New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 21, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
TUESDAY January 21, 2003
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Vol. 152, No. 59
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
50 centsZwarun turns himself in; faces 9-count indictment
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Andrew and Judith Zwarun brought their 29-year-old son back to Comal County Monday to face justice in connection with his alleged relationship with a 14-year-old girl.
Comal County Sheriff’s Sgt. Max Wommack said Alex Zwarun turned himself in a little before 9 a.m.
Monday to face a nine-count felony indictment.
Zwarun is accused of five charges of indecency with a child, three counts of sexual assault and one count of attempted sexual assault in what sheriff’s detectives say was a yearlong relationship with a Comal County girl that began at a hockey game — when she was 13.
Eight of the allegations are second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000 for each count.
The attempted sexual assault charge is a third-degree felony punishable by two to IO years in state prison and a $10,000 fine.
Zwarun, originally jailed on only two charges on
Dec. 5, 2002, was indicted on Jan. 9 by a Comal County grand jury.
In between, his bail went from the $1 million County Court-at-law Judge Brenda Chapman set on Dec. 6,2002, to $25,000 cash bond at a Dec. 17, 2002 bail hearing before District Judge Charles Ramsay.
Ramsay lowered the bail at the request of the
suspect’s parents, who assured the judge their adult son would appear in court.
After Zwarun’s indictment, District Judge Jack Robison raised his bail to $1.6 million.
Comal County deputies contacted Zwarun’s attorney, but more than a week after the indictment, the suspect had not appeared.
As this past weekend approached, Zwarun’s apparent disappearance became the subject of widespread media reports.
Comal County and Travis County law enforcement officers were looking for Zwarun. Wommack reported Zwarun came to the Comal County Sheriff’s Office of his own accord.
Inmates begin clearing away brush, debris of Dry Comal Creek
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
About three dozen local officials Monday morning attended the beginning of the Dry Comal Creek cleanup.
Inmates from the Kyle Wackenhut Corrections Corp. drug-treatment facility began work immediately, hauling brush, stumps and debris from the creek bed off Loop 337 onto the parking lot at the New Braunfels Little League field.
The brush was piled and then chipped on the spot by Comal County’s Rural Recycling wood chipper.
The project, which is intended to clear the creek from Four Mile Creek to the confluence of the Dry Comal Creek and the Comal River, is expected to take until the
end of April to complete.
Inmates will clear all but large trees from a 110-foot-wide swath of creek bottom with the intention of allowing floodwaters to run more directly and drain more quickly rather than spread out across the landscape.
In announcing the project and kicking it off Monday, County Judge Danny Scheel and New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork called the effort a model for cooperation between city, county and state government.
Both credited the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc., as the catalyst that saw the project through to its start in under one year.
“Tliis is an extreme benefit
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Time's running out for property owners who want to participate
By Ron Maloney
Anyone who wishes to participate in any flooding-related river cleanup but who hasn’t already given permission should contact city or county officials.
Comal County Engineer Tbm Hornseth said Monday that he believed that most, if not all, of the affected landowners along the Guadalupe River had already signed onto the massive cleanup now under way.
“We’ve been beating the drum for a long time now," Hornseth said. “When we developed the specifications, we turned maps of all the properties in to the Natural Resource Conservation Service to include in the bid specifications for the job,” Hornseth said. The NRCS is a
See TIME TO ACT/3AGet answers to questions
■ For questions about the Dry Comal Creek cleanup, the Guadalupe River cleanup within the city limits or to participate in either program, call City Engineer Mike Short, 608-2100, ext. 224.
■ For questions about the Guadalupe River cleanup outside New Braunfels, call County Engineer Tom Hornseth at 608-2090.
■ For permission forms to allow Natural Resource Conservation Service crews on property for cleanup, log on to the county engineer’s Web site at: http://www.cceo.org
Click on “License and Consent form."Job-site deathAlabama man killed in accident
By Ron Maloney
CANYON LAKE — A 42-year-old Alabama man died Monday morning in an accident on the Guadalupe River flood cleanup.
Nicky Outlaw, a heavy equipment operator of Fyffe, Ala., was believed to have died instantly in the accident, which occurred at about 10:50 a.m. on the Guadalupe River off the end of Pecan Street.
Outlaw was operating a bucket loader when the accident occurred, and had reportedly stepped from the vehicle. .
Comal County Sheriff’s detective Sgt. Tommy Ward did not release details of the accident.
“We were dispatched to the scene of an industrial accident and the Victim died,” Ward said.
“We’ve notified the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and we’ve requested an autopsy be performed. It appears to be an accidental death and OSHA investigates those. As there’s nothing criminal, there’s nothing for us to investigate,” Ward said.
Sheriff’s Deputy James Maher was patrolling in the Purgatory Road area not far from the incident and arrived on scene shortly after the call was dispatched. When he got to the riverfront, another worker was performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Maher said.
“The foreman had CPR in progress,” Maher said. “I joined in and we did two-man CPR. It was along the lines of basic life support. We continued the effort until Canyon
Comal County Criminal Investigation Division Detective Wayne Lehman (squatting) gets a briefing on the accident that claimed the life of an Alabama man from Deputy James Maher.
Lake Fire/EMS arrived,” Maher said.
Canyon Lake Fire/EMS Capt. Danny Ray said paramedics initially sought a helicopter to take Outlaw to a trauma center.
When they arrived, Maher and the worker were performing CPR.
“The people there told me they started doing CPR within five minutes — it took a little time to get to him,” Ray said.
“We followed CPR with the entire advanced cardiac life-support protocol. As we were doing that, it became apparent that the injuries were of a nature that wouldn’t sustain life no matter what we did,” Ray said.
Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders pronounced Outlaw dead at 11:45 a.m.
Comal County Sheriff’s Deputy Maher and Detective Lehman look at the treads of a bucket loader that 42-year-old Nicky Outlaw was operating prior to an accident that took his life Monday morning on the Guadalupe River.
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Most powerful dream of all: hope
By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer
Young students in Comal County Independent School District celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday in school Monday by learning that their dreams were as powerful as one man who taught that only love could conquer hate.
Students from the New Braunfels Independent School District had a holiday Monday for staff development day.
In Heidi Karrer’s first-grade class at Goodwin Primary School, students made clouds with their dreams written on them and affixed the clouds to yarn “mobiles.”
But first, they told Karrer
how they could help her, their school and America.
Karrer wrote their ideas on the board — on white clouds, like dreams.
“How can we help the country?” Karrer asked.
“Don’t litter,” one child said.
Others chimed in with admonitions to be careful with fire.
Then Karrer asked one child what was King’s dream for his own children?
“So all the kids not of the same colors can go to the same school and be able to drink out of the same water fountain,” one boy said.
And what did King want for his country?
“Hope,” one girl chimed in.
“Peace,” another girl said.
“What about loving people instead of hating people?” Karrer asked. “What was the saying Martin Luther King had about that?”
“Hate does not drive out hate. Only love does,” a boy said.
Karrer then talked about the Golden Rule, reminding the students that it was important to be nice to people even when they weren’t being nice to you.
“Treat others the way you want to be treated,” Karrer said.
‘Yeah. Don’t treat people like slaves,” a boy said.
Then Karrer turned the dialogue to King’s example
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Goodwin Primary School first graders Lexus Crayton, 8, and Rover Morales, 7, draw their “dream clouds.”