New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 10, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
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/ Two \ recent Smithson Valley High School graduates were killed and two other teens injured in a one-vehicle rollover wreck Friday night on Carter Oak Drive, north of PM. 2673 in v Canyon j \ Lake. /
By David Saleh Rauf
CANYON LAKE—TWo Comal County teenagers were killed and two others were injured late Friday night in a one car rollover wreck on Charter Oak Drive off of Farm-to-Market 2673.
Megan Herring, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene by Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders.
Kayla Gage, 17, died late Satur-
end of the street. The vehicle then struck a tree and flipped over onto its roof.
The driver was going too fast for the steep road conditions, Alvarez said. The speed limit Charter Oak Drive, which Alvarez said is curvy, is 30 miles per hour.
“The driver said the last time he looked down and checked he was going well over 50,” Alvarez said. “Definitely the speed they
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Health official: Tougher quarantine laws needed
By Kevin Freking
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — States should have the power to restrict the movement of patients with contagious diseases even before they have the chance to disobey doctors’ orders, says a top federal health official.
The need for such authority to order someone quarantined emerged as lesson No. I from the case of the Atlanta lawyer who went to Europe despite having a dangerous form of tuberculosis.
“If we believe the patient has a strong intent to put others at risk, we need to have confidence we can take action absent documentation of intent
to cause harm,” Dr. Julie Ger-berding, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told lawmakers last week.
It was not clear whether she was calling for overriding federal legislation or for states to strengthen their existing individual quarantine powers.
Gerberding also mentioned outfitting a CDC plane so the government could fly patients long distances without fear of contaminating others on board and improving communications among government agencies.
Also cited by the Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing was the lapse at the U.S.-Canadian border that allowed Andrew Speaker to enter the U.S. even though his
name was on a watch list with instructions to detain him. Officials said a lone border agent made a bad decision.
The ability to require that someone be kept in isolation leads to legal and ethical questions about possible overreaching by the government.
“First of all, up front, before the patient left the United States, we believe that we could strengthen our states’ ability to restrict the movement of patients before they demonstrate noncompliance with the medical order,” Gerberding told lawmakers.
Peter Jacobson, a health law professor, had concerns about Gerberding's statement on two fronts.
“That’s not the federal gov
ernment’s role and it’s far, far too broad a statement. There has to be a credible threat, a direct threat of harm before you restrict someone’s freedom to move, before you intrude on their individual liberties,” said Jacobson, director of the Center for Law and Ethics and Health at the University of Michigan.
“For her to say in such a broad manner that a state should restrict people before they’re noncompliant is extremely intrusive in my view,” he said.
Also, the District of Columbia-based association representing state health officials noted that it is now up to the states, not the federal government, to determine when to
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in New Braunfels
•Texas Coral Snake
• Broad-banded Copperhead
(On rare occasions)
•Water Moccasin also known as Cottonmouths
•Texas Rat Snake
• Checkered Garter
• Earth Snake •Western Coachwhip
• Eastern Hognose •Texas Blind Snake
Source: Jarrod Sorthman, manager, Snake Farm
Inspections go high-tech
Experts advise local residents not to mess with snakes they encounter
Comal drivers among first to have vehicle inspection reported by computer
By Mark Koopmans
While many drivers may not be aware of the change, any motorist who already has had his or her vehicle failed by an inspection station will no longer be able to drive
across town and try their luck at a second or third station.
On lune I, the Texas Department of Public Safety began introducing its “Texas Automated Vehicle Inspection System” or “TAVIS.”
The new system is primarily intended to automate the safety inspection process and
reporting for DPS and the inspection stations, DPS officials said.
Instead of reporting safety inspections via a log book, inspectors will enter the information directly into a
RIGHT: Armando Hernandez installs a new inspection sticker on an automobile at his West San Antonio Street garage. On June 1, Comal County inspection stations switched over to a computerized system reporting and tracking system.
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By Laura Blewitt
Now that most people have overcome the fear of snakes terrorizing aircrafts, instilled by last summer’s blockbuster “Snakes on a Plane,” its a good time to start thinking about snake safety around the house or in the backyard.
An easy way to get to know the dozens of snakes found in the New Braunfels area is to take a quick trip to the Snake Farm. There you can (safely) view the various venomous and non-venomous snakes found in the area and learn to distinguish snakes you may find around town.
If you do spot a snake around the yard, it’s best to stay away, said Sean Franklin, senior animal control officer for City of New Braunfels Animal Control. If you think a snake is poisonous, call animal control
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A New Braunfels resident recently came across these Western coachwhips — identified by Dr. Neil Ford of University ofTexas at Tyler — while cleaning out his garage.