Saturday, April 9, 2005

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas T If APRIL HERALD XKXXKKXXKXXKXX ALL FOR flDt VHfl SOUTHUEST NICROPUDLISieS E DR PflSO TX 7990 SPORTS GAME TIME Canyon and New Braunfels will take to the field with the winner advancing to the state Page 5A CONFERENCE EDUCATION State leaders discuss school funding and taxes at the 39th Legislative Page 8A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 122 18 2 sections CLICK iostly Cloudy High Low 84 63 DetailsTB DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS M COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3B Guilty Fierro sentenced to 75 years By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A jury needed 90 minutes Fri day to convict a man of beating and mutilating an 8yearold sentencing him to 75 years in Raymond Joseph could be eligible for parole in 15 He was convicted of a first degree felony count of knowing ly causing serious bodily injury to the boy and two thirddegree felony counts of causing injury to the boy with a leather Jury foreman Rex Malatek said the verdict came fast because of the strength of the case present ed by the district attorneys The DA put the pieces of the puzzle Malatek I learned a lot this Were fortunate we have this district attorneys office representing Malatek said the punishment went toward the high range of the scale Fierro faced up to 99 years because of the nature of the injuries he inflicted on the boy including a genital injury that required surgery to A lot of it came as a result of how long this child will suffer from this and the damage to his Malatek We talked about that a The photos of the boys injuries carried a lot of the juror I doubt Ill ever see anything like this again for the rest of my Malatek It was unbe I couldnt fathom If someone Think of the gori est thing you can Id have never come up with From its beginning on the night of investiga tors described the case as the worst case of child abuse ever reported in Comal Michelle Fierros for mer pleaded guilty to two thirddegree felony counts of injuring her son in June and was sentenced to three years in She is out on but has lost her parental The See Page 2A Raymond Fierro Krueger raise equal sums By Scott Mahon StaffWriter Travis Wommack and Kath leen who are oppos ing each other for the District 5 city council are run ning neck and neck in cam paign For the period 25 through March Wommack reported in total cam paign and in Wommack had in contributions of less than of and only one contribution excess of Greater New Braunfels Home Builders Association in the amount of Krueger reported in total contributions for the same period and spent Kruegers contributions of less than amounted to top contribution See COUNCIL Page 3A HMHUBHWnMHBMBHBHMHMMUIMMMPimV Bigger and better an annual celebration hosted by the Heritage Society of New returns with more events and activities Valentine pays back city for homestead violation By Scott Mahon StaffWriter New Braunfels District 6 City Councilman Ken Valen tine has come under attack for claiming homestead exemptions in 2002 in both Houston and New Valentine confirmed Friday that he did have the dual exemptions during which is a violation of state but he recently paid New Braun fels back taxes for the time that both houses were who retired in July 1999 from a 32 year career with Shell Oil in Hou mov ed to New Braunfels in August We built our house in New Braunfels in 1985 because we intended to retire in New See Page 3A Ken Valentine A SAD GOODBYE Photos by DAVID Father Eugene Ronan celebrates a memorial mass for Pope John Paul II at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Gold prays in front of a photograph of the pope before the mass Parishioners remember their pope as a great man By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Hilario Torres looked tired and sadFriday as he slowly made his way to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Torres had stayed up until watching the funer al for Pope John Paul broad cast live from The church has lost some thing he God bless Dorothy Moose also was sit ting in front of her television during the early morning I actually met the pope so this means very much to she with tears in her Im glad to see such an outpouring of love from all over the At the churchs bell began to toll and 75 people came to their knees to remember their This pope did so much for all said Nick He was a great man who touched Judith who is not even came to the memorial mass to pay her He did bring more than a breath of fresh air to the she At the front of the amidst twoweekold Easter Pastor Eugene Ronan stood next to a painting of the pope and delivered his homi We should give thanks to God for this gift to our church and pray that God welcomes him into the Ronan We also pray for our cardinals who will gather next week to elect his succes See Page 3A Kennady Highway funding scenarios wont work DAVID Ken talks with Comal County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Millikih at the 39th Annual Texas Legislative Conference Friday By Ron Maloney StaffWriter A Comal County Commissioner went toetotoe Thursday with the official who oversees the Texas Department of Trans telling him the states new highway funding scenarios wont work in Comal Let me tell you what Im mad Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady told Ric chairman of the Texas Transportation Youre telling our constituents they could have to pay twice for new Kennedys remarks came at the con clusion of a panel discussion of the new highway funding scenarios Regional Mobility Authorities and passthrough financing held Friday at the New Braunfels Civic Center as part of the 39th annual Texas Legislative During the hourlong pan elists Mike chair man of the House Transportation Com and Michael chairman of the transportation panel of the Gover nors Business said Texas faces a billion funding shortfall for roads in the next 30 they provide a mecha nism through which highway projects can be built more quickly and pro duce income after they pay for them selves that could help fund other For building an additional lane on Interstate 35 between Austin and San Antonio took 20 An bil lion project in Williamson and Travis counties would take five years under the new funding Comal County looked at the Regional Mobility Authority model in 2004 and See Page 8A