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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 27, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels THURSDAY March 27, 2003 12 pages in 2 sections M—ppa    MMM    12 pages in 2 seemHerald-Zeitung BraMMiWiil Iii lasted :ir a............*................... Mi Vol, 152* No. 115 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Man tried to lure girl near NB middle school By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Police are looking for a man who tried to lure a 13-year-old girl into his vehicle as she walked home Tuesday afternoon from New Braunfels Middle School. A resident of the neighborhood reported to police that someone tried to entice her daughter into a medium-blue sport utility vehicle in the 600 block of West Coll Street.Report it Report suspicious activity to the New Braunfels Police Department at 608-2179. Outside the city limits, report it to the Comal County Sheriffs Office at 620-3400. The incident occurred at about 3:10 p.m. Tuesday. Twice the girl refused to get in and told the man to stop bothering her. “He knew she was under age,” the victim’s mother said. “He asked her if she attended the middle school and he asked her where she lived. He knows the neighborhood and was not afraid to approach a child in broad daylight.” The woman reported that the suspect circled back to talk to her daughter — and stopped his vehicle. He is in his 30s or 40s, is bald, possibly Hispanic and of medium build with a round-shaped head and medium complexion, the woman said. “Talk to your kids. This man is looking for a victim. He continuously circled our street and throughout the neighborhood,” the woman said. New Braunfels police detective John Rios said the girl did exactly the right thing. “She told him to leave ner alone — twice — and kept walking,” Rios said. “Never, ever get into a vehicle with a stranger for any reason. She did the right thing by telling him to leave her alone and by keeping going. “She also told her mother, which is a very important thing to do. Get a description of the vehicle. Remember anything you can. Get a license plate — that will really help us track the vehicle down,” Rios said. Rios said police forward information received to patrol officers so they can be on the lookout for the suspect and vehicle. “This young lady did everything she needed to do, and mom did the right thing. The main things are to stay out of that vehicle, tell your parents and call the police," he said. Bush: War far from over Army troops parachute into Iraq, seize airfield New Braunfels native injured during Operation Iraqi Freedom By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer The son of New Braunfels couple was wounded Sunday in the fierce fighting near the city of Nasiriyah, Iraq. Retired U.S. Marine Col. Jim Reid, head of the Marine Junior ROTO program at New Braunfels High School, said Wednesday his son, Ben, was injured when a rocket-propelled grenade hit an amphibian assault vehicle he was riding in. The attack occurred as Marines were trying to take a bridge near Nasiriyah. Ben Reid is a weapons platoon commander and infantry officer from the First Battalion, Second Marine Regiment. His battalion was part of Task Force Tarawa, composed of troops from the Second Marine Expeditionary Brigade from Camp Lejeune, N.C. “He’s doing fine,” Col. Reid said REID of his son, a 2000 graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The younger Reid sustained second-degree facial burns when a rocket-propeUed grenade hit the vehicle, killing the platoon sergeant and artillery forward observer, along with seven others. Col. Reid said he thought his son might have been hurt when he watched Task Force Tarawa’s actions on television, pieced bits of information together and listened to an embedded reporter with the unit. “We were waiting on a list of casualty names. Then we got casualty notification 72 hours later, which wasn’t bad,” Col. Reid said. He said Ben, who married last July, would soon be evacuated from the hospital ship USNS Comfort. “He’s out of the fight, but the fight goes on,” said the retired Marine. "We need this nation to stand by the president, and weil see this thing through to the end. And I know my son would feel this way, too." By David Espo AP Special Correspondent Army airborne forces parachuted into northern Iraq Wednesday, seizing an airfield for a new front against Saddam Hussein. U.S. and British warplanes bombed an enemy convoy fleeing the besieged city of Basra in the south. One week into the war, the possibility of a major battle loomed within IOO miles of Baghdad as another convoy — this one made up of elite Republican Guard forces — moved in the direction of .American troops aiming for Saddam’s seat of power. Jumping from low-flying planes into the Iraqi night, an