New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas ■ BUSINESS, 5A Former Strutters open dance studio ■ SPORTS, IB Unicom kickers fight to keep title run alive ■ NEWS, 2A Traffic sensors going up at Walnut intersection SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2011 Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 50« NBPD fires cop who led Selma PD on chase Chief: Off-duty officer was ‘visibly intoxicated’ when stopped, but not arrested By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung A New Braunfels Police Department patrol officer was fired Friday for bringing discredit to the agency. Police Chief Thomas Wibert said the officer, whose name was not immediately released, was involved in a traffic incident March 20, while off duty, that led to his termination. A patrolman in Selma clocked the off-duty NBPD officer, who was driving his personally owned truck, in excess of 100 mph on 1-35 at about 3:50 a.m. that Sunday morning, the chief said. The Selma police officer pursued the truck, which exited the interstate near the Selma Lowe’s store and attempted to elude the pursuing officer, Wibert said. “When they caught up with him and he pulled over... he was visibly intoxicated,” Wibert said. The officer was put on adminis HAZARDOUS HOME WASTE Materials that will be accepted include used motor oil, used oil filters, auto batteries, antifreeze, paint brake fluid, herbicides, pesticides, pool chemicals, old gasoline, drain cleaners, over cleaners, spot cleaners, home cleaners, furniture polish, paint thinners, paint strippers, spray cans, solvents and lacquer. ► AT FIRE STATION 2 Hazardous home waste collection set today From staff reports Residents looking for a chance to help protect the environment by safely disposing of old car batteries, paint, oil, antifreeze and other household hazardous wastes will get their chance today. Household Hazardous Waste Day will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at New Braunfels’ Fire Station No. 2,4120 Loop 337. The event is sponsored by Comal County and the cities of New Braunfels, Bulverde and Garden Ridge. Materials that will be accepted include used motor oil, used oil filters, auto batteries, antifreeze, paint, brake fluid, herbicides, pesticides, pool chemicals, old gasoline, drain cleaners, over cleaners, spot cleaners, home cleaners, furniture polish, paint thinners, paint strippers, spray cans, solvents and lacquer. Items that cannot be accepted include trash, ammunition, explosives, flares, Freon, medical waste, fireworks, commercial waste, gas cylinders, Styrofoam, smoke detectors, radioactive material, industrial waste and tires. NEW BRAUNFELS TEEN BATTLES LEUKEMIA LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung Adam Bays, 15, of New Braunfels, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in early February. FRIENDS INDEED Classmates, family—even Hollywood — rally behind Adam By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung Waging the fight of his life, Adam Bays has a lot of support. It comes from family members, oodles of friends and even extends to Hollywood. Adam, a 15-year-old freshman at New Braunfels High School, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia two months ago. A pain in his upper leg sent him to a doctor, and the disease was discovered in short order. “I was running cross country and had a thing on my leg,” he said. “It bothered me while I was running and I went in to get it removed. They tested some blood for the surgery, which was going to be 30 minutes and done. “But they looked at it and said it was bad. I was admitted into the hospital within two days.” Adam, the son of Alex and Yvonne Bays of New Braunfels, began working with a pediatric oncologist at Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio. He’s undergone chemotherapy, which has taken strands of his sandy blond hair and at times makes him very sick, and receives treatment about three times a week. “He will have to go for about six months,” Alex Bays said, “and we See ADAM, Page 6A trative leave, and NBPD started an internal investigation the following morning. “That investigation was completed earlier this week," Wibert said. “We went through a disciplinary hearing with the officer (Thursday) See FIRED, Page 6A ► SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN Deal or no deal? Officials from both sides work into the night in hopes of averting shutdown The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Perilously close to a government shutdown, the White House and congressional leaders closed in on a possible deal to cut tens of billions of dollars in federal spending and avert the closure, officials said Friday night. House Republican leaders summoned their rank related and file to a late night meeting for what aides said would be an update on the talks. Democrats said they were reviewing the details of a possible tentative agreement. The developments unfolded as the administration readied hundreds of thousands of furlough notices for federal workers and warned that federal services from national parks to tax-season help centers would be shuttered without a deal by midnight. “We know the whole world is watching us today,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, told reporters gathered outside House Speaker John Boehner’s office there was no agreement yet, and there was no claim to the contrary from the White House or Senate Democrats. But other Republicans said the framework of a tentative agreement was in place, ready to be oudined for the newly empowered GOP House majority that came to Congress determined to cut spending and rein in government. ■ In the budget maelstrom that threatened to partially shut the federal government Friday stood Planned Parenthood Federation of America, an organization part of a decades-long congressional battle over abortion. 6A ■ If government shuts down, the Pentagon would have to delay payments of the $100,000 death benefit that families receive if a military service member dies in the line of duty. 6A Vol. 158, No. 1RS 16 pages, 2 sections . Inside |k ; CLASSIFIEDS 10A m 3S 4A COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES PLANNER SPORTS TV (SftO 3A ■ Wk IB tIA Warm afternoon High Low 91 68 Datait* 7A *56825 00001 The Honeymoon & Wedding Capital of Texas! LIVE TEAM TRIVIA: Thursdays at 8 p.m. * FREE to Play • Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Places 240 S. Seguin Ave. • (830)625-7791 * www.fausthotel.com Smithson Valley cadets receive $185K scholarships from Navy By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung Six members of Smithson Valley’s Naval Junior Reserve Officer Thuning Corps program recently each received $185,000 college scholarships awarded through the Navy ROTC program. Seniors Andrew Franklin, Erika Castro, Mark Elias, Lacy Rudd, Justin Rivas, and Maxwell Terry earned the scholarships, which totaled more than $1.1 million. The students were among 40 in Texas’ San Antonio district—which is comprised of more than 400 high schools, private schools and charter schools—selected to receive the scholarships. More than 15,000 students across the country applied for the awards last spring. According to NROTC District Coordinator Ronald Jackson, the applicants listed their top five college choices, with the scholarship going to their eventual choice. As a condition of accepting the scholarship, they will owe a minimum five-year commitment to the Navy upon graduation. Commander Vince Quidachay talks Tuesday to Smithsor Valley High School students about the achievements of six cadets in the school's Navy JROTC program.