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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 25, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas COMING FRIDAYKilling suspect placed in protective custody By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A killing suspect was placed in protective custody Saturday in the Comal County Jail after it was revealed in the Herald-Zeitung that he had talked to police. Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Tommy Ward testified Monday he took the action to protect Santiago Suarez from possible gang reprisals—while incarcerated in the county jail. Suarez, 34, told Ward he stabbed Pablo Esquivel to death the night of April 28,2002. Monday, attorney Glen Feter-son opened his defense of alleged co-conspirator John Hernandez with testimony of another man Suarez allegedly admitted the crime to. Hernandez, 32, stands accused of engaging in organized criminal murder. If convicted, he faces between five and 99 years in state prison. Thai for Suarez has not been set. Hernandez’s co-defendant, Daniel Campos Correa, 35, pleaded guilty to murder one week ago to avoid trial — and get a guaranteed 11-year sentence. Ward and Peterson clashed repeatedly during the detective's second full day on the witness stand. Peterson assailed Ward’s qualifications to allege that his diem and co-defendants are members of the Mexican Mafia — and charged that the detective was out to “get” his client. During discussion of interviews Ward conducted with Suarez in the county jail, the detective testified that the suspect’s story changed three times — from at first not knowing anything about the crime to knowing about it to doing it entirely on his own with no help or prior knowledge of his codefendants. Peterson asked ifWard wasn’t being selective in what he chose to believe and disbelieve—and if it was because he wanted to nail Hernandez for the crime. “He didn’t tell you my client did the knifing, did he?” See TRIAL, Page 3A Sunday strategy reaps results Bush says ■      US    will persevere I in Iraq H TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2004 I J M TfP • Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. By SCOTT UNDLAW Associated Press Writer President Bush sought to reassure Americans Monday night that he has a plan to pull Iraq out of the violence and chaos that have marked the year since he declared an end to major combat. “History is moving, and it will tend toward hope or tend toward tragedy,” he said. Bush promised to demolish Abu Ghraib prison, where Iraqi detainees were abused by U.S. troops. The White House said the prison had become “a symbol of disgraceful conduct by a few American troops who dishonored our country and diregarded our values." In a prime-time address at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., Bush was outlining a hopeful path amid rising body counts on both sides. His goal was to demonstrate momentum toward the shift of political power to Iraqis in five weeks and the U.S. effort to _ draw more countries G e w Bush in to combat insurgents and rebuild the country. “We will persevere and defeat this enemy and hold this hard-won ground for the realm of liberty," he said, according to excerpts released by the White House as Bush prepared to leave for Pennsylvania. The White House said the United States would keep its troop level at the current 138,000 as long as necessary, promising more if necessary and offering no timetable for bringing soldiers home. Bush outlined five steps he said would help Iraq achieve democracy and freedom. He said the U.S.-led coalition would hand over authority to a sovereign Iraqi government, help establish security, encourage more international support, continue to rebuild the nation of more than 20 million people and urge national elections. Ibis is a pivotal time for Bush’s drive for re-election as well as for Iraq’s future. I ive months before election day, his approval ratings have sunk, dragged down by the turmoil in Iraq. Bush’s address coincided with the unveiling of a new U.N. resolution by the United States and Britain endorsing the lune 30 handover of political power in Iraq and authorizing a U.S.-led multinational force to keep the peace. The draft resolution urges nations to send troops for an international force — something the Bush administration is anxious to see, with American troops stretched thin. FORUM GUEST COLUMN Jan Kennady writes about how parliamentary proceedure is useful when used correctly. Page AA 88 70 Details .... 