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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                r vnMltfU HER ALDZEr IONG Vol 149 No 53 14 pages in 2 sections February 1 2000 TUESDAY Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Motion seeks to set aside capital murder indictment BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Defense attorneys for a man accused of killing New Braunfels resident Ted McReynolds in June 1999 filed a motion to set aside his Sept 8 capital murder indict ment If State District Judge Jack Robison grants the motion Comal County prose cutors will have to go back to the grand jury for an indictment Douglas Edward Journeay 35 of Mel van is charged with capital murder in the death of 62year old McReynolds who was found strangled in his New Braunfels apartment June 9 Family members found McReynolds body at his home in an apartment com plex in the 1000 block of Sanger Avenue after he failed to appear at a family function JOURNEAY and did not respond to phone calls Law enforcement officials said McReynolds probably died sometime in the early morning hours of June 6 If convicted Journeay could be sentenced to death or life in prison Comal County criminal district attorney Dib Waldrip said a decision had not been made whether to pursue the death penalty New Braunfels attorney Phylis Offer man said the Sept 8 indictment did not provide enough information to allow Journeay to prepare an adequate defense The motion filed by Offerman stated the indictment was defective because it did not allege the means or instruments allegedly used to kill McReynolds According to the September 1999 indict ment Journeay allegedly killed McReynolds by compression of incision to his neck while attempting to rob him The defense stated the use of the words compress incise described an act that could be committed through more than one manner or means and the defendant was entitled to have the manner and means clarified by the state A Comal County grand jury also indict ed Journeay on a charge of indecency with a child by contact which is a second degree felony and unauthorized use of a vehicle which is a state jail felony The charge of indecency with a child stemmed from a separate incident in Comal County prior to the alleged murder New Braunfels Police Department detec tives and Texas Rangers arrested Journeay See In command Left to right Luke Marbach in a Marine sponsored jeep K JESSIE Kelsey Martin and Zach Marbach enjoyed a day of fun at the Childrens Museum that included playing The museum is gearing up for Black Heritage Month with an exhibit on Botswana TO TAKE A LOOK St Jude fund raising drive falling short of goals BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer BULVERDE St Judes Ranch for Children in Bul verde has given local chil dren a second chance at life for 17 years Many of the residents at St Judes who range in age from 12 to 21 were abused or abandoned by their parents but now live in a safe loving home thanks to the staff and volunteers at St Judes St Judes is asking the community to help provide the same caring environment to other youth through an ongoing campaign drive St Judes staff announced the firstever official fund raising campaign in Novem ber 1999 to help fund the needs of a growing campus But Marilyn Seay Shelby executive director of St Judes Ranch for Children said the organization still was about short of its NBISD considers bond sales to fund projects BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District trustees could authorize the sale of million bonds Tuesday night to get started on expansion projects at New Braunfels High School and Lamar Primary Trustees will meet Tuesday at the Education Center 430 W Mill St Trustees also are scheduled to con sider authorizing superintendent Ron Reaves to negotiate with architects to begin design for future bond projects NBISD patrons approved a mil lion bond in October 1999 to fund expansion and improvement projects at 15 campuses and district kitchen and maintenance facilities Reaves said the first sale would fund a million expansion and renova tion project at NBHS 2551 N Loop 337 and improvements at Lamar Pri mary the Learning Center central kitchen and maintenance facilities Renovation projects at NBHS include adding a twostory classroom wing with 1015 more classrooms a new compe tition gym a new cafeteria an enlarged band area and extensive repairs to the football stadium A new wing of 18 classrooms would be added to Lamar Primary to provide for growth On Jan 18 trustees approved a reso lution authorizing Southwest Securi ties to offer up for sale million unlimited tax school building bonds Reaves said the district would get bids on the bonds by 4 today Southwest Securities then would make a recommendation to trustees tonight to accept a bid from an invest ment group with the lowest interest rate on the bonds If the sale is approved proceeds would not be received until the first of March Reaves said Residents question convention center plan BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer If we build it they will come or will they Thats the question many New Braunfels residents are asking these days as city council ponders whether it wants to build a con vention center and more speciffCalTy Whether it wants to fund a convention center with bed tax rev enue At the next council meet ing Feb 14 council will discuss whether a portion of revenue from the citys 7 percent tax should continue to fund the citys 52day drivethrough holiday light display Council also might dis cuss saving some bed tax revenue to help fund a down payment on a con vention center a plan endorsed by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc But before council makes that decision some resi dents want assurances that a convention center will work here At councils Jan 24 meeting New Braunfels resident Betty Dunkin questioned a market study by Houstonbased PKF Consulting who conclud ed this area had a sufficient meetings market demand to support a convention center What is the backup plan if this fails like the Holiday River of Lights did Dunkin said What if we build it and they dont come City manager Mike Shands said council would have to decide how any financial shortfall would be handled My hope is that no shortfall would come from the general fund or property he said Possibly the chamber could agree to fund any shortfall he said Absolutely chamber president Michael Meek said But the city wont need to worry about shortfalls Meek said There wont be he said There will be a sur See CONVENTION Copies of PKFs market study for a convention center are available for viewing at New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell and the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce 390 S Seguin Residents can purchase a copy of the study for from the city but must call ahead at 6082100 Residents can receive a onepage executive summa ry of the study free from the chamber Tobacco settlement award pays for county health educator BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Part of the billion tobacco settlement awarded to Texas in 1998 will fund a new health educator posi tion in Comal County The job was created by county officials to improve foe overall health of residents through a lifelong edu cation program Comal County Nurse Karen Preiss said The addition of a health educator was an insightful way to utilize the tobacco money coming into the county Preiss said It is something that will help take care of residents from birth to The health educator will work as a fulltime agent for the Comal Coun ty branch office of the Texas Agri cultural Extension Service 132 South Water Lane The health educator position orig inally was filled Jan 17 but became vacant after new hire Amanda Van dine resigned this past week county extension agent Patricia Anderson Rasor said Vandine who is from the Rio Grande Valley could not be reached for comment Monday We are now moving forward to have this position said Cheryl Mapston an extension direc tor from the Uvalde district which will be hiring the new educator We are starting the application and inter view process all over again The position is open to candidates statewide and the minimum require ment is a bachelors The statewide tobacco settlement funds first were distributed Jan 9 when the county got a lump sum of more than based on the countys 1990 census population Comal County Auditor David Renken said County officials decided to allo cate all of the tobacco funds to its indigent healthcare program and the health educator position he said In 1999 the county spent more than to pay for a variety of basic medical expenses for county residents who could not otherwise afford healthcare said Marilyn Neuse budget analyst for the coun ty auditors office At any given time the county has about 60 to 70 residents who get the medical benefits she said Funding for indigent health care See INSIDE Key Code 76   

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