Wednesday, May 5, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 5, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY MAY RALD r WARMUP ACT Unicorns Rangers square off in a warmup game before stepping up to the plate in the first round of playoff action Page 6A VINGS OUPON Garland Transmission offers readers a coupon worth off transmission service Page 8A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County 1852 16 pages 2 sections ICK WWW Mostly sunny High Low 83 62 Details2B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS MB COMICS 3B CROSSWORD IB FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 68A TV GRIDS 4B House passes stripped school finance bill By April Castro Associated Press Writer AUSTIN Texas House leaders gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a stripped school finance pro posal in an effort to punt the issue to the Senate House debate fell apart ear lier in the day as various measures including video gambling and a payroll tax were removed from the bill The House voted to end debate and adopt the scaled down bill so it could advance to the Senate I think where we go is we go over to the Senate and see what they have to House Speaker Tom Craddick said after the House adjourned And then we go to conference like every other bill and see where we are and see where we are with addi tional money and how we fund The move to cut off debate and pass a scaleddown ver sion initially failed but Repub lican legislators huddled behind closed doors eariyTues day evening for almost two hours When they reconvened See HOUSE Page 3A Police say number of heroin cases higher By Ron Maloney Staff Writer In the wake of a suspicious death and at least two other incidents involving sus pected drug overdoses local law enforce ment officials warn that a dangerous batch of heroin could be available in New Braunfels A veteran detective and former nar cotics investigator said police have noticed an upswing in suspected hero inrelated activity recently and asked anyone with information to cbri tact police or Comal County Crime Stop pers Police detective Mike Rust said TURN THEM IN Anyone with information about drugrelat ed crimes can call New Braunfels police Comal County Sheriffs Office at 830 6203417 or 8854883 or1 Comal County Crime Stoppers at620TIPS Thursdays death of a 39yearold Hispanic man was possibly related to drugs We arent certain but weve had a sus pected overdose in the city and a death in the past few days that could be attribut able to Rust said Were waiting for the autopsy In the other incident Sunday a New Braunfels resident was taken to McKen na Memorial Hospital for treatment of a suspected overdose That man survived but an infant was removed from his home according to police reports We presume the cause was possibly the detective said Monday Sheriffs detective Tommy Ward said investigators with the Comal County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force were dispatched to a residence on FM 482 west of New Braunfels to inves tigate a suspected drug overdose That victim was taken to McKenna and also survived Ward said but the cases raise concerns for investigators We may have some bad heroin out there and its Ward said Weve seen cases and the ED has Rust said he was uncertain what the problem might be whether it involved either a bad or unusually potent batch of the drug which is a narcotic analgesic See HIROIN Page 3A COMING THURSDAY FRONTand CENTER DAVID Lone Star Elementary School nurse Laura Dietert gets a little help from secondgraders Kelby Floerke left Marlisa Ortiz and Vincent Ramirez with stuffing pinatas with candy Tuesday afternoon The students will use the pinatas as part of their Cinco de Mayo celebration today COLORFUL CULTURAL Celebrations at schools church mark Cinco de Mayo MANDY By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Hispanic communities all over Texas brate Cinco de Mayo today in a colorful explo sion of Mexican heritage Cinco De Mayo Spanish for May 5 com memorates the Mexican army victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla Mexico in 1862 Students at Lone Star Elementary who have studied Cinco de Mayo history in social stud ies classes and in literature will observe the day with pinatas and cultural games Part of the social studies curriculum is cultural said Principal Curtis Wubbena Today we celebrate Mexican American In preparation students decorated school AT A GLANCE Members of Companla de Danza Folklorica will perform at NBISD campuses 3 Secondand thirdgraders at Frazier Elementary hallways and stuffed their own pinatas sing to their parents about Cinco de Mayo shSiTS Students in physical education classes at Goodwin Primary cele brated Cinco De Mayo all week by learning the Mexican Hat Dance New Beginnings Chris tian Center which has a number of Hispanic con gregation members will celebrate Cinco De Mayo Friday with Dia Con Dios Our church is multi cultural and we want to honor this Hispanic day of celebration with the said copas tor Angle Jackson The family oriented festival will include four Christian bands fun activities for kids and lots of food The party begins at 5 Lone Star Elementary am Lamar Primary New Braunfels Middle School Memorial Elementary Planning commission gives farmers more time to strike deal By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels Planning Commission again Tuesday post poned recommending areas for annexation to give farmers and their attorney tune to work on a development agreement The commission was originally scheduled to take a final vote April 6 to recommend annexing acres including acres adja cent to tne municipal airport The commission met for more than an hour Tuesday in city coun cil chambers with dozens of local farmers and attorney Ed Small of Austin Small with the law firm of Jackson Walker LLR said legislation passed by the 78th Legislature appeared to contain terms that would satisfy both the city and local landowners who live near the municipal airport The statute allows the city and landowners to specify the use of land before and after he said And it allows the city to enforce the use of the land 1 think you get everything you want in this The city wants to annex land near the airport to protect it from resi dential development See AMIUXATIQN Page 3A Vbur Communications Specialties