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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 21, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2004 21,2004 \ld-Zeitung SPORTS RANGERS ON A ROLL Smithson Valley prevails in Game 1 against Holmes Huskies, 3-1. Pogo 6A FORUM GUEST COLUMN Jay Patrick says city's representative democracy deserves better than councilman's frivolous rants. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 165 16 pages, 2 sections CLICK I 500 www: 56825 00001 r* Partly cloudy High Low 89 70 Details .... DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 3-8B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM    4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS B-7A TV GRIDS 3BVictim’s wife denies he used drugs Ry Ron Maloney Staff Writer Amelia Esquivel testified Thursday her husband’s last words to her were that he was going back to their former home to get his lawn mower and weed trimmer. Minutes later, he was dead of two stab wounds to the heart. The trial of John Anthony Hernandez, one of Pablo Esquivel’s three accused killers, entered its third day Thursday with continued testimony by officers who arrest ed Hernandez and the detectives who investigated the killing. If convicted in 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison’s court on the charge of engaging in organized criminal murder, Hernandez, 32, faces between five and 99 years in state prison. Prosecutor Joe Soane put Amelia Esquivel on the witness stand to tearfully testify to co-counsel Ed Springer about her relationship with the victim, who was killed April 28,2002. Hernandez, Daniel Campos Correa, 35, and Santiago “Crazy Jimmy” Suarez Jr., 34, were arrested about half an hour after the killing by New Braunfels police. Correa pleaded guilty to murder Monday in exchange for an 11-year sentence. Amelia Esquivel testified she had lived with Pablo for 28 years and been married to him two years when he was killed. They have a son who is now an adult. Weeks before the killing, she testified, they asked a boarder See TRIAL, Page 3A 4 escape serious injury in collision By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Four were injured T hursday evening in a collision at Landa Drive and Loop 337. New Braunfels Police Sgt. Kevin Clayton said the accident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. when a 21-year-old New Braunfels area woman apparently pulled onto Loop 337 in a pickup truck — directly in the path of another pickup truck that was northbound — headed uphill — on the loop. The northbound truck slammed into the driver's and rear doors of the woman’s pickup, Clayton said. TWo children, ages 5 and 3, See WRECK. Page 8A SATURDAY Experts: Debate essential to council Scott Mahon Staff Writer Debate among city council members and with the public is a necessary ele- I ment of the governing process, two political science experts said Thursday. “There’s always going to be different viewpoints, but it’s the job of the city council to listen to different opinions,” said William Desoto of Texas State University “The role of leadership is to find a consensus, and debate is the most common way to accomplish a consensus.” In a story Wednesday in a San Antonio newspaper, New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork was quoted as saying: “Our (city council) meetings are designed to conduct the business of the city... they are not designed for debate.” The statement has sparked commentary and criticism from citizens and at least one public official. However, Cork said Thursday his comment "was taken out of context.” “What I said was council meetings are not a debate class,” Cork said. “Council’s responsibility is to first decide if an issue is city business, and then debate the issue.” A Trinity University professor of political science said public debate was an essential element of good government. “Much of any city council’s agenda is probably routine," said nicker Gibson. “So in many respects, the agenda almost looks like a consent agenda. See DERATS, Page 8A DAVID INGRAM/HeraW-Zeitung New Braunfels Fire and EMS personnel remove the 21-year-old driver of a pickup truck involved in a twovehicle accident Thursday evening at Loop 337 and Landa. 2 arrested in connection with NB vehicle burglaries By Ron Maloney Staff Writer TWo uninvited guests to Wednesday’s Chamber of Commerce mixer probably wished afterward they had driven a better car to the event. New Braunfels police detective Scott Renken said they were arrested in Selma on burglary charges after their car broke down on Interstate 35 — and likely after burglarizing four cars parked near the New Braunfels Civic Center—one the personal vehicle of an off-duty police officer. Juan Rodriguez, 23, and Adrian Calvillo, 20, were booked into the Bexar County jail by Selma police just after 7 p.m. Renken said a Selma officer stopped on the interstate to help two young men with a broken down car. He asked for their identification, and neither man had any. Further checking revealed Rodriguez was wanted on six warrants for alleged Bexar County vehicle burglaries. Rodriguez was handcuffed, and the vehicle was inventoried so it could be towed. Renken said items found in the vehicle included property stolen in Selma and Schertz and a stereo and police officer's protective vest. The vest and stereo, Renken said, were positively identified as being taken from the New Braunfels police officer’s car minutes before the pair broke down. Calvillo was booked for the Schertz and Selma vehicle burglaries. Renken said he expected bookings for the New Braunfels burglaries. Fruits of their labor Annual Farmer^ Market opens Friday downtown. HOLY GROUND CHRISTIAN CHURCH B Pastor Darin Sanders B Denomination: Disciples of Christ B Attendance: 120 B Meeting time 10:45 a rn. Sunday H Address: 330 S. Hackberry H Phone 624-4659 B Worship style: Blended B Web site www.holyground- B Mission statement: We are a Bible teaching church inviting, accepting and sending out disciples. Laid-back style gives worshippers common ground By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Members of Holy Ground Christian Church are holy but not “holier than thou." “We are a church for real people,” said Pastor Darin Sanders. “We have a mix of formal and casual. We even have some deacons with tattoos.” Sanders said the diverse congregation is usually the first thing visitors notice. “We started four years ago with a mainly white congregation and an African-American pastor," Sanders said. “We continue to grow in diversity. Now when you come you find yourself worshiping with people that are unlike you, but you feel totally comfortable." Member Tony Longoria said the congregation makeup was supernatural. "Our diversity is amazingly unique,” he said. “It’s like a vision of heaven.” Longoria said he started attending Holy Ground when his life was headed in the wrong direction. “With (Sanders’) practical teaching, it’s like I ’rn hearing the voice of God showing me areas of my life that need to be changed,” he said. “Everytiiing is straight out of the Bible.” Longoria said he had not missed one Bible study since he started attending, and he’s never bored. “Listening to our pastor is like listening to Chris Rock,” he said. "He’s so funny. Every week I’m sitting on the edge of my seat, and I always leave pumped up for the week ahead.” I loly Ground outreach ministries focus on local needs. They support homeless people in San Antonio with food and clothing, and they sponsor health fairs in areas of the community where positive health awareness is low. They are also starting a mother’s day out program to help single mothers and others who need childcare. See CHURCH Page 3A MANDY REARY/HetakT Zeituny Holy Ground Christian Church pastor Darin Sanders. Holy Ground Christian Church Fridays, the Herald-Zeitung 4RMttr of worship. ;