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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 22, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22,2004 !*** NIXED AD IMMUS71 05/16/05 SOUTHWEST HTCROPIJBj rcf{!: Rc 26;.’? I VANDEL I *>(?    ‘ El FASO TX 79903 iI *<* I I I I t! I i I U 111»I ll 11J It i I!I BASKETBALL New Braunfels uses brawn, ball handling to defeat Lockhart in a nondistrict basketball contest. Page 6A Zeitung FORUM COLUMN Charley Reese writes if saying 'Merry Christmas' offends you, then don't say anything. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 32 14 pages, 2 sections CLICK 500 WWW? rji mr 30%chance of rain High Low 54 30 Details .... 2B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 48 COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 4B Man arrested on child pom charges By Ron Maloney Staff Writer could send him to prison for    Attorney General’s Cyber    at the Comal County Jail,    been working on,” Rust said. 20 years.    Crimes Unit at about 10:30    Gomez was taken into custody    “They showed up this morn- md f I    Marcos Gomez, a resident of    a.m.    without incident at his work-    ing, briefed, got an arrest war- A 56-year-old New Brauntels New Braunfels, was arrested by Police detective Lt. Mike place.    rant and we executed it.” man was arrested Tuesday on New Braunfels police and Rust acknowledged the arrest    “The attorney general’s office child pornography charges that investigators with the Texas after it was posted on the log contacted us on a case they’ve    ARREST,    Page    3A Wild land fire risk increased to high By Ron Maloney Staff Writer County officials who are increasingly concerned about the danger of wild land fire are asking the public not to bum unless necessary. Fire Marshal Lin Manford said Tuesday he might soon seek a burn ban in Comal County. “I know we've had a lot of rain and we’ve even had a flood in the last month,” Manford said. “It’s difficult to explain to people, but it’s very dry out there. Even with the coming cold temperatures, it won’t be any safer.” That’s because the rains allowed weeds and grass to grow high, Manford said, before the recent freezes killed it all off. See DANGER, Page 3A AT A GLANCE I To log a controlled burn with Comal County dispatch, call 885-4883 or 620-3400. For information about burning, call the county fire marshal at 885-4883 or 620-3417. S BDAY Night lights Locals in the community decorate their houses for the holiday season. ♦ * I J Snow possible as cold weather hits county By Ron Maloney Staff Writer When winter arrived Tuesday, it was on a balmy fall breeze. It will cement its presence today with a blast of arctic air that could even bring snow flurries to some parts of the I fill Country. National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Ellis said a cold front that came through early today would drop temperatures by more than 20 degrees. Today’s balmy temperatures in the 70s will be replaced tomorrow by highs that might just — just — break 50 degrees. See WEATHER, Page 3A WEATHER FORECAST ■ What will the weather be like for the next seven days? A look at the forecast is on Page 2B. Humane Society shelter offers animals hope Above, Betty Miller pets her newly adopted cat, Princess, at the New Braunfels Humane Society Tuesday morning, inset,Tinker the cat is one of several animals adopted by the New Braunfels Humane Society.The Humane Society has many pets for people to adopt, such as dogs and cats. Although adoptions have been up this past week, less than a fourth of the animals in the shelter are adopted. By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Booger, a 17-year-old blue-gold Macaw parrot, loves kids, sings opera, can imitate a barking dog and watches television all day, although he’s not allowed to watch “The Jerry Springer Show because it tends to cause him to relapse into an old habit — cussing. Bell, a long-haired calico cat, spends most of her day visiting with clients and following Cheryl Krueger, director of the New Braunfels I lumane Society animal shelter. Bell was left in a trash can just down die street from the shelter when she was three years old. Then there’s the five pet chickens out in the back. There was also Maggie, who was bom and raised at the shelter. A female Rottweiler, Maggie was not only a pet, she was a friend. “She became protective of the staff,” Krueger said. But Maggie eventually had to be put down, or euthanized. “That was one of die most difficult deci sions I’ve ever made,” said Krueger, as tears welled up in her eyes. “For some reason, she started snapping at people, so we had to put her down.” Krueger loves animals, as do all the staff at the New Braunfels Humane Society animal shelter. And this week has been a good week at the shelter. “just before Christmas is always a good time because there are usually a lot of animals adopted,” Krueger said. “We had seven animals adopted yesterday.” Betty Miller adopted a cat Tuesday at the shelter. “It’s a Christmas present to myself,” she said. “My daughter adopted a cat from the shelter a year ago, so I’m very familiar with the shelter and it’s adoption program.” But less than a fourth of the animals at the shelter are adopted. OI the 1,630 dogs brought to the shelter in 2003,216 were adopted, 990 were euthanized, and 390 were redeemed by their owners. “We also typically have 400 to 500 kittens See SHELTER, Page 5A » im » .    • * A \    y-Ks    * * ;• ■ * ' $ f, h Urn s Save 15% to 50% on S OF ITEMS. Jewelry ‘factory 651 N. Bi mm ss LH. 35 240 Braunfels Marketplace (830) 625-3203 Marcos Gomez ANEW START Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Left, Gayle, left, and Amanda Stroh look over four mixed breed puppies available for adoption at the New Braunfels Humane Society Tuesday morning.The two were spending the day going from shelter to shelter looking for ust the right dog to adopt, above, mixed )reed puppies await adoption at the New Braunfels Humane Society. ;