New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 4, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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SPORTS ANOTHER WIN
Canyon Cougars clinch another win. this time over Dripping Springs. 21-0. The Cougars record stands at 5-0. Pogo SA
SPORTS GOF FOR ME?
Or is it GOP used-to-be? Sledd Shearer laments the Republican Party's digression from Reagan days.
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Vol. 152, No. 278 14 pages, 2 sections
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By Ron Maloney
A pair of Canyon High School ninth-graders were arrested Friday afternoon on first-degree felony charges that they seriously injured their 5-month-old child.
The injured infant is in serious condition in a pediatric intensive care unit at North Central Baptist Hospital in San Antonio.
Comal County Sheriff s Detective Sgt. Tommy Ward said a 16-year-old girl and her 17-year-old boyfriend. Salvador Pineda Leon, were taken into custody in connection with lifethreatening injuries to their son.
Ward did not release the girl’s
name because she is considered a minor. Citing medical confidentiality laws, he refused to divulge the precise nature of the injuries.
Leon is being held in Comal County Jail on a charge of injury
to a child causing serious bodily injury, which could put him in prison for up to 99 years. Precinct I Justice of the Peace William Schroeder set bail at $100,000.
Leon was arrested June IO on an allegation of theft between $50 and $500.
The charge, a class B misdemeanor, is pending in County Gourt-at-Law.
The girl is being held in the Guadalupe County juvenile detention facility pending a hearing in district court.
The couple lived together in Coastal Bend Mobile Home Park, located in the 5000 Mock of Farm-to-■* Market Road 482.
Ward said an investigation he conducted with Detective Doug Phillips began Tuesday when North Central Baptist officials contacted his office — which health care providers and school officials are required by law to do in suspected child abuse cases.
“These parents took their son to the McKenna Memorial Hospital
Emergency Room at about 11 p.m. Monday,” Ward said. "At McKenna, he was diagnosed with an ailment and transferred to North Central Baptist Hospital at 6 a.m. Tuesday."
The parents report et! they believed the baby was ill, Ward said, and hospital officials admitted him.
“The boy was determined at that Ume to have life-threatening, nonaccidental blunt force trauma type injuries and had to undergo surgery,” Ward said.
Tile injury was believed to have been caused between 24 and 48 hours before the infant was taken to the hospital. Ward did not say what the motive for the injury was.
Wednesday, Ward and Phillips
questioned the mother of the infant in the presence of Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders. A judge must be present when detectives question a minor, Ward said.
The girl was released from custody. Friday morning, Ward Phillips and a New Braunfels police officer questioned Leon and released him.
Ward said he obtained arrest warrants for both teens that afternoon.
The mother was arrested as she was visiting the baby at North Central Baptist. The father was arrested at his home at 4 p.m.
“Child Protective Services is conducting an ongoing investigation as to the baby’s continued welfare and safety,” Ward said.
Drug trial set to begin
DA Waldrip will prosecute
By Ron Molonoy
A 45-year-old New Braunfels man who goes on trial Tuesday on drug and weapon charges faces up to two consecutive life terms in state prison.
Terry M. UUoa will be tried • in the court of 22nd Judicial District Judge Charles Ramsay. Jury selection begins Monday with the trial expected to begin Tuesday morning.
UUoa is charged with separate charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and cocaine in a drug-free zone, four charges of possession with intent to deliver between four ounces and five pounds of marijuana in a drug free zone, and two counts of possession of between four ounces and five pounds of marijuana.
He is also charged with theft of a firearm.
The drug-free zone allegation is that the offenses occurred within 1,000 feet of a Head Start program located in the 2900 block of Interstate 35 South.
If convicted, UUoa faces sentence enhancements for the drug-free zone, use of a deadly weapon and prior convictions, which means he could face at least two consecutive sentences of 15 to 99 years in prison.
District Attorney Dib Waldrip wiU prosecute the case, which dates back to July 13.2000. Ulloa’s defense wiU be conducted by attorney John Im of San Antonio.
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Stop means stop, schools, cops say
Children get off a school bus in New Braunfels reported problems with motorists passing Friday afternoon. School bus drivers have stopped buses, which is iftega! and dangerous.
By Dylan Jinrinez
An increase in occurrences of drivers passing stopped school buses has prompted school and law-enforcement officials to remind drivers of laws and safety concerns about students loading or unloading school buses.
New Braunfels Independent School District bus drivers have reported more incidences of drivers passing stopped buses than last year.
The daily average has risen from five violations to more than seven.
Drivers have to take responsibility for their own actions around schoolchildren, said school transportation officials.
New Braunfels Police Department officers do their best to patrol school zones and bus routes, but a lack of manpower has limited efforts, said Ii. John Wommack.
But the police do an “outstanding” job of picking up speeders in school zones, he said.
No less, it’s hard to catch violators passing a stopped bus. he said, although police presence deters them.
Deputies and constables also said their roles were mostly preventative near schools.
But whew police presence is more sparse — particularly on bus routes in rural areas — drivers can violate the pass-
H Yellow overhead flashing lights mean the bus is about to pick up or drop off children
• Red overhead flashing lights mean the bus is pick rig up or dropping off children. Stop no closer than 50 feet of the bus. Do not pass the bus Be aware of children crossing the road Proceed only after the lights are off.
*■ Emergency flashers on a bus mean you need to be aware of the bus and its surround rigs. It may be crossng railroad tracks.
ing law easier, bus officials said.
“It’s unfortunate we don’t have enough policemen to ride the bus and see it.” said Larry Phelps, NBISD interim transportation director.
Bus drivers understand peace officers can’t be everywhere, said Joe Jones, Comal Independent School District student transportation director.
Drivers are trained to collect information on drivers who pass a stopped bus. They record vehicle color, make, license plate information and driver description, which is given to police.
Some drivers get frustrated when repeated stops on a single-lane road slow traffic,
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Group to renovate Panther Canyon trail
H Comal County Trails to. repair the Panther Canyon trail.
H Contact Peter Olsen at 624-0872 or e-mail pcolsenOnbtx. com to sign up or for information.
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Volunteers will hit the trails today to revamp the Panther Canyon Nature Trail in LandaPark.
The one-mile trail situated on the hill between Ohio Avenue and Landa Park has been resurfaced and had minor repairs over the last few years, but runoff during the last two floods has worn the trail.
“It has taken a bit of a beating over the last couple of years," said David Stinchcomb, president of Comal County TYails.
Texas Parks and Wildlife awarded Comal
County Trails $20,000 lo refurbish the trail.
Comal (xxinty Trails applied for the trail grant after the 1998 flood That money will be used for materials and tools.
“We're going to try to do some things to make it more self-sustaining," Stinchcomb said.
Volunteers will build water-diverters to prevent erosion.
They also will improve surfaces, add signs, clear overgrowth and install several footbridges.
The trail will be rerouted around badly See TRAIL. Page 3A
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