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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 9, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas LIFE ADVENTURI Summer programs at area libraries let kids take a vacation with their imagi nations IB SPORTS BATTING BACK Matt James 14 is back on the field in baseball and football after suffering a ruptured spleen last month Page Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 IP Vol 163 No 181 14 pages 2 sections CLICK i com sot 80 chance i of rain j High Low i 84 76 i Details2B i DEAR ABBY SB CLASSIFIEDS 848 COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 56A TV GRIDS SB Bulverde hires police chief to begin new force By Brand GriMom Staff Writer BULVERDE The city hired its first police chief Royce Goodson Tuesday night Goodson currently police chief in Friona a panhandle town about 100 miles north west of Lubbock will take office July 1 Under the con tract he will be paid a year Mayor Bill Cole said His first order of business Goodson said will be to work with city officials to develop a budget for the new police department There are so many chal lenges ahead equipment personnel resources its going to be a huge challenge and we have to have money to get ball he said With more than 25 years of law enforcement experience a bachelors degree and his current work toward a mas ters degree in criminal jus tice Goodson said he was up to the challenge of building a new police department for the growing city Bulverde has contracted law enforcement services from Comal County Sheriffs Office since it incorporated more than three years ago Three sheriffs officers now work in Bulverde The city pays about per officer for salary insur ance equipment and trans portation under its contract with the sheriffs office Cole said The current contract See BULVERDE Page 3A Waterlogged More rainfall on tap North Texas hit hard By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Storms that brought flood ing and power outages else where in the state Tuesday brought rain but few other problems to the Comal Coun ty area While local public safety officials reported few issues except for a couple of minor traffic accidents regions to the north and east were not so fortunate In north Texas the Associ ated Press reported floodwa ters from an overflowed creek forced people to flee 200 flooded homes as new thun derstorms rolled through the area No one was injured and most homes sustained minor damage But more rain was in the forecast for the area and DAVID Above Jarred Bennett 14 and others participating in a JROTC camp at New Braunfels High School are caught in a sudden down pour while marching Tuesday morning Left Due to wet conditions on the road this Pontiac Firebird hydroplaned on Interstate 35 South hitting the retaining wall and spin ning across the roadway jwhere it was hit pick up The driver sustained minor injuries DAVID Damp roads and speeding might have contributed to a pri vate trash hauler truck rolling onto its side and losing its load about noon Tuesday at FM 1101 and Kohlenberg Road near the Comal County Landfill The driver of the vehicle escaped injury saying It only hurt my other parts of the state About 6 inches of rain fell late Sunday into early Mon day in Tarrant and Denton counties and parts of Inter state 35 were closed for a time because of high water By Tuesday morning the National Weather Service reported more than 9 inches ofraininJacksboro Tarrant County officials who surveyed the damage Mon day said 50 homes received major damage when Farmers Branch Creek flooded At the height of that storm more than people were without power Houston and southeast Texas remained under a flood watch Tuesday and contin ued thunderstorms were expected to add to the esti mated 6 inches of rain already recorded In Wharton about two dozen people suffered minor injuries from flying glass and debris after what witnesses described as a tornado passed through the area about 10 am Tuesday National Weather Service Meteorologist Kristi Mitchell reported rainfall around this region Tuesday was more mod est in most locations less than one inch The heaviest storms she said would be fast moving and shortlived and would dump an inch or so of rain an hour in localized areas Pretty much if 11 be a quar ter of an inch over a spread Mitchell said See RAIN Page 3A Man could be tried for mothers death By Ron Malonoy Staff Writer Arrangements have begun that could see a former Canyon Lake resident previ ously found mentally incom petent stand trial for the 2000 killing of his mother District Attorney Dib Waldrip said his office is preparing to try Daniel Heal for allegedly shooting his mother Barbara Casey Dec then burning down her Canyon Lake home in m apparent effort to coyer up the crime Neal 35 is charged with firstdegree felony murder and arson If convicted he could spend the rest of his life in prison In 2001 Neal was found incompetent to stand trial for me killing and was sent to the Vernon State Hospital for treatment of a psychiatric condition In 2002 and 2003 he returned to Comal County where 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison twice presided at hearings where jurors found Neal unable to assist attorney Joseph Garcia in his defense Recently Vernon officials reported they had stabilized Neals condition and returned him to Comal County In a pretrial conference See MUM Page 3A THEM i f No hyphens in board email addresses Penelope Bigga dike nbisd 6269EBO Lee Edwards 6081434 I Ed Clark Board Contract vote was not tied to performance By Leigh Jones j Staff Writer I When New Braunfels Independent i School District trustees did not renew j Superintendent Ron Reaves contract j they were not questioning his perform j ance President Jorge Maldonado said j The majority of the board felt i uncomfortable with a threeyear con j tract which was too long Maldonado j said No one expressed concern over j I Maldonado spoke on behalf of all trustees although he voted in the j minority j Trustees Paul Fisher Randy Rust Rob j Johnson and Ed Clark voted against the j renewal Maldonado Lee Edwards and j Penelope Biggadike voted for it i Reaves is one yeaj through his cur I rent threeyear contract which runs I out in 2006 For the last three years j trustees have voted unanimously to j extend Reaves contract by one year so I he always has three guaranteed years j ahead of him i Trustees willing to comment on the I vote said the decision was not related to I Reaves performance j My vote was not a lack of confidence j itwas my lack of desire to give anyone a longterm Rust said i Johnson said Reaves was good at his j job i I am not uncomfortable with i he said Hes a capable super j intendent I am uncomfortable with making a decision on the 200607 i school year as far as an extension is con i cerned I know thats not what every i body in the industry does but Im not j persuaded by what everybody I Paul Whittori Texas Association of I School Administrators associate exec I utive director confirmed Johnsons j assessment of the industry j See CONTRACT Page 3A i 6090314 Rob Johnson 4387706 Paul Fisher 6306624 Jorge MaUonado barfektedm Randy Rust 6293702 Send your com ments By Mail to Letters to Editor HeraldZeitung RO Drawer 311328 New Braunfels TX 781311328 By fax to 830 6063413 By email to MunozGill target of ethics complaint By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The citys ethics commis sion will review a complaint against District 1 Council woman Sonia MunozGill tonight in closed session Burke Harrison who filed the complaint said Munoz Gill should have recused her self during an April 12 vote to remove a city council agenda item discussing Sehlitterbahn Harrison 61 said Munoz Gill is employed by New Braunfels General Store and because of the companys she com mitted an ethics vio lation by not abstaining from vot I wat ched a Sonia tape of die MunozGill April 12 council meeting and item 6F on the agenda pertained to a mora torium on local he said Part of the discus sion included Schlitterbahn See Page 3A