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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 22, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER SPORTS VOLLEYBALL New Braunfels loses to Lake Travis in five games in district opener other sports action scores Page 7A ZEITUNG COUPONS SAVE Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Coupons for savings at Sundance Print and Copy as well as New Braunfels Stone Supply Inside Vol 153 No 268 14 pages 2 sections CLICK IK I 20 chance i of rain i High Low i 88 67 1 i Details2B DEAR AB8Y 4B CLASSIFIEDS 448 COMICS 38 CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 6A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 48 Judge dismisses FOCL motion in water case By Ron Maloney StaffWriter SAN ANTONIO The Friends of Canyon Lake ran into a roadblock in federal court Tuesday in its attempt to block the project that will bring lake water to Bulverde Boerne and Fair Oaks Ranch US District Court Judge Roy al Furgeson presiding in the Western District of Texas heard arguments in a series of pretri al motions in May in a suit FOCL filed against the Army Corps of Engineers In a 30page ruling signed Monday and released at Tuesday Furgeson tossed out a FOCL motion for sum mary judgment the suit be declared won without trial and supported similar motions by the Corps and the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority He also refused to grant an injunction stopping construc tion of a GBRA water pickup facility at Canyon Lake and dis missed the FOCL lawsuit with which means it can not be refiled in federal district court but still could be appealed to the 5th Federal Cir cuit in New Orleans Both sides will pay their own legal fees GBRA General Manager Bill West said in a written state ment Tuesday work on the pipeline project was already under way and continuing This decision is a victory for the citizens and communities in Comal and Kendall counties See LAWSUIT Page 5A Colonel sets record straight DAVID Walter Staudt sitting in his office was named in a controversial memo aired by CBS and has refused most interviews sayinq that he has answered the questions before Staudt speaks out about recent Bush memo debacle By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Three weeks ago New Braun fels resident Col Walter Staudt became a national figure albeit a silent one Ever since he was named in a controversial memo CBS aired purporting to prove that President George W Bushs Texas Air Nation al Guard service record was sugar coated due to political pressure Staudt has been bombarded by reporters wanting him to verify or disavow those claims When the phone rings he does not answer and when someone comes to the door he only opens it a crack I counted up to 40 calls last Monday but I probably got 50 or 60 phone calls that he said Lots of them even come to the Staudt 81 has only given inter views to ABC and the Herald Zeitung He is not trying to be rude but he has answered these questions before The subject started when Bushs daddy ran for vice presi dent and its been going on ever he said I dont have much to tell Its simple to me There was no political influence Thats the Since Dan Rather broadcast the memo on 60 questions about its authenticity have been nonstop CBS executives initially stood by the story but Rather admitted Monday he could not prove the document was legiti mate The backpeddling was aided by the discovery that Staudt named in the document dated Aug 18 1973 was honorably discharged March As brigadier general of Bushs unit Staudt was responsible for enrolling anybody who wanted to enter pilot training He maintains no one did Bush any favors no one had to He was a good candidate well he said We needed pilots and he wanted to be Sitting in his office surrounded by pictures and paintings of fight er planes Staudts military reserve softened as he remembered his first encounter with the young prospective guardsman I asked him why he wanted to be a pilot and he said it was because his daddy was one Thats a good he said Staudt had no idea the young man he swore into the Guard would one day be commander in chief was just another second lieutenant fighter he said You never know where people will end After Staudt retired in early 1972 he did not have any more contact with Bush but he has watched him closely since 2001 I think hes done a real good job as Im proud of him I guess Im prejudiced 1 dont he said Staudt is looking forward to some peace now that CBS and Rather have admitted they cannot prove See STAUDT Page 3A Attorneys interviewing witnesses in Neal case By Ron Maloney StaffWriter CRANES MILL The attorneys who will try a fouryearold Canyon Lake murder case in November are in Washington this week interviewing witnesses Daniel E Neal 35 is being held in Comal County Jail on allegations he killed his moth er and then burned down her home If convict ed on the firstdegree felony charges he faces life in prison Comal County Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip and defense attorney Joseph Gar cia UI of are in Bellingham interviewing boarder patrol agents and sheriffs deputies for any information they could have about the Dec shooting of Barbara Casey Neal spent three months incarcerated in the Whatcom County Jail after he was stopped at the border while attempting to flee to Canada He was returned to Texas March Three times since in hearings before 207th Judi cial District Judge Jack Robison Comal County juries have found Neal incompetent to stand trial in the killing Dr Mary Anderson a courtappointed clin ical and forensic psychiatrist testified she believed Neal was not able to aid in his defense Mr Neal appears to be very she said in a 2002 hearing He has a high lev el of verbal ability However he was unable to focus on specific Neal suffers from paranoid delusions and has a long history of psychiatric problems the psychiatrist testified At the Vernon State Hospital psychiatrists have stabilized Neals condition He was returned to Comal County in June and in pre trial hearings Garcia and Waldrip agreed to go to Washington and California if necessary to depose witnesses on tape to avoid the expense of bringing them to New Braunfels to testify Waldrip said Neals right to have Garcia crossexamine witnesses would be preserved and jurors at a trial could hear their testimony Were trying to be Waldrip said We want to protect his rights but wed like to See NEAL Page 5A Daniel R Neal Home Depot call center location found By Scott Mahon StaffWriter City officials announced that a new squarefeet Home Depot call center would be located at Common Street and Gruene Road and that the city would refund 50 percent of the centers sales tax revenues for 10 years Although plans for the new call center were announced in July officials would only say that financial incentives included a sharing of sales tax es and that the location could not be disclosed But City Manager Chuck Pin to said Tuesday the benefit to the city would be When a customer calls the call center and places an order no matter where they are in Texas the city will collect a sales tax from the he said But the city agreed to refund 50 percent of the citys sates tax for 10 years Soil its going to be significant When completed next year the call center would be only the second call center in the country for The Home Depot Supply division Home Depot officials said the new facility would employ about 350 people and would have an annual payroll of million City planning officials said the center would be located in the 1500 block of East Com mon Street According to city records the proposed site is currently owned by Jerome Voges and is zoned general commercial with restrictions Mayor Adam Cork said the new call center and financial incentive were a winwin deal for everyone involved Because the financial TOWI tives were offered by the 46 boapd PJnto saM a public hear ing would be held Monday pri or to the city council meeting Dttteofthelbwn Coleman Company to be under new ownership Coleman Company which has a manufacturing facility in New Braunfels wM have a new owner soon Jarden which makes Diamond matches and Bicy cle playing cards agreed to acquire Colemans parent company American House hold Inc for million Monday The acquisition is not expected to spark any layoffs or additional outsourcing Along wUh CoJeraan Amer ican HousehoJd owns the Sun beam Oster and Mr Coffee brands It is expected that this trans action will bring immense benefits to the company our customer and employees by expanding our operating plat form both international and Jardens Chair man and CEO Martin E Franklin said in a press release The acquisition is expected to dose during the first quarter of 2005 subject to HartScott Rodino approval and other customary dosing conditions
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