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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 7, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY JULY ftlL FW 780 SPORTS PLAYOFFS 11yearolds move into the championship round as NB Little League teams best Seguin opponents Page SA City will house new narcotics task force By Bryan Kirk Sejjuin GazetteEnterprise A grant approved by Gov Rick Perry will go toward the creation of a regional narcotics task force to be based in New Braunfels The 11county task force which includes Bexar Comal Wilson and Guadalupe counties will be made up of narcotics investigators from the Texas Department of Public Safety and other law enforcement entities within the jurisdictions covered by the grant The Regional Narcotics Task Force will be responsible for fighting the drug trade in Central Texas but will augment not replace the Comal County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force oper ated by the Comal County Sheriffs Office and the New Braunfels Police Department The task force will be housed at NBPD Our guys are going to be working with them hand in said Comal County Sheriffs detective Capt Dennis Koepp commander of the local nar cotics task force This is regional and its something above and beyond what we In Comal County narcotics investi gators have had a long relationship with the Department of Public Safety nar cotics team in San Antonio Koepp pointed out We had that relationship prior to forming our own narcotics Koepp said This is going to be a great thing Having another state affiliation gives us more resources We welcome this When we have a situation where we need extra manpower we have this See DRUGS Page 3A UPDATES Tracking the news DROWNING VICTIMS NAME RELEASED LAST WE HEARD A 26yearold San Antonio man drowned off Jacobs Creek Park Monday after noon He apparently stepped off an underwater ledge into deeper water He was found 10 feet down about 75 yards from shore LATEST The Comal County Sher iffs Office identified the victim Tues day as Jesus Zavala ELECTION 04 GDAY MATE Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1862 Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry picks former primary opponent John Edwards to be his campaign running mate Page 2A Vol 163 No 205 12 pages 2 sections www DEAR ABBY 48 Mostly cloudy High Low 96 74 Details2B COMICS 3B CfiOSSWORb M FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 66A TV GRIDS 40 i Deputy shoots suspect DAVID Comal County Sheriffs Office detective Rex Campbell right removes a spent shell casing as detective Sgt Tommy Ward marks the spot with a nail at a boat storage facility where sheriffs deputy Brett Smith shot a sus pect after he aimed a 12guage shotgun at the officer Tuesday morning near Canyon Lake Sheriff Officer did what he had to do By Ron Maloney Staff Writer When investigators took Deputy Brett Smiths service weapon away from him Tuesday pending an investigation into the shooting of John Edward Morris Chief Deputy Richard Bennie handed the officer his own weapon The gesture was symbolic Bennie a retired Texas Ranger and the second man in Bob Holders Comal Coun ty Sheriffs Office supervises all officers who work there Holder said Bennie demonstrated his confidence in an officer who had just sur vived the most traumatic and dangerous moment in his career It was Holder said Id have done the same Morris 41 was the subject of a nation wide warning for an alleged attempted capital murder in Colorado After talking to my investigators and looking at everything we have at this point it appears Deputy Smith followed his train ing extremely well and it saved his Holder said This was clearcut situation where the officer had no choice but to do what he did to save his own life and prob ably the lives of others down the Holder said Smith was a wellregarded officer with a good service record He has all the traits and attributes you want in an Holder said Hes intel ligent kind and caring but hes going to stand up for whafs right Hes highly trained and uses his judgment and sensitivity in all his dealings with others What more could you ask for Holder said Tuesday was Smiths last of 14 straight workdays Smith was scheduled for four days off beginning today If he needs some additional time its his call After four or five days hell proba bly be ready to come Shooting A Comal County sheriffs deputy snoots a man at Tom Creek Storage after the suspect came toward him aiming a loaded shotgun at him The suspect was wanted in Colorado in connection with an attempted killing Man aimed a shotgun at the officer By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CANYON LAKE A Col orado man wanted on an attempted murder charge was clinging to life in a San Anto nio hospital Hiesday after a sheriffs deputy shot him in the chest Comal County Sheriffs Lt Mark Reynolds said Deputy Brett Smith shot John Edward Morris 41 after he pulled aimed and prepared to fire a 12gauge shotgun at the offi cer Tuesday night a University Hospital official said Morris was in critical condition Morris was wanted on a warrant for criminal attempt to commit capital murder in Garfield County Colo A nationwide bulletin listed him as armed and Smith 43 a sevenyear vet eran law enforcement officer was dispatched at to Tom Creek Storage off Old Cranes Mill Road outside of Startzville for a suspicious person call Reynolds said As Deputy Smith approached he saw a pickup truck parked in a suspicious location and a male subject who began walking Reynolds said Reynolds did not say what the man whose truck was from outofstate was doing at the storage facility That will be determined as part of our he said Smith confronted the man and asked him for identifica tion Reynolds said The man appeared cooperative and reached into the cab of the vehicle Instead of identification he grabbed a 12gauge pump action shotgun and began See SHOOTING Page 3A Drainage not doing its job By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Water was still standing Monday in the drainage easement behind Mark and Gerry Halls home off Walnut Avenue Theyve asked the city for help but the Halls and other residents along Gar denia Drive seemed caught in a dilem ma with no immediate solution The drainage easement that runs through the neighborhood winds its way from Walnut Avenue then under Gardenia Drive toward 135 where it runs into the tributary Its one of a handful of drainage easements in New Braunfels City Engineer Mike Short said the Halls neighborhood was built 20 years ago and the original developer built the drainage easement But because the drainage easement wasnt city prop MMD erty the city couldnt maintain it Short Mark Hall looks out ewer the algae said clogged drainage easement that runs behind home off of Walnut Avenue See WUUMAOI Page 3A Tuesday afternoon System to end blackouts in Garden Ridge By Brand Grissom Staff Writer GARDEN that began here last month on electric distribution system upgrades is on track for com pletion in September said Nancy Cain city administrator Tonight Cain will update coun cilmembers on progress of a project aimed to reduce blackouts in the city The city has experienced at least 10 blackouts this year including a seven hour power loss June 27 due to storms said David Detelich supervisor of sub station and attribution planning at City Public Services the citys electricity provider A new conductor will be installed See Page 3A AT A GLANCE Who Garden Ridge City Council meeting When 7 tonight I Wherei Municipal Courtroom 9357 Schoenthal Road I What Council will also discuss the fol lowing Proposed ordi nance concerning outdoor burning within the City of Garden Ridge Request to Texas Department of Transportation to reduce the speed limit on FM 2252 in the city Results of the Garden Home Zoning District Opinion Poll and councils decision and Bexar Metro 911 Network District proposed 2005 budget
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