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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 2, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                T T THURSDAY SEPTEMBER MERALDZEITUNG SPUKI FOOTBALL New Braunfels Aldo de la Garza and the rest of the Aggies hope to crack Utahs bravado Page 5A FORUM LETTERS Readers sound off on Buiverde capital plan Americans who complain about war in Iraq NPR war coverage Page 4A Vol 153 No 252 12 pages 2 sections CK and Comal County since 1852 P 0 rain chance High Low 94 67 Details1B DEARABBY 36 CLASSIFTSOS 48 COMICS 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 88 Dead boys grandfather parents indicted By Ron Maloney StaffWriter The parents and grandfa ther of a 15month old infant found dead with two drugs in his system in his New Braun fels home Dec 2 were indict ed Wednesday District Attorney Dib Waldrip said Gregory Robbins arrested in Houston May in connection with the death of his grandson Brandon Lee Robbins II was indicted on two charges of allegedly injur ing a child Robbins has been held since his arrest in Comal County Jail His bail is The boys mother Angela Robbins 34 was indicted on an allegation of endangering a child by failing to provide a safe environment If proved the charge is a jail felony pun ishable by six months to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to His father Brandon Robbins 32 was indicted on a charge of injury to a child which is a seconddegree felony punishable by two to 10 years in state prison and a fine Waldrip said the infants parents had agreed to surren der to authorities on a per sonal recognizance bond upon indictment They will be charged and released from custody According to court docu ments the baby was found dead in bed about 7 Autopsy revealed he had methadone and cocaine in his system and signs of a bluntforce trauma injury at the time of his death Officially the Bexar County Medical Examiners office list ed cause of death as unde But investigators found the boys father allegedly brought cocaine into the home and See DEATH Page 3A DAVID Becca Strachan reads messages written by sexual assault and domestic violence victims Wednesday afternoon outside the Comal County Crisis Center The center changed its name from the Comal County Womens Center to reflect the fact that more and more men are using the facility WHATS IN A NAME Scooter Store lays off 200 By Scott Mahon StaffWriter After laying off 250 workers in January the Scooter Store announced Wednes day it would lay off another 200 employ ees as part of a restructuring to cope with more restrictive Medicare guidelines Last week the company shuffled its management and appointed Mike Pfister president so company founder and CEO Doug Harrison could restore the compa nys Pfister said Wednesdays announce ment was the culmination of a week long restructuring effort We started talking to senior manage ment people last week and we reviewed every department in the he said The lions share of the layoff affect ed support positions including people in See LAYOFFS Page 3A Man arrested in connection with Womens Center changes moniker to be more inclusive weekend stabbing By Leigh Jones StaffWriter With the flourish of a small con flagration the Comal County Womens Center shed its image as a refuge only open to women and emerged with a new name Crisis Center of Comal County Before the New Braunfels Fire Department helped light the fire under a banner with the old name Executive Director Danny Perez explained why center staff felt the name change was necessary We have begun to serve more men every he said Last year five men victims of domestic vio lence or sexual assault stayed in our Comal County Sheriffs Detec tive and Crisis Center board mem ber Wayne Lehman knows from experience how hard it is to per suade male victims to come to a Employees of the Comal County Crisis Center throw their old suauc uww vicuuw m 10 a business cards into the fire they lit to burn the Comal County place they think is only for womea Womens Center sign Wednesday afternoon About three years ago I worked a case where a man had been sex ually assaulted by two other he said Every step of the inves tigative process drained away some of his dignity I told him he could go to the Womens Center for help but it was like every ounce of dignity was gone at that Lehman said he knew then the center needed a name change so all victims would feel comfortable seeking help Shelter Manager JoAnn Villanue ya said as one of only three shelters in the state that would house men the Crisis Center needed a gender neutral name We dont discriminate in any she said Men are also vic tims of domestic The center used to put men up in hotels rather than give them a room at the shelter That changed when the staff realized there was no reason male victims should be See CRISIS CENTER Page 3A By Ron Maloney StaffWriter A 36yearold Solms man was arrested Wednesday on an attempted murder charge in connection with a weekend stab bing incident Comal County Sher iffs detective Wayne Lehman said he and Texas Ranger Chance Collins arrested Joe Martinez Wednesday morning at his resi dence in the 5100 block of FM 482 County CourtatLaw 2 Judge Charles Stephens set bail on Martinez at Lehman said Lehman didnt give a motive for the stabbing which sent Katherine Nash 37 to University Hospital with major injuries He said it involved family violence and that Martinez was not considered a threat to anyone else Hospital officials have not released information about Nashs condition Joe Martinez Tourism officials hope for great weekend turnout By Ron Moloney StaffWriter Local business owners and law enforcement officials reported Wednesday everything was ready for this summers last holiday weekend Paul Rich owner of Mountain Breeze campground on River Road took time out from preparations to say he was looking forward to a strong holiday weekend Were not completely booked but were hoping for a great week Rich said This is the best water weve had for a Labor Day weekend in several years Usually were begging for 200 cubic feet persecond This year well have 400 If s just With the water conditions Rich said he expected Labor Day to kick off a great fall tubing season When people know the waters so good you have good weekend business into Rich said Ive seen it be 100 degrees for Hal Labor Day Rich said is not the busy holiday weekend it was before schools started going back into ses sion in August They find things to do around their Rich said But Im getting a lot of families calling who want to still Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc President Michael Meek said expect to see a lot of local use of parks rivers and the lake Of the three major summer weekerufelhisisnQtoriousJyoneof See WEEKEND Page 3A   

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