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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 25, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels FRIDAY July 25, 2003 14 pages in 2 sections mmmmmm mmmmmm    14    pages    in    &    SCC I ______   ___ _____ WHerald-Zeitung •: ' • • * d- • V. 4‘. -CL-v! • - Vol. 152, No. 217 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 / A 50 cents Fall of redistricting bill could mean new session * SPECIAI ML SESSIOf* On the Web Texas Legislative Council: From Staff and Wire Reports AUSTIN (AP) — The sponsor of a bill to redraw congressional districts Thursday all but declared his bill dead this special legislative session, while Senate Democrats said they believe they could break a quorum if another session is called. The Democrats said they have not decided what they will do if Gov. Rick Perry calls another special session on redistricting, as he indicated he would do if no bill passes this session. They say they are weighing their options, including boycotting the Senate, and some Democrats said there are enough senators who would be willing to break a quo rum, if that’s the route they take. “I think ll would leave,” said Sen. Mario Gallegos, D-Houston. There are 31 senators and two-thirds of them must be present before the Senate can conduct business. “I think we have them,” said Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, chairwoman of the Senate Democratic Caucus. Van de Putte said none of the senators want to boycott the Senate but “we may have to.” District. 73 State Rep. Carter Casteel, R-Nevv Braunfels, said Thursday night she’d be in Austin if Perry calls the second special session — although she looks forward to the special session on education funding See SESSION/3A CASTEEL Startzville woman lost everything in mobile home fire By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — Joanne Johnson went outside for a while Wednesday night and fed Daisy, her beagle. When she went back into her mobile home a little after IO p.m., it was filling with smoke. She lost everything but the dog, her car and the clothes she was wearing wht*n she went outside. “I didn’t sc*? anything until I went in to go to bed. I opened the door, and all that smoke got me,” .Johnson said. Thursday, Johnson had rn) place to keep groceries even if she could buy them. Comal County Fire Marshal fin Munford said the cause of the fire was undetermined, but it wasn’t believed to have been intentionally set. “We believe it was accidental,” Munford said. A Canyon Lake firefighter who was overcome by heat and smoke Wednesday night was treated at McKenna Memorial Hospital and then released. Canyon Lake Fire/EMS Chief Shawn Wherry said the firefighter has recovered. “He’s fine. He got overheat-How to help Joanne Johnson lost everything she owned, except hor car, her dog and the clothes she was wearing, in the fire that destroyed her home. A bank account has been set up to assist her at the First State Bank in Startzville. The account number is 700026620. Johnson needs clothing in womens' size 6 and shoes In size 6*1/2 to 7. She can be reached at (830) 227-5798. or 899-6057. cd tind a little overworked, but he’s being treated,” Wherry said. Tara Brinkkoeter, branch manager of the American Red Cross office in New Braunfels, said her agency would do what it could to help Johnson when she contacts them. “They haven’t contacted us yet. We’re just waiting and watching. We offer food, medication, clothing and a place to stay if they need it. We help with the basics," Brinkkoeter auld. Johnson said she would contact the Rid Cross. A fund-raiser barbecue will be conducted at 4 p.m. Aug. 3 at Buckeye’s Ice House in Startzville. It will include a dana?. DAVID INGRAM/Horakj-Zertung Comal County Fire Marshal Wayne Ellington sifts through the charred remains of a mobile home on East Clark in Startzville. The Wednesday night fire destroyed the home and belongings of Joanne Johnson. An account has been set up for her at the First State Bank in Startzville. A doggone problem Photos by DAVID INGRAM/HorakFZertung Jo Apperson is a true dog lover. She has 27 rescued dogs living in a fenced area behind her home. All of the females have been spayed, but she cannot afford to have the male dogs neutered. Fifteen are available for adoption. Woman