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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 2, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY April 2 2003 fjjjjjjjjplH m f 18 pages in 2 sections oERALDZEITl ING Vol 152 No 119 ServingNew Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents TARGET IV Battling clears way to Baghdad Saddaih I American forces rescue POW Page H Cross Lutheran students start prayer wall Page 5A H Briefs from the warfront Page 5A BY DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent Army ground forces attacked Repub lican Guard units Tuesday near Kar bala scarcely 50 miles from Baghdad part of aroundtheclock combat pointing toward an assault on the capital Defense officials said Army units attacked elements of the Medina Divi sion of the Republican Guard in the clash near Karbala hitting an elite Iraqi force weakened by heavy air bombard ment over several days The developments unfolded as huge explosions rocked Baghdad Saddam Husseins seat of power and the site of repeated bombing in the two weeks of the war Plumes of white smoke rose from the southern end of the Old Palace west bank of the Tigris River home to a camp for the Republican Guard Saddam summoned his country via a spokesman to a or holy war against the invaders But American and British officials used the occasion to raise fresh doubts about the fate of a man seen in public only on videotape since the war began The attack on forces near Karbala marked the first major ground battle against Saddams Republican Guard and capped a day of aggressive Ameri can and British military actions Marines staged a nighttime raid on Nasiriyah a column of amphibious assault vehicles rolling into town under a moonless sky and finding Iraqis had abandoned a huge walled police compound In Basra a city of million war planes dropped 500pound and pound laserguided bombs on an Iraqi intelligence complex in an effort to dis lodge diehard defenders who have kept British forces at bay for days What youre seeing today on the bat tlefield in Iraq is a continuation of prep ping the battlefield for a major encounter with the Republican said Navy Capt Frank Thorp See Winds whip up debris fire Regency Constructions Stan Workman orders more dirt put on a second pile of burning up from the debris New Braunfels Fire Departments Engine Three and Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter were called out to the riverside property after high winds began fueling the permitted bum Company was burning trash from river cleanup effort FROM STAFF REPORTS New Braunfels firefight ers were called to the Sum merwood subdivision area Tuesday afternoon to inves tigate a controlled burn being conducted as part of the Guadalupe River cleanup New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Don Zercher said fire men went to an area off Fair Lane just after lunch after neighbors reported concerns about a large debris fire We received calls It was a little too strong of a wind for them to be Zercher said Fire Lt Scott Renken at Fire Station 3 on Hanz Dri ve said the contractor Regency Construction Ltd had the fire under control We looked at it It was calm this morning but by around lunch time the wind had picked Renken said Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said that the firm had a permit for the fire but after assessing the wind conditions they were asked to allow the fire to burn itself out for the day We gave them a verbal warning and asked them not to put any more fuel on the Brinkkoeter said Even with a permit the city doesnt want fires when winds gust We look at cutting them off when the wind reaches 23 mph We had gusts up to 28 Brinkkoeter said Stan Workman with Regency Construction said his firm would abide by the citys wishes The fire marshal has been by and he said that all they would be able to do is put water on it all night before it went out so were just going to let it burn he said Brinkkoeter said the firm would monitor the fire and would rekindle a second pile today if conditions werent so windy Were trying to work with the city and the agency to get this flood debris cleaned Brinkkoeter said County heads to Austin to speak on bills BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County Commis sioners passed a series of res olutions in a special court ses sion Monday to let the 78th Texas Legislature know the local perspective on pending bills Mondays meeting was called so that commissioners and county staff testifying before committees in Austin would be able to present the resolutions this week County Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip and County Counsel Geoff Ban prepared the resolutions based on discussions in com missioners court this past Thursday The first resolution 2003 22 was in opposition to Sen ate Bill 860 and House Bill 1687 companion bills which Be it resolved sionera voted unartfmously Monday to voice opposition to bills that would Expand the uses of the venue sales tax to include funding for water conserva tion11 outride of a county or the 77th Texas onjering cities in counties to menta to regulate growth and development In a citys Brtra Territorial Jurisdiction and Allow counties to assess fees for processing sion plats Commissioners could not agree on a resolution regard ing funding cute In adult pro bation and mental health and for proposed changes in indi gent health care funding that WOUkJ djwiaJBcaJly increase Ttet resolution has been would require the county to remove blockages in private drainage ditches In the resolution Comal County claims it would cost million in the first year to meet the requirements and See INSIDE TV Key Code 76 Sentence for drug dealer disappoints prosecution defense BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer District Court Judge Gary Steel sentenced Arnaldo Ale man Gomez to 45 years in state prison Tuesday for engaging in organized crime by selling drugs While gratified at the guilty verdict reached Feb 19 after a weeklong trial in 274th Judi cial District Court prosecutor Assistant District Attorney Joe Soane III was less than enthusiastic about the sen tence Were Soane said He can be out in very little in fact Gomez faced between 25 and 99 years in state prison The sentence Steel imposed Tuesday was stacked on top of the remainder of a previous sentence for the aggravated robbery of a Safeway store in New Braunfels in 1983 With time for good behavior and if he commits no further crimes in prison Gomez 48 could be out in about 20 years Defense Attorney Joseph Garcia HI hopes to get Gomez home way before that though The attorney promised shortly after the sentence was The charges Amaldo Aleman 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 methampheta mine and Possession of between 4 ounces and 5 pounds of marijuana announced that he would appeal the verdict We have a lot of issues to Garcia said We have problems with how the search warrant was secured and we have factual issues as to the legal require ments for the charges of engaging in organized crime Well Garcia said Gomez was arrested with his brother Rodolfo 39 and his sister Sandra 41 in a Dec 13 2001 SWAT team raid on their family home on West Bridge Street The arrest warrant was based upon four drug buys See New annexation plan draws ire of farmers BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The New Braunfels Plan ning and Zoning Commission Tuesday night approved and will submit to city council a plan to annex this year square miles of land The vote was 61 with plan ner Ken Brucks casting the no vote Most of the property in this years annexation package is on the northeast and east side of the city although three small tracts are on the northwest edge of New Braunfels between Farmto Market Road 1863 and Texas 46 Much of it is sparsely pop ulated although some is developed This year City Planner Frank Bobbins said the city is concentrating on annexing properties that are less developed and that it can provide services for That focus comes nearly two years after northwest New Braunfels subdivisions sued to block annexation and in the wake of interpretations of state law that ease the annexation process for cer tain properties Included for proposed annexation on the northeast end of the city is an area roughly bordered by Orion Drive and Conrads Road bounded on the north by the Union Pacific railroad tracks It extends southeast of Inter state 35 along Kohlenberg Road to FM 1101 and back to FM 483 On the southeast part of the city areas include the McAlister Ranch the Guadalupe Cattle Company on Texas 46 and three areas stretching from just north of Saengerhalle Road east to Saur Lane and south toward the New Braunfels Munici pal Airport past FM 758 to WeltnerRoad Under the timetable set for annexation the city council will consider the proposals in May The schedule calls for the city to recommend specific properties for annexation in April Public hearings would be conducted in July The annexation ordinance would be read Aug 20 Sept 3 and Sept 17 Annexations would be com pleted by Nov 19
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