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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 10, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Page 2A - Herald-Zeitung - Wednesday, January 10, 2007 THE REGION From staff and wire reports KERRVILLE MAIM ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT OF CHILD - A 48-year-old Ingram man was arrested Friday and charged after he confessed to sexually assaulting a now 14-year-old girl three years ago. The man was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Dawn Wright set his bond at $250,000. The assault was reported Monday to the Kerr County sheriff's office. Sheriff's Chief Investigator Carol Twiss said it is not unusual for children to wait to report the sexual abuse. Because the victim was younger than 13 at the time of the incident and there are allegations of penetration during the sexual assault, the crime became a first-degree felony, which carries a punishment of five to 99 years to life in prison if the subject is convicted, Twiss said. She said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected in the case. SAN MARCOS HOTEL PLANS TAKING SHAPE - A contractor working for hotelier John Q. Mammons on Friday started preliminary groundwork for a San Marcos Embassy Suites hotel and adjoining city-owned conference center. Starling at about noon, a single yellow bulldozer was clanking around the 15-acre site at Interstate 35 and McCarly Line. By the end of this week, dirt work will be under way and the $75 million build will be heading toward -"full mobilization," City Manager Dan O'Leaiy said. POWER CONTINUED FROM Page 1A LCRA says it doesn't have fuel overcharge "LCRA thinks they need to manage the funds for us, and we think we can manage them ourselves," he said, adding refunding the PEC's portion of the fuel over-collection, plus interest, would save its members of $120 per meter. Robert Cullick, LCRA spokesman said the PEC claim is inaccurate. "We do not have a $70 million fuel overcharge," said Cullick. "It is not fuel overcharge; they are cash reserves from customers. The $70 million really is cash we have collected from customers for emergency situations to be able to pay our bills." Cullick said LCRA sells electricity at cost and one of the costs of business is to have cash on hand to pay bills if a major outage or catastrophe occurs. Cullick said the LCRAls policy is to keep enough cash to pay for two months' worth of debts related to fuel charges. "Right now, the amount we are holding for fuel and purchase power is $70 million," Cullick said. "That is absolutely not over-collected fuel revenues." Cullick admitted that LCRA's $70 million in reserve is "slightly more" than the two months needed to cover fuel charges - a $20 million difference which he said the company would need to adjust. ' "The $70 million is slightly more because the cost of fuel has gone down, so we will need to adjust that so it evens up," Cullick said. However, he said he did not know when the company plans to adjust the amount, but insisted that the amount was considered operating reserves, not overcharges. Paula DiFonzo, CEO of New Braunfels Utilities which provides electricity to city residents, said the $70 million is LCRA's fuel recovery account, which is made up of a combination of reserves and some over-recovery funds. Approximately $5 million of that amount comes from NBU customers' money, she said. According to DiFonzo, LCRA has consistently over-recovered on fuel charges, prompting some wholesale customers to call for the funds to be returned. "Some of LCRA's wholesale customers have had an ongoing dialogue with (lie LCRA that it takes too long to get an over-recovery refunded to the wholesale customer," she said. "LCRA should refund an over-recovery as quickly as they are willing to charge for an under-recovery. We (NBU) feel that LCRA should be more responsive and refund the money more timely." PEC spokesman Cunningham said the easiest way to rectify the situation would be for LCRA to write a check for $26 million to his utility. "PEC feels that we have a sophisticated enough management and financial system that we can manage the funds our-selves,"Ciutfiingham said. "We could refund some or all of that money to consumers by lowering rates. Or we could refund some of it and keep some of it in an account as a hedge against price fluctuations that are implemented by LCRA." Cullick said it is necessary to have the funds on hand. "There is no prudent busi- ness in the United States that would liquidate its operating reserves or (not) have some way to pay the bills in case of emergency," Cullick said. He said PEC's claim that LCRA is sitting on money that belongs to someone is untrue. "LCRA cut its rates three times last year. It has cut its costs by $83 million, and that money was returned to our wholesale customers," said Cullick. "We have reduced our cost to account for falling fuel prices and will probably do. it again next week. It is a standard business practice for LCRA to cut its rates when prices fall and we raise diem when we have to." TEXAS LOTTERY Matters of Public Record ARRESTS 7 Law enforcement officers in New Braunfels and Comal County arrested the following Jan. 5-8, 2007: Luis Diaz Ayala, 37, New Braunfels, no liability insurance; no drivers license. Donald Raye Brown, 69, New Braunfels, motion to revoke probation/driving while intoxicated. Jose Luis Castilleja Jr., 39, New Braunfels, motion to revoke probation/driving while intoxicated. Robert Garcia Escobar, 24, Leander, assault with bodily injury; failure to maintain financial responsibility; no motorcycle endorsement. Roy Garcia Escobar, 48, Leander, driving while intoxicated; driving while license invalid; theft by check. Dana Floyd, 45, New Braunfels, public intoxication. Ramon Garza Jr., 30, Junction, expired license plate; no seat-belt; display wrong registration. Gabriel Gonzales, 19, New Braunfels, possession of less than two ounces of marijuana; failure to maintain financial responsibility. DO YOU HAVE A WORSENING Or ASTHMA SYMPTOMS AFTER EXPOSURE TO THE COMMON COLD? Central Texas Health Research is accepting volunteers for a research study to evaluate an investigational medication for preventing a worsening of asthma symptoms and common cold symptoms after exposure to someone else with a cold. Volunteers must: v Be 6-65 years old v Cohabit with at least one other person v Be a non-smoker for at least 5 years V Have a history of at least 2 asthma exacerbations caused by an upper respiratory infection in the past 24 months [Exacerbations are defined as: an increase in asthma medications prescribed by a physician, emergency room visit for asthma, or hospitalization for asthma] j&SM*^ Qualified participants will receive: /*mSBES&h. r Study-related exams JKmI^EIm > Laboratory and ECG testing V^^BBSP > investigational study medication ^^NHpr > Compensation up to $350 rOR MORE INFORMATION CALL (830) 609-0900 4 Ray Gutierrez Jr., 25, New Braunfels, assault causing bodily injury; parole violation. Lacharris James Harris, 42, San Marcos, speeding 78 mph in a 55 mph zone; failure to maintain financial responsibility; violation of promise to appear. Javier Rodriguez Hernandez, 35, New Braunfels, driving while intoxicated. Jason Dean Hunter, 27, Canyon Lake, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; burglary of a habitation intended for another felony. Benedict Franklin Huser Jr., 23, Seguin, assault by contact; failure to appear/assault. Jesse Lagunas, 24, New Braunfels, public intoxication. Monica Elizabeth Lammers, 45, Austin, motion to adjudicate/possession of less than two ounces of marijuana. Jose Luis Lopez, 28, New � L"/ T�a�' Oldest Dance Hall Friday 8pm The Small Stars- Satvrclgy 8;30pm Big Blue Hearts* jo Sunday_4-8pm ivi* * Alvin Crow o(ivc(BranS Ctfe 1st Anniversary! * Live Music * Fri. January 12 6-9pm (Reservations Recommended) Bring in this ad, receive a complimentary piece of dessert! Dinner: Fri-Sat 5pm-9pm Lunch: Mon-Sat llam-3pm 830.625.5683 386 W. San Antonio St. Shop downtown 'til 8pm 2nd Thursdays! Braunfels, public intoxication. Markus Andrew Lopez, 20, San Marcos, public intoxication. Robert Dean McMahan, 21, Canyon Lake, driving while license invalid. 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