New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 7, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, October 7,1997
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Vol. 145. No. 234
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Jimmy Williams, Tristan Moore, Robert Bridges, Nicole Come vin, Norma Schwab (belated), Robert Goebel, Darrell Backing and Lindy Sohn.
Happy Anniversary wishes go to: Milton and Sylvia Erben (47 years) and Louie and Dorothy Vollbrecht (59 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Molds — 3 J019 Ragweed —102 Cedar Elm— 40 Grass— IO
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.) Diver Information Comal River — 294 cubic feet per second, same as Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.34 feet above sea level, 14) .02 from Monday.
Canyon Dan discharge — 169 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 908.62 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping 7.216 million gallons of surface water Monday and 175,000 gallons of wen water.
Chance of showers remains through week
Tonight — Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Low in the lower 70s. Southeast wind near 10 mph.
Wednesday — Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. High in the mid 80s. Southeast wind near 15 mph.
Thursday — Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms. Highs in the 80s.
PHduy and Saturday — Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms Lows in the 60s to near 70 Highs in the 80s.
Common, Molitor residents meet tonight
The city of New Braunfels invites residents who live along Common and Mather streets to a neighborhood meeting at 6:15 p.m. today in Cypress Bend Park. The pur-, pose of the meeting is to discuss plans for the upcoming Holiday River of Lights and a neighborhood lighting contest
•Texas Department of Transportation crews are continuing work to expand Inter state 35 between Solms Road and Farm-to-Market 3009. No lanes will be closed, but southbound exits, with the exception of PM 2252/PM 482 will be closed. All northbound lanes are open
• Crews are working on PM 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane. Traffic likely will be reduced to one lane
• County crews will be working on Barbarosa Lane. The road will remain open.
• New Braunfels street crews will be working on Oasis Street from Business 35 to Ridgewood Avenue through Friday.
• Construction is scheduled to seal coat Old McQueeney Road, Morningside Drive, Mesquite Avenue and Old Marion Road through Friday.Pow wow dancer
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From staff reports
A New Braunfels man was killed Monday in San Antonio in a maintenance accident.
The man, David Philip Jennings, 47, was employed by Praxair, a subcontractor for VLSI Technology Inc.
Jennings apparently was strangled about 8 a.m. while checking the chemical levels on a VLSI Technology tower at 9651 Westover Hills Blvd. in San Antonio. According to police reports, Jennings tied a piece of rope approximately 6 feet long to his belt and attached the other end to a flashlight in preparation for the tower check. He was last seen about 7:45 a.m. when he left to conduct the check.
The flashlight apparently caught on die ladder guard when Jennings slipped and the rope looped around his neck.
One of Jennings’ co-workers noticed he was gone for longer than he should have been. The co-worker looked out the window and saw Jennings hanging and still on the tower's ladder, according to police reports.
Co-workers called an ambulance and ascended the ladder to help. They cut the rope and carried Jennings down to a landing and started cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Emergency medical service technicians arrived and found no vital signs at 9:05 a.m., according to police reports.
Firefighters focus on fire prevention
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Common sense, prevention and knowing what to do during a fire can be the difference between life and death.
How to prevent people from becoming statistics will be emphasized during Fire Prevention Week in New Braunfels through Saturday.
Elroy Friesenhahn, New Braunfels Fire Department fire marshal, said activities and education would be pan of Fire Prevention Week.
“We have gotten involved with public education programs in both school districts,” he said. “We have demonstrations, lectures, essay contests, fire truck demonstrations and puppet shows.”
Essay contests will be conducted in third-, fourth- and fifth-grades in city schools. Fncsenhahn said each school would have two winners — an honorary fire chief and honorary fire marshal. Each of those winners will be given a ride in a fire truck or EMS van to the central fire station on Hill Street on Oct. 17. The essay winners
will be treated to a lunch at the station.
Preventing fires and preparing for them should be serious business for every family, Friesenhahn said.
“The biggest cause of home fires is cooking — when food is left unattended,” he said.
Friesenhahn said 1993 Texas Fire Reporting statistics, the latest ones available, show that cooking fires were the No. I cause of residential fires in Texas. There were 4,444 cases of cooking fires, followed by 2,800 suspicious or arson tires and 1,800 fires related to heating equipment.
Friesenhahn said most of these fires could be prevented with precautions and common sense rules.
“Obviously, don't get distracted from cooking," Friesenhahn said. "(to ahead and take the food off the heat source burner or oven so that you are not distracted. Time is our. worst enemy. We try to get back to cooking before we know it we have a fire.”
Friesenhahn stressed the importance of a good functioning smoke detector in the home.
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Police officers prepare for worst in domestic violence Calls
By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
When a New Braunfels police officer is dispatched to the home where a domestic disturbance is taking place, he or she must prepare for the very worst.
Guns or knives might be present at the scene and at the hands of two angrily feuding parties. Maybe alcohol is involved too, heightening the chance for explosive behavior.
The officer is about to walk into a potentially dangerous situation. He or she will attempt to determine why the violence is happening and w hat provoked it. The officer is about to meet a
victim and face an abuser.
Texas police officers responded to 181,443 fa rn i I y violence incidents in 1996,
5.1 percent more than 172,476 incidents in 1995, according to reports released by the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Crone Irdbrmatkxi Bureau
New Braunfels police responded to 386 incidents of domestic violence in 19%, and Comal County Sheriffs officers answered 245.
Responding to a domestic violence call is like “tying down an octopus,” said Corporal Martin Mayer, a New Braunfels police officer who has been dispatched to numerous domestic disturbances. He explained that there was no typical family violence scenario.
The dispatcher usually could clarify to the responding officer whether conventional weapons were involved in the dispute before the officer arrived, Mayer said. Even if firearms or guns were absent from the conflict, officers still faced the unknown when they arrived at the residence
More than 800 form local Life Chain
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
New Braunfels residents turned out in record number Sunday to make a statement against abortion.
Members of 30 different churches from a cross section of denominations met at the plaza Sunday afternoon far the common cause of taking a stance against abortion through participation in a Life Chain.
Joanie Grumbles, director of die Crisis Pregnancy Center, said more than SOO people showed up for die demonstration, (25 more than in per
“So, that’s encouraging. That was really good,” she said Cathy Stewart, who coordinated the local event, said about 45 churches were contacted. Although the organizers hoped for a Urge turnout, they did not expect the number that showed up, she said.
“The Lord was really good and sent a lot of people to stand up for babies,” said Stewart.
The demonstration started with a prayer on the plan at 1:30 pm., and
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New Braunfels police detective Mike Osborne said that two officers were automatically dispatched to any domestic violence scene, and if weapons had been confirmed, more officers w ould join them to control the situation.
According to TDPS Crime information Bureau statistics, weapons don’t automatically mean switchblades or pistols. During 1996, the most widely used weapon in family violence cases was physical force through the use of hands, feet and fists, accounting for 74 percent of the incidents. Knives or cutting instruments accounted for 4 percent of the incidents, blunt objects 3 percent, Turn to Pofic®, Page 2
H-Z now offers Ivins column
Molly Ivins, columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Tclegram, joins the New Braunfels Hcrald-Zeitung column writers with today’s edition A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize ^hrec times. Ivins , .
was the winner
the 1992 Headliners Award for best column in Texas.
Ivins' columns will appear on a rotating basis with those of Cal Thomas. Both columns will appear on Sundays in the Herald-Zeilung.State limit on pay phone costs expires today — Page 5