New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 31, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 143, No. 252
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Patricia Lehmann, Al Rothe, Heidi Hoffman, Connell L. Boding, Chad Wehe (16 years), Vera Johnston, Veronica Ann Morales (six years), Edmond Vordendaum and Cindy Luna.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -262 cubic-feet-per-sec., same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer — 624.73 feet above sea level, up .01.
Guadalupe River — 116 c f s.
Jaycees host haunted house
The Jaycees will have a haunted house and carnival today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the New Braunfels Factory Stores to benefit Toys for Tots.
Get in the spirit
Get into the mood of Halloween by enjoying the comedy, "Blithe Spirit" Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the New Braunfels High School cafetorium.
The one-hour performance costs just $2 for students and S3 for adults. Tonight get an added treat if you come early with the short spoof on "Dracula," called "Seven Wives of Dracula" at 7 p.m.
Haunted Haus tonight
The New Braunfels Fire Department and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Krueger present a Safe Halloween Haunted Haus at the 400 block of West San Antonio Street Oct. 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. We dare you to go and enjoy free fun and Halloween treats
Club to collect canned food tonight
The New Braunfels High School Rotary Interact Club will go door to door, picking up canned food for the needy on Halloween.
World Community Day celebrated Nov. 3
All Christian women in New Braunfels are invited to join women across the nation in celebrating World Community Day. This ecumenical service will be at 10 a m. Friday, Nov 3 at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church Coffee in the church parlor at 9 a m. Babysitter provided Speaker will be Helen Fitzgerald, former missionary with Border Ministries
Men's Garden Club to meet
The Men's Garden Club will meet Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7;30 p.m. in the County Extension Office at 132 S Water Lane. County Agent Pat Raser will present a program on “Use and Preservation of Herbs.” Election of officers and directors will be held Visitors always welcome
Comal Garden Club to meet
The Comal Garden Club will hold its November meeting Thursday, Nov. 2 at 9:30 a m. at the home of Delitha Guenzel, 762 Laurel Lane Timothy Parks,' owner of Second Nature, will speak on landscape designs using xeriscape plants.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MELANIE GERIK
Leslie Kay Mitchel was driving on FM 306 Monday, when she crashed her Chevrolet Blazer.
woman claims she was raped by local man
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A second alleged victim has come forward, leading to the arrest of Mario Espinoza, age 30, on a second sexual assault charge.
Comal County Sheriffs deputies arrested Espinoza at his home on Paradise Alley at 12:24 a.m. Monday, said a Sheriffs report.
Espinoza was out on $50,000 bond
satyrs SUSSPoUce *hlnk woman was applying
makeup when her Blazer flipped
dlelight vigil in Landa Park marking Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
“This community knows of my strong feelings about violence directed toward women,” said Sheriff Jack Bremer.
The second alleged victim went to the Sheriffs Department after hearing about the Oct. 19 arrest. She alleged that Espinoza had sexually assaulted her at her apartment in July.
Based on her statement and information from other sources, deputies obtained an arrest warrant from Justice of the Peace Diana Campos.
At press time Espinoza was housed at the C omal C ounty Jail. This time his bond is set at $ 100,000.
“Sex offenders traditionally become more daring and violent as their acts continue unabated,” Bremer said.
“We don't know that tliere arc going to be any more charges filed against this individual, and we don’t know that there will not be,” said Lieutenant Sumner Bowen.
The justice system will treat the two charges separately. A grand jury will consider indicting Espinoza on the (X't. 19 sexual assault charge when it meets Nov. 8.
By MELANIE GERIK
A 17-year-old woman w ho may have been curling her eyelashes while driving received only minor injuries after her Blazer flipped over and skidded about 150 yards Monday afternoon.
Trooper Jim Shea of the Texas Department of Public Safety said Leslie Kay Mitchel was driving east at approximately 4 p.m. on Earm-to-Market Road 306, approaching a curv e past the Purgatory Road intersection.
Her Blazer v eered off the road to the right and hit an Adopt-a-Highway sign. Mitchel steered her two-tone blue C hevrolet Blazer back onto the road, but overcorrected the swerve. Shea said.
“The momentum by overcorrecting tile vehicle flipped it,” Shea said.
The Blazer rolled one and a half times, landing on its roof. The car also skidded about 150 yards to the other side of the road, crushing the roof almost to the steering wheel.
Comal County Deputy Sheriff Clay Garland said Mitchel was conscious when he arrived at the scene, and Jaws of Life was not necessary to remove
Shooting death under investigation
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A New Braunfels man is dead following a shooting at about 9:50 p.m. Monday.
Edward Lee Offerman, 37, of New Braunfels, was pronounced dead at the scene by Ray Martinez, Justice of the Peace Precinct 2.
