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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 10, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                CLUTCH PLAYER Canyon High School senior Kyle Kennedy helps young basketball team overcome some key player losses this season SA TUESDAY FEBRUARY 10 2004 RALD FORUM BAD EXAMPLE The mother of a student at Frazier Elementary writes that parents who disregard driving protocols set a poor example for children Page 4A r wl Hp flW n NIG 1852 Vol 163 Nd 78 10 pages 1 section CLICK WWW lain likely chance High Low DEAR ABBY SA Details 6A City cans idea to privatize garbage service By Scott Mahon Staff Writer AWaste Management proposal to take over the citys sanitation service failed to draw a motion of support Monday even though rate payers could have saved per month A majority of the New Braunfels City Council members said their constituents didnt care about the cost and didnt want the citys sani tation service privatized Ive heard from a lot of my con stituents and avast majority of them dont want to said District 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil And they dont care if it costs or YES TO ROADS DRAINAGE Council approved a million bond issue for streets and drainage projects See Page 3A more a month Theyre worried about losing control and about the city workers being laid off Plus theyre willing to pay for a better product which they think we have So Im not in favor of District 5 Councilman Ken Valen tine echoed PospisiTs remarks We have a representative democ racy and were elected to represent the desires of our Valen tine said Most everyone I talked to asked us to please not privatize So I have to vote against privatizing because I want to reflect the wishes of my Mayor Adam Cork however cau tioned council not to base the deci sion solely on citizen feedback The city is sometimes too sensi See GARBAGE Page 3A FRONTand CENTER Surviving domestic violence By Leigh Jones Staff Writer When Laurie met her husband in California their future seemed brighter than the everpresent sunshine He was an intelligent wellliked man with a loving fam ily Everyone told her how lucky she was to have married him She thought so too until he tried to kill her Domestic violence crosses over every dividing line there said Jayne MorganKidd LPC a counselor at the Comal County Womens Center Every week the center hosts a domestic violence survivors sup port group Women of all races from all social backgrounds gath er to share their stories and offer encouragement Many are still in abusive situations longing to hear that there is a way out Group is your said Laurie whose last name is being withheld for protection No one else knows how it is in a violent It took her six years but Laurie finally escaped her tormentor and fled to Texas For the last four years she has been rebuilding her life Regular attendance at the sup port group has been crucial to her recovery Some days aie fine but others find her mired in a deep depression spawned by fear Reminders of her abuse can surface at any time People yelling certain songs the smell of his cologne or someone who looks like him can trigger para lyzing memories During those times help from the womens center is only a phone call away Ive called in the middle of the said Laurie and theres always someone The help she received enables Laurie to give it in return All the other women in the group know they can rely on her for a ride or a place to stay She is always sen sitive to women around her who might be in abusive relation ships Often the best encour agement they can receive is to personally know someone who has successfully left a similar sit uation REBECCA S Survivors of domestic violence like Laurie above whose last name is being withheld for protection find strength and encouragement from the support group sponsored by the Comal County Womens Center Police Only 1 in 4 cases are reported See Page 3A By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Police answered 464 domestic violence calls in 2003 but they probably represent only a fraction of actual incidents according to Chief of Police Russell Johnson Just this month the New Braun fels Police Department began breaking out domestic violence calls and arrests as part of its crime sta tistics Johnson reported police arrest ed 104 people the vast majority of whom were men Right now said Patrol Lt John larreal 69 New Braunfels residents but not all final protective orders against a spouse Another five have rary restraining orders Johnson said the department uses the listings to track domestic vior lence and abuse in the community ifs important to quantify just what were Johnson said I think the citizens in the commu nity realize the types of problems we have ABUSE IN TUP HOME In 8003 there domestic violence calls in the city of New 104 individuals were arrested in connection with these cases the vast majority of them Currently 69 city residents have final protective orders against a The statistics though probably only account for a fraction of the actual number of family situations that exist in this city where abuse or violence are present Johnson said These are probably a small num ber compared to the real amount of unreported domestic violence going Johnson said Its just a guess but thats probably less than 25 per cent of whats going only one in four gets VTllarreal said police officers take domestic violence cases seriously that officers work to respond to those incidents as fast as possible because of the risks to the families You remember that this situa tion that results in violence has been building up over VUlar real said You hurry to these calls usu ally with more than one particularly in instances where they call twice or three times while youre en route You know a situation is hot when that In the backs of the officers minds VlUarreal said is that these calls are volatile and can be dangerous to all famtty and the offi cers Domestic violence calls he said are among the most dangerous a police oflicer faces 1 wish I had the statistics here to show VUlarreal said A family violence call is never taken Speed could be a factor in fatal crash of motorcycle By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Authorities Monday identified the 26yearold New Braunfels motorcy clist killed Saturday afternoon in an accident on FarmtoMarket Road 1863 in Bulverde Department of Public Safety Trooper Rusty Nesbitt said Anthony Murchi son was killed instantly in a headon collision between his Harley Davidson and a car occupied by Travis and Loret ta Tullos of New Braunfels The Tulloses were flown to Brooke Army Medical Center for treatment The hospital did not return calls Mon day Nesbitt said Murchison who was westbound on a broad curve at Beck Road apparently drifted into the cen ter of the eastbound lane striking the Tullos vehicle Murchison was thrown from the motorcycle into the wind shield of the vehicle Nesbitt said evidence at the scene suggested Murchison could have been driving too fast to make the curve We believe the victim is a novice motorcycle Nesbitt said That could have contributed to this Fundraising efforts launched to benefit Goodwin firstgrader By Ron Maloney Staff writer a New Braunfels girl injured in a Jan 30 accident recov ers in a hospital here fundraising efforts have been mounted at home to help her family A spokesperson with Shriners Hos pital for Children in Galveston said Monday the girl was in fair condition The girl a Goodwin Primary School firstgrader was critically injured on Ventura Drive just after she stepped from a school bus As of Monday no citations had been issued in connection with the accident Rosa DeiaCerda project director for Communities in Schools at Goodwin said CIS had organized a fundraising effort for the family Anyone who can contribute is asked to send donations to CIS at its Casieil Avenue office in care of Benefit Fund Communities in Schools 161S Castell See FUNIMUUUR Page 3A TaxAide offers help in filing tax returns Bilingual volunteers available Wednesdays Staff Writer There aje free tax services in f jpuniiy 3 to sen lowincome residents and days a week through April is The Internal Revenue Ser vice and AARPsponsored serv ice is for seniors and lowin come people The IRS trained about 25 volunteers to do the tax returns do over said Aline Schoch TaxAide es done she said Although there is typically a line and a wait taxpayers might not have to wait as long to get their return this year This year a lot of our volun teers are doinc efiling on the fowyh fill TAX MIMIATIQN DATES Through April 15 LOCATIONS Now Brawiete Stww 655 Unda New fiWunfete Uvary TOO ECommon Si am tp pm TaxAide New Braunfels of fers free tax preparation up Wednesday to get their tax refund can be direct deposit ed in abouu Many taxpayers will pack the See ftXUTIIMIi Page 3A mi Certar 1917 2673 1 to 4 9 a to 1   

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