New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, March 20, 2007

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas If W MARCH ZEITUNG Newspaper of the Year SPORTS BASKETBALL University ofTexas small forward Kevin Durant might have played his last game as a Page 8 FORUM SOPHIENBURG A New Braunfels native loses his life in a trek for adventure and fame in the Page 4 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 110 14 1 section j CLICK 5OO I i Chance of drizzle High Low 75 63 Details DEAR ABBY 11 CLASSIFIEDS 12 COMICS 10 CROSSWORD 10 FORUM 4 OBITUARIES 3 SPORTS 8 TV GRIDS 11 Trial begins for man accused in boys death By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter Opening statements began Mon day in the trial of a Canyon Lake man accused in the death of a Comal County Roy Mack Miller is standing trial for manslaughter in the death of Ryan Matthew Padilla was struck by Millers pickup while exiting a school bus on Farmto Market 3159 near The Smithson Valley Middle School stu Miller allegedly ran over child who was exiting school bus dent died three days later at Univer sity Hospital in San Comal County Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip said Mondays opening statements were a time for prosecutors to paint a picture of Padillas daily We wanted the jurors to know what kind of person he Waldrip We wanted to make him He liked baseball and was very sym pathetic to those with According to Department of Pub lic Safety investiga who is represented by attorney Jamie Bal admitted to passing a line of cars and the bus on Roy Mack Miller the right shoulder of the He said he was fumbling for a cigarette when he struck the More than 40 high school and middle school students witnessed the incident from the school According to the Texas Depart ment of Public the school bus driver followed all safety procedures and activated all warning lights dur ing the Waldrip said manslaughter is a second degree and if Miller is convicted of the charge he faces two to 20 years in he said the jury can elect to increase the charge to a firstdegree depending on evidence presented during the trial and punishment A first degree felony carries a maximum sentence of life in Witnesses for the defense will tes tify Tuesday when the trial resumes at the Comal County District history Grassroots group forms a political action committee Photos by DAVID Special needs lead driver Betty fills a bag with popcorn while bus aide Dolores and driver Lucinda look The preafternoon trip snack is one of the many new things in store for Comal Independent School District employees in the districts new support services CISD growth allows district to consolidate support staff By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter Marc Walker looked right at home in his school buscol ored The Comal Independent School District superintend ent is still helping employees set up their work stations in the new support services facil his office space is all ready for com plete with walls in Walkers favorite Theyve already told me that some day when we have a new the first thing their going to do is change the wall he said with a Walker said the million located at 1404 Inter state 35 began about eight months Employees By Suzanne Ashe StaffWriter We believe in New Braun fels is the slogan for the Keep NB NB grassroots movement that is working to oust District 6 City Council man Ken Valentine from his Robert treasurer for Keep NB NBs specificpur pose political committee said the movement is about neighbors working with neighbors to improve the A political action commit tee PAC is defined as an entity other than a political party regulated under feder al and state law that raises and spends money to elect or defeat We believe in having a council person who listens to city and that includes the police Lee We filed our paper work with the city on March 6 and are abiding by the rules of the Texas Ethics Commis We believe in hav ing a council person who listens to city and that includes the police Robert Lee Keep NB NB spokesman sion as they are stated in their campaign finance guide for political Although Lee said the rules laid out in the state guide are complicated he and the Keep NB NB group plan on follow ing them very Im even Xeroxing any paper money I receive to keep the serial he spokesman for the said he and organiz Kevin the one time River Activities Com mittee member who resigned over a container See Page 7 Foster care system in Texas full of flaws Temporary housing faces overcrowding CISD employees Rosie and Jason Sanchez converse while walking down one of the colorful hallways inside the districts new support services began moving into the building on Wednes Kari CISD pub lic information said administrative offices previ ously were split between three metal buildings and sev eral portables off Business she said about 200 employees from several departments are able to meet and interact under one Its really wonderful for us to all be in one she I just learned that the transportation department pops popcorn for the bus Were all finding out so much more about each Roy special proj ects said the new building also has allowed the district to consolidate three warehouses into one Now theres just one See Page 6 HOUSTON AP Two years after lawmakers revamped the way Texas investigates child abuse cas the states Child Protec tive Services is facing a new challenge About abused and neglected Texas children spend time in foster care each Since the population of abused chil dren placed in temporary foster homes or facilities has risen by at least 29 or more In at least 37 hard toplace children slept in CPS which are becoming makeshift Of 32 spent a whole with the rest spending just a few hours before a home I BLUEBONNET is rue Jeep 18664461243 could be In one a child slept four nights in Dallasarea Nearly two dozen of the 32 stayed at the CPS childrens waiting room on Chimney in On March there were 13 including three who slept in the waiting room while staff members kept Houston has more chil dren staying overnight in the waiting room in part because most of the states facilities for emotionally troubled youths are Once chil dren are CPS must find foster homes for and they are not See Page 7 CURY MOUNTAINEER 4 UB KEAfi POWER ;

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