New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 29, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, October 29,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of RUSSELL BADING
Vol 144, No 251
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Birthday wishes front | the Handel TaitunpT
| The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes [to: Carmen Flores, Kathy Stockstill, Duane Williams, Doris Bueche, Kenneth Dossey, Rusty Rose, Joshua Jones, Judy Breeks, Cheryl Arni Rothe, Russell Batling (40 years), Raul Rosales, Katherine Zimmerman (IO years), Gus -R.H. Feltner, Glen Erben, Warren Erben (2 years), Rocky Molina II kl I years) and Raymond Gass. ■Anniversary wishes are extended to: Mary and Wally Leach and Reno and Virginia Koepp (SO | years).
■7o have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold —2,310 Cedar Elm —34 Pigweed —6 Ragweed —17
(Potan measured in parti par cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hamper)
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Comal River—174 cubic feet per second, up 3 from Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wei — 622.98 feet above sea level, 14) .01 from Monday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 93 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 57 cfs Canyon Lake level — 904.23 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pod.)
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NBU reports pumping 7.37 miikon gallons of surfaoe water, and no wen water
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Cathy Talcott, District 5 council member, will hold a Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten St.
Also attending will be Mayor Jan Kennady, City Manager Mike Shands and other city department heads who will be available to answer questions and concerns regarding District 5.
Chorus rehearsal Sunday hi Sayuln
Rehearsals for the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Ayers Recital Hall on the Texas Lutheran University campus.
The chorus will be performing parts of Handel’s “Messiah,” under Dan Long’s direction. For more information, call, Dr. Fred Frueholz at 626-6420.
HaHawaan hat at NBHS Thursday
The New Braunfels High School Student Council is hosting its “Halloween Happening" from 6 to 8 p.m. in the school’s main hall Thursday. NBHS students from various clubs will set up a haunted house, and booths with games, prizes, food and more for area children. This safe time is for trick-or-treaters of all ages. Admission for the haunted house is 50 cents; everything else is free.
Carman folk songs focus of concert
Beethoven Maennerchor presents: “An Evening of German Folksongs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Beethoven Hall, 420 S. Alamo, San Antonio
Performing will be the United German-American Choruses ol Wisconsin Steven Joyal director. The Southern District Choruses, under the direction of John Donohue, will also sing. Tickets are $6 at the door, $5 in advance. Call 697-0461.
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Ullrich found guilty; gets 40 years
By ABE LEVY
SAN MARCOS — The jury Monday found Paul Scott Ullrich guilty of stabbing to death an off-duty deputy constable and sentenced him to 40 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The jury of six men and six women arrived at the guilty verdict after three hours of deliberation on Friday and about a halfhour cm Monday.
The jury then spent 2 1/2 hours Monday afternoon before determining die sentence.
Ullrich, 39, showed little emotion upon hearing the verdict.
He could be eligible for parole in 20 years.
Ullrich was found guilty of stabbing to death 34-year-old Ben Kiesling the morning of Jan. 22 at a trailer home off of Highway 46 in east New Braunfels.
Much of the trial centered on child custody battles and marital difficulties between Ullrich and his ex-wife, Sandy Kiesling, who married the
‘I think the Jury saw to it that just leo would be done.’
— Assistant District Attorney Dib Waldrip
victim about three weeks before his death.
Kiesling family members shed tears and hugged each other after the trial, but said they were disappointed by the outcome.
“(Assistant District Attorney) Dib (Waldrip) did a great job," Sandy Kiesling said. “I wish Scott (Ullrich) would have gotten more. Scott not only took away a good person, everybody’s good friend, but my husband and the only father my children ever knew. We really thought he’d get life.”
The courtroom remained calm while State District Judge Jack Robison announced the jury’s findings at about 6:50 p.m.
Before Hays County Sheriffs Department officers escorted Ullrich into custody, he hugged
and kissed family members.
Shortly after hearing the guilty verdict, Ullrich handed his brother, Mark, the remaining cash in his wallet with instructions to give it to Brandon, his college-age son from a previous marriage.
Defense attorney Wade Arledge said he plans to file a motion for a mistrial, but said he respects the jury’s decision.
“They did a good job based on what they heard,’’ Arledge said.
Waldrip said the verdict and sentence were justified in light of the custody battles between Ullrich and his ex-wife.
“I think the jury saw to it that justice would be done,” Waldrip said. “I do believe justice was done.”
Waldrip said he had offered a plea bargain of 35 years in prison, which Arledge said his client declined.
After the jury reached its verdict Monday morning, lawyers began presenting arguments
in the sentencing phase.
Arledge called to the stand several witnesses, including Ullrich family members, friends and former co-workers who testified that Ullrich is an honest man.
Waldrip also placed on the stand Kiesling family members and friends who testified that Kiesling was well-respected in the local community. He included testimony of altercations in which Ullrich was involved over the past few years.
During the week-long trial, Ullrich admitted to killing Kiesling during a fist fight but claimed self-defense because he said he feared Kiesling was reaching for a gun.
Ullrich stabbed Kiesling once in the heart with a lock-bladc buck knife in the front of the home of one of Kiesling’s friends, who was waiting for the victim to give him a ride to work.
Kielsing had Ullrich's then-8-year-old daughter in his track at the time. After the stabbing, Ullrich said he drove his daughter to school and then went to the police to report the incident.
