New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 17, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2004
SPORTS UNICORNS ROLL
New Braunfels High's girls soccer team rallied from an early 1-0 deficit and rolled to a 6-1 win over Wimberley. Page SA
FORUM | HIGH, MIGHTY?
I Columnist Charley Reese tells I why he thinks Supreme Court | is responsible for corruption of I our culture. Page AA
| Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
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8 He played for Southwest Texas State University 1977-80.
i Career at CHS:
2000 - 1-9
2001 - 0-10
2002 - 7-3 (missed playoffs by one game)
2003 - 11-3 (advanced to quarterfinals of playoffs)
Wright resigns, takes Texas State job
Joins ex-teammate at alma mater
By Jason Chlapek
Canyon head football coach and athletic director Brad Wright resigned Monday to accept an assistant coaching position at Texas State University.
Wright will coach with David Bailiff, who was named head coach at Texas State earlier this month.
Bailiff and Wright were teammates at Texas State.
“This is exciting. Coach Bailiff
and I have been good friends since our playing days, and now we’re coaching together at our alma mater,” Wright said.
Wright played for the Bobcats from 1977 to 1980.
Hired by Canyon in 2000, he went 1-19 his first two seasons. I .ast year, Canyon went 11-3 and advanced to the state playoffs.
Kari Hutchinson, communications director for the Comal Independent School District, said the district will post the job opening as soon as today, but it could be a month before a replacement is hired.
■ For additional story see Sports, Page5A.
Woman, 34, dies in fire
Fire started next to space heater near front door of travel trailer
By Ron Maloney
A 34-year-old woman was killed early Monday in a fire that destroyed the travel trailer she lived in at 11 ill Country RV Park.
New Braunfels Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said firefighters found Carol Ann Gonzales collapsed in the bathroom at the rear of the trailer.
Gonzales was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 3 justice of the Peace Diana Campos just after 7 a.m.
The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled after an autopsy Monday afternoon that the cause of death was asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation.
Brinkkoeter said the fire started next to a space heater near the front of the 17-foot travel trailer and could have blocked access to the exit door.
“We believe it was accidental,” Brinkkoeter said.
New Braunfels police were called to assist in the investigation because of reports from the neighborhood that the victim had recently had a falling out witl^a man described variously as her husband or her boyfriend.
"There was conflict,” Brinkkoeter said. “But the evidence and the other information we’ve gathered shows
A fire that destroyed this 17-foot travel trailer Monday morning claimed the lite of its owner, 34-year-old Carol Ann Gonzales. Gonzales died of asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation
this fire was accidental.’’ Brinkkoeter said the fire came to light after a New Braunfels police officer was dispatched to the area at 4:52 a.m. when a 9-1-1 dispatcher reported a “hang-up” call.
“The phone rang in the dispatch center, but there was nothing there
— no verbal contact or communication,” Brinkkoeter said.
In any case where a 9-1-1 call is not completed, a police officer is dispatched to investigate. Brinkkoeter said the responding officer could see flames as he crossed Interstate 35 and reported the fire at 4:59 a.m.
Exchange student will leave her heart, but not accent, in Texas
By Dylan Jimtnaz
When Signe Sorensen, 17, applied for the exchange program at her local Rotary in Denmark, her parents told her she could go anywhere in the world but Texas.
“T hey just didn't want me to have the accent,” she said.
Since she arrived in New Braunfels in August 2003, she’s picked up saying “ya’ll” but hopes her parents will understand.
“I’m just going to go back and tell them that it’s not like they thought," Sorensen said.
Still, in the last few months, she has lived many of the stereotypical Texas experiences, visiting the San Antonio Stock Show
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and Rodeo, the Comal County Fair, a Brooks and Dunn concert and a number of football games.
She also has ventured to Mexico, New Mexico and Colorado during her stay.
Sorensen is from Aagaard, Denmark — a town of 500 people.
“I really like being here. I really enjoy all my friends,” Sorensen said. “New Braunfels is a nice town. It s not too small, not too big."
Sorensen will stay with three different host families between during her stay —
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Neighbors also began reporting it at about that time, Brinkkoeter said.
I he first firefighters arrived at the scene to find die trailer fully engulfed in flames with fire coming from the windows and through its roof.
The victim was found closed up in
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Exchange student Signe Forensen shares memories with her host parent. New
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Moviegoers have a ‘passion for new Mel Gibson film
Strong belief in the good book
Berean Bible Chindi has no traditional service, no ritual just lots of Bible study.
By Batty Taylor
Moviegoers might be aware of the much talked about Mel Gibson film, “The Passion of the Christ,” that premieres on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 25). They might not know, however, that advance tickets were already selling and some showings are sold out.
“T his is unique to this movie,” said Chris Mosel, operations manager for Texas Cinemas, which owns both Market Place Cinema 12 in New Braunfels and Starplex Theatre in San Marcos.
Advance ticket sales are not a unique concept, but Mosel said area churches are buying out whole showings of the film.
“People started calling me late
last year,’’ Mosel said.
Since that time, at least 12 churches — from New Braunfels, San Manos, Seguin and Wimberley — have contacted Mosel to buy either tickets or whole showings. I Ie expected the number of prehooked showings to continue to increase.
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Local author discovers impact of confession of inmate
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She did some research and wrote a draft chapter of a book about Sells.
f anning visited Sells 20 times in a Bexar County Jail and while he was on death row. I Ie stopped cooperating with police, hut confessed to Fanning to a 1997 murder pinned on Julie Rea I laq>er in Illinois. I larper was imprisoned in 2002 for the murder.
Fanning included the confession in her hook. When it was released in 2003,1 larper’s mother called her and asked if she would talk to her daughter’s lawyer.
Fanning later testified before the prison review board in Chicago and by August, DNA tests were in the works.
I larper remains in jail and is appealing her case.
Attorneys have expressed skepticism about the confession, hut witnesses in Illinois claim to have seen Sells in the area.
Fanning’s experience researching and writing the book also changed her life. She has seen her book-writing career begin to take oil and is working to complete two more true crime books.
Fanning’s testimony also will be used to tell Sells’ story in a I )iscovery (Channel re-enactment documentary that will be aired tonight.