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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung October 2, 2003

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 2, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas EyfflTTHBSUNDAY Don’t miw Sunday’s fie at tut; on Young Life ministries of th# first part of s special series Oft derelopmeitt for youth. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2003 K»##KXXX#**‘#*rt HIL i MIY! Min' . ' n it'n [r/i SOU > HULS t HH ROI UBL ?627 F VANDELL UR EL FASO Ti 79903 11 IU 1111 ! f I i1 * ll I ( n : I I SPORTS GRADE B+ The Smithson Valley Rangers get a B+ overall, but the offense and special teams run it in for an A on Making the Grade. Page SA FORUM DEM GUYS Molly Ivins suggests the fellows — and lady — the Democratic Party has fielded aren't that bad. Page 4A [TUNG Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 152, No. 276 12 pages, 2 sections CLICK WWW. herald-zeitung com 30001 cloudy High Low 83 58 Details .... IB DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5-6B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A APPLAUSE 4B SPORTS 5-6A TV GRIDS 3B Dad of fugitive DeWalt arrestedPolice say he has hindered search for missing boy By Bon Maloney Staff Writer IldUNt Clink, UC Larry Taylor Debby Taylor Natiurutl litmrd fin Certification in Hearinif Instrument Stierues ADVANCED HEARING CARE WITH THE ATTENTION YOU DESERVE Common Street Professional Bldg. • 1583 Common Street, Suite IOO • New Braunfels, Texas 781 30 830-627-8660 The grandfather of a missing 6-year-old New Braunfels boy has joined his wife in the Comal County Jail. Edward R. Keams, 71, of San Antonio was arrested Wednesday for allegedly hindering the investigation into the disappearance of Jeremy DeWalt. If proven, the charge is a third-degree felony punishable by two to IO years in state prison. In issuing the warrant for the arrest of Kearns, 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison set bail on Kearns at $200,000. His wife, Margaret Louise Keams, 67, who goes by the name “Peggy,” has been sitting in Comal County Jail for two weeks after allegedly spending nearly a year on the lam with daughter Suzanne DeWalt and her grandson. Her bail is $250,000. Officials are still looking for DeWalt and the boy. Suzanne DeWalt allegedly fled Oct. 25,2002 with her son rather than turn him over to her ex-husband, Michael DeWalt. A Comal County jury awarded cus-• tody of the boy to his father at the conclusion of a weeklong trial in New Braunfels. Suzanne DeWalt had leveled sexual abuse allegations against her ex-husband that local, state and federal investigators determined were unfounded. No charges were ever filed against Michael DeWalt. District Attorney Dib Waldrip said the charge was lodged against Edward Kearns because of his alleged involvement in the disappearance of the boy. “Without going into the specific facts, I will just say the investigation has revealed facts which we have corroborated through a number of sources that Mr. Keams’ pleas on TV in the media as to his lack of knowledge of what happened on Oct 25,2002, were fictitious,” Waldrip said.County jail accepting MasterCard, Visa cards By Ron Maloney Staff Writer If you go to Comal County Jail, you’d better bring your Visa or MasterCard, because they don’t accept American Express. Sheriff Bob I iolder announced Wednesday those who are taken to the jail for unpaid fines or class C misdemeanors are now able to pay by credit card. “It’s progress. This is going to streamline our ability to release some of the citizens who are incarcerated on minor violations," Holder said. “I’m in favor of anything that can help make this transition run more smoothly.” Suspects will not be able to say “charge it” when it comes to making bail, though. Jail Administrator David Ott said bail would still have to be posted by cash or bond. “It's for fines or class C misdemeanors only,” Ott said. The jail began looking at using See JAIL. Page 3A FRONTand Center Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung On a cool Saturday morning at a field off FM 2252, aircraft. As the sun rises, pilot Rick Smith says over the sky comes alive with the sound of power chute the aircraft intercom. "Welcome to my office." As the sun comes up, a New Braunfels hobby isTaking flight See KBUBaBB. Page 3AEverywhere you want to be? By Dylan Jimtnez Staff Writer Learning how to fly a powered parachute is more exciting than flying helicopters for the Army, Gilbert Torres said. There’s nothing between the pilot and the open sky. “You’re just sitting there in a chair,” Torres said. Powered parachutes are light aircraft — they weigh only a few hundred pounds and look like go-carts. The hobby is an airborne craze, so to speak, attracting people from all walks of life. The hobby attracts people looking for a smooth, slow ride — something they can learn to fly themselves. And they can. “This thing is the easiest thing for anyone to learn how to fly,” said Chip Anderson, instructor at Texas Powered Parachutes Inc. Torres has been up in the small open-cockpit aircraft twice. He’s about hallway to flying on his own. He’s nervous but anxious to get in the pilot’s seat “It seems easy,” he said. “But I’ve never done it.” The first flight can be a little unnerving, instructors said. The 520-square-foot parachute acts like the aircraft’s wing, so flying is dependent on the wind and weather. Warm pockets and gusts of wind can make the ride bumpy, so early-morning . and late-afternoon conditions are ideal for flight. When Torres went up the second time, he started to feel queasy. But he says it’s a ton of fun. Instructors don’t fly first-timers at more than IO miles an hour or in gusty winds. And it's unsafe to fly in . winds more than 15 miles an hour or in rain, they said. As winter approaches, so does prime-time flying season for {lowered parachutes. “The colder it is, the better performance you get out of the aircraft,” said Tony Irwin, instructor at Texas Powered Parachutes Inc., in New Braunfels. See CHUTE. Page 3A Krueger rails US invasion By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SAN MARCOS—Ambassador Bob Krueger Wednesday night said the United States intervention in Iraq was wrong and doomed to failure if the effort to rebuild the country is not multinational. Krueger, of New Braunfels, was the fall speaker in the Lyndon Baines Johnson distinguished lecture series at Texas State University- Bob Krueger San Marcos. His topic was. “When Should the United States Intervene? A look at U.S. Foreign Policy Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” About 300 attended the talk conducted in the LBJ Student Center. In his talk, Krueger, who was target of an assassination attempt for advocating human rights when he was ambassador to Burundi in the mid-1990s, examined three opportunities for intervention by the United States. They were the U.S. Marshall Plan for reconstruction of Europe after World War II, V N I ‘I    I j\ t rn A power chute heads south from a small airpark located near FM 3009 and 2252 early on a Saturday morn ing. Early morning and late are the best times to go for a because of light air turbulence. A ;

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: October 2, 2003

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