchers visited the New Braunfels Civic Center last week to see the Heritage Society exhibit, she had no idea she would help reunite two ham radio operators who spoke to each other over the radio 36 years ago.
Borchers was looking through the Hentage Society exhibit “Spreadin’ the News” when she saw Chuck Donohue’s display featunng a ham radio.
Borchers has special interest in ham radios, because her husband, Leonard, has been a licensed ham radio operator since he was 17.
Borchers, while reading QSL cards — ham radio operators send these to each other through the mail after they have made contact — said she noticed something familiar.
“I said, ’Gee, Leonard has one like that,’” she said. “I was looking at the QSL cards, and there was my husband’s.”
Borchers found her husband's call sign — W5JBI — the code with which ham radio operators identify themselves.
“I went to the hostess to see that card,” Borchers said. “It was from 1961.”
Leonard Borchers was in Florida when Phyllis discovered the QSL card. She said she phoned her husband immediately.
“I couldn’t keep it a secret, I told him,” Phyllis Borchers said.
The QSL card was dated Dec. 29, 1961, the nine day that Leonard, 17, had talked to Joe Vesper, 29, over a ham radio.
Vesper, now 65, and Leonard Borchers, 53, met for the first time at
Donohoe's home in Schumansville Tuesday.
Vesper, who now lives in Wimberley, said he and his wife Martha were living in Big Wells, Texas, when he received Leonard's radio transmission on Dec. 29, 1961.
Leonard Borchers, who lives in Seguin, described himself an excited teen-ager from Schulenburg, Texas, when he first contacted Vesper.
“I had just been licensed for two months,” Leonard Borchers said. “I was anxious to get on with a new hobby. I was anxious to see what is out there.”
Vesper said Donohoe was the catalyst for the first-ever meeting between him and Leonard Borchers.
Donohoe, 38, said the happy ending was an unexpected pleasure.
“It kind of makes it worthwhile,” Donohoe said.
Man denied new trial for molestation
Miranda says lawyer did not
do adequate job
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
District Court Judge Bill Bender denied a request Wednesday for a new hearing for a Comal County man sentenced in September to 99 years in prison for the aggravated sexual assault of an 11 -year-old.
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lessen, who represented Domingo Miranda during the trial, did not do an adequate job.
Miranda was convicted on charges that he picked up the II-year-old daughter of his ex-girlfriend on Jan. 30, took her to Landa Park and sexually assaulted her in the back seat of his car.
Paul Cedillo, Jr., Miranda's new attorney, called several witnesses during Wednesday’s hearing.
Miranda's wife, Lillian, said she met with Janssen two times before the start of the trial. She said the attorney never asked for a list of witnesses, never visited the house, never examined the car where the incident allegedly took place and never questioned her about their lives.
She said he also voiced concerns that Miranda would never get a fair trial in Comal County.
“His feelings about my husband going to trial in Comal County were negative from the get-go," she said.
She added that she asked ques
tions about the case but got little response from the attorney.
“I would ask him questions and he was unable to answer them,” she said.
Miranda also took the stand and testified about few meetings with Janssen. He said he was given little information about the case, and Janssen tried “to make me say guilty.”
“But I told him I wasn’t going to say guilty because I had nothing to do with these accusations,” Miranda said.
Janssen testified Wednesday that he did not ask for a list of witMUM othar than the defendant’s wife and mother-in-law. Instead, he tried to develop a list of people who had seen him through the events leading up to and following the time the assault took place.
“What we were looking for was who were you with what were you doing,” he said.
Janssen added that he did not hire an expert to refute DNA results because Miranda had told him he didn’t want to spend the money on it. He also did not attempt to find a potential witness because family members first said they did not know where she lived, and then said "we really don’t think she can help Domingo," he said.
Following his testimony, Janssen said he would "love” to see Miranda get a new trial, but would not lie to accomplish it. He said that although the trial was not perfect, he represented Miranda as best he could.
"I did as good a job as any attorney was going to do,” said Janssen. "This was a hard case.”
City throws switch on Holiday River of Lights tonight
By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Recept rains and patches of mud could not delay the Holiday River of Lights kickoff scheduled 7:30 p.m. today.
Thursday’s ceremony will begin with a news conference and a sneak preview for season pass holders, city officials and neighboring residents of Cypress Bend Park. Gates will open at 7:45 pm and the preview will continue until 9 p.m. The light display will open to the public at 6 p.m. Friday.
Sponsors of the city’s first-ever light show coordinated with the Texas Department of Transportation to place directional signs on Interstate 35 to
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Two Festtage cards and one copyright question
Ad firm claims new cards violate copyright law
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
This year’s Festtage Christmas cards are not spreading holiday cheer between tire Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and a local advertising firm.
Pete Williams of Trimble/Williams Advertising & Marketing claims the art of the new Festtage cards violates copyright law. Chamber executives say they paid for the original work and owned the rights to it.
Festtage is pronounced FEST-tah-gah and is German for holidays in New Braunfels.
Last year’s card featured the Comal County Courthouse covered in lights. The artist, Melissa Lynch, spent numerous hours in her free time and during business hours producing the painting depicted on the cards, Williams
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said Lynch was employed with the advertising and marketing firm at the tune.
‘The point is, doing these things were a lot of work in very little time,” he said.
The chamber, which now oversees the Festtage program, again has begun sale of the Festtage Chnstmas cards. Williams said he was surprised to find the cards were almost identical to last year’s except the new cards had a little richer color.
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“It’s a ripoff to my artist,” said Williams. "It just makes me mad, and they’re just shrugging their shoulders.”
Williams said although he had talked to the then Festtage director about having a contract spelling out everyone’s rights and reapon sibilates signed between the parties involved in the event, one was never signed.
Lynch, who has since moved from New Braunfels, said it was disconcerting to hear of another person’s name being placed on her
work. She said the chamber should not have even altered the picture without contacting her first.
"There should at least be credit for my original work,” Lynch said. "I’m kind of upset too, because they should have gotten permission before they changed it.”
Chamber president Michael Meek said the chamber had an invoice that showed the chamber paid for the work last year. Ik said the chamber now owned the rights to that original work.
"It’s our opinion that we own that property,” he said.
Tim Kelley, executive director for Lawyers for the Creative Arts, said the situation sounded like a "copyright infringement case.” He said despite being paid for her work, Lynch still owned the copyright unless she signed a paper transferring it to the chamber.
"You own the copyright to your work as long as it’s an original you created," he said. "Barring some contractual agreement, that does violate her copyright.”
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