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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 28, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas W MAY RALDZEITUNG SPORTS ALMOST THERE The SmJthson Valley baseball team advances to the region al finals with a shutout victo ry Page 5A FORUM COLUMN Columnist Woodall says the government needs to be honest about the in the Middle Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 164 16 2 sections CL 5OO j Mostly Cloudy High Low 84 68 1 i Details 1B DEAR ABBY 38 CLASSIFIEDS 48 COMICS 28 CROSSWORD 28 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS 38 Admitted killer gets 50 years in prison By Ron Maloney Staff Writer District Judge Gary Steel sentenced Santiago Suarez to 50 years in prison Friday for stabbing a Solms man to death in The sentence came after Comal County detective Tommy Ward and defense attorney Barbara Gayl Ancira asked 274th Judicial District to afford Suarez what ever protections he could in prison which Steel agreed to Steel said he had heard a days worth of testimony in mitigation of Suarezs crime and was unswayed by This was a coldblooded murder of an individual in this and I do find you Steel in assessing the maximum sentence available under a plea agreement reached between Ancira and Assis tant District Attorney Joe I will either in the language of my judgment or in a request to the Texas Department of Criminal Jus to provide for your Steel allowed the widow of Suarezs Pablo to address the man who killed her hus She and other family members See SENTENCE Page 2A County could lose when federal prison opens By Ron Maloney StaffWriter The pending opening of a bed Immigra tion and Naturaliza tion Service lockup in Pearsall has coun ty officials con cerned they could lose income for housing federal Comal County receives a day for each federal inmate it Jail Adrnirustratpr David Ott said that number typically runs between 40 to 50 inmates there were 54 a daily income of At 50 inmates a that would be about a small thing consider ing the county including special is some The income from the jail goes into the countys See LOSE Page 3A DID YOU KNOW Reimbursement for housing federal inmates m 2002 50 H 2004 Mt 2005 Budgeted COMINGTUESDAY American heroes Comal County takes time to remember those who died fighting for the United Sentence delayed for man who injured grandchild By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Sentencing was postponed Wednesday for the 53yearold man who pleaded guilty in April to causing injuries to his toddler grandson that were found at District Judge Gary Steel postponed sen tencing for Gregory Robbins because a wit ness slated to be called by defense attorney Joseph Garcia III was not A new hearing date has been set for June Robbins was arrested in May 2004 for recklessly causing injuries to his 15month old Brandon Lee Robbins He remains in Comal County where his bail is The boys parents were also arrested at the conclusion of a monthslong investiga tion into what caused the childs Brandon Lee Robbins was found unre sponsive in bed and was rushed to McKenna Memorial See GRANDPA Page 3A SAYING GOODBYE teacher spend last day together By Melissa Johnson StaffWriter The last day of school is a time that is bittersweet for students and teachers Both look forward to the freedom of sunny days ahead but know the warm summer breezes will quickly whisk away rec ollections of times The main lesson on the last day of school in Jennifer Cortezs first grade class at Memorial Primary was about Positioned in the center of a semicircle of cross legged 6 and 7 year the teacher asked each student to remember their favorite activity from the past school One boy mentioned field and another playing with A little girl said learning to be a good but the most popu lar response was my Cortez smiled and told the class she would like to read a letter she had written especially for She produced a small booklet tided My First Grade Memory Book Cortezs Class Memorial Primary 20042005 and turned to the last Dear boys and she I cant believe the year is almost It seems like you all just walked through our classroom and now the end of our time together is drawing Her eyes becoming slightly Cortez continued You will always be very special to for you are a special Cortez pausing to wipe away a Im she Its just that I will miss you all so Thank you for making this year such an incredible she contin I will always remember each of Please come back to visit Photos by DAVID Firstgrader Claire Redlaczyk talks with Memorial Primary teacher Jennifer Cortez during their final lunch Cortez comforts Steven Sanchez while juggling several other prob lems as the final moments of the school year tick away Friday me as often as you would Cortez then distributed identical booklets to each of her 21 Bound in red construction paper were 13 pages of picture boxes and prompts such as This is what I learned about in language arts fol lowed by lines for Four pages of the little red book dis played yearbook photos of class mates with space underneath for Some students sat coloring pic tures with markers and Others milled about the classroom asking Can I please have your autograph pronouncing the words please and autograph one syllable at a Sevenyearold Hannah Hancock showed off her album I got everyones autograph she Cortez walked around the helping students to maintain inside thanking students for using See GOODBYE Page 3A New Braunfels ISD could use reserve funds to balance budget By Leigh Jones StaffWriter New Braunfels Indepen dent School District patrons are invited to voice their opin ions on next years budget and proposed tax rate Homeowners should not have much to complain about administrators are not recommending any change over last years Although the proposed maintenance and operations rate will go up two the interest and sinking rate will go down two keeping the overall rate at per Despite being one of Superintendent Ron Reaves boardapproved the budget is not technically bal showing a bottom line deficit of Administrators are recom mending making up the dif ference with reserve funds instead of raising The districts general fund balance sits at percent of The Texas Education Agency recommends districts keep at least 18 equaling million for in During the 200506 school administrators expect to spend including set aside for salary District employees will not know what they will make next year until legislators decide whether a mandated salary increase will be included in this sessions school finance reform See BUDGET Page 2A S What New Braunfels Inde pendent School District public hearing and board meeting to discuss budget R When Where Educa tion Center board 430 Mill I BLUEBONNET OVER 700 VEHICLES IN STOCK 2005 TAURUS Jeep
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