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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 10, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2004 RALD FORUM BAD EXAMPLE | The mother of a student at Frazier Elementary writes that parents who disregard driving protocols set a poor example for children. Page 4A SPORTS CLUTCH PLAYER Canyon High School senior Kyle Kennedy helps young basketball team overcome some key player losses this season. Page SA By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Awaste Management proposal to take over the city’s sanitation service failed to draw a motion of support Monday even though rate payers could have saved $3.40 per month. A majority of the New Braunfels City Council members said their constituents didn’t care about the cost, and didn’t want the city’s sanitation service privatized. “I’ve heard from a lot of my constituents, and a vast majority of them don’t want to privatize,” said District 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil. “And they don’t care if it costs $2 or $3 YES TO ROADS, DRAINAGE H Council approved a $26 million bond issue for streets and drainage projects. See Pege 3A more a month. They’re worried about losing control, and about the city workers being laid off. Plus, they’re willing to pay for a better product, which they think we have. So I’m not in favor of privatizing.” District 5 Councilman Ken Valentine echoed Pospisil’s remarks. “We have a representative democracy, and we’re elected to represent the desires of our citizens,” Valentine said. “Most everyone I talked to asked us to please not privatize. So I have to vote against privatizing, because I want to reflect the wishes of my constituents.” Mayor Adam Cork, however, cautioned council not to base the decision solely on citizen feedback. “The city is sometimes too sensi- See GARBAGE Page 3A viiiy New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.City cans idea to privatize garbage service Rain likely 70% chance High Low 52 43 Details .... 6A DEAR ABBY BA CLASSIFIEDS SA COMICS 7A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM 4A OBITS 3A SPORTS SA TV GRIDS BA Speed could be a factor in fatal crash of motorcycle By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Tax-Aide offers help in filing tax returns Bilingual volunteers available Wednesdays By Dylan Jimdnoz Staff Writer There are free tax services in (xwnai County available to seniors, low-income residents and Spanish-speakers. Tax-Aide New Braunfels offers free tax preparation four days a week through April 15. The Internal Revenue Service and AARP-sponsored service is for seniors and low-in-come people, l'he IRS trained about 25 volunteers to do the tax returns. “We do over 1,000 returns,” said Aline Schoch, Tax-Aide volunteer. More than 40 people showed up Wednesday to get their tax es done, she said. Although there is typically a line and a wail, taxpayers might not have to wait as long to get their return this year. “This year a lot of our volunteers are doing e-filing on the computers,” Scnoch said. “Your refund can be direct deposited in about a week." Many taxpayers will pack the See TAX BBTURNS Page 3A ERBE TAX PREPARATION DATES: Through April 16 LOCATIONS: R New Braunfels Senior Center. 655 Landa St.; 2-5.30 p m Tuesdays and Thursdays ■ New Braunfels Public Library, 700 E Common St., noon to 4 p m Wednesdays. 10 30 a m to 2 30 p m Saturdays R Canyon Lake Community Resource and Recreation Center. 1917 FM 2673. 1 to 4 p m Wednesdays, 9 a rn to noon Saturdays Surviving domestic violence FRONTand Center By Leigh Jones Staff Writer When Laurie met her husband in California, their future seemed brighter than the ever-present sunshine. I Ie was an intelligent, well-liked man with a loving family. Everyone told her how lucky she was to have married him. She thought so too, until he tried to kill her. “Domestic violence crosses over every dividing line there is,” said Jayne Morgan-Kidd, EPC, a counselor at the Comal County Women’s Center. Every week, the center hosts a domestic violence survivors’ support group. Women of all races from all social backgrounds gather to share their stories and offer encouragement. Many are still in abusive situations, longing to hear that there is a way out. "Group is your release,” said Laurie, whose last name is being withheld for protection. “No one else knows how it is in a violent relationship.” It took her six years, but Laurie finally escaped her tormentor and lied to Texas, f or tile last four years she has been rebuilding her life. Regular attendance at the support group has been crucial to her recovery. Some days ale tine, but others find her mired in a deep depression spawned by fear. Reminders of her abuse can surface at any time. People yelling, certain songs, the smell of his cologne or someone who looks like him can trigger paralyzing memories. During those times, help from the women’s center is only a phone call away. “I’ve called in the middle of the