estimated 1,000 paratroopers landed near an airstrip in Kurdish-controlled territory' less than 30 miles from the Turkish border. Hundreds of miles to the south, the unchallenged bombing of Iraqi forces leaving Basra raised hopes that ground troops could soon enter the city, feared at risk for a humanitarian crisis. The military' developments unfolded as the first humanitarian delivery- of supplies rolled into southern Iraq, greeted at the border by hungry children. With American and British forces massing to the south, west and now the north of Baghdad, the Iraqi regime kept much of the news from its own people. Instead, it emphasized a claim that two American cruise missiles had killed 14 civilians in Baghdad and wounded dozens more. “This war is far from over.” President Bush said in a quick trip to the Florida headquarters of U.S. Central See TROOP&3A County to begin bidding process on new office space By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The second step in a series of moves that will provide a little elbow room for cramped Comal County facilities soon wiU be under way. Comal County Commissioners Thursday are set to request bids on a new building to house the offices of Precinct I Justice of the Peace William Schroeder on property the county owns on Thxas 46 in front of the county road department. Also in the commissioners court agenda will be requesting bids to add a meeting facility and offices to the proposed new home of the Comal County Agricultural Extension Services to be located on property the county recently purchased behind the road department, The new facility would include Schroeder’s courtroom, offices for his staff and some adult probation officers, as well as a meeting room. It could be completed as early as this summer. The facility would locate Schroeder’s offices closer to the center of his precinct, and would make it more accessible to Canyon Lake and Spring Branch area residents. The move is part of a program begun with the 2000 See COUNTY/3AInside Abby....................................6A Classifieds..........................2-4B Comics..  ..................8A Crossword..........................6A Forum ..................7 A Movies................................6A Obituaries...........................3A Sports..............................1-2B Today..................................2A Key Code 76 66826 00001 Council members host town hall meetings By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer A series of “town hall” meetings begins today, launching an effort to encourage communication between New Braunfels City Council members and their constituents. District 3 Councilwoman Debbie Flume hosts a meeting at 6 p.m. today at her home, 721 Wood Road. The forum will be open to all res-idents who want to talk about anything, but Flume hopes to focus on issues in District 3. District 4 Councilman Robert Kendrick hosts a meeting 6:30 p.m. today at the Gruene Cliff Bed and Breakfast, 1111 Gruene Road. Kendrick said he willAt a glance ■ WHAT: Town hall meeting, New Braunfels District 3 ■ WHEN: 6 p.m. today ■ WHERE: Home of Councilwoman Debbie Flume. 721 Wood Road ■ WHAT: Town hall meeting, New Braunfels District 4 ■ WHEN: 6:30 p.m. today ■ WHERE: Gruene Cliff Bed and Breakfast 1111 Gruene Road try to conduct such meetings in aU parts of his district to ensure his constituents are well-informed. If the meet-uigs go wed, he said he hopes to continue them on a regular basis, perhaps monthly. District I Councilwoman Sonia Munoz-Gill invited Mayor Adam Cork and Flume to discuss May 3 ballot Propositions 1,2 and 3 with District I constituents in a meeting tentatively scheduled for next week at the hall of Holy Family Catholic Church. Munoz-Gill said she has been thinking about hosting a town hall meeting for a long time but decided to do it now with the upcoming election. Munoz-Gill said she hopes to focus on Propositions 2 and 3 because street repair issues are important to her constituents, "My district is one of the older districts,’’ Munoz-Gill said. “My constituents have seen development occur, and See MEETINGS/3A EDDIE LEDESMA/KRT photo U.S. Marines of Bridge Co. Bravo go to work after a nap and breakfast in a drainage culvert. They worked all night to build a medium girder bridge in the southern Iraqi desert Wednesday after a sand storm with winds in excess of 70 mph canceled bridge building Tuesday. About 76 Marines took refuge in the culvert for a few hours before being called to formation at midnight to again attempt to build the 151-foot span that can support 70-ton Abrams tanks. I Tips to help Kids cope with war, Page 5A ■ Relief convoy rolls in as allies clear way, Page 5A ■ Guest column: Portrait of our soldiers, Page 5A ■ Briefs from the warfront, Page 5A ■ Follow late developments on the Herald-Zeitung Web Site, www.haraM-zMuno.oom ;