Retrofit of town's 1,080 light fixtures mulled by leaders

By Matt Ward —

The first step toward a “Dark Skies Initiative” in Fredericksburg may come to fruition as the Fredericksburg City Council held discussion about a potential outdoor lighting ordinance during their regular meeting Monday.

The primary focus of the ordinance would be on new commercial establishments and does not regulate residential lighting.

No action on the ordinance was taken, though the council will discuss the proposal at a second reading slated for the May 5 meeting.

A complete draft of the proposed ordinance can be found on the city’s website,, in the meeting agenda for April 21.

Existing lighting would be deemed as nonconforming, but would not be required to come into compliance unless the business applied for a conditional use permit, subdivision permit, site plan permit or a sign permit.


Policeman recovering after shooting

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD) Patrolman Bradley Durst has seen daily progress in his recovery after being shot twice during a routine traffic stop in the early morning hours on Saturday, April 19.

Arrested for shooting Durst and for firing his weapon at other law enforcement officers during a multi-county car chase was Robert Adrian Rendon, 31, of San Angelo. (A man with the same name who lives in Fredericksburg is not connected with this incident.) Rendon crashed his car in San Antonio just before being taken into custody.

As of Tuesday, April 22, Rendon remained in Bexar County Jail facing the following charges and these related bond amounts:

• 1 charge of attempted capital murder of a police officer for the Fredericksburg shooting, $1 million bond;

• 3 counts of attempted capital murder of a police officer, $750,000 bond ($250,000 for each charge);


Fire claims family home, possessions

ATTACKING a blaze from multiple angles, volunteer firefighters collaborate to extinguish a tricky fire that ultimately destroyed the Engel residence and all its contents at 29 Quail Run, Wednesday, April 16. The cause is under investigation, but no foul play is suspected. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

A family of four has been left without a home and most of their possessions following a fire that destroyed their Fredericksburg residence last Wednesday afternoon, April 16.

There is no foul play suspected, but an investigation continues into what may have started the fire in the area of the bedrooms on the north end of the mostly-wooden home belonging to Sheldon Paul Engel at 29 Quail Run, according to Steve Olfers, county fire marshal.

The home, which was insured and was valued at around $91,000, as well as its contents of undetermined value at this time, are considered “a total loss,” Olfers said.

Neither Engel nor his wife and children were at home at the time the fire started. It was first noticed by a neighbor who called 9-1-1 around 2:20 p.m. to report that flames and smoke were visible along its roofline, Olfers said.


'Engine failure' causes plane crash near area ranch

EMERGENCY WORKERS steady a backboard as they get ready to remove one of two injured passengers from the wreckage of this Cessna airplane that crash landed on the Silver Wings Fly-In Ranch off Friedrich Road last Wednesday morning, April 16.

Two people are recovering from injuries suffered when they crash landed a small airplane in Gillespie County last Wednesday morning, April 16.

According to Gillespie County Airport Manager Roger Hansen, local flight instructor Bob Snowden and retired physician — Dr. Joe Zullo — were practicing touch-and-go landings at Silver Wings Fly-In Ranch in the southwestern part of the county around 10:30 a.m. when the incident happened.

“The only thing we know at this time is that the engine quit while they were in the traffic pattern at Silver Wings,” Hansen said.

The two were flying in a Cessna 305 (also known as a “Bird Dog”) with Dr. Zullo in the front seat and Snowden in the rear seat. When the engine stalled, they attempted to coast into a landing.

“They hit a cattle fence instead of being able to skid to a stop,” Hansen said. “That caused a much more abrupt stop than they were hoping for” and it caused their injuries, he said.


Wings Over The Hills slated for this weekend

The Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center will hold its fourth annual Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival, Friday through Sunday, April 25-27, at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

A pullout section detailing the weekend events can be found in this issue of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

A 5k nature walk and a 3k nature stroll in the park will open this year’s slate of activities, which will also include nature talks, birding field trips, a hummingbird banding demonstration, butterfly and dragonfly chases, children’s activities and a nature photography workshop.

