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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 17, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas AV N BW <^tiilgHFELS 20 3 32 1100 9 10/2 2/99 s0 - UtE S T Cl I c R 0 P U BL. I(: HING 7 6 2 7 I':. Yfl HD ELL DR L l PHSO. TX 7 9 903 -Herald-Zeitung mom Vol. 148, No. 150    14    pages    in    I    section    June    17,    1999IXJRlST^)-/VY ^CrV*n^ ^*orna^ County since 1852 50 centsAuthorities say suspect might not be suspected rail killer HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities believed they’d arrested an elusive rail-riding serial killer Wednesday night, but later said they had the wrong man. “We have a pretty high confidence that it’s not Rafael Resendez-Ramirez,” Department of Public Safety spokesman Mike Cox said. DPS officials initially thought they’d found Resendez-Ramirez riding on a height train between Round Rock and Hutto in Williamson County. They arrested a man who looks like Resendez-Ramirez, with a similar snake tattoo. rn w * * 4i RESENDEZ- RAMIREZ Cox said. “It turns out the tattoo is on the wrong arm,” DPS spokesman Tom Vinger said. Resendez-Ramirez has the tattoo on his left arm, and this mania is on his right arm. Late Wednesday night, computerized fingerprint tests between Resendez-Ramirez and the man on the train did not match, The FBI will do its own fingerprint tests sometime this morning to confirm the suspect’s identity. A drifter from Mexico known to hop freight trains, Resendez-Ramirez has been wanted by the FBI in connection with five Texas killings and one in Lexington, Ky., since August 1997. All the victims were beaten to death near railroad tracks. Authorities say fingerprints and other forensic evidence link Resendez-Ramirez to all five Texas killings — two in the Hous-ton-area and three near Weimar, 80 miles west of Houston. The DPS and Round Rock police thought they’d found the suspected killer with four other men on a freight train in Williamson County, Cox said. Investigators received information that five suspicious people were riding a freight train near Round Rock, Cox said. Officers stopped the train near the intersection of U.S. Highway 79 and Farm-to-Maiket Road 685 and arrested the suspects. The men were being held at the Williamson County Jail on suspicion of trespassing. Cox said the suspects did not try to run away when authorities found them. The five were hiding underneath the wheels of a trailer that was being towed on a flatbed train car. The Union Pacific train was eastbound when police stopped it Austin police received a 911 call Wednesday afternoon from someone saying Resendez-Ramirez might be on a freight train in die area, Cox said. Later in die day Round Rock police received a similar call. Round Rock police asked for help from the DPS, which sent a helicopter to stop the train. About two dozen officers from See KILLER/3 San Antonio takes Game I of NBA Finals in front of40,000 fans Bv Chris Sheridan AP Basketball Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A calm, efficient 33 points from Tim Duncan, a bunch of timely 3-pointers from J aren Jackson and a little of everything from David Robinson were enough to give the San Antonio Spurs the victory in Game I of the NBA Finals. Before a crowd of almost 40,000, the second-largest ever at a finals game, San Antonio showed why it is a prohibitive favorite against the undersized, low-seeded New York Knicks. Duncan was virtually unstoppable all game, shooting 13-for-21 and grabbing 16 rebounds, Jackson had the hot hand when his team needed it in the fourth quarter and the Spurs defeated the Knicks 89-77 Wednesday night. Jackson had five 3-pointers and scored 17 points for the Spurs, who never let the Knicks make a serious run down the stretch Game 2 is Friday night at the Alamodome, and the Spurs will have a cl lance for the longest playoff winning streak for one season in NBA history. This was their 11th straight win in these playoffs, tying the 1989 Los Angeles Lakers. lf there’s any solace for the Knicks, maybe ifls the fact that the leakers’ big streak a decade ago didn’t lead to a title. The Spurs haven’t won one yet, either, but they sure looked ready to be a championship team. San Antonio closed the first half with a 14-2 run to take the lead for good. It made New York play catch-up after that 0 Ar — -  ------- >\    :    J    V. I MI I '* %'*'    ’    ' 0* 1 c / jmC / I    f    Rf    » i\. v i * V .. •* j fk    * rn    - .: UMmt_ CHRISTINA MINOft/Herald-Zertung Wal-Mart associates show their Spurs spirit Wednesday at the discount store, 1209 Interstate 35 South. Employees wore Spurs T-shirts and created a “Go Spurs Go” banner by sticking cups into a fence. and slammed the door shut midway through the fourth by preventing the Knicks from getting anything resembling an easy basket. Duncan did a little of everything offensively, making seven jumpers from anywhere between 6 and 20 feet, six layups and seven foul shots. Robinson shot just 3-for-10 but had 13 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three blocked shots. Latrell Sprewell and Allan Houston had 19 apiece to lead New York, which got an emotional boost — but little else — from the unexpected return of Larry Johnson from a See SPURS/9 Advantage: Spurs PETER BROWN/Herakj-ZeAung Spurs fans gather around televisions Wednesday night, watching Game 1 of the NBA Finals at The Watering Hole Saloon, 1390 Old McQueeney Road. San Antonio, playing in its first-ever championship game, defeated the New York Knicks 89-77. Game 1 Spurs 89, Knicks 77 New York 27 10 26 14 — 77 San Antonio 21 24 26 18 — 89 Spurs lead best-of-seven series 1-0 Leading Scorers SPURS: Tim Duncan, 33; Jaren Jackson,17 KNICKS: Allan Houston, 19; Latrell Sprewell, 19 Series Schedule Gama 2: ©San Antonio. 8 p m Fnday Gama J: ©New York, 8 p m Monday Gama4; ©New Yolk, 8pm Wednesday 'Game 5: ©New York, 8 p m June 25 ‘Game •: ©San Antonio, 6:30 p m June 27 ‘Game 7: ©San Antonio, 8 p m June 29 * — lf necessary TV: KMOL; Radio: WO Al, KCOR Students -scored well on TMS Passing rates fall with change in test reporting By Heather Tooo Staff Writer Local school districts stacked up well against the state on standardized test scores but saw a drop in passing rates under a new school accountability system. Texas Education Agency officials said last month that students posted a record passing rate on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test this spring. Locally, third- through eighth-grade and I Oth-grade students in both New Braunfels and Comal independent school districts scored at or above state averages in most grade levels and subject areas. Eighth-grade students in CISD scored one point below the state average in reading and two points behind the state in writing. NBISD eighth-grade students also scored one point below the state average in math. TEA officials said gains in student performance were particularly impressive because this year marked the first time school ratings were based on performance of both regular and special education students. School accountability ratings for 1998-99, which will be released Aug. 16, are based on dropout and attendance rates and TAAS passing rates for all students, including regular and special education. Previously, the accountability ratings included TAAS scores for regular education students. Local school districts saw some decline in scores from the 1997-98 school year with the new accountability ratings. Reading scores at the fifth- through eighth-grade and I Oth-grade levels dropped slightly in CISD, along with math scores for sixth-grade students and writing scores for lOth-graders NBISD scores showed a consistent decline from last year’s scores across all grade levels, except for gains in seventh- and eighth-grade reading and seventh-grade math scores. Exit-level scores for I Oth-grade students in NBISD also improved over the last two years in math and writing. Rosalyn Bratcher, NBISD assistant superintendent for instructional services, said the inclusion of more special education students See TAAS/3 Inside Abby........................................................5 Classifieds.......................................10-14 Comics....................................................7 Crossword...............................................5 Forum......................................................6 Local/Metro.............................................4 Movies.....................................................5 Obituaries...............................................3 Sports..................................................8-9 Today......................................................2 Television................................................7 ©RivwJMrald-Mlliing.com Kay code 76 ;

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: June 17, 1999

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