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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 14, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 235 16 pages in 2 sections October 14 1999 THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Killer of officers apparently enraged by marital trouble Pleasanton man gunned down three lawmen before turning gun on himself Tuesday night BY JIM VERTUNO Associated Press Writer PLEASANTON A man told a 911 operator to get somebody out here right away before ducking into a thicket and gunning down three officers including one who had arrested him for beating his wife Jeremiah Engleton 21 shot himself after a threehour standoff with up to 75 officers Tuesday night He drew police to his mobile home with the bogus 911 call and picked off two sheriffs deputies and a state troop er as their cars arrived At least one the trooper didnt even have a chance to unbuckle his seatbelt Theres no way to prepare for some thing like said Atascosa County Sher iff Tommy Williams If you had a half dozen officers on the scene you would have had six dead The dead officers were deputies Mark Stephenson 32 and Thomas Monse 31 and DPS trooper Terry Miller 37 Wounded in the Shootout were Carl Fish er a 60yearold retired Border Patrol agent and Luis Tudyk a 30yearold Pleasanton police officer Both were in good condition at a San Antonio hospital Wednesday Monse had arrested Engleton about 1 Tuesday on a charge of beating his wife Violet Engleton who had a 15month old daughter with Engleton left her hus band later that day on advice from a sher iffs department family violence officer Officials wouldnt reveal Ms Engletons whereabouts I dont know if he felt the police had caused his wife to leave Williams said Engleton was released from jail about midday Tuesday and dialed 911 just after 8 Monse the first to arrive on the scene was gunned down immediately as Engleton hid in a thicket of cactuses and mesquite trees Stephenson arrived five minutes lat More on Tuesdays shooting in Atascosa County Page 3A er and met the same fate Neither called for help After ambushing the deputies Englet took each mans handgun and shot them in the head officials said j Miller dispatched when the deputies didi not return radio calls arrived 20 minute after Stephenson See Saying goodbye WAI New Braunfels High School JROTC members salute as the caskets of Shelby Famsvyorth and Fernando Diaz are carried from Wednesdays funeral Mass at the New Braunfels Civic Center Famsworth 16 and Diaz 15 were killed in an automobile accident this past Saturday in front of the high school 2551 N Loop 337 Both teenagers were members of the NBHS Marine JROTC program New buildings planned for Canyon HS CISD trustees taking look at floor plans this evening BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Comal Independent School District trustees will look at floor plans today for a new athletic facili ty and agriculture building at Canyon High School Trustees will meet 6 at Canyon Intermedi ate School 1275 N Business 35 Richard Roll from the San Antoniobased firm ReynoldsSchlattnerChetterRoll will pre sent floor plans of three options for the construc tion of a new athletic facility at the campus 1510 Interstate 35 East The athletic and agricultural buildings are part of expansion projects approved in a million bond in May Total expansion projects for the campus including additional classroom space to accommodate students total an estimated million Cost estimates for the new facilities were not available Guillermo Nieri director of construction for CISD said normal procedure was to approve pre liminary drawings first If the board approves the athletic facility or the agricultural building or both then the architects will move forward on the design stage of the pro jects and we can proceed with the bid he said The new athletic facility is expected to be com pleted by February 2001 The agricultural building has a June 2000 completion date Nieri said trustees would be presented with three options for the athletic expansion which would be built next to the Cougar Den Nieri said architects proposed expanding Ben Hardy Gymnasium to include the new athletic facility building a twostory structure separate from the existing gym or constructing a onestory building separate from the existing gym Nieri said trustees would also consider floor plans and location for the agricultural building Architects were proposing putting the building which would house classrooms labs and office space next to the schools existing barn he said The plans would be to build a onestory struc ture In executive session the board will consider buying land near Comal Elementary School 6720 FarmtoMarket Road 482 and Smithson Valley High School 14001 Texas 46 West for expansion Construction on a million expansion project See WAI Eighthgraders Tiffany Kaufmann left and Laura Avery organize merchandise Wednesday at The Retreat Day Spa 409 N Seguin Ave The students participated in Shadow Day a semiannual event sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc Students shadow businesses Semiannual event lets area eighthgraders visit real world BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Eighthgraders Tiffany Kaufmann and Laura Avery probably know some of the bestkept beauty secrets in town Kaufmann a New Braunfels Middle School student and Avery a student at Sts Peter and Paul Catholic School spent Wednesday morning at The Retreat Day Spa 409 N Seguin But the two middle school students didnt get pampered with relaxing massages or manicures They were busy learning the ins and outs of operating a beauty and massage therapy business Kaufmann and Avery were two of more than 200 local teenr agers who participated in the Fall Shadow Day program spon sored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc Other students spent the day shadowing veterinarians health care workers doctors police officers Comal County com missioners and District Judge Jack Robison More 100 area busir nesses participated Throughout the day Kaufmann and Avery got to tour the mas sage room and the hair and nail salons and watched employees handle clients Both students got a behindthescenes look at what it takes to give a client the best manicure pedicure or hairstyle When theyre doing the massages they use sea salt Thats kind of Avery said See INSIDE 4B Key code 76 Uvalde jury acquits country singer in 1998 killing BY SHANNON Associated Press Writer UVALDE A jury acquitted country singer Johnny Rodriguez of murder Wednes day in the killing of an acquaintance he claimed was a burglar Jurors deliberated almost two hours before finding Rodriguez innocent in the death of Israel Bosco Borrego 26 who was shot once in the abdomen early the morning of Aug 29 1998 at the Rodriguez family home in Sabinal Rodriguezs lawyers had argued that he was justified under Texas law to defend himself and his property The 47yearold singer who could have faced life in prison put his face in his hands when the verdict was announced A few cheers erupted in the courtroom Borregos widow and other relatives cried Im just sorry that the whole incident took Rodriguez said after court adjourned I dont want to go through any thing like this again Now Rodriguez said he wants to con centrate on being a good father to his 18 monthold daughter and rejuvenating his music career Rodriguez is best known for his 1970s hits such as Pass Me By If Youre Only Passing and Ridin1 My Thumb to Mexico that soared into the Top 10 on the country charts His career took a downturn by the 1990s but he still plays weekend gigs in South Texas I think my mind will be a little more clear now I think Im going to cut back on the drinking too Ive learned a little about he said Rodriguez said he had booked a singing date this weekend in Rosenberg near Hous ton just in but he didnt have definite plans beyond that I cant think that far ahead right now 1 think Im going to go barbecue me some little ribs or he said Uvalde County District Attorney TOBJ Hackebeil argued Rodriguez was drunk an used a pistol to kill Borrego a pesky Wj regular drinking buddy as Borregt cooked a bacon and tortilla breakfast Ij Rodriguezs kitchen How hard is it to conclude that he decide ed Tm going to get rid of this pest once and for the prosecutor said Hackebeil however reminded jurors state need not prove a motive only that der occurred After the verdict announced Hackebeil said The facts such that it had to be put before a jury of this community has
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