New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 18, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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► Big leaguer
A little more than two years after he was drafted, Canyon High School graduate Lance Berkman is a member of the Houston Astros. Berkman made his debut on Friday and started in left field on Saturday. /11A
► Making a sale
For many area residents, Saturday morning means just one thing — garage sales. We found “experts” in both selling and buying and got them to share some of their secrets. Find all the hot tips on our Lifestyle page. /1B
► Mum's the word
Reports that DNA tests linked suspected serial killer Angel Maturino Resendez to a murder in Houston were not confirmed Saturday by Texas Department of Public Safety officers. Maturino Resendez, who is currently in the Harris County Jail, is charged with a murder in East Texas, as well as homicides in Illinois and Kentucky. He surrendered to authorities this past Tuesday. /8A
A tropical wave continued to approach the Gulf coast Saturday, bringing heavy rain to some portions of South Texas. More than a half inch was reported locally. See page 2A for the forecast.Index
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No sign of life from Kennedy plane
Coast Guard commander vows to continue search
AQUINNAH, Mass. (AP) — Hope dimmed late Saturday for John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and sister-in-law, as darkness descended on the waters off Martha’s Vineyard where their plane went down. Debris washed ashore, but there was no sign of life.
“I can tell you miraculous stories of
people surviving,” said Rear Admiral Richard M. Larrabee, first Coast Guard district commander, at a late afternoon news conference. “I can tell you in previous cases like this, we’ve searched as many as three or four days. We’re not ready to give up on this yet.”
But the daylong search by planes, helicopters and boats yielded little but some fragments of Kennedy’s red-and-white plane, a piece of baggage labeled with
the business card of Lauren Bessette, sister of Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and a prescription bottle belonging to Bessette Kennedy.
State police said the visual aerial search was suspended for the night, but an Air National Guard helicopter with infrared sensors would continue searching in the dark.
“It’s basically a heat seeker,” said Mass-
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John F. Kennedy Jr., wife Carolyn and Lauren Bessette (not pictured) remain missing after their plane crashed.
Man on the moon
Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin place the U.S. flag on the moon on June, 20,1969. The 30th anniversary of the first moon landing is Tuesday.
Retired astronaut Charles Duke, a resident of New Braunfels, recalls landing of the Eagle/5A
Neil Armstrong composed famous saying before taking the big step/5A
NASA marks 30th anniversary of moon landing with another landmark launch/5A
Astronaut recalls events of July 20, 1969
By Christina Minor
Retired Air Force brigadier general Charles Duke Jr. will never forget the day he watched the crew of Apollo 11 blast off into space from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center.
The former astronaut, who now lives in New Braunfels with his wife Dotty, was sitting in Mission Control on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong took the First step on the moon.
Tuesday will mark the 30th anniversary of the “one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind.”
Armstrong personally asked Duke, who served as capsule communicator for the lunar module landing, to help with the mission.
As he sat in Mission Control in Houston watching the crew land the Eagle on the moon, he held his breath.
“Tensions were high,” he said. “We all wanted a safe landing.”
Duke w rote about the close call in the Apollo 11 mission in his book, “Moonwalker.”
“I began to get anxious,” he wrote. “The maneuvering was using up a lot of fuel, and the fuel state was becoming critical. They had to land quickly or we would reach an abort point in the mission.”
Duke remembered taking a deep breath as he heard, “Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed ”
Because of the Apollo 11 mission, technology for taking man to space and returning him safely was revolutionized.
Duke said he agreed with Armstrong that the Apollo 11 mission was a “giant leap for mankind.”
“We all benefited from that trip,” Duke said. “It helped create new industries and economic growth. It also provided a stimulation of the human spirit.”
Today’s space exploration has matured since the early days of man orbiting the moon, still unsure of the large solid rock floating around Earth.
“The program matured and became accepted after the Apollo frights. Back then, we worked, not sure if we would get funded or even
Attorney for teen wants trial moved
CMS student scheduled to begin trial on July 26
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
An attorney representing a 14-year-old New Braunfels boy charged with deadly conduct is looking to have the trial moved out of Comal County.
Attorney Jack Paul Leon, whose client’s trial is scheduled to begin July 26, has filed a motion for a change of venue.
Two Canyon Middle School students have been accused of shooting a high-powered rifle at the homes of two CMS teachers on April 20. A jury trial has not yet been set for the other boy, who also is 14.
Both juveniles waived their right to a detention hearing Friday. The teen-agers have been in custody at area juvenile detention centers since April 21 when they were taken into custody by New Braunfels Police Department officers.
A pre-trial hearing on Leon's request for a change of venue is scheduled 9 a.m. Thursday in Comal County District Court.
Leon declined to comment on his request.
“We need to respect the confidentiality of the juveniles,” he said.
Comal County assistant district attorney Melissa Smith said strict confidentiality rules in the family code prevented attorneys from discussing details of the juveniles’ cases.
Smith said she believed Comal County was the most appropriate place for the trial.
“I don’t think there’s been a heavy amount of publicity where it would cause an unfair trial,” she said.
Smith also said die trial would be open to the public unless the attorney filed a motion for it to be closed.
In previous detention hearings, requests by the juveniles’ attorneys to close the proceedings have been granted.
“The attorney hasn't filed a motion yet, but ever)’ other hearing has been closed, so I would assume the trial would be closed,” she said.
The pair also face charges on two counts of criminal mischief for defacing property at the teachers’ homes, shooting five plate glass w indows at the New Braunfels High School library and defacing property at OakRun school on April 20.
The boys also face one count of unlaw ful
County, CISD leaders discuss solutions to traffic problem at Smithson Valley High
TxDOT engineer John Kelly presents a plan to reduce traffic problems at Smithson Valley High.
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
SMITHSON VALLEY — The dream of a traffic signal at Texas 46 and Farm-to-Market Road 3159 will not become reality, but local school district and county officials tentatively agreed on Friday to do the next best thing.
Comal Independent School District and Comal County officials met with
Texas Department of Transportation engineers to discuss ways to reduce traffic congestion near Smithson Valley High School.
TxDOT district engineer John Kelly outlined a plan that would divide traffic to the high school between the school’s main entrance oft' Texas 46 and a side entrance on Smithson Valley Road (FM 3159, just south of 46).
The plan was presented as an alter
native to a request by CISD and county officials to put in a traffic signal at FM 3159 and Texas 46.
This past year, local officials asked TxDOT to consider a signal at the intersection to control high speed traffic near the school.
TxDOT resident engineer Greg Maiatek said the location did not qualify1 for a traffic signal based on theSee TRAFFIC/10A