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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 20, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Friday, July 20, 2001 Dispatch — ►Burglary indictment A 20-year-old New Braunfels man was indicted by a Comal County grand jury Wednesday on eight counts of burglarizing a habitation. Jose Ricardo Gomez, 20, was indicted for a series of Watson Lane/FM 306 area burglaries dating back to 1999. Sheriff’s detective Ronnie Womack investigated the case. Burglary of a habitation is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000. ►Probation set A New Braunfels man was sentenced to IO years in prison Wednesday in a case in which he was allegedly involved with the handling of a large amount of marijuana. All but 140 days of the sentence — which Eduardo E. Munoz, 21, began serving in Comal County Jail Wednesday — was probated. Assistant District Attorney Ed Jendrzey said Munoz had a “minor role” in a drug investigation into the alleged possession of more than 50 lbs. of marijuana. ►Unauthorized bum CANYON LAKE — Firefighters called to a reported brush fire Thursday afternoon arrived to find a resident burning logs. The incident occurred at around 3 p.m. near the intersection of Skyline Drive and Farm-to-Market Road 2673. Canyon Lake Fire/EMS Chief Shawn Wherry said firefighters extinguished the burn. Wherry wants to remind Canyon Lake area residents that county commissioners have imposed a burn ban because of hot, dry conditions. Violation of the burn ban is a class C misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine. ►Fuel spil New Braunfels firefighters were called to the Solms truck stop, 3400 block of Interstate 35 South, for a reported fuel spill just before 7 p.m. Thursday. They arrived to find approximately five gallons of fuel had been spilled. It was absorbed and swept up. ►Microwave fire CANYON LAKE — Firefighters dispatched to a reported kitchen fire arrived to find that a microwave oven had malfunctioned. There was no other damage. A Canyon Lake Fire/EMS spokesman said the incident occurred at a residence on the south side of the lake, but the report hadn’t been filed. Meetings — NEW BRAUNFELS INFRASTRUCTURE/IMPRO VEMENT CORPORATION BOARD — regular meeting has been cancelled. The next meeting will be held on August 15, 2001 at 7 p.m. NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL — special annexation public hearing for residents in Area 11, including Preiss Heights subdivision, 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, New Life Fellowship Church, 1600 River Road. NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL — special annexation public hearing for residents in Area 1, including Mission Valley Estates subdivision, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 24,131 Mittmann Circle. From Staff Reports Anyone interested in learning more about the Children’s Health Insurance Program can attend a two-hour training session Thursday, July 26. The program will teach people about CHIP and how to fill out forms, how to receive free materials about the state program and how to gain information on how it works, Community Outreach Coordinator Ramon Chapa Jr. said. Chapa is the coordinator in Bexar and Comal counties, as well as seven other counties in the region. He said the program in Comal was successful and received an award for the number of children enrolled. “We’ve enrolled 2,031 children so far in CHIP,” he said. “But there are still thousands of children out there we haven’t been able to reach. We need help from the community.” CHIP is the state’s insurance program for underprivileged children. Set up by the legislature because 1.2 mil lion Texas children didn’t have health insurance, the program is jointly funded by the state and by the federal government, Chapa said. Parents pay no more than $18 a month for the program and pay a $10 co-payment. Prescription medicines are $10 as well, he said. Participation is based on income, Chapa said. For information, or to reserve space for the workshop, call Chapa at 210-354-CHIP. Reservation deadline for the workshop is Monday, July 23. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The 50-year-old San Antonio man investigators believe set a fire that destroyed several antique autos and other irreplaceable family heirlooms last year has been indicted by a Comal County grand jury. Milton M. Milburn, who is being held in Comal County Jail on $50,000 bail, was indicted Wednesday for arson and theft in connection with the Dec. 18, 2000 fire that destroyed a building owned by Carl Doeppenschmidt. Arson and theft are both second-degree felonies punishable by 2-20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The destroyed building, located on Texas 46 near Smithson Valley, was used for storage and as a workshop. Inside were valuable vehicles that included a 1955 Ford Thunderbird in original condition, a restored 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air, a 1937 ChrisCraft powerboat and a 1954 Cadillac ambulance. The ambulance, which was in the middle of a “frame-off’ By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The 37-year-old San Antonio man convicted in May in connection with a 1999 convenience store robbery has been sentenced to 50 years in state prison. Judge Jack Robison of the 207th Judicial District Court sentenced Terry A. Herron to 50 years in prison and a $10,000 fine Monday. Herron will first be eligible for parole in 2026. Herron, found guilty of aggravated robbery, is the second man convicted in connection with the robbery of the Quix convenience store located on northbound Interstate 35 at FM 1103 south of New Braunfels. restoration, was by itself valued at $100,000. But it also had priceless sentimental value for the Doeppenschmidt family: it was owned by Carl Doeppen-schmidt’s father and used in the family business in New Braunfels for many years. In all, the fire caused an estimated half million dollars in damage, making it the most costly intentionally set fire in Comal County history. Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford, Assistant State Fire Marshal Tommy Huber-tus and other investigators worked months to compile the evidence to connect Milburn to the fire. The investigation began with a hat allegedly dropped at the crime scene by Milburn, who had worked at the building for a contractor the week before the fire. Manford used the hat to track Milford through his employer. Further investigation revealed that the man had allegedly pawned property owned by Doeppenschmidt in a San Antonio pawnshop. Getaway driver Johnny Johnson drew 35 years on the same charge earlier this year. A third alleged accomplice has not been charged in the case. Herron has been held in the Comal County Jail on aggravated robbery charges since his arrest on Nov. 29, 1999. Schertz police allege Herron was one of three men who robbed the Quix convenience store at 1-35 and Farm-to-Market Road 1103 just before ll p.m. on Nov. 28, 1999. A handgun was used in the robbery, and a store clerk was struck to the floor by the man who escaped with the receipts from two store cash registers. Investigators said at trial that Herron was that man. Click on us — Need a car? (877) 2 BuyltNow (877) 228-9486 Don 't let bad credit get the best of you BuyltNow! cRfiger ^ San "MarcosLocal/State Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 625-9144 ext. 200. Keeping city wired K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Jason Scharnhorst, the first information technology specialist hired by the city, spends his days traveling from the municipal building to the golf course and his favorite place, the library, overseeing the computer systems of all the city departments. Specialist oversees city computer systems By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer Jason Scharnhorst is making sure the city of New Braunfels is wired for the future. Scharnhorst is the first information technology specialist hired by the city, Chief Finance Officer Chet Lewis said. “He doesn’t just work at city hall,” Lewis said. “He’s responsible for computer systems at the police and fird departments. He’ll also go to the library and parks system — anywhere there are city employees.” Lewis said the city needed an information technology expert to keep up with quickly changing technology. “We recognized the need to have someone on staff who can service and maintain the computers,” he said. “He’s also going to be responsible for training employees and buying new software.” Scharnhorst oversees computer work and training for 336 full-time employees. “In contrast, the county has seven employees, an entire department,” Lewis said. “It was definitely time for the city to gain someone who is experienced with computers.” Scharnhorst, a graduate of New Braunfels High School, has years of computer experience, including classes at San Antonio College. “I’ve lived here most of my life,” he said. “Its nice to have the opportunity to find a job and stay here. New Braunfels is a beautiful city, and everybody here is great. They’re really friendly.” Part of Scharnhorst’s computer experience includes time on the board of directors of a “dot com” corporation in Austin. When the technology market faded, the company failed, he said. Scharnhorst upgrades the city’s Internet connection and researches software needs for each department. “We’ve scheduled some training, and I’ve done some maintenance as well,” he said. “I’m responsible for maintaining computers and file servers, networking and handling internet access. I’m also trying to organize the software and training.” Deadline nearing for CHIP workshop Man indicted for arson, theft Robbery suspect sentenced to 50 years Free Fen-Phen Screening Echos American Home Products has dedicated an additional $7 billion dollars to resolve diet pill claims. You may be eligible to receive compensation. Screening Echocardiograms to be given in San Marcos • Short of Breath? • Fatigued? • Chest pain? or Reflux? • Dizziness or light-headed feeling? • Swelling in ankles, legs or hands? These are a few of the symptoms of the injuries that have been linked to Pondimin* (fenfluramine) and/or Redux.™ It is important for both legal and medical reasons for users to know if they have been injured. If you or a loved one took these medications for two months or longer and you have any of these symptoms, please call or drop in for a free screening echocardiogram. Place:    Quality Inn 1433 North Interstate 45 San Marcos, Texas 78666 Date: Saturday, July 21, 2001 Times: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Presented by: Keith Johnson Attorney At Law 504 S. Brazosport Blvd., Clute, Texas 77531 Office: 979-265-5999 Angleton: 979-848-2888 Bay City: 979-799-9999 Not certified — Texas Board of Legal Specialization Toll Free 1-877-388-4665 All telephone lines are answered in the Clute office. ;