New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 30, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
SATURDAY, JUNE 30,2007
SPORTS Winning start
New Braunfels youngsters win Little League opener at NBLL Field under sunny skies. Page 8A
SPORTS Pool Party
Weather permitting, 27th annual Schlitterbahn Open begins at Landa Park Pool today. Page 8A
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iPhone fever hits New Braunfels
By David Saleh Rauf
The Herald Zeitung
Emily Pack’s silver Sanyo cell phone with a Hello Kitty screensaver is what some would could call pass6.
So when Pack set up her folding chair at IO a.m. outside the AT&T store off Walnut Street and patiently waited for eight hours,
Not everyone is thrilled by Apple's latest must-have gadget. 2A
she had only one thing on her mind — walking away with an iPhone.
All around the country, gadget hounds, techies and electronic buffs anxiously
stood in line Friday to get their hands on the newest technological gizmo to hit the market.
In New Braunfels, things were no dif-
See iPhoWho needs an umbrella?
Chris Lykins of Seguin waits at the AT&T store on Walnut Avenue Friday to buy an iPhone.
Photos by KARLA HELD/Herald-Zeitung
ABOVE: Hanna-Belle Moore, 12, hangs loose during her time with the Aquatic Sciences Adventure Camp at the Landa Park spring-fed pool. BELOW: Cody Allen, 11, slides down into the pool.
No weather woes for aquatic campers
By Mark Koopmans
While the recent inclement weather forced drivers to slow down as they passed through Landa Park, more than 20 summer camp students hurried out of a dry passenger van and into the park's otherwise empty spring-fed wading pool Thursday.
“They’re wet anyway, so the rain doesn’t bother them,” said Lendon Gilpin, coordinator of the Aquatic
Sciences Adventure camp.
“I hope we get a break from the bad weather,” Gilpin said. “But this week, our kids are mainly ll - and 12-year-olds, so the rain doesn’t even dampen their spirits.”
The aquatic studies camp is an annual program run by Texas State University at San
See CAMP, Page 3A
Pickup driver gets 11 years for killing boy
Miller will not be eligible for parole until 2013
By David Saleh Rauf
Three hours after a Comal County jury on Thursday found Roy Mack Miller jr., guilty of second degree manslaughter with a deadly weapon, he broke down in court and shed tears for the family of the 12-year-old boy he killed with his truck.
During an afternoon recess, a slightly hunchbacked Miller slowly rose from his spot at the defense desk, crossed the rail and asked for forgiveness from °v 1 er Ryan Matthew Padillas family. It was the first conversation between the two parties since Miller hit and killed Padilla with his pickup in December of 2005.
One-by-one, Padillas family stood up, in tears, and walked out of the courtroom. Minutes later, Padillas mother, Yvonne Skeen, and older sister returned and embraced Miller.
Thursday’s emotional scene was characteristic of the four-day retrial that came to a close Friday when jurors sentenced Miller to 11 years in prison.
See SENTENCE, Page 2AJudge dismisses most of lawsuit; STOP vows to appeal
By Mark Koopmans
The judge presiding over the river ordinance lawsuit Filed by Stop the Ordinances Please against the city of New Braunfels ruled Friday that only the four outfitters in the
River management fee amendment will proceed in stand-alone case
group have the right to sue the city—and only on the river management fee issue. Even before visiting Judge
Ron Carr reconvened the 207th District Court at the Comal County Courthouse in New Braunfels, he called both
sides into his chambers for about IO minutes.
When the court convened, Carr announced that the plaintiffs — Rockin “R” River Rides, Texas Tubes, Corner Tubes, and Gruene Home Run Batting Cages and Tubing — would be granted
standing on the amendment seeking to eliminate the $ 1.25 per person river management fee levied on outfitters by the city.
Carr’s decision means the city ordinances regulating
See LAWSUIT, Page 10A
INSIDE THE RULING
I Judge upholds city ordinances limiting cooler sizes and banning beer bongs and Jell-0 shots.
I Former mayor loses, but he'll have another day in court. IOA
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