New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 2, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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By J. Louise Larson
In outlying areas of Comal County, reported incidents of rape and burglary were up in 2010, while overall crime numbers stayed static, according to numbers provided by the Comal County Sheriff’s Office to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Uniform Crime Reporting
burglary up in Comal County
The statistics, including CCSO 2010 figures through Dec. 30, show there were 32 reports of actual forcible rape. That includes 27 attempts to rape by force and five attempts to commit rape.
Those numbers are markedly up from 18 reports of actual forcible rape in 2009 and 17 cases in 2008.
The crime of burglary showed
increases as well in 2010, with CCSO reporting 338 cases of burglary, including 218 incidents of forcible entry and 120 cases of unlawful entry/no force.
That 's compared to 291 total cases of actual burglary in 2009, with 148 cases of forcible entry and 135 cases of unlawful entry with no force, and 8 cases of attempted forcible entry.
Back in 2008, the CCSO reported
288 cases of burglary, with 145 cases of forcible entry and 135 cases of unlawful entry with no force, and 9 cases of attempted forcible entry.
Several residents in the Eden Ranch and Purgatory Road areas called the CCSO, concerned about reports from their neighbors about break-ins in an otherwise pastoral rural area.
See CRIME, Page 6
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-mmOATH OF OFFICECHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING
The City of New Braunfels provides natural Christmas tree recycling.
Natural Christmas trees devoid of all ornamentation and stand can be set out at the curb as part of green waste collection. Green waste is collected on the same day as recycling. Those residents without curb-side garbage services can bring natural trees to the City Recycle Center at 488 S.
Castell Ave. Trees will be accepted after Christmas until the end of the business day on Jan. 15.
Trees collected at the City Recycle Center will be chipped into free Christmas tree mulch. This mulch is available on a first-come, first-served basis from Jan. 8 until Jan. 15. The City will provide a shovel but residents must bring their own containers and load the mulch themselves.
The Comal County Recycling facility at 4755 Hwy 46 W will also accept unadorned natural Christmas trees at no charge between through Jan. 15. Reminder: The City Recycle Center and the Comal County Recycling Facility are closed on Sundays and Mondays.HAPPY HOLIDAYSCome See Our Saving» Before The Year End«!
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By J. Louise Larson
A New Year brings a new slate of elected officials to Comal County. The new County Judge, Pet. 2 County Commissioner and Criminal District Attorney were sworn in Saturday.
County Judge Sherman Krause
Formerly the county’s tax asses-sor-collector from 2001 to 2008, new County Judge Sherman Krause said he’s pleased to be serving county residents once again.
“The main thing I’m looking forward to is being part of the county and service the citizens of Comal County as I did in eight years of service with the Comal County tax office,” he said.
Krause said the county, with a population approaching 115,000, is about numbers.
“The growth Comal County is experiencing is the biggest issue we face... When it comes to transportation needs, we wouldn’t have the needs we’re facing if it wasn’t for growth,” he said, adding that the same goes for water supply issues. “Most of these things that we face fall under the heading of growth.”
Comal County residents have differing takes on that growth, Krause said.
JENNIFER THARP FIRST FEMALE DISTRICT ATTORNEY IN COMAL COUNTY
Jennifer Tharp is the first female Criminal District Attorney in Comal County history. According to Man 0' Law blog — a blog that shares and discusses the legal news of Comal County and surrounding areas — all of the contiguous counties along I-35 from San Antonio to Austin, now have female district attorneys: Susan Reed — Bexar County; Heather Miller — Guadalupe County; Jennifer Tharp — Comal County; Sherri Tibbe — Hays County; and Rosemary Lehmberg — Travis County.
“It depends on who you talk to. Some people think if you’re not growing, you’re moving backwards. Some people don’t like to see the growth we’re experiencing, because it brings a lot of change with it,” he said.
“Comal County is a great place to be and it’s going to continue to be a great place to be. The same thing that is attracting people today will continue to attract people for the foreseeable future,” he said.
“We have to come up with solutions (in the areas of) water, stormwater runoff, transportation — all those things that are exacerbated because of growth we’re experiencing,” Krause said.
Comal County is a well-oiled machine where people work together well, he said, adding that in his eight-year tenure as tax
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Comal County Judge Sherman Krause, right, smiles while tall« mg with his wife Melissa, left, and daughter Nicci inside Commissioners Court. Krause and 13 other elected officials took the oath of office Saturday morning. (Soo photos on pi
assessor-collector here, he saw enough in working with or visiting other counties to appreciate what Comal County has in terms of cooperation.
“We don’t always agree here, but elected officials and department heads all work together for Comal County, and they do understand that's their role. It really puzzles me how it can happen (in other counties) where they have so much in-fighting and strife
between elected officials and staff. I just don’t understand how they can get things done and serve the public while that’s going on,” Krause said.
He attributes the collaborative atmosphere to involved Comal County residents.
“We have a citizenry here in Comal County that gets involved and makes their needs and wants
See OATH, Page 7