New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Toyota isn t only hope
City shouldn’t bank on airport, experts say
By Scott Mahon
New Braunfels Utilities trustees questioned consultants Tuesday whether focusing on an airport park for Toyota suppliers should be the only strategy for new economic development.
Consultants with Theory Into Practices (TIP) Strategies Inc. met with the NBU board and the 4B economic development board in ajoint meeting to outline economic development strategies for attracting Toyota suppliers and other small businesses to New Braunfels.
Although consultants have focused on development of the city-owned air
port and potential Toyota suppliers, both boards agreed that economic development for New Braunfels should not necessarily exclude other opportunities.
“Our definition of economic development is the ability to create new private investment,” said Tom Stellman, president of TIP Strategies. “A diversified economy is better than one that relies solely on tourism and visitors."
In previous presentations to the 4B board, TIP consultants have recommended an airport business park to attract top-tier Toyota suppliers.
“We got the concept for an airport
See TOYOTA, Page 3A
Head-on collision kills woman, 46; 3 injured
From staff reports
A 46-year-old San Antonio woman died Monday night after a head-on collision north of Spring Branch.
The accident left three others injured.
Marie Nanette Pollet was driving a 2003 Hyundai Accent north on U.S. 281.
About a mile north of Spring Branch she swerved into the southbound lane and onto the southbound shoulder.
The driver of a 1993 Dodge pickup truck—a 44-year-old Spring Branch man — was
not able to avoid her as he drove south.
Pollet died on impact at about 8 p.m. as she slammed into the truck head on.
Her passenger, Stacey Waikem, 7, of Converse, was taken to University Hospital.
The driver and passenger of the truck also were taken to University Hospital.
lite driver, Ruben Rodriguez was in critical condition late Tuesday night. Passenger Marcos P Rodriguez, 27, also of Spring Branch, was in stable condition Tuesday.
60 years for drug peddler Ulloa
Police: Beware the
Holiday safety, precaution put crooks at loss
By Dylan Jim6nez
Tis the season for criminals to be jolly.
The opportunities for thieves to take advantage of people abound during the Christmas holidays.
“The criminals are out there and looking for an opportunity to make us a victim," said Comal County Sheriffs Office Cpl. Tim Kolbe.
B Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times
B Carry only what you need
• Ask for an escort
a Plan ahead.
There is an increased likelihood of success for criminals during the holidays as presents are packed into cars and piled under Christmas trees.
Although citizens can’t change a person’s desire to steal,
Kolbe said, people can take steps to make crime harder on the criminal.
“The criminals are the predators and we are the prey,"
To prevent crime and guard one’s safety, people have to start thinking like a criminal, he said.
“You cannot give them the opportunity,” Kolbe said. “It just takes thinking things out."
Criminals usually will take the path of lease resistance to commit a crime. If a crime will make too much noise or take too long, that crime might not prove worthwhile to a thief.
One of the basic rules is to be aware of surroundings.
To do this, it’s best not to burden oneself with lots of bags at the mall.
A shopper weighed down with packages won’t see a criminal coming and could do little about it anyway. Don’t be an easy target.
Driving home, people should make
See SAFETY. Page 3A
Have lights at all entrances at home
Do not leave a message on your answering machine of when you'll be out of town
Know which of your neighbors you can trust and depend on in an emergency situation
Check who is at the door before opening it
Don t hide extra keys in easily accessible places.
Criminals will find them
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By Dylan JimJnaz
Terry Ulloa, 45, of New Braunfels, was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to 60 years in prison.
He was convicted in October on three drug charges, including possession of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana and bail jumping.
Some of his offenses occurred in a drug-free zone — within 1,000 feet of a Head Start facility in the 2900 block of Interstate 35 South.
■ In July 2000, a
iffs Office SWAT team arrested Ulloa in his West End New Braunfels home after a month-long investigation by the Department of Public Safety and the Comal County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force.
Judge Gary Steel gave Ulloa IO years for his bail-jumping charge, two years for the marijuana charge and 50 years each for the cocaine and methamphetamine charges.
The dmg sentences'will be served concurrently.
District Attorney Dib Waldrip argued for the steep sentence.
Ulloa is the type of criminal who should be given the maximum sentence, he said Tuesday night.
“Mr. Ulloa has an extensive criminal history,” Waldrip said.
That history includes a 1986 federal conviction for conspiracy to distribute 1,000 pounds of marijuana.
Even after the latest charges came about, Ulloa allegedly attempted to dis-•tribute drugs.
“Clearly because of his history, he has indicated that he is not a candidate for rehabilitation,” Waldrip said.
Anything less than the maximum sentence would be spitting in the face of jus-, tice, he said.
Waldrip said he hoped to send a message of intolerance for crime to the community.
“I argued to the court ‘What we do here today will convey a message to the public,”’ he said.
Comal County Sheriffs Department Cpl. Tim Kolbe demonstrates how the deadbolt lock on a door should extend and lock in place. Kolbe said that if
the bolt does not fully extend, burglars can gain easy access to the home. Officials are warning of heightened caution during the holiday season.
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