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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 23, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas COinAV KIII2UT I mUTC. DOCD CriATDAI I DDC\/iCI«IC ----> • ixi I iiivriii kiv/iiiwi I ixL.1 ivrwi uni. a. ■ i\kiViL.««vi 3r<^n i a, / 500 New Braunfels FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23.2011 Herald Leitung SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852 Cop fired in wake of felony charges By Dtiondo Moi^trte The Herald-Zeitung A 15-year New Braunfels Polite Department officer lost his job this week after being indicted on criminal charges of assaulting a child, the department's chief said Thursday morning, f’iitro man Michael Blair Cochran, 50, of New Braunfels, faces two felony counts of injury to a child with intent to do bodily injury. Comal County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Cochran him Tuesday, when he was confined and releast>d from Comal County Jail under $20,000 bond. (Cochran turned himself in to deputies about 8:05 a.m. Tuesday at the sheriff's office, CCSO IJ. Mark Reynolds said. NBPD [lolice said Cochran has been coi)f>- erative throughout. According to court documents, a grand jury found enough evidence existed to indict Cochran on third-degree felony charges that he "intentionally and knowingly" caused "bodily injury to ... a child" on or about Oct. 22, 2002, by slapping the child in the face and on Feb. 22, 2011, by repeatedly hitting the cnild in the back of the head with Cochran's walking cane. The court documents do not list the child's age at the time of either alleged assault. NBPf^ C hic'f Tom Wilx^rt said he put ( ochran on ► CYPRESS UKE GARDENS POA asks county for road help Homeowners group’s plea reflects larger problem across Comal County By Greg Bowen ihe Herald-Zeitung Strc^Hs in the ('yf)ress Lake Gardens subdivision in northwest Comal County are so rough that (x)mal ISD is threatening to stop picking uf) the children living there. The subdivision's property owners association lodged a plea with county c ommissioners on Thursday, asking for help with fixing some or all of the big sul)di-vision's ()rivate roads, which date to the ! 960s and weren't built well enough to be accepted into the county road system. "We have 2() miles of roads we can't afford to maintain," POA president Dick Hoenninger said. Not only is Comal ISD threatening to keep its s( hool buses out, he said, but ambulances won't go down some roads because they're so liad, and |X)tential homebuyers are walking away because of the condition of the roads. "We're petitioning you to do anything you can," Hoenninger said. "It's a real bad situation for everyliod)'." Gus Rodriguez, CISD director of transportation, told the Herald-Zeitung that the district has not refused to travel down those roads. "When it rains, some of the roads in that area get potholes so large that it prc's-ents unsafe conditions for the buses to travel them," he said. "In thcjse instances, we cannot pick u() or deliver students." Rodriguez said there have not had any such instances during this school year. The transportation department has asked the homeowners association to patch the holes. See ROADS, Page 5 COMAL COUNTY FAIR PAEADE TODAY Downtown New Braunfels Parade Route Mill St. A A A 'A L W. San Antonio St. A Æi âs A Mill St, E. San Antonio St A A in m jy n A 4s a •* di Parade Route . ■ ■ ■ Streets Closed Coll St Garden St. Herald-Zeitung graphic Floatiiig throi^ thePUiza 118th Comal County Fair Parade starts at 10 a.m. From Staff reports i"* he 118th Comal (bounty Fair Parade begins at 10 a.m. today — rain or shine. The Pet Parade begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Handy Andy parking lot, with judging at 8:30 a.m. "You probal)ly nc^d to get down there by 7: U) More inside a.m. at the very ■ Schools, stores I"'"«'-" Closed for Fair co-chairwoman Parade. Page 12 Wiedenfeld ■ Comal County said. "I see peo-Fairsctiedule. pie sitting in Pa0®12 their lawn chairs, eating breakfast tacos and socializing." Parade-goers are advised to bring hats, sunscreen and water. Between 200 and 250 entries are slated to participate in this year's fair parade. The parade route begins at the corner of San Antonio and Santa Clara streets, travels down San