New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Saturday, February 8, 2003 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3A
Jesse Gomez, age 79, passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at his residence.
Visitation will be held Monday, Feb. IO, 2003, from I to 9 p.m. at the Holy Family Catholic Church with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be cele-DRUG/From 1A
brated Tuesday Feb. ll, 2003, at I p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church with entombment to follow in the Sts. Peter and Paul Mausoleum. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice or the Holy Family Catholic Church CCD Center Building Fund.
Castle Ridge Mortuary
Wilma B. Grisham passed away on Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at her residence in New Braunfels, Texas, at the age of 90 years.
Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, at the Zoeller Funeral Home
and continue until service time Monday.
Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at the Zoeller Funeral Home, with interment to follow in the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park.
Zoeller Funeral Home
Chester (Chet) Mills passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at the Guadalupe Valley Hospital in Seguin, Texas, at the age of 73 years. Mr. Mills is survived by two sons, Dave Mills and wife, Jessica, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Steven Mills, of Portland, Ore.; one daughter, Patricia Romohr, and husband, Steven, of Austin, Texas; four grandchildren, Sarah, Rebecca, Amy and Lauren; and one sister, Rosemary Kellogg, of Van Buren, Ind.
Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Monday at the Goetz Funeral Home in Seguin, Texas, and continue until service time.
Services will be Monday, Feb. IO, 2003, at 9;30 a.m. at the Goetz Funeral Home in Seguin. Interment will follow in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at ll a.m. with full military honors. The family has requested that memorial contributions be given to the Kingsbury Vol. Fire Dept.
Zoeller Funeral Home
several vehicles drove slowly by, looking at the police and looking at him.
The New Braunfels police didn’t care — they were trying to put out a message that they want to make life less comfortable for those who traffic in or use narcotics.
Friday, they served arrest warrants obtained ii) connection with 22 grand jury indictments.
The indictments, handed down Wednesday, came at the conclusion of a months-long, combined undercover investigation in which police, sheriff’s deputies and task force members bought drugs and gained the confidence of the suspects.
Friday, assisted also by Guadalupe County sheriff’s deputies, the officers reaped the rewards of their work.
New Braunfels police Lt. Mike Rust made some of those drug buys.
Friday, during his morning briefing, he warned the officers that some of the suspects had made threats, had weapons and could be dangerous.
“Use caution,” he said, handing arrest warrants out to teams of officers.Roundup
The New Braunfels Police Department and the Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force obtained 22 sealed indictments of suspected drug traffickers from the Comal County grand jury that convened Wednesday.
In a citywide sweep Friday, police arrested:
■ Ricardo Sotelo, 17, possession with intent to deliver between 1 and 4 grams of a controlled substance, second-degree felony;
■ Adrian Lopez, 20, delivery of between 4 and 200 grams of a controlled substance (2 counts), first-degree felony;
■ Juan Rosales, 25, possession of between 1 and 4 grams of a controlled sub-
In all, the arrests were made without incidents.
At one stop on West Bridge Street, detective Bob Parchman fired his weapon twice — when a pit bull terrier lunged at him — but he didn’t injure the dog and it didn’t get to him.
“When I fired, it took a
glass being blown out to holes knocked in roofs more than 300 feet away,” Brinkkoeter said.
The fire marshal said the warehouse was a distribution center for T EMT EIX, which is based in Temple. “There were a lot of different chemicals in there,” Brinkkoeter said.
“We had acetone, sulfuric acid, nitric acid, potassium chloride, boric acid, isopropyl alcohol, methanol — the list just keeps going,” Brinkkoeter said.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality had technicians on site Friday tak
ing hourly air, water and soil samples, and Eagle Environmental Services was cleaning up chemical runoff.
Acidity levels in the atmosphere were extremely high in the immediate area early Friday, Brinkkoeter said, but had moderated by later in the day.
“We have had some problems with runoff. We knew that would be a problem. It’s run into a stock tank and fish are dying in it,” he said. “Eagle Services is in the process of getting the chemicals out of the water. It also overflowed into a small creek, which is normally dry. They went down into that area and have been
diking so it won’t go past where it is.”
The runoff is not believed to represent a threat to the Edwards Aquifer, Brinkkoeter said.
