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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Search warrant leads to arrest of local m COUNTDOWN 495 DAYS New Braunfels Sesqulcentennial March March New Braunfels 410 CIO 3 0 W 53 T MIC R 0 P U B IS H1N 3 2627 E YANDELL DR El TX 79903 CENTS 12 Pages in one section Aug HeraldZeitung Serving Comal County Home of ANN BARTHOLOMEW I Vol 141 No 182 INSIDE Sears STAMMTISCH Birthday wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes Sandra Dun can Nancy Lopez Larry Schwab Juan Rojas Elaine Villanueva Blood drive for Tom Bluntzer scheduled A blood drive for New Braun fels resident Tom Bluntzer has been scheduled for Aug 23 from 10 to 6 at the law offices of Reagan Burrus Dierksen Lamon and Bluntzer located at 205 N Seguin Two blood mobiles will be on hand in the back parking lot to take donations Walkins are welcome or appointments can be made by calling Debbie at 625 8026 Landa Block Party set for tonight The Landa Neighborhood Watch will have their 5th Annu al Landa Neighborhood Block Party tonight at 8 There will be yogurt a walk cold refresh ments and music The party will be held on Muleberry St between Edgewater and Klinge mann Everyone in the Landa Neighborhood come bring chairs and join the fun Rivercrest Night Out slated tonight The Rivercrest Heights Neigh borhood Association will cele brate National Night Out on Tuesday Aug 3 with a meeting at Rivercrest Park Decorations should be in place by 6 for judging The meeting begins at 7 with a special visit from Toby Everyone should bring a lawnchair to share the fun and good times McQueeney VFD plans BBQ picnic The Annual McQueeney Volun teer Fire Department Picnic will be held Saturday Aug 14 at the airconditioned McQueeney Lions Community building on Hwy 78 six miles west of Seguin Great barbecue chicken and all the trimmings will be served from and again from 4 until 9 A drivethru service will be offered from to There will be games for the kids bingo from to a Ladies Auxiliary auction from 7 to followed by a raffle To get there take FM 78 to the McQueeney Lions Club located one mile east of McQueeney Call 3790660 or 5575621 for more informatioa Proceeds will go toward expand ing the fire station CORRECTION In Sundays edition of the Her aldZeitung under a photo head lined Three Vehicle it was incorrectly stated that a car driven by Tommy Jean Ridgway struck a car driven by Wuanita Riggins Ridgway was stopped waiting to turn left off of Hwy 46 Stammtisch The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community Stammtisch represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the days happenings We invite you to share with ARAB ELCOME TO LAFiELD ITY LIMITS WNTHROOP CARTHAGE MISSOUR POR11035 GLENVIEW r Local attorney testifies at Davis hearing More testimonies to be heard today Photo by RICHARD HUSETH Alaskan sign post forest This sign post forest found by Richard Huseth father of HeraldZeltung photographer John Huseth Is located near Watson Lake In the Yukon Territory and features a sign with New Braunfels Texas Judge Casteel declines debate By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer County Judge Carter Casteel has declined to debate Ted Key a candidate for county judge who had challenged her and other county officials in an advertisement in the Sun day edition of the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung to a debate on the Water Oriented Recreation District 1 had responded to him when he wrote me the first let ter and asked him to bring his concerns to the entire said Casteel I did the same with his second letter My plans are to continue to concentrate on making the Guadalupe Riv er a clean and safe place for our families I dont intend to debate whether it should be clean or who should clean According to Casteel Key has not brought his concerns before the commissioners When contacted for comments Key declined to discuss the matter or name the three others in addition to himself that would debate Casteel and the other county officials say ing that since Casteel had declined the debate there was no point in talking about it Key said well get to it eventual Casteel said commissioners court is the appropriate place for citizens to bring their con cerns about coun ty government I invite Mr Key to become part of the solu tion not part of the she said Keys open let ter challenge to Casteel referred to the WORD as a bureaucracy that has been mishandled mismanaged and has created noth ing of lasting value to our He invited Commissioner Moe Schwab President of the WORD board Guy Anderson and WORD Manager Jim Inman to meet him and three others in an open debate of the issues surrounding the WORD its performance and its contribution or lack thereof to the citizens of Comal Judge Carter Casteel Ted Key By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Testimony began Monday in a hear ing involving alleged capital murder er Jack Davis request for a writ of habeas corpus The hearing began with Davis attor ney Stanley Schneider of Houston presenting his case Davis has been accused of murdering local school teacher Cathy Balonis in 1989 The murder occurred at the New Braunfels Oak Apartments where Balonis lived and Davis was the main tenance man Testifying in the hearing was Davis former defense attorney Wade Arledge of New Braunfels Arledge was appointed by the court to