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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 2, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas W W THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2,2004    ^herald-Zeitung J>KUKi 3 A&M FOOTBALL New Braunfels' Aldo de la Garza and the rest of the Aggies hope to crack Utah's bravado. Page 5A FORUM LETTERS Readers sound off on Bulverde capital plan, Americans who complain about war in Iraq, NPR war coverage. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 252 12 pages, 2 sections B500 oooor r" 20% rain chance High Low 94 67 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3BDead boy’s grandfather, parents indicted By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The parents and grandfather of a 15-month old infant found dead with two drugs in his system in his New Braunfels home Dec. 2 were indicted Wednesday. District Attorney Dib Waldrip said Gregory Robbins, arrested in Houston May in connection with the death of his grandson, Brandon Lee Robbins II, was indicted on two charges of allegedly injuring a child. Robbins has been held since his arrest in Comal County Jail. His bail is $200,000. The boy's mother, Angela Robbins, 34, was indicted on an allegation of endangering a child by failing to provide a safe environment. If proved, the charge is a jail felony punishable by six months to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000. His father, Brandon Robbins Sr., 32, was indicted on a charge of injury to a child, which is a second-degree felony punishable by two to IO years in state prison and a $10,000 fine. Waldrip said the infant’s parents had agreed to surrender to authorities on a personal recognizance bond upon indictment. They will be charged and released from custody. According to court documents, the baby was found dead in bed about 7 a.m. Autopsy revealed he had methadone and cocaine in his system — and signs of a blunt-force trauma injury — at the time of his death. Officially, the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s office listed cause of death as “undetermined.” But investigators found the boy’s father allegedly brought cocaine into the home — and See DEATH, Page 3A WHAT’S IN A NAME? Women’s Center changes moniker to be more inclusive By Leigh Jones Staff Writer With the flourish of a small conflagration, the Comal County Women's Center shed its image as a refuge only open to women and emerged with a new name - Crisis Center of Comal County. Before the New Braunfels Fire Department helped light the fire under a banner with the old name, Executive Director Danny Perez explained why center staff felt the name change was necessary. “We have begun to serve more men every year,” he said. “Last year, five men, victims of domestic violence or sexual assault, stayed in our shelter." Comal County Sheriff’s Detective and Crisis Center board member Wayne Lehman knows from experience how hard it is to persuade male victims to come to a place they think is only for women. “About three years ago, I worked a case where a man had been sexually assaulted by two other men,’’ he said. “Every step of the investigative process drained away some of his dignity. I told him he could go to the Women’s Center for help, but it was like every ounce of dignity was gone at that point.” Lehman said he knew then the center needed a name change so all victims would feel comfortable seeking help. Shelter Manager JoAnn Villanueva said as one of only three shelters in the state that would house men, the Crisis Center needed a gender-neutral name. “We don’t discriminate in any way,” she said. “Men are also victims of domestic violence.” The center used to put men up in hotels rather than give them a room at the shelter. That changed when the staff realized there was no reason male victims should he See CRISIS CENTER, Page 3AScooter Store lays off 200 By Scott Mahon Staff Writer After laying off 250 workers in January, the Scooter Store announced Wednesday it would lay off another 200 employees as part of a restructuring to cope with more restrictive Medicare guidelines. Last week, the company shuffled its management and appointed Mike Pfister president so company founder and CEO Doug Harrison could “restore the company's growth.” Pfister said Wednesday’s announcement was the culmination of a weeklong restructuring effort. “We started talking to senior management people last week, and we reviewed every department in the company,” he said. The lion’s share of the layoff affected support positions, including people in See LAYOFFS. Page 3AMan arrested in connection with weekend stabbing By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 36-year-old Solms man was arrested Wednesday on an attempted murder charge in connection with a weekend stabbing incident. Comal County Sheriff’s detective Wayne Lehman said he and Texas Ranger Chance Collins arrested Joe Martinez Wednesday morning at his resi-Joe Martinez dence in the 5100 block of EM 482. County Court-at-Law 2 Judge Charles Stephens set bail on Martinez at $250,000, Lehman said. Lehman didn’t give a motive for the stabbing, wliich sent Katherine Nash, 37, to University I lospiial with major injuries. I Ie said it involved family violence and that Martinez was not considered a threat to anyone else. I iospital officials have not released information about Nash's condition. Tourism officials hope for great’ weekend turnout By Ron Malonay Staff Writer Local business owners and law enforcement officials reported Wednesday everything was ready for this summer's last holiday weekend. Paul Rich, owner of Mountain Breeze campground on River Road, took time out from preparations to say he was looking forward to a strong holiday weekend. “We’re not completely booked, but we’re hoping for a great weekend,” Rich said. “This is the best water we’ve had for a Labor Day weekend in several years. Usually, we’re begging for 200 cubic feet-per-second. This year, we’ll have 400. It’s just incredible.” With the water conditions, Rich said he expected Labor Day to kick off a great fall tubing season. “When people know the water's so good, you have good weekend business into October,” Rich said. “I've seen it be IOO degrees for Halloween." Labor Day, Rich said, is not the busy holiday weekend it was before schools started going back into session in August. “They find things to do around their houses,” Rich said. “But I’m getting a lot of families calling who want to still come.” Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc. President Michael Meek said expect to see a lot of local use of parks, rivers and the lake. “Of the three major summer weekends, this is notoriously one of See WEEKEND, Page 3A HEALTH ALERT The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and me Alamo Aiea Council of Governments have declared today en Air Quality Hadji AJart Day. Health Alen I DAVID INGRAM Hera Id'Zeitung Becca Strachan reads messages written by sexual assault and domestic violence victims Wednesday afternoon outside the Comal County Crisis Center.The center changed its name from the Comal County Women's Center to reflect the fact that more and more men are using the facility. Employees of the Comal County Crisis Center throw their old business cards into the fire they lit to burn the Comal County Women's Center sign Wednesday afternoon. ;