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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 21, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas StammtischStopping Crime Best withes li.c Ne* Braunfels Heralds Zciiung withes “happy birthday” today to Marilyn Ccnglcr, Mainly Maxwell. Ruby Schwab, Lorinc Engel, Angie Hcidrich, Tina Rosales and Oscar Schneider    Sr.Anniversary wishes to Kevin and Lisa Acker. Klnderc hor practice The "Kinderchor" (children’s choir) will practice at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 at the new Senior Citizens ( enter on Lamia Street in preparation for a Wcihnachtsmarkl performance Saturday. f or more information, call David Smith at 620-1785. Memorial Service Hospice New Braunfels invites the public lo the sixth annual Memorial Service at 2 p.m. Dec. I at St. John's Episcopal Church, 312 S. Guenther The brief service, in honor of those patients who have died in the past year, will be conducted in the spirit of thanksgiving and celebration. Families of all those who Hospice New Braunfels has served are invited. RSVP by calling 625-7500. Business counseling The buxine** counselor from the Universal ut 'luaus ut Sun Antonio will be available at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce alf day Tuesday, Nov. 26 to provide free couM*cling services for anyone needing information or assistance in business. Secret service drying up counterfeiting By ROBERT STEWART Staff Wrlttr Things will be getting tougher for counterfeiters as the United States adds new features to currency that will complicate duplication, says Charles IL Dyer, Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge of the U.S. Secret Service, San Antonio I icld Office. ‘These notes went through a lot of RAD (research and development),*’ Dyer said. “We wanted lo produce currency that counterfeiters couldn’t reproduce.” The new design includes a polyester strip ihat runs vertically across the hill about three inches from the left side. The strip says “USA IOO" on the 1990 scries SKX) bill which arc the first bills to use the new markings. The strip cannot be removed and is designed to lot! some ol the best counterfeiters in Columbian drug cartels who bleach one dollar bills and print SIOO’s on them. I tie atrip can be seen when the bill is held in from of u light source. “The mum thing missing for counterfeiters is the paper — which ii not even paper," he said. “It is actually fabric, with no worn! pulp. There are also little, thin blue urn! red ra>on tim adv iii Ute paper.” Dyer said that counterfeit feels different and “situps" different than genuine currency. The pa(>er for genuine currency is mode at a closely guarded factory in Dalton, Mass. The other new feature to foil counterfeiters is a micro-printing Charles H. Dyer, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the U S Secret Service. San Antonio FiekJ Office, displays a phony bill ( Robed Stewart) strip dial borders lite puritan on the new bills. A sharp eye can read "’Die United States of America" printed continually around the bolder. "This micro-printing ll impossible to camera and impossible for a counter letter to etch into a printing plate," Dyer said "The process awd by the government is confidential." The “Triangular Check” tor counterfeit involves checking the quality of the paper, cheeking the quality of reproduction on the Treasury Department seal and the portrait. Hie seal is hard to reproduce due to the overlay of black ink on green and the crisp saw-tooth edges. The portrait has a fishnet background and looks lifelike on a genuine bill, Dyer said.Another thing to check is that the letter in the Federal Reserve seal matches the first letter of the serial number. “There ate oilier things on this bill that I can't tell you about,” he said. “They are classified.” Dyer added that counterfeiters generally don’t spend much time on the backs of bills so they end up looking bad pictorially. “If you think you have a counterfeit bill, don’t give it back," Dyer said. “And don’t pass it around to show to your co-workers because fingerprint* can be deice led on a bill for live years,” The recipient of a toke bill should gel a description of the person "passing” it a* welt av their vehicle if possible, We have the highest prosecution rate of any (government or police agency) in the nation at 98.9 percent conviction," he said. The small percentage of non-convictions is due to pre-arranged pica bargain agreements, he said The penalty is 15 years in prison for possession of one bill and another 15 years for passing, he said Dyer added that a person who performs an “innocent pass” will not be prosecutedSigns of a shoplifter By ROBERT STEWART Stafl Writer A public misperception of what shoplifters look like makes it easter for them to steal, according to Mike Grist, director of the Sate City Commission “A shoplifter can be anyNniy at all, male or female, usually 30-50 years old and very welldressed,” he said. “They’re usually very welldressed be call se they steal good clothes.” Grist said merchants should prosecute shoplifters to the fullest extent of the law when they catch