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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 21, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SPORTS RANGERS ON A ROLL Smithson Valley prevails in Game 1 against Holmes Huskies 31 Page 6A FRIDAY MAY 21 2004 FORUM GUEST COLUMN Jay Patrick says citys represen tative democracy deserves bet ter than councilmans frivolous rants Pago 4A ZEITUNG Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 166 16 pages 2 sections CK wwvr 8 DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIPIED9 346 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS TV GRIDS Victims wife denies he used drugs By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Amelia Esquivel testified Thursday her husbands last words to her were that he was going back to their former home to get his lawn mower and weed trimmer Minutes later he was dead of two stab wounds to the heart The trial of John Anthony Hernandez one of Pablo Esquivels three accused killers entered its third day Thursday with continued tes timony by officers who arrest ed Hernandez and the detec tives who investigated the killing If convicted in 207th Judi cial District Judge Jack Robi sons court on the charge of engaging in organized crimi nal murder Hernandez 32 faces between five and 99 years in state prison Prosecutor Joe Soane put Amelia Esquivel on the wit ness stand to tearfully testify to cocounsel Ed Springer about her relationship with the victim who was killed April Hernandez Daniel Campos Correa 35 and Santiago Crazy Jimmy Suarez 34 were arrested about half an hour after the killing by New Braunfels police Correa pleaded guilty to murder Monday in exchange for an 11year sentence Amelia Esquivel testified Experts Debate essential to council Scott Mahon Staff Writer Debate among city council members and with the public is a necessary ele ment of the governing process two political science experts said Thursday Theres always going to be different viewpoints but its the job of the city council to listen to different said William DeSoto of Texas State Uni to find a consensus and debate is the most common way to accomplish a con In a story Wednesday in a San Anto nio newspaper New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork was quoted as saying Our city council meetings are designed to conduct the business of the they are not designed for The statement has sparked com mentary and criticism from citizens and at least one public official However Cork said Thursday his comment was taken out of What I said was council meetings are not a debate Cork said Councils responsibility is to first decide if an issue is city business and then debate the A Trinity University professor of polit ical science said public debate was an essential element of good government Much of any city councils agenda is probably said Tucker Gibson So in many respects the agenda almost looks like a consent agenda See DEBATE Page 8A HOLY GROUND CHRISTIAN CHURCH Pastor Darin Denomination Disciples of Christ Attendance 120 Meeting time Sunday Address 330 S Hackbarry Phone 6244669 Worship style Blended Web site Mission state ment We are a Bible teaching church inviting accepting and sanding out disci ples she had lived with Pablo for 28 years and been married to him two years when he was kille i They have a son who is new an adult Wiieks before the killing she testified they asked a boarder See TRIAL Page 3A 4 escape serious injury in collision By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Four were injured Thursday eveni tig in a collision at Landa Drive and Loop 337 Braunfels Police Sgt Kevirj Clayton said the acci dent occurred at about DAVID New Braunfels Fire and EMS personnel remove the 21yearold driver of a pickup truck involved in a twovehicle accident Thursday evening at Loop 337 and Landa Mien a 21yearold New Braunfels area woman appar ently pulled onto Loop 337 in a pickup truck directly in the path of another pickup truck that was headed the loop Thus northbound truck slammed into the drivers and rear ioors of the womans pickup Clayton said Two children ages 5 and 3 See WRECK Page 8A 2 arrested in connection with NB vehicle burglaries By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Two uninvited guests to Wednes days Chamber of Commerce mixer probably wished afterward they had driven a better car to the event New Braunfels police detective Scott Renken said they were arrested in Selma on burglary charges after their car broke down on Interstate 35 and likely after burglarizing four cars parked near the New Braunfels Civic the personal vehi cle of an offduty police officer Juan Rodriguez 23 and Adrian Calvillo 20 were booked into the Bexar County jail by Selma police just after 7 Renken said a Selma officer stopped on the interstate to help two young men with a broken down car He asked for their identification and neither man had any Further checking revealed Rodriguez was wanted on six war rants for alleged Bexar County vehi cle burglaries Rodriguez was handcuffed and the vehicle was inventoried so it could be towed Renken said items found in the vehicle included property stolen in Selma and Schertz and a stereo and police officers protective vest The vest and stereo Renken said were positively identified as being taken from the New Braunfels police officers car minutes before the pair broke down Calvillo was booked for the Schertz and Selma vehicle burgla ries Renken said he expected bookings for the New Braunfels burglaries Laidback style gives worshippers common ground By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Members of Holy Ground Christian Church are holy but not holier than We are a church for real said Pastor Darin Sanders We have a mix of formal and casual We even have some deacons with Sanders said the diverse congregation is usually the first thing visitors notice We started four years ago with a main ly white congregation and an African Arnerican Sanders said We con tinue to grow in diversity Now when you come you find yourself worshiping with people that are unlike you but you feel totally Member Tony Longoria said the con gregation makeup was supernatural Our diversity is amazingly he said Its like a vision of Longoria said he started attending Holy Ground when his life was headed in the wrong direction With Sanders practical teaching its like Im hearing the voice of God showing me areas of my life that need to be he said Everything is straight out of the Longoria said he had not missed one Bible study since he started attending and hes never bored Listening to our pastor is like listening to Chris he said Hes so runny Every week Im sitting on the edge of my seat and I always leave pumped up for the week Holy Ground outreach ministries focus on local needs They support homeless people in San Antonio with food and cbthing and they sponsor health fairs in areas of the community where positive health awareness is low They are also starting a mothers day out program to help single mothers and others who need childcare Sea Page 3A Holy Ground Christian Church pastor Darin Sanders RAFT mm a