Parents unite to address changes
By DENISE DZIUK
HerakJ-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Ponmr principal John Turman addraeeea tho crowd Monday at th# Save Our Schools Mattins at the Senior Citizen Center.
Objections to new board now on bumpers
Save Our Schools drew about 65 parents and taxpayers to its meeting
Monday night to discuss recent changes within the New Braunfels school district.
About 25 parents and students formed S.O.S. to unite “to study the issues” following the reassignment of New Braun-
By DENISE DZIUK
Bumper stickers calling for the reassignment of two members of die New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees that have appeared around town are the work of a small group of individuals. New Braunfels resident J.C. Reagan said he
of board members Dr. Carlos Campos and Steve Weaver, on behalf of several individuals.
Although the stickers were available at Monday’s organizational meeting of Save Our Schools, the group is not responsible for them.
“There were just several individuals who thought that the stickers were necessary," Reagan said.
The stickers apparently refer to the recent reassignments of New Braunfels High School Principal John Turman and Assistant Principal Charles lingier to other positions in the school system.
Turman is now the assistant to Superintendent Charles Birdberry, and Engler is serving as assistant principal at Memorial Primary School and Mentor-
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Turman and Engler say they requested the transfers because they believed that they did not have the board’s support.
A parent, who refused to give his name for fear of retaliation, said he has a child at New Braunfels High School and objects to the stickers.
He said a teacher, whom he was unable to name, brought the stickers to school and gave them to the students.
Students were distributing the stickers dunng class
time, he said.
“That is not a non-biased political stance,” the parent said.
Reagan said students have the First Amendment right to pass the stickers out, but he hopes they don’t do it in class.
“I hope that’s not the case,” Reagan said. “They shouldn’t be doing that during their classes.”
Birdberry said he has seen the stickers downtown, but he ti#* not heard anything about them being passed out at the high school.
‘That’s news to me. I would like to investigate that,” Bradberry said. “I can’t imagine anyone openly letting that happen in New Braunfels High School.”
Karen Simpson, interim principal at the high school, said she has heard rumors about the bumper stickers circulating at the high school and is looking into the matter.
She said she has had to “randomly” track down the rumor, and she has not had any success, yet.
“I have talked to several teachers, and no one has seen anyone doing anything,” Simpson said. “I can-Tum to Stickers, Page 2
Sava Our Schools (S.O.S.) is a group of parents, students and taxpayers organizing to become informed on issues facing the New Braunfels Independent School District. The next meeting of S.O.S. is set for 7 p.m. Nov.
4 in Honors Hall behind the Civic Canter.
The NBISD Board of Trustees will hold a study session on Nov. 5. The masting will be an open forum, during which citizens can speak on any issue pertaining to the district for five minutes.
Stricter obit policies follow Sunday hoax
By DOUG LOVEDAY Managing cooty
A fictitious obituary mistakenly I published in the Pct. 27 issue of the | Herald-Zeitung HHSHBHra caused real grief^^^^^^^H and consternation in a local chinch coogrc-
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received Sstur-(fey by foe Her-af4$**^list- Wok flkvthPtt od Rick Bartlett
si having food Rtrthftt if BBqjqr of New Braunfels Christian Church, teated* 734 Loop 337.
The Herald-Zeitung apologizes to Mr. Bartlett, his family, the congregation of New Braunfels Christian
Boe Bartlett column, Page 2
Church and the New Braunfels community for this error.
While the great majority of obituaries that have run in the Herald-Zeitung have come from funeral homes, this newspaper has accepted obituaries from family members and friends when special circumstances have arisen.
Because of this incident, the Herald-Zeitung will not accept any obituaries from anyone except a legitimate funeral home.
Again, our apologia* to foe Bartlett family.
Herald-Zeitunqphoto by MICHAEL DARNALL
A four-car accident on Interstate 36 Monday left two Injured and blocked the highway for nearly an hour between the Seguin Avenue and Walnut Street exits. Anjan netts Wilson, 32, of Kyle was trying to entsr tho northbound freeway in front of Ramada Limited around 6:30 p.m. when she clipped a car in the northbound lane. Wilson traveled across the median into the southbound lane, smashing into the car of Universal City resident Anni# O’Brien, 49, head on. Wilton and O’Brien were taken by AlrtJfe to University Hospital where they are listed In fair condition. All others ware treated * the scene.
School Princi-pal John Turman and
Assistant Principal Charles lingier to other positions in the school system.
Turman is now the assistant to Super-i ntendent Charles Bradberry, and lingier is serving as assistant principal at Memorial Primary School and Memorial Ele-m e n t a r y School. The two administrators say they requested the transfers because they believed they did not have the support of the board and some members of the high school’s faculty.
About 1,509 of the high school’s students staged a walkout in support of Turman and Engler after learning that they were moving to other positions,
Speakers at Monday’s meeting expressed an interest in preserving the strengths of the school.
“I think we’re all of the opinion that we have a great school and a great community, and the one thing we want to do is keep it that way,” said parent Linda Carden. “Basically, we want to hear the truth and be informed in our children’s education.”
Turman and Engler spoke at Monday’s meeting.
Turman explained the events leading up to the reassignments, and Engler spoke about his role as the high school’s disciplinarian.
The two said they were “sold down the river,” and the reassignments “fulfilled hopes and promises” made to constituents during the August elections for two seats on the NBISD board.
“I really don’t think block sched-Tum to SOS, Page 2
New lottery comes right to residents’ curbside. See Opinion, Page 4.
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