The Last Chance Forever show, featuring a live flying demonstration by birds of prey, will again be the feature presentation on Friday evening.

Updated information on the event is available online at


HOSA team qualifies for nationals

QUALIFYING to compete in the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) competition at the HOSA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla., this summer was the Fredericksburg High School team of Edward Williams and Katelyn Immel. — Photo courtesy FHS Campus Comet

A Fredericksburg High School team will be competing against students from all over the United States this summer when they participate at the HOSA National Leadership Conference.

Qualifying for the national contest in Orlando, Fla., June 25-28, was the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) of Katelyn Immel and Edward Williams.

They finished third at the recent state contest in Austin to earn the right to advance to the national contest.

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Marktplatz fish fry to aid local firemen

With The Almost Patsy Cline Band headlining as its entertainer, the Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department (FVFD) will host its annual, community-wide fish fry fundraiser on Saturday, April 26.

The event is being held later than normal this year due to a scheduling conflict, but the wait will be worth it as the event gets back to the “good old days,” once again offering a dance, according to FVFD President Brian Lochte.

Plates of piping-hot fish filets (fried up in huge kettles manned by volunteer firefighters nearby,) along with plenty of side dishes, will be served starting at 5 p.m. on Marktplatz. Cost per plate is by donation.

Lochte reminds diners, however, that this is a primary fund-raising event for the volunteer fire department and asks them to contribute fairly and generously to collection jars which will be stationed at the ends of each food serving line.


Hail, thunderstorms hit Hill Country on Monday

By Richard Zowie —

Dark clouds and thunderstorms visited Gillespie County Monday evening, bringing rain, some hail and power outages, yet minimal damage to area crops.

Fredericksburg and areas in the county reported amounts of rain up to an inch.

Some areas also reported minor damage due to the small amounts of hail that ranged from golf ball- to pea-sized.

Brad Roeder, Gillespie County agent for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, said there was minor damage done to area crops, particularly small grains.

“It was very isolated and involved the bigger hail, nothing it can’t recover from,” he said.

Roeder added that there was some damage done to newly-planted corn.

“The corn is young enough, so it can recover from that,” he added.

Things were mostly calm inside Fredericksburg. Juli Bahlinger, city communications manager, said there were no reports of any damage.


Relay For Life to support survivors, help fight breast cancer

Gillespie County’s 2014 Relay For Life will run from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday, April 25-26, at the Fredericksburg High School Stadium.

This fundraising event raises money in the battle against the various forms of cancer and also supports survivors and consoles those who have lost loved ones to cancer.

According to the Relay For Life website, as of April 21, 11 teams and 175 participants in the Fredericksburg event had already raised over $31,000.

The following activities are scheduled with specific times to be announced:

Registration for survivors and teams is from 3-4:30 p.m.

A reception honoring survivors runs from 5-6 p.m.

The opening ceremony is at 6 p.m., and it brings everyone together to celebrate the lives of those who have survived cancer, inspire hope and remind everyone that the battle of cancer is year-round.


FPD officer recovering, suspect in custody

A Fredericksburg police officer is recovering from gunshot wounds and a suspect is in custody following a traffic stop early this morning.

At approximately 1:42 a.m. today, Bradley Durst, 29, was conducting a routine traffic stop in the 1600 block of East Main Street. The officer approached the vehicle at which time the driver leaned outside the vehicle and fired multiple shots, according to a press release from the Fredericksburg Police Department.

Durst was struck with two rounds — one in the right side of the neck and the other in the right lower abdomen.

He was able to call for assistance and a Gillespie County deputy and a first responder were the first on the scene.

The deputy assisted the officer into his vehicle and transported him to the Hill Country Memorial Hospital Emergency Room.

Durst was later transported to a San Antonio hospital where he is currently listed in stable condition in ICU.


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