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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 13, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas .. ..    - TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2004 I OOO*; 7i    f.PR SOIJ THUf c f firr[nf'l6 BL*nsom ll, T,, Pl 7m ll I, 2004 ld-Zeitung SPORTS DOUBLE FUN Smithson Valley High School player having time of his life playing football, baseball. Page SA FORUM GUEST COLUMN Ellen Duncan discusses the benefits for schools, children of having a full-time, certified librarian. Pogo Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 132 10 pages, 1 section CL 500 WWW. n Mostly Sunny High Low 68 44 Details .... 6A DEAR ABBY 8A CLASSIFIEDS 9A COMICS 7A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM 4A OBITUARIES SA SPORTS SA TV GRIDS 8APolice search for suspect in bank robbery By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Police are looking for a man who robbed the Wal-Mart Wells Fargo bank branch Monday morning. New Braunfels Police detective Lt. Mike Rust said no one was injured in the incident. No weapon was seen, and an undetermined amount of money was taken. “At about 9:40 a.m. we had a white male enter the bank and produce a note demanding money,” Rust said. "The clerk handed him money and he left the store.” Patrol officers who responded to the alarm secured the area around the store and searched without success for a suspect, Rust said. "They stopped some vehicles looking for people who matched the description,” Rust said. The man was described by witnesses as being in his 40s, about six feet, two inches tall with a dark complexion. He was of thin build, had a mustache and was wearing a blue jacket and a brown baseball cap. Employees at the bank did not offer any information on the robbery. "We're not allowed to give out any comments,” one said, refusing even to give his name. “I’m not supposed to give anything out.” Wal-Mart store manager Danny Williams confirmed the robbery had occurred at the bank branch, but said little else. "I’m not aware of the details,” he said. Rust said someone who was in the store or in the See ROBBERY, Page 2AStolen items Front and Center Some of the appliances stolen March I in the theft of three semitractor trailer rigs in New Braunfels made a round-trip back here early Sunday. They were discovered after a detective pulled over a truck because a license plate didn’t look right. Sgt. Tommy Ward said detectives investigating the March I heist at the Penske Quality Express loading dock north of New Braunfels got a major new lead in their investigation because John Bailey, a detective who specializes in finding stolen vehicles, and deputy Mykel Andaloro stopped a Ford pickup pulling a large cargo trailer. "Tile registration wasn’t right for the vehicle it was on,” said sheriff’s detective Sgt. Ward. "Based on Bailey’s training and experience, they stopped the vehicle to inspect the trailer. Inside, it was packed full of appliances—still new in the boxes.” The trailer had no vehicle identification numbers, so it and the cargo were confiscated. See RECOVERY, Page 2A Motorcycle slams into car, kills cyclist By Ron Makmay Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH — A 58-year-old Houston man was killed Saturday morning when the motorcycle he was driving slammed into a Suburban. Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger said Precinct I Justice of the Peace William Schroder pronounced John Val Carlson dead at the scene of the accident on Farm-to-Market Road 311. Vinger said Carlson was westbound on EM. 311 about a mile and a half east of U.S. 281 at 9:11 a.m. when an eastbound 1990 Chevrolet Suburban made a left turn in front of him into a private driveway. Carlson struck the back of the Suburban and then slid into a Lincoln Towne Car that was following the Suburban. DPS Trooper II Vaughn Pack, who investigated the accident, reported dry road conditions. Carlson was wearing a helmet. COMING WEDNESDAY Runoff results Find out who will the terms and who will be left to race another day. (2004 ^ULlr MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Twenty-two-year-old Lindsey Scott's Honda Civic became wedged underneath James W. Goode's 18-wheeler after she hit the concrete barrier and ricocheted back on I-35N on Monday. Fort Worth woman escapes serious injury when car goes under 18-wheeler MANDY REARY/Harald-Zeituno Paramedics wheel Lindsey Scott to a waiting Air Life helicopter after pulling from her vehicle wedged underneath a semi on I-35N on Monday. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 22-year-old Fort Worth woman narrowly escaped being crushed to death under a semitractor trailer rig Monday afternoon in an accident on Interstate 35. Department of Public Safety Trooper Cpl. Rick Alvarez said Lindsey Scott was flown to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston for examination of injuries that were not believed life-threatening. She was conscious and talked with firefighters who cut her from her gray, 1995 Honda Civic. The 4:40 p.m. accident closed northbound Interstate 35 at York Creek Road for about 40 minutes. “Both vehicles were traveling northbound with the semi in the center lane when the driver of the Honda, for unknown reasons, drifted toward the truck,” Alvarez said. “A witness behind them said she steered hard to the left, struck the center divider with the left side of the vehicle and swerved back to the right, under the semitrailer.” The driver of the semitractor trailer, James W. Goode, 51, of Edgewood, said he saw Scott’s Honda heading toward his trailer in his mirror. “It was just kind of a gray blur,” Goode said. "You didn’t feel that much when she hit the trailer and couldn’t see that much. I could hear it and could just about feel it She was lucky. There wasn’t much I could do except stop.” New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Mabe said San Marcos and New Braunfels firefighters arrived at the accident scene at about the same time. They worked together to get Scott out of the crushed car. She was flown to BAMC, he said, just as a precaution because of the extent of damage to her car and the forces involved in the accident. “She doesn’t appear to have been hurt badly, but we want to err on the side of caution more than anything else,” Mabe said Alvarez said Goode got the truck stopped quickly — and said the driver probably saved Scott’s life in doing so. While most of the compact car’s passenger compartment was crushed by the impact with the trailer’s undercarriage, the rigs wheels didn’t actually run over the car. Voters to decide 3 local Republican races in runoff election By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Voters go to the polls today in what is expected to be the county's biggest-ever runoff election to decide three local Republican races. "We’re about as ready as can be," said Don Hensz, Comal County Republican Party chairman. “We’re looking forward to three really close races." Voters will chose between appointed Judge diaries Stephens ll and New Braunfels attorney Randy Gray to elect the county's first-ever County-Gourt-at-Law 2 judge. In Precinct I, Incumbent Commissioner Jack Dawson is running against challenger Bob Wickman. In Precinct 4, retired New Braunfels Assistant Chief of Police Doug Dunlap is running against deputy constable Shane Rapp for the constable post. Local voters will also be able to choose between Robert Butler and Victor G. Cerillo for the Republican nomination for state railroad commissioner and, in precincts 207, 301, 302, 303 and 304 between Republicans James "Jim” Hopson of Seguin and Francisco “Quico" Canseco of Laredo to run against Henry Cuellar in the 28th U.S. congressional district. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voting is open to any Republican voter or Democrat who did not vote in the March 9 Democrat primary. Voters should bring their voter registration cards to the polls. Anyone who is unsure where to vote should call the Comal County voter registrar’s office at 620-5520, or Elections Coordinator Linnell Hinojosa at 620-5513. "We'd rather you call than run around to three or four places," Hinojosa said. 2004 POLLS OPEN ■ Voting polls will be open from 7 a m. to 7 p.m. B Voting is open to any Republican voter or Democrrat voter who did not vote in March 9 primary. found during Car, truck pullover By Ron Maloney Staff writer not driver, crushed in wreck ;