New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 625-9144 ext. 220.
Wal-Mart store manager David Collins, left, presents Krueger Elementary teacher Maria Valle with a check for $500 on Monday, recognizing her as the Wal-Mart 2001 Teacher of the Year. Marion Independent School District Superintendent Dennis Dreyer attended Monday’s presentation.
Teacher of the year
Members of the New Braunfels High School Student Council joined more than 200 students from across Texas to attend a summer leadership workshop at Trinity University in July. Front row from left are Liz Simmons, Leslie Poeck, and Ali Boatright, student body president; middle row: Ronnie Cruz and Summer Miller; and back row: Mandi Klossner, Ryan Cruz, Randy Shelton, Sarah Brandt, and Dominic Alvarez. Student council sponsors are Julie Estes and Dena Fielder.
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A man who pulled off to the side of the road with car trouble got more than he bargained for on Saturday afternoon.
New Braunfels Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire in the 1400 block of Texas 46 south.
Firefighters found the man’s vehicle consumed in flames, a fire department spokesman said.
The man noticed the grass underneath the vehicle in flames, the spokesman said. The man and a passerby tried to push the vehicle off the burning grass, but the car caught on fire.
About one-tenth of an acre was burned and no one was injured, the spokesman said.
Spring Branch firefighters were called to the Spring Meadows subdivision about 11:15 p.m. Saturday for a brush fire.
The fire consumed about five acres, a Spring Branch Fire Department spokesman said.
Fire Marshal Lin Manford said a campfire apparently caused the fire. The owner of the property was out of town and did not know who would start a campfire on his property, Manford said.
Firefighters from Bulverde and Canyon Lake helped extinguish the fire, which took about two hours to bring under control.
New Braunfels police are investigating a case of criminal mischief, according to police reports.
About ll p.m. Saturday, police were called to the 600 block of Riverside where a truck window had been broken. Damage was estimated at $100.
Police arrested a 30-year-old male accused of trying to steal clothing from a store at Walnut Avenue and Interstate 35. Store employees detained the man until officers arrived. He was booked in the Comal County Jail.
Police arrested a 64-year-old female accused of trying to steal items from a store at Walnut Avenue and Interstate 35.
Police were called to the scene at noon on Friday, according to reports. The woman was booked into the Comal County Jail on theft charges, reports said.
COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ COURT — regular meeting, 8:15 a.m. today, Commissioners’ Courtroom, third floor, Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N.
SCHERTZ-CIBOLO-UNI-VERSAL CITY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT — called meeting, 7 p.m., today, district transportation building, 1060 Elbel Road, Schertz.
NEW BRAUNFELS INFRASTRUCTURE/IMPROVEMENT CORPORATION — regular meeting, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Municipal Building, conference room A.
SCHERTZ-CIBOLO-UNI-VERSAL CITY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT — regular meeting, 7 p.m.,
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Judge: Escapee leader’s statement admissible in trial
By Susan Parrott
Associated Press Writer
DALLAS (AP) — Prosecutors in the capital murder trial of George Rivas said they would use the defendant’s own words to show he was responsible for the Christmas Eve shooting death of an Irving police officer.
Rivas, the confessed ringleader of a gang of convicts that escaped Dec. 13 from a South Texas prison, has admitted to shooting Officer Aubrey Hawkins, who was hit ll times by five different weapons outside the Oshman’s sporting goods store.
State District Judge Molly Francis on Monday allowed Rivas’ 21-page confession to be used as evidence in the trial.
Hawkins “never had a chance,” Dallas County prosecutor Toby Shook said during opening statements Monday.
“The evidence will show they planned for
every possible scenario, including the arrival of a police officer,” he told jurors.
“Aubrey Hawkins walked right into an ambush,” Shook said. “The shooting starts right away, and it is rapid.”
Rivas is the first of the escapees to go on trial for capital murder. Rivas was serving one of 17 life sentences, mostly for armed robbery, when he escaped with six other inmates.
The gang broke out of the Connally Unit state prison near Kenedy in South Texas on Dec. 13. They led authorities on a nationwide manhunt before being arrested in Colorado. A seventh inmate committed suicide as authorities closed in.
Rivas faces the death penalty or life in prison, if convicted. The five other escapees will be tried individually for the slaying. They also face the death penalty.
Rivas sat quietly in the courtroom, speaking occasionally with his lawyers.
Lions plan blood drive
The New Braunfels Lions Clubs will have a blood drive from 8 to ll a.m. Saturday at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center, 655 Landa St.
Each donor will get refreshments, a blood cholesterol lab report (worth more than $75), and a coupon for a chicken sandwich.
The NB Lions Clubs also will have their Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the senior center. Health screening covers vision, hearing, glaucoma, blood pressure, diabetes and blood sugar. The screening is free, and participants do not have to give blood.
To minimize waiting, or to be notified of future dates, call 905-3030.
Air Force lands program at Canyon High
AFJROTC assignments include teaching at Eagle Pass and San Marcos high schools.
Garcia retired from the USAF in 1992 after serving as a logistician at Offutt AFB in
was stationed at Ramey AFB in Puerto Rico, Grand Forks AFB in North Dakota, Howard AFB in Panama, Richard Gebaur AFB in Missouri, Castle AFB in California, the Inter-American Defense College at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the Dominican Republic and Cannon AFB in New Mexico.
Upon retiring from the USAF, Garcia served as a logistics officer combatting narcotics trafficking throughout South and Latin American countries.
He later joined the Clovis Sheriff’s Department as a detention/transportation officer. His AFJROTC assignments have been at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo and Dr. Pila High School in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
The AFJROTC students will be involved in their first community service project from 8 a.m. to I p.m. Saturday when they paint the rails in Cougar Stadium.
For information, call Cregier or Garcia at 625-6251.
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New JROTC program takes flight this year
By KARI HUTCHISON
Maj. (Ret) Kevin Cregier and Master Sgt. (Ret) Edward Garcia are leading Canyon High School’s new Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.
Cregier is the senior
aerospace science instructor, and Garcia will be the
aerospace science CREGIER instructor.
principal Bob Wiegand said, “We’re excited about having the AFJROTC program at Canyon High. Major Cregier and MSgt. Garcia bring a wealth of Air Force and JROTC experience to CHS.”
Cregier retired from the Air Force in 1996. He was stationed at McDill Air Force Base (AFB), in Florida, as the deputy chief of public affairs. He also was assigned to Osan AFB in Korea, March AFB in California, the 369th Recruiting Squadron in Los Angeles, the Air Force Public Affairs Office at the Pentagon, and the Headquarters Recruiting Service at Randolph AFB.
After retirement from the USAF, Cregier taught speech at Southwest High School in San Antonio. His