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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 Page ÎOA — Herald-Zeitung — Saturday, February 19, 2011  CLARK  CONTINUED FROM Page 1A  "Were very well aware of everything, she said, declin* ing to give a range of time that such investigations can take. We act on everything we are informed about, and we are very well aware of this situation.”  At trial, the victim, now 13, testifred she was 12 in June 2010 when Clark offered her $1,000 to model a see-through shirt and other provocative clothes and that he made a number of sexually explicit remarks to her relating to her body and to his.  A seven-woman, five-man jury found Clark guilty before visiting District Judge Doug Shaver, and also fined him $ 10,000.  According to the State Bar's Texas Rule«* of Disciplinary Procedure, f’art 8, compulsory discipline is one possibility in the case — but it could wait until after Clark's attorneys have exhausted appeal routes.  "It does provide that when there is a final judgment of a conviction for a serious crime ... a judgment that has been entered after ail appeals are exhausted or time deadlines for appeals are exhausted” that compulsory discipline could be administered, Bay said.  ()nce her office makes a |>eti-tion to the Board of Disciplinary Appeals, the hoard decides if disbarrment is appropriate. If that is appealed, the case goes to the Texas Supreme Court.  According to Comal County jail records, Clark spent has spent a total of six nights in jail — all after his conviction and before his appeal bond, which was set at $24,(XX), according to Comal County jail records. Comal County Chief f elony Prosecutor Sammy McCrary had asked for a $500,000 appeal bond.  The appeal bond conditions filed by McCrary asked that Clark not he permitted to go anywhere where children commonly gather, like schools, playgrounds, and that Clark be required to wear an electronic monitoring device that he pays for.  (dark is required to report to a probation officer weekly, to surrender his passport to a clerk of the court, and not have any contact with the victim, her family or any child under age 17.  Kven if ( lark's appeals fail — a process that could take up to two years or more — the 55-year-old New Braunfels attorney could do just a quarter of the seven years of hard time he was sentenced to.  In the case of a non-aggra-vated conviction, Clark could be eligible for parole after serving a quarter of the sentence — and could receive time off for good conduct while in prison.  CREeksidf  CINEMAS Shows before 6pm / Child & Srj Anytime  TZJCREEKSIDE CINEMAS!  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Despite the good news of the day, the father remained focused on finding his missing son.  ‘Tin trying to get in touch with the (investigators) who are trying to find my son," he said.  Law enforcement agencies say they are still avidly conducting the investigation into the toddler's disappearance. New Braunfels Mice Department, Texas Rangers and the FBI spent the past week reviewing leads and conducting interviews, and nothing new has developed in the case.  The search area around the boy’s home was expanded to two miles, tracking dogs failed to come up with anything, and air and foot patrols also have come up short.  Were still following up on tips as we receive them, and we re following up on information,” NBPD Lt Michael Penshom said. ‘Were still urging people to call in if they have any additional information.  As it stiinds, the search for him is still continuing, as well as the investigation into his disappearance.”  Police reportedly have given polygraph tests to several people, including Josh Davis Sr., in relation to the case. When asked if police had plans to polygraph Benitez or whether she had already undergone a polygraph test, Penshom declined to say.  We really can’t say anything — one way or another in regards to specifics of what’s covered in an interview or in reference to any polygraph examinations,” Pen-shorn said.  Governor calls on Dems who fled Wisconsin to return  Walkor  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker has called on Democrats who fled the state to block a vote on an anti-union bill to "come home” to Wisconsin.  Senate Democrats left town on Thursday to stop Republicans  who control the chamber from taking a vote on Walker’s proposal that would take away collective bargaining rights from public employees.  Walker told reporters on Friday that the Senate Democrats should come back to the Capi  tol and stop hiding out.  The GOP governor has said that he is not trying to rush things.  He told The Associated Press on Friday that he’s prepared for the stalemate to drag on into next week.  HOMELESS  CONTINUED FROM Page 1A  “It’s not fair to housekeepers,” Mist-ie said.  About the family  Mistie Williams has lived in New Braunfels most of her life. Her situation is complicated by her medical condition. At 21, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Through the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, she receives free medication and medical attention.  “I get nervous, though," she said.  The Williams have three daughters, and they share joint custody with her brother.  “i ie’s good to them. We don’t tell them we live on the streets. That would interfere with their life,” she said.  In September, Thomas and Mistie moved to the overpass at the comer of Walnut and 1-35.  I hey have three sleeping bags, two mats in a roll.  One dufflebag for dirty clothes, one bag for clean.  "When we have the money, we do our laundry at the truck stop.  “It’s rough out here,” he said.  When it gets really rainy, they head under the underpass, or over to the overhang at a nearby commercial site that closed down.  