New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 9, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011
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6-month-old left in car dies
■ Kids and Cars group offers tips that could help parents prevent tragedies.
H-Z employee discovers her child in parking lot after work
By J. Louise Larson
Tragedy struck Ttiesday when a New Braunfels mother forgot to drop her baby off at daycare when
she came to work.
It was after 5 p.m. when New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung staffer Kayla Carlson left work, only to discover her 6-month-old daughter dead in the
backseat from the heat on a day when the temperature reached 83 degrees.
An investigation was conducted at the newspaper’s parking lot, where the infant was discovered
in the back of her distraught mother’s car, still strapped into her carseat nine hours after the workday began.
New Braunfels police investigators spoke with employees who were at
See BABY, Page 8
Officials to consider order for cleanup
Commissioners want fine to go to local needs
By Greg BowenThe Herald-Zeitung
Comal County officials will consider OK’ing a state order Thursday under which a $1,500 fine levied by the state against the county would be spent to clean up a vacant lot filled with illegally dumped tires and inner tubes.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality levied the fine on Comal County last year for what the agency said was unauthorized construction of a Little League ballpark several years earlier at the county-owned Jumbo Evans Sports Park on U.S. 281 in Spring Branch.
County commissioners in February submitted a “supplemental environmental project” application to TCEQ, proposing the fine be used toward hiring a con-tractor to clean up the dump site in the Spring Branch area at 168 Angus Trail.
Using fines to rectify envi-ronmental problems in counties is an alternative that TCEQ offers, County Engineer Tom Hornseth said.
Emergency Management Coordinator Carol Edgett also found $5,200 in funds available for such environmental cleanup efforts through the Alamo Resource Conservation and Development Area.
See FINE, Page 8
GREAT TEXAS WARRANT ROUNDUP
New Braunfels-area gas prices
These prices are for one gallon of unleaded gas as of 5 p.m. Monday.
$3.39 $3.41 $3.41 $3.39 $3.39
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Comal County Sheriff's Office Reserve Officer Mike Haas, left, and New Braunfels Police Department Warrant Officer Larry Hildebrand knock on a door in the city's west end during Saturday's warrant roundup.PAY UP OR LOCK UP
Law enforcement goes door-to-door clearing warrants
By J. Louise LarsonThe Herald-Zeitung
Arresting developments happened across Comal County on Saturday.
The Great Texas Roundup’s local event sent a couple of dozen officers out knocking on doors to put a dent in the county’s warrant backlog.
In a burst of activity, the team made 84 arrests and cleared 142 warrants.
“We had a few felons in there ... some were for forgery and possession of controlled substance warrants. It was one of the better roundups we've had,” said Sgt. Max Wommack Jr. of Comal County Sheriff’s Office.
In addition to CCSO, participants included Comal County constables, police depart-
ments from Bulverde, Garden Ridge and New Braunfels, Texas Department of Public Safety, Comal County Sheriff’s Office reserves and U.S. Marshal Service.
"That’s what we do. Comal County Sheriff’s Office is a partner agency with the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, and any time there’s a warrant operation, we support it. We do it every day anyway,” U.S. Marshal Tom Smith said.
The roundup program is designed for agencies to collect money on outstanding traffic tickets, county court warrants and district court warrants. Parking, city ordinance, penal code and higher charge warrants — all are up for collection.
Hundreds of thousands of notices have
See ROUNDUP, Page 8
Feds say pump prices will hit $3.70 this year
Department of Energy boosts its per-barrel estimate for oil by $9
NEW YORK (AP) — Pump prices will average $3.70 per gallon this spring and summer with a barrel of oil averaging $102 this year, the U.S. Department of Energy said Tuesday.
Conflict in the Middle East and fighting in Libya prompted government analysts to raise expectations for gasoline prices by 50 cents a gallon for the peak driving season in the Energy Information Administration’s monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook. The EIA boosted its per-barrel oil estimate by $9 for the year.
EIA sees pump prices peaking at $3.75 a gallon in June. But its report says there is “significant uncertainty surrounding the fore-cast” and pump prices could spike above $4 this summer, which would threaten the all-time high of $4.11 a gallon reached in July 2008.
On Tuesday, the national
average for a gallon of regular hit $3.52, according to AAA, Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. That’s 40 cents higher than a month ago and 76 cents above a year ago. After settling at $105.44 a barrel on Monday, benchmark crude lost about 80 cents in Tuesday afternoon trading.
The Energy Department expects world oil markets to tighten over the next two years with the average oil price rising to $105 a barrel in 2012. It said uncertainty about oil production in North Africa and the Middle East, the world’s largest oil-producing region, is a major factor.
The government also expects oil production lost from Libya to be covered by increased production in other OPEC countries. Saudi Arabia, the biggest OPEC contributor, has said it will cover any shortfall caused by strife in the region.
Police identify deceased truckerFrom staff reports
A 49-year-old truck driver killed in a fiery crash Friday on 1-35 in New Braunfels has been identified.
Paul Goar of live Oak died when his 2007Volvo tractor-trailer rig burst into flames in a series of explosions after hitting a guardrail and the support legs for an overhead sign around 8:53 p.m. Friday.
The crumpled sign fell into
the northbound lanes and was then struck by another 18-wheeler and a pickup truck.
Goar’s identification was delayed pending further identification and die notification of family members. Comal County Justice of the Peace Mike Rust pronounced the man dead at the scene.
Dr. Suzanna Dana of Lockhart performed the autopsy.
Filing for city elections ends at 5 p.m. Monday
By Greg Bowen
Candidates interested in running for the mayor’s chair and two seats on New Braunfels City Council have until 5 p.m. Monday to file for a place on the May 14 ballot.
As of Tuesday afternoon, may-oral candidate Gale Pospisil, incumbent District 6 City Councilor Steven Digges, and District 5
city council hopeful Bryan Miranda are the only people to have filed.
Applications can be obtained from the city secretary's office at the Municipal Building, 424 S. Castell Ave. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Application forms may also be obtained from the Secretary of State's website, www.sos.state.tx.us,
See DEADLINE, Page 8
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Two file for trustee seats on local school boards
By Will Wright
With six days to go before filings close for May's trustees elections, two more candidates filed for positions on county school boards on Ttiesday.
David McDaniel filed for the District 2 spot on the New Braunfels Independent School District’s board, competing against incumbent and board president Rigo
Montero, who has filed for re-election.
McDaniel, 60, a retired military veteran and teacher, is the third candidate for the NBISD board. Incumbent Joe Hassmann has filed for re-election to his District 4 slot.
In Comal ISD, Dale Dehlin has filed for the District 4 position held by board treasurer Donna Holmes. Dehlin, 40, a purchasing manager,
See FILING, Page 8
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