Sunday, August 6, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 6, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday August HERALDZBITUNG PageSA 1A go horseback riding Tuesday and Schumann agreed to take him but first they had to go find themselves horses The horses on the Schumann ranch roam like the pigs the cattle the turkeys and the deer We went way to the back because I figured Id find the horses out in this one part of the Schumann said But we found something They sure did Schumann and his 11yearold buddy who want ed to go riding walked most of a mile out to a remote spot where stands of cedar dotted what had probably once been pasture They had to climb over a fallen tree and skirt a couple of stone walls put up by Schumanns ancestors hes of the fourth generation of the family that has lived on the property off Elm Creek Road since New Braunfels was settled by German immigrants They also walked by the awful matted blackand white hide and scattered skeleton of a cow that had laid down and died The brush was getting a little thick and then the pair walked into an area between some cedars and there was another bunch of bones strewn across the little clearing For just a moment Schumann thought it was merely another animal 1 walked right up to it The hip the legs were he said We have dead cows dead goats up here but when 1 saw that skull lying kind of sideways right there and I saw those eyes it was like whoa I knew it was some Unfortunately Schumann said he had an 11yearold boy right there with him when he made the macabre discovery I was totally in shock I had to catch myself I didnt know what 1 was thinking he said Schumann tried to downplay the discovery and told his young friend they had to get back to the ranch house where he would find his father Jerome Schumann reading letters and doing his paperwork Here I was with a 10 11 yearold boy who wanted to go horseback riding I let him think what he wanted I didnt want to get him all stirred about the horses Schumann recalled Michael ask ing him I told him theyd be there when we got to the house because thats the way it always seems to work you go looking way out back for them and theyre at the barn when you get back And sure enough that was the way it worked But they wouldnt get to go rid ing Tuesday Schumann and the boy took a longer route back to the house he said following old roads much of the way because he needed time K JESSIE Richard Schumann points out the spot where he discovered the remains believed to be those of Roger McCown to think to digest what he had seen He approached his father Jerome Schumann 91 at the table and told him hed found a body out on the ranch My fathers hearings a little Schumann said He thought Id said Id found a car body out there I told him No its Roger They knew they had to call the sheriffs office This was about lunchtime on Tuesday Much of the rest of Richard Schumanns day was taken up escorting groups of detectives and investigators to the site McCown was subject of an intensive search after he was noticed missing on Sept 10 1999 Schumann estimated that 40 officers with bloodhounds and a helicopter searched the property for a few days without finding anything But where the bones were found the only way the body could have been seen from a heli copter would have been if it had a glass floor and the officers could have looked straight down between the cedars along a pretty narrow vertical sight line Looking out the front or down from the side windows there would have been no way to see McCown A public safety official said this past week he believed hed walked within a few yards of the spot last September The Schumanns have hunters property who return year upon year There are some good bucks out Schumann said And Schumann could have walked nearby too he acknowl edged Schumann said he his family and McCowns family who came down from Ohio to help concentrated most of their efforts in the wooded areas closer to the house The distance from the house and the trailer where McCown had lived not far from the house was estimated to be about Os of a mile by the detectives and GYMNASTICS BLACKBELT ACADEMY Fall Registration Moil lues August 7 8 From to ONE STOP SHOP FOK FUN AND FITNESS GYMNASTICS CHEERLEADING TUMBLING KARATE Programs for ages 12mos through adult 1437 S Walnut New BrauulHs Plume 6060375 Apparel Shoes Accessories ftl McCOWN that distance argued against McCown hav ing wandered that far Schumann said The man wouldnt go anywhere He couldnt really He doesnt like to walk at Schumann said of McCown I was looking a little closer to Schumann doesnt understand quite what happened to McCown but he has some ideas McCown who Schumann described as a very good was also very very he said He was all right mentally but only if he took all his Schumann said Much of the time McCown didnt like to go to medical appointments and he had one scheduled the day he was found missing Still the things Schumann understands from the bits hes heard of the investigation leave him a little puzzled All of McCowns property and clothing were found in the trailer except maybe for a sheet and a towel Schumann said Schumann said he was glad McCowns been found and the thing is over so the mans ex wife son and daughter could have some closure My thing is I want the family to feel at Schumann said I know his daughter was very close to him It broke her heart I want his soul to be at the third floor of the courthouse that salaries could go higher The pay for the county treasurer and county commissioners but not the county judge will go up if commissioners approve Danny Scheel county judge said he want ed to see the raises implemented In this past years budget com missioners salaries were raised about 4 percent At that time Scheel said he would be looking for raises again this year As a former commissioner Scheel said he knew commissioners easily work 50 and 60 hours in a week plus attend social engage ments ribboncuttings club lun cheons and other events commis sioners are expected to attend The Texas Association of Coun ties publishes a list of the salaries of elected officials In the 23 counties with populations between to the salaries of elected commissioners range this year from a low of in Potter County in the Panhandle to a high of in Victoria County with a population of roughly hi Comal County commissioners are paid which in spite of its population near the middle of the list with residents places it near the bottom Only three coun ties of the 23 counties pay less than Comal Most counties Scheel said do not grapple with the kinds of growth air and water issues that Comal does being on the northern border of Bexar County home of the 10largest city in the country Scheel proposed to raise the salaries of commissioners to just below the median for counties in that size group at Comal then will come in at 13th on the list as opposed to 19th I feel if were going to have qual ified people in these positions and truly open them to everybody we have to pay a decent Scheel said These are no longer part time jobs A commissioners job is a full time position Schools move to put the raise in the county budget places commis sioners in the position of having to vote to give themselves a raise but there is no other mechanism under Texas law for giving them one This past year a scandal erupted in Guadalupe County when com missioners voted themselves a 19 percent raise after warning they be seeking something on the order of 3 percent Political fallout continues over that in Guadalupe County but there is also an opinion issued by the state Attorney Generals office that suggests the raise proposal was not properly advertised and voted upon Scheel and Renken agreed that the system as it existed put pres sures on commissioners It sounds like a big Renken said if one is not up on the figures and how theyre arrived at But theyve been left behind for so Other increases Sheriff Bob Holder plans to spend an additional in an enlarged jail facility now under con struction In the remainder of the sheriffs department expenditures will increase this year Renken said Holder will get five new deputies A deputys starting salary is but that does not tell the full story of what it takes to put a law enforcement officer on the road Renken said Taxes and benefits as well as the cost of patrol car and the equipment also need to be paid for A new deputy with the new car and equipment can cost about The district attorney and all levels of the court systems will see increases that total Another will go to computer services for memory upgrades and peripherals The rural fire and emergency ser vice districts will see reduced bud gets from the county ranging from to but with proper ty taxes to be levied in the all will see increased revenues in 2001 ranging from to Ben Ferguson Diplomate in Family Psychology American Board of Professional Psychology Counseling for Children Parents Mediation Executive Plaza 555 IH 35 Suite 234 New 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