New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 6, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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DEAR ABBY 5B CLASSIFIEDS 5B COMICS 4B CROSSWORD 4B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS BA TV GRIDS 5BWitness says pair asked her to find hit man
By Ron Maloney
A key witness and police informant said Tuesday she didn’t initially believe an alleged murder-for-hire plot was real — calling one of the
suspects a “drama queen.”
Tina Lawson, who first reported Samantha Kaderli Childs and Jonathon Benavides were plotting to kill his ex-girlfriend, testified Tuesday about conversations she’d had with the pair that led to their
arrests in March 2004.
If convicted of criminal conspiracy to solicit capital murder, Childs and Benavides face five to 99 years in prison.
District Attorney Dib Waldrip’s case in their trial before 207th judicial
District Judge Jack Robison entered its fourth day Tuesday with the conclusion of cross-examinaUon of New Braunfels Police Lt. Mike Rust, who headed the police investigation.
Under Waldrip’s questioning, I^aw-son recounted knowing Childs for
several years. She recalled Childs approaching her around Christmas in 2003 to tell her that Benavides had a “problem.”
“She called me, said she couldn’t
See WITNESS, Page 3A
NBISD drug testing policy toned down
By Melissa Johnson
The New Braunfels Independent School District could have a random drug testing policy in effect if trustees give the go ahead Thursday.
The policy, which would impact students in grades 7 through 12, has undergone significant changes since its first reading June 20.
The new version of the draft reduces a student’s suspension from extracurricular activities and campus parking, gives students three chances before receiving a permanent suspension from privileges and removes alcohol from the list of testable substances.
NBfSD Trijet-Lee Edwards said that the changes were made because the policy was meant to identify students with drug problems rather than punish them for drug use.
“The concensus of the board was that this policy wasn’t designed to be pun-
AT A GLANCE
• What: New Braunfels Independent School District special board meeting.
■ When: 4 p.m. Thursday
■ Where: NB Education Center Board Room, 430 W. Mill
ishment," Edwards said. “Its designed to help students get treatment and not remove them from the extracurricular activities that keep them engaged in school.” According to the new draft, a student’s first positive drug test will suspended him from competition and parking for 15 days. A student’s second positive test will lead to a 30-day suspension, and the third will mandate a one-year suspension.
lf a student tests positive a fourth time, he will be permanently suspended from participating in ail competitive extracurricular activities and campus parking for the duration of the student’s attendance in NBISD. Though the draft requires
See DRUGS, Page 3A
One year ago, residents were screaming about parking problems near Schlitterhahn. How are things today?
Officers report busy, but not unusual, weekend
By Melissa Johnson
The Fourth of July weekend was a busy one for local law enforcement, but nothing out of the ordinary for a holiday weekend.
New Braunfels police issued 439 citations and made 46 arrests during the three-day weekend; Comal County Sheriff ’s Office handed out 237 citations. Between them, the sheriff’s office, Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Parks Wildlife had 90 total arrests.
“The weekend was about normal compared to Memorial Day or any other holiday weekend,” Lt. Mark Reynolds said.
Both departments said most citations were for Class C misdemeanors such as parking and traffic violations, littering, minors in possession of alcohol, glass and Styrofoam on the river and disorderly conduct.
AT A GLANCE
■ New Braunfels police issued 439 citations and made 46 arrests over the July Fourth weekend.
■ Comal County Sheriff's Office issues 237 citations.
• The sheriff's office, Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Parks and Wildlife made 90 arrests combined.
To see the Herald-Zeitung's view on the changing party scene on the rivers, see page 4A
Capt. John Villarreal said arrests were made for resisting and evading arrest, failure to identify, public intoxication, marijuana use and DWls.
Villarreal said the combination of closely-packed crowds, nearly 100-degree temperatures and alcohol and drug use were contributing factors to the weekend’s statistics.
