New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, October 20, 2000, Page 4

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 20, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Friday, October 20, 2000County Local State Hp ppi ll      ---------------------------- mmam ——————T From the Dispatch ►CL arsonist CANYON LAKE — Fire investigators say an 11-year-old boy was one of the perpetrators in a Sept. 30 arson fire that destroyed a mobile home, causing $15,000 worth of damage. Comal County Fire Marshal Un Manford said the investigation revealed the boy, a Mountain Valley Intermediate School student, allegedly participated in setting the fire. Charcoal lighter fluid was allegedly used to set the fire, which was reported at 5:44 p.m. in the 300 block of Forest Hill Street in Canyon Lake Mobile Home Estates. Manford said officials were informated by a Crime Stoppers tip that the 11-year-old and others were talking about the fire at school. ‘They were bragging about it,” the investigator said. Officials are working now to learn more, and would like some help from students, staff or anybody else at the school who knows anything. “We’d like to hear from anyone who hasn’t already come forward,” Manford said. Manford or Assistant Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter can be reached at 885-4883 or ►Semi burglaries 620-3400. Thieves took property worth nearly $12,000 in a pair of semi-trailer burglaries, police report. Someone who broke seals on the vehicles and then forced their way inside committed the thefts, which occurred at the 1200 block of Industrial Drive sometime between Friday and Tuesday, police said. In one of the trailers, someone stole more than 20 tires worth $8,000 and batteries worth $250. In the other, cases of compact discs worth $3,500 were taken. The thefts are being investigated. Upcoming Meetings TEXAS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE COMMISSION — consider New Braunfels river alcohol ban — 1:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 23, commission room, 5806 Mesa Drive, Austin. NEW BRAUNFELS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE — 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 23, New Braunfels Municipal Building, conference room A, 424 S. Casten Ave. NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL — 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 23, New Braunfels Municipal Building, council chambers, 424 S. Casted Ave.Candlelit vigil honors abuse victims By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer Under the protective covering of Pavilion No. 16 at Landa Park, a triangle representing domestic violence incidents in the United States periodically interrupted a vigil last night, as rows of white votive candles danced with a gentle wind. During the 45-minute candlelight vigil to remember domestic abuse victims and survivors, the triangle rang out 80 times: once every 15 seconds to symbolize how often a woman is abused in the United States. Police in Texas took more than 177,176 reports of family violence last year, according to Department of Public Safety reports. A group of more than 40 people sat at tables decorated with the messages of Comal County Women’s Center domestic abuse survivors. The center hosted the event. “It’s a time of remembering,” said Ginger Gray, a former CCWC counselor and speaker at last night’s event. A new addition to the annual K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Candlelight vigil attendants threw red and white carnations into the Comal River in honor of those who have suffered from domestic violence. vigil gave two law enforcement officials — Deputy Juan Guerrero from the Comal County Sheriff’s Department, and Patrol Officer Lorenzo Mireles of the New Braunfels Police Department — special recognition for their handling of domestic abuse victims. “They’re on the front line,” Gray said. “They see the worst part of it — they see the children crying, and the women with battered and bruised faces.” The center based the law enforcement award on testimonial from domestic abuse survivors who used center services last year. Both men said the awards mean more when they come from the community. “Recognition is sometimes few and far between,” Guerrero said. “This one is actually from the community and the one I probably appreciate the most.” Mireles has been in law enforcement for 11 years, and said he was raised to treat people the way he likes to be treated. It helps him remain sincere when he deals with people on the job. “It’s a pat on the back for us,” Mireles said. “They’ve already been victimized,” he said. “They’ll relate a lot better with you if you are sincere.” Less than two years ago Marita Maldonado appealed to the Comal County Women’s Shelter for help. A mother of three, she said she could not have changed her life without the help of the counselors, volunteers and legal advocate at the center. The inflection of her voice rose as if to match the pride she expressed about no longer feeling like a