New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 pages in two sections ■ Thursday, October 9,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of K«vln Willingham
Vol 145, No. 236
Birthday wishas from tho Horald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Beatrice Gonzales, Kevin Wttl-liam, Manuel Camareno Sr., Cassie Camareno, Michael Schneider, Anther Somers (belated) and Melissa Torres.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Comal River — 299 cubic feet per second, same as Wednesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well —625.41 feet above sea level, up.02 from Wednesday
Canyon Dam discharge —166 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 243 cfs Canyon Lake level — 906.76 feet above
New Braunfels UtiHUM
NBU reports pumping 6.067 miion gallons of surface water Wednesday, and no wed water was used.
Chance of rain godson and on
Tonight — Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms.
Low In the tower 70s. South-wind near 10 mph,
- Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Locally heavy rain possible. High near 90. southeast wind 10to-15 mph.
Saturday and Sunday — Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms Lows near 70.
Highs in the 80s.
liondny — Mostly cloudy and cooler with a chance of showers or thunderstorms. Lows near 60. Highs near 80.
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Alumni of New Braunfels High School are invited to a candlelight pep rally at Unicorn Stadium today in preparation for Homecoming. The event will start at 7 p.m., with the football, volleyball and cross country team arriving, foltowed by the cheerleaders The rally will end at about 8:30 p.m. with the extinguishing of lights and the playing of the fight song and alma mater.
Register to wit in CISC election
Today is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 8 bond election for the Comal Independent School District. Voter registration cards are available in the County Tax Office from 8 a m. to 4:30 p.m. The applications must be postmarked by Thursday to be eligible to vote in the bond election.
Bat lunch with tho mayor
A brown bag lunch with Mayor Jan Kennady will take place at noon Friday in confer once AB at the New Braunfels Municipal Building.
Cypress Bond Parti closed during wssk
Cypress Bend Park will be closed for public use Monday through Friday until late October to allow electrical contr ac tors to prepare for the city’s Holiday River of Lights
New Braunfels and Canyon cross country teems get reedy to start the New Braunfels Triangular Meet on lAfsdnssdsy
Herald-Zeitung photo by MtchaaJ Darnel
Weather won’t dry out soon
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
Intermittent showers and light rain have kept New Braunfels soggy the past few days, and there is little sign of things (trying out before the end of the weekend, according to the National Weather Service in New Braunfels.
Meteorologist Roy Pringle said airflow from the Gulf of Mexico has been bringing warm, moist air into the area, and that has caused showers all over south Texas. The New Braunfels air
port reported 0.08 inch of rain Monday, 1.16 inches Tuesday and 0.23 inch Wednesday, and the rain isn’t just local, he said.
“All along the coastal plains, it’s almost solid rain,” he said. “Everyone’s getting it.”
Pringle said forecasters were expecting a weak front to move through die area and dry things out, but that front won't make it this far. He said a chance of showers remains at least through the weekend. On Monday, another weak front is expected to move through the area, bringing Turn to Weather, Page 2A
NBHS roof leaking
However, officials say situation better than two weeks ago
HeraW-Zettung photo by Michael Darnatl
New Braunfels High School receptionist Tina Rotates has lo work under a large pises of plastic on the calling and around amyrol trash cane catching water that la leaking through the roof. The problems ware caused bv recant rains.
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By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
Most of the main office at New Braunfels High School stayed dry during recent showers, now that leaks in the new roof have been repaired.
Assistant superintendent of finance Lonnie Curtis said the majonty of the high school is getting a new metal roof. He said roof work leaves the interior susceptible to leaks from the moment work begins until it is complete.
“Until you get it all in place... it still has areas it can get in and run down,” he said.
During the summer, and as recently as two weeks ago, portions of the high school including a hallway, a counselor’s office and the main office, were soaked by rains when the water leaked through the roof. However, high school principal Keith Garinger said the situation had improved.
“I can’t describe how much better it’s gotten,” he said. “They obviously did a lot of hard work repairing the leaks.”
ifs certainty not anything like it was over th# summsr or oven two weeks
— principal Keith Garinger
Garinger said two weeks ago, the water leaked in numerous spots. During showers in the past few days, only one small spot dripped with waler, he said. He said roofers still were trying to rectify the problem in that one area.
“It’s certainly not anything like it was over the summer or even two weeks ago,” said Garinger.
However, Curtis said the disappearance of the other leaks could simply be a result of light showers.
“Basically, we have not had really a hard enough rain to test it,” he said.
Curtis said heavy leaking during the summer damaged some equipment including computers. Carpet and ceiling tiles were also damaged. He said the carpet and tile were dried and a fungicide was applied to kill mold and mildew that might have developed.
However, Curtis said the damaged materials would not be replaced until the work was completed When it is replaced. Curds said, the roof contractor will he responsible for paying for labor and replacement.
“Until you get it entirely dried out, it doesn’t pay to tear anything out and replace IL” said Curtis. “The contractor will pay for thaLthough.”
Garinger said despite the current leaky roof, material and equipment were not being damaged. Administrators learned early to move things around to keep them out of the trouble areas.
