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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas ►ATTORNEY GENERAL Local ATV dealer assets still frozen Olson Powersports owner maintains innocence By Greg Bowen The Herald Zeitung I he assets of Olson Power-sports, a New Braunfels ATV dealership accused of deceptive trade practices, remain frozen pending a trial set for April 25. But owner Brandon Olson, who was at his desk in his store at 664 S. Seguin Ave. on Monday, denied using deceptive trade practices. “None of that happened,” Olson said. The state's attorney general ’s office has alleged that Olson Powersports did such things as fail to deliver vehicles to its customers - even after customers paid full price online and in advance for their purchases. Olson Powersports, owned by Olson and wife Debbie, is also known as the Family Exchange, Big Time Powersports, Big Time ATV and Star Power, the AG said. The AG’s office said 87 con-sumer complaints were received and that 57 customers never received the vehicles they purchased. At the AG’s request, District ludge Dib Waldrip of New Braunfels, in early December, issued a temporary restraining order freezing the ATV company’s assets. The state has since obtained a temporary injunction, agreed to and signed by the Olsons, keeping the firms assets frozen pending a trial for a permanent injunction set by judge Waldrip for April 25. Olson said he and his wife have agreed to stop selling ATVs “until all this is settled.” He said the AG has agreed to allow the Olsons to continue operating the Family Exchange store, which offers such things as resale items and furniture. Several ATVs were on display in the store on Monday. Olson explained, “These all have sold and we’re just wait- See ATV, Page 10 By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung An early morning trip to the store turned dangerous for a New Braunfels woman who was held at knifepoint during a carjacking. The New Braunfels Police Department received the call around 3:15 a.m. Sunday, said Lt. Michael Pen-shorn of the NBPD. “A female’s vehicle was stolen at knife and gun point. She saw two young Hispanic males that approached her vehicle and requested a ride. “The one behind her indicated he had a gun to her head and told her to continue driving. ... T hey were holding something to her throat, and she thinks it was a knife.... When they had her stopped (in the 700 block of Barwood), they demanded her money. "She didn't have any money, and she fled the vehicle. “They fled in her vehicle, a 2011 Ford Escape.... We did recover the vehicle in the 800 block of Denver (Drive) at 12:26 p.m.,” Penshorn said. The incident remains under investigation, Pen-shorn said. Red turf ready for play at Canyon Pin«»!«»-    i,    LAURA    McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitunq Stadium    strategically    placed    to    hold    down    sections    of    the    newly    Installed    red    field    at    Cougar SEEING By Marilyn Kuehler The Herald-Zeitung Red — the color of love, excitement, intensity — is also the newest color in Comal County football fields as Canyon High School lays down red artificial turf in time for winter scrimmage. “We’re laying the rug,” said Jim Rodrigue, athletic director for Comal Independent School District. The new, improved rubber-fiber turf, he said, is “as forgiving as grass.” Only it’s red. “Red is the power of the Cougar program,” said Rodrigue, pointing out that the school's colors are red and white. Canyon High students and the football team “always take THE TEST SUBJECT In 2009, Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash., installed red turf on its football field. More on Page 10. pride in red.” So why not red turf? The new red Field, trimmed in black, will be ready next week for soccer scrimmage games, said Rodrigue, and the team “is as excited as they can be.” The red turf also will be ready for the CISD-sponsored Comal Cup Tournament Jan. 13-15, which hosts soccer teams from all over the state, said Rodrigue. The original field at Cougar Stadium was grass, but for the past nine years, the team has been See TURF, Page 10 j ►FIRE REPORTS Fireworks source of weekend grass fires By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung Grass fires linked to New Year’s Eve revels kept New Braunfels fire crews busy. Charges are pending after a citation was issued in the case of fireworks leading to fire around midnight at the turn of the new year in the 2300 block of Ridge Rock, said New Braunfels Fire Marshal Patrick O’Connell. “The Ridge Rock fireworks started a grass fire, which scorched a fence,” O’Connell said. After making contact with the property owner, O’Connell said the case will be turned over to the Guadalupe County District Attorney’s office. That individual was issued a citation and so faces municipal charges for possession of fireworks, he said. A fire in the 2800 block of Highway 46 West around 11 p.m. New Year’s Eve originated with fireworks shot off outside city limits, but the sparks flew onto property within the city limits, making it an NBFD problem, O’Connell said. A slow-moving grass fire in the 400 block of Laurel lane around 3 a.m. New Year's Day is suspected to be linked to illegal fireworks. “People in the area reported seeing a male subject running See FIREWORKS, Page 2 O'Connell ■ 5K RUN, 6    I    B going GREEN, 22/5 runners races into the New ' New recycling center opens today Year during the YMCA5K Fun Run j in Seguin on Fred Byrd Lane TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2011    Texasi4p    Newspaper    of    the    Year Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Texas y|p Newspaper of the YearZeitung 500 Woman escapes carjacking unharmed Vol. 158, No. 46 10 pages, 1 section Inside CLASSIFIEDS    8 COMICS    7 CROSSWORD    7 FORUM    4 OBITUARIES 3 Showers PLANNER    8    Hi9h    Low SPORTS    •    63    48 TV GRID    8    Details    5 CLICK 8"”56825"0ÖÖ0T 50 cents Fire marshal concerned about increase in false alarms D.. I ■___:__■______ By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung Almost one in three calls responded to by the New Braunfels Fire Department in 2010 turned out to be a false call or a false alarm. There were 603 false alarms or false calls in 2010 up through Dec. 30, compared to 455 false alarm/calls in 2009 and 515 in 2008. That's a lot of not-really-an-emer-gency cases. And New Braunfels Fire Marshal Patrick O’Connell is concerned. “Every false alarm represents a fire department response that was n’t necessary. It costs the taxpayers an incredible amount of money,” O'Connell said. “The most common cause of injury to a firefighter is responding to or returning from a call,” he said. “Our guys responding with fights and sirens on. That’s risky,” he said, noting that a fire truck responding to a false alarm is also less available for other alarms. “In 2011, those with automated alarms can help keep false alarm calls to a minimum by making sure alarms are clean, serviced and in good working order. A dusty, dirty alarm is more likely to go off when Plgd£ê Uêlp suppOtrf,    cûwmuvüty    dWdrgKg&s ■ Donate to NIE Por MOré ifA-ÇOrm&biO* Cùnttei,    PôW1er 0 (g%o) GtÆ-?i4-4- there’s not really an emergency,” O’Connell said. Number of fires down In 2010 (figures up to Dec. 30), the overall number of fires — including building, cooking, trash, car and grass fires — was down to 218, from 277 in 2009 and a high of 345 in 2008. Other emergency call statistics include 9 calls for overpressure rupture / explosion / overheat (no fire); 623 rescue and emergency medical calls; 130 calls for hazardous conditions, 278 service calls; 278 “good intent” calls (think rescuing ERALD E1T1ING ¡P COMMUNIf'.YnONN i a cat or checking on the smell of smoke or a neighbor who hasn’t been seen lately); 603 false alarms and false calls. rhere were 5,534 EMS encounter calls and 3,958 EMS transports in New Braunfels in 2010. Property losses down The total for property value involved in New Braunfels fire calls this year was $12.2 million. That’s down from $15.5 million in 2009, but up from the light year of 2008, with $5.1 million at risk. See ALARMS, Page 2 ;