New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 12, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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DEAR ABBY 8A CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 8AMan arrested in aggravated assault case
By Ron Maloney
SAN ANTONIO—The 48-year-old McQueeney man shot a month ago when he raised a pellet gun to two Comal County sheriff’s deputies could go to prison for the rest of his life.
Deputy Rick Sanchez arrested Irving Wayne West on Tuesday at the Texas Specialty Hospital in
San Antonio on a charge of aggravated assault of a public servant with a deadly weapon. Smith was later booked into Comal County Jail. His bail is $100,000.
If convicted, Smith could receive five to 99 years in state prison and a $10,000 fine for the first-degree felony.
Smith was injured just before I a.m. Sept. IO when Deputies
Tom Cheek and Jason Nitsch answered a “man with a gun” call at Potters Creek Park.
As the deputies approached Smith, in-car videos showed him raising what appeared to be an automatic handgun and pointing it at the deputies, who opened fire.
Sheriff Bob Holder defended the deputies’ actions, and both returned to duty after an internal
investigation conducted by the sheriff’s office and the Texas Rangers found no wrongdoing.
Smith’s arrest warrant affidavit Tuesday revealed details of the shooting previously not released by the sheriff’s office.
“Deputy Nitsch had his weapon out of the holster and at his side pointed at the ground as he began to tell West that he
needed to see his hands,” Ward wrote. “Nitsch told West to show his hands or raise his hands six times as he approached. ... Deputy Cheek also had his weapon drawn. I then observed West’s right hand move up and forward very quickly, holding what I believed to be a handgun,
See ARREST, Page 3A
Irving Wayne West
A LASTING LEGACY
Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung
Joanne Cruz, left, and 15-year-old son, Ajay Hernandez, look over pictures of Ajay when he was a baby.
Crisis Pregnancy Center helps rebuild lives
By Leigh Jones
Joanne Cruz was only 14 when she walked into the Crisis Pregnancy Center, scared and alone.
Her mother wanted her to have an abortion, but she wanted to keep her baby and start a family.
Volunteer counselors at the center talked to her about options for her child’s future and prayed for her, an intercession she looks back on as a turning point in her life.
“At that moment, I remember feeling comforted, knowing that there was someone to help me,” she said. “Going through that when I was so young was hard. It was like a big storm, but we all survived.”
Cruz never regretted choosing to have her baby, Adrian Joseph,
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although 15 years later, she has discovered how difficult parenting a teenager can be.
“Things didn’t work out like I thought they would,” she admitted. “But God hi always worked in my life; I just didn’t give him credit until now.”
The family she hoped to have with Adrian’s father never materialized, and she had to drop out of school to
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Joanne Cruz, left, doing one of her favorite things with her son Ajay Hernandez, listening to him play bass guitar.
City unanimously appoints new member to 4B board
By Leigh Jones
Julie Martinez is the newest member of the New Braunfels Industrial Development Corporation (4B) Board.
Martinez was appointed unanimously by the city council Monday for a two-year term. She replaces Ray Schoch, who did not re-apply but recom
mended her nomination.
A lifelong resident of New Braunfels, Martinez said she would work to keep her hometown clean and safe.
“I know we have to grow, but I want to be sure the new businesses that come here are of the highest integrity,” she said. “I want to make sure they are the kind of businesses we are
used to having here.”
Martinez is a New Braunfels High School graduate who chose to raise her family where she grew up. She currently works for the Scooter Store as a redetermination specialist, working to resubmit denied claims *. J Medicare.
Although she does not have a specific issue she wants to
promote, Martinez said she was very interested in projects for the city’s children.
“Anything we can do for sports activities for them, I’m for,” she said.
The 4B board recently approved spending $80,000 for improvements to the Weston
See BOARD, Page 3
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Bum ban lifted, circus held over after recent rains
By Ron Maloney
Rain brought a few changes to Comal County on Tuesday.
Acting Comity Judge jay Million lifted the burn ban in effect over the past two weeks. The move was made at the recommendation of Fire Marshal Un Manford and as a result of recent rain, Minikin said.
And the Alzafar Shrine Circus was rescheduled for Oct. 30 because of Tuesday’s showers. There will be two performances at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the rodeo arena of the Comal County Fairgrounds.
Public safety officials reported a few minor traffic accidents and a few closings at low water crossings, but no major problems.
“We were really surprised,” said New Braunfels Fire Capt. Rick Edwards. “For the most part, people were really careful or stayed off the roadway when it was raining pretty hard."
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State rules for outdoor burning can be found on the Comal County Fire Marshal's Web site, www.co.comal.tx.us/Fire„ Marshal.htm Click on the "TCEQ requirements for outdoor burning" link.
National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Runyon said it rained really hard at times.
“The general consensus is we got anywhere from just a little under 2 inches to as much as 6 inches of rainfall, depending upon the area,” Runyon said.
Another band of rain was expected to hit early today, he said, bringing another I 1/2 inches or so.
Tuesday’s rain, welcome as it was, comes within sigil t of the end of what has been a lean rainfall year in New Braunfels and the surrounding areas.
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Library begins assessing card fees
By Leigh Jones
Stacie Booth stopped using the New Braunfels Public Library on Monday — she refuses on principle to pay the new $25 library card fee required for out-of-city residents.
“I used to go to the library all the time,” she said Tuesday. “I’m an avid reader, and I used to take my 2-year-old son there every week for story time. Not any more.”
The new fee, charged yearly for all county residents who do not live within New Braunfels city limits, stems from the city-
county spat over library support.
Since 1982, the county has paid $25,500 to the city to allow county residents the privilege of checking out books. The agreement also called for the county to pay 20 percent of the annual increased budget costs, something the city had never forced them to contribute.
Negotiations for this year’s allotment plus 20 percent fell through when the county learned their bill could top $200,000, even though city officials said they never
See LIBRARY, Page 2
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