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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 23, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Friday June HERALDZEITUNO Page 3A Gomez sentenced for hitandrun accident BY HlATHIR TODD Staff Writer Jesus Jesse Rodriguez Gomez 38 was sentenced to 180 days in prison and 10 years probation Thursday for a hitandrun accident that claimed the of a New Braunfels man last year District Judge Charles Ramsay sen itenced Oomez who hit 78year old Ray Man Biggadike as the elder ly man crossed Business 35 on his bat terypowered scooter June Biggadike was crossing the busy fourlane thoroughfare from the east toward Avenue A around 10 He was thrown 58 feet from his scooter and pronounced dead on the scene by Pet 2 Justice of the Peace Bill Schroeder Oomez who was facing manslaugh ter charges in Biggadikes death in 1999 pleaded guilty May 1 to lesser charges of failure to stop and render aid and tampering with evidence Under a plea agreement presented by the Comal County District Attorneys office in May the manslaughter charge will be dismissed Tampering with evidence is a third degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine Failure to stop and render aid is punish able by a maximum sentence of five years in prison Oomez also will serve 300 hours of community service and attend a driver safety course and a victim impact pro gram within one year According to the plea agreement Oomez also would pay a fine send an apology letter to the victims family within 180 days and use an igni tion interlock on any vehicle he drives Oomez could be sentenced to a max imum of five years in prison if he vio lates the provisions of his probation A Comal County grand jury indicted Oomez Oct 13 on charges of manslaughter tampering with evidence and failure to stop and render aid Oomez turned himself in to police July 1 and was booked into Comal County Jail on a charge of failure to stop and render aid He was released on a bond July 2 Man sentenced for carjacking 1A FROM STAFF REPORTS A 27year old Marion man involved in a carjacking in New jBraunfels earlier this year was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility District Judge Charles Ramsay sentenced Jose Pantoja one of men allegedly involved in Feb 5 carjacking A high speed chase after the alleged carjacking claimed the jlives of two people robbery sus Ipect Larry Holt 22 of San Antonio and Marion resident Milligan 37 who was an innocent bystander San Antonio resident John Lee 23 also faces aggravated robbery charges for allegedly forcing a New Braunfels couple out of parked car in the early morning hours Feb 5 Lee also faces murder charges in Guadalupe County for the deaths of Holt and Milligan According to a plea agreement presented in court May 12 the Comal County District Attorneys office dropped the aggravated rob bery charge and prosecuted Pantoja on a lesser charge of rob bery In the plea agreement the dis trict attorneys office also indicat ed it would not be opposed to shock probation or sentencing Pantoja to 180 days in prison and 10 years probation Aggravated robbery is a first degree felony punishable by life imprisonment or up to 99 years in prison and an optional fine not to exceed Robbery is a seconddegree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to a fine A Comal County grand jury indicted Pantoja on the aggravated robbery charges March 1 He was arrested March 18 and booked in Comal County Jail He was released March 19 on a bond OBITUARIES When you have a big rain it takes four to five days for the mos quito eggs to hatch she said Since we had rain last week Im sure there will be some of these buggers Brandon Leister extension agri cultural agent for Comal County agreed that residents might notice an increase in mosquitoes Basically we know we have received a lot of said Leis ter who said a local ranch reported receiving 24 inches of rainfall since January 15 Water tends to start standing Creeks that normally dont flow start to fill But there are some practical and simple ways to avoid having mos quitoes invade your home and your body The single most important thing homeowners can do to reduce mos quitoes is to eliminate standing water on their Home Depot lawn and garden expert Cindy Prest said Barrels buckets and flower pots are potential breed ing sites for these pesky Home Depot experts said elec trocuting devices commonly known Since we had rain last week Im sure there will be some of these buggers Karen Prates with Comal County Health Department as bug zappers are popular but studies indicated that they had little effect on mosquitoes Bugzappers also attract and kill more beneficial insects than pests Prest recommended using cit ronella candles torches filled with citronella oil and insect repellent spray to repel mosquitoes Tlie Cit rosa or Citron plant can be planted around patios and decks to repel mosquitoes Prest said the citronella aroma from this perennial plant is not as concentrated as from the candles or oil The plant should be used in combination with other repelling products Other means of battling mosqui toes include using abatement fog gers dunks or chemicals The key to safely using these products is to always read and fol low instructions on the Prest said Insect foggers are good for large areas dry quickly and last up to six hours Mosquito dunks are not harmful to fish or pets and can be placed in ponds or anywhere mere is standing water Application tech niques for chemicals vary depending on the type Children and pets should be kept away from a chemi cally treated area until it has fully dried Mosquitoes are attracted by per spiration warmth body odor car bon dioxide and light Insect repellents are an easy way to keep mosquitoes off your skin Kathleen Greer Comal County extension agent Health Education said the most important thing to remember when using repellents was to apply only to the areas where it is needed and avoid spraying it on the hands or in the eyes For children Greer said using a ACKER Dorothy V Acker passed away on Wednesday June 21 2000 in New Braunfels at the age of 56 She is survived by three sons Kevin Acker Barry Acker and wife Maria and Danny Acker and Deanne all of New Braunfels grandchildren Kandra Layne Acker Kannon Ray Acker and 5 Cole Jordan Acker father Linden Preiss Sr of Blanco Texas two brothers Linden Preiss and wife Gloria of Blanco Texas and Elroy Preiss and wife Diane of Bulverde Texas and numerous nieces and nephews Visitation began at 3 Thursday at the Zoeller Funeral Home and contin ues until service time Saturday A Rosary will be recited at the CfflCHESTER Willa Mae Chichester passed away on June 21 2000 at the age of 85 She was an active member of Highland Terrace United Methodist Church for 50 years and she was retired from the Bexar County Clerks Office where she worked as a bookkeepping super visor Her husband William Stanley Chichester preceded Mrs Chichester in death She is sur vived by her daughter Ann Chichester Giambernardi sister Mrs Delores Yvonne Pitzer grandchildren Amy Jean Wintz Julie Ann Grant and Martin Wade Matheaus greatgranddaughter Lauren Ashley Wintz Visitation will take place from 5 to 9 Friday June at Mission PartFuneral Chapels South Funeral services will take place at Saturday June 24 2000 at Highland Terrace United Methodist Church with the Rev Carl Westbrook officiating Interment will follow in Mission Burial Park South Memorial con tributions may be sent to Highland Terrace United Methodist Church 1918 Steves San Antonio Texas 78210 Mission Park Funeral Chapels South HENSLEY Ethel Howard Babe Davis Hensley was born Dec 18 1902 Babe passed away in New Braunfels Texas on June 13 2000 at the age of 97 A memor ial service will take place at 2 Tuesday June 27 at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Cuero Texas or to the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church Zoeller Funeral Home at 7 Friday A Mass of Celebration will be conducted at 10 Saturday at the Sts Peter Paul Catholic Church Entombment to follow in the Sts Peter Paul Catholic Mausoleum The family has requested that memorial contribu tions be given to Hospice New JBjraunfels Sts Peter Paul Catholic Church Building Fund or the American Cancer Society FUNERAL HOME E Keith Moore We Have Moved We are now located at 880 Landa St 6252475 6253149 MRE8B repellent with 5 percent or less of the active ingredient DEBT was safe Anyone with a chronic skin con dition should not use Greer said She said to also watch for any skin irritations in both adults and children and to always wash hands with soap and water after applying a repellent You should not apply it everyday and always wash children off If parents see any behavioral changes in their child or if a child is suffering from a headache stop using the repellent Greer said The same holds true for adults For long camping trips Greer sug gested taking along two types of insect repellent one with the 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