New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18,2007
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COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 4BTestimony continues in sexual assault case
By Jessica Sanders
Testimony began Tuesday in the trial of a New Braunfels man accused of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter.
Anthony Wayne Martin, 38, was arrested by New Braunfels police on lune 13,2003, after his then 16-year-old stepdaughter claimed he raped her. I Ie posted a $50,000 bond the following day.
■ Local man accused of raping his teen step-daughter
The alleged victim, now 20, took the stand Tuesday to retell the events of June 12 and 13. She remained calm and even smiled while talking about her admiration for Martin, who she called “Dad.”
However, the woman’s testimony became hesitant as she described how Martin allegedly told her to have sex with him.
She said she was talking to Martin about her then-boyfriend late at night while her mother was out of town on a business trip. The alleged victim said she fell asleep next to him and woke up to find Martin’s hand under her shirt.
“He said I know you’re curious about sex and the only thing I know to do is show you,’” she said. “I told
him it hurt really bad and kept saying ‘ouch.’ It was the worst pain I’d ever felt.”
Martin’s stepdaughter said she told him she was getting a drink of water, put on her pajamas and snuck out of their house in the 800 block of Twin Oaks Drive to find help.
She said she knocked on the door at her boyfriend’s house, but when
Anthony Wayne Martin
no one answered, she made her way to a friend’s house.
Defense attorney Kimbel Brown said inconsistencies in the victim’s story indicate that she snuck out to have sex with her boyfriend and then
See TRIAL, Page 10A
Co-pilot Lt. Col. Richard Cole waves from the cockpit of a B-25B Mitchell at Randolph Air Force Base on Tuesday afternoon. The plane is similar to the one he helped fly during Worldwar ll.
■ 7 remaining crew members take part in commemoration
By Mark Koopmans
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE — Standing off to one side, retired U.S. Air Force Col. Arland Philson and his wife, Marye, quietly watched as about 200 Airmen and civilians milled around a shiny piece of military history that had just landed at Randolph Air Force Base on Tuesday.
“We’re from Dallas and are in town for a few days,” Philson said. “We just heard the Doolittle Raiders were going to be here today. I knew Bob Hite, one of the men who flew on that mission. He was my flight commander when I was a (Air Force Academy) Cadet in 1952. I wonder if he’s going to be here.”
It was 65 years ago today that a squadron of 16 highly modified B-25B Mitchell medium bombers launched off the USS Hornet — a first on any naval carrier — in a secret mission to bomb the Japanese mainland in direct retaliation to the attacks on Pearl Harbor.
The raid was under the command of then-Lt. Col. james “Jimmy” Doolittle,
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Four of the 14 surviving members of the Doolittle Raiders, Lt. Col. Robert Hite, left, MajorThomas Griffin, Staff Sgt. DavidThatcher and Lt. Col. Robert Cole, listen to a speaker inside a hangar at Randolph Air Force Base on Tuesday afternoon during a ceremony honoring them.
who had volunteered to lead the first aerial raid on the Japanese homeland. The “Doolittle Raiders,” as they quickly became known, dropped bombs over Tokyo, Kobe, Osaka and Nagoya, accord
ing to information from Arlington Cemetery’s Web site. Doolittle, a Medal of Honor recipient following the war, is buried at
See DOOLITTLE, Page 9A
Donation helps IOO Club assist others in need
By Suzanne Ashe
The Comal County IOO Club, a group that helps families of firefighters, emergency medical and police personnel and jailers killed in the line of duty, got a boost Tuesday from New Braunfels area McDonald’s restaurants.
New Braunfels McDonald’s
managers Cindy Billera and William Standifer presented IOO Club President Judd Earley a check for $1,017. McDonald’s raised die funds by collecting and giving a portion of their proceeds from a Good Friday fundraiser.
“We want to support all law enforcement," Billera said. “It’s a worthwhile club.”
The IOO Club was founded
in 2001 by a group of concerned citizens. Its members give $100 or more annually to the nonprofit organization so funds can be provided to the families of fallen officers.
The club is operated by an all-volunteer staff and has no administrative expenses. Earley said all of the donated money is available immediately to the families.
Though valued, it’s unfortunate the club will be called upon for help, Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder said.
“One day, an officer will be killed in Comal County,” he said.
Lt. Donna O’Conner of the Bulverde Police Department said she hopes her department
See CLUB, Page 8A
College gunman’s disturbing writing garnered concern
■ Virginia Tech shooter referred to counseling
By Matt Apuzzo
The Associated Press
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The gunman in the Virginia Tech massacre was a sullen loner who alarmed professors and classmates with his twisted, violence-drenched creative writing and left a rambling note in his dorm room raging against women and rich kids.
A chilling picture emerged Tuesday of Cho Seung-Hui — a 23-year-old senior majoring in English — a day
after the bloodbath that left 33 people dead, including Cho, who killed himself as police closed in.
News reports said that he might have been taking medication for depression and that he was becoming increasingly violent and erratic.
Despite the many warning signs that came to light in the bloody aftermath, police and university officials offered no clues as to exactly what set Cho off on the deadliest
See SHOOTING, Page 10A
Waste Management waits for a decision
■ No date set for landfill expansion ruling
By Mark Koopmans
After a recent preliminary case hearing in a New Braunfels courtroom, the operators of the local landfill must wait to hear the recommendations of an administrative law judge.
Waste Management — operator of the Mesquite Creek Landfill — which is west of the Comal-Guadalupe county line off
of Farm-to-Market HOI, is hoping for positive news from the State Office of Administrative Hearings regarding a permit to expand 96 acres of landfill by more than 64 percent.
With the expansion onto land already owned by the company, the landfill would increase to about 148 acres.
“If approved, the second waste disposal footprint of
See LANDFILL, Page 10A
Comal County Landfill in the distance, owned by Waste Management, is nearing its permitting cap of disposed waste and currently is waiting approval for land expansion to meet the growing needs of Comal County.
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