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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 16, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas ALL ff xrn i in UK i SOUTHUMT K ViWti i DP FL iftSO IX in HJNE ZEITUNG LIFE LUCKY DUCKS million on the line at the annual Lucky Duck Derby the senior citizen centers biggest fundraiser Pago IB FORUM LETTIRS Readers sound off on NBISD Superintendent Ron Reaves and supporting the presi dent Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 163 No 187 14 pages 2 sections CLICK i 8 40 chance of rain High Low 90 74 Details2B DEAR ABBY 46 COMICS 38 CROSSWORD 9ft FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 68A TV GRIDS 4ft Attorney Mother admitted injuring child By Brandi Grissom Staff Writer Nine women and three men who will decide whether Mandy Ann Gonzalez 17 will spend up to 40 years in prison heard opening statements and testimony from prosecution witnesses Hiesday Gonzalez was a Canyon High School ninthgrader last Oct 3 when she was arrested by Comal County Sheriffs Office detectives and charged with injury to a child with intent to cause serious bodily injury The babys father Sal vador Pineda Leon 17 was also arrested but was not indicted He has been released from custody Prosecuting attorney Dar ren Umphreys told jurors Gonzalez confessed to injur ing her child Defense attor ney John Esman argued state ments from the childs father lead to at least reasonable doubt she was responsible for the lifethreatening injuries her son sustained Witnesses including a child protective services investigator police officers and the doctor who operated on the child described events leading to Gonzalezs arrest Assistant District Attorney Umphreys said the child began crying Sunday Sept 28 and did not stop for at least 24 hours The following day Gonzalezs mother recom mended taking the incon solable baby to the hospital after he vomited blood The baby arrived at North Central Baptist Hospital in San Antonio where doctors discovered he was fighting for his life as a result of nonacci dental blunt force trauma Umphreys said The evidence will show that this young lady confessed to injuring this See TRIAL Page 5A Been heres5 vs Come heres DAVID Hairstylist Rick Scott has lived in Bulverde since 1986 and remembers when there was nothing in the area Scott would like to see the growth of the Bulverde area stop BULVERDE ITS LIMITS Editors Note This is the third in a three pan series about growth and politics in Bulverde m TODAY The polit ical interaction of land developers and city officials in cities with explosive growth Developers contribute to Bulverde elections By Brandt Grissom Staff Writer Scott moved here from San Antonio in 1986 to get away from the city The burgeoning growth of both population and government in Bulverde are disdainful to him I dorit think there should even be a City of Scott said My answer is all of this is unnecessary and they should just go The conflict between Scott and those like him who resist devel opment in Bulverde and city councilmembers and their sup porters who see now as the time to rein in that growth is age old said University of Texas at Austin architecture professor Bob Pater son The been heres and the come heres have to negotiate what type of community identity they want to have what kind of values they will have when theyre faced with rapid Paterson said Its not a conflict easily resolved As Mayor ProTem Beverlee Lemes put it You cant put a gate on 281 and say Dont The issue in the past has marred city council with wran gling and bickering but the May 15 election brought in a new council that embraces expansion Some in Bulverde have See BULVERDE Page 5A River committee to resurface with different members By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council ignored the wishes of the majority of the River Activities Committees members Mon day night voting to restructure the committee and appoint new mem bers At its May 18 meeting RAG mem bers voted 42 to disband with Wayne Peters and Kathleen Rockwood voting against the decision Monday RAG members Irene Allen and Tom Talcott told council the com mittees work was finished The issues arent going to go away and there arent any good Allensaid We accomplished our Tal cott added We keep going over the same issues and I think itd be redun dant to reconstitute the But Peters and Rockwood argued that the committee still serves a useful function There are still problems to be addressed and the committee should be Peters said Mrs Allen feels like we should just give up but there are going to be new problems to deal Rockwood said Council formed the River Activities Committee in 2000 in response to problems on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers Subsequently the committee developed a river manage ment plan designed to maintain and improve conditions on the rivers Nathan Pence project manager for the committee was hired last year as See RIVER Page 5A In other business Monday night New Braunfels City Council Approved the final reading of an ordinance to prohibit parking within 3 feet of driveways within an area bounded by South Union East South Street South Central Avenue and East Mather Directed planning staff to require individual permits for 22 business signs located in the city rightof way on Gruene Road in Gruene Approved the planning commis sions recommen dation to proceed with annexing acres Approved a threemonth budget for July 1 to Sept 30 Approved hiring an appraiser to appraise the Comal County Fairgrounds prop erty Approved form ing a city charter review commis sion with mem bers to be appointed Man seriously injured in wreck on FM 306 By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CANYON LAKE A Canyon Lake man who was ejected from his car in an FM 306 crash went to an Austin hospital in critical condition Tuesday night A law enforcement official said the man believed to be 40 years old was westbound pn FM 306 half a mile west of Purgatory Road when his Ford Festiva crossed the center line and slammed into the front of a Dodge pickup Witnesses estimated the Ford was going about 55 mph in the rain The man was ejected from the Ford the officer said and his son 7 crawled out of the wrecked vehicle Both were flown to Teen charged with arson in connection with fire See Page 5A MANDY Canyon Lake personnel prepare the driver of a Ford Festiva to be flown to a hospital after he was thrown from his car during a wrack Tuesday on FM 306 near Purgatory Road From Staff Reports A 14yearold Spring Branch boy was charged with arson m the fire that destroyed a vacant mobile home Comal County Fire Marshal UnManford said the boy and two other teenagers a 15 yearold boy and a 14year old girl were taken into cus tody at Friday in the 6000 block of Apache Moon in the Indian Hills subdivision The other two teenagers were booked for alleged crim inal trespass Criminal tres pass is a Class A misde meanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine The boy charged in the alleged arson was booked into the Guadalupe County Juve nile Facility in Seguin The other two teenagers were released to their mothers All three were to go into the eighth grade at Smithson Val ley Middle School in August Speciatisits