New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Judge Casteel declines debate
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
County Judge Carter Casteel has declined to debate Ted Key, a candidate for county judge, who had challenged her and other county officials in an advertisement in the Sunday edition of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung to a debate on the Water Oriented Recreation District.
“I had responded to him when he wrote me the first letter and asked him to bring his concerns to the entire court,” said Casteel. “I did the same with his second letter. My plans are to continue to concentrate on making the Guadalupe River a clean and safe place for our families. I don’t intend to debate whether it should be clean or who should clean it.”
According to Casteel, Key has not brought his concerns before the commissioners.
When contacted for comments, Key declined to discuss the matter or name the “three others” in addition to himself that would debate Casteel and the other county officials saying that since Casteel had declined the debate there was no point in talking about it. Key said “we’ll get to it eventually.”
Casteel said commissioners court is the appropriate place
Judge Carter Casteel
Local attorney testifies at Davis hearing
More testimonies to be heard today
for citizens to bring their concerns about county government.
“I invite Mr. Key to become part of the solution, not part of the problem,” she said.
Key’s open let-' ter challenge to Casteel referred to the WORD as a bureaucracy that
has been “mishandled, mismanaged and has created nothing of lasting value to our county.”
He invited Commissioner Moe Schwab, President of the WORD board Guy Anderson and WORD Manager Jim Inman to meet him and three others in an “open debate of the issues surrounding the WORD, its performance and its contribution (or lack thereof) to the citizens of Comal County.”
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Testimony began Monday in a hearing involving alleged capital murderer Jack Davis’ request for a writ of habeas corpus.
The hearing began with Davis’ attorney Stanley Schneider, of Houston, presenting his case. Davis has been accused of murdering local school teacher Cathy Balonis in 1989.
The murder occurred at the New Braunfels Oak Apartments where Balonis lived and Davis was the maintenance man.
Testifying in the hearing was Davis’ former defense attorney Wade Ari edge of New Braunfels. Arledge was appointed by the court to represent Davis in the first capital murder trial. Davis was convicted in this trial, but the decision was reversed by a court of appeals.
Arledge testified that several incidents in the first trial prevented his client from receiving a fair trial.
The first included testimony by Carolyn Toth. Attorneys in the case said the first time Toth testified she said she had seen Davis hugging the victim’s sister Karen Balonis. The second time she testified she recanted this statement, according to attorneys.
Arledge said this was important to the trial because blood and saliva was found on Davis’ jacket. The defense theory was that this blood got on the jacket when the hug occurred.
“This would corroborate with what Jack said when he gave the statement,” said Arledge.
According to Arledge, the jury was instructed to disregard the second testimony. However, Arledge said it still made an impact on his former client’s case.
Arledge also testified he had been told by District Attorney Bill Reimer that a piece of hair had been found in the victim’s hand and that pictures of the crime scene had been taken. Abedge said he later took a deposition from Reimer which stated the evidence had existed but had been lost.
Another issue raised through Arledge’s testimony included testimony from Fred Zane, who worked at the Bexar County Crime Lab. Arledge said testimony by Zane stated that a spot of blood on the shirt of the victim was from Davis.
“I had never heard that until that moment,” he said.
He added that testimony was introduced stating that a large amount of
blood found on the carpet was Davis’.; He said Zane later said the blood belonged to Balonis.
Arledge also testified that the trial had been difficult for both him and Reimer.
”1 think the whole thing was a nightmare for every person being touched by the case,” he said.
He added that he could not testify that Reimer had a good reputation in the county.
‘‘I think Bill tries to be honest. I think Bill is under a lot of pressure and when he’s being challenged in a courtroom or any endeavor he will do anything he can to win,” said Arledge.
Testimony was also heard from Carl Kent, chief investigator at the Monto-gomery County District Attorney’s Office
Kent investigated the case when the matter was taken to a civil trial by the victim’s parents. Balonis’ parents sued the apartment complex for allowing Davis to have pass keys to the apartments. The case was settled out of court.
Kent testified that he had been told by Zane that testimony made in reference to the blood stains on the carpet were “a mistake.”
He said Zane had said the blood on the carpet was determined to be Balonis’ although Zane had testified it was Davis’.
He also testified he had found other blood spots on the victim’s clothing, but was told testing had not been done because of cost.
Kent told the court he had interviewed Davis in the case and gave him several opportunities to explain some of the evidence in the case
“His statements were consistent every time,” he said.
