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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 14, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas :ì ■ ?(. A DCr^lDCC lüiA CDARÜ CADM TA iüADI^CT TA VAI IO TâDI C ivi.v#ii L,%j KßKß I i\v/ifi-i ni\ifi t\j ivinivi\t.i t\j i mi n^ivic, 50« New Braunfels WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 14; 2011 h e r a I d-z e i tun g. co m ^ SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852 .ÏÀ Police: Smith’s remains nyd Authorities say body found near orange truck is that of man suspected of killing wife Smith ByOaioncloMoultie The Heraid-Zeitung Polite announci'fl Tuesday that the Hetaying human remains found last wt'ek in a brushy thickt>t near an orang(‘ pickup truck are, in fact, those of suspected wife killer Shan non Det‘ Smith. Authorities identified Smith's hadly deiomposed remains through a fk'ntal records m.itch, said Capt. |ohn McDonald of New Braunfels Police I.)e[)art-ment. McDonald said invc'stiga-tors had received no autopsy results and exp(‘cted them in no fewer than iS-40 days. I aw enforcement agencies ac ross ttu* rc’gion, including the U.S. Marshal's office, had tric'd to dc'termine Smith's whereabouts for five months in connection with th(> dc’ath of his wife at thc'ir home. Bof)by Hogeland, deputy U.S. marshal, .Kknowk'dged the situation as being "bacj all the way around." He said there could be no g(K)d end to the Storys but he hop^ Smith's family mc'mlx’rs c an now m< )ve on Obama ► U.S. ECONOMY Obama: No reason to wait on jobs bi' COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) lmpk)ring C^ongress to follow his lead, Resident Barac k Obama on Tuesday lobbicni lawmakers to adopt his newly $4'SO billion obs plan | )romising it would help workers in tlie construction industn/ anrl rebuild sc hcw)ls in c rumbling condition. "My cjucstion to Congress is, what on cMrth arc* we waiting tori’" Obama asked. From a high school in ti(‘ critical electoral state ot Ohio, Obama delivered a fic^ry six't'c h t() plug his plan. The outdoor audience was rcH ('[)tive to the point of aclofitmg his refrain and ( banting it nac k to him, shouting: "Pass this bill!" Ihe event had thc> fc'i‘1 ot an ()bama re-elec tion t*vent, right down to the music that played as Obama c ame out to speak, suit coat off and slc'c'ves rollc'd up on a sunny day. He taibred his latest )it(h to how his proposed c'gislation would hel[) c^duca-tion, built around a $2S l:)il-lion s )ending initiative for sc hoo renovations. In Ohio alone, Obama said, the bill would create jobs tor tens of thousands c)f constructions workers. Yet Repul)lic an lawmakers who control the House flatly oppose his plans to pay for his [)lan by raising taxes on wealthier Americans. ()l)ama has m.de his pitch in Virginia, the home state of House Republican Leader Eric Cantor, and Ohio, home* ot House Speaker |ohn BcK'hncY. He will travel tcxlay to North ('arolina. Kei)ublicans on Capitol Hill say tht' |)rc^ick'nt is merely repackaging ideas they have already rejcx tc'd. Senate Minority Leader Mitch Mc ( onnell, R-Ky., said Olia-ma was essentially daring Rc'|)ublicans to vote against his idc*as again. "I think most pc'ople see through all this," McCxjnnell said. Obama's jobs |)ackage would öfter tax cuts for workers tind employers by reduc -ingthe Scx iai ^\urity payroll tax. Spending elements include more money to hire teachc'rs, rebuild sch(X)ls aixl piiy unemf)loyment benefits. There are also tax credits to encourage businc^sst's to hire veterans and the long-term unemployed. 