New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 12, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2011
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Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Carjacking suspects arrested Tuesday
By J. Louise Larson
TWo suspects are in custody on charges stemming from a carjacking done at knifepoint as well as burglaries committed in the early morning hours of Jan. 2.
Officers from the New Braunfels Police Department arrested Alber
to Raul Trujano, Jr.,
19, of New Braunfels Monday evening at a residence in the 1800 block of I^ee Street on charges of aggravated robbery in the carjacking and on six other felony warrants.
A 16-year-old juvenile male, also
of New Braunfels, was detained Jan. 6 on charges stemming from the same incident. He is being held at Guadalupe County’s juvenile detention center.
Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony that carries with a conviction a sentence of 5 to 99 years or life.
"The two burglaries both
occurred right after (the carjacking) in the 300 block of Silver Spur and the 200 block of (Cactus Wren in Comal Farms subdivision,” said Lt. Michael Penshorn of the New Braunfels Police Department.
Trujano is being held on a total of $250,000 in bonds for several
See SUSPECTS, Page 6
► GULF OF MEXICO
Oil prices surge to $9.11 a barrel after spill report
By Sandy Shore
AP Business Writer
Oil prices surged Tuesday after a presidential panel investigating the Gulf oil spill said the oil industry and the government need to do more to reduce the chances of another large-scale disaster.
Benchmark oil for February delivery rose $1.86, or more than 2 percent, to settle at $91.11 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
The panel's recommendations included increasing the liability cap for damages when companies drill offshore; increasing budgets and training for the federal agency that regulates offshore drilling and lending more weight to federal scientific opinions in decisions about drilling.
The report raised speculation that the government might slow down production in the Gulf of Mexico, which would lead to higher prices.
“As it stands right now, this is a little bit of a concern in the oil patch," PFGBest analyst Phil Flynn said.
See OIL, Page 6
AUSTIN — Speaker of the House Joe Straus paid tribute to late lawmaker Edmund Kuempel of Seguin as the 82nd Legislature got under way on Wednesday.
Kuempel died of a heart attack in November at age 67. In a special election held in December, his son, John, was elected to fill his father’s seat.
San Antonio’s Straus, in his acceptance speech after being re-elected to the powerful post of speaker Wednesday, said he would model his approach in dealing with his fellow legislators on the late Kuempel’s example.
“This house will not be the same without our friend,
State Rep. Edmund Kuempel. To his family, including our newest colleague, his son, John, we embrace you and mourn the passing of a great man,” Straus said.
“No one did more to bring a spirit of civility and unity and a great sense of humor to this house. He was a sterling example of how enjoying the work we do here leads us to do a better job for the people
See KUEMPEL, Page 5
► EXTRADITION CASE
Mom accused of promoting child porn
Woman was flown to New Braunfels with her toddler
By J. Louise Larson
An ugly child porn case isn’t over yet in Comal County.
After Stephen Michael Hall, 32, of New Braunfels pled guilty to five counts of possession of child pornography in Comal County and received the maximum sentence from Judge Charles Ramsey last week, prosecutors are turning to the woman indicted on charges of Martinez giving Hall sexually suggestive photos of her own toddler daughter.
Hall admitted to having the pictures
By Greg Bowen
Photos by LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung
State Representative John Kuempel poses for a photo inside the House ChamberTuesday with his wife Michelle and their 6-year old twins, Will and Sam.
82nd convenes with GOP in control
The Associated Press
AUSTIN—The Texas Legislature opened its 2011 session Tuesday with a blast of conservative chest-beating, a fizzled leadership challenge and a gigantic budget shortfall that could change state government as the people have come to know it.
Republicans, having fielded their largest House majority in Texas history, now dominate the Legislature more than ever. Most of them are promising to make deep cuts in spending, balance the
budget without new taxes, strengthen ID requirements for voters, crack down on illegal immigration and require women to get a sonogram — and then look at it — before having an abortion.
The conservative tide was so strong it had threatened to sweep away relatively moderate House Speaker Joe Straus, but the San Antonio businessman beat back an internal GOP challenge Monday and was re-elected Tuesday by a 132-15 vote. As speaker, Straus presides over the House and is one of the most powerful
men in state government. He sets the agenda and controls what legislation makes it to the House floor for consideration.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, said lawmakers heard the voters that swept in the Republican tidal wave and urged them to be smart when casting their votes in what he called a "historic legislative session."
"You are asked to make decisions about the economy and social issues that affect people across this state, touch lives of
See GOP, Page 5
A board inside the House Chamber reflects the votes of state representatives as Joe Straus is re-elected as sta House speaker in Austin onTuesday.
Downstairs in the Prince Solms Inn 295 E. San Antonio 830708-5411
82ND IN SESSION
Legislature pays tribute to Edmund Kuempel as son settles in
State Representative Doug Miller talks with his wife Anne while sitting inside the House Chamber.
Miller casts first vote as Texas legislature opens
By Greg Bowen
AUSTIN — New Braunfels State Rep. Doug Miller stepped into his new Capitol office on Wednesday, the first day of the new legislative session, carrying a box of ruby red grapefruit.
“(State Rep.) Aaron Pena of
Edinburg brought grapefruit for everybody," Miller said, adding that he, too, had come to Austin with some goodies to share with colleagues and visitors on the mostly-cere-monial opening day of the 140-day session.
"I’ve got some sausages.
See MILLER, Page 5
LADIES, GO UPTOWN
See PORN, Page 6
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