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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 16, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Heralit-Zeitung — Saturday, September 16, 2000County Local State From the Dispatch k- Assault A woman working at the New Braunfels Civic Center Thursday night reported being grabbed inappropriately by a patron, police said. The woman, 20, reportedly was selling raffle tickets when she approached a table where a 43-year-old New Braunfels resident grabbed her by the arm and asked her to sit on his lap. The woman struggled away from the man, went home and called police. Officers found slight bruising on her arm when they investigated. She returned to the civic center with them and identified the man, who was interviewed by police. An investigation is ongoing. and the case has been referred to detectives. The man could face a class C misdemeanor assault allegation. Class C misdemeanor assault is the lowest-level assault charge — about like a traffic ticket, police said ► False alarm New Braunfels firefighters went to the Comal County jail shortly before noon Friday for a reported fire alarm at the Comal County Jail. A firefighter in Station 2 said the call was a false alarm. Upcoming Meetings NEW BRAUNFELS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT — school board meeting, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Education Center, 430 W. Mill St. NEW BRAUNFELS INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT CORPORATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS — 7 p.m., Monday, New Braunfels Municipal Building, conference room A, 424 S. Casted Ave. NEW BRAUNFELS RECYCLING ADVISORY COMMITTEE — noon, Tuesday, New Braunfels Municipal Building, conference room A, 424 S. Casted Ave. NEW BRAUNFELS PLANNING COMMISSION — annexation workshop, 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casted Ave. NEW BRAUNFEL HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS — 5:15 p.m., Thursday, 300 Laurel Lane. Connections accredited The Texas Network of Youth Services recently awarded Connections w itll a seal of accreditation at The Annual Texas Network of Youth Services Conference in August. The review ensured that Connections’ counseling services, emergency shelters and other services were providing exemplary services. Jail rings dinner bell Lock-up kitchen now open after renovation K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung While inmates at the county jail separate plastic utensils, cook Charlotte Dolle finishes preparations for a chicken-fried steak dinner at the new county jail kitchen. TV dinners are now a thing of the past for inmates. Below: A jail trusty helps out in the kitchen preparing meals and utensils. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer An old joke told around jails goes, “If you don't like the food, don’t go to jail." In Comal County' Jail, inmates who dined on chicken-fried steak for supper Monday are liking the food a whole lot more than they have in the past IO months. On Monday, TV dinners at the jail became a thing of the past. The convenience meals were required while the jail kitchen was refurbished and expanded. The $4.5 million renovations and expansion of the county jail, w hich date to March 1998, are largely complete except for some fence work and interior painting, which is being done by inmates. The expansion added 144 beds in six cell blocks and a 49-bed work release block as well as administrative and operational support space. The additions totaled 30,000 square feet. County officials expect to pay> the price tag for the renovations by housing federal prisoners — for which they are paid $50 a day — in space the county does not now need. That w ill take about 2-1/2 years, according to budgetary projections. While institutional food no matter how well prepared probably is not the same as mom’s cooking, it is not bad. Sheriff’s officials and inmates alike said they were glad it was back. Charlotte Dolle is one of three cooks who, w itll eight prisoner “trusties," prepare meals for the jail staff and inmates. “Gosh, yes, we’re very happy,” Dolle said. “This is much nicer and a w hole lot larger than w hat we used to work in." “The old kitchen ended about here,” she said draw ing an imaginary line through a bay of brand-new steam tables. “This pantry didn’t exist. The kitchen was very, very small.’’ Comal County Chief Deputy Bill Collins oversees the lockup, which now has 337 beds. The air-conditioned kitchen expanded into the former jail laundry room, Collins said. Modern stainless steel convection ovens and other new food service equipment that sits alongside a Garland commercial range have replaced commercial washers and dryers. That range — which appears new but is antique — has been used in the county so long it was moved decades ago to the present jail from the former lockup on the third floor of the county courthouse. “That stove looks brand new," C ollins said. “The inmates sanded it down and refinished it.” Prison dining halls rank w ith jail “yards" as among the most dangerous places in a facility. At the Comal County Jail, recreation areas are small and continuously supervised. The jail has no dining hall: food is brought to cell blocks in heated or cooled carts, much like in a hospital. Trays are handed through “food traps” cut into cellblock bars or security doors. Then the trays go back to the kitchen where everything is placed in racks. The racks pass through a new, tractor-fed, preheated dishwasher that sterilizes everything for use in the next meal. Frankie Martinez is a “trusty” who has been inside 11 months and two weeks on this “bid," and he hopes to be paroled in about a year. Martinez just started working in the new kitchen Monday as a prep/utility worker. “This kitchen is nice,” he said. “It’s set up just like a restaurant.” Martinez should know. Before he ended up “inside” this time, he was a dinner cook in Austin. He remembers the old kitchen from a previous hitch, and there is just plain no comparison, he said. He hopes he will pass his remaining time on kitchen duty working makes jail time go a little faster. Dolle, sitting with Collins a few feet away, told the chief deputy Martinez was a good worker with a good knowledge of kitchens. “Unless he does something he’s not supposed to, he’ll have a job here,” Dolle said. That is just fine with Martinez. He enjoys his work. “Everybody said they enjoyed the meals yesterday. Compared to the TV dinners, it’s just like being home. This afternoon, we’re making chopped barbecue beef sandwiches — kind of like Sloppy Joe stuff,” Martinez said. “Everybody’s happy with the meals — we have regular food now that the kitchen’s done.” City hall needs J election judges The New Braunfels City Secretary needs people to work as election judges and clerks during the Nov. 7 election. Judges especially are needed in City Council Districts I and 5. City voters will consider two propositions concerning how the city uses a portion of its sales tax dollars. The city will train those who do not have experience. Election workers are paid. Call 608-2100. Are you suffering from FALL ALLERGIES? Volunteers ages 15 and older are needed for a research study involving an investigational medication. Qualified patients will be compensated up to $160. lf you are interested, Call: (830)609-0900 Central Texas Health Research Civil rights lawyer to speak at TLU DEES Special to the Herald-Zeitung SEGUIN — Morris Dees, civil rights activist, lawyer and founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will be featured in a free public lecture, “Responding to Hate:    Voices of Hope & Tolerance,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Texas Lutheran Universify’s Jackson Auditorium . Copies of Dees’ book “Gathering Storm: America’s Militia Threat” will be available, and Dees will sign books immediately after the lecture. “We are thrilled to host such a distinguished guest as Morris Dees,” said Dr. Norm Beck, department chair of theology and philosophy. “Mr. Dees has been a crusader for equality and action in this country for years, and we look forward to his upcoming visit with great excitement. His courage and willingness to fight for what is right are an example for us all.” Dees is in the news at the moment because of the $6 million settlement that was awarded to two Idaho citizens who were attacked by an Aryan hate group. Dees prosecuted the white-supremacist group Aryan Nations and its founder for the attack. On Sept. 7, an Idaho jury handed down the $6 million verdict that found an Aryan Nations organization and its leaders responsible for the assault. “We intend to take every single asset from the Aryan Nations now and forever,” Dees told The New York Times. “We intend to even take the name Aryan Nations and hopefully, through the judicial process, close a sad chapter in this nation’s history.” Dees’ battle for civil rights has been ongoing. In 1971, Dees cofounded and funded by direct mail appeals, the Southern Poverty Law' Center, a nonprofit group that maintains a pool of lawyers who specialize in lawsuits involving civil rights violations and racially motivated crimes. The SPLC is based in Alabama. Through his work, Dees has placed himself at odds with the most notorious racists in the country. He has championed civil rights both by prosecuting attacks and also seeking to bankrupt hate groups. In 1998, Dees obtained a $37.8 million verdict against the Ku Klux Klan for the burning of a Baptist church in South Carolina -the largest civil award ever won for damages in a verdict. Recently, Dees also devoted his ime to educating people about America’s radical militia movement, and authored the 1996 expose “Gathering Storm:    America’s Militia Threat.” Admission to the lecture is free. However, all attendees are asked to arrive early, because audience members will be required to pass through a security checkpoint. 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