New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 10, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Study: Teachers help students cheat on tests
NEW YORK (AP) — Pressure to achieve rapid school reform is prompting some educators to help students cheat on standardized achievement tests, a report charges.
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Comal County teams undefeated
All three local football teams boast 1-0 records after Friday’s games. Smithson Valley was the big man at West Campus with a 6-0 win, Canyon sent Kennedy packing after a 41-0 blowout and New Braunfels won a 21-14 thriller against Pflugerville.
Williamson providing vital link for victims
Victims of crime in Comal County have a way of getting even. And Connie Williamson, the victim
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Vol. 137, No. 216
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
September 10, 1989
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By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
GARDEN RIDGE — A San Antonio couple was killed instantly Friday on Interstate 35, approximately two miles outside of Garden Ridge, after the vehicle they were in went out of control and hit a tree.
Christine Bowers, 47, the driver of the 1983 Subaru, and John Michael Bowers, 42, the front-seat passenger, both of 12115 San Miguel in San Antonio, died of massive internal injuries.
“Witnesses that were around the vehicle observed this vehicle and observed the driver to be swerving across the center stripe,’’ said Department of Public Safety Trooper Ronald McCoy. “It appeared that possibly (she) could have been falling asleep.”
See FATALITY, Page2AGood day
Partly cloudy skies, along with a 20 percent chance of afternoon and evening thundershowers, may “cool” things off a bit the next couple of days. Today’s high should reach about 96 with southerly winds about IO mph.
Tonight’s low will drop to about 76. Monday looks the same. The outlook for Tuesday through Thursday shows a slight chance of widely scattered afternoon and evening thundershowers, highs in the mid 90s and lows in the mid 70s.
It’s Food Festival week and the local chapter of the American Heart Association, along with the County Extension Service, McKen- * na Memorial Hospital, and HEB, are planning some fun activities to make you aware of heart-healthy food choices. On Tuesday and Thursday from IO a.m. to 3 p.m., HEB will be the place for shoppers to learn about modifying their lists to include heart-healthy food choices. Dieticians Deirdre Shows and Belinda Bazan from McKenna and Pat Rasor and Debbie Williford from the County Extension Service will be available with nutritional information and samples of low-cholesterol foods. Pumpkin Bran Muffinswill be available for tasting (the ingredients were donated by HEB and the muffins were prepared in the nutritional department at McKenna). A Milk Challenge will demonstrate the difference between whole, low-fat and skim milk.
Eden Home will host a cholesterol screening Thursday from 9 a.m. to I p,m. and 2 to 5 p.m. in the day care center located on the business office side entrance of the home. There will be a $5 charge per person for the test.
Edda Buchner’s “Musical Journey” on KGNB AM-1420 each
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9 Inventory turns up drugs in man’s car
A New Braunfels man remains in the Comal County jail today on a charge of possession of a controlled substance after a New Braunfels police officer stopped him on a regular traffic stop Friday night.
Rodolfo Gonzales Jr., 39, 688 S. Academy Ave., is scheduled to be
Gonzales was arrested by Police Officer Doug Dunlap after he was stopped on U.S. 81 West around IO p.m. for an expired license plate, said Lt. Felix Roque.
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Seizures of MCorp banks may be illegalA San Antonio couple was killed Friday afternoon when their car went
out of control and struck a tree. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
DALLAS (AP)— A federal judge’s preliminary ruling could spell trouble for the federal government’s seizure of a number of Texas banks, including some involved in the seizure of MCorp and Texas American Bancs-hareslnc.
In the preliminary findings issued last week, U.S. District Judge Robert Porter ruled the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. had acted illegally in seizing S17 million owed to one of the five banks still owned by MCorp, once Texas’ second largest bank holding company.
The ruling came in a suit brought by MCorp’s bank in New Braunfels and docs not involve the parent company, said MCorp spokesman Joe Stroop.
Nevertheless, Stroop said, MCorp has a suit pending before Porter which makes some of the same assertions.
At issue is whether federal regulators acted properly in refusing to return to some otherwise solvent banks funds they had on deposit in insolvent sister institutions.
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Victim caught in red tape when attacker released
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
The release of a convicted rapist from the Texas Department of Corrections has sent one of his victims, into a red-tape tailspin as she attempts to learn why she wasn’t notified of his release.
“Four weeks ago, my son accidentally found out (he) was back on the streets,” the New Braunfels woman said on conditions of anonymity. “It has all come back. I’m back to being afraid. I’m back to carrying a gun. It again has completely set my life into chaos.”
For more information on victim assistance, see Page 1B
The chaos began when the woman was not notified of the man’s release from prison in July — a notification she had requested more than eight years ago, when she cooperated with law enforcement officials.