“You take an overflow of people in an area that’s
See BUSY, Page 3A
FAIRY TALE ENDS
Rodeo queen dismissed over dispute about clothing
By Leigh Jones
Jessica Bigbee, 2004 Comal County Fair rodeo queen, ended her reign last week with an embarrassing confrontation with the New Braunfels Police Department.
The 16-year-old had not broken the law or done anything wrong, but Comal County Fair Association members were determined to throw her off the fairgrounds property.
Jessica’s father, Ron, who was with her Thursday when he said three NBPD cruisers pulled up to escort die girl and her horse from the .grounds, was furious.
“We were there to help the new contestants with their rodeo practice, like we had done Tuesday,’’ he said. “They knew we planned to come back for practice Thurs-day. Jessie was going to show them pointers on her horse.”
Bigbee said the police officers who responded to the call made by fair association members did not even write a report because neither he nor his daughter were doing anything wrong.
Fair association employees declined to discuss the incident, referring
Morgan Leech, runnerup in the queen contest, was also not happy with the dress requirements.
all inquiries to their attorney, Steven Arrange, who did not return calls from the I lerald-Zeitung in time for this story.
Jessica’s battle with tile executive hoard of the fair association began at the beginning of the summer when they asked her to modify her parade “costume” by layering a long-sleeved black turtleneck shirt under the originally required tailor-made vest.
After Bigbee and the three other girls on her court were crowned last September, they received detailed instructions on the outfit they were required to wear at all public appearances — a black felt cowboy hat and cowboy boots, an ankle-length denim skirt and a yellow vest designed specifically for die court.
Using the seamstress required by the fair association, Bigbee was fitted for her vest. The garment was sleeveless, heavily lined and designed to be worn without any other clothing underneath.
“It was not revealing in any way,” Roil Bigbee said. “It was high cut in the front and since each girl had her vest made just for her, they fit
During the First parade of
the summer season, two of the girls were wearing long-sleeved black turtleneck “slinky” shirts under their vests, an item the Rodeo Queen Committee said would be mandatory for all girls.
The Bigbees protested the change, claiming it was ridiculous to expect the girls to wear long sleeves while they stand in the blazing Texas sun and wave to parade crowds.
Bigbee said his family was told Jessica would wear the
shirt or be relieved of her duties, without any explanation for why the court members had to wear the garment.
“My daughter is a redhead with fair skin and has a sensitivity to heat,” Bigbee said. “We even offered to get a note from her doctor, but that wasn’t acceptable.”
When lessica and runner-up Morgan L^ech arrived lune 18
See QUEEN Page 2A
Despite flooding concerns, panel approves subdivision
By Leigh Jones
Oak Creek Estates
Planning Commission members unanimously approved a zoning change and master plan for Oak Creek Estates Tuesday, despite adjacent property owners’ concerns over potential flooding.
The new 707-home development spans Alligator Creek, a drainage way known for coming over its banks during heavy rain.
Delton Holt, whose fields back up to the proposed neighborhood, warned commission
ers he would be back to ask the city to do something about the flooding at a future date.
“You had better watch out for that creek because I’m having trouble with flooding already.
he said. “If we ever get rain again and you want to go water skiing, come on over."
I loft blamed another area development. Quail Valley, for increasing the creek’s flow.
Alan Anderson, whose property lies south of Oak Creek Estates, agreed, saying the city should also consider the impact of Creekside developments outside of (binal County.
While developer Sabine
See HOMES, Page 3A
AT A GLANCE
■ Name: Oak Creek Estates
■ Owner: Sabine Investment Company
■ Location: Between Goodwin Lane and 1-35, spans Alligator Creek
■ Size: 205 acres
■ Number of Lots: 707
■ Drainage provisions: None — the developer will pay the required fee to connect to an existing drainage utility within 3,000 feet of the development, netting the city $883,750
■ Neighboring developments: Quail Valley, Hansmann Estates and NorthgateWith Miller, Taste Matters WL
Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
Jessica Bigbee, the Comal County rodeo queen last year, waves to the crowd while competing for the crown. Bigbee's reign recently ended over a dispute with the County Fair Association.