Sunday, January 30, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas A Page 4 A MERALDZEITUNO Sunday January COUNTY LOCAI STATE FROM THE DISPATCH A 41yearold New Braunfels woman was air lifted to University Hospital in San Antonio Thursday afternoon after she fell out of the back of a pickup truck traveling in the 1100 block of S Texas 46 The woman was holding a stack of mattresses in the back of a 1995 Ford pickup driven by a 37yearold New Braunfels man about when a gust of wind knocked a mattress and the woman out of the truck and onto the road way The woman was treated and released from the hospital Friday Drug arrest A 29yearold Canyon Lake area woman was arrested Thursday by Comal County Sheriffs offi cers for possession of less than 20 ounces of marijua na She was booked into Comal County Jail on no bond A 37yearold New Braunfels man was arrest ed about 8 Thursday by New Braunfels Police Department officers for public intoxication in the 300 block of Comal He was booked into Comal County Jail on bond A 21yearold New Braunfels man was arrest ed for intoxication about Wednesday in the 100 block of S Interstate 35 after New Braunfels Police Department officers discov ered him passed out in a vehicle in a parking lot He was booked into Comal County Jail on bond Burglary A storage facility at the Comal County Fairgrounds in the 700 block of E Common was burglarized sometime between Jan 21 and Jan 24 Someone stole about to worth of beverages from the facility Accident A 59yearold New Braunfels woman who was a passenger in a 1995 Mercury 4Door suffered minor injuries Tuesday after the vehicle hit a deer that crossed the roadway at Loop 337 and River Road A 61yearold New Braunfels man was driving The woman was transport ed to McKenna Memorial MEETING CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS PLANNING COMMISSION Tuesday New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave Watching for DWIs K JESSIE Deputy Wayne Lehman demonstrates the horizontal gaze nystagmus test for members of the Comal County Bar Association Thursday Attorneys get lowdown on new laws BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer The new driving while intox icated laws for Texas motorists were discussed Thursday after noon at the monthly meeting of the Comal County Bar Association Members met at noon at the New Braunfels Police Department Training Room 1488 Seguin Avenue to hear a presentation by Comal County Sheriffs Office Deputy Wayne Lehman a veteran Standardized Field Sobriety Test instructor Field sobriety tests are used to help police officers make arrest decisions and determine whether a driver has a blood alcohol concentration BAG above the legal limit Lehman said On Sept 1 the Texas Legislature enacted a law that lowered the illegal BAG limit for drivers from 10 percent to 08 percent The threshold was lowered to reduce the amount of Texans killed or seriously injured in alcoholrelated accidents on Texas roadways each year he said Alcohol is the most widely abused substance across the Lehman said Because of the new BAG limit field sobriety tests are even more accurate than before and officers can better predict whether and by how much a driver is impaired by alcohol he said The field sobriety test given to suspected drunken drivers has three separate tests that consist of specific clues to determine impairment The three tests are the hori zontal gaze nystagmus test which measures invol untary jerking of the eyes asso ciated with alcohol impair ment the walk and turn test and the one leg stand test Our numbers increased because we are not trying to prove a 10 anymore we are trying to prove a Lehman said For testing there is a greater probability drivers would be above 08 than By performing the HGN test officers can predict with 88 percent accuracy whether a dri ver has a BAG above the illegal 10 percent accuracy increase than before the laws were changed he said The walk and turn test accu racy also increased from 68 percent to 79 percent and the one leg stand test accuracy increased from 65 to 83 per cent Lehman said Field sobriety tests can be used by officers to prove drunken driving cases even if a driver refuses to take a breath test or a blood test to deter mine their BAG he said Under the new Texas DWI laws refusing to submit to a breath test could result in the suspension of the individuals drivers license Lehman said the dependable field sobriety tests allow him to get the dangerous impaired drivers off the road and let the law abiding citizens go It all boils down to we want to get the right Lehman said If hes not out there breaking the law I dont want to deal with him If the guys not impaired Im not going to arrest Everyone I know in the office I work in is trying to do the right Smoke alarm saves wheelchairbound resident FROM STAFF REPORTS A wheelchairbound New Braunfels man escaped tragedy early Thursday morning when a smoke detector given to him by New Braunfels Fire and Rescue him up Twelve New Braunfels Fire and Rescue workers were able