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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 27, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels *******»*!?«, - LIZcTsm .«*** m SCZ? f WWflt f J' 'WttJPiffiUSHK, THURSDAY September 27, 2001 14 pages in 2 sections ING Herald       -  ............ Vol. 150, No. 280    Serving    New    Braunfels and Comal County since io^    50    cents U.S. military buildup in motion; Pakistan agrees to plan mm m m m    By    David Espo    burning    President    tory    led    to    the    arrest    of    nine    people    in n^/IIOI* flPVPmnmAllTC_ ^    Soecial    Corresoondent    J    Bush    in    effierv    and    three    states    Wednesdav    on    charges    of ■ Pakistani officials say nation and U.S. officials reach broad accord on a plan that includes attacks on camps in Afghanistan. ■ Iran’s supreme leader rules out Iranian help for any U.S.-led attack on Afghanistan, saying the U.S. is not competent to lead a global campaign and calling U.S. behavior “disgusting." ■ Attorney General John Ashcroft warns of additional terrorist attacks that could include trucks carrying hazardous chemicals. ■ Stocks fall after a two-day advance, with investors wary about the economy and awaiting the U.S. response to the attacks. ■ Bush meets with Sikhs and Muslims at the White House to discuss bigotry and reinforce his message of religious tolerance. ■ House passes $343 billion defense bill. By David Espo AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON — Delta Air Lines announced thousands of layoffs Wednesday in jarring prelude to a new administration bid to restore confidence in air travel following the terrorist attacks. Pakistan reported broad agreement with the U.S. military on a plan to strike Osama bin Laden’s camps in Afghanistan. With an American armed forces buildup in motion, a crowd of thousands stormed the abandoned U.S. Embassy compound in Afghanistan’s capital, burning President Bush in effigy and chanting words of support for bin Laden. “I consider bin Laden an evil man,” Bush said at the White House, referring to the person the administration has named the leading suspect behind the Sept. ll attacks in New York and Washington. A man “so dominated by evil,” he added. The largest investigation in FBI his- BUSH tory led to the arrest of nine people in three states Wednesday on charges of fraudulently obtaining licenses to transport hazardous materials. The arrests in Missouri, Michigan and Washington state followed FBI warnings that terrorists may strike next using chemical or biological weapons. Also, a federal magistrate ordered a Virginia man, Mohamed Abdi, held without bail. Prosecutors said Abdi’s name and phone number were found in a car registered to one of the 19 suspected hijackers. See MOTION/7ACounty Fair Schedule - TODAY Carnival — open from 6 p.m. to midnight; armbands $15 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Judging — entries for wildlife, horticulture, sewing and clothing, baking, canning, antiques, handwork, arts/crafts/photography and agriculture contests. Baby Barnyard — open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Livestock entries — steers, cattle, lambs, goats, sheep and hogs arrive, 4-7 p.m. Comal Corral — Carlene Walker and her Black Diamond Band, $6 admission 7th Annual PRCA Rodeo — 8 p.m.; prerodeo ticket price $6; ticket price at the gate $7 FRIDAY Carnival — open from 10 a.m. to midnight; armbands from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $15; armbands from 5-11 p.m. $15 Fair parade — steps off at 10 a.m.; travels down San Antonio Street between Sycamore and Union streets Pet Parade — begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Handy Andy parking lot on West San Antonio Street Comal Corral — Local high school bands perform 1-4 p.m. (free admission); Jay Erick and The Blieders Creek Band, 8 p.m. to midnight (admission $7) Comal County Fair Arts and Crafts Show — open Rodeo — starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $7 presale, $8 at the gate Kid’s Rodeo Clown Contest — 7:30 p.m. at side gate of the rodeo office Livestock judging — market lambs at 2 p.m., followed by market goats and breeding sheepThe show goes on K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Above, the Kinder Tanzers perform for the growing crowd Wednesday evening at the 108th Comal County Fair. Below, the Comal County Fair and Rodeo courts and committee members help lead the Grand March Wednesday night as part of the kick-off for the 108th annual fair.Fair parade celebrates America By Bill Frisbie Staff Writer America loves a parade. Now, less than three weeks removed from one of the most horrific days in U.S. history, area residents have a chance to do what national leaders are urging all citizens — to simply participate in something uniquely and enjoyable American. Few events are arguably more American than a county fair. So when the Comal County Fair Parade steps off at IO a.m. Friday from its traditional comer at Santa Clara Avenue and West San Antonio Street, Parade Chairwoman Sue Bush hopes this year’s edition will attest that the American spirit remains undeterred in New Braunfels. “I’m hoping that every one will come out with American flags to show support for our country and to show that the tragic events of Sept. ll haven’t dampened our spirits,” Bush said. However, organizers have canceled a previously scheduled military flyover. Now in her 15th year as chairwoman, Bush