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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 17, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY FEBRUARY 17 2004 SPORTS UNICORNS ROLL New Braunfels Highs girls soccer team rallied from an early 10 deficit and rolled to a win over Wimberley Pago SA BRADWHIOHT He played for Southwest Texas State University 197780 Career at CHS FORUM HIGH MIGHTY j Columnist Charley Reese fells why he thinks Supreme Court is responsible for corruption of our culture Page 4A CLICK i COMICS www 826nooDoiINI1 Mostly sunny High Low 70 41 Details 6A A FOftUM 6A SPORTS 2000 19 2001 010 2002 73 missed playoffs byjMie game 2003 113 advanced to quarterfinals of playoffs Wright resigns takes Texas State job Joins exteammate at alma mater By Jason Chlapek Staff Writer Canyon head football coach and athletic director Brad Wright resigned Monday to accept an assistant coaching position at Texas State University Wright will coafehwith David Bailiff who was named head coach at Texas State earlier this month Bailiff and Wright were team mates at Texas State This is exciting Coach Bailiff and I have been good friends since our playing days and now were coaching together at our alma Wright said Wright played for the Bobcats from 1977 to 1980 Hired by Canyon in 2000 he went 119 his first two seasons Last year Canyon went 113 and advanced to the state playoffs Kari Hutchinson communi cations director for the Comal Independent School District said the district will post the job opening as soon as today but it could be a month before a replacement is hired For additional story see Sports PageSA Woman 34 dies in fire Fire started next to space heater near front door of travel trailer By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 34yearold woman was killed early Monday in a fire that destroyed the travel trailer she lived in at Hill Country RV Park New Braunfels Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoetet Carol Ann Gonzales collapsed in the bathroom at the rear of the trailer Gonzales was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Diana Campos just after 7 am The Travis County Medical Exam iners Office ruled after an autopsy Monday afternoon that the cause of death was asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation Brinkkoeter said the fire started next to a space heater near the front of the 17foot travel trailer and could have blocked access to the exit door We believe it was Brinkkoeter said New Braunfels police were called to assist in the investigation because of reports from the neighborhood that the victim had recently had a falling out witha man described variously as her husband or her boyfriend There was Brinkkoeter said But the evidence and the oth er information weve gathered shows SCOTT A fire that destroyed this 17foot travel trailer Monday morning claimed the life of its owner 34yearold Carol Ann Gonzales Gonzales died of asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation this fire was Brinkkoeter said the fire came to light after a New Braunfels police officer was dispatched to the area at when a 911 dispatcher reported a hangup call The phone rang in the dispatch center but there was nothing there no verbal contact or communi Brinkkoeter said In any case where a 911 call is not completed a police officer is dis patched to investigate Brinkkoeter said the responding officer could see flames as he crossed Interstate 35 and reported the fire at Neighbors also began reporting it at about that time Brinkkoeter said The first firefighters arrived at the scene to find the trailer fully engulfed in flames with fire coming from the windows and through its roof The victim was found closed up in See FIRE DEATH Page 3A Exchange student will leave her heart but not accent in Texas By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer When Signe Sorensen 17 applied for the exchange program at her local Rotary in Denmark her patents told her she could go anywhere in the world but Texas They just didnt want me to have the she said Since she arrived in New Braunfels in August 2003 shes picked up saying yaT but hopes her parents will understand Tm just going to go back and tell them that its not like they Sorensen said Still m the last few months she has lived many of the stereotypical Texas experi ences visiting the San Antonio Stock Show Want to become a Rotary exchange student and Rodeo the Comal County Fair a Brooks and Dunn concert and a number of football games She also has ventured to Mexico New Mexico and Colorado during her stay Sorensen is from Aagaard a town of 500 people I really like being here I really enjoy all Sorensen said New Braunfels is a nice town Jfs not too small not too Sorensen will stay with three different host families between during her stay See Page 2A Exchange student Signe Forensen shares memo ries with her host parent New Braunfels Rotarian Karen Priess one of three families to host Forensen REBECCA S ROQEHS Herald Zeitung Moviegoers have a passion1 for new Mel Gibson film BY Betty Taylor Correspondent Moviegoers might be aware of the much talked about Mel Gib son film The Passion of the that prewieres Asfc Wednesday Feb They might not know however thai advance tickets were already selling and This is unique to this mom said Chris Mosel operations man ager for Texas Cinemas which owns both Market Place Cinema 12 In New Braunfels and Stajplex Theatre in San Marcos Advance ticket sales are not a unique concept but Mosel said area churches are buying out People siarted caJJUing m late last Mosel said Since that time at least n churches from New Braunfels San Marcos Seguin and Wunberley have contacted Mosel to buy either tickets or afaote showings He expected the number of pre booked showings to continue to increase See Local author discovers impact of confession of inmate By Dylan Jim6nez Staff Writer Local author Diane Fanning has written a book that is being used to clear the name of a woman who has served a year in 85Hf J1118 prison for the crime Through the Fan rungs first non fiction crime book traces the Show Discovery Channel uuu j j is Crime childhood and To nights epi sode is about author Diane Fan nings book Through the While doing research for the book Texas death row inmate Tommy Lynn Sells con fessed to a 1997 murder in Illinois that had been pinned on another woman 20year murder spree of Tommy Lynn Sells Sells a Texas death row in mate confessed to Fanning while she was doing research for the book Sells was arrested after trying to kill a 10yearold Del Rio girl who later testified against him In custody Sells pled guilty to another mur der in San Antonio and has been connected with murders in at least two other states Fanningleamed of the story and she became captivated by the girl who survived the attack I was just fascinated by what she had Fanning said She did some research and wrote a draft chapter of a book about Sells Fanning visited Sells 20 times in a Bexar County Jail and while he was on death row He stopped cooperating with police but con fessed to Fanning to a 1997 mur der pinned on Julie Rea Harper in Illinois Harper was imprisoned in 2002 for the murder Fanning included the confes sion in her book When it was released in 2003 Harpers moth er called her and asked if she would talk to her daughters lawyer Fanning later testified before the prison review board in Chica go and by August DNA tests were in the works Harper remains in jail and is appealing her case Attorneys have expressed skep ticism about title confession but witnesses in Illinois claim to have seen SeJJs in the area Fannings experience research ing and writing the book also changed her life She has seen her bookwriting career begin to take off and is working to com plete two mpje true eritoe hooks Farmings testimony also will be used to tell Sells story in a Discovery Cnajyieireenacuneru documentary wyj be aired tonight

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