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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 25, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                W WrmOKf JUNE HERALD SPORT WHOS S WHOS C New Braunfels teams run In Little League champi onship playoff action Pago FORUM ETTERS sound off on grounds land swap taking care of an injured dog and a bully president 411 lMll jp CLICK WWW7 COMICS chance of rain High Low 89 71 FORUM SPORTS 2B 18 4A MA Details 10 i T Woman pleads guilty to beating 8yearold son By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 41yearold New Braun fels woman pleaded guilty Thursday to seriously injuring herson Assistant District Attorney Von Bunn said Michele Lacy May pleaded guilty before 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison in a plea agree ment she leached with defense attorney James Peplinsld Under terms of the agree ment Robison sentenced May to three years hi prison for beating the child with a belt and belt buckle If convicted at trial she faced two to 10 years in prison May and codefendant Ray mond Joseph Fierro 38 were arrested by New Braunfels police Jan 12 for allegedly beat ing and causing grievous bod ily injury to her son who was 8 years old The injuries included seri ous genital damage requiring surgery Bunn did not comment on the injuries because Fierro has not yet come to trial but another official in the district attorneys office in April said they were the worst hed seen in a child abuse case Police Det John Rios said officers answered 911 calls from neighbors who reported the boy was being beaten in front of May and Fierros West Bridge Street home There were several witness es who reported this to Rios said When officers responded they notified Child Protective He was taken to the hospital and an investigation was Rios said one defendant in the case claimed no part in abusing the boy blaming the other The law pertaining to child abuse does not work that way the detective said If anyone knows something like this is going on and fails to act theyre just as guilty through omission and they can be Rios said Fierro stands charged with two counts of injury to a child He is set for another pretrial hearing Aug 2 Back home Citys first motorized fire truck returns to force after 50 years By Brand Grisaom Staff Writer Fire engines are like apple pie on the Fourth of July George Washington and baseball the bright shiny crimson trucks are a part of Americana A piece of New Braunfels Americana has returned home The citys first motor ized fire truck a Type 12 is in the care of New Braunfels Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter Comal County Sheriffs Deputy Harvey Hueter gave it to the city after the truck spent more than 40 years on his familys property iLaFrarice FYI I For information about the restora tion of the citys first motorized fire truck call Darren Brink koeter 6082120 I Donations can be sent to the New Braunfels Fire Museum 169 South Hill New Braunfels 78130 Photos by MANDY New Braunfels Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter and other firefighters will help restore the citys first motorized fire truck back to its original truck was given back to the city by Harvey Hueter whose family owned it for more than 40 years Brinkkoeter plans to spruce up and dis play the truck that faced fires for four decades at the New Braunfels Fire Museum When it was in service it was in the building where that museum is the origi nal fire station No I just thought thats kind of neat Thats where the old gal Hueter said The truck was purchased in 1913 when C A Jahn was mayor according to docu ments at the fire museum Firefighters here used the truck until the 1950s said Brinkkoeter who helped found the muse um in 1995 See FIR TRUCK Page 3A left The 1914 motorized fire truck was the first one of its type in New Braunfels as indicated by the No 1 engine number on the seat Above Brinkkoeter shows the trucks simple engine Estimates showNB growing 4 per year By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels population base is growing by almost 4 percent per year according to the latest Census Bureau estimates Estimates released Wednesday by the Census Bureau estimated the citys pop ulation to be in July 2003 Thajs ajj increase of morejhan MQO from the 2000 Census of in 2000 In 1990 New Braunfels population stood at Were growing at a steady rate of about percent per said Michael Meek Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce president Contrary to what I heard years ago about the population boom in New Braunfels our growth rate has been fairly By contrast the city of San Marcos population has actually grown more than New Braunfels See CINSUS Page 3A SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS Pastor Simpson Denomination in terdenominational Attendance 160 Meeting time Sunday I Location 8427 FM 2873 I Phone 899 4033 I Worship styte contemporary Churchgoers dont know what to expect each Sunday By Leigh Staff Writer CANYON Mark Simp son is fond of saying his church shep herd of the Hills is for anybody but not for everybody The church is nontraditional in its Simpson said We have a pure biblical form of church govern ment and our doctrine is very practical and the atmosphere in the dance hall they converted to a sanctuary is much more relaxed The congregation is a healthy mix of the people who live in the Canyon Lake Simpson said dress casually but our approach to God is persona and Leigh Hebert who first brought her Thats what we love about she said The church does not focus on struc tured ministry programs and does not actively advertise its presence Our ministry itself is a ministry to the Simpson said Were nev er shocked to see visitors but were always shocked to find out how they found out about Sunday morning worship is freeform so the congregation never knows exact ly what to expect When you walk into another church and they hand you a list of whats going to happea ifs scripted Hehert said There are no guidelines to how our services wiligo Youth Minister Pennis RohJmeier said Sunday mornings were fun I love our freedom to he the atmosphwe in worship drew her in Its simple but everyone is family we have to do Every Wednes m night Shepherd of the Hills Youth Pastor Dannis tohlmaiar seated video while Church Administrator Linda Engelke and   

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