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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY February 19 2003 14 pages in 2 sections ITUNG voi isa NO 84 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 r 50 cents NBISD continues negotiations for contractor BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District trustees authorized the districts attorney to continue to negotiate with its bonding com pany to hire a contractor to move along Memorial school renova tions The decision came after a two hour executive session during a regular meeting Tuesday night District spokeswoman Stephanie Ferguson gave no indication on when a new contractor might be hired In October 2002 trustees approved a takeover agreement with Commercial Indemnity Insurance Company to finish ren ovation work on the Memorial Schools begun by Associated Able Inc Board members terminated the districts construction contract with Associated Able in September 2002 after the bonding company declared the company in default of its contract The takeover agreement allowed Commercial Indemnity Insurance to become the general contractor on the construction job but because the work is stalled the district wants a new contractor In addition trustees also Approved a January 2003 tax office report that said the total collections for the districts taxes were Awarded a million con struction contract to Kencon Con struction Co for construction at Lone Star Elementary School Heard a report on the possi bilities of beginning a proposed dualimmersion SpanishEnglish teaching program at Memorial Pri mary Training Day KI r n K JESSIE New Braunfels Police Sgt Kevin Clayton left and Sgt Fred Reil keep score and time as Joseph Tovar shoots the new 40 caliber Glock from the hip in a timed exercise to qualify in the new policeissue weapon Bullet is circled New Braunfels police officers test with new Glock handguns BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer Be Alert Thats what redshirted New Braunfels Police Department firearms instructor Fred Pfeil yelled as police officers and a few firefighters ckd in blue mul tipocketed utility trousers dark glasses and blue T shirts stepped up to the 10 yard line and gripped their Glock pistols They fired the weapon dif ferent ways simulating injuries shooting disabled and with their left hand only K JESSIE Sgt Fred Reil shows officers their next target at Tuesdays range practice for officers qualifying with their new weapons But before the policemen made their way to the firing line Tuesday they learned all about their new firearms They learned about the builtin safety that couldnt be flipped off by a criminal they became familiar with the new safer holster The logic was that the offi cers had to know how the Glock worked before they took it on the street And they had to shoot a lot of or bullets through the weapon Fire Fire Fire Pfeil yelled Triggers were pulled As bullets flew holes appeared in targets and brass shell casings littered the tarp cov ering the outdoor range at Dietzs Gun Range off of Texas 46 Hurry hurry hurry Change your magazines Pfeil yelled The policemen loaded magazines of rounds and stood ready to fire again It was all part of a day of getting to know their new Clocks Weve started with some school at the station three hours before we ever came out said firearms instructor Bill Spence Then the officers spent Defense in Gomez trial rests without calling witnesses BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Defense attorney Joseph Garcia III rested his case for Arnaldo Gomez Tuesday morning without calling a single witness The move came after more than three days of testimony that ended with a tough cross examination of a Comal County Metropolitan Nar cotics Task Force investiga tor The detective who still works undercover watched four alleged undercover drug buys that led to the arrest of Gomez and other members of his family in a SWAT raid Dec 13 2001 He backed away from ear lier statements that he was positive about the identity of people at the Gomezhouse who allegedly sold heroin to an informant The detective also acknowledged discrep ancies between his reports of the incidents and the reports of other officers The trial before 274th Judi cial District Judge Gary Steel is expected to go to a jury of six men and six women after closing arguments today If convicted Gomez could go to prison for the rest of his life Gomez 48 stands charged with engaging in an orga nized criminal activity by Possession with intent to distribute heroin Possession with intent to deliver cocaine Possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and Possession of between 4 ounces and 5 pounds of mar ijuana Gomez has prior felony convictions which means that if he is convicted as a repeat offender he faces a minimum of 25 years in prison Assistant District Attorney Ed Springer reopened ques tioning Tuesday morning by asking the officer if he wanted See 4B considers consultant to attract Toyota suppliers BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer The New Braunfels Infra structure Improvement Cor poration Board of Directors will consider hiring a consul tant to attract Toyota suppli ers to the city during its meeting tonight Tip Strategies Inc will out line its services to the 4B board at 7 in the Munic ipal Building Conference Room B Tip Strategies is an Austin firm that has worked in sev eral states The board hopes the company can help New Braunfels attract Toyota parts suppliers to locate here Monroe Miller chairman of the 4B board said the board will hire the consul tant if their resume holds up Our Miller said is to do everything we can within financial reason to promote economic develop Rusty Brockman director of economic development of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce said there is a long list of things Tips Strategies would provide if hired He also said investing in job opportunities for citizens is worth the initial cost See City discusses possible solutions to river problems BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil members met Tuesday night for general discussion concerning river manage ment issues and the need to improve the citys technical systems The bulk of the discourse reviewed recommendations outlined in the summer 2002 river report Top concerns included tres passing and the use of con tract security officers to sup plement New Braunfels Police Department efforts on the river District 6 Councilman and former River Activities Com mittee member Ken Valen tine criticized the citys efforts to discourage trespassing on private property that runs along the river banks He not ed that no citations for tres passing were given in 2002 The way you change behavior is you gotta do an Valentine said showing the room a photo graph of trespassers crowding along riverbanks Mayor Adam Cork said it would take cooperation from landowners along the river and that it was not reason able for landowners to expect a small pool of law enforce ment officers to keep tubers 898 INSIDE Key Code 76 Hull Pospisil officially file for council race BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Two residents the two who announced before filing opened became official candidates for City Council Tuesday the first day of filing for the May3 municipal elec tion Business owners Gale Pospisil and Valerie Hull both filed as candidates in their respective districts Tuesday morning said City Secretary Michael Resendez We had Gale Pospisil at 8 and Valerie Hull at 11 Resendez said Hull will seek to replace District 4 Councilman Robert Kendrick who has not announced his plans Hull is a graduate of the University of Texas She owns Hull Doors which she started in San Anto nio eight years ago She has been mar ried to John Hull for 32 POSPISIL years and has two children ages 23 and 10 Pospisil will be a candidate fcr the District 3 seat held by Debbie Flume who bested her in a threeway contest in the 2000 municipal election Pospisil owns Pospisil Appraisal Service with her husband Vladimir Pospisil She is a certified real estate appraiser and a licensed real estate broker who serves on the Infra Improve ment 4B board F1 u m e who said in 2002 she did not expect to be HULL a candidate for reelec tion has not announced her intentions The filing period closes at 5 March 19 The New Braunfels City Code lists the qualifications for council members in Sec tion A candidate must be a resi dent of the council district that he or she will be a candidate See
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