New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 4, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Request for River Road nimble strips up for
By Grog Bowen
A (dan to install rumble strips across stretches of River Road, the center of summer tourism in C>>mal County, will get more study.
lor the safety ancJ protection of the thousands of tourists who annually flock to River Road, the Water Oriented Recreation District board of directors is asking county com
missioners for assistance in installing the rumble strips on approaches to the four (fiiadalupe River bridges across River Road.
Rumble strips are a series of raised ridges or shallow indentations on a roadway that produce a warning in the form of a vibration and an audible rumbling when driven over by a vehicle.
In addition to the rumble strips, the WORD hoard also
Law enforcement officers in New Braunfels and Comal County booked the following between Feb. 2 and Feb. 3:
♦ Benjamin Almaguer Jr, 39, New Braunfels, duty on striking unattended vehicle.
♦ Tawnya Gray, 34, Spring Branch, assault causes bodily injury — family violence bodily; obstruction or retaliation
♦ Victoria Gus Hernandez, 19, New Braunfels, misdemeanor theft
♦ Frank Hinojosa, 47, New Braunfels, bench warrant-robbery, TDCJ hold
♦ Arthur MacNutt III, 31, La Verma, driving while intoxicated — open alcohol container, third arrest or more
♦ Alysia Wray Marshall, 27, New Braunfels, failure to display drivers license, expired registration.
♦ Jorge Alonzo Munoz, 20, New
Braunfels, violate promise to appear
— motion to proceed with adjudication, possessing prohibited weapon, u Jeremy Rosas, 25, Seguin, violate promise to appear, financial hearing
— possession of marijuana under 2 ounces.
u Emma Trujillo, 60, Lockhart keeping a gambling place, promotion of gambling, two counts of possession of a gambling device, equipment or paraphernalia.
u Sherry Lynn Voss, 26, San Antonio, failure to appear — contempt of court
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wants warning signs to "notify drivers that there’s something coming up that they need to slow down for,” said WORD General Manager Mike Dussere.
"There have been various accidents at those bridges over the years,” Dussere said. “A couple of the bridges have some pretty hefty curves coming in."
Commissioner Ian Kennady asked at Thursday's meeting of county commissioners for the
matter to be tabled until further study can be done.
"If there’s anything we can do to make River Road safer, then 1 think we need to do it," Kennady said. "Frankly, I think it's a good idea to put those rumble strips in. But, I want the court to be as informed as possible.”
She said there is some discussion among commissioners, as well as road department personnel and WORD officials,
as to whether rumble scrips are the best remedy.
The only way to find out is to get data,” Kennady said. “How successful have they been in other towns? Will signage take care of it?”
She said rumble strips have their pros and cons.
“One of the cons is that they are very noisy and could bother the people who live in that area. So, it’s a question of noise versus safety."
Authorities look for digital clues in 3 cases
By J. Louise Larson
Authorities are hoping digital clues turn up in three cases of high-tech crimes reported recently in New Braunfels.
Two incidents allege harassment campaigns on the part of bitter former flames.
A woman reported last Friday afternoon that someone had created a Facebook page unlawfully using her personal information.
“The victim had recently broken up with her boyfriend, and it looks like someone created a Facebook page with the victim’s information,” said Lt. Mike Rutherford of New Braunfels Police Department.
“She suspects it was her exboyfriend, because of their recent investigation."
Another woman reported she suspected her ex of a digital act of malice.
“She suspects him of creating a false listing on
Craigslist.com that her vehicle was free for the taking.
Free car to good home,’” Rutherford said.
NBPI) had taken a number of calls from that address citing harassment, with the same complainant and same suspect.
"We’ve been out there five times in the past couple months — looks like it’s all for the same type of deal,” Rutherford said.
In a third incident, someone who burglarized a vehicle in San Antonio took an iPhone. The tech-sawy victim was able to use an “app” to trace the phone’s location using GPS coordinates Friday evening.
This is under investigation," Rutherford said.
As reported in the Herald-Zeitung last week, investigators using sophisticated new tools for computer forensics are taking a digital bite out of crime in Comal County.
And when a New Braunfels woman’s ex-bovfriend hacked
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There’s really no such thing as true anonymity ... there’s always ways to track people," Armstrong said.
Law enforcement agencies can subpoena information to learn which computer was used to change a password.
As a November New Braunfels case showed, harassment by text message — or chat, e-mail or other electronic form — is now a crime in Texas.
New Braunfels police pursued a suspect who sent a text threatening the recipient with bodily harm.
The law that made it a criminal offense — ranging up to felony status — went into effect on Sept. 1, 2009. That — and electronic trails angry texters might not think of when they fire off blistering missives — give police tools for protecting the public.
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From staff reports
Smithson Valley High head football coach tarry Hill will be among the expert speakers scheduled to lead breakout sessions at the Annual Comal ISD Parent/Community Summit.
The summit is Saturday at Spring Branch Middle School, 21053 Hwy. 46 W, Spring Branch. The event will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The summit is free to attend, and lunch and childcare will also be free. A Spanish translator will be present.
This year’s theme is “Building Championship Families.”
“We want to focus on providing parents with tools to strengthen the family unit," said Jamie Ezell, Comal ISD’s parent community liaison. “We want to help their children be successful both in and out of the classroom.” Hill will present a session called “Motivating your Team.”
Speaker Dan Schmit will open the summit. He works for Apple Professional Development, and has served as Comal ISD’s Apple trainer since September 2008. He has taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels as well and has served as a coordinator of instructional technology for the Nebraska Department of Education.
Schmit is the author of three instructional technology books, including “Kidcast: Podcasting in the Classroom.”
Other speakers and topics will include Comal ISD Bilingual and ESL Programs Coordinator Jose Salazar (“How do I help my child? She speaks Spanish now!”), Comal ISD Director of Development and Accountability Tammy Lind (“Does this test count? Understanding the World of School Test-ing and Accountability”), and SVHS Academic and Career Adviser Kristy Castilleja (“College 101.”)
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