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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 12, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY March 12 2003 t8 pages in 2 sections EITUNG Vol 152 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Areas top alleged deadbeat dad behind bars BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal Countys worst known alleged deadbeat dad has been arrested in Laramie Wyo Albany County Wyoming sheriffs deputies arrested mechanic Jerry Don Posey 43 formerly of Canyon Lake and whose last known address was in Kansas this past Thursday on a Comal County warrant for criminal nonsupport of two nowadult offspring Posey is being held on a fugitive warrant and will be returned to New Braunfels to face charges His bail is Posey was listed on Texas Attorney General Greg Abbotts Web site as one of the 10 worst child support evaders in the state of Texas His photo was seen on the Web Thursday by someone who called a tip in to the attorney generals office Posey was arrested four hours later at the camp ground where he worked He Kathy Jurica of Canyon Lake in back child sup port Jurica said Tuesday night she was very surprised to hear Posey had been cap tured He went underground and didnt think wed find him I havent found out who turned Talking shop K JESSIE Canyon High School Automotive instructor Kevin Hicks watches Sam Villa left and Joel Rodriguez center check fuses on the antilock braking system traction control unit CHS auto class earns national rank BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer The auto technology pro gram at Canyon High School isnt your dads shop class any more Besides giving students a start on a career its earned a special national rating The rating came from an evaluation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation instructors from St Philips College in San Antonio They spent three days talk ing to students and teach ers they checked the cur K JESSIE Hicks watches Sean Prall center and Joel Rodriguez right check fuses on one of the vehicles in their shop riculum and the equipment The result Its one of two high school programs in South Texas the others at Roosevelt High in San Antonio to be certified as ASE the National Institutes rank ing for Automotive Service Excellence What it means to the dis trict is we are nationally ranked said Canyon High School auto motive technology teacher Kevin Hicks It automati cally puts us in the realm of a St In fact the Canyons automotive technology pro grams curriculum is aligned with St Philips from which Canyon stu dents taking advanced courses in the programs last two years can earn up to 18 hours of college cred its Part of that includes working for local auto deal erships as seniors Weve got Bluebonnet Motors on the Ford side and weve got ChevyNew Braunfels Ive got one stu dent placed at Gunn Auto motive Park off of Judson Road in San Antonio Hicks said The business See him in but I want to thank them Her son 22 works for Hon da in Ohio and her daugh ter 19 is married and about to have a child of her own Jurica said I struggled and I made it My kids are grown and doing well and hes the one who is struggling Jurica said Jurica said she didnt know if shed ever see any of the child support money she is owed Its really all irrelevant right now The point is hes in jail All I had was time to keep looking All I knew was he just had to keep looking behind his back His day See Ortiz attorneys work legal deal to reopen seized bar Warehouse owner says he wont rebuild at same spot BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The owner of the chemical warehouse destroyed in a Feb 7 fire said his company is not likely to rebuild the business on the same site Rodney Scott one of the owners of TEMTEX Sol vents Corp said Tuesday the environmental cleanup of his former chemical warehouse and the property around it was proceeding well The business was destroyed in a Feb 6 fire allegedly set by David Buff ington a 17yearold New Braunfels resident Investigators believe Buff ington broke into the ware house through a rear entrance Buffington was booked into Comal County Jail the morn ing after the fire on a charge of arson causing injury which is a seconddegree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine His bail is Scott said the loss his com pany suffered in the fire is about making it one of the most expensive in Comal County history and the costs of the cleanup are still coming in Scott said Weve been doing every thing we can to work this process through I think its going as well as can be expected The slab is clear weve removed some soil form the plant Scott said Unfortunately in one of these situations it never moves as fast as youd like Scott said Scott said TEMTEX would continue to operate in this area but he does not expect to rebuild the warehouse at the Engel Road site See Years rain might make summer wildfires worse BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Reporter This summer might be a nightmare with wildfires Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford said We were talking the other day with all the rain weve had rain means Manford said With the grass and brush and stuff when we hit the summer and high humidity this may be a bad season for Manford said the biggest cause of wildfires is controlled burns People dont realize how fast a fire can get away from them and then they burn a lot of cedar and the embers get into the wind and it might take them 100 to 200 yards away to dry Manford said And then some people burn in high winds We try to educate the pub lic We tell them the rules for outdoor burning if the winds are really high But we have people wholl get out there and burn and itll be windy Manford said Then there are those who leave smoldering embers from fires that have burned down The winds will come up in the middle of the night rekindling the fires and blow ing the embers creating a fire See BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The Ortiz Rec Center reopened for business Tues day one week after law enforcement officials closed it in a seizure related to the arrest of its owner Attorney Glenn Peterson said he attorney Michael Morris and District Attorney Dib Waldrip worked out an agreement Monday after noon in which Paul Ortiz was allowed to reopen his busi ness pending the outcome of a forfeiture hearing Under the agreement Ortiz put up cash bojad he will surrender if he loses in the forfeiture pro ceedings Morris said Ortiz owns the building with his uncle Casiano Ortiz and shares the business and his share of the building with his wife Margarita Assistant District Attorney Mel Koehler and the Comal County Metropolitan Nar cotics Task Force closed the business down March 6 and instituted forfeiture pro ceedings against the business and the building The forfeiture bond was set at for the building the business and its contents Basically were saying its onerous on a business owner INSIDE Key Code 76 Nurse Average too high for teen STD rate BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer The number of students in Comal County with sexual ly transmitted diseases might be average by state and national standards but for County Nurse Karon Preiss it is still too high I dont like our Preiss said Tuesday Id like to have much fewer sexually transmitted diseases in the county especially among teenagers Across the board state and nationwide we run average But we dont want to see any or very Last year Preiss saw 116 people with STDs diseases like herpes AIDS gonorrhea syphilis hepatitis B and C and chlamydia And of 103 cases of chlamy dia a disease in which an organism invades the repro ductive tract of males and females causing scarring pelvic inflammatory disease and ultimately sterility 32 occurred in teenagers last year Another 62 cases of chlamydia were for young people who were age 20 indi cating they were probably infected as teens said Preiss Whats to be done about the issue of STDs among teens Preiss said school nurses do a whole lot to educate refer and help teens when it comes to STDs County Extension Agent for Health Education Kathleen Greer conducts clin ics and talks to those nurses in the fight to reduce teen infections And a recently hired nurse practitioner con ducts STD clinics But teens Preiss said think they wont get huit Kids think they are invin cible Kids dont think they are going to get STDs Kids just dont think they are touchable The rates are alarming to she said What alarms Preiss even more are the longterm effects of STDs the psy chological damage incurred in broken relationships because a second third or fourth partner is involved and someone has been unfaithful And the physical effects are profound she said See
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