New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 22, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zltung, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, March 22,1987
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the neighborhoods in the crime watch program.
"Maybe that’s because they don’t need to,’’ Mayer said, explaining that the areas where such programs are established are not recognized as high-crime areas or because signs posted warn potential burglars that the neighborhood has a watch program intact.
"But some of the neighborhoods think that crime prevention stops when the signs go up,’’ he replied. "Some of the programs here do better than others. Some attempt to attend one meeting and try to learn it all in a couple of hours. You have to continue meeting to get to know your neighbors, discuss problems and disseminate information. Every citizen in New Braunfels could become better informed and educated about crime prevention.’’ Mayer said he occasionally drives through neighborhoods where crime watch programs are established and sees garage doors left wide open. "I can tell you what those people have in their garages.” Mayer said.
He cited one example where a family was burglarized soon after a
crime watch program in its neighborhood had been established. The family had not previously marked its property and requested an engraving machine after the fact.
"Some people don’t ID their property or meet certain criteria connected with the program and then criticize when they are victimized.” Mayer said.
Mayer stresses one preventive measure anyone can utilize — marking property with a driver’s license number so, if recovered, it can be easily traced to the owner and a case made against the suspect. He said he also stresses "target hardening,” which encompasses the purchase and use of locks and security systems, and eliminating the vulnerability of a home by ensuring doors and windows are locked.
Promptly reporting suspicious activity is another key aspect of crime prevention.
According to statewide crime statistics, 82 percent of all burglaries are preventable, while 30 percent of all stolen property is recovered. Of that, only 4 percent makes its way back to the rightful owners The remaining property eventually ends up in police auctions.
Other statistics show that one out of every five homes will be burglarized this year, while most burglars are under the age of 18 years and most are amatuers looking for an easy opportunity.
One service Mayer provides as crime prevention officer is a free security survey of a home with recommendations on lessening the chances of being victimized. Though the availability of the service is included in all the department's crime prevention literature. Martin said he has performed only three such surveys in almost two years.
Homeowners who request the survey and meet certain criteria receive a three-year 5 percent discount on their home owner’s insurance policy. Martin said, however, some homeowners are reluctant to meet the criteria because of the expense, but they don’t weigh the consequences.
Mayer said he hopes programs could be established in neighborhoods where crime is more prevalent such as in the West End and areas with apartments and rental houses.
"Reasons such programs do not exist in these areas is economics to a
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Equipment Unit 65. 1985 Ford pumper tanker. 1.000 gallons of water.
Unit 66: 1982 Ford pumper tanker. 1.200 gallons of water.
Unit 67: Ford booster truck. 350 gallons of water.
Unit 68. Dodge 4-by-4 brush truck. 200 gallons of water.
Units and firefighters are dispatched by Seguin Central and/or New Braunfels Central Fire Stations by use of plectrons and pagers.
To report a fire: 379-1142 (for those people with a Seguin or McQueeney phone number) or 625-2424 (for those
with a New Braunfels phone number).
EMS Ambulance . 379-8940
Sheriff’s Department: 379-1224
DPS : 379-4210
Marion Fire Department: 420-2391
Non-emergency phone numbers: Station I — 557-6702. Station 2 557-
5569 i Because there no paid members, these numbers will only be answered if someone happens to be at either station.)
McQueeney VFD members are currently working on a Fish Fry fun draiser. later preparations for chicken barbecue held in August
Meeting and drill is held on the se cond Wednesday of every month at
7 .30 p m at station I Drills are also held on the third Wednesdasy of each month at 7:30 p m at station I and on one Sunday per month for several hours The department has two E C.A s and responds to major 10-50s in the area
Total alarms — 68 Structure, fixed dwelling — 8 Structure, mobile dwelling — 9 Structure, storage — 3 Structure, commercial — 3 Grass brush — 16 Grass railroad right of way 3 Motor vehicle boat — 11 False I
Miscellaneous 12 Of the 68 runs, 20 were mutual aid
certain extent. You have a problem with a transient population and people who are fighting just to feed their families and don’t have time to organize and hold meetings,” he said.
Mayer noted, however, that Mayor Pro-Tem and District I council member Ramon Chapa Jr has recently begun getting people in the West End interested and organized in crime watch programs "Ramon is breaking some of the barriers down there for us.
