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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 5, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY April 5 2003 16 pages in 2 sections EITUNG Vol 152 No 122 Serving New Braunfels artd Comal County since 1852 50 cents frlklAa aithbi ahead early Iraqis flee as eonvoys press capital BY DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent Army tanks and infantry joined by elements of the 101st Airborne Division fought off attacks Friday at Baghdads international air port newly seized as a base just outside Saddam Husseins capital Thousands of Iraqis fled the city fearing urban warfare With commandos already inside Baghdad columns of Army and Marine armored vehi cles advanced on the city from the south They met occasionally stiff resistance battling Iraqi tanks as well as army Republican Guard Fedayeen forces and American forces closed in as Iraqi Infor mation Minister Mohammed Saeed al Sahhaf threatened very new creative martyrdom operations often a euphemism for suicide attacks but denied weapons of mass destruction would be involved Saddam appeared on television seemingly debunking Ameri canfed speculation that he was dead and urged his country to strike them advancing troops But the Marines reported the surrender of members of the Republican Guard American See GL home u ti ui K JESSIE After hours of fighting a mobile home blaze firefighters Ryan Wells left and Jeff Kirkpatrick give a helping hand to a daysold kitten found in the debris After a little oxygen getting dried off and warmed up it was off to a local veteranari an clinic for the only surviving pet Three cats die in blaze residents werent home K JESSIE Firefighters Jason Rush Jeff Kirkpatrick and Jasort Wells from left attack some of the smoldering spots still visible along the front wall of a mobile home on Chimney Rock after more than three hours spent trying to put out the fire BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A fire of unknown origin destroyed an home late Friday afternoon Comal County Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Anz said the Larry Doiron home located in the 5600 block of Chimney Rock was a com plete loss Late Friday night he did nt know the cause of the fire We know it started inside in one of these back rooms but its dark and we really cant do much inves Anz said Well get back up here in the day light and look it Doiron said he shared the home with his wife and a friend None were home when the fire occurred Designed to look like a country cabin it was the dream home they bought to move out to the country he said We loved this Doiron said I cant believe its Now Braunfels American See Hume Cork debate street repair funding at District 1 meeting BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer How will the city pay for repair of residential streets The mayor and an incum bent city council member who has spearheaded a ballot ini tiative she says will create a fund to repair neighborhood streets discussed the issue Thursday night in a public forum District 3 Council member Debbie Flume who is up for a second term in the May 3 election said New Braun fels has neglected its streets for too long and its time to do something about it Mayor Adam Cork while agreeing that it is time to fix streets warned that Flumes proposal would cost taxpayers more and do less in the long term by gutting the citys eco nomic development fund The pair spoke at a forum sponsored by District 1 Coun cilwoman Sonia MunozGill conducted at Holy Family Catholic Church on Hidalgo Avenue About 20 people attended Flume supports Propositions 2 and 3 on the May 3 ballot which she initiated through a petition drive earlier this year Proposition 2 would reduce by twothirds the threeeighths of one cent 4B economic devel opment sales tax taking away onefourth of a cent Proposition 3 would dedicate that onefourth cent to a tax specifically dedicated to street See DAVID New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork looks on as District 3 Councilwoman Debbie Flume explains to the small group gathered at the Holy Family Church Hall Thursday night her take on how the city should be spending tax dollars Man indicted in connection with Surety Bank robbery BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The first of two brothers arrested in connection with the robberies of the New Braunfels Surety Bunk branch has been indicted on an aggravated robbery charge The Comal County grand jury indicted Noel Martin 28 of Mico for aggravated robbery which a first degree felony punishable by between 5 and 69 years in state prison and a fine Martin was arrested March 3 in Handera County His brother Adam Mar tin 80 formerly of Austin was arrested March 7 in Henderson County The brothers are suspects in robberies that occurred at the Surety Bank branch at Interstate 35 and Walnut Avenue on Jan 10 and on Nov 14 2002 New Brauntels police detective Lt Mike Rust said two other individuals now incanserated on thw charges are suspected to have some involvement in the robberies although they have not been formally charged in connec tion with either of them New Braunfels police and Uie FBI are still investigating the robberies and could make See RQBBf INSIDE TV Key Code 76 County grants Moll tax abatement BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County commission ers unanimously awarded a tax abatement to the injection molding firm officials aay will bring nearly 300 highpaying production jobs to New Braun fela buuuiaaioners oifemi Moll Industries uu eightyear abatement that would Forgive 70 percent of Moils county property tax for the tltbt three years Forgive 55 percent for the second three years and Forgive 30 percent for the lust two years Moll promiaoa the county to move million worth of equipment here within 12 mouths and hire at least 75 new employees during the same period at an average wage of an hour Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Eco nomic Development Director Rusty Brockwan made a brief presentation to comaussion era court Thursday before a vote was taken Im very pleased to be before you today to tell you we have a new manufacturing facility in our Brockman told the court Moll Industries going to put people buck to work It will create some great oppor tunities for our folku 275 of them when they get to full Brockumn wad Moll has just token posses sion of the square foot facility formerly operated by Flextronics on FM jUt Brockman said the compa ny is already hiring employees to help clean the tuciJity Those jobb are in the to range Jobs for production employees after the opens will be at higher wagea Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawaon apoke about the importance of economic devel opment I always cite one example and thats the agricultural exemption we uaed to have on Interstate 35 that became the WalMart Distribution Center It went from to more than a million dollara in taxes per year Tax abate ments are Dawson said