New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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By Bon Maloney
A courtroom and jury sat in silence Wednesday as a 9-year-old boy described being forced to sleep in a doghouse — sometimes naked.
The boy spoke of being threatened
at knifepoint, of beatings, of being tied into bed and he detailed an injury to his privates allegedly inflicted by Raymond Joseph Fierro that required surgery to repair.
Fierro, 39, a former West Bridge Street resident, faces three counts of
injury to a child for wounds allegedly inflicted on the boy.
Fierro and his girlfriend, Michele May, 41, were arrested Jan. 12,2004, after neighbors called police when the boy’s mother allegedly beat him with a belt on the street in front of
In June 2004, May pleaded guilty to the beating and was sentenced to three years in state prison.
The boy now lives outside the community with an aunt and uncle and their children.
Fierro’s trial before 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison began Monday, lf convicted on the worst of the three allegations — that he intentionally caused serious bodily injury
See ABUSE, Page 8A
Evans to accept award for Bush
WALKING WITH GIANTS
Museum lets guests get close to dinosaurs
Deadline to register to vote in May 7 election hours away
By Leigh Jones
Today is the last day to register to vote in the May 7 city and school board elections.
Registration forms can be picked up at the Comal County Tax office or downloaded from the Texas secretary of state’s Web site.
Registration forms must be submitted in person at die tax office by 5 p.m. or postmarked with today’s date.
Barly voting begins April 20 and runs through May 3.
Seven offices are up for grabs in Comal County.
In New Braunfels, incumbent Mayor Adam Cork is seeking re-election against challenger Bruce Boyer. Kathleen Krueger and Travis Wommack are seeking the District 5 council seat, and incumbent Ken Valentine is defending his District 6 seat against Lynn I iin-mer.
In Bulverde, four candidates — incumbent Charles Baetz, Cindy Cross, Bill Wilson and Robin Urbanovsky — are vying for two at-large city council positions.
In Comal Independent School District, two seats will appeal on the ballot.
Incumbent John Bertelsen is defending his District 4 seat against Donna Holmes and Wylie Queen. In District 3, appointee Mark Smith is competing against Frank Baker to keep his seat.
H To register to vote, go to the Comal County Tax office at 205 N. Seguin in New Braunfels or download a registration form at www.sos.state.tx .us
Senate shield law offers few protections
By Jim Vertuno
Associated Press Writer
By Leigh Jones
Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans will travel to New Braunfels Thursday on behalf of the White House to accept first lady Laura Bush’s Texan of the Year award.
Bush had planned to accept the award in person, but had to cancel Donald Evans her visit after Pope John Paul II died Saturday. President Bush and the first lady arrived in Rome Wednesday for the Pontiff’s funeral.
Greater Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said he was pleased to know someone would be able to convey the city’s good wishes to Bush personally.
"We were waiting on pins and needles and finally got the word this afternoon,’’ he said. "Evans is a good friend of the first family. We’re glad he can come.”
Evans served during the president’s first administration, from 2001 to 2005.
Before joining the Commerce Department, Evans worked for Tom Brown Inc., an independent energy company.
Evans also has worked on three Bush campaigns — two for George H. W. Bush in 1994 and 1998, and for the current president in 2000.
Although the first lady cannot be in New Braunfels, she will address 39th Annual Texas Legislative Conference attendees in a prerecorded video message.
By Ron Maloney
CANYON LAKE — There’ll be big footprints to be filled Sunday at tile Heritage Museum of the Texas I fill Country located between Saltier and Startzville.
The museum, known for nearly 400 fossil dinosaur tracks, conducts its annual “Texas Dinosaur Day” from noon to 5 p.m.
Tours begin every hour from noon to 4 p.m. in a program that features presentations by "Dinosaur" George Biasing of Dinosaur World in San Antonio, Everett Deschner and Texas State University-San Marcos professor Carter Keairns.
"George will talk, as always, on Texas dinosaurs,” Deschner said. “I le’s always entertaining and the kids just love him."
If you’ve never seen Biasing’s presentation or even if you’ve seen it repeatedly, this is the year to make sure you don’t miss it — and bring your camera.
"This is going to be an absolute ton of fun,” Biasing said. “The reason I love speaking at the I leritage Museum is because we’re right there with the dinosaur tracks. It brings them to life because you’re right where they walked, lire tiling I love about it is looking at the faces. When kids get a chance to see this, it’s exciting.”
This year, Biasing said, he would be bringing along some big pieces of the fossil record.
“We have a couple skeletons of giant swimming animals that lived in this area, and we’re bringing the skull of a Chasmosaurus, a cousin of the three-homed Triceratops,” Biasing said. “It’s one of the biggest dinosaur skulls ever found on planet Earth.”
If he can fit it on tile trailer, Biasing said he’d also be bringing a 'tyrannosaurus Rex skull.
“This will be a great year to come out,” Biasing said.
Deschner will lead tours of the
AUSTIN — A Senate panel approved a shield law for journalists on Wednesday, but news executives said it was too weak to offer any real protection for confidential sources and may not be worth their support this session.
Texas newspapers and broadcasters had joined forces this year to push for a bill to protect reporters from having to testify or disclose confidential sources. Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have shield law statutes and Congress is considering whether to enact a federal law.
The bill was approved by the Senate Jurisprudence Committee but changed to take out protections for confidential sources at the urging of district attorneys
See SHIELD, Page 8A
Soccer fans in Texas will concentrate on New Braunfels this weekend as NB and Canyon meet
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Xena Jones, left, watches as museum patrons sift through a dig box to locate fossils hidden in the sand. Below, George Biasing, president of Dinosaur World, will present a program at the Heritage Museum of theTexas Hill Country using fossil replicas.
dinosaur track site.
“We have more than 350 of them,” he said. “I don’t just talk about the tracks, but about eight or IO things you can learn from the tracks and the trail.”
Deschner said the tracks reveal things about a dinosaur’s diet, environment, size, speed and behavior.
“You can tell if they’re walking, running, traveling in herds or stalking," Deschner said.
The kids then get a chance to apply what they’ve learned, Deschner said — if they’ve paid attention. He lays out plastic “tracks” and asks them to interpret them.
See DINOSAUR, Page 8A