Curtis said the work on the new roof is winding down. He said it should be complete as early as late October or early November.
Seguin teen accused in pawn shop robbery
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A Guadalupe County teen-ager was indicted by a Comal County grand jury Wednesday for the August armed robbery of a local pawn shop.
Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldnp said the grand jury' indicted Dino Baiza, 18, of Seguin, for one count of aggravated robbery, which took place Aug. 2 at The Hunting Camp Pawn Shop, 1630 South Business 35.
Baiza is accused of shooting the pawn shop owner, Michael Kivlin, 51, once in the head. New Braunfels police said.
Kivlin was airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio, but not before he was able to give a description of the suspect to police officers.
Baiza allegedly broke a glass gun case and stole some items from it.
Police detective Basel Boatright said when Baiza allegedly broke the glass case, there was evidence that he was injured.
Boatnght said Baiza became a suspect in the case w hen he was arrested on Aug. 27 in Jim Wells County.
“When he was arrested down there, he had stolen property from the pawn shop. He had two of the weapons.” Boatnght said.
Baiza could have been charged with an attempted murder. Boatright said, but he and the Criminal District Attorney’s office decided to go with the aggravated robbery charge.
“We felt it would be easiei to prove aggravated robbery than attempted murder because the punishment is the same,” Boatnght said.
W aldnp said the aimed robbery charge is a first degree felony, punishable by 99 years or life in prison and up to a $ 10,000 fine.
Boatnght said once Baiza was arrested in South Texas he was transported to the Guadalupe County Jail, where he was w anted on a charge of burglary of a building.
Boatnght said blood recovered at the pawn shop from the broken gun glass case w as sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety for testing.
“Something that took a significant amount of time was getting a search warrant for Mr. Baiza’s blood,” Boatnght said.
Boatnght said police had to wait for the DNA tests from the cnme scene before making their move. He said police got preliminary results from the DPS lab that showed the blood at the cnme scene was Baiza’s
Boatnght said it would probably take another four weeks before police get a final analysis on the DNA test.
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Music fest kicks off in Gruene
From staff reports
Area music lovers need took no further than Gruene for the best entertainment deal in Texas this weekend.
Gruene Music Fest *97 will bring together the area’s finest musicians tor a three-day bash to benefit United Way of Comal County.
Friday’s “Premier Party” starts as a private gathering at Gruene Hall far special donors said opens to the public from 8:30 p.m. until midnight with Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88’s. Admission is SIO.
Gruene Hall festivities start at I p.m. Saturday Dan McCoy and Friends, Matt Toon and die Big Deals and Sisters Morales, fill die afternoon md early evening, and regional favorites Clay Blaker and the Texas Honky Tank
Fora complete schedule and price list, tee page 7A.
band finish the night. Admission at Gruene Hall Saturday is free until S p.m., S7 from 5:30 p.m. to I a.m.
Food booths in the beer garden will satisfy appetites from I to 9 p.m.
Organizers pull out the stops and blow off the roofs Sunday, when Gruene Hall, the Gruene Hall bar and the Beer Garden Stage will all rock with a cavalcade of the area’s favorite musk:. Admission Sunday from noon to
11 p.m. is $5 for adults, with children
12 and younger admitted free.
Special on Sunday is “The Blues in
Gruene,” premiering this year in the Christ Mill meadows tent. Sets by Jimmy Spacek and Mason Rufther will be interspersed with “eclectic electric” blues from the Jamamacs, a new band formed specially for the Gruene Music Fest from members of Hat Trick, Quarter Moon and Monty “Guitar” Tyler’s band
Women’s center offers refuge
By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
With only the clothes she was wearing and a backpack strapped across her shoulders, a woman arrived at the Comal County Women’s Center
She w alked several miles to escape the abuse of her boyfriend, a law enforcement official outside of Comal County.
“That first day was real shaky,” said die woman, who wished not to be identified “But this place is better than home, because the people here have a genuine concern for mc.”
The woman had lived with her boyfriend for many years before the abuse became unbearable.
“His beating and my not being able to retaliate made me leave,” she explained.
During 1996, more than 192,500
victims reported family violence in Texas, and 77 percent of those were women, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety ’s Cnme Information Bureau in Austin.
The Comal C ounty Women’s Center provides temporary emergency shelter for victims of family violence and sexual assaults and their children. The center helps clients find new housing, employment, legal aid and provides counseling every step of the
The center, located near Loop 337 and Common Street, has been operating at that location for more than three years. It was a consolidation of prior shelters located around New Braunfels in secrecy for the sake of the victims’ protection.
Now the shelter is equipped w ith effective security measures and can house up to 30 victims at once, with private sleeping quarters, living areas, a large kitchen, handicapped-accessible bathrooms, laundry rooms and large play areas for children.
Job notices are posted and there are phones to use. Businesses in tin: community work with the women’s center to employ clients if background checks aren’t available or threaten the secunty of the client. A curfew is imposed on clients by 6:30 p.m.
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