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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 2, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas M FE* cHERALD-Zk.iuWG Vol. 149 No. 117 14 pages in 2 sections May 2, 2000 Tuesday Serving Coma! County since 1852 50 centsWatering Restrictions With new watering restrictions implemented by the Edwards Aquifer Authority on Monday, see Page 5A to find out when you can water your lawn and how long these guidelines are expected to last. CHS junior killed in wreck Photo submittedJessica Atchley, 16, was killed in a collision early Sunday morning near Schertz. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SCHERTZ — A 16-year-old New Braunfels girl died early Sunday when she was crushed in an accident in which the truck she and three friends were pushing along a roadway was rammed from behind. Jessica Atchley was dead prior to arrival just after 5 a.m. Sunday at Brooke Army Medical Center at Ft. Sam Houston in northeast San Antonio. Canyon High School brought in additional counselors Monday to help Atch-Boyfriend describes accident/5A ley’s junior classmates cope with the loss. Principal Bob Wiegand described Atchley as “a good student who was involved in French Club and the 4-H.” Visitation will take place at 3 p.m. today for family and friends, with services scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday at Zoeller Funeral Home in New Braunfels. Injured in the accident were Ronald Schott, 19, of New Braunfels, and Justin Allman, 19, of Canyon Lake. Both were treated for their injuries at San Antonio area hospitals and released by late Monday. The driver of the 1986 Toyota pickup, Mitchell “Trey” Lively, 18, of New Braunfels, escaped serious injury', as did Atch-ley’s boyfriend, Matt Trussed, 17. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Cody Klaehn said rescue and police officials were called to the 4300 block of Farm-to-Market Road 1518 in the unincorporated area of Schertz just south of Selma at 4:38 a.m. Sunday. Klaehn said the truck had apparently See WRECK/5A Collision sends three to hospitals K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Fire and Rescue (left to right) Garrick Herbert, Donny Obuch and George Amen prepare to transfer an accident victim to an emergency helicopter. Fifteen-year-old suffers head injuries; two women, 18 and 36, also hurt By Erin MAGRUDER Staff Writer A 15-year-old local high school student was transported by helicopter to a San Antonio hospital about 4 p.m. Monday after the green Mazda four-door in which he was a passenger was broad-sided near Chick-Fil-A in the 1000 block of S. Walnut Avenue. As of press time Monday, the condition of the 15-year-old student, who suffered head injuries, had not been released by University Hospital officials. Another local high school student — an 18-year-old female who was driving the Mazda— also was injured in the wreck and was transported by New Braunfels Fire and Rescue to McKenna Memorial Hospital, battalion chief Donny Zercher said. As of press time Monday, the 18-year-old female was listed in stable condition at McKenna Memorial Hospital. The green Mazda was traveling south on Walnut Avenue when the driver attempted to turn into the Chick-Fil-A parking lot, New Braunfels Police Department Lt. John Wom-mack said. One lane of northbound traffic on Walnut Avenue was cleared for the Mazda to turn into the parking lot, but the 18-year-old student probably did not see a blue Ford Explorer traveling in the northbound lane of traffic, officials said. The Mazda turned in front of the Explorer, which collided with the passenger side of the vehicle, fire and rescue personnel said. The 15-year-old boy was riding in the front passenger seat. The 36-year-old New Braunfels woman who was driving the Explorer reportedly suffered non life-threatening injuries and also was transported by ambulance to McKenna Memorial Hospital by New Braunfels Fire and Rescue. The collision caved in the front and back passenger side of the Mazda and totaled the vehicle, officials said. Zercher said the boy was unconscious immediately after the accident but was awake at the time he was transported. Inside Abby......................... ......7A Classifieds................... ...4-6B Comics....................... .......3B Crossword................. .......7A Forum.......................... .......6A Local/Metro................. .......4A Movies......................... .......7A Obituaries.................... .......3A Sports........................ ...1-2B Today.......................... .......2A Television..................... ......3B Key Code 76 H-Z wins top honors in contestPaper brings home five first place plaques From Staff Reports IRVING— The Herald-Zeitung won nine awards, including five first place awards, this past weekend in the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors’ journalism contest. The awards were announced Saturday and Sunday during the annual convention. The contest is considered the largest in the state. Texas APME sponsors the contest each year to encourage excellence in newspaper journalism. The Herald-Zeitung was honored with first place awards in the Class A division in: • Team effort for the special report on the one-year anniversary of the devastating flood of October 1998; • Page one design for managing editor Margaret Edmonson; • Feature series for reporter Heather Todd’s series on a local resident with HIV/AIDS; • Sports column writing for former sports editor Peter Brown; and • Sports writing for Brown’s piece on boxing. The Herald-Zeitung also received four honorable mentions in: • Business reporting for reporter Peri Stone-Palmquist; • Photojournalism for foamer photographer Robin Cornett; • Sports writing for former sports editor Bill O’Connell; and • Spot news for former reporters Chris Crews and Bill O’Connell. In the team effort category, judges wrote, “This shows the kind of effort a small paper can muster when disaster strikes. The photography was compelling. And the reporting didn’t stop when the water ebbed; the follow-up stories were particularly well done.” The Herald-Zeitung was assisted by students from the advanced reporting class at Southwest Texas State University and local freelance photographer Woody Welch. Panel orders complex to be vacated‘Third-world conditions’ lead to city intervention By Heather Todd Staff Writer Residents of the Rosedale Apartments and the South Krueger Apartments in the West End will have to vacate their homes in 30 days after the New Braunfels’ Building Standards Commission saw evidence Monday of what one city official called “third-world conditions.” The commission voted unanimously Monday to order that all residents of the apartment complex vacate in 30 days and ordered the property owners to secure the grounds and remove any debris within the same time period. If the building is not secured, city officials will secure the complex at the owners’ expense, the commission decided. The commission will re-eval-uate plans for the apartment complex at their next meeting June 5. The privately-owned Rosedale Apartments are on Rosedale Avenue off W. San Antonio Street. The Rosedale Apartments have 42 units, but city officials do not how many residents live there. City Attorney Floyd Akers said up to 150 people could live at the apartment complex. But Nadine Murdoch, director of the New Braunfels Housing Authority, said that number could be as high as 400 to 500 people. San Antonio resident Emmett Cater owns 21 units on Rosedale Avenue and six units on South Krueger Avenue. Cater, who inherited part of the Rosedale Apartments two and a half years, said he was trying to repair the properties but did not have enough experience with commercial properties to know how to proceed. Cater said so far he spent $ 12,000 attempting to repair two units. “I am not an absent slum lord. I’m trying to do the right thing,” Cater said. Cater said recent improvements included cutting die grass, which officials reported was 12 inches high, and putting new smoke detectors in all units. “I’m just learning,” Cater said. Chairman Shawn Rutledge K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Brooms hung outside nearly every apartment Monday on Rosedale Avenue and the “yards” were freshly mowed. said, “But your education cannot come at the risk of the residents of New Braunfels and their health and safety.” Cater said he would like at least 30 to 60 days to evaluate his options, including whether to demolish the structure and rebuild or renovate the existing structure. Rutledge said, “My concern is what will happen in the interim with the current violations and how to amend all the problems in time and not run the risk of another fire or injury.” Akers said city inspectors found 150 violations of building, fire, health and safety codes during an inspection of the complex April 7. A videotape of the complex taken April 7 and presented to the commission Monday night showed rotted walls, holes in floors, collapsing roofs, sagging floors and leaky plumbing in many units. Terry Hikel, building official for the city, said some tenants reported they fell through holes in the floor. And Hikel said the walls in many units were cracking and pulling away from the ceiling because the floors were sagging. “The electricity is unsafe. It is not wired for residential use,” Hikel said. “No wiring in the building is to code. It’s all old wiring from when they built the army barracks.” An inspector with the fire department said they could not find a working smoke detector in any of the units they inspected. No two-way firewalls separate the units in each duplex, Akers said. New Braunfels Fire and Rescue Chief Elroy Friesenhahn said numerous fires were reported at the apartments, including one that destroyed an entire See COMPLEX/5A ;