New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 18, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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By Brandi Grissom
A jury Thursday found 17-year-old Mandy Ann Gonzalez guilty of injury to a child with intent to cause serious
Her son was in critical condition for more than a month last October after he experienced nonaccidental blunt force trauma that severed his colon and resulted in the sur
gical removal of IO inches of his intestines. Gonzalez was arrested Oct. 3,2003, charged with poking and squeezing her son, causing the lifethreatening injuries. She was a ninth-grader at Canyon
Lake High School at the time. Her boyfriend, the baby’s father, Salvador Pineda Leon, 17, was also arrested. He was released from custody and has not been indicted.
John Esman, Gonzalez’s
defense attorney, asked the jury during closing arguments to consider the role Leon played in injuring the child.
“That’s the mentality that did this damage. This was done in anger and violence
to this child,’’ Leon said. “It seems like to me that’s the profile for him. You saw him. He was up here almost gloating and cavalier. There was
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City to grant permits, waive fees for 21 Gruene business signs in right-of-way
City tax election may be at odds with state
By Scott Mahon
Frustrated from being con-tinuously out-voted by a majority of council, New Braunfels District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine plans to wage a peti-tion drive Saturday Va Ie n-Ken Valentine tine, who has been the constant minority voice on council, said he wanted to ban aluminum cans on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers; to designate the Comal County Fairgrounds as a city park and to designate the convention and visitors bureau a city department.
“We’ll stan the petition drive Saturday at the Plaza downtown,’’ he said. “I ve tried to get things done with council, but I keep getting out-voted. So I in sponsoring three grassroots petitions to place specific issues on the ballot this fall.” Valentine said glass containers and foam products were currently prohibited on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers, but aluminum cans should also be banned.
“This petition will minimize the visual pollution from bright cans along the riverbanks and on the river bottoms,” he said.
I Ie wants to designate the 31-acre Comal County Fairgrounds as a city park to force the city to get voters’ approval before swapping the
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The New Braunfels City Council voted Monday to set a November election date to vote on freezing property taxes for senior citizens, but the Secretary of State’s office said the city doesn't have the authority to call the election without a petition.
The difference of opinion may be a matter of interpretation, said
Mayor Adam Cork.
Senior citizens have asked city and county officials to adopt a state measure that allows city and county governments to freeze property taxes for homeowners 65 and older and disabled homeowners.
Comal County officials said last week they wouldn’t adopt the measure but would call an election if supporters presented a petition.
Wayne Rudolph, who has led the
After learning that 21 business signs along Gruene Road in Gruene weren’t permitted, the New Braunfels City Council allowed the signs and waived permit fees.
Frank Robbins, director of planning, said 21 business signs along Gruene Road were in the city’s right-of-way and were never pennitted.
“How did that happen? I don’t know,” Robbins said. "I literally don’t know the facts, but when the Gruene River Grill sign came to our attention, our staff drove out to Gruene and literally walked the road, looking at the right-of-way and the signs. That’s when we understood the magnitude of the problem.” .
Robbins said earlier this week that current regulations did not match the uniqueness of Gruene’s historical district.
“The existing ordinance says there can’t be any signs in the right-of-way, but there are 21 signs in the right-of-way along Gruene Road. Plus, there are other encroachments in the right-of-way, like outdoor tables and plants. The point is, we don’t have an ordinance
drive to get local governments to support the tax freeze, said seniors have already begun the petition process.
“The county attorney said the county can’t set an election without a petition,’’ he said. “But Charlie Zech, the city attorney, said Monday during the council meeting the city could call an election without a petition."
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Jerry Williams has been a father figure for 16 troubled teen girls.
Business signs line the streets in Gruene, but 21 of them didn't have the proper city permits. City council will grant the permits and waive fees for the businesses
that applies to downtown Gruene.”
After determining how many sign* were in the city’s right of-way, Robbins brought the matter to council’s attention Monday.
“The staff needs direction from council as to what council wants to do,” he said.
District 4 Councilwoman Valerie Hull, who represents Gruene, moved to permit all 21 signs, and to waive permit fees.
However, Mayor Adam (kirk expressed a concern that the signs presented a sight-dis-
tance problem. Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Tourists walk past one of several signs located within feet of Gruene Road in the Gruene See SIGNS, Page 3A Historical District Thursday afternoon.
Pastors unorthodox style driving Judah s membership to grow
By Leigh Jones
Pastor Adam I laley and the Judah (Jiris-tian Center congregation are going “hog wild.”
The church just celebrated its second anniversary. Plans are under way to build a new building, and in October, church members will help put on a motorcycle rally.
“I am a motorcycle enthusiast,” I laley said. “I want to provide a place for cyclists to come and fellowship."
Haley said the rally would include a concert, vendors and riders from all over the state.
During a recent sermon series, titled “Customization,” Haley donned a “do-rag” and brought a custom “chopper” on stage with him.
Haley’s unique ministry approach is one thing member Hon Stacey loves about the church.
“Pastor Haley is cool,” he said. “Hie first
time I went to church there, I knew it was the place for me. We’re reaching people through the motorcycle ministries that wouldn’t normally go to church.”
Stacey said he was looking forward to opening the doors of the new church building.
“I’m positive when we get the church built that it’s going to grow,” he said. “We're trying to open as many doors as we can.”
Stacey and other congregation mem-l>ers will get a hands-on opportunity to work on the new building once the fend is cleared.
“ rhere are quite a few carpenters in our congregation who will do some work,”
I laley said. “We hope to finish early next year, but it may extend to June.”
In the mean time, Haley and his congregation will continue to have a good time doing church where they are.
“Wk have a great time in church. We are about as close to Black Ciospel as you mangy REARY/HeraicPZeituno
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JUDAH CHRISTIAN CENTER
R Pastor: Adam Haley
R Denomination: Nondenomination-al/full gospel
R Attendance: 50
■ Location: Courtyard Plaza, 201 S F36
Phone: 626-6233 Web site:
Mission: To bring the world into the fullness of His presence