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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels FRIDAY April 18, 2003 IM pages in 2 sections mmmamm    hmm    I« pages in I sect lfHerald-Zeitung I ... ..... . ___________________fe..:; -J Vol. 152, No. 133 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents US commandos capture Saddam’s half brother By David Espo AP Special Correspondent American commandos cap-tim?d a half brother of Saddam Hussein on Thursday, the latent success in a campaign to round up imodern from the former regime. U.S. troopn thwarted a Baghdad bank robbery over the protests of Iraqi.s eager to share in the loot. An U.S. forcen ntruggled to rentore order in Iraq, FBI Director Robert Mueller announced that agents had been detailed to help recover antiquities looted from museums in Baghdad and else where. Agents will aid international efforts to recover stolen items “on both the open and black markets,” he said. With the fighting all but over, the USS Constellation steamed from the Persian Gulf for its home port, carrying dozens of wa rill anes no longer needed to bomb Iraqi forces intr) submission. It was the second aircraft carrier ordered home in recent days. Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks announced the capture of Barzan Ibrahim Hasan, telling reporters he was an adviser to Saddam “with extensive knowl edge of the regime’s inner workings." His face was on the five of clubs in the Pentagon’s deck of most-wanted Iraqis. A U.S. intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Barzan Hasan had been a prudential adviser See CAPTURE/8A Consultant reports on how to attract Toyota suppliers By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Consultants presented Thursday the first draft of a plan to attract Toyota suppliers to New Braunfels. Theory Into Practice (TIP) Strategies Inc. outlaw'd a preliminary sketch of some of the pros and cons of the cit y’s position in the regional frenzy for off-shixit business from the proposed San Antonio Toyota plant. At an Infrastructure/Improvement Corporation Board of Directors (4B) m<*eting, the group also presented a general idea of suggestions for the city to beef up its commercial magnetism. TIP president Tom Stedman and three staff members made it clear the city would need to Heinously consider changes to its infrastructure and economic development and also that it is in a unique position above Tbyota competitors. TIP has begun a five-task study that focuses on Toyotas Indiana plant, The plant is the most similar to the proposed San Antonio plant. TIP also is fjtudying the general market trends of the automotive industry to equip the 4B briard in talks with suppliers. Stedman said New Braunfels has several competitive advantages in the race for Tiyota suppliers. New Braunfels in within 50 miles of the Tiyota site, has rail access, 1-35 and I-10, has economic sales tax funds, the Central Texas Technology Center and a municipal airport. The challenges would be that New Braunfels is competing with more than 5(H) communities in Texas in a difficult economic development climate. He also said the perception of New Braunfels as a tourist town with no other economic interests also will hurt the city's chances. See TOYOTA/3A Helping innocent victims April proclaimed ‘Child Abuse Awareness Month’ By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer Poverty, drug use and parents too young to handle t he responsibilities of adult hood all play a part in child abuse, local officials said. April is “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Comal County. And several agencies are doing their part to educate the public about how to prevent child abuse. At a glance In 2002; ■ 162 children in Comal County were confirmed victims of child abuse. ■ 89 abused or neglected children were placed under the care of the state Currently, 67 of them are in conservatorship ■ 25 children are available for adoption. Anyone who knows about child abuse is required by law to report it. Call 1 800-252-5400 One* of them is the* (Tonal County Child Welfare Board. CCX J WB strives to ensure that children who are victims of abuse or neglect are provided care above and beyond the basic needs paid for by the state of Texas. The agency f unds allocations for birthday and Chriatmas gifts, as well as extra activities, like summer school, driver’s education, proms, sports, cheerleading, scouting, church outings, camps. “We’re like the grandparents these children don’t have,” CCC WB Secretary Cay Quoyeser said. Foster parents and treatment centers are reimbursed by the state for the care of children in foster DAVID