“The Edwards Aquifer Authority has been notified, and they’re monitoring the situation,” Brinkkoeter said.
Fire officials’ consensus is that Thursday’s blaze is one of — if not the — worst fires in the history of New Braunfels.
“With the heat intensity and with the explosions, this definitely must be considered one of the worst,” Brinkkoeter said.
Two firemen suffered minor
“Fred got me into it about a year ago,” Roger said.
He works out on the stationary bike at American Fitness; lifts light weights with high repetitions; rides his mountain bike on the roads; and does “more running, a lot of hill running” to get prepared for races like this weekend’s.
Running in adventure competition has a twist. He and one of his brothers have to trek down trails with an inflatable canoe. One carries it. The other carries the seat and the pump that inflates the canoe.
“You stop, air up the canoe, and go with it,” Gomez said of taking the canoe downriver. “Then you go 12 to 20 miles on the bike.”
Gomez has entered three or four adventure challenge races. At one of them, he was surprised to compete against world-renowned bike racer Lance Armstrong. Armstrong finished in one hour, 38 minutes. Gomez finished in two hours, 50 minutes.
Not bad for one of his first races.
And to popularize them, to draw attention to their presence at the races — in order to get sponsors, because the equipment is expensive — the G Force is working to devise a team logo.
Sponsorship is important, Gomez said.
‘It’s expensive. I spent $329 on tires for my brother’s bike the other day,” Gomez said. “And air pumps and,seats are anywhere from $700 to $1,500.”
Recently, a canoe was free, thanks to Zero Rivers at Rockin’ R. Rivers, who lent the brothers a canoe for a recent race in Bryan-College Station.
“He said, ‘anything you need, you’ve got it,”’ Gomez said.
Gomez said to attract competitors and sponsors, the G Force will design a Web site devoted to adventure races.
And racing this spring is something Gomez and the G Force is looking forward to. Theres a series of races coming in May. The competitive season continues through August. And sponsors are giving away free equipment.
“The more races you enter, the better you do,” Gomez said. “You can win bikes,
shoes, helmets. They know it’s expensive and they want you to participate. And its great to win that stuff and not to have to spend the money”
In the meantime, Gomez is recruiting members for the G Force. He’s getting friends and cousins to come along on bike rides. Some of them
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■ Daniel Delossantos, 21, possession with intent to deliver between 4 and 200 grams of a controlled substance, first-degree felony;
■ Priscilla Morales, 20, possession with intent to deliver between 1 and 4 grams of a controlled substance, second-degree felony;
■ Luis F. Robales, 19, possession of between 4 and 200 grams of a controlled substance, first-degree felony; and
■ Four more defendants whose bookings had not been completed by press time.
Police expect additional arrests in the coming days.
sharp turn to port and ran off,” Parchman said.
Uniformed backup officers arrived at the scene almost instantly when the “shots fired” call went out.
Rust said he was pleased that the arrests were made with no one being hurt. He didn’t describe the investi
gation in detail, but did say that it revealed a lot to police about local drug-related activity.
“We’ve had undercover officers working in the county, and we’ve made numerous purchases of narcotics — cocaine and methamphetamine, primarily,” Rust, said.
What was most striking as the investigation unfolded, he said, was the age of the suspects investigators encountered.
“It is alarming that we have that many young people in our community who are obviously involved in narcotics," Rust said.
“It shows us that these are the kinds of investigations law enforcement needs to do.”
The work is labor intensive though, Rust said. He didn’t estimate the amount of manhours involved, but said the cost was steep.
“Just gathering the intelligence and coordinating this took months,” Rust said.
“We know it won’t stop it, but hopefully this investigation will slow down drug trafficking in New Braunfels a little bit,” Rust said.
injuries fighting the fire or cleaning it up, Brinkkoeter said.
About 30 neighbors of the facility were evacuated to an American Red Cross shelter set up in the Canyon Intermediate School cafeteria.
Tara Brinkkoeter of the American Red Cross said the residents had been allowed to return to their homes before dawn — except for Amo Voigt, whose house was burned down.
‘We’re helping him at least get started, but Mr. Voigt has many needs and any help anyone can give him would be appreciated," she said.
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