New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 23, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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City, county to host property auction Saturday
By Ron Maloney
Looking for a big-screen television?
How about 500 movies on DVD or VHS tape to watch on it?
Need another car? A computer? A washing machine?
Comal County Purchasing Agent Ed Krai knows where you could buy any of them Saturday.
The county, New Braunfels and the two school districts will hold their annual surplus property auction beginning at IO am Saturday at the new Tfee of Life Church campus on Interstate 35 south of New Braunfels.
Arrive early on Saturday to register for
a bidding number.
All items to be sold can be viewed Friday between IO am. and 4 pm. Enter the Free of Life facility from its north entrance at Doeppenschmidt Road.
“There’s just a little bit of everything here," Krai said Wednesday as he was making preparations. “We’ve got computers, things confiscated by the sheriff’s office, pickups, cars, two big-screen TVs, washers and dryers, stereo equipment and all kinds of things.”
New Braunfels Independent School District and the Comal Independent School District, Adult Probation and the City of New Braunfels all have items for sale, Krai said.
The county road department will have tractors and three trailers.
The auction will be conducted again this year by the Lemon Sisters Auctions, Inc. out of Tomball.
Terms of sale are cash, cashier’s check, credit or debit card or Pay Pal.
Personal checks are accepted, but only with a certified bank letter stating that funds are available to cover the purchase.
The Thee of Life location is new for this year’s auction. Krai said the county asked to use the facility because the former open air market with its covered walkways was uniquely suited to conducting an auction.
“We thought this would be an ideal place," Krai said.
Perry s order starts exodus from death row for 28 inmates
AUSTIN (AP) — More than three months after the Supreme Court ruled that juveniles cannot be executed, Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday commuted 28 death sentences to life in prison for inmates who were under 18 when they committed capital murder.
The Supreme Court forced the commutations with its March ruling that executing juveniles violates the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Texas was one of 18 states that allowed the practice.
Perry’s order starts the process of moving the inmates off death row.
“While these individuals were convicted by juries of brutal murders and sentenced to die for their heinous crimes, I have no choice but to commute these sentences to life in prison as a result of the Supreme Court ruling,” Perry said.
Perry spokesman Robert Black said that after the court ruled, the state still had to follow legal procedures to commute the sentences.
Among the Texas killers affected by the Supreme Court ruling were:
■ Efrain Perez and Raul Villarreal of Harris County, convicted with three others of the gang-rape and beating deaths
of Jennifer Ertman, 14, and Elizabeth Pena, 16. Perez and Villarreal were 17 at the time; and
■ Jorge Alfredo Salinas, who at 17, carjacked a man in Hidalgo County in July 2001, fatally shot him in the head, and left the man’s 21-month-old daughter to die of dehydration and exposure strapped in her car seat in a brush area near the Rio Grande.
Eleven of the juvenile murderers on Texas’ death row were convicted in Harris County.
One of them, Johnnie Bernal, was one day shy of his 18th birthday when he shot and killed Lee Dilley as he stood outside a Houston
drive-in with his high school prom date.
Before moving the inmates, each will undergo classification at a diagnostic unit, probably near Huntsville, where their education, vocational skills and family and medical background will factor into where they will be assigned.
While many will be assimilated into the prison system’s general population, inmates who have had gang affiliations or continue to have gang ties could remain in more restrictive administrative segregation, which is similar to the conditions they experienced on death row at the Polunsky Unit outside Livingston.
Matters of Public Record
Law enforcement officers in New Braunfels and Comal County arrested the following June 18-22, 2005:
Juan Jesus Alvarez, 25, New Braunfels, motion to revoke probation/possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. Jake Bryan Buchanan, 18, New Braunfels, parking in a fire lane. Robert Wayne Carter, 53, New Braunfels, interfering with an emergency call; assault causing bodily injury/family violence. Andres M. Casarez Jr., 35, New Braunfels, violation of promise to appear/theft by check between $20 and $500; misdemeanor theft enhanced to third-degree felony.
Juan Gilberta Garcia Jr., 26, Bertram, driving while license invalid.
Raymond Michael Gonzales Jr., 32, Canyon Lake, failure to control speed resulting in accident; no driver's license.
Marceline Sanchez Gonzalez Jr., 28, New Braunfels, motion to revoke probation/resisting arrest, search or transport. Gloria Ann Luke, 42, Seguin, theft between $20 and $500; expired driver's license; theft between $50 and $500.
Jeffrey Luke, 20, Seguin, theft between $50 and $500.
Whitney Lavonne Meister, 18, New Braunfels, driving while license invalid.
Shane Mitchell-Williams, 21, Kyle, public intoxication.
Kelly Mixon, 32, Austin, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.
Jared Moheit, 23, Schertz, public intoxication.
Steven Lyle Montgomery, 33, Spring Branch, driving while license invalid.
Frankie Maran Moore, 45, San Antonio, driving while license invalid.
Gabriela Gene Mullaney, 31,
Teague, public lewdness.
James Earl Navarro, 27, Rosenberg, public intoxication; assault causing bodily injury. Jesus Navarro, 23, Seguin, public intoxication; failure to identify by giving false or fictitious information.
Paul Rios Nevarez, 40, New Braunfels, illegally parked in a handicapped zone; no driver's license; no insurance; violation of promise to appear (2 charges).
Andrew N. Oliver, 27, Red Oak, driving while license invalid. Dustin Phillip Ortiz, 21, Canyon Lake, possession of between 1 and 4 grams of a controlled substance, penalty group 1. Michael Martinez Ozuna, 33, New Braunfels, public intoxication.
