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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 12, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SATURDAY 004 t ZEITUNG SPORTS SELECT TOURNEY New Braunfels Little League Select tournament play contin ues with the Astros and the Bulldogs Page FORUM GUEST COLUMN Laina Mayo a Womens Center counselor writes about com bating the emotional trauma of sexual abuse Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 16 pages 2 sections CLICK www5 500 8 1 DEAR ABBY 38 120 rain chance High Low 92 74 Details1B 48 COMICS 28 CROSSWORD 28 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 66A TV GRIDS II Teens arrested in connection with trailer fire By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SPRING teenagers were taken into cus tody Friday after a fire of sus picious origin heavily dam aged a mobile home Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford said the youths boys ages 14 and 15 and a 15 yearold girl were believed responsible for a fire that caused an estimated in damage to a mobile home located in the 6000 block of Apache Moon Arson of a habitation is a firstdegree felony punishable by five to 99 years in state prison and a fine Manford said the youths were taken to Precinct 4 Jus tice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders for registration It was unknown Friday evening whether they would be detained or released to their parents Spring Branch and Canyon Lake firefighters were dis patched to the blaze just after 4 Spring Branch Battalion Chief Danny Ray reported about onethird of the mobile home was in flames when he arrived The fire had vented through a window and the roof in the Ray said We set up for a positive pres sure attack and went in through the front The fire was knocked down in moments Ray said but it caused extensive damage to the home which was unoc cupied Firefighters spent a couple of hours ensuring it hadnt spread below a tin roof or into voids in the structure See FIRE Page 3A im 40th president left lasting impression By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Retired Army Col John Tengler only met President Ronald Reagan twice but the commanderinchief made a lasting impression Reagan was a great Tengler said To meet him was to love Tengler served in the Department of Defense during the last two years of the Carter administration and the first two years of Reagans said the atmosphere on Rea ialef It was like a breath of fresh i came through the he said You could see and feel the excite ment and admiration the troops had for him He was a shot in the In anticipation of watching the cov erage of Reagans coffins procession up Constitution Avenue Wednesday Tengler said he remembered the first See IMPRISSION Page 3A somber skies form i liimcrinu eoodhyc t O O to Ronald Reujm suspects out on bail By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The two suspects in a murderforhire scheme one the wife of a former New Braunfels police bail A Comal County Jail official said Friday Jonathan Gene Benavides 30 and Saman tha Kaderli Childs 23 arrested in March on allegations of firstdegree felony criminal conspiracy to commit murder have both been released from jail Benavides represented by attorney den Peterson posted cash bond on his bail and was released Wednesday Attorney Anthony Cantrell posted a attorney bond Thursday and Childs was released Both are pending trial in an alleged scheme to Have Benavides exgirlfriend killed If convicted both face between five and 99 years in state prison New Braunfels Police Department crime analyst Libby Rinehart said Friday officials were notifying the alleged victim who lives in the Houston area that the suspects had been released Childs is the wife of former police officer Jeffrey Childs who went to school with Benavides She is alleged to have helped Benavides plan and arrange the crime No testimony in pretrial hearings or court documents connects Jeffrey Childs to the allegations but he left the NBPD short ly afterward Officials would not say whether he was released or resigned Police Lt John Villarreal reported hearing of the alleged plot Feb 28 from a sergeant who was told of it by another officer An undercover officer posing as a hit man approached Benavides and negoti ated a fee for the planned killing Childs was arrested March 6 Benavides was arrested March 7 COMING 2004 COMAL COUNTY BUDGET Tax rate per of assessed value 2004 budget rnjUjon General fund mMljoa including Salaries taxes and employee ben induding a pro posed 2 percent costoHJving pay increase and 2 per Operating costs fund million Debt service million Indigent health GBHK I The remaining million is composed of smaller special rev enue funding items Anticipated general fund revenues Property taxes million Sates taws County departments told to hold the line in budget toad and bridge Court fines and tees million By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County department heads will present their 2005 budget wish lists to auditor David Renken Mon day launching the annual budget ary process County Judge Danny Scheel said this week he doesnt anticipate a tax rate increase for 2005 but issues on the horizon could con tribute to one later 1 expect a normal budget Scheel said 1 certainly do not anticipate a tax increase for this year since nhe legislature didnt take any action in the special session that would come back and affect the 2005 Obvious concerns Scheel said would be the uncertain status of edu cation funding and limits on counties restricting the ability to raise funding as well as more unfunded mandates from the state or federal government Another concern will be Danny Scheel decade Scheel said rather than reduce that this year hed like to keep it to try to increase die countys million in reserves to pro vide a cushion if needed for school funding reform or the senior tax freeze Renken said the coun tys department heads have been asked toehold the line on spending and the possible effects of a tax freeze capital expenses because of uncer for the countys seniors In the wake of the 2002 flood the county raised its tax rate by one cent to pay for flood countys only tax increase in a tajatijes in the countys immediate fiscal future We reaUyheM the line pjstty sig nificantly last year because of the Renken said Weve been prefacing this process this year by telling them that with so many unknowns such as school finance reform capping appraisals any con servative actions we can take to posi tion ourselves for the future is in my opinion pretty Renkens office will compile the budget wish lists into a single doc ument that will go to Scheel and commissioners Sharon Ferreli and I will take a couple of weeks to compile this information and summarize it for the judge and Renken Well uy to get it iato their hands at least a week before die hearings so they can