New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
Jack R. Smith
Jack R. Smith died on October 22,2010, in New Braunfels, Texas.
He was bom on Oct. 31,1930, in Plumbfield, III., to J.R. Smith and Ruby Johnson Smith.
He is survived by his wife, June Ewing Smith; daughter, Julie E Smith Hill; son, Joel K. Smith; granddaughters, Meridith A. Hill and Carley A. Hill; as well as brothers, Earl D. Smith and Lonnie R. Smith.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and after retiring from more than a thirty year career with 3M Company, he spent his retirement years working part time at Enterprise Rent-
A-Car. He was active in the American Legion and served on several city boards. He leaves behind a loving extended family and many cherished friends.
There will be a private memorial service on February 19,2011 in Waco, Texas. Memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 179 Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 310179, New Braunfels, Texas 78131.
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Robert C. Waggener
Robert C. Waggener, age 86, of New Braunfels, passed away Thursday, February 17, 2011.
He was born September 26, 1924 in San Antonio to Burns and Wilfred Waggener. He married Glennye Smith October 20, 1948. He was a World War II veteran and graduate of Trinity University. Robert was a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church. His chosen career profession in life was that as a traveling salesman. His passion in life was witnessing to others about the plan of salva-tion from the Lord Jesus Christ. Robert was active in the Prison Ministry and Gideons International. He realized his dream of owning a ranch and cattle for 40 years.
Survivors include three children, Dawn Elizabeth Rudd and husband John of New Braunfels, Robert C. Waggen
er Jr. and wife Gracie of Ker-rville, and Paul S. Waggener and wife Tammy of Cibolo; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Visitation will take place at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home on Sunday from 5;00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with the family present at the funeral home from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 21,2011 at First Baptist Church of New Braunfels. Private internment will be at Sunset Memorial Park in San Antonio.
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Funeral arrangements are complete at the Zoeller Funeral Home for Kenneth Tucker, who passed away on February 13,2011 in New Braunfels at the age of 46 years.
He is survived by his parents, Jordan and Florence Tticker of New Braunfels; sister, Cyndee Tucker; niece, Alyssa Falck; nephew, Bryan Falck; great nephew, Russell Falck; aunt and uncle, George and Rose Goepf and aunt, Mary Klobedans.
No visitation is scheduled
at the funeral home. Graveside services are scheduled for Monday, February 21,2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park.
The family has requested that memorial contributions be given to Southern Care Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
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Plea agreement resolves polygamist s rape case
SALT LAKE COT (AP) — A Utah man loyal to polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs resolved a rape charge by pleading guilty Friday to lesser crimes in exchange for a sentence of 30 days in jail and probation.
Allen Glade Steed, 29, entered the plea to two, third-degree felonies—participating in an illegal marriage and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
Each charge carries a possible penalty of up to five years in prison.
But in a deal with prosecutors, Steed will serve just 30 days in the Washington County Jail and three years of probation.
Steed could have spent the rest of his life in prison if convicted of rape.
“I think it’s a good resolution for Allen and for everyone involved,” defense attorney Jim Bradshaw told The Associated Press. “He’s really relieved to put it behind him and move on with his life.”
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Steed, a member of Jeff's church, was charged with first-degree felony rape in September 2007 — a day after a jury found Jefls guilty of two counts of rape as an accomplice for his role in Steed’s marriage to ElissaWall.
Steed was 19 and Wall just 14 when their marriage was arranged by leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
In court Friday, Wall said the plea agreement marked the end of a long and difficult journey for her.
“I am only one of many who was injured by Warren Jeffs and the FLDS community," Wall said. “I realize Allen is a victim too of Warren Jeffs and is a product of his environment.” The Associated Press does not typically name victims of alleged sexual assault, but Wall has frequently spoken publicly about the case and published a book about her experiences.
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Saturday, February 19, 2011 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3ACensus: Texas GOP base more diverse
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Explosive minority growth in Texas has turned a handful of once solidly Republican congressional seats into bastions of ethnic diversity, putting added pressure on GOP leaders to shore up their districts with white voters who traditionally favor the party.
Look no further than the seat held by the once mighty U.S. House Majority Leader lorn DeLay, Republican of Sugar Land. As currently drawn, his District 22 — now in the hands of U.S. Rep. Pete Olson and anchored in fast-growing Fort Bend County near Houston — was 61 percent white in 2000, according to figures provided by the Texas I egislative Council. Tbday, with the new 2010 Census numbers, it’s 45.5 percent white. The numbers of blacks, His-panics and Asians all rose sharply.
There’s a similar story in the district held by the top Texas Republican fundraiser and organizer in Congress — U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions of Dallas,
who chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee. In 2000, the district was 50.1 percent white. Now it’s a majority minority district, with more than 42 percent of them Hispanic and 9 percent black.
Hispanics have a generally younger population and are less likely to be eligible to vote, but the sheer numbers and future voting strength have not gone unnoticed.
'The Republicans do have to react,” said Cal Jillson, political scientist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. “I think they will first look at that Pete Sessions district and move him a little bit north, and take some Anglos out of... the adjoining districts to make him safe.”
The new figures that will be used in the congressional redistricting process were released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week. Operatives on both sides of the political aisle are just now beginning to look at the implications of the data, which showed a dramat
ic increase in the Hispanic population in Texas.
Ihe Latino growth accounted for two-thirds of the state’s population gains between 2000 and 2010, and Latinos now make up .38 percent of the population. Non-Hispanic whites dropped to 45.3 percent and blacks make up 11.5 percent of the population. Hispanics make up 48.3 percent of the under-18 population.
Texas grew more than any other state, and it’s also adding more congressional seats than any other.
