New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 28, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels police seized 25 pounds of marijuana Thursday in the early morning search of a semi truck.
Police Lt. Mike Rust reported in a news release that two Rio Grande men, both 27, were arrested and booked into Comal County Jail on charges of possession of marijuana.
Both were released later Thursday on $10,000 bail.
The arrests came after a traffic stop on northbound Interstate 35 in the city limits, Rust said.
A police dog trained to detect drugs led officers to the cab of the vehicle where they reportedly found the marijuana inside.
The semi and its trailer were released to the freight company that owns the vehicle. Police said they believed the company and its officials had no part in the incident.
The case is under investigation, police said.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Gunfire erupted at two industrial plants Friday, leaving one man dead, another wounded and two of their co-workers in custody.
There was no known link between the shootings.
Television reports said the death at Bravo Lime Inc. followed an argument between two men over a pack of cigarettes, but police said they were still investigating the motive.
Kenneth Ray Cohill, 40, died after being shot in the chest with a small-caliber handgun inside a dressing area. A co-worker was taken into custody, but no charges were immediately filed. The company is about 30 miles south of Birmingham.
About 35 miles away in St. Clair County, police said a man who lost his job opened fire on a supervisor at Trans-Cycle Industries. The victim was in stable condition in hospital.
THE NEW BRAUNFELS INFRASTRUCTURE/IMPRO VEMENT CORPORATION BOARD — regular meeting has been cancelled. The next meeting will be held on August 15 at 7 p.m.
COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ COURT — workshop meeting, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Comal County Emergency Operations Center, 3005 W. San Antonio St.
NEW BRAUNFELS PARTNERSHIP COMMITTEE —
regular meeting, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Meeting Room A, New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave.
COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ COURT — redistricting workshop, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Commissioners’ Courtroom, third floor, Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave.
MARION INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT — board of trustees meeting, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Marion Careers Center, 214 Huebinger St.
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 SAFE CITY COMMISSION — regular meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, training room, New Braunfels Law Enforcement Center,
1488 S. Seguin Ave.
SCHERTZ-CIBOLO-UNI-VERSAL CITY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT — board of trustees meeting,
7 p.m., Thursday, Transportation Building, 1060 Elbel Road, Schertz.
Down the stretch they come
Ann Erickson of Norway (left), and Connor Price of Houston, ride the new Downhill Racer Thursday at Schlitterbahn. Recently rebuilt and re-opened, the giant slide now allows for side-by-side “racing.”
Scheel scolds dept, heads for heated meetings
Officials wants help with fire cases
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
County investigators concerned about a recent spate of suspicious fires are asking for the public’s help in solving them — and preventing future blazes.
“Last year, we had some suspicious fires,” Comal County Fire Marshal Man-ford said. “Now, it seems like we’re having them again.”
A pair of Wednesday fires along Old Nacogdoches Road in Bracken — and another on Eckhardt Road in Guadalupe County — looked suspiciously like a series of fires along the Interstate 35 corridor this past summer, Manford said.
Those 1-35 blazes, apparently set along Schwab Road and in the nearby area, came on some of the hottest days of the summer. Officials have not yet proved who set them — although they are pursuing leads.
Earlier this month, Bracken and Bulverde firefighters battled four little fires along Farm-to-Market Road 1863. All were set at the same time as another one just a short distance away on Smithson Valley Road in north Bexar County.
The latest fires came about a month after a pair of intentionally set blazes in the Canyon Lake Mobile Home Estates subdivision. One of those left a family of four homeless.
Manford cautioned that on a hot, breezy day, any fire could quickly turn into a blaze that threatens property and human lives.
Anyone with information about any intentionally set fires is asked to call Man-ford’s office at 620-3400.
But even more important, he said, is calling authorities to report any suspicious activity along county roadways.
He advised getting a license plate number, description of the vehicle and, if possible, the people in
“If you see a suspicious vehicle or someone out of place or behaving unusually, call your local law enforcement or my office,” he said.
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Deputy fire marshal post created
By Ron Maloney
Comal County Commissioners created a second full-time position in the county fire marshal’s office Thursday to fight an increasing number of arson-related crimes.
Fire Marshal Lin Manford will get help in the form of a deputy fire marshal as soon as one can be hired.
The new position will cost about $14,000 for the rest of this year and will be included in the 2002 county budget.
Manford now handles fire prevention duties and investigations with the help of Darren Brinkkoeter, the part-time assistant fire marshal.
The number of fire inves
tigations and their timeconsuming nature requires additional help, Manford said.
“I’ve had a bunch of arsons,” Manford said. “We’ve had five at one subdivision at the lake in one year — and two in three days this past month.”
In addition to those fires, Manford’s office is preparing for the trial of Milton Milburn, 50. The San Antonio man is accused of setting the largest arson fire in county history by igniting Carl Doeppenschmidt’s garage this past December.
Manford also played a role in the investigation of the Dec. 26 murder of Barbara Casey, 62, of Canyon Lake. Her son, Danny Neal, 32, is in Comal County Jail, awaiting indictment on a murder charge.
By Ron Maloney
Yall be nice.
County Judge Danny Scheel Thursday reminded county employees of the proper procedure for dealing with computer problems — and gave them a quick course in the Golden Rule.
Citing a trio of recent confrontational meetings over gripes about computers, Scheel told department heads at Commissioner’s Court just how he expected employees to behave toward one another.
“We treat one another and other departments with respect,” Scheel said. “We won’t tolerate this type of behavior as long as I’m county judge.”
Scheel was angry about recent meetings where, he said, a few employees were rude to Computer Services employees who attended the meetings to help them with problems.
“I was informed most of them were operator problems,” Scheel said.
Some county employees reported the meetings had turned into “free-for-alls,” Scheel said.
“I got an e-mail from an employee saying they couldn’t believe how people were talking to each other,” Scheel said.
Scheel said that Computer Services has grown to double the size it was when director John Dumas arrived more than a year ago — but does triple the work it did before.
The entire county has been put on the computer network. Work orders that a year ago could take up to 18 working days to resolve are now
“We treat one another and other departments with respect. We wont tolerate this type of behavior as long as I’m county judge. ”
— Danny Scheel county judge
turned around in one or two.
In the last week alone, 29 computer viruses that would have shut the county down for a day or more were intercepted before they ever reached a county computer, Scheel said.
“Computer Services is the glue that holds this county together,” Scheel said.
Anyone with a computer problem should follow county policy, Scheel said, which is to call the Computer Services help desk and inform Dumas and his staff of the issue.
“If it isn’t resolved, contact me,” the judge said.
Dumas said there have been a lot of upgrades and changes in his tenure in response to an audit of the county’s computer needs taken before he arrived. Computer Services has reached all the goals identified in the audit, Dumas said.
“That created a lot of change,” Dumas said. ‘Virtually everything changed, and a lot of these changes were happening in a short period of time.”
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