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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 13, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas lATUROAY MARCH JUJUJL JL FACEOFF Canyon boys beat New Braunfels 0 Page SA MOLLY IVINS Texas the National Laboratory for Bad provides ease study on how to destroy public schools Braunfels and ComalCounty since 1852 VoL 163 No 106 12 pages 2 sections CK I 500 DEAR ABBY 6A 30 chance for rain High Law 68 60 DetailsIB COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM benruARies SPORTS TV QftlDS 26 26 4A 3A SA 8A FRONT and CENTER For peace officers is a roughandtumble Statemandated classes test both physical mental By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Friday morning was a long one for Comal County cor rections officer John Bell He parried kicks and punches and got thrown around the West Side Com munity Center by Vince Fields a former Marine Corps special operations fighter and trainer It wasnt a martial arts tournament or even a class it was onthejob train ing It was pretty said Bell of Blanco who is a jailer at the Comal County Jail Bell and other jailers who attended the course on takedown Techniques and control tactics were com pleting part of a law enforce ttrent officer s continuing training Cops deputies and jailers have to have law enforce ment training and be state certified before they can seek employment It is less well known that their basic training is only the beginning To stay certi fied law enforcement per sonnel must stay in school throughout their entire career Bells boss Sheriffs Capt John Bell no said the sheriffs office places a heavy emphasis on training We encourage and look forward to any training we can get to improve the skills and abilities of our person Capt Bell said ing is very important in the law enforcement career field in order to provide our peo ple the tools to perform their jobs correctly in an ever changing New Braunfels Chief of Police Russell Johnson said society in todays age doesnt just pin a badge on some one and give him a gun Every two years an officer is required to complete 40 hours of continuing tion in statemandated sub ject areas In New Braunfels the police department and the sheriffs office both have training programs and they work together as much as possible See Page 3A Above Mike Sheeny top pins fellow Comal County Jail Guard John Bell to the mat as they train on proper appre hension tech niques Friday morning at the Community Center Left Jail Guards Lee Hernandez left and Emma Garcia learn control tactics while participat ing in a training program Tests Infant had drugs in his system Police say family members could be suspectsin 16montholcTs death By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The 16monthold New Braunfels boy found dead under suspicious circum stances early in December had cocaine and another drug in his bloodstream Police Lt Mike Rust con firmed Friday that a Dec 3 autopsy showed Brandon Lee Robbins II had cocaine and methadone in his sys tem when he died which for police raises more questions and more avenues for investigation Right now everyone in that household could be considered a Rust said The infant lived with his mother and father grandfa ther and another minor child Rust said If anyone lias any infor mation in this case wed be glad to listen to it as in any Rust said Detectives are awaiting test results on possible evidence taken at the home When that information is available Rust said police would for ward the results of their investigation to the district attorneys office Itll be reviewed there and if there are any charges to be filed they will be presented to the grand Rust said Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Diana Campos ordered the autopsy per formed by the Bexar County Medical Examiners Office Rust said it showed an inconclusive cause of death although in addition to the drugs the baby was found to have suffered minor blunt force trauma to the The manner of death has See DRUGS Page 3A Councilman wants temporary halt to outfitter expansion By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Prohibiting river outfitters from expanding until parking ordinances are changed would keep a bad traffic prob lem from getting worse District 6 Coun cilman Ken Valentine said Valentine said inadequate parking at tube rental companies and Schlitterbahn has compounded the problem riverside neighborhoods face A Liberty Avenue tube rental company is expanding and city staff determined only eight parking spaces are needed even though they have hundreds of all day Valentine said The city doesnt have an adequate rule to deter mine the number of parking places for tube rental companies nor for amuse ment parks like Schlitterbahn In fact Schlitterbahn had a 23 percent increase in customers last year but didnfadd any parking Valentine said he wants council to dis cuss the moratorium and refer the issue to the Development Code Steering Committee which meets March 23 See OUTFITTERS Page 3A Ken Valentine says citys parking rules are unfair when it comes to tube rental companies AT A GLANCE March 22 New Braunfels City Council will dis cuss placing a moratorium on tube rental expan sion and referring the issue to the Development Code Steering Committee That committee meets March 23 Land deal preserves nature funds preserve scholarship By Leigh Isii Staff Writer New Braunfels resident Boy Knippa started looking for a buyer for his 302acreBasttop property in the 1930s Although tie had several offers torn developers and even consid ered subdividing it none of the propmalssat right witohijn 1 never could get my tesytiwo it because the land was fnn scenic W Trust for Public Und a nonprofit conservation group about pur chasing the land m a nature pre serve knew he had the right me They were a reai pleasure to work he said The tract which is covered with hilltops offer views for almost 30 miles and are mentioned in the foUdore writings of Texan J Frank Dobie according to the TPL Web site The m paid for the property was provided by a pol with Aifog toew Land Trust The Bastropbased organization plans on dedicating it to scientific research and low impact public recreation oppor tunities according to the TPL Web site It will also be protected habi tat for the endangered Houston f 19 according to wife reports Alcoas ft also contains two of toe ast of Bastrop was fined for violations of the mBft Knippa is happy to be leaving a physjfcal legacy for the area but he is atefffit more excited about legacy the has sandstone When ae mm apptaiibiMl fey
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