New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 9, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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WednesdayMore than IOO parents protest CISD bell changes
Trustees will reconsider decision on June 22
By Heather Todd
BULVERDE — A crowd of more than IOO parents gathered at Bill Brown Elementary Tuesday night in protest of a recent school board decision to change school bell schedules.
More than a dozen Comal Independent School District parents implored trustees
during a school board meeting to reverse a decision they said excluded parent input and put student achievement and safety at risk.
On May 20, CISD trustees approved a bell schedule change, in a 4-3 vote, that would push school start times in the 1999-2000 school year for elementary and intermediate students to 9 a.m.
Those students started school between 7:45 and 8 a.m. this year, and got out of school about 3 p.m.
Under the current changes, elementary and intermediate students will get out of school about 4 p.m.
Under the changes, secondary students will start school at 7:50 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m. Those students began classes between 8:15 and 8:30 am last year, and left school between 3:25 and 3:45 p.m.
Even those in attendance who did not speak directly to the board expressed their
opinions when resident Ron Hagelman’s condemnation of the board decision got a round of applause. Some even gave Hagelman a standing ovation.
“The people in this district have two simple expectations from the board and the superintendent. One is a sacred trust that you will protect the welfare and safety of their chil
dren. And in that responsibility, you’ve failed,’’ he said.
Several parents said the changes would translate into a longer — rather than shorter — day for elementary students.
Laura Cannon, a CISD parent and teacher, said, “These kids will still be getting up at 6 or 6:30 a.m. with their parents, then dropped off at 7 a.m. and wait two hours before school starts. They are not going to be ready for maximum learning by
See CISD/3ACounty could implement fireworks ban
By Chris Crews Staff Writer
Area residents can get their fill of hot dogs and apple pie this Fourth of July weekend, but the rocket’s red glare might be a little harder to come by.
On Thursday, Comal County Commissioners’ court will consider a ban on aerial fireworks in the county.
Commissioner Jack Dawson said the county had the power to limit fireworks on certain holidays if drought conditions existed.
“lf the county fire marshal, through the Texas Forest Service, determines we are in a drought condition, then the commissioners’ court has the authority to ban aerial fireworks on July 4 and New Year’s Day,” Dawson said.
The county must act by June 15 to have the rule in effect for the July 4 holiday.
County Fire Marshal Lin Manford said he was contacting the Texas Forest Service and the National Weather Service to determine the severity of drought conditions. Preliminary information indicated the county was more than 5 inches below the annual average rainfall level.
“When you’re that far behind in rainfall and you get all of these 90-plus degree days, it just keeps drying things out,” Manford said.
Manford will make his recommendation on Thursday. The court instituted a prohibition on aerial fireworks this past year, and violators of the ban were subject to fines of up to $200.
Fireworks are strictly prohibited in the cities of New Braunfels and Garden Ridge.
New Braunfels has a city ordinance prohibiting the sale, transport, possession or use of fireworks in the city limits or within 5,000 feet of die city limits.
“We will write citations for fireworks in the city limits,” said New Braunfels Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn. “Even sparklers are completely out.”
Fines of $ I OO per violation plus $86 in court costs can be assessed by the municipal court judge.
The city will sponsor a public fireworks display at Landa Park, Friesenhahn said.
Garden Ridge Police Chief Walt Myers said the same restrictions were in place.
“No kind of pyrotechnics are allowed in the city,” Myers said.
Bulverde City Council tabled a possible ban on fireworks at its meeting Tuesday night. The issue will be reconsidered in two weeks, when the council meets again.
Daughter: Rodriguez watched her use cocaine
By Heather Todd
A 15-year-old girl testified Tuesday her father offered her drugs and watched as she used a rolled dollar bill to ingest cocaine in his bedroom.
Johnny Saldana Rodriguez, a New Braunfels resident, is charged with injury to a child in connection with a drug-related incident at his residence on Sept. 9,1998.
Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip said Rodriguez was charged with giving cocaine to his daughter, who was 14 at the time. Injury to a child is a second-degree felony. If convicted, Rodriguez could face a jail term of two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Rodriguez is being held at the Comal County Jail. He was indicted on Jan. 7.
The four-man, eight woman jury was selected Monday. State District Judge Gary Steel is presiding over the case.
Rodriguez s daughter testified the defendant found her at a local business after school on Sept. 9 and said he had drugs at his residence.
“He came up and said, i have some,’ and I knew what that was,” she testified.
Rodriguez and the girls mother divorced in 1993.
The girl testified she went home w ith her father and watched as he broke up $20 worth of cocaine into lines with a razor blade
“He gave me a one dollar bill, and I used it to snort it,” she said.
While on the stand, the teen-ager broke into tears when she described how she turned her father in to local police officers on Sept. 9.
“I love my father. I don’t want anything to happen to him because I love him. I told them he gave it to me because it was the truth. I didn’t want somebody else who didn’t know what I was doing getting in trouble for it,’’ she testified.
The girl said she confessed to local law enforcement off icials after her mother threatened to press charges against one of her friends and the friend’s parents, whom the girl was with prior to the incident.
James Sherman, a chemist with a drug-testing laboratory in San Antonio, testified a urine sample taken from the girl on Sept IO tested positive for marijuana and cocaine.
The defendant’s ex-wife testified Tuesday she contacted police after she found a rolled dollar bill
See DAUGHTERYTired of trash
By Peri Stone
New Braunfels City Council might want to act quickly to curt) littering along die river—because law enforcement alone can’t manage all the trash.
At a recent meeting, council voted to earmark $20,000 for river cleanup, but it has not yet decided what exactly will be done with the money. As of Tuesday afternoon, council had not put the item on Monday night’s agenda.
The city already has earmarked $41,000 of its budget this year specifically for nver patrol rn the city limits, partly to help combat pollution in and around the Guadalupe and Comal rivers.
But at Cypress Bend Park this past weekend, beer cans, styrofoam cups, glass bottles and other litter lined the shore and bobbed along in the water, said New Braunfels resident Robert Kendrick, who lives on the
Robert Kendrick, who lives along the Guadalupe River on Gruene Road, is concerned about the amount of trash left behind by tubers this past weekend. There was a huge amount of trash at (Cypress Bend Park),” he said. There were beer cans scattered 15 feet away from trash cans.”
Herald-ZeitungCity residents bothered by litter on rivers
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New Braunfels Breakfast Lions past president Ron Zipp (right) presents the Ed Murphy Memorial Lawman of the Year award to Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder on Tuesday. Holder has worked in law enforcement for 30 years.
Holder named lawman of the year
By Chris Crews
The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions named Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder as the 1999 Ed Murphy Memorial Lawman of the Year on Tuesday.
Ron Zipp, past president of the Breakfast Lions and chairman of the lawman of the year committee, said the men and women who put their lives on the line to serve area residents deserved recognition.
“There are some wonderful law enforcement personnel in our city and county, and It’s important to put their names up in lights and give them some accolades,” he said.
In recognizing Holder, Zipp spoke of the sheriff’s 30 years in law enforcement, including 16 years as supervisor of highway panel operations in Comal County and 2 1/2 years as sheriff.
Zipp also praised Holder’s professional training at the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy in Quantico, Va. He credited Holder for implementing community involvement in policing, noting that burglaries were down 27 percent since he took office.
Holder thanked the Breakfast Lions for the award but said he accepted it on behalf of all law enforcement officers in the city and county