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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 25, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY MAY 26 2004 SPORTS SCRIMMAGE New Braunfels High School football team holds annual Blue White spring game FORUM GUEST COLUMN Jan Kennady writes about how parliamentary proceedure is I useful when used correctly Page4A ZEITUNG Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Mo 168 10 pages 1 sections CLICK i Partly j Cloudy High Low 88 70 Details6A DEAR ABBY 8A COMICS 7A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM 4A OSFTUARIES 3A SPORTS SA 8A Killing suspect placed in protective custody By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A killing suspect was placed in protective custody Saturday in the Comal County Jail after it was revealed in the Herald Zeitung that he had talked to police Sheriffs Detective Sgt Tom my Ward testified Monday he took the action to protect San tiago Suarez from possible gang incarcerated in the county jail Suarez 34 told Ward he stabbed Pablo Esquivel to death the night of April Monday attorney den Peter son opened his defense of alleged coconspirator John Hernandez with testimony of another man Suarez allegedly admitted the crime to Hernandez 32 stands accused of engaging in organ ized criminal murder If con victed he faces between five and 99 years in state prison Tri al for Suarez has not been set Hernandezs codefendant Daniel Campos Correa 35 pleaded guilty to murder one week ago to avoid trial and get a guaranteed 11year sen tence Ward and Peterson clashed repeatedly during the detec tives second full day on the wit ness stand Peterson assailed Wards qual ifications to allege that his client and codefendants are mem bers of the Mexican Mafia and charged that the detective was out to get his client During discussion of inter views Ward conducted with Suarez in the county jail the detective testified that the sus pects story changed three times from at first not knowing anything about the crime to knowing about it to doing it entirely on his own with no help or prior knowledge of his co defendants Peterson asked ifWard wasnt being selective in what he chose to believe and if it was because he wanted to nail Hernandez for the crime He didnt tell you my client did the knifing did he See TRIAL Page 3A Sunday strategy reaps results Photos by MANDY Mayor Pro Tem Lee Rodriguez speaks to residents about pulling a parking ordinance off the consent agenda at city council Charles White explains his dilemma about the parking issues in the neighborhood to Mayor Pro Tem Lee Rodriguez City council to hire consultant to help with parking problems By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Residents near Union Avenue who lost a battle for permitonly parking applauded the New Braun fels City Councils decision Monday to hire a consultant to help with the citys parking problems However more than 30 disgrun tled neighbors met Sunday after noon to plan their strategy before Mondays council meeting District 6 Councilman Ken Valen tine and District 5 Councilman Lee Rodriguez attended the meeting which was held at the home of Bet ty Kyle near Union Ave Rodriguez promised the group Sunday he would try to get permit only parking on the agenda again We lost permitonly parking by one vote last Rodriguez told the group But Ive talked to other council menibers and I have a little more support Mondays consent agenda includ ed the second reading of a proposed ordinance that would restrict park ing within five feet of residential driveways in a neighborhood bounded by South Union Avenue East South Street South Central Avenue and East Mather Street Rodriguez said Sunday he would puU the item off the consent agenda However some residents who attended the Sunday gathering werent impressed Lee this is just a bunch of gob said Bill Norvell The bottom line is the council wont pay attention to Wilton Warnecke urged the group to unite and attend Mondays coun cil meeting If we fail to get a permitonly parking ordinance then the last resort would be a he said Weve got to let the council know were Rodriguez promised Sunday he wouldrftgiveup The process can be overwhelm ing and believe me theyll show up with Roberts Rules of Orders he said But this issue has come up over and over and council needs to listen to Rodriguez was right At Mondays meeting when Rodriguez pulled the parking ordi nance from the consent agenda and made an amendment to include permitonly parking Mayor Adam Cork said die amendment would violate theTexas Open Meetings Act Your amendment would make the proposed ordinance an entirely different ordinance from what was posted for the Cork said So it would be outside the Texas Open Meetings ACL Besides coun cil has already voted down permit only parking for this area but we can discuss in a later agenda Rodriguez finally said the pro posed orduiance would in fact pro Wilton Warnecke Jr shows neighbors the Park and Float sign that city council is proposing to place throughout the neighborhood vide some relief to the neighbor hood Chuck Welty pleaded with coun cil to pass the ordinance At least give us a little relief this year at he said Rodriguez amended the ordi nance again Id like to amend the ordinance to read no parking three feet on either side of a driveway instead of five he said Council approved the second reading of the amended ordinance then discussed hiring a consultant to help provide longterm solutions to the citys parking problems Valentine put the item on Mon days agenda and urged council to be proactive Weve taken the first step now lets take the second he said A majority of council said hiring a consultant would be a good idea Its like what we did with the civic said District 1 Council woman Spnia MunozGill Cork said however council would have to give a consultant parameters to work with We just cant say fix our parking Cork said Were going to have to identify the problems and well have to decide as a coun cil what the problems are And at this point it may be too See Page 3A Archbishop to visit church for Mass dinner RAT ROAST TICKETS Castillo at 625 4166 or Church office at 6095320 Staff Writer Archbishop Patrick Flares will come to Holy Family Catholic Church in New Braunfels next month to say Mass and be honored upon his reUiement Ramon Chapa who is a membjer of the Holy Family congregation said the June 19 visit will be the archbishops only retirement event at a rural church It begins with a 5 Mass followed by a social hour dinner at 7 and a Pat Boast at Proceeds of the event will go toward cost of the new Holy Family Catholic Ministries Center to be built soon Cha pa said Ail activities except the Mass will be held in the church hall Celebrities on hand for the event will include Mayor Adam Cork Former Senator and Ambassador Bob Krueger and others Chapa said Its going to be Chapa said Were going to decorate that hall like its never been Bush says US will persevere in Iraq By SCOTT LINDLAW Associated Press Writer President Bush sought to reassure Americans Monday night that he has a plan to pull Iraq out of the violence and chaos that have marked the year since he declared an end to major combat His tory is moving and it will tend toward hope or tend toward said Bush promised to demolish Abu Ghraib prison where Iraqi detainees were abused by troops The White House said the prison had become a symbol of dis graceful conduct by a few American troops who dishonored our country and dire garded our In a primetime address at the Army War College in Carlisle Bush was out lining a hopeful path amid rising body counts on both sides His goal was to demonstrate momen tum toward the shift of political power to Iraqis in five weeks and the effort to draw more countries G w B h in to combat insur gents and rebuild the country We will persevere and defeat this ene my and hold this hardwon ground for the realm of he said according to excerpts released by the White House as Bush prepared to leave for Pennsylvania The White House said the United States would keep its troop level at the current as long as necessary promising more if necessary and offering no timetable for bringing soldiers home Bush outlined five steps he said would help Iraq achieve democracy and freedom He said the coalition would hand over authority to a sovereign Iraqi govern ment help establish security encourage more international support continue to rebuild the nation of more than 20 million people and urge national elections This is a pivotal time for Bushs drive for reelection as well as for Iraqs future Five months before election day his approval ratings have sunk dragged down by the turmoil in Iraq Bushs address coincided with the unveiling of a new resolution by the United States and Britain endorsing the June 30 handover of political power in Iraq and authorizing a multina tional force to keep the peace The draft resolution urges nations to send troops for an international force something the Bush administration is anxious to see with American troops stretched thin COMING FRIDAY

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