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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 16, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas HIKED ADC 781 1000571 SOUTHKST 67 E VftMDEU W El PASO TX 7990 SPORTS AY SEPTEMBER pV IALDZEITUNG FOOTBALL Full of question marks at the beginning of the season Canyon has ticked off answers team by team Page 7A COUPON CASHING IN Tobacco Haus celebrates National Procrastination Day Friday with a special promotion Page 3A Vol 163 No 264 14 pages 2 sections CLICK WWW I I 8 Patchy Fog High Low 96 70 Details 1B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 6A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 31 2 arrested on arson charges for July fire By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Two high school students were arrested in connection with a July fire that destroyed a mobile home in north Comal County Comal County Fire Mar shal Lin Manford said he and Deputy Fire Marshal Wayne Ellington arrested Charles Lee Jacks II 18 a student at Blanco High School Wednes day afternoon on an arson allegation Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders charged Jacks with arson and set bond at He was booked into Comal County Jail Earlier Wednesday a 17 yearold Smithson Valley High School student turned himself in to Ellington accompanied by his parents He was processed as a juvenile because he was 16 at the time of the alleged offense and was released at the instruction of juvenile authorities Manford said The arrests come at the conclusion of an investiga tion into a July 30 fire in the 300 block of Monterrey in the Forest View North subdivi sion located in the northern tip of Comal County in which a mobile home was destroyed Manford said Ellington the lead investigator had no clue who caused the fire when he began his work This was good oldfash ioned straight police Manford said He had no clues but he had the tenaci ty to keep digging He made his leads followed up on them and his tenacity paid Abductees grandmother released out of state jail By Ron Maloney StaffWriter As the second anniversary of Jeremy DeWalts disappearance approaches his grandmother has been released from state jail after serving a year for allegedly helping spirit him away New Braunfels Police Department Crime Analyst Libby Rinehart said Mar garet Kearns was released Friday from the state jail facility in Dayton She will remain on probation for the next nine years Jeremy DeWalt then 5 was the sub ject of a child custody case in October 2003 His mother Suzanne DeWalt alleging her exhusband had molested the boy on an outofstate trip sought sole custody Michael DeWalt a Navy aviator has been investigated by Child Protective Ser vices in New Braun fels the FBI the Naval Investigations Service theTexas Department of Public Safety and the New Braunfels Police Department No charges have ever been filed and local and state law enforce ment officials say they believe he is inno cent A Comal County jury awarded custody to See RELEASE Page 3A Jeremy DeWalt age progressed HAVEYOU SEEN ME Anyone who knows the where abouts of Suzanne or Jeremy DeWalt should call The New Braunfels Police Department 6092185 The New County Crime Stoppers 620 TIPS For information goto ilyabduction Photos by DAVID Left Color Express owner Karen Cork shows a photo calendar to Becky Wood Wednesday afternoon at the Business Trade Show Above Antonio Garza and Zamar provided lunchtime entertainment Food info fun part of Business Trade Show COMINGFRIDAY Welcome home By Scott Mahon StaffWriter Considered one of the better trade shows in the area more than people attended the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerces Business Trade Show The annual show was an oppor tunity for 60 area businesses to display their products and services at the New Braunfels Civic Center Wednesdays events included sem inars at Honors Hall a blood drive by SouthTexas Blood andTissue Cen ter a complimentary lunch and live entertainment Marty Lindley chairwoman said TXIHunter Cement won first place for its exhibit booth Pro Tech won second place and Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union won third place Chase Bank sponsored a seminar on identity theft at at Hon ors Hall The blood drive was held in honor of Ramon Chapa Sr Ten doors donated by Hull Doors of San Antonio and decorated by the New Braunfels Art League Gallery were auctioned and raised almost Lindley said Half of the pro ceeds will go to the art Winners of a silent auction were announced Wednesday and Lindley said the proceeds would support the chambers economic development efforts Zamar of San Antonio provided live music during the complimenta ry lunch Wednesday and ReBcca of New Braunfels performed Wednes day afternoon Shay Timmins of Star Awards in New Braunfels said the show was an opportunity for companies to learn about other businesses in the area It was a great trade she said Henry Hahn of the Alamo Work force Development Corporation said it was an opportunity for local busi nesses to learn more about the state agency Water specialist Bobby Blome of Culligan in Seguin said many home People attending the Business Trade Show line up for the com plimentary lunch Wednesday owners stopped at his booth Wednes day to learn more about water condi tioning Exhibitors included Office Depot Johnson Task force needs to find solution to river crowding Waddell and Reed Corporate Express Electric Cooperative and Colonial Manor Care Center among others UPDATES By Scott Mahon StaffWriter Appointed by the New Braunfels City Council to find a permanent solution to overcrowding on the Comal River river task force mem bers will have to deal with emotional as well as practical issues Mayor Adam Cork recommended appointing a task force in July after council took stopgap measures in June to control the number of tubers on the Comal River Several weekends in June the Guadaiupe River was flowing too rap idly for tubers and outfitters were allowed to shuttle tubers to the Comal River which led to overcapacity crowds Because of several incidents this past summer we need to find a way to manage crowds in a equitable and safe Cork said Members of the task force include Dr Kathleen Rockwood Wilton War necke Kevin Webb Mayor Adam Cork Parks Director Stacey Laird Nathan Pence police chief Russell Johnson Comal County Sheriffs Lt Brent Paullus District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine and Bart Bartholomew AT A GLANCE What River Task Force When 6 Sept 16 Where Municipal Building 424 South Castell Ave Johnson said he wouldnt put the police department through the ordeal it went through in June It was he said Im not going to put our police department through that again We really need to find a solution because everyone saw the chaos and danger that was Johnson said the task forces mis sion would be to limit the number of tubers on the Comal River Im not sure how you would deter mine when there are too many tubers on the river before an incident he said There are a lot of variables which the task force will have to take into Valentine said a plan should be implemented before next summer One of the probable outcomes of the task force may be the reforma tion of the river activities committee which was sunsetted this See RIVER Page 3A Tracking the news Tax rate adoption LASTWE KNEW Comal County commissioners adopted their million 2005 budget LATEST Commissioners have adopted the property tax rate of cents per to raise the general fund NEXT Tax bills will be mailed in October Taxes are due upon receipt Jan 31 2005 is the last day to pay them without penalties and interest
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