New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 29, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
One of Comal County's newest Republicans, Randy Galindo swears in after filing campaign papers with Genny Hensz.
Republicans gather to file election paperwork
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Fire danger remains very high
couldn't spare the manpower or equipment because of the drought conditions.
County Fire Marshal Lin Manford said the drought situation in Comal County is critical.
“This is the driest it’s been since I’ve been fire marshal. I’m really concerned about fireworks in these drought conditions,” Manford said. “We’re in a drought situation, and the prime example is New Braunfels just had a 1,000-acre fire in pasture land. If that fire had occurred over here in the Hill Country, in our juniper and live oaks, it would have been a lot harder to fight.”
One of the big dangers about fires in junipers is called “crowning,” where the fire moves across the top of
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5-year-old could race next season
Midget Association’s oval or in San Antonio at the Lone Star QMA’s track.
And those who went to Austin could have met the Hands this past summer, while Elijah was on his way to the track championship in his class — and winning the “Texas Shootout” championship, a series of races conducted between the Austin and San Antonio quarter midget clubs.
The Hands got into racing because they follow it on television — particularly NASCAR
When they were looking for a way to go racing, Russell Hand checked out the Hill Country Kart Klub in New Braunfels. He went with quarter midgets instead, he said, because it was more oriented toward kids rather than adults.
He liked the cars more, he said, because of their complexity.
A quarter midget is about the size of a go-kart. Like a
The following individuals were arrested by Comal County law enforcement agencies between Dec. 21 and
Steven Ray Battreall, 40, San Antonio, failure to appear/driving while license suspended; failure to obey a commitment order.
Peter Ernest Brake, 28, Round Rock, fraudulent use or possession of identifying information.
Barry Neil Buske, 25, New Braunfels, public intoxication; unrestrained animal.
James Gilbert Campbell, 35, New Braunfels, expired driver's license; violation of
promise to appear_
Carrie Sue Cason, 30, San Antonio, violation of promise to appear; failure to maintain financial responsibility; obstruction of view.
Michelle Denise Cedillo, 35, New Braunfels, assault causing bodily injury/family violence.
Jose Louis Chades, 38, San
trees as it races along the ground.
“You have fire on the ground and fire on the top of the trees,” Manford said. “It’s extremely dangerous to firefighters. This is serious, and it isn’t just words on paper. You see the homes burning up in the Dallas area? That could very well happen in unincorporated areas of Comal County.”
The county’s deputy fire marshals, Wayne Ellington and Bill Anz, were out Wednesday inspecting fireworks stands to ensure they weren’t selling prohibited fireworks.
"We’re constantly on the lookout for anyone violating the rules, and deputies are watching for violations of the burn ban,” Manford said. “We’re trying to do everything we can to reduce the danger of wildfire in Comal County.”
In New Braunfels, city Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said officers would be working overtime to catch fire-
kart, it has four wheels and a small engine. Unlike a kart, it has a full safety harness and a mileage — a set of bars designed to protect a driver
Antonio, possession of drug paraphernalia.
Robert Wayne Chesney Jr., 20, Bulverde, motion to adjudicate/criminal mischief between $1,500 and $20,000, possession of marijuana.
Rene Cruz, 35, San Antonio, violation of promise to appear/possession of marijuana.
Matthew Austin Curtis, 41, New Braunfels, terroristic
Genevieve Avila Daniels, 30, San Antonio, fraudulent use or possession of identifying information; forgery of a financial instrument; motion to adjudicate/stealing or receiving a stolen check.
Edgar Arturo Duran, 32, Boerne, no driver's license; no liability insurance.
Robert Emerson, 40, San Marcos, violation of promise to appear/theft between $500 and $1,500; parole violation. Joe Flores III, 31, Seguin, violation of promise to appear/driving while intoxicated; assault causing bodily injury/family violence; failure to appear/motion to enforce.
"We have a significant drought, and it was proven Christmas weekend that something very little can be devastating,” Brinkkoeter said. “We do not want a repeat of what’s going on in North Texas.”
The fireworks task force, which will operate through Sunday, will be strictly enforcing the law, he said.
“Our whole issue is preventing fires through fireworks enforcement — especially with the extreme fire danger we have,” Brinkkoeter said.
Johnson said police shared the concerns of the fire department.
“There’s no doubt that the ground’s so dry, it’s not going to take much to get another fire going,” Johnson said. “What’s happening in North Texas and Oklahoma could very easily happen in this city. We’ll do everything in our power to help the fire department.”
in a rollover — and a fully adjustable suspension so the car’s handling can be tuned just like a full-sized race car.
“I was looking for a chal-
Miguel Anthony Hernandez,
19, New Braunfels, minor driving under the influence of
Joanne Lagunas, 34, New Braunfels, motion to revoke probation/possession of less than 1 gram of a controlled substance, penalty group 1. Gavan Alexander Lee, 18, San Antonio, possession of drug paraphernalia; failure to maintain financial responsibility. Robert Paul Moore, 44, New Braunfels, harassment.
