New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 17, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Corey John Westbrook (18 years), Mary Bueche, Larry taeche, Gloria Herrera, Dennis Taste, Nancy Chellen, and Mario Rosales. Happy anniversary to Jerry and Lily Barucky 28 years).
River and aquifer information
Comal River -286 cubic-feet-per-sec., up 8 froms yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer —624.99 feet above sea level, up .02.
Guadalupe River — 200 c.f.s.
Harvest from the Heart calls for volunteers
New Braunfels’ surrogate Santas are gearing up for the 1995 Harvest from the Heart. Organizers need volunteers for food prep, decorations clean-up, delivery to shut-ins, and other jobs. Donations needed are: toys (not gender specific) in $10-$15 range, frozen turkeys, decor and desserts. Cash donations are welcome — drop by or mail to Mail-lt-Plus, 651 N. Walnut, Suite F, NB 78130. For information call Robert at 608-1330 or 606-0200.
Buy those Cougar yearbooks now
Attention Canyon High School students and parents: the last day to purchase copies of the 1995-96 Cougar yearbook is Dec. 1. Cost is $35. A $5 minimum down payment is required. Call 625-6251, ext. 217.
Yard and baka sale
The youth of Primera Iglesia Bautista will hold a bake and yard sale Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. Taco plates will go on sale for $3.50 from 11 a m. to 2 p.m. The event will raise money for Youth Congress in Lubbock and Youth Camp next summer. It will be held at 475 Magazine Ave. For information, call 625-5661.
Contest to nam# city transit system
The City of New Braunfels’ Transportation Committee would like to announce a community-wide contest to name and design a logo for the one-year trial transit system.
The name and logo will be utilized on all
: Entries will be accepted from anyone over the age of 12 at the City of New Braunfels’ Main Street Office, P.O. Box 311747, New Braunfels, TX 78131-1747, or brought to the office at 424 S. Casten. Entries must be received no later than Dec. 15,1995. For more information, please call 608-2100.
Entries can be up to four-polor but need to be suitable for one-color reproductions as some of the items will be in black and white.
First prize will be a one-year free bus pass. Second and third prizes will be announced at a later time.
; The committee reserves the right to alter or merge designs.
Cops: Woman made up shooting story
By DAVID DEKUNDER and MELANIE GERIK
BULVERDE — A resident of a mobile home park who first told authorities she was shot by burglars admitted late Thursday night she shot herself.
“She had gone outside with the gun to practice and ... the gun had (accidentally) gone off, striking her in the stomach*area,” according to sheriffs reports.
“She admitted late last night that she made up the story,” said Capt. Kenneth Bilhartz of the Bexar County Sheriff s Department.
Patricia C. Spencer, 35, of 27732 Nyack Pass in San Antonio, was listed in stable condition at University Hospital in San Antonio Friday morning.
But Spencer told authorities Thursday afternoon she was shot when she confronted two would-be burglars at her trailer home.
“She said that she had just gotten home when she saw two teenagers breaking into her house,” Chris Burchell of the Bexar County Sheriffs Department said at the scene. “She then told us that she reached for her weapon (a .22 caliber, which was
recovered at the scene) and that somehow one of the suspects took the weapon away from her and shot her in the stomach. The teenagers, she said, then fled on foot into the brush.”
The shooting occurred at about 3:20 p.m. at the intersection of Mackinac and Nyack Pass in the Oaks North mobile home park subdivision.
Capt. Kenneth Bilhartz of the Bexar County Sheriffs Criminal Investigation Division said Spencer “ended up costing everybody a bunch of money” because of her false report.
Spencer was airlifted to the hospital at 4 p.m. Throughout the day, Bexar County sheriff deputies searched the brush for the suspects by using helicopters, roadblocks and canine units.
Deputies from the Comal County Sheriffs Department assisted in the search. A perimeter was set from the subdivision to Bulverde and Bonfield Roads.
Spencer lives alone and is a nice, really quiet person, said her neighbor, Shirley Dean. Dean lives across the street from the victim and was one of the first people on the scene to speak to the victim.
“I came just when the (Bulverde) volunteer fire department arrived,”
A deputy removes the gun from the scene.
Dean said. “I saw her sitting right by the front porch. She indicated to me that she was reaching for her gun when she shooting occurred. She did not make it clear to me whether she shot herself accidentally while reaching for the gun or whether the teenagers shot her. My husband was here at the time, he did not hear a thing.”
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Chris Burchell, Bexar County Sheriffs deputy, briefs the meditf outside the home where a woman was shot yesterday afternoon. At the time, police believed the woman s story that she surprised two burglars and was shot. But last night, police said, the woman admitted making up the story, and said she shot herself.
LORA to take down smokestack at old Landa Mills complex
By DENISE DZIUK
A deteriorated smokestack at the old Landa Mills site will be removed in the near future due to concerns that it poses a safety hazard for owners and visitors.
The 120-foot stack is part of an old industrial complex at the entrance to Landa Park on the Lower Colorado River Authority Property. Bill McCann, a spokesman for LORA, said the stack, which is about 70 or 80 years old, has not been functional for years, and its removal is part of an effort by LCRA to improve its prop
erty around the old Comal Power Plant site.
