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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 15, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas Man dies days after house fire Judge lifts county burn ban Comal County Judge Sherman Krause has lifted the bum ban for unin-corporated areas of Comal County, according to a news release sent by county Fire Marshal Wayne Ellington. Hie lift on the ban went to effect as of 5:45 p.m. Friday. The decision was made with Ellington’s advice. The news release states that the recent rainfall and rain expected over the weekend account for the decision. All residents should still use caution when conducting bums, and follow TCEQ burn rules, which can be found on the Comal County Fire Marshal’s web page. For information, call the fire marshal at (830) 643-3748. ►US MILITARY Report: Women should be allowed in combat By Pauline Jelinek Associated Press WASHINGTON — A military advisory commission is recommending that the Pentagon do away with a policy that bans women from serving in combat units, breathing new life into a long-simmering debate. Though thousands of women have been involved in the fights in Iraq and Afghanistan, they have done so while serving in combat support roles — as medics, logistics officers and so on — because defense policy prohibits women from being assigned to any unit smaller than a brigade whose primary See COMBAT, Page 5 ■ HIGHER EDUCATION, 2 Alamo Colleges mulls expansion into Coma ■ FAITH, 6 Dr. Ken Peters retiring as leader of Presbyterian church ■ SPORTS, 10 New Braunfels kicks off soccer season SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2011 Texas ^|p Newspaper of the Year Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 50$ By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung A New Braunfels man is dead after a space heater set his home ablaze. The death comes a year to the day — almost to the hour—after the city’s last fatal fire. Manuel Hernandez, 57, died as a result of smoke inhalation, according to preliminary autopsy results, said Blaze happened exactly one year after last fatality from fire in New Braunfels New Braunfels Fire Department Chief John Robinson. He said Hernandez was declared dead at 6:07 p.m. Wednesday at Brook Army Medical Center. NBFD firefighters arrived at Hernandez’ residence, a mobile home at 1183 Winston, just after 7 p.m. TUesday to find fire and smoke pouring out the home’s windows, Robinson said. Hernandez was discovered unconscious on the floor of his bedroom in the firefight ers’ initial efforts to hattle the blaze, which was brought under control within eight minutes. The fire appeared to have heen ignited by a space heater. There are no indications of anything suspicious, hut the final determination (as to the cause of the blaze) will See FIRE, Page 3 LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung Two men walk toward a back entrance while working Wednesday to rempve damaged items from a mobile home that caught fire on Tuesday night. I ► DRUNKEN DRIVING Officers make every weekend no refusal’ Law enforcement to issue blood test warrant for suspected drunken drivers By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung Local law enforcers and judges are all on the same page about drinking and driving. The new “no refusal policy” has gone to every single weekend in Comal County. Coordinated through the Comal County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, the program means if a driver gets stopped by an officer, if the driver refuses to give a requested sample, the agency making the stop can obtain a warrant for a mandatory sample. The officer will then draft an affadavit of what he has observed — reasons for a warrant — and take it to a judge, regardless of the time of day. The policy is now in effect from 5 p.m. on Fridays until 8 a.m. the following Monday. "Almost all of the jurisdictions in Comal County are participating, to include the New Braunfels Police Department, Garden Ridge Police Department, Fair Oaks Ranch Police Department, Bulverde Police Department, the Comal County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Public Safety,” See DRUNKEN, Page 5 Jury finds man guilty of lesser charges for firing gun near mother, child in 2009 By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung A Comal County jury this week found the line between firing a gun in someone’s direction and meaning to do so. Ron Jay Wilson, 41, of New Braunfels was originally charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in an October 2009 incident. The jury found him guilty Thurs day of two lesser charges of deadly conduct with a firearm. “The jury felt he didn’t discharge the firearm with intent to bodily injury, but they felt he discharged it at or in the direction of the victims,” said Assistant Criminal District Attorney Steven de Lemos. According to court testimony, the mother of Wilson’s children brought over a bag with some basic staples, and brought their 6-year-old daughter for a visit. "She was just trying to help out because he had asked for help,” de Lemos said. The victim told jurors she found Wilson passed out on the floor, naked, a botde of vodka in one hand and a bottle of Bloody Mary mix in the other at his New Braunfels home. Wilson eventually got up and left the room. She thought Wilson had returned to his bedroom. See WILSON, Page 3 THE GIFT OF LIFE Son gives father ultimate gift: A new kidney TO BECOME AN ORGAN DONOR For information about becoming a donor, contact the Living Donor Program at the University Transplant Center, (210)567-5777 or visit www.living-donorsonline.org. By Megan Holt The Herald-Zeitung A New Braunfels father received an extraordinary gift from his son this past Christmas — the gift of life. Just one year before retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 1993, Martin “Marty” Robles, Jr., 56, was diagnosed with adult-onset diabetes. Doctors expected kidney failure within the next two or three years. Additionally, in 2008, he suffered a cerebral stroke that left him with minor paralysis. When Marty Robles, Jr., a mail carrier in San Antonio, began getting weaker in October 2010, he was placed on dialysis to help his failing kidneys. “1 was on dialysis for only two and a half months, Marty Robles, Jr. said. “The doctors said I would be able to receive a kidney transplant in December (2010).” Six donors lined up to donate — Marty Robles, Jr.’s children (Marty Robles, III, 36, Kevin, 34, Joshua, 24, James, 20 and Ashley, 19) and wife, Terry. “When he first found out in 1993 that he See KIDNEY, Page 5 Vol. 158, No. 56 14 pages, 1 section Inside i 50 cents ..    .    _    LAURA    McKENZIE/Herald-Zei Martin Robles Jr right talks Wednesday about his recent kidney transplant surgery while sitting beside h son and kidney donor, Martin Robles III.     a    UK:,IUB CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES PLANNER SPORTS TV GRID 3 Rain 8    High    Low 10    54    51 14    Details    8 The Honeymoon & Wedding Capital of fexas! 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