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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 29, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS i HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 15 16 pages in 2 sections November 29 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents GONZALEZ Gonzalez dies Former Rep Henry B Gonzalez a maverick legislator whose 37 years on Capitol Hill were marked by a passionate defense of the common man died Tuesday in a San Antonio Courts in middle of election mayhem BY RON FOURNIER AP Political Writer Al Gore sought a speedy hand recount of Floridas con tested ballots Tuesday to ensure no question no cloud hangs over the nations 43rd president A judge rejected his timetable Democratic lawyers vowed to appeal and Republicans demanded Its time to wrap this As die campaign played out in five separate courtrooms the vice president sought to accelerate thf proceedings to avoid further testing of the publics patience three weeks after Election Day Seven days starting tomorrow for a full and accu rate count of all the the vice president said short ly after his lawyers asked Cir cuit Judge N Sanders Sauls to order the recount of questionable ballots in two Democratic counties The judge instead sched uled a Saturday hearing and ordered the ballots along with one or two voting machines sent to Talla hassee in case he agrees that a recount is needed Bushs lawyers objected to Gores timetable saying they needed time to prepare their case against him Gores advisers were dis appointed by the ruling believing Gore needs good news from the courts in the next two or three days MAJOR Waco ISO eyes Major for school chiefs job BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Jerry Major Comal Independent School District superintendent has been named the lone finalist to lead Waco schools The Waco Indepen dent School District Board of Trustees announced Majors selection on Tuesday State law requires that the board now wait 21 days before voting on his appointment During that time peri od Major probably will visit and Waco school board members probably will visit the Comal school district C1SD report ed I started my career in education in New Braunfels 30 years ago and enjoy my job and love Comal Major said in a statement provided by CISD If every thing works out in Waco its a profession al opportunity that will be difficult to pass up The Waco board is interested in me I am interested in the Waco superintendency and we will see what transpires over the next three No job offer has been made and there have been no contract talks yet Major said Theyre kind of checking me out and Im kind of checking them The 21 day period is for all parties to assess what they want to he said The Waco superintendents job has been open since June when former Superinten dent Rosanne Stripling left Her husband became superintendent in Texarkana and she is now a professor at the Texas branch in Texarkana Striplings salary was when she left after working for the Waco district 10 years including three as superintendent Waco ISO public information officer Car ole Perry said Majors current base salary is Perry said Majors salary in Waco would be negotiated if he were hired Major 54 was born and raised in San Marcos and has a bachelors and masters degree from Southwest Texas State Uni versity His doctorate is from the University of Texas at Austin In time for Christmas K JESSIE Prudencio Navarro left and Francisco de Hoyos work together Tuesday afternoon installing a new traffic signal at Oak Run and Highway 46 Texas Department of Transportation officials said the signal will be turned on before Christmas The lights will flash for a couple of weeks before they begin their normal cycle Comal Jail escapees still on loose Police arrest accomplice BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer GOODFRIEND NBHS campus on high Below Comal Coun ty Sheriffs dep uties arrested on Tuesday the un cle of one of the fugitives who broke out of the county jail ear ly Monday Detectives arrested Jay Goodfriend 52 of New Braunfels on a charge of hin dering the appre hension and pros ecution of a known felon The offense is a third degree felony punishable by 210 years in state prison and a fine of up to He was booked into Comal County Jail about 5 Tuesday and had not been magistrated at press time Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace William Schroeder recom mended in Goodfriends arrest war rant that bail be set at Comal County Sheriff Bob Hold er on Tuesday assured the public that his jail is safe and secure and that an investigation is under way to determine what happened in the CONSIDERED DANGEROUS JOHNNIE LEE COOPER JR Age 27 White male 5feet11 205 pounds Brown hair Green eyes WAYNE EDWARD WEIRICH Age 37 White male 5feet9 190 pounds Black hair Brown eyes and a fair com plexion escape of two inmates to ensure that it does not happen again Johnnie Lee Cooper Jr 27 and Wayne Edward Weirich 37 escaped from the county jail about 2 Monday The pair had been stripping and refinishing floors when they climbed to the roof from an interi or recreation area Patrol deputies and criminal investigators searched late into See High school campus tightens security after jail break BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels High School is on high alert after the escape of a Comal County Jail inmate previously convicted of kid napping an NBHS teacher Assistant Principal Mike Reimer said the school would be on high alert until the escaped convict was captured It is a very high level security factor for us and the safety of our students and teachers up Reimer said Johnnie Lee Cooper 27 and Wayne Edward Weirich 37 escaped from the Comal County Jail early Monday morning The men who are considered dangerous remained at large late Tuesday Weirich had been in the jail since June and had been convicted of a third offense felony drunk driving and sentenced to 15 years in prison Cooper was serving a fiveyear sentence after being convicted of kidnapping his exwife and daughter at gunpoint in Janu ary He had been in the Comal County Jail since Jan 31 His exwife is a firstyear teacher at NBHS Officers brought her to the school Monday She was scared Reimer said but stayed at school to prepare materials for a substitute to take over her classes She is tough Shes very Reimer said Shes just hanging in there We dis persed Coopers picture to all the teachers faculty and staff just in case he did try to come to this Teachers advised students not to approach Cooper and to report his presence immediately INSIDE Cheer Fund Key Code 76 Contributing to the Herald Zeitung Cheer Fund were David and Chariine Johnson Anonymous Claude Dickens Anonymous Fredrick Budworth The HeraldZeitung seeks donations for its annual Cheer Fund to provide holiday meals for needy residents Mail or drop off donations at 707 Landa St in Intoxicated assault defendant takes the stand BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer One year after Leticia Perez died from injuries sustained in a head on crash the woman who hit her described crying uncontrollably on the side of the road after the colli sion And how through her death Perez changed the womans life Christina R Delmoral admitted Monday to driving drunk in the wrong lane of FarmtoMarket Road 2722 on Oct A Comal County jury will decide her punishment Delmoral faces 210 years in state prison and a fine of up to Perez 52 a passenger in the vehicle driven by her husband Gonzalo Perez suffered major injuries in the accident and died 56 days later According to medical records read into the court record in Dis trict Judge Gary L Steels court Leticia Perez and her family repeat edly refused medical advice that she accept blood transfusions after the accident Religious convictions were cited as the reason An official familiar with the case suggested those refusals might have led to the dropping of an intoxicated manslaughter charge down to intoxicated assault Tuesday afternoon defense attor ney Mark Clark opened his case by putting his defendant on the wit ness stand and describing for jurors her life before and since the acci dent He said a psychiatrist would tes tify that she had been diagnosed with manic depression or bipolar disorder and had been using alco hol to selfmedicate When 1 sit down Ill look at you honestly and tell you theres good reason that she can be rein tegrated into Clark said Clark led Delmoral through the day of the accident the number of beers she had consumed and the New Braunfels bar she had visited with a friend Delmoral described how tired she was when she drove home toward New Braunfels after drop ping her friend at his pickup truck at Canyon Lake I remember slapping myself a couple of times 1 remember open ing my window to try to stay Delmoral testified Then came the impact of the accident
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