represent Davis in the first capital murder trial Davis was convicted in this trial but the decision was reversed by a court of appeals Arledge testified that several inci dents in the first trial prevented his client from receiving a fair trial The first included testimony by Car olyn Toth Attorneys in the case said the first time Toth testified she said she had seen Davis hugging the vic tims sister Karen Balonis The second time she testified she recanted this statement according to attorneys Arledge said this was important to the trial because blood and saliva was found on Davis jacket The defense theory was that this blood got on the jacket when the hug occurred This would corroborate with what Jack said when he gave the said Arledge According to Arledge the jury was instructed to disregard the second tes timony However Arledge said it still made an impact on his former clients case Arledge also testified he had been told by District Attorney Bill Reimer that a piece of hair had been found in the victims hand and that pictures of the crime scene had been taken Arledge said he later took a deposition from Reimer which stated the evi dence had existed but had been lost Another issue raised through Arledges testimony included testi mony from Fred Zane who worked at the Bexar County Crime Lab Arledge said testimony by Zane stated that a spot of blood on the shirt of the victim was from Davis I had never heard that until that he said He added that testimony was intro duced stating that a large amount of blood found on the carpet was He said Zane later said the blood belonged to Balonis Arledge also testified that the trial had been difficult for both him and Reimer I think the whole thing was a night mare for every person being touched by the he said He added that he could not testify that Reimer had a good reputation in the county I think Bill tries to be honest l think Bill is under a lot of and when hes being challenged in a courtroom or any endeavor he will do anything he can to said Arledge Testimony was also heard from Carl Kent chief investigator at the Monto gomery County District Attorneys Office Kent investigated the case when the matter was taken to a civil trial by the victims parents Balonis parents sued the apartment complex for allowing Davis to have pass keys to the apart ments The case was settled out of court Kent testified that he had been told by Zane that testimony made in refer ence to the blood stains on the carpet were a He said Zane had said the blood on the carpet was determined to be Balo nis although Zane had testified it was Davis He also testified he had found other blood spots on the victims clothing but was told testing had not been done because of cost Kent told the court he had inter viewed Davis in the case and gave him several opportunities to explain some of the evidence in the case His statements were consistent every he said Other testimony was heard from Alda Hanes 78 of New Braunfels who testified she had heard a woman telling a New Braunfels police offi cer that a man with long hair and a white shirt was leaving the apartment around the time of the murder This description was also given by Davis She said the conversation had been taped by the officer No such tape was introduced into evidence at the trial Also testifying was Daphne Nor sworthy who had worked at the crime lab with Zane Norsworthy said she disagreed with Zanes methods of test ing and reporting Henry Holiday who currently works at the lab said some tests to identify blood at the scene were incon clusive Local veteran takes fight to state capitol By GARY P CARROLL News Editor AUSTIN New Braunfels resi dent Manuel Camareno took his fight to maintain fulltime hours for the Comal County Veterans Service Offi cer to Austin today asking the Texas Veterans Commission for help In a meeting with several state com mission officials Camareno said the Veteran Service Officer was vital to the areas veterans and cutting the hours of the Veterans Service office to 20 hours per week would seriously hinder the offices ability to provide adequate veterans services We put over million into the areas Camareno said I dont think were freeloaders and I dont think were asking for a lot In 1992 veterans residing in Comal County were paid million in com pensation and pension in readjustment and vocational rehabili tation and in insurance and indemnities For this reason Camareno said the veterans service officer should be a 40hour a week position Although the state commission rep resentatives agreed with Camareno they said outside of writing a letter of support there was really nothing more they could do Texas Veterans Com mission Chairman Sam Bier said the commission has no authority over the countys hiring or staffing of a Veter ans Service Office Anything we do they dont have to abide Bier said HoraldZeitung photo by JENNIFER ROMPEL Rummage sale preparations Members of the New Braunfels Historic Museums Association are working to prepare for their annual Rummage Sale set for Thursday Shown are Joanna Lewis Barney Carrion John Rlghtmlre Rose Marie Zlpp Carolyn Barry Jackie Heltkamp and Ardlth Mueller The sale will last from 9 to 0 Proceeds will benefit the Conservation Society the Sophienburg Museum Archives For more Info call 6291572 For news advertising or subscription information call 6259144
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