New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 12, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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»>1-35 HIGH-SPEED CHASE
Police want to know why driver fled
By Will Wright
New Braunfels police are staging an internal investigation into the deadly rollover accident that followed a police chase early Thursday.
Mark Anthony Saldivar, 38, of New Braunfels, died after flipping his Ford i nnKiiur Expedition in
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have ordered an 2:30a m.Thurs-
autopsy on Mark Police said
Anthony Saldivar, 38, pursuit
who died after flipping reached speeds
his SUV around 2:30 of more than
a.m. Thursday on 1-35. 100 miles per
hour before Saldivar's car rolled over, ejecting him from the car and killing him.
“There was an autopsy ordered, and we’re trying to look into just why the individual ran and did not stop for the police,” New Braunfels Police Department Lt. Michael Penshom said.
“ We re also doing an internal investigation just to make sure everything was done within policy.”
The officer, whose name has not yet been released, was parked near the ValMark Chevrolet dealership on the I-35 access road when he observed Saldivar speeding in the northbound lanes of the interstate. When the officer attempted to pull over the vehicle, it kept going and a chase ensued.
Police said the pursuit extended through the Kohlenberg Road exit, continued over the highway overpass and through a subdivision before returning to the southbound 1-35 frontage road.
They said Saldivar’s car blew through a red light at the Farm-to-Market 306 intersection, finally flipping near the entrance of a Honda motorcycle dealership.
Despite attempts by EMS personnel to revive him, Saldivar was pronounced dead at the scene, Fire Marshal Patrick O’Connell said.
Penshorn said police would not release videotapes of the chase until the investigation was complete.
The name of the agency conducting Saldivar’s autopsy was not immediately available.
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A NEW ERA DAWNS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Egyptians celebrate Friday evening inTahrir Square after President Hosni Mubarak resigned and handed power to the military in Cairo.
‘EGYPT IS FREE’
18 days of protests climax with Mubarak’s resignation
By The Associated Press
CAIRO — Cries of “Egypt is free” rang out and fireworks lit up the sky as hundreds of thousands danced, wept and prayed in joyful pandemonium Friday after 18 days of peaceful pro-democracy
protests forced President Hosni Mubarak to surrender power to the military, ending three decades of authoritarian rule.
Ecstatic protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir, or Liberation, Square hoisted soldiers onto their shoulders and families posed for pic
tures in front of tanks in streets flooded with people streaming out to celebrate. Strangers hugged each other, some fell to kiss the ground, and others stood stunned in disbelief.
See EGYPT, Page 8A
► JOSHUA DAVIS JR.
Jr., 18 months, disappeared from his New Braunfels home. Call (830) 620-TIPS if you have a tip.
A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered.
Search goes on for Josh
Authorities: No breaks in case of missing child
By Will Wright
The search for Joshua Davis Jr. went into its seventh day on Friday, exactly a week after the 18-month-old toddler went missing from his parents’ New Braunfels home.
There were no new developments in the case, which now involves dozens of law enforcement officials from local, state and federal levels.
“We have six dog teams from the state prison system helping investigate leads that we’ve been getting,” New Braunfels Police Department Lt. Michael Penshorn said. “We’re following up on all of them.
“Some of the tips have come in through Crime Stoppers, others have been called into the police department. They’re giving us information on things they have heard or offering locations for us to check.”
Based at the on-site command post near the child’s home on Savannah Hill Circle, the dog teams have been dispatched to various locations within the vicinity. The residence has been searched and searched again since the
See JOSHUA, Page 8A
Those aren’t buzzards, folks — they’re actually vultures
By J. Louise Larson
Perhaps one of the first things to know about vultures is that they’re not buzzards.
What you see on Loop 337, picking at a deer carcass or swirling around in a “kettle” (the official name of a bunch of swirling vultures) are vultures.
“Farmer Brown does call it a buzzard, but it’s not really a
buzzard,” said Cliff Shackelford, a non-game ornithologist with Texas Parks & Wildlife.
There are turkey vultures — familiar for their red heads — and black vultures, with char-coal-colored heads.
“They don’t have feathers on their heads and they’re sticking them into dead stuff. They have super-duper acid in their stomach to digest meat and bones
See VULTURES, Page 8A
Dozens of vultures perch on trees
behind the Plant Haus in New Braunfels on Jan. 27.
By Will Wright
The reality of the state budget ax will be felt in Comal Independent School District, which outlined proposed cuts of $16.8 million for its 2011-12 and 2012-13
budgets on Friday.
Employees were sent an open letter from superintendent Dr. Marc Walker that painted a not-so-pretty picture of what the district is facing in light of a state budget shortfalls of between $27 and $31 billion for the next bienni
School districts throughout the state are predicted to lose at least $6 billion and possibly up to $10 billion. Because salaries comprise 80 percent or more of each school district budget, teachers, administration and support staff will be
caught in the line of fire.
At the board of trustees budget workshop on Tuesday, Walker will recommend eliminating 130 teaching positions, 15 special education positions and 75 to 80 nonteaching positions.
"We had hoped to gather much
of that number through retirements and resignations,” Walker’s letter said. "However, given that every district in Texas is in a similar position, there is very little job movement from district to district.
See CUTS, Page 8A
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