New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 19, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Guilty plea in child pom case
Woman gets 15 years in prison for exchanging images of toddler with NB man
By DakKKk) Moultrl«
IfeHerald-Zeitung A Ni'w York woman pleaded guilty Thursday in a C]omal f'ounfy court to five counts of promotion of < hild pornography and was sentenc ed to 15 years in state prison.
Anita Martinez, 2S, entered into an online relationship with Stephen Michael Hall, 33, of New Rrauhtels, and sc'nt him five pornographic images she created of a toddler, said lenniferTharp, Comal County eriminal district attorne'y. She
s,iid Martinez theti brought the girl to New Braunfels.
"I'm very pleasc’d with the I) I e a a g r e e m e n t the state entered into with Anita Martinez," Tharpsaid.
She said ludgc* Gary Steel gave Martinez 15 years. Hall
pleadc'd guilty in January to five counts of possession of child (xornography and receivt'd a 10-year sentence.
Martinez's defense* attorney, Wayne Huff of Boerne, said
See GUILTY, Page 5
•> ELECTION 2012
Confident Perry hits campaign trail hard
Governor’s style striking a chord with GOP voters
Kick Pcrrv' the swaggering, l).u k-siapping T('xan — grew somber as he spoke amid tiu' (arni\al din.
"f rid.jy, Iowa's going to I )ury ()n(' ot v( )ur own, t >ne of tl'Kise y» King N,iw SFAI s wh() was killed in Alghanist.in," he* sard, pausing .is his voice (rac ked
"I want you to think alM)ut 1.1. Tu nil I son .»nd the sacri-tKC‘S that are still being m.iik' t(xlav so a guy like me can stand up on a s()a()l)<)\ at tht' Iowa State lair and t.ilk frec'ly .tlxnit treedoin and libertv and Am('ri( cl and that we .ir(' an exc('ptional tountrv and \v(‘'re g( ling t( > stay an extc'f)-tionai I ountrv."
riuMi, Perry pointcxi Ins left indc'x linger skvward, raised his voK (' and (kxlartxl: "We don't need <inyb(Kly iipolo-gizing .)n\\vlH'r(' in tins world alx)ut Amc'rii a!"
By that (K)int, much ot his Iowa audienci' was ca[)tivat-(‘d, otU^ring thuiHlerous a[)plause for a fre(|U(‘nt if denatable insinuation ton-sc*rvatives like to cast on the Demot rat he ho|)C>s to suc-(C'C'd, Presidc'nt Bar.ic k ()ba-ma. The (rowd didn't notice — or care — that Perr\’ got Petty ()lliter joii I Tumilson's name wrong.
Wel( omc> to the Kic k IVrry' r( )<idsli( )w.
Tht' nc'wc^t ('ntrant into the Kc*pul)li( an |)r('sidential race has acklc'd a Tc'xas-size dosc‘ of spark to a crop of candidates who haven't scx.^riK'd to stoke the passions ot tiu' tea f)arty or the' broader C'lOP No mattc'r wht'rc' heg(XN the Lone Star governor st'ems to own his c rowds within minute's of taking the stage.
He moves but cioesn't pace. He gc'stures hut not wildly. He sheds his sport coat — and h(' turns he'ads.
"I'm looking lor who's the toughest and wh( > stands with his values," said Kyle Moe>ller, a 21 -yc'ar-old c olkve student. "Right now, that looks like Kick Perry."
1^‘rry talks witli the f)assk)n of a [)r('ac her but the calc ula-tions ol a [X)litic ian. He puts his fee't up on bales of nay. rherc''s an c'ase about him, a comfotl no matter the sc'tting, and a largeNhan-life%le that commands atle'iition.
ANOTHER WILD DAY ON WALL STREET
Job seekers line up to see recruiters during a career fair in Plano. On Wall Street, some investors decided to sell Thursday after learning more people joined the unemployment line last week than at any time in the past month. The nunnber of people filing claims for unemployment benefits rose to 408,000, or 9,000 more than the week before.
DOWN GOES DOW
Jobless figures, debt fears spur another stock sell-ofF
By Dalondo Mouttrie
As the st(xk markc'ts take' hits in unheard-of numbers, area financial planners are telling investors to calm down before doing something they might regret.
"Mostly it's a mc'ssage of relax," said Ryan Gc'orge, public relations specialist for publicly traded, San Antonio-based U.S. Global Investors Int. "Don't leH the fear and the panic get the best cJt you." ;
Oorge said his company's stock has fallen along with the markets.He said the' markets dipped dramatically last week and bergan to level off early this week.
On Thursday, the* Dow Jones Industrial average closc'd down 419.63 f)c)lnts (3.68
See MARKET, Page 5
Gold hits latest record high, near $1,830
■ Graphic shows how market fared. Page 2
NEW YORK (AP)
The price of gpid hit a new high, near $1 >830 an ounce, as investors spcx)ked by tlie prospect of a return to recession sought out safety Thursday in the precious metal.
Gold prices have more than doubled since the recession began in late 2007. They've risen about 19 [percent since June, as European leaders struggled to keep the del)t crisis from infecting the negbn's major economies arw U.S. politicians drove the country to the brink erf default, prompting Standard & Poor's to cut the countr/s credit rating.
Investors generally see gold as a safe bet in times of stock market volatility
Year-to-date percent change
► CITY BUDGETCounci. lowers tax hike
New rate would be 3.85 cents higher than current
By Greg Bow«ri
N('w Braunfels ( ity CxKjn cil continue'd working through the' proposc'd 2011 12 ( ity budg('t on Thursday, voting 4-3 to .»djust the proposed tax-rate inc rease downward to ^8S cents.
Th(' budgf't had bee>n pre'-sented to couneil on
Monday by c Ity staft with a |)ro[)osed tax hike of 4 .S 'i (t'nts.
May( >r (jale>
Pospisil said Thursday that the n('w proposed tax rate "( an be changc'd as we hc'ar what citi/c'ns have tt) say about it."
A hike of 5.8S cents would cover paymc'nts on dc'bt issued last sfvring for the North Tributary Drainage Project, the Wal nut Avenue Kc'construction Pro)(*( t anfl otht'r improvements,
Pospisil said the tax hike would amount to le'ss than th(' (ost of one latte pe*r month for taxpayers,
"I think [)eople understand we've got to pay tor things," she said.
But the council's propos al also would shave from the tax rate .7 c ents that statf had incluck'd to fund o^x'r-ations and maintenanct' costs.
Pospisil pointed out that taxes for o[)erations and maintenance have be*c'n c ut 2‘) percent in five' years. Mc'anwhile, the city 's j)of)u lation has skyrocketc'd, ('ity Hall is working with less than a full staff and facing the nee‘d to [)rovide more sc'n/ic cs to c itizc'ns and mevt additional state and fc'deral mandate>s.
See BUDGET. Page 5 WEATHER, 8
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