New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 4, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Tile New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Annie CaddeU, Joyce Bauer, Lloyd Havekost, Ronnie Wilson, Sandra Pugh, Kono Aguirre, Richard Aguirre, Suzanne HerbeUn, Nicholas Nutt, Emma Offerman, Dolores Bustos, Johnny Vela (belated), Lydia Johnson. Happy Anniversary to Rayes & Maria Medellin (30 years), Debbie & Mike Pomeroy.
Blood drive for Tom Bluntzer scheduled
A blood drive for New Braunfels resident Tom Bluntzer has been scheduled for Aug. 23 from IO a.m. to 6 p.m. at the law offices of Reagan, Burrus, Dierksen, Lam on 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 matte by calling Debbie at 625-8026.
Sts. Peter and Paul Rummage Sale set
Sts. Peter and Paul School Summer Rummage and Plant Sale will be held this week, Friday, Aug. 6 and Saturday, Aug.
7. The sale will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.|n. on Friday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
There wil be all kinds of things for sale: clothes, furniture, appliances, toys, housewares, knickknacks, and beautiful plants.
Donations are still being accepted all this week at St Mary's Hall on the school campus, where the sale will be held.
For more information, call 625-1729 during the day, or 625-6101.
Friends For Rivers meeting scheduled
Friends For Rivers invites the public to their next meeting on Thursday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. at Victoria Bank & Trust, 1000 N. Walnut in New Braunfels:. The speaker, Andy Goldblooru, head of Texas Parks Sc Wildlife Greenway^ Program, will address "River and Trail Issues" throughout the state. The meeting will be held in the Herb Schneider Room of the North Building. Call 906-4315 or 210-438-3628 for more information.
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 pm until 9 pm A drive-thru service will be offered from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
To get there, take FM 78 to the McQueeney Lions Dub, located one mile east of McQueeney. Call 379-0660 or 557-5621 for more information. Proceeds will go toward expanding the fire station.
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Judge delays decision until Oct 4
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
A decision on whether or not capital murder suspect Jack Davis should stand trial for the 1989 murder of local school teacher Kathie Balonis was delayed Tuesday until Oct. 4;
Judge Charles Ramsay of the 22nd District Court is expected to make a decision after more evidence is introduced on Oct. 4 by Davis’ defense attorney Stanley Schneider of Houston.
The hearing concerns a writ of habeas corpus filed by Schneider on Davis’ behalf. Davis was tried three years ago for the murder of Balonis and found guilty. His conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeals.
The murder occurred at the New Braunfels Oaks Apartments. Balonis was a resident at the apartments and Davis was the maintenance man.
The evidence in question concerns past tests and u. alimony provided by Fred Zain, a former employee of the Bexar County Crime Lab .Zain, who was called to the Stand Tuesday, chose to use his Fifth Amendment rights and refused to testify.
While on the stand, Zain was informed by the judge that he could be facing a grand jury investigation. Zain responded that he was unaware of this but agreed to answer further questions
after he. was read his rights by the judge. *
Prosecutor Ray Taylor, of San Antonio, requested a break be taken to give the opportunity to review reports from the crime lab. During this break, Zain requested to contact his attorney Larry Souza, of San Antonio.
“I wanted him to be well-prepared. He looked at the paper, looked up and said he needed to talk to bis lawyer,” said Taylor.
During this hearing, Schneider has questioned the validity of Zain’s reports. Schneider claims Zain had identified a blood stain on the victim’s carpet as being Davis. He said DNA testing done by another employee of the lab showed the blood belonged to the victim but this was not put in the report.
‘‘The blood on the carpet is the victim’s. He omitted this in his report. His report is in direct contrast to this,” said Schneider.
The cases in West Virginia occurred between 1983 and 1989. Schneider said attorneys recently discovered discrepancies in Zain’s testimony in reports. The number of cases has been snowballing in the past few weeks, said Schneider.
A judge in West Virginia has requested an inquiry into the matter.
Herald-Zoitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Defense attorney Stanley Schneider talks with the media after Tuesday's hearing.
Zain was also recently fired from the crime lab. He testified he was fired because evidence was allegedly lost under his supervision.
Zain’s attorney said his client is in a passive mode right now until other decisions out of his control are made.
“His life is not in his own control. His career is being flushed down the .toilet,” he said.
Both Schneider and Taylor said Zain’s decision not to testify would
not damage their case. Taylor added that if the judge decides on Davis’ side then he will appeal the issue.
“I will keep him in jail if I can,” he said.
Taylor said he believes enough evidence will be available to prosecute the case without the test results from Zain.
“This is a case where Mr. Davis has literally been caught red-handed. Her blood was on him and his blood was
there (in the apartment). I think we ought to let a New Braunfels jury figure it out,” he said.
