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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Index Abby.............................................2C Business................................5-6B Classified................................1-18D Crossword....................................2C Forum...........................................6A Local/Metro...................................4A Movies ...................................2C Obituaries.................................3A Sports.....................  1-4B Today............................................2A Television...........................TV «K*y coct* 77 *' ' % " J ■» - ».«. ■. - ■ - . . • Deputy honored with Lifesaving Medal From Staff Reports Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Howard “Curly” Smith is healthy and back to work these days, thanks to the life-saving measures of Comal County Sheriff’s deputy Douglas Phillips. Phillips and his county-issued defibrillator saved Smith’s life Feb. 20 at a Canyon Lake area convenience store. On Thursday, Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder awarded the Lifesaving Medal to Phillips. Phillips, a four-year veteran of the Sheriff’s office, said his actions in the line of duty were just all part of the job description. “It’s an honor to receive the medal,” Phillips, 30, said. “I’ve done volunteer fire and EMS since I was 18 years old, and this was my first save.” When Phillips arrived at the convenience store, two Department of Public Safety highway patrol officers, a nurse and Canyon Lake Fire/EMS personnel already were administering CPR to Smith, Capt. David Ott said. Phillips “shocked” Smith once to restart his heart before Smith was transported by air to a San Antonio Hospital. Smith said he was grateful that Phillips was willing and able to come to his rescue. “He was able to carry the materials he needed with him in his patrol car, and he did what he needed to do,” Smith said. “I wrote him a letter to thank him and also to DPS and everyone who helped me.” Comal County Sheriff’s deputy Douglas Phillips accepts the Lifesaving Medal from Sheriff Bob Holder, right, and Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Howard ‘Curly” Smith. ERIN MAGRUDER/ Herald-Zeitung Like cats and dogs Heavy rains close streets, cause minor accidents K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Neighbors drove by honking as Jesse Reyes, above, floats along in his flood gear. “Every couple of years,” Reyes says, “I get to float down the ‘Solms-Rio Grande.’” By mid-afternoon Saturday, officials were out one Farm-to-Market Road 2252 checking low-water crossings and flood gauges, above right, to see where the problems were or might soon be. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Small roads off FM 2252 near Garden Ridge, above, were some of the first to flood Saturday. A storm that as of Saturday had brought more than four inches of sometimes heavy rain to New Braunfels was expected to continue into today, said a National Weather Service forecaster. Dennis Cook, a forecaster who works in the New Braunfels NWS office, said late Saturday that a flood warning that included Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe and Hays counties was being cancelled at 8 p.m., but could be reinstated if conditions warranted overnight. “We’ve had reports of flooding on Leon Creek in southwest Bexar County, and I’m pretty certain parts of River Road are closed outside New Braunfels,” Cook said. A flash flood watch carried over from Friday was changed to a warning late Saturday afternoon as area public safety officials scrambled to put up barricades at low-lying water crossings and deal with minor traffic collisions caused by sometimes intense rainfall. On Interstate 35 Saturday, traffic crept along at speeds sometimes as low as 20 mph as drivers struggled to see through often-heavy downpours in thundershowers. In the New Braunfels area, police and fire rescue workers were repeatedly dispatched throughout Saturday. “We’ve had numerous street closures,” said a New Braunfels Police Department dispatcher Saturday night. There had been no major injury accidents since his shift began RAIN/8 A By Heather Todd Staff WriterWater Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 5 can water today after 7p.m. Well users cannot water today. For information, call 608-8925UNG --1 ...................................J_._I................J Vol. 149, No. 146 4----------------------------------------------------- ft I Inside ^Good catch Fishing in a museum? Anything’s possible at the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels./! C ► NBA Fids 50 pages in 5 sections June ll, 2000    ^erv*n^    Comal    County Smith calls for Social Security reforms; enforcing gun laws By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Congressman Lamar Smith Saturday morning outlined a Republican plan to save Social Security and called for passage of a law that will put felons in jail for a minimum of five years when they use a gun to commit a crime. Smith spoke to about 75 people at a “town meeting” at Memorial Intermediate School in New Braunfels called to discuss current or pending legislation and half a dozen issues important to Smith, R-San Antonio, who has been in office since 1987. During the question and answer session that followed, Smith: • Responded to criticism of his recent vote on China trade; • Agreed to look into a stalled legislation introduced 13 years ago that would allow disabled retired veterans to collect their military pension and federal disability benefits in the same manner that private sector employees do; • Called on the Clinton administration to enforce gun laws already on the books rather than seek to pass new ones directed at restrict-See SMITH/8A since 1852 $1.00 Doing your business could become the city’s business if New Braunfels City Council approves an ordinance making it illegal for someone to answer the call of nature outdoors. City council will consider Monday night approving the first reading of an ordinance prohibiting urination or defecation on open ground, either public or private, within the city limits. Council will meet 6:30 p.m. at New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casted Ave. District 4 councilman Robert Kendrick requested city staff draft the ordinance in response to con- ________cerns from riverfront property owners about Golf fop debate    people cIinibin^ out of Tee aeoaie    the river and using resi_ rages On./4A    dential lawns or public areas as a public Process of annex-    restroom, ing Hunter’s    Kendrick also cited it Creek, Southbend    as ;l substantial health .    risk to New Braunfels and other areas    citizens Could Start    Currently, there is a Monday./4A    city law prohibiting pub lic indecent exposure. - But City Attorney Floyd Akers said the proposed ordinance would give law enforcement officers more leeway to issue citations. Under the proposed ordinance, an officer could issue a citation if someone is answering the call of nature but not necessarily exposing themselves to the public. If the ordinance is approved in three readings, urinating or defecating on open ground within the city will be a Class C Misdemeanor. Anyone convicted of the offense could be fined up to $500. Kendrick also requested a city ordinance prohibiting someone from throwing stones or other “missiles” within the city limits. If approved, that off ense would also be a Class C Misdemeanor with a possible fine up to $500. Kendrick said he requested the ordinance be put on the books after a Pollock boy suffered a skull fracture in a rock-throwing incident on the Guadalupe River Memorial Day weekend. The boy was taken by AirLife helicopter to a San Antonio hospital. Kendrick said he wanted to protect residents and tubers on the Guadalupe River from being seriously injured by rocks, water balloons or other objects thrown at them. According to the proposed ordinance, it would be COUNCIL/5A U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, talks about Social Security at a town meeting conducted Saturday morning at Memorial Intermediate School. RON MALONEY/ Herald-Zeitung Gotta go? Council could say do it indoors Lakers lead the series./! B ► Movie review ‘Gone in 60 Seconds,’ starring Nicolas Cage, is full of car action./ 4C Weather Mostly cloudy weather ahead with chances of showers or thunderstorms. For the complete forecast, see Page 2A. ;