New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 5, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Details .... 2BHouse passes strippuse passl finance bill
By April Castro
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN — Texas House leaders gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a stripped school finance pro
posal in an effort to punt the issue to the Senate.
House debate fell apart earlier in the day as various measures, including video gambling and a payroll tax,
were removed from the April Castro The House voted to Cited Press Writer
debate and adopt the sc*^ Texas House
down bill so it could advajave preliminary to the Senate. \ Tuesday to a
“I think where we go ischool finance pro
posal in an effort ill and see where we are and issue to the Senate where we are with addi-House debate feonal money and how we lier in the day and it.” measures, inclu The move to cut off debate gambling and a pd pass a scaled-down ver
sion initially failed, but Republican legislators huddled behind closed doors early Tuesday evening for almost two hours. When they reconvened, See ROUSS, Page 3A
Police say number of heroin cases higher
eroin s higher
Ps more time to strike deal
Facing a $3 million bill from the state, GSD grapples with tough budget cuts.
nth the law finn of Jackson J* said legislation passed ,jh Legislature appeared to O^erms that would satisfy p0fity and local landowners arrear the municipal airport, theatute allows the city and devrs to specify the use of ire and after annexation,”
he said. “And it allows the city to enforce the use of the land. I think you get everything you want in this statute.”
The city wants to annex land near the airport to protect it from residential development.
See AMMBXATIOM. Page 3A
By Ron Maloney
By Ron Maloney
In the wake of a suspicious death and at least two other incidents involving suspected drug overdoses, local law enforcement officials warn that a dangerous batch of heroin could be available in New Braunfels.
A veteran detective and former nar- .
cotics investigator said police have noticed an upswing in suspected heroin-related activity recently — and asked anyone with information to contact police or Comal County Crime Stoppers.
Police detective Mike Rust said Thursday’s death of a 39-year-old Hispanic man was possibly related to drugs.
“We aren’t certain, but we’ve had a suspected overdose in the city and a death in the past few days that could be attributable to drugs," Rust said. “We’re waiting for the autopsy report.”
In the other incident Sunday, a New Braunfels resident was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital for treatment of a suspected overdose. That man survived, but an infant was removed from his home, according to police reports.
“We presume the cause was possibly heroin," the detective said.
Monday, Sheriff’s detective Tommy Ward said investigators with the Comal County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force were dispatched to a residence on FM 482 west of New Braunfels to investigate a suspected drug overdose. That victim was taken to McKenna and also survived, Ward said — but the cases raise concerns for investigators.
“We may have some bad heroin out there, and it’s dangerous,” Ward said. “We’ve seen cases, and the RD. has cases.” Rust said he was uncertain what the problem might be—whether it involved either a bad or unusually potent batch of the drug, which is a narcotic analgesic
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TURN THEM IN
R Anyone with information about drug-related crimes can call New Braunfels police at 608-2185, the I Comal County Sheriffs Office at j (830) 620-3417 or 885-4883, or’ Comal County Crime Stoppers at 620-TIPS.
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vake of a suspicious death and ro other incidents involving sus-overdoses, local law enforce-warn that a dangerous could be available in New
detective and former narcotics investigator said police have noticed an upswing in suspected heroin-related activity recently — and asked anyone with information to contact police or Comal County Crime Stoppers.
Police detective Mike Rust said Thursday’s death of -old Hispanic man was possibly drugs.
en’t certain, but we've had a sus-
lone Star Elementary School nurse Laura ^oseinjhedty ^ a death in with stuffing pinatas tMilh candy Tuesday a'ew days that couM be attnbut-
lugs, Rust said. Were waiting
other incident Sunday, a New s resident was taken to McKen-orial Hospital for treatment of a d overdose. That man survived, nfant was removed from his ^cording to police reports. Resume the cause was possibly Uhe detective said. ay, Sheriff’s detective Tommy d investigators with the Comal Metropolitan Narcotics Task ‘re dispatched to a residence on of New Braunfels to inves-drug overdose. That taken to McKenna and also Ward said — but the cases raise for investigators, have some bad heroin out it’s dangerous,” Ward said, sen cases, and the RD. has cases.” aid he was uncertain what the might be—whether it involved sad or unusually potent batch of which is a narcotic analgesic
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G mark Cinco de Mayo
er Texas cele-lorful explo-
May 5, com-victory over ebla, Mexico,
r, who have in social stud-ill observe the james.
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orated school Secj pinatas. s'nfion classes at
AT A GLANCE
■ Members of Compania de Danza Folklonca will perform at NBISD campuses Friday as follows
■ 9:30 am. Lone Star Elementary
■ 10:30 a m.. Lamar Primary
Goodwin Primary celebrated Cinco De Mayo all week by learning the Mexican Hat Dance.
New Beginnings Christian Center, which has a number of I iispanic congregation members, will celebrate Cinco De Mayo Friday with Dia Con I )ios.
“Our church is multicultural, and we want it) honor this Hispanic day of celebration with the community,’’ said co-pastor Angie jackson.
The family oriented festival will include four Christian bands, fun activities for kids and lots of food.
The party begins at 5 p.m.
■ 1:15 pm, New Braunfels Middle School
■ 2:30 p.m.. Memorial Elementary
By Scott Mahon
The New Braunfels Planning Commission again Tuesday postponed recommending areas for annexation to give farmers and their attorney time to work on a development agreement.
The commission was originally
6 to acres, cent t< The than a
cfi chi a £3 milfmn MJI bom the state,
Second- and third-graders at Frazier Eleme sing to their parents about Cinco de
Lollers Kelby Floerke, left, Marlisa Ortiz and Vincent Ramirez wit8s as part of their Cinco de Mayo celebration today