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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 31, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY January 31 2003 w y W V V gpifmmijU 12 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 68 Serving New Braimfels and Coma County since 1852 50 cents Man gets 90 years for sex with stepdaughter BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A 33yearold Comal Coun ty man was sentenced to 90 years in prison Thursday for the sexual assault of his 14 yearold stepdaughter After hearing three days of testimony a Comal County jury Wednesday convicted Daniel B Davis of sexual assault of a child The charge is a second degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in state prison The charge against Davis was enhanced however because of the defendants three previous felony burglary convictions which make him a habitual offender Davis faced a possible sentence of between 25 to 99 years The same jury that found Davis guilty deliberated 90 minutes Thursday in 22nd Judicial District Court before returning a sentence of 90 years and a fine He will not be eligible for parole until 2033 Assistant District Attorney Ed Jendrzey argued before District Judge Charles Ram say that Davis had been mar ried to the victims mother for about one year when he manipulated the girl into a sexual relationship in the summer of 2000 His wife discovered the sit uation in the fall of 2001 when she read an entry in her daughters diary The woman threw Davis out of See Seeing stars Photos by K JESSIE Gathered around a makeshift sun teachers at the RavenStar Outdoor Education Center twoday workshop get handson experience with astronomy Educational nonprofit RavenStar teaches nature lessons handson BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer FISCHER RavenStar Outdoor Education Center where kids in a fastpaced world slow down and learn about nature handson is a workinprogress In more ways than one said its executive director Blair Moore See RavenStar is not meant to be static Moore explained I want RavenStar to be a verb instead of a noun a process they question I want them to think like naturalists and she said Moore moved to New Braun fels in mid1998 from near Santa Fe where she operated the Star Hill Inn It catered to astronomers bird ers botanists and astronomers Adults like to learn on vaca said The University of Texas alumna and former Dallas res ident came to New Braunfels because she thought the edu cational system for her chil dren would be better than New Mexicos found work after hearing of a new nature lodge in Lake Buchanan called Canyon of the Eagles She was commissioned to design an observatory and to provide out door education Eventually her work came to an end when it was discov ered the arrangement with the lodge was not going to work out Then RavenStar happened Really it just Moore said But the evolution took work work thats still continuing RavenStar incorporated in the fall of 2000 as an educa tional nonprofit Right up to See With the inflatable gray planetarium still awaiting them teachers Carrie Hare left and Barbara White right of Rahe Primary and Steve McCune of Hays ISO practice their astronomy lesson after a full day of observing nature County negotiating new facilities for extension livestock BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal county is on the verge of buying a 20acre property on Texas 46 officials hope will become a show piece facility for the Texas Cooperative Extension Ser vice and provide a home for the Junior Livestock Asso ciation County Judge Danny Scheel announced Thursday that Precinct 1 Commission er Jack Dawson has been in negotiations for weeks to acquire the property which is located behind the Comal County Rural Recycling Cen ter The county has an earnest money contract with the sell er whom Scheel did not iden tify He also declined to disclose the purchase price before commissioners ratify the sale A vote to consider the pur chase would be placed on the Feb 6 commissioners court agenda Scheel said The vision for the property which now has gardens a threebedroom home stables and fenced areas for livestock includes An expanded Extension Service office Parking for 800 cars trucks and livestock trailers fieldsized barn facility for the Junior Live stock Association with are nas airconditioned meet space and Room to allow 4H and Future Farmers of America member students at the countys high schools to board animals The county would purchase the property and operate it as a park leasing a large por tion of it for 50 years to the Junior Livestock Association which would build facilities on the site and sublease them when not needed for its See Hume wants ethics hearing open to public BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer District 3 City Council woman Debbie Flume has asked the city to open to the public tonights meeting of the New Braunfels Ethics Commission The commission will con sider whether Flume acted improperly in a council vote this past October when she voted to postpone action on floodrecovery maps The meeting is set for in Meeting Room A of the New Braunfels Munici pal Building 424 S Castell Ave The ethics commission met Jan 22 but took no action on the Flume issue Mayo Galindo the attor FLUME ney hired by New Braunfels to advise the ethics commission said after the meet ing he could not c o m m e n t on what if any action was taken Attorney Mike Smithers who represents Flume also declined to comment Ethics Commission hear ings are closed to the public unless the person who is the subject of the hearing requests otherwise Flume said she discussed See Traffic stop yields in drugs DAVID Department of Public Safety Trooper Joel Machost left and Trooper Cpl Rick Alvarez display more than 15 pounds of marijuana and two pounds of cocaine picked up in a traffic stop Thursday afternoon in New Braunfels The driver of the car was booked into Comal County Jail on drug charges BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Department of Public Safe ty Trooper Joel Machost said there are some things in life that he just cant fathom One is how someone can be carrying a kilogram of cocaine and more than 15 pounds of marijuana while speeding in a car with windows that are ille gally tinted too darkly I dont understand if youre going to haul dope why youd invite a trooper to pull you Machost said Thats exactly what Machost said happened at Thursday when Joe Garcia 25 of San Antonio drove by him on Interstate 35 setting up a chain of events that resulted in Garcias arrest He was booked into Comal County Jail Thursday night on charges of delivery of 4200 grams of cocaine and delivery of between five and 50 pounds of marijuana The wholesale value of the drugs is estimated at The cocaine allegation is a firstdegree felony punishable by between five and 99 years in state prison and a fine The marijuana charge is a seconddegree felony pun ishable by two to 20 years in state prison and a fine No bail had been set for Garcia Thursday night He will appear before a judge this morning I was sitting on Interstate 35 just south of Ruekle Road and I observed him traveling northbound over the speed Machost said I checked him on radar and observed his window tint appeared to be the trooper said Machost followed him onto the frontage road at Walnut Avenue where he turned onto Mesquite Street and stopped He asked permission to search the vehicle which he said Garcia granted DPS Troopers Vaughn Pack and CpL Rick Alvarez began a search of the vehicle finding the marijuana in the trunk Later New Braunfels police officer John Sullivan arrived with his police dog and found the cocaine hidden beneath the marijuana Machost said INSIDE Key Code 76 8