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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 26, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY MAY ft Ill FORUM QUEST COLUMN Former volunteer at MeKenna Memorial says hospital handled policy changes in a bad way Page 4A VZEITUNG Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 LITTLE LEAGUE Astros win 111 Giants win 61 en route to NB Little League playoffs Saturday Page 6A 16 pages 2 sections CK www DEAR ABBY 48 Mostly cloudy High Low 91 72 Details 1B COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 36 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 87A 41 Grandfather 52 charged in infants death By Ron Maloney Staff Writer 52yearold New Braunfels man has been arrested in connection with the December death of his grandson New Braunfels police detec tive Lt Mike Rust said Grego ry Robbins was arrested in Houston late Friday by Texas Ranger Drew Carter on a first degree felony charge of caus ing injury to a child If con victed Robbins faces between five and 99 years in state prison Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Diana Guerrero set Robbins bail at Robbins 15monthold idson Brandon Lee Rob bins II was found dead in his home Dec 2 Autopsy toxicology tests returned in March revealed the toddler had cocaine and methadone in his blood stream Cocaine is an illegal stimulant Methadone Rust said is usually used to treat heroin addiction In addition the child had suffered a minor blunt force trauma injury to the head Rust did not say whether the drugs were believed to have caused the childs death This charge is in relation to the he said See INFANT Page 5A Morning wreck kills 1 Photos by DAVID Texas Department of Transportation workers sweep up sand used to absorb spilled diesel fuel after a tractortrailer rig slammed into a bridge support early Tuesday morning at the York Creek overpass The driver of the rig died in the accident 18wheeler driver slammed into post By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A truck driver died Tues day morning when his rig slammed into a York Creek overpass bridge abutment closing southbound Interstate 35 for nearly six hours Department of Public Safety Trooper Travis Hall said Clarence Edward Mor gan 47 of McGregor was pronounced dead at the scene of the acci dent Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Diana Guerrero ordered an autopsy We dont have any wit nesses no one saw the accident but for some unknown reason the driver just came down the hill veered off the road and hit the Hall said No indications were found of any attempt to swerve or stop Hall said About five minutes later a car came down southbound hit the debris from this acci dent and rolled Hall said The driver of that vehi cle was not seriously injured the trooper said The semirig owned by Century Express Texas out of Dallas had departed Waco about 2 headed to San Antonio It was carrying office equipment Southbound traffic was diverted to the frontage road until 11 while the rigs demolished tractor was removed and its diesel fuel cleaned up Defendants wife denies he was part of a gang By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Murder defendant John Hernandezs wife painted a much different picture for jurors than the one investigators pre sented as his trial entered its sixth day of testimony Tuesday Rosa Linda Hernandez described the man accused of engaging in the organ ized criminal killing of Pablo Esquivel on April 28 2002 as a loving husband and patient father If convicted in 207th Judicial District Court Hernandez 32 faces between five and 99 years in state prison His codefendant Daniel Campos Cor rea 35 pleaded guilty to firstdegree murder this past week to avoid trial and received an 11year prison term Tuesday Rosa Linda Hernandez fol lowed two Comal County Jail officials onto the witness stand as Glen Peterson and Rebecca Gibsons defense entered its first full day Prosecutors and detectives have called Hernandez a he was the wheelman on a Mexican Mafia extor tion run when another man in the car Santiago Crazy Jimmy Suarez alleged ly stabbed Esquivel 45 twice in the heart Trial for Suarez 34 has not been set Hernandezs wife said her husband held down steady jobs until the couple decided in about 2001 that he would stay home and care for their child and anoth er child from a previous marriage John has more patience with my chil dren than I she said We decided Why dont you stay home and Ill He was not she said flatly a member of the Mexican Mafia Tuesday afternoon Peterson called sheriffs detective Sgt Tommy Ward back See TRIAL Page 3A Above A wrecker driver attempts to load the twisted remains of the trac tor portions chassis Left Southbound traffic on Interstate 35 was backed up for miles Tuesday morning after the wreck That portion of the interstate was Closed for nearly six hours QMOP I Gnrfins Travel Center had tihe highest gas prices pound at Gas costs dont deter motorists By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Gasoline prices that have reached and surpassed the mark will not prevent a heavy holiday travel week end for Memorial Day Rose Rougeau spokes woman for AAATexas said more Americans than ever are expected to take to the roads this weekend and in Texas holiday travel is expected to be up 6 percent over one year ago About million Texans are expected to travel at least 50 miles to holiday getaways Of those about 87 percent of travelers million drive Rougeau said The most surprising news is weve done our Memorial Day survey and travel is up Rougeau said If I had not been working See MAUMY Paoj 3A
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