night,” said Uiurie, “and theres always someone there." l'he help she received enables Laurie to give it iii return. /Ml the other women in the group know they can rely on her for a ride or a place to stay She is always sensitive to women around her who might be in abusive relationships. Often, the best encouragement they can receive is to personally know someone who has successfully left a similar situation. See ABUSE Page 3A Vol. 153, No. 78 10 pages, 1 section herald-zeitung .com 56825 00001 CLICK 500 REBECCA S. ROGERS/Herald-Zeitung Survivors of domestic violence, like Laurie, above, whose last name is being withheld for protection, find strength and encouragement from the support group sponsored by the Comal County Women s Center. Authorities Monday identified the 26-year-old New Braunfels motorcyclist killed Saturday afternoon in an accident on Farm-to-Market Road 1863 in Bulverde. Department of Public Safety hooper Rusty Nesbitt said Anthony Murchison was killed instandy in a head-on collision between his Harley Davidson and a car occupied by Travis and I Oretta Tullos of New Braunfels. The TUlloses were flown to Brooke Army Medical Center for treatment, l'he hospital did not return calls Monday. Nesbitt said Murchison, who was westbound on a broad curve at Beck Road, apparently drifted into the center of the eastbound lane, striking the IMllos vehicle. Murchison was thrown from the motorcycle into the windshield of the vehicle. Nesbitt said evidence at the scene suggested Murchison could have been driving too fast to make the curve. “We believe the victim is a novice motorcycle operator,” Nesbitt said. “That could have contributed to this accident.” Fund-raising efforts launched to benefit Goodwin first-grader By Ron Maloney Staff writer GALVESTON — As a New Braunfels girl injured in a Jan. 30 accident recovers in a hospital here, fund-raising efforts have been mounted at home to help her family. A spokesperson with Shriner’s I los-pital for Children in Galveston said Monday the girl was in fair condition. l’he girl, a Goodwin Primary School first-grader, was critically injured on Ventura Drive just after she stepped from a school bus. As of Monday, no citations had been Issued in connection with the accident. Rosa DeLaCerda, project director for (Communities in Schools at Goodwin, said CIS had organized a fund-raising effort for the family. Anyone who can contribute is asked to send donations to (CIS at its Casten Avenue office in care of Benefit Fund, Communities in Schools, 161 S. (Casten See FUND-RAISER Page 3A Police: Only I in 4 cases are reported By Ron Malonoy Staff Writer Police answered 464 domestic violence calls in 2003, but they probably represent only a fraction of actual incidents, according to Chief of Police Russell Johnson. Just this month, the New Braunfels Police Department began breaking out domestic violence calls and arrests as part of its crime statistics. Johnson reported police arrested 104 people — the vast majority of whom were men. Right now, said Patrol Lt. john Villarreal, 69 New Braunfels residents — most, but not all women — have final protective orders against a spouse. Another five have temporary restraining orders. Jolinson said the department uses the listings to track domestic violence and abuse in the community. “It s important to quantify just what we’re handling,” Johnson said. “I think the citizens in the community realize the types of problems we have here.” ABUSE IN TNE NOME a In 2003, there vftli?l64 domestic violence calls in the aly of New Braunfels. B 104 individuals were arrested in connection with these cases, the vast majonty of them men. B Currently, 69 city residents have final protective orders against a spouse. Most are women. The statistics, though, probably only account for a fraction of the actual number of family situations that exist in this city where abuse or violence are present, Johnson said. “ Ihese are probably a small number compared to the real amount of unreported domestic violence going on,” Johnson said. “It’s just a guess, but thats probably less than 25 percent of what’s going on — probably only one in four gets reported." Villarreal said police officers take domestic violence cases seriously — that officers work to respond to those incidents as fast as possible because of the risks to the families. “You remember that this situation that results in violence has been building up over time," Villarreal said. “You hurry to these calls — usually with more than one officer — particularly in instances where they call twice or three times while you’re en route. You know a situation is hot when that happens.” In the backs of the officers’ minds, Villarreal said, is that these calls are volatile and can be dangerous to all involved — the family and the officers. Domestic violence calls, he said, are among the most dangerous a police officer faces. “I wish I had the statistics here to show that,” Villarreal said. 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