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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY August 16 pages in 2 sections 241 Serving New and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Appeals court upholds murderers conviction BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer AUSTIN The Texas Third District Count of Appeals upheld the second capital murder conviction of the man now serving a life sentence for sexually assault ing and strangling a New Braunfels In a 40page decision filed in the Comal County District Clerks Office the court upheld the conviction of Jack Warren has twice been convicted of murdering for mer Comal Independent School District thirdgrade teacher Kathie Balonis on His first conviction was overturned in 1992 amid alle gations a prosecutor intimi dated a misconduct allega tiofts surfaced against the man who tested blood evi dence in the first Fred the San Anto nio serologist who examined the blood evidence in the first Davis didnt testify in the second which was conducted in Johnson City in Motorists could see 10cent gas price hike FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Gasoline prices will go up 10 cents per gallon in the next Distributors are being charged 10 cents more per and consumers should feel the increase That is unprecedented in the 35 years of this Its never gone up 10 cents at one Rodney vice president of retail for Midtex Oil said His company dis tributes to 15 September and He has What Zain might have done in the Davis case was part of defense attorney Stan ley Schneiders In that Schneider alleged the investigation at been shoddy at a coverup compound ed by mishandled and lost Schneider there is no way to find out how Zain handled the evidence and his client cannot get a See MURDEFV7A area gas sta though prices hiked for retailers Fis cher said he would raise prices a few cents a Retailers dont have the guts to go up 10 cents at a time in Fischer The competition is too especial ly with discount chains selling gas at low he Wherever theres theres not going to be any gouging because thaf s not the way the system Fischer He said he didnt know how much high er prices would No one in our industry has given me a good reason for the price Fis cher Industry speculation has been that the price hike is a repercussion of last weeks power which halted seven North ern refineries in the United States and worsening an already tight gaso line supply Problems with refineries and pipelines in the West also boosted Prices at the pump jumped an average of about 10 cents a gallon nationally in the past three weeks and spiked much high er in some according to the Ener gy Information part of the Energy Its likely that prices will continue to increase through Labor Day after that demand will fell EIA analyst Douglas Maclntyre said Bobbing for bottles Above Chris Otto lets a full bag of cans drain as he walks to the collection boat Thursday afternoon duTng Kity of Parks and Recreation Department trash dive Below After their trek for trash down the Comal best friends Emily Laskowski back and Ashtyn Maxwell pin their families for a little food and a lot of Divers descend to forage for river rubbish BY DYLAN Staff Writer tice snorkeling for when they go on Through goggle they soon came face More than 50 including several from toface with the river litter Carrying outside the participated in one of plastic they picked up some of it as they the last trash dive parties of the played in the I Some outspoken community members have blamed outsiders for trash in and along the banks of the But folks from La San Antonio and as far away as New Hamp shire expressed feelings of responsibility for New Braun fels They participated in a cityhosted dive party and trash pick up event at Prince Solms This is the best swimming hole anywhere around Sam of San He brings his children to the rivers to prac ts a great way to teach the kids community SAM LASKOWSKI San Antonio resident and trash dive party participant Its a great way to teach the kids community Laskowski Its also lots of he Because they have friends with its more like play Deborah also of San She brought her children along with the mmimillimimmmimi Laskowski Ashtyn Maxwell and Emily both are friends from They hunted for the trash As they combed the Emily watched for litter and said Can alert when she found See Officer Rodriguez failed sobriety tests BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer New Braunfels Mayor Pro Tern Lee Rodriguez failed field sobriety tests the night he was arrested for alleged drunken a Comal County Sheriffs deputy tes Jurors heard testimony Thursday in the con ducted before visiting Coun ty CourtatLaw Judge Charles theyll hear closing arguments and decide whether was legally impaired when Deputy Steve Morris arrested Driving while intoxicated is a class B misde meanor punishable by up to six months in county jail and a fina of up to Prosecutor Michael Zamo ra opened the trial telling the threewoman jury evidence would demon strate Rodriguez was drunk when Morris pulled him RODRIGUEZ over after 11 on River The evidence is going to show a vehicle driven by the defendant left the River Road Ice House and was dri ving Zamora Rodriguez failed all but one of several sobriety Zamora He was given an opportu nity to remove all doubt 27 minutes but he refused to do the breath Zamo ra Two videotapes will corroborate the testimony of the INSIDE Dear Experts prescribe measures to fight Sobig viruses BY DYLAN Staff Writer A pair of new viruses have plagued computers world wide but experts are professing the same old trick to keep bugs Last week was my busiest week of Lyle owner of PC Solutions in New The Blaster virus attacks vulnerabilities in two operating systems Windows XP and Win dows he Last millions of computers On the Web Get more information about the latest computer viral menaces and solutions or them online at across the country were infected because the virus doesnt need to be down loaded and doesnt pass through It attacks computers through any Internet connection and stops Internet Earlier this Microsoft realized the See
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