New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 1, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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■ ALONG THE BORDER, 3AJuarez residents flee 'dying city' after violence
■ SPORTS, 1BAll-Comal defensive team revealed
► FLOOD CONTROLGBRA to develop Guadalupe River plan
By J. Louise Larson
Comal County commissioners approved a resolution authorizing the county to support the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority application for Flood Protection Grant assistance filed with the Texas Water Development Board.
The GBRA plans to develop a basin-wide flood protection planning study for the lower Guadalupe River.
The resolution passed Thursday pledged the county’s help to pursue implementations of viable solutions identified through the plan — and potential funding sources to cover the cost of solutions.
GBRA committed $25,000 to retain Halff Associates to develop the scope of work for the five- or six-year study project.
A estimated preliminary budget for the total project through Fiscal Year 2017 is $1.083 million. That includes $541,750 for the Corps of Engineers, $271,000 for the TWITB grant, and $271,000 for the GBRA’s local cost share.
See GBRA, Page 9A
NEW YEAR'S CLOSURES
The following businesses and offices will be closed Friday for New Year's Eve:
The following businesses mil be dosed on New Year's Day:
0 The New Braunfels post office
■ First State Bank and Chase Bank
■ Frost Bank, Wells Fargo and m Bank in HEB's lobbies
the following businesses will remain open during normal hours:
■ Handy Andy wffl be open today from 7 a.m. to 10 pm
■ H-E-B will be open from6 am. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
■ Walmart and CVS Pharmacy will be open aU day.
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Houston-area bank hostages released
By Ramit Plushnick-Masti
PEARLAND — A standoff at a suburban Houston bank where two masked gunmen took seven hostages and three other people hid in a closet ended peacefully Friday after a negotiation of more than four hours.
The last two hostages and
the second suspect inside the Chase Bank branch left the building about 4 p.m., Pearland Police Lt. Onesmio Lopez said.
Lopez called the removal of the last gunman, accomplished with the help of a diversionary device that simulated gunfire, a successful end to a long day for negotiators. “They talked him out," he said.
Also at the end, police brought out three bank employees who had been hiding in a closet. Lopez said police knew that the employees were hiding but never mentioned it publicly to ensure their safety.
Five hostages, including the bank manager, came out earlier, as did the first gunman.
The standoff began at 11:30 a.m. when the gunmen
entered the bank, injuring the manager when he refused to open the vault, Lopez said.
The manager was treated at a hospital as a result of the beating, Lopez said. Although shots were fired at the beginning of the standoff, no one was harmed by them, he said.
As the drama unfolded, dozens of police officers surrounded the bank, and nearby businesses were locked
Priscilla Medina, the manager of a fast-food restaurant, said police occupied her building after instructing her to stop serving customers.
"They told us to close it down, so we did," she said.
FBI agents from the nearby Texas City office also were on the scene, but they allowed Pearland police to take the lead.
Bill Hill Still Growing
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At 76, local musician says he’s not done learning
By Megan Holt
At 76, New Braunfels musician Bill Hill watched himself on screen and wondered, “Who is this old man? I thought this documentary was supposed to be about
D’Wayne Bolton and Randy Crews of New Braunfels-based Schmackdab Entertainment recently finished a 60-minute documentary on the guitar
player — a man who spent his career as a star in jazz circles.
The filmmakers are busy shopping the documentary, tided “The Bill Hili Story,” to TV stations across the nation. They’ve screened it for a select few, but won’t make it available to the public undl they’ve found a buyer, Bolton said.
“It’s strange seeing myself on the screen,” Hill said.
Bolton and Crews followed Hill with their cameras for about a year—
all day, every day.
“In the beginning, you’re on the spot,” Hill said. “And you don’t really know what to do. They keep the cameras around all day, but before long, you forget about the cameras.”
In the end, Bolton and Crews walked away with 16 hours of footage to edit.
“Sixteen hours of tapes doesn’t sound like a lot until you’re looking at
See HILL, Page 9A
Police look into theft of nursing home pills
By J. Louise Larson
New Braunfels police are on the trail of a suspected prescription thief at a local nursing facility.
Someone was nickel-and-diming medicines prescribed to residents at the facility in the 2000 block of Sundance Parkway, said Lt. Michael Pen-shorn of the New Braunfels Police Department.
“Approximately 61 prescription pills are unaccounted for — they suspect a possible staff member," said Penshorn.
The pilfered pills included various types of controlled substances, including hydrocodone, Vicodin and oxycodone.
I he thief apparently thought administrators wouldn’t notice a pill here and there, but they were wrong.
"(The facility) keeps records of specific medications subscribed to residents. They keep very detailed records, and in all of these different records there were pills that were unaccounted for,” Penshorn said.
"By taking just a few from each one, that might actually go unnoticed, but because of their very detailed records they keep, they w ere able to notice someone had been taking them," he said.
No one had been charged in reference to the theft as of Friday.
Salvation Army donations down 42 percent this year
DONATIONS TO SALVATION ARMY DROP 60 PERCENT N ATIONWIDE
(AP) — Ken Forsythe, a spokesman for the Salvation Army National Capital Area Command, says bell ringers took in $270,000 this season, compared to $667,000 last year. That's about a 60 percent drop.
A new policy at Giant Food stores that limited the amount of time bell ringers could be stationed outside might have been a factor in the decline.
Giant Food spokesman James Miller says the grocery chain made a decision this year to open the door to more nonprofits. He says Giant hopes to meet with the Salvation Army's local arm to discuss plans for next year.
The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command came up about $408,000 short of its $1.6 million goal.
By Megan Holt
Despite retailers seeing an increase in purchases this past holiday season, Comal County Salvation Army Services saw a dramatic decrease of funds.
From Nov. 26 to Dec. 23, passersby might have seen the familiar bell ringers outside of various stores manning the red kettles.
Each year, Salvation Army sets out kettles in order to collect spare change and bills from anyone willing to give.
This year, Salvation Army set out six kettles and collected about $47,784.
“Although this amount sounds very good,
Comal County Salvation Army Services saw a 42 percent decrease in funds raised in the holiday kettles this year. To donate, call (830) 608-9129.
and it is, the amount is way down compared to last year,” said Judy Baker, Comal County Salvation Army Services director.
Baker said funds raised in the kettles this year is down 42 percent since 2009.
In 2009, Salvation Army raised about $63,270, and in 2008 raised $65,009.
“I was anticipating more money, but I knew it would be down because of the amount of
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