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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY April 18 pages in 2 sections EITUNG Vol 152 No 133 Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents US commandos capture Saddams half brother BY DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent American commandos cap tured a half brother of Saddam I F Hussein on Thursday the latest j success in a campaign to round up insiders from the former regime troops thwarted a Baghdad bank robbery over the protests of Iraqis eager to share in the loot As forces struggled to restore order in Iraq FBI Director Robert Mueller announced that agents had been detailed to help recover antiquities looted from muse ums in Baghdad and else where Agents will aid interna tional efforts to recover stolen items on both the open and black he said With the fighting all but over the USS Constellation steamed from the Persian Gulf for its home port carrying dozens of warplanes no longer needed to bomb Iraqi forces into submis sion It was the second aircraft carrier ordered home in recent days Brig Gen Vincent Brooks announced the capture of Barzan Ibrahim Hasan telling reporters he was an adviser to Saddam with extensive knowl edge of the regimes inner work His face was on the five of clubs in the Pentagons deck of mostwanted Iraqis A intelligence official speaking on condition of anonymity said Barzan Hasan had been a presidential adviser See Helping innocent victims April proclaimed Child Abuse Awareness Month BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Poverty drug use and par ents too young to handle the responsibilities of adulthood all play a part in child abuse local officials said April is Child Abuse Pre vention Month in Comal County And several agen cies are doing their part to educate the public about how to prevent child abuse At a glance In 2002 162 children In Comal County were confirmed vic tims of child 89habuseaor neglect ed children were placed 25 children areavail able for Anyone who knoyvs about child abuse Is repbrt it One of them is the Comal County Child Welfare Board CCCWB strives to ensure that children who are vic tims of abuse or neglect are provided care above and beyond the basic needs paid for by the state of Texas The agency funds alloca tions for birthday and Christmas gifts as well as extra activities like sum mer school drivers educa tion proms sports cheer leading scouting church outings camps Were like the grandpar ents these children dont CCCWB Secretary Cay Quoyeser said Foster parents and treat ment centers are reim bursed by the state for the care of children in foster DAVID Lacey Morns comforts an abused boy who has been living at the Comal County Emergency Childrens Shelter In children in Comal County were confirmed victims of child abuse care But those funds only cover food shelter clothing and basic needs So typical ly children in foster care depend heavily on CCCWB for other needs not met by the state CCCWB board member Chandler Gray stressed the public plays a significant part in reporting child abuse Its your duty and its safe and Gray said Its important that par ents realize that if they get overwhelmed and angry enough to shake or strike a child they should put the child in a safe place and leave the arptj and go some where where they can calm down CCCWB is setting up a Rainbow Room at Child Protective Services that would provide cleaning equipment diapers and toi letries for children who are removed from their homes CCCWB has also bought donated computerized babies games and videos about child abuse that it can lend to schools for use in life Skills classes To further meet the needs of parents the Parenting Coalition of Comal County sponsors three programs The Nurturing Years teaches teen parenting See Consultant reports on how to attract Toyota suppliers BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Consultants presented Thursday the first draft of a plan to attract Tbyota sup pliers to New Braunfels Theory Into Practice TIP Strategies Inc outlined a pre liminary sketch of some of the pros and cons of the citys position in the regional fren zy for offshoot business from the proposed San Antonio Toyota plant At an Infra Cor poration Board of Directors 4B meeting the group also presented a general idea of suggestions for the city to beef up its commercial mag netism TIP president Tom Stell man and three staff mem bers made it clear the city wouldneed toseriously con sider changes to its infra structure and economic development and also that it is in a unique position above Toyota competitors TIP has begun a fivetask study that focuses on Toy otas Indiana plant The plant is the most similar to the pro posed San Antonio plant TIP also is studying the general market trends of the automotive industry to equip the 4B board with suppliers Stellman said New Braun fels has several competitive advantages in the race for Toyota suppliers New Braunfels is within 60 miles of the Toyota site has rail access 135 and I 10 has economic sales tax funds the Central Texas Technology Center and a municipal airport The challenges would be that New Braunfels is com peting with more than 500 communities in Texas in a difficult economic develop ment climate He also said the perception of New Braun felH as a tourist town with no other economic interests also will hurt the citys chances Early morning wreck K JESSIE Firefighters Jason Wallace left and Lt Trent Touch douse the flames from what remained of a truck on Wald Road early Thursday morning The vehicle went off the side of the road for about 50 yards in a narrow lane before running Into a fence The driver who walked away without noticeable injuries was taken to University Medical Center for examination NBHS principal Fitsko retires at school years end SPECIAL TO THE HERALD ZEITUNG After 36 years in education New Braunfels High School Principal Michael J Fitsko will retire at the end of the 200203 school year The past three years have been the best years of ray education said Fit sko who was called upon to lead New Braunfels High School before the 200001 school year began The expe rience has been very enrich ing because of the support I have received from the kids the faculty and the commu Fitsko has led the high school through a threeyear million construc tion project while see ing many academic accomplish me n t s including earning FITSKO Recognised status for the school from the Texas Education Agency earning a Gold Performance Acknowl edgment from TEA for the schools Recommended diplo ma program and by watch ing athletes and extracurric ular group members earn See INSIDE TV Key Code 76 County jump starts West Nile fight BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County officials announced Thursday they have begun spraying opera tions in an attempt to control West Nile virus this spring and summer West Nile virus was first detected in New York in 1999 Since then it has spread west ward to 28 states including Texan In 2002 dead birds infected with the virus were found in Comal Hays and Bexar coun ties The West Nik virus injects blue jays crows and hawks and can be spread to homes sheep cattle and humans by mosquitoes Humana cannot catch West At a glance CtemaJ County officials Nile directly from birds Livestock can be inoculated against the virus in a twopart series of shots that costs between and In people the West Nile virus causes symptoms that initially look like the flu but dont get better and then moves on into symptoms similar to encephalitis It can be fatal County Judge Danny Scheei told commissioners court Thursday that county und the City of New Braunfels oflicuils were beginning a mosquito fogging program with the truckmounted machine The city and county purchased the machine after the July 2002 flood to cope with mosquitoes We need to be proactive on this and not Scheel said Engineer Ibm Hornseth and I are working with the city on this We know West Nik virus is in this area and we dont want to get hit with The county has already begun spraying in unincorpo rated areas Scheel said Scheel said the machine couldnt be used on private on public land or in public rightsofway   

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