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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 29, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas MARCH 2007 ZEITUNG Newspaper of the Year SPORTS SOFTBALL All area Softball and baseball teams come out victorious on Page 5A FORUM IMMIGRATION Lamar Smith speaks out on what he calls one of the most pressing issues facing the Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 118 14 2 sections CL 40 chance of storms High Low 76 66 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 28 CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3B ExCISD janitor pleads guilty to porn charge By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Former Smithson Valley Middle School janitor Barry Craig pleaded guilty to one federal count of possession of child pornography before Magistrate Judge John Primomo on The Bulverde man faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sen tenced by District Judge Orlan do Garcia on June Investigators arrested Nielsen on Bulverde man could face up to 10 years in prison Barry Craig Nielsen after a raid by county and federal Comal County sheriffs Detective Vance Weltner said in a previous inter view that the search of Nielsens Adams Road home turned up a num ber of video and hard copy images of child Some of the images depicted children engaged in sexual acts with adults and scenes of bondage and Weltner had Kari a spokeswoman for Comal Independent School Dis said Wednesday that Nielsens 23year employment with the dis trict was terminated shortly after his None of his alleged activity included the campus where he worked or she We have cooperated with authorities throughout the and now we need to let the system Freddy an investigator with the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement testi fied during a March pre indictment hearing that Nielsen denied ever committing a sexual act with a Miller also said Nielsen had a disturbing answer when investigators inquired about the children at the middle school where he was employed for 18 I asked if he had ever assaulted any of the children at his Miller told me Kids nowadays talk too They would tell a teacher or par Fanning historys flame Museum showcases fire fighting past of city By Suzanne Ashe Staff Writer In the first manned fire station in New Braunfels stood at 131 Hill The at that has since been turned into the New Braunfels Fire Museum and houses carefully pre served remnants of past fire fighting Darren New Braunfels Fire Department battalion proudly showed off the museum on The museum shows the advances of time in fire fight he In June the all volun teer fire department used hose carts to carry hoses to the fire Brinkkoeter There were three compa each assigned a hose he The station didnt exist then and the carts were positioned in three areas of the One was next to the Bells would ring to notify people of a In the late Brinkkoeter said the fire department relied on wood en water mains that were buried under the Thats where the term fire plug came he Firemen would bore a hole into the wooden water Leather buckets were used to get the After the fire was the wooden hole was See Page 8A City council hopeful aims to 3an signs Photos by DAVID New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Darren Brinkkoeter talks about the fire museum while leaning against an American LeFrance ladder truck that was purchased by the department in 1931 and stayed in service until original New Braunfels fire built in currently houses the New Braunfels Fire Museum and is located next to the Central Station on Hill RIGHT Members of the citys volunteer fire department are pictured in this June Couple slithers away from snake encounter By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Betty and Ron Gulledge found a slithering surprise under the hood of their pickup The who live in the 100 block of Oak Ridge found a neighbors 7footlong python nap ping under the hood of their Chevrolet I told Ron he needed to get all the leaves out of the engine Betty Gulledge Then we looked closer and he thats not Thats a snake lay ing up in When the snake was Betty Gulledge said she ran into the house to call but was told that Comal County sheriffs deputies do not handle snake The dispatcher said shed call a private company and him come but it would cost us Bet ty Gulledge I brought my husband a and we watched that snake for two hours until someone came Comal County Animal Control Coordinator Steven McKin said one of his staff members called the but theyd already solved the problem by calling Critter See Page 7A Patrick says he wants to keep area neighborhoods clutterfree By Suzanne Ashe Staff Writer Election day is nearly two months away and political signs are all over One New Braunfels City Council candi date is encouraging candidates and political action commit tees to keep large political signs out of local Jay a candidate for JaV Patrick city council District signed on Monday what he named the Campaign Signage Practices He is asking all candidates in the upcom ing election do the Patrick said his motive isnt although See Page 7A News representatives testify for a shield law By Kelley Shannon Associated Press Writer AUSTIN AP Whistleblowers would more readily reveal problems like the ongoing scan dal at the Texas Youth Commission if the state enacted a law protecting journalists confidential shield law advocates testified News industry representatives said they are asking for a qualified privilege allowing reporters to keep their confidential notes and unaired videotape out of court unless theres a compelling reason to require Were not asking for an absolute said media attorney Laura representing the Texas Association of the Texas See Page 2A A Critter Control employee prepares to trap the 7footlong python that a New Braunfels couple recently dis covered under the hood of their Photo submitted I BLUEBONNET Jeep I II I II ill II 446 CERTIFIED
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