Daniel W. Pharo, 25, New Braunfels,
commitment/motion to revoke probation/assault causing bodily injury/family
Ricky Joe Randle, 35, New Braunfels,
commitment/motion to revoke probation/assault causing bodily injury/family
Manuel Antonio Santibanez, 18, San Antonio, no driver's license; no insurance; failure to secure child under 5 years old; expired motor vehicle
Rene Antonio Sauceda, 21, Camp Lejeune, N.C., driving while intoxicated.
Franciso Gabriel Tellez, 25,
San Antonio, possession of less than 28 grams of a controlled substance, penalty group 3; possession of less
Fire officials recommend the following safety tips when handling fireworks;____________________
■ Do not point fireworks or throw them at people, pets or other animals.
■ Never ignite fireworks while holding them, and never put them in containers such as bottles, cans or mailboxes to ignite;_________________
■ Never assume an unexploded firework is safe to approach, and never try to relight one that doesn't go off.
■ Always wear safety glasses.
■ Do not wear loose clothing.
■ An adult should always be present.___
■ Read all labels and follow all instructions.
■ Use a "punk" to ignite fireworks. Most fireworks dealers provide them.
■ Light only one device at a time.________
■ Ignite fireworks only on a hard, level surface free of flammables or debris.
■ Have a safe, clear landing zone for aerial devices.
■ Have a fire extinguisher or water on hand_
Source: Comal County Fire Marshal's Office
car with a recently added
lenge,” Russell said.
Julie was looking for something more basic — protection for her little boy.
“I wanted a roll bar,” she said.
than 2 ounces of marijuana. EricTorres, 33, New Braunfels, public intoxication.
Michael Anthony Torres, 22, New Braunfels, no driver's license; failure to maintain financial responsibility.
Travis AlexanderTrevino, 18, San Antonio, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. ______
Anthony Todd Tupa, 25, Canyon Lake, issuance of a bad check.
Rudy Varela Jr., 20, New Braunfels, minor in possession of an alcoholic beverage. Roberto David Vasquez, 33, San Antonio, driving while
Rachael Lee Wimberley, 21, Arlington, motion to proceed with adjudication/theft by check between $20 and $500. Christopher Michael Winkler, 24, San Antonio, driving while license invalid; no insurance. Amy Greene Winslow, 18, Canyon Lake, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. ______
Matthew David Witten, 31,
San Antonio, driving while license invalid.
Maria Delcarmen Wyant, 39, Spring Branch, assault causing bodily injury/family violence.
Luis Gerardo Zertuhe, 23, San Antonio, speeding.
By Ron Maloney
With the filing deadline for the 2006 county elections just days away, Comal County’s newest Republican led a field of candidates to Republican headquarters Wednesday.
Former constable and former Democrat Randy Galindo filed campaign papers with county Republican party chairs Don and Genny Hensz, becoming the ninth Republican candidate to formally file for election next year.
Galindo will take on incumbent Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Diana Guerrero, who is so far the only candidate to file with Democrat Party chairman Larry Horton.
Horton will be accepting applications for candidacy at Comal Auto Salvage on FM 482 until 6 p.m. Monday.
The Henszes will be accepting them until 6 p.m. Monday at Republican Headquarters, located in the law offices of Bennie Bock at 340 N. Seguin Ave. At the conclusion of filing, the Republicans will conduct a “meet the candidates” reception at Landa Haus in Landa Park.
Galindo preceded County Clerk Joy Streater and Precinct 4 incumbents Commissioner Jan Kennady and Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders in his filing.
They joined Guerrero and Republicans incumbents County Judge Danny Scheel, Treasurer Susan Patterson, District Clerk Kathy Faulkner and Precinct I Justice of the Peace Bill Schroeder, who have filed for re-election over the past three weeks, along with hopefuls Ron Karchmer, running for district attorney, and Norma Keeton and D.L.
Schraub, who are running for Schroeder’s job.
Other county incumbents expected to file soon include Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Minikin and District Attorney Dib Waldrip. Judge Jack Robison, who is running for re-election in the 207th Judicial District, will file today.
The primary election, which will decide most county offices, will be conducted March 7. The general election takes place Nov. 7.
Don Hensz said he has never failed to be impressed by the quality of candidates for office in this county.
“They’re very, very good,” Hensz said. “ The new ones will have to take a few steps to catch up with the others who are incumbents or who have run in the past, but they’re all very capable.” Galindo was a good example. Galindo served well as a Democrat, Hensz said, even though he has always believed Galindo to be a Republican. I lensz said he’d listened to Galindo and found he shared Republican values.
“I said to myself, ‘He’s one of us!’ I talked to Randy after a candidate forum, and I told him he was a Republican on the inside and a Democrat only on the outside,” Hensz recalled. “As soon as he came , to grips with that, I told him, hed be here as a Republican. And here he is.”
Galindo said he already was working hard to try to unseat Guerrero.
“I’m doing a lot of block-walking and door-knocking,” Galindo said. “It’s been great. I’m hearing a lot of support from Republicans, and I’m getting a lot of support from the Democrat side.”
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