New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 30, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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j4 Pages in one section ■ Thursday, November^,1995 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of RICHARD DANIEL ARMENDARIZ
Vol. 144, No. 13
I1™8** Burglary suspect caught up a tree
Classified ........| Suspect picked up in Kendalia
seven hours after chase started
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Birthday wMim from tho Horald-Zoiftung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Merry Brinkkoeter, Tyler Mahaa, Rene Cortez, Backy Kauftnann (21 years), Kara Kennedy (13 years), Richard Daniel Armendariz (five years), Joe L. Martinez, and Jack Dehman. Happy third anniversary to Bryan and Nora Anderson and happy anniversary to Pat and Ors Ramsey.
Rtvnr and aquifer Information
Comal River -282 cubic-feet-per-sec., down 4 from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer -625.12 feet above sea level, down .01 Guadalupe River— 200 cfs.
Cancer group matts
The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue group meets 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 in the North Building of Victoria Bank, 1000 N. Walnut.
Tourist study results to bs rslssssd
The Small Business Institute of Southwest Texas State university has conducted a tourist market study regarding the city of New Braunfels and historic downtown. The group will present its findings at Krause's Cafe at 7 a m. on Friday, Dec. 1.
For information, call 608-2100.
Wort* AIDS Day
The New Braunfels HIV-AIDS Support Group, sponsored by Hospice New Braunfels, is once again hosting an observance of World AIDS Day Friday, Dec. I.
The public is invited to attend the observance at St. Paul Lutheran Church Senior Life Center, 181 S. Santa Clara, at 7 p.m. for the service to promote greater awareness about HIV and AIDS . The service is also a time to remember those in our community and our families who have died from this disease. For information, call 625-7500.
CHMT Fund donations continua
The Herald-Zeitung sponsors the Cheer Fund every holiday season, to provide food for the needy.
New donations include: Dennis and Margarete Gerar-di - #10, Lee and Clarice Stauge - $75, and an anonymous $25 gift, bringing the fund total to $2,233.11.
To donate, come by the Herald-Zeitung at 707 Lands St., or call Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144.
The winning numbers
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Area law enforcement spelled bad luck for a suspected burglar last night in Spring Branch. Jordan Michael Pfeifer was captured after a manhunt that started with a game warden and included several law enforcement agencies, including canine patrols and a Department of Public Safety helicopter.
It all started at about 3:15 p.m. when Comal County Game Warden Bob Wolford heard a burglary in progress call on the police scanner in his truck. The burglar was reported to be in the Indian Hills subdivision. “I was nght there, at 306 and Deer River,” Wolford said.
Wolford followed in his pickup.
Police said, as Pfeifer was leaving the subdivision, Wolford was following. DPS officer Randy Wells came toward the subdivision exit. He planned to stop the suspect with tire-punctunng “stingers,” but Pfeifer cut through private property and got onto Highway 281, said Comal County Lieutenant Sumner Bowen.
The Camaro was traveling fast enough to leave tire marks, and officials reported its speed to be at least 90 miles per hour. “A Camaro will outrun a Chevrolet truck,” Wolford said.
The suspect sped south on Highway 281 with Wolford and the DPS officer in pursuit and Comal County Sheriffs Deputy Ronnie Womack coming in the other direction. “He had no place to go,” Wolford said, and drove off the road, over a barbed wire fence, and into the brush of the Goss ranch.
The search continued on foot, where canine patrols led officers into thick undergrowth of the Smith ranch. The canine patrols seemed to be on the verge of catching the man. “He’s ditched his shirt — we’ve got it,” an officer said.
A DPS helicopter joined the search, aiding ground officers with FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared Radar night tracking and searchlights.
“As best as we can tell he was in the area of the Spring Branch General Store as early as 6 or 6:15,” Bowen said.
The manhunt seemed to come up empty, but Kendall County deputies
Officers and a police dog prepare to track the suspect.
stopped a vehicle at about 10:15 that, they said, was on the way to pick Pfeifer up. He was hiding in a tree behind the Kendalia Post Office.
Pfeifer is in jail on $15,000 bond
charged with evading arrest. Bowen said other charges will follow, including burglary of a habitation, which is a second degree felony.
“I’ve been here in Comal County
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
since 1979,” Wolford said. “We mainly stick to fish and game, but once or twice a year we get something like this — I caught two bank robbers out of New Braunfels once.”
Aggie Moms serve up a delicious tradition
By ERICA N. NIES
It’s that time, again. Yes, the time has come for the annual Comal County Texas A&M University Moms Club cookie bake.
According to Freshman mother Dianna Kneupper, “We have five different cookies that can be purchased, all German cookies.” Several mothers take phone orders through December 3rd, then the group “bakes all weekend.” The pick up date is set for the 10th.
This is the 41st year the Comal County club has held its cookie bake, and the event has become a favonte local tradition.
The money will go to a scholarship fund for Comal County students who plan to attend Texas AAM. The cookie bake is the fund’s major source of wealth.
