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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 16, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A Saturday September 16 2000 COUNTY LOCAL STATE FROM THE DISPATCH Assault A woman working at the New Braunfels Civic Center Thursday night reported being grabbed inappropriately by a patron police said The woman 20 report edly was selling raffle tick ets when she approached a table where a 43year old New Braunfels resident grabbed her by the arm and asked her to sit on his lap The woman struggled away from the man went home and called police Officers found slight bruising on her arm when they investigated She returned to the civic center with them and identified the man who was inter viewed by police An investigation is ongo ing and the case has been referred to detectives The man could face a class C misdemeanor assault allegation Class C misdemeanor assault is the lowestlevel assault charge about like a traf fic ticket police said False alarm New Braunfels firefight ers went to the Comal County jail shortly before noon Friday for a reported fire alarm at the Comal County Jail A firefighter in Station 2 said the call was a false alarm UPCOMING MEETINGS NEW BRAUNFELS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT school board meeting 7 Tuesday Education Center 430 W Mill St NEW BRAUNFELS INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT CORPO RATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS 7 Monday New Braunfels Municipal Building confer ence room A 424 S Castell Ave NEW BRAUNFELS RECYCLING ADVISORY COMMITTEE noon Tuesday New Braunfels Municipal Building confer ence room A 424 S Castell Ave NEW BRAUNFELS PLANNING COMMISSION annexation workshop Tuesday New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave NEW BRAUNFEL HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS Thursday 300 Laurel Lane Connections accredited The Texas Network of Youth Services recently awarded Connections with a seal of accred itation at The Annual Texas Network of Youth Services Conference in August The review ensured that Connections counseling services emergency shelters and other ser vices were providing exemplary services Jail rings dinner bell Lockup kitchen now open after renovation K JESSIE While inmates at the county jail separate plastic utensils cook Charlotte Dolle finishes preparations for a chickenfried steak dinner at the new county jail kitchen TV dinners are now a thing of the past for inmates Below A jail trusty helps out in the kitchen preparing meals and utensils BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer An old joke told around jails goes If you dont like the food dont go to In Comal County Jail inmates who dined on chickenfried steak for supper Monday are lik ing the food a whole lot more than they have in the past 10 months On Monday TV dinners at the jail became a thing of the past The convenience meals were required while the jail kitchen was refurbished and expanded The million renovations and expansion of the county jail which date to March 1998 are largely complete except for some fence work and interior painting which is being done by inmates The expansion added 144 beds in six cell blocks and a 49bed work release block as well as administrative and operational support space The additions totaled square feet County officials expect to pay the price tag for the renovations by housing federal prisoners for which they are paid a day in space the county does not now need That will take about years according to budgetary projections While institutional food no matter how well prepared proba bly is not the same as moms cooking it is not bad Sheriffs officials and inmates alike said they were glad it was back Charlotte Dolle is one of three cooks who with eight prisoner prepare meals for the jail staff and inmates Gosh yes were very Dolle said This is much nicer and a whole lot larger than what we used to work The old kitchen ended about she said drawing an imag inary line through a bay of brandnew steam tables This pantry didnt exist The kitchen was very very Comal County Chief Deputy Bill Collins oversees the lockup which now has 337 beds The airconditioned kitchen expand ed into the former jail laundry room Collins said Modern stainless steel convection ovens and other new food service equipment that sits alongside a Garland commercial range have replaced commercial washers and dryers That range which appears new but is antique has been used in the county so long it was moved decades ago to the pre sent jail from the former lockup on the third floor of the county courthouse That stove looks brand Collins said The inmates sand ed it down and refinished Prison dining halls rank with jail yards as among the most dangerous places in a facility At the Comal County Jail recre ation areas are small and contin uously supervised The jail has no dining hall food is brought to cell blocks in heated or cooled carts much like in a hospital Trays are handed through food traps cut into cellblock bars or security doors Then the trays go back to the kitchen where everything is placed in racks The racks pass through a new tractorfed pre heated dishwasher that sterilizes everything for use in the next meal Frankie Martinez is a trusty who has been inside 11 months and two weeks on this and he hopes to be paroled in about a year Martinez just started working in the new kitchen Monday as a worker This kitchen is he said Its set up just like a Martinez should know Before he ended up inside this time he was a dinner cook in Austin He remembers the old kitchen from a previous hitch and there is just plain no comparison he said He hopes he will pass his remaining time on kitchen duty working makes jail time go a little faster Dolle sitting with Collins a few feet away told the chief deputy Martinez was a good worker with a good knowledge of kitchens Unless he does something hes not supposed to hell have a job Dolle said That is just fine with Martinez He enjoys his work Everybody said they enjoyed the meals yesterday Compared to the TV dinners its just like being home This afternoon were making chopped barbe cue beef sandwiches kind of like Sloppy Joe Martinez said Everybodys happy with the meals we have regular food now that the kitchens City hall needs election judges The New Braunfels City Secretary needs people to work as election judges and clerks during the Nov 7 election Judges especially are needed in City Council Districts 1 and 5 City voters will consider two propositions concerning how the city uses a portion of its sales tax dollars The city will train those who do not have experience Election workers are paid Call 6082100 Are you suffering from FALL ALLERGIES Volunteers ages 15 and older are needed for a research study involving an investigational medication Qualified patients will be compensated up to If you are interested Call Central Texas Health Research Civil rights lawyer to speak at TLU DEES SPECIAL TO THE HERALDZEITUNG SEGUIN Morris Dees civil rights activist lawyer and founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center will be featured in a free public lecture Responding to Hate Voices of Hope at Monday at Texas Lutheran Universitys Jackson Auditorium Copies of Dees book Gathering Storm Americas Militia Threat will be avail able and Dees will sign books immediately after the lecture We are thrilled to host such a distin guished guest as Morris said Dr Norm Beck department chair of theology and philosophy Mr Dees has been a crusader for equality and action in this country for years and we look forward to his upcoming visit with great excitement His courage and will ingness to fight for what is right are an example for us Dees is in the news at the moment because of the million settlement that was awarded to two Idaho citizens who were attacked by an Aryan hate group Dees prosecuted the whitesupremacist group Aryan Nations and its founder for the attack On Sept 7 an Idaho jury handed down the million verdict that found an Aryan Nations organization and its leaders responsible for the assault We intend to take every single asset from the Aryan Nations now and Dees told The New York Times We intend to even take the name Aryan Nations and hopefully through the judicial process close a sad chapter in this nations Dees battle for civil rights has been ongoing In 1971 Dees co founded and funded by direct mail appeals the Southern Poverty Law Center a nonprofit group that maintains a pool of lawyers who specialize in lawsuits involving civil rights violations and racially motivated crimes The SPLC is based in Alabama Through his work Dees has placed himself at odds with the most notorious racists in the coun try He has championed civil rights both by prosecuting attacks and also seeking to bankrupt hate groups In 1998 Dees obtained a million verdict against the Ku Klux Klan for the burning of a Baptist church in South Carolina the largest civil award ever won for damages in a verdict Recently Dees also devoted his ime to edu cating people about Americas rad ical militia movement and authored the 1996 expose Gathering Storm Americas Militia 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