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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas 11,2009Zeitung SPORTS llnloorn spirit Look inside for a banner to hold up at Saturday's s semifinal game against Katy. S#otlon BServing New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 157, No. 26 22 pages, 2 sections CLICK SO0 i s ^^oc» uuuu ■ Chance rain High Low 48 42 Details ... 13A DEAR ABBY SB oAS&mss m COMICS 2a CROSSED 21 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES SA SPORTS SA TV GRIDS SiHoliday spirit takes to streets By Eric J.lilMllMMli«r The Herald-Zeltung SATTLER — The Hnal touches are being put on floats today for the 31st annual Canyon Lake Christmas parade in Sattler tomorrow. The parade stretches along Farm-to-Market 2673, beginning at 11 a.m. The entries wind from Farm-to-Market 306 through downtown Sattler, ending at the edge of town. CANYON LAKE CNfUSTIMAS PARADE Whtn: 11 a.m. Saturday Whara: Baginning at 11 a.m. on Farm-to-Markat 2673 in downtown Satdar More than 50 organizations, businesses and civic groups have floats in the parade, decorated both in the spirit of celebrating the holidays and to use the opportunity for a little self-promotion. Horse riders, such as the Heritage lYail Riders and animals provided by the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo will march down the highway Behind them the Canyon Lake Hi^ School and Smith-son Valley Middle School marching bands will keep the beat with Christmas songs and marches. Several churches, retiree organizations, the Giri Scouts and the Boy Scouts will be represented Saturday LAURA MeKOm/Herald-Zeitung Larry Read, left, talks Thursday about what he has planned for his parade float while sitting near his nephew, Weston Ross. Read has been outfitting a trailer See RARADE, Page 11A with sound eguipment and plans to sino aboard the day's Christmas parade in Sat1-35 crash stalls morning traffic float in Saturday's Christmas parade in Sattler. Justice Center bond set for May election No injuries reported in collision By ChariMAgar The Heraid-Zeitung TWo tractor-trailers collided on northbound 1-35 near the Walnut Avenue exit shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday moming. No one was injured when the 18-v^eeler, driven by a 29-year-old man from Grapevine, slammed into the back of a heavily loaded 18-wheeler flatbed, driven by a 34-year-okl Dallas man, according to a press release from the New Braunfels Police Department. The vehides became entangled, spewed diesel fuel and blocked the roadway, requiring a lengthy cleanup. IVaffic was rerouted to the frontage road around the scene from 1-35 Exit 185 heading north, causing major delays during the morning commute. The flatbed trailer was loaded with a counterweight for an industrial crane, and TxDCT cleanup crews enlisted the aid of a flatbed crane to unload the truck and remove wreckage from the scene. The Mghway was reopened at about 9:45 a.m. No criminal charges were filed. By Chris Cobb The Herald-Zeitung Clomal County Commissioners accepted the citizen-led petition I hursday to have the downtown justice center's fate decided at the ballot box. rhe requisite 3,325 signatures needed to force a bond election were veriiied this past Friday by the county clerk's office and voter registrar. After oificially recognizing the petition as valid Thursday, commissioners are expected in the next few weeks to call for a May election to let voters decide whether the county will build the estimated $36 million justice center. The proposed four-story, 127,000 square-foot justice center would sit along Seguin Avenue between Bridge and Zink streets and features state-of-the-art courtroom security, as well as additional space for county staff, prisoners and the public. To build it, commissioners initially sought to issue debt without first receiving voter approval. Commissioners voted 4-1 in mid-November to pursue READ MORE Pick up the Sunday paper to read an article about the money that has already been spent on the justice center project using certificates of obligation. rather than holding a bond election, to fund construction. Precinct 2 Qimmis-sioner Jay Millikin was the lone dissenting vote. "(The use of certificates of obligation) was the only problem I had vvith pmj ect," he said. "I understand the importance of it. I liked the location and the design; I just didn't agree vvith the financing." Despite a 30-day window, citizens gathered enough sig natures in time to stop the debt issuance, and now an election will decide whether Comal County moves forward with one of the largest construction projects in its history. "The public had an opportunity to create a petition and have the right to vote, and they used it," said Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady. "That's a good thing, and we'll see what's happens next." Photos by CHAMJS AOAR/Herald-Zeitung TOP: Lt. Miguel Troncoso of the New Braunfels Fire Department looks up at the crane crews used to clean up the scene of a collision between two tractor trailors on northbound 1-35 near New Braunfels Thursday morning. No one was injured in the wreck, but traffic was backed up until about 10 a.m.Jury: Yarbrough guilty of negligent homicideAt Fort Sam Houston, there's another way to serve ByEricJ.MMUMdiM' The Herald-Zeitung Maj. Patricia Lucas expects each of her classes every year to create and execute a service project on top of their regular course work. Lucas is an instructor in the Inter-service Physician Assistant Program (IPAP) at Fort Sam Houston in San Antordo. Students from varying branches of the military (this year's class includes Army Rangers, National Guard, Air Force and Coast Guard members) attend the yeariong course. "little drops make a bucket (fiiU)." — Mark Sustman irV\P student and Army Rang«r Lucas expects only the best fix)m hor students. "They are in this school to be physician's assistants and integral to that means to s^rve otters," Lucas said. The project her students devised this year was to sponsor 83 children identi fied by the Family Life Center, at the Ibee of Life Church, as underprivileged, and to provide them with Christmas presents they otherwise would not receive this year. On Thursday night, the class delivered 150 presents for those 83 children. Ohildren and their parents trickled in arbd mt of the Family Life Center through the evening, finding the presents matched to their names and thanking the (»ganizers. Some of the diikiren acted shy about See FORT, Page 12A By ChariM Agar The Herald-Zeitung After two days of testimony, a jury of seven men and five women Thursday found Deborah Goodine Yarbrough guilty of negligent homicide in the Jan. 13,2008 fatal shooting of Fredrick Richard Dwulet, 53, in the Comal Farms trailer the couple shared. Yarbrough, 51, did not react when Disctrict Court Judge Dib Waldrip read the guilty verdict. She faces from two to 10 years in prison. A sentencing hearing before Deborah Goodine Yarbrough the same jury continues today. In her closing argument, Yarbrough's attorney, Allison Lanty, said New Braunfels police officers conducted a shoddy investigation based on the assumption that Yarbrough shot Dwulet during an argument. "Look at the whole context and you can tell that this was an accident," Lanty toid jurors. Yarbrough stood by her man, dialed 9-1-1 and pleaded for his safety all along, Lanty said. Officers arriving at the scene asked a weak and dying Dwulet leading questions, when Dwulet himself admitted that he'd taken a Viagra for what was meant to be a romantic evening, Lanty said. "That's not an argument," Lanty said. "That doesn't make See TRIAL, Page 11A IJUJUillllllJUni les Upstalntethf totlw U|itown PliWK) jBttr. ¥ ;