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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 5, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                Ktf AVAILABLE COPY NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY May 2001 18 pages in 2 sections in scent HERALDZEITUNG 150 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Kidnapping suspect kills self Photo courtesy of the Kerrville Dally Times Leah of reunites with her family Friday She was taken as she got off the bus The suspect in the case killed himself Third victim found south of Kerrville BY MARK BABINECK Associated Press KERRVILLE AP A convicted child sex offender suspected of abduct ing girls and holding them in a Cen tral Texas shack killed himself Friday after a sheriffs deputy cornered His most recent victim escaped and was reunited with her officials Acting on a Kerr County Sher iffs Deputy David Billeiter approached a shack Friday morning in the brush off Texas 16 south of Billeiter located a red vehicle with Missouri and he used his patrol car to block it It looked like the wrong Billeit er But when he got out with a I This is the This is the As the suspect walked around to the passenger 11yearold Leah Henry of Houston bolted out the drivers side and ran to the Then Billeiter quickly got Leah in his car and took A gunshot rang out as they the deputy Although local authorities said they could not positively identify the kid FBI spokeswoman Sheila See Funding for arts stands BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer The New Braunfels Arts Commission found itself in a quandary on Thursday when arts organizations com plained the city did not follow correct procedure in notify ing groups when the com mission met to decide who would receive their The Arts Commission meets once a year to rule on grant requests from various music and community organizations in New Braun Four groups said they werent told of the meeting and werent present as required by grant The group ultimately decided against reallocating funds or listening to new pro posals it wouldnt be fair to other orga nizations that already bud 1 geted the Represen tatives from arts organiza tions that received money in Ivlarch as did organi zations that were not present at that Councilwoman Debbie Flume and William Reeves requested the meeting four organizations failed jto attend the March 15 meet Since the Arts Commis sion only meets once a year to hear presentations and allo cate funds a percentage of the tax that is given to arts and cultural organizations the four groups failed to receive any The grant process requires a representative from any organization that requests funds to be present at the This troubles Chair man Mary Beth Smith It troubles me The most obvious one is that there are rules in the granting cri teria that I take very seri But when there is something in the process that should have been done and thats an The city provided cover let ters to grant applications that were The letters stat ed the date of the meeting and that a representative would be required to but they did not list the time Cinco de Mayo JESSIE Michelle Crayton of Cpmpania de Danza Foiklorica performs for students at Frazier Elementary Friday afternoon as part of the Cinco de Mayo Kendrick takes conflict of interest debate to council BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer New Braunfels Council man Robert Kendrick is ask ing council to decide Monday whether he should recuse himself from votes on a street project that benefits his prop I spoke to the Texas Ethics Commis sion after people said there might be a conflict of interest because I proposed Meeting WHAT Special meeting WHERE City Council Chambers WHEN Monday WHY Consider budget discuss reconsid ering vote on the GBRA amendment and discuss re voting on the street improvement proposal KENDRICK the Gruene Road thought I would just recuse myself and that would take care of But they said since it was a single member dis I would take away all representation for the dis they said the best option was to let the council Council voted April 23 to extend road improvements on Gruene Kendrick made the motion to extend the project on Gruene Road from Hanz Drive to Sunny brook Road in his Some say his participation in that vote could represent a conflict of interest because Kendrick owns property on that portion of Gruene The money for the Gruene Road project comes from million in certificates of oblig ation that the council plans to use for road improvements and drainage The issue first came to councils attention when the Gruene Road Homeowners Association asked council to consider repaving the road all the way to cited increased potholes and ruts in the road as rea sons why the improvements were Council tried to get the Corporation to pay for the that board sent the proposal back to advising council to use the million in certifi cates of New Braunfels City Coun cil plans to conduct a special meeting at Mon day when it will discuss Kendricks among other Mayor Stoney Williams He really shouldnt have brought it up or voted on Under state you cant vote on something that benefits you Im See Heiser defense rests case closing arguments next BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The child injury trial of a Williamson County couple accused of nearly starving their daughter to death could go to the jury on Defense attorneys for Yevette and Joseph Heiser rested their case Fri day after four days of testimony that saw defendant Yevette Heiser spend more than 10 hours on the witness stand and her husband more than The Heisers are accused of injuring their child by failing to get proper medical care for her or provide her with enough food and of neglecting her in the same Child Protective Services officials took the girl from Liberty Hill Ele mentary School on She was treated for malnu trition and placed in a foster home with her then 15monthold halfsis The trial of the Heisers was moved from Williamson County to New Braunfels because of pretrial pub If convicted of injury to a the Heisers could face five to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to Endangering a child is a state jail felony punishable by 180 days to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to Testifying for the defense dviring the course of its case were neighbors and family as well as the Heisers1 Wal ter and expert medical witness Ann the prosecution recalled its expert Nancy to rebut the testimony of a pediatrician specializ ing in child abuse reviewed the girls medical records dating back to In her earlier testimony for the Kellogg characterized the condition of the 7yearold girl at the center of the trial as being similar to that of a victim of a Nazi concen See OA INSIDE Meet a family that knows how to plan a In K9ycodV76 Local elections today FROM STAFF REPORTS Today is the final opportu nity for area voters to partici pate in elections to name new city council school board and library dis trict In New only vot ers in city council District 2 are going to the They are picking between incum bent Councilman Larry Alexander and sr Walter Setiys fa yepreaent them on the city In residents are picking a marshal and two Rick Charles Baetz and Warren Alston are running for the two aldermens William Utterback and Keith McClinchie are the two can didates for Bulverde Comal Independent School District residents in District 6 must pick between Charles Burt and Doug Nail to be their See Home and garden show CHRIS Mathew Addison Mullins and Michelle of check out a display Friday at the Home and Garden Show preview in The show contin ues today and   

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