New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 23, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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SPORTS LITTLE LEAGUE
The best teams are flexing their muscles as the Little League playoffs continue. Page 5A
City, county host annual property auction Saturday, offering a variety of goods for sale. Page 2A
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Vol. 154, No. 186 14 pages, 2 sections
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Killing for hire trial could start Monday
By Bon Maloney
A district judge will decide today whether an alleged “killing for hire” scheme involving the wife of a former police officer goes to trial next
week—and if so, where.
Jonathan Benavides, 31, and Samantha Kaderli Childs, 24, are scheduled for a hearing on three pretrial motions before 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison.
The pair are charged with criminal
conspiracy to commit capital murder. If proved at trial, the charge is a first-degree felony punishable by between five and 99 years in state prison and a $10,000 fine.
Jury selection is expected to begin Monday morning.
To be determined in a hearing set on Robison’s 9 a.m. docket call will be the question of whether to try Childs and Benavides together or separately; whether to provide defense attorney Glen Peterson with a copy of a statement Childs made to District
Attorney Dib Waldrip in November as part of a rejected plea agreement; and whether to change the trial venue to Hays or Caldwell county because of pretrial publicity.
See TRIAL Page 3A
New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Director Stacey I^ird has big dreams for a youth sports complex.
If money were no object, her facility would include soccer, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, a natatorium, or indoor swimming pool, and a recreation center with a fitness facility, indoor playground, classroom space and basketball gyms.
■ While Parks Director Stacey Laird works on gathering financial projections for a city facility, other local groups are working on plans for a private facility. Check Friday's Herald-Zeitung for an update on Weston Fields and the New Braunfels Youth Sports organization's expansion plans.
money is an object, and Laird must come up with a way to get the funds before her dreams even have a
See COMPLEX Page 3A
Drug abuse is a threat throughout Comal County, impacting users and their loved ones.
Council support moves landscape law forward
By Leigh Jones
Every time bulldozers break ground on a new commercial development, New Braunfels loses a lithe more green space.
Grass, native plants and trees give way to office buildings and parking lots.
Currently, developers are not required to do anything specific with landscaping to mitigate the effects of their asphalt and concrete on the town’s aesthetics, but that will change soon with die adoption of the new Landscape and! tee Preservation ordinance.
Council members met Monday to discuss the proposed ordinance and basically liked what they saw.
The ordinance, developed by the Tree and Landscape Board and the Development Code Steering Committee, with input from the Planning and Zoning Commission, spells out landscaping requirements for commercial developments and provides for tree protection, removal and replacement.
Parking lots will no longer be a sea of black pavement, but will include one tree
See LANDSCAPE Page 3A
By Melissa Johnson
GARDEN RIDGE—Violet Mar-gly has always had a love for animals that knows no bounds.
As director of the Schertz Humane Society, Margly has turned her house into a makeshift shelter to accommodate die more than IO calls she receives a day about unwanted animals. One call may come from a pet owner who is moving to an apartment and cannot bring her animals along while the next may report a cardboard box full of kittens dumped on a doorstep.
Since the Humane Society has no physical shelter, Margly and about 25 volunteers have turned their guest bedrooms and backyards into temporary safehavens for lost or abandoned animals.
Margly designed her current house especially for the purpose of taking care of pets, with wood laminate floors and 6-feet high chainlink fences surrounding a back yard that spans two-thirds of an acre.
She estimates that she spends five hours a day walking, feeding and cleaning up after her nine foster dogs and cats as well as her 13 personal pets.
“The companionship, the satisfaction I get from knowing I’m helping them find homes, that ’s why I do this,” Margly said. “I don’t consider it a chore — it’s like changing a baby’s diaper; it’s not the best thing in the world, but when you love them, its worth it."
Margly explained that after spending so much time with the orphaned animals, many became
Photos by MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung
Violet Margly feeds the family of cats she's currently housing, a momma and her kittens. Below, left, Junebug, a young kitten needing a home, peeks around the corner. Below right, Margly, right, meets a new dog that was picked up as a stray and brought into Paw Prints, run by Angela Rodriguez, to be given a flea bath and groomed. While he doesn't have a name yet, he’ll stay at Paw Prints until a foster home can be found.
“What happens when you foster a pet is that they don’t get adopted and the alternative is euthanasia — which is not a possibility once you’ve had them for a while,”
Since the organization has no physical address, adoptions take place through postings on its Web site — www.hoines-forpets.org. Margly said there are many benefits to Web adoption and housing pets in foster homes as opposed to traditional shelters.
“We adopt a lot of animals via the Web site,” Margly said. “It s an easier way to adopt because you don’t have 50 dogs barking and standing up in their cages saying adopt me. ”
See CATS Page 3A
Investigators still seeking cause for explosive Canyon Lake fire
By Ron Maloney
CANYON LAKE — Comal County officials believe the fire that destroyed a Greenwood Street mobile home Friday likely started in a bedroom.
Deputy Eire Marshal Wayne Ellington, state Deputy Fire Marshal Tommy Hubertus and other officials returned this week to the scene of die blaze that destroyed a mobile home, an outbuilding and several vehicles — threatening an adjacent home before Canyon Lake Fire/EMS firefighters
brought it under control.
“We brought out the state K-9 and tile dog alerted on one location,” Ellington said. “We pulled a sample. The results are not back from the lab yet.”
Officials have not identified the resident of the home, who was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital for psychological evaluation and then moved to a psychiatric facility in San Antonio.
“She is still under treatment," Lillington said.
Investigators, including County Eire See FIRE Page 3A
Canyon Lake and Spring Branch firefighters rush to extinguish flames leaping from a house fire Friday.
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By Leigh Jones