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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 13, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 THE DIAMONDS SCHEDULED TO PUY AT BRAUNTEX WEEKEND, 6  5O0  New Braunfels  THURSDAY  OCTOBER 13,2011  h e rald-zeitu n g, com  SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852  Panel pans outer loop-less plan  Planning commission balks at recommending proposal to city counci'  By Grsg Bowen  The Herald'Zeiturîg  ih(> roniov.il of the contro-versi.il ouk'r loop trom a pro-)()S('(I nt'W tr,iiis(X)rtiiti()n [)liin 1.1S rcsultffi in the New Hrcninlcls PLurning C'ommiS' sion l),)lking at recommend-ing th(* [)lan to city (ountil. fhe l’Iantving Commission  ► WAR ON DRUGS  NBPD beefs up narcotics detail  Three more officers added to hone in on drug crimes  By Oalondo Moultiie  fhe fferatd'Zeituiig In tliat! a year, ihe New Brauni(‘ls polu e com-manfl statf has more than doiii)i(’(l tlu' (ie[)artment's nar(otK s division.  lli(' mov(' to add two (nvcstigatciis and a sergeant to tlie tiarcotics team is a corn erted ettort to target drug ( rini(‘S, said Capt. Mi( hael Pf'nshorn.  "Were putting additional emphasis on eliminating drug iK tivity in our community," he said. "I believe it is a {oiuern in every community, me luditig our own."  Penshorn saici when new thi(‘l Tom VVihert came to New Hraunt(*ls, he brought with him a willingness to spec iticallv target four areas of l.iw entori ement.  "The tour primary things arc* youth, I >VVIs or akohol-rc'laled offenses, gangs and drugs, and partnerships," Penshorn said. "Obviously with the gangs and drug things, that's one ol our pri-m.uv lo( uses. We're [Xitting addition.il resources towards the elimination ot thos(' activities."  Penshorn said nc'w officers were not hired tor the ti(*w positions. Instead, two existing otticers had their assignments c hangc'd from patrol to narcotics.  Penshorn said Sgt. jarnes K.u kley, who was on the' communitv response unit, will IcMcl the narc otic's division. Penshorn said lames Rac kley, vvlio was once a property crimes dcMective, is .1 vc'teran investigator.  Rac kley said lie ho[)t‘S to h(*lp the dc‘par1ment and the c it\ by freeing up the new  See UNIT, Page 12  on Tuesday (‘vening tabled an agenda item that calked for it to make a recommendation to the council on the f)lan, which is b(*ing developed as f)art of an effort to create a municipal planning organization in th(‘ New Brau nfels/Seguin region.  The MP(^'s prof)()S('d trans  portation plan would rc*f)lace the City of New Braunfels' current thoroughfare plan, which includes the Texas Department of Transportation-designed outer loop, said Planning Commission ( hair Cheryl Casteel.  C'asteel said Wc'dne^ay she was shocked when she  learned that the out('r loop had bi'C'n removc'd from the MPO plan.  "Th(‘ outer loof) has to stay in the )lan if we want funding to bui d it in the* futur(‘/' she said. "How do we know we're not going to need it in 10 or 20 years? I don't want to be res[)onsible 10 years from  now for c losing my eyc's and not planning tor the* c ommu nity's future."  The MPC) |)lan would replace the outc'r k)o[) with parkways on the northern, southc'rn arid ('astern portions of the outer loo[)'s would-b('  See LOOP, Page 12  OIMLINF  Scan the code to download a copy of the transportation draft plan or visit bit.ly/qMleLs  CONSTRUCTION CREWS RUPTURE GAS MAIN  Photos by LAURA McKENZIE | Herald-Zeituiig  Officer Joe Green of New Braunfels Police Department directs traffic at the intersection of Landa Street and Lockener Avenue on Wednesday Traffic was diverted oft sections ot Landa Street and Walnut Avenue as a result of a nearby punctured gas line.  Gas leak snarls traffic  CenterPoint Energy line damaged in work on Walnut  By Daiondo Moultrie  The Herald'Zeitung Contrac tors workmg on the long-term widening i)roject on New Braunfels' Walnut Avenue struck a gas pipe Wednesday morning, c ausing the diversion of traffic in the area, city authorities said.  (las s(‘eped from the two-inc h )i|)e anywhere from one to two lours, ac cording to varying estimates. a\ spokesperson for the energy com()any that owns the line said a building in the are\i was evacuated but spokesmen from New Braunfels' engineering, police and fire departments said the)' knew nothing about an evacuation.  Alicia Dixon, s|)okesf)ersc)n k>r ((MiterPoint Energy, said the natural gas main was broken in the Ht)0 block of N. Walnut Ave. around I 1:15 a.m. and the te\ik  Construction crews and equipment surround ttie site of a punctured gas line near tfie intersection of Landa St, and Walnut Ave. on Wednesday  was shut off in a little over an hour. Dixon said she did not know which building was c’vacuatc'd but pc'ople were usherc'd out k)r [>re-cautionary safety reasons.  (rews were sche*duled to repair the damage, Dixon said.  "We call it third-party damage  See LEAK, Page 12  Toney, Phillips win Walls Commentary Aware  WILUAMSBURG,Va.  New Braunfels Herakl-Zeitung Publisher and Editor Doug Toney and former Managing Editor Autumn i’hillips won the 2011 ('arniage Walls Commentary Pri/e* Monday duritig an awards c eretnony Monclay at the Southern Ne‘wsi)ape'rs Publishers Association annual meeting in Virginia.  Toney and Phillips won the prize for their columns and editorials dealing with the aftermath of the 2010 floods in New Braunfels. Toney called for the c ity counc il to meet directly with citizens. The counci  Toney  responde'ei and the "town hall meetings" revealed the vast problems associated with drainage and inadecjuate building and development rc'gulations and standards.  The contest was of)en to all newspapers with a circulation of 50,000 or less.  'I'm very, very  1 honored to win the ( armagc  ) lea sed and  Walls (Omme'ntary Prize," Toney said. "Earlier in my career, Mr. Walls was a mentor to me, so winning this award had a spe-c ial personal meaning as well."  In the over 50,000 circ ulation catc'gory, the Carmage Walls ('ommentary Prize went to Roger ( hc'sley of the Virginian  See AWARD, Page 12  ► UNITED WAY  Gruene festiva big success  Great Guitar Auction nets close to $30,000 in t>enefit  By Betty Taylor  The Herald-Zeitung  Whethc'r it came rain or shine* — and it dicl (ome rain — tans ot th(' ('irue-nc' Musk and Wine lest still showed up in drovc's to give thc'ir sup|)orl to lh(‘ United VVa\ ot ( omal ( oLintv last wc'ekend. Tliough the» ()tfic ial donatK >n amount won't Im- aniM )unc cm I tor a couple' of vxcc'ks, prc liminary <Utc>ndani c* ligurps indicate the* tc'sti\al was a huge' succ c*ss evc*n thcnigh it c lose'd on a wet note.  "We more- than dou!)lc'(l our advanc c* lie kcts sold lot thc' tasting (‘vc'nls and sold 25 [)erce‘nt more" in .idvani c for the Tex.is-Sty le Musk Ic'st than last \ear,” s.)id Sha\  I <if leur, m.irke'ting managc'r for tile* ('iruene Historic l_)is trie t. "Howevc’r, diic to tlu> wc'ather, wc> did not h.ive as many walk up sales."  Ihc' 25th (jrucMic Musk and Wine Ic'st, hc'ld ()ct ii 9 in (jrue*nc‘, fe'alurc'd t > ir ela\s ot livc' music, intei':.i tional and Tc'xas winc's, tixe auc tion, and kmhI and shop ping. Lal Ic'ur s<ii(l the* |)ac c' ot the' se'lk)ut variC'd Irom c on cert to coiK ert, but the* pn‘ mium tal)lc*s lor ihc' 1 ricla\ evc'ning's Rockin' with Texas Wine and food, which Ic’a turc'd adist I uc inda Williams, sold out c]uu kly.  "Tal)les tor this event have become vc‘r\ covc'ted (kie* to  SeeFEST, Page 12  WEATHER, 8  ANGELINA VILLARREAL  GOODWIN FRAZIER ELEMENTARV  Partly cloudy  High; 86 Low: 55  Classifieds  Comics  Crosswords  forajm „, Obituaries __ Planner ^  SjlSIiS_________  TV  _J0  10  9  9  ____ 4  .....  ________________9  ______ 7  11  Vol 1581 No, 288 1 section, 12 pages  S6825  00001  50 cents  On Ihe coiTier of Seguin & Coll St  PROTESTANT   www.firstprutesiant  corTi' ^ ^ CHURCH OF NEW BRAUNFELS  Sunday Services 8 and 10:30 a n»  For breaking news, sports scores, weattier, traffic and mid day updates, follow us on Twitter ®NewBraunfelsHZ  Wi  Learn what's in tomorrow's paper, offer news tips, receive alerts Become a New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Facebook fan.  I i j Receive the Herald-Zeitung e-newsletter in your e-mail box each I« r/ morning; herald-zeitung.com. Click 'Herald-Zeitung Mailing List'   

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