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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 12, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas V W JANUARY HERALD Ap Newspaper of the Year SPORTS SOCCER New Braunfels opens own season with 60 win over Page 6A FORUM GENERAL LEE As his birthday its a good time to look back at the history of one of Americas Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 48 16 2 sections CLICK 5Oc i 30 chance of rain i High Low i 73 64 1 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 28 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 3B Man sentenced to 25 years for indecency By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer A 64yearold Somerset man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday for an indecency offense against his A Comal County jury of 11 men and one woman found Lawrence David Hernandez guilty of indecen cy with a child by contact Thursday The jury could have sentenced Hernandez to between five and 99 years in prison on the second degree felony Comal Coun ty First Assistant Attorney Ed Springer said the defendant was eli gible for enhanced sentencing because he has was registered as a sex offender for two past In Hernandez was convicted of two counts of attempting to com mit indecency with a child by con tact in Travis He was sen tenced to 10 years but spent more than two years in jail in 2002 after he violated the terms of his Under the terms of Thursdays sen Hernandez will be eligible for parole in about 12 Anthony Hernandez said his client already has filed an The judge let in some evidence from his prior offenses that I dont think should have been he See Page 8A The great divide Council members vote to consider 15 proposed river solutions By Suzanne Ashe StaffWriter Activities Committee to Attorney yiolation brae container in a he into thelipprbvecK After months of discus sion by of the citys River New Braunfels City Council was presented with a list of 16 ideas for curb ing problems such as litter and alcohol on the areas Thursday council members agreed to consider 15 of the 16 i Vf TT Council members voted 43 against allowing only nondisposable containers on the Comal River within city A complete list of all recommendations resented to the ciafcouncil meeting before a crowd of abou 60 area residents Thursday Fifteen of the 16 river committee recom mendations to curb rowdy behavior on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers were passed by the city council further The council voted 43 against allowing non disposable drink containers on the Comal New Braunfels Police Chief Russell John son told city officials law enforcements posi tion concerning the nondisposable drink The nondisposable drink containers would cause law enforcement serious prob lems in identifying drinking by he It would be taking a valuable tool offi cers can just seeing a beer can in a minors There also could be legal ramifications with the nondisposable Interim City members and the city council mat no rec ommendations could be passed at the meet Before they reach that Isham must draw up ordinances based on the recom mendations for further discussion by the There will be two public hearings on the ordinances before final Boy er Concerned citizens were given one hour during the meeting to voice their opinions on the Zero owner of Rockin R River said although he appreciated what the river committee was trying to none of the rec ommendations would There are a lot of but there are also Rivers I think there should have been representatives from the outfitters and business owners on the River See Page 3A Other viewpoints I think the recommendations I think what you have is a bunch of outsiders coming in and changing the rules from what they have been for as long as I can John Seidel third generation New Braunfels resident Our longterm goal should be to go to the Texas Legislature and which will improve the behavior and the litter as well as reduce the need for as much police presence as we need Kathleen Rockwood New Braunfels resident who has owned a home on the Comal River for 12 years What makes me so madis they are acting as if everyone comes onto the river to be After when it is 105 we all go out side and float down the river with six pack of beer and Tell what is wrong with that rtsmanaBer From the parks we feel that most of the recommenda tions are positive and will be easily accepted by I think some of them will be challenging to Stacey Laird Parks and Recreation director The recommendations are not and they totally go against peoples They do not own the and I dont really under stand how they think they can con trol what people do on the Chris Snider Longtime New Braunfels resident River outfitters float their solutions past city council From staff reports The seven city council appointed members of the citys River Activities Commit tee spent months mulling over ideas aimed at solving the problem of litter and row dy river behavior on the citys On Thursday the which does not include any river present ed their ideas to the Not to be a group of local outfitters attended the special council meeting to offer a sixyear plan they cre ated an alternative list of solu tions they believe will be eas ier to Some of the ideas they say should be implemented this See Page 3A CISD battles with viruses attacking its computers Teen jailed after accident that injured local boy By Ashley Varrill Staff Writer Several viruses infected nearly 500 Canyon High School spreading through the Comal Indepen dent School Districts rendering the computers use less and shutting down the campusWeb It was Canyon High principal Bob Weigand Our guys have really been working hard on it and we should be back to 100 percent operation in no Computer viruses are See Page 8A By Jessica StaffWriter A 16yearold New Braunfels boy is in police custody after fleeing the scene of a Wednesday night accident that injured another The 16yearold driver drove away after a 15yearold friend fell out of the bed of his pickup in the 2000 block of Michigan New Braunfels Police Mike Rutherford Rutherford said the 15yearold New Braunfels boy was one of about seven teenagers riding in the back of the white Dodge pickup he was The accident happened when the vic who stopped to pick up something from his house at about 8 fell when getting back into the When the victim crawled in the he wasnt able to sit down before the driver Rutherford They all got and the driver decided he didnt need to stick The 15yearold was flown to Univer sity Hospital in San Antonio with head injuries and was listed in stable condi tion Rutherford Minutes after the police found the 16yearold and his truck a little more than a mile away at the boys home in the 1000 block of Linde He was arrested on one count of caus ing an accident involving personal injury or Rutherford and re mained at Guadalupe County Juvenile See TEEN Page 8A own provides Sanctuary Downstairs in the Prince Solms Inn 295 San
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