New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAY, APRIL 19,2007
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Vol. 154, No. 135 14 pages, 2 sections
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j DEAR ABBY 3B | CLASSIFIEDS 4B I COMICS 2B I CROSSWORD 2B I FORUM 4A I OBITUARIES 3A I SPORTS 5A I TV GRIDS 3BDNA evidence focus of sexual assault trial
■ Cell samples scrutinized by DPS, 2 private labs
By Jessica Sanders
A Comal County jury took an indepth look at DNA evidence Wednesday during tile trial of a New Braunfels man accused of raping his stepdaughter.
Anthony Wayne Martin, 38, was arrested by New Braunfels police on June 13, 2003, charged with sexual assault of his stepdaughter, then 16. DNA samples taken hours after the
alleged crime were subjected to several DNA tests at the Texas Department of Public Safety laboratory and two private labs before the case came before 274th District Judge Wayne Martin Gary Steel this week.
Gina Pineda, a DNA expert from Reliagene labs in New Orleans, testified Wednesday scientists did not expect to find sperm cells from Martin because he has undergone a vasectomy, but they did test for cells contained in seminal fluid. Traces of Martin’s DNA were found on the alleged victim’s clothing, but attorneys debated how it got there.
Testing of the alleged victim’s underwear also revealed the presence of sperm cells from the woman’s then-boytriend.
The alleged victim, now 20, testified Wednesday that she had sexual contact with her boyfriend during the afternoon on lune 12, 2003, hours before she claimed her stepfather raped her.
Defease attorney Kimbel Brown said it was suspicious that the woman didn’t mention “fooling around’’ with her boyfriend during her taped interview with Child Protective Services on June 13,2003.1 lowever, she did confess to it after his sperm cells were found.
“Did you think it was unnecessary to mention that you fooled around with your boyfriend before the time you claim your stepfather raped you?”
See TRIAL, Page 7A
Historic disagreement Ken Valentine
speaks his mind on radio show
The circa 1922 A. R. Ludwig building today houses Color Express on the first floor and offices and an apartment on the second floor.The third floor is currently unoccupied.
■ Building’s owner doesn’t favor district
By Suzanne Ashe
The A.R. Ludwig building at 193 W. San Antonio St., now owned by former New Braunfels mayor Adam Cork, is probably a little less lively today than it was between 1872 and 1918. Back then, it was a beacon for thirsty citizens and travelers alike.
The building, built by John Sippel in 1871, was home to a saloon that changed hands
See BUILDING, Page 3A
Color Express co-owner and former New Braunfels mayor Adam Cork shows off bags found in the basement of the building. The bags were used by former tenant Schmidt and Son Department Store, which moved into the building in 1925.
Council could ban all containers, he said
By Suzanne Ashe
New Braunfels District 6 City Councilman Ken Valentine said Tuesday that if the lawsuit filed against the city by outfitters and beer distributors succeeds, the city council will probably ban all containers on the Comal River next year.
Valentine made the comment on KGNB radio.
Mayor Bruce Boyer said council members should not comment on the issue.
“in my opinion, it s not proper for us as clients to comment on or speculate on the outcome of a pending
lawsuit," he said.
Valentine said Wednesday that he didn’t speak on the outcome of the lawsuit.
“I would have hoped we could have tried out the new rules this summer to see what the impact would be,” he said. “Its unfortunate the lawsuit may not allow us to determine those results.”
Valentine said the
See VALENTINE, Page 7A
Gunman mailed package to NBC
■ Photos, video sent between shootings
By Matt Apuzzo
The Associated Press
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Between his first and second bursts of gunfire, the Virginia Tech gunman mailed a package to NBG headquarters in New York containing photos of him brandishing guns and video of him delivering an angry', profanity-laced tirade.
“You had a hundred billion
chances and ways to have avoided today,” 23-year-old Cho Seung-Hui said in an harsh, emphatic voice, in an excerpt shown on “NBC Nightly News.” “But you decided to spill my blood. You forced me into a corner and gave me only one option. The decision was yours. Now you have blood
See PACKAGE, Page 8A
Gruene inn owners win chamber award
■ Judi, Cecil Eag$r honored for efforts
By Mark Koopmans
On a “chamber of commerce-approved” Wednesday morning, members of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com
merce held a surprise ceremony for the new 2007 Small Business Persons of the Year award winners.
Judi and Cecil Eager, owners of Gruene Mansion Inn, 1275 Gruene Road, were presented with the award by a group of 12 members who arrived unannounced to present a banner “saluting the 2007 Small Business Person of the Year."
“The Eagers were selected at our regular board meeting on Monday," said Rita Kaufmann Powell, director of the small business council. “ This is a bit of a tradition, so we wanted to let them know with a surprise visit to their business this morning.” Rich Krawczyk, a chamber board member, said it was "fun
See AWARD, Page 8A
Gruene Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast owners Cecil and Judi Eager, left, are named as 2007 Small Business Persons of the Year. Standing next to the Eagers are Sally Singles Susan Phillips, Joe Castilleja and Melissa Krause.
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