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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 21, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas wmmmmnHINFRF YñlITH    IIP NR PYPFDIFKini: »WM. «ww»*«    m '%0 «M t % » 9 H 9m 9 W 9 %W r*n^r»-ri* -f or wiA I o, / 50oNew Braunfels THURSDAY JULY 21,2011 herald-zeitung.CQm SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852 Ft Hood suspect dumps lawyer FORT HOOD (AP) The Army psychiafrist chargt'fl in tht* fort Hood shooting r<vmf)age unex-[K'tlciily severed ties with his lead att()rhey Wednesday, eight months Ix^fore the military trial at which Ih‘ fa( (*s the d(\Tth [X'n.ilty. Maj. iNidal Hasan con-tirmeii fluring his arraignment that he dropped his ( I V I I I a n attorney, a retired Army colonel who had represented him since the 20()9 attack on the Texas Army post. Hasan, who is charged with 1 i counts of [)remeditat€‘d murder and Hasan 32 counts of attempted )remeditaled murder, said ie wanti’d to represented by three military attorneys. Two were already on his defense team. Asked wheth(‘r his parting with his attorney was voluntary, Hasan told the judge, "Yes, it was." [ohn C'jalligan, the eivil-ian attorney, was not in court. He told The Associated Press just before the hearing that he dec ided to step down temporarily but stood ready to "resume an active role." Cialligan dec linefi to give a reason for his det ision. Hasan did not enter a plea during the 1 S-minute arraignment, and it's unclear when he will. According to military law, he cannot plead guilty b(*caust' it is a death [X‘nal-ty case; Cj)1. Gregory Grt)ss, Fort Hood's chief circuit judge, set the military trial date for March, whi( h the di'fense team had request('d. jurors will be brought from Fort Sill, Okla., according to flocu-ments fileil in the c ase. IF A TREE FALLS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD... WHO PICKS rr UP? Debris from storm eaves residents wondering By Dakxido Moultrie fhp Hwald-Zeitunq The storm that blew through ( omal ( ounty luesday left many resi-dt'rUs with debris strewn cH ro'^s their roads and yards and Sirme with (|u('stions as to who is going to remove it from their priv.ite prof)erties. Tlu' answer^ are not sim-pk* ones. lohn ( ox, streiM and drainage manager in th(' N('\v Bräunte s public works de()artment, said h(' knew' ot only aliout a halt do/t'n areas with downed trec'S in the* city as i)t Wednesday afternoon. He had crews out as early as Tuesday evening removing trees that obstructed [)ublic roadways lUicl expected to [)ossibly receive more calls about such obstructions. Hut, he said, any dc'bris or trc'e fallen on private [)ro[)erty has to be han-(1I(m1 bv that property ownc'r "II it is in the middle ol the street, it's a safety issue," he said. "They can call the c ity and we'll come out and get the trc‘c‘ out of the micWle of the roadway." ()thcMvvise, the property owner can dispose ot tlu' tree or debris on their own, put dc'bris in four- Ij^URA I^NZIE I Herald /eiluiig Broken branches and uprooted trees rest Wednesday in the front tawn at the home of Rusty and Kerry Grunwald on Edwards Boulevard as a result of Tuesday's storm. BELOW: A fence on Edwards Boulevard is damaged by an uprooted tree fcK)t bundles weighing 25 |X)unds or less and sit it at the curb on their recycle day or cut it up, call the city's solid waste department and have them pick up the bundle's for $25/15 minutes fee, Cox said. Resident foycie jonas lives out in the county near Mockingbird Hill and Mary Preiss i^rive, She said sht' heard and saw trees fall during 15 minutC's of the storm. Her neighbors had trees fall on tht'ir homes, but her house missed the brunt of the havcK that includcxl 90-year*old oak trees l)eing uprooted, |onas said. "There were some houses that got damaged from trees landing on them and sheds blown over and things like that," lonas said. "But I luc kc'd out." ( omal ( ounty I nginec'r Tom Hornsc'th said that Preiss Heights subdivision was about the only area badly hit. He said county em()loyees were clearing what they could Wednesday. But he, like (^ox, said it's mostly up to the residents to do what they must. "If you have a tree fall down on [>rivate property it's the property owner's responsibility to disK)Se of that material if that's what they wish to do," Hornseth said. "If we had tree limbs or other debris that has fallen into the public right of way or blocking the road c>r obstruc ting our facilitic'S