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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 17, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY JUNE 17 2004 SPORTS LL PLAYOFFS Blue thwarts Red 227 to advance in the 9yearold Little League bracket Catch other tourney results Page SA ORUM GUEST COLUMN Seguin resident Jeff Garrison Tate was appalled by Charley Reeses writing on segregated schools Pago 4A ZEITUNG Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 163 No 188 12 pages 2 sections K I 500 WWW 8 10 rain chance High Low 90 74 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 44B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS MA TV GRIDS 3B Lotto fever climbs as jackpot increases WINNING NUMBERS I 89192226 8 I More By Scott Mahon Staff Writer With the Lotto Texas jackpot estimated at a record million Mary Martinez manager at SacNPac on North Walnut Avenue has been offered a house a new car and a plane from hopeful winners Ive been promised all kinds of things One lady said if she won she was going to buy a new home in Colorado and a said Martinez And she said shed take me to Colorado with Her hopes and dreams will have to wait a few more days No numbers matched those drawn Wednesday night 89192226 bonus ball so Satur days jackpot climbs to an estimated million Martinez said although lotto players hadnt rushed to buy tickets Wednesday afternoon there was a steady stream Its still early but they asked me to come to work early to help because of the she said A lot of people come in after work to buy Andreas Lagamus 60 bought five lot tery tickets Wednesday at B and F Quick See JACKPOT Page 3A NBISDs actions hint of backroom deal on principals Unanimous vote predicted in districts press release By Leigh Jones Staff Writer the vote before it happened was unacceptable New Braunfels Independent the districts School District administrators acUons could be perceived as and trustees deny they agreed violation of the Open Meet in advance on four new prin A beccausue advance cipals but press releases cir knowledge of the boards deci culated during the Slon the impression a straw vote was taken MANOY New Braunfels Police Lt Mike Rust checks the update board while Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator Lin Manford and New Braunfels Police Lt John Wommack consult the information given on i Is county ready for terror strike i Disaster drill prepares agencies for the worst By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Terrorism comes in almost as many forms as there are terrorists Anyone who remembers the Okla homa City bombing knows terrorists dont just come from other countries Tuesday and Wednesday local officials learned about a fictional homegrown terror group the Watchful and got a look at a frightening future one where New Braunfels and Comal County are targets of a multifaceted ter rorist attack involving explosions pneu monic plague a cousin of the black death of the Middle a flood from a breached Canyon Dam Of course none of it has happened but local emergency management first responders and community leaders have been practicing how they would deal with each in an exercise managed out of the countys Emergency Operations Cen ter at the sheriffs office The training an intensive look at responding to terror through weapons of mass destruction is the focus of a threemonth long preparedness program operated by the state Division of Emer gency Management and funded by Department of Homeland Security grants Today local officials will debrief with a cadre of exercise dinators and will receive a written report The exercise comes nearly two years See DISASTIR Page 3A meeting suggest they knew the outcome before the official vote June 7 Public Information Officer Stephanie Ferguson distributed the releases before the vote while trustees were behind closed doors in an eightminute execu tive session The scheduled session allowed trustees to discuss the four can didates Superinten dent Ron Reaves rec ommended If a vote was taken or a consensus reached before the public meeting Ron Reaves Jorge Maldonado County Nurse Karon Preiss updates Emergency Management Coordinator Carol Edgett and County Judge Danny Scheel on bioterrorism threats during a training workshop Wednesday board members would have violated the Open Meetings Act which requires all gov ernmental body action be tak en in front of the public The intent of the law is to prevent backroom deals occurring away from public scrutiny Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas Attorney Joe Larsen said anticipating was before the meeting All action has to be taken in an open meeting Thats straight from the code of the Open Meetings he said It looks like they decided with out a meeting Youre not going to hand out that kind of stuff if theres some question Thats a bunch of Larsens opinion was seconded by Attorney Charles Daughtry legal counsel on Freedom of Information issues for the HeraldZeitung Reaves said Wednesday trustees did not know the out come of the board action in advance but anticipated the unanimous vote and Fergu son prepared the announce ment accordingly We felt like it was going to See NBISP Page 3A UPDATES Tracking the news HEADON COLLISION UST WE KNEW A 40year old Canyon Lake man suf fered major injuries Tuesday evening when he was ejected from his sub compact car in a headon collision with a pickup truck LATEST The Department of Public Safety identified the victim Wednesday as Preston Owen NEXT Owen remains at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin where he is listed in critical condition He sustained multiple injuries in the wreck which includ ed head injuries ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING LAST WE KNEW Someone reportedly tried to kidnap a 4yearold girl from her Country Club Circle home June 4 LATEST New Braunfels police have sent possible evidence to a state crime lab which could take months to process NEXT Police will review the labs report to determine how to continue the inves tigation Testimony implicates father in mothers child injury trial By Brand Grissom Staff Writer Mandy Ann Gonzalez tears streaming down her cheeks told jurors Wednesday she did not believe she inflicted the trauma that severed her 5monthold sons colon and resulted in the surgical removal of 10 inches of his intestines She said a Child Protect Services investi gator coerced a statement from her in which she admitted hurting her child who was a ninthgrader last Oct a vtfien Comal County Sheriffs office detec tive anested her ccwldsperd up to 40 years in prison if convicted of injury to a child with intent to cause serious bodily injury The babys father Salvador Pineda Leon 17 was also arrested but has not yet been indicted He was released from custody The defense rested after testimony from Gonzalez Leon Gonzalezs mother and sis ter and Assistant District Attorney Joseph Soane The prosecution rested earlier in the day after testimony from the magistrate who advised Gonzalez of her rights as a juvenile when giving sheriffs detective Sgt Tommy Ward a statement Comal County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders said Ward con tacted her Oct 3 2003 and asked her to magistrate a juvenile suspect at the county sheriffs office She said she advised Gon zalez of the charges against her and of her constitutional rights She seemed calm and collected and she See TRIAL Page 3A TUNNELL INSURANCE HOME AUTO   

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