New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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the balance of Tuesday learning to fire the Glocks.
Overseeing the training was Sgt. Kevin Clayton.
Clayton explained why the Glock was replacing the 9mm Smith and Wesson.
‘It’s a larger round — more knockdown power,” the veteran lawman said.
What Clayton was basically saying is that a criminal hit by a bullet fired from the Clock stands a better chance df being disabled than he does ff he’s hit by a 9mm bullet.
J Back in the reloading area, Where policemen put bullets 9ito their new magazines, they talked about the Glock. |uid the chatter was enthusiastic.
•* Officer Gilbert Caraballo had shot the Glock before, at
the police academy.
“It’s much better; there’s more power, it’s aerodynamically a better weapon; it’s a better fit in my hand, and it’s * lighter and easier to handle. So overall, the performance is much better,” he said.
Like Caraballo, Joe Tbvar had shot the Glock at the academy, too.
“I think it’s great,” Tbvar said. ‘T never had any problems with it, and I’ve never really known anybody to have any problems with it. Overall, it seems to be a better weapon.”
“It comes off lighter on the belt — you don’t feel the pressure on your back like you did with the old gun,” said officer Jermyn “Jeremy’’ Baker.
Another officer said the
Glock was a lot more dependable than the Smith and Wes-son, and he knew that because he carried a Glock for seven years before he came to the NBPD.
John Rios of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division said the Glock was an unfamiliar weapon, but the logic behind having it was good.
“I think ifs a different weapon than we’ve been used to. Like anything else, there are changes within our department, and I think this is gonna be different for us. Our chief strongly believes in good weapons for the department and for law enforcement, and I think it’s good that we’ve changed to this weapon,” he said.
aff unfenced property.
• “My view of trespassing is that you need to have a defined mark of where the property line is,” Cork said.
• He said the issue of Unfenced or unmarked prop-f rty is no different than if he |eft his house door wide open. ^ NBPD chief Russell Johnson said the time it takes to enforce trespassing laws is often more trouble than it’s frorth because it pulls officers off the river to write deports, making them less Visible. He said the lack of trespassing citations might t>e due to officers’ preference Co process violators for offenses such as public intoxication.
• City Attorney Charlie Zech said he is looking into ways Co add city regulations regarding trespassing on riverbanks. The problem is how the land under and around the river is defined, i* Council also discussed the possibility of hiring security officers to police river traffic. ^ Johnson said he has been rn contact with a firm that can help, charging $11.50 an hour. He said at that price, he could reduce officers on the' river by 50 percent and still increase river security by 30 percent.
Johnson said security officers would be limited to giving citations and could not
The board and the chamber have been in contact for several months with Tip Strategies in case the Toyota deal went through in San Antonio. They held off until the announcement was official.
“We don’t want to spend any money we don’t need to,” Miller said.
The 4B Board chairman said the current economic climate, worsened by recently announced layoffs, should push through tonight’s decision.
“My job is trying to get those people jobs,” Miller said.
And competition for those jobs is going to be fierce in the region.
Miller said that cities as far as Austin are even trying to get suppliers.
The fee for the consultant is undetermined.
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Anyone qualified to run can pick up a filing packet at the city secretary’s office located in city hall, 424 S. Castell Ave.
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make arrests. But without help, he said, NBPD will be short-staffed again this summer.
After an hour-and-a-half discussion of river management issues, council switched gears to technical concerns. Unlike the river discussion, council only took 30 minutes to agree to overhaul current technical systems at city hall.
The technology discussion included less brainstorming and more general comments.
Council unanimously was in favor of an idea City Manager Charles Pinto brought to the table to bring in a consultant firm familiar with the latest networking systems.
Ideas concerning technology outside city hall were mentioned briefly. Ferguson
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Kolbe: Arrests underscore need to keep cars locked
said the city should try to integrate law enforcement, parks and other departments outside city hall.
Pinto maintained that upgrading the city’s current technology should start with a base network at city hall that is expanded in the future.
Cork said the need for over-hauling technology in city hall is obvious, even basic e-mail is less than a year old at city hall.
“I can’t imagine trying to make a living using it (his computer),” Cork said. “It’s not even functional.”
He said the city needs to decide whether it wants to try to meet the needs of a growing population with technology or with bodies.
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Sheriff’s deputies early Monday arrested three men and booked them for an alleged residential burglary in the Hunter Road area.
Wesley D. Smith, 19, San Marcos, James A Barclay, 18, Canyon Lake, and Jason E. Brown, 18, Canyon Lake, were booked into Comal County Jail on charges of burglary of a habitation, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail for each was $2,300.
All three remained in jail Tuesday.
Deputies believe the trio is possible suspects in a series of residential and vehicle burglaries in the New Braunfels and San Marcos area.
Sheriff”s Sgt. Tbmmy Ward said the arrests came in the predawn hours Monday when night-shift deputies responded to a “suspicious persons" call.
“Our deputies received information of suspicious people in an area where burglaries had recently occurred,” Ward said.
“Deputies Clint Jacobs and Hiram Munoz investigated, found these three individuals and found property possibly stolen in a nearby residential burglary," Ward said.
Cpl. Tim Kolbe, Sheriff’s
crime prevention officer, noted there have been a spate of recent vehicle burglaries inside and just outside the city limits of New Braunfels in the area where the three arrests were made.
The thing that most of the burglaries have in common, Kolbe said, is that they involve vehicles left unlocked in driveways or garages.
“You don’t want to give burglars your vehicle on a silver platter — and you don’t want to make it easy for them,” Kolbe said.
“It’s easy to have a false sense of security at your home or in your driveway, but you need to lock your vehicles there, too. It’s very easy to walk up and down a street, zip up a driveway and try a door handle,” Kolbe said.
“Let’s not kid ourselves. If you run into a car thief, give
him access to the inside of your car and he’s three-quarters of the way there. They thank you very much for not making them cause any damage to the body. AU they have to do is change out the lock,” Kolbe said.
Valuables that must be left in a car, he said, should be engraved with the owner’3 Texas driver’s license number.
Kolbe said he has “Operation ID” stickers he wiU give to anybody who engraves their property.
But the most important and most basic protection, Kolbe said, is to keep cars — and garages and doors — locked.
“If you leave your car unlocked and your door opener is in the car, you’re handing them the keys to your house,” Kolbe said.
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