New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 4, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 pages in two sections ■ Friday, October 4,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of BOBBY MUELLER
Vol. 144, No. 234
Birthday wishos from tho Harald-Zaitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Dickie Guthrie, Denise Kraft, Betty Kraft, Pat Simmonds, Donna Siebrands (Saturday), Beverly Thrift (Saturday), Sam Wotipka (Saturday), Bobby Mueller (Saturday), Susie Moreno (Saturday),. Veronica Vasquez, Frank Paredez, Sr., Jim Staas and Kelsey Hoege-nauer.
Anniversary wishes are extended to: Josie and Alma Martinez (16 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold—1,750 Cocklebur —6 Grass-13 Cedar Elm —11 Pigweed —trace Ragweed —122 (Pollen measured in parte per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel. Figuree from Thursday.)
River Information Comal River —177 cubic feet per second, down 3 from Thursday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well ■ 623.07 feet above sea level, down .01 from Thursday.
Canyon Dam discharge —108 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 79 cfs Canyon Lake level — 904.78 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
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NBL) reports pumping 6.217 minion gallons of surface water, and no well water was used (figuree from Tuesday).
ItoniMMin Sons 1© mast today
Hermann Sons Lodge No. 106 will hold a meeting and social on Friday. The lodge will furnish stew, and members should bring side dishes. For more information, call 658-3994
Hasardous wast© collection Oct. 12
The city of New Braunfels and Comal County are sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 behind Fire Station #2, 4120 Loop 337, in New Braunfels.
For more information about the collection and what materials may be dropped off, call 608-2120.
Family In need off spacial assistanc©
The Ramon and Bertha Chapa family has set up an account at First State Bank to benefit the family of David Sotelo, who died recently.
Friends off Library Book Bal# continuos
The Friends of the Dittlinger Memorial Library Book Sale continues today until 5 p.m. today at the Civic Center 380 S. Seguin Ave.
Admission is free. Hardbacks sell for 75 cents, and paperbacks are 50 cents or 3 for $1. A special bargain time will be at 4 p.m. today when shoppers can fill a large brown bag for only $2.
Also on sale are videos, puz zles and records.
Harlequin books sell for 10 cents each.
Project Graduation mooting Wodnooday
The first Canyon High Schoo Project Graduation meeting wi be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the CHS commons. Plans will be discussed for the all-night drug- and alcohol-free party to be held following grad uation on May 30, 1997.
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Ullrich murder trial moved to San Marcos
By ABE LEVY
Lawyers in the murder trial of Paul Scott Ullrich, who is charged with stabbing to death an off-duty deputy constable earlier this year, agreed Thursday to move the trial to Oct. 21 at the Hays County Courthouse in San Marcos.
The victim, 34-year-old Ben Kiesling, was a deputy constable for Comal County’s Precinct I.
Nearly 1,000 people attended his funeral in late January at First Baptist Church in New Braunfels.
“My client’s looking forward to getting to trial and getting it over with,’’ defense attorney Wade Arledge said. “We think the transfer is a good idea. It’s a positive step to achieving a fair
it (chang* of venue) is to ensure that the victim and his family get a fair trial.’
— Dib Waldrip Assistant district attorney
Assistant District Attorney Dib Waldrip, the lead prosecutor in the case, said the venue change was necessary because of the media coverage
leading up to the trial.
But Waldrip also added that Kiesling was wellknown in the community.
“One of the biggest reasons for (the venue change) is a lot of misinformation that’s been publicized,” Waldrip said. “It’s to ensure that the victim and his family get a fair trial.”
Jury selection for the trial was under way Monday, but new evidence that the District Attorney’s Office discovered three days earlier led state District Judge Jack Robison to postpone the trial to Oct. 14. -Judge Robison will preside over the trial, but the jury will be selected from Hays County.
Police records show that Kiesling was stabbed once in the chest at about 7 a.m. Jan. 22 near a convenience store on Highway 46.
Ullrich, 39, reported the incident to the New Braunfels Police Department about 45 minutes later, according to police records.
Kiesling later died after rescue workers took him to McKenna Memorial Hospital.
Ullrich, who was indicted Feb. 14 by a grand jury, is charged with murder, a first-degree felony that carries a sentence of five to 99 years in prison.
Even though Kiesling was a constable, Ullrich does not face the possibility of a death sentence because the victim was off-duty at the time of his death, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Waldrip has told the judge he is ready to go to trial, and Arledge said he will be ready for trial after reviewing the new evidence found last week.
