Thursday, August 16, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 16, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas BRAUNFELS THURSDAY August 2001 14 pages in 2 sections OHHVI pages in sectu HERALDZEITUNG 238 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Grand jury indicts man on arson charges BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A Comal County grand jury indict ed Daniel Neal Wednesday for charges of allegedly murdering his mother late last Comal County District Attorney Dib Waldrip said Neal was indicted on charges of murder and arson in connection with the shooting death of his Barbara of Canyon Murder is a firstdegree felony punishable by five to 99 years in state prison and a fine of up to Arson is a seconddegree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to was arrested at the Canadian border near on after a nationwide He was sought for allegedly shoot ing Casey to death on 26 and then setting the fare that destroyed her Caseys body was found in a bath tub in the lakefront residence after Canyon Lake firefighters extin guished the Comal County detectives and arson investigators sifted through the charred wreckage of the home for days while detective Tommy Ward worked to find Investigators did not publicly iden tify Neal as the suspect in the case until he had was taken into Neal was stopped at the Canadian Customs station on Interstate 5 when inspectors found a bullet in his red and 1987 Ford Canada does not allow ammuni tion to be carried across the Neal was refused and Customs investigators and Whatcom County sheriffs deputies arrested him on an outstanding Bexar County warrant for aggra vated That same a Comal County judge issued warrants for murder and Ward went to Washington state and collected evidence from Neals a number of its such as the steering arm rests and other The bullet that kept Neal out of Canada was but if connection it could have to the Casey murder case is not The murder weapon was never late in Ward and detective James Miller went to Washington to bring Neal back to He has spent almost 230 days in Dam problems JESSIE As a mother and screaming daughter fight to get free of the undertow near the south side of the a young New Braunfels resident jumps in to help the two tubers River Activities Committee looks for ways make dam area safer BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Tubers on the Comal Riv er face two unpleasant options when they come to the weir dam near the East San Antonio Street They could get out of the river and try to pass through the narrow open ing between the river and the fence that separates the river from Schlitter bahns towing coolers and tubes through the space over con crete slick with Or they could try to nav igate the dam and face getting dumped intp the water or getting stuck on the dam Both prospects are daunt ing to And both lead to accidents and One problem is that theres no notice that the dam is If youre float ing the you cant real ly see that its coming Assistant to the City Man ager Don Ferguson We may need to put signs up to warn people that the dam is The dam is located down stream from the Tube Ferguson It is used as a measuring device for river The River Activities Com mittee is trying to fix prob lems at the The city staff announced to the See Two families navigate the dam under the San Antonio Street bridge as they float down the Comal River Wednesday after While most of the family opts to get out and walk along the Schlitterbahn one youngster plays along the slip pery until he takes a spill bottom About three minutes the fam ilies were back on their way down the JESSIE Council narrows list of firms to aid hunt for new city manager BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council decided to interview three search firms to help find a new city manager at Mon day nights The council plans to inter view and select a search firm during a special meeting at The firms are all based in Maypr Stoney Williams The council voted to select DMG Maximus of San Anto Ralph Andersen andAsso ciates of Dallas and the Waters Consulting Group of We chose these mainly because they are all in Williams That well save money with travel Everybody was in the same range as far as but all added money for trav Williams said the three firms had extensive experi ence with placing city man ager candidates and had been in business for a I received unsolicit ed recommendations on two of the he I heard good comments about even before I saw their The council chose the three Whats Up WHAT Special City Council meeting WHEN Monday WHERE Municipal 424 Castell companies from a field of 13 Ralph Andersen and Asso ciates Total cost is or The firms bid included 10 to 12 candidates for interview and a selection date of three to five Its bid included travel DMGMaximus San Antoniobased organiza tion had a total of bid of or including expenses for a state or nation wide The bid also includes expenses for three interviewing and background The corporation will choose up to 12 candidates and esti mates it will take three months to complete the The Waters Consulting Group The Dallas corpora tion estimates a total price of at least Fees include See Meet and greet CHRIS New CISD superintendent Jim Grunert right talks with Emie Mendez Wednesday while his daughter son wife Karen and son Justin from wait to greet people during a reception at T Bar Officials identify man killed in Tuesday rollover accident CANYON LAKE Offi cials released the name of the 41yearold Canyon Lake man killed in a singlevehicle rolloveu 4 Justice of the Peace Howard Smith pronounced Kenneth Lee Cole dead at the scene of the Department of Public Safe ty trooper Randy Welles said Me died aftey he thrown from his 2001 Chevrolet Coles vehicle flipped after he overcorrected and skidded through a curve on Crane Mills Wells said not wearing a speeding and alcohol could have contributed to the The posted speed limit was 20 miles an INSIDE Abby 5A Classifieds Comics 8A Crossword 5A Forum 6A 4A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A Sports 2A Key Code River brawl case ends with deal FROM STAFF REPORTS A 24yearold Houston man reached a plea agreement with prosecutors for his part in a 2000 Memorial Day weekend rockthrowing melee on the Guadalupe District Judge Gary Steel sentenced John Bradford of Houston to 10 years of deferred adjudication Mon day and ordered him to pay in restitution to an 18yearold Pollok The May river brawl spawned public outcry about behavior on the The rock fight took place at the dogleg rapids just out side Loop 337 about that Two groups of young men were involved in the con frontation that began with one group spraying the other with water It quickly escalated into a rockthrow ing brawl that had to be bro ken up by New Braunfels PoUce arrested sever al The then suf fered a skull fracture and still is recovering from his Rescuers had to perform cardiopulmonary resuscita tion to save the mans He was flown to University Hos pital in San See BRAW177A