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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 20, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Ap Newspaper of the Year Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. SOCCER Smithson Valley teams can't score enough in District 26-5A-opening losses to MacArthur. Page 8A ETHICS REFORM Legislation to reform ethics and lobbying rules in government is long overdue. Page 4A Vol. 147, No. 60 18 pages, 2 sections CLICK ! 50$ www:' | a1 80% chance of rain High Low 47 40 Details ____ 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS 3B ...............................................OTKra�OTmK8BB�^ fOKHB JSMMMlf' Ex-officer pleads guilty to child porn charges By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer A former New Braunfels police officer pleaded guilty to eight counts of possession of child pornography Friday in a Guadalupe County court. Justin Broussard, 44, was sentenced to six years in prison by District 25 Judge Dwight Peschel. The judge ruled that Broussard, a former DARE officer, will serve eight six-year sentences concurrently. He also is required to register as a sex offender and surrender his peace Broussard to serve eight six-year sentences officer certification. New Braunfels police Capt. John Villarreal said Broussard was fired from the force three days after his Aug. 5 arrest. "1 think (Chief Russell Johnson) made the correct Justin Broussard call," Villarreal said Friday. There were no significant complaints made against Broussard during his 11 -year career with the force, Villarreal said. Broussard served as a DARE officer for New Braunfels Independent School District campuses before the New Braunfels Police discontinued the program in 2003. Villarreal said the New Braunfels police officers feel Broussard's case was handled fairly and judiciously. "His actions are in no way reflective on the image of the men and women of the New Braunfels Police Department," he said. Broussard was arrested on Aug. 5 by investigators from the Texas Attorney General's Office. On Nov. 1, he was indicted by a Guadalupe County grand jury on eight charges of pos- session of child pornography, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Guadalupe County District Attorney Vicki Pattillo said the case was an example of a successful collaboration between several agencies. "I felt the Attorney General's office, my office and the law enforcement officers cooperated very well together," she said. "We're just very pleased with die outcome of the case." See OFFICER, Page 10A Wait your turn DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Traffic backs up around the corner from County Line Road to South Walnut Avenue as parents wait to pick up their children from Memorial Primary School on Friday afternoon. Parents learn patience when trying to get kids to, from class By D. Ashley Verrill StaffWriter It is 3 p.m. on South Walnut Avenue and all seems quiet. Parents are beginning to line the driveways in front of the New Braunfels Memorial primary, elementary and middle schools. Those with prime spots near the entrance to each school arrived 30 minutes before to try to escape the impending chaos that will ensue once the students start to look for their parents. The AWARD WINNERS The following individuals were honored at Friday night's Greater 1 New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce banquet: IB Hall of Honor: Paula Difonzo Ray Martinez Doug Miller___________ H Blue Coat of the Year: Helgard Suhr-Hollis � Chair of the Board: . Joan P. Helmke Marty Lindley Betty. Malins Karen S. McDonell Peter C. Olsen final school bells ring, and the race down Walnut Avenue begins. The clear street is now bumper-to-bumper. "I would say when you have three schools as close together as ours are, traffic issues are inevitable," said Memorial Primary School Principal Dan Bolen. "Our main concern is getting the kids home safely, and in a timely a fashion as possible." Primary school administra-tors created a staggering release system to deal with the issue, but parents still start "Traffic really only lasts for about 15 minutes in front of the school, but Walnut is another story." - Dan Bolen Memorial Primary School principal lining up in front of the school as early as 2:30 p.m. By 3 p.m. the line stacks up all the way from the entrance on County Line Road to its intersection with Walnut Road almost 400 meters down. "The traffic really only lasts for about 15 minutes in front of the school, but Walnut is another story," Bolen said. Less than two years ago, the city mounted a stop sign at the two-road intersection that Bolen said helped tremendously. But beyond that, many are unsure of what else could be done. "Traffic around the Memorials is without a doubt the worst," said interim See PATIENCE, Page 10A City growth equals chamber success � Building for the future main focus of annual banquet By Gerard MacCrossan Managing Editor Building for New Braunfels' future was the resounding message during Friday's 88th annual Chamber Meeting and Banquet. Guest speaker Rick Rigsby, founder of Rigsby Ministries, urged New Braunfels chamber members to remember the wisdom of previous generations and strive for excellence while living with integrity. "It doesn't really matter what your business is," he said. "It's important to the future success of the city that the chamber prosper. "You get it by every single day, rolling up your sleeves and saying, T want to make an impact,'" Rigsby said. Honored for service Outgoing Chamber president William Kotylo lead the recognition of chamber members who have played prominent roles in the community this past year and before. The highest honor - the Besserung Award, which Kotylo explained is given to some -one who works for community betterment - was presented to Monroe Miller. A See CHAMBER, Page 3A Tuber count not known, city says � Officials have no system set in place to identify number of people on rivers By Mauri Elbel StaffWriter The city of New Braunfels does not have an accurate system in place to count individuals tubing on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers on a regular basis during the summer. "Not every individual floating on the Guadalupe or Comal is accounted for, and frankly I don't know of a practical way to account for everyone that is on the river," city manager Michael Morrison said Friday. Stacey Laird, city of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department director, said the city is trying to determine less time-consuming and more accurate ways to count people on the river. "As staff, it is very difficult and very time-consuming to count every single body on the river, and right now the staff that we have are already See TUBERS, Page 10A Health clinic group gathers momentum By D. Ashley Verrill StaffWriter Lower-income New Braunfels residents could visit a doctor for as little as $20 by June if plans for the New Braunfels Good Samaritan clinic move forward as scheduled. Proponents of the New Braunfels clinic have invited John Willhome, executive director of Fredericksberg Good Samaritan Center, to speak this morning at an organizational meeting, which is open to the public. The New Braunfels Good Samaritan clinic is not affili- ated with the Fredericksberg center, but organizers here say they plan to follow the charitable clinic's operations model. The Fredericksberg clinic opened in April 2004 and operates with more than 50 rotating volunteers and a few paid doctors, nurses, dentists and dental assistants. The New Braunfels version would be a little different in that operations would be entirely volunteer-run, said Dr. Carlos Campos, executive director for The Institute for Public Health and See CLINIC, Page 10A DAVID INGHAM/Herald-Zeitung Monroe Miller, left, accepts the Besserung Award from The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Immediate Past Chair Bill Kotylo on Friday night. The Sonier Group ,.,...**. % i J' ^''EFWrD.^ 0856825000011 ;