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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 4, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas /AV FELS so-westMmicropublishins 262? E VONDELL DR EL POSO, TX ?9903-Herald-Zeitung Vol. 148, No. 162    52    pages    in    4    sections July 4, 1999 ^ DAY ^erv*n^ ^oma* County s*nce 1852 $1.00 Inside ► True colors r ~L F :~-4 4 I mb American Legion Comal Post 179 members Joe Medina, Sanford Crabill and Rick Wilson fold the American flag at Saturday’s Old-Fashioned Parade and Program. See page SB for a listing of today’s Fourth of July events. ► Sam ! Am Members of the Uncle Sam Gang show off their float in the Old Fashioned Parade. The group won awards for most colorful and most members. Staff writer Christina Minor shares more photos from the parade, sponsored by the Sophienburg Museum and Archives, on page 10A of today’s paper. Weather While temperatures continued to soar Saturday across the state, moisture from the coast was poised to threaten Fourth of July picnics. We got an early taste of that rain, so see page 2A for the forecast. Index Abby................................... ...........2B Business............................ .......7-8B Classified........................... .....MOC Crossword......................... ..........2B Forum................................ ..........6A Local/Metro........................ ..........4A Movies............................... ..........2B Obituaries....................... .........3A Sports................................ ...11-14A Today................................. ..........2A Television........................... Montage Key cod* 77 Community reaching out to help 10-month-old Auto Zone employees conducting benefit for young Xavier Espinoza By Heather Todd Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO — Except for a small tube extending out of his skin above his heart, Xavier Espinoza shows no signs of the battle being fought inside his tiny body. Doctors diagnosed the 10-month-old with leukemia on June 27, but you couldn’t tell from looking at him. In his hospital room at Methodist Children’s Hospital, Xavier’s eyes are alert, and he is quick to smile at his parents, his 4-year old brother, A. J., and his nurses. The baby was diagnosed with cancer after his family took him to McKenna Memorial Hospital on June 26 with a bloody nose and a high fever. He then was transferred to Methodist to get his first dose of chemotherapy treatment. Mom Lolanda Espinoza said it wasn’t unusual for children like Xavier, who suffers from Down’s Syndrome, to develop leukemia Benefit WHERE: Auto Zone, 602 South Walnut Avenue WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today WHAT: Hot dogs, sodas, a live blues band and classic cars on display COST: 25 cents for hot dogs and soda, plus any donations. Proceeds go to the family of Xavier Espinoza. or diabetes. But the news still came as a shock to his family. “It was more of shock just See BENEFIT/5A HEATHER TODD/Herald-Zeitung A J. Espinoza, 4, kisses his 10-month-old brother, Xavier, on the cheek as their mother, Lolanda, looks on. Xavier will soon begin treatment for leukemia. Under construction Talk of expanding Walnut Avenue turning to action By Peri Stone Staff Writer New Braunfels city officials have talked about expanding Walnut Avenue for 40 years — and they’re still talking. But New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams said the issue could come before voters soon, perhaps in the fall. “I’d like to see it on the next bond issue,” he said. “I have to drive that stinking road twice a day, and I’m sick of it.” City manager Mike Shantis said, “Ifs up to council ” Talks about Walnut, the only straight north-south crossroad through town, now have shifted from rumor to the very real possibility of a bond election. “There are a couple of things that might have pushed it to the forefront,” Shantis said. “And that’s increased congestion and the master plan’s recommendation.” The master plan adopted by council in April lists widening Walnut as the third highest priority of the city; it is the first specific street plan listed — and all for good reason. The average daily traffic count along Walnut Avenue near the railroad tracks is 18,004 cars, city records show. New Braunfels Police Lt. John Wom-mack said he considered Walnut one of the highest traffic areas of the city. “It’s an antiquated street for the traffic,” he said. One of the Herald-Zeitung’s readers would agree: “Have you tried driving Walnut Avenue, especially from Bridge Street to Highway 81 during rush hour, morning, noon and night, or when two of the train track crossings have been blocked by trains?” Florence Riedel asked in a letter. “Try it — you won’t like it.” See WALNUT/9A Part of a series on the roads we dove R|    i-,    *• > i ■ IWAI' rfi*1j ‘    ■■ , ,* „ I. ,, - rn .... mm .A « CvU.Af .. AMANDA BECK/HerekJ-Z&tung The sign says it all at the intersection of Walnut Avenue and Interstate 35. Crews recently began work on a three-year expansion project for 1-35, PERI STONE/Herald-Zertung With an average daily traffic count of 18,004 cars, the Walnut Avenue railroad crossing sees plenty of congestion whenever a train pays a visit. City leaders made widening Walnut the third highest priority and the first specific street project listed in their master plan. New Braunfels Police Lt. John Wommack said Walnut had far outgrown its boundaries. “It’s an antiquated street for the traffic,” he said. Work just beginning on interstate By Christina Minor Staff Writer The endless miles of brake lights and white concrete barriers tell drivers they are on Interstate 35. The highway that extends through the city limits, under construction for some time now, will offer more comfort to commuters when it^s finally completed. See INTERSTATES Teen-age shooters remain in detention By Heather Todd Staff Writer State District Judge Charles Ramsay on Friday ordered a New Braunfels teenager accused of deadly conduct back to a Hays County detention facility for another two weeks. The 14-year-old Canyon Middle School student is accused of shooting a high-powered rifle at the homes of two CMS teachers on April 20. Another 14-year-old boy was accused of finng gunshots that night and waived his right to a hearing on Friday. The juvenile also will remain in the Hays County juvenile detention center. Comal County assistant district attorney Michelle Montemayor said an attorney for one of the accused presented an additional piece of evidence during the detention hearing. Montemayor said she could not say what that evidence was because of the family code of confidentiality. “Obviously, it wasn't enough to sway the judge,” she said. Attorneys for the two juveniles usually request a closed hearing, but Friday’s hearing was open to the public. Carol Robison, the county’s director of juvenile probation, said detention hearings were conducted every IO days to determine whether a juvenile should be returned to a detention facility or released to their parents’ custody. The students were taken to a C olorado County juvenile detention center on April 21 and have remained in area detention centers since they were taken into custody. The pair also face charges on two counts of criminal mischief for defacing property at the teachers’ homes, shooting five plate glass windows at the New Braunfels High School librar> and defacing property at OakRun school on April 20. The boys also face one count of unlawful restraint for allegedly taking a teen-age girl on a ride and not letting her leave the vehicle. On May 6, a C omal County grand jury charged the boys with deadly conduct, a third degree felony. If convicted, the pair could be sentenced up to a maximum of IO years in a Texas Youth Commission facility. Robison vaid the two would be eligible for parole in one year A jury trial for one of the boys was scheduled May 24 but was postponed. No new mal date has been set, Nat Montemayor said she expected a trial date to be set soon. The cases, if scheduled for jury trial, would be heard in district court. ;