Thursday, May 27, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY MAY 27 2004 FORUM EDITORIAL Congratulations graduates Go forth and endeavor to make this world a better safer place Page 4A ZEITUNG LITTLI LEAGUE Playoff battles continue with Majors and Minors series As win 162 and the Yankees win 105 Page 6A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 NO 12 pages 2 sections CK WWW Partly cloudy High Low 91 Details 72 1B 4B DEAR ABBY CLASSIFIEDS COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 28 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 56A TV GRIDS 48 Local students shine on TAKS test By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills TAKS test results are out and Comal County students and school officials have some thing to celebrate Both New Braunfels Inde pendent School District and Comal ISO juniors beat the state passing average Eightythree percent of CISD juniors passed the test Eightyone percent of NBISD juniors passed The state average was 72 percent Vickie Pursch Comal Inde pendent School District exec utive director of curriculum and instruction said the dis trict was pleased with the results Our first and most joyous event is that this years jun iors did extremely she said TAKS is made up of four tests math reading Eng lish language science and social studies which juniors have five opportuni ties to take and pass before the end of their senior year They must pass all tests in order to graduate Pursch said CISD juniors did well by state standards but more importantly they See TAKS Page 3A Unicorns statebound MANDY Sunni Reimer 7 and other Unicorns softball team members celebrate after beating Lockhart and earning a spot in the state semifinals For full game details see page 6A Defense plays tape of Suarez interview By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The codefendant who fin gered John Hernandez as a member of the Mexican Mafia did so during a jailhouse inter vieWWith an FBI agent inves tigating gangs in New Braun fels Defense attorney Glen Peterson continued Wednes day to play a twohour tape of a May 2 2002 interview between murder suspect San tiago Crazy Jimmy Suarez Comal County Sheriffs detec tive Sgt Tommy Ward and an FBI special agent The FBI officer had partici pated in a raid at the home of the alleged Mexican Mafia lieutenant for New Braunfels and was attempting to build a case against a New Braunfels businessman alleged in court to be his secondincom mand Suarez Hernandez and Daniel Campos Correa were arrested April in con nection with the killing of Pablo Esquivel 45 who was found stabbed to death on Daniel Drive in Solms If convicted in 207th Judi cial District Court of engag ing in organized criminal murder Hernandez faces between five and 99 years in state prison Correa who was scheduled to stand trial with Hernandez pleaded guilty to murder See TRIM Page 3A DAVID Above Felger Tube Rental employee Kayla Wagner spray paints the companys name on stack after stack of inner tubes Wednesday afternoon in anticipation of arriving Memorial Day tourists Below Tubers float the Comal River this past Saturday Tourists are expected to crowd the rivers banktobank this holiday weekend Law enforcement Weekend river patrols are good to go By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Local law enforcement officials were bracing Wednesday for this week ends anticipated tourist influx In New Braunfels patrol Lt John Villarreal said prepa rations were hampered by staffing issues at the police department but everything was ready We have seven vacancies and with two officers injured were nine officers Villarreal said Despite that on rivers well have 23 people The rest of the city Villar real said would have to make do with a standard patrol contingent in spite of tens of thousands of expect ed visitors Well have no steppedup patrols because were so See RIVER Page 3A Ready or not Here they come river outfitters hoteliers brace for holiday tourist influx By Ron Maloney Staff Writer It was a day in Margaritaville at Felger Tube Rentals Wednesday but not a lazy one with summers first big tourist holiday fast approaching While Jimmy Buffett blared in the back ground J Felgers staff was patching and inflating tubes and stocking in bev erages for the Memorial Day holi day All around New Braunfels and Comal County out fitters hospitality law enforcement and emergency per sonnel are prepar ing for the Big Weekend Were cleaning up just blowing up inner tubes all that good said Felger who took a moment out from helping a cou ple of young ladies to talk about the weekends prospects The last week or so its been real he said I guess its been 10 days of pretty sunshiny weather Before that its been kind of gloomy and Felger said Memorial Day like July Fourth and Labor Day is important to his business and to the community Ive had so many years where we pret ty much survive off just three major See HOLIDAY Page 3A REMEMBER I No glass or plas tic foam prod ucts on the rivers I Do not leave trash on the ground or in the rivers I All rafts and watercraft must be equipped with life jackets as required I No trespassing on private prop erty I Dp not drink and drive or operate a watercraft I Public intoxica tion is against the law I Leave narcotics and illegal drugs home Tourism police taxes hot topics at town hall meeting By Scott Mahon Staff Writer In a town hall meeting Wednes day taxpayers told Mayor Adam Cork they want more law enforce ment for summer tourist problems and that river businesses should pay more taxes New Braunfels is basically two said Bill Norvell its a win ter town and a summer tourist but people feel the problems associated with summer tourists impact the towns lifestyle and they dont under stand why the city wont use tourist busi nesses more as a revenue source to pay for law enforce New Braun fels Police Chief Russ Johnson said the police department already was understaffed We have seven openings right Adam Cork now that we havent been able to Johnson said Were having a hard time finding good qualified people for several reasons One a lot of applicants dont want to work the rivers during the summers Plus we need to be paying more to our Monroe Miller a 4B board mem ber said although tourism is important river businesses should help more with the cost of law enforcement Tourism is important but we need more Miller said And someone has to pay for it other than property owners I think those who benefit from river tourists should share in the cost Theyre living off the rest of us and we need to tax people who make money off the rivers to help pay for the citys infrastructure and law enforce ment We have to have the courage to say to outfitters and others who profit from river tourists that they have to participate in sharing the Norvell suggested implementing See MAVQB Page 3A Check us out on the web at MILLER MILLER Downtown New Braunfels