New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 12, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
■ CRIME, 2Report of unconscious tuber leads police to arrest of arson suspect
■ SPORTS, 6Rangers beat Tigers to add another win to tally
■ MOST WANTED, 9$200 Reward: Comal County's 10 Most Wanted
TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2011Zeitung
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
m$5K reward: Police looking for murder suspect
By Will Wright
Three days after a stabbing attack left one person dead and a boy injured, New Braunfels police are still looking for the public’s help in locating the suspect.
Shannon Dee Smith, 43, is sought for the stabbing death of his wife, Lisa Smith, 43, which police say occurred
around 9:30 p.m. Friday in the 300 block of Scenic Meadow in the North Park Meadows subdivision off McQueeney Road. A juvenile male, believed to be Smith’s son, remains in critical condition at University Hospital in San Antonio.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information in the case, New Braunfels police Lt. John McDonald said. All calls are confidential, and callers will remain anonymous. The reward is valid for 30 days, expiring on May 11.
“We’re actively looking for him,’’ McDonald said.
McDonald declined to say which agencies are assisting New Braunfels police in the
search, nor would he say if the NBPI) had received any viable tips.
“We do have other agencies involved,” he said. “We won’t comment on the tips. ... We do have an actual photo of the vehicle now, so people can (match) the description with the vehicle.”
Shannon Smith could be
See MURDER, Page 10
► UTILITY FEE
Proposed fee would pay for drainage projects
By Greg Bowen
A proposed stormwater utility fee that would raise $2.3 million a year to help fund drainage work in New Braunfels was unveiled Monday to city council.
The fee — which was initially discussed following the wave of public sentiment in favor of fixing the city’s drainage problems following the June 2010 flood — would amount to $4.59 per month for the owner of an averagesized home (2,160-3,175 square feet of impervious cover). Smaller homes would see a $3.03 fee assessed and larger homes would pay $6.61. Commercial properties would also pay the fee, starting at $4.59 per month.
“We just need to know whether y’all want to imple-
See FEE, Page 10
Man, 21, arrested after found with runaway, 13
By Will Wright
A few online clues led detectives to the location of a 13-year-old female runaway and the man she met on the Internet.
Criminal Investigations Det. Sgt. Tommy Ward said deputies honed in on a residence at a Canyon Lake resort on Saturday afternoon.
“They received information about a 13-year-old runaway from San Antonio, who was with a guy she might’ve met online at a location in the county,” Ward said on Monday. “They went to that location and found the 13-year-
THE LONG, LONG WAIT
Cars are lined-up in rows as people wait to drop-off their hazardous household waste at New Braunfels Fire Station No. 2 on Saturday.
Residents voice impatience over years between hazardous waste days, 2-mile line
By Will Wright
Nearly four years had passed since the county staged its last hazardous waste recycling day — meaning residents had a backlog of items to dispose of on Saturday.
Comal County, along with the cities of New Braunfels, Bulverde and Garden Ridge, held its Household Hazardous Waste Day at New Braunfels Fire Station No. 2,
located at 4120 Loop 337. It was originally scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but it lasted a lot longer than that. The first car arrived at 5 a.m. and the last car left at 5:30 p.m.
“We gave up because the line was so long and we had other things to get done today,” wrote Melissa Parma on the Herald-Zeitung’s Facebook page. “Either this should be scheduled more often, or maybe just have more sites for drop-off on
the designated day.”
People started showing up with their items shortly after 5 a.m. — used motor oil, batteries, paint, household and industrial cleaning solutions, lacquer and paint thinner— and it didn’t take long for a line to develop well before the official opening.
When all was said and done, 489 had participated in the event, which went on as temperatures rose into the mid-90s. That was too much for some people, who either
found others to take their discarded materials, or simply gave up waiting.
“They were upset at having to wait through the line, which is understandable,” said Mike Mundell, City of New Braunfels solid waste manager. “But we did learn some things. If we do have another annual event, we will have facilities available for people having to wait, so they won’t have to walk a
See LINE, Page 10
► CITY COUNCIL
Council votes to support
NB councilors still had questions about program, species plan
By Greg Bowen
New Braunfels City Council voted Monday to support the overall concept of the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program.
But council stopped short of a full endorsement and had many questions about the regional program, which is developing a plan to balance the needs of endangered species in the city’s Comal Springs with the growing human demand for water from the Edwards Aquifer.
The city’s support was conditional upon New Braunfels becoming part of the future governance structure of the EARIP and upon the city becoming a signatory to the EARIP’s sought Incidental Take Permit, a federal permit that would help protect the city’s water recreation industry from lawsuits by permitting a small number of endangered creatures to be killed or harmed incidental to the conduct of lawful covered actions, includ-ing water recreation and
See EARIP, Page 10
Thursday is the last day to register to vote in the May 14
elections in New Braunfels and Comal County.
For information, visit www.co.comal.tx.us/Tax_Office /voter_registration.htm or in person at the elections office, 150 N Seguin Ave No. 201, New Braunfels. Call (830) 221-1231.
Romney announces campaign exploratory committee Monday
By Philip Elliott
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the closest to a front-runner in a wide-open Republican field, took a major step toward a second White House candidacy Monday, formally announcing a campaign exploratory committee. Romney declared that
"with able leadership, America's best days are still ahead," vigorously asserting that President Barack Obama had failed to provide it.
The Republican, who has been plotting a comeback since losing the GOP presidential nomination to John McCain three years ago, offered himself as the person best able to lead a country struggling to recover from economic crisis.
"It is time that we put America back on
See ROMNEY, Page 10
Vol. 158, No. 130 10 pages, 1 section
8 7 7
heraid-zeitung.com 50 cents