New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 19, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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November 19, 1991
Vol. 139, No. 260
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of Arthur W.C. Barth
One Section, 10 PagesOfficers arrest man on a cocaine charge
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
A New Braunfels man remains in the Comal County Jail today following his arrest at 1:30 p.m. Monday of. drug charges, said Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer.
Javier Ortiz., 29, of the 1400 block of Stonewall St. was charged with possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, under 28 grams.
Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace R.O. “Doc” Blanchard set bond at $50,000.
Ortiz was arrested at his residence after officers of the Comal County Sheriffs Department executed a narcotics search warrant issued by Blanchard. Officers of the Alamo Arca Narcotics Task Force, of which Bremer is executive director, assisted in the operation.
“There was paraphernalia, there were baggies and syringes,” Bremer said. “He had about a gram of cocaine.”
Bremer added that it appeared the subject, who is confined to a wheelchair, had been allegedly using a syringe to ingest a dosage of the drug just prior to the search warrant being executed.
The address on Stonewall St. is the same location that another New Braunfels man, Mario Alanis Aleman, 21, of the 2300 block of W. San Antonio was arrested on cocaine possession charges on Sept. 16, Bremer said. A 15-ycar-old male juvenile also was arrested at the Stonewall residence on marijuana possession charges at that time. '
"There was paraphernalia, there were baggies and syringes. He had about a gram of cocaine." — Sheriff Jack BremerOfficer In hospital
A Solms man has been released from the Comal County Jail upon posting a $10,000 bond after his arrest on charges of aggravated assault of a peace officer, said Chief Deputy Elwood Hoherz of the Comal County Sheriffs Department.
James Hardy “Jimmy” Bell, 31, of Route 6 in Solms was arrested just before midnight on Friday, Nov. 15 at the Dry Creek Bar near Bracken, Hoherz. said.
“Deputy Ricky Cardenas had been hurt, his knee, and had to go to the emergency room,” Hoherz said. “He’s going to hic out for a while it’s tom up pretty bad.”
Cardenas was treated at McKenna Memorial Hospital and specialists are now working to treat the knee, Hoherz said.
Deputy Cardenas was assisting Garden Ridge police officers and Pre cinct 2 Comal County Constable Al Herbrich in breaking up a disturbance involving about five subjects, Hoherz said.
Bond wa* set by l*recinct 4 Justice of the Peace Howard “Curly” Smith.
Early to rise
)By the dawn’s early light, youngsters dressed for the warm and humid morning board a school bus headed for a Comal County school. The weather conditions Tuesday morning seemed headed for a change asthe forecaster predicted cooler temperatures ahead. (Photo by Bill Ervin)
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stammtisch Chamber issues statement against recall
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The New Braun/eh Herald-Zeltung wishes “happy birthday” today to Amanda Lynn Hernandez, Sarah Burke, Leroy Dieien, Anna Maria Quinones, Connie Flores, Todd Fellers, Bob Secger xnd Andric Hada.
Anniversary wishes to Dorina and Rumaldo Aguirre, Jesse and Doris Anderson, and Dean and Ruthie Lloyd.
Art League meeting
Bernice Brown of Wimberley and Houston will paint a Texas Hill Country scene in oil al the New Braunfels Art League meeting at 7 pjn. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the Arts Center, 646 Walnut Square. Brown, proficient in a variety of media, describes her style at “realist impressionism.”
Her works may be found al die Museum of Art of the American West, Houston; Los Patios Gallery, San Antonio; Art Center of Corpus Christi; and Art Bam Gallery, McAlester, Okla.
The election of 1992 officers is also on the agenda The meeting is open to the public.
American Smoke Out
The Comal County Unit of the American Cancer Society has asked all smokers to kick the habit for at least one day — Thursday, Nov. 21, the Great American Smoke Out.
To aid in the effort, antismoking kits containing gum, headless matches and brochures are available through Wednesday at McKenna Memorial Hospital, the New Braunfels Municipal Building on Caste!! and the County Health Department.
Costumed superhero Mr. SOS has been presenting a rap song about the dangers of smoking in •aa ST AMM TISCH, Raga S
By DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted Monday to oppose any move lo recall any of the city’s current city council members.
A local group is circulating a petition advocating the recall of two of the council’s seven members. Aim!, said a Chamber spokesman, there arc rumors that another petition soon will seek the recall of three different toun cil members.
“ Hic Chamber s board feels that die process of a recall of any one of the current City Council members is counterproductive,” said a statement issued by the board following the meeting. “ I he voters can satisfy their choices for City Council at die polls on election day.”
Hic statement continued, “Hie turmoil, controversy and divisiveness dial has continued over die past two years within dustily must tome to an end Finger pointing, namecalling and unfounded allegations of serious
wrong-doing is costing this community not only lax dollars, but the ability to take advantage of opportunities that can help bring us out of die current economic slump.
