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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 12, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — Herald-ZeitUNG — Sunday, January 12, 2003Local/State Contact Features Editor Brian Grant, 625-9144 ext. 222 Woman indicted on indecency with a child charge By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 48-year-old New Braunfels woman arrested in October over an alleged sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy was indicted Wednesday on a charge of indecency with a child. The Comal County grand jury impaneled on Wednesday indicted Jacqueline G. Merrill on a charge of indecency with a child by sexual contact. If proven, the allegation is a second-degree felony punishable by from two to 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Sheriff’s detective Wayne Lehman arrested Merrill at her workplace on Oct. I, 2002, after a three-week investigation into alleged sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old New Braunfels boy. She posted $10,000 bail and was released from custody. ’ Lehman said he be-' lieved Merrill’s relationship with the boy had J been going on for nearly a year when she was ar-* rested. Dispatch- ►Crime of the week TISCHER —It was about 3:20 p.m. on Jan. 2 when a woman discovered a pickup truck leaving her property in the 800 block of Mimosa Court in the Rancho del Lago subdivision, which is off Ranch Rd. 32. Her husband later discovered a storage-shed door had been pried open. Taken were two Binks Afaint guns, several circular saws and cordless drills, and leather saddlebags. The truck is described as a forest green 1990s model pickup. One male wearing a camouflage jacket or shirt occupied it. (C03-01-0143) Comal County Sheriffs investigators are working this case, but could use your help with tips and leads. If you have any information about the offense, call the CCSC at 830-620-3400, or 885-4883. If you want to help, but don’t want to give your name, call Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and grand jury indictment of the persons responsible for the commission of these crimes. All calls are confidential and the caller will remain anonymous. Meetings------- CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL — regular meeting, 6:30 p.m. Monday, council chambers, Municipal Bldg., 424 S. Casted Ave. EDWARDS AQUIFER AUTHORITY — regular board meeting, Tuesday, 3 p.m., at the Braden Keller Community Center, 1410 Amelia St., Castroville. CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS DEVELOPMENT CODE STEERING COMMITTEE — regular meeting, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Conference Room A, Municipal Bldg., 424 S. Casten Ave. CITY OF SCHERTZ CITY COUNCIL — special workshop session, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Municipal Complex Conference Room 1400 Schertz Parkway, Schertz. Ethics panel meeting postponed Submitted photo Jessica Koepp, Gina Quintanilla and Shannon Helfert, members of the New Braunfels High School Patchwork Patrol, work on their quilts to be sent to Russia. Students have learned how to quilt, both on the machine and by hand. NB High students are ‘Patching the world, peace by piece’ By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Thursday night’s meeting of the New Braunfels Ethics Commission set to consider whether District 3 Councilwoman Debbie Flume acted improperly in a council vote this past October was postponed for lack of a quorum. New Braunfels City Attorney Charles Zech said Saturday he took the action to save the city legal fees for the attorney the city hired to represent the ethics panel. “I didn’t want him coming up here if we couldn’t guarantee a quorum,” Zech said. Zech is seeking to have the meeting rescheduled later this month. James N. Patrick, a former ethics commission member who now serves on the Infrastructure/Improvement Corp. (4B) Board, filed a complaint Dec. 2, 2002, alleging that Flume acted improperly when she voted to delay action on flood-recovery maps. The maps, prepared by a contractor for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, could be used to redraw floodplains in New Braunfels, possibly causing restrictions on use of some properties. Flume owns a construction firm with her husband, custom builder Michael Flume. They were building a home on Rio Drive that was washed away in the July flood. Flume’s company began rebuilding the home shortly afterward. Flume did not participate in discussion on the city’s adoption of flood-recovery maps and abstained from the vote to adopt the maps. Piecing together and quilting small, colorful blankets for orphaned children in Russia has resulted in lessons of giving, gratitude, appreciation, and the knowledge of the needs of a country far away for New Braunfels High School students. “We’re not doing this for ourselves,” said sophomore Shannon Helfert. “We’re doing it to keep the little ones warm." During the fall 2002 semester, teacher Judy Hey den began developing goals and objectives for a philanthropic project she affectionately refers to as “Blankets Abroad.” The multifaceted project is designed to build students’ self-esteem, improve grades, develop a sense of giving, expand students’ geographic knowledge, build math skills, generate patriotism and acquire the life skill of sewing. “I want our students to appreciate what they have in their lives and cherish the freedoms and opportunities we all have. They are proud of their commitment knowing they are helping children to keep warm,” she said. Calling themselves The Patchwork Patrol, 15 students stepped forward to design and quilt blankets for less-fortunate children. They developed their slogan, “Patching the World ... Peace by Piece,” and they meet before and after school and work at nights at home on their quilts. The students have also spent time researching Russia and the more than 600,000 orphaned children there. Students are creating electronic presentations on facts about Russian orphanages, communism, the education system and traditions. Russian student Ekaterina Mirnova, currently attending NBHS, also talked to the students. “They learned so much from her. She gave them a teenagers perspective of Russia,” Heyden said. Ekaterina said her fellow students asked her about the driving age, food and other customs. “Its made me appreciate my life and understand that many people do not have the opportunity to live the same type life,” said sophomore Jessica Romero. With a goal of making 25 quilts per semester, the students are just about ready to send their first shipment to Russia in late January with the help of Lutheran Social Services of the South, which offers prospective parents opportunities to adopt children from Russia. A second shipment will be made in May. Donations have been from Singer, which gave a sewing machine; The Warm Company donated batting; Granby’s Quilts, Millstream Cottons and P&B Fabrics donated fabric and quilt squares; and Seams Like Before donated sewing notions and fabric. Without donations from these generous companies, the Patchwork Patrol could not accomplish its goal, according to Heyden. “Our needs are growing," Heyden said, describing how many students are ready to begin working on their second quilt. The students need warm fabrics (flannel or fleece), batting, fabrics designed for children, sewing notions (nee dles, quilting pins, thread), sewing scissors, and a quilting frame. “Our ultimate dream is to have a sewing machine with an embroidery function,” Heyden said. After school on Friday, students will participate in a lock-in at the school so they can learn how to piece together a log-cabin style quilt. Call Today! (870) 837-1075 n19tb Annual” Baby Contest & Model Beauty Search America's Cosec Miss    .—  v __ Coset BoyOISA-^ Age Divisions Girls: Birth-1 lino. l2-23rm>. 2-3>r.4-*yr. 7-9yr. I0-I2>t, I3-I5yr. I<s-25sr. Boys,- Birth - 2 yr St 3-5 yr. 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