New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 26, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 2A — Herald-Zeitung — Friday, August 26, 2005State adds jobs despite closures in San Antonio, Wichita Falls
WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas took some hits Thursday when the federal base closing commission voted to shutter Brooks City-Base and move hundreds of jobs at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls to Florida and San Antonio.
But the state also added jobs, in particular when the commission upheld a Pentagon proposal to establish the San Antonio Regional Military Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston and keep in the area research labs now at Brooks.
The second day of voting by the defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission included moving military functions from one Texas base to another. But the Brooks decision spells the end for a historic military presence at the 1,300 acre city-owned facility that is effectively a technology park with the Air Force as its dominant tenant.
“I think Texas had some great wins and some great losses, because we have so many bases and we had so much on the list,” said Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, a frequent presence at the meetings in an Arlington, Va., hotel.
The commission is expected to wrap up by the end of the week. When finished, its report will be sent to President Bush, who can accept it or reject it in its entirety, or send it back to the commission for revisions. Bush has said he would accept the BRAG recommendations.
Congress also will have a chance to veto the plan, but it has not taken that step in four previous rounds of closures.
On the Brooks vote, the commission kept about 275 jobs in Texas when it rejected a Pentagon proposal to move three directed research energy labs now at Brooks to other states, instead sending the labs to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.
Other portions of Brooks’ work also will move to Lackland and Randolph Air Force bases in San Antonio. Brooks has about 1,100 military and 1,300 civilian jobs and 800 contractors.
“I commend the city for a very forward-thinking operation they put into place years ago and all the great work that goes on there today,” Commissioner James Hill said. “Brooks City will continue to be an incredibly viable economic jewel for San Antonio, which they will continue to develop.”
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WOMAN ARRESTED ON BIGAMY CHARGE - A New
Braunfels woman was arrested Thursday on a charge of bigamy after allegedly getting married in Las Vegas while she was still married to a local man.
New Braunfels Police Department Crime Analyst Libby Rinehart said Jenny Jo Spencer, 29, was arrested and released after posting a $ 1,000 bond.
According the police report, Spencer’s husband called police with a complaint after learning his wife had remarried.
The husband told police he and Spencer split up four years ago, but Spencer refused to get a divorce.
While talking with family members earlier this year, the husband found out that Spencer had remarried while visiting Las Vegas. After doing some research, the husband called police.
Bigamy is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by 180 days in jail and up to a $10,000 fine.
WAR PROTEST ENTERS FINAL WEEK AMID GROWING OPPOSITION — As an anti-war demonstration near President Bush’s ranch entered its final week, opposition continued growing Thursday as landowners blanketed their barbed-wire fences with signs reading “This is Bush Country!”
More Bush supporters arrived and pitched tents at the newly dubbed “Camp Reality,” located in a ditch across the street from the war protesters’ site along the main road leading to the president’s ranch.
Counter protests began in the
ditch about a week after Cindy Sheehan started camping out Aug. 6, soon after Bush arrived for his monthlong vacation. She vowed to stay until the end of August unless she could question him about the Iraq war that claimed the life other 24-year-old son Casey and more than 1,865 other U.S. troops.
Activists and military families were en route to Crawford from California on a tour called “You don’t speak for me, Cindy!” The caravan coordinated by Move America Forward plans to hold a pro-Bush rally in town Saturday.
Sheehan said that the group is exercising its free-speech rights, just as she is, but that it should change the tour’s name.
“I never, ever got up here and said... ‘I speak for every single military family,’” she said. “But I know I speak for thousands of them. I know we speak for thousands of them, and we want to know what is the noble cause our children died for, what is the noble cause we’re still fighting for and dying for.”
TROPICAL STORM KATRINA STRENGTHENS AS IT NEARS FLORIDA — Tropical Storm Katrina strengthened Thursday as it trudged toward Florida’s heavily populated southeastern coast, and forecasters expected it to become a weak hurricane before making landfall overnight.
As the wind picked up, the storm’s forward pace slowed, and it could drop a foot of rain in spots as it creeps across the peninsula. Battering waves and storm surge flooding of 2 to 4 feet were also likely, the National Hurricane Center said.
Hurricane-weary residents topped off their gas tanks and bought bottled water but many were skipping the storm shutters
this time around. Wind is less of a concern for secured structures in Category I hurricanes, which have top sustained winds of 74 to 95 mph.
Mike Knapik, a general contractor from Fort Lauderdale, was among those who decided to go ahead and cover the windows at one of his businesses Thursday.