“No doubt the city staff is demoralized and battle weary, which can’t help hut affect their production. City officials and community leaders arc currently spending most of their time trying to minimize the damage of these ‘hate campaigns’ rather than working on productive projects to benefit die community.
“There are many communities around this country that are suffering from this same type of political head basiling and name calling and we in New Braunfels do not have to follow suit. We need to demonstrate to other cities our ability to work as a team.
“Whether you agree,” the statement continues, “with the recent decisions made by the current City Council or not, those decisions arc now history. A recall movement can only prolong the controversy, hurt the city and its taxpayers financially, and frighten
any prospective candidate from run nmg for office.
“lf the citizens of New Braunfels.” the statement concludes, “want good government, good fiscal management, good services ami improvements to its quality of life, then the community must get behind the City Council and urge it to find those dungs upon which they can agree and lo find a position of compromise on things to which sonic may disagree.”
CAD, employee close to settlement
By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer
The Comal Appraisal District board of directors and an employee who has filed suit against tile district appear to be moving toward an out-of-court settlement. The employee and board members met in executive ses lion Monday for more durn an flour.
“We don’t know what die terms are yet, but it's always best to keep it out of ceurt," said S.D. David Jr., chairman of the board. “Nobody really wins in a court batUe."
Jaime Pwiilla, an appraiser for the district, contends dial both his super visor and the board retaliated against him for taking a claim of job discrimination to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the
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Texas Commission on Human Rights in 1990 when he was overlooked for die drjxity chief appraiser's position.
While Padilla seeks protection under the Texas Whistle Blowers Act, appraisal district officials and their attorney deny all accusations of discrimination and retaliation.
“Aldiough I think dial the specific allegations in the Whistle Blowers Act are groundless, I think dun iii the employee’s mind there are some concents, and if we can address those to his satisfaction then great, it’s #<#*] for all concerned,” said Raymond
Gray, attorney for the appraisal
Padilla's attorney, Carmen Rumbas, said they will continue to seek a settlement. “The settlement is the best way lo deal with an employee problem because what we want in the end is fur the people to work together as a team.”
David said board members, attorneys. Padilla and his supervisor, Chief Appraiser Lynn Rodgers, plan to sit down arui try to work dungs out after Thanksgiving.
Padilla said he would like to remain at the appraisal district despite con
flicts with his employers. “This is what I’ve done for the past many years. I enjoy my work. Unfortunately, I don’t feel comfortable with the situation, and I truly would like the mailer resolved ” lf a setdement is not reached, appraisal district officials say they will seek to have the case dismissed on grounds that Padilla’s arguments are baseless and that the Texas Whistle Blowers Act does not apply.
Padilla will seek a declaratory judgment that the Comal Appraisal District has violated the Texas Whistle Blower Aa; an injuncuvc relief to stop the alleged retaliation; the difference in Padilla’s salary arui the chief appraiser's; any amount of exemplary damages; and legal fees.
CED approves 1991 tax roll
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The Comal County Education District board of trutfeee approved the 1991 tax roll as provided to them by the Comal Appraisal District at their meeting Monday night.
A taxable value of $2,185,021,699 was assessed for the CED with a tax levy of $19,675,241 set for the district.
At theirJSept. ll meeting, the CED board set a tax rate of $0.91 per $100 valuation of property. This figure will generate the tax levy amount and fund the $26,660
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Cheer Fund total rising
A cold front will move through the area this afternoon dropping the temperature slightly. The high temperature in New Braunfels Monday was 75 and die low was 68. Per more weather information see pege 2.
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The New Braudels Herald -Zritunx kicked off its 1991 Cheer Fund Sun day and already $1,621,74 turn been raised.
The goal of the drive is lo raise money to provide Christman dinners to local residents who are less fortunate.
Daily updates of how much money has been contributed will api*ar cm the front page of the Herald until lite
delivery date. Dec. 21.
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Charlie and Dottle Walker., $30
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By LARRY ROWE tuff Writer
New Braunfels residents have teen die last of the "lands Park Star,” which was hit and destroyed by an unknown motorist early Saturday morning, the star's caretaker stud Monday Millie Mader, chairman of keeping the star for the Four Seasons Garden Club, said the star, shaped by • raised bed of xeriscape plants, was hit a year ago by a speeding pickup truck and repaired, but this time the damage is irreparable “It's breaking my heart, but we have to give ii up,” Mader said. “We’ve talked to the parks department and we’ve all concluded that we’re just going to have to disman-tleit”
After about a year of planning, the star was built in two weeks during October 1989 by Mader’I husband Rot I ie Mader, with the assistance of two others. It cow about
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From isft, Millis Msdsr, member of the Four Season# Qsrden Club, end Fey George, s member of the club and a deiegsts to tbs New Braunfels Council of Qsrden Clubs, survey the remain# of the "Lands Park Star * (Photo by Larry Rows)
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