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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY Mdrch 15 2003 i m jt pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 105 Serving New Braunfels and Carnal County since 1852 cents Man allegedly bilked CL resident for thousands BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer It would have been quite a story if it had been true The police were corrupt could not be believed and had to be stopped They had framed an inno cent man The caller could derail them but he would need money to fight the legal battle lots of money He allegedly got it by bilk ing an 88yearold Canyon Lake resident of at least in a series of tele phone calls going back a year or more Thursday night Comal County sheriffs detectives arrested a Waco man for the alleged theft of between and and booked him into Comal Coun ty Jail Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Susan Dvorak set bail on Carl Todd Peabody 20 at He remained in jail Friday night Theft between and is a thirddegree felony punishable by two to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to Comal County Sheriffs Detective Sgt Tommy Ward said Peabodys arrest came at the conclusion of a weekslong investigation into the alleged defrauding of a Canyon Lake resident the officer refused to identify to protect the victim Ward also refused to say how the suspect targeted the victim What this case is basically is a theft by Ward said This suspect deceived an 88yearold Canyon Lake resident over an extended period of time about a Ward said it was early in the investigation but he and Anthrax scare in Sattler Letter from Iraq forces business to evacuate BY DYLAN JIMENEZ AND RON MALONEY Staff Writers SATTLER A business here was evacuated Friday morning after an employee opened a letter containing a suspicious powdery sub stance Local state and federal officials remained at Car Ad an eBay advertising compa ny located at 2045 Farmto Market Road 2673 for more than eightandonehalf hours investigating a letter from Iraq feared to contain deadly anthrax The business letter was postmarked from Baghdad Iraq When a Car Ad employee opened the letter some alleged white powder fell out of the Car ol Edgett ComalCounty emergency management coordinator said Sheriffs officers were called to the scene at They immediately secured the building with the package Comal County Sherrif s Detective Sgt Tommy Ward said FBI Postal Service Comal County Sheriffs deputies Criminal Investi gation Division detectives and county emergency man agement officials convened on the scene where 11 Car Ad employees and one postal worker were decont aminated with soap and water We had individuals who said they did not feel well in the business so the busi ness was evacuated We took precautionary mea sures and decontaminated 0 K JESSIE Comal County Emergency Management Coordinator Carol Edgett Sheriffs Detective Sgt Tommy Ward and Criminal Investigations Division Commander Dennis Koepp center from front watch and wait as an environmental services crew prepares to examine a suspicious letter found Friday morning at a business in Sattler The letter was postmarked from Baghdad but tests did not show any bioor environmental hazards the Edgett said Canyon Fire Chief Shawn Wherry said soap and water should have been sufficient since anthrax must be inhaled or come in contact an open wound After being cleaned off four ambulances transported the victims to San Antonio hospitals to test for illness and contamina tion Ward said they showed no immediate signs of ill A twoman crew from Eagle Construction and Environmental Services Inc entered the building at and took half an hour conducting tests for anthrax The crew was not equipped to perform any other tests Though the tests were negative the letter was con tained and transported to Austin to undergo further testing for other chemical or biological hazards The truck and the building Temained secured by officials until the results of the tests came back Ward said investigators got names and addresses from the letter which CID and FBI officials will trace Wherry said these situa tions are rare Though there were some anthrax scares in NeWBraunfels after Sept 11 2001 Canyon Lake hadnt dealt with any such scares until Fri day See K JESSIE One postal worker and 11 employees at Car Ad in Sattler had to be decontaminated with soap and water and sent to area hospitals to be tested after a letter delivered to the business was thought to contain a suspicious powdery substance Congressman Lamar Smith swiftly switches ties with Ramon Chapa chamber of commerce chair of the board Friday morning Smith com menting on the appropriateness of Chapas tie for a swearing in ceremony for 80 new Americans later in the day was quick to accept Chapas gift in exchange for a promised Congressional tie K JESSIE HeratdZeitung Smith talks to businesses about war BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Congressman Lamar Smith was in New Braunfels to talk with local business men and women about issues important to them Smith who represents Comal County and New Braunfels gave an update of activities in Washington and asked for questions regard ing concerns Smith said the congress has been anxiously busy because of the threat of war Every week we wonder if its going to be the last week were are able to conduct nor mal he said Once war begins the busi ness of disarming Saddam Hussein will be the priority he said We dont know when it is that its going to happen It keeps getting pushed back I thought it was gonna be this week now it looks like its going to be next week if it occurs at Smith said He called the situation in Iraq sad but necessary Its sad because any time youre going to have lives lost its a tragedy Its not some thing to be gleeful Smith said Its also sad that we have a dictator that is willing to sac rifice his own people who is not willing to make peace and that has shown in the past he is willing to use weapons of mass destruction He is against his own people and He said since Hussein has been unwilling to disarm the might have no other choice but war It might be one of those situations where we sacrifice today for a better Smith said Smith is a member of the Select Committee on Home land Security and the Immi gration Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee He said strengthening the countrys borders could help the United States protect itself from a terrorist attack Were still in a dangerous Smith said See detective Rex Campbell had determined that the victim had lost at least Ward said the investigation was made more difficult because his suspect convinced the victim over the course of the scam that police are cor rupt and cannot be trusted See Con man used hot checks for 8 cars When caught he faked heart attack BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Ewing he was not although the tycoon a former New Braunfels resident played to flimflam several San Antonio car dealers with hot checks was just as fic tional as the 80s television oilman Wednesday Lennie Christie 61 reached the end of the road in a San Antonio district courtroom pleading guilty to four counts of felony theft The charges stemmed from the purchase of eight cars worth from seven auto dealers all with bad checks Under terms of the plea bargain reached before Dis trict Judge Juanita Vasquez Gardner Christie is sched uled to be sentenced April 16 to 10 years in prison With time off for good behavior and if he pays more than in restitution he could be out on parole by 2006 Sandra K Ruedrich chiel of the hot checks division of the Bexar County District Attorneys Office said her agency would oppose any defense initiative for proba tion Ruedrich said Christie scammed salesmen at a series of dealerships by impersonating an oil tycoon and paying by check We got a call from one ol our local car dealers in regard to this guy who came in wearing the big cowboy hat and the pressed jeans picked out a car wrote a check for it and drove off in it The sales man unfortunately all he See 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