Thursday, December 27, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 27, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Kingsbury making his mark at Tech See NEWER HERALD i i THURSDAY December 2001 12 pages in 2 sections NG 38 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents DAVID BUTLER Fkefighter died from heart officials say BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO The Bexar County Medical Examiners office has ruled that heart trouble and not the Christmas Eve accident that destroyed a Spring Branch fire truck killed firefighter David Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department Per ry Trammell said funeral ser vices for Butler will be con ducted at 1 Saturday at the Spring Branch main fire station at 281 and FarmtpMarket Road Burial will follow at 4 in Blanco Cemetery in Blan How to was driving a Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department truck to an Amman Road blaze about 10 Monday when the truck crossed 281 and ran off the He was flown to Universi ty Hospital in San where officials pronounced him dead at Mon Butler leaves behind a Maureen an 18year old daughter and an 11year old Steve chief inves tigator with the Bexar Coun ty Medical Examiners said Wednesday that the cause of Butlers death was arterialiosclerotic cardiovas cular in which the arteries that supply blood to the heart become This appears to be a case where he had a cardiac event and as a he went off the Hanson No one else was injured hi the Trammell said Wednesday afternoon that his fire department was doing about as well as can be expected dealing with their comrades Some of them are taking See A prayer answered Area residents lend NB woman a hand CHRIS Linda Vallejo sits next to her which has been filled with canned goods from donations since Christmas She has also received gifts and help paying some of her BY ERIKA DURHAM Staff Writer Linda Vallejo is not only enjoying electricity but she will not have to worry about her bill for at least the next two Thanks to New Braunfels Vallejo went from a bare refrigerator and the possibility of no lights to a turkey with all the trimmings and a credit on her utility God bless this town and the she I was so amazed and over I am still thanking Vallejo said she went to pay her bill Wednesday morning with a donated only to find that someone already had paid New Braunfels Utility officials said people left payments in the night drop box or came into the office trying to pay Vallejos We have been so she I cried three times I was so Vallejos Christmas Eve began with a visit from Betty Balser and her daughter Becky of Canyon who offered to pay her utility We have been so I cried three times I was so Linda Vallejo New Braunfels I just enjoy giving to I saw her plea and thought she would be a good person to give Balser She was a brave woman to tell her Along with a check to the utility com the Balsers brought Vallejo a ham and several boxes of canned Harvey coowner of the Comal Pawn and grandson Cody stopped by Vallejos house with two outfits for Linda and a game for her My son received a key chain with a video game on Vallejo That was his only We are so If things couldnt get any Vallejo received an afternoon visit from the Williams family of Dayspring Christian See Inmate accused of trying to shoot deputy in ER No one seriously injured in scuffle BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A Comal County Jail inmate allegedly took a cor rection officers weapon and tried to shoot her with it Wednesday morning at McKenna Memorial Hospi Inmate Sheila Ann of now faces an attempted cap ital murder Comal County Jail Chief David Ott said the female corrections whom he would not suffered an injury to her right palm in the ensuing scuffle for the Stephenson has been in county jail since 22 on criminal trespassing and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle Her bail was raised from to Wednesday after Attempted capital murder is a seconddegree felony punishable by two to 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to Ott said the incident unfolded in an emergency treatment room at McKenna Memorial Hospital after Stephenson was taken there for evaluation of an undis closed medical John Flanagan saw Ott We took her to the hospi had her checked out and the doctor told her she was going back to Ott The stillshackled inmate then allegedly dove off of an examination head butted the corrections offi cer and grabbed the officers semiautomatic The weapon was Ott but did not hav a round in the firing Comul County policy calls for deputies and corrections officers to carry loaded weapons with a bullet in the firing That the officer apparent ly violated policy might have saved her Ott The inmate Til shoot pointed the gun in her direction and pulled the trig Ott If a is not loaded with a bullet in the it wont advance a round on its As the inmate repeat edly pulled the noth ing Ott There was nothing It just kept Ott The officer tackled the took her to the and with help from got the weapon During the the inmate allegedly tried to bite the officer and the Ott The inmate was subdued and police were Ott New Braunfels police Corporal Sean Gabbard said police John McEachern and officer Gayle Anderson arrived at McKenna within two mini utes of receiving the The initial call was for a Gabbard While the officers were advised that the sub ject had taken a weapon from the officer during a struggle in the emergency When she realized she was going back to she became desperate and took desperate Gab bard Ott did not say whether the officer faced possible administrative action in con nection with the I cant Were reviewing Ott Wolfman Higdon announces county judge bid BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer CANYON LAKE A Canyon Lake man who gained local celebrity two years ago in a fight to keep his family pet announced Wednesday he would run for Comal County Jim Wolfman Higdon seeks to defeat incumbent County Judge Danny Scheel in the Republican Par ty primary on March The deadline for filing as a candi date is 6 Higdon said his campaign to unseat the current county administration would be based on what he called his three common sense and courage to do what is Its been my goal to serve the coun ty in one way or Higdon told a group of supporters at the Stagecoach Inn near Higdon said his greatest qualifica tion for the job was common Most people who know me know I have common Higdon Weve seen in the past how people can get elected in this county with no more qualification than that and turn out to be pretty good This is going to be more than an election My goal is to turn this county My whole thing is going to be to I promise to listen and lead something thats lacking in our county administration Two years Higdon made an unsuccessful bid for Two years before he was defeated in his campaign for trustee in Comal Independent School Both campaigns were learning See CHRIS Jim announces his bid for Comal County judge Wednesday night at the Stagecoach Shoppers return unwanted gifts CHRIS Jessica Edwards hands refund money to Stacy Rickel Wednesday at Target in New BY REY SIFUENTES Staff Writer The joy of and the burden of taking it the long wait of opening presents on Christmas Day is followed by long lines of people at stores returning gifts the next On the lines extended about 10 people per KMurt Assistant Manager Ana lxpez She has worked at the New Braunfels store for 24 There are about two or three lines of people return ing stuff she It didnt get busy until around 8 or 9 in tho morn The time people spent waiting to make returns was not as lengthy as the lines themselves Lopez Waiting time is about three or four she We expect it to be steady throughout the A good portion of returns consisted of the wrong items people received as Lopez Customers trade one movie for another or home video game cartridges they did not want for the one that they she See INSIDE Abby Classifieds Comics Crossword Forum 6A 4A Movies Obituaries Sports Today Key Code