Thursday, June 17, 1999

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 17, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG 150 14 pages in 1 section June 1999 I ATTT TT ServinS Comal County since 1852 50 cents Authorities say suspect might not be suspected rail killer HOUSTON AP Authorities believed theyd arrested an elusive railriding serial killer Wednesday but later said they had the wrong We have a pretty high confidence that its not Rafael Depart ment of Public Safety spokesman Mike Cox DPS officials initially thought theyd found ResendezRamirez riding on a freight train between Round Rock and Hutto in Williamson They arrested a man who looks like with a similar snake It turns out the tattoo is on the wrong DPS spokesman Tom Vinger Resendez Ramirez has the tattoo on his left and this mans is on his right Late Wednesday computerized fingerprint RESENDEZtests between Resendez RAMIREZ Ramirez and the man on the train did not Cox The FBI will do its own fingerprint tests sometime this morning to confirm the sus pects A drifter from Mexico known to hop freight ResendezRamirez has been wanted by the FBI in connection with five Texas killings and one in since August All the victims were beaten to death near railroad Authorities say fingerprints and other forensic evidence link ResendezRamirez to all five Texas killings two in the Hous tonarea and three near 80 miles west of The DPS and Round Rock police thought theyd found the suspected killer with four other men on a freight train in Williamson Cox Investigators received information that five suspicious people were riding a freight train near Round Cox Officers stopped the train near the intersection of Highway 79 and FarmtoMarket Road 685 and arrested the The men were being held at the Williamson County Jail on suspicion of Cox said the suspects did not try to run away when authorities found The five were hiding underneath the wheels of a trailer that was being towed on a flatbed train The Union Pacific train was eastbound when police stopped it Austin police received a 911 call Wednes day afternoon from someone saying ResendezRamirez might be on a freight train in the Cox Later in the Round Rock police received a similar Round Rock police asked for help from the which sent a helicopter to stop the About two dozen officers from See Advantage Spurs San Antonio takes Game 1 of NBA Finals in front of fans BY CHRIS SHERIDAN AP Basketball Writer SAN ANTONIO AP A efficient 33 points from Tim a bunch of timely 3pointers from Jaren Jackson and a little of everything from David Robinson were enough to give the San Antonio Spurs the victory in Game 1 of the NBA Before a crowd of almost the secondlargest ever at a finals San Antonio showed why it is a prohibitive favorite against the lowseeded New York Duncan was virtually unstoppable all shooting 13for21 and grabbing 16 Jackson had the hot hand when his team needed it in the fourth quarter and the Spurs defeated the Knicks 8977 Wednesday Jackson had five 3pointers and scored 17 points for the who never let the Knicks make a serious run down the stretch Game 2 is Friday night at the and the Spurs will have a chance for the longest playoff winning streak for one season in NBA This was their 11th straight win in these tying the 1989 Los Angeles If theres any solace for the maybe its the fact that the Lakers big streak a decade ago didnt lead to a The Spurs havent won one but they sure looked ready to be a championship San Antonio closed the first half with a 142 run to take the lead for It made New York play catchup after that PETER Spurs fans gather around televisions Wednesday watching Game 1 of the NBA Finals at The Watering Hole 1390 Old McQueeney San playing in its firstever championship defeated the New York Knicks CHRISTINA WalMart associates show their Spurs spirit Wednesday at the discount 1209 Interstate 35 Employees wore Spurs Tshirts and created a Go Spurs Go banner by sticking cups into a and slammed the door shut midway through the fourth by preventing the Knicks from getting anything resembling an easy Duncan did a little of everything making seven jumpers from anywhere between 6 and 20 six layups and seven foul Robinson shot just 3for10 but had 13 nine seven three steals and three blocked Latrell Sprewell and Allan Houston had 19 apiece to lead New which got an emotional boost but little else from the unexpected return of Larry Johnson from a See Gamel Spurs Knicks 77 New York 27 10 26 14 77 San Antonio 21 2426 18 Spurs lead bestofseven series 10 Leading Scorers SPURS Tim 33 Jaren 17 KNICKS Allan 19 Latrell 19 Series Schedule Game 2 San 8 Friday Game 3 8 Monday Game 4 8 Wednesday 5 8 June 25 Game 6 June 27 Game7 8 June 29 if necessary TV KMOL Radio KCOR Students scored well onTAAS Passing rates fall with change in test reporting BY HEATHER TODD 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 Texas Education Agency officials said last month that students posted a record passing rate on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test this thirdthrough eighthgrade and lOthgrade students in both New Braunfels and Comal independent school districts scored at or above state averages in most grade levels and subject Eighthgrade students in CISD scored one point below the state average in reading and two points behind the state in NBISD eighthgrade students also scored one point below the state average in TEA officials said gains in student perfor mance were particularly impressive because this year marked the first time school ratings were based on performance of both regular and special education School accountability ratings for which will be released are based on dropout and attendance rates and TAAS pass ing rates for all including regular and special the account ability ratings included TAAS scores for reg ular education Local school districts saw some decline in scores from the 199798 school year with the new accountability Reading scores at the fifththrough eighth grade and lOthgrade levels dropped slightly in along with math scores for sixthgrade students and writing scores for NBISD scores showed a consistent decline from last years scores across all grade except for gains in seventhand eighthgrade reading and seventhgrade math Exitlevel scores for lOthgrade students in NBISD also improved over the last two years in math and Rosalyn NBISD assistant super intendent for instructional said the inclusion of more special education students See INSIDE Abby 5 Classifieds Comics 7 5 Forum 6 4 Movies 5 Obituaries 3 Sports 89 Today 2 Television Key code