"The key is education and doing something with it. I am proud of the fact that some people have gotten some things done but there is more we can be doing," Mayer said
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The board was concerned about the potential longevity of the landfill after BFI representative said his firm is interested in hauling garbage from other areas like Seguin and San Marcos to the New Braunfels site, although they said most garbage would still go to landfills in San An tonio and Austin as is done presently BFI representatives said they wouid reconsider such a move if it was against the wishes of the board Both firms utilize modern technology in landfill management and operate landfills within other communities nationwide The firms also told the board that they have performed engineering studies and soil tests of the landfill at their com pany’s expense The board is expected to make a decision on the future management of the landfill within the next month
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William Raymond Wright on o forgery charge Arrested Jan 24 he remains in jail on a bond of S3, *ni
Kenneth Ray McGraw for the Nov 22 burglary of a residence Ai rested Dec 12 and in jail in lieu of a $1,500 bond
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Alfred F. Fischer
Services for Alfred F. Fischer of 324 Rancho Road will be held at 2 p m Tuesday at Zoeller Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Hinkhouse officiating Burial will follow at Comal Cemetery Fischer. 93, died March 18 at Northwest Mediplex in Austin The son of Ernest and Clara »nee Krausei Fischer, he was bom Sept 7. 1893. in Twin Sisters He married Norma Alves in New Braunfels in November 1922 She died in 1982 A resident of New Braunfels for more than 60 years. Fischer was a retired truck driver for Sinclair OU Refinery He was a member of St Paul Lutheran Church Fischer is survived by a daughter. Kathleen Litton of Round Rock, sister. Wally Young of San Antonio brother. Walter Fischer of Marlin. Texas; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren Pallbearers will be John Gallagher, Eddie Dawson. Melvin Haas. Peter Parker. Leroy Klinger, and Oris H Koch Memorials may be made to St Paul Lutheran Church
Richard T. Glass
Services for Richard T Glass of 3740 Hunters Glen. Cibolo, will be
held at IO a m Monday at Zoeller Funeral Home with the Rev Fueled Moore officiating Interment will bt* at 4 p m at Laurel Land Cemetery in Fort Worth Glass. 62. died March 20 at McKenna Memorial Hospital The son of Paul F and Mary nee Van O’Neill Cilass Sr . he was born June 16. 1924. in Corsicana He mar Tied Mattie R Parker in San Antonio on July 17.1943 A two-and-a-half year resident of New Braunfels, he was a retired Air Force Major and a member of the Presbyterian Church and the Irving Masonic Lodge Glass is survived by his wife Ruth Glass of Cibolo, father. Paul F Glass Sr of Fort Worth daughter. Betty Wood of Dallas, sons. John R Glass of Houston and Bill P Glass of Dallas, sister. Elizabeth Drennan of Scroggins. Texas, brothers Paul Glass Jr of Maryland and James VS Glass of Fort Worth, and five grand children
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association
Harold C. Poole
Services for Harold C Poole of HCH 4. Box 214 Canyon Lake will be
held at ll a rn Monday at Doep penschmidt Funeral Home with the Rev Olstorf of San Antonio and the Rev Robert Seaton of DeRidder. La officiating Interment will be at 2 p rn Tuesday at Beauregard Cemetery in DeRidder, La Poole, 74 died March 26 at McKen na Memorial Hospital The son of Emile Henry and Beulah nee Lebleu» Poole, he was born March ll). 1913, in Beaumont He married Frna Fiedler in DeRidder on Dec 6 1934 Poole was a county resident for lo years and a retired building superintendent in civil service He was a member of St Andrews Lutheran Church in Canyon Lake and Knights of Pythias Lodge 211 in Beaumont National Rifle Associa Hon life member and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles at Sat tier Poole was a World War ll veteran
Poole is survived by his wife Frna Poole ol Canyon Lake mother Beulah Poole of Canyon Lake. son. Harold Vernon Poole and wife Dorothy of Beaumont and three grandchildren Visitation will be from noon Sun day until service time Monday Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association
A cool tront lingered across Texas Saturday, touching off scattered thunderstorms southwest and west of Wichita Falls, and the National Weather Service posted a severe thunderstorm warning for 17 coun ties
The weather service said marble to golf ball size hail fell in Knox City in Knox County
The stationary cool front extended from the Red River east of Wichita Falls, southwest into the lower Pecos Valley and northwest to Del Rio
The thunderstorm watch was posted Saturday night for the nor thwestern, southwestern and north central parts of the state The watch extended from San Angelo to Midland, northeast to Childress and Wichita Falls into southwest Oklahoma
SOUTH TEXAS - Mostly cloudy Sunday with widely scattered showers mainly northern sections Highs in the 70s north to 80s south Scattered thunderstorms north Sunday night and Southeast Texas Mon day Lows Sunday night 50s north to 60s south Highs Monday 70s north to 80s south
Comal River......................... 424 cfs (same)
Canyon Lake inflow.............. 1.332 cfs (down 55)
Canyon Lake outflow............... 1.090 cfs (up 20)
Canyon Lake level.................911.33 (down .02)
Edwards Aquifer..................627.95 (down .01)
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Mario and Gayle Guerrero, 908 W Mem weather; 8 pound, 13 ounce boy; March 17.
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