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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 10, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 IW payoo,  Inside  CLASSIFIEDS  COMICS  CROSSWORD  FORUM  OBITUARIES  PLANNER  SPORTS  TV GRID  8 6 6 4  3 Sunny, cold  7 High    Low  » 45    21  9 Details    7  Forensics experts probe toddler’s home  MISSING  Joshua Davis  Jr., 18 months, disappeared from his New Braunfels home. Call (830) 620-TIPS if you have a tip. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered.  By Will Wright  The Herald-Zeitung  More FBI agents arrived in New Braunfels on Wednesday to join in the investigation of the disappearance of Joshua Davis Jr.  New Braunfels Police Department Lt. Michael Penshorn said a bevy of leads are being investigated as law  enforcement continues the search for the 18-month-old toddler, who went missing Friday night from his residence in the 2600 hlock of Savannah Hill Circle.  "We had several search teams checking on a couple of specific locations of interest, and we’ve had additional personnel called in from the Iexas Rangers and also several mem  bers of the FBI to also include one of their forensic evidence teams,” Penshorn said Wednesday afternoon. " They are at the residence as we speak.”  Forensics experts spent all day at the double-wide home.  Penshorn said outside state and federal investigators working the case “number into the 20s,” and they are  reviewing the scene "starting from the point where the child went missing and going over the entire area.” Penshorn said investigators remain interested in a tarp and a bucket that were removed from the residence on Tuesday. They also are re-interviewing several witnesses.  See JOSHUA, Page 10  Pièasê Welp support literacy ¿owuwumrty au/are*ess    Hi'it\l I)  Donate to NIE    If  Pör mOr&    coi*{,ae{, '¡Ïé-Ç-Ç pOWUr 0 (S'Sû)  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011    Texas    Newspaper    of    the    Year  Texas>|p Newspaper of the Year  Zeitung  Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.    500  ► LAWYER CLEARED  Deborah Perry not guilty of tampering  By J. Louise Larson  The Herald-Zeitung  The strange case of Maine Vorheier may have finally rested.  Almost two years after Vorheier was found guilty, a Comal County jury found her attorney, Deborah S. Perry, not guilty Wednesday of tampering with a witness in Comal County district court.  The Perry  “Don't send case stemmed from Vorheier’s case. In 2009, a seven-woman, five-man Guadalupe County jury found Vorheier, then 36, guilty of engaging in sex with her 13-year-old stepson on numerous occasions. A DNA paternity test showed that the boy likely is the father of one of Vorheier’s children.  Vorheier was sentenced to 18 years in prison.  Assistant Texas Attorney Generals Tom Cloudt and Steven Todd set out to prove that Perry had tried to influence or coerce the testimony of her client’s stepson by telling him he faced possible rape charges after his stepmother was charged with the offense of having sex with him when he was 13.  Perry took the stand, telling jurors Vorheier asked Perry for representation after agreeing to a plea agreement that called for 10 years deferred adjudication.  “She had found out since she entered the plea that she was going to lose a lot by going forward with that plea,” Perry said.  Early interviews seemed to corroborate Vorheier's account and a 2006 pre-sentence investigation interview that she had been  See PERRY, Page 10  that chilling effect out to all of us - (defense attorneys) to make us even be afraid to talk to somebody, to make us afraid to prepare a case.”  JIMMY PARKS,  Deborah Perry’s  defense  attorney  ■ TEXAS, 3  State Senate passes eminent domain bill  ■ SPORTS, 8    I ■ WEATHER, 7  Wakeboard riders    Freeze warning issued  brave Freezeride    f or  Comal, Hill Country  SIX LOCALS MAKE ALL-STATE BAND  ► DAVID ALLEN WALKER  a 56825 00001  heraktoeitung.com 50 cents  LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung  Canyon's Tyler Neufer, left,Tommy Quill and Bond Birkner practice Wednesday in the lobby of the Marriott Riverwalk hotel in San Antonio while waiting for the All-State Band chair placement auditions.  BEST OF THE BEST  Canyon sends 5, New Braunfels 1 to honor band  Family  awaits  autopsy  results  By J. Louise Larson  The Herald-Zeitung  Canyon High School's Aissa Maese, left, and Julia Lewis practice in a hotel room for their upcoming chair placement auditions after arriving Wednesday in San Antonio for Saturday's All-State Band performance.  LAURA McKENZIE  Herald-Zeitung  David Allen Walker would have turned 17 this month, and his family wants to make sure he’s remembered.  The Walker family is planning a memorial fence where people can honor his memory with a flower. His loved ones also would like to know how he died.  Walker, a student at Premier High School charter school in New Braunfels, was found Walker dead in a field near his home on Dec. 19, 2010. There were no obvious signs of a cause of death at the time, authorities said.  Sally Martin is David’s grandmother. She said the family wants to know the autopsy results.  “We still don’t have any other information other than what we had before. The police are being very tight with releasing any information,” Martin said.  "Maybe that’s standard in this kind of a thing ... We’re just waiting. It’s hard waiting because we just don’t know what happened. I suspect they’re getting close to closing this... It’s a great loss and not knowing what happened makes it even worse.”  She added, “The autopsy is back, but they have sealed it... so we can’t get it. There’s something in there that they don’t want us to see yet. They sealed the autopsy where it can’t be released unless the investigation is over,” Martin said.  See WALKER, Page 10  Photo submitted  New Braunfels' Max Zekos practices prior to leaving for San Antonio Wednesday.  By Will Wright  The Herald-Zeitung  The road to state for high school band members is much the same as it is for sports teams — except they have to accomplish it all by themselves.  Six area students — a district record five from Canyon High School and one from New Braunfels — have reached that pinnacle, which will be topped this weekend with concert performances at the Texas Music Educators Association’s convention in San Antonio.  Canyon’s Tommy Quill (tuba), Julia  Lewis (bassoon), Tyler Neufer (French horn), Mssa Maese (clarinet) and Bond Birkner (bassoon) will join New Braunfels' Max Zekos (alto saxophone) in tryouts for spots in the Class 5A and 4A concert and symphonic bands that will perform at Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center.  Canyon Lake will send Stuart Olsen (clarinet) and Ashley Krohn (flute) to perform in the Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) symphonic and concert bands, which will  See BAND, Page 10   

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