New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 1, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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SPORTS LITTLE LEAGUE
Phillies, Orioles battle it out in the New Braunfels Little League Junior League semifinal matchup. Page 5
FORUM CAL THOMAS
Syndicated columnist backs up Bill Cosby, who's been praised and criticized for remarks berating black parents. Page 4
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All hail breaks loose
Strong storm rolls through; tubers injured by lightning
By Ron Maloney
Eight Comal River tubers were injured — two seriously — in a lightning strike as a violent storm rolled through New Braunfels Monday afternoon.
New Braunfels police officer Heath Purvis said fire
department paramedics were called about 4:30 p.m. to the Blastenhoff area of Schlitter-bahn off Lincoln Street to treat eight people who were struck by lightning.
The group was believed to have got out of the water because of lighting and gathered under a tree on the river-
bank when the tree was struck, Purvis said.
Police Lt. John Villarreal said one of the victims, a man whose heart stopped beating, was leaning against the tree when the lightning struck.
“We believe that’s why he was most seriously injured,” Villarreal said.
Purvis said Schlitterbahn employees began cardio-pul-monary resuscitation, and the man was defibrillated twice before his heart was restarted.
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Col. Bob lays speaks about his experience at the World War ll Memorial in Washington, D.C. He returned home from the trip in time to celebrate Memorial Day with his family.Services pay tribute to World War II veterans
By Brandi Grissom
Col. Bob Tays couldn’t buy a beer in Washington, D.C., over the Memorial Day weekend.
He was one of only about 3 percent ofWorld War II veterans able to attend the Saturday dedication of the new monument there honoring the service of “The Greatest Generation.”
“To see the tremendous number of people there who were World War II veterans and the number of people there who came of their own volition and said to me, personally, ‘Thank you,’ and bought me a beer,” fays said was inspiring.
“I have goosebumps just talking about it,” Tays said, as he described the granite and bronze monument on the National Mall between the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Memorial.
After returning home to New Braunfels on the eve of Memorial Day, Tays was part of a smaller crowd of about 60 gathered Monday morning at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park to pay tribute to local veterans.
T he fifth annual service organized by American Legion Post 35 and Auxiliary was dedicated to those who served in Worldwar II, said post commander Cecil Kunkel.
With the red, white and blue raised to half-staff over a field of tombstones graced by bright colored blooms and dotted with American flags waving in the breeze, the crowd joined in singing the National Anthem, reciting the pledge of allegiance and observing a moment of silence honoring the war dead.
“All of the flowers out here decorating these graves is our way of honoring the dead of all wars,”
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May they remember how bitterly our free-dom was won, the down payment that was made for it, the installments that have been made since this Republic was born, and the price that must yet be paid for our liberty.
May freedom be seen not as the right to do as we please but as die opportunity to please to do what is right....
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During a Memorial Day ceremony at the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park, a man stops to honor a World War ll veteran buried in the park s veteran section.
Girl injured in accident still listed ‘critical’
From Staff Reports
SAN ANTONIO—The 18-year-old Smithson Valley I Ugh School senior injured in a single vehicle accident remained in critical condition Monday at University Hospital.
Lad Lee Belcher was flown to the facility Friday afternoon — the day before graduation — after she lost control of an F-I50 pickup truck on FM 3159.
The vehicle careened into the southbound shoulder, then slid across the highway
into the northbound culvert, where it struck a large rock and began to roll.
Public safety officials reported Belcher suffered major head injuries when she was thrown from the vehicle as it rolled over.
Saturday, a University Hos
pital official reported Belcher’s condition prior to surgery as “serious but stable."
Her condition was later changed back to critical.
Two friends accepted Belcher’s diploma on her behalf at SVIIS commencement ceremonies Saturday.
By Ron Malonoy
CANYON LAKE — A 54-year-old San Antonio man became Comal County’s first known drowning victim of 2004 Saturday night.
Comal County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Reynolds said divers recovered Ramilo Betancourt’s body from 24 feet of water about 200 yards off Comal Park late Sunday afternoon after an all-day search.
Reynolds said deputies were called shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday about a possible drowning off Comal Park.
From the park peninsula, people often wade along a ledge that leads to a little island, Reynolds said.
If a wader steps from the ledge, the water depth drops off steeply into the Guadalupe River’s original channel.
Reynolds said that was apparently what happened to Betancourt.
“He’s apparently walking with his adult son and the father goes under the water, and that was the last time he was seen,” Reynolds said. “When the deputies got out there, they called for help from the sheriff ’s office, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Canyon Lake Fire/EMS and the San Marcos Area Recovery Team.”
Even using infrared equipment, divers were unable to find Betancourt Saturday night, so the search was broken off until early Sunday, Reynolds said.
Sunday morning, divers began searching the area in a grid pattern.
“The victim was found 200 feet from where he was last seen in 24 feet of water,” Reynolds said.
Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders pronounced Betancourt dead at the scene, Reynolds said. No autopsy was ordered.
“There was no sign of foul play or alcohol involved in this death,” Reynolds said. “They were on a family outing. It was just a tragedy.”
In 2003, there were four drownings in Comal County — three on the Guadalupe River and one on the Cental River. Three of them occurred before Memorial Day.
The fourth was early in June.
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