Winds of Change
Sfbitipals settle in at new posts
By DEMOE DZIUK
Thursday marked the beginning of a new em for former New Braunfels High School Principal John Turman and Assistant Principal Chuck Esgler as they each completedtheir first day in their new
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Hwnnfeu High School Principal John Turraaa won't be easy, New Braunfels
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"You don’t replace 21 years of experience/* • Bradberry said. “You just go out and fry to hire a quality person. We will be looking for someone not to replace him but to carry on the good tradi-
Turman and Assistant Principal Chuck Edgier were reassigned in what the school district called voluntary moves at the NBISD’s Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night Bradberry said he will meet with members of die high school’s rite-baaed management conv
mince to discuss their views on the characteristics a new principal should I possess. He also plans to talk [•to students about what ttey’d like to see in a new principal.
“Then we will begin the process of interviewing and screening people,” Bradberry •aid.
The district will advertise the opening, Bradberry said.
“We wilj do it very aggressively,” he said. “We will go to colleges, universities, state associations and other districts. We will do it quickly.**
Turman moved to the Education Center to become assistant to the superintendent.
Engler took over as assistant principal for / Memorial Primary School and Memorial Elementary School.
^ KevftBtdwtiwliowas the assistant principal for the Memorial schools, has moved into Engler’s former position.
Karen Simpson, executive*1 director of education services, will serve trfnterim high school principal through December, when Bradberry said the district wapi* to name a permanent successor.
The leassigpriicnts took effect Thursday.
Engler unhe agreed to the reassignments because ^ his philosophical differences with the board.
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By ABC LEVY
The mood was somber at New
BfMHifnU High School QUE (fey after a landmark walkout Wednesday, students caid.
More than 1,500 high school students protested the reassignment of Principal John Turman and Assistant Principal John Engler to other positions within the New Braunfels Independent School District.
The move has caused many students to unite in an effort to block the transfen of two administrators they have come to admire.
“Lot’s of kids are pretty depressed,” said Liz Grows, 16, a
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well-known vanity cheerleader. "People don’t want to be screwed I’m sorry but that’s the phrase • in an uproar.”
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school administrators and trustees.
Superintendent Charles Bradbeny answered most of the questions from the estimated 200 students and parents at the rally. A few trustees
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addressed questions toward the end of the rally, but students said they were not satisfied with the answers.
“The board seems to be sidestepping the questions,” said Kyle Baker, editor of the school newspaper.
“(Trustees) didn’t answer our questions. I left the rally angrier than when I came ”
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GSD to appeal court decision
Jury award in MacLeay suit would cost district $793,000
By DENISE DZIUK
The Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees voted unan-
imously Thursday night to appeal last week’s federal court jury decision forcing the school district to pay $793,000 in damages to a former coach's estate as a result of a whistleblower lawsuit..
Bill MacLeay filed suit against GSD and several individuals in the district, claiming he was demoted from his position as head basketball coach and a teacher at Smithson Valley High School to a middle school position because he accused the district of substandard math teaching.
The district contends that MacLeay was demoted because of performance.
The lawsuit was originally filed in a Bexar County state district court, but it was later transferred to a federal court.
MacLeay committed suicide in July 1995, but his wife, Anita, continued the legal fight that ended with the Od.
After two weeks of testimony and IO hours of deliberation, the jury sided with MacLeay's estate, awarding damages to the coach’s estate.
MacLeay’s attorney said once attorney fees, costs and interest are included, the total could reach nearly $1 million.
After meeting (or more than an hour with its attorney, the board of trustees voted to appeal the decision to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
Dorcas Green, the district’s attorney, said the appeal could take nine months to a year after it has been filed.
“Whether or not we go (to New Orleans) depends on whether they grant oral arguments,” Green said. “C ertainly we are confident we can show where errors were made.”
Green said the payment of damages will likely be halted until “all options have been exhausted.”
Noisy gas release set for Tuesday
Valero Transmission Company will be releasing methane gas into the atmosphere Tuesday beginning at 7 a m., a company news release said.
The release of the gas will be loud but should not cause concern, the statement said.
It will occur at the Morning Side Drive pump station.
The length of the release should be no longer than an hour.Signs of Mission Creep reappear in Bosnia-Herzegovina. See Opinion, Page