New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comal County sheriff’s detectives released no new information Friday about the accident in which a 17-year-old Schertz girl was killed in Spring Branch one week ago.
Samantha Stritmatter was killed when she was struck by a pickup truck at Guadalupe Canoe Livery, located off U.S. 281 on the north bank of the Guadalupe River.
For a week, deputies have said the accident is under investigation, but have not released the name of the driver involved.
As of Friday, no charges had been filed in the incident.
►Air conditioner stolen
Someone broke into a vacant building and took a window air conditioning unit, according to police.
The theft occurred in a vacant building at a business located in the 5000 block of Interstate 35 south sometime between June 5 and June ll.
A cellular telephone and Other property worth about $50 were reportedly taken Thursday in a burglary at Ryan’s Steakhouse.
The theft occurred between 1:40 and 2 p.m.
Police said the person who took the property caused $500 worth of damage breaking into the vehicle.
SAN MARCOS — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Texas Internet Bureau officers Friday arrested a North Austin man in San Marcos. He allegedly attempted to set up a sexual encounter with what he thought to be a 13-year-old girl.
Srinath Audityan, 29, was arrested without incident as he arrived for the rendezvous with the “girl,” whom he had met in an Internet chat room. The girl turned out to be an undercover Internet bureau investigator, who had conversed with Audityan over a four-day period leading up to his trip to San Marcos.
Audityan has been booked into the Hays County jail and charged with attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Hays County Sheriff’s Department officers assisted in the arrest.
* “Child sex predators are among the most heinous of offenders, and our Internet Bureau has pledged to work with local law enforcement officials to stop these actors before such assaults can take place," Abbott said. “These officers should be praised for the difficult job they do in protecting our children.”
Officers arrested Audityan off 1-35 and the Luling exit in San Marcos as he arrived at a prearranged meeting place.
He is an engineer employed by Motorola.
COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ COURT —
regular meeting, 8:15 a.m. Thursday, commissioners' courtroom, Commissioners’ Court Building, 199 Main Plaza.
COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ COURT —
public hearing on reducing speed limits on Hoffman Lane, 8:15 a m. Thursday, commissioners’ courtroom, Commissioners’ Court Building, 199 Main Plaza.
Gymnasium renovation will also soon be complete
By Sean Bowlin
Construction workers are putting finishing touches on the new academic wing at Canyon High School, readying the facility for a scheduled July opening.
As construction workers checked light fixtures and doorjambs this week, supervisors used a "punch list” to note minor mistakes or deficiencies that needed fixing, said Guillermo Nieri, director of operations and maintenance for Comal Independent School District.
The wing is 77,000 square-feet of classroom, office and library space. It contains 28 regular classrooms, five science classrooms, a library and offices for administrators.
The original Canyon High campus was designed for 1,200 students. The new wing expands the number of students the school can accommodate to 1,750.
Nieri said once the school year begins, classes in half of the existing facility will be
Daniel Sanchez (front), head of maintenance at Canyon High School, looks over blueprints while trying to figure out where custodians Jesse Zamora (left), Isabel Campos and Judy Luna will put the furniture and computers in the new library at the school. A crew will wor during the weekend, moving furniture out of the old part of the school and into the new so that repair work can begin in older sections.
music room, a choir room, a music library, a large multipurpose room, practice rooms and instrument repair and storage rooms.
A new agriculture education facility was finished in January. It has three class
rooms and a wet lab.
Work on two concession stands outside of Cougar Stadium is finished. A new soccer field has been built, and there is a new connector road to Farm-to-Market Road HOI.
Parking at the high school
will now accommodate about 9(H) cars.
The $21 .million project is being done by Joeris Inc., of San Antonio.
“We’re very happy with the work they’re doing," Nieri said.
employees can respond with only a firetruck or an ambulance, but not both. Once the new personnel are hired, the station will be able to handle both fire and EMS calls.
Both chiefs remain concerned about insufficient staffing.
‘Tm trying to get to where we’re at least even with where we should be,” Johnson said. "There's a lot of things in the future I’d like to be able to do. But until the budget situ-ation gets straightened around, we’re just going to be operating short.”
The three new police officers won’t allow Johnson to reinstate the popular DARE program. Johnson feels his
department must provide more basic services to the public first.
The police depart ment still will have to prioritize calls when it gets busy.
Herber will be able to keep a firetruck and EMS unit at each firestation.
“It’s the minimum that could be done to retain all the firestations open, but it doesn’t solve the issue by any degree,” he said.
'fhe city still needs two new fully manned firestations (with 14 staffers) to ideally serve the growing city, he said.
Retention has been a concern for both departments. The new budget would allow for incentives for detectives
Her husband will have to undergo chemotherapy for four months.
Robert is not free and clear yet. The hospital is still testing for cancer in some of the tissue that was removed.
Robert had beer working on a campaign to promote river awareness, possibly including bumper stickers. A fund has been set up at a First State Bank location to collect donations for the cause.
“Anybody that would want to send flowers, insteadjie would appreciate if they would send money to that fund," Dunkin said.
Donations can be made to any First State Bank location to account number 500051051, The Robert Kendrick River Awareness Fund.
Residents and friends should contact Dunkin by e-mail or telephone at Betty d4y«!aol.com, or 625-7610.
Though behind neighboring departments, NBPI) is trying to offer more competitive pay. In the past, detectives were being paid at a patrolman’s salary.
“()ur detective division was underpaid compart'd to nine other cities in the area," Johnson said.
The depart merit created a detective category with higher pay.
The fire department now offers a mont hly professional bonus to paramedic personnel. Although it is not as high as other cities, Herber is confident that the program will help him keep employees.
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academic wing is almost ready to go
moved to the new wing, clearing the way for renovation of the old structure. That work should be finished in February 2004.
Renovation of the school’s old gymnasium will be completed in July, Nieri said. New air conditioning is being installed throughout the gym and its dressing areas. The dressing areas and showers are being brought into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Cougar Den, or Ben Hardy gymnasium, also is being renovated. That project will be completed near the end of August, Nieri said.
The girls’ dressing areas for the soccer team and for the varsity lockers are being reworked, the air conditioning is being upgraded, and the roof is being repaired.
GSI) Construction Coordinator David Swain said the new 14,(XX) square-foot athletic facility will be* completed by the end of July. It will have a boys’ varsity locker room, shower areas, offices for coaches, a training area and a weight room.
"Its very similar to what’s at Smithson Valley High School,” Nieri said.
A 20,000 square-feet fine arts building is nearing completion. It will have a hand room, a rehearsal room, a
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