Saturday, May 10, 2003

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 10, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY May 10 2003 f i 7 v xx 16 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 152 Serving New Braunfels and Coma County since 1852 50 cents BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The 69yearold New Braun fels man who held police off for nearly 12 hours and then al legedly set fire to his home was released Friday from McKenna Memorial Hospital and taken to Comal County Jail Berni Mlkkelson was booked on a charge of aggravated assault on a peace officer The charge is a firstdegree felony punishable by between five and 99 years in state prison and a fine of up to Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Diana Campos set bail at Mikkelson was arrested by New Braunfels police officers who have stood by at his hospi tal room since the incident that started the night of Thursday May 1 with a domestic dispute PoKce were called to the Sable Circle home Mikkelson shared with his wife Amparo 50 and their son Berni 8 after the suspect had allegedly struck wife Officers found Amparo Mikkelson outside Mikkclson refused to leave the home and initially re fused to release his son During the course of an all night standoff Mikkelson allegedly brandished at least one firearm at several different police officers About 12 hours after the standoff began Mikkelson See Booking photo of Bernard Mikkelsen It was a hole lot of fun A DAVID Acting County Judge Jack Dawson above rates the tubes participating in the decorating portion of the firstever Running of the Tubes held Friday afternoon on the Comal River Rowena Hackfield below left and Vivian Furlow enjoy the cool water of the Comal River with their float from Caldwell Banker Their float which models the band stand downtown was named most creative Events message Jump in the waters fine BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Attached to a post holding up the canopy of the tube judged the most creative was a simple message Jump And thats just exactly what a crowd of visitors and Convention and Visitors Bureau and local government officials did Friday afternoon near Hinman Island in Landa Park It was all part of a media campaign dubbed the Running of the The last New Braunfols river event to draw so much media attention might have been the floods of summer 2002 But maybe all the media vans and TV cameras just showed up to sec Mayor Adam Cork jump in the river with a seven foot ostrich and float down the Comal with See INSIDE TV Key Code 76 Showtime for Leach family Meeting on Grunert stretches into night Comal Independent School Difltrict trustees continued their closeddoor discussions on Superintendent Dr Jim Grunert Friday night As of press time trustees had not made u public state ment about the midyear eval uation of the superintendent Trustees opened the meet ing at 6 at the district conference room at 1419 N Business T35 They were scheduled to review Gruncrts perfor mance Trustees also wore to consult with attorneys about legal questions raised after plans to loan school district funds to athleticbooster clubs became public this week Trustees were locked in a closed meeting until when Randall Pawelok stepped out and said the board was recapping what they had heard and dis cussed About 30 minute Inter board President Dan Krueger and attorney Paige Kyle came out of the mooting and went into the administration building to talk toGruncrt who was not allowed into the closed meeting AH of Krueger and Kyle wore still talking to Grunert For further details check out the HoralclZeitungVi Web site at Jury convicts Lake Jackson man of aggravated robbery BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A 21yearold Lake Jack son man was convicted Fri day of aggravated robbery in a November 2002 incident in which he and a friend al legedly tried to steal a vehicle and shot a Schortx man At the end of a fourday tri al a Comal County jury deli berated about two hours and found Danny Dale Lobovcro guilty of aggravated robbery The jurors also found that a deadly weapon u handgun had been used in commis sion of the crime District Judge Gary Steel will sentence Ijobevero after Comal County Adult Proba tion conducts a presentence investigation JLobovuro faces between 5 and 99 yours in state prison and a fine of up to The defendant was arrest ed on the morning of Nov 6 2002 along with Gary Quinn 24 also of Lake Jack son after an incident in which a Schortis resident was al legedly shot in the nock and arm in an attempted carjack ing on Interstate 35 Quinn has not yet come to trial The arrest came after New Braunfek Chief of Police Rus sell Johnson saw the two men hitchhiking on Farmto MurketRoad 1044 They matched the descrip tion of a pair of young men who had escaped police late the night before after run ning from the Pit Stop con venience store at Iluokle Road and Interstate 35 In closing arguments in the trial in 274th Judicial Dis trict Court Assistant District Attorney Ed Jcndrxey laid out for the jury what had happened that night The defendant and his friend wore on their way to Austin told jurors when their vehicle broke down They decided to steal a car the attorney said and select ed their victim at a San Anto nio service station They asked for a ride to ward Austin and he agreed to take them to Jen suid This whole tiling turned out to be said It WHS crazy bucniiHO they didnt know the victim was going to fight them They See BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer A Comal County family pucks up their three kids four horses and two dogs today to head out to the Panhandle The Leach children Eric Kara and Nolan will be per forming all ttummor in Texas Legacies an outdoor drama staged on a rock amphitheater in the Palo Duro Canyon depict ing the hiatory of Texas The Leach family lives on 80 acres off Hueco Springs Loop Road plenty of room to learn to rope and ride But Ten said the kids are growing restless on it They know every crack and crevasse she said The Leach children have been homeschooled They have sped up their work to be able to go Ive done a semesters worth of work in three Eric said Eric will be graduating this year and the family has had to move up celebrations for his graduation Karaa birthday and their parents anniversary Ten said the childrens perfor mance and education keep them close The Leach children found out in April they were accepted into the show They will be three of 80 performers of ull ages chosen from six national auditions in the Texutt show But Kara will be one of the youngest They are not sure exactly what they will be doing but the script will be molded to fit their individual talents Eric 17 will be one of the See JIL DAVID Eric Kara and Nolan Leach from left head back to their ranch home off Hueco Springs Loop Road