New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21,1006
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Raul Rosales, Jr., (3 years), Arthur Caballero (Sat), Alice Robbins (Mon.), LuSeale Boykin, Janette Buchanan, Lucille Fischbeck, Freddy Fischer, Lois Holmstrom, Roger Jacob, Pamela Myers, Bob Van-Zandl
Herald-Zeitung Cheer fund donations sought
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung's Cheer fund campaign to provide food for looal .kxdy families is continuing with much success, according to Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery.
Avery said that any type of non-perishable food item can be donated, as well as money. The Cheer fond goal is to assist 200 local families this year. To donate, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.
Today's donations were from:
■ Glenn & Ruth Johnson -$25
Today's Total - $3,698.02
Irwin will appear at Tree of Life Dec. 1
Don Irwin, internationally known composer, performer and recording artist, will bring his unique sound to Tree of Life Fellowship Church on Wedne-say, Dec. I at 7 p.m.
ills musical ministry will be a family-oriented concert which should not be missed by any one. He will also play many of his songs off his new album, "Christmas."
Local man to benefit from blood drive
A blood drive to benefit Vernon Taylor of New Braunfels will be held Thursday, Dec. 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the New Braunfels Elks Lodge, located at 353 S. Seguin.
Mid-Texas Symphony to host concert Dec. 12
The Mid-Texas Symphony will present a concert of holiday music on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. in Jackson Auditorium in Seguin.
The concert will feature traditional holiday music, a performance of Pergolesi's "Magnificat" by the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus. Special guest artists will be Chasid, a flute and harp duet which features Adrienne Inglis, the principal flutist of the Mid-Texas Symphony; and Shana Norton, the Mid-Texas Symphony's harpist.
Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for college students and senior citizens, and $3 for students through high school age. They are available at the door or at First Choice and the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
Call 629-0336 for more information.
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Serving Comal County for more than 142 yearn B Homa of MATTHEW LYON
Vol. 142, No. 12
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Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Canyon senior offensive lineman Cody Bainbridge (left) and senior receiver Jason Welch show the pain of Saturday's 23-14 loss to Corpus Christi Calallen at Victoria's Memorial Stadium. The loss spelled the last football game for many of the graduating Cougars' careers. The Cougars, despite the loss, advanced Into the playoffs further than any previous Canyon team ever had. See story, 12A.
NBPD numbers show shortfall
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Hearken said he will be putting as many officers as possible out on the streets during the holiday season.
But he could run into some trouble, since the limited number of officers available at the New Braunfels Police Department makes having an extra patrol! difficult.
According to national averages, each city should have 2.2 officers per 1,000 people in the city. Using an average of 30,000 people in New Braunfels, the NBPD would need approximately 66 officers. The department currently has 44 officers.
These 44 officers include patrol officers, the chief, captain of tho criminal investigation division, detectives, etc. Two of these officers work with DAUB, and spend their time in tho schools, according to Headon.
"I am worried now more than anything, since we are off the tourist season. It la a slower time, excluding the holiday season, but we are still seeing mote and more calla stack up boceuso we do not have the officers to respond to tbs calla," he said.
"If something really bad happen!, we may have two to three officers tied up, and we may only have five officers on the shift," he said.
"We just went over 30,000 calls for service at the first of November. That's 3,000 calls per month. When someone is off due to sickness, vacation or school, it takes away from our man power."
"We prioritize calla aa much aa poetise. We impend immediately to calls involving threats to life and bodily ir\jury," he said.
"We are trying to respond in excess of 30,000 calls and deal with narcotics problems and let detectives work their caseloads," he said.
Headen said the shortage of officers becomes particularly difficult in the summer months when the high numbers of tourists more than doublet the population oftho city.
He said nome suggestions to save money include cutting services; however, he said he did not know how this could be done.
"I have boon in tho business 30-something years., .1 don't know how to out
el06 service., .I don't think I want to >w how to out police service."
"I understand the tax situation. What we have boon doing ii streamlining the
By MARK LYON Managing Editor
budget as much as possible,” said Headen. "It has been justified in the last three years to have more officers. However, the money ii not there without a tax increase."
Officials will begin preparing the new budget in January. Headen said the department currently needs 21 more officers.
'That would impact the budget in the neighborhood of $1 million to do that," he said.
Headen also expressed concern about officers deciding to leave the department.
