Friday, October 20, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 20, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERALDZEITUNO Friday October COUNTY LOCAL STATE FROM THE DISPATCH arsonist CANYON LAKE Fire investigators say an 11 yearold boy was one of the perpetrators in a Sept 30 arson fire that destroyed a mobile home causing worth of damage Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford said the investigation revealed the boy a Mountain Valley Intermediate School stu dent allegedly participated in setting the fire Charcoal lighter fluid was allegedly used to set the fire which was reported at 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 11yearold and others were talking about the fire at school They were bragging about the investigator said Officials are working now to leam more and would like some help from stu dents staff or anybody else at the school who knows anything Wed like to hear from anyone who hasnt already come Manford said Manford or Assistant Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter can be reached at 8854883 or Semi burglaries 6203400 Thieves took property worth nearly in a pair of semitrailer burglar ies 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 and batteries worth In the other cases of compact discs worth were taken The thefts are being investigated UPCOMING MEETINGS TEXAS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE COMMIS SION consider New Braunfels river alcohol ban Monday Oct 23 commission room 5806 Mesa Drive Austin NEW BRAUNFELS COMMUNITY DEVELOP MENT ADVISORY COM MITTEE 5 Monday Oct 23 New Braunfels Municipal Building conference room A 424S CastellAve NEW BRAUNFELS CITY Monday Oct 23 New Braunfels Municipal Building council chambers 424 8 Castell Ave Candlight 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 gen tle wind During the 45minute candle light 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 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 Womens Center domestic abuse survivors The center hosted the event Its a time of said Ginger Gray a former CCWC counselor and speaker at last nights event A new addition to the annual K JESSIE 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 Sheriffs Department and Patrol Officer Lorenzo Mireles of the New Braunfels Police Department special recognition for their han dling of domestic abuse victims Theyre on the front Gray said They see the worst part of it they see the children crying and the women with battered and bruised 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 Guerrero said This one is actually from the community and the one I probably appreciate the Mireles has been in law enforce xment 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 Its a pat on the back for Mireles said Theyve already been he said Theyll relate a lot better with you if you are Less than two years ago Marita Maldonado appealed to the Comal County Womens 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 K JESSIE 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 Womens Shelter clients hung from beams and across tables Im a survivor and it feels good to say Maldonado said She remains vigilant about her three sons because she does not want them to get stuck in a cycle of I dont want some woman to experience the same pain the same hurt as I she said To highlight this years theme of Communities for for mer 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 Candidates square off at League forum BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The candidates for county tax a 24year 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 imple ment modern technology to keep up with growth in one of the fastestgrow ing 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 Im with Sherman on that I want to get this technology in I want to fin ish what Ive Clennan said Then Im go ing to hang up my Clennan who oversees 23 em ployees has been working since July 1998 to bring to her department a comput er interface with the Comal Appraisal District and other coun KRAUSE ty offices she said will streamline her departments work Krause is a 10year 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 fhe population of Comal County could quadruple in 30 years We need to be proactive We need to follow the lead of neigh boring counties We cant just sit back and wait for something to Krause said The challenger a Republican said he believes the county tax department can use technology and partnerships with other agen cies to expand the services the tax office provides and serves more customers without adding staff or adding expensive satellite offices Were working on the incumbent said But were doing it in 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 con templated when the budget per mits she said We have a very good county judge in Danny Scheel but he wants to watch the 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 HEB stores County sets air quality meeting BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A public meeting has been set to discuss a series of initiatives offi cials hope will reduce air pollution in the greater San Antonio area Comal County Commissioner Jay Millikin 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 Millikin 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 repre sentatives there Millikin said Were looking for public understanding of the situation were in and public responsiveness on the direction were Millikin said Were 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 Millikin said Thursday Were trying to show that we can do it without being declared in A week ago Comal County Commissioners approved recom mendations 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 San Antonio is the largest city in 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