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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 29, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas rn. FELSHerald-Zeitung ■—   -—- rn—rn-1 Vol. LSO No. 15    16    pages    in    2    sections    November    29,    2000 Wednesday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents GONZALEZGonzalez dies Former U.S. Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez, a maverick legislator whose 37 years on Capitol Hill were marked by a passionate defense of the common man, died Tuesday in a San Antonio hospital .13 A Courts in middle of election mayhem By Ron Fournier AP Political Writer Al Gore sought a speedy hand recount of Florida’s contested ballots Tuesday to ensure “no question, no cloud” hangs over the nation’s 43rd president. A judge rejected his timetable, Democratic lawyers vowed to appeal and Republicans demanded, “It’s time to wrap this up.” As the campaign played out in five separate courtrooms, the vice president sought to accelerate thf proceedings to avoid further testing of the public’s patience three weeks after Election Day. “Seven days, starting tomorrow, for a full and accurate count of all the votes,” the vice president said shortly after his lawyers asked Circuit Judge N. Sanders Sauls to order the recount of 13,000 questionable ballots in two Democratic counties. The judge instead scheduled a Saturday hearing and ordered the ballots — along with one or two voting machines — sent to Tallahassee in case he agrees that a recount is needed. Bush’s lawyers objected to Gore’s timetable, saying they needed time to prepare their case against him. Gore’s advisers were disappointed by the ruling, believing Gore needs good news from the courts in the next two or three days. MAJOR Waco ISD eyes Major for school chiefs job By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer Jerry Major, Ph.D., Comal Independent School District superintendent, has been named the lone finalist to lead Waco schools. The Waco Independent School District Board of Trustees announced Major’s selection on Tuesday. State law requires that the board now wait 21 days before voting on his appointment. During that time period Major probably will visit Waco, and Waco school board members probably will visit the Comal school district, Cl SD reported. “I started my career in education in New Braunfels 30 years ago and enjoy my job and love Comal County,” Major said in a statement provided by CISD. “If everything works out in Waco, it’s a professional opportunity that will be difficult to pass up. The Waco board is interested in hie, I am interested in the Waco superintendency and we will see what transpires over the next three weeks.” No job offer has been made and there have been no contract talks yet, Major said. “They’re kind of checking me out, and I’m kind of checking them out.... The 21-day period is for all parties to assess what they want to do,” he said. The Waco superintendent’s job has been open since June when former Superintendent Rosanne Stripling left. Her husband became superintendent in Texarkana and she is now a professor at the Texas A&M branch in Texarkana. Stripling’s salary was $175,000 when she left after working for the Waco district IO years, including three as superintendent, Waco ISD public information officer Carole Perry said. Major’s current base salary is $ 101,000. Perry said Major’s salary in Waco would be negotiated if he were hired. Major, 54, was born and raised in San Marcos and has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Southwest Texas State University. His doctorate is from the University of Texas at Austin. In time for Christmas? ¥ K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Prudencio Navarro (left) and Francisco de Hoyos work together Tuesday afternoon installing a new traffic signal at Oak Run and Highway 46. Texas Department of Transportation officials said the signal will be turned on before Christmas. The lights will flash for a couple of weeks before they begin their normal cycle. Comal Jail escapees still on loose Police arrest accomplice By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County Sheriffs deputies arrested on Tuesday the uncle of one of the fugitives who broke out of the county jail early Monday. Detectives arrested Jay Goodfriend, 52, of New Braunfels on a charge of hindering the apprehension and pros- :- ecution of a known felon. The offense is a third degree felony punishable by 2-10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000. He was booked into Comal County Jail about 5 p.m. Tuesday and had not been magistrated at press time. Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace William Schroeder recommended in Goodfriend’s arrest warrant that bail be set at $ 100,000. Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder on Tuesday assured the public that his jail is safe and secure and that an investigation is under way to determine what happened in the Considered Dangerous GOODFRIEND NBHS campus on high alert/ Below JOHNNIE WAYNE LEE EDWARD COOPER WEIRICH JR. Age: 37 Age: 27 White male White male, 5-feet-9 5-feet-11 190 pounds 205 pounds Black hair Brown hair Brown eyes Green eyes and a fair com-1 plexion. escape of two inmates to ensure that it does not happen again. Johnnie Lee Cooper Jr. 27, and Wayne Edward Weirich, 37, escaped from the county jail about 2 a.m. Monday. The pair had been stripping and refinishing floors when they climbed to the roof from an interior recreation area. Patrol deputies and criminal investigators searched late into See ESCAPEES/5A High school campus tightens security after jail break By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer New Braunfels High School is on high alert after the escape of a Comal County Jail inmate previously convicted of kidnapping an NBHS teacher. Assistant Principal Mike Reimer said the school would be on “high alert” until the escaped convict was captured. “It is a very high level security factor for us and the safety of our students and teachers up here,” Reimer said. Johnnie Lee Cooper, Jr., 27, and Wayne Edward Weirich, 37, escaped from the Comal County Jail early Monday morning. The men, who are considered dangerous, remained at large late Tuesday. Weirich had been in the jail since June 19, 1999, and had been convicted of a third offense felony drunk driving and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Cooper was serving a five-year sentence after being convicted of kidnapping his ex-wife and daughter at gunpoint in January. He had been in the Comal County Jail since Jan. 31. His ex-wife is a first-year teacher at NBHS. Officers brought her to the school Monday. She was scared, Reimer said, but stayed at school to prepare materials for a substitute to take over her classes. “She is tough. She’s very' upset,” Renner said. “Shes just hanging in there. We dispersed (Cooper’s) picture to all the teachers, faculty and staff, just in case he did try to come to this campus.” Teachers advised students not to approach Cooper and to report his presence immediately. INSIDE Cheer Fund Abby......................... ......5A Classifieds................... ...6-8B Comics....................... .......2B Crossword................. .......5A Forum......................... .......6A Local/Metro................. .......4A Movies......................... .......7A Obituaries.................... .......3A Sports........................ ...7-8A Today............................. 2A www.herald-zeitung com Key Code 76 Contributing to the Herald-\ Zeitung y Cheer Fund were: ^    •    David and Charline Johnson —- $200 • Irene Miller — $35 •Anonymous — $10 • Claude Dickens —■ $25 • Anonymous — $38.50 • Fredrick Budworth — $25 The Herald-Zeitung seeks donations for its annual Cheer Fund to provide holiday meals for needy residents. Mail or drop off donations at 707 Landa St. in Intoxicated assault defendant takes the stand By Ron Maloney Staff Writer One year after Leticia Perez died from injuries sustained in a headon crash, the woman who hit her described crying uncontrollably on the side of the road after the collision. And how, through her death, Perez changed the woman’s life. Christina R. Delmoral admitted Monday to driving drunk in the wrong lane of Farm-to-Market Road 2722 on Oct. 3, 1999. A Comal County jury will decide her punishment. Delmoral faces 2- IO years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Perez, 52, a passenger in the vehicle driven by her husband, Gonzalo Perez, suffered major injuries in the accident and died 56 days later. According to medical records read into the court record in District Judge Gary L. Steel’s court, Leticia lArcz and her family repeatedly refused medical advice that she accept blood transfusions after the accident. Religious convictions were cited as the reason. An official familiar with the case suggested those refusals might have led to the dropping of an intoxicated manslaughter charge down to intoxicated assault. Tuesday afternoon, defense attorney Mark Clark opened his case by putting his defendant on the w itness stand and describing for jurors her life before and since the accident.    , He said a psychiatrist would testify that she had been diagnosed with manic depression or bi-polar disorder and had been using alcohol to self-medicate. “When I sit down, FII look at you honestly and tell you there’s good reason that she can be reintegrated into society,” Clark said. Clark led Delmoral through the day of the accident, the number of' beers she had consumed and the New Braunfels bar she had visited with a friend. Delmoral described how tired she was when she drove home toward New Braunfels after dropping her friend at his pickup truck at Canyon Lake. “I remember slapping myself a couple of times, I remember opening my window to try to stay awake,” Delmoral testified. Then came the impact of the accident. See ASSAULT/5A ' * .-SS;' ■Mi ;