Schneider said he believes his client is innocent.
Other testimony was heard from Can Kent, who helped investigate the case when it went to civil trial. Kent testified that several residents at the apartment had told him they saw a man in a white t-shirt, with black hair leaving the apartment.
H6 also testified that tapes of statements given to New Braunfels police officers were destroyed and evidence was lost. The main issue dealt with a taped statement allegedly given by. Marcie French that said she had seen a man in a white t-shirt and black hair leaving the apartment.
Other testimony was heard from former New Braunfels police officer Montgomery K. Kama who said French had not given a description of anyone but Davis.
French also testified she had not described anyone but Davis.
Testimony was also heard from • Davis’ former defense attorney John Curtis. Curtis told the court several incidents during the trial and the investigation affected his former client’s case.
Natural gas pipeline explosion
Herald-Zoitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
A natural gas pipeline explosion lit up the night sky between Seguin and San Marcos at approximately 2 a.m. this morning. Police and Firs Dept, personnel from Comal, Hays and Guadalupe Counties responded to the blaze. The fire could be seen up to 40 miles away.'
Several fire departments rush to explosion scene
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
A natural gas pipeline running between Seguin and*San Marcos exploded at approximately 2 a.m. Wednesday. •
According to reports, the explosion occurred between Meyer Road and Lehmann Road near Seguin. The line is owned by Enron Gas Co. of Houston.
No cause for the explosion has been determined at this point. Officials at
Enron were not available for comment as of press time.
Reports show, several area fire departments responded to the blaze. Those departments responding included the Guadalupe County Sheriffs Office, Texas Highway Patrol from
Guadalupe, Hays and Comal counties. Other departments assisting include Seguin Fire Department, New Braunfels Fire Department and San Marcos Fire Department Officials were at the scene for several hours.Bremer to tell his side tomorrowPublic hearing on recall petition on tap
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer_
A public hearing concerning a recall petition filed against District 2 City Councilman Dan Bremer will be held Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the New Braunfels Municipal Building Meeting Room.
The hearing is being held to allow Bremer the opportunity to address allegations made against him in the recall petition.
The council was presented with a petition last month. It contains more than 200 signatures from District 2.
Petitioners claim Bremer has not • represented the wishes of his district and has threatened the election process.
The document requested an election be called to consider the recall of Bremer. The city charter gives Bremer the right to hold a public hearing. However, the charter does not provide a format for the hearing.
During a past city council meeting, Bremer proposed guidelines for the meeting. However, the city council opted not to take action on it. Several members stated they did not believe it was within their rights to set the format.
United Way helps Teen Connection help others
Hetuld /miung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Conley C. Thompson, Executive Director
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
Teen Connection is a United Way-funded community action, private nonprofit organization.
Teen Connection operates two emergency shelters, one for girls and one for boys, ages IO to 17. The primary funding for the two shelters is a federal grant applied for annually through the federal Department of Health and Human Services. The grant requires that the community applying for the grant match the request by ten percent.
“What we mainly use. the local resources for is this match,” said Conley C. Thompson, executive director. “We also hive a contract with the state Department of Protection and Regula
tory Services which is Child Protective Services. That contract also requires a IO percent match so the local resources that we are able to get from the United Way and from donations are used to provide that match for those programs”
Teen Connection also administers the Alternative School for the two Comal County school districts. They provide the facility and a full-time counselor to work with the program. A Teen Connection art therapist also works part-time teaching two classes a week with the program.
"There’s not ever really any funding left over when we do the ten percent match,” said Thompson “But if there were, this is where that would be used. So, one may ask, ‘how do you make it
— it sounds like you would be broke.’ The emergency shelters also have contracts with the Child Protective Services and area Juvenile Probation offices for services and we are paid a daily rate by these organizations when they place a child in our shelters ”
Teen Connection provides these types of services for about eight counties in the area, according to Thompson.
Teen Connection also provides the art therapist services for the shelter and last year for students at Carl Schurz Elementary. There is also a parent training and education program .which has worked with elementary schools in both districts.
“We plan to expand that this year and do more of that,” said Thompson.
“It’s our feeling that we need to pay more and more attention to the younger kids instead of waiting and trying to Figure out something when they’re 15 and 16.”
Last year Teen Connection provided parent training an evening workshop once a month through the schools According to Thompson there was a good response to the program and they hope to continue it this year
“lf you get a grant from the federal government of let’s say $130,000, then you’ve got to have $13,000 in match to add to that for a program of $143,000,” said Thompson. "That $13,000 difference is what we have to come up with. So, what we’re fortunate to get from United Way and from other donations helps us qualify."For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144
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