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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 13, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas APRIL ZEITUNG SPORTS DISTRICT Area athletes qualify for region in Pages 67A FORUM COLUMNIST Kathryn Jean Lopez now runs in place of the late syndicated columnist Molly Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 130 16 2 sections CLICK Chance of storms High Low 81 58 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS M COMICS 28 CROSSWORD 21 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 91 Deputy back at victim jailed after shooting By Jessica The HeraldZeitung Comal County sheriffs Deputy Scott Masters returned to duty Thursday after he was cleared of wrongdoing in the April 4 shooting of a Boerne Masters was put on paid adminis trative leave after he shot 36year old William Grady Orr on a road side in Spring Comal Coun ty sheriffs Detective Tommy Ward said Masters felt his life was in danger and shot Orr after the two Boerne man had several outstanding arrest warrants became involved in a has been cleared and returned to work this Ward said He completed his first shift Investigators said Masters saw Orr pull over for a dragging muffler William Grady Orr about 5 on April 4 along Farm toMarket 306 near Eagle Rock When the officer stopped to investi he and Orr became involved in a Orr reportedly knocked Masters to the ground and began kicking him in the The officer reportedly fired his semiautomatic hand gun three striking Orr once in the lower abdomen and once in the Texas Ranger Dewayne Goll said Orr was transported to Univer sity Hospital in San Antonio on April 4 and was booked by proxy at the Bexar County Jail the following On Orr was moved from a guarded hospital room to the where he is being held on a bond for one charge of assault on a public two misdemeanor theft warrants from other agencies and a parole Goll said Orr had several warrants from other law enforcement but said some of the charges might not be Ward said investigators from the sheriffs office have interviewed but he would not give a reason for assaulting In the course of our it does appear that methampheta mine could have played a factor in his decision Ward adding that there were no drugs or paraphernalia found in Orrs See Page 8A Sidetracked Council hopefuls turn in campaign finance documents By Suzanne Ashe The HeraldZeitung District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine has spent about more than the political action group opposing Keep in his campaign to keep his council He also has more in with left to spend of the he has Valentines campaign has spent while Keep NBNB spent according to campaign finance reports turned in to city hall this Keep NBNB reports it raised a total of District 2 council seat hopeful Mark Goodner has spent 34 percent more than his opponent Jay Goodner reports his cam Mark Goodner Jay Patrick TO Ken Valentine paign spending at by while Patrick reports spending at Goodner reports raising while Patrick reports raising The candidates political contributions and expendi tures for the May 12 general and special election were turned into city hall this week as required by the Texas Ethics Photos by DAVID Traffic stops on FarmtoMarket 306 as a Union Pacific freight train passes on one of two crossings on that road that are less than a mile Area emergency personnel say while frequent delays caused by passing trains have not been responsible for serious death or they have cut into response Emergency crews say long waits for trains a big hassle By Jessica Sanders The HeraldZeitung Traffic should stop for emer gency but trains are a different Its mostly an inconven New Braunfels police John Wommack said of the towns many railroad cross Weve gotten stuck a few times and I know its hap pened to While a 33year police department could not recall a case of lives being lost because officials were held up at a railroad He said streetlevel railroad tracks have proven quite Once we got a call for an assault on Live Oak the nearest unit was on Landa Street and they got stuck right across the tracks on Live he We could see the house through the train cars and could hear the lady on thephoneTherewasviolence Traffic stops for an approaching Union Pacific freight train on FM 306 at one of two crossings on that road See Page 8A that are less than a mile Record rains raise local aquifer levels Outfitters hopes high for good season Texas moves closer to skipping out on TAKS By Rasha Madkour The Associated Press HOUSTON AP moved a step closer Thursday to replacing its high stakes test with endofcourse exams in high The state Senate Education Committee unanimously approved a bill that would revamp the way student learning is measured in the upper grades elemen tary and middle school students would still take the Texas Assessment of Knowl edge and which has long been crit icized for putting too much emphasis on a single assessment and forcing teach ers to tailor their instruction to a single High school students currently must pass the TAKS in social science and science to Under the new students would have to See Page 8A By Mark Koopmans The HeraldZeitung The rain storms that drenched the Hill Country in March have not only bumped up the reservoir at Canyon they have increased the hopes of many local river outfitters that the unusual amount of rainfall might help their chances of having a successful tubing The rain was a good thing to have said Ronnie who works for Andys River Toobs in Canyon this will give us sufficient amounts of water for the entire The National Weather Ser vice reported six inches of rain at AustinBergstrom International Airport for the month of which was the second highest level since recording began at the former Bergstrom Army Air Field in The wettest March on record was 24 years Much of the precipitation ended up in Canyon The 43yearold reservoir is the water source for resi dents and businesses of Comal and nine other sur rounding Financed and completed in 1964 through a partner ship between the Army Corps of Engineers and the GuadalupeBlanco River both the reservoir and the 224foothigh earth filled dam are owned by the federal As Thursdays elevation was recorded at feet above mean sea the Corps of Engineers is man aging the flood control por tion of the which is what the agency does See Page 3A
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