New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 27, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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2nd stabbing suspect in jail
By Ron Maloney
Christopher Andrew Ortiz spent Thanksgiving Day with his parents.
Friday morning, he turned himself in to face murder charges in the stabbing death of Diego Saenz—just hours before the victim's noon funeral at Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Flanked by his attorney, his pastor, his parents and his stepmother, Ortiz, 19, went to the New Braunfels Police Department at 8 a.m. to turn himself in to Detective Sgt. Bob Parchman and Patrol Sgt. Scan Gabbard.
On the way into police headquarters Friday morning, Ortiz said nothing.
His attorney, Glen Peterson, did the talking.
“My client ’s not guilty of murder,” Peterson said.
Gabbard met Ortiz in the lobby.
The scene was subdued and businesslike.
“Mr. Ortiz? I low are you doing, sir?” Gabbard asked quietly. “You all right?”
Ortiz nodded his head.
“We need to do this,” Gabbard said, explaining the hooking pro
cedure to Ortiz as he began patting him down. “You don’t have any weapons or anything? You don’t have any jewelry?”
When Gabbard finished searching Ortiz, he handcuffed him.
Ortiz said something too softly for anyone else to hear.
Gabbard unhooked one of the
See STABBING, Page 5A
Christopher Andrew Ortiz, center, and Patrol Sgt. Sean Gabbard go through booking procedures in the New Braunfels Police Department. Ortiz, who turned himself in,was arrested on charges of murder in the stabbing death of Diego Saenz.
PRESENT HUNTING sv football
advances to regional final
By Will Wright
SAN ANTE INK ) — Smithson Valley pulled no punches f riday in its Class 5A-Division II football playoff against San Benito, taking a 51-0 victory that almost seemed effortless.
The Rangers held the previously unbeaten Greyhounds to just two first downs and 56 yards offense in the teams’ Region IV semifinal at the Alamode ne. They scored on eight of 11 possessions during the rout, which sent them into next Saturdays regional final against San Antonio Taft.
Strangely enough, there was little celebrating afterward by the Rangers players and coaches, who know they are still three
See FOOTBALL, Page 2A
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Chelsea, center left, and Casey pick out shirts from Kohl's to give as Christmas gifts for their loved ones while their mother, Becky, right, and aunt, Cynthia, look on. The Knape's come to New Braunfels every year from Dickinson, near Houston, to spend Thanksgiving with their family and then enjoy local shopping Friday.
Local stores handle busy shoppers on ‘Black Friday’
By Ron Maloney
It was good and dark when sisters Kathie Olivera, Cindy Medrano, Barbara Hernandez and I leien Gonzales took their place at the head of the line to get into Target Friday.
That’s because it was 4 a.m.
They led about 300 shoppers into Target when it opened at 6 a.m., kicking off “Black Friday” shopping in New Braunfels.
That’s the traditional name among retail clerks for what is traditionally considered the first day of the holiday shopping season and was, until recent years, regarded also as the busiest shopping day of the year — the day after Thanksgiving, in which retailers put on some of their best sales.
In recent years, "Black Friday’ has lost a little bit of its retail bite.
T he Wall Street Journal reported Friday that it is now regarded by
retailers as the next-to-biggest shopping day of the year, with the last-minute rush of the Saturday before Christmas eclipsing it.
According to the Journal, holiday retail sales nationwide got a good start this fall and are expected to be about 4 percent higher than last year’s record post-9/11 totals.
About ll) percent of this year’s holiday sales also will be realized over the Internet — an increase of 19 percent over 2003.
But four sisters from San Antonio who planned their shopping assault on New Braunfels over T hanksgiving dinner weren't going to have time to log on to the Web Friday.
They all met at Gonzales’ at 2 a.in. and were going to spend much of die day in stores.
“We come up here because it’s
See SHOPPING, Page 5A
Residents discuss comprehensive plan at town hall meeting
By Scott Mahon
A town hail meeting at the New Braunfels Civic Center drew dozens of local residents interested in helping update the city’s comprehensive plan.
The meeting was held by the New Braunfels Planning Commission staff to gather input for planning the city’s growth and development.
Frank Robbins, director of plan
ning, said almost 40 local residents attended the meeting T uesday night.
“The purpose of the meeting was to find out wiiat local residents envisioned for the community,” he said.
T he planning commission has already begun updating the city’s 1999 comprehensive plan, which will include a new land use map.
Robbins said he had intended to divide those who attended the meeting into four groups so that each group could discuss each quadrant of the community.
“A lot of people knew each other, so a lot of people ended up going from one group to another,” lie said. "So we decided at the meeting not to structure it too
much to allow people to discuss the community as a whole.”
T he city’s updated land use map will define what the city should look like* as new development lakes place over the next 15 years, Robbins said.
"We want to decide how land inside the city limits should be used, whether specific areas should he residential, industrial, multifamily
See HEARING, Page 3A
City denies another street worker appeal
By Ron Maloney
City Manager Chuck Pinto has decided not to reinstate a street department employee fired in September in tile wake of his Nov. 18 grievance hearing.
Pinto said Friday he sent Saul Ibarra lr. a letter Wednesday informing him dial he would not be getting his job back with the City of New Braunfels.
‘Tm following the grievance committee’s recommendation and not reinstating him,” Pinto said. “I’m recommending the termination stands.”
Pinto declined to discuss the outcome further, saying the issue was a personnel matter.
City Engineer Mike Short fired Ibarra Sept. 20 along with several other employees who were either allegedly implicated
See FIRINGS, Page 4A
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Patti Denmark, a cashier at Target, checks out Rico Herrera, who takes advantage of the discounts offered at the after-Thanksgiving sale.
One of the largest property management com-
Eanies in the Southwest as opened an office.