New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, January 11, 2007, Page 7

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January 11, 2007

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 11, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday, January 11, 2007 - Herald-Zeitung - Page 7A Two men plead guilty in filmed fighting case ARLINGTON (AP) - Two men have pleaded guilty in the case of the "Agg Townz Fights," a video series sold over the Internet that featured teenagers fighting. Folarin Olabimitan Ola-woye, 20, was sentenced to two years' probation after pleading guilty Monday to engaging in organized crime. John Barree, 18, of Dallas was sentenced to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty last month to aggravated assault. Both men are members of the Playas After Cash, a gang of about a dozen members, Arlington police have said. The men were arrested in May after police discovered the Agg Townz Fights DVD series during their investigation into the assault on a 16-year-old. QUARRY CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Residents can take action against blasts Brownlow said the quarries make sure the vibrations are well below the damaging level. Charlotte Bennet, a Comal County resident, said she found her storm door shattered recently and believes air blasts might be to blame. "I know you say it's not the air blasts, but we're all having the same problems here," she said, gesturing to the audience. "I don't care if you blast, but I do care when I have to go from room to room each time to make sure that nothing is broken." Representatives from all three quarries urged residents to contact the companies so Two other men, Deunte Lamar Gaines, 17, and Michael Jackson, 19, were charged with engaging in organized crime, which is a felony punishable by up to life in prison. They are awaiting trial. Among the scenes in the videos, complete with a rap-music sound track, are girls punching each other, a boy hitting a girl who falls down and two boys who shake hands after bare-fisted boxing. In one scene a teen lies still after hitting his head on the curb, leaving a trail of blood, but is then helped off the ground. The video, which refers to teens' nickname for Ailing-ton, was sold on the Internet for $15 to $20. "If you have a complaint, you can go through the commission instead of trying to figure it out on your own." - Danny Scheel Comal County judge concerns can be investigated. County Judge Danny Scheel said Texas counties do not have the authority to regulate quarry blasting, but he said that residents themselves can take action. "I think we need to come up with a group," Scheel said. "If you have a complaint, you can go through the commission instead of trying to figure it out on your own. Let those guys handle it for you because they'll know who to goto." 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The Mcintosh shooting prompted Quanell X, a local activist with the New Black Panther Party and frequent critic of the Houston Police Department, to demand a federal investigation of the shooting, saying Mcintosh, who was black, was the victim of "a cold-blooded murder." FBI spokeswoman Shauna Dunlap said Wednesday that such an investigation will likely be announced soon. "There is a strong possibility that in the next couple of days, we will open a civil rights investigation," Dunlap told The Associated Press. "If it is determined this was a wrongful death, we'll work with the (district attorney's) office to determine what type of prosecution might be in die best interest of the public." Federal authorities in Houston have prosecuted Houston police for civil rights violations when a local grand jury declined to indict them in shootings of civilians. Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal said a grand jury already has begun investigating the shooting. He said it heard testimony Wednesday from Yolan-da Perry, a minister's wife who was on her way to her husband's church when she said she saw the officer shoot Mcintosh after he was already in handcuffs. "We went to the grand jury on that today because we had an eyewitness who said she saw something completely different than what everybody else saw," Rosenthal said. Rosenthal said Perry was subpoenaed to testify to get her testimony on the record. He said investigators also have taken statements from other witnesses who back the police officer, saying they heard the shots and then saw Smith handcuffing Mcintosh. FIREFIGHTER CONTINUED FROM Page 1A ' Zercher also applied to police department After graduating from New Braunfels High School in 1970, Zercher spent four years in the Navy and then moved home to be near his ailing father. "I went over to the police department and applied for a job there, and then I saw a friend over by the fire department and went and talked to him for a while," he said. "I ended up talking to him for a while and then I went in and applied for a job. I got offered a position with the fire department, and a week later the police department called and offered me a job." After becoming a firefighter, Zercher became interested in learning emergency medical treatment. He said Dr. John Flannigan from McKenna Memorial Hospital helped start a program to get firefighters certified as paramedics. Zercher was one of three firefighters to graduate from the first certification course in 1983. He is also a certified peace officer who helps investigate arson cases for the fire department and the New Braunfels Police Department. New Braunfels Fire Lt. George Amen said Zercher and another firefighter, Lt. Xavier Larralde taught his EMS training class in 1988. He recalled Zercher accompanying him on his first EMS call, a full cardiac arrest, and coaching him through the process of treating the patient. "I told him I'd never forget that call because I made it with him," Amen said. "I've never told them, but (Zercher and Larralde) are the reason I wanted to be a firefighter in New Braunfels." The fire department also shaped much of Zercher's life. He met his wife, Stacie, 19 years ago when she worked as a dispatcher at Station 1. She is currently a battalion chief at the fire department's training division. "I really do love the adrenaline rush, and the people are like family. It's been a great career and I'm really going to miss it." - Don Zercher retiring New Braunfels Fire Department battalion chief "She also worked for me at one time," Zercher said. "She always says that I was her boss and now she's my boss, but that's not true." The couple has four children, and Zercher said he hopes to become a hunting guide during his retirement. "I've got 144 hours left, not counting today," said Zercher, looking ahead to his last days on the job. "I've had so many second thoughts about retiring, but I know I'll feel the same way if 1 wait another year to retire." Zercher said he wants to leave the department while he is young and healthy enough to pursue his hobbies. After more than 30 years of 24-hour shifts; he also can look forward to a good night's sleep. "My wife will tell you that 1 don't sleep at all," he said. "There's a lot of the people and places I've seen (that) have made for a lot of sleepless nights." Zercher said he has transported both of his parents by ambulance and even was called to an accident scene where one of his children was injured. Zercher and a group of fire-fighters on his shift have planned an upcoming fishing trip, and he said he will stay connected to the department through his wife. "I really do love the adrenaline rush, and the people are like family," he said. 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