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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY February 20 2003 iMbwMV A T Mir Vr VX VX 12 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Voh 152 No 85 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Ordinance next step in putting tax issue to vote BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer City council Wednesday received a pair of petitions that would let voters decide May 3 whether to divert two thirds of the sales tax money now earmarked for economic development to street repair Gomez guilty of organized crime BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A Comal County jury Wednesday convicted Arnal do Aleman Gomez for engag ing in organized crime through the sale of drugs Jurors who began deliber ations just before lunchtime returned with the verdict at Gomez was convicted of engaging in an organized criminal activity by Possession with intent to distribute heroin Possession with intent to deliver cocaine Possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine Possession of between 4 ounces and 5 pounds of mar ijuana Gomez 48 faces between 25 and 99 years in state prison District Judge Gary Steel will sentence Gomez in about one month at the con clusion of a presentence investigation The jury of six men and six women heard four days of testimony leading up to Wednesdays closing argu ments by prosecutors Joe Soane III and Ed Springer and defense attorney Joseph Garcia III In the case against Gomez thesearch and arrest war rants obtained for the Dec 13 2001 SWAT team raid that resulted in the arrest of the defendant his sister San dra 41 and younger brother Rodolfo 39 were based upon four drug buys by a paid informant He later was convicted of bank robbery and sentenced to 37 years in state prison When the play is cast in hell the actors are not Soane told the jury The deeper you descend See INSIDE Key Code 76 projects At Monday nights regular meeting council will conduct the first reading of an ordi nance that will put the issue on the May 3 ballot in two propositions The second and third read ings required to adopt an ordinance will be conducted in special meetings at 6 Tuesday and 6 Wednes day respectively The petitions circulated by District 3 Council member Debbie Flume throw to vot ers the question of whether to divert onequarter cent of the 4B Improvement sales tax now dedicated to economic devel opment for repair of city streets City Secretary Michael Resendez reported to coun cil that his staff had verified about signatures on Flumes petitions For a place on the ballot Flume needed only 974 names DAVID Veronica Martinez pushes as Trent Thomas and Schlitterbahn general manager Keith Fontenot pull the Super Dog sign into place at the Communities In Schools offices Super Dog was a popular teen spot in New Braunfels in the 1950s and CIS is reviving the icon for a fundraiser March 22 See dog return CIS resurrects drive in theme for fundraiser BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Everyone is invited to travel back in time as Wursthalle is transformed into the Super Dog Drive In a popular local eatery and teenage hangout from the 1950s Schlitterbahn is sponsoring Lets Rock n Roll for Kids to celebrate Communities In Schools first 10 years of service to the youth of Comal and Guadalupe The fundraiser slated for March 22 will benefit CIS Headlining the event will be Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88s offering their pop ular show of 1950s and 1960s tunes The VIP party will begin at 6 with burgers fries and Super Dogs served by carhops An Elvis impersonator will per form during the dance costume and hula hoop contests VIP will sit directly in front of the stage at Wursthalle Johnny Dee will perform at 8 for general admittance Premier parking is available for patrons who drive a 1950sor 1960sstyle car or motorcycle Costumes are optional but certainly will add to the Jean Wilson chair man of the fundraiser said Tickets for the VIP party are and must be purchased in advance at the CIS office in the Hinman House 161S Castell or the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc General admission tickets are available in advance or at the show and cost Lizzie Trevino program coordinator said she hopes the event will garner enough support to become an annual event CIS began on three campuses 10 years ago Today the staff members provide handson service at the campuses of 28 DAVID The old Super Dog drive in sign now pro motes a benefit for Communities In Schools The VIP event will include car hops an Elvis impersonator and a cos tume contest schools in Comal and Guadalupe coun ties Though CIS specializes in helping atrisk students they are not the only ones who benefit All the kids receive services form Trevino said Every child in the school is touched by CIS provides students with a link to other services like transportation and housing It serves about students CIS offers students from kindergarten to high school a myriad of services that aid them in their everyday behavioral atten dance and academic issues from schol arships to lunch money Though CIS holds frequent small cam paigns such as school supply drives Trevi no said this will be the first largescale fundraiser Trevino said the event came about as See CISJ3A Flume wants to divert two thirds of the 4B tax which totals threeeighths of a cent on a dollar to road repairs which she said 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 To accomplish what Flume proposes requires two ballot initiatives one to reduce 4B tax and the other to set a See Moll Industries reorganizes under bankruptcy plan City officials say no cause for concern BY RON MALONEY AND DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writers The injectionmolding firm the city hopes to bring to the former Flextronics plant is emerging from voluntary bankruptcy but city and company officials say the reorganization is no cause for public concern New Braunfels officials have been extensively briefed about the reorganization and are confident that Moll Industriesfinancial troubles are over New Braunfels City Coun cil has offered the worldwide manufacturer and designer of custommolded plastic products a package of tax abatements and a nointerest loan Moll Vice President for Operations Ron Embree said Wednesday night that local residents businesses or job seekers should not be at all concerned about the bank ruptcy Moll filed for voluntary Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy Sept 17 2001 with the support of its senior creditors Embree said the bank ruptcy enabled the company to divest itself of unprofitable operations in Europe pay down debt and concentrate on its profitable operations in the United States and Brazil On the Net For information about Moll Industries Inc log on to The primary reason for the Chapter 11 filing was a debt restructuring Moll is not concerned about it In fact things are going very very well for us We had a record fourth quarter in 2002 and so far 2003 is looking said Embree Molls operations enjoyed a 17 percent increase in fourth quarter sales in 2002 pver the same period in 2001 Our customer base is staying with us Were con solidating and focusing on our critical strategic cus tomers and what we know how to do he said Moll will manufacture plastic components for appli ances and consumer packag ing products in New Braun fels The largest percent of our revenue is large and small Embree said Molls Texas operations in Austin and San Antonio are both profitable What the consolidation to New Braunfels would do Embree said is enable Moll to realize economies of scale See Cervin Krueger file for Comal ISO trustee seats BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Rose Cervin and incum bent Dan K Krueger have filed for run in the board of trustees election for the Comal Independent School District Cervin a stayathome mother from Spring Branch who has contributed 900 hours as a school district vol unteer is running for the District 5 post currently held by Derald LaRue I believe honesty is what the patrons in out school dis trict deserve regarding fund ing curriculum safety trans portation food services and our longterm Cervin said I feel that communi cation of this information to the taxpayers in our district will help provide hope of the best educational opportuni ties for all the Krueger a sales manager from New Braunfels who already represents District 2 is president of the board of trustees He has served for nine years on the board and CERVIN is certified as a master trustee by the Texas Association of School Boards Kruegers top goals if reelected are to ensure bond monies are spent wise ly for their intended purpose and to con tinue to search for KRUEGER alternative sources of funding to help lower taxes There are still some bond projects that arent complet ed like the high school and 1 have a duty to the taxpayer I want to be sure the projects are completed properly And weve got major issues a new budget and TAKS Im See
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