New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 7, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
2 A O Herald-Zeitung Cl Sunday, January 7, 1996
Condiff a suspect in bank heists
From Staff reports
A former sports editor for the Herald-Zeitung who was arrested in connection with three casino robberies in Las Vegas, is also a suspect in two bank robberies in the Dallas area, a Dallas newspaper reported last week.
Michael David Condiff, 29, was arrested at a North Richland Hills Red Lobster restaurant. He’s been charged with seven counts of robbery and burglary in connection with the Las Vegas holdups.
Officials were also considering charging Condiff last week in connection with bank robberies in Hurst and Irving. He was being held in Hurst city jail last week.
Condiffs alleged string of robberies came to an end after a videotape of one of the Las Vegas holdups was shown on the television show “America’s Most Wanted.” Several viewers fingered Condiff for the crimes and called police in the Dallas area.
Condiff has told investigators he committed the robberies to feed his gambling addiction. He also said he gambled to help pay for his father’s medical expenses.
Condiff worked for the H*Z for several months in 1994. Before his stint in New Braunfels, he worked as a sports writer in the Dallas area, with his work often appearing in the Dallas Morning News.
Tannehill in Guadalupe Sheriffs race
Tom Tannehill, a 27-year law enforcement professional, has announced that he will seek the Republican Party nomination for Sheriff of Guadalupe County in the March primary.
Tannehill, 51, a resident of Seguin and Guadalupe County and a veteran of the San Antonio Police Department, brings 27 years of in-depth law enforcement experience to the race. His background includes command and administration of theft, auto theft, forgery and juvenile crime investigations, the city jail and detoxification center, the police academy, radio dispatch, uniform patrol and special weapons and tactics (SWAT). In addition, he is currently involved in Cellular on Patrol (COP), a citizen crime prevention program, and SAFFE (San Antonio Fear-Free Environment), a community policing project.
Tannehill holds a master’s and instructor’s certificate, the two highest professional citations awarded to a law enforcement officer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.
He is a graduate of Southwest Texas State University and the FBI National Academy, and is a court-certified expert in police procedure and cilice analysis.
“The sheriff s office is a business which provides a service—crime prevention and safety—and that’s what ifs all about,” says Tannehill. “We serve at the pleasure of our community and it is our job to assist in securing their safety and their property. It’s a relative straightforward mandate on the party of people. They simply want us to protect and keep them secure.
“I believe that the Guadalupe County Sheriffs Department must be a part of, and not apart from, the community it serves. It must work in partnership with other law enforcement agencies within and outside the county and with the county attorney’s office but, above all, it must work with the citizenry to reduce crime and the fear associated with it. To that end, the sheriffs
department must develop faster call response, better service, and law enforcement and crime prevention strategies that reflect the community’s needs.
“As sheriff, I will improve the professionalism of the department through increased formal and in-service training. The department has many excellent personnel but there is always a need for ongoing and additional training to keep up with the ever-chang
ing laws and procedures to better perform their duties. The 20 hours of training per year required by the state for peace officers is just not enough. “As sheriff, I will work tirelessly to reduce crime, gang violence, and the flow of illicit drugs into and through our county.
This, I believe, can be best accomplished through coordinated and cooperative efforts with other law enforcement agencies. I will develop programs to insure positive contact and improved communications with our community. I will work closely with our school districts and local police to create a working relationship that will help curtail juvenile crime and delinquency. And I will re-evaluate the department’s auxiliary force—the sheriff’s reserves—to find new ways to use their talents to enhance the department’s efficiency and effectiveness.”
As sheriff, I will work to increase deputy visibility and reduce the time it takes for officers to respond to citizen calls. And I will always be available to the citizens of Guadalupe County.
All of these efforts will lead to improved service for Guadalupe County. This I can guarantee.
“The sheriffs department cannot sit back on its heels and watch as the county’s population and accompanying crimes increase without taking positive steps to meet and satisfy our community’s ever-expanding needs. As sheriff, I promise to fulfill the citizens of Guadalupe County’s mandate. And, with their help, we will make positive changes in the direction of our county, and our sheriff s department.”
