New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 28, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Guest columnist J.T. Woodall argues widespread acceptance of gay marriage is coming, like it or not. Page 4A
Unicorn Relays meet kicks off track season. New Braunfels girls finish second; Canyon boys end in fourth. Page SA
'56825 00001FBI reopens DeWalt abuse investigation
By Ron Maloney
The FBI reopened its probe of sexual abuse allegations at the center of a New Braunfels child custody battle that
caused a woman to flee with her young son.
New Braunfels police Lt. Mike Rust confirmed Friday afternoon the FBI contacted him regarding Michael DeWalt.
“Yes, the FBI has been in contact with us," Rust said. “The FBI received a request to explore new information in connection with Michael DeWalt.”
An FBI official reached for
this story Friday refused to comment.
“We’re not in the business of confirming or denying our investigations,” the official said.
New Braunfels resident
Suzanne DeWalt accused her ex-husband, Michael DeWalt, a U.S. Navy pilot, of sexually abusing their son, Jeremy Suzanne DeWalt sought sole custody of the boy, now 6, in 207th Judicial District Court
in New Braunfels in late 2002.
After a two-week trial before Judge Jack Robison, a Comal County jury instead awarded custody to Michael DeWalt.
See OSWALT, Page 3A
Steer judges don’t thumb noses at ‘Booger’
By Dylan Jimtnaz
Sarah Walleck, a Canyon High School FFA student, picked a winner when she bought her steer, “Booger,” last year.
Walleck earned grand champion at the Comal County Junior livestock Show Friday with the Simmental she bought from the same Stockdale ranch that has supplied the Walleck family with past winners.
Showing champion steers has become a family pastime.
Sarah won grand champion steer in both the county
livestock show and the county fair in 2001. She also won showmansh ip award in the 2002 livestock show.
Jeremy, also has won major awards a the county’s youth shows.
“I have been showing my whole life because my brother and sisters all showed,” Sarah said. “It s just something we all like to do.”
Booger will be auctioned today, and the points Sarah earned from winning the top prize earned her a nice por-
AT A GLANCE
* Comal County Junior Livestock auction
■ 9:30 am to late night
• Comal County Fair Grounds
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tion of the sales.
"We will put some away for college and the project for next year,” Sarah said.
Sarah has raised nothing but steers since she was knee-high, she said, and that won t change next year.
She said she couldn’t have raised the champion without her teachers’ coaching and her nephew’s and brother’s help.
“They show too,” she said. “And they do a lot of the work when I can’t.”
Sarah said the best part
about winning the show was knowing how great the other 90 steers were.
David Waldrip, show president, said competition in all categories at the (binal show is tough.
“The championship lineup is a quality of animal competitive at die state level,” Waldrip said.
But each of the 485 children who entered the show will be winners because of community support, he said.
"Each of them have their own glory,” Waldrip said. “They all have their place in the show.”
NBU fires worker who allegedly tried to meet girl for sex
By Ron Maloney
Police subpoenaed tapes and documents connected to a television news “sting” operation in which a man allegedly set up a meeting for sex in New Braunfels with what he thought was a 14-year-old girl.
The accused man has not been identified, although KSAT 12 television reported he was a New Braunfels Utilities employee.
KSAT did not return three calls for comment Friday.
NBU Communications Manager Gretchen Reuwer acknowledged Friday that the man, whom she refused to identify, worked for NBU — until Thursday.
“Once we became aware of the situation, we immediately launched an internal investigation," Reuwer said. “I cannot disclose what the details of that investigation were, but I can tell you NBU responded immediately, acted appropriately, and the individual in question is no longer employed at NBU.”
New Braunfels police Lt. Mike Rust said he found out about the sting from KSAT’s “Defenders” investigative team Thursday afternoon.
A television producer posing as a 14-year-old girl named “Bekka" met two men in Internet chat rooms.
“It didn’t take long for the subject of the chats to turn to sex. Some of it was very explicit,” according to a report on KSAT’s Web site.
When one man came to a home in New Braunfels, he was confronted by the KSA! crew — which broadcast the incident on its news shows.
See BROADCAST. Page 3A
DID YOU KNOW?
■ Make sure your kids know not to agree to a face-to-face meeting with someone they meet online.
■ Instruct your kids never to respond to e-mail or chat messages that make them feel uncomfortable or from someone they don t know Stress that they should show such messages to you.
■ Teach your kids not to give out personal information such as their last name, their home address, or phone number, especially in a chat room, without your permission.
■ Surf the Internet with your kids
■ Place the computer in a public room in your home so that even when you are not surfing with your kids, you can monitor their use
■ Visit www miss-ingkids com for more tips on protecting your children
HGTV Video-grapher Joe Hernandez, right, moves in for a tighter shot of Don and Lila Lemaster while taping a show about their unique home converted from an auto shop
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Couple’s house of ‘character’ lands starring role
By Dylan Jim6nez
When Don and Lila ^master converted an auto shop into their home, they didn’t realize it would result in 15 minutes of fame.
Home and Garden Television camera crews were on site several hours Thursday and Friday filming their unique house for “Building Character,” a program dedicated to single-family
homes built from other structures.
The nightly show features homes all over the country converted from fishing sheds, tobacco warehouses, chicken ctxips, grain silos iuid other buildings.
“It was fun,” Don said. “It was a lot of work, but it was fun — not something you do every day."
I Jon owned Ills (Avn construction company, a stucco contractor, in the 1980s before going into the used car business.
When he was looking for a home to buy, he thought it would be more costeffective to convert his property on Academy Avenue and San Antonio Street, which he was using for his business as a detail and paint shop.
(/instruction only took a few months, Don said, because he could work on the house while he was at work.
“I had the benefit of going to work
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Sarah Walleck. 16, won Grand Champion Steer with "Booger" Friday evening at the Comal County Junior Livestock Show.
First New Braunfelsers to see the controversial film say it's not “entertaining," but its message is important.