Wednesday, November 19, 2003

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 19, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER SILVER BELLS Affordable The Weihhachtsmarkt is just around the corner and offers Christmas wares big and small Page IB and Comai since 1852 TOUGH STUFF Cal Thomas is unsure about the nations toughness on crime Get real and save taxpayers I some money he says Page 4A Vol 14 pages 2 sections CLICK WWW FORUM 4A LOttO 2A SPORTS S6A a DtJi TV GRIDS 4B High Low 72 45 DEAfi ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 68B COMICS 3B FRONTand CENTER Detective Ronnie Womack is a fingerprint expert Hell readily tell you that in his business any print is By Ron Maloney Staff Writer In a business where most dp their jobs with muscle and a fair understanding of human psychology Detective Ron nie Womack prefers a microscope chem istry and a computer program Womack a former street cop and nar cotics detective who also has the forensic abilities of a specialized criminal lab tech nician Street Sense and lab prowess are almost never seen in the same officer I let the science speak for Wom ack said Let it be the This week Womack is giving a class in fingerprint identification to officers from a number pf law enforcement agencies Womack a 17year veteran Comal County Sheriffs deputy has learned from some of the best in the fingerprinting business and is recognized in this area as an expert in his own right We depend on DPS for Womack said But in latents were in v a Chouse all the never atpf r KoePPwhdicom mands tne Crimi nal Investigation Division at the sheriffs office saidWbm expertise has been Weve made cases we wouldnt have been able to make because his processing level is more than many officers can Koepp siaid Ronnies been specifically requested to process prints for several out side agencies including the Texas Akey piece ofWomacks equipment is a black tube called a nonatmospheric vac uum Like many of the techniques Womack uses it didnt exist just a couple of decades ago Womack uses the device with super glue to make fingerprints visible to the eye Super glue Womack smiled The propess came from he explained It was discovered by accident by a fiber and hair The discovery was a quantum leap past the days of black powder fingerprint Back in his office Womack uses computer software that magnifies a fin gerprint fijling the screen and enabUiig hirn to easily find points for comparison A lot of guys who came up in the 60s 70s and 80s would rather lean over the desk ajui pointing ata magnifying loupe like jewelers use to H Comal County Sheriffs Detective Ronnie Womack as evidence Above left yvumt searches fpr latent fingerprints on a gun collected a Ipupe used to examine prints Scheel blisters TxDOT officials Predicted growth conjures concern By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A Texas Department of Transportation official told Comal County Tuesday some local road projects might have to wait 30 years before money is available County Judge Danny Scheel assailed the assessment and TxDOTs planning at the agencys annual transportation planning meeting saving that with rampant growth the county could not wait that long Scheel called on the state agency to educate the public about new road funding scenarios and join local officials in planning for trans portation TxDOT District Transportation Plan ning Engineer Clay Smith said the need for roadwork in Texas is outstripping avail able money 16 to that local gov ernments would have to share in filling the gap The 78th Legislature gaveTxDOT author ity to bond road projects but the ultimate answer Smith said would be for local gov ernments to establish Regional Mobility with power to levy taxes charge tolls or take other meas ures to fill the state funding gap Some say Well state youre dumping this down on the local Smith said Were trying to find a way to meet local demand in a Smith said Scheel said the state is shirking its responsibility Im going to tell you right up front Im not a happy camper Scheel said Year after year weve been giving our concerns were not even on the hori zon Youre talking about Highway 46 we cant wait that The judge said TxDOT needs to start educating the public about RMAs Comal County now has a population of Scheel said Population pro jections say it will be by 2020 Five years from now you dont even have Highway 46 on the Scheel said I understand youre under budget restraints But ifs a heck of a lot cheaper to try to get the rightofway we need for these projects Danny Scheel 4B directors to mull spendin es civic center By Dylan Jim6ne Stiff Writer infrastructure and Improvement Corporation BPiFd pf Directors 48 board members want to make dear to OQ fiwds have been sto stou pljjje ciyip ce nter bparij will discuss Vajentine wrote that tihe 4B board was ponsidering aUo eating rniipn for civic cen ter expansion quoting docu ments that suggest board funds wpuJd go toward center improvements which have not yet been decided The mjjion number ajsp appeared in budget reports under the heading wuis cpnsideratipns on me man Monroe Miller Council must determine the building specifics and maintenance costs before funding can be considered MWersaid Council plans to meet Dec 3 to discuss the New Braun convention market and hpw the expanded civic cen ter plans ts atttact ppriven The yep had any said former chajr The civic penter might be djspussed as part of the 4B haaids budget Thursday The board will set general guidelines for spending dur ing this fiscal year in which the boards coffers will get about million in sales tax dollars During budget talks the board will consider how much money tp spend OB some of the pitys bigticket items such the civic center expansion Centra Texas Technology Center and attracting Toyota offshoot business 48 BOARD MEETING 7 Thursday Room A New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S CastellAve board will set guidelines for spsndjnij the million in taxpayer funds it vyill ressJye fiscal HiAJUNQ CAR WITH THE ATTENTION YOU PISIRYT Sweet 8 1583 Cswwnpfl Street 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