New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 11, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas
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Justice center one step closerCity council grants county parking leeway
The Comal County Justice Center got an official nod from the New Braunfieis City Council Monday night, and is now on the way to becoming a reality.
The council unanimously approved an interlocal agreement between the dty and the county setting aside mandatory parking requirements before construction can begin on the three-story, 90,000 square-foot justice center.
The county had requested construction of a multi-story paiidng garage be waived for a period of five years dating from the completion of the center, allowing them to move ahead with construction. The council amended the agreement to require construction of the garage within four years.
The city agreed to the waiver after sheriffs deputies and county officials, including Judge Danny Scheel and Comal County Engineer Tom Homseth, stressed the inadequate security situation at the current courtfiouse.
"The primary focus here is to provide security for the folks who work in what is basically a high-risk environment," said Homseth. "With the way the buildings are configured right now, we can't provide them with that level of
Local schools make HlNl preparations
security. The plan is to get them in one, highly secure building.'
The pleas did not fall on deaf ears.
"I think the need for this is really dear, and I'm convinced of the need for it," said Kathleen Krueger, mayor pro-tem.
Under the agreement, the county will be allowed to postpone construction of the park-ing garage in exchange for depositing just over $2 million into a "county facility parking fund" at the same time it receives the initial construction funds for the justice center. If the garage is not built within the allotted four years, the fund will be dedicated to the construction of the required 203 parking spaces.
"We got the go-ahead tonight and we're very plea^," Scheel said. "Hopefully we'll be under construction by January of next year and two years fr^om now we'll be looking at a brand new jus-
TOP: An artists rendering of the firoposed Comal County Justice Center along Seguin Avenue. ABOVE: Comal County Judge Danny Scheel explains the need for the justice center to the New Braunfels City Council.
With an estimated price cost of $36 million, it will be the largest county-funded construction project in history.
The council was in a generous mood Monday night.
also unanimously approving $6.5 million for an improved Landa Park Golf Course and a further $480,693 for final engineering design services for expancUng segments two and three of Walnut Avenue.
By Eric J.W8ilbach«r
Schools in the New Braunfels area are taking every reasonable precaution to prevent any breakout of the HlNl virus, commonly known as Swine Flu, from making an unwelcome entrance in classrooms this coming academic year.
From the first day of classes and throughout the year, a mned-up effort is planned to educate children and their parents on all the necessary precautions to undertake to minimize any potential impact.
Karen Schwind, health services coordinator for New Braunfels Independent School District, says a leaflet is being passed out to parents during student registration. The leaflet covers all the symptoms to look for. according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, as well as what you can do to prevent the virus from spreading.
"Nurses are handing a flyer out to parents, reiterating what we are teaching the kids," she said. In addition to the leaflet, the school district has prepared a video for Channel 98's "ihealth 101" that covers the bases of viral outbreak preparation.
While the CDC first called for days of quarantine, it now calls for 24 hours without a fever before re-entering pub-
■ Fever over 100 degrtet
■ Runny nose
■ Muscle aches
■ May also have nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
lie life. "Our plan is changing along with CDC guidelines." she said.
"You can have a little home kit to take care of someone with the flu," she said, pointing out tips for what to keep in it are being prepared to present in a separate letter. Reinforcing hygiene, Schwind says, on a day-to-day basis is the best policy for assuring the best protection possible from the virus. " We teach kids to cough or sneeze into their elbows or sleeves instead of their hands, and for the real little ones we tell them to pull their shirts out in front of them and cough into them," she said.
" We have information on our Web site for pai\?nts,' said Ashley Holt, Communications Coordinator for Comal Independent School District "We're stayingup to date with the CIX] and ^e local health department for any guidelines."
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Making way for Walnut
Man arrested after attempted robberies
From staff reports
An unidentifiedman allegedly tried tO/ rob both a local pizza place and a clothing store Monday afternoon.
Police arrested a 21-year-old man near the intersection of Jahn Street and Castell Avenue after he is believed to
have brandished what looked like a gun in an attempt to rob both the Domino's Pizza at 316 S. Business Interstate 35 and the Kids Kloset Family Exchange at 644 S. Seguin Ave.
Both attempts were unsuccessful, as no money or items were actually stolen, according to a New Braunfels Police
Department press release.
His identity was not released, but police caught the perpetrator ator first responding to a call at the Domino's at 1:45 p.m., which said a man had attempted an aggravated robbery and fled on foot During their search of the area, police said a man matching
the same description had then died to again use "a gun hidden under a cloth" to rob the Kids Kloset.
After jumping several fences near Kids Kloset, he was apprehended at jahn Street and Castell Avenue. He was then arrested and booked in Comal County jail.Local sailor representing community overseas
New Braunfels is among many communities across the natfon to have made personal sacrifices in the wars overseas.
The iscent deaths of two nath« sons ha^ served as a painful reminder of the human cost of war, and amidst the grievous loss of these soldiers, a New Braunfels sailor continues to represent his country and his conununity.
Master at Arms 2nd dass Clinton Peterson joined the Navy upon graduation from Canyon Lake High School in 1998. Serving on the USS Ronakl Reagaa the newest ainxaft cani«'in the navy, Peterson p«:foii^ in a two-ftrid capacity on board the SeagUL (fe as^ts police invesd^-tions invdving incidents among the 4,500 people stationed on fiie ^p, but more importantly provides protection for the ship and its sailors on leave in foreign ports.
''Whenever we puU into a port we set up a'force protection plan',** said F^tosoa''We set up muhii^ watch« ami entry ccmtrd pdnts and stc^
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A house in the 300 block of South Walnut Avenue is lifted off the ground. Several homes are being relocated or torn down so the road can be widened.Trial for murder suspect moved to November
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Mester-at-Amns 2nd Cless Clinton Psterson (right), 29, talks with a féllow master-at-arms aboard the USS Roneld Beegan. The New Braunféls native is e detective for the ship's police ftm.Vickers charged in Nov. 2008
From staff reports
The trial for a Comal County woman charged in 2008 for the murder of an 82-year-old woman was postponed for nearly three months on Monday.
A jury trial for Janice Marie Vickers was scheduled for this week in the 207th District Court of Judge Jack Robison. Her defense attomey, Mark Clark, motioned to r^chedule the trial to Nov. 2. The motion was granted.
Information made public in the case of the 47-year-old Vickers has been scant, vdth little detail released about the incident since Nov. 3, 2006 — the day police allege Vickers ran over and killed Shirley Lindenbaum.
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