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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 1, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY May 2001 12 pages in 2 sections mt1f pages in 2 secti HERALDZEITUNG 146 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Mayor Watson goes too far Councilwoman uses city stationery for TNRCC letter opposing council action HENRY COELLO AND CHRIS illustration Councilwoman Juliet Watson and Mayor Stoney Williams are at odds about a proposed plan by the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority to take more water pytof Ganyen BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer New Braunfels Councilwoman Juliet Watsons lat est step in her tenacious fight against a proposal to take more water out of Canyon Lake has Mayor Stoney Williams Williams is outraged because Watson wrote a let ter to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission on official city in direct opposition to the action taken at council he The two are clashing over the GuadalupeBlanco River Authoritys request to pump an additional acrefeet of water annually from Canyon The TNRCC plans to vote to adopt the permit amendment or to send it to a contested case hearing on May Watson fought against action to rescind the coun cils request for the contested case She argued both against the parliamentary procedure adopted in city ordinance and the legalities involved with posting the action on the agenda under the Texas Open Meetings This past Watson asked District Attorney Dib Waldrip to investigate councils April 23 action See Watsons letter to to rescind its request for a contested case Waldrip said Monday he expected to have a conclu sion by the end of the In her letter to Watson The City of New Braunfels continues to request that the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission grant a contested case hearing regarding the Guadalupe Blanco River Authoritys Application based on a letter dated March The letter said that Watson believed the letter from the city dated April rescinding its is illegal and improper based on my understanding of the Law Williams said Watson had gone too far with the letter to What she did was wrong but probably not but so incredibly crossing the line like Williams She spoke directly in opposition to our It doesnt matter what she but when she uses that she is speaking for our city as a It is just completely The city has an informal policy of using official See What Happened 2000 Councilwoman Juliet Watson first discusses her concern about the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority permit She asks council to send a letter of opposi tion to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission concerning the per Council votes against her MARCH 2001 Watson presents concerns about the GBRA She asks council to present her concerns which she claims included a request for a contested case hearing from the TNRCC at a public Council members voted in favor of her MARCH 2001 the GBRA permit amendment public Councilman Lee Rodriguez and Mayor Stoney Williams publicly state council did not intend to ask for the contested case Watson said council APRIL Council votes to clarify its intent to pre sent only comments to the GBRA at the public meeting in APRIL the agenda for its regular the council included an item under discussion and action to consider tor contested case hear After consulting with a regis tered former Mayor Jan the council voted to rescind its action on March APRIL Watson asks District Attorney Dib Waldrip to investigate a possible Open Meetings Act violation at the coun cil APRIL 2001 City staff sends letter to TNRCC from coun cil declaring it rescinded any request for a contested case Watson sends her own letter on official city letterhead to the saying the city continued its request for a contested case hearing because councils action on April 23 was illegal and improper based on my under standing of the Law She also sends a letter to the rest of council opposing the action to rescind the request for a contest ed case Paper wins topAP honor FROM STAFF REPORTS The New Braunfels Her aldZeitung received the sweepstakes award in its cir culation category at the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Convention in El Paso The honor is the highest award given in the Texas APME news The HeraldZeitung also won first place for team effort among newspapers to the APME The team effort award was presented Satur The newspapers circula tion category includes news papers from BryanCollege Port Harlingen and Den Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson accepted both awards on behalf of the which was recognized for its report on the shooting death of Trooper Randall To win the highest award given by The Associated Press in Texas is an out standing achievement for our publisher Doug Toney Because our cir culation has we were placed in a much tougher level of We competed and were judged against larger news To not only win at this lev but to have the news rooms work recognized as the best in the state just two years after we lost nearly everything in the 1998 makes me very proud of these reporters and The judges commented on the newsrooms effort and hustle to cover the Well written and well thoughtout effort done in a short period of time lot of background number of view points impact on entire com munity wellresearched emotional and moving with See Mother says she loves girl at center of child injury case BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Yevette Heiser testified in her own defense Monday in the trial that could send her and her hus band to prison for life for allegedly injuring their daughter by nearly starving her to Heiser she always has and still loves the child she in 1999 in spite of the Icharges leveled against her and her in March Child Protective Services officials took the then from Liberty Hill Elementary School on She was treated for malnutrition and placed in a foster home with her then 15 monthold Her parents have been charged with injuring and endangering her by nearly starving her to death and failing to provide hey with proper medical Their trial was moved from Williamson County to New Braunfels because of pretrial pub If convicted of injury to a the Heisers could face five to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to Endangering a child is a state jail felony punishable by 180 days to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to prosecutor Jane Starnes rested her case in the 26th Judi cial District courtroom of Judge Bil ly Ray Stubblefield after hours of testimony by the alleged victims Judy Cardinale has seen the girl 48 times since her In testimony that began the therapist said that she accept ed as truth allegations the girl made against her parents about unusual punishment and taking away her Under crossexamination by defense attorney Roy Minton on Cardinale acknowledged she hadnt checked out the girls story with anybody You never talked to anybody to determine if these statements were accurate Minton No Cardinale The only thing I saw that corrobo See NB suspect released from hospital Pair injured Sunday in wreck during highspeed chase on Interstate 35 i BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer j A highspeed chase Sunday on Interstate ended in a crash that injured a New Braunfels police officer and sent an Austin boy suspected of car theft tp the The now faces a charge of assault on a public servant with a deadly A midsized sedan and a New Braunfels police car wee destroyed in the Jwgb speed crash just north of New The Lorenzo was taken by ambulance to McKenna Memorial where he was for his injuries and released later He is on injury The 16yearold boy was flown to Uni versity Hospital in San where he was treated for lus injuries and released to Comal County juvenile who are detaining New Braimfels Police John McEch ern said local officers joined in the chase after Selma police notified them about Tins was happening pretty McEchern Officers said the boy was being chased out of San Antonio in an allegedly stolen The chase reached speeds of 95 to 115 miles an police New Braunfels police set up a rolling 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