New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, April 13, 2007

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

April 13, 2007

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 13, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas t FRIDAY, APRIL 13,2007 SPORTS DISTRICT MEETS Area athletes qualify for region in track, tennis. Pages 6-7A FORUM COLUMNIST Kathryn Jean Lopez now runs in place of the late syndicated columnist Molly Ivins. Page 4A 11 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. CL Vol. 154, No. 130 16 pages, 2 sections 50$ www: | DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5B COMICS 2B Chance of storms High Low CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A 81 58 8 1 I Details ____ 1B SPORTS TV GRIDS 6A 3B warn mm atw rk, victim By Jessica Sanders The Herald-Zeitung Comal County sheriff's Deputy Scott Masters returned to duty Thursday after he was cleared of wrongdoing in the April 4 shooting of a Boerne man. Masters was put on paid administrative leave after he shot 36-year-old William Grady Orr Jr. on a roadside in Spring Branch. Comal County sheriff's Detective Sgt. Tommy Ward said Masters felt his life was in Boerne man had several outstanding arrest warrants became involved in a struggle. "(Masters) has been cleared and returned to work this week," Ward said Thursday. "He completed his first shift today." Investigators said Masters saw Orr William Grady Orr Jr. about 5 a.m. on April 4 along Farm-to-Market 306 near Eagle Rock Road. When the officer stopped to investigate, he and Orr became involved in a struggle. Orr reportedly knocked Masters to the ground and began kicking him in the head. The officer reportedly fired his .357 semi-automatic handgun three times, striking Orr once in the lower abdomen and once in danger and shot Orr after the two pull over for a dragging muffler the pelvis. Texas Ranger Sgt. Dewayne Goll said Orr was transported to University Hospital in San Antonio on April 4 and was booked by proxy at the Bexar County Jail the following day. On Wednesday, Orr was moved from a guarded hospital room to the jail, where he is being held on a $203,200 bond for one charge of assault on a public servant, two misdemeanor theft warrants from other agencies and a parole violation. Goll said Orr had several warrants from other law enforcement agencies, but said some of the charges might not be pursued. Ward said investigators from the sheriff's office have interviewed Orr, but he would not give a reason for assaulting Masters. "In the course of our investigation, it does appear that methampheta-mine could have played a factor in his decision making," Ward said, adding that there were no drugs or paraphernalia found in Orr's See SHOOTING, Page 8A Sidetracked MP L 1 1 to* r 1 �- I. 1 � * 1 i. � i * **" r � - * ...... 1 y J 1 1** * 4 _F - �" - i *B P" 1 v: ti ^ * Lr l* : US ^Hi. ^ I ...... .ft Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Heralci-Zeitung Traffic stops on Farm-to-Market 306 as a Union Pacific freight train passes on one of two crossings on that road that are less than a mile apart. Area emergency personnel say while frequent delays caused by passing trains have not been responsible for serious,death or injury, they have cut into response times. � Emergency crews say long waits for trains a big hassle By Jessica Sanders The Herald-Zeitung being lost because officials were held up at a railroad crossing. He said street-level TVaffic should stop for emer- railroad tracks have proven gency vehicles, but trains are a different story. "It's mostly an inconvenience," New Braunfels police Lt. John Wommack said of the town's many railroad crossings. "We've gotten stuck a few times and I know it's happened to EMS, too." While Wommack, a 33-year police department veteran, could not recall a case of lives quite inconvenient. "Once we got a call for an assault on Live Oak Street, the nearest unit was on Landa Street and they got stuck right across the tracks on Live Oak," he said. "We could see the house through the train cars and could hear the lady on the phone. There was violence Traffjc st for an approaching Union Pacific freight train on FM 306 at one of two crossings on that road See TRAINS, Page 8A that are less than a mile apart. Texas moves closer to skipping out on TAKS By Rasha Madkour The Associated Press unanimously approved a bill that would ers to tailor their instruction to a single HOUSTON (AP) -Texas moved a step closer Thursday to replacing its high-stakes test with end-of-course exams in high school. The state Senate Education Committee revamp the way student learning is measured in the upper grades; elementary and middle school students would still take the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, which has long been criticized for putting too much emphasis on a single assessment and forcing teach- exam. High school students currently must pass the TAKS in English, math, social science and science to graduate. Under the new system, students would have to See TAKS, Page 8A Council hopefuls turn in camp ai finance documents By Suzanne Ashe The Herald-Zeitung District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine has spent about $600 more than the political action group opposing him, Keep NBNB, in his campaign to keep his council seat. He also has more in reserve, with $4,792.74 left to spend of the $7,825 he has raised. Valentine's campaign has spent $3,032.26, while Keep NBNB spent $2,441.60, according to campaign finance reports turned in to city hall this week. Keep NBNB reports it raised a total of $3,125. District 2 council seat hopeful Mark Goodner has spent 34 percent more than his opponent Jay Patrick. Goodner reports his cam- CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS Mark Goodner: $4,765 El Keep NBNB: $3,125 m-m ' + +� Jay Patrick: $1,525.10 Ken Valentine: $7,825 � A complete list of the Page 8A paign spending at $5,869.43 by Thursday, while Patrick reports spending at $2,005.71. Goodner reports raising $4,765 while Patrick reports raising $1,525.10. The candidates' political contributions and expenditures for the May 12 general and special election were turned into city hall this week as required by the Texas Ethics Commission. Record rains raise local aquifer levels Outfitters' hopes high for good season By Mark Koopmans The Herald-Zeitung The rain storms that drenched die Hill Country in March have not only bumped up the reservoir at Canyon Lake, they have increased the hopes of many local river outfitters that the former Bergstrom Army Air Field in 1943. The wettest March on record was 24 years ago. Much of the precipitation ended up in Canyon Lake. The 43-year-old reservoir is the water source for residents and businesses of Comal and nine other sur- unusual amount of rainfall rounding counties. might help their chances of having a successful tubing season. "The rain was a good thing to have happened," said Ronnie Dreibrodt, who works for Andy's River Toobs in Canyon Lake. "Hopefully, this will give us sufficient amounts of water for the entire year." The National Weather Service reported six inches of rain at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for the month of March, which was the second highest level since recording began at the Financed and completed in 1964 through a partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, both the reservoir and the 224-foot-high earth-filled dam are owned by the federal government. As Thursday's elevation was recorded at 914.56 feet above mean sea level, the Corps of Engineers is managing the "flood control" portion of the reservoir, which is what the agency does See RAINFALL, Page 3A 0856825000011 ;