“We’re working to make sure that the site is clean and safe so it can be used by the community. It will be up to the community how it will be used,” said McCann.
McCann said the work on teanng down the smokestack could begin as early as next week. The stack is being tom down because of concerns that it may fall down, and several bricks are already loose and missing, he said.
“Fortunately, it’s not in an area that has a lot of pedestrian use, but there’s still concern of it hurting someone,” he
The LCRA staff estimates that demolition of the stack would cost about $52,000, while it would cost $119,000 to restore it. McCann said the removal of the smokestack will not harm the ongmal mill building. He said that work on cleaning up the entire area in and around the old power plant site will continue, and no other removals are planned at this point.
“I think the long-term plan is to put the building to valuable use by the community. We will continue to remove material from the site, making it clean and safe,” he said.
CISD to provide three after-school shuttles
By MELANIE GERIK
Harakl-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNAL
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Two workers from Bexar Electric hang Christmas lights on the Comal County courthouse Wednesday. The county is spending $15,000 for new lights this year.
An after-school shuttle service will be provided for Comal Independent School Distnct students on a tnal basis for the rest of the year, the board of trustees decided Thursday night.
Two routes, one along State Highway 281 and one to the Canyon Lake area, will bnng students home from Smithson Valley Middle and High schools. Another route will service students living in the Solms and Garden Ridge areas and attending Canyon Middle and High schools.
The trustees agreed unanimously that the after-school service was needed.
“When you live in a district with 589 square miles, then this must be considered,” said Trustee John Clay.
If the shuttle service starts Nov. 27, Franklin estimated it would cost $14,921 to mn the shuttle for the rest of the school year.
The transportation department will study the costs and
effectiveness of the system, and the board will vote whether or not to continue the service next year.
But Calvin Kemptn, president of the Smithson Valley High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association, said the district should not provide a free shuttle for students who wish to stay after regular school hours voluntarily.
“lf (my son) wants to stay after school for whatever reason ... then it is my responsibility to get him home,” Kempin said.
Kempin proposed a shuttle service funded by student fares each time they ride the bus, but his plan was dismissed
Trustee Deraid LaRue said to charge the students would “defeat the purpose” of the shuttle, which should allow disadvantaged students to participate in more school activities.
But Rose Cervin, vice president of the Smithson Valley High PTSA, said allowing the students not involved in extracurricular activities to stay after school will create security problems. •
Commissioners get doser to new courthouse security system
By DENISE DZIUK
Comal County Commissioners received a presentation Thursday on the proposed security system for the courthouse complex. However, County Judge Carter Casteel asked the company installing the system to return for another presentation when the court will have more time to discuss the plans.
Two representatives from Simplex Time Recorder Co. made a short presentation to commissioners court on the changes being proposed. Doug Emanus, from the building systems division of Simplex, told commissioners that the proposed security plan is an expansion and technological upgrade of the current system in the three-building complex. He said the proposed system also has expansion capabilities if need
“To install a system today that we’re going to tell you to rip out tomorrow because it's obsolete is not good for customer relations. We can change as your needs change,” said Branch Manager Dana Manners.
Emanus said there are 16 security card readers, used to gain access to locked areas, in use throughout the complex. He said that number will be increased by about seven, and the system has the capacity for even further expansion. The cards will have a photo of the employee on them, so they will also serve as photo identification in the building. Maimers said the use of the cards to opal doors will be documented, which will help determine who was in a building at a certain time. He said the card can also be designed so that it will only work during working hours on Monday through Friday.
What I'm concerned about is what is your system going to do to stop some mentally deranged person from walking in through the garage with a bomb or loaded weapon ess
— County Commissioner Danny School
“That is strictly the controlled access portion of it. It controls who comes rn and goes out,” said Emanus.
“The way you try to protect something is protect the perimeter first, and then worry about the interior,” said Manners.
Emanus said the doors, stairwells, aid corridors will have motion detectors. The three buildings will also have separate alarm system key pads, which will allow one building to be disarmed, while the other two are armed. The
card readers and the alarms will be hooked up to one or two command centers. Emanus also said that there are currently two fire alarms However, these alarms are not hooked up to any 24-hour command center, and he would like to change that. The estimate on the security system is $45-55,000, and the change to the fire alarms will cost an additional $900 to $ 14,000.
Commissioner Danny Scheel said he did not think the problem was with people coming and going after hours or
on weekends. He said he was concerned about how it will work to protect people during the workday.
“What I’m concerned about is what is your system going to do to stop some mentally deranged person from walking in through the garage with a bomb or loaded weapon, or for that matter, through a back door?” said Scheel.
Casteel asked that representatives return for an additional meeting with the court, the sheriff, and department heads. Sheriff Jack Bremer said he hopes the next meeting will be beneficial to completing plans for the system, and said he thinks it could be in place by as early as the first of the year.
“There’s a lot of information out there, and a lot of options. I’m hoping at this next meeting on December I we cut come to some sort of a consensus,” said Bremer.Newt Gingrich makes himself an easy target. See Opinion, Page 4.
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