New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 5, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAY, APRIL 5,2007
Deputy on paid leave after shooting
■ Suspect allegedly assaulted officer, remains in hospital
By Jessica Sanders
A Boerne man remained hospitalized Wednesday night after he was shot by a Comal County deputy early that morning, investigators said.
William Grady Orr Jr., 36, was shot three to four times by a .357 SIG-Sauer handgun after he reportedly attacked Deputy Scott Masters, 39, who was trying to detain him, Comal County sheriff’s investigators said.
Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Tommy Ward said he did not know Orr’s condition Wednesday evening and did not know if the man’s injuries were considered lifethreatening.
A spokeswoman with University Hospital in San Antonio said Orr’s condition was being kept confidential because of the circumstances of the shooting.
Ward said the shooting happened shortly after 5 a.m., when Masters saw a Ford Mustang pulled over on Farm-to-
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Market 306 near the Eagle Rock Road intersection.
“The vehicle’s muffler was dragging, and the officer pulled over to see what the situation was,” Ward said, adding that both a man and woman were inside the car. “The driver initially falsely identified himself and the stories that he and the girl were giving didn’t match up.
“The officer decided to handcuff the
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William Grady Orr of Boerne is shot by Comal sheriff's deputy Scott Masters.
Senate approves booster seat bill
■ Law focuses on those younger than 8
By Liz Austin Peterson
The Associated Press
AUSTIN (AP) — Children younger than 8 will have to be secured in a booster seat when riding in a passenger vehicle under legislation approved on Wednesday by the Texas Senate.
Current law requires booster seats for children younger than 5 and less than 3 feet tall. The bill approved Wednesday would raise the height requirement to 4 feet 9 inches and put Texas law in line with federal guidelines.
Sen. judith Zaffirini, the bill’s sponsor, said seat belts do not fit children properly and can injure or kill them in an accident. But parents might not realize how iinpor-
tant booster seats are because they’re not required by law to use them, the Laredo Democrat said.
“It truly is a life or death issue for these children,’’ she said.
Starting in June 2008, people who don’t follow the law would face a $25 fine, which would be used to buy booster seats for low-income families. Until then, police officers would only issue warnings.
The bill, approved by a 26-4 vote, now goes to the Texas I louse. About 40 other states already require parents to follow the age and height requirements in the bill.
Sen. Dan Patrick, a Republican from Houston,
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Zoning board waives requirement for curbs
■ Item deemed unnecessary for rural area
By Suzanne Ashe
Phase III of the Sunset Shadows subdivision on Ferry Boat Lane near Farm to Market 725 was one of the subjects of discussion at Tuesday night’s New Braunfels Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.
Phase III is an 8.272 acre tract that is being divided
into six single-family lots, all of which are approximately 1.3 acres. Phases I and II consist of 73.13 acres and already have been subdivided into 19 single-family residential lots The original master plan was approved by the city council in 2001 and a revised master plan was approved by the council in
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Fight for a fire house
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
ABOVE: Congressman Lamar Smith talks with New Braunfels Fire Department Chief John Herber after a brief tour of the Central Fire Station on Wednesday afternoon. BELOW: Smith addresses city officials along with fire and police department personnel at the Central Fire Station on Wednesday afternoon. Sitting behind Smith is New Braunfels District 4 City Councilman Pat Wiggins.
■ Congressman, city officials work to re-establish Station 4
By Jessica Sanders
New Braunfels city officials are working with lawmakers to bring back Fire Station 4.
U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith visited the New Braunfels Fire Department’s Central Station on Wednesday to discuss federal funding to relocate Station 4, which was closed several years ago.
“It will cost about $1 mil
lion to build Station 4. If we ask for $250,000, we just hope to go away with a fraction of that,” he said. “We negotiate, like everyone. It’s just a long and intricate dance between the government and the city of New Braunfels in order to get some of our tax dollars back home.”
New Braunfels Mayor Bruce Boyer said he and City
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Taxpayers get two extra days to file this year
By Mark Koopmans
They, whoever “they” are, say there are only two sure bets in life: Death and taxes. So for anyone who feels in the prime of his or her life, this time of the year can only mean one thing: The last day to file taxes is looming.
This year, however, Comal County
residents, and taxpayers across the nation, have until Tuesday, April 17, to file their 2006 returns and pay any taxes due.
According to the Internal Revenue Service, taxpayers have an extra 48 hours to file because April 15 falls on a Sunday, and the following day is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia.
“But it’s too late for anyone who wants to file with me now, anyway” said C. Ray Schoch, a certified public accountant who’s been in the tax-preparing business since 1963. “I’m so busy now, that anyone walking through those doors — it’s an automatic extension.”
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completed tax return in his office Wednesday.