INGRAM/! terald-Zertung Lacey Morris comforts an abused boy who has been living at the Comal County Emergency Children’s Shelter. In 2002, 162 children in Comal County were confirmed victims of child abuse. care. But those funds only cover food, shelter, clothing and basic needs. So typically, children in foster care depend heavily on CCC WB for other needs not met by the state. CCC WB board member Chandler Gray siresstfd the public plays a significant part in reporting child abuse. “Its your duty, and it’s safe and anonymous,” Gray said. Its important that parents realize that if they get overwhelmed and angry enough to shake or strike a child, they should put the child in a safe place and leave the area and go somewhere where they can calm down. CCCWB is setting up a “Rainbow Room” at Child Protective Services that would provide cleaning equipment, diapers and toiletries for children who are removed from their homes. CCCWB has also bought donated computerized babies, games and videos about child abuse that it can Ie ml to sc Iv Kiln for use in I jfe Skills classes. Ti further meet the needs of parents, the Parenting Coalition of Comal ( Jaunty sponsors three programs. “The Nurturing Years” teaches teen parenting See INNOCENTI Early morning wreck K. JESSIE SLATEN/Hwakt Zesting Firefighters Jason Wallace (left) and Lt. Trent Touch douse the flames from what remained of a truck on Wald Road early Thursday morning. The vehicle went off the side of the road for about 50 yards in a narrow lane before running into a fence. The driver, who walked away without noticeable injuries, was taken to University Medical Center for examination NBHS principal Fitsko retires at school year’s end Special to the Herald-Zeitung After 36 years in education, slew Braunfels High Schixd Principal Michael .J. Fitsko vill retire at the end of tho 2002-03 school year. “The past three years have >een the best years of my iducation career,” said Fit-»ko, who was t ailed upon to cad New Braunfels High School before the 2000-01 ichool year began. ‘The experience has been veiy enrich -ng because of the support I lave received from the kids, he faculty and the commonty.” Fitsko has led the high ichool through a three-year, aas* FITSKO $18 million construction project while seeing many acade til ic accomplish-rn e n t s , including earning Recognized status for the school from the Texas Education Agency; earning a Gold Performance Acknowledgment from TKA for the school's Recommended diplo ma program; and by watching athletes and extracurricular group members earn See FITSKO/3AInside Abby...................................5A Claaaifieds.........................6-10B Comics..............................3B Crossword..........................3B Forum.  ..........  6A Movies  .........  SA Obituaries ...........  3A Sports..............................1-2B Today    2A TV Grids.................  4B Key Cod® 76 SSS2ft 00001 i County jump starts West Nile fight By Ron MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County officials announced Thursday they have begun spraying operations in an attempt to control West Nile virus this spring and summer. West Nile virus was first detected in New York in 1999 Simi • then, it has spread westward to 28 states, including Tbxas. In 2002, dead birds infected with the virus wen found in Comal, Hays and Bexar counties. 'Hie West Nile virus infects blue jays, crows and hawks, and can lie spread to horses, shlep, cattle and humans by mosquitoes. Humans cannot catch WentAt a glance Comal County officials have begun fogging to control mosquitoes this season in an attempt to control West Nile virus. Report mosquito outbreaks at 606-2090. Nile directly from birds. livestock can bi- inoculated against the virus in a two-part series of shots that costs between $40 and $50. In people, the West Nile virus causes symptoms that initially look like the flu but don't get better and then movcH on into symptoms similar to encephalitis. It can be fetal. County Judge Danny Reheel told commissioners’ court Thursday that county and the (Tty of N«?w Braunfels officials were beginning a mosquito fogging program with the truck-mounted machine Tin* city and county purchased the machine after the July 2002 flood to cope with mi»squito**H. “We need to Is* proa* ti vt* on this and rn it reactive, Reheel said. “(County Engineer) Ibm Homseth and I an* working with the city on this. We know Wt*st Nile virus is in this area and we don't want to girt hit with it” The county has already begun spraying in unincorporated areas, Reheel said. Reheel said the machine couldn’t be used on private property only on pubis- land or iii public rights-of-way. ;