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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 25, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Smithson New Braunfels make playoff run KM NEW BRAUNFE URSDAY r 2001 in I sections If iijrcs in 2 sccti HERALDZEITUMG 299 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents scores small victories photo Aviation Ordnancemen work together to load weapons on an FA18C Hornet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson BY CHRIS TOMLINSON Associated Press Writer ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT AP forces have scored a number of small victories against Afghanistans Taliban prompting many small factions and tribal armies to defect to antiTaliban the commander of the Theodore Roosevelt battle group said Wednes Were seeing these tribal bodies that are closely associated with the Taliban now starting to peel off and moving toward independent groups or ally ing themselves with other coalition Rear Admiral Mark Fitzgerald Were starting to see cracks and fis sures in that loose alliance of Aircraft from the USS Theodore Roo sevelt have been flying nightly assaults against Taliban and alQaida forces led by Osama bin Laden for more than a The carrier has launched Navy F14B Tomcat EA6B Prowler surveillance pianos and Marino Corps FA18C Hornet attack The Roosevolt is one of throe Navy battle groups in the Arabian The other groups are led by the air craft cnniers USS Carl Vinson and the USS which Pentagon offi cials have said is being used as a heli copter base for special operations A battle group can include as many as a dozen Fitzgerald said the Navys relent See Fireman of the Year Zercher receives NBFD top honor BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Firefighting might not be quite the kind of mens only club it once More and women are showing up on fire climbing right in and doing the dangerous At the New Braunfels Fire one of the two women who work Stacie been climbing up the career as And this she was nominated by the New Braunfels Fire Department to be the Sons of the American Revolutions Outstanding Firefighter of the In a letter to John Wommack of the Sons of the American New Braunfels Fire Chief Jack Collier wrote that Zercher goes above and beyond what is required of her to ensure success in any endeavor that she Stacies dedication and professionalism have helped to make this department into a first rate emergency service he Another feather in CHRIS New Braunfels firefighter Stacie Zercher demonstrates how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver on yourself Wednesday at Prodigy Learning Center and while day care teachers Julie White and Jessi Perring from left Zerchers hat stems from her passion to make what is already dangerous work a little At her insis I authorized a course designed to save the lives of Wommack is the lieu tenant in charge of the traffic bureau of the New Braunfels Police In that he investigates many of the most serious traffic accidents in New So as a was no stranger to The chief wrote a real nice letter on but when I knew it was I didnt need a Wommack Weve been through some pretty bad accidents Wommack recounted one where Zercher worked to comfort a mother at an accident scene in a manner that was well beyond the rote professionalism of a And thats the kind of stuff Stacie Wommack Stacies career at the NBFD illustrates some of the hurdles professionals particularly women must overcome to succeed in the She got interested in public safety the hard way about 15 years when her got hit by a See Crackdown asks residents to turn in local drug dealers BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer Dropping a dime on drug dealers can begin with a sin gle phone At least that is the mes sage behind tonights Crack down on Drugs when law enforcement personnel staff the Crime Stoppers hotline 6 to 9 to accept anonymous tips on illegal drug activity in New The effort is part of the areas annual Red Ribbon Campaign observance pro moting a drugfreecommuni ty The afterhours callin is a joint project of the Safe City Commission and New Braun felsComal County Crime the program has previously led to arrests and indictments of drug Don assistant to the New Braunfels city man Were asking folks to take a stand in the to get involved and to turn in drug Ferguson There is much that can be done to curve narcotics activ ity but it takes citizen We know there are people out there who have information and want to get it in the right Racecar driver makes flying stop BY JESSIE SLATEN Staff Writer As a threetime winner of the Indianapolis for mer racecar driver Bobby Unser isnt used to back seat or as it turns even Maybe thats why the onetime Driver of the Year almost forgot to bring the removable back seats of his airplane with him this past week when he brought his 1983 Beachcraft to be worked on at Leather Tech Aircraft Interiors on Airport With his wife Lisa in the right Unser landed at the New Braunfels Airport Monday morning after a long flight from Albu As Unser taxied to the an anxious group waived him After a cursory Unser looked to Larry Phillips and pointed at his I want a Leather Tech job on he said with a Unsers arrival was a big in more ways than owner of Leather works on an average of four to five planes at a time in his hangar at the After four years of ups and now is a down Everyone inside the See We know there are people out there who have informa tion and want to get it into the right This is the best Don Ferguson to the city manager This is the best Our law enforcement personnel will be ready to respond to the information they The national Crime Stop pers organization offers cash rewards when information leads to the arrest and indict ment of drug The phone lines are typi cally staffed 8 to 5 but Thursdays late night callin is meant to raise community awareness and encourage residents to safely participate in local law enforcement effort to curtail drug People feel more comfort able calling after business hours when they are Ferguson Be assured that anonymity will be pro and the information is Dont assume someone else is providing the See Threetime Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser left explains how he almost forgot the removable rear seats of his plane at home to Larry owner of Leather at the New Braunfels Municipal JESSIE Zoltung INSIDE Abby 5A Classifieds Comics 8A Crossword 5A Forurn 6A 4A Movies 5A Sports Today 2A Stocks 5A Key Code Drop in vehicle burglaries keeps city crime rate down BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Motor vehicle burglaries in New Braunfels continued their downturn in fueling a fourpercent drop in the citys crime And the number of index crimes serious offenses tabulated for statistical com parisons dipped to the low est level in tliree years for the month of September at Don New Braun fels assistant to the city man ager and adviser to the Safe City credited the dip in the crime rate for Sep tember to a decline in vehicle burglaries are down 17 percent from Sep Ferguson That decrease was once again a result of a 25 percent decline in motor vehicle burglaries over the same period last Residential burglaries were down 8 and burglaries were down 17 per Assaults in September were up 69 compared to 63 an increase of 10 Auto which saw a sharp spike in August at dropped in September to There were 15 reported auto thefts in September For the year to our index crime rate is down 2 In large its due to a continued decrease in motor vehicle Fer guson He attributed the decline to aggressive police work and a more aware We would applaud the res idents for their diligent crime prevention efforts and would ask thorn to continue to stay involved by reporting suspi cious activity and locking their doors and taking their Ferguson As wed ask residents not to let their guard By the numbers Crime statistics for September Total police calls Total criminal offenses 549 Total arrests 207 Murders none H Sexual assaults 1 Robberies 3 Assaults 69 Burglaries 63 Thefts 146 Auto thefts 14 Total index crimes 296
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