New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 25, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Artist’s rendering of proposed “Canyon Lake Area High School”
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CISD trustees reject plans for new high school
By Seam Bowlin High School” Tuesday evening, say- schematics the board previously “It’s the first attempt at develop- and stone are used to keep the feel
Staff Writer ing they wanted more time to study approved and the design presented ment of that vision,” he said. of a traditional high school, Her-
Comal Independent School Dis- them. Tuesday were the re-location of a The vision presented to trustees is nandezsaid.
trict trustees voted against design PBR architect Joel Hernandez, pond and a drain field. a two-story building with a large will™^"comparable^meniUes —
development drawings for the unof- who helped with the drawings, said But Hernandez said plans for the corridor mall bringing in natural
ficially-named “Canyon Lake Area the only differences between high school aren’t “set in stone.” light to give it a warm feeling. Brick See NEW SCHOOL/4A
Wolves captured in animal cruelty case could die
A wolf hybrid seized in an animal cruelty case in Comal County watches passing strangers from the back of his cage at the New Braunfels animal shelter.
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
The New Braunfels Humane Society Is working to find homes for 14 animals — 12 wolf hybrids and two malamute mixes — seized in a Comal County animal cruelty case.
Cheryl Krueger, director of the New Braunfels animal shelter, said she has been given until Thursday by the courts and the district attorney’s office to find a home for the animals, or they will be destroyed.
Tuesday, she said she believed she had arranged homes for all but three of the animals.
Michelle A. Newman, 45, of San Antonio, was arrested Friday at County Court-at-Law on an animal cruelty charge because of the conditions the animals lived in.
Animal cruelty is a class ^ misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in county jail and a $4,000 fine.
The arrest came after Newman appeared before Judge Brenda Chapman in a hearing this week appealing an earlier ruling by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Diana Campos that the animals must be forfeited.
Newman told the court she
had secured a place for tile animals to stay in Atascosa County, but local officials investigated conditions there and found them unsatisfactory.
Chapman upheld Campos’ ruling.
The animals were seized May 13 by the Comal County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriffs detective Jmi Eosc* said the seizure came after a Rebecca Creek Road resident called the sheriff’s office, wanting the animals to be removed from his property.
“She (Newman) had slaked a Comal County man if she could house them on his property, and he said okay for a short time, but she’d have to care for them,” Rose said.
Investigators found the animals hadn’t been cared for very well.
“She had a couple of good pens, but most were too small for even one animal, and she had two in some,” Rose said. “The cages were wired shut. They could not be cleaned. The animals were literally walking in their own feces, which had become matted down with hair. It was like adobe, and she threw their food in on top of it.”
Investigators discovered the animals drinking water
Fire victims get a new home
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
The family whose mobile home burned Saturday morning lost almost everything and has immediate needs for clothing and other goods.
One thing the family no longer needs is a roof over their heads.
Gloria Jaramillo reported Tuesday that the Housing Authority of New Braunfels found her a home on Ventura Drive.
‘They were very kind at the housing authority,” Jaramillo said. “The American Red
Cross and the Salvation Army are trying to help me. ITie Red Cross has been very comforting. They’ve all been real nice. Susie (Garcia) at Community Service Center just called, and they’re going to help with utilities.”
The mobile home off Unde Avenue where Jaramillo and her three children lived was destroyed Saturday morning in a fire that started in a defective air conditioner.
Heat, smoke or water ruined virtually everything in the home Jaramillo was buying. She did not have insurance.
Now, Jaramillo, her sons, Regino, 8, and Marino, 5, and her daughter, Frandsca, 6, are moving into a virtually empty, two-bedroom apartment. The only remaining furnishings are a couple of old mattresses and a swivel office chair.
“We have nothing. Just like we are — that’s the way we are,” Jaramillo said. “I was praying, hoping we got a place as soon as we could, and that prayer has been answered,” she said.
Nadine Mardock with the
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Gloria Jaramillo and her three children, Regino, Marino and Francisca, check out the apartment the Housing Authority found for them after their home burned down Saturday.
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(Above) Blindfolded New Braunfels Fire Department Paramedic Todd Welch busts through a bedroom wall in an attempt to find a missing child during a simulation of zero visibility rescue in a flood-damaged house along the Guadalupe River. (Left) New Braunfels firefighters Christopher Sheppard (left) and Jack Ward participate Tuesday afternoon in a training session in the FEMA-purchased home on Fair Avenue.
Firefighters use flood-damaged homes for reality simulation training
By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer
A massive collapse occurred, and a firefighter is trapped on the floor below the crew. The stairs are inaccessible, and there is no way to the firefighter. The only way to get him out is to break a hole in the floor and lift him to safety.
“All these kind of things we can find ourselves facing in reality anytime, anywhere, and it’s great to be able to train in these conditions,” said New Braunfels Fire Department Chief John Herber.
The New Braunfels Fire Department will train throughout the week in condemned, city-owned houses bought through FEMA.
NBFD has access to about a dozen structures — enough to put every firefighter through two or three different scenarios before the structures are demolished.
Using these structures helps to diversify firefighter training,
“So often we go to buildings that we are so incredibly familiar with that it loses it’s (effectiveness),” he said.
New situations in unfamiliar structures help teach improvisation that firefighters need in the field, he said.
“(The variability) offers such a heightened sense of urgency on exactly what you might be confronted with,” Herber said.
Firefighters need to be comfortable with their skills and their environment in emergency situations, and training in different structures helps build that comfort, he said.
“You have to know enough about construction that you are not going to breach an area that is going to cause more of a cave in or weaken the integrity of the
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