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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 11, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas ■ EDUCATION, 3 Comal ISD students are National Finalists ■ WEEKEND, 12 Americana star wil play gig at Phoenix ■ SPORTS, 6New Braunfels lineman inks MSU scholarship FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2011 Texas    Ap Newspaper of the Year Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 500 1-35 chase ends in deadly crash By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung A 38-year-old New Braunfels man is dead following an early-morning rollover accident that followed a police chase early Thursday. After a high-speed pursuit that extended several miles through north New Braunfels, police said a Ford Expedition driven by Mark Anthony Saldivar stuck a curb in the 1500 block of Interstate 35. The vehicle flipped several times and Saldivar died at the scene, police said. At 2:16 a.m. a New Braunfels Police Department officer parked near the ValMark Chevrolet dealership on the I-35 access road witnessed a red Expedition speeding in the northbound lanes. “The officer monitoring highway traffic there saw him go by at a high rate of speed,“ NBPD Lt. Michael Pen-shorn said. “As soon as the officer caught up with the vehicle and turned on his lights to stop the vehicle, it took off.” Police said the vehicle continued northbound on the interstate, exiting at Kohlenberg Road. The chase contin ued back over the highway overpass and into Quail Valley subdivision. “He made a couple of turns on some streets there, and then got back on the southbound frontage road, with the officer following,” Penshorn said. As the chase approached the Honda motorcycle dealership near the See CRASH, Page 8 LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung Car parts and broken glass are strewn about the site of Thursday's fatal accident in the 1500 block of I-35 North. ► JOSHUA DAVIS JR. MISSING Joshua Davis Jr., 18 months, disappeared from his New Braunfels home. Call (830) 620-TIPS if you have a tip. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered. Expert: Don’t give up Cases such as Elizabeth Smarts prove missing kids can be found By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung On Day 6 of searching for missing 18-month-old Joshua Davis Jr., efforts were redoubled as national agencies con-tinued to help local authorities comb the communities to clues. After Joshua vanished Feb. 4 from his home in the 2600 block of Savannah Hill Circle in New Braunfels, the Arlington, Va.-based National Center for Missing & Exploited Children came to help. Bob Lowery is executive director of the organization’s Missing Children’s Division. The two NCMEAC representatives on the ground are See JOSHUA, Page 8 Lowery NBPD civil service drive on back burner By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung With officers working around the clock on what Chief Tom Wibert has called the biggest case ever for New Braunfels Police Department, civil service has taken a back seat. Efforts to gather petition sig-natures and raise public awareness about New Braunfels Police Officers’ Association’s efforts to get the system on the May 14 ballot have See PETITION, Page 8 HOSNI MUBARAK REFUSES TO RESIGN ► SALES TAX RETURNS Santa leaves hefty $1.7M present for city’s coffers Valentine’s Day in Romantic Uptown Environment ■■•■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■I Downstairs in the Prince Solms inn 295 E, San Antonio 830-708-5411 IAKA IUDRAS-WHITEHILLAI Anti-government protesters celebrate Thursday inTahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's military announced on national television it had stepped in to secure the country and promised protesters calling for President Hosni Mubarak's ouster that all their demands would soon be met EGYPT IN CRISIS Mubarak cedes power to vice president but he still won t leave Obama questions legitimacy of efforts to reform Egypt Mubarak Suleiman ElBaradai By The Associated Press CAIRO — Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak refused to step down or leave the country and instead handed most of his powers to Vice President Omar Suleiman Thursday, enraging protesters who warned the country could explode in violence and pleaded for the military to take action to push him out. The rapidly moving events raised the question of whether a rift had opened between Mubarak and the military command over the spiraling mass uprising demanding the president go. Prominent reform advocate, Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, whose supporters were among the organizers of the 17-day-old wave of See EGYPT, Page 8 By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Bristling with impatience, President Barack Obama on Thursday openly and sharply questioned whether Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s pledge to shift power to his vice president is an “immediate, meaningful or sufficient” sign of reform for a country in upheaval. Without naming Mubarak, Obama issued a written statement that criticized the leader for not offering clarity to his people or a concrete path to democracy. He called on Egyptian government leaders to do so, declaring: “They have not yet seized that opportunity.” Obama’s comments came after See OBAMA, Page 8 Little warmer High    Low 55 23 Details    9 a 56825 0000Ï    1 50 cents Obama "Too many Egyptians remain unconvinced that the government is serious about a genuine transition to democracy.’’ PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung Sales tax returns released Wednesday show New Braunfels shoppers weren’t hesitant to open their wallets to buy gifts to put under their Christmas trees. Returns for December sales in the city jumped 9.75 percent over last December’s sales, according to figures released by the state comptroller’s office. The city will receive a $1.78 million sales tax-allocation check for Christmastime sales. That tops the $1.62 million check received for Christmas*month sales in 2009 and the $1.37 million sales-tax-allocation check the city got for November 2010 sales. In fact, allocations haven’t been as high since summer, when tourist dollars resulted in sales tax allocations of $1.8 million in lune and $1.79 million in July. With December’s figures, sales tax returns, one of the leading economic indicators for New Braunfels, continued a positive trend of regular monthly increases. Looking back, November’s rebates were up 10 percent from the previous November. October’s returns were up 6 percent. September’s returns were up 10.15 percent. August’s were up 11.93 percent. luly’s returns rose 3.3 percent. Even the June sales tax returns were up 2.7 percent, despite the lune 9 flood, which shut down much of the city’s lucrative water recreation industry for two weeks. So far in 2011, the city’s sales tax rebates are up 9.97 percent over 2010, totaling $3.16 million for rebate checks received in January and February. See SALES TAX, Page 8 Vol. 158, No. 79 12 pages, 1 section Inside CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES PLANNER SPORTS TV GRID 10 7 7 4 3 9 6 11 ;