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Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Vol. 154, No. 202 10 pages, 1 section
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TV GRIDSBenavides: Scheme started by informant
By Ron Maloney
A defendant testified Monday that the scheme at the center of the “murder for hire” trial was the police informants
— and not his — and that he was afraid to tell an undercover officer he didn’t want to go through with it.
Jonathon Benavides took tile stand on his own behalf T ues
day in his first-degree felony trial for criminal conspiracy to solicit capital murder to dispute key aspects of the previous testimony of police informant I'ina Lawson.
If convicted, Benavides, 32, and his co defendant, Samantha Kaderli Childs, 24, face between five and 99 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Under questioning from his attorney, Glen Peterson, Benavides testified that on one occasion when he discussed with his co-defendant problems with his previous girlfriend,
child support payments for their son, and how he would manage to pay for his pending wedding and college education,
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Group speaks out against proposed tree ordinance
By Leigh Jones
City council unanimously approved the first reading of the 'free and Landscape Ordinance Monday but gave David Will another 30 days to make amendment suggestions.
Will can plead his case before a five-member sub committee that will hold its first meeting during the next two weeks.
The subcommittee will recommend any adjustments to the ordinance to city council in time for a final reading before Sept. I.
Wanning Director Frank Robbins reminded members if they did not have the ordinance in place by Sept. I, most of the land within the city would be exempt, thanks to new rules passed by the Texas legislature.
Will’s top priority, during his time with the ordinance sub committee, will be to save the Tree and Landscape Board from its proposed demise.
“None of my 70 plus amendments are as
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A Book N Time opens store in New Braunfels, offering something for all
Man, 20, drowns at Comal Park
By Ron Maloney
Comal Park had its second drowning of the summer Sunday night when a 20-year-old San Antonio man lost his life in about six feet of water.
Comal County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jimmy Latimer reported dispatchers were informed Jose Rene De La Torre was lost at the buoy line that surrounds the park swimming area.
“He had a cramp or something, and before his friends could help him, he disappeared underwater,’’ Limmer said.
Efforts by several friends to find and help De La Torre were unsuccessful, Limmer said.
The officer stressed that alcohol did not appear to be involved in the incident.
Canyon lake Fire/EMS were called to the scene and Fire Capt. Mark Montgomery recovered De La Torre’s body at 8:47 p.m.
Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders pronounced De La Torre dead at the scene and ordered an autopsy, limmer said.
lite drowning is believed to be the third in eight days at C anyon Lake, and the fourth in Comal County so far tiffs summer.
Wanda Fuller raises her arm after having the needle removed while Ed Benham continues pumping his fist to facilitate donating blood Tuesday afternoon.
Recent blood supply shortage prompts drives
By Ron Maloney
Adam Cork learned first hand this year the importance of the words, “You never know when someone you love will need the ‘Clift of life.”’
(fork’s father needed heart surgery' and his motlier suffered a niptured appendix.
I tis wife. Karen, lost her grandfather last week. Another relative is fighting cancer.
"Six months ago, I wouldn’t have thought of it in our family,” (fork said. “It s something we don’t think about enough. I’m glad there was a supply of Wood there when we needed it.’’
(fork, local businessman and former New Braunfels mayor, was first in line Monday morning to give blood at the drive conducted at the New Braunfels Civic Center on behalf of the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, which put out an urgent request for donations
this past week.
Community Relations Specialist for the blood and tissue center, said supplies were dangerously low in its service area, which includes Comal County.
“We have less than a half day supply in
the 43 counties of South Texas," Prettyman said.
Any given day. there are 15 to 20 local drives going on like the one at the civic center Monday, which attracted about 30 donors. New Braunfels, she said, has always been a strong supporter of blood drives.
AT A GLANCE
B What: South Texas Blood Bank and Tissue Center
I Where: 6211 MOW. at First ParkTen
I Information: (210) 731-5555
Country show celebrates 7 years of music
By Melissa Johnson
What makes the Comal County Music Show such a beloved tradition is its consistency.
For seven years running, the monthly event has been a continuous source of country western entertainment for the 700 some odd music lovers that attend, and producer and house band member Johnnie Pfeil says that's not likely to change.
“It hasn't changed much since the first show because if you have some
thing that works, you leave it alone," Pfeil said.
When Pfeil put together the first CCMS show in October 1998, he guaranteed sponsors that the event would draw a crowd of 500 to the Knights of Columbus Hall. Though the lifelong musician looked into similar shows held in Yoakum and Giddings, the projected attendance figures were an ambitious estimate.
I lowever, Pfeil met his mark and then some.
"We told the senior citizens center
we wanted to do something like this and did a lot of research.” Pfeil said. “I sweated the first 500, but after that I was like a kid in a candy store.” Attendance figures reached 600 that night and sealed the fate of the CCMS as a Comal County staple. Since that date the show has moved to the New Braunfels Civic Center and raised close to $70,000 for its sponsors, the Comal County Senior Citizens Center. Proceeds have benefited the center's many services and activities, such as Meals on
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See DRIVE, Page 2
AT A GLANCE I What: Comal Country Music Show
I When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday
I Where: Civic Center
I Cost: $4
I Featured artists:Amber Dibgy — vocalist; Ron Knuth — vocals and fiddle' Chris Rybak — accordion
I Information: Call (830) 625-5563
Photos by MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung
Joe Lara, left, donates blood Monday afternoon at the New Braunfels Civic Center as Azarias Lopez with the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center checks on his status.www.beheardblog.com