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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 5, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas If TT SATURDAY JUNE B 2004 rH7v A T llcrvAJL SPORTS PLAYOFFS The New Braunfels Softball team loses to Crowley in the state semifinal game Pages SA UNG FORUM GUEST COLUMN Judith Davis discusses how changes in volunteer programs at McKenna helped not harmed them Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal since 1852 16 pages 2 sections K WWW7 Chance of storms High Low 02 n Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 410B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 21 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3B SPORTS B6A TV GRIDS Schlitterbahn city discuss land swap By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Schlitterbahn President Gary Henry said an offer made to the New Braunfels City Council to swap a 41 acre parcel for the citys 30 acre fairgrounds property would be a winwin deal for the water resort and the city The offer was discussed May 24 by council members in executive session Schlitterbahn initiated the said City Manager Chuck Pinto Because it was discussed in executive ses sion we couldnt really talk about the Henry talked publicly about the proposal Thursday He said he wanted to swap a 40acre parcel between Live Oak and Loop 337 for approximately 31 acres owned by the city near the Guadalupe River Its the Comal County fairgrounds Pin to said The city currently leases the property to the Comal County Fair Associ ation and the lease runs until 2034 But Gary approached the association first and evidently they did nt have a problem with the Henry said the proposal Chuck Pinto was would be good for the city the Comal County Fair Association and Schlitter bahn I simply see this as an effort for Schlitterbahn to address parking he said Over the years Schlit terbahn has acquired 30 tracts for offsite parking for our patrons and this would be just a continuation in addressing parking Henry said he has a pur chase option on 41 acres near Mistrial declared in sexual indecency case By Ron Maloney Staff Writer With jurors deadlocked 111 in favor of acquittal 22nd Judi cial District Judge Charles Ram say declared a mistrial Friday in the case against a 49yearold woman accused of sexual inde cency with a 14yearold boy Jacqueline G Merrill was accused of three counts of indecency with a child by sex ual contact The charge is a seconddegree felony punish jfejg to in state fineT After jurors deliberated era hours Thursday and then into late Friday morning Ram say declared the mistrial after being informed by the jury foreman that an impasse had been reached The jury of six men and six women was polled and one female juror indicated she believed Merrill was guilty Defense attorney Norman Dean who has publicly insist ed on the innocence of his client since he took the case said he was surprised that even one juror could believe Merrill was guilty They tried for several hours to get the one lady to come to her Dean said Were liter ally shocked that there was not a full there being no evidence of any wrongdoing even one person could believe she was guilty She certainly is not shes never been guilty and theyve never found any evi dence to show Dean said he hoped the dis trict attorneys office would not reflle the case but he was pre pared to go back to trial if it did We welcome them to have a speedy they decide to Dean said Assistant District Attorney Geoff Barr who prosecuted Merrill with Assistant District Attorney Von Bunn said Fri day he would set a new pretri al hearing but that he was uncertain whether Merrill would go back to trial I think all in all the jury did their job My next step will be to take die discussions the jury had and consider in my mind whether justice is done In the same vein I have to consider the victim At this point I dont have an Barr said I See TRIAL Page 3A COMING SUNDAY Principal candidate to be at meeting considered By UH0h Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels High School will have a new principal Mon day night if school district board of trustees approves the candi ATACHAIiCf datejecom NBiso Board mended by Meeting Superinten Monday dent Ron Education Center Reaves Boardroom 430 The dlS t r i c t lecewed 45 applications for the position Some were from with in the district and some were Reaves said the new princi pals contract starts July 1 Of approved Monday the new person might start before then and hit the ground he said We definite ly want the new principal to be a part of any new staffing During summer months principals devote time to filling vacant teaching and parapro fessional positions for the next school year He or she will also start meet ing wtih existing faculty to begin developing pians for next Reaves said The new principal will step into a school still smoldering See Page3A Loop 337 at a fixed price The property I have an option on fronts Live Oak and borders the Little League he said Council indi cated theyre interested in the proposal but they want to have the fairground property appraised first Then well have something more to talk Henry said the fairground property has environmental issues which could affect the value of the property There used to be a landfill and incinerator on the prop erty so I doubt the city would ever develop the he said Besides the fair ground property has been the traditional site for the county fair for decades I believe tradition is important so I want the fairground association to be able to stay there for another 100 years if they want In fact if the swap goes See SWAP Page 3A Safety first Photos by DAVID Landa Park spring fed pool lifeguard Shawnasee Retzloff watches as a swimmer lets go of the zipline Friday afternoon Lifeguards must scan their zone at least once every 10 seconds and be able to reach a swimmer in trouble in less than 20 seconds Lifeguards help keep water safe fun By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A week ago two little girls left unattended for moments in a hot tub at a Canyon Lake resort very nearly drowned Bystanders who knew cardiopulmonary resuscita tion and a quick response by their lives Tuesday afternoon NewBraun working on the edge pf the spring fed pool in Landa Paifcwhen he saw two children in need of help in the water This little kid got in trouble I dove off the edge and started haul ing Cameron said With lit tle kids I didnt want to have them lose consciousness in the When he got to the child and handed off his lifesaving tube he saw a nearby child having trouble Lifeguard Dane Malatesta 16 scans the zone in front of her at the Landa Park spring feed pool too He pulled that child to the life saving device Paries Director Stacey Laird said the incident which occurred just after 2 was not much differ ent from others that regularly occur at the facility which is why they have lifeguards Water is fun but only when supervised Laird said This is why we encourage parents to keep an eye on their kids at all times Five and eight may seem old enough to let kids play by themselves but they get tired You just cant take your eyes off Lairds concerns have been trag ically borne out recently in child drownings in swimming pools and bathtubs In children under five drowning is the leading cause of accidental death according to the American Academy of Pediatrics A public or commercial swim ming pool usually has lifeguards See POOL Page 3A HOME POOL SAFETY Never leave your children alone in or near the pool even for a moment A child can drown in the time it takes to answer a phone call Separate your house from the pool Most young children who drown in pools wan der out of the house and fall into the pool Install a fence at least four feet high around all 4 sides of the pool Use gates that sefrdose and selHatch with latch es higher than your childrens reach Secure the pool so children cannot get into it when unattended Never prop open the gate to a pool barrier Keep rescue equipment such as a shepherds hook or life pre server and a tele phone by the pool Do not use flota tion devices as a substitute for Do not let your child use airfilled swimming aids because they are not a substitute for approved life vests and can be dangerous Anyone watching young children around a pool should team CPR and be abte to rescue a child if needed If a child is miss ing check the pool first Seconds count in preventing death or disability Do not allow a young child in the pool without an adult Remember teach ing your child how to swim does not mean your child is safe in water From the American Academy of Pediatrics Casteel wants city to consider nonannexation issue By Scon Mahon Staff Writer State Rep Carter Casteel said she was optimistic that city council would change its mind about a nonannexa tion agreement being sought by farmers After months of postponing a recom mendation on the annexation of farm land near the municipal airport the plan ning commission voted 72 Tuesday in favor of annexing almost acres adja cent to the auport The vote ended weeks of attempting to woric out the legalities of a nonannexation agreement proposed by an Austin attorney Casteels daughter Cheryl who sits on the planning com mission voted against sending the recommendation to council Attorney Ed Small who represented the farming constituency in its fight for Carter Casteel a nonannexation agreement said an agreement drafted by his law office met the citys requirements to control future development and zoning around the municipal airport However Mayor Adam Cork said Thurs day that Small failed to address the issue of or nonannexed tracts inside the city limits and tracts outside the city limits that could not be annexed pri or to development 1 watched the planning commission Page 3A
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