New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 10, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAY, JUNE 10,2005
SPORTS GAME TIME
The Smithson Valley baseball team begins UIL state tournament against Rockwall tonight. Page 6A
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wssmmBulverde police recover counterfeit bills
By Ron Maloney
BULVERDE — A Bulverde police official Thursday warned local merchants to watch for counterfeit currency after a pair of bogus bills were passed in that community.
Police Lt. Donna O’Connor said two counterfeit $20 bills had been accepted at area businesses this week — and a third unsuccessful attempt to pass one had been reported as well.
“We’ve had three attempts just this week that we know of,” O’Connor
said. “There’s no telling how many have gone on to the banks and we don’t know it.”
One of the bills turned in to police wouldn’t have stood out in a pile of currency, O’Connor said. It was detected by a marking pen designed to show counterfeit money. The oth
er was visibly faded. Both appeared to have been manufactured with an inkjet printer.
“One of them, I could see how it could have been missed,” O’Connor said. “But they’re not anything special.”
The Bulverde PD called in the
Challenge to congressional districts rejected by federal panel
By Brandi Grissom
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN — A three-judge federal panel on Thursday rejected legal challenges to the 2003 congressional redistricting plan that resulted in a Republican majority in the Texas delegation in Washington.
Democrats and minority interests challenged the plan, arguing that it was overly partisan, politically motivated and diluted minority votes.
“As the federal panel today concluded once again, the Texas redistricting plan is entirely consistent with federal law and the United States Constitution," said Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. He defended the redrawn map in court.
Last year, the U.S. District Court panel for the Eastern District of Texas said the map redrawing congressional voting districts was constitutional. That decision was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court,
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Secret Service and has suspects in the passing of the bills, O’Connor said.
“We don’t know whether they’re the ones printing them, but we believe they knew they were
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The New Braunfels Theatre Company begins monthlong run of “Annie Get tour Gun."
Bulverde man faces life in prison after drug arrest
By Ron Maloney
BULVERDE — A 19-year-old Bulverde man was arrested Wednesday night on drug charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life.
Scott M. Lowrey was booked for the alleged possession of between 4 and 400 grams of a controlled substance, penalty group 2. Hie substance was reportedly a pound of muslirooms that are illegal under the Texas Penal Code because they contain the psychoactive chemical psilocybin, a compound similar to LSD.
If proved, the offense is a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Lowrey posted a $20,000 bail and was released from custody Thursday.
l/iwrey was parked at a service station at Texas 46 and U.S. 281 at 11:45 p.m., when Bulverde police officer Daniel Vera stopped to investigate his vehicle because it had been there for an extended period of time.
“We’ve been having beer runs and cigarette runs, and they’ve been hitting our
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Some aerial fireworks banned in county
By Ron Maloney
County officials banned some aerial fireworks for the Fourth of july holiday Thursday because of concerns about how hot and dry it could be in two weeks.
The ban applies only to “sky rockets on sticks” and “missiles with fins.”
it takes effect immediately.
A violation of the bari is a class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500.
Banned are selling, detonating, igniting or in any way using the fireworks.
Possessing the fireworks is not
illegal under the order, but County Fire Marshal Lin Manford recommended against buying the banned fireworks elsewhere and bringing them into the county.
“You can’t buy them in Bexar or Travis County and bring them here," said Manford. “The order prohibits them from using or selling them in this county.”
Commissioners took the action because of a state law requiring them to notify fireworks vendors three weeks before the holiday to allow them to adjust inventories.
Notice of the ban will be posted at jill fireworks stands in the county.
Manford said he sought the ban for safety reasons in spite of the recent rain.
‘A weatherman sometimes can’t tell you what the weather will be tomorrow, but the law expects us to predict it three weeks in advance," Manford said. “Its probably better at this point to be ready for the worst-case scenario. My recommendation is to approve a ban on restricted fireworks in the unincorporated areas of the county until such time as that threat diminishes."
Manford said recent rain has
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KEEP IT SAFE
Officials recommend the following safety tips when handling fireworks:
■ Do not point fireworks or throw them at people or pets.
■ Never ignite fireworks while holding them and never put them in containers such as bottles, cans or mailboxes.
■ Always wear safety glasses.
■ Do not wear loose clothing.
■ An adult should always be present.
■ Use a "punk" to ignite fireworks. Most dealers provide them.
■ Light only one device at a time. B Have a safe, clear landing zone for aerial devices.
■ Have a fire extinguisher or water on hand.
■ Never ignite fireworks in or on a vehicle and never throw them from a vehicle.
■ Keep spectators — especially children — a safe distance away at least 35 feet for ground items.
A HOME RUN FOR THE CITY
Softball players, fans flock to
By Melissa Johnson
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“Teams come from all over,” New Braunfels Bombers President Scott Smith said. “We have teams from Midland, Dallas, Corpus Christi and the Valley — all four corners of Texas.”
Eleven-year-old Bombers cen-terfielder Taylor Woodall says she looks forward to the tournament every year.
“My favorite part is playing all the new teams we haven’t played before," Woodall said. “I say we re gonna make it to the top three."
While the tournament has always been popular, growth in the sport has led to an amazing upturn in recent years. In the past few years, the tournament has exceeded the capacity of the Bomber’s home ballpark at Camp Comal.
Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung
Hundreds of softball fans filled Camp Comal Thursday to watch a high school all-star game that kicked off the World Fastpitch Connection State Tournament. Below, Abigail Kester smooths the dirt around first base in preparation for the softball games to be played at Camp Comal.
“We’re maxed out by the number of fields available, so much so that we’ve had to utilize fields in Seguin and San Marcos,”
Smith said. “There are so many kids getting better at the sport. Six to seven years ago, we wouldn’t have had a turnout this size.”
Parks and Recreation Director Stacey l^aird said the turnout and enthusiasm that will be on display this weekend is just an example of the impact youth sports has on New Braunfels and society in general.
“You pick a sport and theres a
group of people fanatical about it,” she said. “This shows you that girls softball is very popular right now. But it’s not
just softball — its soccer, basketball, baseball and football, too. Parents are looking for positive things to get their kids involved in. It’s a great experience for kids to be part of a team.”
Smith said that the success of local players has furthered fast-pitch’s growing popularity.
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