Antonio Street, crosses the Comal River Bridge and ends in Prince Solms Park. For those looking for a place to See PARADE, Page 12 LAURA McKENZIE I Herald-Zeitung Jacob Silvas, 7, stands Thursday by his award-winning drawing in the arts and photography exhibit at the Comal County Fair in New Braunfels, Judges pick exhibit winners By Betty Taytor Tfie Herald-Zeitung Seven-year-old Jacob Silvas peered around the corner looking tor his artwork until his eyes rested on the ribbon. "There it is!" exclaimed his mom, lulia Silvas. "You got stKond place!" The Cc'relean Blue Horse ciravving was named after his S-month-old sister, Cerelean. The family picked up their pace and traveled next to the photo display. A first-place ribbon was hanging on the [)hoto julia took of .3-year-old daughter lade holding up a marble, lade and Jacob were still marveling at the ribbon, but Julia had already turnc'd another corner with Cerelean in tow. "I'm sorry, but I've got to see how my painting did," lulia said. See EXHIBITS, Page 12 Warp speed ahead: Law of physics challengec HZ ONLINE An extended version of this report can be found at herald-zeitung.com GENEVA (AP) One of the very pillars of physics and Einstein's theory of relativity — that nothing can >0 faster than the speed of ight — was rocked Thursday by new findings from one of the world's foremost laboratories. European researchers said they clocked an oddball type of subatomic particle called a neutrino going taster than the 186,282 miles per sec:ond that has long been considert?d the cosmic speed limit. The claim was met with skepticism, with one outside jhysicist calling it the c‘c|uiva-ent of saying you have a flying carpet. In fact, the researchers themselves are not ready to proclaim a discovery and are asking other physic ists to incJe-pendently try to verify their findings. "The feeling that most people have is this can't be right, this can't be real," said James Gillic^s, a spokesman for the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, which provided the particle accelerator that sent neutrinos on their breakneck 454-mile trip underground from Geneva to Italy. Going faster than light is something that is just not supposed to ha[)pen according to Einstein's 1905 special tht'ory of relativity — the one made famous by the ec|uation E equals mc2. administrative leave with pay Feb. 23 and fired him Wednesday. Wilx^rt said he immediately removed Cochran from duty when the department learned of the Cf SO's criminal investigation into alleged assaults. See COCHRAN, Page 5 ► CAN BAN Attorney; Container language is legal Health and Safety Code section doesn’t apply to city’s container ban ByGregBofwen The Herald Zeitung A provision of the Texas Health and Safety ('ode states that a local government may not adopt an ordinance that [)rohil)its or restricts, for solid waste management purposes, the sale or use of a container or pac kage in a manner not authon/c'd by state law. So does this mean the ( ity of New Braunfels' proposed ban on disposable containers on the c ity's rivers is illegal;' Not according to interim ( Ity Attorney Paul Isham, who on Thursday released an Aug. 18 memo he wrote to city council members in response to their incjuiries about that legal provision. The [)rovision, section ibi .0961 of Chapter ibl of the Health and Safety Code, was circulated bv an owner of a Ncnv Braunfels beer distributorship to support her argument that the city has no authority to prohibit the use of containers on the rivers, Isham wrote in his memo. "(The provision) is not applicable to the banning of disposable containers on the rivers," Isham wrote. See BAN, Page 5 WEATHER, 12 PEYTON C. CARTER MEMORIAL ELEMENTARY High: 83 Low; 65 Abby 13 Classifieds 13 Comics Crosswords 11 Forum 4 Obituaries 3 Planner 9 Sports 7 TV 14 VoJ. 158 I No, 271 1 sections. 14 pages 56825 00001 50 cents For Fun and Conversation Enjoy an Uptoum Piano Bar Night Downstairs in the Prince Solms Inn 295 E. San Antonio 830-708-5411 For breaking news, sports scores, weather, traffic and mid-day updates, follow us on Twitter ON8wBraunfel$HZ Learn what's in tomorrow's paper, offer news tips, receive alerts. Become a New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Facebook fan. 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