New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 6, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAY, APRIL 6,2007
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The Garden Ridge City Council votes 3-1 to create a new noise ordinance.
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rnShooting victim charged with assault of deputy
By Jessica Sanders
A Boerne man shot by a Comal County deputy Wednesday was booked into the Bexar County Jail on Thursday without leaving his San Antonio hospital bed.
William Grady Orr lr. was hooked by proxy at the jail for one count of aggravated assault on a public servant, Texas Ranger Dewayne Goll said.
Suspect to be jailed after leaving hospital
Orr, 36, was taken to University Hospital in San Antonio early Wednesday after Deputy Scott Masters shot him twice during a struggle along side a roadway in Spring Branch. Investigators said Masters was questioning Orr when he found his vehicle by the side of the road with a dragging muffler.
The officer told investigators Orr attacked him while Masters was attempting to detain Orr. The Boerne man was shot twice — once in the lower abdomen and once in the pelvic area — after he reportedly punched and kicked the officer.
“Orr will be moved to a secure floor where he ll be guarded and
can’t get away," Goll said, explaining that Orr will be moved to Comal County Jail when his treatment is complete.
A University I lospital spokesman said Thursday evening he was unable to release Orr’s condition because the patient requested the information be kept confidential.
William Grady Orr Jr.
About 5 a.m. Wednesday, Masters reportedly found the Ford Mustang Orr was driving stopped along Farm-to-Market 306 near tile Eagle Rock Road intersection.
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Legislators consider bill allowing sobriety checkpoints by police
By Suzanne Ashe
I louse Bill 253 introduced to the Texas Legislature Committee of Law Enforcement this week could authorize law enforcement agencies to set up temporary sobriety' checkpoints on highways and streets.
Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder said in the early 1990s Comal County law enforcement operated sobriety checkpoints. They were effective tools in catching not only drunk drivers, he said, but a variety of criminals.
“You would be surprised what comes through checkpoints," he said. "Every kind of criminal drives a motor vehicle. It s amazing what you catch when you throw out the net."
David Ott, Comal County Jail administrator, said when he was
“It’s amazing what you catch when you throw out the net.”
— Bob Holder
Comal County sheriff on sobriety checkpoints
a sheriffs deputy, they stopped vehicles coming down Interstate 35.
“We got a lot of people out there," he said. “We got speeders, drunks, people with no registration. everything.”
New Braunfels Mayor Bruce Boyer, formerly the city’s municipal court prosecutor, said even though checkpoints can be a useful law enforcement tool, he is not in favor of the enforcement tools.
“As a prosecutor, sobriety
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Senior Kendall Repka, above, and junior Cassandra Garza, at right, shows off some styles of the season during the Prom Extravaganza fashion show that took place at New Braunfels High School's lower commons area during three lunch periods on Thursday.
Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
Junior Reserve OfficerTraining Corps Gunnery Sgt. Jeremy Dixon escorts Renee Hernandez, left, and Miranda Holden across the runway as part of a prom fashion show at New Braunfels High School on Thursday.
■ NB students show off newest styles of season
By Suzanne Ashe
Bling is big this spring for New Braunfels I ligh School prom-goers. Girls will be wearing hair accessories adorned with rhinestones, sparkling jewelry and even corsages that shimmer with glitter and jewels to match their gowns.
The prom is less than one month away on May 5 at the
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Officials work to iron
Officials want accuracy on 911 calls from cell phones
■ FCC says technology doesn't guarantee safety
By John Dunbar
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — People make more 911 calls from cellular telephones than landlines these days, and police and firefighters increasingly worry about finding those callers in distress.
Contrary to what is portrayed on television crime shows, the accuracy of the technology that guides rescuers to
cell phone callers can range from a few yards to several miles, even though federal law requires providers to guarantee that their callers can be located in emergencies.
Aiming to improve accuracy, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin told The Associated Press this week that he will propose significant changes in the 911 system.
“This is something we always want to be improving on,” Martin said. "We have to make sure public safety doesn’t lose because we don’t take advantage of
the changes in technology.’’
Martin said he will support a request by an association of emergency responders to tighten requirements on how accuracy is measured. I Ie also said he will open a new inquiry at the agency that might lead to significant changes in how cell phone companies manufacture handsets.
Unlike landline telephones at houses or businesses, when a 911 call comes in to an emergency communications center from a cell phone, the operator
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out road project plan
sions already approved by Comal County.
County Engineer Tom I lornseth said the projects are estimated to cost $44 million each.
Scheel said the Texas 46 expansion, from the Guadalupe County line to Sun Valley Drive, are expected to be complete by 2009 and will expand the highway from two or three lanes to six.
In the pass-through financing plan, the county will pay TxDOT $16 million up front the highway department will reimburse for the number of cars that travel down the road.
“T hey will actually count the cars that use the road each year and will reimburse us IO cents (for every mile of the project) for every car," he said. “If traffic stays the way it has for the last few years, this will be [laid off within four years of completion."
Scheel said the county will absorb the cost of loan interest,
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By Jessica Sanders
Comal County Commissioners are racing to get plans for two highway expansion projects finalized before state binding runs out.
Comal County officials put the final stamp of approval on an pass-through fins agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation to widen Texas 46 during Thursday's meeting.
It s headed Danny Scheel up to Austin
right now," County judge Danny Scheel said Thursday afternoon. “We wanted to get this going as quickly as we could."
He^iid county officials were told by transportation commission chairman Rick Williamson that upcoming state funding cuts might take money from Texas 46 and U.S. 281 expan-