Tuesday, July 15, 2003

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 15, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNEELS TUESDAY July 2003 12 pages in 2 sections 208 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Boy killed in suspected DWI accident BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH Matthew a 7yearold Fort Worth died in an accident on 281 Monday evening when an allegedly drunken driver struck his familys Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders pronounced the boy dead at at the scene of the about one mile south of Rebecca Creek The saddest thing about this is his parents did everything Saunders They had him belt ed into a booster The boys Greg and Amy and his 2yearold were flown to Hospital in Sari A hospital official said all werein stable condition at 9 The other Joseph Mitchell of Spring was arrested at the scene by DPS Troop er Rusty Nesbitt and taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital for a blood Texas Department of Public Safe ty Trooper Joel Machost said Conrad would be booked on one allegation of intoxicated three counts of intoxicated assault and for allegedly driving while Conrad will appear today before Comal County Magistrate Ellen who will set The subject here was taken to the hospital for a blood which is DPS policy in a fatal acci The Field Sobriety Test and breath tests revealed he was over the legal Machost The accident occurred at when Conrad was driving north bound on Machost The driver of the Nissan drove northbound across the yellow center stripe into the southbound Machost Greg a 38yearold Fort Worth locked up his brakes and skidded for more than 100 feet trying to avoid the Machost He did everything he could to avoid the Machost The truck hit the drivers side of the It was pushed into the ditch and then struck an oak tree on the sliding door on the pas sengers The vehicle struck the tree direct ly beside the rear seat where the boy was strapped into a child restraint Machost ing a twofeetdeep indentation in the The van spun around the stripping the bark from it and came to facing Traffic on 281 was backed up for miles in both directions for more than an hour while rescue workers extricated the injured occu pants and evacuated them to San Antonio in two loins Senate effort to block redistricting bill BY NATALIE GOTT Associated Press Writer Bill Ratliff said Monday he would join 10 Democratic sen ators in opposing redrawing the states congressional dis opening the possibility the bill could be former acting lieu tenant said he told Republican David Dewhurst of a statement signed by 10 other senators stating their unal terable oppositidh to any motion to bring up redistrict ing for I have advised the lieutenant gov ernor that I am adding my name to that Ratliff said outside the Senate Under Senate two thirds or 21 senators must agree to bring a bill up for debate before it can be considered on the Senate It takes 11 senators to block a bill from debate in the 31member A few minutes before Ratliff Dewhurst said it was possible he would con SPECIAL SESSION On the Web Texas Legislative Council sider changing that Ratliff warned against such a move and said he didnt think a majority of senators would support it I sincerely hope that he doesnt make that Ratliff It would be a serious maybe the most serious mistake he could Todd Sta and the Texas Republican Party indicated the two firm as some say it pointing to a 1992 special leg islative session when the rule was not even this the twothirds rule already is in With existing congression al Democrats hold a 1715 edge in the con gressional Repub led by House Majority Leader Tom RSugar say they want a majority hi the delegation and cite GOPleaning voting See Council to TxDOT Proceed with Gruene Bridge improvements BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Frustrated over discussing an issue they thought was settled six years New Braunfels City Council urged the Texas Department of Transportation to move forward with Gruene Bridge For the sixth time District 2 New Braunfels Councilman Larry Alexander said Monday The resolution passed with District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine In the state ranked the bridge as a priority recon struction said Greg TxDOT area engi The state offered the city 90 percent of million need ed to complete the Malatek said the city would have to reimburse TxDOT in engineering The bridge would be replaced with a wider structure that would address traffic and flood ing Mayor Adam Cork placed item on the agenda after 4 T m omww fp WMIJJ historic preservationists asked the citys historic commission two weeks ago to back an effort to halt the pro I dont want anyone to be under the delusion that this body supports anything else over Cork eaicL David New Braunfels Conservation Soci ety asked council to Claudette hurries ashore KEVIN Dally News A spectator watches as waves crash over the rocks at 29th Street and Seawall Boulevard In Galveston Tropical storm expected to cause windy weather locally BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer If you get groceries they could be soggy by the time you get them National Weather Service and local officials say the Comal County area can expect some fallout from Tropical Storm Claudette in the form of rain and blustery winds late tonight and National Weather Service Meteo rologist Dave Swallow said Claudette is expected to reach land in the Corpus Christi area late tonight or early The Associated Press reported Mon day that oil companies had secured operations and evacuated workers from offshore rigs in preparation for Claudettes NWS reported about 250 miles from Corpus continued to move northnorthwest at 7 The with 65mph could become a hurricane by A hurricane warning was issued Monday for more than 200 miles of the Texas Comal County Emergency Manage ment Coordinator Carol Edgett said the storm should present few prob lems Were in good I dont fore see any but well be moni toring Edgett Just stay out of those lowwater If youre do what the weather service and Turn dont Swallow said Claudettes if it continues as would take the core of the storm through Atascosa south of San and on toward northern sections of the Rio Grande As far as we are concerned up here in Comal we can probably expect breezy conditions to develop Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday along with scattered showers and a See INSIDE Bulverde seeks chief for police department BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer BULVERDE The City of Bulverde has moved toward creating its own police depart ment by initiating the search for a police City Administrator L Lopez said the city has placed an advertisement with Texas Munic ipal League and had received 30 for the position Monday Theyre highquality Lopez said of the Itte been very The Bulverde City Council hag not yet decided on a salary for the Lopez Comal County Sheriff Bob Hold er enforces the law in Bulverde under an interlocal agreement between the city and the county tiat goes back to when Bul verde hired its first Three sheriffs deputies now work in the enforcing state law and city Lopez at a cost to Bulverde of about each per including benefits and With the understanding that Bulverde would hire an additional deputy in 2003 and 2004 and would have a police force by the interlocal agreement in 2002 was extend ed to January It has been the plan as long as were con tracting with them to increase our manpow er to an acceptable level to provide sufficient law Holder said The idea was that while we were doing Bul verde would start taking steps to form then own police See