New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 21, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
TX Marine to receive Medal of Honor
Pentagon officials say President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor to a Texas Marine who braved enemy fire in Afghanistan in a bid to fi rid and retrieve three missing Ma ri nes a nei a Navy e orpsman.
Dakota Meyer of Austin, who left active duty in June 2010, will be the first
Dewhurst enters Senate race
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Marine in 41 years to receive the nation's highest award for valor.
Only two living recipients — Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta and Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry — have rec eived the award for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I lie decision to present the award to Meyer was first reported Tuesday by Leatherneck, a Marine (’orps Assoc iation publication, and by the Marine Corps Times, an independent newspaper. Both said Obama called Meyer on Monday to break the news.
Patterson running for lieutenant governor
Texas Land Commissioner jerry Patterson is running for lieutenant governor.
I he Republican former state senator says he'll seek the spot in 2014.
I*.i t terson's announce-ment Tuesday came the same day that GOP I t.
Gov David Dewhurst announced he's running next year for the seat being vac ated by U.S.
Sen Kay Bailey I lute hi-son,
Patterson formerly was a legislator representing Harris, Galveston and Brazoria counties. He's been land < ommissioner since 2002. the agency manages state assets on behalf of the Permanent Sc hool Fund, the state trust fund for public education.
Inmate set to die for post-9/11 killings
A tederal judge lias denied a lawsuit seeking to halt the execution of condemned killer Mark Stroman for killing a Dal-las-area convenience Store clerk during a shooting spree he says was in retaliation for the Sept. I I terrorist attacks Stroman is set for lethal i n jec tion Wednesday evening in I luntsville.
The 41 -year-old Stroman says he was targeting people of Middle Fast descent. The shootings killed two men and injured a third. It was the Oc tober 2001 death of 4()-year-old Vasudev Patel that put Stroman on death rov\ The lone survivor,
Rais Bhuiyan, a native of Bangladesh, asked the court to halt Stroman's punishment, saying his religious beliefs as a Muslim told him to forgive.
Perry courts potential fundraisers in LA
Texas Gov. Ric k Perry has met privately with potential fundraisers in Los Angeles as he nears a decision on whether to enter the 2012 presidential race.
About 30 people joined the conservative Republican at a Century C ity neighborhood hotel Wednesday at an event coordinated by influential fundraiser Renee Croce, who helped raise millions of dollars for former California Govs. Arnold Sc hwarzenegger and Pete Wilson.
Lt Gov. David Dewhurst formally launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, an expected move that puts the H o u s t o n m u 11 i m i I -lionaire into a crowded Republican primary of people vying to succeed Sen. Kay Bailey Hutc hison.
Dewhurst tiled paperwork with the Federal Election Commission and sent a three-minute video to about 500 su|>porters, campaign manager jim Bognet
told The Assoc iated Press.
In the video, Dewhurst pledged to be* "unapologet-ically conservative and as serious as the problems we're currently facing."
He said he's going to sign a pledge to "cut, c ap and balance" federal spending and government. The video will be posted for wider distribution on Wednesday and Dewhurst has scheduled a campaign tour around the state* in September.
As lieutenant governor, Dewhurst is the presiding officer over the Republican-controlled state Senate. Dewhurst plans to keep his job while c am-
paigning for the Senate, Bognet said.
Dewhurst, 65, had be*e»n widely expec ted to join the Republican primary field. ()tne*r e andidates inc lude former Te-xas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, former Dallas Mayor Tom I eppert and former Texas Railroad ( ommissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones.
All hope to fill the1 seat held by Hutchison, a Re »pul )lie an who i s ne >t ri i n -rung for re-election in 2012.
Dewhurst is expec ted to l>e willing to sfx'nn some* of his personal fortune, whic h he* made in oil and gas, on his campaign.
"I'm running for the United States Senate to help take our country back," Dc'whurst said in tne vide*o. "Our nation has gotten off track. Washington spends money we don't have on programs we don't need, while 14 million Americans remain out of work."
Dewhurst grew up in Houston and attended the» University of Arizona, where he played basketball for two years and Studied history. After graduation, he be* a me an officer in the U.S. Air Force and then went to work for the CIA for two ye>ars in Bolivia, where he learned to speak
Dewhurst entered the public sector in 1999 whe*n ne won the commissioner's post at the General Land Office, which manages state lands to create education revenue and oversees the* public school fund.
After one term as land c c>mmissioner, I )ewhurst in 2002 beat veteran politician John Sharp to win the lieutenant gover nor's post, often considered the state's most powerful statewide elected seat because the officeholder controls the flow of legislation in the Senate* and appoints senators to legislative c ommittees.
attacking roommate with brick evolution debate
By Dalondo Moultrie
A man got drunk and attacked friends and family early Monday inside Iris New Braunfels home, hit ting one of the victims with a brick, police said.
