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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                MAY VMOOI w TrtiO IX 799UJ JLXf SPORTS TOUGH LOSS The Canyon baseball team saw its season come to an end Friday with a loss to Medina Page 5A ELECTION 2005 VOTE TODAY See a complete list of polling places for the Bulverde and Comal ISO Page 8A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 146 14 2 sections CK WWW Partly Cloudy High Low I 85 66 1 i Details 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 38 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS SA TV GRIDS 3B iww i wt TO Teenager dies after being struck by train Witnesses Boy was walking on tracks By Ron Maloney Staff Writer An unidentified teenage boy died Friday night of injuries that occurred when he was struck by a Union Pacific freight train off Landa New Braunfels police John Villarreal said the identi ty and precise age of the vic tim were not Witness es at the scene said he appeared to be in his midto late We dont have much infor mation at this Villar real said after the 4 inci which closed Landa Street at the Landa Drive intersection just below Loop He was apparently on the railroad tracks and was struck by the Union Pacific Railroad spokesman Gene Hinkel said Friday night he had no infor mation on the We defer to the local investigating police depart ment and its he Villarreal said pafarhedics reported the victim sustained major After being treated by para medics on the he was flown by AirLife to University Hospital in San where he was treated in the trauma Just after 8 New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief John Robin son said hospital officials con firmed the He released no other New Braunfels police John McDonald said at police were still working to identify the Were trying to find out who he is and notify his fam McDonald Shannon Lehmann and Melissa Batey were driving across the Loop 337 overpass Friday afternoon and report ed seeing the teenage boy walking southbound in front of the southbound freight train with his back to the approaching They reported he was walk ing on the left side of the tracks the side away from Landa I just saw the kid walking on the railroad tracks as we were coming over the Batey When the train hit he bounced off the side of down die bank and As Lehmann turned off the onto Landa trje train came to a stop with its engine close to 200 yards past where the teenager was I heard the train horn and the man wearing that vest came off the train she I couldnt hear what he was Photos by DAVID New Braunfels Fire and Air Life personnel load a teenage boy into a waiting helicopter after a Union Pacific train struck him as he was walking along the tracks near the Loop 337 overpass Friday New Braunfels police officers John John Villarreal and Steve Hanna discuss the accident Lehmann said he couldnt see the train when the boy was but ran around the back of the train to the who was a few feet from the He said the boy appeared to have major Lehmann estimated the age of the victim as between 15 and 17 years Police officers searched the area of die accident for identi but found Landa Street and Landa Drive were closed at the acci dent scene for about half an New Braunfels ISD finally releases school discipline report By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District administrators finally released a report on middle school discipline problems after withholding it for several weeks because it contained sensitive stu dent Acting on the advise of Mark the districts administrators at first refused to provide copies of the a 61page spreadsheet analysis of students sent to inschool sus pension between and March despite requests from concerned par ents and the Herald Charles attorney for Southern Newspapers the owner of the chal lenged the districts claim the entire report was protected under COMING WEDNESDAY fii Check the Herald Zeitung for a complete explanation of the data with implications for the middle schools disciplinary action the Family Educational Right and Privacy Act and worked with Goulet to find a com The released infor mation appears to be minus student dates of birth and times and dates of the in school suspension In columns spanning the length of a legalsized sheet of the spreadsheet contains information about each students grade ethnicity and at risk sta It also includes Texas Assess ment of Knowledge and Skills and core curriculum class perform The document does not contain any summary mak ing analysis a lengthy After reviewing the information in the the HeraldZeitung will release a full report Wednes New Braunfels mayors race too close to call MANDY New Braunfels City Secretary Michael Resendez puts padlocks on the ballot box for Saturdays By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The second favorite in Sun days Kentucky Derby is Afleet whose Tim said to win the a horse needs to have a clean trip and a little The same could be said about New Braun fels mayoral election Both mayoral candidates incumbent Adam Cork and his Bruce Boyer have run a clean race now it may be just a matter of a little Todays election is the first city election since 1999 that voters wont be distracted by a contro versial proposition on the bal although voters have the daunting task of sorting through 39 charter am In there were regis tered voters in New Braun fels as of April 7 of this there were regis tered The total votes cast in the 1999 election were or percent of the reg istered About early votes were cast in or about percent of registered If the same percentage of reg istered voters turn out then about voters will show up to the more early voters turned out for VOTE TODAY For more cov erage of the see pages 4A and this years city election than in or about percent of the registered As City Secretary Michael Resendez has pointed the mayoral race must be won by a or by only one Some local pundits have said todays mayoral race could be that 1 think its going to be the clos est election Ive ever seen in New said Jim who has spent 10 years in local poli I dont see any major dif ferences between the two can so it may end up being a popularity Former Mayor Stoney Williams said Corks experience as mayor would be to his See ELECTION Page 8A Canyon Lake man guilty of soliciting boy By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO It was to have been a sick and perverse New Years Eve What happened instead was a celebration by FBI agents who arrested a 44yearold Canyon Lake man and San Marcos school teacher who thought he was meeting a 14yearold boy for David Franklin Benner pleaded guilty in Federal District Court for the Western District of Texas to soliciting a minor for sex over the a violation of Title Section 2422b of the In federal prosecutors promised him a 10year convicted at the end of a Ben a former secondgrade teacher at Crockett Elementary School San faced up to 30 years in federal Benner has been held without bond since he was arrested in front of a Giddings coin On a federal magistrate ruled there was probable cause to believe he was a dangerous sexual FBI Special Agent Kristina Shep pard launched a monthslong investigation into Benner that See CRIME Page 3A Unmatched Attention For Yo M Q rbl Y 9 E U N E W I H A U M P E U ft Lee Edwards Hearty W r S Susan Sonier or Jerry Sonier 21088S6188   

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