seeks new homes for 27 rescued dogs By Dylan JimenezStaff Writer During the 1998 flood, a black chow-mix dog in a plant ic doghouse came floating down the Guadalupe River behind Johanna Apperson’a houae in McQueeney. Johanna'a daughter, Jo, named the dog Buddy and took him in. Since Buddy’s aquatic adventure, he's developed a thing for playing in the water. “He playa in the garden hose and playH outride when it rains," Jo said. Jo has been collecting dogs since 1991, when her mother brought homo Rusty from a local restaurant. “Homebody dropped him off at the dumpster. I thought it was a beautiful dog, so I brought him home,” Johanna said. After returning home from her job as a house framer, Jo Apperson spends her afternoon feeding and cleaning up after her 27 dogs. The dogs go through 70 pounds of dry dog food each day. Johanna describes herself and her daughter as dog lovers. As much as they love dogs, they are looking for homes for 27 dogs they accumulated over the years. The expense is just too much, they said. Johanna helps Jo buy dog food. They spend $23 a day on 70 pounds of dog food.How to help Help gel me doggone dogs gone. Cell .Jo Apperson at (830) 557-5106. Expenses got so high, Jo had to move in with her mother five months ago, but she still is investing in the dogs. Jo won t take* the dogs to an animal shelter because they don’t give the dogs enough chances to Is* adopted, she said. ‘Thats the problem, lf I can’t give them away for free, the chance of (shelters) giving them away for $45 is slim to none,” Jo said. “I have no trouble getting rn! of the puppies. It’s the older dogs ’’ She has a number of 2-to 5-year-old dogs that, she See DOG S/3 APolice: Shooter was ‘control freak’By Jim Vertuno Associated Press Writer HAN ANTONIO — The investigation into an office shooting that killed two women and left another critically wounded has uncovered a pattern that the* gunman was a “control freak" who didn’t like having female peers and supervisors, police said Thursday, San Antonio Police Chief Albert Ortiz refused to release details of the investigation but said interviews with people who knew 48-year-old Ron G. Thomas paint a portrait, of someone with violent tendencies. Thomas fled San Antonio after Wednesday's shootings and killed himself as police closed in on his HUV driving north on Interstate 35 about 135 miles away north of Temple. Killed in the attack were Anna Medea lf, 40, and Nancy Scharein, 01, Jane Swanson, 41, who was shot in the right temple, was in critical condition Thursday at University Hospital. Ortiz said Scharein and Swanson appeared to be the intended targets, while Med-calf likely “just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.” Some co-workers have described Thomas as a “wonderful” office mentor and top salesman at the Century 21 real estate office where he and the victims worked. Ortiz, however, said, There are individuals who knew there was this other personality that amid be quite capa-ble of having a violent streak.” Ortiz refused to release more det ails in order to protect Thomas’ family a wife and two children. He said Thomas’ wife hadSee SHOOTER/3A Inside Dear Abby...........   4A Classifieds.............  4-8B Comes...............2B Crossword ............2B Forum................5A Obituaries.............3A Sports ..............1.48 Today........  2A TV...................3B 56825 00001 ‘Lucky ducks’ set sail today From Staff Reports Tonight offers a rare chance to see 5,(XX) rubber ducks floating the Comal River. The ducks will race in the Lucky Duck Derby to win one lucky person $5,(XX). The event, sponsored by the Comal County Senior Center, still is open to folks looking to adopt a duck.The prizes are: ■ first place, $5,(XX); ■ second place, $750; ■ third place, $250; ■ fourth place, a weekend condo in Bort Aransas; ■ fifth place, two nights at Hollywood Casino in Shreveport; and ■ Other prizes. Ducks will lie available for adoption at the center on Ijanda Street until noon and until 5 p.m. at Pavilion lh in luanda Park. The race will start behind the patio area of Landa ll<ius, and ducks will be released into the river there. The race will end at the pavilion across the street from the parking lot and the pool. Onlookers can line up along the raceway. A deejay wiU be on hand, aud bottled water will be available. * ;