said she saw little evidence that the anticipated number of participants would fall significantly below this past year’s record attendance. The parade “rings in the spirit for the County Fair for the community” she said, in which excitement is boosted with the one-day closing of schools and city and county offices. Still... “I admit that I feel guilty, and a lot of people have felt the same way since Sept. ll in being able to do what we do here, not only in New Braunfels but also in Texas and in other states,” Bush said. “We certainly grieve for those who died and those who suffer. We’re certainly with them in prayers and in spirit.” Registration and judging for the annual Pet See PARADELA Car fire leads to theft ring investigationDozen arrests so far; more charges expected By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A May 6 fire that destroyed an unusual car has led investigators to a suspected car theft ring spanning from New Braunfels to San Antonio. With a recent pair of arrests, officers have apprehended 12 people on felony charges during the months-long investigation. And investigators with the New Braunfels Fire Marshal’s Office expect more charges in coming weeks. On May 6, New Braunfels Fire Marshal Elroy Friesen-hahn investigated the fire that destroyed a 1998 Acura Integra Type R near the 2400 block of West San Antonio Street. Most of the car’s major parts had been stripped. “I got there, and there was no motor and no transmission in it,” Friesenhahn said. “All the seats and the fenders were gone. The car had been stripped.” Investigator Lee Lane found that the car was an uncommon automobile — one valued for its high performance and unique trim accoutrements. “It’s a very unique car. The guy who owned it lives in Bexar County. He had had it only five days,” Lane said. After asking around, Lane learned about groups of young men in New Braunfels and San Antonio who customize and street race souped-up foreign compact cars. In addition to high performance drive trains, these cars usually feature front air dams, rear spoilers, tinted windows and custom paint and rims. Lane was led to an area salvage business and, from there, the case spread in July to stakeouts in San Antonio and Bexar County. Before long, Lane sought help from investigators with the Department of Public Safety Special Crimes Unit, the New Braunfels Police Department and the Comal County Sheriff’s Office. Ten officers from those agencies participated in stakeouts at Bexar County homes. Eleven of the suspects, from 17 to 25, have been booked since July 18 on charges of organized criminal activity-theft. If convicted of the third-degree felony, each suspect could be sentenced to two to IO years in prison and fined $10,000. A 23-year-old San Antonio man has been booked on a charge of engaging in an organized criminal activity-arson. That charge is a second-degree felony and is punishable by two and 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The most recent arrests came with this past week’s booking of an 18-year-old New Braunfels man on charges of engaging in an organized criminal activity-theft. On Tuesday, officers arrested a 21-year-old San Antonio man on the same charge. All of the suspects to date have been booked into Comal County Jail and released on bail. “Basically, what we’ve got is a car theft ring connected to New Braunfels and San Antonio,” Lane said. Sources connected with the case said some of the thefts went back two or more years. Lane said two of the suspects were believed involved in eight or nine thefts. And the investigation is far from finished. “This is going to lead on into many other cases and some other people will be arrested,” he said.Inside Abby...............................5A Classifieds.......................4-6B Comics..............................2B Crossword  ...............5A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports...........................1-3B Today.................................2A Key Code 76 Attendance light at first groundwater district town meeting By Ron Maloney Staff Writer FISCHER —About 15 people attended the first of a series of town meetings in which Comal County’s groundwater conservation district explained why the county needs such a district — and why voters should be willing to pay for it. County voters will decide on Nov. 6 whether to enact the Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District as a permanent groundwa ter conservation district in the county under Chapter 36 of the Texas Water Code. The vote will be in three parts: • yes or no for a permanent groundwater conservation district; • yes or no to levy a property tax of up to 2 cents per $100 of assessed value to pay FIEDLER for it; and • vote for directors for a permanent groundwater conservation district. Commissioners’ Court appointed the five members of the current, temporary district. Wednesday night’s meeting, conducted at the Fischer School Store Community Center, came at the end of the STGCD’s regular meeting. Board member Ken Fiedler, a former Bulverde City Alderman, opened the town meeting, noting the light attendance. “It’s a little disheartening to see so few of you here, but at least you’re interested in the water in Comal County,” Fiedler said. Fiedler introduced a 20-minute video prepared by Texas A&M that outlined the role of groundwater conservation districts. Under legislation ratified in Senate Bill 2 and HB 2855, groundwater conservation districts (GCDs)See GROUNDWATER/7 A ;