New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 19, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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The Canyon football team overcomes a rough start to advance in Class 4A playoffs. Page 8A
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Fans line up, but don't dress up, to watch the latest installment of the Harry Potter series. Page 4A
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New Braunfels man faces life behind bars
By Ron Maloney
A 42-year-old New Braunfels man was convicted Thursday on a drug and organized crime charge that could send him to prison for the rest of his life.
Rodolfo C. Gomez was tried on first-degree felony charges of engaging in organized criminal activity in connection with the sale of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia and weapons allegedly found in December, 2001 when a SWAT
team and the Comal County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force raided his family home.
Gomez, his brother Arnaldo, 51, and his sister, Sandra Aleman Gomez, 44, were all arrested in the raid and booked on first-degree
felony charges of engaging in organized crime by possession of narcotics.
■ Possession with intent to distribute heroin;
■ Possession with intent to deliv
■ Possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine;
■ Possession of marijuana.
“We’re pleased with the verdict,”
See VERDICT Page 7A
HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS
Hundreds fill downtown as holiday season opens
By Leigh Jones
The Dunbar family stood in line for almost four hours before Santa came riding around the Downtown Plaza atop his brignt red fire engine sleigh.
The wait was worth it when Kali, 5, Gion Cameron, 3, Chance, 17 months, Krista, 4, and Dylan, 14 months, got to be the first ones to sit on Old Saint Nick’s lap and whisper their Christmas wish lists in his ear.
Krista was the only one who would reveal her secret before scaling the bandstand steps to Santa’s chair.
“I want a bike, because I’m growing,” she said. “I need a bigger one.”
Her mom, Ashley Slate, nodded conspiratorially to the other family members in the group. It was almost as if she knew Santa would come through.
Perseverance might be her secret connection with the man from the North Pole — Slate and her family have been first in line at the downtown lighting ceremony for the last three years.
"We st ant'd doing it so we wouldn’t have to wait so long later in the evening when it’s colder,” said Kim Dunbar. “Now its a family tradition.’’
The children did not seem to mind the wait too much — they were running around the fountain and watching the choir prepare to sing the first carols of the season.
Erie Gibson, who arrived at the bandstand about 30 minutes after the Dunbars, was passing the time
New Braunfels battles for state title today
By Will Wright
SAN MARCOS — In the University Interscholastic League’s 40 state volleyball tourna-ments, a team from New Braunfels has shown up for 18 of them.
Today, for the 10th time, one of them will play for a championship.
New Braunfels may be a decided underdog against defending
AT A GLANCE
■ What: Class 4A State Volleyball Championship
■ When: 3 p.m. today
■ Where: Texas State University's Strahan Coliseum
■ Tickets: $5 for student session; $10 for adult session.
For more on the game, see Sports on Page 8A
Photos by DAVID INGRAM, Hnrald-Zeitung
Christopher Marmolejo, 19 months, and , Serenity, 3, aren't sure about Santa while visiting with the jolly old elf at the bandstand Friday night. Below, the Comal County Courthouse is ablaze with Christmas lights.
making a sketch of the historical structure.
“I do it every year to mark my place in line,” he said, leafing through his sketch book to reveal views of the plaza from different angles. “Last year, I was around No. 30 in line.”
Last year’s pencil drawing showed a nice view down luanda Street past the courthouse.
Gibson said he knew exactly what his daughter Madison, 4, wanted — a Furbie and a Pound Puppy.
“I haven’t seen a Furbie in years, so I hope I can find one,” he said, the tone in his voice showing a complete lack of faith in Santa’s ability to provide.
“I’ve seen them at Toys R Us,” said Raul Gaytan, the third person in line.
Gibson grinned appreciatively and made a mental note to visit
See SANTA, Page 7A
champion Lewisville Hebron in today’s Class 4A volleyball state championship match. But that matters little to this community, which is expected to
See UNICORNS, Page 3A
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Holiday shoppers look over some of the unique itei for sale at the 17th annual Weihnachtsmarkt Friday.
Christmas shopping opens with bang at Weihnachtsmarkt
By Ron Maloney
Whatever it is you buy for that special someone who has everything, it probably can be found at Weihnachtsmarkt, the 17th annual “Christmas Market” that benefits the Sophienburg Museum and Archives.
Weihnachtsmarkt continues today and Sunday.
Mike Fitsko thought he’d found that special gift — a 19th Century child’s sled — at Like Ditges’ German antique shop “Der Aller Fritz,” which was set up in the southeast corner of the civic center.
“That was my most interesting item,” said Ditges, who had several other
AT A GLANCE
Weihnachtsmarkt continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Cost: $5 general admission; children 5 and younger are admitted free (strollers extra). For information, call 830-629-1572
sleds among many antique items, including an old child’s school desk and a tableful of German candy.
A German native who speaks in the soft accent of her home country, Ditges collects her antiques in the Leipzig and Dresden areas of Germany. She lias come from Fredericksburg to New Braunfels several times for Weihnachtsmarkt.
See SHOPPING, Page 3AYoung reader gets a passport to Schlitterbahn
By Jessica Sanders
Kyle Kendrick wouldn’t be on his way to Schlitterbahn if he didn’t have a passport.
Kyle, a third-grader at Hoffmann Lane Elementary, was the winner of the Passport for Reading drawing Friday. The prize was a season pass to Schlitterbahn, along with confetti, balloons and heaps of envy from other students.
“They were all asking if they could have the confetti that was on me,” he said.
• Kyle was one of 125 students at I loflmann Lane who participated in the areawide
See READING, Page 5A