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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 3, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas New BraunfelsHerald ~Zc NOIA' 10/22/99    174 S 0 - W ET. B I lTl IC R 0 P U B L.. Iiii H I N Ii 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO, TX 79903 CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK P&Z panel OKs Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students tossed eggs out of second-story windows at Sts. Peter and Paul school yesterday trying to find a way to keep them from breaking. The "egg drop" was part of an afternoon of "mind jogger" events planned to celebrate Catholic School Week. The students designed containers that they could throw out the windows hard enough to fly over some awnings yet protect the raw egg inside. The younger students, kindergarten and first grade were asked to make something out of a bag of yarn, paper clips and other assorted items. Items made included spacemen and cheerleaders. The second and third grade students were asked to make a family, a group of clowns, or an action group like Batman and Robin out of the four fingers on one hand. They all had to use the same materials— ribbons, yarn and construction paper. Fourth and fifth arado boys were asked to design wings for Delta Dart gliders that would make their planes fly the farthest. The girls were challenged to keep a helium balloon anchored but remove as many of the Items used to weigh it down as possible. Photos and story by John Huseth and Rose Marie Eash.Index    Stammtisch Wednesday Afternoon, February 3,1993 Serving Comal County/ Home of Ma Powell Vol. 141 NO. 54 Murder conviction remanded Jack W. Davis: A second chance? NBISD eyes pay increases By ROSEMARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung If the New Braunfels Independent School District adopts the recommendations made at last night's board meeting, district employees could get a pay raise amounting to up to $682,000, officials said “I make an overall comprison of what you pay to the marketplace," ~ said Dane Atkinson of the Texas v Association of School Boards. "For some of these jobs, you tend to pay a little below market. So not only do you have some jobs that were not properly classified, but you also pay low.** According to Atkinson, adjusting salaries could cost the district $682,000 to make them comparable to those in neighboring districts. A report presented by Atkinson revealed that administrative and professional positions in the district are being compensated fairly— basically at the same rates as others in comparable districts in the same jobs. However, the clerical and technical staff is being paid slightly below employees in other districts as are the manual and trade personnel. Atkinson said he surveyed about 50 percent of district personnel and then analyzed the data gathered and classified all jobs according to the skills required, the effort required, the responsibility assumed and sometimes the working environment. The jobs were then compared to the same jobs in other districts to develop the salary ranges for each job. Salaries of district employees were then compared within the job classifications to determine whether each employee was within the appropriate salary range. “I think it's fairly surprising that you all are able to even hire anybody as an LVN*s,** Atkinson said. Superintendent Charles Bradberry will be presenting the findingato paraprofessionals in the district at each school campus. The board will consider the recommendttions when they address the budget this year. permit for clinic Council to hear recommendation By GARY P. CARROLL Harald-Zeitung The New Braunfels Planning and Zoning Commission heard discussion Tuesday on a special permit for a new veterinary clinic, before agreeing to recommend an amended permit to the city council. The board had a public hearing regarding the approval of a recommendation to the City Council that would allow for a special use permit for the construction of a veterinary clinic. Sammy Knippa requested a special use permit to construct a veterinary clinic and a mini-storage facility within the confines of an area zoned C l, located at the corner of Castlewood and Loop 337. Veterinary clinics are classified under the C-3 zoning ordinance, therefore special consideration was necessary. Esther Seidel, owner of the land adjacent to Knippa’s property, opposed the special use permit. The arca, in which the mini-storage was to go, butted property’ upon which Seidel has apartments. She expressed her concents to the commission claiming that the mini-storage units would attract crime that could affect her apartments. Seidel said the nature of the business, people coming and going at all hours and the lighting of the facility would bother her tenants. Seidel also was concerned about the possibility of the future of the vet building being renovated by a future owner to allow for outside storage of animals. Knippa assured her that he had no intentions of outside animal storage, and did not believe the possibility existed. Chairman John Loves proposed the 8m PERMIT, 2A Parks board looks at changing fee structure By GARY P. CARROLL Harakl-Zaltung The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board last week discussed the possible of reformatting a fee structure charged to river outfitters who use Cypress Bend Park as a pick up point. Board member Carl Fox discussed his concerns with the condition of the road due to heavy use by the outfitters. He suggested a format in which each outfitter would be charged a fee based on the number of tubers picked up in Cypress Bend Park. The board also suggested a per vehicle charge or just a flat fee increase, but agreed that the issue needed to be carefully looked into to arrive at a system that was fair to everyone involved. "More or less we want to give it more information," said board Vice Chairwoman Allene Wofford. "We want to wait until we can include all the outfitters in our discussions." Ms. Wofford said the possibility of a fee decrease is not being considered, but the possibility of a fee increase is a "distinct possibility.