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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 19, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY May 2001 18 pages in 2 sections 18 pages in 2 sectii HERALDZEITUNG 162 Serving New Braimfels and Gomai County since 1852 50 cents Itchin to get rid of your flea problem Pests enjoying wet spring BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Theyre Theyre And they can be icky to Its been a fine spring in the insect kingdom this and resi dents COMMON FLEA might be noticing them more on their in their backyards and in winged windshield smears and caterpillar road One also might notice the ankle bites caused by little crawly things carried into the home by the sullen fleabag that used to be mans best Nanette office manager at the Comal County Public Health says every body she has been talking to said the flea problem is especially bad this The flea population is unreal this she Burkhardt should be embarrassed to admit theyre dealing with fleas this Burkhardt knows because veterinarian Larry Grantham told her so when she brought her Border in for a flea treatment I went to the veterinari an and asked if he couldnt do she We live out in the cattle ticks are a But this the fleas are coming Grantham said the fleas were extremely bad this Its all See OA River closure TxDOT Boat ramp will be open for holiday CHRIS A group of recent Southwest Texas State University graduates loads a boat into the Guadalupe River Friday at Rivers a business that has been dealing with river closures during construction on Interstate The ramp is part of a project to build four new bridges over the TxDOT officials said late Friday the river would be reopened in the afternoon May 25 in time for the Memorial Day The river will be closed at 7 May The potential closure over the holiday weekend had at least one river business owner See BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer The Texas Department of Transportation once again will close part of the Guadalupe River starting Monday for highway TxDoT officials said the portion of the river that flows underneath Interstate 35 would be closed for two The closure is necessary for work on a new southbound exit Murder retrial delayed until early August DAVIS BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Jack Warren the man accused and convicted once of raping and murdering 24yearold elementary school teacher Kathie Balonis in New Braunfels in has had his day in court No one connected with the case will comment because of a gag order imposed on p ar t ic i pants by District Court Judge Charles but officials con firmed late Friday afternoon that defense attorney Stanley Schneider on Friday secured a continuance until District court cit ing the gag did not say Jury selection was set to begin Monday in Johnson City for Davis second trial in connection with the Balonis Prosecutors sought the death penalty a decade ago but will not at this trial because jurors did not impose it in his earlier When a case is retried or the judgment is bound under Texas law by the decision of the first New Braunfels police investigators have been working for weeks with an investigator from Attorney General John Cornyns office to repackage the case that put Davis in state prison 10 years Balonis was found stran gled and sexually assaulted in her apartment at 483 Lau rel Lane in New Braunfels on who was 30 at the worked in maintenance at Balonis apartment Police arrested Davis the day after Balonis body was Six months lat he was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in the accusations that thenDistrict Attorney Bill Reimer had improperly intimidated a witness in the case led the Third Court of Appeals to set the conviction aside in 1992 and send the case back to district now married and a Louisiana was released from prison and lat er settled a civil case with Bexar County over improp er handling of blood evidence by a San Antonio medical Two years the attor ney generals office decided to conduct a new prosecution of Comal County District Attorney Dib a for mer New Braunfels police officer who interviewed Davis the night of the is a witness in the so his office has been Davis now reports to Comal County authorities by telephone twice a month and has appeared in this county in recent weeks for pretrial hearings in his second He has declined to be inter viewed or District 22 Judge Charles who will hear the case in Johnson moved it because of publicity about the case in New Braunfels and Comal New Braunfels police Mike who now heads the departments criminal investigations declines to comment on the citing the gag order and the interest in ensuring that Davis gets a fair According to testimony in a March evidence new blood evidence might be pre sented in Johnson City evidence that either did not go through a controversial and discredited laboratory technician or that was not tested by Chase Bank gives Wurstfest room to grow CHRIS From Geri Susan Ron Joe McKinny and Hal Herbelin announce that Chase Bank has donated land to the Wurstfest Association on Friday in the Spas Haus on the Wurstfest BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Its the wurst news in a long said Herb public relations chair man for the Wurstfest Thanks to a land donation from Chase the festival has room to he The bank donated the land that hous es its Landa Street motor bank to the Officials from Chase and Wurst fest jointly announced the land dona which gives Wurstfest a total of three more acres across the street from Landa Its a winwin Skoog told a crowd during the Friday afternoon announcement at Spas Haus on the Wurstfest Thanks to the generosity of Chase we now have additional land to The donation came after the bank renovated its Castell Avenue motor where customers conduct busi ness in drivethrough When the group considered renovations on Landa they discovered that the equipment there was outdated and would need to be completely We looked at the expense of trading out that Chase Vice Presi dent Susan Heidrich And we looked at how close the two locations are together theyre about six blocks a then we tried to decide what to We brainstormed and decided to donate the land to The donation made sense because so many Chase employees are involved in the 10day and the bank sup ports the economic boost the festival brings the community each she We take a lot of pride in our com Heidrich And one of the things that sets us apart is the spirit of working together to make our commu nity Ron Wurstfest See Attorney search splits council on familiar lines BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer New Braunfels search for a new city attorney is dividing the council along familiar with some members offering different impressions about what occurred during recent closed Council entered into salary negotiations with one candi date and two others are con sidered serious did not Williams said to ask Sara Hartin whether she would accept the position at a rate of a if it were offered to Hartin originally said yes but called back to say that she would work for New Braun fels for no less than he Council also discussed two other candidates as potential city attorneys Charles Zech and Mark They Mayor Stoney Williams plan to at a council deejde4 Tbut closed Qli May Council also could decide to grant Hartins request for more Flowers remains on the list of possi bilities as Williams While Williams character ized the discussions between the council as argumentative and other council members Debbie Flume said she believed the council had reached a con sensus and was concerned that Williams did not J think if he did not dis cuss what occurred in closed that would be one she But to incorrectly display what we are doing is not in my We didnt but we had reached a con sensus on Hartin last Councilman Larry Alexan der said the group decided to ask Hartin about her salary requirements during closed When she asked for more he said the group then moved to the name next on their INSIDE Key Code 76 One veterans dream of a World War II memorial is coming 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