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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 21, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2004 SPORTS FORUM BOUNCE BACK EDITORIAL Canyon girls softball team makes it to tournament semifinals after beating Fredericksburg and Seguin Friday. Page 5A Safety must remain an overriding factor when the city plans for future hike-and-bike trails. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 88 14 pages, 2 sections click 500 WWW. '56825 00001' Partly cloudy High Low 65 43 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 3-8B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM    4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5-6A TV GRIDS 3B NBPD: More crime due to city’s growth DID YOU KNOW? CRIME STATS ^ Total calls for service: 2002: 49,242; 2003: 49,548 up .6 percent ■ Total 9-1-1 calls: 2002: 25,089; 2003: 25,071 M Total Fire/EMS calls: 2002: 4,543; 2003: 5,080 ■ Total arrests: 2002: 2,943; 2003: 2,978 up 1.3 percent Adults: 2002: 2,482; 2003: 2,516 Juveniles: 2002: 461; 2003: 462 DWI arrests; 2002: 103; 2003: 120 a Traffic accidents: 2002: 2,926; 2003: 3,047 4 Traffic fatalities 2002: 8; 2003: 7 MAJOR CRIMES ** Murder 2002: 1; 2003: 0 * Sexual assault: 2002: 41; 2003: 36 ^ Robbery 2002 26, 2003: 27 • Assault 2002: 887, 2003: 942 ■ Total burglaries: 2002: 989, 2003: 1,286 Habitation burglaries 2002 190; 2003: 227 Building burglaries: 2002 158, 2003: 163 Vehicle burglaries 2002 547, 2003: 803 Other burglaries: 2002: 94; 2003 93 U Thefts/shoplift-mgs 2002 1,597; 2003: 1,630 ii Auto thefts 2002: 172; 2003 137 2003 saw increases in burglaries, thefts, assaults, DWI arrests By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A senior New Braunfels police official said increases in some crimes were a result of city resources not keeping pace with growth. Patrol Lt. John Villarreal said some increases were to be expected in a growing city — particularly one like New Braunfels where urban sprawl brought larger cities like San Antonio closer. “New Braunfels continues to grow as it has for the 23 years I’ve been here," Villarreal said. “We promote growth and tourism, and we see an influx of people." Villarreal said budget constraints had kept the police department from growing as fast as the city. New Braunfels has hired new officers recently, but most replaced vacancies. The city, in spite of annexation and increased development, is still patrolled by the same number of officers as several years ago. Last year, Chief of Police Russell Johnson told city council during budget talks he would need 13 new officers to meet average staffing for a city this size. Villarreal said little has changed. “As we continue to grow, I would expect crime to increase," Villarreal said. “What you’re seeing is the ripple effect of the growing pains in this city.” Police Lt. Mike Rust, head of the criminal investigations division, said many criminals were creatures of habit, and spikes in property crimes were often a function of who happens to he out of prison at any given time. I Ie said the best way to reduce crime was to practice commonsense crime prevention — and to look after one another, “Most crooks are opportunists, lf you make it easy for them, they’ll take advantage of you," Rust said. The best protection anyone has against becoming a crime victim is a nosy neighbor, Rust said. “Get to know your neighbors so you know when something doesn’t look quite right. I jkjL out for your neighbor. When your neighbors know you’ll watch out for them, they’ll watch out for you,” he said. DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Roger Brinkkoeter, right, retired from his job as a New Braunfels Fire Department engineer after 39 years. Brinkkoeter and his son Darren, left, helped to start the New Braunfels Fire Museum located in the old central station off Hill Avenue Museum pays homage to city’s heroes, past and present By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Roger Brinkkoeter celebrated his birthday Friday by going to work for the last time and giving his last tour of the New Braunfels Fire Museum. Roger, 60, was an engineer at the New Braunfels Fire Department, where he worked for 39 years. But he leaves a part of himself at the fire department. Roger’s son, Darren, followed him into the fire service and now serves as the city’s fire marshal. Darren built the New Braunfels Fire Museum in the old central station just off San Antonio Street — with help from his father and the rest of the department. Darren, who also gives museum tours, said Friday he was losing his favorite tour guide. “I do a lot of the tours because I know all the apparatus really well," Roger said. “Some of the younger guys are uncomfortable because they aren’t familiar with the equipment.” Roger knows the equipment because, in many cases, he’s used it. Step into the New Braunfels Fire Museum, and it s like stepping into the 1940s. The city’s earliest, hand-pulled hose cart sits off to one side. The city’s 1931 American Lai ranee ladder truck — used until 1982 — sits in the middle hay. A 1950 Ford Simms pumper sits in the right-hand bay. All around are uniforms, badges, boots, tools and other memorabilia salvaged by the eity or, in some cases, bought back after it was sold. Soon, the city will get back its first motorized lire truck — a 1913 American ranee a Canyon See BRINKKOETER. Page 3A al New Braunfels Fire Musuem is located off Hill Avenue, just off San Antonio Street in the old central station ■ To tour the Now Braunfels Fire Museum, call 608-2120 for an appointment or stop by during business hours ■ Admission is free Expanding company seeks city’s help From Staff Reports New Braunfels City (iouncil will vote Monday to approve Owens Corning as an enterprise project. (Aveny G truing would In* the second business to be designated an enterprise project, following Moll Industries’ designation last year. “The city is helping the company qualify for state incentives,” Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said of the designation. I Ie explained that an industry designated an enterprise project is eligible for stale franchise lax refunds based ujton the number of new jobs it would create. In addition, the state would refund a portion of the state sales taxes paid on the construction of new facilities. Meek stressed the designation does not cost the taxpayers of the city of New Braunfels one penny. “Owens would be the second enterprise project," City Manager Chuck Pinto said. “State legislation allows cities to offer incentives to designated enterprise proj New Braunfels City Council 6 30 p m Monday Council Chambers. Municipal Building. 424 S Casted Ave ects, but they have to be located within the city’s enterprise zone." Mayor Adam Cork said Owens wants to expand its business. “The incentives the city could offer them as an enterprise project would make it possible for them to expand,” Cork said. “I think it’d be an excellent investment for the city." A company that operates in the city’s enterprise zone has to employ at least 25 percent of its total work force from the area.Where’s the beef? Kids get more out of showing livestock than money; the experience is the true reward. UPDATES■X (racking the news NBISD 1999 BOND LAST WE KNEW; New Braunfels Independent School District trustees initiated in January the sale of the last $12 5 million of bonds from the $75 million bond approved in 1999 LATEST: Thursday, NBISD trustees approved the actual sale of the bonds. NEXT: The money will be primarily used on technology upgrades and the OakRun Sixth Grade Center and Seele Elementary School projects to be completed by 2006 FRONTandCENTER Family of firelighters leaves city a LEGACY of HISTORY ;