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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 11, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 61 20 pgs in 2 sections February 11 2000 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Woman indicted for intoxicated manslaughter turns herself in BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer A 26yearold Canyon Lake area woman turned herself in to the Comal County Sher iffs Office Wednesday morning after two warrants were issued for her arrest for intox icated manslaughter and intoxicated assault Christina Del Moral was indicted Feb 2 by a Comal County grand jury on charges that stemmed from an Oct 3 car accident that seriously injured New Braunfels resi dents Leticia Perez 51 and her husband Gonzalo Perez 53 Leticia Perez died Nov 29 as a result of injuries sustained in the accident said Department of Public Safety highway patrolman Randy Wells who investigated the accident If convicted of intoxicated manslaugh ter a second degree felony Del Moral could face from two to 20 years in prison a fine not to exceed Intoxicated assault is a third degree felony and could carry a sentence of two to 10 years a fine not to exceed The twocar accident occurred about 1 on FarmtoMarket Road 2722 about one mile north of New Braunfels Del Moral allegedly was driving on the wrong side of the road in a 1991 Buick Regal when she moved over to pass a vehi cle traveling toward her in the northbound lane Wells said After Del Moral passed the first vehicle she allegedly reentered the northbound lane going the wrong way and collided with a 1997 Ford Aerostar van driven by Gonzalo Perez Wells said Leticia Perez was sitting in the passenger side of the van which allegedly hit headlight to headlight with the passenger side of Del Morals Buick Leticia Perez received the most serious injuries in the accident and was trapped in the vehicle for an extended amount of time before she was airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center Wells said Gonzalo Perez was later airlifted to Uni versity Hospital after internal injuries were discovered Wells said Del Moral received nonlife threatening injuries in the accident and was transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital where a blood alcohol level test revealed her BAL was more than the legal limit for intoxica tion Leticia Perez was transferred to a nursing care facility shortly before her death because of a broken femur and brain injuries she sus tained in the accident Wells said Del Moral was booked into the Comal County Jail about 10 Wednesday and was released on bond shortly before noon Comal County Sheriffs Office Cap tain David Ott said Public weighs in onTXISO BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Caldwell County Judge Wright received a hearty round of applause Thursday evening when he made public comments in oppo sition to proposed State Highway 130 in front of a packed house at the Seguin Coliseum Caldwell County would be the most adversely affected county hi the Wright said I dont know about anybody else but I wasnt particularly impressed by the draft environmental impact study for the Wright said if the highway was constructed With the preferred alignment 16 percent of Caldwell County residents and 26 percent of county businesses would be forced to relocate The public hearing for the TX 130 project conducted by Texas Turnpike Authority Division of the Texas Department of Transporta tion was attended by more than 500 residents county and city offi cials form Caldwell and surrounding counties Although Wright and several other individuals voiced concerns about potential economic and envi ronmental impacts on areas sur rounding the proposed 91mile relief route for Interstate 35 as of press time Thursday the public comments revealed there would be no lack of support for the estimat ed billion project Seguin Mayor Mark Stautzen berger said the city council was hi wholehearted support of the pre ferred alignment of the proposed highway project Guadalupe County Commis sioners Court also gave the high way its endorsement but said the county would not want to foot the bill for more than 10 percent of rightofway costs By press time no residents of New Braunfels had commented on the proposed highway although local critics have cited concerns that TX 130 would route traffic and revenue away from Interstate Love letters K JESSIE Annabelle Banton and Arthur Wages above will star in Love Saturday evening at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center 655 Landa The evening dinner and champagne show begins 6 Admission is Louise Stott and Lewis Sarkozi left will perform the champagne and dessert matinee show at 2 Admission is For infor mation call 6294547 Trustees say its premature to draw lines Additional class day determined BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer With four years until the opening of a new high school several Comal Independent School District trustees and Superintendent Jerry Major said Thursday night it was too early to start drawing attendance boundary lines for new schools The new elementary schools are not opening for another year and a half to two years If we see some population swings Id hate to set the boundaries now and a year from now have to adjust board president Dan Krueger said Kruegers comments were in response to concerns voiced by trustees John Bertelsen and Lester W Jonas about potential problems with the original million bond approved by voters In May 1999 CISD voters passed a twophase bond plan that included building three new elementary schools and a new high school in the Canyon Lake area The new elementary schools are scheduled to open in 2001 or 2002 The new high school will not open until 2004 During discussion Thursday night Bertelsen presented a map of pro posed elementary school boundary lines under the current bond plan Bertelsen said the current plan had a negative impact for some stu dents living in the Canyon Lake area including increased mileage to schools and unbalanced enrollment in the Mountain Valley schools Bertelsen said students living in the Indian Hills subdivision and those living east of 281 and north of FarmtoMarket Road 311 who under a proposed boundary plan would attend the new high school would drive twice as far to get to school We need to put the schools where the peo ple are and we need to put them where the voters felt they would be and then work around CISD trustee But trustee John Clay who lives in Garden Ridge said students living off Schoenthal Road in his district drove 18 to 25 miles one way to get to Canyon High School Bertelsen and Jonas also said the proposed boundaries would create unbalanced enrollment throughout the district with only two elementary schools feeding Smithson Valley Middle School and four elementary schools feeding Spring Branch Mid dle School At present enrollment we have kids in the Mountain Valley schools and in the southern zone The Mountain Valley capaci ty is and the elementary schools in the southern zone have a capacity of Its just not well Bertelsen said Jonas also said the map of pro posed boundary lines was posted and promoted to voters during the bond campaign But Krueger and Major both emphasized the proposed boundary lines which are one of many pro posals had not been set in stone I hear your concerns Krueger said But we havent taken any action on boundary lines And I dont know if were ready to set those Bertelsen said the district would need to start looking at locations for the new Canyon Lake high school in Wentworth LWV share views on campaign finance BY SARA YOCHAM HeraldZeitung Correspondent Candidates should have no limits on how much money they can raise for their campaigns Sen Jeff Went worth RSan Antonio said at a forum on Thursday but League of Women VotersAustin area presiWENTWORTH dent Maxine Barkan disagreed Incumbents have a major advantage and to limit the amount of money a com petitor could raise would not level the playing Wentworth said Barkan said the more money a candidate could raise the greater the chance politicians could be influ enced by special interest groups Barkan and Wentworth were the featured speakers at Thursdays discussion on Barkan began the discussion about INSIDE Key Code 76 KISS hosts 7th annual ball BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer If Cupids arrow hasnt quite hit the mark for you this Valen tines Day maybe a little din ner and dancing at the KISS Valentines Ball will put you in a romantic mood Kids in Safe Surroundings the fund raising arm of the Canyon Lake Community Recreation Center is hosting its 7th annual Valentines Ball at the historic Faust Hotel 240 S Seguin Saturday night to help raise funds for the center Local couples will be treat ed to dinner music and dancing beginning at Dinner will be served at The ball also will feature live music from the local band Soul Shakers and a silent auc tion Typically the Valentines Ball has been a semiformal affair but Jaynellen Ladd director of the Canyon Lake Community Recreation Center said things might change this year Were trying to change it up this Ladd said We want to loosen it up and have some Ladd said guests could spon sor a table at the ball for a tax deductible donation of which includes two dinner tick ets and a gift Dinner tickets cost Ladd said local supporters who want ed to attend the dance but not the dinner were asked to con tribute a donation per cou See
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