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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas N KW -Iwieau^FELsHer ald-Zki 11 ING mm .............. Vol. 149 No. 53    14    pages    in    2    sections    February    I,    2000 Tuesday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 centsMotion seeks to set aside capital murder indictment By Heather Todd Staff Writer Defense attorneys for a man accused of killing New Braunfels resident Ted McReynolds in June 1999 filed a motion to set aside his Sept. 8 capital murder indictment. If State District Judge Jack Robison grants the motion, Comal County prosecutors will have to go back to the grand jury for an indictment. Douglas Edward Joumeay, 35, of Icel and did not respond to phone calls. Law enforcement officials said McReynolds probably died sometime in the early morning hours of June 6. If convicted, Joumeay could be sentenced to death or life in prison. Comal County criminal district attorney Dib Waldrip said a decision had not been made whether to pursue the death penalty. New Braunfels attorney Phylis Offerman said the Sept. 8 indictment did not provide enough information to allow Journeay to prepare an adequate defense. The motion filed by Offerman stated the indictment was defective because it did not allege the means or instruments allegedly used to kill McReynolds. According to the September 1999 indictment, Journeay allegedly killed McReynolds by compression of and/or incision to his neck while attempting to rob him. The defense stated the use of the words “compress and/or incise” described an act that could be committed through more than one manner or means and the defendant was entitled to have the manner and means clarified by the state. A Comal County grand jury also indicted Journeay on a charge of indecency with a child by contact, which is a second degree felony, and unauthorized use of a vehicle, which is a state jail felony. The charge of indecency with a child stemmed from a separate incident in Comal County prior to the alleged murder. New Braunfels Police Department detectives and Texas Rangers arrested Joumeay See MOTION/5A van, is charged with capital murder in the death of 62-year old McReynolds, who was found strangled in his New Braunfels apartment June 9. Family members found McReynolds’ JOURNEAY body at his home in an apartment complex in the 1000 block of Sanger Avenue after he failed to appear at a family function If we build it, they will come — or will they? That’s the question many New Braunfels residents are asking these days as city council ponders whether it wants to build a convention center and, more specifically, whether it wants to fund a convention center with bed tax rev- TO TAKE (Left to right) Luke Marbach in a Marine sponsored jeep. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung , Kelsey Martin and Zach Marbach enjoyed a day of fun at the Children’s Museum that included playing “army,” The museum is gearing up for Black Heritage Month with an exhibit on Botswana. St. Jude fund raising drive falling short of goals By Heather Todd Staff Writer BULVERDE — St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in Bulverde has given local children a second chance at life for 17 years. Many of the residents at St. Jude’s, who range in age from 12 to 21, were abused or abandoned by their parents, but now live in a safe, loving home thanks to the staff’ and volunteers at St. Jude’s. St. Jude’s is asking the community to help provide the same caring environment to other youth through an ongoing campaign drive. St. Jude’s staff'announced the first-ever official fundraising campaign in November 1999 to help fund the needs of a growing campus. But, Marilyn Seay Shelby, executive director of St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, said the organization still was about $20,000 short of its See ST. JUDE’S/5A NBISD considers bond sales to fund projects A LOOK By Heather Todd Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District trustees could authorize the sale of $22 million bonds Tuesday night to get started on expansion projects at New Braunfels High School and Lamar Primary. Trustees will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Education Center, 430 W. Mill St. Trustees also are scheduled to consider authorizing superintendent Ron Reaves to negotiate with architects to begin design for future bond projects. NBISD patrons approved a $75 million bond in October 1999 to fund expansion and improvement projects at 15 campuses and district kitchen and maintenance facilities. Reaves said the first sale would fund a $15 million expansion and renovation project at NBHS, 2551 N. Loop 337, and improvements at Lamar Primary, the Learning Center, central kitchen and maintenance facilities. Renovation projects at NBHS include adding a two-story classroom wing with 10-15 more classrooms, a new competition gym, a new cafeteria, an enlarged band area and extensive repairs