New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 7, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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City will house new narcotics task force
By Bryan Kirk
A $1.5-million grant approved by Gov. Rick Perry will go toward the creation of a regional narcotics task force to be based in New Braunfels.
The 11-county task force, which includes Bexar, Comal, Wilson and Guadalupe counties, will be made up of narcotics investigators from the Texas Department of Public Safety and other law enforcement entities within the jurisdictions covered by the grant.
The Regional Narcotics Task Force will be responsible for fighting the drug trade in Central Texas, but will augment — not replace — the Comal County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force operated by the Comal County Sheriff’s Office and the New Braunfels Police Department.
The task force will be housed at NBPD.
“Our guys are going to be working with them hand in hand,” said Comal County Sheriff’s detective Capt. Dennis Koepp, commander of the local narcotics task force. “This is regional, and it’s something above and beyond what we do.”
In Comal County, narcotics investigators have had a long relationship with the Department of Public Safety narcotics team in San Antonio, Koepp pointed out.
“We had that relationship prior to forming our own narcotics group,” Koepp said. “This is going to be a great thing. Having another state affiliation gives us more resources. We welcome this. When we have a situation where we need extra manpower, we have this group."
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Tracking the news
NAME RELEASED LAST WE HEARD: A 26-year-old San Antonio man drowned off Jacob's Creek Park Monday afternoon. He apparently stepped off an underwater ledge into deeper water. He was found 10 feet down about 75 yards from shore.
LATEST: The Comal County Sheriff's Office identified the victim Tuesday as Jesus Zavala.
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Deputy shoots suspect
Comal County Sheriff's Office detective Rex Campbell, right, removes a spent shell casing as detective Sgt.
Tommy Ward marks the spot with a nail at a boat storage facility where sheriff's deputy Brett Smith shot a suspect after he aimed a 12-guage shotgun at the officer Tuesday morning near Canyon Lake.
Sheriff: Officer did what he had to do Shooting
By Ron Maloney
When investigators took Deputy Brett Smith’s service weapon away from him Tuesday pending an investigation into the shooting of John Edward Morris, Chief Deputy Richard Bennie handed the officer his own weapon.
The gesture was symbolic.
Bennie, a retired Texas Ranger and the second man in Bob Holder’s Comal County Sheriff’s Office, supervises all officers who work there.
Holder said Bennie demonstrated his confidence in an officer who had just survived the most traumatic and dangerous moment in his career.
“It was appropriate,’’ Holder said. “I’d have done the same thing.”
Morris, 41, was the subject of a nationwide warning for an alleged attempted capital murder in Colorado.
“After talking to my investigators and looking at everything we have at this point, it appears Deputy Smith followed his training extremely well, and it saved his life,” Holder said. “This was clear-cut situation where the officer had no choice but to do what he did to save his own life and probably the lives of others down the road.” Holder said Smith was a well-regarded officer with a good service record.
“He has all the traits and attributes you want in an officer,” Holder said. “I le’s intelligent, kind and caring, but he’s going to stand up for what's right. He’s highly trained and uses his judgment and sensitivity in all his dealings with others. What more could you ask for? ”
Holder said Tuesday was Smith’s last of 14 straight work days. Smith was scheduled for four days off, beginning today.
“If he needs some additional time, it’s his call. After four or five days, he'll probably be ready to come back.”
A Comal County sheriffs deputy shoots a man at Tom Creek Storage after the suspect came toward him aiming a loaded shotgun at him. The suspect was wanted in Colorado in connection with an attempted killing.
Man aimed a shotgun at the officer
By Ron Maloney
CANYON LAKE — A Colorado man wanted on an attempted murder charge was clinging to life in a San Antonio hospital Tuesday after a sheriff s deputy shot him in the chest.
Comal County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Reynolds said Deputy Brett Smith shot John Edward Morris, 41, after he pulled, aimed and prepared to fire a 12-gauge shotgun at the officer.
Tuesday night, a University Hospital official said Morris was in critical condition.
Morris was wanted on a warrant for criminal attempt to commit capital murder in Garfield County, Colo. A nationwide bulletin listed him as “armed and dangerous.”
Smith, 43, a seven-year veteran law enforcement officer, was dispatched at 7:47 a.m. to Tom Creek Storage off Old Cranes Mill Road outside of Startzville for a "suspicious person’’ call, Reynolds said.
“As Deputy Smith approached, he saw a pickup truck parked in a suspicious location, and a male subject who began walking away,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds did not say what the man, whose truck was from out-of-state, was doing at the storage facility.
“That will be determined as part of our investigation," he said.
Smith confronted the man and asked him for identification, Reynolds said. The man appeared cooperative, and reached into the cab of the vehicle.
Instead of identification, he grabbed a .12-gauge, pump-action shotgun and began
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Drainage not doing its job
By Scott Mahon
Water was still standing Monday in the drainage easement behind Mark and Gerry Hall’s home off Walnut
They've asked the city for help, but the nils and other residents along Gardenia Drive seemed caught in a dilemma with no immediate solution.
The drainage easement that runs through the neighborhood winds its way from Walnut Avenue, then under Gardenia Drive toward 1-35, where it runs into the tributary. It s one of a handful of drainage easements in New Braunfels.
City Engineer Mike Short said the Halls’ neighborhood was built 20 years ago, and the original developer built the drainage easement. But because the drainage easement wasn’t city property, the city couldn’t maintain it, Short said.
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Mark Hall looks out over the algae-clogged drainage easement that runs behind his home off of Walnut Avenue Tuesday afternoon.
System to end blackouts in Garden Ridge
By Brandi Grissom
GARDEN RIDGE—Work that began here last month on electric distribution system upgrades is on track for completion in September, said Nancy Cain, city administrator.
Tonight, Cain will update coun-cilmembers on progress of a project aimed to reduce blackouts in the city.
The city has experienced at least IO blackouts this year, including a seven-hour power loss June 27 due to storms, said David Detelich, supervisor of substation and distribution planning at Qty Public Services, the city’s electricity provider. A new conductor will be installed.
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AT A GLANCE
B Who: Garden Ridge City Council meeting
m When: 7 p m.
■ Where: Municipal
Courtroom, 9357 Schoenthal Road
■ Whet: Council will also discuss the following
— Proposed ordinance concerning outdoor burning within the City of Garden Ridge,
— Request to Texas Department of Transportation to reduce the speed limit on FM 2252 m the city,
— Results of the Garden Home Zoning District Opinion Poll and council's decision; and
— Bexar Metro 9-1-1 Network District proposed 2005 budget