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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 12, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PEL HERALDZEH UNO Vol 149 No 39 16 pgs in 2 sections January 12 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Taking it on the Chan Cowboys fire Galley after two seasons BY JAIME ARON AP Sports Writer IRVING Chan is no longer the man running the Dallas Cowboys Team owner Jerry Jones fired Chan Gailey as coach Tuesday two days after the team was knocked out of the play offs in the first round This decision I had to make is about Jones said It wasnt about egos It wasnt about Library districts come down to a vote BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Voters in Bulverde and at the Canyon Lake area will decide Sat urday whether to approve special taxing districts to generate revenue for their rural libraries Voters at the Canyon Lake Com munity Library District election can cast their ballots from 7 to 7 at designated precinct loca tions Voting in precinct 5 will take place at Startz Cafe 10350 Startz Road FarmtoMarket Road 2673 and 3159 in Startzvitie and voting in precincts and 19 will be at Canyon Lake Action Center 1941 EM 2673 hi Sattler Residents in voting precincts 6 10 and 21 can cast their ballots from 7 to 7 in the Bul verde Area Rural Library Distinct election at the BulverdeSpring Branch Emergency Medical Ser vices Building 4201 281 at Texas 46 in Spring Branch Bulverde Community Library and the Tye Preston Memorial Library at Canyon Lake have relied heavily on county funds to make ends meet County Judge Danny Scheel encouraged Bulverde and Canyon Lake to establish the districts as part of a plan to decrease the amount of county dollars spent on contract services such as those provided by the libraries The proposed districts would raise the sales tax cent on pur chases within their geographical boundaries The sales tax does not include purchases of groceries or prescription medications If passed the sales tax at the Canyon Lake area will go from cents to cents and sales tax in Bulverde will increase from cents to cents The taxing districts would start generating revenue for the rural libraries in October 2000 said Dora Hightower Tye Preston library director INSIDE Key Code 76 Jones gave no specific reason for fir ing Gailey but said it would take too much time and energy to get everyone on the same page for next season Chan Gailey relative to when he accepted this job burned the midnight he said He worked hard he was diligent he was honest He did every thing I Gailey led Dallas to an 1814 record in two regular seasons but the Cow boys were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round both years Gailey said he has no specific plans aside from packing up his belongings in his office Four arrested Tuesday in Blanco bomb incident AMANDA Two unidentified youths watch Monday as the media descends upon Blanco High School after a pipe bomb was found in a restroom About 100 students did not return to school Tuesday FROM STAFF REPORTS BLANCO Four people were arrested Tuesday for their roles in Mondays pipe bomb incident at Blanco High School Blanco Sher iffs Department officials said Justin Byars 17 of Blanco was arrested and charged with manufacturing and transporting an explosive weapon within 300 feet of a school a seconddegree felony Nancy Garcia 17 of Blan co was charged with terroris tic threats a Class A misde meanor The charges against two unidentified juveniles who were arrested were not avail able at press time Life in the fast lane Traffic violators have myriad of excuses ploys AMANDA illustration New Braunfels Police Lt John Wommack has seen and heard many excuses for violating traffic laws during his time on the force BY BRYAN KIRK HeraldZeitung Correspondent Getting stopped for speeding is the signal for many motorists to put on trjeif thinking caps and try to drum up excuses to avoid a ticket Law officers many times have heard motorists claim they are late for appointments or they just didnt see the posted signs Whatever the excuse might be chances are law officers have heard them all and they all agree on one thing It takes a pretty solid excuse to beat a speeding ticket Former Devine Police Officer Buck Russell said the typical reac tion of a person who has been caught breaking traffic laws is to rationalize They usually tell you that there is an emergency of some Russell said I had one lady tell me her Whatever the excuse might be chances are law officers have heard them all agree on one thing It takes a pretty solid excuse to beat a speeding ticket father had a heart attack I radioed the hospital and sure enough he was Russell said he let her go Russell said law officers routinely qheck medical emergencies via the dispatcher to verify any type of unusual event Other excuses are slightly more humorous and clever Connecticut author Linda Kleinschmidt has com piled numerous stories and excuses from more than law enforce ment officials in her book Police on Patrol The Other Side of the Sto One Connecticut police officer Kleinschmidt interviewed said a motorist blamed his speeding on spontaneous The motorist said the car had a mind of its own Although motorists can spin inventive stories others are almost to funny to be true Kleinschmidt relat ed a tale told to her by a Tennessee law officer The officer had stopped a teenage boy for speeding When asked for his registration the boy handed the officer a registration with an elderly womans name on she said The officer told the teen it was See Council unbundles complex proposal Youth sports group decries latest bond decision BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council members talked tough at Mondays meeting saying projects should be cut from the proposed bond package but took no substantial action Instead council postponed any major decisions until a special meeting at noon Jan 22 Council has until Feb 14 to finalize the million bond package scheduled to go before voters in May District 2 councilman Larry Alexander said he had gotten numerous calls from people opposed to the bond package as proposed Were going to have to cut from he said Street and drainage projects needed to be the priority he said Parks and recreation projects are not the No 1 he said District 4 councilwoman Jan Kotylo agreed Kids are a she said But we need to do a little at a If we offer the bond as is well look The only action taken regarding the bond oth er than scheduling the special meeting was a vote to unbundle the sports complex bond proposi tion allowing residents to vote on the pool fields and gymnasium separately The move complied with a recommendation from the citys parks and recreation advisory board a councilappointed body However it was criticized by people associated with the nonprofit New Braunfels Youth Sports Inc David Feltmann a parks board and NBYS board member asked council to table the issue until the city could analyze more accurate cost estimates If you split this youll kill he said Youll lit erally kill At a recent parks board meeting Feltmann said See ALEXANDER Lockhart murder trial gets under way in New Braunfels FROM STAFF REPORTS The February 1998 slaying of a 21year old Lockhart man was an act of willful wanton and pre meditated Caldwell County District Attorney Charles Kimbrough told a Comal County jury Tuesday A sixwoman sixman jury heard opening arguments Tuesday morning in the murder trial of 21 year old Lockhart resident Carlos Cantu Cantu is charged with first degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the shooting of Henry R Silva during a confrontation between two alleged gangs Feb 20 1998 in north Lockhart If convicted on the murder charge Cantu could face up to 99 years or life in prison Aggravated assault is a second degree felony If convicted Cantu could face two to 20 years in prison Information provided by the Lockhart PostRegister indicated Silva suffered a single gunshot wound to the abdomen from a 45 caliber weapon about 10 Feb in the 300 block of Chi na Street in Lockhart The trial was moved to Comal County after State District Judge Charles Ramsay approved the defenses request for a change of venue in November 1998 Ramsay is presiding over Cantus trial Jury selection was completed Monday Kimbrough said Silva died in a hail of gunfire when four shoot ers opened fire on Silva and four other occupants of a vehicle after a verbal confrontation Kimbrough said Cantu aided in the murder of Silva by firing a 38 caliber handgun at the victims friends and in the air as diver sionary fire That he did not shoot the killing shot is he said According to the party theory of criminal responsibility if someone aids attempts to aid or encourages the commission of the offense then the law says youre just as he said Cantu was charged with aggra vated assault for allegedly firing a weapon at two of Silvas friends during the incident But defense attorney Erick Bovik said Cantu fired two shots into the air as an act of selfdefense against a militarytype assault on his house Bovik said the con frontation occurred in front of Can tus house on China Street Whats on trial here Bovik asked the jury Whats on trial is what was on the mind and heart of the ;