victim. iv ■■ 1i >, kfrn V I ■ •• It >    ■' M f K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung About 40 people met under Pavilion No. 16 at Landa Park last night to remember victims and survivors of domestic abuse. T-shirts bearing messages from Comal County Women’s Shelter clients hung from beams and across tables. “I’m a survivor, and it feels good to say that,” Maldonado said. She remains vigilant about her three sons, because she does not want them to get stuck in a cycle of violence. “I don’t want some woman to experience the same pain, the same hurt, as I did,” she said. To highlight this year’s theme of “Communities for Change,” former center counselor Ginger Gray called out a long list of the people domestic violence effects, like teachers, neighbors and friends. “Which one of us does not fit one of these roles?” Gray asked. “We need to begin to realize that domestic violence affects every one of us.” Candidates square off at League forum By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The candidates for county tax assessor/collector — a 24-year-incumbent and the man who wants to unseat her — met in a forum Thursday night. Challenger Sherman Krause argued that the county tax department needs to implement , modern technology to keep up with growth in one of the fastest-growing regions of Texas. Incumbent Gloria Clennan agreed with him in the meeting CLENNAN sponsored by the Comal Area League of Women Voters — and asked for another term so she could make it happen. “I’m with Sherman on that. I want to get this technology in — I want to finish what I’ve started,” Clennan said. “Then I’m going to hang up my hat.” Clennan, who oversees 23 employees, has been working since July 1998 to bring to her department a computer interface with the Comal Appraisal District and other coun- KRAUSE ty offices she said will streamline her department’s work. Krause is a 10-year state employee who works in the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission. He is challenging Clennan in a campaign built on the idea that he can bring a fresh view to the position, save money and poise the department to move into the future. According to one study, the population of Comal County could quadruple in 30 years. “We need to be proactive. We need to follow the lead of neighboring counties. We can’t just sit back and wait for something to happen,” Krause said. The challenger, a Republican, said he believes the county tax department can use technology and partnerships with other agencies to expand the services the tax office provides and serves more customers without adding staff or adding expensive satellite offices. “We’re working on technology,” the incumbent said. “But we’re doing it in increments.” This year, Clennan added an office in a county building in Sattler to serve Canyon Lake area residents without requiring them to drive all the way into New Braunfels. An office in Bulverde is contemplated when the budget permits, she said. “We have a very good county judge in Danny Scheel, but he wants to watch the budget,” Clennan, a Democrat, said. Krause believes the tax office needs to pursue more innovative approaches. He pointed out that in Bexar and Guadalupe counties, drivers’ licenses can be renewed at H-E-B stores. County sets air quality meeting By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A public meeting has been set to discuss a series of initiatives officials hope will reduce air pollution in the greater San Antonio area. Comal County Commissioner Jay Minikin has set a meeting in which New Braunfels and Comal County will be able to learn about and discuss plans now being made to improve the quality of air in this area. The meeting will be conducted on Wednesday, Oct. 25. To be discussed are proposed measures for reducing pollution and how individuals, businesses and area governmental agencies can contribute to the effort. Minikin also will outline what the federally imposed impacts could be if the region falls short in attempts to reduce its own air pol lution. The meeting will be conducted in the New Braunfels Convention Center on Seguin Ave. It is not a formal meeting of the county or city governments, although both plan to have representatives there, Minikin said. “We’re looking for public understanding of the situation we’re in and public responsiveness on the direction we’re headed,” Minikin said. “We’re trying to move out with initiatives to prove to the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission and the federal Environmental Protection Agency that we have the ability to clean up our own air,” Minikin said Thursday. “We’re trying to show that we can do it without being declared in non-attainment.” A week ago, Comal County Commissioners approved recommendations that will become part of what the Alamo Area Council of Governments will call its Early Implementation Plan for reducing air pollution in the greater San Antonio area — before the EPA steps in to try to do it. 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