New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 27, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
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AUSTIN (AP) — The State Board of Insurance approved increasing property insurance rates, but Chairman Paul Wrotenbery said the board’s decision to allow insurance companies more latitude in writing less expensiv e policies will offset the increase.See Page 9ATop three VB teams widen gap in 28-4A
The top three teams in the District 28-4A volleyball race all pulled away from the pack Tuesday night. Canyon made it five straight by edging Boerne while New Braunfels walloped Alamo Heights. Tivy kept pace with NB by downing Smithson Valley.See Page 11A
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Vol. 137, No. 228Wednesday
September 27, 1989 25 Cents
Two Sections, 22 Pages
Mayor wants new job
Miller announces bid for county position
Police arrest pair for store robberies
Convenience store clerks were unharmed Tuesday night after being robbed at gunpoint by two males who are suspects in two robberies occurring in Guadalupe County last weekend.
Michael Sheffield, 28, and Kenneth M. Hubert, 29, both of San Antonio, were arrested around 9 p.m. in connection with the robberies of two stores — Sac-N-Pac on FM 725 and the Pit Stop at the intersection of Walnut Avenue and Interstate 35.
Bond has not be set for the two men at presstime. Both were charged with aggravated robbery.
New- Braunfels police officers were notified of the incident and later spotted a car matching the description of the get-away car, police spokesman Martin Mayer said.
“When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, it ran from police in a high-speed chase,” Mayer said.
The 1989 red Chevrolet Camero eventually was wrecked near Comal
Avenue and Hampe Street, he said. Police then chased the men on foot.
The vehicle, with dealer license plate tags, is registered to Sheffield, Mayer said.
“We still can’t find the gun” used in the robberies, he said.
All of the Criminal Investigation Division detectives were called to investigate the robberies.
“I was at the Sac-n-Pac robbery
See ROBBERY, Page 2A
Cafeteria, restaurant confirm building plans
Form a line and get ready New Braunfels — Luby’s Cafeterias is planning to build a cafeteria here soon while Shoncy’s Restaurants has filed plans with the city to also open locally.
■ The cafeteria will be a reality in about a year if all goes as planned, according to Luby’s officials.
“Looking al the schedule right now, bids will not go out until January 1990,” said Vice President of Marketing Bud Schrader of the San Antonio office. It will take approximately seven months to finish the cafeteria, he said.
The cafeteria, which will be slightly smaller than other Luby’s Cafeterias, will be located beside the new K-man shopping center on Interstate 35,
“We will have the same variety and accommodations and services that we have at all of our others,” he said. The cafeteria will seat between 260 to 270 persons.
“It’s a full-service Luby’s Cafeteria that we are all familiar with,” Schrader said. “We hire locally and we’re looking forward to being in New Braunfels.”
He said approximately 55 people will be hired to operate the establishment.
Schrader said Luby’s has received many requests from the New Braunfels community for a cafeteria.
“We feel that New Braunfels has gotten to the point that it will be able to support a Luby’s,” he said. “Our
Judge sentences Usry to five years
A New Braunfels man will serve five years in the Texas Department of Corrections for indecency with a child, a Comal County judge decided Tuesday.
Oren Usry, 32, was sentenced to five years in TDC by District Court Judge Robert T. Pfeuffer for indecency with a child. The charge stems from an Aug. 16, 1988, incident involving two 10-year-old boys in Landa Park.
New Braunfels police were notified the two boys were missing and later
Found them in the presence of Usry. According to reports, Usry asked the two boys to remove their bathing suiis, but police reports indicate appa-r ently nothing happened.
District Attorney Bill Reimer said Wednesday Usry flashed the children.
According to Reimer, Usry entered into a plea bargain in 1988 but failed lo appear for disposition in March 1989.
In exchange for dropping the See SENTENCE, Page 2A
Utilities trustees to consider lawsuit
New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees will consider its involvement in the lawsuit filed by the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority seeking adjudication of the Edwards Aquifer. The trustees will consider its response to lawsuit during Thursday’s regular board meeting at 4:30 p.m. at 201 Main Plaza.
The lawsuit, filed in Hays County District Court and later moved to U.S.
District Court in Austin, seeks a declaratory judgment naming the Edwards Aquifer an underground river, therefore making it subject to reg-ul adon by the Texas Water Commissi on. According to GBRA, unregulated pumping depletes the flow of the Comal and San Marcos springs which provide a habitat for endangered spe-
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Suspect linked to 2nd burglary
A drive-in crash burglary at a local business in August has been linked by fingerprints to a San Antonio man, who was arrested last week after leading officers on a high-speed chase through New Braunfels.
Mark A. Holtzclaw, 18, remains in the Comal County jail today in lieu of a $35,000 bond. He is charged with two counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and one count of burg
lary of a non-habitation.
