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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 16, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Volleyball heats up in NEWI ll I TUESDAY October 2001 12 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG 291 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Other Developments A postmarked 18 from and opened Monday In the office of Senate Majority Leader Tom tested positive for A letter containing anthrax mailed to NBC anchor Tom Brokaw also was postmarked A police officer and two lab technicians involved in an investigation at NBCs New York headquarters tested positive for the presence to the In six people who may have come into con tact with a contaminated letter at a Microsoft office tested Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said he woufd ask Congress more than billion to take steps to counter bioterrorism threats as news of the exposures caused jitters around the Report Powder tests negative for anthrax FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Tests on a powdery substance found on a newspaper bought in New Braunfels Friday tested negative for anthrax local health officials Comal County Nurse Karon Preiss said cultures made from the powdery substance found in New Braunfels turned up no sign of the dis ease after 48 Another round of tests will be conducted at 72 The results show no organisms that would be a biological she said Monday A woman reportedly found the pow der on a newspaper she bought from a HeraldZeitung newspaper rack at a local fast food New Braunfels along with health and emergency response seized the newspaper and the rack and submitted them for testing to the Federal Bureau of While officials know what the sub stance is they are not sure about what it really New Braunfels Police will have to send the substance to another lab if they want to pursue the Police had not decided on Monday whether the substance would be sent to the Department of Public Safety for more Assistant Chief Doug Dunlap Preiss said the public was not panicking since the news broke Saturday and Sunday about the We havent had any calls at all about and I dont think Emergency Planning Coordinator Carol Edgett has had any Preiss A son gone off to war Assistant store managers 18yearold serves on USS Enterprise aircraft carrier BY BILL FRISBIE H STAFF WRITER The car horns continue to honk outside of the Handy Andy grocery 559 San Antonio but Assistant Manager Randy Towne and his wife Debra say the street sounds are music to their I know they are honking for my son and thats a good Debra Their son James Towne is an 18yearold crewmember aboard the USS one of the primary aircraft carriers deployed in I know that we are going through troubled times nght but we are going to have to stick through this hope everybody embe r that I got about any of or and miss yall very James 29 Hev mom ana sorry can keep flit James support of Operation Enduring Last reported at an undis closed location in the Indian the Enterprise serves as a base for flight operations targeting alQaida terrorist training camps and Taliban military installations in It also means the former La Vernia High School student is in the thick of When things are in crisis you start looking for your loved ones to make sure they are okay and are Debra His James generation has come into the reality of a war that was hardly mentioned The emails James has sent his parents indicate he is more concerned about his family than his own The letters j convey his understandable sense of loneliness from having been deployed in the Persian Gulf region since a mis sion that has been redefined and perhaps extended since American airstrikes began last Our kids were not raised to have violent but James knows in his heart that this is something that must be Randy I feel we must stand behind President Bush and destroy the Taliban net work if we expect life to return to Although Debras father served in the Navy during the Korean See ENTERPRISER JESSIE Debra Towne wears new jewelry these days her sons dog tags and a pin from the USS Randy and Debra Towne know the people who have started honking their horns at them are sending good thoughts out for and their Davis trial enters Week 3 BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer JOHNSON CITY Jack Warren Davis is the fire chief and participates in the Neighborhood Watch pro gram in his hometown of he took the wit ness stand in his own defense in the capital mur der trial that will decide whether he ever sees that home Under questioning from defense cocounsel Carolyn Davis flatly told a Blanco County jury that he did not brutally kill Kathie Balonis in her New Braun fels apartment on Later this a jury of seven men and five women is expected to decide whether it believes If jurors will spend the rest of his life in a Texas Davis was convicted of cap ital murder in 1990 and sen tenced to life in Thai conviction was overturned in 1992 amid allegations of misconduct by then Comal County District Bill Denero opened Davis tes timony Monday in 22nd Judicial District Judge Charles Ramsays court by leading the defendant through his life a Army veter a former cook and con struction is now a fire chief and is active in his communitys Neighborhood Watch He talked of his failed first marriage and his now near ly 15year marriage to his which survived his being charged with allegedly strangling and sexually See INSIDE Key Code 76 Robison announces reelection bid BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer State District Judge Jack Robison announced his bid Monday for a third term in the 207th District Robison vowed to maintain his commitment to stiffur sentences on dangerous crim inals and to remain an advo cate for victims During a fajita dinner at the Comal County Fair Robison became the first Republican candidate to declare for a race that will not be decided until Novem ber The primary elec tion is slated for The courts jurisdiction includes Hays and Caldwell For Robison said he wanted to continue to enjoy doing what he first was elect ed to do in I make less money than 1 used to as an but I enjoy gong to work much Robison Its very but I feel like I get to make a difference every Robison said ho believed there were too many dan gerous criminals not serving enough time and that there was a lack of sensitivity to the rights of My record would stand on the fact that Im tough on especially violent Robison See CHRIS Jack Robison right greets friends and supporters as they enter the Main Hall at the Comal County Fairgrounds Monday evening during his announcement Robison is running for 207th District
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