** The fee charged to outfitters is a flat $500 which this year would provide the city with $1,500 with which to make repairs to the road in Cypress Bend Park • an amount Parks and Recreation Director David In FEES, XA were transferred to the back of his clothing which, according to the defense, explains the blood on his clothing. However, witnesses supporting the prosecution's case testified that Davis hugged Balonis, but Balonis did not return the hug. Balonis herself denied having blood on her hands and tesified that she did not return his hug, did not touch him and could not have gotten any of her sister’s blood or saliva on him even if any had been on her hands. Toth supported the defense and said during proceedings that she did, in fact, see the witness and Davis mutually embraced. However, after speaking with Reimer she changed her testimony — an action the defense said was a result of Reimer intimidating Toth. Reimer said that following Toth’s SM MURDER, 2A ^™.dR^HunCflAnR0LL    Court    orders    new    trial    in    teacher’s    slaying intimidation may have caused Toth to change her testimony and peijure herself. As a result of the allegations the defense petitioned for a mistrial on the basis of prosecutorial misconduct. The request was denied by Judge Robert T. Pfeuffer. According to court records, Toth reported to Reimer's office to discuss a conflict in her testimony. The records indicated that blood and saliva samples were found on the back«f the defendants clothing. Defense argued that the blood got there when a witness, Balonis' sister Karen, hugged Davis following the discovery of Kathie Balonis* body. The defense said that Karen Balonis got blood on her while administering CPR to her sister Kathie. When she hugged Davis, blood and saliva Jack Warren Davis, sentenced to life in prison for the November 1989 strangulation death of Kathie Balonis, will get a new trial following the reversal and remanding of the Comal County Court's decision by an Austin appeals court. The Third Court of Appeals cited improper search warrants issued for taking blood samples and prosecutorial misconduct as the key reasons for reversing the decison. According to Ray Taylor of San Antonio, special prosecutor for the new trial, the appeals court deemed the search warrants in the original case unclear and unspecific. "The search warrant affidavit did not have enough detail on it," Taylor said. The appeals court reasoned that suspicion that Davis was a murder suspect did not establish probable cause necessary for the issuance of a search warrant to obtain blood samples from the defendant. The decision by the appeals court stated: "The affidavit in this case does not establish probable cause to issue a search warrant The affidavit itself does not even state that the evidence to be searched for and seized is the defendant's blood." An additional reason for the reversing of the lower court's decision involved allegations of prosecutorial misconduct by District Attorney Bill Reimer during the trial. Reimer was accused by the defense, headed by Wade Arledge of New Braunfels, of intimidating a witness, Carolyn Toth, then manager of the apartment complex where tire murder took place. The defense stated thatCLASSIFIED.............5B-8B COMICS..........................SA DEAR ABBY...................BA FOOD..............................1B RECORDS......................BA OBITUARIES..................BA OPINIONS.......................4A EDUCATION...................4B SPORTS....................9-10A WATER WATCH.............BA WEATHER...................,..SABest withe* The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Mary Powell, Juan Armendariz, Jr., Russell Hansmann, Guadalupe Carmona, Floretina Partida, Michael Cordova, Margarita Munoz, Julie Ball, Pat Farrell, Maria C. Cordova and Brian Foamer. Belated birthday greetings go to Nicole Cole. Anniversary wishes go lo Dorothy and Jimmy Rheinlaender. Dlttllnqer Memorial Library The Dittlinger Memorial Library will be closed Feb. 15-20 for "Project Bare xJc.” Staff members and volunteers will be barcoding 50,000 books plus cassettes, records and videos. The bookdrop will be available for use during this time.Sweetheart Ball Monday, Feb. 8, is the last day to buy tickets to the New Braunfels Newcomers Club’s Sweetheart Ball at the Senior Citizen Center Thursday, Feb. ll. Included will be a dinner at 6 p.m. and dancing from 7 to IO p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the center or China N Things. This is a fund raiser for the Newcomers Club. Mld-Texae Symphony Ball The New Braunfels Guild of the Mid-Texas Symphony will sponsor the 1993 Mid-Texas Symphony Ball and Debutante Presentation from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 13, at the New Braunfels Civic Center. The Debutante Presentation begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and are available from Comal Flower Shop, First Choice, The Retreat Salon, Rhoads Interiors and HEB.Free parenting clseeee In conjunction with the Comal County Emergency Children*! Shelter, Family Oqtreach will be offering free parenting classes for parents of young children and teenagers. Early childhood classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Feb. 27, and Teenage classes began Tuesday eveningbeginning Feb; 23. For more information, call 620-1299 or 629-0659. ConUfwieg en pee* taFor Home Delivery in New Braunfels and Comal County — Call 625-9144 ;