New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 19, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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SPORTS LITTLE LEAGUE
New Braunfels 11-year-old baseballer advance with 5-3 sectional victory over West Sugar Land. Page 5
FORUM SOUND OFF
Readers respond on how to clean up Landa Park and taxing septic systems and other items. Page 4
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Vol. 154, No. 208 10 pages, 1 sections
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Benavides receives 60 years in hit man scheme
Childs sentenced to IO years probation, to serve 90 days in county jail
By Leigh Jones
Audible gasps filled Judge Jack Robison’s courtroom Monday as jurors sentenced Jonathon Benavides to 60 years in prison and gave him a $5,000 fine for his
attempt to hire a “hit” man to kill his 3-year-old son’s mother.
Samantha Childs, Benavides’ co-conspirator, received IO years probation and a $5,000 fine from the jury of seven men and five women and 90 days in the
Comal County jail from Robison.
Benavides heard his sentence without flinching and did not even glance to the audience where his mother, brother and fiance were seated.
As soon as the decision
was read, Comal County Sheriff’s Office deputies immediately took him into custody, leading him through a narrow door in the back of the courtroom Childs began to cry when Robison began reading her sentence, leaning against her
attorney, Tony Cantrell, for support.
After reading the jury’s decision, Judge Jack Robison gave Childs an additional 90 days in the Comal County jail.
See TRIAL, Page 2
Texas 46 Collision Center opens to offer help after things get rough.
City to delay HONING SKILLS, HAVING FUN
applying for impact fees
By Melissa Johnson
Comal Independent School District Board and Strategic Planning Committee reached a consensus regarding grade alignments but remained gridlocked on the issue of grade inclusion at the new high school.
The CIS!) Board oflhistees and SPC members agreed in a meeting Monday night that in die future glades will be structured K-5,6-8
See CISD, Page 2
Tracking the news Getting closer
LAST WE KNEW: CISD had two remaining superintendent candidates.
LATEST:Trustees hels dinner interviews at the Gruene River Grill
NEXT:Trustees will meet in closed session Friday to narrow the pair to one.
See CITY, Page 2
Trustees sound off on school
Right, New Braunfels Utilities Apprentice Lineman Brett LoSaae ties three separate knots in the final stage of the obstacle course at the ninth annual Texas Lineman's Rodeo held on Nolte Island in Seguin Saturday morning. Above, linemen from around south and centralTexas compete in six different events including the Hurt Man Rescue and Dead End Bell Event.
Photos by DAVID INGRAM
NBU workers showcase work at lineman’s rodeo
Weekend rains provide relief from hot weather
By David Rupkalvis
Three days of rain brought a tnuch-needed respite to the New Braunfels area but don’t count on it to last much longer.
Monty Oaks, a meteorologist with
the National Weather Service, said a changing weather pattern produced between one inch and four inches of rain in areas of Comal County over the weekend.
The New Braunfels airport recorded 2.4 inches over the weekend, alleviating
some of the dry conditions and cooling off the temperature briefly.
The chance of rain will continue for much of this week, especially with I lur-ricane Emily expected to hit the Gulf Coast tonight. But Oaks said the dry
See WEATHER, Page 3
I As of Monday, ranked a catagory 1 hurricane
By Leigh Jones
City council agreed Monday roadway impact fees were a good way to help alleviate some of the city’s growing pains hut decided they could wait until October to begin the process necessary to apply them.
By October, Planning Director Frank Robbins
told council members
the thoroughfare plan should be ready for review, a crucial assis-Frannk tant in determining
Robbins which roads in areas of
new growth might need improvement within the next IO years.
Impact fees, charged on new developments only, are designed to mitigate the
New Braunfels Utilities Apprentice Lineman John Wilkins prepares to lower his injured "co worker" down from a utility pole during the hurt man Rescue event.
By Melissa Johnson
While most people hunker down indoors during inclement weather mid wait for the lights to come back on, lineworkers brave rain, ice and even tornadoes to make sure the City of New Braunfels has power.
During the ninth annual Texas Lineman’s Rodeo held in Seguin Saturday, linemen from across the state of Texas showcased their skills to family and friends who otherwise might never have seen what linemen do for a living.
The gray weather and heavy downpours earlier in the morning made the
linemen feel like it was just another day on the job. But instead of dealing with live wires and bucket trucks, the competitors worked on simulation wires and reverted to the old-fashion pole and climber method.
Chairman Bob Christmas said the 24 utility companies competing began training for the six-event competition in January. Events included the hurt man rescue, egg climb, deadend bell, obstacle pole and underground.
New Braunfels Utility apprentice lineman Brett Lesage said he prepared
See NBU, Page 3www.beheardblog.com