New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 14, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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November 14, 1991
Vol. 139, No. 257
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COt>>. ■ r / Home of Chria and Frances
One Section, 12 Pages
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday** today to Andy Castilleja, Chris Blevins, Frances Blevins, Mary .ohnson, Mary Rosales, Pedro Gonzales and Porsirio DeLaCruz.
Belated birthday wishes to Patty Tampke.
'Happy anniversary’’ to Mike and Karen Usey.
Cost, sweater giveaway
The third annual Operation Jody Heat — sponsored by New Iraunfels Utilities, local cleaners. Community Council, New Braun-els and Canyon High Schools, and First United Methodist Church — ends Saturday, Nov. 16 with the coat and sweater giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon at Wesley Hall, on Mill Street behind the church. Those needing help to keep warm during cold weather are asked invited to pick up the free items, donated by local residents.
The McKenna Memorial Craft Show is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 in the McKenna Memorial Hospital Classroom on Garza Street. The craft show benefits the Elliot Knox Scholarship Fund.
Festival of Song
The New Braunfels Music Study Dub — affiliated with the Texas Federation of Music Clubs (TFMQ and the National Federation of Music Cubs (NFMQ — is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 in the First United Methodist Church Sanctuary. The program, “A Festival of Song'** led by Jo Ann Lemmon, will feature the First United Methodist Junior Choir, the New Braunfels Presbyterian Children's Choir, the St. Paul Lutheran Children’s Choir, the Singing Saints of St. John’s Episcopal and the Gcr-hardt family. Thepublic is invited.
Canyon Middle School faculty and staff members will sponsor the second in a series of neighborhood block parties at 6:30 p.m. 'thursday, Nov. 14 at the Hill Country RY Sc Mobile Home Park. The school’s campus improvement team is implementing the new idea to increase communication and understanding between the school and parents. For information, call Principal Rusty Brockman at 625-7355.
The New Braunfels Republican Women’s Club is scheduled to meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18 al the Victoria Bank and Trust North Building, 1000 N. Walnut Ave. A general business meeting will be followed by a report on the state Republican Women’s con vcnlion.
Massed Choir Concert
Rehearsals for the 32nd annual Massed Choir Concert (the Advent Vespers) are scheduled from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 19 and 26 at First Baptist Church. Singers from all area churches, schools and singing groups arc invited to participate Music is provided by the New Braunfels Music Study Club, am the concert is sponsored each year to help provide scholarships for graduating seniors. The choir directed by Melitia Fruch, will per form at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. I al First Baptist Church.
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Afternoon showers are expected this afternoon as the high temperature reaches about 70 degrees. The overnight low is expected to be about 60 degrees. The high temperature in New Braunfels Tuesday was 72 and the low was 50. For more weather information see page 2.
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Larry Blinder, an organizer of the 4-man turkey scramble golf tournament this Sunday, tees off with some expertise from Nancy Ney. director of Teen Connection. The scramble begins at 1 p.m. at Lee’s Par 3, located on Klein Rd. The cost is $25 per person and the proceeds win benefit Teen Connection. To sign up call Blinder at 625-9512 or Lee at Lee’s Par 3 at 620-4653.
Citizens target Brandt, Arnold in recall effort
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By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer
A group of about 30 citizens picked up petitions Wednesday night to begin a campaign for the removal of new Mayor Cl inton Brandt and City Council Member Bill Arnold from office.
Although the group was clearly unhappy with other council members, they decided to limit their targets to two because the council would have to shut down without a quorum of five.
“We’re not out city,” said David Wallace, the group’s unofficial leader. “I’m out here to have government accountable to the jicoplc, and have an honest government with no more back room deals.” Before citizens can vote to recall officials, a petition must be signed by a number of registered voters equaling 30 percent of the number of votes cast in the last rcg-ular municipal election. Arnold
After the group’s meeting, members took home copies of the petitions against Arnold and Brandi, which will be handed to city residents starting today.
According to the New Braunfels city charter, an elected city official can be recalled on specific grounds of “incompetency, misconduct or malfeasance in office.”
The petitions state that those who sign waul the council members removed on these three grounds “in failure to investigate allegations of voter misconduct of former City Manager, Paul Grohman.”
The council decided last month to skip an investigation into charges that Grohman illegally coerced the votes of city employees.
Recall supporters also expressed anger that the council then approved a settlement to Grohman which included $25.(XX) plus IO $6,250
monthly payments upon his resignation.
“Tile city secretary says we need 875 signatures on this petition,” Wallace told the group. “You have rn 45-day window to fill it out, to get the signatures.”
Bill Arnold could not be reached Wednesday night and Thursday morning. A receptionist at Arnold Oil Company in Austin said he will be in Hawaii until next week and cannot be reached at any number there.
