New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, April 24, 2007

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

April 24, 2007

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 24, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY, APRIL 24,2007 A STATE VOTER ID NB girls lead Region IV j Texans will require two golf tourney; Cougarettes i forms of ID to vote under in 8th. Page 6 House plan. Page 3 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No.140 12 pages, 1 section 50$ www; t Tstorms High Low 79 63 herald-zeitung.com I 1 Details * t t * t 7 DEAR ABBY 9 CLASSIFIEDS 10 COMICS 8 CROSSWORD 8 FORUM 4 OBITUARIES 3 SPORTS TV GRIDS 6 9 From staff reports After two days of deliberation, a jury of 10 men and 2 women could not agree on whether Anthony Wayne Martin raped his teenaged stepdaughter four years ago. The jury came back at about 4:30 p.m. Monday to tell 274th District Judge Gary Steel they could not reach a verdict. The jurors had met all day Friday and again Monday to � Jurors unable to reach unanimous verdict; Martin faces retrial on May 29 consider the charge of sexual assault of a child against Martin before reaching an impasse. Defense attorney Kimbel L. Brown said he considered the hung jury, a victory. "We're very positive that out client is still innocent," he said. Brown said the defense team was trying to gather infonnadon on what the jury was hung on but, he said, "We won't know unless they call us." The alleged victim and her mother declined comment to the Herald-Zeitung on the outcome of the trial but appeared to be visibly upset. Comal County District Attorney Dib Waldrip said under Texas law a hung jury means the original indictment is reinstated and a new trial date must be set. old stepdaughter's claim that Martin raped her. He posted a $50,000 bond the following day. Testimony in the trial began last Tuesday during which the alleged victim, now 20, took the stand to Steel dismissed the 12-member describe the sexual assault. She told jury Monday, ending the trial. He scheduled die retrial for May 29. New Braunfels police arrested Martin, 38, on June 13, 2003, after police investigated his then- 16-year- the jury her modier was out of town on a business trip and she was talking to Martin late at night about her See TRIAL, Page 3 RAIN OESN'T DAMPEN EARTH DAY FUN Photos by Miranda Laine The Herald-Zeitung The first New Braunfels Earth Day festival drew hundreds of visitors to the Comal County fairgrounds Sunday despite rain that fell on the area throughout the day. The event was organized by local chapter of Roots & Shoots, an intergenera-tional environmental organization with affiliates all over the world. It started by the Jane Goodall Foundation in 1991. Above: Students from I cento, led by music teacher and parent, Robin Garcia, perform an animated song about nature for a crowd at the Earth Day Festival Sunday at Comal County Fairgrounds. I cento is a private school on River Road in New Braunfels for chil- dren^o-years^through second-*gradev--~---- Left: Allison Holcombe, 2 and Kathryn Redland, 3, turn rain puddles into an adventure Sunday-.during the Earth Day Festival at Comal County Fairgrounds. Above: Comal County Recycling Manager Dennis Koepp shows the different byproducts of recycled materials including glass, aluminum cans and cardboard on display Sunday during the Earth Day Festival at Comal County Fairgrounds. set sh wdown Bush promises to veto troop withdrawal plan By David Espo AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON - A historic veto showdown assured. Democratic leaders agreed Monday on legislation that requires the first U.S. combat troops to be withdrawn from Iraq by Oct. 1 with a goal of a complete pullout six months later. eye to the Bush administration's incompetence and dishonesty," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a speech in which he accused the president of living in a state of denial about events in Iraq more than four years after the U.S.-led invasion. Bush, confident of enough votes to sustain his veto, was unambiguous in his response. "I will strongly reject an artificial timetable (for) withdrawal and/or Washington politicians trying to tell those who wear the uniform how to do their job," he told reporters in the "No more will Congress turn a blind Oval Office as he met with his top Iraq commander, Gen. DaviCl Petraeus. Taken together, the day's events marked the quickening of a confrontation that has been building since Democrats took control of Congress in January and promised to change policy in a war has claimed the lives of more than 3,200 U.S. troops. Congressional negotiators for the House and Senate met in late afternoon and ratified the details of the legislation. Republicans voiced opposition, but made no attempt to delay or even seek See IRAQ, Page 2 � Mill ready in three weeks City Engineer Short leaving May 7 By Suzanne Ashe to complete the project. Herald-Zeitung Short gave his final report to the council Monday on the Mill Street residents soon second quarter capital will be rid of construction improvement projects, vehicles on their newly reha- Valemas, is contracted to bilitated street. build $3.18 million projects "Mill Street will be complet- including a portion of Vera- ed in three weeks," New mendi Street. The contractor Braunfels City Engineer Mike currently is working on . JShort .told the city council at Canyon and Stonewall streets, Monday night's meeting. Short said. Short gave the Mill Street Other ongoing projects report ahead of the news from include: City Manager Mike Morrison  Stonewall Street from that the city engineer's last day Peach Avenue to Mesquite working for the municipality Avenue; will be May 7. Short is taking a  Stonewall Street from job in the private sector. Mesquite Avenue to Santa In June 2006, the city hired Clara Avenue; contractor Valemas, Inc., San  Mill Street from Hickory Antonio to undertake a multi- Avenue from Santa Clara street construction project. Avenue; Short said in January that the contractor had until July 2007 See MILL, Page 3 L h Perry's HPV vaccine mandate overturned The Associated Press girls starting sixth grade as of September 2008. AUSTIN - The Texas Sen- Merck & Co.'s Gardasil, the ate approved a bill Monday only HPV vaccine on the mar-that would bar state health ket, protects girls and women officials from following Gov. against strains of the virus that Rick Perry's order requiring cause most cases of cervical schoolgirls to be vaccinated cancer and genital warts, against a cancer-causing sex- Perry's order outraged law-ually transmitted disease, makers from both parties and The bill was over- much of his social whelmingly At }"e Jr* conservative base, approved by the Capitol who questioned Texas House last SeQ the vaccine's safety month. If the House more , and efficacy and accepts the changes on p. 5 {pSIMMlglfl said the mandate made by the Senate, ww intrudes too far the bill could be on � Health _care costs into families' lives, the governor's desk B Wrongful Passing the leg-later this week, convictions........ islation sets a Perry has not said precedent that "we whether he will sign the bill, as a Legislature have a voice veto it or let it become law and we get to decide what without his signature. If the vaccines are mandated in the governor vetoes the bill, law- state of Texas and which vac-makers could override it with cines are not," Sen. Glenn a two-thirds vote of both the Hegar said. House and Senate. Both The bill approved by the chambers approved the bill House would permanently by well over that margin. prohibit the state from adding Perry made national head- the HPV vaccine to the list of lines in February when he shots required for school issued an executive order attendance. The Senate's ver-directing state health officials sion of the ban would expire to require the HPV vaccine for in 2011. FIND IT IN OUR k S r r 1 Advanced I Brc www. Herald - Zeitung . Com 0856825000011 ;

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