He planned to do the same at home but said, “I think its a light storm. A lot of people aren’t taking it too seriously.”
Though lines were normal at area hardware stores and supermarkets, gas station attendants along Interstate 95 between Miami and Fort Lauderdale said they were seeing more customers than usual.
“People go out and Fill their tanks to the brim, but they don’t leave. They buckle down,” gas station attendant Chris Bonhorst said.
PARLIAMENT PUTS OFF CONSTITUTIONAL VOTE -
Iraqi factional leaders struggled again to reach a consensus on a new constitution before a self-imposed target of midnight Thursday, but parliament did not meet and some officials said there was no plan for a future session on the charter.
The negotiators tried to reach an agreement on a draft by the close of a 72-hour extension announced Monday night by the parliament speaker after Sunni Arabs refused to accept a charter approved by Shiites and Kurds.
The National Assembly’s top spokesman, Bishro Ibrahim, had said the parliament had no plans for a session Thursday.
Sunni negotiator Kamal Ham-doun said top Shiite leaders did not even show up at a meeting set for a few hours before midnight “so we decided to leave.”
“Our decision is the same,” Hamdoun said. “This constitution is not legitimate. They are acting according to the law of the force instead of force of the law. We call on all Iraqis to vote ‘no’ in the constitutional referendum.”
With Hamdoun’s comments it appeared increasingly unlikely that the parliament will ever vote on the charter.TULKAREM, West Bank
PALESTINIAN MILITANTS THREATEN TO RENEW ATTACKS ON ISRAEL -
Militants said Thursday they will renew attacks on Israel, despite a six-month cease-fire, after Israeli soldiers killed five Palestinians in a West Bank arrest raid.
The killings and the threat of revenge ended a lull that accompanied Israel’s just-completed withdrawal from 25 Jewish settle-ments in the Caza Strip and West Bank.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the Quartet of Mideast mediators — die United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia—will meet Sept. 20 in New York to discuss establishing Palestinian control over the evacuated settle-ments.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas urged militants to hold their fire and respect die ceasefire, but also accused Israel of intentional provocation. Troops were targeting fugitives from the Islamic Jihad group, which carried out two suicide bombings in Israel in recent months.
The arrest raid late Wednesday came hours after a Palesrinian stabbed and killed an ultra-Ordiodox Jewish seminary student from Britain in Jerusalem’s Old City. The two incidents appeared unrelated.
In the Tulkarem arrest raid, each side accused the other of opening fire first.
Matters of Public Record
Law enforcement officers in Comal County and New Braunfels charged the following Aug. 24-25:
Calib Edward Arment, 22, New Braunfels, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; failure to maintain financial responsibility; no drivers license.
Christopher Paul Austin, 48, Bulverde, driving while intoxicated.
Summer Rain Bellamy, 25, Cibolo, assault by contact. Alex Herrera, 36, New Braunfels, motion to revoke probation - assault causing bodily injury.
Andrew Trevor Johnson, 38, Spring Branch, failure to maintain financial responsibility; possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana; speeding; failure to appear -no insurance, speeding. Sumitra Marie Kanabar, 25, Wylie, failure to maintain financial responsibility.
Mark Carlton Ledebetter, 44, Canyon Lake, driving while license invalid.
Roberto Raul Martinez, 50, New Braunfels, motion to
revoke probation - possession of less than one gram of a controlled substance, penalty group 1.
Tina Mendoza, 33, San Antonio, theft of property between $1,500 and $20,000. Charles Harold Messer Jr.,
46, New Braunfels, public intoxication.
Yvonne Michelle Nelson, 27, New Braunfels, motion to revoke probation - possession of less than 1 gram of a controlled substance.
Cynthia Louise Olmo, 42,
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Maria Luisa Ovalle, 49, New Braunfels, theft of a public service between $1,500 and $20,000.
Christopher Anthony Rivera, 27, New Braunfels, public intoxication.
Mary Jessica Schaper, 34, Canyon Lake, violation of promise to appear - theft by check between $20 and $500. Parker Dean Smith, 31, San Antonio, speeding; failure to
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Jenny Jo Spencer, 30, New Braunfels, bigamy; theft by check.
Kevin Tony Staggs, 36, Austin, possession of drug paraphernalia.
Martha M. West, 46, Canyon Lake, public intoxication. Roy CabelleroYoung Jr., 28, New Braunfels, motion to revoke probation - criminal nonsupport. _____
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