New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 26, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
Landfill charging $10 for reflective safety vests
Raul Ramos wears a neon safety jacket as he checks in Wednesday afternoon at Mesquite Creek Landfill administration office.
By Greg Bowen
If you’re hauling a load out to the local dump, you might want to carry along a reflective safety vest too.
The brightly colored vests are now a requirement for entry into the landfill, which is owned by Waste Management, one of the largest landfill operators in the country.
If you don’t have a vest when you arrive, Waste Management will sell you one at the gate for about $10 plus tax.
Some New Braunfels residents, including Wayne Le Boeuf, haven't been too happy to find out about that arrangement — especially after they’ve driven a truckload of refuse all the way out to Waste Management’s Mesquite Creek Landfill.
Mesquite Creek is east of New
Braunfels off Farm-to-Market Road 1101 at 1000 Kohlenberg Road.
“It’s just not right,” said Le Boeuf, who refused to buy a vest when he first learned about the requirement after pulling up to the dump’s gate with a half-ton pickup load of old wood flooring.
“It’s just truly outrageous.” See VESTS, Page 12
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Dam water release flows at trickle
Officials reach agreement on replacement of damaged stem shafts; repairs forthcoming
By Will Wright
CANYON LAKE — With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, there’s good news and bad news from Canyon Dam.
The good news is the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers has finally reached an agreement with a contractor to restart the replacement of damaged stem shafts at the dam. Construction will begin in the coming weeks.
However, water flows from Canyon Lake remain slowed by the ongoing drought, and Guadalupe-Blanco Riv
er Association, the agency that regulates water release flows from Canyon Reservoir, says those release rates won’t change unless the area experiences a significant weather event.
Marcus Schimank, Canyon Lake manager for the U.S. Corps of Engineers, said the agreement with con
tractor AOC Environmental Inc. to replace the dam’s twin gate stem shafts was reached a few weeks ago.
Schimank didn’t have an official date for resumption of the project, which has been stalled since January.
See DAM, Page 12
► ELIZABETH SMARTFormer
DON’T TOUCH THAT FAWN
► CAR BURGLARY
Police say high-speed chase suspect in custody
Man fled from police after being pulled over to be questioned about car burglary
By Dalondo Moultrie
preacher gets life
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Elizabeth Smart finally got her chance Wednesday to confront the street preacher convicted of holding her captive and raping her for months when she was just 14. Now 23, she stood tall in the courtroom — stoic, with an even voice and a strength Brian David Mitchell clearly
Smart Mitchell, frail and skinny with a long, peppery white beard, sang hymns softly and closed his hollow eyes,
Mitchell i“st as1he t)ld throughout his
trial, just as he would
moments later as the judge
gave him two life sentences
without parole. That did not
stop Smart from looking
right at him and coolly
speaking her piece.
It took her about 30 seconds.
“I don’t have very much to say to you. I know exactly what you did,” said Smart, wearing a houndstooth checked skirt, an ivory jacket and pearls. “I know that you know that what you did was wrong. You did it with full knowledge... but I have a wonderful fife now and no matter what you do, you will never affect me again.
“You took away nine months of my life that can never be returned. You will have to be held responsible for those actions, whether it’s in this life or the next, and I hope you are ready for when that time comes.”
See SMART, Page 12
Three weeks after calling out the hounds and a helicopter, New Braunfels Police Department officers know where to find the man who slipped their grasp after leading them on high-speed vehicle and foot chases, officials said.
He is in custody, and it took law enforcement personnel, more dogs and even horses to track down the culprit, officials said.
United States Marshal’s office deputies cap- - .
tured Adolph Favela III, 36, about 5 a.m. Wednesday in a friend’s bathroom in San Antonio, NBPD Capt. Michael Penshorn said.
“We were able to identify Mr. Favela as a result of good investigative work on the part of our detectives,” Penshorn said.
“And with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s service, he has now been taken into custody.”
It took deputy marshals about 17 hours to capture Favela, said Bobby Hogeland, deputy U.S marshal with the Western District of Texas-San Antonio.
He said police with Lone Star Fugitive Task Force tracked Favela to his mother’s home Tuesday and tried to arrest him about noon Tuesday, but he led them on a high-speed vehicle chase, jumped out, ran away and disappeared in a dense wooded area.
Favela evaded capture for several hours even as dogs, horses and officers in a helicopter joined the chase, Hogeland said. He said they arrested Favela about 5 a.m. Wednesday inside a friend’s home n San Antonio.
Favela was on probation after a guilty plea for transporting illegal weapons and running from immigration officials at a border checkpoint in Laredo. He violated that probation when his name
See CHASE, Page 12
Photos by LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung
A fawn rests on a blanket on the front porch of a home in the 200 block of Woodland Avenue on Wednesday.
Officials remind residents to leave deer alone
By Dalondo Moultrie
“1W T o, that’s not Bambi on your I \l lawn. No, that fawn most X \ likely has not been abandoned by its mother. And, no, you should not grab the baby deer, wrap it in your arms and smother it with hugs, love and kisses.
It’s the time of year when doe are dropping fawns, sometimes on New Braunfels residents’ lawns, and the helpless-looking babies entice people to try to care for them.
Bad move, said Brent Satsky, state game warden in Comal County.
“The best thing is to leave them alone so the mother can tend to that animal,” Satsky said. "They’re going to have them in their yards. It’s best to try to avoid any kind of contact with the fawns.”
He said New Braunfels has a healthy deer population and some doe leave fawns in shady areas of
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH AN ‘ABANDONED’ FAWN?
Homeowners Charles and Tricia Rogers discovered this fawn in the morning. Charles Rogers said die animal was blocking his front porch, so he picked it up and moved it, and now the mother won't come near it Residents who believe u fawn has been abandoned can call Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation at (830) 336*2725, or visit www. wikHde-rescuo.org.
homes. The mothers may leave to find food, but they inevitably return for their offspring.
New Braunfels resident Charles Rogers said he’s at a loss trying to figure out what to do with a fawn he found on his porch recently. Rogers said the tiny creature appeared to be only a couple days old but was blocking the front door.
So he did the only thing he could,
Rogers said. He moved the fawn.
Rogers said he knows people shouldn’t move the fawns because the mothers may smell human on the babies and want nothing to do with them. But, Rogers said, he had no choice.
“It was literally where we couldn’t open the door so we had to move the
See FAWNS, Page 12