*1 am ming officers start to look elsewhere. That will hurt us in the polioo department It cost! $25,000 to $30,000 to hire and got • police officer to the point where he ie productive. To lose that poniun to Kxnoone else for a few dollars more costs the city terribly," he said.
"In tho coming year or so, we may tee officers start to bum out. They can only take so much., .Every time wo loao an officer, the city loses,”
"We carmot progress whilo we are going backwards," he said.
CANYON LAKE - One unsolved piece of a puzzle left behind from Wednesday's fatal shooting in a Canyon Lake neighborhood which left 47-year-old Roger VanMatre dead may never be found - a motive.
In an exclusive interview with the Herald-Zeitung, the wife of Norris Waitschies, the man who allegedly pulled the trigger od a .45 caliber pistol in defense of his wife and himself, is "why."
"Why did he want to kill me and my husband," she said, reflecting on the incident which she said seemed like hours but actually only last minutes. "There are a lot of things about this that just dont make sense to me or my husband."
Mrs. Waitschies said that on Tuesday night, the same man knocked on the doer of their home at approximately 9 p.m. and asked Mr. Waitschies for directions to the VanMatre's home. Not knowing who foe VanMatre's were, Mr. Waitschies explained directions to a home a few blocks away where he believed a family by that name resided One thing stuck out in the mind of Mr. Waitschies, she said The man who had asked for directions was barefoot
"That was extremely odd," she said "Why wouldn't he know where his parents lived?"
The next day shortly after 2 pjn., Mn Waitschies heard a voice calling out "where are you?” Thinking it was her husband, she replied "down here," indicating she was on the first floor of their three-story home. The entrance of the home is located on the seoond floor.
"He called to me again and I replied again," she said "I then started up the stairs and he apparently started down stairs. We met to about the middle of the stairs where he pulled his gun and pointed it straight at my forehead, pressing it into my head He said Tm going to kill you.' I pleaded with him and asked why. I don't even know who you are. He then said Tm going to blow your brains out, where's your husband?' I told him he has down in the garden and he insisted we get him."
Reports show that VanMatre was carrying a .38 caliber pistol.
Backing up with foe gun pointed at her, Mn. Waitschies said the two headed back to the front door with VanMatre moving backward When he was just outside the front door, she said she slammed it shut and locked it Turning around, she grabbed for the phone and dialed 911.
"I was just hysterical," she said. "He began trying to break the down in but he couldn't see me and I felt pretty safe because we have a four-inch stone wall there at the front. I shouted out to my husband through a window, ‘come quick, there's a man with a gun trying to kill me. He didn't answer so I didn't even know if he had heard me. It was then that I heard shots. I
thought he killed our dog «He said, 'I’m going to
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‘open up, it's me, Norris. 'why?, I dont ovon
know who you ar*.'
• Mrs. Waitachiea
He's down. I shot him.
No one's going to try to hurt you now."
The parents of Roger VanMatre, Mr. and Mrs. Ryiie VanMatre, who also live in foe Tamarack edition to Canyon Lake, declined to comment on the fodders when contacted Saturday.
Mr. Waitachiea, a retired policeman of 27 yean from San Antonio, met VanMatrea near the entrance of foe front yard where both lifted their guns, che said. Waitachiea fired the first and fetal shot.
Report! abow that three shots were fired from Waitschiee' gun. Wiitschiei had driven up from the garden behind their home after hearing hie wife's scream for help.
Mrs, WtitichiH laid that her husband never onoa flied Ut gun on anyone during hie lengthy career with the SAFO. In feet, It was the increasing crime ofthe big city thto led them to buy foe home they have lived In to Canyon Lake for thalato 13 yean.
"In San Amok* I locked the doornail the time," foe Hid "But where we Uvo now, I leave the door unlocked • lot. We Juto havent felt threatened than. Now, 111 ba locking our doon all the time.”
She Hid the quetoion of "why" a man the didnt know pointed I gun to her head and threatened her life keep! tawing at her. She said she and bar husband have never mat tha VanMatre femily.
What sh* contedtos to be a "blessing from God" ens tbs feet due bar husband happened to hive hie gun to a shed near cha garden with foe Intention of cleaning sometime during foe day.
"When he arrived to foe home," aha Hid, "he told me hi didnt know what to aspect - ha didnt whethar or not I was aiiva or what,"
VanMatre waa carried to Bantin Modi cal Center in San Antonio bv Airlift helicopter and waa pronounced dead on arrival,
A Painful Loss
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