New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 6, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Saturday, January 6, 2001County Local State
From the Dispatch
A man who returned to his Wisdom Court home early Monday surprised a pair of burglars.
A New Braunfels Police Department spokesman said the man returned home at 2 a.m. Monday.
As he went in, a pair of men who were carrying a television and other property were going out the back door.
They dropped what they were carrying and ran off, police reported.
The television was worth about $280. Damage to the doorframe the burglars pried open was placed at $100.
A Napoleon Street resident reported that someone took property worth $1,200 from his garage during the last half of December.
Police said the man reported two bikes, a chainsaw, weed trimmer and electric hand tools wefe taken between Dec. 15 and Dec.
The incident occurred in the 400 block of Napoleon Street, police reported.
A burglar pried open a door to steal $200 from a resident of the 700 block of South Interstate 35, police said.
The resident reported that someone broke in between midnight Sunday and 10 a.m. Monday.
In addition to the stolen cash, the doorframe suffered about $200 worth of damage Someone stole a bike out o ► Bike tfrert early Sunday, police reported.
Police said the bike was locked into the back of the truck, which was parked in the 1200 block of the Interstate 35 frontage road.
The thief took the lock off o the bike to take it sometime between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m., according to police. The bike is worth $110, police reports said.
COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ COURT —
special meeting, county/city officials luncheon, noon Monday, Lone Star Cafe, 1310 E. Common St.
NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL — interview applicants for Infrastructure/Improvement Corp. Board of Directors, 5:30 p.m. Monday, meeting room B, regular meeting, 6:30 p.m. Monday, council chambers. New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave.
COMAL COUNTY FLOOD DAM COMMITTEE — 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the former county tax office, 1st floor, Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave.
NEW BRAUNFELS IMPACT FEE ADVISORY COMMITTEE — discuss drainage impact fees, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, council chambers, 424 S. Casten Ave.
Robberies were level through November at 25 both years. Assaults were down, 841 in 1999 to 732 in 2000.
The dark spot in the statistics, Ferguson said was thefts, including shoplifting and retail thefts, which were up 14 percent in the first 11 months of 2000 from 1,442 to 1,645.
It’s the jump in the overall theft figure that is responsible for the statistical rise in major crimes in New Braunfels, Ferguson said.
But police have concentrated patrol and investigation efforts against burglaries, and those efforts are making a difference, Ferguson said.
“Overall categories of burglaries are down 6 percent for the year to date,” Ferguson said. “Residential burglaries are down about 20 percent. It’s very encouraging when you see that.”
The improvements in burglary statistics are not just a reflection of stepped up police effort, Ferguson said.
“We're talking about crime prevention, about your Neighborhood W atch programs having an impact in addition to good police work." he said.
Violent crime, murder, sexual assault, robbery and assault are all up nationwide. Ferguson said.
New Braunfels is bucking that trend with no murders in 2000 and its reduced crime rates in the other areas.
In coming months, the Safe City Commission w ill educate the community about theft issues and how to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of thefts and other types of crime.
Police and the Safe City Commission will step up crime prevention efforts, but Ferguson stressed that protecting one's self and one's own from crime begins at home with education and common sense.
“I think that you'll still find New Braunfels is better off when it comes to crime than are a lot of other communities,” Ferguson said. “W;e would challenge the residents of this city' to help keep it that way.”
security cameras at the San Marcos bank showed anything suspicious.
“We are trying not to panic the public but certainly to advise them of the potential danger,” he said.
More than 1,2(K) leads have been reported since the escape and each lead must be investigated Todd said.
Police said they had reason to believe two of the suspects were injured. Irving Police spokesman David Tull said tests of blood found in the car used in the gangs escape from the sporting goods store found blood from three sources, including the slain officer.
Meanwhile, San Marcos and Comal County law' enforcement
officials remain on alert.
The San Marcos Police Department has increased patrols on the streets.
Residents should contact a law enforcement agency if they suspect they have spotted any of the seven men.
Crime Stoppers also has a toll-free number to take information relating to the escapees. That number is (800) 324-8477.
New Braunfels Police Department and Comal County Sheriff’s Office spokesmen said residents should not approach these men, because they are armed and considered extremely dangerous.
Fordtex also has a Montana Mike’s in San Marcos that opened in July 1999. That restaurant earned a “best steak” award this past year over a couple of other well-known competitors in a contest conducted by the newspaper there, Ford said.
Fordtex, based in Taylor, also has a number of Sirloin Stockade restaurants and Sonics in Texas and Colorado.
Ford anticipates business will be good in New Braunfels.
“We’re on the main intersection going to Schlitterbahn,” he said pointing to several other restaurants that have opened in the area recently. “The area is developing.” Ford began in the restaurant business when he was in the fourth grade and worked as a “car hop” at an A&W Root Beer stand in Oklahoma. He spilled a drink in someone’s lap the first time he
She also is the school’s vocational co-op coordinator, which means she serves as the liaison between the school and the business community when it comes to giving students real-world experiences in the business world.
Kyle is affectionately called “Mom Kyle” around the state because of her 24 years as student council sponsor and leadership class teacher at Canyon High. She was named advisor of the year by the state student council association (Texas Association of Student Councils) in 1992.
She served on the association’s executive board and is presently on its consulting staff.
She belongs to the National Association of Workshop Directors and Consultants and has worked closely w ith Earl Reum of Colorado who is considered the “father” of student activities in the U.S.
During the summers of 1998 and 1999, Kyle was picked to serve on staff at a national leadership camp in Lake Tahoe,
Her involvement and support of Canyon High and its students doesn’t stop there. She is a member of CH S’s site-based management committee and is on the faculty council to the CHS National Honor Society.
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served someone, Ford said laughing.
Now, he is involved in restaurants in many different states.
“I’ve been looking at New' Braunfels for a long time,” he said and explained how he chose the new location.
While the restaurant is in an existing building, a great deal of work was required to prepare it for opening. Ford estimated that renovations cost about $400,000.
“We took it from the back door to the front door and redid it,” he said. “Basically, the only thing that hadn’t been done is the floors.”
Now, the walls are decorated with animal skins, trolling motors, fishing gear and paintings of outdoor scenes also adorn the walls.
This past week Ford and other staff at the restaurant, including Manager Mark Gonzales, interviewed applicants. They usually hire about 75 people, and they had
about 50 as of Wednesday, Ford said.
The new employees will be taken to San Marcos for training.
“Ifs been a pretty good response,” Ford said. “I’ve been pleasantly surprised. I was expecting it to be a real tough market.”
The importance of good service is emphasized to new employees, he said.
Good food and good service are what make a restaurant successful, Ford said.
“People go to a restaurant because they feel like they’re family — they’re welcome,” Ford said. “That’s something we work really hard on — service, service, service. ... It’s kind of a lost art.”
Montana Mike’s Steakhouse will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to IO p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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