New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 14, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels High School finalizes its coaching staff just before practices get under way. Page 5A
GOSPEL SHOW SING ALONG
The Grand OI' Gospel Festival promises hours of music and fun Saturday. Page 2A
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3BJury will get murder-for-hire trial today
By Ron Maloney
The question of whether a Houston man and the wife of a former New Braunfels police officer conspired to hire a “hit man” to kill a Tomball woman will go to jurors late
Jonathon Benavides, suspected of trying to have his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his son killed to avoid child support payments, had a long second day on the witness stand Wednesday with District Attorney
Dib Waldrip hammering his truthful ness — and his memory.
Benavides, 31, wiio took to the witness stand to testify in his own defense, is in the third week of a trial with co defendant Samantha Kaderii Childs on charges of criminal
conspiracy to solicit capital murder. If proved at trial before 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison, the offense is a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
After Benavides' attorney, Glen
Peterson, rested his case Wednesday afternoon, Childs’ attorney, Anthony Cantrell, rested his own without calling Childs or any further witnesses, as he has questioned or
See TRIAL, Page 3A
Comal trustees to meet final two candidates this weekend
By Melissa Johnson
AT A GLANCE
■ What: Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees hold exes. session to interview final two candidates for superintendent.
■ When: 7 p.m. Friday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday
■ Where: Gruene River Grill
The Comal Independent School District Board ofTrustees is taking the two remaining superintendent candidal out1 ’in 'is weekend.
The board will meet in closed session at the Gruene River Grill at 7 p.m. Friday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday for dinner interviews with the applicants and their spouses.
Board President Dan Krueger said board members are pleased with the way the process has evolved.
“Both are very strong candidates and both are equal in terms of being able to lead tile district,” Krueger said. "We are very' excited and hopefully we ll be able to narrow it down to one soon so we can announce a name.”
[Tie meeting notice refers to the two candidates as “applicants” rather than “finalists,” ensuring that their names are protected from public knowledge in an exception to the Texas Open Records Act.
According to government code 552.126, the name cif an applicant for the superintendent’s position does not have to be released until tile board of trustees designate the applicant or applicants as finalists.
Comal ISO trustees have said they will not name a finalist until only one applicant is remaining.
A NEW PLACE TO PLAY
Residents tell city what they want in park
By Leigh Jones
Taylor Moreno seemed to be enjoying her ride on a dilapidated swing set in Haymarket Park Wednesday, but her mother, Melissa, said it had been hard to persuade the toddler to venture out in the evening heat.
While their father played his weekly volleyball game on the neighborhood park’s dry grass, Melissa tried to entertain Taylor, 3, and her brother, 8-year-old Jordan, without much to work with.
“They hate to come because there's nothing to do here, but I think it’s important to get them out of the house,” Melissa said. “It would be great if they had a real playground here.”
By Oct. 8, they will, thanks to a $5,000 grant from national nonprofit organization KaBOOM! and $20,000 in matching funds from Councilwoman Kathleen Krueger's District 5 budget surplus.
The Moreno’s “boring” evening turned into a fun session of brainstorming when they joined Parks and Recreation Department employees to talk about what they would like to see and do on their weekly trip to Haymarket Park.
"They really need a pool out here,” Jordan said, wiping away the beads of sweat that covered his forehead. “A rock climbing wall would be cool, too."
Taylor was happy with her swing but said she woiild like to be able to slide as well.
While the children drew pictures of their favorite playground apparatus, their parents and grandparents gathered around
Photos by MANDY REARY Herald Zeitung
Alejandra Sanchez scoops sprinkles onto her ice cream provided by the Parks and Recreation Department at Haymarket Park Wednesday. The social was planned to discuss with area residents how the park could be improved. Below, Sheri Reinhold of the Parks and Recreation Department offer a shy Taylor Moreno and her mother, Melissa, some ice cream.
Parks Department officials met Wednesday with neighbors to discuss the park's future.
Parks Director Stacey Laird to give their input.
“This place used to be filled with hoodlums,” said Jennifer Madrid. “But now, they’re gone and its much more of a community. All
See PARK, Page 3A
Comal County commissioners finalize plans to renovate historic courthouse.
updates County sales tax collections slow down in May
TAX COLLECTIONS IN COMAL COUNTY City May May 2004 2005 to date 2004 to date 2005 change
Tracking the newsMissing woman
LAST WE KNEW: Virginia "Kathy" Bias, 34, went missing on Canyon Lake early July 3 and is believed drowned.
LATEST: The San Marcos Area Recovery Team,
Comal County Sheriff's Office,Texas Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducted a search Sunday.
NEXT: Officials continue to conduct visual searches of the lake.
By Leigh Jones
Comal County’s overall sales tax receipts rose again in May when compared to last year’s revenue, but went down compared to April s receipts.
Countywide, the revenue, up 13.66 percent over the same period last year, totaled $915,381, which is $13,737.56 less than last month.
New Braunfels was the only comity municipality to -show an increase over last year’s receipts.
The city’s sales tax revenue — $871,503.70 — was up
5.44 percent over last May, but brought in $21,970.08 less than April’s receipts.
City Manager Chuck Pinto said he was neither surprised nor alarmed.
“We didn't really know why we had such good returns for the last few months, and we don’t know why they’re down this month, but this is why we do conservative budget
ing," he said. “We need at least six to nine months to see trends developing."
Despite the slight hump in the road, Pinto said he was still encouraged by the city's revenue outlook and anticipated another increase during the next two months, as Home Depot Supply Call Center began to report sales tax receipts.
Unlike New Braunfels, both Carden Ridge and Bulverde had a decrease in sales tax revenue, compared to last year.
Carden Ridge’s receipts were way down, for the second month in a row. a trend City Administrator Nancy Cain attributed to a
See TAXES, Page 3AUPDATES
Tracking the newsNo charges yet
LAST WE KNEW: Hill Avenue resident Jaime Martinez was injured in an alleged assault at his home just after 10 p.m. July 5. One person was arrested during the incident.
LATEST: Martinez has not requested that charges be filed against 32-year-old Joe Fuentes.
NEXT: lf Martinez chooses not to proceed with the case, no charges will be filed.M/ww.beheardblog.com