New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 8, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
TUESDAY April 8, 2003
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Vol. 152, No. 124
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
50 centsSeguin man, 20, drowns in Comal River near tube chute
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
A 20-year-old Seguin man drowned in the Comal River Sunday evening.
Dr. R. Donovan Butter pronounced Aaron Castillo dead at 8 p.m. in the McKenna Memorial Hospital emergency room.
New Braunfels Police Sgt. David Wilson said police and firefighters were called to the IOO block of Liebscher Drive at 7 p.m. when friends reported seeing Castillo go underwater without returning to the surface.
New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief
Steve Mabe said firefighters who arrived at Prince Solms Park found that friends of the victim were making attempts to find him under the water.
“He was with a pretty good bunch of people in the river. It was busy,” Mabe said. “This location was 20 to 30
Organized crime charges land 4 suspects in jail
By Ron Maloney
Four suspects have been arrested on organized crime allegations in connection with the March 28 assault of a San Antonio man who was dumped alongside a road near Canyon Lake.
Comal County Sheriff’s detective Wayne Lehman said Mon4ay that deputy Rick Sanchez arrested Jessica Cowart, 17, of New Braunfels.
She is being held in Comal County Jail.
Erie Behrens, 18, Jerry W. (“J.B.”) Louden, 18, and a man who identified himself as Jason Paul Wright but is
believed to be Daniel Thomas Reich, age about 23, of Canyon Lake, are being held in the Caldwell County Jail.
All four suspects have been booked on the charge of engaging in an organized criminal activity for aggravated assault causing bodily injury and exhibiting a deadly weapon.
The charge is a first-degree felony punishable by between five and 99 years in state prison and a $10,000 fine.
Comal County Court-at-Law Judge Brenda Chapman set bail on each at $100,000.
Lehman said the investi-
yards above the tube chute.”
The water, which Mabe said was about IO feet deep, was murky because of heavy use in the parks.
“It was very stirred up and it was almost dark,” Mabe said. “Visibility was almost nil.”
Divers from the San Mar
cos Area Recovery Team (SMART) were dispatched as firefighters using masks and snorkels joined people who were already looking for Castillo.
“They gave us some pretty good locations where he went down,” Mabe said.
A swimmer found Castillo
and he was brought to the bank, but attempts to resuscitate him failed.
“We were 20 minutes into the scene,” Mabe said.
The SMART divers were called off.
Castillo’s is the first drowning of this year in Comal County.
US tanks push Saddam’s army to edge of defeat
By CHRIS TOMLINSON and DAVID ESPO
Associated Press Writers
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — More than IOO U.S. armored vehicles rumbled through downtown Baghdad with unstoppable force on Monday, seizing one of Saddam Hussein’s opulent palaces, toppling a 40-foot statue of the Iraqi ruler and pushing his regime to the brink of irrelevance.
Some Iraqi soldiers jumped into the Tigris River to flee the advancing Americans. More than a dozen others were captured and placed inside a hastily erected POW pen on the grounds of the bombed-out, blue-and-gold-domed New Presidential Palace.
An estimated 600 to 1,000 Iraqi troops were killed during the operation, said Col. David Perkins. “We had a lot of suicide attackers today," he said. These guys are going to die in droves.... They keep trying to ram the tanks with car bombs.”
Tank-killing A-IO Warthogs and pilotless drones provided air cover as Americans briefly surrounded another prominent symbol of Saddam’s power, the Information Ministry, as well as the city’s bestknown hotel, the Al-Rashid. Tanks rolled briefly up to another one of Saddam’s many palaces.
It was the third straight day the Army penetrated Saddam’s seat of power. This time, though, there were plans to stay. Rather than withdrawing at nightfall, as units did over the weekend, members of the 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division hunkered down for the night at the sprawling, splendored New Presidential Palace where Saddam once slept.
Several miles away, two soldiers and two journalists were killed in a rocket attack on the 3rd Infantry Division south of Baghdad, the U.S. Central Command reported. Another 15 soldiers were injured in the attack on an infantry position south of the city.
On the other side of town, Marines encountered tough fighting as they entered Baghdad for the first time, coming under machine gun fire. Lt. CoL BP. McCoy said two Marines were killed and two wert injured after an artillery shell hit their armored personnel carrier.
Marines crossed into Baghdad from the east, their engineers deploying a temporary pontoon bridge over a canal at the southern edge of the city after Iraqis rendered the permanent structure unsafe for heavy, armored vehicles.
Hours later, the sound of occa-
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Food, shelter programs qualify for share of $22,000 in funds
By Dylan Jimenez
Nonprofit agencies in Comal County qualify for a share of $22,383 in federal funds the county would receive under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFS).
The Comal County FEM A Board was notified last week that it would receive the funds from the state set-aside committee.
The local board, which is made up of representatives from the Red Cross, Community Council, Connections, Salvation Army, The Housing Authority, the Children’s Shelter and the Women’s Center, would distribute the funds.
The board would consider agencies that provide meals and lodging, such as Community Council, Connections, Salvation Army, the Housing Authority, the Children’s Shelter and the Women’s Center.
All these agencies participated last year and are invited, along with similar agencies, to apply for food and shelter hinds again this year.
Interested agencies have until 5 p.m. Thursday to con
tact Daniel Perez, Comal County PEMA.board chairman. Perez said because the board has so little time to make recommendations, the deadline will not be extended.
Local agencies can be governmental or private voluntary organizations but must be nonprofit, practice nondiscrimination, have an accounting system and conduct an annual audit.
Qualified agencies also must have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency good and shelter programs. Voluntary organizations must have a voluntary board.
‘The money is meant for different types of assistance a lot of shelters use the money for food,” Perez said.
Other organizations use the funds for one-time rental assistance or to provide other housing assistance.
The national board distributes federal EFS funds to communities based on poverty levels.
The annual funds have apparently not been impacted by the war and other budget concerns.
Perez said the $22,000 was
Make call before 5 p.m. Thursday
Agencies interested in distributing the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program funds can contact Daniel Perez, Comal County FEMA board chairman, at (830) 620-7520 no later than 5 p.m. Thursday.
The board meets Friday to discuss the qualifications of applicants and must recommend qualified local agencies by April 20.
“a little bit less” than the funding received last year.
The EFS national board was established by Congress in 1983 to allocate federal funds to help local social service organizations across the country with emergency food and shelter programs.
It is made up of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of Churches of Christ and the United Way.
Fifth-generation farmer and rancher Lorenz Bading runs about 70 head of cattle on his farm. Bading was recently honored for having kept his family farm in continuous operation for more than 100 years.
Acentuiyof life on the farm
By Sean Bowlin
A full head of grey-blond hair and a lean frame belie farmer Lorenz Bading’s 86 years.
“Looking at the family garden here, we had people for dinner and there were some six or seven items in the meal, and all but one were what we raised on our place. I think in this day and age, this is rather unheard of,” Bading said. “And we’re kind of proud it.”
He has plenty of reasons to be proud of the years he and his family have spent on the farm.
Last month, Bading was honored in Austin by Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs for being a member of a family that’s kept its ranch, or farm, in continuous
See BADING FARM/3A Bading points to his family garden.
I ‘Chemical All' reportedly killed in airstrike. Page 4A