The case of the Mazda RX-7 crashing into The Hunting Camp, 1630 U.S. 81 W., on Aug. ll has been linked to Holtzclaw through fingerprints, said New Braunfels Police Department Detective Paul Peterson.
Nothing was taken in the burglary of The Hunting Camp, but the vehicle
See SUSPECT, Page2A
success is predicated on a lot of business. We have to serve a lot of people every day, and two meals a day and seven days a week.”
He said Luby’s hopes to draw from the local community, summer and winter tourists, Interstate 35 transient trade, San Marcos, Seguin and Universal City.
“It’s not a real tight market but we’ve got a pretty broad market to draw from,” he said.
He said Luby’s places strong emphasis on community involvement including its $600,000 drug education campaign.
“Unlike a lot of companies, when we come to a community we plan to
See CAFETERIA, Page 2A
Local man files suit against GM
A New Braunfels man claims he is a quadriplegic today because an automobile made by General Motors Corp. was defectively designed.
Lawyers for Thomas Hcimcr filed a lawsuit against General Motors Corp. last week in U.S. District Court seeking $45 million in damages after he broke his neck in an accident involving the 1984 Chevrolet Corvette he was driving.
The accident occurred Sept. 26, 1987, when the Corvette hit a bump
on Klein Road, Heimer said. The suspension system could not absorb the shock of the bump, and he was thrown upward into the roof of the car where a hidden roll bar built into the car broke his neck. Heimer said most cars do not have the hidden roll bar.
Heimer had owned the car about two years when the accident occurred.
The 15-year New Braunfels resident is being represented by C. Clay
See CLAIMS, Page 2A
The 1989 Comal County Fair Queen and her Court were selected in competition Sunday night and will be introduced to crowds at the 96th annual Comal County Fair tonight during Night in Old New Braunfels. Out-of-town judges, along with members of the audience Sunday, selected the Queen and her Court based on poise, personality and personal appearance. Queen Shannon Hennesey, center, Duchess Stephanie Kohlenberg, left, and Princess Michelle Spitzer, all students at Canyon High School, will represent the Comal County Fair throughout the weekend and all year long during parades and out-of-town events. (Photo by Karla Wenzel) .
The weather is perfect for heading out to the Comal County Fair today. Under sunny skies, the high will reach 85 degrees. The low will be 55 degrees tonight. There will be a few clouds in the sky tomorrow but rain is not included in the forecast. The high will be around 85 with the low near 55.
New Braunfels Children’s Museum’s new exhibit, “Where in the World?" has been so well received that more volunteers are needed to help out. So, the museum will offer a volunteer training Oct. 2 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the museum. The 20 to 25 more volunteers will work between two and four hours a week. For more information, call the museum at 620-0939....
New Braunfels Conservation Society will meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Forke Store. Col.
V.E. "Sandy” Sansing of New Braunfels will discuss the Confederate Air Force. Col. Sansing has flown many combat missions and is highly decorated. Col. Sansing recently flew into Offutt Air Force Base and had his picture with a restored World W'ar ll P-39 Airacobra in the Omaha World Herald. Sansing flies the P-39 around the country for the Confederate Air Force, which owns this and many other World War II airplanes. P-39s, the cut-line says, “saw duty during the war in the Pacific and North Africa theaters. It started the war as a fighter, then was assigned to provide ground support. Several thousand of the aircraft were shipped during the war to the Soviet Union, which used them against the Germans.
“The P-39 flown by Sansing bears Soviet markings and was used during the war as a trainer in the United States,” the article says. “It was retired to serve as a display model in Lexington, N.M. The Confederate Air Force restored the plane in the early 1970s.” Col. Sansing flew for the Air Force in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Thanks to Richard Boyer, who sent a copy of the newspaper photograph to us....
Playgrounds Factory Inc. of Schertz will donate $500 off on the purchase of a treehouse play-
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By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
New Braunfels Mayor Doug Millier announced today he will run for the Comal Count y Commissioner Precinct 2 position on the Republican ticket in 1990.
“My decision to announce eairly is prompted in a response to those people who have asked me whether I plan to seek re-election to the Cif.y Council and also as a courtesy to those supporters who have asked me to seek election as county commissiioner,” Miller said in an interview at \heHerald-Zeitung this morning.
Miller, 35, was elected to City Council in 1987 and is serving a second term as Mayor. He is an active member of many civic organizations ;md is a key player in efforts to protect the Edwards Aquifer and the preservation of area springs.
“I think issues coming up ... arc the Edwards Aquifer,” he said. “I don’t believe that (Commissioners Court has taken as active a role in the protection of our water supply and especially in Precinct 2 which is totally dependent upon that water supply.”
The Precinct 2 position is currently held by Ned Craigmile of Garden Ridge.
Miller, who is president of Witt ing and Miller Insurance Agency, is a former police officer and said he plans to lend expertise in law enfo rcement and fire protection needs for the county if elec ted.
He said he also plans to take experience he gained from City Council to the county.
Sue ELECTION, Page 2A