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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 22, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas MAY 22 2004 f9 JUJDZEITUNG SPORTS PLAYOFFS The New Braunfels softball team defeats Kingsville 21 moves on to regional finals SA FORUM MOLLY IVINS Blaming six soldiers for Iraqi prison abuse fiasco stinks of a coverup orders came from the top Pago 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 16 pages 2 sections CLICK wwvr BOO 8 110 percent chance of rain High Low 89 72 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 48 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 56A Witnesses give lesson on Mexican Mafia By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Three different police offi cers Friday connected homi cide defendant John Hernan dez with the Mexican Mafia The last full day in Assistant District Attorney Joe Soanes prosecution of Hernandez 32 for the April killing of Pablo Esquivel was a tutorial for jurors on the Mexican Mafia and other street gangs that operate in New Braun fels If convicted in Judge Jack Robisons 207th Judicial Dis trict Court Hernandez faces between five and 99 years in prison Comal County Sheriffs Detective Sgt Tommy Ward who headed the investigation into Esquivels stabbing death testified that codefendant Santiago Suarez 34 linked Hernandez and Daniel Cam pos Correa with the Mexican Mafia Correa who was scheduled to go on trial with Hernandez pleaded guilty to murder Monday in exchange for an 11year sentence Suarezs tri al has not been set Ward sheriffs deputy and former undercover narcotics detective Rick Sanchez and Live Oak Police Sgt Anita Sea mans all said confidential informants told them Her nandez was a soldier in the Mexican Mafia Seamans a detective who investigates gangs found what she said was a copy of the Mexican Mafias consti tution in an April 19 2002 search of a Live Oak mans home The man who is now serving federal time will be paroled in September Sea mans said and will resume his position as the Mexican Mafia lieutenant whose fran chise is New Braunfels In his absence she identified a local businessman who she said is now running the organiza tion here until the lieutenant returns Its a paramilitary Seamans said They have See GANGS Page 3A Rule requires initial show of support for agenda items By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The idea failed last year but New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork said there is enough support now to require two council members approval before an item can be placed on a city meeting agenda Monday council will consider the first reading of an ordinance that allows any council member to place an item on the agenda so long as is signed by said submitting member and at least one oth er Although at least one council member said he would not AT A GLANCE I What New Braunfels City Council I When 5 Monday I Where Council Chambers Muni cipal Building 424 SI Castell Ave support the propos al other cities have a similar require ment Ill oppose it because I dont know what problem its going to said District 6 Council man Ken Valentine I also think it will disenfranchise con District 2 Councilman Larry Alexan der proposed the idea last year but his motion was never seconded he said I think its a good Alexander said The staff ends up spending time on items placed on the agenda and too times theres never a second for motion So it ends up being a waste of San Marcos City Attorney Mark Taylor said San Marcos passed a similar ordi nance several years ago You want council to focus on busi nesp that the majority of council would be interested he said You dont want jusj one council member placing items on the agenda that have no support In fact four or five years ago the city of Dal las went through this when they required five council members to approve an item befpre it was put on the IB 1998 the Office of the Attorney Gen eral supported Dallas rule noting five council members constituted onethird of the Dallas city council to his opinion Attorney General Dan See COUNCIL Page 3A Photos by DAVID Above right Rebecca Rojas 2 couldnt wait to bite into one of the peaches her family pur chased Friday after noon at the Farmers Market Above Vendor Brittany Bush center helps Janice Whitfield with her selection as Jeremy Cabrera pulls more fresh fruit and vegeta bles off of their truck Right A large selec tion of homegrown fruits and vegetables is available at the Farmers Market which is set up Fridays off Castell Avenue Enjoy the fruits of local labor at Farmers Market By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Shoppers at the Farmers Market had a cornucopia of fresh fruits and vegetables to choose from for dinner Friday Mary Nagiller has been shopping at the market for 12 years I love fresh vegetables and its the only place I can get she said I buy for the week and come back every The downtown Farmers Market is open 3 to 6 Fridays through December in First Protestant Churchs Mornhin weg Center parking lot Patrick Pellerin has sold his certified organic vegetables in New Braunfels for six years Organic food is grown without using chemical pesticides or chemical fertiliz he said More people in Austin are concerned about buying organic but there are some people here who look for Firsttime shopper Sharon Hileman had a bag on each arm Its all so fresh and its so she said Chris Pinero with Caskey Orchards stood behind a table full of peaches Peaches are doing really well this he said We even have jars of spiced Pinero also said the preserves espe cially the sugarfree varieties were good sellers AT A GLANCE I What Farmers Market I When 3 to 6 Fridays through December I Where First Protestant Churchs Mornhinweg Center 205 S Castell Ave See Page 3A COMING SUNDAY River cleanup effort called complete falls still plugged By Ron Malonoy Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Restoration wonconthjeGuadaiupeRiverhedat Horseshoe Falls Estates was fin ished Friday without restoring the picturesque falls Precinct 4 Commissioner Ian Kennady said Friday afternoon the Natural Resource Conserva tion Sendee aM its contractor had finished removing what rock and gravel it could from the confluence of the spillway gorge and the river designed to deepen the river chan nel and reduce flooding risk to homes and property at peak dis charge rates from Canyon Dam would also restore the falls County Engineer Tom Hornseth said Friday the flood threat was suc cessfully dealt with Theyre finishedHoniseth said The contractor has completed the project and will be doing some fijial dressing up but the actual moving of material Is The tails Homseth said were not cleared to tte decree the and area They made an effort to remove some of the material but due to reconfiguration of the sediment theres a backflow that during low flows will back up water to the Hornseth said Over time and with future flood ing events he said it was likely some sediment would be washed away The overall project in my opin ion was a success We were able to restore the channel so the upstream properties will be Homseth said Weve aAXunpUshed as much as well be able to remarkable feat and said she was glad for river outfitters that it was completed before Memorial Day It looked just fantastic when I was out she said I mink weve essentially accomplished what we set out to do and Im exceedingly She acknowledged she would have liked to have seen the falls brought back though While I would have liked to have the falls fully restored our ultimate goal was to have the houses protected from she said
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