Editor’s note: Stories ab jut election filings on this page were submitted by the candidates. For the most comprehensive coverage of Comal and area elections, read the Herald-Zeitung.
Millican seeking county seat
Louis A. “Charlie” Millican has filed to run for election to Precinct I County Commissioner. He has lived in Comal County Precinct I for approximately IO years. He recently retired from the faculty of San Antonio College, where he taught economics. He presently serves as Precinct 6 chairperson. He is committed to represent the best interests of all the people in Precinct I and to make Comal County an even better place to live.
Louis A. "Challie" Millican
Faulkner enters Sheriffs race in Guadalupe County
Bremer seeks new term as Comal County Sheriff
Jack Bremer has filed for re-election to the office of Comal County Sheriff, a position he has held for the past seven years. Current affiliations with professional agencies include: assistant regional commissioner for five states, U.S. Customs Service; director, patrol division, U. S. Customs Service (1500 officers); project director, Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force; founding project director, Alamo Area Gang Task Force (pilot program for Texas); past president, Guadalupe Valley Peace Officers Association; president, cnminal justice advisory board. Alamo Area Council of Governments; instructor, U.S. Customs Service Academy; member, National Sheriff s Association; member, Texas Police Association; piember, Sheriff s Association of Texas; member, Texas state library board; member, Sheriffs Association of Texas legislative committee; member, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Examination and Standards advisory and training committee; member, Comal County bail bond board.
The Sheriff stated that many Comal County programs have been successful due to the sheriffs department’s keeping in touch with the citizens and business owners of the county. Included are: handgun safety classes for the
ladies of Comal County; implementation of a DARE curriculum second to none for the CISD; gang officers assigned to school campuses; the “Are You OK?” program; Operation Green Santa; revitalized Neighborhood Watch; an all-out sheriff s office effort with WORD, the river outfitters, the Corps of Engineers, chambers of commerce, Friends for Rivers and the residents to make the Guadalupe River a safer and cleaner place for families.
“These programs,” said Bremer, “have been enhanced by my long-term involvement with civic organizations such as being the former president of the MHMR board of directors, and a member of the Hospice board of directors, Rotary Club, VFW, Eagles, the three area chambers of commerce, and by being a charter member of the Comal County Republican Men’s Club and associate member of the New Braunfels, Canyon Lake and Garden Ridge Republican Women’s Clubs.
“My opponents have overlooked and
failed to recognize the importance of the Comal County Jail. This is an area of the Sheriff s responsibility that has the most potential for liability, which can cost the taxpayers of Comal County millions of dollars in today’s litigious society. Under this administration, our jail has earned recognition by a state official as being the ‘best jail of its size in Texas and maybe in the U.S.’ Because of the excellent reputation earned by the Comal County Jail, we have contracted with federal agencies to hold their prisoners; ao<^ in doing so, we have returned in excess Of $ 1,3(X),000 to the taxpayers of Comal County in 1993-94 alone.
“My continuing goals are to maintain the most professional sheriff s department possible, and to understand and prepare for the future. We will continue to do the basics well, and we will always be willing to go the extra mile.”
Sheriff Bremer, a Comal County resident since 1980, is married to Lau-nce Bremer. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Wentworth riding favorable ratings into election
State Senator Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, filed for re-election at state Republican headquarters Dec. 29, citing favorable ratings of his voting record by numerous conservative groups.
Wentworth, who is completing his second two-year term in the Texas Senate, is now running for a regular, 4-year term as provided for in the Texas Constitution.
“After the privilege of serving five years in the Texas House of Representatives,” Wentworth said, “it has been a genuine honor to continue my legislative service in the Texas Senate where I have conscientiously maintained my practice of voting on issues the same way I believe the majonty of the people I represent would have voted had they been sitting in my chair in committee or on the floor of the Texas Senate.”
Wentworth’s conservative voting record is reflected in the ratings published by several organizations on each member of the Texas Legislature.
