New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 25, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday** today to Donna Krizek, Rose Mairy Castilleja, Noland Turner Jr.. Ed McIntosh. Ruben Leal Jr., Bonnie Tetrault, Sandra Munoz, Irene Agold, Jeanette James, Joe L. Garcia, David Ouerrero, Crespin Rosales and Sandra Reeh.
Wishes for a “happy birthday** Saturday to Edith Taylor, Helen Nichols and Donna Mills.
Belated birthday wishes to Veronica Gutierez, Roxanne Adams and Kim Roble.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.
The New Braunfels Parka and Recreation Department is cosponsoring a haunted house with the Canyon High School Thespian Society beginning Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Landa Park Bath House. Visitors are welcome to tour the house for $2 per person through Oct. 31. Children under 6 enter free. House boun are from dusk to 9 pm. Open late Halloween night. For more information call 620-PLAY.
Organizers of Weihnachtsmarkt are working with downtown merchants to supply discounted tickets to the annual market slated this year for Nov. 22-24. To find the discounted tickets look for the signs at participating stores.
New Braunfels High School Cl)oir Boosters will meet Nov. 4 at 7 pm. at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, located at 373 Howard St. For more information call 625-0390 or 629-4454.
The fall cleanup and meeting of the Smithson Valley Cemetery will be Saturday, Oct. 26 at 9 am.
Comal Garden Cub will sponsor a bake sale Nov. 2 at Wuest’s on Landa Street beginning* at 8:30 am. Homemade cakes, pies, cookies and breads will be available.
The Comal County Veterinary Medical Association will sponsor its annual rabies drive Saturday, Nov. 2. Area veterinarians will be a Fire Station #1 in Canyon City and at Fire Station WI on Oblate Drive from 1:30-4 pm.
Cost will be $10 which includes a rabies vaccination and a county license. Neutered animals with a lifetime county license need only receive a rabies inoculation for $5. Owners must bring the lifetime county license with them to avoid paying the re-license fee. Proceeds from the drive are used to fund the location association’s scholarship program.
Bulverde United Methodist Church is sponsoring a Fall Festival at the church, located at U.S. 281 North, Saturday, Oct. 26 from IO am. to 4 pm. with a bake sale, arts and aahs, food, drinks and musical entertainment provided.
To have an Hem listed in Slam-mtisch. contact Stephanie Ferguson at 625-9144. Submissions should be of community interest but not commercial in nature.Good Day
There's a slight chance of afternoon showers today and the high temperature should reach about 93 degrees. The overnight low is expected to dip to about 70 degrees. There’s a slight chance of afternoon showers through the weekend. Thursday's high in New Braunfels was 90 and the low was 70.
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Official denies abuse of ex-wife
•y MARK WARNKEN
The divorce of Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa Jr. and his second wife was finalized this week amid allegations of physical abuse.
The divorce, which Chapa said was mutually agreed upon, was finalized after a brief hearing Tuesday at the Courthouse following a divorce petition filed by his wife, Aria. The couple had no children.
“For now, we decided this was the best thing to do,** said Ramon Chapa, 32. “Of course being an elected official, I expected the media attention.**
While Chapa said he wasn't sure of the reasons for the divorce petition listed in court documents, he laid
there were no charges of physical or mental abuse on his part.
Chapa denied abusing his former wife, saying there were no witnesses to any such events. He said he was unaware of any police complaints of abuse filed against him by his wife or any police going to his house.
Aria Chapa, now using her maiden name of Maldonado, contacted by telephone Friday morning at the San Antonio middle school where she teaches, confirmed that she did go to the police two times bin declined to comment further.
“I really would prefer not to comment because this has been personally
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County looking for hoops in adult business rules
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
The Conal County attorney on Thursday proposed more restrictive county regulations for adult-oriented businesses to the Commissioners
Court, which plans to consider adopting the new rules next week.
lf adopted, the order would make opening a sexually-oriented business
in Comal County much more difficult, said County Attorney Nathan Rhein-landcr. After a summary by Rhcinlan-der, the commissioners said they had not had time to review the 22-page proposal thoroughly and voted to
table consideration until next week.
