New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Officials advise safety on roads
By Ron Maloney
With one of the biggest nights out just a day away, local public safety officials warned motorists Monday against drunken driving on New Year’s Eve.
"The main thing is it's not safe,” said New Braunfels police Lt. John Wommack. “It's illegal, and it's not worth it.”
Wommack said the New Braunfels Police Department would have officers looking for drunken drivers late Wednesday and early Thursday in an effort to make the streets safe for ail drivers.
"Get a designated driver—and make sure the designated driver doesn’t drink — or go to a friend’s house and stay there all night. But don’t drink and drive. It’s not worth the price you pay when you get caught.”
Comal County Sheriff’s Patrol Lt. Brent Paullus said deputies would be vigilant in unincorporated areas in their searchior drunken drivers.
“We take it very seriously,” Paullus said. “Find alternative means of transportation — a designated driver, a taxi cab or whatever—or stay where you’re at. We just want everyone to be safe and have a good time."
The Texas Department of Public Safety said in a news release it would launch a four-day effort beginning midnight Thursday morning to get speeders, reckless and drunken drivers off the roads to reduce accidents and fatalities.
“If you choose to celebrate the new year, please drive sober. If you plan to drink, please designate a driver. We want all Texans to be around to enjoy 2004,” said Col. Thomas A. Davis Jr., DPS director.
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Children play on the monkey bars in Landa Park.
From staff, wire reports
MAN FALLS OFF SAILBOAT -
An unidentified man was treated at McKenna Memorial Hospital Monday afternoon after a boating accident on Canyon Lake.
A Canyon Lake Fire/EMS official said die man apparently fell from a sailboat.
He was pulled from the water and taken to the landing at the Randolph Air Force Base Recreation Area at about 1:30 p.m.
His injuries were not believed life-threatening, the official said. Parks rangers brought him to the dock, where he was placed in an ambulance for the trip to New Braunfels.
“He was pretty cold,” the official said.
I PARENTS JAILED IN INFANT'S | STARVATION DEATH — The parents of a 2-month-old baby girl who starved to death remained jailed Monday on charges of injury to a child, a Beaumont detective said.
Detective Jason Hughes said officers arrested Tamecca Henderson, 21, and Perry Andrew Pippillion, 34, last week at their Beaumont home, nearly two months after the death of Monique Pippillion.
Hughes said Henderson and Pippillion took the infant to A Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital in Beaumont on Oct. 24 when she had stopped breathing. Autopsy results said the baby starved to death because of “nutritional deprivation and negligence.”
Hughes told KBTV in Beaumont that Monique’s birth weight was 6 pounds and 9
ounces, but she weighed 4 pounds and IO ounces when she died. Police also allege the baby’s diaper was changed one or two times a week.
Hughes said Henderson told authorities she had fed baby formula to Monique.
Henderson and Pippillion each face one count of injury to a Child, which carries a sentence of five years to life in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The case has been turned over to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office to present to a grand jury for indictments.
IM ATI O NWASHINGTON
DEAN, CLARK LEAD DEMOS IN FOURTH-QUARTER FUND RAISING — Aided by aggressive Internet campaigns, Democratic presidential candidates Howard Dean and Wesley Clark raised • the most money in the final quarter of 2003, according to preliminary estimates.
Dean, the Democratic front-runner, will have raised more than $14 million in the final three months, pushing his yearly total to almost $40 million.
Campaign manager Joe Trippi called on donors to push the quarterly total to the $14.8 million the campaignraised from July through September.
Clark, the retired Army general who entered the race in September, will have raised between $10 million and $12 million in the fourth quarter, for a total of almost $15 million since becoming a candidate.
Clark will get an additional bump after the New Year with an estimated $3.7 million worth of federal matching money, while Dean has declined public funds.
All the other candidates, except Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, will also receive federal matching
funds after Jan. I.WASHINGTON
WORLD'S AIRLINES FACE INCREASED SECURITY - The
United States will ensure that other governments enforce a new American requirement placing armed law enforcement officers on some flights to prevent hijackings, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Monday as the nation headed into the New Year’s holiday with terror threats high.
Ridge also assured Americans who may be concerned about holiday air travel that aviation in the United States since the Sept. ll, 2001, terrorist attacks “has risen to new heights of security.” He encouraged Americans to continue with their holiday plans, even amid the orange alert level, or high alert status, put in place more than a week ago.
The orange alert will stay in effect through the holidays and possibly beyond, Ridge said. Officials have not seen a reduction in air travel since the alert.
FOUR IRANIAN EARTHQUAKE SURVIVORS FOUND — As search crews despaired of finding more survivors from Iran’s devastating earthquake, Monday brolight moments of hope: Rescuers pulled a girl out alive from the rubble of her caved-in house, and three men believed dead stirred in their white burial shrouds.
More than 25,000 bodies have been retrieved since Friday’s 6.6-magnitude quake shook the ancient city of Bam and its surrounding region in southeast Iran, according to provincial government spokesman Asadollah
Iranmanesh. At least 10,000 people were believed injured.
TVvo aftershocks early Monday terrified survivors and toppled some of the few walls still standing in this city, already turned into a moonscape of flattened houses.