Jesse Pena, 36, Blanco, failure to drive in a single marked lane; failure to maintain financial responsibility; no valid inspection certificate; no license.
Edgar Adrian Perez, 26, Leon Valley, driving while license invalid.
Aaron Michael Pulsford, 25, San Antonio, public intoxication. John James Reinhart III, 50, New Braunfels, public intoxication.
Jorge Arturo Renya, 27, San Antonio, no driver's license; no liability insurance.
Diego Jose Ricaurte, 24, San Antonio, public intoxication. Cruz Anthony Rodriguez, 18, Canyon Lake, no driver's license; no proof of insurance. Gabriel Ortiz Rodriguez, 20, unknown address, possession of between 1 and 4 grams of a controlled substance, penalty group 1.
Juan Rodriguez III, 22, San Antonio, possession of between 4 ounces and 5 pounds of marijuana.
John Barry Rogers, 40, Spring, theft by check between $500 and $1,500; issuance of a bad check (2 charges); theft by
check; driving while intoxicated. Tristan James Romero, 20,
New Iberia, La., minor in possession of an alcoholic beverage.
Alfredo Rosales Jr., 19, New Braunfels, violation of promise to appear/burglary of a vehicle (2 charges).
James Michael Ryan, 53,
Austin, resisting arrest, search or transport; failure to identify by giving false or fictitious information.
Samuel Eli Samuelson, 25, Cedar Park, motion to revoke probation/possession of a controlled substance.
Kenneth Mark Smith, 42, Canyon Lake, driving while intoxicated.
Stephen L. Smith, 34, New Braunfels, public intoxication. Daniel Scott Snider, 36, Irving, driving while license invalid; assault causing bodily injury/family violence.
Michelle Paullett Springer, 34, Spring, driving while intoxicated.
Barbara Ann Suarez, 50, Cibolo, theft by check between $20 and $500.
Christopher G.Tomerlin, 24, New Braunfels, motion to adjudicate/possession of between 4 and 200 grams of a controlled substance, penalty group 1.
Rosemary Flores Torrez, 42,
New Braunfels, driving while intoxicated.
Scott David Townend, 24,
Dallas, check fraud/insufficient funds.
Drew Lynn Vann, 41, New Braunfels, commitment/driving while intoxicated.
Moises Vargas-lxtlahuaca, 36, West Chester, Ohio, unsafe lane change; no insurance; no driver's license.
Moses E. Venecia, 39, New Braunfels, public intoxication (2 charges).
Victor Verdijo, 25, Round Rock, public intoxication; possession of drug paraphernalia.
Anthony Alexander Villegas, 18, Canyon Lake, public intoxication.
Brian Drew Watkins, 29, Charlotte Courthouse, Va., indecency with a child by sexual contact.
Jessica Lynn Williams, 22, Corpus Christi, public intoxication.
Walt Allan Witten, 27, Cibolo, motion to adjudicate/failure to stop and render aid.
Darrell JackWyont, 55, San Marcos, driving while intoxicated.
Slade J. Zrzavy, 27, San Antonio, driving while license invalid.
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Lawmakers no closer to agreement on school tax bill
By April Castro
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN (AP)—House lawmakers on Wednesday introduced the same tax bill they unsuccessfully delivered to the Senate during the final days of the regular session, acknowledging that they still have no agreement on school funding.
Republican Gov. Rick Perry called the Legislature back for a special session that opened Tliesday to find a more efficient method of paying for public schools.
The regular session ended more than three weeks ago without a solution to school funding, an issue that had been declared an emergency.
Perry turned up the pressure on lawmakers by vetoing all education funding in the state budget when he called the special session, forcing the Legislature to take action.
But, the session got off to a slow start.
“There’s no agreement whatsoever," said Rep. Jim Kef-fer, who chairs the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. “There’s no written agreement. There is no verbal agreement, there’s no handshake at all right now, to be very upfront and honest with everybody."
The tax bill would reduce school property taxes and replace them with various new and increased taxes.
Complications between the two chambers arose over how much they would raise the sales tax and how to tax Texas businesses, most of which now avoid paying into tile system.
Meanwhile, Perry attempted to bolster support for a compromise offer that he proposed on Monday. That offer took elements from both the
House and Senate proposals, but leaders from both chambers were hesitant to endorse the plan, which closes the business tax loopholes but doesn’t restructure the system to include partnerships.
Republican House Speaker Tom Craddick, who leads the House, said Perry’s plan would open more business tax loopholes.
“I don’t believe you can do a midway plan on that, you’ve either got to close em and you’ve got to encompass all those entities or not,” Craddick said Monday.
Perry’s re-election campaign will begin airing a 60-second radio ad on Thursday that supports the plan and encourages Texans to ask lawmakers to support Perry’s proposal.
“I believe so strongly in this plan that I am willing to put substantial campaign resources on the line to earn a victory for our schoolchildren and property taxpayers,” Perry said. “Over the next month, I hope Texans will be telling their legislators that Texas needs the three R’s’ of education reform: results, resources and relief.”
Asked if any member of the committee would carry the governor’s proposal, Keffer quipped, “which governor is that now?”
“I didn’t call this meeting,” said Keffer, an Eastland Republican. “We are here and again, we’ve got to start somewhere.”
Also on Wednesday, both chambers began discussing legislation that would address education changes such as teacher pay and charter school oversight. Each chamber appeared to be closer to a compromise on that portion of the school funding overhaul package.
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