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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 26, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY. AUGUST 26,2004 SPORTS BATTLING BACK Cougars overcome a laundry list of injuries to make it back on the field in time for the season opener. Page 7 A FORUM GUEST COLUMN Jan Kotylo laments the lack of common courtesy of drivers navigating around Main Plaza. Page 4A Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 246 14 pages, 2 sections SOO '56825 00001 IST cloudy High Low 97 77 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES SA SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 3BMan arrested on charge of child sex assault By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — A 28-year-old Canyon Lake man is being held on charges of sexually abusing a young girl. Comal County Sheriff’s detective Jim Rose said David Andrew Crum was arrested Aug. 19 at his workplace and booked into Guadalupe County Jail, charged with aggravated sex-ual assault of a child. If proven, the allegation is a first-degree felony punishable by between 5 and 99 years in state prison. Crum was transferred to the Comal County Jail Tuesday. His bail is $150,000. Rose said a Canyon Lake resident allegedy Aug. 19 that Crum had sexually abused a female child. “An initial report was made, a patrol officer was sent out there, and the patrol sergeant called detectives," Rose said. Child Protective Services was contacted, and the victim was taken to a San Antonio hospital for evaluation by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Rose said. The following day, the victim was interviewed at the Center for Child Protection in Austin, Rose said, and the investigation indicated the child had been sexually assaulted. Precinct I Justice of the Peace Bill Schroeder issued the warrant for Crum’s arrest and set bail, Rose said. Embattled company shuffles leadership By Ron Maloney Staff Writer In the midst of trying times, the city’s largest private employer, the Scooter Store, announced Wednesday a new president — freeing founder and CEO Doug Harrison to work to restore the company’s growth. Harrison named Mike Pfister, vice president for information technologies, president Tuesday afternoon. “Ecstatic wouldn’t be a good enough adjective to describe how I feel for the opportunity to lead the next stage of the Scooter Stores success,” Pfister said. Pfister began his career at the Scooter Store in 2003. Scooter Store Executive Vice President for Marketing Dan Gibbens said Pfister brought to the post in-depth experience in managing businesses faced with wide revenue and production swings. Before coming to New Braunfels, Pfister spent a quarter century in the energy industry at ARCO (Atlantic Richfield) and Haliburton. Pfister said his appointment was intended to free up Harrison to bring the Scooter Store to the next level of providing services to seniors. “Doug is an entrepreneur supreme. He is a great strategic thinker and is fantastic at stepping back, looking at the macro situation and saying, ‘'Ibis is what we need to do,”’ Pfister said. “Doug is enthusiastic about finding die next great thing for the Scooter Store to do for senior citizens. This will give him a chance to incubate ideas, spend a little time researching and talking to other people and other companies.” The appointment came one day after Harrison met with employees and reportedly laid out an impassioned and optimistic vision for the future of New Braunfels’ largest year-round private employer. See SCOOTER, Page 3A City names charter committee By Scott Mahon Staff Writer For the first time since 1995, the New Braunfels city charter will be revised and updated with recommendations from a committee appointed by city council. Any changes or amendments to the charter must be approved by voters, and a special election could be scheduled for May. The charter review committee, which was appointed in June, met for the first time Tuesday and elected officers. John Lovett was elected president. Monroe Miller was elected vice president, and Veronica “Bonnie’’ Sarkozi was elected secretary. Other members are Ramon Chapa Jr., Paul Finley, Mike Norris and Jack Ohlrich. The committee was briefed by City Attorney Charlie Zech and City Manager Chuck Pinto. “We gave them information about home rule charters and a copy of our charter,” Zech said. Zech said any changes to the charter should be made to update the charter with state laws, or to change language that isn’t clear. “I explained that amending the charter See CHARTER, Page 3A OMING HIDAY Tour of Faith Weekly •cries focusing on load IkAMAAA    NAtMliiak    atli    oCli *■■■ A ii nouscs of wo« imp spoil ignis Oakwood Baptist Otwell* Water worries surface over Comal Springs flow rates By Ron Malonoy Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO — An initiative to revisit the flow requirements of Comal Springs could threaten Guadalupe River flows — and a $600 million pipeline project to bring more water to San Antonio. in July, San Antonio Water Supply President and Chief Executive Officer Leonard Young sent a letter to the U.S. Check us out on the web at: MILLER & MILLER Insurance Agency625-3000 Fish and Wildlife Service asking the agency reconsider the minimum flow requirements in the Comal Springs and San Marcos Springs, both of which contribute to Guadalupe River flows. The minimums — 200 cubic feet-per-second in New Braunfels and IOO cfs in San Marcos, are the basis of a federal court case that resulted in the formation in die early See SPRINGS, Page 3A186 S. Casten Ave. - Downtown New Braunfels Athletes tackling heat DID YOU KNOW? STAYING HYDRATED ■ Drink according to a schedule based on individual fluid needs. ■ Drink before, during and after practices and games. ■ Drink 17 to 20 ounces of water or sports drinks with 6 to 8 percent carbohydrate concentrations, two to three hours before exercise. ■ Drink another 7 to 10 ounces of water or sports drink 10 to 20 minutes before exercise. R Drink early - by the time you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated. ■ In general, every 10 to 20 minutes drink at least 7 to 10 ounces of water or sports drink to maintain hydration, and remember to drink beyond your thirst. B Drink fluids based on the amount of sweat and urine loss. B Within two hours, drink enough to replace any weight loss from exercise. ■ Drink approximately 20 to 24 ounces of sports drink per pound of weight loss. El Dehydration usually occurs with a weight loss of 2 percent of body weight or more. (Courtesy UIL football manual) DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley Middle School seventh grade football player Erie Nelson takes a break from practice to get a drink of water from a homemade water fountain running along the practice field's fence Wednesday afternoon. A player from the school who collapsed during practice Tuesday remains in stable condition in a San Antonio hospital. Schools make water constantly available to hydrate students By Leigh Jones Staff Writer A Smithson Valley Middle School student remains in stable condition at North Central Baptist Hospital after collapsing during football practice Tuesday, said Comal Independent School District officials. The 13-year-old was semiconscious when paramedics airlifted him from the softball field with a possible heat- related injury. Smithson Valley High School Athletic Director Larry Hill, who oversees ail coaches working in the high school’s feeder pattern, said heat-related injuries were uncommon thanks to better education. “This is pretty unusual because today’s athletes are in better condition than ever before,” he said. “Kids’ and parents’ awareness is better, but the possibility is always there” Heat injuries range from exhaustion to heatstroke. According to the University Scholastic League (UIL) football manual, all heat-related illnesses are preventable. Water loss replacement is key. The days when coaches withheld water during practice are long gone. Now, students can get a drink whenever they want one. “Water is constandy available,” Hill said. “The kids don’t even have to ask when they want a drink.” Coaches also allow two five-minute breaks during practice to give students the chance to cool off. Larry Eblen, with the National Weather Service, said heat conditions Tuesday were uncomfortable but not unusually high. “(Tuesday) was nowhere near any records,” he said. “But, we had high dew points, See HEAT, Page 3A ;