Later, Iran’s president and supreme leader made their first visits here since the temblor, pledging to rebuild.BEIJING
JAPAN PROMISES TO CUT IRAQI DEBT; CHINA SAYS IT WILL CONSIDER - Japan agreed on Monday to cut*billions of dollars of Iraqi debts and China said it would consider the idea, boosting the U.S. campaign to ease Baghdad’s financial burden.
Both governments announced their decisions after U.S. envoy James A. Baker III met with their leaders on a lightning trip to Tokyo and Beijing — part of a global U.S. lobbying effort.
Japan, which along with Russia says it is Iraq’s biggest creditor, abandoned its earlier reluctance to join debt relief.
It offered to forgive “the vast majority” of Iraqi debt if other members of the Paris Club of major creditor nations do so as well.
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Matters of Public Record
Law enforcement officers in Comal County and New Braunfels charged the follow ing between Dec. 23 and 29: Ronald Lamar Allen, 26, Arlington, failure to maintain financial responsibility.
Irish Marie Cobb, 25, Seguin, theft by check between $20 and $500; expired driver's license; speeding; violation of promise-to appear.
Bobby Joe Cockrell, 62,
Plano, driving while intoxicat ed.
Nancy Collins, 36, New Braunfels, theft by check between $20 and $500.
Linda Ann Crane, 32, Canyon Lake, speeding — 72 mph in a 60 mph zone; failure to con trol speed; failure to maintain financial responsibility; failure to appear; speeding — 61 mph in a 45 mph zone; viola tion of promise to appear. Connie Marie Cruz, 20, New Braunfels, violation of prom ise to appear; no safety belt. Wesley Cudd, 25, Canyon Lake, driving while intoxicat ed.
Wylie Arlan Eaton, 54, New Braunfels, assault causing bodily injury/family violence. Dustin Stephen Fell, 18, Dallas, no driver's license; no safety belt.
Vanessa Flores, 23, New Braunfels, assault/family vio lence.
Eduardo Parra Garcia Jr., 30, New Braunfels, fictitious license registration.
Jose Alfred Garza, 38, New Braunfels, evading arrest/detention with a vehi cie; resisting arrest, search or transport.
Raul Gonzales, 30, New Braunfels, driving while intoxicated/open alcohol con tainer.
Christopher Lee Gonzalez, 23, Universal City, resisting arrest, search or transport. Jason Erie Gutierrez, 19, San Marcos, driving while license suspended/invalid. Christopher Allen Harris, 19, New Braunfels, burglary of a vehicle.
Darrell Edwin James, 34,
New Braunfels, theft between $50 and $500.
Arthur James Johnson Jr.,
23, Spring Branch, driving while license suspended. Stanley Joseph Killian, 25, New Braunfels, criminal tres pass.
Lorraine Gail Knowlton, 41, Spring Branch, driving while intoxicated.
James Edward Lockstead,
23, Canyon Lake, failure to maintain financial responsi bilify.
Anselmo Jose Lopez, 18, Austin, no driver's license; failure to maintain financial responsibility.
Pablo Vital Lopez, 30, New Braunfels, failure to maintain financial responsibility; no driver's license; fictitious license registration.
Patricia Jean Martinez, 22, New Braunfels, driving while intoxicated; animal running at large; violation of promise to appear.
James Darin Meacham, 38, New Braunfels, resisting arrest, search or transport. Michael Neat Miller, 38, New Braunfels, driving while license suspended (2 charges); failure to maintain financial responsibility (2 charges); failure to appear/no insurance.
Ray Mitteldorf, 36, New Braunfels, public intoxica tion.
Marshall Marlin Neal Jr., 39, Canyon Lake, commitment/driving while intoxicated.
Michael James Padilla, 35, New Braunfels, driving while intoxicated.
Rafael Padilla, 21, Austin, driving while intoxicated, second offense; resisting arrest; driving while license suspended; retaliation.
Alfred Campos Paiz, 33, New Braunfels, driving while license" suspended/enhanced; failure to maintflin financial responsibility.
Robert Kenneth Peters, 25, New Braunfels, public intoxication.
Miguel Angel Placeres, 25, San Antonio, motion to adju
dicate/assault causing bodily injury to family member; failure to maintain financial responsibility; driving while license suspended.
Gregory Ernest Porteck, 42, Kerrville, violation of proba tion.
David Regis Priest, 30, San Antonio, public intoxication. Danielle Sheets, 21, New Braunfels, forgery.
Robert Erie Simon, 17, New Bruanfels, commitment/failure to attend school.
Andy Joe Smith, 20, New Braunfels,
commitment/motion to proceed with adjudication/burglary of a vehicle.
Kathy Sue Taylor, 47, Kerrville, public intoxication.
Mary E. Thurston, 56, New Braunfels, assault causing bodily injury/family violence. Felix Carnell Vaillant, 45, Canyon Lake, driving while intoxicated.
John William Vaughn, 32, Austin, public intoxication. Randy Allan Vincent, 22, Alamo Heights, theft by check between $20 and $500. Michael Lee Weaver, 33, Canyon Lake, assault causing bodily injury/family violence; interfering with an emergency call.
Steven Duane Weddle, 42, Jewett, commitment/driving while intoxicated, third or more offense.
Lisa Marie Wilson, 20, New Braunfels, no rabies vaccination.
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