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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 17, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas COMPLETE COMAL COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL REPORT BEGINS ON 1B 50^ New Braunfels SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17,2011 Herald Leitung herald-zeitung.com "y SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852 litter on rivers sets record By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung This year has topfx^i 2010 as the leading year for litter collection on the C'omal and Guadalupe rivers. As New Braunfels voters f)re-pare lor a Nov. 8 referendum on the c ity's anti-litter initiative that would ban i)eer tans and other Litter totals disposable containers on the rivers, new figures for litter collection by the city's river-1 itter contrac tor vvc're released Friday. 2011 —657;315 gallons* 2010 — 518,987 gallons 2009 — 390,281 gallons 2008 —203,700 gallons 2007— 199,138 gallons *Asof Sept 15 River-litter collection totals reached 6S7,3I 5 gallons as of Se[)t. I S, City of New Braunfels Watershed Program Manager Nathan Pence said. That's up about S2 percent from the 432/)9S gallons tnat had bt'en collected from the rivers through )uly 14. With some' six weeks yc't to go in the litter-collect ion season, collections for 2011 have already sur-passc'd the sc'ason-long 20U) mark of SI8,987 gallons. Beer cans make up about 90 percent of what is collec ted, See LITTER, Page 5A ► RENO AIR RACE 3 dead, 75 hurt in air race crash Vintage plane spirals out of control at air race Associated Press RENO, Nev. A vintage World War II-era tighter [)lane plunged into the grandstands Friday during a popular annual air show, killing at least three H'ople and injuring rough-y 7S and crcMting a horrific scene strewn with body parts and smoking cl(4)ris. The [)lane spiralc'd suddenly out ot control and appeared to disintegrate upon im[)act. Bloodied boclit's were s[)read across the area as fX'ople tendc'd to the vie tims <ind ambuiancc^ rush(>d to thc' scene. Maureen Higgins of Alabama, who has been coming to the show for 16 years, said thc* [)ilot was on his third laj) when he lost control. She was sitting about 30 yards away from the crash and watchc'd in horror as the man in front of her start-c‘d blc'eding after a pic^ce of debris hit him in the head. "1 saw body parts and gorc' like you wouldn't believe it. I'm talking an arm, a k^g," Higgins said "The alive people were missing body parts. 1 am not kidding you. It was gore. Unbelievable gore." Among the dead was [)ilot limmy Leeward, 80, of ()c ala, hl.L, who flew the f^-Sl Mustang namc'd the "Galloping (jhost," ac cording to Mike Houghton, president and C'E() of Reno Air Races. Renown Medical C'entcT spokeswoman Kathy Carter confirmed that two others di«l, but did not provide their identities. Stephanie Kruse, a spokeswoman for the Regional Emergency Medical Service Authority, said 2S people were critically injured and another 25 people were seriously hurt in the c rash. More than 25 more peo-[)le were treatc‘d for minor injuries, she said. Kruse said the c ritically injured were considered to have life-threatening injuries. "This is a very large incident, probably one of the largest this community has seen in decades," Kruse said. TOP SECRET GROUP GATHERS TO REFLECT LAURA McKENZlE Hbhi Zeitung Jim Ogle, left, James Henson and Bob Leitgen, members of the 12th Ordnance Battalion reunion, talk inside the lobby ot Courtyard Marriott hotel on Thursday morning. ATOMIC BOND Ordnance battalion members reunited in New Braunfels By Taylor The Herald-Zeitung They were just young kids. Some were brand new to the military. Others were coming in from other assignments. But the members of the 12th Ordnance Battalion would soon be bondc'd by a mission so important and so top secret, that even now, more than 50 years later, it is sometimes hard to find proof that they ever existed. "The (former) Atomic Energy (Commission (now the U.S. Nuclear Rt^gulatory Commission) won't talk to me. To them, we don't exist," said Ed Prue'tt of Chill-icothe, 111. Pruett, along with 17 other members of the 12 Battalion and their spouses, met for a reunion this week in Nc'w Braunfels. The 12th Battalion was responsible for su[)-f)lying the nuclear vvc^aponry for Atomic Annie — the M-25 C'annon capable of firing a nuclear device. The 12th Ordnance Battalion (Special Weapons Depot) (Eiead-quarters Detachment and Company A) was activated at Sandia Base, Albuc|uerc]ue, N.M. on April 10, 1953, as the tirst Special Weapons Depot Battalion in the U.S. Army. C'ompany B (sc'c urity) was activated at Fort Bragg, N.C. In 1955, the battalion was sent to Massweiler, Germany, for a top-secret project. "We were special weapons support," said jim Ogle of Prince George, VA., who c ame into the 12th Battalion two months after its startup in 1953. "We were the European Theatre unit for nuc lear weaf)ons." See REUNION. Page 5A Photo submitted Some ot me members of the 12th Ordnance Battalion responsible for supplying the nuclear weaponry tor Atomic Annie, the M-25 Cannon capable of firing a nuclear device, pose tor a photo during their reunion in New Braunfels this week. Clark ► APPEAL BRIEF Clark granted extension By Datofxfc) Moultrie Ttie Herald-Zeitung Mark A. ( lark, a New Braunfels attorney convictc'd earlier this year of tr\'ing to g(‘t a young girl to nKKlel lingerie, rc'ceived an c'xtension tnis wc‘c‘k granting him mor(> time to file a brief explaining why he descTves his conviction a[)p(Mled. ( lark, 5 5, has until Oc t. 21 to file the doc u me nt, which basi-callv outline's how the cletense believers the court mishandled the trial, said N'ttrey Kvk>, Third (j)urt ot Appeals c lerk. "Its basically their argument," Kyle said. "After that is tilc'd, the state tilc’s their reply briet. And they basically respond to what the appellant c laimt'd." Samm\ McOarv, chic't felony prost*c utor with thc* (omal County criminal district attorney's oftice, said he will respond to the bric'f once h(‘ knows what issuer Clark's attorney raise's. He's not con-cernc'd abt)ul having com-mittc'd an\ misste()s during ( lark's trial, McOarv said. "I'm not particularly wor ric‘d about anv oi it," lu* said. "I rc'^c'arch it bc*fore I do It." ( lark was sentenced in lebruary to seven years in prison and a $10,()00 tint* for attem|)tcxl sexual [K*rform-ance of a child in a lune 2010 inc ident invoK ing a c lient's 12-year-old dauglitc-r. He could have received 20 years tor the offense. The victim testified she was 12 when Clark offerc'd hc'r $1,000 to model a sc»e-through shirt and other provocative* clothes. Clark remains out on $200,000 bond. 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