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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 15, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas July KXXNXXXKMXXKXMXX ADC 781 liWOIiVl SOUTHWEST 2627 E FftSO IX 7990 SPORTS ALMOST New Braunfels grad Nick Williams contends for title in Valero Texas Junior Page 6 I COMAL COUNTY HISTORICAL County Commissioners agree to renovate court house to 1929 i Page 5 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 205 14 1 section CK j 0 chance of rain High Low 92 74 Details 8 DEAR ABBY 10 CLASSIFIEDS 11 COMICS 9 CROSSWORD 9 FORUM 4 OBITUARIES 3 SPORTS 6 TV GRIDS 10 Jury finds Childs guilty Jonathon Benavides By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Justice was swift Thursday as jurors took just over an hour to convict Jonathon Benavides and Samantha Childs of criminal conspiracy to solic it capital The defendants displayed little emotion when the verdict was read in Judge Jack Robisons 207th Judicial District but reality seemed to sink in during the first 45 minutes of the sentencing Benavides looked shellshocked and slightly respond ing slowly to aside comments from his Glen Childs sat with her shoulders hunched crying quietly while her Tony patted her on the Neither defendant had family sup port present in the The firstdegree felony conviction is punishable by five to 99 years in state prison and a fine of up to Robison dismissed the jury of sev en men and five women for the night just after 5 Me told them to expect to begin sentencing delibera tions around noon after lis tening to more testimony from defense and prosecution Peterson said he was not surprised by the speed of the but spec ulated jurors could not have gone through the evidence thoroughly in such a short amount of Ever Peterson said he liked Benavides chances during the trials sentencing I still dont believe the jurors will hurt either one of them in sentenc he Since neither of them See Page 3 Samantha Childs Commissioners rknit eminent domain in Comal County By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Anyone concerned i HISTORY by the June Supreme j REVISITED Court decision upj B9 Commissioners holding New Lonj Court agrees to right to j 19291 use eminent domain see page 5 to condemn land for i a shopping center can ielaxit they live Its not going to happen in Comal Commissioners voted 41 Thursday to repudiate any new power the ruling might offer Comal County to seize land for eco nomic development or commercial pur The June 23 decision mat extended emi nent domain from public to private use in support of economic development sent Shockwaves across the country mat rever berated in the veiy fabric of a state where property rights are still regarded as paramount to all but the most important needs of the The Texas Legislature is working to define or limit its impact and Comal Coun ty officials decided they wanted to spell out their view for their own constituents so there is no The bottom line from my and I hope from this commissioners courts is that this resolution demon strates to the public that this court doesnt See Page 3 Tough call The community responds after NBISD trustees approve ran dom drug DAVID and Matt Pennington won Ernestos Proposal Contest after recounting their story of THINGS ARE LOOKING UP Scooter Store celebrates economic turnaround By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Comal Countys largest employ er threw a party Thursday after noon for Cherita Odums and about two dozen of her It was a celebration with all the trimmings con balloons and a visit from the Thursdays party at The Scooter Store wasnt a birthday party it was a welcome aboard bash for new outside sales But it was also an indicator mat things are looking up for a busi ness that has had to lay off hun faced a twoyear FBI inves tigation and is going to the courts to fight what it says are unfair and illegal practices by Medicare and which pays for many of the more than mobility scooters and power wheelchairs the company has sold during its 14year The good news for the company is that more than of the wheelchairs have been sold during the second quarter of Tilings are indeed looking up at The Scooter President Mike Pfister said the which is owned by its employees and mem bers of its founding Harrison does not publicize its bottom But there are a lot of smiling faces at the complex located across Loop 337 from New Braunfels High School and the company has just hired 62 new Business is up 19 percent over the first and business from pri vate payers nonMedicare is Photos by DAVID Scooter Store employees cover Maggie Ramirez with confetti after graduating from Scooter University Thursday Cherita Odums celebrates after up 50 percent over the first The company has met or sur passed its sales goals for three of the past four quarters as a paid bonuses to its employ What has also quietly been hap pening is the federal insurance pro grams have been making good on stalled reimbursements that are the subject of the federal For months we have been having discussions and negotia tions with agencies of the federal government that we havent had in Pfister Pfister said its an exciting time at The Scooter I want our community to be proud of all the people here in New Braunfels who have made See Page 2 Creative proposals start marriages off right UPDATES By Melissa Johnson StaffWriter Lovers have long debated which is the best way to pop the A candlelight horse drawn carriage ride or a ring baked in a fortune cookie are popular engage ment But according to Ernestos Platinum Proposal Con the best way to propose is to spread roses in a church bell tower and read Bible verses Local Matt and Brooke won first place and from Ernestos Jewelry Factoiy after Brooke submitted a 500word story describing their rose filled Three judges named the Penningtons story the most romantic and creative out of 35 Tom and Cynthia Baker won a secondplace prize for their story about a proposal in a and Will Pearce and Glenna Roscoe earned a thirdplace prize for their mys terycloaked engagement They were all incredible and it was quite a difficult choice because all the entries were very contest coordinator Fritzie Richter The Penningtons firstprize pro posal incorporated the couples reli gious convictions into their engage After Brooke left a Bible study she was holding at her she met up with then boyfriend who drove her to the church where he was Matt got down on one knee on the rosecov ered floor of the churchs bell tower and asked Brooke to be his The newly engaged couple then rang the bell and made their way to the churchs Matt had covered the banister with tea lights and vases of red In the middle of the banister was a Bible See Page 2 The Uptown Piano Bar is the place for Birthday Parties and Anniversaries I nicking the rnirs Suspect returning LAST WE KNEW RobertTroy a suspect in a January throat slashing in New was taken into custody July 15 in King Cove LATEST Detective Scott Reriken said McClure was moved to Anchorage to await transport to NEXT McClure is not expect ed to fight He will be flown here when paperwork is 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