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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 4, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW 7 1 PELS 2627 E EL PflSO TX 79903 4 r TX r J TrnnT HERALDAEITUNG Vol 148 No 162 52 pages in 4 sections July 4 1999 SUNDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 INSIDE True colors American Legion Comal Post 179 members Joe Medina Sanford Crabill and Rick Wilson fold the American flag at Saturdays Old Fashioned Parade and Program See page 56 for a listing of todays Fourth of July events dfti stain i win Members of the Uncle Sam Gang show off their float in the Old Fashioned Parade The group won awards for most colorful and most members Staff writer Christina Minor shares more photos from the parade sponsored by the Sophienburg Museum and Archives on page 10A of todays paper WEATHER While temperatures contin ued to soar Saturday across the state moisture from the coast was poised to threaten Fourth of July picnics We got an early taste of that rain so see page 2A for the forecast INDEX KWSOM77 Community reaching out to help 10monthold Auto Zone employees conducting benefit for young Xavier Espinoza BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO Except for a small tube extending out of his skin above his heart Xavier Espinoza shows no signs of the battle being fought inside his tiny body Doctors diagnosed the 10 monthold with leukemia on June 27 but you couldnt tell from looking at him In his hospital room at Methodist Childrens Hospital Xaviers eyes are alert and he is quick to smile at his parents his 4year old brother and his nurses The baby was diagnosed with cancer after his family took him to McKenna Memorial Hospital on June 26 with a bloody nose and a high fever He then was transferred to Methodist to get his first dose of chemotherapy treatment Mom Lolanda Espinoza said it wasnt unusual for children like Xavier who suffers from Downs Syndrome to develop leukemia BENEFIT WHERE Auto Zone 602 South Walnut Avenue WHEN 11 to 2 today WHAT Hot dogs sodas a live blues band and classic cars on display COST 25 cents for hot dogs and soda plus any donations Proceeds go to the family of Xavier Espinoza or diabetes But the news still came as a shock to his family It was more of shock just See HEATHER Espinoza 4 kisses his 10monthold brother Xavier on the cheek as their mother Lolanda looks on Xavier will soon begin treatment for leukemia Under construction Talk of expanding Walnut Avenue turning to action BY PERI STONE Staff Writer New Braunfels city officials have talked about expanding Walnut Avenue for 40 years and theyre still talking But New Brriunfels Mayor Stoney Williams said the issue ooulki come before voters soon perhaps in the fall Id like to see it on the next bond he said I have to drive that stink ing road twice a day and Im sick of City manager Mike Shands said Its up to Talks about Walnut the only straight northsouth crossroad through town now have shifted from rumor to the very real possibility of a bond election There are a couple of things that might have pushed it to the Shands said And thats increased con gestion and the master plans recommen The master plan adopted by council in April lists widening Walnut as the third highest priority of the city it is the first specific street plan listed and all for good reason The average daily traffic count along Walnut Avenue near the railroad tracks is cars city records show New Braunfels Police Lt John Worn mack said he considered Walnut one of the highest traffic areas of the city Its an antiquated street for the he said One of the HeraldZeitungs readers would agree Have you tried driving Walnut Avenue especially from Bridge Street to Highway 81 during rush hour morning noon and night or when two of the train track crossings have been blocked by trains Florence Riedel asked in a letter Try it you wont like ROAD WORK AHEAD Part of a series on the roads we drive The sign says it all at the intersection of Walnut Avenue and interstate 35 Crews recently began work on a threeyear expansion project for I35 PERI With an average daily traffic count of cars the Walnut Avenue railroad crossing sees plenty of congestion whenever a train pays a visit City leaders made widening Walnut the third highest priority and the first specific street project listed in their master plan New Braunfels Police Lt John Wommack said Walnut had far outgrown its boundaries Its an antiquated street for the he said Work just beginning on interstate BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer The endless miles of brake lights and white concrete barriers tell drivers they are on Interstate 35 The highway that extends through the city limits under construction for some time now will offer more com fort to commuters when its finally completed Teenage shooters remain in detention BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer State District Judge Charles Ramsay on Friday ordered a New Braunfels teen ager accused of deadly conduct back to a Hays County detention facility for another two weeks The 14yearold Canyon Middle School student is accused of shooting a highpowered rifle at the homes of two CMS teachers on April 20 Another 14yearold boy was accused of firing gunshots that night and waived his right to a hearing on Friday The juvenile also will remain in the Hays County juvenile detention center Comal County assistant district attor ney Michelle Montemayor said an attor ney for one of the accused presented an additional piece of evidence during the detention hearing Montemayor said she could not say what that evidence was because of the family code of confidentiality Obviously it wasnt enough to sway the she said Attorneys for the two juveniles usual ly request a closed hearing but Fridays hearing was open to the public Carol Robison the countys director of juvenile probation said detention hear ings were conducted every 10 days to determine whether a juvenile should be returned to a detention facility or released to their parents custody The students were taken to a Colorado County juvenile detention center on April 21 and have remained in area detention centers since they were taken into custody The pair also face charges on two counts of criminal mischief for defacing property at the teachers homes shooting five plate glass windows at the New Braunfels High School library and defac ing property at OakRun school on April 20 The boys also face one count of unlawful restraint for allegedly taking a teenage girl on a ride and not letting her leave the vehicle On May 6 a Comal County grand jury charged the boys with deadly con duct a third degree felony If convicted the pair could be sen tenced up to a maximum of 10 years in a Texas Youth Commission facility Robison void the two would be eligible for parole in one year A jury trial for one of the boys was scheduled May 24 but was postponed No new trial date has been set but Mon temayor said she expected a trial date to be set soon The cases if scheduled for jury trial would be heard in district court
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