New Braunfels Police confiscated a 22 caliber Marlin nile and ammunition, said Detective Sergeant B. B. Boatright.
One man was arrested at the scene — for public intoxication. No arrests have yet been made relating to the
shooting, he said. Boatnght said w itnesses saw at least two men at the scene.
The body has been sent to the Trav is County Coroner for an autopsy
New Braunfels Police officers are in Travis County to participate in the procedure and glean what information they can. Boatnght said.
The case is still under investigation.
“We’re not going to rush into anything,” Boatnght said. “We’ve still got witnesses to interview. It will be some time before we start coming to conclusions in this case.”
‘The truckers found an eyelash curler in her hair.’
— Clay Garland, Comal County deputy sheriff
her from the Blazer.
“She was lucky. She didn't have much room,” Garland said.
Shea said speed and driver inattention contributed to the accident.
Garland said Mitchel may have been curling her eyelashes, according to reports from two truck drivers who stopped to help with the accident.
“The truckers found an eyelash curler in her hair,” Garland said.
Myndy Twiss, an emergency room unit coordinator at McKenna Memon-al Hospital, said Mitchel had “a little cut” on her hand and was scheduled for release from the emergency room late Monday afternoon.
Twiss said Mitchel had no other injuries.
Thieves with a taste for AC units hunted
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels Police are looking for thieves with a specialty in air conditioner condensers. Several condensers have been stolen from central AC units outside of area businesses, said New Braunfels Police Detective Mike Rust.
The thefts have happened in several areas of town — along Interstate 35, Highway 46 and Landa Street, Rust said.
“Most of the thefts would have been at night. Rust said, “some over the weekend.” The thefts could even have hapjiened in the day time, if the thieves were using a service-type vehicle, he said.
NBPD officers are still investigating the comes.
“We’ve had a couple of leads, but
nothing has lead to an arrest.' Rust said.
Area residents can help police catch the thieves in several ways. “If someone sees people around buildings on evenings or weekends,” he should call the police, Rust said. “They’re probably selling the stolen goods somewhere,” he said. lf a local contractor is getting condensers for a price tot) good to be true, they may be stolen.
The thieves could also be transporting the stolen goods out of town. Rust said.
Anyone who sees suspicious air conditioning "repair men” should call Crime Stoppers at 620-TIPS You can remain anonymous and you may receive a rew ard if your tip leads to a felony arrest.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
A member of the bomb squad from Fort Sam Houston checks out the situation.
Bomb squad called out to Schertz school
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
The Lincoln Continental, driven by Keith Wilson of Canyon Lake, sits in the foreground, and the Honda, driven by Emetria Armstrong of Seguin, sits in the background. Armstrong was killed in the accident.
Garden Ridge wreck kills Seguin woman
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A 36-year old Seguin woman was killed yesterday in Garden Ridge after her car swerved into oncoming traffic and was broadsided, Garden Ridge Police said.
E mein a C. Armstrong was transported to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio by SAFES ambulance, where she was pronounced dead.
The accident occurred at 8 a.rn and the
Bracken Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene.
Armstrong, who was traveling north on Schoenthal Road in a blue Honda Accord, swerved into the southbound lane of EM 3009 where she was broadsided on the passenger side by a 1979 Lincoln driven by Keith Wilson. 36, of Canyon Lake, according to police reports.
Garden Ridge Police Officer Enc Moss said Armstrong lost control of her car. No reason w as know n as to w hy Armstrong lost control
of her car. Moss said. The right side of the Honda was severely damaged with the passenger's side crushed into the driver’s side. The nght front fender and front side of the Lincoln were demolished. Wilson survived the accident.
Alcohol did not play a role in the accident. Moss said. Officers from both the Bexar County Sheriff s Department and the New Braunfels Department of Public Safety also arrived at the scene.
A Samuel Clemens High School student decided to play a Halloween trick, and handed a Tupperware container to a teacher and told her that it had a homemade bomb in it, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School officials said Monday.
Dr. Gary Herbert, director of personnel, said the student ran off after pulling the prank Monday afternoon and was never caught.
Herbert said the teacher then called the central office, which is across from the high school on Elbel Road in Schertz, and asked for the district's police department. District officials then carefully placed the container in a dumpster near a basketball gym just in case it needed to be detonated. A bomb squad team from Fort Sam Houston arrived at the scene and discovered that the “bomb” was really a flashlight with w ires hooked to it. Herbert said. The incident ended at 2:30 p.m.
Herbert said that the school had just had a mandatory fire drill before the incident occurred. No students were injured and the school did not need to be evacuated during the incident.
Herbert said the district hopes to catch and discipline the student(s) responsible as soon as possible.HHC A HAPPY ANH SAFE lAUOWtCN till THC »E 8 A10 • ICITIN t