New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 3, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas
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Jury: Sanchez guilty of murder
A New Biiunfeto man was convicted of murder Thursday for stabbing his live-In girlfriefid's brother.
A Comal County jury of eight men and four women found Bdwardo Sanchez, 26, guilty of dMving a knife tbiough 37-year-old Pmando Ortegon's hisrt and back, kttiiig him in the early morning hours in March 2008.
The punishment phase of the trial is being reset for 207th District Judge Jack Robison to deckle. The trial date is not set
Sanchez could serve anyivhere from five to 99 years in prison.
Ortegon was found lying dead on the 1100 bkx:k ofWinston Avenue in the Walnut Mobile Home Community oflf Interstate 35 frontage road near VS^ut Street. Officers responding to the aggravated assault caU on March 23,2008, at about 1 am found Ortegon with two stab wounds.
Witnesses at the scene — including Ortegon's sister and Sanchez's girlfriend. Oralia Alvarado — told police that Sanchez stabbed Ortegon during a heated argument.
Ah^do told police Sanchez had taken her identification, a debit card and cash from her house where they were drinking with iHends earlier that evening. He left with the items and headed to a
fHend's house on Winston Avenue.
Ortegon and Alvarado followed Sanchez and confronted him, demanding the debit card and identification. That's when Sanchez stabbed Ortegon, Alvarado said.
Defiense Attorney Joseph Garcia III told the jury Thursday Sanchez acted out of self defense.
"Now we have to determine when does the fear set in and when does panic become the operating word of the day," Garcia said in his closing arguments. "Edwardo has to face the music for what he did, but what he did was borne out of fear for Femando Ortegon."
He asked the jury to give Sanchez a lesser
See SANCHEZ, Page 5A
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Area residents can remember the good old days with a star-spsLngied Fourth of July in New Braunfels.
Rain or shine, the 2009 Fburth of July parade begins at 9:15 a.m. at Sts, Peter and Paul parking lot with lineup beginning at 8:30 a.m.
With no deadline to sign up, entrants can participate as pedestrians or on bicycles, golf carts, motorcycles, cars, and even horses, as
long as a clean up crew is on hand.
i'articipants will line up in a first-come, first-serve order, but pedestrians and bicyclists will precede auto mobile drivers and equestrians. This year, a 2,000-pound replica Liberty Bell will be part of the parade and can be rung by participants.
Sponsored by the Sophienbuig, the piirade will
See PARADE, Page 5A
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Whfle the festhrities at Landa Paik are still scheduled, no other fireworks will be allowed in Comal County this Fourth of July weekend.
Widi most (tf South Central Texas experiencing the MTorst drought conditions since the 1950s, County Judge Danny Scheel banned all fireworks Thursday. After reports fixmi the Guadalupe-Blanco River Aitíhofity and the Keetdi-Byrum
Drought Index informed the Commissioner's Court of the drought's severity, Scheel issued the countywide ban.
This is the third consecutive year fireworks have been banned in Comal County during the Fburth of July.
On lUesday, Scheel banned fireworks classified as "skyrockets with sticks" and "missiles with fins" because of the lack of rain and potential for wildfires to cause devastating damage.
Comal County Fire Marshal Wa^e Ellington said the ban on all types of fire
works would be in effect for the next 60 hours when Gov. Rick Perry would have the authority to either lift or extend the ban.
"I'm expecting the governor to keep Order 228, the ban on fireworks in Comal County, until July 6," Ellington said. "Order 229 deals with outdoor activities such as welding, barbecuing, cutting torches and how people must seek safety tips from the fire department. Order
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By Chris Cobb
New Braunfels attorney and Comal County judge hopeful Glen Peterson paid more than $13,000 in delinquent property taxes and penalties on Thursday.
The payment occurred after Peterson was questioned about the delinquent taxes by a Herald-Zeitung reporter and a week after he announced his candidacy for coimty judge.
The 59-year-old Peterson owed $13,780.25 in 2008 county, school district and
other taxes on his $ 1 million home in eastern Comal County, according to the Comal Appraisal District Web site.
About an hour after Peterson was interviewed for this article, a representative from his office called ihc Herald-Zeimng to say that Peterson had just paid his 2008 taxes in full.
"I've paid them every year for 25 years," Peterson said. "Historically, we've usually paid in April and May, or June or July."
See TAXES, Page 5ANew Braunfels Schuetzen Verein celebrates 160 years
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On ^ 4,184S Gmian immigrants ofllctotty founded a ^looting dub they had purchased ahaies in whOe still reskl-ing In Gmiai^, piior to die settUi^ of New BrmmM in 19^. And after 160 yem the SduietzinMae-
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This weekend tiiey will boat two tournaments. At Sam on Saturday tte Texas Stag^ SM Asiodstion Hiopsors a
100 ^ot c^Qiand match, and on Sunday at 2 pjn. they will cdebrate their anniversary with the King and Queen Match. Membership dues must be paid to enter, however, iti most dead-eye expert man and wcxnanmarksmaicoukl be crowned the new King and Queen, talced to serve cm the Board of DiiectcHS.
Ulte is something %ve do to get people invoked in the dub and not to be exdu-stve^" saki Gi^ Wtanbeiiey, cunent Queen of tl^ SdiuetzenVBreia
"We want our membership to grow," saki Wlndtieiley, 80 as to carry on the fidi
traditions and culture that surround the Schuetzen \^rein.
The dub's lengtiiy history also reflects some of the sodal changes and upsets that the society as a whole has witnessed. Until 1949, for instance, women were not permitted to join. The women who jdn m. that time, despite demonstrat-toig their skl^ at ti^ oaft, were too much of a change for some older members who resigned finom the club in outrage.
\^ous hunter safety and gun safety courses are offered throughout the year, lb find oitt mxae visit www.nbsv.org.
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