New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 3, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Life Chain to form Sunday at Plaza
By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Concerned New Braunfels residents, many from area churches and local support groups, will join hands Sunday to make a peaceful statement about life.
Life for the unborn child.
The demonstration, known as the Life Chain, is expected to draw about 1,000 local participants between 1:30 and 3 p.m. in downtown New Braunfels. Participants will join hands down San Antonio Street and Seguin Avenue sidewalks, forming a cross that will intersect on the Plaza.
TMS is a positive statement by Christians proclaiming tho sanctity cf life.’
— Patty Vogt co-coordinator
Coordinators of the event said the Life Chain ceremony was a non-confrontational method of taking a stance against abortion, legal in the United States since 1973.
“The loss of a child is a very personal issue,” said Cathy Stewart, who is helping coordinate the Life Chain. Abortion
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HsraM-Zsitung photo by Michael Camail
Cody Quent examinee a few of hie fovortls books Thuredey et the Friends of the Library Book Sale st the New Braunfels Civic Center. The sate continues today with a spacial “fill a bag for $2" sale at 4 p.m.
Crimes related to tourism on rise In 1997
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Now Braunfels Pottos Department Crime Bteifottcs January through Angsist
Totaled Fire/EMS 911 calls Hangups Adult arrests 1,445 1.412
Juvenile arrest 234 293
Traffic fatalities 2 0
DWI arrests 95 60
Murder 0 0
■OdHtnal f^aiilt 19 11
Robbery 16 38
Burglaries 587 577
Habitation 110 110
Norvhab. 152 102
Motor vehicle 284 ' 315
Other 41 50
Shoplifting 1,027 1,017
Autotheft 88 90
22 pages in two sections ■ Friday, October 3,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of David
Vol. 145, No. 232
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: David Jonas, Janis Stocks, Dickie Guthrie (Saturday), Betty Kraft (Saturday), Denise Kraft (Saturday), Pat Sim-monds (Saturday), Buddy Swenson, Ola Green (92 years), Ashley Willingham (I year), Ann Hannan, Helen Braune, Jerry Jr. Magana (ll), Lorenzo Perez (31 years) and Ricky Sotelo (13 years).
Happy Anniversary wishes go to Tully and Sherri Maugum (15 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Not available at presstime (Bolen measured in parts per cubic mater of air Intoimafcn provided by Dr. Flank Hampel) River Information
Comal River — 299 cubic feet per second, up 5 from Thursday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.32 feet above sea level, down 05 from Thursday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 174 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 183 cfs Canyon Lake level — 906.60 feet above
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Tonight and Saturday
— Some late night and early morning cloudiness. Otherwise, mostly fair skies this evening, partly cloudy Saturday. Low around 70. High in the lower 90s Light southeast wind tonight and southeast near 10 mph Saturday.
Sunday — Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms. High in the 80s to near 90.
— Partly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low in the 60s High in the 80s.
Omena merchants sat garage sale
The Gruene Merchants Association of the Gruene Historic District will have the 3rd Annual “Biggest Garage Sale in Texas” this weekend The garage sale starts on Saturday at 9 a m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.
More than25 shops will take their merchandise onto the sidewalks and into tents and slash prices. A portion of every dollar spent at the garage sale will go directly to Habitat for Humanity. For more information, call Nicole Meyer at 826-8899Watch for road work ahaad
■ City of New Braunfels street crews will be working on Oasis Street from Business 35 to Ridgewood Avenue through Oct. 10.
■ Construction is scheduled to seal coat Old McQueeney Road, Morningside Drive, Mesquite Avenue and Old Marion Road through Oct. 10. Overlay of those streets will begin the week of Oct 14.
■ New Braunfels Utilities crews are working on Schmidt Avenue between Becker and the Interstate 35 access road. Traffic will be stocked.
New Home Depot to open Oct. 30Store will employ IOO
By DAVIO DEKUNDER
The New Braunfels Home Depot will open its doors at the end of this month.
The Atlanta-based chain is scheduled to open its newest store, 1360 Interstate 35 north at the Seguin exit, on Oct. 30.
Store co-manager Jerry Blair said customers would find all kinds of home improvement and repair supplies in the home improvement super store.
“We have up to 40,000 items from paint, lumber and electrical,” Blair said.
The Home Depot building occupies 120,000 square feet. The store will include a 38,000-square-foot farm arui ranch section, not featured in most The Home Depot stores.
