New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Testing: Rifle allegedly used to kill Sgt Vann
Ballistic tests show a rifle seized from the home of a man accused in the ambush killing of a South Texas deputy is a match to the weapon allegedly used in the slaying.
The Bexar County Sheriffs Office on Tuesday announced forensic results on the MP-15 found at the mobile home of Mark Anthony Gonzales. Gonzales, 41, who was Gonzales arrested Sunday, is charged with capital murder and jailed on $1.5 million bond. Detective Louis Antu says Gonzales has requested an attorney, but he had no information Tuesday on whether one has been assigned.
Investigators say a friend of the sus-ct reported that Gonzales was likely hind the May 28 shooting of Sgt. Ken
neth Vann at a stoplight. Authorities believe Gonzales was drunk and on antidepression medication during the unprovoked attack.
Gonzales, 41, was arrested after SWAT teams from the FBI and the Bexar County Sheriffs Office swarmed a double-wide mobile home about 15 miles south of San Antonio on Sunday, Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz said.
Vann died in a hail of gunfire from an automatic weapon. Ortiz said authorities recovered from the trailer an MP-15 rifle and other guns that fire .223-caliber rounds, along with an ammunition magazine that they believe was used in Vann's killing. The FBI is analyzing a blue pickup registered to Gonzales, which was recovered at a local body shop.
Gonzales refused to answer questions from investigators, Ortiz said. His wife, who was home at the time of the raid, was briefly interrogated and released.
WITNESSES SAY HE MIGHT HAVE JUMPED FROM BRIDGE
Man drowns in Comal
Comal ISD making progress on projects
By WIN Wright
Comal ISD is getting closer to completing construction on several projects funded by its $206 million bond election in 2008.
The district's newest school, Kinder Ranch Elementary, will open when school begins on Aug. 22, and groundbreaking on a new elementary in the Indian Springs subdivision is slated for June 21. Eight other bond projects are completed, and work on five more are continuing.
Kinder Ranch, located near the intersection of Borgfeld and Bulverde roads in northern Bexar County, will relieve overcrowding at Timberwood Park and Specht elementary schools. Construction on the $16 million facility began last August.
Construction on the $16 million Indian Springs school, located on tbe east side of U.S. 281 off of Bulverde, will begin this month. The facility is scheduled to open in time for the 2012-13 school year.
Both schools will feature several "green school" amenities, such as a living
See SCHOOLS, Page 5A
■ Canyon Lake HS agriculture facility
■ Garden Ridge Elementary
■ Spring Branch MS
■ Church Hill MS
■ Canyon HS
■ Canyon Lake High School fieldhouse
■ Comal Discipline Center IN PROGRESS
■ Smithson Valley HS (interior finishing)
■ Kinder Ranch Elementary (new school; interior finishing, site work)
■ Canyon Lake HS (site work; touch-ups)
■ Hill Country Transportation Center (at SVMS; interior work)
■ Indian Springs Elementary (new school; breaks ground June 21)
Planning Commission favors SUP request
By Qrag Bowen
The Herald Zeitung
The first request for a spe-cial-use permit under new city rules regulating shortterm rentals was given the green light Tuesday by New Braunfels Planning Commission.
"(The request) goes forward (to city council) with our recommendation for approval," said Planning Commission chair Cheryl Casteel.
Resident William Lee is seeking the SUP to create a short-term rental in a one-story wood structure formerly used as a law office at 260 N. Castell Ave., between West Mill and West Bridge streets, about two blocks from down
town's Main Plaza.
The dwelling is zoned "C-2" and located in a neighborhood of commercial, governmental, church and residential use. Another short-term rental is nearby.
Prior to May 9, shortterm rentals in such one-or two-family dwellings were allowed without permits in C-2 districts. On May 9, council adopted changes to the short-term rental ordinance which now require a special-use permit for short-term rentals in such dwellings in C-2 zoning.
There was no opposition to the request.
A neighboring landowner spoke in favor.
Photos by LAURA McKENZIE | Herald-Zeitung
Members of the New Braunfels Fire Department search the Comal River for a missing man on Tuesday. The 23-year-old’s body was later found in the river.
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Emergency rescuers Tuesday evening pulled the body of a 23-year-old man from the Comal River, a New Braunfels Police Department spokesman said.
Police withheld the identity of the victim until relatives could be notified, CpI. James Bell said. He said tne man's body was found about 7:10 p.m. between The Other Place and Camp Warnecke.
The call came in about 5:20 p.m. regarding a missing male, Bell said. He said witnesses said they thought they saw a man jump into
the water and not come up. Those witnesses, Bell said, were unsure whether the man resurfaced, so divers from New Braunfels Fire Department searched for him.
Fire personnel, equipment and vehicles could be seen on the river's banks across from the Last Tubers' Exit. People in the area said they knew nothing about the missing man, and some said they thought officials were practicing routine monitoring of the river.
Bell said more information would be released as it came in and after the man's next of kin was notified.
A sign posted on the Comal River bridge on Lincoln Street warns of the dangers of jumping.
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