New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 4, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 148, No. 184 18 pages in 2 sections August 4, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
50 centsPolice searching for suspect in July 2 * shooting
From staff reports
Police are searching for a 27-year-old San Antonio man considered “armed and dangerous” in connection with a July 25 shooting in New Braunfels.
Pct. I Justice of the Peace Diana Campos issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for Richard Edward Martinez for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Martinez is accused of shooting 25-year-old Charles Ortiz near the IOO block of Garden Street. Police officials said Martinez might have thought Ortiz was seeing his estranged wife.
Ortiz was treated at McKenna Memorial Hospital for a gunshot wound to the right side of his head and released.
On Monday, Martinez called his wife and threatened to take her hostage if police attempted to arrest him. Martinez and his wife separated three weeks before the shooting.
His wife has been staying with relatives in New Braunfels since the separation. Investigators said he was seen in New
Braunfels and might have reason to return.
Martinez is 5-foot-IO and weighs 125 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen driving a dark-colored 1989 Chevrolet Blazer.
Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to $ 1,000 for information leading to Martinez’ arrest.
Anyone with information on Martinez’ whereabouts should contact Detective Sean Gabbard or Lt. Mike Rust of the New Braunfels Police at (830) 608-2185 or Comal County Crimestoppers at (800) 640-8422.
Police also are looking for a second,
unnamed suspect in the case. Investigators said the accomplice tentatively had been identified and a warrant was pending for his arrest.
The second man, also from San Antonio, allegedly conspired with Martinez to commit the shooting.
Investigators said Martinez’ last known address was in the 11000 block of Bel Air in San Antonio, but that apartment had been vacated.
Martinez’ parents live in the 300 block of Frost Street in San Antonio, a location frequently used by Martinez as a home address.
Investigators said Martinez was capable of more violence and posed a serious threat to the public.
Martinez also goes by the names Ricky and Eddie. He also has family members in the Austin area and might be visiting them there.
Police are asking for help from the public in finding Martinez.
Anyone seeing Martinez should not approach him but contact the local law enforcement agency and report the information as soon as possible.
Callers to Crimestoppers can remain anonymous.
Seminar helps keep schools safe
Teachers, administrators encouraged to develop plans to minimize risks
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
SMITHSON VALLEY — Teachers, administrators, and school board members cannot control unexpected violence in schools, but they can have a plan to minimize the danger, a school violence expert said Tuesday.
C athy Vacher. a former teacher and agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, told a crowd of Comal, New Braunfels and Seguin school district staffs about effective ways to keep students safe in school.
“You cannot control anything. Thats the first lesson. The second lesson is to have a plan and to trust your instincts," she said.
Vacher was one of a handful of law enforcement officials and professional experts who presented a seminar on violence prevention and crisis intervention at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative auditorium.
“It’s a shame that we have to open the school year talking about something that will probably never happen,” Vacher said. “But when we start talking about the what ifs, one of the things always asked about is ‘How safe am I in the classroom?’”
Cl SD assistant superintendent Carol Hall said local school districts began sponsoring safe school seminars this past year.
“The main goal is for all of us to learn the skills we need to help kids perform at their best and to help them feel included within the school and the community. We need to make sure that we meet all of their needs,” she said.
Speakers included Kay Pergrem, a counselor with Southwest Mental Health Center, and Giancarlo R. Ferruzzi, a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist.
Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder and New Braunfels Police C hief Ray Douglas also spoke about the need for cooperation between schools and law enforcement.
Deputy Donna O'Connor, who patrols Spring Branch Middle School, said school off icials needed to develop campus plans, including a coded cue to alert all staff'to an emergency situation.
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Communities in Schools gets ready to ‘Pack the Bus'
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
Many students could start off the new school year without the basic tools for success.
Thanks to Communities in Schools of Comal County, a school bus full of pens, pencils and bottles of glue will help put these students on the right track.
Communities in Schools will kick-off'its fourth annual “Pack the Bus” fund-raiser Friday and Saturday to provide school supplies to CIS students and families who cannot afford them.
The CIS “Pack the Bus” school bus will be parked at the H-E-B parking lot, 651 South Walnut Ave., from 8 a m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Communities in Schools is a local nonprofit organization and part of the nation’s laigest stay-in-school network.
CIS programs w ill expand to 21 campuses in 1999-2000, offering a range of services including counseling, mentoring and homework clubs.
CIS director Chns Douglas said any donations of school supplies or money would be gladly accepted.
“All of it will be used to give to studentsPack the Bus
WHAT: Communities in Schools fund-raiser begins WHERE: H-E-B parking lot. 651 S. Walnut Ave.
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday;
8 a m. to noon Saturday WHY: To provide school supplies for CIS students
throughout the community and at all grade levels at public schools in the CIS program,” she said.
Douglas said CIS staff would buy the school supplies needed w itll any monetary donations.
“We distribute the supplies based on lists complied by our staff'at the schools. During registration or on the first day of school, we give kids who don’t have school supplies whatever they need — some just need pencils or pens and others need everything,” she said.
Douglas said CIS staff did not have detailed records of previous “Pack the Bus” fund-raisers, but she estimated CIS had given supplies to more than 1,001) students each year.
More than 50 New Braunfels neighborhoods helped curb crime Tuesday by
Celebrating a night out
By Christina Minor
Tuesday’s National Night Out Against Crime gave New Braunfels a chance to know its neighbors better and encourage safety.
Sponsored by the Safe City Commission, the event helped residents do just that while having fun.
“We were still getting calls after the deadline,” said Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager. “People are still wanting to register.”
More than 50 block parties were judged on originality, attendance, crime prevention and activities. Competition was tight between two areas who celebrate the event annually.
Residents in the 500 block of Willow Avenue decided to celebrate Hawaiian style.
have both young and old residents on our street,” block leader Beth Bizer said. “We started this crime watch three years ago.
The Willow Avenue luau consisted of a watermelon spitting contest, several carnival games and a costume contest. Experts CHRISTINA MiNOR/Heraid-Zeitung were on hand to check
New Braunfels Mayor residents’ blood pres-
Stoney Williams (right) sure and fingerprint
visits with Herman children and an insur-
Sabrsula at Eden Home, ance agent handed out
brochures on how to protect your home.
“We started having a neighborhood watch group because we had small thefts on the street,” Bizer said. “Now there is no opportunity for crime. We’ve been called ‘the nosy neighbors.’”
Willow Avenue’s rivals call Texas Avenue home. With the title of “best block party” on the line, the sky was the limit.
Texas Avenue residents decided to have an oldfashioned hoedown. Residents and guests were treated to homemade fried chicken with all the fixings as well as homemade pies. Couples danced as the Two Man Band performed country and western music.
“We wish more neighborhoods were like ours,” block leader Marsha Kiesling said. “We know each other so well.”
Residents of Texas Avenue experienced a series of small crimes in 1998.
“Because we communicate daily, we don’t have crime on our street now,” Kiesling said.
Young residents of Willow Avenue welcome McGruff the Crime Dog to their National Night Out Against Crime block party on Tuesday.
Karin Augustin, a foreign exchange student from Switzerland, came back for the party.
“This is very American,” she said. “I'm closer to these people than those in my country. Each family really watches out for each other.”
Vickie Brown said the neighborhood was unique because everyone knew each other.
“We know when someone is going out of town or if a strange car is in the area,” Brown said.
Some newer neighborhood residents decided to spend the time getting to know each other better.
Paramedic specialist Lee Lane (left) and Lt. Dave liger visit with residents of Azalea Lane Tuesday during National Night Out Against Crime.