New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 1, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAY, JULY 1,2005
SPORTS LITTLE LEAGUE
All-star teams from New Braunfels capture five special district tournament titles. Page 5A
FORUM SPEAK OUT
I Readers voice their views on I arts and heritage groups,
I landscape ordinance and | driving golf carts. Page 4A
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Vol. 154, No. 193 14 pages, 2 sections
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3BAccident kills I, snarls traffic for hours
By Ron Maloney
A 57-year-old Kyle man was killed Thursday morning in an accident that turned northbound Interstate 35 through New Braunfels into a parking lot for nearly five hours.
New Braunfels police Lt. Joe Vargas
said Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Diana Guerrero pronounced Tommy Green dead at the scene of the 4:30 a.m. accident and ordered an autopsy.
The body was taken to the Travis County Medical Examiner s office.
Vargas said Green was southbound in the righthand or slow lane of the
1400 block of Interstate 35 North, which is between I tome Depot and Canyon High School, when his 1995 Pontiac Grand Prix struck the concrete construction barrier.
The car’s right front tire went flat and it swerved across both southbound lanes, across the median into the oncoming northbound lane,
where it slammed into a semitractor-trailer.
"Mr. Green struck the trailer portion of the hauler just ahead of its rear wheels, causing extensive damage to both vehicles,” Vargas said.
The driver of the semi, a 56-year-old Uvalde man, was uninjured.
"We investigated the accident and
were assisted by fire rescue personnel," Vargas said. "The interstate was shut down for the investigation and removal of the vehicles until just alter 9 a.m.”
Vargas said no charges had been filed in connection with the crash.
"it appears to have been an unf ortunate, tragic accident,” Vargas said.
Officer: Arrests made before contract killer could be found
By Ron Maloney
When detectives ended their investigation into an alleged "killing for hire” plot with the arrest of a 31-year-old Houston man, they acted quickly out of concern he might solicit a cheaper — and a real — hit man in place of an undercover officer.
Tile trial of Jonathon Benavides, 31, and Samantha Kaderli Childs, 24, for tile alleged criminal conspiracy to kill his ex-girlfriend, entered its third day of testimony Thursday with the officer who headed tile investigation describing monitored telephone conversations and meetings between one of the suspects and police informant Tina Lawson.
Childs reportedly approached Lawson because she believed lawson could help pro-cun* a contract killer. Lawson informed friends who reported the alleged plot to police.
If convicted before 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison, both defendants
See ARREST Page 2A
The Fourth of July eel ebration means fireworks and fun for many.
City, outfitters expecting great holiday weekend
By Leigh Jones
Bright sun- SATURDAY
shine, soaring ■ A complete list of temperatures and events scheduled for cool river water Fourth of July
will greet the ...................................................
tourists pouring into New Braunfels today for the start of summer’s midpoint holiday.
Unlike last year’s holiday weekend, which was marred by rainy weather, the next three days promise to be a boon for river outfitters, campgrounds, restaurants and hotels.
Zero Rivers, owner of Camp I luaco and Rockin’ R River Rides, said campers started arriving last night.
"Sunday will be the biggest day of the weekend on the river,” he said. Traditionally, this weekend is the biggest for tubing the river, so we ll see how things play out.”
Thanks to optimum river flow provided by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority — 250 cubic feet per second — tubers will get a fun but safe ride.
City Parks Department River Manager Nathan Pence said he and his staff were
See WEEKEND Page 2A
STANDING UP FOR GOD
Moore says courts have lost their way
By Leigh Jones
Americans are losing their inalienable rights because the U.S.courts have forgotten about the sovereignty of God.
But former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore will not forget, and neither will hundreds of New Braunfelsers who gathered Thursday to hear him speak about the erosion of God-given rights in American society.
By turns fiery Southern preacher and patient constitutional law professor, the judge at the center of the Alabama legal fight over a marble Ten Commandments monument told his audience the American legal system was based on the Bible.
“There was no shame on July 4, 1776, when the founders evoked God s law and used it for the basis of our law,” he said. “They knew that God was sovereign."
Quoting from memory lengthy passages from the Bible, the Declaration of Independence and other historical documents written by the founding fathers, Moore explained the First Amendment never intended to remove God from the public square.
While serving as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Judge Roy Moore was willing to lose his job rather than remove a monument of theTen Commandments.
A look at how the process played out in court.
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Judge Roy Moore, second from left, speaks to, from left, Tim Owens, Mary Owens, Dana Scheel, and Gayna WommackThursday evening before departing for the Independence Day Celebration at the civic center.
“Separation does not mean the separation of God and government,” he said. “God gives rights and it is the government’s job to secure them for you.”
Moore, who lost his job on the Alabama Supreme Court because he refused to remove the monument of theTen Commandments from state property, told audience members they had no reason to celebrate over last week’s federal
Supreme Court ruling in favor of Texas keeping a similar monument on its state capitol grounds.
You can only keep it, he told them, because of its historical value, not because of the beliefs it stands for.
That decision was the ultimate charade," he said. “The justices believed they were upholding the First Amendment, but they actually t(X)k away our religious liberty. I hey
said we can only keep the monument if it doesn't mean anything.”
Moore also scoffed at the court ’s decision to expand government’s right to take private property under the auspices of eminent domain.
Once the justices removed God from the equation, it was east to
See FIGHT Page 3A
Roy Moore takes on the system
U.S. District Judge MyronThompson rules that the granite monument of the Ten Commandments placed in the Alabama state Judicial Building by Moore violates the First Amendment's Establishment Clause and must be removed.
Aug. 22, 2003 Nov. 3, 2003:
Moore was suspended for defying a federal court order to move theTen Commandments monument.
The U.S. Supreme Court rejects an appeal from Moore.
Nov. 12, 2003
Workers removed the monument of theTen Commandments from the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building.
Nov. 13, 2003
Alabama's judicial ethics panel removed Moore from office for defying a federal judge's order to remove the monument.
Oct. 5. 2004
The U.S. Supreme Court dismisses an appea’ of Moore, upholding a decision by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary that removed him from office.
Concerned residents vow to change landscape ordinance
By Melissa Johnson
If seven concerned New Braunfels residents get their way, the proposed New Braunfels Tree and Landscape Ordinance will have more amendments than the U.S. Constitution.
The group met Thursday night to discuss the proposed ordinance in an informal question and answer session at Oakwood Baptist Church.
File citizens read more than 29 amendments created by organizer David Will and talked about the
possibility of adding up to 71 more.
“The exact number will depend on the amount of time I have before the next meeting,”
Will urged attendees to pick one amendment each, familiarize themselves with it and speak on the subject at the ordinance’s first reading July ll at City Hall, 424 S. Castell Ave.
“We would like this to be the most environmentally friendly and
■ Next meeting: 7 p.m., July 7, at the Faith United Church of Christ.
■ For information: Contact David Will at 629 9876.
comprehensive ordinance in the United States," Will said. "We think we can have this kind of ordinance if the city will make these amendments."
When asked whether the general population was concerned with landscaping of commercial areas, Will said the attendance of the meeting spoke to the contrary.
"But when they see the effects of this ordinance, they might be," he said.
The groups five-page document describes in detail sections to be alterer!, with a rationale for each, and asks for clarification of five items.
The document calls for more diversification of trees and shrubs, shade islands on parking lots, decreased space between trees and planting of vines on chain-link fences, among other items.
The group cited the bai citess of the Wal-Mart, Target and Dollar Tree parking lots as reasons why
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