New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30,2009
^rving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Vol. 167, No. 42 20 pages, 2 sections
Details ... 13A
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G>imty welcomes rain; parts of Texas get snowBy Bryan SiMtllg
After two years of drought, GHTial County is having a soggy winter.
Meteorologists are attribut-ing the rain to an El Niño pattern.
"It will probably affect our weather through the winter and into the spring," said Aaron 'Hvadway, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in New Braunfels.
While it rained here, North-em llexas saw snow.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the Texas Panhandle, the South Plains and the Dallas-Fort Worth area IXiesday.
According to the Associated Press, snow temporarily closed the T^ans-Mountain Highway, a state road also known as Loop 375 that connects El Paso's far west side to the northeast and parts of Fort
Any precipitation in Comal County feU as rain.
"It's just not getting cold enough in Central Texas for snow," lYeadway said.
Weather Service data shows the precipitation making its way across Texas from northwestern Mexico.
This precipitation, after residents gathered downtown in July to pray for rain, is enough
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Fred Kuntz organizes the shopping carts in the parking lot at H.E.B. while working in the rain Tuesday morning.COTTON-BOWL BOUND
night for the Canyon High School band's trip to per-halftinñe at the 2010 AT&T Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2. The bana will also be participating in the New
Band president Ray Garcia De Alba, 17 formdurin " '
Year's Day Parade in Dallas. The band is leaving at 9 a.m. today for Dallas.Obama: 'Systemic failure' allowed airline attack
By PMNfi Bllott
Associated Press Writer
HONOLULU — President Baradc Obama said TUesday "a systemic Mure" allowed the attempted Christmas Day attack on a Detroit-bound MORB OM flight from Amsterdam. He called it "totally unacceptable."
"There was a mix of human and systemic Mures that contributed to this potential catastrophic breach of security/'
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in rMporwe to faiM tttack on Ovtroit-bound airiinw
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wants pre-Umimuy results by niuisdiQr from two investigattons has ontered to examine the many lapses that occurred.
"There was a mix of human and systemk: fiiduies that contributed to this
potential cata8trc^)hk: breach of security," C^iama said.
It will take weeks for a more comprehensive investigation into what allowed a 23-year-old Nigerian carrying expkish^ onto the flignt despite the foct the suspect had possft^ ties to al-Qid-da, Obama said.
"Ids essentiid that we diagnose die prol^ms quickly," ti^ preskient sakl int^nipt-ing his vacatkm for a secoiKi consecutive day to address the incident, with more
anger this time directed at the flaws in the U.S. system.
The suspect, Iftnar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was on one advisory list, but never made it onto more restrictive lists that would have caught the attention of U.S. counterter-rorist scre^iers, despite his father's warnings to U.S. Embassy officials in Nigeria last month. Those warnkigi also did not result in Abdtiu-mutallab's U.S. visa being revoked.
On top of that, airport
security equipment did not detect the bomb-making devices and materials he allegedly carried on board the Nortiiwest Airlines flight carrying nearly 300 people.
Obama said many things went right after the incident, with passengers and the flight aew subduing the man and government officiais %voik£ig quickly to increase security. He singled out his homdand security secretary, Janet Napolitano, backing her much-criticized comments that the attempted terror attack showed the aviation security system woiked.
"As Secretary Napolitano has said, once the suspect attempted to take down Flight 253, after his attempt.
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Two die in collision Tuesday afternoon
By Ron Malonay
TWo people died Tuesday afternoon in a head-on collision on State Highway 123 that authorities first feared might have also taken the life of an infant.
Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Edmundo "Cass" Castellanos pronounced Christopher K. Cooper dead at the scene of the collision, which occurred at about 1:30 p.m. just north of Koebig
A woman who authorities said was the driver of a southbound 2004 Jeep Cherokee that crossed the center line and slammed into Cooper's car was taken to a (Ihristus Santa Rosa Hospital - New Braunfels, where she was pronounced dead, a Department of Public Safety official said 1\iesday night. Her name was not released pending notification of family.
See COLUSION, Page 9A
25-year-old, CLHS grad fatally shot near DaUas
By Bryan Shattig
Police are investigating the shooting death of 25-year-old New Braunfels resident Staci Michelle Montgomery, who was found dead near Dallas ten days ago.
Police in Addison, north of Dallas, found Montgomery's body when they responded to a 9-1-1 call Dec. 20, according to a statement issued by Jamie Hawkes, a spokeswoman for Addison Police.
Montgomery had a gunshot wound to the head and neck, according to the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office.
Police arrested Scott Matthew Marshall, 39, later that night. Marshall, a personal injury lawyer, was working and living in the home where police found Montgomery.
Marshall has been charged with murder and is being held on a $500,000 bond.
Police believe Montgomery met Marshall when he worked with her ex-husband.
According to police statements, a 27-year-old Dallas woman was also arrested in connection with the incident, ^e was initially charged with
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"failure to report a felony," a class A misdemeanor.
All charges against the woman were dropped Monday.
Montgomery was born in Houston, but grew up in New Braunfels near Dun-lap Lake, said Angel Schodts, one of Montgomery's two older sisters.
Family and friends held a funeral service Monday at the Zoeller Funeral Home for Montgomery.
Montgomery was a 2002 graduate of Canyon Lake High School. She recently returned to Texas from Italy, where she worked as a nanny for three months.
Montgomery taught English to the children at the home where she worked in Italy, and had been thinking about moving back there, Schodts said.
She had lived in California and the Dallas-Fort Worth area and had married and divorced, her sister said.
"There wasn't a day when she didn't make us laugh," Schodts said. ' At the lake, she was always hanging upside down off the swing rope.
"Everyone that knew her loved her," Schodts said.
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