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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels THURSDAY February 20, 2003 12 pages in 2 sections ■MMB MMM    MMMMMM    12    pRgeS    in    L    SCCHerald-Zeitung Vol. 152, No. 85Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 centsOrdinance next step in putting tax issue to vote By Ron Maloney Staff Writer City council Wednesday received a pair of petitions that would let voters decide May 3 whether to divert two-thirds of the sales tax money now earmarked for economic development to street repair Gomez guilty of organized crime By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A Comal County jury Wednesday convicted Amal-do Aleman Gomez for engag-ing in organized crime through the sale of drugs. Jurors who began deliberations just before lunchtime returned with the verdict at 5:30 p.m. Gomez was convicted of engaging in an organized criminal activity by: ■ Possession with intent to distribute heroin; ■ Possession with intent to deliver cocaine; ■ Possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine; and ■ Possession of between 4 ounces and 5 pounds of marijuana. Gomez, 48, faces between 25 and 99 years in state prison. District Judge Gary Steel will sentence Gomez in about one month at the conclusion of a presentence investigation. The jury of six men and six women heard four days of testimony leading up to Wednesday’s closing arguments by prosecutors Joe Soane III and Ed Springer and defense attorney Joseph Garcia III. In the case against Gomez, the search and arrest warrants obtained for the Dec. 13, 2001, SWAT team raid that resulted in the arrest of the defendant, his sister, Sandra, 41, and younger brother, Rodolfo, 39, were based upon four drug buys by a paid informant. He later was convicted of bank robbery and sentenced to 37 years in state prison. “When the play is cast in hell, the actors are not angels,” Soane told the jury. ‘The deeper you descend See GUILTY/3A Inside Abby....................................5A Classifieds..........................2-4B Comics................................7A Crossword..........................5A Forum.................................6A Local/State.........................4A Movies................................5A Obituaries.....................,..i..3A Sports..............................1-2B Today..................................2A Key Code 76 projects. At Monday night’s regular meeting, council will conduct the first reading of an ordinance that will put the issue on the May 3 ballot in two propositions. The second and third readings required to adopt an ordinance will be conducted in special meetings at 6 p.m. Tuesday and 6 p.m. Wednesday, respectively. The petitions, circulated by District 3 Council member Debbie Flume, throw to voters the question of whether to divert one-quarter cent of the 4B Infrastructure/ Improvement sales tax now dedicated to economic development for repair of city streets. City Secretary Michael Resendez reported to council that his staff had verified about 1,063 signatures on Flume’s petitions. For a place on the ballot, Flume needed only 974 names. a '"56825 00001 i Flume wants to divert two-thirds of the 4B tax — which totals three-eighths of a cent on a dollar — to road repairs, which she said was the intent of the original tax when it was established in the 1990s. In 2000, voters agreed to merge the economic development and infrastructure/ improvement taxes and dropped limits on what percentage could be spent on either. Tb accomplish what Flume proposes requires two ballot initiatives — one to reduce 4B tax and the other to set a See TAX/3A Moll Industries reorganizes under bankruptcy plan City officials say no cause for concern By Ron Maloney and Dylan Jimenez Staff Writers The injection-molding firm the city hopes to bring to the former Flextronics plant is emerging from voluntary bankruptcy, but city and company officials say the reorganization is no cause for public concern. New Braunfels officials have been extensively briefed about the reorganization and are confident that Moll Industries’ financial troubles are over. New Braunfels City Council has offered the worldwide manufacturer and designer of custom-molded plastic products a package of tax abatements and a no-interest $600,000 loan. Moll Vice President for Operations Ron Embree said Wednesday night that local residents, businesses or job seekers should not be at all concerned about the bankruptcy. Moll filed for voluntary Chapter ll reorganization bankruptcy Sept. 17, 2001, with the support of its senior creditors. Embree said the bankruptcy enabled the company to divest itself of unprofitable operations in Europe, pay down debt and concentrate on its profitable operations in the United States and Brazil. On the ’Net For information about Moll Industries Inc. log on to “The primary reason for the Chapter ll filing was a debt restructuring. Moll is not concerned about it. In fact, things are going very, very well for us. We had a