New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 11, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149 No. 61 20 pgs. in 2 sections February ll, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
50 centsWoman indicted for intoxicated manslaughter turns herself in
By Erin MAGRUDER
A 26-year-old Canyon Lake area woman turned herself in to the Comal County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday morning after two warrants were issued for her arrest for intoxicated manslaughter and intoxicated assault.
Christina Del Moral was indicted Feb. 2 by a Comal County grand jury on charges that stemmed from an Oct. 3 car accident that seriously injured New Braunfels residents Leticia Perez, 51, and her husband Gonzalo Perez, 53.Public weighs in on TX 130
By Erin MAGRUDER
Caldwell County Judge H.T.
Wright received a hearty round of applause Thursday evening when he made public comments in opposition to proposed State Highway 130 in front of a packed house at the Seguin Coliseum.
“Caldwell County would be the most adversely affected county in the route,” Wright said. “I don’t know about anybody else, but I wasn’t particularly impressed by (the draft environmental impact study for the project).”
Wright said if the highway was constructed with the preferred alignment, 16 percent of Caldwell County residents and 26 percent of county businesses would be forced to relocate.
The public hearing for the TX 130 project, conducted by Texas Turnpike Authority Division of the Texas Department of Transportation, was attended by more than 500 residents, county and city officials form Guadalupe, Caldwell and surrounding counties.
Although Wright and several other individuals voiced concerns about potential economic and environmental impacts on areas surrounding the proposed 91-mile relief route for Interstate 35, as of press time Thursday, the public comments revealed there would be no lack of support for the estimated $1 billion project.
Seguin Mayor Mark Stautzen-berger said the city council was in “whole-hearted support” of the preferred alignment of the proposed highway project
Guadalupe County Commissioners’ Court also gave the highway its endorsement but said the county would not want to foot the bill for more than IO percent of right-of-way costs.
By press time, no residents of New Braunfels had commented on the proposed highway, although local critics have cited concerns that TX 130 would route traffic and revenue away from InterstateSee TX 130/3A
Leticia Perez died Nov. 29 as a result of injuries sustained in the accident, said Department of Public Safety highway patrolman Randy Wells, who investigated the accident.
If convicted of intoxicated manslaughter, a second degree felony, Del Moral could face from two to 20 years in prison and/or a fine not to exceed $ 10,000. Intoxicated assault is a third degree felony and could carry a sentence of two to 10 years and/or a fine not to exceed $ 10,000.
The two-car accident occurred about I
a.m. on Farm-to-Market Road 2722 about one mile north of New Braunfels.
Del Moral allegedly was driving on the wrong side of the road in a 1991 Buick Regal when she moved over to pass a vehicle traveling toward her in the northbound lane, Wells said.
After Del Moral passed the first vehicle, she allegedly re-entered the northbound lane going the wrong way and collided with a 1997 Ford Aerostar van driven by Gonzalo Perez, Wells said.
Leticia Perez was sitting in the passenger
side of the van, which allegedly hit headlight to headlight with the passenger side of Del Moral’s Buick.
Leticia Perez received the most serious injuries in the accident and was trapped in the vehicle for an extended amount of time before she was airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center, Wells said.
Gonzalo Perez was later airlifted to University Hospital after internal injuries were discovered, Wells said.
Del Moral received non-life threatening injuries in the accident and was transported
to McKenna Memorial Hospital where a blood alcohol level test revealed her BAL was more than the legal limit for intoxication.
Leticia Perez was transferred to a nursing care facility shortly before her death because of a broken femur and brain injuries she sustained in the accident, Wells said.
Del Moral was booked into the Comal County Jail about IO a.m. Wednesday and was released on $20,000 bond shortly before noon, Comal County Sheriff’s Office Captain David Ott said.
T r ustees say it’s premature to draw lines
Additional class day determined
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
With four years until the opening of a new high school, several Comal Independent School District trustees and Superintendent Jerry Major said Thursday night it was too early to start drawing attendance boundary lines for new schools.
“The new elementary schools are not opening for another year and a half to two years. If we see some population swings, I’d hate to set the boundaries now and a year from now have to adjust them,” board president Dan Krueger said.
Krueger’s comments were in response to concerns voiced by trustees John Bertelsen and Lester W. Jonas about potential problems with the original $141 million bond approved by voters.
In May 1999, CISD voters passed a two-phase bond plan that included building three new elementary schools and a new high school in the Canyon Lake area.
The new elementary schools are scheduled to open in 2001 or 2002. The new high school will not open until 2004.
During discussion Thursday night, Bertelsen presented a map of proposed elementary school boundary lines under the current bond plan.
Bertelsen said the current plan had a negative impact for some students living in the Canyon Lake area — including increased mileage to schools and unbalanced enrollment in the Mountain Valley schools.
Bertelsen said students living in the Indian Hills subdivision and those living east of U.S. 281 and north of Farm-to-Market Road 311, who under a proposed boundary plan would attend the new high school, would drive twice as far to get to school.
“We need to put the schools where the people are and we need to put them where the voters felt they would be and then work around that
John Clay, CISD trustee
But, trustee John Clay, who lives in Garden Ridge, said students living off Schoenthal Road in his district drove 18 to 25 miles one way to get to Canyon High School.
Bertelsen and Jonas also said the proposed boundaries would create unbalanced enrollment throughout the district with only two elementary schools feeding Smithson Valley Middle School and four elementary schools feeding Spring Branch Middle School.
“At present enrollment, we have 1,560 kids in the Mountain Valley schools and 1,710 in the southern zone. The Mountain Valley capacity is 2,000 and the elementary schools in the southern zone have a capacity of 3,200. It’s just not well balanced,” Bertelsen said.
Jonas also said the map of proposed boundary lines was posted and promoted to voters during the bond campaign.
But, Krueger and Major both emphasized the proposed boundary lines, which are one of many proposals, had not been set in stone.
“I hear your concerns, John,” Krueger said. “But we haven’t taken any action on boundary lines. And I don’t know if we’re ready to set those lines.”
Bertelsen said the district would need to start looking at locations for the new Canyon Lake high school inSee CISD/3A
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
Annabelle Banton and Arthur Wages, above, will star in “Love Letters,” Saturday evening at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center, 655 Landa. The evening dinner and champagne show begins 6 p.m. Admission is $10. Louise Stott and Lewis Sarkozi, left, will perform the champagne and dessert matinee show at 2 p.m. Admission is $5. For information, call 629-4547.Wentworth, LWV share views on campaign finance
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playing field,” Wentworth said. See CAMPAIGN/3A
Key Code 76
KISS hosts 7th annual ball
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
If Cupid’s arrow hasn’t quite hit the mark for you this Valentine’s Day, maybe a little dinner and dancing at the KISS Valentines Ball will put you in a romantic mood.
Kids in Safe Surroundings, the fund raising arm of the Canyon Lake Community Recreation Center, is hosting its 7th annual Valentines Ball at the historic Faust Hotel, 240 S. Seguin Ave., Saturday night to
help raise funds for the center.
Local couples will be treated to dinner, music and dancing beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. The ball also will feature live music from the local band Soul Shakers and a silent auction.
Typically, the Valentines Ball has been a semi-formal affair, but Jaynellen Ladd, director of the Canyon Lake Community Recreation Center, said things might change this year.
“We’re trying to change it up this year,” Ladd said. “We want to loosen it up and have some fun.” Ladd said guests could sponsor a table at the ball for a taxdeductible donation of $500, which includes two dinner tickets and a gift.
Dinner tickets cost $50. Ladd said local supporters who wanted to attend the dance but not the dinner were asked to contribute a $50 donation per couple.See KISS/3A