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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas TTTT DECEMBER 12005 HERALD L SPORTS RANGERS ROLL The Smithson Valley boys basketball team overcomes an early deficit to defeat Page 8A CANYON LAKE A LITTLE HELP Canyon Lake begins its annual member ship drive by mailing Page 5A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 28 2 sections CK 1 i chance of rain High Low 47 29 Details2B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS M COMICS 3B CROSSWORD M FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 9A TV GRIDS 4B DPS Charges likely in death of student By Ron Maloney and Jessica Sanders StaffWriters The Smithson Valley Middle School student struck Friday as he exited a school bus died of his injuries Monday at a San Antonio Department of Public Safety Trooper Rick Alvarez reported Monday night that Ryan Comal ISD mourns loss of classmate Matthew was pro nounced dead at at University This is a sad day in the Comal Independent School said Superintendent Marc Walk We have been working with the counseling students and trying to come to grips with this senseless accident Ryan was part of the Comal ISD Nancy a member of the CISDs Trauma Response said a counseling center was set up for students Monday and Tuesday in the SVMS A separate center was set up for the more than 40 high school and middle school students who were on the bus and saw the she In 10 to 15 counselors We saw probably 100 stu dents Williams We had a lot of group and individual counseling sessions for students who The students are also making a memory book for the See Page 3A Ryan Padilla SANTA IS IN NEED DAVID New Braunfels Police Mike and and Blue Santa Chairman David Dean wrap presents for deliv ery to area children The Blue Santa program needs help providing toys to the Gift drive needs help to make Christmas special By Ron Maloney Staff Writer For more than 300 children in 100 needy local the closest thing to Santa Glaus theyre going to see this Christmas will be a man wearing the uniform of a New Braunfels police David Dean has announced that police officers and mem bers of the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association need the help of people will ing to purchase toys and clothing for Blue the New Braunfels Police Depart ments annual holiday gift drive or who are willing to donate money so police can buy the gifts Blue started by nowretired New Braunfels Police Chief Ray Douglas and his who is execu tive director of Communities In is a program where people buy gifts that are passed on through the association and police offi cers to some of the citys neediest chair of this years Blue Santa said the drive is off to a slow start with only 13 percent of its more than gifts purchased and the deadline for dona tions Sunday just days Its really and were very Dean With Christmas falling on a Sunday this officers will deliver the gifts Dean alumni and their families are working nights and week wrapping and I know its natural to wait until the last but we have to have time to prepare and wrap the Dean If they dont come in it really puts a burden on our If you think this is something See Page 7A HELP OUT HThe Blue Santa program needs cash donations to buy gifts for needy New Braunfels Mail checks to Blue the New Braunfels Police Depart 1488 Seguin New H Help out by picking up a Blue buy the gift listed on it and turn it in at a Blue Santa drop box located at Famous city Coleman Indus The Scooter Home Depot Call or the New Braunfels Police deadline for returning the gifts is They will be delivered to local families For call the New Braunfels Police Department at Firefighter gets grievance hearing over drug test By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Stacie Zercher has formally requested a grievance hear ing before a panel of her peers in hopes they will reinstate her as the citys highest rank ing female Zerchers attorney Matt Kyle confirmed he had submitted the request He also confirmed an inde pendent drug test Zercher took last week came back neg ative for TetraHydro Cannabinol the chemical compo nent of The drug test Zercher took 15 after a minor traffic accident in the city hall parking lot indi cated she had 87 nanograms per milli liter of THC in her urine and resulted in her immediate termination after 18 years of employment with Stacie Zercher the city of New Zercher claimed the THC entered her system after she used two brands of indoor tanning lotion that contained a plant simi lar to marijuana but does not contain high levels of Although the city has 20 days to respond to Zerchers request for the grievance hear interim City Manager Marcus Jahns said Tuesday he already had granted her A date for the hearing has yet to be he Jahns also told the Herald Zeitung he had asked the Bexar County Medical Exam iners Office to test the tanning lotion to determine whether or not it could have been a fac tor in the positive drug test as Zercher has See Page 3A Water woes alarm Bulverde residents By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer BULVERDE in the Bulverde Hills subdivision is but those providing the water say it is not an immediate danger to Bexar Metropolitan Water District officials met with res idents of Bulverde Hills dur ing a specially called Bul verde City Council meeting The district sent a letter to more than 300 resi dents after water pumped to the area was found to exceed the maximum levels for tri The contaminated water originated from a treatment plant operated by Canyon Lake Water Supply CLWSC then sold the treated water to Bexar Met for use in Bulverde CLWSC spokesman Robert Case said they have been monitoring the situation since when new regula tions required them to limit trihalomethane They test the water in different locations four times a he Case said a high level of debris in the lake caused tri WATER WOES Trihalomethane levels for the Bulverde area provided by Canyon Lake Water Supply legal level is 80 parts per Quarter Trihalomethane 2004 1v 2004 128 2005 2005 99 HI I 2005 halomethane levels to spike during the second quarter in CLWSC began to notify customers during the third We sent out a total of three letters to our customers and to Bexar he Bexar Met was flushing their pipes and doing everything they could to keep levels but they had to notify them recently when their fourth quarter Case said Bexar Met received copies of the three but did not notify res idents until they had finished 12 months of their own test Though they are not required to notify residents until the 12month period is he Bexar Met See Page 6A COMING SATURDAY Fight for a championship The Smithson Valley football team travels to Houston to meet Katy in a battle for a berth in the state champi onship Freezing rain a possibility when arctic blast hits today From Staff Reports Dreams of snow flurries probably will not come true for Comal County residents this according to the National Weather NWS meteorologist Bill Runyon said there is a chance of freezing rain Wednesday night and Thurs day snow will stay farther in West Texas and the were looking for the temperatures to the winds to pick and the rain chance will increase to 70 he Thurs day if theres any ice that accumulates on the drivers will need to use extreme Runyon said if mere is ice on the drivers should leave early and give them selves plenty of time to get to their He sug gested they stay off roads if The NWS forecasts highs in the 40s for Wednesday and in the mid50s by Friday and the low to mid 60s by The last recorded snow in New Braunfels was Though snow isnt expected this Runyon said the New Braunfels area will not see warm weather anytime Were in for a little cold he i
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