New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 27, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
COMING FRIDAYTour of Faith
Another dwrch is profiled in the weekly series.
By Ron Maloney
The grandparents of a New Braunfels boy missing since October 2002 in a child custody case pleaded guilty Monday to helping their daughter hide him.
Judge Jack Robison accepted
guilty pleas from Margaret and Edward Keams in plea bargains reached between defense attorney Ron Zipp and Assistant District Attorney Ed Jendrzey in 207th Judicial District Court.
Robison will sentence the couple June 7.
Edward Keams, 71, pleaded
guilty to two charges of hindering the apprehension of a felon for his part in enabling his daughter, Suzanne DeWalt, to escape authorities with his grandson, Jeremy, at the conclusion of a custody trial and stay on the run since.
On the first allegation, a
class A misdemeanor, Keams would be sentenced to 180 days in county jail — which he has more than served since his Oct. 1,2003, arrest.
On the second charge, a third-degree felony, Kearns would be placed on deferred adjudication probation for two
years. If he meets the terms of probation, the charge would be removed from his record.
Margaret Kearns, 68, disappeared with DeWalt and the child at the conclusion of a two-week custody trial without turning the boy over to his father, Michael DeWalt,
as ordered by the court.
Suzanne DeWalt and the boy have not been seen since and their whereabouts are not known.
Margaret Kearns pleaded guilty to interfering with child
See CASE, Page 3A
Parking issue gets nudge
FRONTand CenterFamily uses loss to benefit others
By Scott Mahon
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The tug-of-war over parking between New Braunfels City Council and residents in riverside neighborhoods got a nudge Monday.
Mayor Adam Cork, who has resisted expanding permit-only parking, asked council to paint stripes to denote “No Parking" zones in front of residential driveways in an area bounded by Union Avenue, Mather Street, South Street and South Central Street.
Last week, Cork asked for funds to hire a full-time code enforcement officer, who would enforce the “No Parking" zones.
“Id like to hire someone immediately," (kirk said. “I think it will offer some relief to those people in the neighborhoods that wanted permit-only parking.”
Cork said a code enforcement officer would be a certified police officer with authority to write citations for parking violations.
“I asked for a budget amendment of $50,000 to fund the position," he said. "During the summer, the officer will enforce parking in neighborhoods adjacent to the river, but his other year-round duties would include enforcing city codes. I think this will also give the police department some relief during the summer."
See CITY, Page 2ATAKS testing begins today
By Leigh Jones
I a rents may think their children exaggerate when they complain about having tests almost every day of the week, but this week they would be telling the truth.
Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills OAKS) testing begins today and runs through Thursday.
“Attendance is very important," said Comal Independent School District public information officer Kari Hutchison. "Make-up tests are only available in math and reading.”
While there are no repercussions for individual students who may miss a test period, the school districts suffer.
Each school’s rating— exemplary, recognized, acceptable or not acceptable — is based on its students' performance on TAKS.
I lutchison said although state funding is not directly related to TAKS results, it would be affected after several years
See TAKS, Page 3A
Commissioners view drawings of proposed conference facility
Kelli Leffingwell holds her son Trenton, 5, and a portrait of her and her late-husband Tony. Looking on are Kelli's parents Lonnie and Dorthy Curtis of New Braunfels. A golf tournament in Tony’s memory will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Tony Leffingwell Memorial Golf Tournament is May 14
By Dylan Jimenez
Tony Leffingwell never gave up during his two-year fight against leukemia. So why should his widow, Kelli?
TVvo years after Tony died, the Tony Leffingwell Memorial Golf Tournament has raised $60,000 for the leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
“She loved Tony so much," said Tony’s father, Hal. “I was just so proud of her for doing it. It’s a huge effort. It’s her way of fighting back at the disease."
Tony Leffingwell was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 29 — eight months after his son, Trenton, was bom. Chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant helped him recover until in August 2001, the leukemia resurfaced and took Tony’s life. He was 31.
Kelli and Tony’s friends began talking about a gold tournament in his memory the day of the funeral.
Tony was an avid golfer. He played on his high school golf team and attended college on a golf scholarship. The tournament seemed like a perfect way to memorialize him.
“My attitude is rather than being negative, I wanted to use my energy tor something positive," Kelli said.
The Tony Leffingwell Foundation was created in 2002. The golf tournament is the major fund-raiser for the year.
All net proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which is charged with finding a cure for blood-related cancers and improving the quality of life of victims of these diseases.
Two tournaments to date have allowed the foundation to give $60,000. Last years event was twice as successful as die first year and Kelli hopes support will continue to grow.
“We’re driven by trying to find a cure for leukemia,” Kelli said. “We're on a mission to make a difference in peoples lives. We can’t change the past, but we feel like we can make a difference.”
In August it will be three years since Tony Leffingwell died.
Tony's father said dealing with the loss still is tough, but he is proud of Kelli. The golf tournament helps overshadows most of the feelings of loss.
And seeing Trenton, Tony and Kelli’s five-year-old son, moves Hal Leffingwell.
Trenton hits the first ball to ceremonially start the golf tournament. He was three years old when the first tournament was held, but had a strong swing like his father, Hal said.
“Tony had to be there wrapped around his little arms for him to hit the ball so far," Hal said.
TONY LEFFINGWELL MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT. CASINO NIGHT PARTY
Information regarding the day s events
■ Date May 14
■ Location at Golf Club of Texas, 13600 Briggs Ranch, San Antonio
■ Day-of registration begins at 11 30 am.
■ Registration in advance is prefered
■ Casino play opens at 7 p rn and lasts until 10 p m
■ Day-of registration begins at 11 30 arn
■ Information Call (210) 690-8801
■Web site www tffoundation com
■ Corporate golf and casino — $ 1,200
■ Corporate casino night — $500
■ Individual golf player — $ 175
■ Individual casino night and dinner -$50
County Fairgrounds, the facility could be used for meetings, banquets, car shows or other events.
The 20-acre property, located directly behind the county’s rural recycling center and road department off Texas 46, was purchased two years ago. It will house a new home for the livestock association and the county Extension service office.
T he livestock association has a
50-year lease on about half of the land, which has been designated as a county park.
Waldrip said preliminary estimates put the facility’s cost at $2 million or more.
“There’s a lot of work you can’t set* going on behind the scenes, but we’re heading in the direction of beginning a hind-raising drive," he said.
See FACILITY, Page 3A
By Ron Maloney
County commissioners have viewed drawings of what might become the new home for the largest county junior livestock show in Texas.
District Attorney Dib Waldrip, who is active in the Comal County junior Livestock Association, presented drawings Thursday of a pavilion and conference facility
eight times larger than the New Braunfels Civic Center.
The association hopes to break ground on the facility in spring2005.
In addition to D,b Wa,dr|P the annual late-winter livestock show now conducted at the Comal