1,550 STRUCTURES DESTROYED IN BLAZE Cofitribuled ptiotos Alamo Area Wildland Strike Force member Richard Medina Jr., of San Antonio Fire Department, baltles the Bastrop blaze. A CAREER FIRE Local firefighters return from Bastrop in awe of destruction 1 By DakMKk) Moultile The Herald-Zeltung Alamo Area Wildland Strike Team members returned from a de()loyment in Bastro[) with horrific image's burned into their minds after having helpc'd fight what one local firc' chiet called a "carc'er" fire. The team, which indueIc's iiu'm-bers from fire departments in Canyon Lake, New Braunfels, San Antonio, Sc hertz and Spring Branch, went Sc*pt. 5 to help fight the wildfires in Bastrop and returnc'd Monday. Some* said thc‘y were proud to have hel[)ed and were awc'd by the fire's awesome [X)wer. "I couldn't describe it to you because I've never seen that amount of destruction ever," Lt. Clouds of smoke such as this one can be seen tor miles around the blaze in and around Bastrop. (\irl Schultze of Schertz Lire Departnx'nt and strike team leader "Unless you could actually go the*re and sc'e, you would have no idea what the anx)unt of destruc tion was, what it looked like. "I'm talking whole btcxks were Ic'vc'lc'd. Thc're were no houses." To be sure, the* fire fight is a monumental one. The Bastrop fire has burned more than 4S square' miles, is the most destructive in Texas history and has clestroyecl ! ,550 struc ture's, according to the National Interagency Lire Center and the National Lire Protection Asscxiation. Lhe Alanx) Arc'a strike team bat-tlc'd fire amongst trc'es fc'et tall and taller the first night they were tliere, Schultze said. Lie' said the>y thc'n were [)ut on a fire control and struc ture protec tion duty. See FIRE, Page 5 ii I couldn't describe it to you because I’ve never seen that amount of destruction ever. Unless you could actually go there and see, you would have no idea what the amount of destruction was, what it looked like.I’m talking whole blocks were leveled. There were no houses.” Lt. Carl Schultze | Schertz Firt' Department and strike team leader with their livc's. "Lvc'n with this worse* situation we ho(X' it bhngs c losure to thoM* that have' lx*en mvolvc'd with this," Hogeland said. "We hope* It answers c|uestions." See SMITH, Page 5 ► FISCHER PARK Officials get look at park proposal 58-acre facility would be on County Line Road By Greg Bowen ihe Herald7eitung Plans arc' inthc’ works tor a ne*w c ity [>ark that could riv.il Lancia Park tor natural bcMuty and popularity. "We want this to be a shining star in the* c ommu-nity," said Waltc'r Heard of Tc'rr,) [>‘stgn Related ■ For a map of Fischer Park's amenities, see Page 5. Cir()U|) ot San Antonio, who presentc'cl preli minarv drawings ot how Lise hc'r P.irk might look to New Brauntc'ls ( it\ ( ouncil on Monday night. Lischer P.irk, vvhic h would bc‘ the' first ma}or c it\ piirk CMSt of 1 5 5, would l)c‘ dc'signc'cl around tc'irain that tc'atures hilltop vic'ws .incl two ver\ large' naturili ponds. Heard said the* ponds arc' likc'ly spring ted betause thc'V arc' holding watc'r lull of fish, and rc'main 11 'ar iind clean, dc'spite bc'ing clown sonx' 4 fc'c't bc'c auso of the current drought. Terra's prc'liminarv designs, c reated under a $()7,0(K) contract with the c ity, would ine lude open, natural arc'as; winding trails featuring interactive scul[)-tures of native wildlife: a nature-education center and indcx)r/outdex)r c lassroom See PARK, Page 5 WEATHER, 12 MAOILYN G ,THIRD GRADE RAHE BULVEROÈ ELEMENTARY Mostly sunny and tict High: 99 Low: 72 Abby .........10 Classifieds 10 Comics 3 Crosswords 1 Forum 4 Obituaries ..... 3 Planner 8 SCQtts _ _ 7 TV 11 Vol 158 j No 263 1 section. 12 pages 8 ' 56825 00001 50 cents New Braun felt:' FCB First Commsrclal Bank, N.A. As Ifidepefulent At Texas Do you want benefits that can save you money? Ask about our Select Checking! 16% State Hw>. 46 W, • (830) 625 2661 Scguiit: 1336 E. 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