New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAY June 11, 2003
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Vol. 152, No. 179
Serving New Braunfels and Com;
iii County sinct
15-year-old dies in fourth drowning this year
By Ron Maloney
A 15-year-old Texas City boy drowned Tuesday morning while trying to help a younger girl in swift current on the Guadalupe River.
Comal County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Corporal Tim Kolbe said Comal County Judge Danny Scheel pronounced Douglas M. Calhoun dead just before noon.
Scheel did not order an autopsy.
Sheriff’s Corporal Donna O’Conner said the drowning occurred at about 10:30 a.m. near the Oilligan’s
Island campground just below the third river crossing.
“The victim was a 15-year-old boy who was in shallow water with three younger girls around ll to 12 years old,” O’Conner said.
One of the girls got into deeper water and had some difficulty with the current, O’Conner said. " Calhoun, reported to be? a good swimmer, went to help. He pushed her toward shore and went under the water, coming up once before he disappeared, according to deputies.
Canyon Lake Fire/EMS and sheriff’s deputies were called from the
Fire Capt. Danny Ray said his department responded with an FMS unit and a rescue truck.
At the time the fire depart ment arrived, Ray said the bt*st estimate was that Calhoun had been down for IO minutes — too long to save him.
“There were family members and good Samaritans looking for him,” Ray said.
He said family members were asked to come to the bank while he, Chief Shawn Wherry, paramedics Dan Oakes and TVicia Pierce and EMT Josh I jopez prepared to go into the* water.
‘They kicked up a lot of silt. We were* concerned about visibility, but also their safety. We asked them to come to the* hank while we suited up in our dive gear,” Ray said.
Witnesses told firefighters where the boy had last been seen, and they began a systematic search of the river, finding him with a tethered pole in about eight feet of water.
“(lur I lest, estimate is he had fx*en down for 57 minutes,” Ray said.
As members of the San Marcos Area Recovery Team arrived to help, they learned Canyon Lake officials had found the boy.2003 Drownings
Tuesday’s drowning was the fourth this year on a river in Comal County,
■ Sunday, April 6, Aaron Castillo, 20, of Seguin, died in the Comal River just upstream of the tube chute.
■ Easter Sunday, April 20, Christopher Ybarra, 25, of San Antonio, died in the Guadalupe River at Camp Huaco Springs.
■ May 14, Jose Luis Larrazobal, 32, of Houlton, drowned after his kayak overturned at Huaco Falls.
Law woman of the year
NBPD gets new, improved bulletproof vesi
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New Braunfels Police Department Detective Tarinna Skrzycki talks about her years on the police force, from dispatcher to detective. The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Club Tuesday morning presented Skrzycki with the Ed Murphy Memorial Award for outstanding service in law enforcement.
Detective Tarinna Skrzycki is first woman to receive honor
By Ron Maloney
The* New Braunfels Breakfast Iuons’ “Lawman of the Year” for 2003 im a woman.
New Braunfels police detective Tann-na Skrzycki Tuesday morning wan named recipient of th im yea tm Ed Murphy Memorial Award.
The prize is one of three “officer of the year” awards given in Comal County; t wo of them in New Braunfels.
In 2002, Sheriff’h corporal Donna <)’(briner and New Braunfels police Sgt. Joe Vargaa won t he other two award*.
Sheriff’s detective Sgt. 'Dummy Ward won the Murphy award in 2002, taking it home to the sheriffs Criminal Investigation Division.
The award is named for Ward’* pre-deeeKHor, Comal (bunty Sheriff’* detective Ed Murphy.
Murphy died in a Sept. 21, 1981, helicopter craah in Startzville.
Sheriff’* deputies were chatting burglary HUHpoct* and Murphy, one of two invoHtigator* then with the *heriff’* Criminal Inve*tigation* Diviwion, wa* trying to find them from the air.
The helicopter’s rotor* caught a pow-er line, and Murphy died in the crash.
TYiewday, Skrzycki brought the award to the county’* other detective agency — the NBP!)’* CID.
Murphy’* widow, Loin, said *he wa* glad to see a woman detective win the award for the fir*! time in it* 20 year hiwtory.
‘Tm really proud it wa* Tarinna," Murphy Maid.
