New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 18, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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SATURDAY, JUNE 18,2005
SPORTS GAME TIME
Little League all stars move from the practice field to postseason competition beginning today. Page 5A
INSIDE A LITTLE HELP
The city's 4B Board considers a request from McKenna to help fund the new children's museum. Page 8A
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Vol. 154, No. 182 16 pages, 2 sections
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3BWoman jailed for allegedly lying about rape
By Ron Maloney
New Braunfels police and the Texas Rangers made an arrest Friday at the conclusion of an investigation into an alleged sexual assault in a Comal County office.
Sylvia D. Luna, 41, reported she was working after hours May 11 in the office of Justice of the
Peace Diana Guerrero and was sexually assaulted in a restroom by a highway patrol officer.
She reported she began bleeding during the assault, and the trooper took her to the hospital in his patrol car, dumping her at the Emergency Room entrance.
It’s a story of oppression and terrible sexual abuse.
But police say not a word of it was true.
The person arrested Friday was Luna herself. New Braunfels police Detective Sgt. Tarinna Skrzycki and Texas Ranger Dewayne Goll made the arrest at Luna’s New Braunfels home.
Making a false report to a police officer — even of a felony sexual assault — is a class B mis
demeanor. If proved, Luna faces up to six months in county jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
An official with the Comal County Jail said Luna posted $2,000 bail Friday evening and was released from custody.
On May 24, Luna lost her job with the county. Another employee, Precinct 3 Deputy Constable Ruben Sanchez, also
lost his job.
Papers obtained by the Herald-Zeitung Friday under Chapter 552 of the Texas Uiblic Information Act revealed an alleged office affair between Sanchez and Luna — and that Luna was actually engaged in consensual sex with Sanchez the night she
See JAILED Page 3A
Legislature headed back to work
By David Rupkalvis
Less than three weeks after the regular session ended, the Texas legislature is heading back to Austin to complete some unfinished business.
State Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, said Friday that she expected Gov. Rick Perry Carter Casteel to call a special session tiffs morning. Casteel said she had received confirmation from both the governor’s office and the Speaker of the House.
“When I talked to the Speaker of the I louse, I was told they didn’t have anything official but to plan on Tuesday,” Casteel said. “The governor’s office said, “Apparently, the Speaker knows what he’s talking about.”
Casteel said another source told her the session may not start until next week.
The special session would deal with school reform, school finance, teacher pay raises and property tax relief, items that Casteel says are all linked.
While most of the Legislature’s attention will be paid to school reform, Casteel said she hoped the governor included judicial pay raises in the session. Casteel said the Legislature was close to approving the raises but time ran out in the regular session.
A LESSON IN HISTORY
See WORK Page 7 A
AlzCare opens second facility in New Braunfels to help people suffering with Alzheimer^
Children learn to embrace city’s German heritage
By Leigh Jones
Conservation Plaza was alive with the sound of 30 little voices belting out traditional folk songs Friday as this summer’s two-week German I leritage Camp drew to a close.
The children, from kindergartners to middle-schoolers, performed their musical repertoire under the shade of a 30-feet-tall oak tree in front of parents armed with digital and video cameras.
Greg Lynch, stood at the edge of the grassy shade and watched as his four children — Erin and Shannon, IO, Garrett, 9, and Gavin, 7 — skipped, hopped and spun around in a circle with their fellow campers.
“Heritage is important to our family,” he said. “Its important that the children understand the importance of the German settlers’ role in settling our area. They built the foundation of what we have today.”
Plus, they really knew how to dance.
“When class first started, none of the children wanted to do the Chicken Dance, but when I told them they didn’t have to, they changed their minds," teacher Mary Irwin told parents. “They voted just now, and they want you to join them for this performance.”
Some parents came to the dance floor reluctantly, groaning as their children laughed with glee.
Lynch, however, jumped in with enthusiasm, chirping, flapping and
Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
Greg, left, Shannon and Garrett Lynch take part in the "Chicken Dance" during German Heritage Camp Friday. Below, Shannon Lynch, 10, performs a German counting song along with her brother, Gavin, 7, under the watchful eye of teacher Mary "Frau Maria" Irwin.
wiggling with as much agility as his children.
“If you’re going to enjoy New Braunfels, you have to know the Chicken Dance,” he said, as he and the children headed to a nearby table to rest.
All of the youngsters said they enjoyed the camp, for different reasons.
The girls, dressed in coordinating purple and red dirndls said the dancing was the best part.
“I enjoyed camp so much,” Erin said. “I love to dance.”
“Yeah, I’m looking forward to Wurstfest,” Shannon said.
Garrett said he enjoyed learning something new, especially counting in German, and Gavin picked the class games as his favorite activity.
He was less enthusiastic about his traditional suede lederhosen.
See GERMAN Page 3A
Explosive fire destroys home, vehicles in Canyon Lake
the cause of the fire, but he and Deputy Fire Marshal Wayne Ellington were investigating.
“Wayne and I are coming back Monday,” Manford said.
The occupant of the home, who Manford did not identity, was uninjured in the fire, although she was taken to McKenna Memorial I los-pital for a psychological evaluation.
“She appears confused,” Manford said. “Her scenario of what happened with the fire doesn’t match witness statements or the observations of the first firefighters on the scene.”
See FIRE Page 8A
Canyon Lake firefighter Jeff Kahanek seeks shade under a small tree and pours ice water on his head to cool off.
By Ron Maloney
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A Spring Branch firefighter douses water over the remains of a home to extinguish any flames that might linger under the surface of the rubble.
CANYON LAKE—A fire of undetermined origin Friday afternoon destroyed a mobile home and several vehicles, threatening a nearby residence before firefighters brought it under control.
Comal County Fire Marshal Un Manford said die home, located in the 500 block of Greenwood Street, was a complete loss.
“It was a mobile home and an outbuilding,” Manford said. “There were three or four cars and a motorcycle also destroyed.” Manford said he was uncertain of