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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 5, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY February 5 2003 V4CV1 V 9 16 pagcs jn 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 72 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents NASA warned shuttle wing was vulnerable BY MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer SPACE CENTER Houston NASA was warned nine years ago that the space shut tle could fail catastrophically if debris hit the vulnerable underside of its wings dur ing very scenario that might have brought down Columbia After receiving the warn ing NASA made changes in materials and flight rules to lessen the risk of debris breaking loose Paul Fis chbeck an engineering pro fessor at Carnegie Mellon University who conducted the 1994 analysis said Tues day There are very important tiles under there If you lose the tiles on those stretches it can cause the shuttle to be he said The underside of the left wing is where NASA is focus ing its investigation into Sat urdays disaster which killed seven astronauts A spokesman at NASAs Johnson Space Center David Drachlis said Tuesday night that no one was available to comment on the report Also Tuesday the space agency sent teams to check out reports of shuttle debris found as far west as Califor nia and Arizona material that could shed light on the earliest stages of Columbias breakup And investigators also are getting new military images of the spacecrafts fiery dying streak across the country from an Apache heli copter Fischbeck and a colleague at Stanford University stud ied the damage caused by debris during the first 50 shuttle launches and con cluded that on average 25 Woman dies after van tumbles Body found in wrecked vehicle underneath bridge BY DYLAN JIMENEZ AND RON MALONEY Staff Writers A 37yearold New Braun fels woman was found dead in her minivan late Tues day morning in Eikel Creek off Walnut Avenue Officials were not certain just when Dee Ann Y Cor nelius apparently drove her 2000 Ford Windstar mini van off the side of Walnut Avenue landing upside down in the creekbed But New Braunfels Police Lt John Villarreal said she didnt return home from work Monday night Comal County Judge Danny Scheel pronounced Cornelius dead at after she was discovered Scheel ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death Cornelius was found still seatbelted into her vehicle which came to rest against an uprooted tree beneath the Walnut Avenue bridge about 20 feet below the road The roof of the van was crushed New Braunfels Fire Department rescue personnel worked slowly to cut Cornelius from the mini van and to ensure there were no other victims inside Dustin Woodall whose family is moving into a home in the 400 block of Eikel Street said he dis covered the overturned vehicle just before My house is right over he said pointing through some trees Theyre laying a new floor and I brought my boy out for a walk in the back yard when I saw it It obviously happened last Villarreal said investiga tion tended to confirm the likelihood that Cornelius had been there all night The motors cold and the exhaust is cold but of course it was cold this Villarreal said The victim apparently left the road and took down at least two Police Patrol Sgt Kevin Stevens said the fact that no witnesses reported the accident tended to support that In my estimate this hap pened late late last night During the daytime some one would have seen or heard Stevens said DAVID Above New Braunfels firefighters had to cut open a crushed minivan to free the body of Dee Ann Cornelius Tuesday From top left Engineer Rodney Bartles Paramedic Brandon Riojas and Capt Ray Hacker prepare to remove the vehicle Left New Braunfels firefighters prepare to free the body of Dee Ann Cornelius from her wrecked minivan Tuesday From left Chief Frank Gonzalez and Paramedic Brandon Riojas survey the vehicle thermal tiles per flight sus tained damage of at least once inch He said his risk analysis showed that the most vul nerable spots on the shuttle were the undersides of both wings close to the fuselage and right under the crew See Trustees discuss budget testing BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer New Braunfels Indepen dent School District trustees discussed goals for the future during a Monday evening workshop The workshop was con ducted after a closed session which ended at 9 at the NBISD Education center at 430 West Mill St We discussed not only con cerns but opportunities wed like to explore First and fore most what impact the state deficit will have on the NBISD Board of Trustees President D Lee Edwards said In light of changing from the TAAS Texas Assessment of Acade mic Skills to TAKS Texas Assessment of Knowledge and weve seen some mandates that might go Under the column of con cerns Edwards who said he thought the TAKS was hard er than the TAAS said hav ing to convert from teaching TAASoriented subjects to the TAKS requires more hours spent by teachers So it will be interesting to see how the budget shortfall will affect that he said As for opportunities Edwards said one possibility mentioned was the teaching of foreign languages by immersion having the lan guage taught in all the class es to the students who would choose such a curriculum Edwards said that during a year where a budget short fall is expected it was also important to keep art and music classes because it was important to have well rounded students See Exteacher pleads guilty to indecent act BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A 45yearold New Braun fels man pleaded guilty to indecent exposure Tuesday in connection with an inci dent in which he allegedly exposed himself to a 13year old boy more than a year ago Former Comal Indepen dent School District tedcher James A Soils pleaded guilty before County CourtatLaw Judge Charles K Miller Indecent exposure is a class B misdemeanor Under terms of the plea agreement reached between Assistant District Attorney Ed Springer and defense attorneys Frank Suhr and Atanacio Campos Solis received a 90day suspended jail sentence and a fine He will be on probation for one year When the plea was entered Springer filed a motion in 22nd Judicial Dis trict Court to dismiss a more serious charge of indecency with a child by exposure Due to the state of the evi dence the prosecution felt this solution while not satis factory to any of the parties involved was the best solu tion that could be Springer said A certified copy of the court verdict has been forwarded to the State Board of Educa tion for further action Solis was an industrial arts teacher at Spring Branch Middle School when the exposure incident allegedly occurred in a student restroom at SBMS He was suspended Nov 20 2001 and resigned Dec 21 2001 Sheriffs detective Wayne Lehman arrested Sobs Feb 6 2002 after an investigation Until his arrest Solis was a parttime substitute teacher and cook at Nancy Ney Char ter School located with Con nections Comal Countys juvenile residential supervi sion treatment and educa tion center for atrisk youth Solis was originally booked on a charge of indecency with a child by exposure a sec onddegree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine He posted bail and has remained on bond for nearly a year with out incident INSIDE Key Code 76 B 1 Gambling charges added to allegations against Ortiz BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The legal problems of a local bar owner arrested Jan 17 on drug and evading arrest allegations increased this past week Paul M Ortiz 45 turned himself in at the Comal County Sheriffs Office Sat urday on a charge of posses sion of gambling parapher nalia which is a Class A mis demeanor He posted bail and was released from custody Comal County Sheriffs Sgt Tommy Ward said the gambling paraphernalia war rant was issued Thursday for Ortizs arrest in connec tion with the Jan 17 search of his bar the Ortiz Rec Cen ter which is located in the 200 block of West San Anto nio Street Ward did not say what the alleged gambling parapher nalia was but a police department official said on Jan 17 that it included doc umentation related to a foot ball betting pool on the out come of NFL playoff games The search by New Braunfels police and mem bers of the Comal County Metropolitan Narcotics Force came after Ortiz fled See
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