New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 26, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Grandfather, 52, charged in infants death
By Ron Maloney
HOUSTON—A 52-year-old New Braunfels man has been arrested in connection with the December death of his grandson.
New Braunfels police detective Lt. Mike Rust said Gregory Robbins was arrested in Houston late Friday by Texas Ranger Drew Carter on a first degree felony charge of causing injury to a child, lf con
18-wheeler driver slammed into post
By Ron Malonay
A truck driver died Tuesday morning when his rig slammed into a York Creek overpass bridge abutment — closing southbound Interstate 35 for nearly six hours.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Travis Hall said Clarence Edward Morgan Jr., 47, of McGregor, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 5:15 a.m. accident.
Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Diana Guerrero ordered an autopsy.
“We don’t have any witnesses — no one saw the accident — but for some unknown reason, the driver just came down the hill,
victed, Robbins faces between five and 99 years in state prison.
Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Diana Guerrero set Robbins' bail at $200,000.
grandson, Brandon Lee Robbins II, was found dead in his home Dec. 2.
Autopsy toxicology tests returned in March revealed the toddler had cocaine and methadone in his blood
stream. Cocaine is an illegal stimulant. Methadone, Rust said, is usually used to treat heroin addiction. In addition, the child had suffered a “minor blunt force trauma” injury to the head.
Rust did not say whether the drugs were believed to have caused the child’s death.
“This charge is in relation to the death,” he said.
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veered off the road and hit the bridge,” Hall said.
No indications were found of any attempt to swerve or stop, Hall said.
“About five minutes later, a car came down southbound, hit the debris from this accident and rolled over,” Hall said. The driver of that vehicle was not seriously injured, the trooper said.
The semi-rig, owned by Century Express Texas out of Dallas, had departed Waco about 2 a.m. headed to San Antonio.
It was carrying office equipment.
Southbound traffic was diverted to the frontage road until 11 a.m. while the rig’s demolished tractor was removed and its diesel fuel cleaned up.
Defendant’s wife denies he was part of a gang
By Ron Maloney
Murder defendant John Hernandez’s wife painted a much different picture for jurors than the one investigators presented as his trial entered its sixth day of testimony Tuesday.
Rosa Linda Hernandez described the man accused of engaging in the organized criminal killing of Pablo Esquivel on April 28, 2002, as a loving husband and patient father.
If convicted in 207th Judicial District Court, Hernandez, 32, faces between five and 99 years in state prison.
His co-defendant. Daniel Campos Correa, 35, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder this past week to avoid trial — and received an 11-year prison term.
Tuesday, Rosa Linda Hernandez followed two Comal County Jail officials onto the witness stand as Glen Peterson and Rebecca Gibson’s defense entered its first full day.
Prosecutors and detectives have called Hernandez a gangster — alleging he was the wheelman on a Mexican Mafia extortion run when another man in the car, Santiago “Crazy Jimmy” Suarez allegedly stabbed Esquivel, 45, twice in the heart. Trial for Suarez, 34, has not been set.
Hernandez’s wife said her husband held down steady jobs until the couple decided in about 2001 that he would stay home and care for their child and another child from a previous marriage.
“John has more patience with my children than I do," she said. “We decided, ‘Why don’t you stay home, and I’ll work. ”
He was not, she said flatly, a member of the Mexican Mafia.
Tuesday afternoon, Peterson called sheriff’s detective Sgt. Tommy Ward back
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(Above) A wrecker driver attempts to load the twisted remains of the tractor portions' chassis.
(Left) Southbound traffic on Interstate 35 was backed up for miles Tuesday morning after the wreck. That portion of the interstate was closed for nearly six hours.
THURSDAYPain at the pumpGas prices around town compared to rates recorded earlier this month.
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Gas costs don’t deter motorists
By Ron Malonoy
Gasoline prices that have reached and surpassed the $2 mark will not prevent a heavy holiday travel weekend for Memorial Day.
Rose Rougeau, spokeswoman for AAA-Texas, said
more Americans than ever are expected to take to the roads this weekend — and in Texas, holiday travel is expected to be up 6 percent over one year ago.
About 3.2 million Texans are expected to travel at least 50 miles to holiday getaways. Of those, about 87 percent
of travelers — 2.8 million people — will drive, Rougeau said.
“The most surprising news is we’ve done our Memorial Day survey, and travel is up nationwide,” Rougeau said. “lf I had not been working
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Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Texas Department of Transportation workers sweep up sand used to absorb spilled diesel fuel after a tractor-trailer rig slammed into a bridge support early Tuesday morning at the York Creek overpass. The driver of the rig died in the accident.
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Law enforcement, river outfitters gear up for Memorial Day weekend