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SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2011ZeitungServing New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
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from a program in which the government directly pays medical bills into a voucher-like system that subsidizes purchases of private insurance plans The GOP budget passed 235-193 with every Democrat voting “no.” Obama said in an Associated Press interview that it would “make Medicare into a voucher program. That’s something that we strongly object to.”
The vote sets up the Republicans’ next round of confrontation with Obama and
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By Will Wright
A Comal County grand jury on Wednesday added a murder indictment for Albert Rodriguez Medellin, who was already facing two charges in the beating of a
disabled New Braunfels woman last summer.
The grand jury added the murder charge after Antonia “Toni” Espinoza, 31, died of her injuries Nov. 17 after spending nearly four months in a coma. Espinoza was the mother of two children,
including Medellin’s infant son.
Authorities say Medellin, 40, used his own hands to beat Espinoza, who was disabled, into a coma on July 30. Medellin was indicted Nov. 10 on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and injury to a disabled
person. He remains in Comal County Jail under $102,000 bond.
Comal County Assistant District Attorney Jennifer C. Smith was waiting for medical records and Espinoza’s death certificate before seeking a murder indictment for Medellin.
“I want it clear that she died as a result of Albert Medellin,” Smith said in November. "We’re going to seek to put him in prison for a long time because of the nature of the offense. It’s the ultimate crime
See MEDELLIN, Page 8A
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NEW BRAUNFELS POLICE READY RIVER UNITS
Photos by LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung
Tubers float the tourist-favorite Comal River in New Braunfels on March 18.
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New Braunfels police will double bike-mounted officers
Police: Man suspected of killing his wife, stabbing son could be armed and dangerous
By Will Wright
New Braunfels police said Friday they are still actively searching for 43-year-old Shannon Dee Smith, who allegedly stabbed his wife to death and injured his son and daughter eight days ago.
Police say Smith killed his wife, lisa Smith, 43, and stabbed his 14-year-old son and 12-year-old ^mmmm daughter during a domestic attack around Efe 9:30 p.m. April 8 in the 300 block of Scenic Meadow jl *
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The boy remains in crit- s Smjth ical condition at University Hospital in San Antonio. The girl is staying with relatives or friends, NBPD Lt. John McDonald said.
Shannon Smith is thought to be driv-ing an orange 2007 Dodge truck with the Texas license plate AWO3046. An arrest warrant has been issued for Smith with a $1 million bond.
McDonald said law enforcement agencies are aggressively pursuing Smith, though he declined to say if the search has extended beyond Texas.
" We re still following up on leads and tips — we are using every available resource we have,” McDonald said. “He used to live in another state and (we) have checked on friends, past relationships — we re checking all over.” McDonald said folks need to remember Smith could be armed and dangerous. “People need to be aware that he is wanted for murder and that they need to be aware,” he said. “Pay attention to vehicles or people matching those descriptions.”
Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information. Tipsters can call New Braunfels police at (830) 221-4100; Crime Stoppers at (830) 620-TIPS (8477) or (800) 640-8422; or online at www.comalcrimestoppers.org.
Vol. 158, No. 134
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River goers spend time near the Comal River tube chute on March 18.
By Greg Bowen
New Braunfels’ river police will be doubling up on their numbers of bike-mounted officers on weekends this summer, said Sgt. Chris Snyder, chief of the Community Response Unit.
Also, with drought keeping water levels low in the Guadalupe River, the river police will start the summer with just one boat rather than the standard two on the Guadalupe — and on the weekends are planning to shift more officers over to the Comal River, where crowds are expected to be heavier because tubing flows are spring-fed and stronger.
It’s the duty of the Community Response Unit, or river police, to enforce the laws on and along the city’s two rivers as thousands of tourists pour into town for tubing and fun.
The river police are on duty every weekend, as well as Monday through Friday, starting April 29 all the way through Labor Day.
“We have complete coverage of the rivers for the vast majority of the summer,” Snyder said.
See RIVER, Page 8A