New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 4, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Clark guilty on sexual performance count
Sentencing hearing planned for today; New Braunfels attorney faces up to 20 years in prison, $10K fine
By Will WrightThe Herald-Zeitung
It took a Comal County jury a little more than three hours of deliberation Thursday before finding a New Braunfels attorney guilty of attempted sexual per
formance of a child.
Mark Adrian Clark, 55, was charged with attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 14 and attempted sexual performance by a child younger than 18. He never took the stand in his own defense.
► TAMPERING ALLEGATIONS
Clark was found guilty of the second charge, a second-degree felony that carries a penalty of two to 20 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
Shortly after the verdict of the five-man, seven-woman jury was read, Clark stared unbelievingly
as he was stripped of his suit jacket and tie and handcuffed by ( omal County sheriff’s deputies. With his former wife tearfully looking on, Clark was led away to Comal County Jail.
“Certainly, I’m very happy about it,” said chief prosecutor Sammy
McCrary. “The little girl deserved some justice, and we think she got some justice. We hope to finish this up tomorrow.”
Weather permitting, the punishment phase will begin at 9 a.m.See CLARK, Page 8
Racanelli enters not guilty plea
Ex-NBISD administrator arraigned on 2 felony tampering charges
By Will Wright
Former New Braunfels Independent School District administrator Elisa Racanelli was arraigned Wednesday on felony charges of tampering with government records.
Racanelli was not present for the proceedings held before 22nd District Court Judge Charles Ramsey. She issued a waiver — or not guilty plea — and a pre-trial hearing will be scheduled in a few weeks, court officials said. Racanelli was indicted by a Comal County grand jury last month on allegations she altered the transcripts of two seniors at New Braunfels High School. The alleged tampering—two third-degree felonies—involve paper documents forwarded to the University of Texas at Austin.
Racanelli resigned from the NBISD in November. She turned herself in following her January indictment and was released from Comal County Jail after posting $10,000 bond.
Wade Arledge, Racanelli’s attorney, said at the time that his client’s mental health had been a factor in her committing the alleged crime. He said he would attempt to reach a plea bargain in the case.
Calls to reach Arledge were not immediately returned on Thursday.
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Icicles cling to branches at Canyon Vista Office Condominiums on Thursday after a sprinkler was left on.
Road crews prepared for slippery streets
■ RELATED STORY: How to drive in snow and ice, Page 8
By Greg Bowen
Forecasters at New Braunfels Municipal Airport say there's a good chance the city will wake up this morning to a thin blanket of snow.
“We’re expecting probably somewhere between half an inch to two inches for New Braunfels,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Blaha.
It last snowed in New Braunfels on Feb. 23,2010. But what fell that day was a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain, the weatherman said.
“This is going to be more just pure snow, not freezing rain or sleet,” Blaha said.
The white stuff was forecast to begin falling in New Braunfels Thursday night and stop at midmorning today, to be followed by
clearing skies. Today’s temperatures were expected to rise from below freezing in the a.m. to about 37 for the day's high, Blaha said.
The mercury was expected to dip down well below freezing again Saturday morning, when the forecast low is 18 degrees, which would be the lowest temperature recorded this winter. Sat-
Bernie Krebsbach, left, and Dennis Kraft didn't let
Thursday's cold weather prevent them from having their daily walk around Landa Park.
urday will be mostly sunny with a high around 59 — and lows Sunday morning should be “somewhere near 32” followed by a high Sunday in the low 60s, Blaha said.
Crews standing by
City and county road crews will
See WEATHER, Page 8
NWS issues winter weather advisory for Comal
■ As of 8 p.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service had issued a winter weather advisory for New Braunfels and Comal County that is effective until noon today.
Isolated snow showers will taper off late this morning into early afternoon. Total snow accumulations of a dusting to around one inch can be expected.
A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing ran will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility.
New Braunfels ISD won't make call until this morning
■ New Braunfels Independent School District officials said Thursday afternoon they are monitoring the weather, but had made no firm decisions regarding closing or delaying school starts throughout the district
"No decisions will be made regarding the potential for closure or delayed start of schools until early Friday morning because of the changing weather models," spokeswoman Stephanie Ferguson said.
Athletic events scheduled for Thursday night at New Braunfels High School, OakRun Middle School and New Braunfels Middle School were canceled. Afternoon tutoring sessions at NBISD elementary schools were held as scheduled.
Ferguson said all NBISD schools and facilities are scheduled to open on time. Comal ISD officials did not immediately respond to requests for its weather plans.
For NBISD information, district website, the NBISD emergency hotline (830) 643-5700 (option 3), Cable Channel 98 or visit www.nbisd-tx.net For CISD information, visit www.comalisd.org.
Texas State delays classes until 9 a.m. for today
■ SAN MARCOS — Texas State University will delay the start of classes until 9 a.m. today.
All 8 a.m. classes are cancelled, and a regular class schedule will be observed beginning at 9 a.m. This applies to both toe main San Marcos campus and toe Round Rock campus.
If it becomes necessary to further delay or cancel classes today, that information will be made available on toe university home page.
Stock Show & Rodeo to continue as planned
■ SAN ANTONIO —■ No events at toe San Antonio Stock Show &
Rodeo have been canceled or rescheduled. Organizers will monitor weather conditions and alert toe media about any alterations in scheduling for today.
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