New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 4, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Bush wins second term as president |:
AT A GLANCE Electoral Votes for candidates
By Calvin Woodward and Ron Fournier
Associated Press Writers
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush won four more years in the White House Wednesday
and pledged to “fight this war on terror with every resource of our national power.”
John Kerry conceded defeat rather than challenge the vote count in make-or-break Ohio.
“I will need your support and I will work to earn it,” the president said in an appeal to the 55 million Americans who voted for his Democratic rival. “We are entering a season of
hope,” he said.
The president spoke before thousands of cheering supporters less than an hour after his vanquished opponent ended a campaign that brought him
achingly close to victory. “We cannot win this election," Kerry said in an emotional farewell. The re-election triumph gave
See BUSH, Page 5A
George W. Bush - 279
John Kerry — 252
Totals do not include Iowa results, which were unsettled at press timeGERMAN STUDIESStudent Day at Wurstfest brings teens from all over state
By Leigh Jones
Alexander Grof von Bernstorff got a little taste of home Wednesday at Wurstfest.
The German exchange student from Mayde Creek High School in Katy joined 2,000 other teens from around the state for Wurst-fest’s annual salute to students.
As soon as he climbed off the bus, von Bernstorff tracked down someone he could talk to in his native tongue.
Opa Arno Becker was happy to shake the rust off his German, a language he spoke exclusively as a child.
“I was not surprised to run into a German speaker. You see foreigners here at Wurstfest quite a lot,” he said. “Most I Anglish speakers here today aren’t being brave
enough to practice their German.”
Standing in the middle of Wursthalle listing to Polka music, von Bernstorff said Wurstfest food was better than Wurstfest entertainment.
“It's nice to get some sausage, but at home, only old people listen to this kind of music,” he said.
Old people and "Chicken Dance” aficionados.
New Braunfels High School German II students Paul Rogers, Chelsea Smith and Kelsey Zimmerman whirled around the dance floor while the Unicorn hand played the Texas German anthem.
“It s Wurstfest," said Zimmerman. "You can’t feel stupid doing the ‘Chicken Dance.’”
See WURSTFEST, Page 5A
New Braunfels High School students Paul Rogers and Chelsea Smith do their best “Chicken Dance" while attending Student Day.
Competency trial concludes for man, final arguments today
By Ron Maloney
Kent Kmeger Wednesday watched much of the last day of his competency trial on video from a courthouse holding cell.
Visiting District Judge Don Leonard ordered Krueger removed from the courtroom for disruptive behavior.
Jurors today will hear final arguments and then decide whether Krueger will stand trial on charges that could send him to prison for the rest of Iris life.
Krueger will go on trial for allegedly stalking and threatening District Attorney Dib Waldrip and tampering with a witness — if a Comal County jury finds him able to assist
San Marcos defense attorney David Sergi in his defense. If not, he could be remanded to a state psychiatric fac ility until he is found competent.
If convicted as charged,
Krueger, 42, faces 25 years to life in stale prison.
In the past, Krueger’s courtroom antics have included obscene outbuists, spitting on a district judge and lighting with bailifls. I Ie has been arrested 47 limes in Comal County and is serving a 10-year prison sentence for threatening a former I department of Public Safety trooper and his family.
Tuesday and Wednesday, defense and prosecution psychiatrists argued
whether Krueger’s emotional troubles precluded Ids being fairly tried.
Prosecutor Mark Mullin of the Texas Special Prison Prosecution Unit argues Krueger’s outrageous behavior and apparent psychiatric symptoms are an act designed to keep him from being held responsible for Iris actions. Sergi argues they are symptomatic of serious mental and emotional issues that preclude iiim from rationally participating in his own defense.
Mullin Wednesday put a series of corrections officers and sheriff’s deputies on the witness stand to support his contention thai Krueger’s
behavior, including what appears to be uncontrollable rocking in liis chair with his tongue darting in and out, is
Deputy Chris Vargas, whose testimony was corroborated by a Texas Department of Criminal Justice guard, testified that on a recent trip to New Braunfels for a court hearing, Kmeger acted normally until escorted into die presence of his attorney.
“Were you able to converse with him?” Mullin asked. “Was he rocking back and forth?”
“No, he was not,” Vargas answered.
“Was he seeming to have any problems?” Mullin asked.
“No, lie was not,” Vargas said.
TDCJ officer Shawna Boern
See CASE, Page 3A
By Scott Mahon
Fonner U.S. Senator Robert Kmeger got a temporary restraining order against die city of New Braunfels Wednesday to temporarily prevent the city from donating the Comal County fairgrounds to the Comal County Fair Association.
District Judge (diaries Ramsay in San Marcos signed the temporary order Wednesday at 2:25 p.m. and scheduled a hearing for Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Comal County courthouse.
In his petition, Krueger argued that the land, wnich was conveyed to the city by the* fair association in 1905, “will remain at all times and forever the property of the city of New Braunf els.”
The petition pointed out that the fair association leases the land from the city, and the
See INJUNCTION, Page 3A
Local high school football teams compete in district action.Proposition I vote totals finalized
By Scott Mahon
()ffiriafs results in die city election sin >wed voters supporting a property tax freeze for seniors 65 and older by a vote of 5,109 for and 1,978 against.
However, voters turned down Imposition 2 that would have designated the Comal County Fairgrounds city parkland and Proposition 3 diat : would have banned aluminum containers on rivers inside the city limits.
Proposition 2 failed by a votes of 2317 for and 5,011 against, imposition 3 failed by a vote of 2,063 for and 5,31H against.
Utst year, voters across die state approved Proposition 13 that gave residents the authority to petition counties and cities to force an election to freeze property taxes for seniors mid disabled citizens.
Because voters approved imposition I,
I SEGUIN VOTING RESULTS I ■ Propositions,
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Canyon High School German class students Lauren Brucks, left, Lauren Kester, Holly Jo Vergenz and Cesar Alvarez sing the German song "Mein Hut, der hat drei Edken" to students from throughout Texas during Student Day Wednesday at Wurstfest.