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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY February 2001 12 pages in 2 sections pages in 2 scctii HERALDZEITUNG 76 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Garden Ridge cycling measure tabled JESSIE Cyclists Joel Beimel and Paul riders for Gruene are among those keeping a close watch pro posed laws affecting BY JUSTIN BRASWELL AND RON MALONEY HeraldZeitung Staff Writers GARDEN RIDGE The Garden Ridge City Council voted Wednesday night to table controversial amendments to a traffic ordinance that would have restricted events on city At the end of a more than houranda halflong discussion in City Council chambers that overflowed with Council decided city staff should re examine the proposed amendments and make minor adjustments to The changes will be brought back to council in a special The meeting date will be set The proposed changes would add lan guage to the citys traffic ordinance lim iting large rallies or bike events to FarmtoMarket Road 3009 through Garden Ridge and require that permits be issued for and application fees be It also would set a fine for vio City officials said the which comes at the end of four years of unsuc cessful efforts to coordinate with orga nizers of large bicycle events through the isnt directed toward it would severely limit bicycle events in the Bicyclists argued against the rules citing issues ranging from the rights of bicyclists to excessive reg The proposed amendments would restrict groups of six cyclists or more to FM 3009 and prohibit them on all other roads in Garden Steve an avid cyclist and San Antonio police addressed the council and called for increasing the See GARDEN Medicaid increase threatens surplus AUSTIN AP An expect ed increase in projected Med icaid enrollment could cost the state at least million in additional funding over the next two wiping out an already tight budget The news that came Wednesday at a Senate Finance Committee meeting leaves lawmakers with the difficult task of avoiding a budget deficit by cutting pro Some lawmakers began discussing possible tax increases despite leaderships stance raisingtaxes wqnt be Tm very much aware of the fiscal limitations of the Legis lature and this While I am sensitive to I also believe that theres an absolute duty of my office to varnish a version of what we believe our funding needs to be to maintain current ser Don commis sioner of the Texas Health and Human Services told the State budget writers based the current bill on outdated enrollment projections that the commission has since The bill also does not include expected cost increas es in prescription drugs and other Gilbert told the committee that Medicaid costs are expected to rise because improved outreach continues to bring more people into the federalstate health for the Pedestrians injured JESSIE New Braunfels Fire and Rescue personnel attend to a New Braunfels couple who were struck by a car late Wednesday The and suffered minor both were flown to University Hospital in San Antonio for treat The woman was while the listed in good was kept overnight for They were crossing Walnut Avenue near Wood Drive north of Landa Street at 11 30 when they were struck by a car driven by a 62yearold Canyon Lake Witnesses reported the pair had not seen the which report edly was traveling about 15 miles an hour when the wreck Local man suspect in AIDS heists Air Patrol plans weekend training exercises BY JUSTIN BRASWELL Staff Writer The Civil Air Patrol will conduct train ing in San Marcos this Civilian volunteers from around the state will participate in exercises at the San Marcos Municipal Airport on Sat urday and Training will include a simulated searchandrescue opera Volunteers on the ground will attempt to find an emergency locator transmitter while aircrews simulate search Those who would act as observers and scanners aboard search aircraft also will receive classroom train The CAP is the auxiliary branch of the Air Force and turns 60 this It predates the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and the United States entering World War II by six CAP volun teers flew scouting missions during the war and were used to spot enemy U boats lurking off the Todays CAP helps recover downed aircraft and provides emergency services for the community and fire detection for the Forest Bob project officer for said that the San Marcos CAP unit is known as the Can Do We volunteer so that others may Spiegel For more information about training this weekend or cadet and senior mem contact Spiegel in New Braun fels at 9053030 or visit Oklahoma lawmen look for suspect BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer OKLAHOMA CITY A New Braunfels man is want ed for violating his probation here after he was charged as the AIDS bandit in a string of Oklahoma hotel John Doege has been identi fied as a suspect in a half dozen rob beries in which a DOEGE man con fronted hotel employees with a hypo dermic syringe he said was full of blood tainted with the human immunodeficiency The HIV virus can cause acquired immunode ficiency Doege was charged in absentia Monday in an Okla homa City court with two counts of robbery with a dan gerous He is on probation in Comal County in connection with a 1999 bad check Records indicate Doege was arrested three times in 1997 and 1998 and has a convic tion in Comal County for theft by He now is wanted here for allegedly violating his proba tion in the Comal County Oklahoma City Police Jessica Cummins said employees of six hotels iden tified Doege from a Texas booking photo as the man who allegedly robbed them He is described as 6 feet and 180 with brown hair and eyes and a tattoo on his To Help Anybody with informa tion on John Doege or his whereabouts is asked to contact the Comal County Sheriffs Office at 6203400 or any local law enforcement Doege is described as 6 feet and 180 with brown hair and eyes and a tattoo on his When last in con nection with a robbery of a Howard Johnsons in north west Oklahoma City in late the man thought to be the robber reportedly was driving a white 1992 Ford Taurus station wagon with Texas registration SWC What the robbers MO modus operandi is he likes to go into a usu ally located right on an inter late in the afternoon or early in the Cummins said Hes usually wearing a flannel shirt or jacket and blue Hell approach the sometimes asking to see a room depending on whether there are other cus tomers in the and return to the desk where hell display a needle he claims is filled with HIVpositive Cummins said her depart ment had not determined whether the needle actually contained tainted The clerks give the rob ber the money and he hasnt left the she Cummins said Oklahoma City police believe Doege left that area and might have come back We do believe hes no longer in He has relatives in New Cummins Doeges last address in this area was on Jung Drive in Guadalupe County off Texas AG child support evader list results in Seguin arrest FROM STAFF REPORTS SDGUINA Seguin man found himself behind bars Wednesday after he was listed among Attorney General John Cornyns 10 mostwanted child support Marcus Glen Smith allegedly owes in child support for his daughter in Smiths was the third child support case to be resolved since the attorney general announced his roost recent list on The states mostwanted on the Qllie Lynn was arrested in De Leon Cpmanche County on Little allegedly owes for his son in INSIDE Life on Mars Andrew Webb and Emily Clayton prepare to demonstrate the robotics part of their Mars City at Canyon Intermediate School Tuesday Students have been studying about Mars and working on building cities capable of sustaining life on the JESSIE   

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