New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, November 30, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

November 30, 2004

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 30, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas ttH SPORTS TOUGH CHOICI Dallas Cowboys must choose between playing for the playoffs or the future of the Page SA II NOVEMBER ALDZEITUNG FORUM OBJECTIONS CISD trustee Bill Swint takes exception to misguided quotes on school bond Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 13 12 2 sections CLICK 5O0 j HA Elderly couple suffers severe burns during explosion By Ron Maloney Staff Writer state and federal investigators worked Monday to confirm whether the explosion that destroyed a Country Hills home and critically injured its occupants was caused by propane New Braunfels fire officials said Britton Ware and his suffered sec ondand thirddegree burns Sunday in the 6 which shattered windows around the neighborhood and sent pieces of their brick home flying as far as the Monday officials at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio said Britton Ware was in critical His wife was in critical but stable con At the request of family no other information was made A family member did say she wanted to express gratitude to the neighbors who helped the Wares from the shattered home in the wake of the Wed appreciate any she said The explosion came just two days after the who relocated here from Geor gia to be closer to moved into the Neighbor Jeff Smith heard the explo sion and ran to the Ware two doors down from and trained a hose on the garage as other neighbors helped get the Wares out of the It was Smith It was It sounded like a It knocked down pictures in our Other neighbors reported shattered windows in their There were shards of glass in the street and bricks strewn about the front dozens of feet from the From the it looked like a normal Smith The entire back of the house the roof and was New Braunfels Fire Chief John Herber said New Canyon Lake and San Marcos firefighters were dispatched to the scene off Hunter Road at after neighbors reported hearing an DAVID Firefighters hose down the blackened remains of the garage of a house destroyed Sunday night by an Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford called the destruction some of the worst he has seen in his the who he refused to identify due to medical confidentiality suf fered secondand thirddegree burns to nearly 50 percent of their We believe they were trying to light either the fireplace or the water heater thats in the Gonzales That could have set off the Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Man ford said Monday afternoon the explo sion was being investigated by the feder al Bureau of Tobacco and his the New Braunfels Fire the Texas Fire Marshal and the Texas Railroad The railroad Manford would take the lead role in the investigation because it is the agency that regulates purveyors of propane Manford referred inquiries to the Texas Railroad Sam Dubberly of the railroad com mission in Hondo is and were assisting Manford Manford said hed never seen anything like the damaged Ware house in his years as a firefighter or fire In rural Comal we dont have many Manford This is complete Im surprised the two people inside survived the initial In the its completely down to the There are no walls in Courtesy photo Susie and Britton Ware moved into the Country Hills home on Thanksgiving explosion at the which was located in the 1300 block of Tlmberwood just off the intersection of Hoffman Lane and Hunter The back had been blown out of the home and much of it had collapsed in the There is a large propane tank in the Herber Upon firefighters secured The tank didnt he Area residents said they thought they smelled propane in the It was a massive explosion to do the dam age it Herber Battalion Chief FranlfcGonzales said 00001 DEAAABBY 4i High Low 50 34 Details18 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 1A SPORTS BA TV GRIDS Fastflowing high waters of Comal River damage tube Landa Park pool HI uwiiiiiMij City balks in ambulance contract By Scott Mahon Staff Writer A coalition of EMS provid including the New Braunfels Fire is still providing services to rural areas in Guadalupe but NBFD Fire Chief John Herber hasnt signed a new Herber said Monday he will meet with Schertz offi cials Thursday to try to iron out their Theres some verbiage in the contract I dont agree he Since Schertz EMS has provided services to Guadalupe Countys unin corporated areas through a coalition including Hays County and the New Braunfels Fire The current threeyear contract with Schertz EMS expired See Page 2A Fearing city seeks AGs opinion on FOI requests By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Citing the possibility of lit igation in the firings of 12 street department employ New Braunfels has re fused to turn over tapes and information pertaining to the The which in cludes copies of tapes of interviews with the subse quently fired employees or tapes of any interviews with any other employees made in the was re quested earlier this month by the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung under Chapter 552 of the Texas Open Records In the wake of the firing of street department foreman Mike Massey this past former Assistant City Man ager Don Ferguson and City Engineer Mike Short opened an investigation into allega tions Massey raised against fellow supervisors and street department Those included misappro priation of city property and taking items from homes the city purchased in a federal buyout program after the 2002 In August and Short fired 12 See Page 2A Santiago Jimmy Lagunas has asked the AG to block the release of his taped off tfw press A former New Braunfels city employee has asked Attorney General Greg Abbot to block release of a taped interview he had with his boss before he was fired in Former city sign techni cian Santiago Jimmy fired made the request in a 23 letter to the Open Records Division of the Texas Attorney Generals The letter was also sent to City Attorney Charles Zech and to the Herald Zeitung by certified Under the Section of the Texas Open Records which per tains to information in the custody of government agencies pertaining to a third the in this See Page 2A StaffWriter dry officials have added the tube chute on the Comal River and the springfed pool at Landa Park to the iist of structures damaged dur ing last weeks The historic Gruene which spans the Guadalupe also was Officials wont be able to assess those damages until the water lev el And thai could be or away depending upon the Parks and Recreation Director Stacey Laird said a huge chunk of concrete near the tube chute was washed away There was a lifeguard stand on the concrete that was washed but the damage didnt compromise the integrity of the tube she Laird said the springfed pool at Landa Park also We low 100 feet of a roci retain ing wall and the bottom of the pool is full of she City Manager Chuck Pinto said the Gruene Bridge will remain closed until engineers can check out the 1 dont know how extensive the damage but a huge block of con crete was washed away during the he Well have to watt until the river level is lower to assess any other damage to the Plans to replace the bridge have been in the wodis since 1988 when Branches from trees litter the Comal River at the tube chute TxDOT ranked the bridge as a pri dials said Monday that a huge chunk of concrete near the tube mute washed away during last weeks but they See MMSMWATfa Page 3A damage until the water level me ;