to respond to the incident at 245 N Grant and prevent a house fire Chief Jack Collier said George Fischer woke up about Thursday when an electrical short behind his refrig erator caused enough smoke to set off the smoke detector The short could have caused a house fire Collier said If he had not been awakened he might not have been so he said Anyone age 65 or older can receive a free smoke alarm and alarm installation by calling New Braunfels Fire and Rescue Administration at 608 2120 Water service interruption set Wednesday An interruption of water ser vice for residents on Code Lane and Eastman Avenue has been postponed until Wednesday afternoon as New Braunfels Utilities crews repair lines in that area The temporary interruption of service had originally been scheduled for Friday The work is expected to take several hours so residents are advised to fill containers with water for use during this time Vista Village Retirement Living A Practical Alternative to High Cost Assisted Living Facilities per month We offer large one bedroom apartments featuring full kitchens emergency living and bedroom 24 hr on site manager Basic rent includes utili ties individualheat and central air cable organizedactivities snacks trans portation to Prs and shopping twice monthly cleaning We allow pets with no pet deposit and only a refundable deposit with no lease rental COME SEE US 264 LOMA VISTA 8306251202 United Way extends 1999 fund drive BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer After exceeding its 1998 fundraising goal in the wake of a devastating flood the United Way of Comal County has extended its 1999 drive because it hasnt reached its target United Way President James Dunks said the organization did not meet its Dec 31 deadline because contributions were 3 to 5 percent shy of the goal He said United Way typically ends its fivemonth drive at the end of the year but has extended it into January because of slow cor porate reporting We really need people to pitch Dunks said If there are any individuals who have not made their contributions we are still taking donations for the 1999 drive at the United Way Donations can be sent by calling 6207760 or stopping by the local office at 421 S Seguin Ave Dunks said he hoped to announce the fundraising goal by the end of February or the first of March If we do not reach our goal we will have to dip into our reserve funds that are set aside for emer gencies and we dont want to do said Joe Rogers United Way executive director Ninetyeight cents of every dol lar raised stays in the county Dunks said the local agency was still waiting for its share of the Combined Federal Campaign in Bexar County Governmental entities in Bexar County help to raise money for the United Way drive with a share of the funds coming back to Comal County if individuals earmark the donation for the local agency A lot of people live in New Braunfels but work in San Antonio but they can designate the money for Comal he said We are anticipating getting those funds but its making it When the flood hit in October 1998 United Way staff and volun teers worried donations would drop off as local residents focused on flood relief efforts Although organizers did not make their Dec 1 deadline Dunks said they exceeded their goal by the end of December I guess people were feeling good and then the reality of the flood hit this he said Dunks said the generosity of employees at several local busi nesses has helped the United Way get closer to its goal this year Employees at the WalMart Distribution Center the WalMart store and TXI have worked to bring in an average of per person in he said If we had all Comal County residents average wed bring in Dunks said WalMart has con tributed about and TXI has donated about toward the fundraising goal Those two entities have helped raise about 25 percent of the he said These employees are very important to the needy here and give a lot to our Dunks said donations from commuters living in the Comal County area made a significant contribution to the drive People living in Bulverde Canyon Lake and Garden Ridge weve gotten a large chunk from he said Even people as far away as Alaska and Florida want the money sent back to Comal Kids Mart scheduled March 3 Area school children in grades third through sixth are invited to sell their wares during the annual Kids Mart sponsored annually by the Childrens Museum at the New Braunfels Civic Center Slated for March 3 from 5 to 8 youngsters will have an opportunity to experience free enterprise create business part nerships with friends practice making change and handling money create arts and crafts to sell clean out toy boxes shop and earn money Participants who register by Feb 25 are invited to submit an advertisement to be included in the Kids Mart program To com plete a form to secure booth space and to pay the fee visit the Childrens Museum located at the New Braunfels Marketplace 651 Business Loop IH 35 Ste 530 Call 620 0939 Elsies 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