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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 22, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 COMPLETE COMAL COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL REPORT BEGINS ON 1B  New Braunfels  SATURDAY  OCTOBER 22,2011  h è ra i d - z e i tu n g. g O m  SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852  City admits EARIP error  By Shawn Lewi*  The Heralfl-Zeitung  The City of New Brauntc’ls on Frid.iy issui'd .1 nows release admitting ( ity staft erroneously fiesc ril)ed the Comal River as a "critical habitat" tor an endangered spec ies during an Oct. 10  c ity council meeting.  "In rc's(x)nsc‘ to a question [x)sc*d by a council member, staff stated that the Comal River svstem was 'critical habitat'' (as cietined by U.S, Fish and Wildlife Service) tor the endangerc'd spec ies known as the fountain darter," the relcMse  statCHi, "While 'c ritical habitat' has been designated in the Comal Springs ctnd Land.i Lake for the othc'r three endangerc'd spec ies, thc-re is no U S. Fisn and Wildlife Sc*rvice-d(’fined 'c ritical habitat' tor th(> fountain darter species in the Comal River system."  The error was m,tdc‘ during <i discussion about the Fdwards Acjuiier R('(overy lmplemc‘ntation f^rogram (f ARIF’), which is an effort to balanc (> the needs of regional water supf)|y, spring flow, water  See ERROR. Page 3Â  ► ATV DEALERS  Olsons give up license  Texas AG: Dealer failed to deliver vehicles to clients  Frfini btatt reports A ()retrial settlement agrec>m('nt nc'gotiatc'd by the Texas Attorney (/.eneral's Ottice will r('{|uire a Ncnv Brauntels-bas(‘d all*tc‘rrain vehicle sales retailer to sur-rendt'f its sale's licc*nse.  In 2010,  ONum  Scan this QR code to view the ludgmeht and permanent iniunction against Olson Motorsports or visit bit.ly/raTjqi  the' state c h r g e d O 1 s o n P o w e r -sports and its owners with def-r a LI d i n g c ustomers by tailing to deliver v c' h i ( 1 e s even after pure hasc'rs paid for them in advanc e.  Under a final judgment approvc'd by the- court, Hran-don and Debra Olson — owners of Olson Power-s|)orts - are |)rohibitc‘cl from selling ATVs inTC'xas for five years; recjuired to provide refunds to their customers; and must pay $ i0,()00 in t ivil penalties and attornc'ys' Ic'es to the state.  Bch ause the defendants mismanaged their ATV dc\il-('rship, the Attorney Gener-al's initial Ic'gal action asked the court to freeze the firm's assets so funds would be prc'sc'rvc'd for customers who never received the ATVs. Refunds will be [)rorated trom the defc'ndants' previously frozen accounts.  I’rior to th(' state's enforcement actioir, the dc'fendants sold ATVs through a numlx'r of entities associated with Olson Powerst)orts, inctuci-ing The Fami y Exchange, Big lime Powersports, Big 11 me ATV and Star Power.  An investigation revealed the defend‘ints failed to deliver ATVs aftc'r customers paid for online purchases. The' defendants re>c|uired upfront |)ayment and, in exchange, guarantt'ed delivery of selcHL'tcHl vehitle:^ within five to sc'ven days. The defendants, however, either failc'd to actually ship the pre-paid ATVs c)r shipped thc*m wc'eks or months after the agreec|-upe >n date's.  ANTI-BAN SIGNS ILLEGALLY PLACED  LAURAMcKENZIE|Herald-7eitung  Ofelia Medina of New Braunfels stands Wednesday near anii-disposible container ban signs she found in her front yard  Strangers in the ni^t  Unwanted signs, men at door lead NB woman to call cops  By Dalondo Moultrie  The Herald-Zeitung  The unwanted campaign signs mysteriously placed in her front lawn without fX'rmission last wt'ek didn't frighten a New Braunfels retiree.  