New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 19, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Attorney: Killing tied to Mexican Mafia
By Ron Maloney
Prosecutors Tuesday said defendant John A. Hernandez was trying to collect a Mexican Mafia debt when Pablo
Esquivel was stabbed to death in 2002.
Hernandez, 32, is standing trial before 207th judicial Dis-trict Judge Jack Robison, charged with organized criminal murder in Esquivel's April
Prosecutor Joe Soane and defense attorney Glen Peterson made their opening statements Tuesday. Soane alleged Hernandez knowingly participated in the crime as the
driver on an organized crime collection run. Peterson countered that his client did not know his two alleged accomplices, Santiago “Crazy Jimmy” Suarez Jr., 34, and Daniel Campos Correa, 35, intended
to harm Esquivel.
Correa pleaded guilty to murder Monday to avoid trial in exchange for an 11-year sentence.
A blood print in the shape of a knife blade found on Her
nandez’s shorts when he was arrested was a DNA match for Esquivel, Soane said.
Soane told jurors the suspects had several thousand
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German film tells of local history
By Scott Mahon
Dorothy Wersterfer’s story of how her family came to America in 1845 with Prince Carl von Solms-Braunfels will be televised in Germany next year.
Wersterfer and other longtime New Braunfels families whose ancestors immigrated to the United States in the 1800s will be included in a four-part television documentary. The TV series is being Alined in New Braunfels this week by German filmmaker Fritz Baumann.
Baumann, who filmed Wersterfer Tuesday at Conservation Plaza, said he began working on his documentary almost two years ago.
His company, Engstfeld Film Production, was hired by a German TV company to produce the documentary.
“We started in New York and Pennsylvania in 2002,” he said. “We did a tremendous amount of research before we began filming, and then we wrote the script. So far, we’ve filmed German families in Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.”
After the documentary is aired in Germany, the Discovery Channel may televise it, Baumann said.
“I don’t know when that might happen, but we will send the (New Braunfels] chamber of commerce a copy of the film when we’ve finished,” he said.
Tuesday, Baumann interviewed and filmed Bill Kret-zmeier of Schumannsville. Kretzmeier’s ancestors came to New Braunfels in 1845.
"My great grandfather on
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extracurricular fees up to $35
By Leigh Jones
Parents with children in New Braunfels High School will pay $5 more for extracurricular activities next year.
The standard fee will be $35, and the fee for students on the free or reduced lunch program will be $15.
Although the administration’s recommendation was to keep two fees, Trustee Ed Clark said he wanted to do away with any fee for students in the free or reduced lunch program.
“I think it’s a mistake to go after the lower dollars” he said. “I would like to eliminate any fees for those children."
Clark said he was concerned principals had no guidelines for what fees they could waive when necessary.
Trustee Lee Edwards said
principals should not be tied down by strict policy when bestowing waivers.
“Every principal knows when to give a waiver based on what is appropriate for each student,” he said.
Edwards also said the schools would lose the ability to identify students for the free or reduced lunch program if there was not a lower fee they might qualify for.
“If families not in the free or reduced lunch program feel they are close to making the lower fee payment, they might be more likely to accept help,” he said.
Students must apply for the lunch program, for which the district receives outside funding based on the number of students receiving the benefit.
Clark said he was still
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Presentation part of public hearing
German filmmaker Fritz Baumann looks into the monitor while Hans Jakobi and Boris Hoelter film an old map of New Braunfels Tuesday morning at the Sophienburg Museum. They were making a documentary about German immigration to the United States and talked to some local families who traced their ancestry back to the town s founding.
By Scott Mahon
Senior Flexonics Pathway officials are scheduled to make a public presentation tonight before the New Braunfels Infrastructure Improvement Corp. (4B) board.
After the public hearing, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 424 Casten Ave., the board will vote on $ 160,000 in financial incentives for the company.
In executive session May 3, the 4B board discussed giv-
DID YOU KNOW?
■ Pertussis is a bacterial infection with cold-like symptoms.
B In severe cases it causes severe coughing fits that make breathing difficult.
B It is very serious for infants, sometimes fatal
■ Cases are treated with antibiotics
B Prevent transmission by avoiding coughing or sneezing on others and with frequent hand washing.
Whooping cough cases noted earlier this year
ing $ 160,000 to the company to train new employees.
Senior Flexonics Pathway manufactures metal and fabric expansion joints used in the petrochemical and nuclear industries. Company officials have announced plans to expand the New Braunfels operation.
“The company met already with chamber officials, with city officials and with the 4B board,” Matt Harrison, 4B board president. said. “We discussed a
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By Leigh Jones
Comal County is experiencing a mild outbreak of pertussis, also known as "whopping cough.”
Karon Preiss, head nurse for the county’s health department, said there was no cause for alarm, but she wanted to make the public aware.
“In April we had six cases,” said Preiss. “In the first two weeks of May we have had another six cases.”
Preiss said an outbreak this early in the year was unusual.
In 2003, no cases of pertussis were reported in Comal County in May, and only two were reported in June. Forty were reported in September and 11 in October.
“With 12 cases in a month-and-a-half, we wanted to alert the community to watch for signs of the disease,” Pteiss said.
Pertussis is a bacterial infection with cold-like symptoms that causes strong coughing
fits in severe cases. It is easily passed through the air.
Although it is vaccine-preventable, the vaccine is only administered to babies and young children.
Because immunity wears off in adolescence, teen-age children and adults are more susceptible to the disease. Pertussis frequently moves through schools, where it is easily transferred among children.
At the beginning of May, three Memorial Intermediate
students were diagnosed with pertussis.
To prevent any new cases, Preiss said parents of nonimmunized infants should keep their children at home. She also said people with coughs should ask their doctor for a pertussis lest. Anyone who has been in contact with a confirmed case of pertussis should begin taking antibiotics as a preventative.
“We don’t want people to panic, but we don’t want them to get sick, either,” she said.
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