New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 23, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Friday, June 23, 2000 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3AGomez sentenced for hit-and-run accident
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
Jesus “Jesse” Rodriguez Gomez, 38, was sentenced to 180 days in prison and IO years probation Thursday for a hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a New Braunfels man last year.
: District Judge Charles Ramsay sentenced Gomez, who hit 78-year old Ray •“Scooter Man” Biggadike as the elderly man crossed Business 35 on his bat
tery-powered scooter June 28, 1999.
Biggadike was crossing the busy, four-lane thoroughfare from the east toward Avenue A around IO p.m. He was thrown 58 feet from his scooter and pronounced dead on the scene by Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Bill Schroeder.
Gomez, who was facing manslaughter charges in Biggadike’s death in 1999, pleaded guilty May I to lesser
charges of failure to stop and render aid and tampering with evidence.
Under a plea agreement presented by the Comal County District Attorney’s office in May, the manslaughter charge will be dismissed.
Tampering with evidence is a third-degree felony punishable by two to IO years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Failure to stop and render aid is punishable by a maximum sentence of five
years in prison.
Gomez also will serve 300 hours of community service and attend a driver safety course and a victim impact program within one year.
According to the plea agreement, Gomez also would pay a $2,000 fine, send an apology letter to the victim’s family within 180 days and use an ignition interlock on any vehicle he drives.
Gomez could be sentenced to a max
imum of five years in prison if he violates the provisions of his probation.
A Comal County grand jury indicted Gomez Oct. 13 on charges of manslaughter, tampering with evidence and failure to stop and render aid.
Gomez turned himself in to police July I and was booked into Comal County Jail on a charge of failure to stop and render aid. He was released on a $30,000 bond July 2.
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“When you have a big rain, it takes four to five days for the (mosquito) eggs to hatch out,” she said. “Since we had rain last week, I’m sure there will be some of these buggers around.”
Brandon Leister, extension agricultural agent for Comal County, agreed that residents might notice an increase in mosquitoes.
“Basically, we know we have received a lot of rainfall,” said Leister, who said a local ranch reported receiving 24 inches of rainfall since January 15. “Water tends to start standing. Creeks that normally don’t flow start to fill up.”
But there are some practical and simple ways to avoid having mosquitoes invade your home and your body.
“The single most important thing homeowners can do to reduce mosquitoes is to eliminate standing water on their property,” Home Depot lawn and garden expert Cindy Prest said. “Barrels, buckets and flower pots are potential breeding sites for these pesky bugs.” Home Depot experts said electrocuting devices, commonly known
“Since we had rain last week, I’m sure there will be some of these buggers around.”
Karen Pneiss, RN., with Comal County Health Department
as “bug zappers” are popular, but studies indicated that they had little effect on mosquitoes. Bug zappers also attract and kill more beneficial insects than pests.
Prest recommended using citronella candles, torches filled with citronella oil and insect repellent spray to repel mosquitoes. Tile Cit-rosa or Citron plant can be planted around patios and decks to repel mosquitoes.
Prest said the citronella aroma from this perennial plant is not as concentrated as from the candles or oil. The plant should be used in combination with other repelling products.
Other means of battling mosquitoes include using abatement foggers, dunks or chemicals.
“The key to safely using these products is to always read and fol-
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Willa Mae Chichester passed away on June 21, 2000, at die age of 85. She was an active member of Highland Terrace United Methodist Church for 50 years and she was retired from the Bexar County Clerks Office where she worked as a bookkeepping supervisor. Her husband, William Stanley Chichester, preceded Mrs. Chichester in death. She is survived by her daughter, Ann Chichester Giambemardi; sister, Mrs. Delores Yvonne Pitzer; grandchildren, Amy Jean Wintz, Julie Ann Grant and Martin Wade Matheaus; great-granddaughter Lauren Ashley Wintz.
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Ethel Howard “Babe” Davis Hensley was bom Dec. 18, 1902. Babe passed away in New Braunfels, Texas, on June 13, 2000, at the age of 97. A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Cuero, Texas, or to the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church.
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From Staff Reports
: A 27-year old Marion man involved in a caijacking in New Braunfels earlier this year was sentenced Thursday to IO years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility.
; District Judge Charles Ramsay sentenced Jose Pantoja, one of three men allegedly involved in ;the Feb. 5 caijacking.
I A high speed chase after the alleged carjacking claimed the lives of two people, robbery suspect Larry Holt, 22, of San Antonio and Marion resident Misty Milligan, 37, who was an innocent bystander.
San Antonio resident John Marshall Lee, 23, also faces aggravated robbery charges for allegedly forcing a New Braunfels couple out of parked car in the early morning hours Feb. 5.
Lee also faces murder charges in Guadalupe County for the deaths of Holt and Milligan.
According to a plea agreement
presented in court May 12, the Comal County District Attorney’s office dropped the aggravated robbery charge and prosecuted Pantoja on a lesser charge of robbery.
In the plea agreement, the district attorney’s office also indicated it would not be opposed to shock probation, or sentencing Pantoja to 180 days in prison and IO years probation.
Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony punishable by life imprisonment or up to 99 years in prison and an optional fine not to exceed $10,000.
Robbery is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to a $ 10,000 fine.
A Comal County grand jury indicted Pantoja on the aggravated robbery charges March I.
He was arrested March 18 and booked in Comal County Jail. He was released March 19 on a $100,000 bond.
Dorothy V Acker passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2000, in New Braunfels at the age of 56.
She is survived by three sons, Kevin Acker, Barry Acker and wife, Marla, and Danny Acker and Deanne, all of New Braunfels; grandchildren, Kandra Layne Acker, Kannon Ray Acker and Cole Jordan Acker; father, Linden Preiss Sr. of Blanco, Texas; two brothers, Linden Preiss Jr., and wife, Gloria, of Blanco, Texas, and Elroy Preiss and wife, Diane, of Bulverde, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation began at 3 p.m Thursday at the Zoeller Funeral Home and continues until service time Saturday. A Rosary will be recited at the
Zoeller Funeral Home at 7 p.m. Friday. A Mass of Celebration will be conducted at IO a.m. Saturday at the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Entombment to follow in the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Mausoleum. The family has requested that memorial contributions be given to Hospice New Braunfels, Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church Building Fund or the American Cancer Society.
low instructions on the package,” Prest said.
Insect foggers are good for large areas, dry quickly and last up to six hours. Mosquito dunks are not harmful to fish or pets and can be placed in ponds or anywhere there is standing water. Application techniques for chemicals vary depending on the type. Children and pets should be kept away from a chemically treated area until it has fully dried.
Mosquitoes are attracted by perspiration, warmth, body odor, carbon dioxide and light.
Insect repellents are an easy way to keep mosquitoes off your skin.
Kathleen Greer, Comal County extension agent - Health Education, said the most important thing to remember when using repellents was to apply only to the areas where it is needed and avoid spraying it on the hands or in the eyes.
For children, Greer said, using a
repellent with 5 percent or less of the active ingredient DEET was safe.
“Anyone with a chronic skin condition should not use repellents,” Greer said.
She said to also watch for any skin irritations in both adults and children and to always wash hands with soap and water after applying a repellent.
“You should not apply it everyday and always wash children off. If parents see any behavioral changes in their child or if a child is suffering from a headache, stop using the repellent immediately,” Greer said. The same holds true for adults.
For long camping trips, Greer suggested taking along two types of insect repellent — one with the active ingredient DEET and the other with a different active ingredient. If you are traveling to an area where you know there will be mosquitoes, it also does not hurt to wear long sleeves and pants.
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