“The system failed and pressure ought to be brought to bear at every level of the state,” she said about not being notified. “Like I told (local police officials), I said, ‘You misjudged me — I
should have been notified’.
“Forewarning can give you some protection. You then go back into your super-cautious mode. My outrage was certainly compounded by the fact that no one had let me know.”
New Braunfels Police Lt. Felix Roque said the decision was made not to notify the victims to ensure their peace of mind. The man was convicted of raping two other women.
“That doesn’t mean that we didn’t notify our police officers,” he said. “All the officers were made fully aware of this man and fully aware of his prior history and where his actions were
Police officers recently stopped the man as he was riding a bicycle in the neighborhood where he had raped the woman. She no longer lives there, though.
The rape occurred one fall night about eight years ago when the woman, then 56 years old, became the third victim of the 18-year-old man she had never seen before. He was caught three days later and sent to prison for 60 years.
After serving fewer than eight years, the man
Se* VICTIM Page 2APolice warn of phone scam
New Bradnlols police arc warning local business owners to beware of a false advertisement scam, which has been reported in San Marcos and New Braunfels.
The man is supposedly selling advertising for a magazine, but never delivers the product. He also says the chamber of commerce supports the magazine, which the chamber of commerce actually does not support.
Before signing advertisement contracts, business owners should
contact the police department or research requested references.
Lt. Felix Roque said no business owners have filed any formal complaints against the man, but encourages business owners to do so if they feel they have been scammed.
“I need more proof’ before a warrant is issued for the man’s arrest, Roque said.
Persons with information should call Roque at 625-6872 or 625-7181.
Lock-in to help students ‘say no’
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
“Just Say No!” is the message Canyon Middle School students will be hearing during two days of activities designed to keep the local school drug-free.
“This is our annual event that was started three years ago by a very supportive parent, eager middle schoolers and a very energetic Canyon High School student council,” said Rusty Brockman, principal of Canyon Middle School.
The two-day event will kick off Sept. 15 with inmates from the Texas Department of Corrections coming to talk to the students at 9:30 p.m. The prisoners will discuss their
experiences with drugs and how drugs led them to lives of crime. Brockman said the prisoners also will answer questions from the students.
At I p.m. that same day, San Antonio police department’s rock band. Alamo City Heat, will play before the CMS students as well as the fourth- and fifth graders from Frazier and Comal Elementary Schools. Also invited to the concert are the student council officers, student council sponsors and administrators from Canyon High School, Smithson Valley High School, New Braunfels High School, Smithson Valley Middle School and New Braun-
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KFC D.A.R.E.S students The long and winding road to resist trying drugs
Students are back to school and this year, back to school means it’s time to learn about resisting drugs. During September, children in 50,000 classrooms across the nation will begin what might be the most important education a1 program they’ll ever take. The program, known as D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), teaches children how to say no to drugs.
To raise awareness and collect funds to bring D.A.R.E. to more students, September has been recognized as Kentucky Fried Chicken/D.A.R.E. Month. Throughout the month, Kentucky Fried Chicken, the national corporate sponsor of D.A.R.E. America, will raise funds to help maintain existing programs and establish new ones. Each Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant will donate $100, and cannister displays will be set up for customer contributions in each store. Additional funds for local D.A.R.E. programs will be raised through special events held in communities across the country.
Local residents can participate through donations to the program
made at the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at 691 Walnut Ave. in New Braunfels. Manager Gary Smith said a donation bucket is set up to take donations. Customers also can leave their donations in envelopes provided by the restaurant.
“It’s one of our big programs of the year," Smith said. “We’ve had quite a few donations. On the weekends it’s a lot better than the weekdays.”
The donation bucket will be up until Sept. 30.
Founded in Los Angeles in 1983 as a cooperative effort between the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District, D.A.R.E. brings uniformed police officers into the classroom for 17 weeks to teach children about drugs, self-esteem and peer-pressure resistance. Graduates not only show a higher rate of resisting drugs, they also have improved study habits, better grades and more positive attitudes toward school and die police.
“The scourge of drugs in this country is affecting every family in every
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run for judge
Carter Casteel, local attorney and president of the Comal Independent School District, announced her plans Friday to run for county judge in 1990.
“It is my intent to file as a candidate for Comal County judge in the
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Despite a record turnout of more than 900 competitors, Ken Glah and Kirsten Hanssen still rose to the top at the Texas Hill Country Triathlon Saturday at Canyon Lake. Hanssen won the women’s title for the third consecutive year while Glah safely
defended his men’s crown. The large field is both a blessing and a curse, said event organizer Carl Owens. For more details, see Page 14A (Photo by Deryl Clark)