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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 15, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY February 15 2003 M y j V VvA pages jn 2 scctjons HERALDZEITUNG Vol 153 No 81 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Flume hands in 4B fond petition tfon propoaWonrtluat be approved by the Department of Justice VoteradeddeonMay3 wtwther to reduce the 4B tax from BY DYLAN JIMENEZ AND RON MALONEY Staff Writers New Braunfels District 3 Countilwoman Debbie Flume turned in approximately signatures Friday on a petition that would give vot ers the choice of whether to divert economic development funds to street repair At midday Friday Flume was still scrambling to gath er and confirm signatures for her petition The group turned in the signatures just 10 minutes before the 5 deadline Flume wants to divert two thirds of the 4B tax which is now earmarked for eco nomic development eighths of a cent on a dollar to road repairs She said that was the intent of the original tax when it was established in the 1990s In 2000 voters agreed to merge the economic develop ment and improvement taxes and dropped limits on what per centage could be spent on either Her proposal she said would help get street projects done Flume and supporters began their petition drive Feb 1 holding signs on Main Plaza and walking door to door in residential areas to round up the 947 signatures she needed See K JESSIE Councilwoman Debbie Flume far right turns in the signa tures she helped collect in an attempt to have funds divert ed to road repair to City Secretary Michael Resendez with supporters Betty Dunkin Notary Ralph Buller and District 4 Councilman Robert Kendrick from Flower power Right Hard at work making lastminute requests Rose Sassenhagen turned out to be the only rose left in Fancie Flowers 9401 San Antonio St Shortly after 2 Terry Voges received a call at her shop from a man desperate to find roses for someone After some moments Voges turned to her other employees He wanted to make sure we didnt have any left in our back yard that we could dig After selling through roses cus tomers at the flower shop were becoming creative Above Jonathan Torres and Sam Trevino came in looking for something special for their wives The four would be doubledating later in the evening and the two friends decided on wrist corsages for their significant others The two men had planned the dinner but were leaving the rest of the night up to their better halves Dinner a movie Torres said whatever they wanted the corsages would easily go with any of the special moments the evening presented K JESSIE Attorney informant clash in testimony BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The paid informant who could send Arnaldo Aleman Gomez to prison for the rest of his life clashed Friday with defense attorney Joseph Gar cia III during crossexami nation The informant a former Canyon Lake resident now serving 37 years in prison for a 2002 New Braunfels bank robbery was brought into District Court Friday in handcuffs and chains He made it veiy clear he didnt want to be there and he never looked up from the witness stand during his tes timony If he had he would have seen Gomez and other mem bers of the family watching his every word Gomez 48 faces 25 to years in prison if convicted on any of five counts in the trial being conducted before 274th Judicial District Judge Gary Steel The defendant stands charged with his brother Rodolfo 39 and sister San dra 41 with engaging in an organized criminal activity by Possession with intent to distribute heroin Possession with intent to deliver cocaine Possession with intent to deliver methampheta mine Possession of between 4 ounces and 5 pounds of mar ijuana and Unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon See Man arrested charged with setting own house on fire BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SAN MARCOS A 53 yearold former Canyon Lake resident has been indicted and arrested on an arson charge in connection with the fire that destroyed his home this past August Comal County Fire Mar shal Lin Manford said Richard Allen Fields was arrested Thursday night at his home in Woodcreek a Hays County community near Wimberley He was booked into the Hays County Jail and posted bail Friday Fields arrest came in con nection with the Aug 24 2002 fire that destroyed his twostory home located on the 600 block of Abels Way in the Eden Ranch subdivision Manford said Fields was home alone during the fire which occurred late at night The fire was suspicious almost from the beginning of the investigation Manford said There were a lot of incon sistencies in Mr Fields accounts to Manford said An investigator from the state fire marshals office was called in to assist with a dog trained to detect flammable liquids See INSIDE Church Key Code 76 e i Casteels bills all aimed at county BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer State Rep Carter Casteel RNew Braunfels filed her first pieces of legislation this week three bills all deal ing with Comal County legal issues Weve got em rolling and Im glad to get em Casteel said Friday House Bill 871 will estab lish Comal County Courtat Law Number Two which will mirror the existing statutory court The creation of this sec ond county courtatlaw will give the current county courtatlaw judge and the district judges relief from the growing case Casteel said The case load has increased tremendously in the last two The second county court atlaw will hear misde meanors and family law cas es and proceedings It will also bring in more revenue which Casteel said she expects to offset the courts costs Then there is House Bill 934 It will allow for increased input and offer a broader perspective to the Juvenile Board Casteel said The proposed legislation adds two additional mem bers an additional district court judge and the criminal district attorney with the voting only in the event of a tie to the current board The 207th District judge county judge and county courtatlaw judge make up the Casteel said Finally House Bill 935 authorizes creating a mag istrate position for Comal County It also establishes the qual ifications and responsibili ties of that position Currently the justices ol the peace and county judge perform this duty each with an assigned weekday and alternating weekends So having that position tills in the gap until the second countycourtatlaw judge is available Casteel said Casteel said the magistrate would assist in the processing of accused offenders at the Cornal County Jail reading them their rights and estab lishing bonds for thorn
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