New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, February 8, 2003

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

February 08, 2003

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY February Z14 pages in 2 sections EITUNG Vol 153 No 74 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Teen arrested on arson charge BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A 17yearold New Braun fels boy was arrested early Friday and booked on a felony arson charge in con nection with Thursday nights fire that destroyed a home and a chemical ware house on Engel Road David Buffington was booked into Comal County Jail on a charge of arson causing injury which is a sec onddegree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine Investigators believe Buff ington broke into the ware house and set the fire As officials began cleanup and assessed environmental impacts it became clear Fri day that by any measure the explosive blaze that destroyed the TEMTEX Sol vents Corp warehouse is one of the biggest fires in the citys history Multiple explosions that sent burning chemicals hun dreds of feet into the air threw 55gallon drums like soft drink cans dropping some of them through nearby roofs and creating a debris field that stretched more than onehalf mile across New Braunfels Fire Mar shal Darren Brinkkoeter said the loss from the fire includ ing a hazardous material cleanup effort that began ear ly Friday would reach more than million Weve done a lot of dam age assessment and its going to be Brinkkoeter said With the structures every thing included it will be well over a million fire We lost the warehouse and its con tents a home and we had damage that ranged from See K JESSIE Ducking for cover as flames embers and debris explode into the night New Braunfels Fire Chief John Herber left and engineer Jack Ward continue to battle the Thursday night fire investigators now say was arson Mass drug sweep nets 10 Undercover investigation yields 22 indictments BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer It was a sight repeated around New Braunfels at least 10 times Friday in one fashion or another Three police cars one a patrol car with a cage in the back and the other two unmarked pull up in front of a local home Thats how it was just before 11 for Juan Johnny Resales 25 who lives on Grape Avenue While three plainclothed officers sprint ed to the back of his home officers Heath Purvis and Gilbert Caraballo went to the front door and knocked with their guns drawn Resales answered and was arrested for alleged possession of narcotics As the detectives searched his home he sat hand cuffed in the front yard while young men in See K JESSIE Above New Braunfels police offi cer Gilbert Caraballo right follows Lt John Villarreal into the house of Johnny Resales left who was arrested by an undercover nar cotics agent on drugrelated alle gations Far left Following his arrest Luis F Rebates awaits booking in the county jail Friday afternoon Left Caraballo walks one of sev eral people officers served war rants on Friday to his patrol car for transport to jail for booking INSIDE Church Key Code 76 Challenge of adventure racing lures competitive brothers AtagJance BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer The G Force is coming down a trail to an adventure race near you Its composed of three natives of New Braunfels the Gomez brothers Fred Javier and Roger The G Force rou tinely enters races consisting of running for four to six miles paddling an inflat able canoe for one to three miles and rid ing a mountain bike for 12 to 20 miles Sometimes they compete together Sometimes they compete solo One of the brothers Roger Gomez is competing today in the Texas Chal lenge Adventure Race at the Ranch off River Road about Advance ture races thwe8 e site at Thursday Gomez talked about why he competes in the races I got into it doing small races like The Race For The 5K he said Gomez who played football and soc cer at Canyon High School said he Fred and Javier have always been athletic We like to stay in he said The Gomez broth ers are oneandone half years apart Theyre very compet itive in anything they do Whether its play ing a round of golf or just running each plays to win Fred started doing triathlons and eventually found out about adventure racing He got into it K JESSIE Roger Gomez rides in the Texas Challenge Adventure Race today in which he will bike canoe and trek the Comal County countryside at the Kl Ranch off River Road CISD county ante up for light BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY Construction of the traffic sig nal planned for the Texas 3159 intersection will begin within one week The Comal Independent School District and Comal County agreed Friday morn ing to split the cost of the signal Ught donation Can you help pay for the Texas 3159 traffic signal Mail a check to Abel Campos Comal Independent School District 1421 N Business 35 New Braunfels Texas 78130 The district will provide a letter of receipt for tax purposes The school district cut a check for the entire amount and presented it to the Texas Department of Transporta tion to get the project rolling Comal County will pay CISD for half the cost of the project less whatever pub lic donations might be made And those donations started rolling in Friday Michael Maurer whose family owns property near the intersection donated at the CISD board meeting called at 7 Herb Schneider donated the same amount to the coun ty Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson praised the actions of both boards and the donations made by Mau rer and Schneider Im ecstatic with the way the CISD picked up the ball and ran with Dawson said of the developments Friday Comal County did the lead blocking and together we made a touchdown today The Maurers and the Schneiders showed their true colors today as well and we sure do appreciate them This is wonderful The county the school dis trict and residents have expressed concerns for years about the intersection near Smithson Valley High School On a number of occasions TxDOT has examined the crossing which is ultimately slated for a grade separa tion overpass Each time the intersection has failed to meet traffic standards for a signal light See ;