New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 9, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
Summer programs at area libraries let kids take a vacation with their imaginations. Paso IB
SPORTS BATTING BACK
Matt James, 14, is back on the field in baseball and football after suffering a ruptured spleen last month. Page BA
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Bulverde hires police chief to begin new force
By Brandi Grissom
BULVERDE — The city hired its first police chief, Royce Goodson, Tuesday night.
Goodson, currendy police
chief in Friona, a panhandle town about IOO miles northwest of Lubbock, will take office July I. Under the contract, he will be paid $50,000 a year, Mayor Bill Cole said.
His first order of business, Goodson said, will be to work
with city officials to develop a budget for the new police department.
“There are so many challenges ahead — equipment, personnel, resources — it's going to be a huge challenge, and we have to have money to
get ball rolling," he said.
With more than 25 years of law enforcement experience, a bachelor’s degree and his current work toward a master's degree in criminal justice, Goodson said he was up to the challenge of building a
(Above) Jarred Bennett, 14, and others participating in a JROTC camp at New Braunfels High School are caught in a sudden downpour while marching Tuesday morning.
(Left) Due to wet conditions on the road, this Pontiac Firebird hydroplaned on Interstate 35 South, hitting the retaining wall and spinning across the roadway, where it was hit by a pickup. The driver sustained minor injuries.
More rainfall on tap, North Texas hit hard
By Ron Maloney
Storms that brought flooding and power outages elsewhere in the state Tuesday brought rain but few other problems to the Comal County area.
While local public safety officials reported few issues except for a couple of minor traffic accidents, regions to the north and east were not so fortunate.
In north Texas, the Associated Press reported floodwater from an overflowed creek forced people to flee 200 flooded homes as new thunderstorms roiled through the area.
No one was injured, and most homes sustained minor damage. But more rain was in the forecast for the area and
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Damp roads and speeding might have contributed to a private trash hauler truck rolling onto its side and losing its load about noon Tuesday at FM 1101 and Kohlenberg Road near the Comal County Landfill. The driver of the vehicle escaped injury, saying. “It only hurt my pride."
other parts of the state.
About 6 inches of rain fell late Sunday into early Monday in Tarrant and Denton counties, and parts of Interstate 35 were closed for a time because of high water.
By Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service reported more than 9 inches of rain in Jacksboro.
Tarrant County officials who surveyed the damage Monday said 50 homes received
major damage when Farmers Branch Creek flooded.
At the height of that storm, more than 500,000 people were without power.
Houston and southeast Texas remained under a flood watch Tuesday, and continued thunderstorms were expected to add to the estimated 6 inches of rain already recorded.
In Wharton, about two dozen people suffered minor injuries
from flying glass and debris after what witnesses described as a tornado passed through the area about IO am. Tuesday.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Kristi Mitchell reported rainfall around this region Tuesday was more modest — in most locations less than one inch.
The heaviest storms, she said, would be fast moving and short-lived and would dump an inch or so of rain an hour in localized areas.
“Pretty much, it ll be a quarter of an inch over a widespread area,” Mitchell said.
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By Bon Maloney
Arrangements have begun that could see a former Canyon Lake resident previously found mentally incompetent stand trial for the 2000 killing of his mother.
District Attorney Dib Waldrip said his office is preparing to try Daniel Neal for allegedly shooting his mother, Barbara Casey, Dec. 26,2000 — and then burning
down her Canyon Lake home in an apparent effort to cover up the crime.
Neal, 35, is charged with first-degree felony murder and arson. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.
in 2001, Neal was found incompetent to stand trial for the killing and was sent to the Vernon State Hospital for treatment of a psychiatric condition.
new police department for the growing city.
Bulverde has contracted law enforcement services from Comal County Sheriff s Office since it incorporated more than three years ago. Three sheriff’s officers now work in Bulverde.
The city pays about $60,000 per officer for salary, insurance, equipment and transportation under its contract with the sheriff’s office, Cole said. The current contract
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In 2002 and 2003, he returned to Comal County, where 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison twice presided at hearings where jurors found Neal unable to assist attorney joseph Garcia in his defense.
Recently, Vernon officials reported they had stabilized Neal’s condition and returned him to Comal County In a pretrial conference
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Board: Contract vote was not tied to performance
By Leigh Jones
When New Braunfels Independent School District trustees did not renew Superintendent Ron Reaves’ contract, they were not questioning his performance, President Jorge Maldonado said.
“The majority of the board felt uncomfortable with a three-year contract, which was too long’’ Maldonado said. “No one expressed concern over performance."
Maldonado spoke on behalf of all trustees, although he voted in the minority
Thistees Paul Fisher, Randy Rust, Rob Johnson and Ed Clark voted against the renewal. Maldonado, Lee Edwards and Penelope Biggadike voted for it.
Reaves is one year through his current three-year contract, which runs out in 2006. For the last three years, trustees have voted unanimously to extend Reaves’ contract by one year, so he always has three guaranteed years ahead of him.
Trustees willing to comment on the vote said the decision was not related to Reaves’ performance.
“My vote was not a lack of confidence, it was my lack of desire to give anyone a long-term contract,” Rust said.
Johnson said Reaves was good at his job.
“I am not uncomfortable with Reaves,” he said. “He’s a capable superintendent. I am uncomfortable with making a decision on the 2006-07 school year as far as an extension is concerned. I know thats not what everybody in the industry does, but I’m not persuaded by what everybody does.”
Paul Whitton, Texas Association of School Administrators associate executive director, confirmed Johnson’s assessment of the industry.
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Munoz-Gill target of ethics complaint
By Scott Mahon
The city’s ethics commission will review a complaint against District I Councilwoman Sonia Munoz-Gill tonight in closed session.
Burke Harrison, who filed the complaint, said Munoz-Gill should have recused herself during an April 12 vote to remove a city council agenda item discussing Schlitterbahn.
Harrison, 61, said Munoz-Gill is employed by New Braunfels General Store, and because of the company’s affiliation with Schlitterbahn,
she committed an ethics vio-lation by
abstaining from voting
“I watched a Sonia tape of the
Mufioz-Gill April 12
council meeting, and item 6F on the agenda pertained to a moratorium on local businesses,’’ he said. “Part of the discussion included Schlitterbahn,
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