New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 24, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 152* No. 216 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents
At Canyon High School’s new office, incoming freshman Chad Williams (center) checks in with Dorthy Oelkers (left) and other staff workers Wednesday.
charged in May lighter fluid attack
By Ron Maloney
A 28-year-old San Antonio man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for a May 25 attack at a Spring Branch campground.
Comal County Sheriffs detective Wayne Lehman said Jeremiah A. Ramsey was booked into Comal County Jail late Tuesday.
He faces two counts alleging that he participated in an incident in which two young men were doused with lighter fluid and set on fire at the Guadalupe Canoe Livery campground off U.S. 281.
Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in state prison and a $10,000 fine.
Firefighter injured in late blaze
By Ron Maloney
CANYON LAKE — A Canyon Lake firefighter was injured Thursday night combating a blaze that destroyed a mobile home.
Volunteer firefighter Darren Brinkkoeter said the man suffered smoke inhalation.
“We have one firefighter down. No one in the home was injured,” Brinkkoeter said.
The injured firefighter, whom Brinkkoeter did not identify, was treated at the scene and then taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital by New Braunfels Fire Department paramedics.
Firefighters from Canyon Lake and Spring Branch were dispatched at 10:30 p.m. to the
Registration packet deadline looms
By Ron Maloney
New to Comal County and enrolling a youngster at Canyon High School?
Pick up the enrollment packet before 3:30 p.m. today.
Comal Independent School District Communications Director Kari Hutchison said registration packets for students new to the district
could be picked up today from 8:30 to ll a.m. or from I to 3:30 p.m. at the school’s new main office.
“The packets are located in the front office, which is now located in the new, two-story academic wing that faces the freeway,” Hutchison said.
All new students will need to set a registration appointment for July 29 or July 30,
“That’s when they’ll meet with their counselor and set up a schedule. If you’re unable to pick up a packet, please call the school at 241-2400 to schedule an appointment by telephone,” Hutchison said.
Next week, students
■ For registration details for Comal and New Braunfels school districts, see the Back to School Guide in Sunday's New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.
■ Information is also available on the school district Web sites, www.comalisd.org, or www.newbraunfels.txed.net. On both sites, select the “Back to School Information” link.
Mobile home raid nets four arrests on drug charges
By Ron Maloney
CANYON LAKE — The biggest methamphetamine manufacturing lab in Comal County might be out of commission after narcotics investigators raided a mobile home Wednesday.
Comal County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tommy Ward said deputies, detectives and officers of the Comal County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force rained a mobile home in the 700 block of Sagebrush Drive about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.
When the officers entered the home, they found a working methamphetamine lab, Ward said.
Tina F. Gutierrez, 31, Curtis E. Allred, 48, Ernest Mann, 52, and Edmund Allaire, 46, were taken into custody for alleged manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance.
The charge is a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in state prison and a $10,000 fine.
Ward said Gutierrez is also wanted by U.S. Marshals Service on the same allegation.
A Comal County Jail spokesman said all four suspects
Report drug-related activity if your neighborhood Watch tor
■ continual traffic making short stops ala home.
■ any suspicious chemical odor or the smell of burning marijuana; or
■ unexplained, frequent late night traffic in the neigh borhood.
Report someone manufacturing or selling drugs to the Comal County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force by calling tile Comal County Sheriff's Office. 885-4883 or 620-3400 Ask for a task force officer.
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Separating the contents in what Comal County officials called the area’s biggest methamphetamine lab, a hazardous waste disposal worker pours two similar liquids together. Deputies waited most of the day for the disposal crew to arrive and remove the highly-flammabie and unstable contents from the Startzville home.
(Above) After raiding a mobile home, a Comal County Sheriff’s undercover officer brings out tubes, funnels and other utensils allegedly used to make illegal drugs.
(Left) A U.S. marshal carefully catalogues a sample of each container found at a suspected methamphetamine lab Wednesday.
A small amount of liquid is taken from from a beaker to be tested for methamphetamine Lye, flares and huge amounts of what officials said was iodine, as well as several quarts of unknown liquids, were found in common glass jars in the mobile home.
Popular coffee chain opens in one weekInside
K. JESSIE SLATEN/HerakFZNtungSeattle native Jakcie Case (far right) visits with Judi Metts late Wednesday evening as Metts finishes up the day’s work on the new Starbucks. The store is set to open Aug. 1.
By Dylan JimSnez and K. JESSIE SLATEN
Jackie Case may not be the only reason Starbucks came to town, but according to her husband, it didn’t hurt.
As they made another check on their soon-to-be favorite spot, Dick Case said Jackie has been sending Starbucks letters for at least three years, asking them to open a store in New Braunfels.
“The one thing I truly missed when we came to Texas was vanilla lattes,” Jackie said. Tve been writing
them, hoping they would come."
Starbucks hopes to drink its fiU of the local coffee market starting Aug. I.
The chain also will bring 20 to 26 jobs and a new line of coffee drinks to the 2,000-square-feet operation at the corner of Walnut Avenue and Interstate 35.
The new location is part of a growing market.
“We’ve got close to 20 in the San Antonio area right now, but because San Antonio is a community that loves coffee so much, we really, really see our relationship with San Antonio continuing for a long
time,” Keith Stewart, regional marketing manager, said.
He said the move to New Braunfels was a part of a simple strategy to look for communities that love coffee.
“lf we can find a place where customers love coffee and they’re looking for a Starbucks experience, then we’re always looking to see if we can satisfy that customer need. New Braunfels gave us the opportunity to do that,” Stewart said.
The more coffee shops in New Braunfels the better, Stewart said, mimicking localSee STARBUCKS/4A