New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 7, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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,T* U)Man arrested in 30-year-old killing case
By Ron Maloney
MCQUEENEY — It was an old, beat-up RV behind a home in the IOO block of Hideaway Lane — 30 years
and 1,400 miles removed from a Toledo, Ohio, killing.
As it turned out for David De La Cruz, 61, three decades wasn’t long enough and Hideaway Lane wasn’t far enough to keep Ohio lawmen from
reaching out to touch him — with a little help here in Texas.
Seguin spokesman Rafael Aviles said police Detective John San Miguel and Texas Ranger Dwayne Goll arrested De La Cruz 30 years and a
day after the Oct. 3, 1974, shooting of Ronald Hendricks, 30, of Toledo at 5:35 p.m. Monday. De La Cruz is being held without bail on an aggravated murder charge.
“The Lucas County Cold Case Unit called Officer San Miguel from Toledo, Ohio, and told him they were looking for a David De La Cruz,” Aviles said.
San Miguel said the call
seemed to come out of nowhere.
“They called, said we have a cold case, and we believe the suspect might be in your area,” San Miguel said. “They
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TECHNICAL STUDIES Flu vaccinations
to be given based on health risks
Automotive technology dual credit course at CTTC teaches basics of car repair
By Leigh Jones
Samantha Balderas is the only person in class wearing high heels, but she is not shy about elbowing her fellow students out of the way to get a better look under the hood of the latest class project.
Balderas is the only girl in the new Central Texas Technology Center automotive technology dual credit course. Every weekday morning, the 17-year-old Navarro High School senior joins 15 boys from Navarro, Seguin and New
Braunfels high schools to learn the basics of car repair.
When the students graduate, they will be prepared to take good jobs as entry level technicians.
“All the students will have a general idea of the automobile,” said instructor Kenny Mores. “They will be able to do tune-ups and oil and tire changes.”
Balderas is not really interested in doing maintenance tasks — she plans to work on hot rods.
See CTTC, Page 4A
Jon Haskins tests the alternator on one of several test vehicles donated by General Motors and Ford in the automotive class at CTTC.
Shadow Day offers look into world of business
By Scott Mahon
After a tour of McKenna Hospital, 13-year-old Olivia Hobden said she wanted to be a doctor someday. So did Katie Taylor, another 13-year-old Canyon Middle School student who participated in Shadow Day.
I lobden and Taylor were among 224 middle school students who got a hands-on experience Wednesday at more than 50 businesses in New Braunfels, including McKenna Hospi
tal, city hall and Eden I lome.
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce’s business education committee has sponsored Shadow Day for local middle school students the past 15 years.
"It gives students an opportunity to go out in the real world and see how different businesses operate,” said Rusty Brockman, director of economic development. “It also gives the students a chance to think about what they want to do in life.”
Nineteen students toured McKen
‘We took the students on a tour of the hospital, including the laboratory, the birthing center and radiology," said Cory Elrod, president of the McKenna Healthcare Foundation. “It gave them a real life look at the different kinds of jobs and careers in healthcare. T hey also got to listen to the hospital’s chief executive officer, Tim Brierty, talk about trends in healthcare, and the future of healthcare."
See SHADOW, Page 4A
By Leigh Jones
T hanks to manufacturing problems at one of two U.S. vaccine suppliers, many Comal County residents will likely go without flu shots this season.
That’s because the export license for British flu vaccine manufacturer Chiron Corp., which supplies half of the vaccines given in the United Slates, has been yanked by the U.K. Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.
Fortunately, the Comal County health department did not order its vaccines from Chiron, but the Centers for Disease Control has put a hold on vaccine shipments from all other suppliers.
With shots in short supply, high risk patients will get them first.
County Nurse Karon Preiss ordered 7,000 vaccines this year, the same amount of shots the department gave out last year, but only 1,750 have arrived.
Preiss said the timing of the announcement was frustrating because her second vaccine allotment was supposed to ship out Wednesday.
Until she hears more vaccines are on tire way, Preiss has canceled all outside business and school clinics and postponed three senior citizen clinics at tile Comal County Senior Citizen’s Center, the Canyon Lake Recreation and Resource Center and the Bulverde Health Clinic.
“It’s not good news,” she said. “The high risk groups is where fatalities occur. This makes for an interesting flu season."
T he Texas Medical Association also is encouraging Texas employers, pharmacies and clinics to cancel plans to provide flu shots to employees so vaccines will be available for people who most need them.
The health department is not the only local medical provider lacking an abundance of the vaccine.
Paul Seward, director of pharmacy at McKenna Hospital, said he had received only a small number of shots so far.
See VACCINATIONS, Page 3A
COMAL COUNTY FLU VACCINATION PLAN
The following priority groups for vaccination with inactivated influenza vaccine this season are considered to be of equal importance are:
* Children ages 6 to 23 months.
■ Adults age 65 and older.
lf People between 2-and 64-years-old with underlying chronic medial conditions.
ii All women who will be pregnant during flu season.
* Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
■ Children between 6-months and 18-years-old on chronic aspirin therapy.
* Health-care workers involved in direct patient care
■ Out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of children younger than 7 months.
FLU PREVENTION TIPS
* Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water.
* Cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze.
■ Keep your hands away from your nose, mouth and eyes.
■ Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
■ lf you have a cough or fever, stay home until you recover.
* Contact your medical provider if you are experiencing severe symptoms.
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Central Texas Technology Center automotive instructor Ken Flores explains to student Samantha Balderas, 17, how the A/C clutch on a vehicle works during class.