them. "It’s totally up to you ai that point in time,” he said. “If you let them go — guess what — they're going to tell all their friends md buddies and they'll ail he buck again.” Grist spoke to merchants at on anti-a i me seminar at Honors Hall on Tuesday.Good Day Partly cloudy and windy conditions arc in die forecast again today as die temper*lure heads lo a high around 65. The high temperature in New Braunfels Tuesday was 65 md the low was 33. For more weather information tee page 2. bakie; CL amit ire CXHWQI    ^ CROSSWORD dear AMY MOAOtOOPt PICCO ROR MMIMOOtmaiNHMINrNMMI    ® •FORTI KALUOOSGORf *...... • SCR ARSOOIC# #♦*«•#♦**•***•*•***•**•»•**    7 Marinas targeted by WORD By Or#g MoffordSpacial to tho Heraid-Zeltung SATTLER - Comil County’s Water Oriented Recreation District will soon file a lawsuit against three Canyon Lake marinas for failure to pay taxes and provide access to business records, the district’s board of directors announced Wednesday evening. Dr. John Landry, the district's chairman, named Canyon Marina, Crane's Mill Marina and the Lake Canyon Yacht Club ai the parties targeted by the laweuit, which will be filed at the suggestion of district attorneys. Representative* from die mannas were not present at the meeting. The alleged amount of back taxes owed by the marina! and time period involved wai not made public during the discussion. However, Director Doyle Patton made reference to the Unum’* first taxation deadline in April I UKK loudly said Crane's Mill Manna began making payments to the district early this year and may negotiate with the officials regarding access lo the marina’! financial records. “We will ftla a lawsuit against these three marinas," Landry said, “We need to establish our rights end not permit the statute of limitations to run out on these {easel}.1* “It was decided at the meeting that the board would have its collections committee meet with the Crane’s Mill representative to discuss the voluntary audit of thai ma/mas’ documents," Landry said, “They ere pan of the lawsuit. But if they do produce their records, they'it be dropped from the lawsuit.”Precinct constable School • • votes By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer At their meeting Tuesday, the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Directors cast it's votes in the election for the Comal Appraisal District Board of Directors. The board cast 983.5 of if* votes for Felipe Ramirez Jr. as representative on the Comal Appraisal District board. The remaining 301.5 votes were cast for Glyn Goff, one of the city of New Braunfels nominees. the Bexar Appraisal District. For a home to quality as a residence homestead, it must be owned and it must be the owner’s principal residence, she said. Scute! coni inned that he lived within the Bexar Appraisal District from November tVtxB to October 1990, during the first two years ol 8m CAO, Po«• 2 Members of the St. Paul Lutheran’s childrens choir recently performed at the Children’s Choir Festival, sponsored by the New Braunfels Music Study Club. The choir, along with others around town, are tuning up for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays (Photo by Karla Wenzel.) jQl 25 Cents VO -(K* -7^±1 - Thursday November 21,1991 Vol. 140, No.1Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of Le* Thorn One Section, 12 Pages CAD hopeful’s status debated By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer A nominee lo the Comal Appraisal District board of directors may not be eligible to serve if he does not meet a residency requirement for the position, officials say. “lf I happen to win the election and there is question a bi lily about it, then an attorney    Stldtl general’s opinion will have to be required," said Richard Seidel, one of six nominees for the five hoard positions. Lynn Rodger*, whiff appraiser for the Comal Appraisal District said Section 6.03 of the Texas Property Tax Code states, “To be eligible to serve on the hoard of directors, an individual must be a resident of the district and must have resided in the district for at least two years immediately preceding the date he takes die office.” Seidel, the son of New Braunfels City Council Member Rudy Seidel and one of the city council’s two nominees to the Nurd, has filed for a homestead tax exemption in Bexar County si ride |9H0 - an exemption on home ownership dial cannot be made simultaneously in two appraisal districts, according to Jacquie Rodcla. records specialist for files for reelection By LARRY ROWE Staff Wrlttr Precinct 2 Collatable Ai Hcrbrich announced his candidacy for reelection Tuesday, noting that the changes in precinct boundaries ensure a greater workload tor the position during the next term. “We've got some things that I wont to finish up doing and to start, and with the new precinct lints we're ■ to take in quite a bit more of Braunfels,” Hcrbrich said According to records in the Comal County Clerk's office, no one has yet filed papers to oppose Herbrich. He has in the past been •n advocate before the Comal County Commissioners Ma rt> rich    Court of higher funding and salaries for the constable's office ;