New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Bremer announces re-election campaign
On Wednesday, Jan. IO, 1996, at the New Braunfels Civic Center, Sheriff Jack Bremer began his campaign for re-election as Sheriff of Comal County. Speaking to an enthusiastic group of supporters, Sheriff Bremer promised to continue to “do the basics well and to go the extra mile” for the citizens of Comal County. “We have an extraordinary department made of the people dedicated to being the best. Because we have raised the hiring standards and initiated better training, the citizens of Comal County have a department that is a role model for other agencies.”
As an example, Sheriff Bremer cited the improvement in jail operations under his administration. “In 1989, when I took office, this county was under a federal court order, with the federal courts running our jail. Because of the changes we have made, we have gone from being under a federal permanent injunction to our jail’s being recognized as the “best jail of its size in Texas and maybe in the U.S.” Over the past two years, the jail has returned over $ 1,300,000 in income to the taxpayers of Comal County through outside agency contracts.
The Sheriff declared, “The river is a much safer and cleaner place for fam-ilies.” The Water Enforcement Team—originated by the Sheriff after consultation with WORD, the Corps of Engineers, Texas Parks and Wildlife, the river outfitters, the residents and property owners along the Guadalupe River—put uniformed deputies in the water with the tourists and was instrumental in reducing reported crime
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along the Guadalupe River to less than a third of the previous years.
He pledged to continue his efforts against organized drug and criminal gang operations. The Sheriff, who serves as the project director for the state’s top-ranked multi-county, multi-jurisdictional Alamo Area Narcotics and Gang task forces, stated, “Our local efforts have enabled us to have a 27 percent reduction of all types of crime in the first eleven months of 1995. Burglaries are down nearly 40 percent. Robberies are 33 percent of last year. Sexual assaults and auto theft are both down one-third. These reductions are far greater than the statewide average of seven percent. “Through the use of energetic, well-trained and technologically skilled deputies, we will continue to make this county one of the safest in the state, in spite of our enormous growth. We have done well in the past, but I commit to you, we will be even better in the future.”Texas TodayWoman Injured When Package Explodes
ALVORD, Texas (AP) — An estranged boyfriend is suspected of sending a package bomb that burned a woman’s face, severely damaged her eardrums and sent her running from her trailer screaming: “It exploded!” Cheryl Taylor, 30, was taken to Parkland Hospital in Dallas Friday, where she was listed in critical condition. A Parkland spokeswoman said early Saturday that at the request of Taylor’s family, her updated condition was not being released.
“The sweater she was wearing was smoking — on fire,” neighbor Christi Hasty told KDFW-TV. “She was saying ‘It exploded! It exploded!’ She was sitting on the ground. Her eyebrows and her hair...were all singed.” The blast, which occurred at 11:30 a.m. and could be heard for several blocks, prompted the temporary evacuation of nearby schoolchildren and many residents for fear that other bombs had been sent.
Authorities were searching for the
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estranged boyfriend of Ms. Taylor, who suffered severe damage to both eardrums and bums on her face and hands when a package delivered to her home by United Parcel Service exploded.Local Cops to Assist Border Patrol
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Mexican diplomat expressed concern and surprise about a new federal illegal immigration crackdown that includes the paid help of border law enforcement agencies in Arizona and California.
Federal officials who announced the initiative Friday said they were bracing for an expected surge in illegal border crossings.
Mexico’s ongoing economic woes from the peso’s devaluation might well spur even more people to try to enter Arizona than anticipated because of the usual upswing seen after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, they said.
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County snares $17,500 for food and shelter program
The Comal County Commissioners Court has been awarded federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board program.
The local emergency food and shelter (LRO) committee has been chosen to receive $17,500 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in this area.
The selection was made by the national board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives of the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities. USA. National Council of Churches in the U.S., and the United Way of America, which will provide the adminis
trative staff and function as fiscal agent. The board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high need areas around the country.
A local board made up of representative agencies in Comal County will determine how the funds are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.
Under the terms of the grant local governmental nr private voluntary agencies chosen to receive these funds must: (I) be nonprofit, (2) have an accounting
system and conduct an annual audit, (3) practice nondiscrimination, (4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and (5) if they are private organizations, must have a voluntary board. Other qualifying organizations are urged to apply.
Comal County Commissioners Court has previously distributed emergency food and shelter funds in cooperation with local voluntary emergency service agencies. For further information on the program and anolication for grants, please contact Peter Olsen LRO chair, 172 W. Coll, New Braunfels, TX 78130
no later than Jan. 15, 1996.New Braunfels City Council Actions
The New Braunfels City Council met Monday, Jan. 8,1996, at 7:30 p.m. The following business was conducted:
■ Special use permit for a house 217 S. Academy to allow daily, weekly or monthly rental. Requesting the permit were owners David and Cindy Wallace, the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that the city council accept the special use permit.
Wallace said he would renovate the 100-year-old house in keeping with its age.
■ Texas Community Development Program (TCDP) contract close-out. Clarence Mabry of John Newcombe’s Tennis Ranch reviewed the wastewater collection projects funded by the program.
■ Several' citizens from the Alves Lane area protested a mobile home park being built on Alves Lane. They said they had not been notified that the trailer park was moving in.
Kennady said the trailer park was moving into a location already zoned
for trailer parks. Zoning ordinances don’t require notification if the new development doesn’t involve a zone change.
■ Arturo Cantu Jr. was unanimously appointed to the Community Development Advisory Committee for a term ending Dec. 13, 1998.
■ Arturo Cantu Jr. was unanimously appointed to the Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board for a term ending Dec. 13, 1998.
■ Susan Phillips was unanimously appointed to the Main Street Advisory Board for a term ending Dec. 31,1998.
■ W. R. Yeary Jr. and Walter G. Sears were unanimously appointed to the Golf Course Advisory Board from the Landa Legends Golf Association for terms ending June 3 27, 1998.
■ Ogden Coleman, Lucille Garcia and Madalin Pillot reapplied for the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners for terms ending Jan. 22, 1998. They were unanimously appointed.
■ Third and final reading of an ordinance amendment designating six sin-gle<nember voting districts. Unanimous approval.
■ Second reading of an ordinance
allowing McKenna Memonal Hospital to buy part of the right-of-way on Garza Street. Unanimous approval.
■ First reading of an ordinance granting a special use permit for the property at 217 S. Academy to allow daily, weekly or monthly rental of the house. Unanimous approval.
■ First reading of an ordinance amendment that would let the city council designate “historic districts”
so that the city would become a “certified local government” and would be eligible for grant money for historic restoration.
A motion was made to approve the ordinance with the following change — I OO percent of the residents would have to approve in order to designate a historic district.
The first reading passed with Kennady, Freeman. Schoch and Walker
voting in favor and Martinez, Bowers and Fraser opposing.
■ First reading of an ordinance amendment establishing regulations for planned development distncts.
The ordinance amendment would allow for gated subdivisions within the city. It would provide for road maintenance, trash pickup, police protection, etc. within privately owned subdivisions. Passed unanimously.
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