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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SATURDAY AUGUST 14 2004 fji TOALPZEITUNG Marion Navarro ta field for scrimmages against other teams after week of intrasquad battles Page 5A FORUM JT WOODALL Columnist says terrorism must not be allowed to influence the course of the nations next presidential election Page New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 236 14 pages 2 sections CK 8 Partly cloudy High Low 89 64 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 48 CLASSfftEDS COMICS 3B 3A A FORUM SPORTS Charley pounds Florida MARC Victor Rivera an employee of Auto Zone Auto Parts store By Jill Barton and Allen G Breed Associated Press Writers PUNTA GORDA Fla A strongerthanexpected Hur ricane Charley roared ashore Friday as a dangerous Cate gory 4 storm slamming the heavily populated Gulf Coast with devastating storm surges and 145 mph wind that inspects the damage around the store after Hurricane Charley snapped trees in half ripped hit Friday in Port Charlotte Fla with winds of 145 mph roofs off buildings and knocked out power to hun dreds of thousands of people The hurricane struck west central Florida at Charlotte Harbor with a wicked combi nation of water and wind A surge of sea water reached up to 15 feet high the National Hurricane Center said Winds blew off the roof of a hurri cane shelter where peo ple had gathered and tore apart small planes at the Charlotte County airport Two traffic deaths were reported in Florida Earlier Charley had been blamed for three deaths in Cuba and one in Jamaica Gov Jeb Bush said damage could exceed billion but cautioned it was a prelimi nary estimate as the storm headed across the center of Florida toward the Orlando area President Bush declared the stormbattered region a federal disaster area Our prayers are with you and your families the president said in Seattle This is the nightmare sce nario that weve been talking about for hurricane center Director Max Mayfield said of storm surges that ranged from 10 to 15 feet Charleys eye reached land at when it passed over the barrier islands See CHARLEY Page 3A GBRA volleys in water fight on Bulverdes behalf By Brand Grissom j Staff Writer i BULVERDE City council Tuesday affirmed GuadalupeBlanco River Author i frys latest legal efforts to protect the citys i water rights j In late July GBRA filed intervenor status in a federal voting rights case on behalf of I itself and Bulverde The oppose Bexar Metropolitan Water Dis tricts recent redistricting effort saying it j is another attempt by BexarMet to usurp i Bulverdes water rights I Monday BexarMet filed a motion in j federal court arguing GBRAs action on j the citys behalf was invalid because Bui j verde city council did not explicitly j authorize GBRA to file for the city j Mayor Bill Cole said a December 2003 j city council resolution gave GBRA author I ization to take all legal steps necessary to protect the citys water rights I They misunderstood it and Ill leave it i at Cole said I See WATER Page 3A i I Council approved a bid package for a road improve ment program presented by Hogan Corpora ed bids be returned next month I Council approved a resolution call ing for a Nov 2 election on a million capital improvements program for road work and drainage in the city If approved the bond issue will increase city property taxes by at least 10 cents from the current 14 cents per valuation Bank robbery suspect goes on trial in Austin By Ron Maloney Staff Writer AUSTIN A 37yearold Arizona man who faces life in federal prison and is a sus pect in two New Braunfels bank to trial Monday in federal court Adam E Martin will defend himself against several federal bank robbery counts when his jury is picked Opening statements in his trial could begin the same day according to New Braunfels police Lt Mike Rust Martin and his brother Noel Martin 28 of Mico are sus pects in the November 2002 and January 2003 robberies of the Surety Bank branch near HEB They were arrested in March 2003 at the 2nd of investiga tions involving New Braunfels police the FBI the Texas Department of Public Safety and several other law enforce ment agencies Martins codefendants have pleaded guilty and are pending is tied to their participation as poten tial witnesses at Mondays trial They are believed involved in a string of Texas bank rob beries with two other suspects not charged in connection with the local heists In the New Braunfels cases police suspected both rob beries were connected because in addition to occurring at the same bank branch they were done the same way In both instances the rob ber or robbers switched vehi cles in the nearby HEB park ing the still running one they left Bail on each of the Martin brothers was Adam Martin is also being held on a no bail parole violation war rant out of Arizona DAVID Tammy and Chris Preuss receive an emotional hug from Tammys mother Donna Traill in the living room of their new Habitat for Humanity home on Katy Street Tuesday morning shortly after receiving the keys to the house from the New Lake Association of Realtors HOPE Habitat for Humanity plans to double number of homes per year By Ron Maloney Staff Writer With a pending property pur chase Comal County Habitat for Humanity is poised to expand its effort here and build on a decade worth of good work Former Habitat President and board member Jerry Sonier also a former president of the New Lake Area Association of Realtors said Habitat an ecumenical Christian housing organization will try to double the number of homes it builds each year to four The new property off West San Antonio Street would enable Habitat for Humanity to build eight more homes Sonier said The sale is set to close next week Were right at the point of Sonier said We want to bring this up a Over 10 years the local Habitat has built 10 homes in New Braunfels and Canyon Lake It tries to build one or two homes a year with help from vol unteer workers and commercial sponsors such as the Realtors the Scooter Store or Target Things got a little slow right after the 1998 flood when much of the communitys volunteer work effort went into restoring housing devastated by the river There were a couple years right after the flood when the chapter went dormant while flooded homes were he said Now Habitat has just dedicat ed a Katy Street home a local family of five will move into with in a couple weeks It will soon dedicate a new See HABITAT Page 3A To help Comal County Habitat for Humanity log on to write Box 310487 New Braunfels 781310487 or call 6257005 City paid firefighters more than extra By Scott Mahon Staff Writer An accounting glitch that caused some New Braunfels firefighters to be overpaid and some underpaid ended with council forgiving owed to the city Chief Finance Officer Jeff Hinson said the glitch result ed from paying firefiguers for an average twoweek period rather than for actual time For some reason die pre vious administration bad a policy of paying firemen far the average number of hours worked during a twoweek he said we went back and looked at the pay roll records we discovered we had overpaid firemen by about although some firemen were under Chief John Herber said the fire department operated three shifts a day Firemen work one 24 hour shift every third he said Throughout the course of a year one shift amounts to actual hours The sec ond shift also amounts to actual hours in one yBfrrTHe third shift amounts to actual hours Hinson said it had been the policy to pay the average number of hours worked hours not the actu al hours worked Overtime hours were being averaged he said After discovering the glitch Hinson said the policy was changed Beginning January 2004 we started paying firemen for the actual number of hours he said But we were left being owed so I took the mat ter to council to let them decide what to Mayor Adam Cork said federal law also triggered the discovery It had to do with the cur rent interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards he said But council agreed it wouldnt be appropriate to make the firemen pay the city back for an error that wasnt their feult Council voted unani mously Monday to forgive the debt It would have been an overwhelming task to have figured out which firemen were overpaid and which two he said