Robert Gutierrez Escobedo, 42, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault causes bodily injury to a family
member and assault by c.ontact/family violence. He assaulted a 21 -year-old man with a brie k, pushed and ki< ked a 40-vear old woman and shoved a SB-year-old woman, said Lt. Heath Purvis of the New Braunfels Police Department
Purvis said Escobedo and the 21 -yearold man live in the same home*, and the* women live elsewhe*re.
He was unsure ot the alleged vie tints' exac t relationships to I scobedo, Purvis said.
He oltere'd tew details, only saving I scobedo drank too muc h, bee arne upset and attac keel the* trio. Polic e were < ailed about 12:4S a.m. and separated the parties when they arrived. Officers arrested 1 scobedo and took him to ( omal ( ounh lail.
By Dalondo Moultrie
A c lerk reported last week that a customer twice came* into her store and exposed himselt to her at the* counter, polic e said
The* clerk told investigators that she thought it was a mistake the first time but after a second inc ident she went to police, said Lt Heath Purvis of the New Braun
fels Police* I)e*partment.
He said the tirst time was July 15 about 10 a.m. at the Pit Stop, 2718 Farm to Market Road 72r>, when the man — desc ribeel as having graving hair and being about M) years old c arne to the e ounter with his zipper partially down, exposing himselt. The woman thought it was a mistake the* man made due to his age, Purvis said.
Fie said the man returned Inly 14 about I I a.m. and the woman notic e<l that Ins zipper was intac t as the man shopped.
But when the man c ame to the t ounter he again was exposed, Purvis said.
The st( ire < lerk reporten! the* exposure inc idents 1 ri-clav at the polic c* department and investigators are working on the case, Purvis s.iid.
Police see cocaine when trying to wake man
The Texas State* Board of Education meets this week for the 11rst time* under its conservative new chairwoman appointed by («ov. Ric k Perry and is expex ted to rekindle the debate over teac hing evolution and the origin of life in public sc hool s.
Perry, who is considering a run for president and has embraced soc ial conservative's in Texas, named Barbara Cargill chairwoman earlier this month.
( argill, a biology teac her e onsidered to lie one of the more conservative board members, disputes the theory ot evolution and voted to require that the theory's weaknesses be taught in c tassrooms.
An intense tight over evolution and intelligent elesign theory in science c urric uium put a national spotlight on the* 15-member c*lee.ted board in 2009 when it adopted standards that encourage public schools to sc rutinize "all sides" of scientific theory.
The board is now con sidering supplemental online instruc tional mate rials that tit unele*r those standards and e ould be* used as early as August when c lasse*s resume. I he new materials are* necessary because the state* could not afford to buy new textbooks this year leaving students to use* some that are* several vears old.
One group, lex,his tor a Better Sc ic*m e* Fcluc a tion, has put out a call to pack Thursday s public hearing with testimony urging board members to adopt materials that ques tion Charles Darwin's theory on the origin of lite*.
A vote is sc hc*duled I ri clay.
Board member Thomas Ratliff suggests anti-evolu tion groups will find it dit tie ult te> rally votes to their side.
Ihe young earth, ere* ationist c rowd lost a vote in the last election, now they are looking tor two vote's," he said.
By Dalondo Moultrie
A New Brauntels man asleep in a parked vehic le early Saturday was awakened to criminal e harges, police said.
Rolando Ernesto Arreola, 25, was charged with possession of a controlled substance after officers woke him inside a sport utility vehicle in the Walmart
parking lot, 1209 S. Interstate* 5 S.
Police were* called about I :Sr> a.m. for a report ot a dead person in a sport utility vehicle, said Ft. 1 leath Purvis of the* New Braunfels Police Department. He* said the* caller reported a person might be dead because the* < alle*r tric'd to wake him to no avail.
When police arrived
Last space shuttle aims for Thursday landing
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP)
On the eve of NASA’s historic, wheel-stopping end to the shuttle program, the tour astronauts making the final journey completed one last task.
They released the very last satellite to be launched from a space shuttle. It popped out of a can Wednesday: a little 8-pound box covered with experimental solar cells.
Over the* three decades of the shuttle era, 180 satellites and other spacecraft have been deployed by the entire fleet — from tiny ones like Wednesday's PicoSat to mega-ton whoppers like the 1 kibble* Space Telescope.
As soon as the* mini-satellite was on its way, astronaut Rex Walheim read a poem that he wrote to mark the occasion. It was the first of many tributes planned over the next few days; on Wednesday evening, the Empire State Building in New York was going to light up in red, white and blue in honor of the space shuttle program.
On this last full day of this last mission, shuttle commander Christopher Ferguson and his tnree crew mates checked their critical flight systems for Thursday's planned 5:56
a.m. landing at Florida's Kennedy Space C enter, not quite an hour before* sunrise.
they saw Arreola asleep with ( o( aine in plain sight, Purvis said. I hey woke Arreola and arrested him, Purvis said.
Arreola was taken to C omal ( ount\ jail under $5,000 bond and released the same* day.
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