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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 4, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas THE SUN JULY t FISHY Friends have gotten together for annual fishing weekends since 1946 Now its less fish ing and more poker Page 1C SPORTS STILL GOING Five area Little League teams are still in the hunt for a district crown as play offs continue Page IB Serving New Braunfels and Cornal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 203 30 pages 4 sections CLICK vwwr 8 IIII56825II00002 Partly cloudy High Low 97 75 Details3B DEAR ABBY 6C CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B TV GRIDS 56C FRONT and CENTER Extra rains bring flood Demands for more river enforcement strain shortstaffed NBPD 101 hungry mosquitoes By Ron Maloney Staff Writer On Fathers Day 2003 police Sgt Mike Ruther ford worked on the river standing in the sun watching for foam cups public drunkenness and other unruly behavior A group of tubers went by and one hollered out words to the effect that it must be a great job getting paid to hang out at the river Rutherford put on a small smile but inside he felt a little different Yeah Im having a great Fathers Day not being able to be home with my Rutherford said to him self Today the sevenmember patrol shift and 27 New Braunfels police officers on river duty will miss anoth er holiday with their families Theyll collect in overtime this weekend to do it but many wont be happy about it The citys river enforcement pro gram has become a sort of summer death march for its police officers From Memorial Day to Labor Day many will be ordered to work over time to staff the regu lar work weeks of 50 to 60 hours depending on the shift rotation Theyll cash the paychecks and in many cases appreciate the money They dont appreciate the impression on the part of some that its a cushy job They espe cially dont appreciate the sacri fices their families make so they can provide the river enforcement Police Lt John Villarreal runs New Braunfels Police Depart ments 47member patrol division He schedules the police coverage and officers assigned to provide it Villarreal says the department is overextended just patrolling its 255 miles of streets and square miles of area Each day this holiday weekend he will have those 27 officers including himself on the river If nobody calls in sick there will be seven officers patrolling the rest of the city outside river neighbor hoods Because its a busy holiday weekend the river patrol offi cers will be helped by eight offi cers from the Texas Alcoholic SWARM PATROL Comai County engineers office 6082090 City of New Braunfels sanitari ans office 608 2100 ext 215 DAVID New Braunfelspolice officer Jermvn Baker left questions a young woman drinking Saturday afternoon below the tube chute In the watdr are officers David Olson and Capt Chris Snyder Eleven NBPD officers and three Texas Alcoholic Beverade Commission officers were patrolling this area along the Comal River STAFFING COMPARISONS ER POPULATION National Beverage Commission Saturday three weeks ago Comal County Sheriffs Office sent 13 officers into the city to help with traffic issues around the Comal River Thursday the city got a bill from the county for about I appreciate the sheriffs help and Im glad the TABC is coming this Villarreal said But Parade of patriotism mar By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Parades as everyone knows particularly Independence Day parades are about Uncle Sam and patriotism military marching music politicians antique autos and kids on red white and blue bunted bikes Kids and Uncle Sam were well represented Saturday in New Braunfels annual July Fourth parade around Main Plaza As the Comal Community Band played patriotic stan dards on the Plaza band stand two dozen members of the Uncle Sam Gang were among those who marched or rode around hundreds who lined the streets downtown Tody Sindelar and Joe Bradley are members of the Uncle Sam which wears Cat in the Hatstyle red white and blue top hats and has participated in the last nine or so parades Ive stood and watched this parade my entire Sindelar said It used to be a few ol bicycle Sind awayfj join the fun Aiwa parade onewh nature headwi Ever shesak The Sophi parad Proudj Check us out on t MILLER ft MILLER New Braunfels what about all the other week ends I dont care where you look were short of Every summer weekend super visory officers exempt from over time and not paid for the extra hours they Vil larreal and Chief of Police Russ Johnson work additional hours Every weekend officers who already have worked 50 or 60 hours are ordered to work during their days off I could exercise my privilege as an administrator and not to go and work because Im an exempt Villarreal said I dont get paid more for choosing to work seven days a week instead of five But how could I be home and look at myself in the mirror If I order these men to sweat I sweat If theyre deprived of their time off I owe it to them to be there with Those river patrol officers worked more than hours of overtime in the fiscal year just ended at overtime rates of more than an hour At the expense is by far the single largest in the citys annual budget for law enforcement on the rivers All but of that budget which comes out of the citys gen eral fund is paid by tube taxes and parking fees See POLICE Page 7A By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Springs wet weather hasnt only been a boon to plants A little water can go a long way in the insect kingdom particularly when it comes to providing breeding habitat for mosquitoes Locally officials are watching the mos quito situation and advising mat res idents not do anything to make life eas ier for the annoy ing insects that can spread illness such as West Nile dis ease State entomolo gists are watching to see how big this years class of the flying insects will be They are now all congregating at me edge of town in town or coming to town within the next few days and theyre probably going to meet everybody on the Fourth of July in the backyards and lawn said Jim Olson entomolo gist with the Texas Agricultural Experi ment Station at Texas The consistent rains have flushed out breeding sites of the dreaded Culexmos quitos notorious carriers of St Louis encephalitis and West Nile But different breeds of the bloodsucking pests called floodwater mosquitoes will be hatching by the millions Some of these insects can travel 25 to 30 miles looking for lunch although most varieties in Texas except for the Aedes See MOSQUITOES Page 9A TUESDAY Rockets Fourth with a bang at animal fireworks show at pan today in Laaoa Park cs nation s birthday cars and a couple of ar decided to step m the sidelines and s on the lookout for jear Sindelar is the found the groups sig starredandstriped where I go that I find e arid blue I buy berae for this years nburgsponsored So We was just right for the gang and its sen ior member Joe Bradley Bradley 80 was a prisoner ofwar of the Germans during World War II who has lived in New Braunfels for about a quarter of a century Saturdays was his fifth or sixth parade with the gang Like the rest of the gang he threw a piece of Support our Troops Americana wood en nickels He had an unlit cigar clenched between his anditwasnoUndeSamprop See PIMUUML Page 9A in mornings July Fourth parade show their patriotism while riding around Main Plaza ie web at 6283000 186 8 Castoll Downtown New Braunfela
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