Tuesday, February 13, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 13, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY February 2001 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG 80 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Partners in service Williams receive city honors BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Where theres theres fire in this case About 30 New Braunfels firemen attended City Council Monday but they werent there to talk about a smoking ordinance to which council gave its final They were there to honor Roger who was named Firefighter of the and his retiring friend and longtime part John Tenyearold Yajaira a Canyon Intermediate School fifth grader who paid attention in fire prevention and safety classes and made it pay off on 20 by using what shed learned to save her also was Brinkkoeter and Williams share a long history Williams joined the New Braunfels Fire Department in January and Brinkkoeter joined shortly after the pair began the fire departments emergency medical service in We were together for 10 Williams Roger and I run together pretty constant for Run together is probably a good way to put In those when the fire department first began offering emergency medical Williams and Brinkkoeter were the only emergency medical personnel for Comal County and parts of the surrounding Brinkkoeter remembers it John and I pioneered EMS here before even San Antonio had he It was all There was no paramedic certification Williams and Brinkkoeter had the American Red Cross first aid a desire to help and not a lot First aid was the highest level of training you could get Williams A few years he attend ed the first emergency medical tech nician course held in the three medic squads on duty at any given time respond to five to seven calls See CHRIS The New Braunfels City Council on Monday honored New Braunfels Fire Department Engineer John who will retire Thursday after 33 years of and Engineer Roger who was named the Firefighter of the Fire safety lessons work for fifthgrader BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Yajaira Morenos fifth grade sci ence Penny teaches a unit on fire prevention and safety each year at Canyon Intermediate Jost makes her students diagram their homes and plan at least two escape routes with a place for the family to meet That lesson paid off for who was honored by the City of New Braunfels Monday night for saving her family from a fire hi Moreno woke up in her home at 20 to find it filled with She said she was afraid at but she remembered what Jost told calmed and crawled under the smoke to awaken her Fire Chief Jack Collier and New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams See Council stamps out smoking in public places JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer After making two adjust ments and flirting with a third to an ordinance that forbids smoking in public places in New City Council banned smok ing in public places by a 51 Councilman Larry Alexan der did not attend the Mon day night Council also passed three ordinances that came from a list of recommendations by the New Braunfels River Activities They included creating a perma nent committee to study riv er increasing shuttle permit fees and increasing parking costs for the Prince Solms Park East during cer tain The smoking ordinance for bids smoking in public places areas defined as any enclosed area that is open to or is used by the general pub or that is a place of Places the ordinance deems public include public restrooms and other Private tobacco hotel and motel rooms that are rented to private clubs that are nonprofit and outdoors are excluded from the ordi The ordinance cannot take full effect until 10 days after it has been published in a and city staff need time to get the word out about the new It could be in full effect by ear ly The ordinance requires owners of the public places to post nosmoking and sets fines of to for a first violation of the ordi nance and fines of to for subsequent viola Council passed two amend ments Monday night that cleared the way for restau rants with separate bar Other Action Council approved 60 an Infrastructure Improvement resolution that recom mended spending of 4Btax money on seven different 4Btax money is a portion of the sales tax collected in the Appointments Golf Course Advisory 60 Charlotte Larson of the Ladies Golf Association for a term that ends December 2001 Airport Advisory 51 Greg Hogue to a term that ends May 2003 Main Street Design Review 60 Ann Michael Susan William Graff and Judith Maersch for terms that expire December 2002 and Recycling Advisory 60 Judith Maersch for a term that ends January areas to allow smoking in the bars if they have ventila tion systems that are sepa rate from the rest of the The liquor sales receipts of the separate bar must be at least 51 percent of the bars Mayor Stoney who proposed the original also kicked off the amendment and pro posed the change that would allow businesses with sepa rate bar areas to allow smok Councilman Robert Kendrick took Williams amendment a step He asked that only bars in restaurants with separate ventilation systems be allowed to offer smoking in the If youre sucking up the same air from both and then recirculating then theres no Kendrick See Secret Service Keep BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A New Braunfels couple thinks they were on the losing end of a telephone conversation Wednesday that might have cost them Were in our 70s were not as fast on the uptake as we used to This woman was talking to my husband and she got him to Verify our whole account the local woman The man gave the credit card number over the telephone and then was told he would be charged for protection against Inter net fraud involving the credit card in spite of the couples protests that they did not information confidential want or need So the woman called the Texas State Attorney Generals Office and the Fed eral Bureau of Investigation in San which forwarded her case to the Secret Service for Special Agent in Charge Charles Dyer of the San Antonio Secret Service office said Thursday that he had seen situations like this all too Dyer said he did not know if any would come of the Its such a Dyer What youre describing to me appears to be a conflict between a legitimate cardholder aud a com pany that might or might not be The Secret Service investigates imperson ation fraud and credit card Dyer Dont give out your credit card numbers unless you know who youre dealing with and that youre dealing with a legitimate Dyer The chance of identity fraud is Its a tough situation because its so easily done I could take your card number and in minutes run up or The agent said to be very careful about giving any credit card number or other per sonal information on the telephone because you do not know who is on the other end of the Tf its a company you regularly do business with every every its probably But I would ever give that information out over the Im just telling you that Charlie personally wont do it and my wife wont do I see how much fraud is out he In recent people have put more and more personal information on and Dyer said check writing has become more dangerous than I only have two things on my checks my wifes first initial and last name and my first See CREDIT Scooter Store opens Marketplace offices CHRIS Zeitung May left to Christina De La Cerda and Kristin Brandenberger sit on scooters with Manager Joe Shepard at the new Scooter Store in the New Braunfels BY JUSTIN BRASWELL Staff Writer The Scooter Store has joined the New Braunfels Marketplace outlet center at 651 Business Loop Interstate 35 The Scooter Store opened its new location for business on Mon day in suites 525 and The majority of the space is being used for office A portion of suite 525 is reserved ao a retail sales Right now we are hiring every body we can get our hands We are growing very and we real ly need the Doug owner and CEO of the Scoot er At the Marketplace the Scooter Store will promote its try before you buy demonstrations giving the public the opportunity to test drive Patrons of the New Braunfels Marketplace who meet certain guidelines may also be able to use free loaners during regu lar business hours provided by the Scooter The new Scooter Store location will have its official grand opening from 9 to 11 The Scooter which has its headquarters in New is the largest scooter and power chair dealer in the United Harrison and his wife Susanna founded it in The Scooter Store requested a million loan from the New See SCOOTER INSIDE Key Code 76