"A lot of times, we recognize tile ones who arc? visible hut not alway* the oui** behind the scenes. I’m really proud of her,” Murphy *uid.
Attorney Hon Zipp, who heads the lions’ “Lawman of the Year” committee, *aid Skrzycki wa* one of a number of
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New Braunfels Police Department Detective Tarinna Skrzycki finds the perfect spot in her office to hang her Ed Murphy Memorial Award
By Ron Maloney
x Staff Writer
The threat of on-the-job injury will hooii be reduced for officer* of the New Braunfels Police Department.
Police Chief Russell Johnson requested and city
council approved the pur
chase of 64 of the newest generation soft body armor ve*ts, commonly reb i red to as bulletproof vests.
Vest* were ordered Tuesday from First ('hoice Armor, the vendor that submitted the winning hid.
They will replace stiffer, hulkier Kevlar body armor that is, in Home cases, 12 year* old.
hitch vest will cost about $700 T he* city will purchase the vest* with help from a grant from the Federal Bureau of Justice and Assistance. The bureau also helps the Comal County Sheriff’s Office purchase protective gear for deputies.
The total price for the 04 vests im $44,224. With the grant, New Braunfels will have to pay half, or $22,112.
The purchase was included in the city’s fiscal year 2004 budget, which goes to final reading tonight.
Johnson said tis* contract with First (’bout* is open-end* iii. When NBPD needs additional vests for new officers, it will he able to purchase them at the same price.
Retired Chief of'Police Ray Douglas requested the vests in March 2002 and secured the federal grant in May 2002, Johnson said.
“Because of the flood and different things that came up, we didn’t have a chance to look at this until January of this year,” Johnson said.
Several manufacturers and vendors were invited to demonstrate their equipment. Johnson said the First Choice product was the most impressive. It offers what he described as level 2 protection enough to stop a ,44 Magnum or .357 bullet.
“We also tested it with a tactical shotgun slug one ounce of lead at eight feet. None of the rounds we fired at this vest penetrated,” .Johnson said.
Police also found the new vest stab-proof in terms of knife protection, although Johnson said an ice pick thrust with all of his strength was able to penetrate the vest s seven layers of ballistic fabric.
Johnson said the industry standard in body armor is that it be replaced when it absorbs a hit, or is five years old. He said the gear the NBPD now has is not unsafe.
“We’ve tested them,” Johnson said.
The new gear really outshines its predecessor in coni fort. Johnson said. It is thinner, more flexible and more* adjustable than previous
Mayor A<bun (Wk, who vol <*d with council to approve the purchase*, said the* new vests ait* an important investment.
“A bulletproof vest is an essential piece of safety equipment fora jjoliceofficer to have and wear," (’ork said. "'rills is just like any other business. If theres a piece of safety equipment that is proven to save someone's life, you need to make sure they’re wearing that equipment. Our police officers need and
See VESTS/7ANo charges filed yet in Stritmatter death
By Ron Maloney
No charges have been filed in the Saturday night death of a 17-year-old Schertz girl.
Comal County Sheriff"* detective Sgt, Timmy Ward said Tuesday that Samantha Stritmatter died Saturday night in an accident at the Guadalupe Canoe Livery campground on U.S. 281 at the river.
The detective said only that the victim was walking on a dirt, road in the campground when she was hit by a pickup truck.
I Ie did not release tlu* name cif tJu; (Inver of the pickup truck, although Ward did say no charges had lieen filed in connection with the case.
Ward said the accident is still under investigation.Inside
Painter getting a lesson in business
By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer
It took Matt Bch newer just one day to discover that operating a business isn’t as easy as his college studies make it out to he.
Schriewer, 19, a sophomore at Thxns A&M University, is, learning to run his own homo painting business as an intern with the national College Works project
Schriewer and his crew start**! painting lupuses bist w<*ek. The first day of his first job, he learned an invaluable lesson alxmt lur
ing and dealing with unex-pected adversity.
Leaving his two-man crew at t In* site of t he home to be painted, Bch newer went to t he store to buy paint. When he returned, one crew member had walked off of the job. T’he employee who left was the only crew member who had experience with a sprayer.
Schriewer had to stop what he was doing and train his remaining employee to use the sprayer.
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Matt Schriewer and his employee, Clancy Cronin, finish painting a house in Surnmerwood on Monday.