New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 16, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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MMVictim asks jury to impose long sentence
By Ron Maloney
The victim in a murder-for-hire scheme said Friday the only way she would feel safe would be if her exboyfriend, Jonathon Benavides, drew a long prison term.
Stacy Satterfield also testified that she could accept probation if a Comal County jury offered it to Benavides' convicted accomplice, Samantha Kaderli Childs.
I he testimony came late Friday in the sentencing hearing for Bena
vides and Childs, convicted of trying to solicit the hiring of a “hit man” to kill Satterfield, who is the mother of Benavides’ young son, Gabriel.
Satterfield told the jurors she was afraid Benavides would do something else to harm her if he was
placed on probation.
“That’s frightening because you don’t know if they’re sticking to the rules,” Satterfield said. “You dont know what they have planned or if they will try it again.”
Under questioning by Childs’
attorney, Anthony Cantrell, Satterfield acknowledged she was less concerned by what Childs might do.
“If this jury decides to give Samantha Childs probation, would you be
See SENTENCE, Page 3A
Quartet of officers praised for behind-the-scenes work
By Ron Maloney
Each year, Comal County Crime Stoppers chooses as its “investigator of the year” a detective or team of detectives who, using a Crime Stoppers lip, apprehends a wanted
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Thursday, Crime Stoppers recognized tour officers as its “Investigators of the Year.”
Despite working behind the scenes, sheriff’s Sgt. Max Wommack and deputies Rick Sanchez, Hddy Luna and Jeffrey Adams, the Comal County Sheriff’s Office warrants division, got the award.
They deal with some of the community's most-wanted — and often most dangerous — criminals. The work is not easy because a warrants officer never knows quite what to expect.
That’s in part because the warrants division deals with wanted suspects often after they’ve been through the legal system —
See OFFICERS Page 8A
AGAINST ALL ODDS
WWII veteran remembers day his plane was shot down
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels resident Joseph Br i dley celebr m*(’ ' Fri
day — in a round about way.
On July 15, 1944, Bradley’s B-24 Liberator Heavy Bomber was shot down over Romania and the 20-year-old American from Brownwood became a German prisoner of war.
The 81-year-old avid golfer can laugh about it now, but he was not too amused as he and his nine fellow crew members parachuted out of their flaming plane, dodging bullets from enemy soldiers on the ground.
“I had never parachuted before, nor have I since,” he said. “It’s amazing we all made it, but we were captured within 30 seconds.”
His capture was swift, but his stay was long-term — almost 12 months spent in two different Stalag Luft camps.
The involuntary incarceration gave him time to reflect on what he had gotten himself in to.
A crew of rookies heads to war
Bradley joined the Army Air Corps, in 1943, with the war well under way
He trained as a tail gunner, one of four machine gun operators who manned the B-24.
“They put me with a crew of all rookies and sent us to New York to pick up a brand new plane,” lie recalled. “Can you believe that?"
The airmen flew the plane in stages to Italy, stopping in Florida, Puerto Rico, Brazil and Casa Blanca. Once at their makeshift base, rows of tents nestled in olive orchards, the crew was spread between groups with more experience.
Bradley flew his first mission, to Sophia, Bulgaria, on his fourth day in Italy.
World War ll veteran Joe Bradley laughs as he tells a story about his time in the Army Air Corps while going through memorabilia in his New Braunfels home. Below, Bradley shows off a picture of himself back when he served in the Army Air Corps along with his POW medal and Purple Heart.
“I made it back, but I watched another plane get hit," he said. “The pilot and radio operator who Hew to Italy with me were on that plane. I remember wondering what I had gotten myself into.”
As the days crawled by, Bradley counted off the missions one-by-one. He had to accomplish 50 before he could come home.
“I was counting them down, but we knew we would never make it," he said.
I Ie was right, but they got close.
The flight into Romania was the crew’s 48th mission.
They never saw the 25 millimeter shell that tore through the B-24 s underbelly, exploding in a shower of shrapnel.
“We managed to put out the fires in the hold, but the engines were going, so we had to jump," he said.
See PRISONER, Page 7A
Prisoner of war
Bradley and his crewmembers
Comal County Senior Citizens Center Executive Director Robert Lopez holds up what could be the winning duck while floating in a sea of the quackery
Duck race will let someone win big
By Melissa Johnson
Bathtubs aren’t the only places Ribber duckies like to swim.
On July 28, up to 10,000 yellow plastic ducks will make their way through the Comal River in the Comal County Senior Citizen’s Center fourth annual Dicky Duck Derby. The first three ducks to make it through a shoot at Lamia Park will win dieir sponsors cash prizes totaling $6,000.
Cash awards of $5,000, $750 and $250 will be awarded for first, second and third place, respectively. The first place winner
AT A GLANCE A "Quack and Cheese" pre-race party will be held at 5 p.m. July 28 at the Senior Citizen's Center. The soiree will feature free beer and hors d'oeurves for a $5 donation.
can also win a $100,(XX) grand prize if the number on their winning duck matches the number drawn by the insurance company.
“The odds of winning depend on the number of entries, but they’re better than the lottery, that’s for sure,” CCSCC Director Robert Lopez said.
Adoption papers for the ducks can be picked up from local Dominoes and Papa Johns stores as well as the senior center. The adoption price for each individual duck is $5. The senior center also offers a
See DUCKS, Page 3A
Legislators admit tax changes don t go far enough
By April Castro
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN — As cheerless lawmakers explored a new tax system to pax for public schools, leaders acknowledged Friday that even if they reach an agreement in the remaining days of the special session, it won’t go far enough to modernize die states antiquated business tax structure.
Instead, proposals will merely patch the law that now allows thousands of businesses to avoid paying.
A new business tax structure should depict Texas’ service-oriented economy and should “be fair and broad based, what we’ve been trying to do forev er, said Rep. Jim Keffer, an Eastland Republican who has led the I louse tax-writing effort. “We weren’t that successful this time.”
In die final days of the special legislative session, a panel of I louse and Senate negotiators are working to hammer out a compromise between proposals that each chamber has already approved. Each body' rejected separate attempts to restructure the states business tax, in favor of a watered
See CHANGES Page 3A
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