6A DEAR ABBY 8A CLASSIFIEDS 8-10A COMICS 7A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS SA City council to hire consultant to help with parking problems DID YOU KNOW? PAT ROAST' INFORMATION, TICKETS ■ Guadalupe Castillo at 625-4156 or I Church office at 609-5320 Archbishop to visit church for Mass, dinner By Ron Malonoy Staff Writer Archbishop Patrick Flores will come to Holy Family Catholic Church in New Braunfels next month to say Mass — and be honored upon his retirement. Ramon Chapa Jr., who is a member of the Holy Family congregation, said the lune 19 visit will be the archbishop’s only retirement event at a rural church. It begins with a 5 p.m. Mass followed by a social hour, dinner at 7 p.m. and a “Pat Roast” at 7:45 p.m. Proceeds of the event will go toward cost of the new Holy Family Catholic Ministries Center to be built soon, Chapa said. All activities except the Mass will be held in the church hall. Celebrities on hand for the event will include Mayor Adam Cork, Former Senator and Ambassador Bob Krueger and others, Chapa said. “It’s going to be awesome," Chapa said. “We’re going to decorate that hall like it’s never been decorated.” SPORTS SCRIMMAGE New Braunfels High School football team holds annual Blue-White spring game. Page GA '«& Vol. 153, No. 168 10 pages, 1 sections CLICK WWW. 50$ 8 "56825 00001' Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Mayor Pro Tem Lee Rodriguez speaks to residents about pulling a parking ordinance off the consent agenda at city council. Charles White explains his dilemma about the parking issues in the neighborhood to Mayor Pro Tem Lee Rodriguez. By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Residents near Union Avenue who lost a battle for permit-only parking applauded the New Braunfels City Council’s decision Monday to hire a consultant to help with the city’s parking problems. However, more than 30 disgruntled neighbors met Sunday afternoon to plan their strategy before Monday’s council meeting. District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine and District 5 Councilman Lee Rodriguez attended the meeting, which was held at the home of Betty Kyle near Union Ave. Rodriguez promised the group Sunday he would try to get permit-only parking on the agenda again. "We lost permit-only parking by one vote last time," Rodriguez told the group. “But I’ve talked to other council members and I have a little more support now.” Monday's consent agenda included the second reading of a proposed ordinance that would restrict parking within five feet of residential driveways in a neighborhood bounded by South Union Avenue, East South Street, South Central Avenue and East Mather Street. Rodriguez said Sunday he would pull the item off the consent agenda However, some residents who attended the Sunday gathering weren’t impressed. “Lee, this is just a bunch of gobbledygook,” said Bill Norvell. “The bottom line is the council won't pay attention to us.” Wilton Wamecke urged the group to unite and attend Monday’s council meeting. “If we fail to get a permit-only parking ordinance, then the last resort would be a referendum,” he said. “We've got to let the council know we’re united.” Rodriguez promised Sunday he wouldn't give up. “The process can be overwhelming, and believe me, they’ll show up with Roberts Rules of Orders” he said. “But this issue has come up over and over, and council needs to listen to citizens.” Rodriguez was right. At Monday’s meeting, when Rodriguez pulled the parking ordinance from the consent agenda and made an amendment to include permit-only parking, Mayor Adam Cork said the amendment would violate the Texas Open Meetings Act. “Your amendment would make the proposed ordinance an entirely different ordinance from what was posted for the meeting," Cork said. “So it would be outside the Texas Open Meetings Act. Besides, council has already voted down permit-only parking for this area, but we can discuss in a later agenda item.” Rodriguez finally said the proposed ordinance would, in tact, pro- Wilton Wamecke Jr. shows neighbors the “Park and Float' sign that city council is proposing to place throughout the neighborhood. vide some relief to the neighborhood. Chuck Welty pleaded with council to pass the ordinance. “At least give us a little relief this year at least,” he said. Rodriguez amended the ordinance again. “I’d like to amend the ordinance to read no parking three feet on either side of a driveway, instead of five feet,” he said. Council approved the second reading of the amended ordinance, then discussed hiring a consultant to help provide long-term solutions to die city's parking problems. Valentine put the item on Monday’s agenda, and urged council to be proactive. “We’ve taken the first step, now let s take the second step,” he said. A majority of council said hiring a consultant would be a good idea. “It s like what we did with the civic center,” said District I Councilwoman Sonia Mufioz-Gill. Cork said, however, council would have to give a consultant parameters to work with. “We just can’t say ‘fix our parking problems’,” Cork said. “We’re going to have to identify the problems, and we ll have to decide as a council what the problems are. And at this point, it may be too broad.” See CARES Page 3A Tour of Faith AffflflWT dbtwrh to profiled in th* ;