So how do they get through the cold? “A sleeping bag and prayer,” Mistie said.  And the cold has mercies all its own. This time of year, there are no fire  ants,’’ Thomas said.  A tiny mouse skitters into a crevice in the highway overpass, one little reason the couple give their meager scraps to a couple stray cats who frequent the area hunting for mice.  ()ther visitors include the occasional kind heart who knows their circumstances and will show up at the intersection bearing a home-cooked meal. Or coffee and donuts.  Or a sleeping bag.  A face on homelessness  I here are some people who know we’re up here, and they check on us,” Mistie said.  Thomas and Mistie Williams were part of Comal County Homeless Coalition’s recent Point in Time count. Bused to Westside (immunity Center from their corner at Walnut and 1-35 for the event, they appreciated the turkey dinner and health screenings, and non-judgmen-tal smiles from volunteers.  I bat’s not the reaction the couple get from everyone, now that panhandling has become an interim way of life.  Some people don’t understand. People will yell, ’Get a job,”’ Mistie said. “When I was first on the street, I was on my own. It was nerve-wracking.”  For passersby near the comer ofWal-nut and 1-35, Thomas puts a face on homelessness as he panhandles enough for a meal. He’s not too proud to politely ask if you have a few dollars for a meal.  Life in the shadow of a highway overpass can be depressing, he said.  "Sometimes, you just want to give up.  1 m used to working. A lot of people don’t think we’re homeless. I’m just trying to  make a buck,” he said. “This is all we own, right here. I’ve eaten out of the (pizza place) Dumpster. I don't like to, and I haven’t in a while, but if I have to, I will.  “Some people like (living on the street). It ain’t for me. I d rather be working," he said.  In larger cities like Houston and San Antonio, there are shelters, with cots and roofs. That’s not an option, said Thomas Williams.  “I don’t do shelters. I can’t deal with that many people. And there are so many drug addicts," he said.  ‘Won’t be out here long*  Despite their humble means, the Williams work at the normal trappings of life.  Thomas keeps his beard and mustache neatly trimmed.  They keep clean with sink baths in public restrooms.  “Just because we re out here, we don’t have to be scraggly,” Mistie said.  The Williams said they both lost their IDs when they were stolen, along with other personal possessions, some time back — one of the perils of life on the street.  A local agency at the Point in Time count dinner offered to help them apply for new ID. From that, Thomas Williams hopes a job will come next.  "We won’t be out here long,” Thomas said.  But in the reality of the shadow of the 1-35 overpass, Mistie Williams guards against disappointment, always.  “Take it day by day — never make plans,” she said.  NBU  CONTINUED FROM Page 1A  “We know this will be a significant increase for customers and want them to be aware of the impact. Instead of putting the entire increase into effect all at once, we are ramping up to the rate needed to recover the expenditures made during the cold weather and to have rates in place for summer when the cost of purchased power is always higher.  "Based on forecasts and what we can establish today, this is what the PCRF has to be to get us through the summer."  Why your bill is going up  The call went out across the state to conserve electricity as much as possible as the cold weather and low electric reserve supplies continued for a number of days.  Even with these efforts, heaters were working over  time in homes and businesses.  The system load shot up from 65,000 kilowatts (KW) the morning of Feb. 1 to more than 200,000 KW the next morning, and sustained the higher than normal demands for most of the week.  Systems across the state did not forecast such a significant and rapid change in the demand.  “Even though NBU had purchased power in addition to our contract with the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), demand exceeded our expectations,” Reuwer said. “Once NBU reached capacity on the generation purchased from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and other suppliers, more electricity had to be purchased in the open market.  “Over 4.4 million kilowatt hours (kWhs) of electricity were consumed locally on February 2 alone. That is the kind of usage that usually  only takes place during the hottest days of summer. We have a capped amount of electricity that we contract from the LCRA and other planned purchases. But once we exhausted those supplies, we looked to the daily market to make up the difference.  “That market had its supply  of electricity priced at a tremendous premium. This is a cost that has to be shared by all customers as part of the process of recovering the cost of electricity that needed to be purchased to meet demand.”  Added to the higher prices paid for electricity during the  cold snap are the higher costs that were already being paid to the LCRA for the generator to produce electricity. Even though gas prices began escalating several months ago, NBU was able to delay any increase in the Power Cost Recovery Factor (PCRF) until Feb. 1.  Welcome to Ttout Fest 2011  OPEN HOUSE RIO GUADALUPE CONDOMINIUMS Friday 10-6 • Sat. 10-6 • Sun. 10-4  Riuer Kûiut at the*    croîsuuj  Prudential  Don Johnson Co. 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Mail to: Unsung Hero, cjo Herald-Zeitung, 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, TX 78130, or by e-mail to  aphillips@herald-zeitung.com    

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