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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW t 7 3 PELS RALDZEITUNG No 24 pages in 2 sections July 9 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents ir children injured in accident on FM 306 Authorities remove evidence from a Ford Thunderbird involved in a colli sion with a Ford Mustang around noon Thursday on FarmtoMarket Road 306 Six peo ple including four children were air lifted to San Antonio and Austin hospitals from the accident scene Three boys from the Canyon Lake area were listed in critical condition at University Hospital in San Antonio HEATHER HeraldZeitung SaHybn Lake boys among six airlifted to area hospitals BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Three children from the Canyon Lake area were listed in critical condition at University Hospital in San Antonio after a twovehicle collision Thursday after noon on FarmtoMarket Road 306 Three boys ages and 11 suffered major injuries when the tan Ford Thunderbird they were riding in was struck by a red Ford Mustang around noon Thursday Six people including four children were airlifted to San Antonio and Austin hospitals from the scene Trooper Jim Shea the Deputy of Public Safety said four children were passengers in the Thunderbird but one child a 7yearold girl was transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital with a minor arm injury An adult passenger in the Thunderbird also was transported by AirLife to University Hospital The driver of the car was not injured Canyon Lake Fire Department officials said two helicopters were called to the scene The driver of the Mustang and a 13yearold pas senger were transported by Star Flight helicopter to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin Shea said the 13year old was listed in guarded condition Authorities said the Jaws of Life was used to remove passengers from the Thunderbird which was smashed on its right side Travis Brannon and Tony Gonzales of San Antonio said they witnessed the accident and stopped to help passengers in the two vehicles There were six people riding in the Thunderbird and four kids in the backseat The drivers OK but all the others were Brannon said Gonzales said the children in the Thunderbird suf fered severe injuries The 3yearold was not in good condition and the older boy had a broken leg and severe lacerations on his said Stiea did not know the identities of the victims in the Thunderbird but said both families were from the Canyon Lake area He said he did not want to disclose the name of the driver of the Mustang pending the results of the investigation Investigators feel alcohol may have been a con tributing factor in the Shea said Investigators are waiting for results of a blood test which might take several weeks he said The scene of the accident was about two miles south of FarmtoMarket Road 2673 and FM 306 intersec tion across the street from Murray Homes Inc at See Coftimunity mulls cost of expansion for NBISD others discuss million bond plan BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Community leaders gathered Thursday night to give their input on a proposed million plan to address construction needs in New Braunfels Independent School Dis trict The biggest question on the minds of many at OakRun School was how much the plan would effect their pock etbooks and how it would address expected student growth Members of the dis tricts Facility Task Force and NBISD Superinten dent Ron Reaves pre sented recommenda tions for future construction and renovation REAVES projects as a test run before addressing trustees later this month The committee plans to recommend a bond referendum this fall with an elec tion tentatively scheduled for Oct 2 The million plan is based on a million recommendation by Total Pro gram Management a school management and planning company based in Grapevine TPM presented a facility land use and demographics study in December 1998 Reaves said the recommendation pre sented Thursday was developed by a con sensus of the facility task force comprised of district teachers patrons and parents The committee made some additions some deletions and modifications and came to a consensus on the million Reaves said NBISD maintenance director David Owens said the majority of renovation and construction work would address handi cap accessibility requirements safety code See River arrests increase Alcohol drug charges top list of offenses from recent holiday BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Whether or not beefedup law enforce ment patrols on the Guadalupe River are keeping rowdy behavior at bay depends on how you look at the number of arrests and citations this past weekend Sheriffs deputies arrested 118 persons over the holiday weekend 11 more than the Memorial Day holiday Complete list of holiday arrests citations on Guadalupe Page12A That total is 16 more than the 92 arrests during Labor Day weekend this past year the first time the county increased the law enforcement presence to deter rowdy and illegal behavior on the Guadalupe County Judge Dan ny Scheel said the sheriffs office was doing a fabulous job in deterring aber rant behavior on die river but alcohol still was causing some tubers and rafters to behave badly When people get so much beer in them they lose their ability to think and they go and do something stu MOI npn Pid and Set Bested HULUtH or get Scheel said Alcohol and drug charges made up the bulk of the charges against the 118 people arrested Between midnight July 2 and 8 Tuesday deputies made 42 arrests for public intoxication 32 for possession of marijuana 14 for minor in possession of alcohol six for posses sion of a controlled substance and five for driving while intoxicated After dozens of complaints and meet ing with property owners this past sum mer county officials decided to control the problem with enhanced law enforce ment instead of pursuing an alcohol ban on the river Scheel said because many of the visi tors on weekend holidays were from outof town it would take time for the word to get out that outrageous behavior on the river would not be tolerated Until we get that message out to the public there are going to be a lot of Scheel said Officials said 118 arrests might seem like a lot but it should be kept in per spective with the number of visitors to the county See Feeling a need to reduce traffic speed Camellia Street address traffic board BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer Avenue to the south connecting Wal nut Avenue and the Interstate 35 access road averages more than vehi cles per day Residents asked the board to place speed humps along the street Tavane Flaharty said she conducted a radar survey twice with vehicles portation and Traffic Advisory Board meeting came peeking answers to the speeding problem on Camellia Street A solution could come from a pro posed speed hump policy The street which meets Mesquite 30 miles per hour With a school close by we need to slow traffic she said I passed around a petition with everyone on three streets signing it except for one house who was not in favor of the speed The board drafted a speed hump pol icy discussing criteria each neighbor hood would have to meet to receive them The board discussed the possibility of increased traffic flow on Gardenia Street if the speed humps were placed on Camellia Don Ferguson assistant to the city gradual rises in the roadway not the steeper ones found in parking lots They are successful in reducing See INSIDE Key code 76 Amtrak train hits truck derails west of Houston EAGLE An Amtrak train carrying 235 passengers collided with a truck trailer Thursday derail ing nine of 13 cars and leaving 18 people hurt One of the injured the engineer was in guarded condition The eastbound Sunset Limited was traveling from Los Angeles to Orlando when it collided with the rig and derailed at in a rural area of Colorado County 62 miles west of Houston Steven Taub an Amtrak spokesman said About 800 feet of track was torn during the accident Two engines and seven cars were off the tracks The engineer and an engineer in training had to be pulled from the wreckage by rescuers   

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