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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 14 14 pages in 2 sections Novc nbcr 28 2000 Council votes against fee BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council removed a proposed fee for new development from the citys new drainage ordinance Monday night Council unanimously approved the ordinance declaring the citys drainage system to be a public utility It does not go into effect for 30 days The original ordinance pro posed two fees a drainage utility fee for existing improved properties and a stormwater development fee for proposed new development However council voted to remove the stormwater develop ment fee and address it in a dif ferent way The move followed lingering concerns about whether the fee was actually an impact fee and if imposing the fee posed legal lia bilities for the city Council approved the change after City Attorney Floyd Akers presented information to the council shortly before Mondays meeting Details about exactly what the information said were not available Monday night However Akers indicated dur ing the meeting that there were lingering questions about whether the proposed fee for pro posed new development the stormwater development fee was an impact fee By law cities must follow a separate set of rules for calcu lating and establishing impact fees With an impact fee developers pay a fee based on a develop ments impact on a watershed A development that does not affect drainage in a watershed would pay nothing for instance See COUNCIL75A iUi A V Comal County since 1852 UlioJDAY Iri 50 cents r i i Two escape from Comal jail Manhunt under way for convicted felons ON THE LAMB JOHNNY LEE COOPER Age 27 White male 5feet11 205 pounds Brown hair Green eyes CHRIS A pair of Comal County Jail inmates got over or around the facility fence early Monday in the first jail escape since 1993 Detectives were still looking for them Monday WAYNE EDWARD WEIRICH Age 37 White male 5feet9 190 pounds Black hair Brown eyes BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County sheriffs deputies and Texas Rangers are searching for a pair of inmates who escaped from Comal County Jail early Monday and are considered dangerous Chief Deputy Bill Collins said Wayne Edward Weirich 37 of Fred ericksburg and Johnny Lee Cooper 27 of Comal County were noticed missing from a work detail at Both were described in a sheriffs office press release as Anyone encountering themshould use caution and contact authorities Patrol deputies searched overnight and by dawn Texas Rangers and the sheriffs criminal investigation divi sion detectives took over the looking forfjpossible leads in Comal and neighboring counties The sheriffs office has opened an internal investigation into the escape Collins said Weirich and Cooper were trusties who were buffing and waxing jail floors at the time of their predawn escape Collins said Trusties are inmates who are not considered dangerous in the jail envi ronment and are allowed to work at jobs during their confinement Some jail inmates have jobs in the kitchen laundry room or other areas of the facility Collins said the pair both scheduled for transfer to state prisons once local appeals or court cases were conclud ed were residents of O Block a medi To HELP Anybody with information on the escape or the escapees can call 6203400 or the Comal County Crime Stoppers line at 620 TIPS or 800 6408422 Comal County Crime Stoppers offered a reward for information leading to their capture Also a reward of up to was offered for infor mation leading to grand jury indictment of anyone helping the pair by harboring or trans porting them Gore vows to not back down BY RON FOURNIER AP Political Writer Al Gore defended his unprecedented reach to the courts Monday declaring Let the people have their say by counting every ballot in Flori das makeorbreak presiden tial election George W Bush plunged into the work of building a new government even as scat tered rankandfile Democrats warned that Gores time may be running out A day after Bush summoned TV Transition Texas lieutenant governor making tentative Time Warner plans cabk fee hike in January BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The new year will bring increased prices for Time Warner Cable customers along with some new channels Beginning Jan 1 basic cable prices will increase 3 percent from a month to a month A majority of Time Warner customers sub scribe to the basic standard and Superstation package which costs a month now That price will increase by 5 percent to a month Thats the lowest increase weve had on that level of service in six Time Warner President Navarra Williams said Customers will see the new prices on their January bills he said Digital increases will be slightly higher Williams said with the increase dependent upon the level of digital service Premium channel prices will not increase