hlowever, the two men who hopped out a van and knocked on Ofelia Medina's door in the dead of night asking her to return  the signs — that scared her to the [)oint she sf)ent the niglit away from home, Medina saicl.  "I told my daughter they might come later and I don't want to Ix' here by myself," Medina said. "Who knows^ When you re|)ort (R'ople, sot7ietimc's the^ gc't mad."  Medina said she noticc'd the two signs with words on thc'm like "Vote Against The Ban" as she ate  breaktastTuesday morning. Medina said she didn't know what the signs were' about and initially thought construction workers had plac ed signs on her lawn.  She toicl her daughter, Diana Acevedo, about the signs and together they removeci them. A\bout ‘):I 5 [).m., the* women said,  See SIGNS, Page 5A  New Braunfels Police take online reports  By Dalondo Moultrie  The Herald-Zeitung  New Braunfels Police Department's online inc ident reporting system allows c iti-zens to report less serious crimes 24 hours a day and off icers to remain on the str^'t tracking down the bad guys.  "There are a lot of times where online reporting can be very beneficial to the police department and the community," NBPf^) Lt. Heath Purvis saicl.  Police Department  Qmüt Unki> 5JI:  ^ WNTifi    «v:  . \ — ■'  < \.%'»4cm    «¿«MM'  .    J«    ïtif  - ». ■  •i r» \ r-  , I.-W ► I  »V«*'«»»»» 'V'iîV  See POLICE, Page 5A This computer screenshot shows New Braunfels Police's link tor online reporting.  FRESH CRAFT BEER  m(ik BEER inspired menu  ► CAMPAIGN 2012  Stephens to seek re-election to bench  Judge has been in seat since January 2004  From statt reports ludge ( harlc'S A St('()he'ns II re'( entiv .vnnounc ed his intention to run lor re-ele>( tion to the' bene h at ('om.il ( ounty ( ourt at Liw No. 2.  Ste'phens has bc'en in tlu' sc'at since* |an-uar\ 2 004 atter being appointed to the’ [)ost in Se*[)t ember 200?.  won his lirst e, ^  I ..    Stephens  e lent ton in  2004 and was re'-('lt‘( tc'd in 2008, Ste|)hens said, and he hopes lo win another tc'rm to serve' the» (ounty.  "Working w ith the vanous e ount\ oitu es, we' h,n (' e'stablishc'el ('ount\ ( ourt ,)t Lav\ No. 2 as a ver\ ae ti\c av.iilable court tvvKhng im the purpose of titnely and ettie lentK disposing of ,ill cases w'hi( h c ome* be‘tore tfie court," Ste'[)he“ns siid, "Hicnc case's include criminal, lain ily, juvenik', probate, e ollec tions, civil suits, guardi.tn shij)s, me-ntai commitmc'nls and truancv matters/ Slej)he'iis said he aUo nitikes hirrisclt av.iilable to law e'nfort ement otticers sc'c'king arrest and sear( h v\arr.ints 24 hours dav. H(' said he has done* tlu* s^tnie tor c'merge'ncy orders toi firote'c tivc' (ustodv invoK ing mental commitments "We have' strived to (,o thc' best job possible', while' following the rule' of law in the State ot Tc'xas," Ste'[)hc'ns said. "I h.ne e'njove'd it, and want to contineie working lor the citi/ens ot Comal County."  See JUDGE, Page 5A  WEATHER, 6B  zackdoOlev  LAMAR ELEMENTARY  Partly cloudy today     High: 83    Low; 62      Abby    M      Classifieds „    . - 48      Co.rai£5.... .    8A      ÇrQMWflrdS    ................:iA      Forum .....,  0 Klti 1 AflûC    ........      UUIlUqi luo  Planner    ............iM      SpQCts^    111      TV    58      Voi: lb81    1 No. 296     2 sections, 16 pages  OPEN EARLY FOR FOOTBALL SUNDAYS  Catch your favorite team on our 7 HOTV$, including a 55'". Food & drink specials all day starting at 11=30AM  BREWPUB AND RESTAURANT OPEN AT 4PM DAILY  8 56825 00001  50 cents  240 South Seguin A^> New Braunfels. ÎX ^ www fausthtewing.cè '  I ^ "Pveckfn" ■.* '‘‘''  :, '-0  i-or DreaKing news, sports scoriBS, weather, traffic and mid-day updates, follow us on Twitter ONewBraunfslsHZ  m  Learn what's in tomorrow's paper, offer news tips, receive alerts. 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