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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 21, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SATURDAY FEBRUARY SPORTS BOUNCE BACK Canyon girls Softball team makes it to tournament semifi nals after beating Frederieksburg and Seguin Friday Page SA NBPD More crime due to CRIME STATS Total calls for service 2002 up 6 percent Total 911 calls 2002 Total calls 2002 2003 Total arrests 2002 2003 up percent Adults 2002 Juveniles DWI arrests 2002 103 2003 120 Traffic accidents 2002 Traffic fatalities 2003 7 MAJOR CRIMES Murder 2003 0 Sexual assault 2002 41 Robbery 2002 26 Assault 2002 887 2003 942 Total burglaries 2002 989 2003 Habitation bur glaries 2002 190 Building burglaries 2002 158 2003 163 Vehicle burglaries 2002 547 Other burglaries 2002 94 2003 J3 ings 2002 Auto thefts 2002 172 2003 137 2003 saw increases in burglaries thefts assaults DWI arrests By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A senior New Braunfels police official said increases in some crimes were a result of city resources not keeping pace with growth Patrol Lt John Villarreal said some increases were to be expected in a growing city particularly one like New Braunfels where urban sprawl brought larger cities like San Antonio closer New Braunfels continues to grow as it has for the 23 years Ive been Villarreal said We promote growth and tourism and we see an influx of Villarreal said budget constraints had kept the police department from growing as fast as the city New Braunfels has hired new offi cers recently but most replaced vacan cies The city in spite of annexation cers as several years ago Last year Chief of Police Russell Johnson told city council during budg et talks he would need 13 new officers to meet average staffing for a city this size Villarreal said little has changed As we continue to grow I would expect crime to Villarreal said What youre seeing is the ripple effect of the growing pains in this Police Lt Mike Rust head of the criminal investigations division said many criminals were creatures of habit and spikes in property crimes were often a function of who happens to be out of prison at any given time He said the best way to reduce crime was to practice commonsense crime prevention and to look after one another Most crooks are opportunists If you make it easy for them theyll take advantage of Rust said The best protection anyone has against becoming a crime victim is a nosy neighbor Rust said Get to know your neighbors so you know when something doesnt look quite right Look out for your neighbor When your neighbors know youll watch out for them theyll watch out for he said All FOR ADf 7fKi f morn FORUM EDITORIAL Safety must remain an overriding factor when the city plans for future andbike trails Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and CflmalCounty since 1882 Vat m Ws 88 14 pages 2 sections CLICK 504 WWW heraldzeitun DEAR A6BY 36 CLASSIFIEDS Partly cloudy High Low 65 Details 43 1B COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES SPORTS 26 2ft 4A 3A TV GRIDS 36 FRONT and CENTER Family of firefighters leaves city a LEGACY of HISTORY DAVID Roger Brinkkoeter right retired from his job as a New Braunfels Fire Department engineer after 39 years Brinkkoeter and his son Darren left helped to start the New Braunfels Fire Museum located in the old central station off Hill Avenue Museum pays homage to citys heroes past and present By Ron Maloney Fire Museum hi the old central Museum and its like stepping I AT A GLANCE Staff Writer station just off San Antonio Street into the 1940s The citys earliest I Rnmnbk By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Roger Brinkkoeter celebrated his birthday Friday by going to work for the last time and giving his last tour of the New Braunfels Fire Museum Roger 60 was an engineer at the New Braunfels Fire Depart ment where he worked for 39 years But he leaves a part of himself at the fire department Rogers son Darren followed him into the fire service and now serves as the citys fire marshal Darren built the New Braunfels Fire Museum hi the old central station just off San Antonio Street with help from his father and the rest of the department Darren who also gives muse um tours said Friday he was los ing his favorite tour guide I do a lot of the tours because I know all the apparatus really Roger said Some of the younger guys are uncomfortable because they arent familiar with the Roger knows the equipment because in many cases hes used it Step into the New Braunfels Fire Museum and its like stepping into the 1940s The citys earliest handpulled hose cart sits off to one side The citys 1931 American LaFrance ladder truck used until 1982 sits in the middle bay A1950 Ford Simms pumper sits in the righthand bay All around are uniforms badges boots tools and other memorabilia salvaged by the city or in some cases bought back after it was sold Soon the city will get back its first motorized fire a 1913 American LaFrance a Canyon See BRINKKOiTER Page 3A I New Braunfels Fire Musuem is located off Hill Avenue just off San Antonio Street in the old central station I To tour the New Braunfels Fire Museum call 6082120 for an appointment or stop by during business hours I Admission is free Expanding company seeks citys help From Staff Reports New Braunfels City Council will vote Monday to approve Owens Corning as an enterprise project Owens Corning would be the sec ond business to be designated an enterprise project following MoU Industries designation last year The city is helping the compa ny qualify for state Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said of die designation He explained that an industry designated an enterprise project is eligible for state franchise tax refunds based upon the number of new jobs it would create In addi tion the state would refund a portion of the state sates taxes paid on the construction of new facilities Meek stressed the designation does not AT A GLANCE New Monday Council Chambers Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ays ects but they have to be located within the citys enterprise Mayor Adam Cork said Owens wants to expand its business BThe incentives the city could offer them as an enterprise project would make cost the taxpayers of the city of for them to Cork said I New Braunfels one penny Owens would be the second enterprise City Manager Chuck Pinto said State legisla tion allows cities to offer incen think itd be an excellent invest ment for the A company that operates in the citys enterprise zone has to employ at least 25 percent of its total work force from the area UPDATES Tracking the news NBISD 1999 BOND LAST WE KNEW New Braunfels Independent School District trustees initiated in January the sale of the last million of bonds from the million bond approved in 1999 LATEST Thursday NBISD trustees approved the actual sale of the bonds NEXT The money will be primarily used on technology upgrades and the QakRun Sixth Grade Center and Seele Elementary School projects to be completed by 2006
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