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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 27, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY March 27 2003 t 12 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol US Serving New Braunfels and Carnal County since 1852 50 cents Man tried to lure girl near NB middle school BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Police are looking for a man who tried to lure a 13 yearold girl into his vehicle as she walked home Tuesday afternoon from New Braun fels Middle School A resident of the neighbor hood reported to police that someone tried to entice her daughter into a mediumblue sport utility vehicle in the 600 block of West Coll Street The incident occurred at about Tuesday Twice the girl refused to get in and told the man to stop bothering her He knew she was under the victims mother said He asked her if she attended the middle school and he asked her where she lived He knows the neigh borhood and was not afraid to approach a child in broad The woman reported that the suspect circled back to talk to her daughter and stopped his vehicle He is in his 30s or 40s is bald possibly Hispanic and of medium build with a roundshaped head and medium complexion the woman said Talk to your kids This man is looking for a victim He continuously circled our street and throughout the the woman said New Braunfels police detec tive John Rios said the girl did exactly the right thing She told him to leave her alone twice and kept Rios said Never ever get into a vehicle with a stranger for any reason She did the right thing by telling him to leave her alone and by keeping going She also told her mother which is a very important thing to do Get a description of the vehicle Remember any thing you can Get a license plate that will really help us track the vehicle Rios said Rios said police forward information received to patrol officers so they can be on the lookout for the suspect and vehicle This young lady did every thing she needed to do and mom did the right thing The main things are to stay out of that vehicle tell your parents and call the he said Bush War far from over Tips to help kids cope with war Page 5A I Relief convoy rolls in as allies clear way Page 5A I Quest column Portrait of our sol diers Page 5A Briefs from the warfront Page 5A I Follow late developments on the HeraldZeitung Web Site i n EDDIE photo Marines of Bridge Co Bravo go to work after a nap and breakfast in a drainage culvert They worked all night to build a medium girder bridge in the southern Iraqi desert Wednesday after a sand storm with winds in excess of 70 mph canceled bridge building Tuesday About 76 Marines took refuge in the culvert for a few hours before being called to formation at mid night to again attempt to build the 151foot span that can support 70ton Abrams tanks N New Braunfels native injured during Operation Iraqi Freedom BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer The son of New Braunfels cou ple was wounded Sunday in the fierce fighting near the city of Nasiriyah Iraq Retired Marine Col Jim Reid head of the Marine Junior ROTC program at New Braun fels High School said Wednes day his son Ben was injured when a rocketpropelled grenade hit an amphibian assault vehicle he was riding in The attack occurred as Marines were trying to take a bridge near Nasiriyah Ben Reid is a weapons pla toon comman der and infantry officer from the First Battalion Second Marine His battalion was part of Task Force Tarawa composed of troops from the Sec ond Marine Expeditionary Brigade from Camp Lejeune Hes doing Col Reid said REID of his son a 2000 graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis Md The younger Reid sustained sec onddegree facial burns when a rocketpropelled grenade hit the vehicle killing the platoon sergeant and artillery forward observer along with seven others Col Reid said he thought his son might have been hurt when he watched Task Force Tarawas actions on television pieced bits of information together and listened to an embedded reporter with the unit We were waiting on a list of casualty names Then we got casualty notification 72 hours lat er which wasnt Col Reid said He said Ben who married last July would soon be evacuated from the hospital ship USNS Comfort Hes out of the fight but the fight goes said the retired Marine We need this nation to stand by the president and well see this thing through to the end And I know my son would feel this way Army troops parachute into Iraq seize airfield BY DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent Army airborne forces parachuted into northern Iraq Wednesday seizing an airfield for a new front against Sad dam Hussein and British war planes bombed an enemy convoy flee ing the besieged city of Basra in the south One week into the war the possibil ity of a major battle loomed within 100 miles of Baghdad as another convoy this one made up of elite Republican Guard forces moved in the direc tion of American troops aiming for Sad dams seat of power Jumping from lowflying planes into the Iraqi night an estimated paratroopers landed near an airstrip in Kurdishcontrolled territory less than 30 miles from the Turkish border Hundreds of miles to the south the unchallenged bombing of Iraqi forces leaving Basra raised hopes that ground troops could soon enter the city feared at risk for a humanitarian crisis The military developments unfold ed as the first humanitarian delivery of supplies rolled into southern Iraq greeted at the border by hungry chil dren With American and British forces massing to the south west and now the north of Baghdad the Iraqi regime kept much of the news from its own people Instead it emphasized a claim that two American cruise missiles had killed 14 civilians in Baghdad and wounded dozens more This war is far from Presi dent Bush said in a quick trip to the Florida headquarters of Central See County to begin bidding process on new office space BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The second step in a series of moves that will provide a little elbow room for cramped Comal County facilities soon will be under way Comal County Commis sioners Thursday are set to request bids on a new build ing to house the offices of Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace William Schroeder on prop erty the county owns on Texas 46 in fzont of the county road department Also in the ing bids to add a meeting facility and offices to the pro posed new home of the Carnal County Agricultural Exten sion Services to be located on property the county recently purchased behind the road department The new facility would include Schroeders court room offices for his staff and some adult probation officers as well as a meeting room It could be completed as early as this summer The facility would locate Schroeders offices closer to the oenter of his precinct and would make it more accessi ble to Canyon Lake and Spring Branch area residents The move is part of a pro gram begun with the 2000 INSIDE Kay Code 76 Council members host town hall meetings BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer A series of town hall meetings begins today launching an effort to encour age communication between New Braunfels City Council members and their con stituents District 3 Councilwoman Debbie Flume hosts a meet ing at 6 today at her home 721 Wood Road The forum will be open to all res idents who want to talk about anything but Flume hopes to focus on issues in District 3 District 4 Councilman Robert Kendrick hosts a meeting today at the Gruene Cliff Bed and Breakfast 1111 Gruene Road Kendrick said he will At a glance Town hall meet Ing New Braunfete District 3 WHEN 6pm today WHERE Home of CourohMoman Debbie Rqme 721 Wood Road 1WHOT Town TrSpl today flHf 1111 try to conduct such meetings in all parts of his district to ensure his constituents are wellinformed If the meet ings go well he said he hopes to continue them on a regular basis perhaps monthly District 1 Councilwouian Sonia MunozGill invited Mayor Adam Cork and Flume to discuss May 3 bal lot Propositions and 3 with District 1 constituents in a meeting tentatively scheduled for next week at the hall of Holy Family Catholic Church MunozGill said she has been thinking about hosting a town hall meeting for a long time but decided to do it now with the upcoming elec tion MunozGill said she hopes to focus on Proposi tions 2 and 3 because street repair issues are important to her constituents My district is one of the older MunozGUl said My constituents have seen development occur and See