New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 12, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAY March 12, 2003
18 pages in 2 sections
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Vol. 152, No. 102
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
50 centsArea’s top alleged ‘deadbeat dad’ behind bars
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Comal County’s worst known alleged deadbeat dad has been arrested in Laramie, Wyo.
Albany County Wyoming sheriff’s deputies arrested mechanic Jerry Don Posey, 43, formerly of Canyon Lake and whose last known
address was in Kansas, this past Thursday on a Comal County warrant for criminal non-support of two now-adult offspring.
Posey is being held on a fugitive warrant and will be returned to New Braunfels to face charges. His bail is $99,000.
Posey was listed on Texas
Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Web site as one of the IO worst child support evaders in the state of Tfexas.
His photo was seen on the Web Thursday by someone who called a tip in to the attorney general’s office.
Posey was arrested four hours later at the campground where he worked.
He owes ex-wife Kathy Jurica of Canyon Lake $107,000 in back child support.
Jurica said Tuesday night she was very surprised to hear Posey had been captured.
“He went underground and didn’t think we’d find him. I haven’t found out who turned
him in, but I want to thank them.
Her son, 22, works for Honda in Ohio and her daughter, 19, is married and about to have a child of her own, Jurica said.
“I struggled and I made it. My kids are grown and doing well and he’s the one who is struggling now,” Jurica said.
Jurica said she didn’t know if she’d ever see any of the child support money she is owed.
“It’s really all irrelevant right now. The point is, he’s in jail. All I had was time to keep looking. All I knew was he just had to keep looking behind his back. His daySee DAD/5A
Warehouse owner says he won’t rebuild at same spot
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
The owner of the chemical warehouse destroyed in a Feb. 7 fire said his company is not likely to rebuild the business on the same site.
Rodney Scott, one of the owners of TEM-TEX Solvents Corp. said Tuesday the environmental cleanup of his former chemical warehouse and the property around it was proceeding well.
The business was destroyed in a Feb. 6 fire allegedly set by David Buffington, a 17-year-old New Braunfels resident.
Investigators believe Buffington broke into the warehouse through a rear entrance.
Buffington was booked into Comal County Jail the morning after the fire on a charge of arson causing injury, which is a second-degree
felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. His bail is $100,000.
Scott said the loss his company suffered in the fire is about $650,000 — making it one of the most expensive in Comal County history — and the costs of the cleanup are still coming in, Scott said.
“We’ve been doing everything we can to work this process through. I think its going as well as can be expected. The slab is clear, we’ve removed some soil form the plant area," Scott said.
“Unfortunately in one of these situations, it never moves as fast as you’d like to,” Scott said.
Scott said TEM-TEX would continue to operate in this area, but he does not expect to rebuild the warehouse at the Engel Road site.
Year’s rain might make summer wildfires worse
Ortiz, attorneys work legal deal to reopen seized bar
By Ron Maloney
The Ortiz Rec Center reopened for business Tuesday one week after law enforcement officials closed it in a seizure related to the arrest of its owner.
Attorney Glenn Peterson said he, attorney Michael Morris and District Attorney Dib Waldrip worked out an agreement Monday afternoon in which Paul Ortiz was allowed to reopen his business — pending the outcome of a forfeiture hearing.
Under the agreement, Ortiz put up $15,000 cash bond he will surrender if he loses in the forfeiture pro
Morris said Ortiz owns the building with his uncle, Casiano Ortiz, and shares the business — and his share of the building, with his wife, Margarita.
Assistant District Attorney Mel Koehler and the Comal County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force closed the business down March 6 and instituted forfeiture proceedings against the business and the building.
The forfeiture bond was set at $100,000 for the building, the business and its contents.
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By Sean Bowlin
This summer might be a nightmare with wildfires, Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Munford said.
“We were talking the other day, with all the rain we’ve had — rain means growth,” Manford said. “With the grass and brush and stuff, when we hit the summer and high humidity, this may be a bad season for fires.’’
Manford said the biggest cause of wildfires Is controlled burns.
“People don’t realize how fast a fire can get away from them and then they burn a lot of cedar and the embers get into the wind and it
might take them IOO to 200 yards away to dry grass,” Manford said.
And then some people bum in high winds.
“We try to educate the public. We tell them the rules for outdoor burning if the winds are really high. But we have people who’ll get out there and burn and it’ll be windy, windy,” Manford said.
Then there are those who leave smoldering embers from fires that have burned down. The winds will come up in the middle of the night, rekindling the fires and blowing the embers, creating a fire.
Nurse: Average too high for teen STD rate
By Sean Bowlin
The number of students in Comal County with sexually transmitted diseases might be average by state and national standards, but for County Nurse Karon Preiss, it is still too high.
“I don’t like our numbers,” Preiss said Tuesday. “I’d like to have much fewer sexually transmitted diseases in the county, especially among teenagers. Across the board, state and nationwide, we run average But we don’t want to see any, or very few.”
Last year, Preiss saw 116 people with STDs — diseases like herpes, AIDS, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B and C and chlamydia.
And of 103 cases of chlamydia, a disease in which an organism invades the reproductive tract of males and females causing scarring, pelvic inflammatory disease and, ultimately, sterility, 32 occurred in teenagers last year.
Another 62 cases of chlamydia were for young people who were age 20, indicating they were probably infected as teens, said Preiss.
What’s to bt» done about the issue of STDs among teens? Preiss said school nurses do a whole lot to educate, refer and help teens when it comes to STDs. County Extension Agent for Health Education Kathleen Greer conducts clinics and talks to those nurses in the fight to reduce teen
infections. And a recently hired nurse practitioner conducts STD clinics.
But teens, Preiss said, think they won’t get hurt.
“Kids think they are invincible. Kids don’t think they are going to get STDs. Kids just don’t think they are touchable. The rates are alarming to me," she said.
What alarms Preiss even more are the long-term effects of STDs —- the psychological damage incurred in broken relationships because a second, third or fourth “partner” is involved and someone has been unfaithful.
And the physical effects are profound, she said.
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Canyon High School Automotive instructor Kevin Hicks watches Sam Villa (left) and Joel Rodriguez (center) check fuses on the antilock braking system traction control unit.CHS auto class earns national rank
By Sean Bowlin
The auto technology program at Canyon High School isn’t your dad’s “shop class” any more.
Besides giving students a start on a career, it’s earned a special national rating.
The rating came from an evaluation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation instructors from St. Philip’s College in San Antonio. They spent three days talking to students and teachers; they checked the cur-
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Hicks watches Sean Prall (center) and Joel Rodriguez (right) check fuses on one of the vehicles in their shop.
riculum and the equipment.
It’s one of two high school programs in South Texas — the other’s at Roosevelt High in San Antonio — to be certified as ASE, the
National Institute’s ranking for Automotive Service Excellence.
“What it means to the district is we are nationally-ranked, basically,” said Canyon High School auto
motive technology teacher Kevin Hicks. “It automatically puts us in the realm of a St. Philip’s.”
In fact, the Canyon’s automotive technology pro-gram’s curriculum is aligned with St. Philip’s, from which Canyon students taking advanced courses in the program’s last two years can earn up to 18 hours of college credits.
Part of that includes working for local auto dealerships as seniors.
“We’ve got Bluebonnet Motors on the Ford side and ’ we’ve got Chevy-New Braunfels. I’ve got one [stu-* dent] placed at Gunn Automotive Park off of Judson Road [in San Antonio] “ Hicks said. ‘The businessSee CLASS/8A