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By Ron Maloney
An Austin man who pleaded guilty in June to eight felony counts for having sex with a 14-year-old girl was sentenced Monday to six years in state prison.
Assistant District Attorney Joe Soane said Alex Gregory Zwarun, 31, would be eligible for parole after serving half of his sentence.
He was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine by 274th Judicial District Judge Gary Steel.
The sentence came after Zwarun’s victim, a Comal County resident, testified in his sentencing hearing.
Zwarun, arrested Dec. 5, 2002, by Comal County sheriff’s detectives, was convicted on three charges of sexual assault of a child,
one of indecency with a child by exposure and four charges of indecency with a child by sexual contact.
Under a Texas law that allows “stacking” sexual assault sentences, Zwarun faced heavy prison time if convicted — and if Steel
sentenced him consecutively, which Soane said provided strong incentive for the plea bargain reached in June.
Soane said the sentence would serve justice because Zwarun would do some prison time and
have to register as a sex offender.
Sheriff's detectives said Zwarun was planning to take his victim to a motel room in San Antonio when they arrested him in the parking lot at Smithson Valley Middle School.
TxDOT’s vision would double width of Texas 46
By Ron Maloney
SMITHSON VALLEY—The Texas Department of Transportation Wednesday showed about 250 people what Texas 46 could look like in 25 years.
The vision for the main east/west thoroughfare across Comal County will call for doubling the existing 100-foot right-of-way — an extra 150 feet in areas close to New Braunfels and U.S. 281.
It will be four lanes — two in each direction — and be
wider, smoother and faster than the existing route, originally designed in the 1930s for 40 mph. It will include a 64-feet grassy median in rural areas and a narrower, raised median in urban areas with turnaround breaks every 3/4-mile between major intersections.
Overpasses are anticipated at the intersections of FMs 1863, 2722, 3009 and 3159, according to Judy Friesen-hahn, TxDOT planning engi
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Staff Sgt. Jonathan Fortner works his way through the tall grass behind the National Guard Armory to help in an attack on an ‘'enemy" building during training exercises Wednesday afternoon. Fortner is one of almost three dozen guardsmen who have volunteered to deploy to Iraq Friday.
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National Guard troops volunteer for Iraq deployment
Restoring county courthouse costly
FAREWELL TO ARMS
A farewell ceremony for about three dozen National Guardsmen who volunteered for service in Iraq will be held at 4 p.m. today at the Texas Army National Guard armory on 1-35 South in New Braunfels.
By Scott Mahon
Almost three dozen National Guardsmen with the 4th Battalion, 133rd Field Artillery unit in New Braunfels volunteered to be deployed to Iraq.
The soldiers will leave Friday for Fort Hood and will join the 56th Brigade Combat Team of Fort Worth for additional training before being deployed.
A farewell ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. today at the Texas Army National Guard armory on 1-35 South in New Braunfels, said Capt. Reginald Barnes.
Formerly the 49th Armored Division, the 4th Battalion 133rd Field Artillery unit’s responsibility is to provide indirect fire support. More than 450 guardsmen belong to the unit.
Specialist Ramon Ruiz, 23, has
been a National Guardsman five years.
“I’m excited, but also nervous," said Ruiz, who works for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Austin. “I made the decision to volunteer in June, and my wife supported my decision.”
Capt. Barnes said Ruiz and other Guardsmen who volunteered could be deployed to the Middle
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By Ron Maloney
A committee examining whether to restore or renovate the county courthouse will review Thursday a report by an architect and discuss a recent visit to another county.
Comal County has been working to determine how to proceed with repairs to the climate control and utility systems at the county’s historic courthouse, which was designed by renowned architect J. Riely Gordon and built in 1898 for $36,000.
In May, county officials found it would cost considerably more to either restore the courthouse or renovate its service systems.
Architect Tere O’Connell of the firm Volz and Associates reported it could cost $3.7 million to renovate the courthouse, or $6.9 million to restore it as a historic site — $4 million of which could be offset
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DID YOU KNOW?
■ Courthouse Preservation Committee
■ 10 arn today
■ Commissioners Courtroom, 199 Main Plaza
In other business.
• Consider temporary early voting locations for the Nov 2 general election.
■ Consider number of election clerks per polling place.
■ Open bids for prescription drugs for jail inmates and development of the parking lot at Jumbo Evans Park
Pastors reaching out to Westside
By Ron Maloney
Ask a U.S. Marine of any age no matter how long he’s been off active duty and he'll tell you there are no “former” Marines.
That’s how it is for Gilbert Cantu and Will Wonsang.
Cantu served in the Marine Corps in the 1960s, while Wonsang’s active duty came in the ’80s.
Both, better known as Pastor Cantu and Pastor Wonsang, now work in the Westside fighting under a differ
ent flag and for a different leader — Jesus Christ.
“We have a common bond,” Cantu said. “Now, we’re working together for the cause of Christ.”
Cantu serves at Primera Iglesia Bautista at San Anto-nio Street and Grape Avenue, while Wonsang's congregation is at the new Cross Community Church, founded in the former Cross Lutheran Church by the Oakwood Baptist congregation.
Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday
in Eikel Park, Wonsang, Cantu and their congregations are throwing “Sonfest,” a community block party designed to spread the word about Christ and help build a sense of community on the Westside.
The event is free and open to the public. It includes food and scores of free door prizes donated by area businesses, stores, restaurants and supporters.
“It’s family event,” said Wonsang. “We'll have free
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Pastor Gilbert Cantu of Primera Iglesia Bautista invites Clifton H. Williams and his sisters, Kelly and Anna, to foe Westside block party, which takes place Friday at Eikel Park.TUNNELL INSURANCEHOME
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