New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 7, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 4A— HERALD-ZEITUNG — Saturday, July 7, 2001
CANYON LAKE — Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Canyon Lake Marina Friday afternoon to investigate a report of a bone found underwater.
Sheriff’s Capt. Ed Whitson said the bone, reported just before 3 p.m., was not from human remains.
New Braunfels police are investigating a burglary earlier this week in which golf clubs and other property were reported taken.
The incident occurred in the 800 block of Torrey Street between Tuesday and Thursday, police said.
Value of the property missing from an outbuilding there was placed at about $775.
In another incident, burglars broke a convenience store window to steal $400 worth of cigarettes.
That burglary occurred in the 2700 block oflH 35 South between IO p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday.
Between IO p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. Tuesday, someone took $150 worth of hand tools from a building located in the 400 block of South Seguin Avenue.
There was no sign of forced entry in that burglary, police reported.
NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL — regular meeting, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Municipal Building council chambers.
LANDA PARK GOLF COURSE ADVISORY BOARD — regular meeting, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Landa Park Golf Course Club Shop.
NEW BRAUNFELS MAIN STREET ADVISORY BOARD — regular meeting, 8:10 a.m., Wednesday, New Braunfels Municipal Building.
NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL — public hearing on annexation, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Municipal Building council chambers.
COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ COURT — regular meeting, 8:15 a.m. Thursday, Commissioners’ Courtroom, third floor, Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave.
NEW BRAUNFELS SIDEWALK ORDINANCE COMMITTEE — regular meeting, 7:30 a.m., Friday, New Braunfels Municipal Building, conference room A.
COMAL COUNTY REDISTRICTING COMMITTEE — 6 p.m. July 18, commissioners’ courtroom, 3rd floor, Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave.
Lake Dunlap to be lowered
SEGUIN — Beginning the evening of July 15 through July 20, the level of Lake Dunlap will be dropped 18 inches so work crews can inspect and repair the spillgate.
Allen Ognoskie, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority hydroelectric system manager, said the lake would be lowered about a foot on July 25 through July 26. It should be returned to normal level late on the evening of July 26.
Ognoskie warned anyone using Lake Dunlap during this time to be careful because lower lake levels expose debris and other potential hazards that are normally underwater.
The scheduled operations may be canceled or adjusted in the event of adverse weather conditions.
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City crime rate drops in May
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
The month of May was a good one in New Braunfels for law enforcement with an ll percent drop in the city’s overall crime rate — and a 42 percent dive in vehicle burglaries compared to May 2000.
But the official who advises the Safe City Commission warns residents not to let their guard down.
Assistant to the City Manager Don Ferguson called May “outstanding” in terms of the city’s crime statistics.
“We saw an ll percent drop in our index crime rate compared to May 2000,” Ferguson said. “Most noteworthy was a 42 percent decline in motor vehicle burglaries. This marks the second month in a row we’ve seen a substantial decrease in this crime category.”
Overall, Ferguson said, burglary was down 7 percent, driven by the drop in vehicle burglaries. Nonetheless, there was a surge in burglaries of residences and other buildings.
“Quite frankly, it’s a trend that is somewhat seasonal,” Ferguson said. “We saw a 15 percent decrease in
Crime Statistics -
• 3 sexual assaults
• 1 sexual assault
• 2 robberies
• 4 robberies
• 66 assaults
• 64 assaults
• 50 vehicle burglaries
• 29 vehicle burglaries
• 18 residence/building burglar
• 34 residence/building burglar
• 173 thefts/shopliftings
• 147 thefts/shopliftings
• 17 auto thefts
• 13 auto thefts
• 329 total crimes
• 292 total crimes
theft and a continued decline in auto theft. All in all, the numbers are very encouraging.”
When compiling crime statistics with numbers as low as the city’s, Ferguson noted any type of increase is going to look substantial.
Crime statistics for burglary and theft can be greatly affected by who happens to be in jail at any given time — and who has been released, Ferguson said.
Detectives said certain drug offenders financed their habits through burglary and theft and con
tinued to do so even when they were incarcerated.
So, when there’s a spike in, say, vehicle burglaries — particularly if several are committed the same way — one of the first things investigators said they thought about was who recently had been put back on the street.
But more important than who is or is not in jail, Ferguson said, is the stand New Braunfels residents are taking against crime.
“They’re recognizing the problems that exist and are attempting to do
something about them,” Ferguson said.
To make the number of burglaries drop more, officials urged residents to report suspicious activity to police, to join organizations such as Neighborhood Watch and to take part in events such as August’s National Night Out Against Crime.
“In terms of crime, we are now in the busiest time of the year. It’s vitally important for residents to make sure their vehicles are locked, valuables are not in open display, and vehicles are parked in open, well-lighted areas.”
Ferguson said residents who go on vacation should ask their neighbors to keep tabs on the homes,
“We would ask residents going on vacation to stop mail and newspaper delivery or have them picked up,” Ferguson said. “They also need to make sure that their homes have the appearance of being occupied. That can be done utilizing timers for lights and radios.
“Make sure doors and windows are locked and again, let your neighbors know to keep an eye out for anything unusual.”
CISD names its teachers of the year
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
The Comal Independent School District named Tammy Griffiths and Melissa Parma as its teachers of the year for 2001.
Griffiths, the Elementary Teacher of the Year, has been teaching fourth grade for four years at Bulverde Elementary. Parma, the Secondary Teacher of the Year, has been a teacher for 17 years and has been teaching science and math at Smithson Valley High School since 1997.
Griffiths earned her bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies in 1997 from Southwest Texas State University. She’s a member of her school’s site-based management team and the district’s Council for Program Excellence committee.
In the community, Griffiths is a Special Olympics volunteer and
assists with the AWARE program.
Parma earned her bachelor’s in biology from Rice University and her master’s in education from California State University at Los Angeles.
She taught in San Antonio, Houston and Pasadena, Calif., before joining Smithson Valley
High. Parma is actively involved in the Alamo Area Association of Physics Teachers and its parent organization, the American Association of Physics Teachers. She has received numerous teaching awards, mentored many teachers and provided invaluable staff development in the areas of math and science.
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Perry: Special session won’t get redistricting done
AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry told legislative leaders he isn’t calling a special legislative session for congressional redistricting because it likely wouldn’t produce results.
Perry conveyed that message to House Speaker Pete Laney and acting Lt. Gov. Bill Ratliff in a letter sent Tuesday.
The governor said that after visiting with the two leaders and after reviewing the efforts of their redistricting committees “it is now clear to me that the Texas Legislature is not currently able to reach a consensus on a new congressional plan.”
Consequently, it would not be in the state’s best interest to spend money holding a special session at this time, he said.
Redistricting is the once-a-decade redrawing of political boundaries based on new
U.S. Census figures.
The Legislature failed to finalize any redistricting plans during its regular session that ended May 28.
Perry asked legislators to continue working on a congressional plan in hopes that one could be passed in a special session. Now it is likely the congressional map will be drawn in a court case.
Ratliff wasn’t surprised by the governor’s announcement.
“For some time I have expressed the thought that it was going to be difficult for the Legislature to pass a congressional redistricting plan,” said Ratliff, a Republican from Mount Pleasant.
Laney, D-Hale Center, said it is Perry’s prerogative as governor not to call a special session.
Though the House panel OK’d the congressional plan late in the session, the plan never moved any farther.
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