record fourth quarter in 2002 and so far, 2003 is looking good,” said Embree. Moll’s U.S. operations enjoyed a 17 percent increase in fourth quarter sales iii 2002 pver the same period in 2001. “Our customer base is staying with us. We’re consolidating and focusing on our critical strategic customers and what we know how to do best," he said. Moll will manufacture plastic components for appliances and consumer packaging products in New Braunfels. “The largest percent of our revenue is large and small appliances,” Embree said. Moll’s Texas operations in Austin and San Antonio are both profitable. What the consolidation to New Braunfels would do, Embree said, is enable Moll to realize economies of scale See MOLL/3A Cervin, Krueger file for Comal ISD trustee seats By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer Rose Cervin and incumbent Dan K. Krueger have filed for run in the board of trustees election for the Comal Independent School District. Cervin, a stay-at-home-mother from Spring Branch who has contributed 900 hours as a school district volunteer, is running for the District 5 post currently held by Deraid LaRue. “I believe honesty is what the patrons in out school district deserve regarding funding, curriculum, safety, transportation, food services and our long-term goals,” Cervin said. “I feel that communication of this information to the taxpayers in our district will help provide hope of the best educational opportunities for all the children.” Krueger, a sales manager from New Braunfels who already represents District 2, is president of the board of trustees He has served for nine years on the board and CERVIN is certified as a master trustee by the Texas Association of School Boards. Krueger’s top goals, if re-elected, are to ensure bond monies are spent wisely for their intended purpose and to continue to search for alternative sources of funding to help lower taxes. "There are still some bond projects that aren’t completed, like the high school, and I have a duty to the taxpayer. I want to be sure the projects are completed properly. And we’ve got major issues — a new budget and TAKS. I’m See TRUSTEED KRUEGER DAVID INGRAM/HerakJ-Zeitung Veronica Martinez pushes, as Trent Thomas and Schlitterbahn general manager Keith Fontenot pull the Super Dog sign into place at the Communities In Schools offices. Super Dog was a popular teen spot in New Braunfels in the 1950s, and CIS is reviving the icon for a fund-raiser March 22. See dog return CIS resurrects drive in theme for fund-raiser By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Everyone is invited to travel back in time as Wursthalle is transformed into the Super Dog Drive In, a popular local eatery and teenage hangout from the 1950s. Schlitterbahn is sponsoring “Let’s Rock ’n’ Roll for Kids” to celebrate Communities In Schools’ first IO years of service to the youth of Comal and Guadalupe. The fund-raiser slated for March 22 will benefit CIS. Headlining the event will be Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88s offering their popular show of 1950s and 1960s tunes. The VIP party will begin at 6 p.m. with burgers, fries and “Super Dogs” served by carhops. An Elvis impersonator will perform during the dance, costume and hula hoop contests. VIP will sit directly in front of the stage at Wursthalle. Johnny Dee will perform at 8 p.m. for general admittance. Premier parking is available for patrons who drive a 1950s- or 1960s-style car or motorcycle. “Costumes are optional, but certainly will add to the fun,” Jean Wilson, chairman of the fund-raiser, said. Tickets for the VIP party are $50 and must be purchased in advance at the CIS office in the Hillman House, 161 S. Castoff, or the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc. General admission tickets are available in advance or at the show and cost $15. Lizzie Trevino, program coordinator, said she hopes the event will garner enough support to become an annual event. CIS began on three campuses IO years ago. Today, the staff members provide hands-on service at the campuses of 28 ♦ DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung The old Super Dog drive in sign now promotes a benefit for Communities In Schools. The VIP event will include car hops, an Elvis impersonator and a costume contest. schools in Comal and Guadalupe counties. Though CIS specializes in helping at-risk students, they are not the only ones who benefit. “All the kids receive services form CIS,” Trevino said. “Every child in the school is touched by us.” CIS provides students with a link to other services like transportation and housing. It serves about 2,800 students. CIS offers students from kindergarten to high school a myriad of services that aid them in their everyday behavioral, attendance and academic issues — from scholarships to lunch money. Though CIS holds frequent small campaigns such as school supply drives, Trevino said, this will be the first large-scale fund-raiser. TVevino said the event came about as See Cl S/3 A ;