New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 11, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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3 NBMS students arrested
2 boys, 1 girl, all 13, arrested on prescription drug charges
By J. Louise Larson
Three New Braunfels Middle School students, 13, have been arrested on drug charges.
A 13-year-old boy was taken into custody for delivering or
offering to deliver dangerous drugs. A 13-year-old boy was taken into custody for possession of a dangerous drug, and a 13-year-old girl was released to her parents’ custody on possession of a dangerous drug, said Lt. Michael Pen-shorn of the New Braunfels
The drugs involved were powerful prescription drugs —Trazodone and Divalproex sodium — that may only be prescribed by a medical pro-fessional, Penshorn said.
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Arson suspects identified
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By J. Louise Larson
Two New Braunfels High School students have been identified as arson suspects in two Landa Park fires last week.
The two 14-year-old males
were part of a group of five students seen near the second fire early Friday evening in remote Panther Canyon. Originally, two of those teens were praised for putting the fire out, said Fire Marshal Patrick O’Connell.
A group of five NBHS stu
dents were spotted not far from the site by authorities responding to reports of a blaze at 100 Texas Avenue.
Authorities believe the first fire in Landa Park last week was set sometime Thursday.
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► GRAND JURY
CA woman indicted for kidnapping
Police: Sara Nadeau, co-conspirator, kidnapped and abused 2 teen girls
By J. Louise Larson
The case involving two Comal County teenage girls authorities say were abducted, taken to California and abused has taken a co-conspiratorial twist.
Sara Theresa Nadeau, 37, is expected to be extradited from California after her indictment for aggravated kidnapping last week by a Comal County grand jury.
An alleged coconspirator, Desiree Hamm, also known by aliases “Tristan Grey” and “Desiree Marie Bourgeois” was first arrested in April 2010 and remains in Comal County jail in lieu of $700,000 bond. If convicted, Hamm could face life in prison on the charges, which range from unlawful restraint of a minor and inducing sexual performance of a child to aggravated kidnapping / bisexual abuse and sexual assault of a child.
Investigators believe the whole thing started with online role-playing games that had a supernatural or shamanistic theme, and that the gaming and chatting escalated to thousands of minutes of phone calls before culminating in the alleged kidnap-
See NADEAU, Page 3
The Prince is Coming
City Council approves Prince Solms statue
By Greg Bowen
Beginning next year, a lighted, 6-foot-3 bronze sculpture of Prince Solms, the founder of New Braunfels, will welcome visitors to the city.
City council on Monday approved a request from the Historic Outdoor Art Gallery to erect the life-sized sculpture, which will stand outside the New Braunfels Civic Convention Center upon a base resembling a native limestone boulder.
"It’ll make a very striking improvement coming down Seguin Avenue,” said Paul Tad-lock, the New Braunfels sculptor who will create the statue of the nobleman who led German immigrants into Texas to found New Braunfels in 1845.
“1 think it’s wonderful,” City Councilor Sandy Nolte said of the project, which will be funded by the Historic Outdoor Art Gallery, the non-profit group behind many of the large outdoor murals in the downtown area.
“ We re not asking the city for a dime,” Wayne Rahe, president of the arts group, told the council. “But we might need five very muscular men the day it arrives.” Plans are to erect the bronze in early 2012.
Tadlock, known for his sculp-ture of golfer Ben Hogan at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth and other works, distributed a sketch of the statue.
In the sketch, a mustachioed Prince Solms gazes across the landscape, a dagger on his belt and a rolled-up map in his hand.
Council OK’s ‘tree house’ for Schlitterbahn
By Greg Bowen
Council on Monday approved a variance to the city building code allowing Schlitterbahn to build a dozen new tree-house-themed lodging units.
Plans for the tree houses do not meet the city’s requirement that 80 percent of their exteriors be made of brick, stone or other such materials. Instead, the facades are made of wood,
steel, sculpted cement and live plant material invoking the tree-house theme.
“They’re awesome looking,” said Councilor Mike Ybarra, as a sketch of one of the units was displayed. “Every kid in the world's going to want to stay in them.”
Ybarra also said the raised heights of the tree houses lift them above the level of floods.
Non-compliant renovations to one of the water
park’s concession stands, which will feature locally harvested tree elements, were also approved.
GLO land annexation
Two residents expressed concerns during a public hearing on the proposed annexation of a 1,984-acre tract along 1-35 northeast of New Braunfels. The unimproved acreage is owned by the state’s Permanent School Fund and is for sale by the General Land Office.
loan Smith, whose home abuts the property, said she was worried about what developers might do with the land. “I really don’t want a gas station in my backyard,” she said.
Dr. Martin Levett, an activist against the proposed New Braunfels outer loop, asked that the city put “safeguards” in place, including thoroughfare and land-use plans, before annexing the tract.
See COUNCIL, Page 2
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Ariz. shooting suspect held without bail
By Jacques Billeaud and Julie Watson
Associated Press writers
PHOENIX—Jared Loughner, head shaved, a cut on his right temple and his hands cuffed, stared vacandy at a packed courtroom Monday and sat down. His attorney, who defended TJnabomber” Ted Kaczynski, whispered to him.
It was the nation's first look at the Loughner 22-year-old loner accused of trying to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Loughner seemed impassive and at one point
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Giffords raises 2 fingers, gives thumbs-up
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Doctors treating U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said Monday the congresswoman was responding to verbal commands by raising two fingers of her left hand and even managed to give a thumbs-up.
Giffords, 40, is in critical condition in the intensive care unit of Tucson's University
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Medical Center after she was shot through the head Saturday during a meet-and-greet with voters outside a supermarket. Two patients were discharged Sunday night. Eight others, including Giffords, remained hospitalized. Recent CAT scans showed no further swelling in the brain, but doctors were guarded.
“We're not out of the woods yet,“ said her neurosurgeon Or.
Michael Lemole. “That swelling can sometimes take three days or five days to maximize."
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► TRAVIS COUNTY
Judge gives Tom DeLay 3 years for laundering
By Juan A. Lozano
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, once considered among the nation's most powerful and feared lawmakers, was sentenced to three years in prison Monday for a scheme to influence elections that already cost him his job, leadership post and millions of dollars in legal fees.
The sentence comes after a jury in November convicted DeLay, a Houston-area Republican, on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering for using a political action committee to illegally send corporate donations to Texas House candidates in 2002.
Prosecutors said DeLay will likely be free for months or even years as his appeal makes it through the Texas court system.
Before being sentenced, DeLay repeated his longstanding claims that he did nothing wrong, the prosecution was politically motivated and that he never intended to break the law. DeLay was convicted in Travis County, one of the most Democratic counties in Texas, which is one of the most Republican states in the country.
T can't be remorseful for something I don't think I did,” DeLay said in a 10-minute speech to the judge.
DeLay told Senior Judge Pat Priest the "selective prosecution" he’s gone through has deeply affected his wife's health, forced him to raise and spend $10 million in legal fees and cost him everything he has worked for — including the second-highest post in the U.S. House.
"This criminalization of politics is very dangerous. It's dangerous to our system. lust because somebody disagrees with you they got to put you in jail, bankrupt you, destroy your family," he said.
Priest sentenced him to the three-year term on the conspiracy charge.