• Texas Farm Bureau gave Sen. Wentworth an 88 percent rating for the 1995 session.
• The Texas State Rifle Association gave Wentworth the grade of “A” for his 1995 voting record.
* BACPAC, the political action committee for the Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce, voted to endorse Wentworth for reelection to the Texas Senate in 19% based on his “proven record of working with business.”
* Young Conservatives of Texas gave Wentworth an 87 percent rating for the 1995 legislative session.
Throughout the 1995 regular session, Sen. Wentworth maintained both a 99 percent attendance record and a 99 percent voting record, according to official records maintained by the Secretary of the Senate, who called Wentworth’s record “unique and significant.” Citing the passage of nearly 40 bills this year under his sponsorship, some with far-reaching, statewide impact and oth
ers which addressed more local concerns of his constituents, Wentworth pledged to continue his practice of emphasizing his role as a “servant and representative of the people,” rather than as an “elected official.” Wentworth gives substantial credit to the leadership of Governor George W. Bush, Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock and Speaker Pete Laney for the bipartisan approach to solving Texas problems with Texas solutions that resulted in the most productive session of the Legislature that almost anybody can remember.
“I want to continue working with our three state leaders, along with my
colleagues in both the Senate and House, to ensure a healthy business climate for Texas, including more jobs and economic development throughout the entire state,” Wentworth said.
“I was especially pleased with the progress we made on reforming the juvenile justice system,” Wentworth said, pointing to his work in the previous session on juvenile cnme which raised the salience of this vital issue. Wentworth currently serves as vice chairman of the Senate Committee on State Affairs and as a member of the committees on Intergovernmental Relations, Jurisprudence, and Nominations.
Wentworth, a third generation Texan,
is an attorney and real estate broker and is mama! to Karla, a self-employed interior designer, and they are the parents of two sons, Jason, 13, and Matthew, 7.
Harvey Faulkner, Constable of Precinct 4, announced his filing for the Republican Primary for the office of Sheriff of Guadalupe County. Constable Faulkner has been involved in law enforcement since 1983. He began his law enforcement career with the Marion Police Department, serving that department for two years. He then worked with the Bexar County Constable’s Office, Precinct 4, as a member of its special operations unit (SOU). This unit specialized in high-risk activities, to include drug interdiction and anti-gang activities. Mr. Faulkner was elected Constable, Guadalupe County Precinct 2. His term began Jar 1,1988 and he was re-elected for a second term as Constable, this time of Precinct 4 due to redistricting (during a 6-month interim period, he acted as Constable of both the old Precinct 2 and the new Precinct 4).
His professional accreditation includes: TCLEOSE-certitied peace officer, intermediate certificate; certified civil process (through advanced);* certified advanced search and seizure; certified cnminal investigations/cnme scene search; certified U.S. DOT drug interdiction assistance program Constable Faulkner has completed numerous other TCLEOSE recognized law enforcement courses from Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG), Southwest Texas State University, Bexar County Law Enforcement Academy and others. He has total law enforcement continuing education hours in excess of400 hours, in subjects ranging from family violence to DWI law enforcement.
Faulkner’s civic activities include: member and currently vice president, Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 38; member, Manon Volunteer Fire Department, 11-plus years; co-founder and active participant of the annual Guadalupe County Constables’ Christ
mas Toy Drive for underprivileged youth.
Notable law enforcement accomplishments are: established first Guadalupe County uniformed constables department; established first aggressive high-visibility constable patrol;
established first'county radar trafljpuaoi-, trol program in problem areas; established first county boat patrol; made manjuana drug seizure in excess of 270 pounds; provided the information, and assisted in the resulting raid, that allowed law enforcement agencies to close down a major methamphetamine (speed) lab operating in Guadalupe County.
Harvey Faulkner, dun rig his tenure as Constable, has created an atmosphere of professionalism, cooperation, and communication between his department and the vanous law enforcement agencies operating in and around Guadalupe County. He is highly regarded in the community and among his law enforcement peers.
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