Where the four new seats will go won’t be clear for months, as lawmakers propose maps and certain court action follows.
Rep. Burt Solomons, chairman of the Texas House Redistricting Committee, says it’s premature to talk about specific maps and who gets what.
But he said trying to keep incumbents in their seats is a legally legitimate goal of redistricting.
“Every incumbent wants to be protected,” Solomons said.
"It’s just part of what goes on in redistricting.”
The racial breakdown suggests that a Hispanic-dominated seat in north Texas could help shore up districts held by Republican incumbents such as Sessions because the minorities could he taken out of the Republican’s district and put into a new one. U.S. Rep. Kenny Manchant, also from the Dallas suburbs, had a district that was 64 percent white but has now dropped to 47 percent white, figures show.
North Texas Reps. Joe Barton and Michael Burgess also saw significant declines in white voters and large increases in Hispanic clout.
Sen. Kel Seliger, chairman of the Senate redistricting panel, told The Associated Press that it “looks like there’s going to be a new congressional seat in North Texas. Because civil rights laws generally mandate the protection of minority voting interests Seliger said it’s possible that the seat would be a “minority or Hispanic influence district.”
TEXAS IN BRIEF
From wire reports
TEXAS JUDGE WILL HEAR OUSTED MISS SAN ANTONIO FLAP
SAN ANTONIO —The reigning Miss San Antonio will get a chance to tell a Texas judge why pageant organizers shouldn’t strip her title over allegations of breaking rules and gaining weight.
Attorneys for Domonique Ramirez said Friday that a state district judge granted a temporary injunction hearing for next week. Ramirez, named Miss San Antonio 2011 last year, is suing the pageant in an effort to restore her crown.
The 17-year-old says Miss San Antonio organizers harassed her about gaining weight and repeatedly showing up late for events. She denies the allegations.
ALLEGED MEMBERS OF ARYAN BROTHERHOOD INDICTED IN HOUSTON
WASHINGTON — Federal officials say 11 alleged gang members have been named in an indictment accusing them of beating a gang prospect in Tomball, Texas.
The indictment, unsealed Friday in Houston, charges the alleged members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas with violent crimes in aid of racketeering activity and conspiracy to engage in violent crimes in aid of racketeering. The indictment claims a prospective gang member suffered serious injury after being beaten Sept. 22, 2008, for violating ABT rules of conduct.
If convicted, the defendants face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the VICAR charge. They face a maximum of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the conspiracy charge.
HOUSTON-AREA MAN ARRESTED IN WIFE'S BRUTAL ATTACK
HOUSTON — A Houston-area man has been arrested on charges that he brutally attacked his estranged common law wife, who survived a 17-hour ordeal in which she was tortured and mutilated while tied down to a bed, Harris County sheriff’s officials said Friday.
Gregory Longoria Jr. is accused of kidnapping his wife on Wednesday and holding her against her will until the next morning. He has been charged with aggravated sexual assault and aggravated assault of a family member and was being held without bond in the Harris County Jail on no bond.
PAROLE BOARD REJECTS PLEA FROM MAN TO DIE TUESDAY
HOUSTON —The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously rejected a clemency petition Friday from a convicted killer set to die next week for the shooting death of his 19-month-old son.
More than 90 clergy members from around the state had signed a letter to Gov. Rick Perry and the parole board appealing for clemency for Timothy Wayne Adams.
The seven-member board voted 7-0 twice — first against a 120-day reprieve and then against a recommendation to commute the sentence to life in prison.
DALLAS OFFICER PUT ON LEAVE AFTER FACEBOOK POST
DALLAS — A Dallas police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after bragging on
Facebook that she cut a hospital worker’s face by throwing a boot at him during a dispute, one of several inflammatory posts by the six-year veteran.
Sr. Cpl. Cat Lafitte is under investigation over the incident and whether she violated department policy on social networking, Dallas police spokesman Lt. C.L Williams said Friday.
FEMATO EXTEND ASSISTANCE FOR HURRICANES VICTIMS
WASHINGTON — More than 3,400 Texas families displaced by hurricanes in 2008 will be granted a five-month extension on the federal assistance program that helps them pay rent.
I he Federal Emergency Management Administration says that 3,425 families in Texas and 1,743 in Louisiana will continue to be covered by this program that began after hurricanes Ike and Gustav in November 2008. It will run through the end of September.
The program paid full rent for the displaced families for the first six months. Then, they were required to pay increments of $50 dollars-per-month until they paid full rent or their participation in the program ended.
EX-PRINCIPAL TESTIFIES EX-INMATES LIED ABOUT ABUSE
LUBBOCK, Texas —The former principal of a West Texas juvenile prison school told a jury Friday that five
former inmates made up allegations of sexual abuse and they may have conspired on a plan to accuse him.
John Paul Hernandez, 45, has been charged in 11 indictments with crimes including a sexual assault charge. Prosecutors say Hernandez and Ray Brookins, the former assistant at the West Texas State School in Pyote, gave inmates special treatment, candy and promises of financial aid before sexually abusing them in 2004 and 2005. Brookins was sentenced in April to 10 years in prison.
DALLAS MAN INDICTED IN $6 MILLION SCHEME
PLANO — A federal grand jury has indicted a 68-year-old Dallas man in what prosecutors call a $6 million commercial real estate investment scheme.
U.S. Attorney John M. Bales said Friday that Eric Brauss is named in a ten count indictment for allegedly defrauding investors.
The Wednesday indictment alleges that Brauss raised investment capital for two large-scale retail development projects in New Mexico and Fort Worth by making false material representations to investors.
Prosecutors say the alleged deceit led investors to give Brauss more than $2 million for the Unser Towne Crossing project and nearly $6 million for the Parkwood Crossing project.
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