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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 12, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas IT FRIDAY, JANUARY 12,2007 Herald Ap Newspaper of the Year Zeitung SPORTS SOCCER New Braunfels opens own tourney, season with 6-0 win over Pleasanton. Page 6A FORUM GENERAL LEE As his birthday nears, it's a good time to look back at the history of one of America's heroes. Page 4A .?Tln.9.N?^ Comal County since 1852. Vol. 147, No. 48 i 16 pages, 2 sections 500 II [ 30% chance || llll of rain III II II I 73 64 56825W11 , j Detaj|s 1B www: DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 3B Man sentenced to 25 years for indecency By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter A 64-year-old Somerset man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday for an indecency offense against his granddaughter. A Comal County jury of 11 men and one woman found Lawrence David Hernandez guilty of indecency with a child by contact Thursday morning. The jury could have sentenced Hernandez to between five and 99 years in prison on the second-degree felony charge. Comal Coun- ty First Assistant Attorney Ed Springer said the defendant was eligible for enhanced sentencing because he has was registered as a sex offender for two past incidents. In 1994, Hernandez was convicted of two counts of attempting to commit indecency with a child by con- tact in Travis County. He was sentenced to 10 years probation, but spent more than two years in jail in 2002 after he violated the terms of his probation. Under the terms of Thursday's sentence, Hernandez will be eligible for parole in about 12 years. Anthony Cantrell, Hernandez' attorney, said his client already has filed an appeal. "The judge let in some evidence from his prior offenses that I don't think should have been allowed," he See TRIAL, Page 8A The great divide Council members vote to consider 15 proposed river solutions AT A GLANCE I After months of discussion by members of the city's River Activities Committee, the New Braunfels City Council was presented with a list of 16 ideas for curbing problems such as noise, litter and alcohol on the area's rivers. Attorney Paullshara said, , "It is_a violation or%e]awJpJiav"e an-ope�� container in a vehicle," he said. "Where would \he River Activities Committee pres.* you*gour yout-beverage into the approved* sentedhjts recomTnendjtions to the^. contajHir?^^,, *�-T.C , |L^ew Braunfels Gity*^^ Mayor^ceJfoyeUdld^yer committee ciafcouncil meeting before a crowd of abdutiriernbers and the city council that no rec-60 area residents Thursday night. ommendations could be passed at the meet- Fifteen of the 16 river committee recom- ing. Before they reach that point, Isham must mendations to curb rowdy behavior on the draw up ordinances based on the recom-Comal and Guadalupe rivers were passed by mendations for further discussion by the iix&i*, man.,. Other viewpoints "I think the recommendations stink. I think what you have is a bunch of outsiders coming in and changing the rules from what they have been for as long as I can remember." - John Seidel third generation New Braunfels resident "Our long-term goal should be to go to the Texas Legislature and .ban alcohol, which will improve the behavior and the litter as well as reduce the need for as much police presence as we need now. - Kathleen Rockwood New Braunfels resident who has owned a home on the Comal River for 12 years "What makes me so mad'is they are acting as if everyone comes onto the river to be destructive. After work, when it is 105 degrees, we all go outside and float down the river with six pack (of beer) and relax. Tell me, what is wrong with that?" - Jennifer Seidel River City Resorts manager "From the parks' perspective, we feel that most of the recommendations are positive and will be easily accepted by everybody. I think some of them will be challenging to enforce." - Stacey Laird Parks and Recreation director "The recommendations are not realistic, and they totally go against people's freedoms. They do not own the river, and I don't really understand how they think they can control what people do on the river." - Chris Snider Longtime New Braunfels resident I Thursday night, council members agreed to consider 15 of the 16 recommendations. I Council members voted 4-3; against allowing only approved, non-disposable containers on the Comal River within city limits. I A complete list of all recommendations presented to the council. Page 3A the city council for. further consideration. The council voted 4-3 against allowing non-disposable drink containers on the Comal River. New Braunfels Police Chief Russell Johnson told city officials law enforcement's position concerning the non-disposable drink containers. "The non-disposable drink containers would cause law enforcement serious problems in identifying drinking by minors," he said. "It would be taking a valuable tool officers can use, just seeing a beer can in a minor's hand." There also could be legal ramifications with the non-disposable containers, Interim City council. There will be two public hearings on the ordinances before final approval, Boy-er said. Concerned citizens were given one hour during the meeting to voice their opinions on the recommendations. Zero Rivers, owner of Rockin R River Rides, said although he appreciated what the river committee was trying to do, none of the recommendations would work. "There are a lot of problems, but there are also solutions," Rivers said. "I think there should have been representatives from the outfitters and business owners on the River See RIVER, Page 3A River outfitters float their solutions past city council From staff reports The. seven city council-appointed members of the city's River Activities Committee spent months mulling over ideas aimed at solving the problem of litter and rowdy river behavior on the city's rivers. On Thursday night, the group, which does not include any river outfitters, presented their ideas to the council. Not to be outdone, a group of local outfitters attended the special council meeting to offer a six-year plan they created an alternative list of solutions they believe will be easier to enforce. Some of the ideas they say should be implemented this See OUTFITTERS, Page 3A CISD battles with viruses attacking its computers By D. Ashley Verrill StaffWriter Several viruses infected nearly 500 Canyon High School computers, spreading through the Comal Independent School District's network, rendering the computers useless and shutting down the campus'Web site. "It was crippling," Canyon High principal Bob Weigand said. "Our guys have really been working hard on it though, and we should be back to 100 percent operation in no time." Computer viruses are See VIRUS, Page 8A Teen jailed after accident that injured local boy By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter A 16-year-old New Braunfels boy is in police custody after fleeing the scene of a Wednesday night accident that injured another teen. The 16-year-old driver drove away after a 15-year-old friend fell out of the bed of his pickup in the 2000 block of Michigan Street, New Braunfels Police Lt. Mike Rutherford said. Rutherford said the 15-year-old New Braunfels boy was one of about seven teenagers riding in the back of the wliite Dodge pickup he was driving. The accident happened when the victim, who stopped to pick up something from his house at about 8 p.m., fell when getting back into the truck. "When the victim crawled in the back, he wasn't able to sit down before the driver accelerated," Rutherford said. "They all got out, and the driver decided he didn't need to stick around." The 15-year-old was flown to Univer- sity Hospital in San Antonio with head injuries and was listed in stable condition Thursday, Rutherford said. Minutes after the accident, police found the 16-year-old and his truck a little more than a mile away at the boy's home in the 1000 block of Linde Avenue. He was arrested on one count of causing an accident involving personal injury or death, Rutherford said, and remained at Guadalupe County Juvenile See TEEN Page 8A own provides axit Sanctuary I Downstairs in the Prince Solms Inn 295 E. San Antonio 830-708^5411 &5S 0856825000011 ;