New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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By J. Louise Larson
Twelve jurors bucked what Comal County’s chief felony prosecutor called the county’s “good ol’ boy” system and handed a seven-year penitentiary sentence to attorney Mark Adrian Clark on Monday.
Found guilty last week of attempted sexual performance of
a 12-year-old girl in June 2010, Clark could have gotten 20 years for the offense.
In Monday’s sentencing phase, a young woman testified that in 2002, she was 14 and a New Braunfels Middle School student waiting for her friends at a snow-cone stand.
A man was nearby, laughing at the girls’ antics, and then focusing on her.
"He just slipped something in my pocket and he left,” she said.
It was a Post-It with the man’s number hand-written on it, and a note that said something like “Call me. Mark.”
And with it, a $5 bill.
Even the lady at the snowcone stand saw the action, and asked what had happened.
“I just freaked out,” the woman, now 23, recalled.
She went home and told her mother.
Diane Zavala, a New Braunfels resident, recalled the day in 2002 when her daughter came home from the snowcone stand, crying.
“She was upset,” Zavala recalled.
The mother decided to investigate for herself.
“I called the number,” Zavala said. “I said, ‘Hey, this is me, (the
girl’s name).’ He said, ‘Oh, what are you doing? ... You want to come over to my house?”’
That’s when she let him have it. “‘You sorry son-of-a-b****, this is her mother,”’ she recalled telling him, her voice rising.
Zavala said she immediately called the New Braunfels Police Department and then took her
See CLARK, Page 10
CPS called following search for ; 3-year-old
After frantic seach,boy found playing with children in neighbor’s apartment
By J. Louise Larson
Authorities are looking into how a 3-year-old who went missing on Jan. 27 was able to disappear for hours, appar-ently unsupervised, at a neighbor’s home.
When a youngster named Isaac went missing near the Vista Sol Apartments off 1-35 behind Valmark Chevrolet, a ground and air search sparked a reverse 9-1-1 call to almost 1,800 homes in the area and involved 14 public safety personnel. Initially, stranger abduction was suspected in the incident.
Isaac was found unharmed, four hours later, playing in one of the apartments.
“He had been in a different apartment, with some small children whose mother had left them alone,” said Lt. Michael Penshom of the New Braunfels Police Department.
Authorities had knocked on the door of the apartment where the children were playing together unsupervised. The mother of those children was eventually located, Pen-shorn said.
“Child Protective Services was contacted in reference to the children having been left alone,” he said.
Search for Joshua continues
‘Dallas’ star Larry Hagman to be honored at Krueger gala
Larry Hagman will be honored for his philanthropy on Feb. 19 at the Bob Krueger Public Service Award dinner.
By Gretchen Weicker
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
Larry Hagman, star of the TV Series “Dallas”, will be honored for his philanthropy at the Bob Krueger Public Service Award dinner and gala on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the New Braunfels Civic Convention Center. A portion of the event’s proceeds will go to the National Kidney Foundation serving Texas,
Krueger met Hagman when both were in Austria, Krueger for an OPEC meeting and Hagman to do a play.
Upon being introduced to an oil minister from a small country, Hagman quipped that he thought oü should be $100 a barrel, a statement he rapidly retracted on Larry King Live because “Krueger told me I was wrong to say that.” A long friendship ensued.
Herald-Zeitung: How did your philanthropy emerge from your Broadway and Hollywood life?
Hagman: My mother, Mary Martin, advised me to “Hang up your own
See HAGMAN, Page 10
BOB KRUEGER PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
When: 6 p.m. cocktails,
7 p.m. ceremony, Saturday, Feb. 19 Where: New Braunfels Civic Convention Center Tickets: $65 / person; table sponsorships available Information: Visit www.bobkruegeraward. com/ or e-mail [email protected]
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Members of the New Braunfels Police Department talk Monday beside a police vehicle parked on Savannah Hill Circle, just down the street from the home of Joshua Davis Jr., shown above.
FBI, TX Rangers join search for boy missing since Friday
If we don’t find him in the area where we’ve been searching, then obviously something else happened to him... At this point, we don’t have witnesses or suspects.”
— TOM WIBERT, New Braunfels Police Chief
By J. Louise Larson
In the quiet blue-collar neighborhood of double-wides along Savannah Hill, residents seemed subdued Monday afternoon as New Braunfels Police Department officers went house to house, hoping for any clue in the race to find missing Joshua Jayvaughn Davis Jr.
National experts stepped in to help in the desperate search for the New Braunfels 18-month-old who was reported missing from his family home around 8:18 p.m. Friday. With each stroke of the clock, worries increase for Joshua’s safety, said New Braunfels Police Chief Tom Wibert.
“If the child did indeed wander off, with every hour that goes by, the likelihood of finding him alive some
where outside becomes less and less,” Wibert said. “(Joshua) was not dressed for the weather. Assuming that he did wander outside, he didn’t have a heavy coat on ... We’ve had some very cold nights. The temperature has been below freezing, so that is a huge concern.”
Conversely, as the hours went by, official concerns grew that the child met with foul play of some sort, the chief said.
“If we don’t find him in the area
where we’ve been searching, then obviously something else happened to him... At this point, we don’t have witnesses or suspects,” he said.
These two ideas formed the basis for parallel investigations — one with officers stripping away mobile home skirting in hopes of locating little Joshua, and a darker one, with investigators reviewing hours worth of interviews and looking for the clues a criminal might leave.
A ground-search expert from the
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children came to New Braunfels on Sunday in an effort to pinpoint key search areas that might have been overlooked.
“The FBI is flying in investigators who specialize in missing children and they should be joining us tomorrow," Wibert said.
Texas Department of Public Safety’s aviation division was expected to make flyovers with thermal imaging equipment Monday, as it did Saturday. The Texas Rangers had officers in town to aid in the search.
Earlier Monday, expertly trained bloodhounds were searching the vicinity surrounding the 2600 block of Savannah Hill Circle to doublecheck on ground-search efforts
See SEARCH, Page 3