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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 23, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas                                W W MARCH Newspaper of the Year SPORTS PLAY ON Canyon girls rout Edison 80 to move on in playoff Page 6A NATION TROOPS VOTE Democrats push for Congress to set deadline for Page 5A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 112 16 2 sections CLICK wwwJ i e Rain High Low 76 77 DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 41 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 21 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 31 Nomans land needs funding district Six strikes County staff report residents not being taxed for emergency services By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Comal County commissioners will move forward with a plan to ensure that emergency services are available to all county Commissioners and New Braunfels city officials met Thursday to discuss forming Emergency Service District which would include the city of New Braunfels extraterritorial Emergency service districts are taxing entities that contract with emergency service agencies to provide protection for the This the county stopped paying for emergency services for an area county officials referred to as no mans about 75 properties between Gar den Ridge and New because residents were not paying taxes for the County Judge Danny Scheel said county staff members found this week that a total of most ly within the New Braunfels extraterrito rial are also not being taxed for emergency Next during commissioners county officials will learn more about educating the public and help ing residents petition for an emergency See Page 8A The dissenting vote has a problem with the punishment and believes stan dards for conviction have not been Jury foreman Randy Bakers explanation of why the jury was split 114 In favor of guilt to 22nd District Judge Charles Ramsay but could not convict Roy Mack Miller for the manslaughter of 12yearold Ryan Padilla Mistrial in manslaughter case Prosecutor rejects defense attorneys request offer for probation By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter A mistrial was declared Thursday in the case of a Canyon Lake man charged with manslaughter in the death of a 12yearold boy After more than eight hours of jurors were unable to reach a consensus as to whether or not 69year old Roy Mack Miller was guilty of manslaughter for striking Ryan Padilla while driving his truck on the right shoulder of FarmtoMarket According to the Smithson Valley Middle School student was getting off a school bus in front of his Comal County Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip said a retrial will be set in a few months with a new Padillas Yvonne broke down in tears Thursday afternoon after the jurys statement was He gets to go home for another six but Ryans never coming Skeen said as she was con soled by friends and members of her church con DAVID The mother of the late Ryan Yvonne talks with the media outside the Comal County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in the case against Roy Mack Miller Miller was accused of running down Padilla after the 12yearold stepped off of a school bus in Canyon Looking on is Padillas stepfa Phil Padillas Cyn witnessed the collision and testified during the According to court docu one of the 12 jurors did not believe the standards for conviction were The dissenting vote has a problem with the punish ment and believes standards for conviction have not been jury foreman Randy wrote in a statement to District 22 Judge Charles Defense attorney Jamie Balagia said Miller has regretted the incident since the moment it he said his client had swerved off of the road while trying to retrieve a lit This was a very emotional and Roy Miller feels hor rible for Ryan Padillas fami he But we dont con sider the jurys decision to be a slap in the face of the It was a very difficult deci Manslaughter is a second degree and if Miller is convicted during a retrial he faces two to 20 years in See Page 8A Memo Illegal immigrants arrested multiple times before prosecution By Elliott Spagat Associated Press Writer Guidelines issued by attorneys in Texas showed that most illegal immigrants crossing into the state had to be arrested at least six times before federal authorities would prosecute according to an internal Justice Depart ment The disclosure provides a rare view of how federal author ities attempt to curb illegal The memo was released this week in response to a congressional investiga tion of the dismissals of eight The Border Patrol makes more than 1 million arrests a year on the head of a union representing Border Patrol said its unrealistic to prosecute all Lets be there isnt enough jail space to incarcer ate everyone who crosses that said president of the National Border Patrol If everyone demand ed hearing in front of an immigration it would bring See Page 3A Mandatory steroid tests bill gets hearing State would pay for students tests if Dewhurstbacked legislation is passed By Jim Verturno Associated Press Writer AUSTIN As a competi tive Kevin Col lier was in his 20s when he took a cocktail of steroids to make him stronger and more Today at his body can no longer produce enough testosterone on its so he must get doctorapproved injections about twice a And he fears he will develop liver and heart prob lems as he gets Im on hormone replace ment therapy for the rest of my Collier A fitness consultant who lives in Collier was among several witnesses to testify Thursday in support of a Senate bill to create mandatory random steroid testing of Tfexas high school The bill aims to test tens of thousands of students per potentially making it the largest high school steroid testing program in the Theres constant pressure on these Collier told the Senate Education Com Many athletes fall victim to these The bill before the Senate would require Texas public school students to agree to the random testing program in order to be eligible to play Positive tests could result in suspension from The bill is sponsored by Kyle and is one of the top priori ties for Republican David The state would pay for about million per remov ing a key objection from school districts that scuttled testing proposals in previous Lawmakers envision test ing or more students per New Jersey already has a state testing but it is limited to athletes and teams who advance to the The Texas program also would require middle school and high school coaches to complete a training program on the dangers of steroid See Page 8A Panels discuss issues facing Texas By Suzanne Ashe StaffWriter The 41st Texas Legislative Con ference kicked off with a recep tion Thursday night at the New Braunfels Civic Michael president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of said that because people come from all over the state to the the chamber hosts the reception in their Its a statewide conference and we want to put on a party for them for coming to New he The Scooter Store spokesman Mark Leita said his business was proud to be a sponsor of the This is a great opportunity for business leaders and various organizations to come together for a great he A presentation was made to honor two Texas legislators and one first lady of Texas who passed away in the past year Lloyd See Page 8A The Uptown Provides a Relaxed Environment Chamber Blue Coat and former Comal County Commissioner Moe Schwab samples some of the shrimp piled underneath a cowboy boot ice sculpture at the 41st annual Texas Legislative Conference reception at the civic center Thursday DAVID HeraldZeitung Downstairs in the Prince Solms Inn 295 San Antonio   

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