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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 28, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas 8ATURDAV FEBRUARY TRACK MEET Unicom Relays meet kicks off track season New Braunfels girls finish second Canyon boys end in fourth Page 8A Ill FORUM QUEST COLUMN Guest columnist Woodall argues widespread acceptance of gay marriage is coming like it or not Page 4A isw Braunfels and Coma County 1852 M 153 Mo 94 12 pages 2 sections CLICK Mostly cloudy High Low Details 18 FORUM 4A HP f FBI reopens DeWalt abuse investigation By Ron Malonay Staff Writer The FBI reopened its probe of sexual abuse allegations at the center of a New Braunfels child custody battle that caused a woman to flee with her young son New Braunfels police Lt Mike Rust confirmed Friday afternoon the FBI contacted him regarding Michael DeWalt Yes the FBI has been in contact with Rust said The FBI received a request to explore new information iri connection with Michael An FBI official reached for this story Friday refused to comment Were not in the business of confirming or denying our the official said New Brauhfels resident Suzanne DeWalt accused her exhusband Michael DeWalt a Navy pilot of sexually abusing their son Jeremy Suzanne DeWalt sought sole custody of the boy now 6 in 207th Judicial District Court in New Braunfels in late 2002 After a twoweek trial before Judge Jack Roblson a Comal County Jury instead awarded custody to Michael DeWalt See DEWALT Page 3A FRONT and CENTER DAVID Sarah Walleck 16 won Grand Champion Steer with Booger Friday evening at the Comal County Junior Livestock Show Steer judges dont thumbaises a Booger By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Sarah Walleck a Canyon High School FFA student picked a winner when she bought her steer lastyear Walleck earned grand champion at the Comal County Junior livestock Stow Friday with the Simmemal she bought from the same Stockdale ranch that has sup plied the Walleck family with past winners Showing champion steers has become a family pastime Sarah won grand champi on steer in both the county livestock shoyir and the county fair in 2QQ1 She also won showmanship award in W2QQ2 livestock show Her nephew Jeremy also has won major awards a the countys youth shows i AT A GLANCE I Comal County i Junior Livestock j auction i to late night Comal County 1 Fair Grounds I II Show tion of the sales We will put some away for col lege and the proj ect for next Sarah said Sarah has raised since she was knee high she said and that wont change next year I have been showing my She said she couldnt have whole life because my broth raised the champion without er and sisters all fter teachers coaching and Sarah said Ifsjustsomething her nephews and brothers help Booger wiU be auctioned They show she said and the points Sarah And meydo alotof the work earned from winning the top when I cant prise earned her a nice por Sarah said the best part about winning the show was knowing how great the other 90 steers were David Waldrip dent said competition in all categories at the Comal show is tough The championship is a quality of animal compete itive at the state Waldrip said But each of the 485 children who entered the show will be winners because of commu nity support he said Each of them have their own Waldrip said They all have their place in the NBU fires worker who allegedly tried to meet girl for sex By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Police subpoenaed tapes and docu ments connected to a television news sting operation in which a man allegedly set up a meeting for sex in New Braunfels with what he thought was a 14yearold girl The accused man has not been iden tified although KSAT 12 television reported he was a New Braunfels Util ities employee KSAT did not return three calls for comment Friday NBU Communications Manager Gretchen Reuwer acknowledged Fri day that the man whom she refused to identify worked for NBU until Thurs Once we became aware of the situ ation we immediately launched an investigation were but I can tell you NBU responded immediately acted appropriately and the individual in question is no longer employed at New Braunfels police Lt Mike Rust said he found out about the sting from KSATs Defenders investigative team Thursday afternoon A television producer posing as a 14 yearold girl named Bekka met two men in Internet chat rooms It didnt take long for the subject of the chats to turn to sex Some of it was very according to a report on KSATs Web site When one man came to a home in New Braunfels he was confronted by the KSAT crew which broadcast the incident on its news shows See BROADCAST Page 3A INTBWET SAFETY Make sure your kids know not to agree to a faceto face meeting with someone they meet online Instruct your kids never to respond to email or chat messages that make them feel uncomfortable or from someone they dont know Stress that they should show such messages to you Teach your kids not to give out personaWnforma Woni such as their home address or phone number especially in a chat room with out your permis sion Surf the Internet with your kids Place the comput er in a public room in your home so that even when you are not surfing with your kids you can monitor their Visit for more tips on pro tecting your chil Courtesy of Attorney General Greg Abbott HQTV Video grapherJoe Hernandez right moves in for a tighter shot of Don and UJaUmaster a show about home coo wertedfrom Couples house ofcharacter lands starring role By Dylan Jiminoi Staff Writer When Don and Ula Lemaster con verted an auto shop into their home they oMit realize it would result in 15 minutes of fame Home and Garden Television cam era crews were on site several hours Thursday and Friday filming their unjnyp housf for a program dedicated to singlefamily homes buUt from other structures The nightly show features homes all over the country converted from fishing sheds tobacco warehouses chicken coops grain silos and other buildings It was Don said It was a lot of wojfc but it was run noi something omtnjcijon com pany a stucco contractor in the 1980s tefore going mio the used car busmess When he was looking for a home to buy he thought it would be more cost effective to convert his property on Academy Avenue and San Antonio Street which he was using for his busi ness as a detail and paint shop CQnsLructiflnoiiJy took a few months Don said because he could work on the house wnile he was at work 1 had the benefit ol going to work Page3A
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