New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Thursday, April 19, 2001Local/State
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► Execution moratorium
AUSTIN (AP) — The House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on Wednesday approved two measures that could halt executions for two years in the nation’s most active death penalty state.
The 5-4 vote on two proposed constitutional amendments came a week after a Senate panel endorsed similar legislation.
“We need to ensure that we execute the guilty and let the innocent go,” said Rep. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen, chairman of the committee. “The spotlight was on with President Bush. The campaign showed various weaknesses in the criminal justice system, and we need to fix them.”
If the House and Senate proposals are approved by a two-thirds majority of both bodies, the resolutions would put the issue before voters in November.
► Gun confiscated
HOUSTON (AP)—A random metal detector search flushed out an unloaded pistol brought to a northeast Houston middle school by an eighth-grader, school officials said Wednesday.
Key Middle School principal Mable Caleb had asked for some extra district police officers to check students with metal detection Wednesday morning, said Holly Roper, spokeswoman for the Houston Independent School District.
“Apparently, word got around in between classes. This 14-year-old male heard the scuttlebutt and stashed the unloaded weapon in an unoccupied classroom,” Roper said. “Other students saw him put something in there and told a teacher they thought he put a gun in the class.”
Caleb thought this was the first weapon discovered on campus this school year, Roper said.
The student was arrested by district police and faces handgun possession charges. According to the district’s code of student conduct, the boy also could be expelled or placed in an alternative school.
► Assault accusations
CONROE (AP)—A drill instructor accused of assaulting two girls has returned to work at the Montgomery County juvenile boot camp.
Sgt. Geisha Cotton is awaiting a grand jury investigation but has been reinstated to her job after investigations by the boot camp and Conroe school district police were completed, said Ron Leach, county juvenile probation director.
“Based on our findings, I have seen nothing that would substantiate that the allegations are true,” Leach told the Houston Chronicle.
MeetingsNew Zealand angler talks kite fishing at CL library
AAL COUNTY COMMIS-:RS’ COURT — regular g, 8:15 a.m. today, issioners’ Courtroom, third tarnal County Courthouse , 150 N. Seguin Ave. f OF NEW BRAUNFELS ACTIVITIES COMMIT-rORKSHOP — special g with river outfitters and raunfels City Council, 6 day, Conference Room A. r OF NEW BRAUNFELS AND LANDSCAPE D — regular meeting, 6 day, Municipal Building, snce Room C. ERTZ-CIBOLO-UNIVER-ITY SCHOOL DISTRICT 0 MEETING— regular 3, 7 p.m. today, Dobie High School new addition, Borgfeld Road, Cibolo.
The “Coffee with the Author” series presented by Friends of the Tye Preston Library has proven to be a very successful event based on the increasing number of attendees.
On Saturday, Alex Khouri from Auckland, New Zealand, will show a video and talk about his kite fishing experiences on the north end of North Island, New Zealand.
Doors to the library meeting room open at IO a.m. with refreshments served after the presentation at 10:30 a.m.
Local fishing enthusiasts will want to catch this one. Khouri fishes off the beaches of the upper North Island where there is plenty of wind and fishing. Red snapper is the main catch, but there are other catches, including sharks. Khouri said he had developed a technique that never failed to bring in a load of snap-
Plans are underway for additional visits by authors for the series and the development of a book review or discussion group. If you would like to join the Friends of Tye Preston Library, the last two meetings before summer recess will be at 2 p.m. today and May 17 at the library.
The Fourth Annual Bill Brown Elementary Barn Dance and Family Festival will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the school, U.S. 281 and Texas 46.
Four NSync concert tickets are among the silent
auction items that will be up for bidding along with certificates and merchandise, including passes to Schlitterbahn. Games, shacks, animals and cas-carones plus music all day will make for some great family fun. There is no admission fee, but there is a charge for games and food.
A community blood drive is taking place today brought to Canyon Lake through the cooperation of several area churches.
The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center’s mobile unit will be parked at Frank’s Supermarket at the corner of Farm-to-Market Road 2673 and FM 3159 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. All donors will have the opportunity to credit their church for coverage under the blood benefit plan.
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Samantha Rich, left, and Casandra Mendoza visit with Avia Ramsey, of the Comal Health Care Foundation, Wednesday at the McKenna Professional Building during the McKenna Donor Awareness Poster Contest awards reception.
Vote on hate crimes legislation delayed
AUSTIN (AP) — A longawaited vote on the hate crimes bill was abruptly halted in the House and Senate on Wednesday as the bill’s Senate sponsor blamed Gov. Rick Perry for pressuring Republicans to pull then support of the vote.
“It is my understanding that the governor has gotten involved and has discouraged members from voting to bring the bill up,” said Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston. He said he had enough supportive votes on Wednesday morning to bring up the bill in the Senate.
Perry denies Ellis’ accusation, saying he spoke with Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lub-
bock, about the bill but did not pressure him to change his vote.
“I don’t think I tried to persuade him,” Perry said. He said he told Duncan he was concerned that two Republican senators would not be
present Wednesday for the hate crimes vote.
Perry has argued that the proposed hate crimes law would create “new classes of citizens” and that all Texans are adequately protected under the current law.
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Lake Chamber of Commerce monthly mixer from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Celebrity’s, 201 FM 2673. Members, prospective members and guests are invited to attend.
On Saturday, Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society’s first free dog obedience class of the spring semester will be offered beginning at 9 a.m. at the shelter.
Classes will run each Saturday through May 19. Proof of vaccination will be required.
Call the shelter for more information, 905-PETS.
CLASS also conducts a monthly raffle for free spaying or neutering.
Tickets are $1 and can be bought at the shelter, 2170 Old Sattler Road in Starkville.
Fischer Store School Community Center will
have its annual yard sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at FM 32 and FM 484.
Canyon Lake Art Guild will present its Spring Art Show at Cactus Country Gallery at FM 2673 and South Access Road. Come by from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to meet the artists and see their creations.
Village West property owners are planning a huge garage sale in the subdivision on April 28.
Organizers are looking for subdivision residents to participate. Maps will be provided to each participant’s home. If you would like to join in and sell your stuff, call Sandra Bourgeois, (830) 899-7973, or Reva Weatherly, (830) 899-7150 to get on the map.
(Dana Jones is a Herald-Zeitung correspondent for the Canyon Lake area.)
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