The proposed order, based on the ordinances of the cities of New Braunfels and San Antonio, would prohibit adult-oriented businesses
from locating with 2,500 feet of a home, school, park or day-care center. Any violation of the order will be a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a
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All in fun
District Judge Robert T. Pfeuffer, left, helps Ernie Mendez stir up the crowd at the weekly Noon Lions Club Thursday at Eagles Hall. The group also surprised members with a pepper-eating contest (Photo by Annelism Schiickenrieder)Reigning queen
Justin Jonas escorts this year's homecoming queen for Canyon High School. Rishan-ne Weaner. She received the honor at last week's CHS homecoming football game. New Braunfels High School wW crown its homecoming queen tonight during half-ttms ceremonies. Smithson Valley High School wUi name its queen Nov. 1.
Vol. 139, No. 243
October 25, 1991
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COO,
¥ ^.4 of Julie Q. Schubert
One Section, 16 Pages
Stammtisch ’ Lawmen arrest men, seize drugs
files for clemency
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Branch woman who to murdering her bushi July of 1989 has filed for clemency with the Bovd of Pardons and Paroles under a law pertaining to spousal abuse.
Mary Virginia Specht pleaded guilty to shooting and killing her husband with a high-powered rifle in the driveway of their property off U.S. 281 on Match 2 of that year. She was sentenced to 30 years in prison as part of a plea bargain. A previous charge of attempted murder stemming from a June 1988 incident when the deceased survived a gunshot wound to the shoulder was dropped in the plea bargain.
She is currently incarcerated in the prison unit at Galesville.
“She’s applying for clemency from the governor under a special program that they have set up," said Comal County District Attorney Bill M. Reinter. “She’s one of three women that have applied for it."
A November hearing is scheduled at the Board of Pardons and Paroles in Austin.
“Under the program if they allege that they committed the crime because of spousal abuse, if it is, the governor has the right to grant
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By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Two New Braunfels men remain in the Comal County Jail today in lieu of posting a $35,000 bond each after they were arrested on drug possession charges Thursday, said Sumner Bowen, commander of the Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force.
Richard Garza, 28, of the IOO block of South Plum Street and Abram Garza, 21, of the 1000 block of Linde Avenue were each charged with possession of a controlled substance, marijuana over five pounds and under 50 pounds.
Bonds were set by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace R.G. “Doc** Blanchard.
The brothers were arrested at the South Plum Street address shortly after a U.S. postal inspector, disguised as a mail carrier, delivered approximately IO pounds of marijuana to that address. The undercover operation was initiated after the U.S. Postal Service Criminal Investigation Group ran across a suspicious package in Rio Grande City that was addressed to the residence on Plum Street, Bowen said.
A package of marijuana was delivered to a West End home Thursday. (Photo by Robert Stewart)
The leafy drug was wrapped in plastic and placed inside an inner tube inside a cardboard box, he said, adding when a Drug Enforcement Agency canine unit was called in a dog alerted on the package.
The package was then forwarded to San Antonio, under Postal Inspector control, to be delivered to New Braunfels. A Task Force dog team confirmed the positive alert status on the box, Bowen said.
Task force officers then contacted the Comal County Sheriffs Department and the New Braunfels Police Department in an attempt to identify who was living at the residence that the package was addressed to, Bowen said.
“After we had determined all of that last (Wednesday) night, we elected this morning with the cooperation of the Postal Service to deliver the package,** Bowen said. “We delivered it using a postal inspector as an undercover carrier. The inspector said that (Garza) appeared very eager to receive the package.**
The box was sent via U.S. Postal Service Express Mail from “Juanita Cantu” in Rio Grande City to “Juan
Cantu” in New Braunfels. Garza used the apparent pseudonym to sign for the package, Bowen said.
Officers then waited an “appropre -ate amount of time to show that there was intent” and an officer, who was standing by with County Court-at-Law Judge Fred Claik, executed a search warrant, he said.
“We set up in the area, surrounding the house and... we executed the warrant,” Bowen said. “We knew what we would find.**
Officers knew what they would find because they had obtained a federal search warrant to open the package in advance and weigh the contents, Bowen said.
“An interesting thing is that it's from a fresh harvest,” Bowen said. “When it's that aromatic, you know that you’ve got fresh grass ”
Bowen estimated the wholesale value of the IO pounds of marijuana to be about $10,000 with a possible retail value of up to $25,000 “if they push it in quarter (ounce) bags.**
“It’s good to put together an operation and see it work well,** said Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer. “I love 8m DRUGS, Page 2