New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 16, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
SATURDAY August 16, 2003
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Vol. 152, No. 236
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Schlitterbahn could open in Galveston
By Jerry Urban
The Galveston County Daily News
Galveston’s park board has received two proposals for development of waterparks on the island, but a third high-profile developer has come forward with a project.
Mayor Roger “Bo” Quiroga confirmed Friday Schlitterbahn Waterparks has made a serious offer to the city to build a year-round waterpark on land near the airport. Quiroga confirmed the information after being told
such a project apparently was planned for the site, which is on airport property southwest of Moody Gardens.
“Your sources are correct,” said Quiroga. ‘I can say they’re ready to build here in Galveston.” A spokesman for Schlitterbahn, which has corporate offices in New Braunfels, couldn’t be reached Friday evening.
Quiroga said it’s uncertain how the 25-or-so acres of land would be made available to Schlitterbahn. However, City Attorney Susie Green
has been instructed to look into the options.
The federal government owns the land, but the city is the property’s steward. It addition, Farmer’s Marine Copper Works Inc. leases part of the land from the city and has a plant on it.
The mayor said options include selling the land to Schlitterbahn or leasing it. Farmer’s part in the equation still must be worked out, he said.
Quiroga said the Federal Aviation Admin
istration would have to sign off on a deal if the land were sold. The city would not be required to have FAA approval if it were leased. Any revenue the city earned must be put into the municipal airport for improvements, Quiroga said.
“We have to make sure the city doesn’t get the short end of the stick,” Quiroga said.
He said it’s possible construction on the $25 million waterpark could begin this yearSee SCHLITTERBAHN/3A
Firefighters fill boots for disease research
By Ron Maloney
Firefighter Petey Bailies knows more than he wants to about neuromuscular disease.
Years ago, he worked at a restaurant with a man a little younger than himself. Bailies, who has been with the New Braunfels Fire Department for 28 years, is nearing the end of his career. His friend can’t work.
“He has ALS. He just lias control enough of his hands to operate a wheelchair now,” Bardes said.
ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also called Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord.
When those cells die, voluntary muscle control and movement dies with them. Patients in later stages of the disease are
paralyzed, yet, in most cases, their minds remain sharp and alert.
Melissa Jimenez, coordinator with the Muscular Distrophy Association in San Antonio, said ALS is one of 43 diseases the MOA helps fund research for.
Friday, Bailies, firefighter Jerry Vanoverborg and other New Braunfels Fire Department members were out at H-E-B, Wal-Mart and in Gruene, clutching old rubber fire boots to their chests and seeking donations for MDA.
Firemen will also be out today and tomorrow as part of this year’s “Fill the Boot” fund drive for MDA.
The money they raise will be donated to the Jerry Lewis Telethon Labor Day weekend.
“The contribution firefighters make to us is enormous,” Jimenez said. “Nationally, they’re
Crime reports reveal spike in burglaries, assaults
By Ron Maloney
Burglaries in the city are up 23 percent for the first half of 2003 over the same period one year ago, according to statistics released by the New Braunfels Police Department this week.
Police Chief Russell Johnson said his department would analyze strategies to combat burglaries. He asked for help from residents to reduce burglaries by reporting suspicious activity in neighborhrxxls — and protecting personal property.
“We’ll do everything in our power to reduce burglaries, but we need peoples’ help to get this done. There’s a role the public can play in this,” Johnson said.
There were 580 burglaries within the city limits between Jan. I and June 30, 2003. During the same period in 2002, 470 burglaries were reported.
Don’t become a burglary victim
Detective Jesse Villarreal, who investigates burglaries for NBPD, offers the following tips to avoid becoming a victim:
■ Always keep car doors locked, even the vehicles in the garage.
■ Keep doors and windows locked — especially when you're not home.
■ Make friends with your neighbors. The best defense against crime is a concerned neighbor.
■ Join an organization such as Neighborhood Watch.
■ lf you will be away, have a friend or family member check on your property Put lights on a timer, and don't let newspapers or mail pile 14).
■ Buy an engraving tool, and cut your Texas driver’s license number into valuable property. It reduces the value of property to thieves by limiting their ability to sell it.
State restricts sweets, soft drinks in schools
By Dylan Jimenez
Soda and candy snacks at school could be a thing of the past due to changes in the state’s Food of Minimal Nutritional Value (FMNV) school regulations.
Beginning this school year, the Texas Department of Agriculture expanded a former regulation that barred FMNV during lunchtime.
Students in Kindergarten through sixth grade will not be allowed access to FMNV any time during the school day.
This means no carbonated
New Braunfels firefighter Petey Battles (left) and Captain Ray Hacker help count change collected early Friday during the annual Muscular Distrophy Association fundraiser.
The following food and beverages may not be sold or given away on school premises by the school, any organization, teachers, parents or any other person or group during the school day at elementary campuses (K through sixth):
■ soda water, carbonated beverages,
■ water ices, such as popsicles,
■ chewing gum,
■ certain candies, including hard candy, jellies arid gums, marshmallow candies, fondant, licorice, spun candy and candy-coated popcorn
Students are allowed to bring these foods for their own consumption, unless campus regulations apply
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(Above) Brandon Maikoetter blows .034 on his breath test after only 40 minutes of drinking alcohol at the Comal County Sheriff’s Office. Maikoetter volunteered to drink alcohol as part of a three-day Standardized Field Sobriety Test for 25 sheriff’s officers. (Above, left) Diane Rust, who works in the sheriff’s office, drinks another beer before her alloted time is up Friday night. Rust blew a .074 shortly after consuming the beer.
By Ron Maloney
Deputies Wayne Lehman and Mike Hammes would be wealthy if they*d been paid every time a drunken driver told them, “But officer, I’ve only had two beers.”
‘lf I’d gotten a nickel for every time I heard that, I’d be rich,” Lehman said Friday night, taking time out from pouring mixed drinks and handing out beers. ’They always seem to remember their first and last drink. They can’t remember the ones in the middle ” Now a detective in the sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division, Lehman spent six years as a road deputy — averaging more than IOO drunken driving arrests each year.
He and Hammes teach other officers how best t-o make DWI arrests.
This week, the pair taught a three-day Standardized Field Sobriety Tasting (SFST) course at Comal County Sheriff’s Office. The 25 officers taking the course will finish later today, testing about a dozen volunteers and processing ones who are intoxicated as though they are drunken drivers.
But they won’t be. The volunteers are drinking under tightly controlled conditions — and deputies are giving all of them rides home afterward.
Hammes, who has 12 years as a road deputy, estimates he’s arrested more than 200 drunken drivers. He’s
Course teaches officers how to arrest drunk drivers