New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 14, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Smith remains on loose
By Will Wright
The search continued Wednesday for Shannon Dee Smith, 43, who is sought in connection with Friday night's stab-bing death of his wife and injuries to his son and daughter.
Police say Smith killed his wife, Lisa Smith, 43, and stabbed his 14-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter in a c domestic attack
around 9:30 p.m. Friday in the 300 block of Scenic Meadow in the North Park Meadows subdivision.
The boy remains in critical condition at University Hospital in San Antonio.
McDonald declined to say if the girl was staying with relatives or family friends. He did say the police and other agencies are aggressively pursuing the suspect
“We have a lot of resources allocated to finding Shannon Smith," he said.
Shannon Smith is thought to be driving an orange 2007 Dodge truck with the Texas license plate AVO3046. An arrest warrant has been issued for Smith, with bond set at $1 million.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for tips.
Anyone with information can call New Braunfels police at (830) 221-4100; Crime Stoppers at (830) 620-TIPS (8477) or (800) 640-8422; or visit www.comalcrimestoppers.org.
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For information, visit vwvw.co.comal.tx.usAax_Office /voter_registration.htm or in parson at the elections office, 150 N Seguin Ave No. 201, New Braunfels. Call (830) 221-1231.Woman dies after driving into river
By Will Wright
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers are investigating the death of an elderly Cibolo woman, whose car was found upside down in the Guadalupe River early Wednesday.
The accident occurred at the fourth crossing on River Road, where fishermen contacted authorities after spot
ting a 1999 Chrysler 300M in the river with the driver still inside.
Comal County Sheriff’s Office deputies and DPS troopers called for a wrecker to pull the car from the river. The victim was identified as Norma Scott, 75, of Cibolo.
“She was a lady suffering from dementia, and it’s my understanding that her caretaker left her residence at 9 on Tuesday night, and I was notified
the vehicle was in the water at 7:20 a.m. (Wednesday),” DPS trooper John Vincent said.
Vincent said the woman was traveling northwest on River Road, going toward Sattler, when her vehicle struck a guardrail on the westbound side of the road, crossed back across the road and then struck the concrete barrier of the bridge, sending the car into the river.
The car was found resting on its hood in a foot of water.
Officers, who worked the scene for four hours, can’t determine exactly when the wreck happened. Vincent said Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders pronounced the woman dead at the scene.
An autopsy ordered in the case is expected to take between a week and 10 days to complete.
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City attorney: New Braunfels to ask Austin court to hear case
By Greg Bowen
The City of New Braunfels has filed notice that it intends to appeal a recent ruling in its legal battle over the city’s South Tributary Flood Control Project.
Last month, New Braunfels District Judge Charles Ramsay of the 433rd Judicial District ruled he has jurisdiction to hear the case, which was filed in November by Carowest Land Inc., which is completing the eastern leg of the $4.37 million drainage project. The city’s notice of appeal, filed
"The city is like the king. We can only be sued if we agreed to be sued.”
ALAN WAYLAND, City of New Braunfels attorney
was raised by the city, which claimed that, as a governmental entity, it enjoyed immunity from the lawsuit.
“The city is like the king. We can only be sued if we agreed to be sued,” city attorney Alan Wayland said Wednesday.
Carowest, which is owned in part by the Weston family of New Braunfels, is asking the court to rule it doesn’t have to pay an estimated $250,000-plus in damages being sought from the city by the construction company Yantis for delays relating to a portion of the construction project being taken over by Carowest.
When Carowest and the city agreed in September 2009 that Carowest — rather than Yantis — would construct that portion of the project on land owned by Carowest, Carowest agreed
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April 5, states it intends to appeal Ramsay's ruling to the 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin.
The question of whether Ramsay’s New Braunfels court has jurisdiction, or the legal authority to hear the case,
Charles Meade of Helotes sits Wednesday next to a mourning bust of Union Maj. Gen. George Meade. General Meade commanded Union troops during the pivotal Civil War battle of Gettysburg.
“It is well that war is so terrible, else we should grow too fond of it.”
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face carved in white marble and a Civil War-era photograph portray the same man—Maj. Gen. George Meade, the commander of the Union Army of the Potomac who defeated Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg in the summer of 1863.
The foot-tall marble “mourning bust,” commissioned by Meade’s family after his death in Philadelphia in 1872, is a formal profile, but the small photograph tells another story. Meade’s dark eyes seem filled with sadness.
“He was appointed to lead the Army of the Potomac two days before Gettysburg,” said Chuck Meade of Helotes, whose great-great-grear-great-great-grandfa-ther was the general’s great-uncle. “He had a lot of stress during the war... he was on the battlefield during the whole war... he was sleep-deprived.”
Prelude to War
■ January 1861 — The South secedes.
When Abraham Lincoln, a known
opponent of slavery, was elected president, the South Carolina legislature perceived a threat Calling a state convention, the delegates voted to remove the state from the union. South Carolina's secession was followed by the secession of six more states — Mississippi, Rorida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas — and the threat of secession by four more — Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee and North Carolina. These 11 states eventually formed the Confederate States of America.
■ February 1861 —-The South creates a government
At a convention in Montgomery, Ala., the seven seceding states created the Confederate Constitution, a document similar to the U.S. Constitution, but with greater stress on the autonomy of each state. Jefferson Davis was named provi-
sional president of the Confederacy.
■ February 1861 — The South seizes federal forts.
When President James Buchanan — Lincoln's predecessor — refused to surrender southern federal forts to the seceding states, Southern state troops seized them. At Fort Sumter, South Carolina troops repulsed a supply ship trying to reach federal forces based in the fort The ship was forced to return to New York.
■ Merch 1861 — President Lincoln's inauguration.
At Lincoln’s inauguration on March 4, the new president said he had no plans to end slavery in those states where it already existed, but he also said he would not accept secession. He hoped to resolve the national crisis without warfare.
■ April 1881 — Attack on Fort Sumter. When President Lincoln planned to
send supplies to Fort Sumter, he alerted the state in advance, in an attempt to avoid hostilities. South Carolina, however,
feared a trick; the fort's commander, Robert Anderson, was asked to surrender immediately. Anderson offered to surrender, but only after he had exhausted his supplies. His offer was rejected, and on 12, the Civil War began with shots fired on the fort Fort Sumter eventually was surrendered to South Carolina.
■ April 1861-Four more states join the Confederacy.
The attack on Fort Sumter prompted four more states to join the Confederacy. With Virginia's secession, Richmond was named the Confederate capítol. SOURCES: Encyclopedia of American History, historian Joanne Freeman
The general “mourned his men in speeches,” said Meade, but he also mourned the loss of a son, two brothers-in-law and three nephews—all war casualties. One of the brothers-in-law “died four days before the war was over.”
Earlier in the war, T. J. Sheridan wears a frock
the general himself coat similar to what would
was shot and sent have been worn by a
home for dead, “but Confederate lieutenant
he recovered and six colonel during the Civil War. weeks later led a division at Bull Run,” Meade said.
“It was duty first., never retreated.”
The mourning bust, sculpted and signed by “H. Kern” in 1873, and the small photograph are
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