to the football stadium. A new wing of 18 classrooms would be added to Lamar Primary to provide for growth. On Jan. 18, trustees approved a resolution authorizing Southwest Securities to offer up for sale $22 million unlimited tax school building bonds. Reaves said the district would get bids on the bonds by 4 p.m. today. Southwest Securities then would make a recommendation to trustees tonight to accept a bid from an investment group with the lowest interest rate on the bonds. If the sale is approved, proceeds would not be received until the first of March, Reaves said enue. At the next council meeting Feb. 14, council will discuss whether a portion of revenue from the city’s 7 percent hotel/motel tax should continue to fund the city’s 52-day drive-through holiday light display. Council also might discuss saving some bed tax revenue to help fund a down payment on a convention center — a plan endorsed by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc. But before council makes that decision, some residents want assurances that a convention center will work here. At council’s Jan. 24 meeting, New Braunfels resident Betty Dunkin questioned a market study by Houston-based PKI-' Consulting, who concluded this area had a sufficient meetings market demand to support a convention center. “What is the backup plan if this fails like the Holiday River of Lights did?” Dunkin said. “What if we build it and they don’t come?” City manager Mike Shands said council would have to decide how any financial shortfall would be handled. “My hope is that no shortfall would come from the general fund or property tax,” he said. Possibly, the chamber could agree to fund any shortfall, he said. “Absolutely not,” chamber president Michael Meek said. But the city won’t need to worry about shortfalls, Meek said. “There won’t be shortfalls,” he said. “J here will be a sur-See CONVENTION CENTER/5A MMMBRMNNHHNNHNNRI Copies of PKF’s market study for a convention center are available for viewing at New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave., and the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc., 390 S. Seguin. Residents can purchase a copy of the study for $8.60 from the city, but must call ahead at 608-2100. Residents can receive a one-page executive summary of the study free from the chamber. Tobacco settlement award pays for county health educator By Erin MAGRUDER Staff Writer Part of the $17.3 billion tobacco settlement awarded to Texas in 1998 will fund a new health educator position in Comal County. The job was created by county officials to improve the overall health of residents through a lifelong education program, Comal County Nurse Karen Preiss said. “The addition of a health educator was an insightful way to utilize the tobacco money coming into the county,” Preiss said. “It is something that will help take care of residents from birth to death.” The health educator will work as a full-time agent for die Comal County branch off ice of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, 132 South Water Lane. The health educator position originally was filled Jan. 17, but became vacant after new hire Amanda Van-dine resigned this past week, county extension agent Patricia Anderson Rasor said. Vandine, who is from the Rio Grande Valley, could not be reached for comment Monday. “We are now moving forward to have this position re-assigned,” said Cheryl Mapston, an extension director from the Uvalde district, which will be hiring die new educator. “We are starting the application and interview process all over again. The position is open to candidates statewide, and the minimum requirement is a bachelor’s degree.” The statewide tobacco settlement funds first were distributed Jan. 9 when the county got a lump sum of more than $915,000, based on the county’s 1990 census population, Comal County Auditor David Renken said. County off icials decided to allocate all of the tobacco funds to its indigent healthcare program and the health educator position, he said. In 1999, the county spent more than $470,000 to pay for a variety of basic medical expenses for county residents who could not otherwise afford healthcare, said Marilyn Neuse, budget analyst for the county auditor’s office. At any given time, the county has about 60 to 70 residents who get the medical benefits, she said. “Funding for indigent health care See SETTLEMENT/5A Inside Abby.......................... .....7 A Classifieds................... ...3-6B Comics......................... ......8A Crossword.................... ......7A Forum........................... ......6A Local/Metro.................. ......4A Movies.......................... ......7A Obituaries..................... ......3A Sports......................... ..1-2B Today........................... ......2A Television...................... 8A Key Code 76 In command Residents question convention center plan By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff writer ;