Brandt responded Wednesday night, “It’s unfortunate that some citizens would not give us the opportunity to show that we could move forward and bring the city back together.
“... I think at this point we have to be given that opportunity, and if we’re not given that opportunity, then I’m just afraid that councils are going to have a very hard time functioning in this community from here on out.”
If the petition goal is reached, it must then be filed with the city secretary, who would present it to the council at a special meeting within five days.
A targeted council member can then request a public hearing to present facts for his or her defense, and if the council member does not resign, a recall election is held.
Asked whether he might request a public hearing if the petition succeeds, Brandt said, “I haven’t given that a whole lot of thought at this point. That’s something ITI have to consider after seeing how the petition goes."
Wallace said he hopes that if it succeeds, the two council members “would have the dignity to resign” rather than “face the embarrassment they would have to go through.”
Many of the recall group’s members were eager to start petitioning door-to-door and in front of local businesses. “I’d be surprised if we didn’t have 75 to IOO people out there this weekend with petitions,” Wallace said.
Expressing confidence that enough support for a recall exists, businessman Charlie Walker said, “If you’re not embarrassed to [ml on a little sign that says ‘Here’s your recall petition,’ the people are going to come up to you and say ‘Where do I sign?’"
Comal County grand jury issues indictments
By LARRY ROWE Blah Writer
An 18-year-old New Braunfels man was indicted Wednesday on three charges of stealing electrical appliances from five Comal County homes and businesses within walking distance of his address.
Richard Wilson, of the KXM) block of kuehlcr Ave., was indicted by the Comal County grand jury in connection with burglaries that took place at three homes and two places of busi
ness in July, August and September.
Ray Douglas, captain in charge of the New Braunfels Police Department criminal investigation division, said Wilson had been arrested and charged in connection with four home burglaries and three burglaries of businesses.
He said the property that was alleged to be stolen, which was recovered in the men’s home, included such electrical appliances as video cassette recorders, refrigerators, a microwave
oven and an electric typewriter.
Douglas said he was apparently using the equipment, which was reported to be stolen from addresses within walking distance of the men’s home.
Burglary of a home is a first degree felony that carries a maximum penally of life in prison and a $10,000 fine. Burglary of a building, a second degree felony, is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $ 10,000 fine.
Also indicted on Wednesday were
Agapilo Monreal. 24, and Ismael Canas, 22, both of Houston, on charges of burglary of a building, a second degree felony with a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The men were arrested on September 20 while dnving at 3 a.m. with a large four-man raft on top of their car. 'They were charged in connection with the theft of such a raft from a recreational rentals store.
Adolfo Medina, 37, of Gustine, was
indicted on charges of driving while intoxicated and failure to stop and render aid after two witnesses claimed they saw him hit another car and leave the scene on September 7.
Two passengers in the car that was allegedly hit sustained minor injuries.
Other indictments issued Wednesday on charges were:
•Vinson Wilson, 27, of 795 Interstate 35 West, injury to a child.
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Three confirmed dead in post office shooting
By BRENDA DAY Associated Preaa Writer
ROYAL OAK. Midi. (AP) — A fired postal worker, described by a colleague as “a waiting time bomb," walked into a post office today and shot IO co-workers, killing three.
Seven other postal service employees were being treated at bolita!*. Royal Oak police Officer Joseph Hill said.
The gunman was being treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound from a .22-caliber rifle. Hill said. He didn't have other details on the weapon or weapons used; broadcast reports said the man had a semiautomatic weapon.
Foetal employee Mitch Garrett, who witnesaed the spree, said he "thought it was kind of fake at first. Somebody said it was firecrackers. It sounded kind of like that. Then I smelled the gunsmoke and I knew it was real."
The gunman fired five to six
shote in a mail-sorting area, G arrau Mud.
"All I heard was gunshots and I started running," he said. "I saw one supervisor lying on the floor covered with blood."
Royal Oak it a middle class suburb about 12 miles north of downtown Detroit; it has a population of 70,000.
In Washington, authorities said the gunman was a postal worker who had been fired Wednesday Postal Service spokesman Lou Eberhardt had few details but said the alleged shooter was a former employee who lost an arbitration on Wednesday in a time card fraud case. Eberhardt did not have the worker's name.
Eberhardt said the postmaster managed to escape the building and called aul! tori uea.
Postal worker Mark Mitchell said he heard the gunman threaten to return to work with a gun.
Stopping the Habit
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Local attorney Wade Arledge is kicking the habit because the Comal bounty Unit of the American Cancer Society la requesting ail smokers stop smoking for one day: Nov. 21, the Great American Smoke Out. Antismoking kits containing gum, headless matches and brochures may be obtained Nov. 1S-20 at McKenna Memorial Hospital, the New Braunfels Municipal Building on Casten and the County Health Department. (Photo by Bill Ervin)