Wednesday, April 9, 2003

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY April 18 pages in 2 sections RALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 125 ServingNew Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Saddams fate after bomb raid BY CHRIS TIMUNSON AND DAVID ESPO Associated Press Writers BAGHDAD Iraq forces battled the tattered remnants of Iraqs army for control of downtown Baghdad on Tuesday crushing a counterattack and seizing a mili tary airport Saddam Husseins fate was unknown after an attempt to kill him from the air Inside the capital to stay some Army units routed Iraqi fighters from a Republican Guard head quarters Others discov ered a 12room complex inside a cave complete with white marble floors 10foot ceilings and fluo rescent lighting Marines battled snipers as they fought deeper into the capital from the east They seized the Rasheed Airport and captured enough ammunition for an estimated troops Ominously they also took a prison where they found Army uniforms and chemical weapons suits possibly belonging to American POWs The toll on civilians from four days of urban combat was unknown But the World Health Organization said Baghdads hos pitals were running out of supplies to treat the burns shrapnel wounds and spinal injuries caused by the fighting Two cameramen were killed and at least three others wounded when an American tank fired a round into the Palestine Hotel head quarters for hundreds of journal ists Commanders said hostile fire had been coming from the build ing although the journalists said they witnessed none Separately the Arab television network alJazeera reported that See Fuel spill Right New Braunfels firefighter Petey Bartels left prepares a mixture for Craig VanRyswyk to spread on the leaking fuel tank of a semi truck cited for failing to yield to the Volkswagen Beetle that crashed into its side near Solms Road and 135 Tuesday No one was seriously injured Firefighters formed a small dike of absorbent material to keep fuel from flowing downhill into the nearby 4 Mile Creek Above New Braunfels firefighter Anthony Pitzer grabs a bag of absorbent material as he and others work to contain a fuel leak threatening 4 Mile Creek Photos by K JESSIE Utility bills to rise along with cost of wholesale energy BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer The average New Braun fels Utilities customer would pay about more for every kilowatthours of elec tricity used from May to the end of 2003 Gretchen Reuwer NBU communications manager said the fuel charge increase is necessary to cov er the rising costs of the nat ural gas used to produce elec tricity The Lower Colorado River Authority Wholesale Power Services provides NBU with basically all of its whole sale electricity Reuwer said When the cost of power production increases or decreases LCRA passes those cost variations to utili ty customers These costs appear on bills as the power cost recovery More than half of LCRAs electricity comesfrom com bined sources of coal water and the rest from natural gas NBU customers use an average of about kilo watthours per month Reuw er said So the impact should be less than for the typi cal New Braunfels resident The price increase comes at the start of the summer which is NBLTs heaviest sea son of electricity use Dan Kuehn manager of fuel and energy risk man agement said natural gas prices are sensitive to weath er demands international uncertainties and the world See Seventhgrader dies in nighttime vehicle wreck BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer CANYON LAKE A 13 yearold Smithson Valley Middle School seventhgrad er died early Monday in a single vehicle rollover acci dent on FarmtoMarket Road 306 Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders said she pronounced Andrew T Reding dead at the scene of the accident which occurred near the Oak Valley Drive intersection His mother Dianne Mey er Reding 48 and his broth er Brian Christopher Red ing 8 were taken to Univer sity Hoapital in San Antonio with injuries that included cuts and bruises Brian Reding was also treated for broken bones Both were released from University Hospital Tuesday afternoon Department of Public Safe ty Trooper Vaughn Pack reported Dianne Reding was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer northbound on FM 306 at about in heavy fog when a deer ran across the roadway in front of her vehi cle She swerved right to avoid the deer and then overcor rected back to the left Pack said causing the vehicle to roll over onto its right side Both children were thrown See Pinto takes interim out of Fire Chief Berbers title BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer City Manager Charles Pin to shortened John Herbers title at the New Braunfels Fire Department Tuesday afternoon Berber 44 appointed inter im fire chief to replace Jack Collier Dec 31 2002 was named fire chief The interim appointment came at a time of strife in the department Pinto said he realized in working with Her ber that the temporary chief was the man to lead the department forward 1 felt real comfortable with him working with him over the last three Pinto said I just felt Why fix some thing thats not In my opinion Johns doing a fan tastic job and has a good grip on things My first inclination whenever HERBER possible is always to try to promote from within I havent always had the opportunity to do that But we have a good group of guys over there at the fire depart ment and John has the expe rience and the talent to do this I dont see why I need to go out when we have every thing we need right Pinto said See INSIDE TV Key Code 76 Winds knock out power in some areas BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Gusty winds toppled trees and utility poles around the county early Tuesday morn ing causing power outages from New Braunfels to Smithson Valley New Braunfels Utility spokeswoman Gretchen Reuwer said there were sev eral downed utility poles along Texas 46 It was windrelated We had a circuit go down that affected Highway 46 out to Smithson Reuwer said Comal County Sheriffs deputies also reported trees and wires down in the River Road area Deputies and New Braun fels police officers directed traffic at the affected traf fic lights during the morning rush hour into New Braun fels Sheriffs deputies directed traffic around NBU repair crews Reuwer said the crews had power restored to most homes within an hour or two The rest of the affected homes were on line by 11 Its a very reliable sys tem but high wind always tends to create havoc on the Reuwer said When you get winds upward of 40 mph between trees and things of that nature youll have The Pedernales Electric Cooperative which serves western Coraal County reported no power problems in its service area National Weather Service Meteorologist Constantine Pashos said a cold front that swept through the area cooled down temperatures and spawned the winds The highest gusts were 41 to 42 mph There might have been higher winds in some valleys in the Pashos said But little or no ruin was reported Pashos said A few storms were experi enced west of Kerrville Uvalde and down toward Eagle Pass but they basi cally stayed southwest of Interstate 10 and west of Hondo Pashos said The winds were expected to die out overnight Todays forecast calls for sunny skies with temperatures in the low 70s Thursday and Friday will see a warming trend with a few clouds lingering into the weekend