New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 24, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Habitual burglar gets life term
Confessed Mexican Mafia member stole his brother’s wedding ring, watch to pawn
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By J. Louise Larson
A Comal County jury took 15 minutes to sentence Mario Albert Valadez to life in prison for burglarizing his own brother’s home, stealing his wedding ring and a
Wednesday’s sentence on a second-degree felony burglary of a habitation conviction stemmed from a June 2010 incident at his brother’s home in the 1100 block ofWest Coll.
The conviction was enhanced
by eight prior felonies. Over the years, Valadez was sentenced to a total of 186 years in seven separate burglary cases in Comal and Guadalupe counties, beginning in 1984. He also was convicted of possession of a deadly weapon in a penal institution in Brazoria
County in 1991.
According to court documents, in 1996, Valadez agreed to a 40-year sentence from Comal County and a 25-year sentence from Guadalupe County in exchange
See VALADEZ, Page 10
► COMAL SCHOOLS
Letter: Shortfall could be $5M more
Superintendent Walker releases update on CISD’s budget plans
By Will Wright
Comal Independent School District Superintendent Marc Walker on Wednesday released an update about the district’s budget plans, hinting CISD might face an additional loss of between $4 million and $5 million next school year.
CISD budget planners have been recommending cuts on the premise
PILOTS, NB AERO AWAIT FUEL ANALYSIS
■ A House committee approved a bare-bones budget Wednesday that would make deep cuts to education over the next two years.
the district would be $16.8 million in 2011-12 because of the state’s budget shortfall. Revised projections, based on pending legislation and a lower application of the state’s Rainy Day Fund, could put Comal ISD’s loss at more than $20 million.
“There is a strong possibility, however, that we will need to cut another $4 million to $5 million from our district budget,” Walker’s letter said. “But ‘strong possibilities’ are hard to work from when you are talking about peoples’ jobs and their fives.”
Walker’s missive stated the school board will likely OK renewing contracts for non-probationary professionals during its March 31 meeting, but probationary employees might have to wait until early May before receiving word.
“While the school board will vote on renewing contracts for most teachers, administrators, nurses, counselors and librarians, we have no guarantees as to which campus they may land next year,” the letter said.
The superintendent hammered legislators in Austin, who he says have refused to address “the current inadequate and inequitable funding system,” Walker said the Legislature’s 2006 funding fix for public education has failed because any money the district has garnered from higher property values has remained in Austin.
See CISD, Page 10
Fred McMichael, left, meets with fellow pilots Wednesday morning at Aviators Cafe for breakfast. The pilots brought their own food to the cafe, which has been closed after New Braunfels Aero Services was forced to cease the sale of aviation fuel.The sale of the fuel supported the cafe
DOGFIGHT OVER AIRPORT
Pilot flies to defense of NB Aero Service, says city is ‘stalling’
By Greg Bowen
The dogfight involving the city and its long-time airport leaseholder, New Braunfels Aero Service, continued Wednesday with a group of pilots accusing city officials of withholding results of an analysis of a tanker load of NB Aero fuel impounded by the
city earlier this month.
“They’re stalling," said pilot spokesman Chris Penski. “(Fuel analysis) doesn’t take this long. Everybody who got that fuel shouldn’t be flying, theoretically, or they should change the fuel out and replace it with good fuel.”
City Attorney Alan Wayland responded by saying a criminal inves-
tigation is under way into the matter, which prevents the release of fuel test results.
“I can’t release anything on the analysis until the fire marshal has concluded his investigation or says they are not going to continue to investigate,” Wayland said. “I cannot
See AIRPORT, Page 3
► QUAKE AFTERMATH
By J. Louise Larson
A New Braunfelser is riding out the earthquake’s aftermath in Japan.
When Michel Schadt purchased his retirement home in New Braunfels, he never imagined his international teaching adventure in places like Germany and Spain might end in the middle of Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and now nuclear horror.
Schadt is the education technologist at Nile C. Kinnick High School, which is for the children of Department of Defense workers. The school is in Yokosuka, a large naval and industrial port about 30 miles from Tokyo.
“I was looking for adventure and I came to Japan. None of us expected anything like this,” he said in Skype online interview Wednesday, recalling the March 11 tremors that, at 9.0 on the Richter scale, rank among the worst earthquakes ever recorded.
“I was walking down the stairs of a three-story building. I heard screaming down below—I didn’t feel anything until I realized people were running out of the building,” he recalled. “It was like standing up in a small boat on a lake, rocking back and forth.”
Earthquakes aren’t that unusqal in Japan, but the scale of these tremors was, Schadt said.
“It kept going on and on ... and the aftershocks went on for 12 or 15 minutes, which is unusual,” he said. “Our Japanese friends in the north are suffering pretty badly. Whole cities were wiped out — imag-ine a city the size of New Braunfels, flattened — with maybe a few buildings still standing."
Yokosuka’s problems are minor in comparison, Schadt said.
“We have rolling blackouts, and the electricity will be off for two to three hours sometimes. They’ve asked everybody
See JAPAN, Page 10
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Great Legs competitors strut their stuff
By Will Wright
Competitors in the annual Great Legs Contest will hit the road tonight, touring the New Braunfels bar scene to raise money for a good cause.
No, the contestants won’t be bending elbows, but showing off their legs and extending their buckets on behalf of Communities in Schools (CIS).
The Shake A Leg and Tap A Keg competition and Pub Crawl will launch from Mozie’s in Gruene at 5:30 p.m. It will continue with visits to
Donations to the Great Legs Contest can be arranged through the local CIS website, www.cissouthcentraltexas.org. For information, or for tickets to the Rock 'n Roll For Kids event visit the website or call (830) 620-4247, ext 11.
Bubba’s Big Deck, Billy’s Ice House, Kork Wine Bar and The Phoenix Saloon.
“They will be wearing T-shirts and soliciting votes, which is dollars, for their legs," CIS representative Christine Watson said.
Each vote is the equivalent of a dollar, and folks can vote as many
times as they want.
The Great Legs contest is a lead in for CIS’s largest annual fundraiser, Rock ri Roil for Kids, which is April 2 at New Braunfels Civic Convention Center. The event will be sponsored by Schlitterbahn.
Scheduled to show off their legs are New Braunfels Police Chief Tom Wibert; John Archer of Huser Construction; Trevor Bird of Gruene Harley-Davidson; Gamini Perera ol Schlitterbahn; Memorial Elementary School principal Duane TYujillo; and
See LEGS, Page 5
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