New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 27, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011Zeitung
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500Charges filed in connection with boy’s death
New Braunfels police arrest two people they say gave 16-year-old David Allen Walker marijuana
By Dalondo Moultrie
With the help of a diligent father, New Braunfels police arrested two people IUesday in connection with the death of a 16-year-old boy found dead in a field last year.
Doralicia Villarreal, 34, and Christopher Michael Piadade, 20, both of New Braunfels, were arrested on warrants New Braunfels police obtained April 14, police Lt. Michael Penshorn said. He said Villarreal and Piadade were charged with the second-degree felony of delivery of a controlled
substance/marijuana to a minor.
That minor, Penshorn said, was David Allen Walker, who was found dead Dec. 19, 2010 in a field near his home. The arrests were made as a result of the police investigation into Walkers death, Penshorn said.
He said Villarreal and Piadade were
taken to Comal County Jafl, and bond was set at $20,000 for each of them.
The arrests were made about 4:30 p.m. at Brookfield mobile home park on the 3700 block of Farm-to-Market 482.
See WALKER, Page 14 Pi«d«de
► GOOD DEED DONE
Scout aids man having a stroke
By Dalondo Moultrie
“Always be prepared, and oh yeah, stay calm" could just as well serve as a new Boy Scouts of America motto, a 13-year-old Scout learned last week when his actions and cool head may have helped save a neighbor’s life.
“ You ht»ar so much about young teenagers not doing good things these days that we were very thankful we had him,” said Naomi Welty, whose husband had a stroke in their home last Saturday when Scout Parker Brooks sprang into action.
Parker was pulling weeds from a neighbor’s yard when he heard a siren blaring from a house a couple doors down. The member of Troop 127 Wimberley had the neighbor call the home’s occupants after the alarm sounded longer than 10 minutes. He knew something was wrong.
Parker said he learned Way-land Welty, 82, was having a stroke in his home and Naomi Welty — who had already pushed the button on her husband’s medical alert necklace,
See SCOUT, Page 11
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CANDIDATES ADDRESS ISSUES AT FORUM
New Braunfels mayoral candidate Jason Dias New Braunfels mayoral candidate Gale Pospisil
RACING TO LEAD
Candidates, advocate pitch their ideas, causes at Tuesday forum
By Greg Bowen
Candidates and advocates in the May 14 election talked growth, taxes, drainage, parks, school testing, civil service and other issues during a candidate’s forum Tuesday sponsored by the Leadership New Braunfels Alumni Association.
Each was given five minutes to speak at the forum, which was at Landa Haus.
Appearing, in order, were:
• Sgt. Steve Hanna of New Braunfels Police Officers Association spoke on Proposition 1, in which New Braunfels voters will be asked to vote yes or no on granting civil service status to the city’s police department.
He said 95 percent of the city’s police officers support civil service, which would set up standardized rules for hiring, promotions and disciplinary actions.
Hanna said civil service would offer officers consistency and stability in their jobs, rather than keeping them at the mercy of polit-ical climate shifts within the department when leadership changes.
• City Manager Mike Morrison said the PD over the years has enjoyed consistency provided by New Braunfels City Council.
He said the police department is an excellent one, with improved equipment and competitive pay, and has achieved excellence without the benefit of civil service.
Under civil service, control would be shifted to Austin, he said, at the cost of local control and flexibility.
• Nancy Pappas, a candidate for the District 4 seat on the Comal Independent School District board of trustees, said she enjoys being involved in school issues and has been involved since her oldest daughter began school.
Pappas said she worked then against cuts in music education — and has more recently advocated for gardening programs and has served on the PTA and other school organizations.
“I look forward to being able to advocate on a new level for the children of Comal ISD,” said Pappas.
Her opponent, Dale Dehlin, did not appear.
• Rigo Montero, who is running for re-election to the District 2 seat on the New Braunfels ISD board of trustees, said he’s proud of NBISD for its many campuses rated "recognized,” which he attributed to the hard work of students, teachers and administrators.
Montero, a former PTA officer
See FORUM, Page 14 McDaniel
WHAT THEY SAID
Sgt. Steve Hanna of New
Braunfels Police Officers Association said 95 percent of the city's police officers support civil service, which would set up standardized rules for hiring, promotions and disciplinary actions.
City Manager Mike Morrison said, under civil service as advocated by Proposition 1, control of New Braunfels officers would be shifted to Austin, he said, at the cost of local control and flexibility.
NBISD DISTRICT 2
Rigo Montero said the bond election approved by voters last year showed community support andthe district is working to ensure students are prepared for the rigors of the new STAAR test.
David McDaniel said the education system is failing all of us and that schools spend too much time on assessment tests. *'We must go back to the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic," McDaniel said.
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN?
New Braunfels police are still searching for Shannon Dec Smith, 43. Police say Smith has been wanted since the April 8 stabbing death of his wife. Story. 2
► ON THE COMAL RIVER
Man dies after fall into river
Authorities: He was trying to remove swing from branch
By Dalondo Moultrie
A man trying to remove a rope swing from a branch Monday afternoon fell off that branch and to his death in the Comal River, New Braunfels fire and police officials said.
Mauro Perez, 47, of New Braunfels, was quickly rescued from the water and resuscitated, but later died from injuries received from being in the water, officials said.
About 12:40 p.m., Perez was trying to remove the rope from a limb outside The Other Place resort, police Lt. Michael Penshorn said. He said Perez apparently could not swim.
As Perez climbed onto the limb, tried to remove the rope and he fell in, Penshorn said. He said Perez went under and bystanders called 9-1 -1.
Witnesses directed rescue personnel to Perez, and he was pulled out of the water shortly after falling in, Fire Marshal Patrick O’Connell said. O’Connell said dive equipment was not used when crew members pulled Perez from the water. He had no pulse but they were able to revive him.
Perez was taken to Christus Santa Rosa Hospital-New Braunfels, where he later died about 10 p.m. Monday, Penshorn said. He said no autopsy has been ordered and no follow-up investigation is pending.
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