The club, also known as the Aggie Moms, is for women with children attending Texas A&M or women with children who have attended the school. The group, which began in 1954, is certainly something to be proud of since there are 86 clubs
HerakJ-Zertung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Wallie Haas, Linda Dietert, Janie Remmler, ana Diana Kneupper get ready for the 41 st annual Aggie Moms Cookie Bake. Five varieties of German Cookies - Pfaffenbrot, Mendel Kranze, Weiner Zollen,
Molases Platzchen and ZJmmet Sterne - are on sale for $3 par dozen.
by sending goody bags before Fall and Spring finals to Comal County
nationwide in seven states and in Japan.
Mrs. Kneupper referred to the group as, “a support group for the mothers.” Seems that the club takes that support one step further.
One way the Moms keep in touch with the kids throughout the year is
To place you order, call Karon Haas at 629-6304, Wallie Haas at 625-2832, Ann Kuehler at 625-6100, Sharon Sharp at 606-6376 or Gay-lynn Smith at 625-9609.
City bus system needs a logo, and you can help
By MELANIE GERIK
The new public transportation system is searching for its identity.
The city’s Transportation Committee needs entries for the bus system name and logo design. The deadline to enter the contest is Dec. 15.
Six logo designs and names of the bus system, which will run on a trial basis next year, have been received as of Wednesday, said K.C. Crandall, director of Main Street. Ideas included using a representation of the Plaza Bandstand as the logo and straightforward, direct names for the system.
Crandall said the logo and name should be “snappy, catchy, friendly, simple and direct.”
Marian Benson, chair of the Transportation Committee, said the logo also should have personality.
“Usually when you attach a personality, it makes it more memorable,” Benson said.
First prize in the contest is a I-year bus pass. Second and thin! prizes have not been determined, Crandall said.
The committee will alter or merge
names and logos if needed, Crandall said. The logo will be used on the buses, on stationery and in all publicity for the transit system.
Benson said if a logo and name are not selected from the entries received before Dec. 15, then the committee will open the contest for more entnes or seek help from a professional marketing firm.
“But we would rather have citizen input,” Benson said. “It makes it more ours, so to speak.”
Entnes may be submitted to Crandall at Municipal Hall.
Benson said the bus routes should start by mid-January. Two buses will run four routes throughout the city . A fifth route, tailored for tounsts, will service the downtown area, the New Braunfels Factory Outlets and the Gruene Histoncal Distnct.
Dunng the trial, a one-way fare will cost 75 cents. If passengers wish to transfer to a different route, then the total cost would be $ I.
Crandall said once a system is permanent, then discount rates, including those to senior citizens, can be offered.
Construction delays put new JP offices behind schedule
By MELANIE GERIK
Two Comal County Justices of the Peace must wait until the beginning of next year to seat juries in their new buildings instead of the cramped spaces filled with folding chairs where they work now.
The new buildings for the justices in Precincts 2 and 3 should have been completed by August or September, said Commissioner Danny Scheel. But the contractors’ heavy workloads have pushed the deadline back to early January for Precinct 3 in Bulverde and to early February for Precinct 2, currently located on Interstate 35 in New Braunfels.
Bob Wunderlich, the main contractor building the new facilities, said his company was “a little behind schedule” on the building, but declined to comment further.
TIm building was allocated in the 1995 budget, and Scheel said he has worked all year on the buildings.
The structure for the metal building has been laying on the site of the new
Precinct 3 office next to the county jail on San Antonio Street for almost three weeks, Scheel said. Only the building’s concrete slab is finished.
Justice of the Peace Ray Martinez for Precinct 3 said he is “disgusted” because of the slow pace of the work.
“We have had beautiful weather for the last five or six months ... and now we may be coming into bad weather,” Martinez said.
Martinez’s current courtroom is in a small wooden building on Interstate 35.
The walkway from the front of the building is narrow because of the two clerks’ desks and a computer printer. Because of this, Martinez must handle cases involving people in wheelchairs on the front porch.
The courtroom, which doubles as Martinez’s office, is cooled and heated by the same noisy window unit.
“If you try to hold court with that thing going, you can’t hear,” Martinez said.
Constable Lester Leissner also is anxiously awaiting the completion of the new building. He will be able to
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Jusice of th* PMC* Ramon Martinaz and Constable Laster Leissner
stand In front of the currant JP office.
move into his permanent office from his mobile one.
“I think I could run the office better if I had a place besides my car,” Leissner said.
The delay of the building is "gumming up the works,” Martinez said. He has delayed scheduling jury trials
because the jurors would be “one on top of another” in the current courtroom.
Martinez said he also cannot order stationery because of the change of address.
Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart in Precinct 3 has faced the same prob-
‘I think I could run the office better if I had a place besides my car.’
— Constable Lester Leissner
lems as Martinez. Court is held with folding chairs and tables, and the courtroom has “barely any room for spectators,” he said.
He said the building, used as a justice of the peace court for 30 years, is getting old and is in a bad state of repair. The new building will have adequate storage and parking and will hold up for a "long, long time.”
Although the building is running behind schedule, the final cost should be under the $220,000 budget, Scheel said. The county saved $ 12,000 on the buildings because the toad department put in the pad for the concrete slabs, he added.
Scheel said after the buildings are complete, the county will hold open house celebrations at each location.
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