New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 24, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAY April 24, 2003
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Vol. 152, No, 138Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
SO centsMan arrested on warrant for family violence
By Rom Maloney Staff Writer
CANYON LAKE The man involved in the purported accidental shooting April 14 of a Trinity University police officer was arrested Wednesday on a felony family violence charge,
Comal County Sheriff’s detective Wayne Lehman said David S. .Jennings 35, waH arrested by deputies Kick Sanchez and Eddy Luna
on a warrant for a h a a u 11 family violence.
Because den iii ng.s haw a pre-viouH conviction for a 8 a a u 11 c a u a i n g bodily injury from 1998, the charge is enhanced to a third-degree felony.
A third-degree felony is punishable upon conviction by two to IO years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Ixihman Haid Jennings whh booked into Comal County Jail.
His bail wiih wet at $3,000.
Lehman and detective Ronnie Womack went to the res-idence JenningH shares with Denise Estrada on April 14 after Estrada had boon shot with her 9mm Browning automatic pistol.
‘Lawnmower man’ on his way to record
By Sean Bowlin
Easter Sunday wasn't a got*! day for Brad Hauler.
Hauler, who’s riding a Yard Man mower more than 6,000 nub h to break bis ting mal world record for the longest distance travelled on a lawn mower, bad pulled into San Antonin that day. While he slept overnight iii a nu Aul, Ins transport truck, trailer Slid equipment were stolen.
“Everything was taken our lawnmowers, our string trimmers, all of the stuff we UM* hi ( lean up the communities,’’ Hunter said.
I'lus, tools, T shirts and personal items were taken
The theft was discovered when he and motel officials
watched surveillance cameras after noticing the vehicles and equipment were gone. Lour hours alter they reported the theft, police found Ila* truck and trailer, hut no equipment.
The crime slowed Hauler's journey across America. He was scheduled to he iii New Braunfels Monday, helping raise a local awareness for Keeji America Beautiful's “Great American Cleanup." Instead, he chugged into town Wednesday morning.
But the unfortunate incident didn t dull his enthuse asm for his arduous cam-patgn.
“It feels good to wake Up every day and fuel like you’re making a difference,’’ Hauler said.
Estrada, 38, is a Trinity University police officer who had about three weeks on the job prior to the shooting. She was placed on leave while she? recovers.
Sheriff’s detective (’apt. Dennis Koepp said investigators were told the shooting occurred at about 7:40 p.m. when Estrada was preparing to go to work.
“As Jennings whh retrieving the pistol, Estrada was in the closet getting the gun
cleaning kit when the? pistol discharged,” Koepp said offi cera were told.
Lehman said the incident that led to Wednesday’s arrest occurred on the same day as the shooting, which Jennings and Estrada have both said was an accident.
“During the course of tin* investigation, the evidence turned up supported the family violence on a separate incident on the same day,” I jehman said.
Lehman did not say what the incident was.
“We verified through the course of the investigation that hi* had l>een convicted of filmily violent** involving the same victim in 1998,” I Ashman said.
Tuesday, Jennings was asked to go to the sheriff’s office for more questioning on t he shooting incident.
He was arrested at t ile conclusion of t he interview.
The investigation continues.
That contribution started four years ago when he mowed Ins way across Amer ica from New York to Dis Angeles to rinse $290,(KH) for “Keep America Beautiful.” Desiring to break his own distance record and his fund raising, Hauter decided to do it again. (hi March 19, he and his hel|>erH kicked oil the second “Yard Man Mow Across America" from San Francisco, His final destination is New York and a June 5 engagement ut the Statue of I jlieity.
This time, Hauler and his crew are going into conium miles where they are part Haring with local "Keep America Beautiful” volunteers to do some much needed cleanup work,
Women’s chamber founder Phillips resigns from board
By Sean Bowlin
Susan Phillips, who founded the* New Braunfels Women’s Chamber of Commerce, resigned from its Iniard of directors ’Lu est I ay.
Board members hinted that there was a conflict between the direction the hoard wanted go and its visions and Phillips’ |M*rson-ality and vision for the lioard.
Phillips said she resigned for several reasons.
First, at a recent meeting, she said the hoard of directors voted not to have the Lord’s Prayer sung by a guest. Phillips was the groups chaplain, founder and past president, publicity chairman and community relations chairman.
“Life’s Us) short. I’m a very patriotic Christian woman," Phillips said. “'I’he group feels
that [fjord's P r*a y a r J would be unaccept -able to the g r o u p . That’s u n )ic cep t-able Ut ira*."
B o a r d iii e rn lie rn contact (*(1 Wednesday denied they had given Phillips an ultimatum to leave.
‘Tin not sure what to say,” Diane Dasher said “I think there was a conflict of interest of the direction of where the organization was head mg and personal conflicts.” Women’s chamber First Vice Chair ('indy Camacho, when asked if Phillips was given an ultimatum to resign, said no. Camacho said tin*
Phone crews repair cut NB lines, restore service
By Ron Maloney Staff Wnter
Tuesday's telephone service outage iii New Braunfels was repaired by late Wednesday a full day earlier than an estimate on SBG Corpora Hons repair service lino.
SBG sfiokesman Steve Iks-said crews had completed repairs late Wednesday afternoon.
“'I'Wo cables were damaged Tuesday in an excavation near the intersection of (’mss Street and Chest nut Avenue in New Braunfels," lee said
“Our crews got the first one, the smaller of the two.
repaired at 1:15 a.rn today," he said Wednesday after noon. “They repaired the larger of the two tins after noon. It should certainly Is* uj) by the (‘lid of t hi* day."
SIU’officials had placed an estimat**! tune of compte! ion for the work at ! I p iii today on its repair lint
When wi* state a tnile, thats a two day window ii conservative estimate of when a job will he coiuplet ed," Lee said
Wednesday morning, SIU’ contacted New Braunfels oil! culls to brief them on the problem, I*ee saidInside
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Brad Hauler and his Yard Man mower stopped in New Braunfels Wednesday morning during the “Yard Mari Mow Acroae America" campaign. He will travel more than 5,600 miles to break his original world record for the longest dis tance traveled on a lawn mower.
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(Top) U.S Air Force Honor Guard Presidential Drill Team leader Sgt. Jamal Wilson stands steady as his men pass rifles outfitted with bayonets back and forth around him dunng their presentation at Canyon High School Wednesday afternoon. (Above) Canyon High School student Brandon Rose smiles as Airman 1st Class David Harrell hands off his doll rifle to the junior ROTO Airman. (Right) Canyon High School Junior ROTC members Vincent Perez, Jeffery Caldwell, Brandon Rose and Derek Bushnell (from left) step up to ask questions to honor guard members. The six-man USAF team tossed and twirled their rifles with a precision that brought a standing ovation from the crowd Wednesday.