“That (section) will be your fence items, stock tanks, wooden posts, pole bams posts, sheet metal and lumber items,” Blair said. “Because of the rural area around New Braunfels with the farming and ranching, that sets us aside horn other stores in Austin ami San Antonio.”
Deborah Seidel, company spokeswoman, said the store would employ
IOO people when it opens.
Seidel said the store will be hiring 55 new employees. She said tile rest of the employees, approximately 40 people, have been transferred from other stores in San Antonio and Austin.
“There are a lot of people in New Braunfels who work in Home Depots in San Antonio and Austin who have requested to be transferred to the store,” Seidel said.
Employment applications are available at the store. For more information call 625-3334.
Seidel said Home Depot would invite area contractors and local dignitaries to a grand opening party Oct. 29.
State panel OKs jail plans
Construction could begin in April
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The Texas Commission on Jail Standards has given die green light to Comal County's jail expansion plans.
“This past Thursday (Sept. 25), Lt. Bill Collins and (architect) Norris Fletcher met with die jail commission in Austin, and it gave its approval to proceed with the plans,” jail administrator Jim Middleton told Comal County Commissioners Court Thursday.
Middleton updated county commissioners on the S4.6 million expansion plan.
Commissioners court has approved expanding the county jail by 192 more beds from its current 145-bed size. In August, the jail commission recommended that the county jail have a total
of 336 beds by 2006.
The recommendation was based on Middleton’s projections that the county's inmate population would grow over the next nine years. In 2000, the inmate population is projected to be at 221,247 in 2003 and 272 in 2006.
Middleton said the jail commission recommended a few changes to the jail expansion plan.
“We made a two minor changes (to the plan),” he said. “Three of the 48 beds (in two of the 24-bed dormitories) will be changed horn minimum to medium security, which will be at a little cost and add a little more room to the multiple-facility room for religious education services, education services and AA meetings.”
Fletcher, architect for BSA Inc. of Fort Worth, said the design and development phase on the project should end in March and that construction should start during the first of April.
In other county business:
• Commissioners approved the establishment of a temporary early vexing place at the Justice of the Peace Precinct #3 building in Bulverde for the Nov. 4 Bulverde incorporation election. Early voting will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 21 and from 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29.
• Heard a report from County Engineer Tom Homseth who informed the court that he would speak to both the Comal and New Braunfels Independent School Districts and the New Braunfels City Council later this month about participating in the indoor pool project.
• Authorized county judge to close on purchase of property at 205-225 N. Seguin Ave. across from the courthouse and authorized county auditor to issue payment for the property. The county is considering renovating the property and using it for the tax asses-sor-collector’s new offices.
High currents drove tourists from the Guadalupe River and the county to the Comal River in the city limits this past summer — and crimes associated with tourism in have increased in New Braunfels in 1997, according to New Braunfels Police Department statistics.
Burglaries of motor vehicles were up about IO percent from 1996, from 284 from January through August 19% to 315 through August 1997.
Cars parked while tourists enjoy Schlitterbahn or tube the Comal River were easy targets for thieves, Lt. John Wommack said.
“We had a lot of extra care parked here in town because of the shuttles,” he said.
Burglary of a motor vehicle is a crime of opportunity.
Wommack said, “A lot of people were just leaving stuff sitting on the seat of their car. A lot of these care weren’t broken into — they were left unlocked.”
Rocket science is not necessary to avoid having valuables stolen from a parked car, he said. Simply do not give burglars the opportunity. Keep the car locked and keep valuables elsewhere
Assaults and robberies also increased from 19% to 1997. Assaults were up about IO percent, from 455 to 504.
Robberies, although relatively small in number, more than doubled from 16 through August 1996 to 38 through August 1997.
Part of both increases can be attributed to more tourists in the city limits, Wommack said.
“When we have a lot of people in town, our assaults go up,” he said. “We had several assaults along the river this summer.”
Some of the robberies stem from
the assaults, Wommack said. When an argument turns into a fight, and then one person takes something from the other person, the incident is classified as a robbery “Some robberies this summer started as assaults and turned into robberies,” he said. “It’s not the same as walking into a store and holding it up with a gun.”
Juvenile arrests went up 20 percent from last year through August to this year. That, Uh), related to tourism, Wommack said ‘This summer we had a lot more major alcohol violations by minors,” he said. “They were not local residents, usually.”
One welcome surprise in the NBPD statistics through August 1997 was the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents — zero, despite the speed Turn to Crime, Page 2A
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall
Seen Fitzsimmons, 5, rides his bicycle around the track near Canyon Intermediate School while everyone else on the track runs or walks Thursday evening.