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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 20, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Top performers on the gr NEW BRA THURSDAY December 2001 14 puiKs ill 2 14 pnjcs m scctn HERALDZEITUNG 32 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Senior Taliban officers caught BY ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer least two senior Taliban officials are in defense officials said Wednesday as the search for Taliban and alQaida leaders continued hi Afghanistan and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said interroga tions of Osama bin Laden loyalists captured in Pak istan in the past two days should yield a treasure trove of intelligence leads for the campaign to track down bin Laden and eradi cate his alQaida terrorist Defense speaking on condition of said two senior Taliban offi cials are among five prisoners held aboard the USS a Navy ship off the coast of Of the other one is an American who fought with the one is an Australian associated with the Taliban and one is a Saudi Arabian official of a humanitarian organization accused of having terrorist The officials did not know the names of the two Taliban officials or their positions within the militia that ruled Afghanistan for five years until its collapse this The two apparently were captured in northern Afghanistan by the northern alliance of antiTaliban one official At a Pentagon news con Rumsfeld made no direct reference to the two Taliban but when asked about the status of top Taliban Weve got some of He did not say who they are or how many there The Taliban official most wanted by the United States is Mullah Mohammed the supreme Taliban leader who disappeared when Kandahar fell in early Even though more than 100 alQaida fighters have been arrested by Pakistani authorities after fleeing from Afghanistans Tora Bora region this and others are being hunted day and night by Afghan and Rumsfeld said it was much too early to declare al Qaida a defeated I would think that it See Girls death Signs of assault Detectives investigating remove items from trailer home Detective Tommy Ward investigates the trailer home of a young girl who died early Tuesday Detective Tommy Ward confers with Joshua step father of 6yearold Brittany who was found dead Tuesday morning in this Solms mobile as sheriffs detective Dennis Koepp and and detective Ronnie bottom prepare to leave the BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A Comal County Sheriffs Office investigator said Wednes day night that the 6yearold girl found dead in her home Tuesday morning showed signs of being Were investigating a detective Tommy Ward Ward refused to go further in characterizing the nature of the possible assault on Memo rial Primary School Brittany and would not say whether homicide was sus The exact cause of death has not been Ward Texas Ranger Shawn Palmer participated in interviews and in the search Tuesday of the mobile home where Lange There were indications of an but we dont know what happened Palmer including Comal County District Attor ney Dib Waldrip and assistant district attorney Joe spent several hours searching the mobile home Tuesday before releasing it back to the victims family Tuesday During the course of the sheriffs detectives removed numerous items from the home that had been col lected as possible Ward would not say what the items were and said he wasnt certain if evidentiary value they might prove to I handle all death investiga tions as a crime until it can be proven otherwise so that noth ing is Ward Coma County Sheriffs Office Public Information Cor poral Tim Kolbe echoed Ward and Palmer in press and tele vision interviews Wednesday Im not sure exactly what Kolbe Under stand that this is just a prelim inary investigation and a pre liminary Our investiga tion is under Kolbe said that the normal investigative techniques were being applied to the In the case of any suspicious you want to treat it as a You do the investigation so that you dont miss inves tigative opportunities in case the death is ruled a Kolbe Well have to see what the evidence Right theyre not calling it a homi An official with the Bexar County Medical Examiners Office said Wednesday that the ruling of the cause of Langes death would have to be released by the justice of the peace who ordered the Comal County 1 Justice of the Peace Diana Campos was in court Civil Clerk Kelly Swallow said a cause of death finding was not avail Unfortunately we do not have that information at this time and probably will not have it for two or three Swal low Kolbe said Langes mother found her in bed at 6 Tues day in the familys home in the Coastal Bend mobile home park on FarmtoMarket Road She was I understand she was not breath ing at the She was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital and was pronounced dead on Kolbe Post office CPS elves help children in need BY ERIKA DURHAM Staff Writer Child Protective Services elves will wrap and distribute toys to 73 needy children from the New Braunfels Post Office Santa today and Post office employees bought about 80 items foi abused and neglected children who are ongoing clients of CPS because of abuse or Children are being told the gifts are from program coordina tor Tammy Maner Post office employees delivered toys to CPS offices on Wednesday to be given to the children in time for This is the third year lor the pro gram in New and it is constantly customer ser vice supervisor Frank Christensen Maner said the program assisted 50 children in its first year and has increased since each Maner talked to Christensen about starting the efforts after hear ing that the San Antonio Post Office employees bought gifts for under privileged She thought the idea would work well in New There was no price limit how much money an employee could Maner Some of these items cost or she We are very thankful to the post said Garcia the supervisor the Family Based Safety Services Tracy Staats of CPS said the pop ular items for kids wish lists were or whatever seems to be the trend at the What Staats said matters most is that these children are receiving Post office employees and Child Protective Services employees stand with toys donated by the New Braunfels post office CHRIS the same gifts other children Donations can be given to CPS clients all year through the Caring Cove which provides clients with formula and other For information on call extension Lord of the Rings opens Dylan Rowe watch es with his father David and two older brothers at the first showing of Lord of the Rings at New Braunfels Market Place According to the scariest scenes are those with the sinister JESSIE Divers do not find weapon in yearold murder case BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer CANYON LAKti Department of Iublic Safe ty divers searched a pond looking for the weapon used to murder Bar bara Comal County Sheriffs detective Dennis Koepp said that Wednesdays dive into Petit off Wildwood had long been in the We have no new informa tion that that gun is in the Koepp Were kind of doing a just in was found dead in the bathtub of her Canyon Lake Drive home on the afternoon of See INSIDE Koy Code 76 ;