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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 15, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                I NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY April 7 w J4 pages jn 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 130 Serving New Draunfels and Comal County since 1852 SO cents Extreasurer charged after soccer league funds come up missing BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer CANYON LAKE A 41 yearold Canyon Lake wo man turned herself in Fri day to face theft charges in connection with the alleged embezzlement of nearly from the Canyon Lake Youth Soccer Associa tion Comal County Sheriffs Detective James Miller said Jacque E Dickinson and her attorney Cal Basile of San Antonio went to the sheriffs office at 4 Friday Basile did not return a call in time for the deadline for this story Dickinson who was booked on a charge of theft between and posted bond and WHS re leased from custody The charge is a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in a state jail and a fine Miller said Dickinson was the elected treasurer of the association Thin occurred over about a year and a half from June 2000 to November Miller said Miller said he was able to prove in his investigation that was missing She confessed and said she wants to pay it Miller said Dickinsons alleged confes sion delayed the report of the alleged crime and its investi gation Miller said The soccer association tried to come to a civil agree ment then they sought crim inal charges when that didnt work Miller said Soccer association Presi dent Don Kitzcl and Via Pre sident David Clark allegedly confronted Dickinson after she left office in 2001 and the new treasurer discovered the money wns missing We offered the option of repaying If she had been able to repay the matter would have been Clark said She kept saying she was going to do it and never could never did do it See DAVID Pastor Neil Kibbe adds another flag with a servicemans name to the Comal County Churchs Wall of There are currently 150 flags pinned on the wall Church members bring in the names of relatives or others that they have heard about who are serving in the Middle East Throe college professors say the work to establish a new Iraqi govern merit will be difficult or coalition forces Glory to this Wall of Honor Canyon High School students have established an Honor Garden In front of the high school Page 8A VFW Ladles Auxiliary leader appreciates outpour Ing ol support tor troops Page 6A Follow late developments on the HereldZeitung Web Site BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer SATTLER A pastors idea to honor Ameri cas servicemen and women and prisoners of war in Iraq has resulted in a wall of honor at a church Pastor Neil Kibbe of the 150yearold Comal Country Church which rents space in an old bank building in Battler has seen the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington The wall gave him an idea With the start of the Iraq War Kibbe thought it would bo a good gesture to honor those It was an idea to remember our POWs and re member those who are over in Iraq just to pray for Kibbe said I thought wo ought to do something visible We could talk about it and remind the congregation but I wanted something visible something tho congregation could So Kibbe asked congregation member Oottie Moreau to make a wall of Moreau said she was all for it I think a great Moreau said They should do it at all tho Three weeks ago Moreau and follow congre gation member Patricia Cousins started work on the wall on a Saturday morning They had it completed by that afternoon Cousins used her computer at work where her desk is adorned with flags pictures of sol diers and Sept 11 2001 pictures theyre all sho said to make copies of the Amer ican flag Each flag has a name of a serviceman attached to it Tho names aro brought in by tho 50 mem bers of the congregation Some are relatives some are of people theyve heard about serving in Iraq The aro attached to a blue board with white stars Tho board is bordered in a See Tikrit falls major combat over BY DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent Saddam Husseins hometown of Tikrit Ml Monday with unexpectedly light resis tance the last Iraqi city to succumb to overpowering ground and air forces A senior Pentagon general said major combat engagements probably are over in the 26dayold war As fighting wound down Pentagon offi cials disclosed plans to pull two aircraft carriers from the Persian Gull At the same time Iraqi power brokers looked ahead to discussions on a postwar government at a meeting eel for Tuesday I would anticipate that the major combat engagements are Gen Stanley McChrystal told reporters at the Penta gon Tikrit tell with no sign of the fero cious last stand by Saddam loyalists that some military planners had feared luting eased in Baghdad after days of plundering at government buildings hos pitals and an antiquities museum and group of religious and civil opposition load ers met in the capital to plan efforts at re newing power water security othor vital services American forces found prodigious amounts of Iraqi weaponry Frenchmade missiles and Russian antitank rocket launchers among them And Army troops discovered thousands of microfilm car tridges and hundreds of paper files inside a Baath Party enclave as the dead regime began yielding its secrets In Tikrit about 90 miles north of Bagh dad There was less resistance than we Brig Gen Vincent Brooks told reporters as American ground troops moved into the city after days of punishing airstrikes American forces captured a key Tigris itiver bridge in the heart of town and seized the presidential palace without a fight as they rolled past abandoned Iraqi military equipment INSIDE TV Key Code 76 Council hikes EMS building department fees BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfcls City Council voted Monday night to raise EMS and building department fees for the first time in several years Some of the staffrecommended changes are new fees others are increases as high as 100 percent All the changes were the result of reviews by staff designed to recover costs of services provided by the city and to keep up with the fees charged in communities surrounding New Bniunfels District 4 Councilman llobcrt Kendrick said he was concerned the city was making all these in creases at once We should recoup our costs but T dont think we should do it all at one Kendrick said The EMS fees hod not been reviewed since 1992 Some of these fees we havent looked at for yearn think we ought to do it on a much more regular basis and not get into a situation when we really need a lot more Frank Robbins director of planning said Mayor Adam Cork said he did not think tho city should use fees to balance the budget adding that was not tho aim of the agenda items Both llohhins arid Fire Chief John Herher said the changes represent the average of fees charged by surrounding commu nities Kendrick and District 2 Coun cilman Ijirry Alexander said they did not cans what other commu nities charged us long as New See CITY DAVID Block representative Ron Cone talks to Helen Simpson as he prepares her income tax Monday afternoon Tax man cometh today mail returns by midnight BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer In yoars of marriage to Wilfred Simpson Helen Simp son never handled tho taxes Monday aftonuxw sho made her firstover trip to Block J waited so long because 1 had health said Simpson of New Braunfols Then sho smilod Procrasti nation took Helens daughter Jody Whi taker took her to Block Monday My fulher always took care of it Mom novorhad Whi taker explained Ho died in January Simpson said I was supposed to go be fore him Ho surprised me Thats our story and were stuck with Simpson said in a sort of gallows humor tliat eome folks save for the tax office Nationwide Block esti mates million Americans had not filed their tuxes by close of business Friday At the Block office on See How to file for an extension If you are not filing your return by midnight tonight you should file for an extension gut one critical point to remember is this A filing extension is not an extension of time to pay People who owe the IRS money should make the check out to United States Treasury and should enclose It with but not attach it to the tax return or the Form 1040V payment voucher If used The check should Include the taxpayers Social Security number daytime phone num ber the tax year and the type of form filed The extension may be requested by calling tollfree 18887861074 by fUng a Form 4888 Appflcjttart for Automatic Extension of Time lo File lodivldua Income Tax that Is lauded In most tax preparation software or by sending a paper Form   

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