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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas JULY PL PASO TX imi ZEITUNG SPORTS LITTLE LEAGUE Local teams edge closer to championship games during District 31 Page 5A EMINENT DOMAIN STATES TURN Rick Perry adds private property rights to the call for the ongoing special Page 3A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 200 16 2 sections Partly Cloudy High Low 98 72 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3B Defense opens in murderforhire trial By Ron Maloney StaffWriter The defense of the pair accused of seeking a hit man in a murder forhire scheme opened with attor neys Glen Peterson and Anthony Cantrell working to build their cases using the prosecutions Peterson called New Braunfels police Mike the officer who spearheaded the investigation into the alleged plot to kill a Tomball and Tina the woman who informed police about the alleged plans of Jonathon Gene and Samantha Kader li to hire a contract killer to do the The pair was arrested March 6 and at their respective homes in Houston and New and are charged with criminal conspira cy to solicit capital If proved in Judge Jack Robisons 207tli Judicial District the alle gation is a firstdegree felony punish able by between five and 99 years in state prison and a fine of up to If Childs and Benavides will be sentenced by the District Attorney Dib Waldrip and Assistant District Attorney Geoff Ban See Page 8A wind do not diminish fire danger By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Comal County enjoyed a brief and bois terous rainfall Thursday evening that uprooted trees and caused other but local officials warn it was not enough to reduce fire A localized thundershower that struck Comal County between 8 and 9 dumped upward of half an inch of water in some places and lifted uprooted lawn furniture and other property in a swath that ran from Canyon Lake to New Phyllis who lives on Clover Cir cle not far from reported her hew gazebo blew There were metal stakes at least a foot long in the and it just lifted the See Page 7A Stay New Braunfels com pany builds invisible fences to keep pets in As death toll London begins healing By Paisley Dodds Associated Press Writer LONDON London struggled back Fri day after bombings stunned the city and crippled its transit With the death toll families cared for wounded rescuers searched for bodies trapped in subway tunnels and commuters cautiously returned to the Police said the bodies of 49 people had been recovered but warned the number of deaths would rise from Thursdays See Page 3A OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME Canyon teacher sees Saudi Arabia up close By Melissa Johnson StaffWriter A ninthgrade Canyon High School teacher recently learned that Blue Bell Ice Cream is not an American While on aweeklong trip to Sau di sponsored by the Insti tute of International Linda Hammon and 18 other teachers were surprised to find Blue Bell and Dr Pepper stocking the shelves of a local A few teachers bought a pint and a sixpack and took it back to their hotels Hammon It was a little bit of While ice cream and soda were a welcome surprise for the Herman said their stay in the country was more about experi encing Saudi life and culture first hand than seeking out the com forts of In keeping with the law of the the female teachers wore flowing overdresses called abayas and the men donned or lengthy cotton while touring the Most of the teachers meal were authentic Middle Eastern consisting of eggplant and fresh Desserts were traditional like mali a bread pudding made with pistachios and corn Herman said Saudi Arabias cui sine has also borrowed and adapt ed food from other so it was not uncommon to find Ital Lebanese and Mediterranean influences on the The meals were huge and our hosts were so Hammon They fed us every three Guides escorted the group through flatroofed vis DAVID Canyon High School geography teacher Linda Hammon talks about her trip to Saudi Arabia while wearing Hammon poses with a local during her trip to Saudi its to local schools and shopping excursions to local Ham a geography and art history said the group felt very safe and was well We would ask them questions and they would ask about how we did things in Hammon Their attitude We want to learn as much about you as you learn about Although some teachers did not speak like Ham spoke enough to get most students in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as its known by residents have been learning English since first grade and are fluent by the tinie they graduate high The main difference Mammon observed between Saudi Arabian and American schools is that boys and girls are Each school has boys and girls class two two gyms and See Page 3A Tracking the news Charges pending LAST WE KNEW A man was arrested for alleged public intoxication Tuesday night after an altercation on Hill Street in which resident Jaime Martinez was Possible assault charges are LATEST No charges have been NEXT The case will be closed if Martinez does not file Outside firm likely to lead search for new city manager UPDATES By Leigh Jones StaffWriter The clock is ticking on New Braunfels search for a new city and the process is just getting Outgoing city hall leader Chuck Pinto made his move to League City final last giving Mayor Bruce Boyer until 1 to begin the process of finding a Pintos resignation could not have come at a busier with council trying to balance next years budget and adopt two major new ing and streets and While council members could con duct the search Boyer said he would prefer to hire a professional search firm to help streamline the Weve already been contacted by two One of them was probably the firm that took Chuck to League he Boyer said he liked the idea of using a firm because it was experienced in know ing what to look Councilwoman Valerie I lull agreed with saying it would be overly time consuming for all seven members lo pour over as many as 100 If we use a they will go through those applications for us anil bring us the best based on what we tell them were looking she Based on my experience as an that makes Boyer was uncertain about whether the city would be able to function without hiring an interim before a permanent candidate could be The city does have a deputy city man City Attorney Charlie but Boy er did not say whether he felt Zech could take over the helm If council agrees to hire a firm to con duct the Boyer said he hoped to have one on the trail of New Braunfels next city manager within 30 1 will get here pretty he We need to get moving on this as fast as Council members will discuss their options Monday during a closeddoor meeting at the end of the council Tracking the news Search continues LAST WE KNEW A Canyon Lake woman went missing just after midnight She was last seen on the LATEST Comal County Sheriffs Office officials identified the missing woman as Virginia Bias goes by the name NEXT Divers and sheriffs deputies are continuing lake 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