Other testimony was heard from Alda Hanes, 78, of New Braunfels who testified she had heard a woman telling a New Braunfels police officer that a man with long hair and a white shirt was leaving the apartment around the time of the murder. This description was also given by Davis.
She said the conversation had been taped by the officer. No such tape was introduced into evidence at the trial.
Also testifying was Daphne Nor-sworthy, who had worked at the crime lab with Zane. Norsworthy said she disagreed with Zane’s methods of testing and reporting.
Henry Holiday, who currently works at the lab, said some tests to identify blood at the scene were inconclusive.
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Sandra Duncan, Nancy Lopez, lorry Schwab, Juan Rojas, Elaine Villanueva (belated).
Blood drive for Tom Bluntzer scheduled
A blood drive for New Braunfels resident Tom Bluntzer has been scheduled for Aug. 23 from IO arn. to 6 p.m. at the law offices of Reagan, Burros, Dierksen, Lamon and Bluntzer, located at 205 N. Seguin.
Two blood mobiles will be on hand in the back parking lot to take donations. Walk-ins are welcome or appointments can be made by calling Debbie at 625-8026.
Landa Block Party set for tonight
The Landa Neighborhood Watch will have their 5th Annual Landa Neighborhood Block Party, tonight at 8 p.m.
There will be yogurt, a cake/goodie walk, cold refreshments and music. The party will be held on Mulberry St. between Edgewater and Klinge-mann. Everyone in the Landa Neighborhood come, bring chairs and join the fun.
Rivarcrest Night Out slated tonight
The Rivercrest Heights Neighborhood Association will celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 3 with a meeting at Rivercrest Park. Decorations should be in place by 6 p.m. for judging. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. with a special visit from "Toby Tuber." Everyone should bring a lawnchair to share the fun and good times.
McQueeney VFD plans BBQ & picnic
The Annual McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department Picnic will be held Saturday, Aug. 14 at the air-conditioned McQueeney Lions Community building on Hwy. 78, six miles west of Seguin.
Great barbecue chicken and all the trimmings will be served from 11:30 p.m. and again from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. A drive-thru service will be offered from 11:30 aro. to 1:30 pro.
There will be games for the kids, bingo from 2:30 pro. to 6:30 pm, a Ladies Auxiliary auction from 7 pm to 9:30 pm, followed by a raffle. To get there, take PM 78 to the McQueeney Lions Club, located one mile east of McQueeney. Call 379-0660 or 557-5621 for more information. Proceeds will go toward expanding the fire station.
In Sunday's edition of the Herald-Zeitung, under a photo headlined "Three Vehicle Mishap," it was incorrectly stated that a car driven by Tommy Jean Ridgway struck a car driven by Wuanita Riggins. Ridgway was stopped, waiting to turn left off of Hwy. 46.
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■ Vol. 141. No. 182
Local veteran takes fight to state capitol
By GARY P. CARROLL New* Editor
AUSTIN — New Braunfels resident, Manuel Cam are no, took his fight to maintain full-time hours for the Comal County Veterans Service Officer to Austin today asking the Texas Veterans Commission for help.
In a meeting with several state commission officials, Camarera) said the Veteran Service Officer was vital to the area’s 7,600 veterans and cutting the hours of the Veterans Service office to 20 hours per week would seriously hinder the office’s ability to provide adequate veterans’ services.
“We put over $6 million into the area’s economy,” Camarera) said “I don’t think we’re freeloaders and I
don’t think we’re asking for a lot.
In 1992 veterans residing in Comal County were paid $5.9 million in compensation and pension, $115,000 in readjustment and vocational rehabilitation and $483,000 in insurance and indemnities. For this reason, Camarera) said the veterans service officer should be a 40-hour a week position.
Although the state commission rej>-resentatives agreed with Camareno, they said outside of writing a letter of support there was really nothing more they could do. Texas Veterans Commission Chairman Sam Bier said the commission has no authority over the county’s hiring or staffing of a Veterans Service Office.
“Anything we do they don’t have to abide by,” Bier said.
Herald-Zeitung photo by JENNIFER ROMPEL
Rummage sale preparations
Members of the New Braunfels Historic Museums Association are working to prepare for their annuel Rummage Sale, est for Thursday. Shown are Joanna Lewis, Barney Carrion, John Rlghtmlre, Rosa Marla Zlpp, Carolyn Barry, Jackie Haltkamp and Ardlth Mustier. The aals will leat from 9 a.m. to 6 pro. Proceeds will benefit the Conservation Society the Sophienburg Museum A Archives. For more Info, call 629-1572.For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144