Time Warner will continue to offer a discount for people age 65 and older Senior citizens sub scribing to basic standard service receive a discount per month Several reasons necessitate the price increase Williams said No 1 the cost of programming continues to rise and were adding new he said Our programming costs for example are going to increase by about 20 percent this year where rates to the customers are only going up by 5 percent Several new channels were added to various See cam eras to press for Gores con cession die vice presi dent laid out his case for letting courts set tle the nations longcount election This is he said with a forced chuckle When votes are cast we count them We dont arhi torilvset them asidebgcause its too diffkulLJtTcount The primetime televised address was perhaps Gores last best chance to explain why the closest presidential election in 124 years didnt end Sunday night when Flori das top elections officer a GOP partisan certified Bush the winner by 537 votes out of 6 million cast Gores support was falling as he went on the air An overnight poll conduct ed before the address by found that 56 percent of Americans said Gore should concede the election compared to 46 percent who said that last week An ABCWashing ton Post survey found similar results I guess Bush does have a legitimate right to the presi dency but if I was in Gores place Id probably be doing the same thing he said Rick Prowell 39 an electric lineman in Little Rock Ark Gore protested the results in a Florida state court earlier See K JESSIE Nurse Gail Byers from Austin holds handmade signs to support George W Bush in Austin Monday RECOUNT UPDATE BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Al Gore seeking to overturn Floridas certification of Republican George W Bush as the win ner of the states decisive 25 electoral votes challenged the results from Palm Beach MiamiDade and Nassau counties in state court Monday Bush campaign filed state lawsuits late Sunday in Hillsborough Okaloosa Orange Pasco and Polk counties charging that they improperly rejected several overseas absentee ballots lawsuit over Palm Beach Countys butterfly ballot was sent to the state Supreme Court on Monday sides agreed Monday to move a Democratic lawsuit accusing Republicans of tampering with absentee ballot applications in Seminole County to circuit court Rev Al Sharpton filed a federal lawsuit in Miami against Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris Floridas board of elections and Bush saying the state certification before MiamiDade County could complete a manual recount of ballots disenfranchised minority voters INSIDE Cheer Fund KtyCotfeTQ The HerakJZeitung seeks dona tions for its annual Cheer Fund to provide holiday meals for needy residents Mail or drop off donations at Braunfels Woman pleads guilty to intoxication assault BY RON MALONEY Delmoral charceH with two fihft rtaianoo Delmoral charged with two she would plead She looked direct Defense attorney Mark Clark counts of intoxicated assault with a ly at the jurors waived his opening statement she said each time Gonzalo Perez suffered internal In his opening statement Springer injuries that included a possible torn told jurors that Delmorals blood aorta and causing a 1999 accident that Monday jurors were selected alcohol level was 173 percent in a Leticia Perez suffered two for me trial which is being presided Wood test administered at McKenna ken legs dislocated knees a over by District Judge Gary L Memorial Hospital more than right ami and other internal injuries Steel twice the legal limit of 08 including head injuries v Comal County Deputy District He described the impact of the Gonzalo Perez was treated for a Attorney Ed Springer opened the crash the damage to the involved few days at University Hospital and trial by reading the grand jury vehicles and how Leticia Perez had then released Leticia Perez died 56 indictment on the two intoxicated to be cut from her vehicle by New days later from complications another vehicle driven by Gonzalo assault charges one each for Gon Braunfels firefighters because of internal injuries corn Perez 54 of New Braunfels zalo and Leticia Perez I think the defendant should go pound fractures and a brain injury PerezV wife Leticia 52 was Delmoral stood for the reading to state prison for this Delmoral suffered minor injuries injured and later died Steel twice asked Delmoral how Springer said in the accident MALONEY Staff Writer A Comal County jury will could be sentenced to two mine the punishment for a woman to 10 vears prison and fined who pleaded guilty to driving drunk O000 for each count and causing a 1999 accident that contributed to another womans death Christina R Delmoral 26 admit ted Monday to driving drunk in the wrong lane early on Oct 3 1999 on FarmtoMarket Road 2722 Her vehicle collided headon with
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