w<> will remove those." Fie warned residents against mc)ving trc'c's trom private property onto [)ublic land in hopes the county will rc'move it. He offered a suggestion. "A lot of it is large oaks," HornscHh said. "I would imagine there are people who would be interc'steci in working with the material to dc'veloj) firewood." Fie said residents c an take debris in [)iikup trucks or small trailers to the (’omal ( ounty Rural Recycling Facility off Texas Highway 4(> from 8 a.m. until riocni on Saturdays and dispose ol the waste tor no tc‘e. Hc' said thc're is a tc‘e Tut'sday through Friday. CRRC, Tye Preston Library burglarized, vandalized By Dalondo Moultrie I he Heraid-Zeitung SATTLER Somc'one broke into and vanda lizc‘d a { anyon Lake recreational center and a librarv last wcvk and investigators are working clues to a|)prehend whomever (ommitted the crimes, a sheritf's offic (> spokesman said Wc'dnesdav. Sometime the night of july 1 i, someone burglar-ized the Gommunity Resource and Recreation (Center, said It. Mark Reynolds of the Comal (!ounty Sheriff's (Office. He said the burglar or burglars a()parently tried to steal mounted flat sc rc'en televisions, but once they realized they couldn't remove the televisions, the crook or crooks vandalized the sets. "They (lestroyc'd them," Reynolds said. From there, thev smashed a glass and broke into the center director's office, which they ran-sackc‘d, Reynolds said. He said it was unclcMr whethc'r anything was stolen. "It ap()ears as though the« actors may have injured themselves either during the break in or during their activities inside," Rc>ynolds said. "There is some evidence left at the scene that we're working on now." Also luly 13, someone stole pipes donated at the Tye Prestcm Memorial Library, Reynolds said. \iv said the [)ipc's were sc hc'd-ulc'd to be usc'd to build a fenc e around a new butter fly garden. Rc'ynokls said his office is asking for help from the public . Call the Comal County Sheriff's (Office criminal investigation division at (8.i0) (}20-;i417 or Comal County Crime' Stoppers at (BiO) h20-55()^. *■ GUADALUPE Horseshoe Falls case dismissed Misdemeanor charge dropped in restoration of dangerous area of river ByQregBowfen Ttie Herald-Zsituriq ('omal ( ounty |ustic (' of the P(>ace jc'nnifer Saundc'rs has dismissc'd a misdemeanor charge relatc'd to the 2010 rc'storation ot Horseshoe falls, a major watertall on the' ('iuad<ilu()e River about a mile down-strc'am of ( anyon D.un. A (omnlaint sworn out with luclge Saunders in March 2010 by Kathv C.rit-tin, the county's floodplain coordinator, allegerl that Larry Dhooghe, propert\ manag(*r for landowner joan Wattord, .illowc'd the restoration work to Ix' done' at the tails in lebruarv 2010 without first obtaining a county pe'rmit. Th(> complaint .illeged that (‘xcavation had be'('n done and till had been )lace(l in a spc'cial tiood la/ard area without a Floodplain De'velopment Permit. Violation ol tire Comal (ountv Flood Dam age Prc'vc'ntion Order is a ( lass ( mivdemeanor, ac cording to the < omplainl But Assist,int ( nminal Oistric t Attorney lomnn Vaughn fik'd ,i recjue'st on luK 8 asking ludgc Saun ders to dismiss the i harges due to insutticK'nt c'vick'nc e* Saunders dismissi'd the charge's that s.ime da\ Vaughn ('\[)laine{l that under the (ount\ 's I lood Damage Prevt'ntion (Xrde-r, CÍ [X'rmit is recfuirc'd: howe\ er, under the' c'nforc ement sc'ction ot the orde'r, a viola tion occurs it a person evrc'cts, constructs or alters any im[)rovc'm('nt, oi [)iaic's anv material in the' art'a of a s{X'c lal tl(M)d hazard u ithout an approv('d Floodplain De'velopment Permit "This is the- langu.ige' that the count\ would have to ust' to prosec ute someone' on a criminal eharge," Vaughn said. "In this case', Mr, Dhooghe did not build a Structure in the floodplain, See FALLS, Page 12 WEATHER, 6 JOE PINA LONE STAR ELEMENTARY Chance of thunderstorms High: 97 Low; 76 Abby Classifieds ComiEi— . Crosswords EiMkUIl—__ Obituaries Planner Sports TV - Jfl _1Q 9 ..J none J \^l. 1&8 I No 216 1 section, 12 pages 56825 00001 50 cents of New Braunfels .day Services 0:30 a.m. For breaking news, sports scores, weattier, traffic and mid-day updates, follow us on Twitter ONewBraunfelsHZ Learn what’s in tomorrow's paper, otter news tips, receive alerts. Become a New Braunfels Herald-Zoitung Facebook fan Receive the Heiald-Zeitung e newsletter in your e-mail box each nr morning Click 'Herald-Zeitung trailing List' ;