Tuesday, April 8, 2003

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 8, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY April 8 2003 14 pages in 2 sections EITUNG Vol iS3 No Serving New Brauhfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Seguin man 20 drowns in Comal River near tube chute BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A 20yearold Seguin man drowned in the Comal River Sunday evening Dr R Donovan Butter pro nounced Aaron Castillo dead at 8 in theMcKenna Memorial Hospital emer gency room New Braunfels Police Sgt David Wilson said police and firefighters were called to the 100 block of Liebscher Drive at 7 when friends re ported seeing Castillo go underwater without return ing to the surface New Braunfels Fire De partment Battalion Chief Steve Mabe said firefighters who arrived at Prince Solms Park found that friends of the victim were making at tempts to find him under the water He was with a pretty good bunch of people in the river It was Mabe said This location was 20 to 30 DAVID Fifthgeneration farmer and rancher Lorenz Bading runs about 70 head of cattle on his farm Bading was recently honored for having kept his family farm in continuous opera more than A century of life on the farm BY SEAN BOWLJN Staff Writer A full head of greyblond hair and a lean frame belie farmer Lorenz Badings 86 years Looking at the family garden here we had people for dinner and there were some six or seven items in the meal and all but one were what we raised on our place I think in this day and age this is rather unheard Bading said And were kind of proud He has plenty of reasons to be proud of the years he and his family have spent on the farm Last month Bading was honored in Aus tin by Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs for being a member of a family thats kept its ranch or farm in continuous See BADING Bading points to his family garden Organized crime charges land 4 suspects in jail BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Four suspects have been arrested on organized crime allegations in connection with the March 28 assault of a San Antonio man who was dump ed alongside a road near Canyon Lake Comal County Sheriffs de tective Wayne Lehman said Monday that deputy Rick Sanchez arrested Jessica Co wart 17 of New Braunfels She is being held in Comal County Jail Eric ftehjcens 18 Jerry W Louden 18 and a mflfi who identified himself as Jason Paul Wright but is believed to be Daniel Thomas Reich age about 23 of Can yon Lake are being held in the Caldwell County Jail All four suspects have been booked on the charge of en gaging in an organized crim inal activity for aggravated assault causing bodily injury and exhibiting a deadly wea pon The charge is a firstdegree felony punishable by between five and 99 years in state pri son and a fine Comal County Courtat Law Judge Brenda Chapman set bail on each at Lehman said the investi See INSIDE TV Key Cote 76 yards above the tube The water which Mabe said was about 10 feet deep was murky because of heavy use in the parks It was very stirred up and it was almost Mabe said Visibility was almost Divers from the San Mar cos Area Recovery Team SMART were dispatched as firefighters using masks and snorkels joined people who were already looking for Cas tillo They gave us some pretty good locations where he went Mabe said A swimmer found Castillo and he was brought to the bank but attempts to resus citate him failed We were 20 minutes into the Mabe said The SMART divers were called off Castillos is the first drown ing of this year in Comal County US tanks push Saddams army to edge of defeat BY CHRIS TOMLINSON AND DAVID ESPO Associated Press Writers BAGHDAD Iraq than 100 armored vehicles rum bled through downtown Baghdad with unstoppable force on Monday seizing one of Saddam Husseins opulent palaces toppling a 40foot statue of the Iraqi ruler and push ing his regime to the brink of irrel evance Some Iraqi soldiers jumped into the Tigris River to flee the advanc ing Americans More than a dozen others were captured and placed inside a hastily erected POW pen on the grounds of the bombedout blueandgolddomed New Presi dential Palace An estimated 600 to Iraqi troops were killed during the oper ation said Col David Perkins We had a lot of suicide attackers he said These guys are going to die in They keep trying to ram the tanks with car Tankkilling A10 Warthogs and pilotless drones provided air cover as Americans briefly surrounded another prominent symbol of Sad dams power the Information Min istry as well as the citys best known hotel the AlRashid Tanks rolled briefly up to another one of Saddams many palaces It was the third straight day the Army penetrated Saddams seat of power This time though there were plans to stay Rather than withdrawing at nightfall as units did over the weekend members of the 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division hunkered down for the night at the sprawling splendored New Presidential Palace where Saddam once slept Several miles away two soldiers and two journalists were killed in a rocket attack on the 3rd Infantry Division south of Baghdad the Central Command reported Anoth er 15 soldiers were injured in the attack on an infantry position south of the city On the other side of town Ma rines encountered tough fighting as they entered Baghdad for the first time coming under machine gun fire Lt CoL McCoy said two Marines were killed and two were injured after an artillery shell hit their armored personnel carrier Marines crossed into Baghdad from the east their engineers de ploying a temporary pontoon bridge over a canal at the southern edge of the city after Iraqis rendered the permanent structure unsafe for heavy armored vehicles Hours later the sound of occa Chemical All reportedly killed in alrstrike Page 4A Bush Blair focus talks on postwar rebuilding Page 4A I County donates hygiene kits to Operation Shoeboxf Page 4A Limited contact with their sons has left two Comal County mothers nervous Page 4A A former Comal County resident shares photo he takes during training for deployment Page 4A I Follow late developments on the HeraldZeitung Web Site Food shelter programs qualify for share of in funds BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Nonprofit agencies in Comal County qualify for a share of in federal funds the county would re ceive under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program The Comal County FEMA Board was notified last week that it would receive the funds from the state setaside committee The local board which is made up of representatives from the Red Cross Com munity Council Connections Salvation Army The Hous ing Authority the Childrens Shelter and the Womens Center would distribute the funds The board would consider agencies that provide meals and lodging such as Com munity Council Connections Salvation Army the Housing Authority the CJhildrens Shel ter and the Womens Center All these agencies partici pated last year and are invit ed along with similar agen cies to apply fpr food and shelter funds again this year Interested agencies have unjgjl 5 Itaidjiy tq epn tact Daniel Perez Comal County chair man Perez said because the board has so little time to make recommendations the deadline will not be extended Local agencies can be gov ernmental or private volun tary organizations but must be nonprofit practice nondis crimination have an account ing system and conduct an annual audit Qualified agencies also must have demonstrated the capability to deliver emer gency good and shelter pro grams Voluntary organiza tions must have a voluntary board The money is meant for different types of assistance a lot of shelters use the money for Perez said Other organizations use the funds for onetime rental assistance or to provide oth er housing assistance The national board dis tributes federal EFS funds to communities based on po verty levels The annual funds have ap parently not been impacted by the war and other budget concerns Perez said the was Make call before 5 Thursday Agencies interested in dis tributing the Emergency Food and Shelter National Boftrd Program funds can contact Daniel Pare Cpmal County FIMA board chair man at 330 6207520 no later than 5 Thursday The board meets Friday to discuss the qualifications of applicants and must recom mend qualified local agen cies by April 20 a little bit less than the funding received last year The EFS national board was established by Congress in 1983 to allocate federal funds to help local social ser vice organizations across the country with emergency food and shelter programs It is made up of represen tatives from the Salvation Army American Red Cross Council of Jewish Federa tions Catholic Charities USA National Council of Churches of Christ and the United Way