New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 16, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 153, No. 187 14 pages, 2 sections
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Attorney: Mother admitted injuring child
By Brandi Grissom
Nine women and three men who will decide whether Mandy Ann Gonzalez, 17, will spend up to 40 years in prison heard opening statements and testimony from prosecution witnesses Tuesday.
Gonzalez was a Canyon High School ninth-grader last Oct. 3 when she was arrested by Comal County Sheriff’s Office detectives and charged with injury to a child with intent to cause serious bodily injury. The baby’s father, Salvador Pineda Leon, 17, was also arrested but was not
indicted. He has been released from custody.
Prosecuting attorney Darren Umphreys told jurors Gonzalez confessed to injuring her child. Defense attorney John Esman argued statements from the child’s father lead to at least reasonable doubt she was responsible for
the life-threatening injuries her son sustained. Witnesses, including a child protective services investigator, police officers and the doctor who operated on the child described events leading to Gonzalez’s arrest.
Assistant District Attorney Umphreys said the child
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Editor s Note: This is the third in a three-part series about growth and politics in Bulverde.
■ TODAY: The political interaction of land developers and city officials in cities with explosive growth
By Brandi Grissom
BULVERDE—Rick Scott moved here from San Antonio in 1986 to get away from the city.
The burgeoning growth of both population and government in Bulverde are disdainful to him.
“I don’t think there should even be a City of Bulverde,” Scott said. “My answer is ail of this is unnecessary, and they should just go away.”
The conflict between Scott and those like him who resist development in Bulverde and city councilmembers and their supporters who see now as the time to rein in that growth is age old, said University of Texas at Austin architecture professor Bob Paterson.
“The been heres’ and the ‘come heres’ have to negotiate what type of community identity they want to have, what kind of values they
began crying Sunday, Sept. 28, and did not stop for at least 24 hours. The following day, Gonzalez’s mother recommended taking the inconsolable baby to the hospital after he vomited blood.
The baby arrived at North Central Baptist Hospital in
San Antonio, where doctors discovered he was fighting for his life as a result of non-accidental blunt force trauma, Umphreys said.
“The evidence will show that this young lady confessed to injuring this child,”
See TRIAL, Page 5A
River committee to resurface with different members
will have when they’re faced with rapid growth," Paterson said.
Its not a conflict easily resolved. As Mayor ProTem Beverlee lunies put it, “You can’t put a gate on 281 and say Don’t come.'”
The issue in the past has marred city council with wrangling and bickering, but the May 15 election brought in a new council that embraces expansion. Some in Bulverde have
See BULVBRDI, Page 5A
By Scott Mahon
New Braunfels City Council ignored the wishes of the majority of the River Activities Committee’s members Monday night, voting to restructure the committee and appoint new members.
At its May 18 meeting, RAC members voted 4-2 to disband, with Wayne Peters and Kathleen Rockwood voting against the decision.
Monday, RAC members Irene Allen and Tom Talcott told council the committee’s work was finished.
“The issues aren’t going to go away, and there aren’t any good answers," Allen said.
"We accomplished our agenda," Talcott added. “We keep going over the same issues, and I think it’d be redundant to reconstitute the committee.”
But Peters and Rockwood argued that the committee still serves a useful function.
“There are still problems to be addressed, and the committee should be continued,” Peters said.
“Mrs. Allen feels like we should just give up, but there are going to be new problems to deal with,” Rockwood said.
Council formed the River Activities Committee in 2000 in response to problems on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers. Subsequently, the committee developed a river management plan designed to maintain and improve conditions on the rivers.
Nathan Pence, project manager for the committee, was hired last year as
See RIVIR, Page 5A
In other business
Monday night. New
■ Approved the final reading of an ordinance to prohibit parking within 3 feet of driveways within an area bounded by South Union, East South Street, South Central Avenue and East Mather Street
■ Directed planning staff to require individual permits for 22 business signs located in the city right-of-way on Gruene Road in Gruene
■ Approved the planning commission s recommendation to proceed with annexing 5,200 acres
■ Approved a three-month budget for July 1 to Sept 30.
H Approved hiring an appraiser to appraise the Comal County Fairgrounds property
■ Approved forming a city charter review commission with members to be appointed
‘Been heres' vs. ‘Come heres’
Hairstylist Rick Scott has lived in Bulverde since 1986 and remembers when there was nothing in the area. Scott would like to see the growth of the Bulverde area stop.
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Man seriously injured in wreck on FM 306
By Bon Maloney
CANYON LAKE — A Canyon I ake man who was ejected from his car in an EM 306 crash went to an Austin hospital in critical condition Tuesday night.
A law enforcement official said the man, believed to be 40 years old, was westbound on EM 306 half a mile west of
l\irgatory Road when his Ford Festiva crossed the center line and slammed into the front of a Dodge pickup.
Witnesses estimated the Ford was going about 55 mph in the rain.
The man was ejected from the Ford, the officer said, and his son, 7, crawled out of the wrecked vehicle.
Both were flown to
See WRICK, Page 5A
MANDY REARY/ Herald-Zeitung
Canyon Lake Fire/EMS personnel prepare the driver of a Ford Festiva to be flown to a hospital after he was thrown from his car dunng a wreck Tuesday on FM 306 near Purgatory Road.
Teen charged with arson in connection with fire
From Staff Reports
A 14-year-old Spring Branch boy was charged with arson in the fire that destroyed a vacant mobile home.
Comal County Fire Marslial lin Manford said the boy and two other teenagers — a 15-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl, were taken into custody at 4:30 p.m. Friday in the 6000 block of Apache Moon in the Indian I fills subdivision.
The other two teenagers
were booked for alleged criminal trespass. Criminal trespass is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
The boy charged in the alleged arson was lxx>ked into the Guadalupe County Juvenile Facility in Seguin. The other two teenagers were released to their mothers.
All three were to go into the eighth grade at Smithson Valley Middle School in August.