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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 1, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas 1 i 2004 jp itfRALDZEITUNG SPORTS LITTLl LEAGUE Phillies Orioles battle it out in the New Braunfels Little League Junior League semifi nal matchup Page B and Comal County since 1852 CAL THOMAS Syndicated columnist backs up Bill Cosby whos been praised and criticized for remarks berating black parents Page 4 CL Vol 163 No 174 10 pages 1 section CK www Partly cloudy High Low 10375 Details1B DEAR ABBY 8 CLASSES HO COMICS 7 4 8 6 ft FORUM SPORTS TV GRIDS All hail breaks loose Strong storm rolls through tubers injured by lightning By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Eight Comal River tubers were seriously in a lightning strike as a violent storm rolled through New Braunfels Monday after noon New Braunfels police offi cer Heath Purvis said fire department paramedics were called about to the Blastenhoff area of Schlitter bahn off Lincoln Street to treat eight people who were struck by lightning The group was believed to have got out of the water because of lighting and gath ered under a tree on the river bank when the tree was struck Purvis said Police Lt John Villarreal said one of the victims a man whose heart stopped beating was leaning against the tree when the lightning struck We believe thats why he was most seriously Villarreal said Purvis said Scnlitterbahn employees began cardiopul monary resuscitation and the man was defibrillated twice before his heart was restart ed These firemen and the Schlitterbahn employees who D MANDY were first at the scene did a NBPD offlcer Russe Gooch writes a citation for a vehicle were nrst at trie scene did a jn Q accident Monday afternoon on Inter See STORM Page 3 state 35 after a series of short storms rolled through the area MANDY Col Bob Jays speaks about his experience at the World War II Memorial in Washington He returned home from the trip in time to cele brate Memorial Day with his family Services pay tribute to World War II veterans By Brand Grissom Staff Writer Col Bob Tays couldnt buy a beer in Washington over the Memorial Day weekend He was one of only about 3 percent ofWorldWar II veterans able to attend the Saturday dedica tion of the new monument there honoring the service of The Greatest To see the tremendous number of people there who were World War II veterans and the number of people there who came of their own volition and said to me personally Thank and bought me a Tays said was inspiring I have goosebumps just talking about Tays said as he described the granite and bronze mon ument on the National Mall between the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Memorial After returning home to New Braunfels on the eve of Memorial Day Tays was part of a smaller crowd of about 60 gathered Monday morning at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park to pay tribute to local veterans The fifth annual service organized by Ameri can Legion Post 35 and Auxiliary was dedicated to those who served in World War II said post com mander Cecil Kunkel With the red white and blue raised to halfstaff over a field of tombstones graced by bright colored blooms and dotted with American flags waving in the breeze the crowd joined in singing the Nation al Anthem reciting the pledge of allegiance and observing a moment of silence honoring the war dead All of the flowers out here decorating these graves is our way of honoring the dead of all See Page 3 theg generation God of our Fathers whose Almighty hand hath made arid preserved our Nation grant that our people may understand what it is they celebrate May they repiember how bitterly our free vKy7Y dom was won the down payment that was made for it the installments that have been made since this Republic was born and the price that must yet be paid for our liberty May freedom be seen not as the right to do as we please but as the opportunity to please to do what is right J J From A Prayer For by Peter Marshall chaplain United States Senate 1947 t f MANDY During a Memorial Day ceremony at the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park a man stops to honor a World War II veteran buried in the parks veteran section Girl injured in accident still listed critical Divers recover drowning victim By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CANYON 54yearold San Antonio man became Comal Countys first known drowning victim of 2004 Saturday night Comal County Sheriffs Lt Mark Reynolds said divers recovered Ramilo Betancourts body from 24 feet of water about 200 yards off Comal Park late Sunday afternoon after an allday search Reynolds said deputies were called shortly before 7 Saturday about a possible drowning off Comal Park From the park peninsula people often wade along a ledge that leads to a little island Reynolds said If a wader steps from the ledge the water depth drops off steeply into the Guadalupe Rivers original channel Reynolds said that was apparently what happened to Betancourt Hes apparently walking with his adult son and the father goes under the water and that was the last time he was Reynolds said When the deputies got out there they called for help from the sheriffs office Texas Parks and Wildlife Canyon Lake and the San Marcos Area Recovery Even using infrared equipment divers were unable to find Betancourt Satur day night so the search was broken off until early Sunday Reynolds said Sunday morning divers began searching the area in a grid pattern The victim was found 200 feet from where he was last seen in 24 feet of Reynolds said Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jen nifer Saunders pronounced Betancourt dead at the scene Reynolds said No autopsy was ordered There was no sign of foul play or alcohol involved in this Reynolds said They were on a family outing It was just a In 2003 there were four drownings in Comal County three on the Guadalupe River and one on the Comal River Three of them occurred before Memorial Day The fourth was early in June From Staff Reports SAN ANTONIO The 18 yearold Smithson Valley High School senior injured in a single vehicle accident remained in critical condi tion Monday at University Hospital Laci Lee Belcher was flown to the facility Friday after noon day before grad uation after she lost con trol of an F150 pickup truck on FM 3159 The vehicle careened into the southbound shoulder slid across the highway into the northbound culvert where it struck a large rock and began to roll Public safety officials reported Belcher suffered major head injuries when she was thrown from the vehicle as it roiled over Saturday a University Hos pital official reported Belch ers condition prior to surgery as serious but Her condition was later changed back to critical Two friends accepted Belchers diploma on her behalf at SVHS commence ment ceremonies Saturday
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