New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011
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500Getaway driver gets 5 years in Solms Taco robbery
By J. Louise Larson
Anna Marie Diaz, 30, got five years of prison time Thursday for her role in the January 2009 armed robbery of Solms Taco House.
Diaz asked for probation in the case after pleading to three counts of robbery in an open plea. An open plea is one in which a defendant pleads guilty without an agreement regarding punishment.
State District Judge Jack Robison heard the sentencing phase of
the case Thursday before handing down the sentence.
“She was basically the getaway driver in the deal,” Comal County Chief Felony Prosecutor Sammy McCrary told the Herald-Zeitung.
"Her story was that she didn’t know what they were going to do
... Her story was that they came out saying, ‘Go! Go! Go!’ ... and she thought there was an emergency at home,” the prosecutor said.
“The police found the disguise in the truck where you were at... and you’d have us believe you
were just sitting up there in the truck and you didn’t have any idea?’’ McCrary asked Diaz on the stand. “How’d they get their disguise on in that pick-up truck ... without you seeing?”
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Jr., 18 months, disappeared from his New Braunfels home. Call (830) 620-TIPS if you have a tip.
► JOSHUA DAVIS JR.
Search for Josh now 3 weeks old
Still no trace of missing New Braunfels child
By Will Wright
The search for missing New Braunfels toddler Joshua J. Davis Jr. enters its third week today, and police, state and federal authorities continue to review leads and interview people.
“It’s the same as yesterday and the day before — the investigation continues, it’s exactly the same,” New Braunfels Police Department Lt. Michael Penshorn said.
The 18-month-old disappeared Feb. 4 from the family home in the 2600 block of Savannah Hill Circle. Countless searches by tracking dogs, law enforcement and volunteers have failed to produce a trace of the youngster.
“We’re still having people call in with tips, and we’re following up as we get them,” he said.
NBPD, Texas Rangers and the FBI continue on in the investigation. The search area was been expanded include a two-mile radius of the boy’s home, and air reconnaissance has failed to yield any clues to the boy’s whereabouts.
Authorities have all but ruled out the possibility Joshua was abducted. Despite the search entering its 15th day, Penshom said the resolve of those working the case has not ebbed.
“We’re still just as committed as ever," he said. “No matter what the situation, no matter what happened. We’re still considering all the possibilities.”
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Two file for school boards
By Will Wright
TWo more candidates filed papers on Thursday for seats in the New Braunfels and Comal school districts.
Joe Hassmann filed for re-election to his District 4 seat on the New Braunfels Independent School District's board of trustees, while Nancy Sauter Pappas announced her run for Comal ISD’s District 4 trustees position.
Hassmann, a 45-year-oid real estate broker, ran unopposed for his seat in 2010, when he filled the
unexpired term of Priscilla Anaya Segovia, who was first elected in 2008. Hassmann joins NBISD board president Rigo Montero, a 36-year-old supervisor with Child Protective Services, who filed for re-election to his District 2 seat on Monday.
Pappas is the first to file for one of two trustee spots on the Comal ISD school board. The 45-year-old self-employed businesswoman is running for the District 4 slot held by board treasurer Donna Holmes. Also up for election is the District 3
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Local schools in session Monday
By Will Wright
Monday is Presidents’ Day, which would have been a holiday for area schools had they not been closed for the Feb. 4 ice and snow event.
Instead, students at New Braunfels Independent School District, Comal ISD and Navarro ISD will attend classes. It will be a holiday at Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD, which has scheduled its bad weather day for May 30 (Memorial Day), and Marion ISD, which has April 22 (Good Friday) as its make-up day.
The NBISD board of trustees
meeting, previously scheduled for Ttiesday, will instead meet Monday night.
Most area banking and savings institutions will be closed to observe the holiday. The City of New Braunfels and Comal County offices also will be closed. Solid waste and recycling will be collected, but the City Recycle Center will be closed.
All federal offices, including the U.S. Post Office, will be closed. It’s also a state holiday, meaning its offices, including the Texas Department of Public Safety's office in New Braunfels, will take the day off.
CENSUS: NEW BRAUNFELS UP 58%; COMAL UP 39%
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New Braunfels' placement along the booming Interstate 35 corridor between San Antonio and Austin contributed to its whopping 58 percent growth during the first decade of the 21st century. One benefit of that surge: the San Antonio Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA) will now be known as the San Antonio-New Braunfels SMSA. New Braunfels Chamber president Mike Meek said officials are "really going to be promoting that. It will help us with economic development prospects. It's just free advertising for us."
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By Greg Bowen
Population figures for New Braunfels and Comal County jumped a whopping 58 percent and 39 percent, respectively, over the last decade, according to 2010 Census data released Thurs-Meek day by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The number of New Braunfels residents grew by 21,246 to 57,740 from the 2000 population of 36,494. Comal County’s population grew by 30,451, from 78,021 in 2000 to 108,472 in 2010.
“That’s good news,” said Mike Meek, president of Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
He said the growth in New Braunfels was pretty much what was expected. “We’ve
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