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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 6, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Jury finds man guilty of aggravated robbery By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A Comal County jury took less than two hours Thursday to convict a 37-year-old San Antonio man for his participation in a 1999 convenience store robbery on Interstate 35. Terry A. Herron* who has been held in the Comal County Jail on aggravated robbery charges since his arrest on Nov. 29, 1999, returned to Comal County Jail Thursday afternoon a convicted, first-degree felon. District Court Judge Jack Robison raised Herron’s bail to $150,000 upon his convic-See VERDICT/1 OA Inside Abby.......................... ......5A Classifieds.................... .4-1 OB Comics........................ Crossword.................. ......5A Forum.......................... Local/Metro................. ......4A Movies.......................... ......5A Obituaries.................... ......3A Sports......................... ..1-3B Today........................... ......2A Key Code 76 GR Water Fair Saturday By Martin MalacaraStaff Writer Water conservation experts will be in Garden Ridge Saturday to educate the public on the latest conservation techniques. The Water Fair at Garden Ridge is from IO a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Bracken Community Hall, 18490 Goll. This year’s theme is “Natural Resources and You...Securing the Future.” The event is co-sponsored by the city of Garden Ridge and the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. Admission is free. “It will help people develop a plan for water conservation,” said extension service spokesperson Pat Rasor. Rasor said she came up with the idea for the Water Fair while driving her car one day.See FAIR/1 OAWater Fair— • 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Saturday; Bracken Community Hall • 10:30 a.m., Extension Agent Billy Kniffen, landscape, composting; • 11:30 a.m. Doug Miller, junior water rights • 1 p.m. Dr. Gene Taylor, imgation; • 1:30 p.m., Extension Agent Joe Taylor, evapo-tran-spiration; and • 2:30 p.m., Fred Baird of Back Flow Systems Unlimited. Fiddling Fund-raiser Canyon High student Natalee Hohensee dances with Marshall Clanton Thursday while Gwen Gitcho, chairwoman of the Senior Citizens Prom, pushes his wheelchair around the Canyon High School Cafeteria. CHRIS PACE/ Herald-Zeitung Above, Ricky Turpin, the 2000 state fiddling champion, and the Country Band perform for the New Braunfels Music and Fiddle Fest sneak preview crowd at Gruene Hall Thursday evening. Right, music lovers line up early at the Fiddle Fest sneak preview to bid on silent auction items. Fiddle Fest is today through Sunday at Wursthalle. The event benefits the Comal County Senior Citizens Center and Eden Home Inc. Late Thursday, Fiddle Fest organizers announced that Ray Price, scheduled to perform Saturday night, had canceled because of illness. Jerry Jeff Walker and Band will perform in his place from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. For a complete schedule of events at Fiddle Fest and Folkfest, which is also this weekend at Conservation Plaza and the Texas Museum of Handmade Furniture, see page 9A. Dance partners tvt    FRIDAYNew Braunfels    Anni    6,2001 22 pages in 2 sectionsHERALD-Z EITUNG t. .    ....    y    :.........Vol. 150, No. 125    Serving    New    Braunfels and Comal County since 1852    50    cents Talks continue for spy plane crew’s release City explores cost of moving fire administration « K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung NB: No conflict exists By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer Hiring CH2MHill Engineering Firm — with a drainage committee member to lead as project manager — for a drainage survey in New Braunfels is not a conflict of interest, New Braunfels City Attorney Floyd Akers said. CH2Mhill’s Rick Myrick served on the city’s drainage committee, a group of local residents and business leaders who drafted the city’s drainage ordinance. The ordinance, among other things, allows New Braunfels to collect drainage impact fees and utility fees from businesses and homes in the city. “He served on the committee,” Akers said. “But it’s not a conflict of interest because we hired the engineering firm — not Myrick himself. He just happens to be the project manager because he lives in this area.” Myrick heads the study to deter- WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China intensified negotiations Thursday for the release of an American spy plane’s crew, and U.S. officials said they were encouraged by the talks. President Bush, in a conciliatory gesture, expressed regret over the in-flight collision that triggered the tense standoff. “The Chinese have got to act,” Bush said, “I hope they do so quickly.” China called the 24-person crew lawbreakers and said the servicemen and women would remain in China for questioning. Both countries held firm to their opposing positions in public — China demanding an apology, Bush refusing to offer one — but sent encouraging signals in a diplomatic flurry. The administration’s tone brightened as weary Bush advisers embraced the first notes of progress. In Santiago, Chile, visiting Chinese President Jiang Zemin again said the United States should apologize for last weekend’s collision. Several high-ranking government officials said the situation improved practically overnight, though they still had no assurances the crew of 21 men and three women would be released. Settlement ends Foley, Mayo slander suit By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A bitter divorce devastated a family and decimated its circle of friends. Then there were years of allegations, more than 50 depositions and a criminal trial of a local pathologist for allegedly threatening the life of a local stockbroker. For the past two weeks, there have been as many as 58 file boxes of court documents trundled into and out of the 274th District Court each day. But Franklin D. Foley’s slander and malicious prosecution lawsuit against William N. Mayo never made it to the jury. Late Thursday afternoon, Foley settled with Mayo for half a million dollars, an acknowledgement that Mayo had no evidence to support his allegations that Foley and Mayo’s ex-wife, Jeannie, had had an affair, and a judge’s ruling that Foley had violated no professional or ethical codes in the practice of medicine. District Judge Don Morgan also will issue an injunction against Mayo ordering that he make no future statements See SETTLEMENT/10A Budget talks bring proposal to renovate former police building By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer Moving the fire administration offices across the street from city hall, researching the possibility of a new fire station and adding a cover to the public pool are all requested additions to the 2001-2002 budget for the city of New Braunfels. The council met for several hours Monday night to discuss the proposed budget and make changes to it. Tb make room for the city’s personnel, council members asked staff to look at how much it would cost to renovate the old police department building, located across from the Municipal Building on Casteel Avenue. “We’re looking at how much it will cost to move the fire department,” said Chet Lewis, chief financial officer for the city. “Basically, we’re out of room here. If we got a new IT (information technol-ogy) person, we would have to put them in a storage closet.” If the former police headquarters were renovated, the fire administration offices could move into that building from city hall. “The biggest problem is that building is a bomb shelter,” Lewis said. “The walls are very thick. Basically, they would have to gut the inside and renovate it, but leave the outside of the building alone.” While no fixed numbers have been set on the cost of renovating the former police station, Lewis said the initial figures show the cost at about $250,000. Another possible cost is either renovating a closed fire station at Kerlick Street or See BUDGET/10A in study mine the amount of the fees and necessary capital improvements to correct the city’s drainage problems. The city agreed Monday night to pay CH2MHill more than $530,000 to conduct the study. City staff only presented one proposal to the council because state statute requires hiring the most qualified engineering firm to handle projects such as the See STUDY/10A ;