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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday, January 14, 2007 - Herald-Zeitung - Page 7 A Man charged after missing boys found BEAUFORT, Mo. (AP) - Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby disappeared 4 1/2 years and 40 miles apart. Police were stunned to find both boys - alive and apparently well - in the same suburban St. Louis apartment. The shocking development Friday was hailed as a miracle in two rural Missouri communities - Richwoods, where Shawn was 11 when he disappeared on Oct. 6, 2002 - and Beaufort 40 miles to the north, where Ben, 13, hadn't been seen since getting off a school bus Monday afternoon. A routine search warrant led police to investigate the Kirkwopd; Mo., apartment dweller, Michael Devlin, 41, an Imo's Pizza manager and part-time funeral home worker. He was charged with first-degree kidnapping and held in thfe Franklin County Jail on $1 million bond. An elated Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke, who headed the search for Ben, began a news conference Friday by telling reporters, "We have some good news and we have sonie probably unbelievable news." The key to finding the boys was a beat-up white pickup truck spotted by a schoolmate of Ben's who got off the bus at the same time. The friend saw the pickup speeding away about the time Ben vanished from the gravel road near his home. On Thursday night, Kirk-wood city police officers were serving a warrant on an apartment complex when they noticed a white truck matching the description. They contacted the Franklin County sheriffs' office and determined where the owner of the truck-waf, then searched Devlin's home Friday and found the boys. After being reunited With their families, both boys were taken to SSM Cardinal Glen-non Children's Hospital in St. Louis for evaluation. Hospital spokesman Bob Davidson said both were in good spirits. "The boys were smilijig and appeared very pleased to be with their families," Davidson said. "Obviously the families were incredibly tickled to have the boys bfck. It's a thrilling night." Ben's uncle, Loyd Bailie, told The Associated Press he was escorted to the Franklin County Sheriff's Department with Ben's parents. He said Ben was delighted when he saw his parents. "His eyes lit up like silver dollars," Bailie said. Everyone broke into tears and Ben's parents embraced him as tightly as they could, Bailie said. Ben seemed in good health, but was hungry. Sheriff's deputies brought in sandwiches and a honey bun and Ben instantly devoured the sweet, Bailie said. Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Heralcl-Zeiuincj Above: A San Marcos home located at MLK Drive and Luck Street lost its roof and nearby trees were uprooted when high winds tore through parts of the city about 7 a.m. Saturday. Below: Rain pours into one of several buildings occupied by Thermon Manufacturing in San Marcos after high winds ripped off roofs and left debris from the destruction scattered everywhere. WIND CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Winter storm heads toward area "One of our meteorologists who lives in San Marcos told us that although it looked like straight-line winds caused the damage, it could have been a weakF-0 or F-l tornado," Pat McDonald, spokesperson for (he weather service's office in New Braunfels said. "There were no indications of a tornado on our radars when the winds hit," Larry Lblen, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service New Braunfels station, traveled to San Marcos late Saturday to cheek exactly how the winds caused the damage, and to determine il'il was caused by a tornado or straight-line.winds. McDonald said straight-line win lis are caused when a strong thunderstorm collapses, creating a sudden outpouring of air. When that air hits the ground surface winds push it horizontally up to (50 or 70 miles per hour, he said. "They were the unfortunate recipients tin's morning," he said of San Marcos residents. "These storms are not a freak of nature. You see them a lot in Texas." The winds did damage police headquarters and gave one officer a scare. "One officer reported seeing a funnel cloud," Melissa Mille-cam, communications manager for the San Marcos Police Department said. "I le was in his car and was picked up and tossed around some." Police and emergency workers were forced to conduct business out of the city's Emergency Operations Center on auxiliary power at police headquarters alter electric lines were blown down along 1-35, Mille-cam said. "The highway was reopened just before 10 a.m.," she said. "We called in all city crews, police, lire, public works, parks and electric utilities, and they are all out doing damage assessments." In addition to the irigh winds, San Marcos recorded five inches of rain in two and a half hours. Flooding made several roads in San Marcos impassable and they were barricaded by police. Other damages reported in San Marcos on Saturday include a section of the brick facade at San Marcos police headquarters that appeared to have imploded. Part of the roof from a neighboring business, Thermon Manufacturing, which ended up on top of police cars in the nearby police parking lot. Millecam said no monetary estimates on the damages were available. She said it will take several weeks to assess the cost of (he damages. Several homes on Centre and lindicott streets and West Martin Luther King Drive had seri-ous to moderate damage attributed to high winds, Millecam said. While city crews continued cleaning up and restoring power, they braced for a possible winter storm headed for die area late Saturday. Meteorologist Bob Fogarty with the National Weather Service in New Braunfels said the winter storm could bring as much as one inch of ice accumulation by Monday. Winter weather causes delays at Dallas airport HEARING PROBLEMS m ' DALLAS (AP) - Flight delays and cancellations out of Dallas-Fort Worth Inter-national Airport were expected Saturday because of an Arctic cold front moving through Texas that could bring rain, snow, sleet and ice to North Texas and other parts of the state. With freezing rain expected, the airport has declared a winter weather alert, airport spokesman Ken Capps said. Airlines are expected to start de-icing their planes around 6 a.m. Saturday, which likely will lead to delays throughout the morning. "That will slow things down throughout the day," Capps said. "Crews are standing by to treat runways and roadways if needed. We are truly hoping it's a one day ice-sleet event and then it's over." About 60 flights were canceled Friday night, Capps said. American Airlines canceled flights Friday night to St. Louis, Tulsa and Oklahoma City because those cities "already have snow on the ground and are starting to get freezing rain," spokesman Tim Wagner said. About a dozen flights were diverted to other cities. American will "probably run about half of our opera- "We'll just have to see wnat Mother Nature has in store." - Paula Berg Southwest Airlines spokeswoman tion through maybe mid-afternoon" on Saturday, Wagner said. Southwest , Airlines spokeswoman Paula Berg said the airline is monitoring the forecast in anticipation of possible delays Saturday. "We'll just have to see what Mother Nature has in store," Berg said. A winter storm warning was in effect Saturday in North Texas and the Panhandle, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures were expected to dip below the freezing mark around Dallas, with an 80 percent chance of precipitation. Ice accumulation was also possible. 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