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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 17, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SATURDAY JULY 17 2004 ZEITUNG SPORIs PORE THE WIN New Braunfelser Terrence Miskell brings home team title in the Amateur Public Links Championship Page SA FORUM WOODALL Columnist says voters should not respond to mudslining and dump party affiliation to bring issues to the center Page Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Voi 153 NO 14 pages 2 sections CLICK 500 wwvr Partly cloudy High Low 97 74 Details1B DEARABBY 46 COMICS FORUM SPORTS 3B 3ft 4A 3A MA 4fi Motorcyclist dies after crash By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 42yearold Canyon Lake motorcyclist died early Friday after a collision with a pickup truck Department of Public Safety MANDY IrooperJoelMachost said Allen A Canyon Lake officer and a state trooper clean up was pronounced dead the scene of a wreck Thursday night on FM 2673 near Skyline at at University Hos Drive The motor6yclist died later at a San Antonio hospital pital in San Antonio Machost said Varsho ran into the right rear quarter panel of a Dodge pickup on FM miles west of Sat tler just before 10 Thurs day The pickup was driven by a 60yearold Canyon Lake man who was eastbound and turn ing left into a private drive way near Skyline TEXAS NEW BRAUNFELS Police think because theyre more prevalent STATEWIDE Most stolen vehicles in Jexas May 2p03April NEW BRAUNFELS Ford pickups Honda Accord Dodge pickups GM Honda Toyota Ford GM sports utility vehicle Ford pickups GM pickups Dodge van TOTAL THEFTS TOTAL LOSS TOTAL THEFTS 106 15 Harley Davidson motorcycle 3 Chevrolet Corsica 3 6 Dynasty 2 5 Ford Escort 2 TOTAL LOSS Source Texas Department of Public Safety Source New Braunfels Police Department more attractive to thieves MANDY New Braunfels Police Detective Jon Bailey examines stolen merchandise including a televi sion and a bicycle in the bed of a stolen pickup truck By Brand CriMom Staff Writer Texans like their trucks Texas thieves like them too In New Braunfels General Motors sport utility vehicles accounted for 14 percent of auto thefts between May 20Q3 and April 2004 followed close ly by Ford pickups 13 per cent according to reports from New Braunfels Police Department Statewide CM trucks are the most stolen vehicles with stolen during the SOTP period according to Texas Department of Public Safety Norton the Ust are Ford pickups accounting for thefts Law enforcement officials say what attracts thieves to vehicles more than make or model though is opportuni ty Whether a person owns a shiny new truck or a rusty old measures are the best bet to deter thieves Trucks make good targets for Texas thieves because theyre so prolific in the state said New Braunfels Police Department detective Mjke Penshom tts likely because of the Popularity of in relation Penshorn said Plus most of the vehicles made by those manufacturers have a lot of interchangeable Charles Young a dealer at Bluebonnet Ford said trucks made up nearly 80 percent of sales there More than anything else its a utility vehicle not every body needs trucks but they buy said With a truck you can pull a boat pull a a total all around utility Comal County Sheriffs Office Detective John Bailey serves on a statewide auto theft task force What attracts thieves to particular vehicles depends on the thiefs pur pose he said Youve got joyriders and professional Bailey said A joyrider will steal about anything With profes sionals you have mainly two types ones who steal for the parts and ones who want something newer with less mileage and in better condi Joyriders often abandon a vehicle once U runs out of gas Bailey said and those vehi cles art easier to recover Pro fessionals often either strip the vehicle to sell ihe parts or Machost said He said he looked didnt see the motor cycle started to turn and halfway through saw the headlight He sped up to miss but was too The driver of the motorcycle suffered major head injuries Machost said There were no signs of alco hol or intoxication being a fac tor on the part of the driver of the truck Machost said It was just an unfortunate Machost said The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet the trooper said There was no sign that he attempted to slow down Investigation into the acci dent is continuing Suspect deputy shot fired first investigator says By Ron Maioney Staff Writer The man shot last week by a Comal County sheriffs deputy fired a shot of his own narrowly missing the officer an investigator said Friday Detective Sgt Tommy Ward said John Edward Morris 41 fired his 12gauge shotgun at deputy Brett Smith during July 6 incident Morris was shot three times in the chest by deputy Smith Morris has been charged in Bexar County with attempted capi tal murder Ward said Morris remained in stable condition Friday at University Hospital where he was being treated under guard for the gunshot wounds which punctured John Edward both of his lungs Smith was uninjured Based on our investiga tion so far theres evidence to the fact that as Moms first displayed the firearm he immediately discharged it in the direction of Deputy Ward said Simultaneously Deputy Smith was able to draw his firearm and return foe strfldngMorris Evidence recovered at the scene is able to corroborate all those According to the affidavit Ward sub Morns mitted for a search warrant signed by 207th Judi cial District Judge Jack Robi son Smith was dispatched to find Morris after a suspi cious person was reported in the Canyon Lake area See SHOOTING Page 3A Panel examines ways to ease Comal crowds By Scott Mahon Staff Writer A task force appointed by city council members would be charged with trying to find crowds on the Comal River After the New Braunfels City Council agreed Monday on a stopgap measure to avoid overcrowding on the Comal Mayor Adam Cork recommended the task force I wanted to propose a task force to aggressively review the policies and options on limiting the number of peo ple that get into the Comal Cork said I want to discuss designating a task force at councils next regular meeting on July Council voted Monday to allow city staff to close Hin man Island Drive and Prince Solms Park on Saturdays if the crowds being shuttled by outfitters to the Comal become too large That emergency measure remains in effect until Oct 1 What happened on the Comal River Saturday rose jjhe of an Sltk sajlfe There were entirely too many people on the river which caused a life threatening Cork proposed the task force include two city coun cil members a county elect ed official someone from the business community a rep resentative from the parks department and a represen tative from the police depart ment But Corks task force would not be the only group in town discussing the hotly debated issue State Rep Carter Casteel RNew Braunfels held her own brain storming session with community leaders July See RIVIR Page 3A Sae Paje 3 A