New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 6, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3BMan receives life sentence for robbery
By Bon Maloney
AUSTIN — An Arizona man who robbed a string of banks— including one hit twice in New
Braunfels — drew a life sentence Friday.
Police Lt. Mike Rust said Adam E. Martin, 38, received a life sentence from Federal Dis
trict Judge Sam Sparks Friday morning. I Jnder a federal habitual offender rule, Martin will spend the rest of his life in a federal prison.
“He had a hearing on several appeals Thursday all of which the judge denied,” Rust said.
Martin, of Austin, and his brother, Noel Martin, 28, of
Mico, were suspects in the They were arrested in March
November 2002 and January 2003 at the end of investiga-2003 robberies of the Surety tions involving New Braunfels Bank branch near H-E-B in
New Braunfels. See TRIAL, Page 2A
Fired city worker loses appeal
By Ron Maloney
Hie first of 11 street department workers fired in August and September to have an appeal hearing has not been rehired.
A spokesman for a I lispanic advocacy group said most of the footier employees would begin filing complaints with tile Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — possibly followed by lawsuits.
New Braunfels City Attorney Charles Zech said Friday Santiago “Jimmy” I iigunas would not be getting his job back.
Zech said City Manager ( huck Pinto considered the recommendations of a grievance panel requested by I iigunas in appeal of his Sept. 20 firing by (Tty Engineer Mike Short and decided not to give him his job back.
The report of the committee, which included Fire Chief John I letter, Qty Danner Frank Robbins, City Secretary Mike Resendez, street department employee Ronald Evola and PaiTs Director Stacie I iiird, has been requested by tile I lerald-Zeitung under the Texas
See APPEAL, Page 2APLAYING THROUGH THE YEARS
Local duo opens Texas Physical Therapy in New Braunfels.Annexation pending on agreements
By Scott Mahon
After postponing the annexation of more than 3,000 acres to give landowners time to sign non-annexation agreements, the New Braunfels City Council is still waiting for landowners to submit the agreements. Although council is scheduled to AT a GLANCE = approve the third and
■ What-New I final reading of annex-
Braunfels City I ation ordinances
Council I Monday, Planning■ When: 6:30 I Erector Hank Rob-
p.m. Nov. 8 I bins said ii Unmown-
■ Where- ’ ere submit the signed
Municipal i agreements, council
Building, 424 would wait until Nov. S. Casten Ave. I 22 to conclude the
annexation process, (balled restrictive convenants, the agreements would postpone the annexation of land owned by landowners who signed an agreemei it for ainu>st tliree years, or until die state legislature could find a permanent
See CITY, Page 2A
The Cloverleaf orchestra, a polka and waltz band, has performed at Wurstfest for 43 years, longer than any other band or orchestra.Cloverleaf longest performer at Wurstfest
By Scott Mahon
The Cloverleaf orchestra, a polka and waltz band, has played at Wurstfest since 1961, longer than any other band or orchestra.
Gordon Zonker, who joined the band in 1957 and is the oldest member, said the band was organized in 1952.
“We're a dance band, not a show band,” he said. “And lots of people come to Wurstfest to dance, especially the polka and waltz."
Zonker, 72, started playing trumpet in the fourth grade, he said.
A1951 graduate of New Braunfels I Ugh School, he retired from the construction business in 1997.
“No one from the original (Clover
leaf hand is still in the band,” he said.
Band members include Zonker, who plays trumpet, Nolan Werster-fer, who plays saxophone and clarinet, Glenn Herfurth, who plays trumpet, (day Zientek, who plays saxophone and clarinet, Fred Baetge, who plays the accordion, Melissa Townsend on drums and George House, who plays bass horn.
Most of the members have been musicians all their lives.
Baetge, 68, started playing the accordion when he was 8-years-old.
“I’ve been playing polka music 60 years,” Baetge said. “I started playing at dance halls in New Braunfels.”
■ The hand will perform today at Wurstfest from 11:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and on Sunday from 3 to 6:30 p.m.
George “Sonny" House, 54, joined the band in 1967.
“(lur music is specific Texas (»er-man Czech music,” he said. “But aside from Wurstfest, we also play throughout the year in Austin, Bulverde and at wedding receptions ami wedding anniversaries. But it s all about the music and the camaraderie with the oilier band members. And it’s about having fun.”
I lerfurth joined the hand in 1985. A 1969 graduate of New Braunfels I ligh School, I lerfiirth played trum
pet in high school.
Townsend graduated from Cleburne I ligh School near Dirt Worth.
“I started playing when I was in the seventh grade,” she said. “I played the piano first, then switched to drums.”
Townsend majored in music al Texas State University in San Marcos and earned a master’s degree in music.
Townsend, Wersterfer, Zientek and Baetge were all in the Texas State University band.
Wersterfer graduated from New Braunfels I Ugli School in 1955.
“I played saxophone in high school,” he said. “But being with the (Toverleat band is all about fellowship and entertaining people.”
Coalition to form foundation for SANE program
By Ron Maloney
A coalition of local law enforcement, helping professionals and McKenna Memorial Hospital Wednesday will form a foundation to allow victims of sexual assault to be examined for evidence collection where they are treated — here in New Braunfels.
The Comal County Crisis Center, District Attorney Dib Waldrip and other agencies have been working for years to bring a Sexual Assault
Nurse Examiners program
More titan a year ago, McKenna Memorial Hospital officials began meeting with law enforcement and counseling agencies to discuss lite idea.
This past spring, a working committee was formed to create die framework to start a program here.
T he groups will meet at IO am Wednesday outside the Commissioners’ (Courtroom, 199 Main Plaza,
to sign documents that will create a foundation lot a Sexual Assault Resjxmse Team (SARD.
Hie change means dial victims of sexual assault will no longer have to travel to San Antonio and wait in a metropolitan hospital emergency room for an examination that is intended to bring their attacker to justice.
“From the standpoint of the dignity of the victims, the current system
was not adequate, and from the standpoint of prosecution, it certainly wasn't optimal,” Waldrip said. “We could prosecute cases, but we just felt like it was high time we brought these procedures to bear locally so we could treat the victims with a higher degree of dignity and speed the process along for them.” McKenna needed to he involved, Waldrip said, because it is die community’s hospital and local victims
See SANE, Page 2A
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