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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 23, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday, june 23, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3A OBITUARIES Paid advertisements FIRE CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Resident still under psychiatric care Marshal Un Manford, said the woman appeared disoriented at the scene of the fire, which was located in the 500 block of Greenwood Street. “I ier scenario of what happened with the fire doesn’t match witness statements or the observations of the first firefighters on the scene,” Manford said. Ellington said Wednesday LANDSCAPE CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Not everyone happy with potential law per eight parking spaces and will be screened from the street by more trees and shrubs. Residential property will be protected from any commercial neighbor by a 6-feet-tall fence or wall and one tree every 25 linear feet. lf trees must give way to buildings, developers also will be required to get a permit for their removal and plant replacement trees. Local developer Mike Norris, who represented the steering committee during Monday’s meeting, said he felt the ordinance was balanced and fair. “I think its a good ordinance,” he said. “It was the work of a lot of different people with lots of give and take.” While Norris is comfortable with the proposed ordinance, Tree and landscape Board member David Will is not. “I’m very happy we're finally getting an ordinance — I just think it needs to be amended about 35 to IOO times,” he said. Although the ordinance has been in committee for more than a year, Will wanted more time to work on it after the steering committee members gave their input. Instead of giving it back to the tree board for a final review, the steering committee passed it on to council, minus several more expensive rules. TEXAS CINEMA MARKETPLACE 12 651 Business Lp. IH 35 N (830) 625 - 4400 Credit Card* Aciiftii at Bds & Conresstotti! 4-fisy itfifiBci Defeats — rn urn rn ma mm WWW.TEXASCINEMA.COM _65RV8L the fire appears to have started in a bedroom. "Based on statements of witnesses, observations of the first arriving firefighters and statements of the resident, we’ve determined the fire started in the south master bedroom,” Ellington said. Half of the residence was in flames when firefighters arrived. Vehicles parked out front and a motorcycle parked in back were destroyed. The home was a total loss, Manford said. ' Will said he suspected the move was designed by the committee’s development members to protect their pocketbooks from the more “green friendly” tree board members. “It costs up front to put in landscaping, but the value of the development grows with a good landscape plan, especially as the plants grow over time," he said. “I don’t understand why developers fight landscape ordinances, but they do — in every community.” Will also is concerned by the steering committee’s recommendation to disband the tree board and have the Zoning Board of Adjustments handle the appeal of denied tree removals. Despite Will s objections, city council agreed to hold the first of three required public hearings on the new ordinance July ll. CATS _ CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Schertz shelter adopts through Website The Web site currently features profiles of 43 dogs and IOO cats, each with the animal’s photo, breed, age, gender and personal history if known. Visitors can take their time browsing though the site 24-hours a day without being followed by incessant yelping or heart-wrenching puppy dog eyes. The Web site also allows for nationwide adoptions, as in the case of one white-haired, blue-eyed kitten named Snowball. A 12-year-old California girl spotted the kitten on the site and worked out arrangements with foster parent Sue Heilmann, who happened to be flying to Orange County to visit family in the area. The kitten flew with Heilmann to the West Coast and was united with her eager preteen owner. COMPLEX CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Qty would love to build multi-sport facility chance of becoming reality. City Manager Chuck Pinto said a sports complex could be funded in a number of ways, but the most important decision would involve Hotel Occupancy Tax funds. Because HOT money, by law, must be used to put “heads in beds,” the city could use the funds only for a facility designed primarily to host tournaments, one that could not be part of the parks department. If city staffers and council members believe New Braunfels would be served better by a facility devoted to practice and playing space for local leagues and run by Laird and TRIAL CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Attorney says news media has biased jury pod Both counties are part of Robison’s district. “We don’t believe we can get a fair trial here because of the biased and inflammatory nature of the local news coverage in this case,” Peterson said. Waldrip wants the two defendants tried together for their alleged parts in a conspiracy to hire a “hit man” to kill Benavides’ ex-girlfriend and possibly his son. Benavides and Childs were arrested March 6 and 7,2004, at the conclusion of an inves-tigation launched by New Braunfels police when an officer reported to Capt. John Villarreal that Childs was attempting to hire someone to commit a killing. Dee-Dais JZesale I IO S. Austin Street • Seguin, Texas Hie hay A sell mw uni gently nsei items {fit the heme. Tue. - Fri. IO a.m. - 3 p.m. • Sat. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. M-m-m _Visa/MC    •    layaway • Consignments_ EE YOU HAVE CATARACTS? Learn about a new surgical procedure that could change you life! Free Screening & Informational Session • Dr. S. Grant Smith, MD, presenter • Procedure corrects near & far vision • Eliminates need for glasses in most cases • Recognized by Medicare Friday, June 24th, 2005 1 p.m. Senior Citizens Center 665 Landa Street New Braunfels, Texas Call 830-643-8604 for information New Braunfels Surgical Center 1738 E. Common New Braunfels, TX 78130 Phone: 830-643-8600 "Comprehensive & quality eye care” 1527 East Common <    New    Braunfels,    TX    78130 *5* Phone: 830-606-9099 Margly says statewide adoptions are also common, with requests coming from Lore-do, LaVernia, Alpine and Houston. Local agencies check up on the animals. Visitors who cannot adopt an animal, but who still want to help, can become foster parents. Fosters are responsible for the feeding and socialization of pets, but the SHS will provide the crate, all veterinary expenses and medications including heartworm preventative if the foster is unable to do so. Margly said pets who live in foster homes receive the benefit of human interaction as well as additional character observation. “Foster homes allow you to determine whether the animals will get along with other dogs and cats and small children,” Margly said. “They can then be placed accordingly.” Margly described her deepseated love for animals as something that began as a child and an attribute that all people share. her staff, they must forego HOT revenue. Although Laird said she was open to all options for a sports complex, her first concern was for local youth. "Private organizations don’t always have the best in mind for local youth sports,” she said. “Besides, we are already short on inventory for our local teams.” Laird and members of the Parks Advisory Committee who traveled this spring to several facilities around the state, researching how each complex operates, said they were most impressed with Euless. “It was stunning,” said committee member Ed Moore. “They have a top-class facility and it’s making money.” The Parks at Texas Star, which is run by Euless’ parks department, was funded by a half-cent sales tax and car Childs is the wife of former New Braunfels police officer Jeffrey Childs, who was placed on admin-istrative leave and then resigned after the investigation. Investigators have not implicated Jeffrey Childs, and he has never been charged with a crime. During the investigation, New Braunfels police recorded meetings between Benavides and an undercover officer from another agency who posed as a “hit man.” Investigators say Samantha Childs began looking for someone who could help arrange the killing in January 2004. Samantha Childs “I think its genetic,” Margly said. “I think a love for animals is something that all people have, hut sometimes it doesn’t get developed. rental tax funds. The three-phase project cost $6 million. Today, the park is self-sustaining, using sales of creative advertising space to cover the cost of providing field use free of charge to local leagues. “They took every opportunity to generate advertising revenue," Moore said. “They sold the naming rights to every field, hung signs on the fences and worked out a soft drink contract with Coca-Cola.” While Euless built its park for local youth, the parks department still promotes it for area, district and state tournaments to help pay the hills, a strategy Pinto would like to see employed in New Braunfels. I lusting outside organizations also would help the city pay off a bond, if council chose that route to fund the facility’s construction. Theres a great return from the dogs and cats that sit in your lap. The animals give you so much and they don’t ask very much from you.” “It’s feasible a facility run by the parks department could make enough money to make bond payments,” Pinto said. “It would take organization and it would need to be multifaceted.” One option for diversity would include the city contracting for concession rights and taking a portion of the proceeds in return. Pinto estimated it would take between $6 million and $8 million to fund the fields portion of laird’s dream complex. The natatorium, which could be constructed in conjunction with local school districts, likely would cost another $6 million. If city council members are opposed to paying for a facility with bond money, they could direct stall to seek grant monies or ask for help from the Industrial Development Corporation (4B) hoard. China Inn 983 N. Loop 337 (at Common St.) NB, TX 78130 Featured Seafood Dinner Buffet Items Shrimp, Crawfish, Fish, Mussels, Snow Crab Legs, Oysters & Sushi Lunch Special $4.50 • Dinner Special *6.95 BUFFET & CARRY-OUT OVER 80 ITEMS OPEN HOURS Sun.-Thur., 11am-9:30 Friday, 11 am-10pm Saturday, 4pm-10pm LICK b Visit our Web site n u South Texas Blood & Tissue Center DONATE BLOOD All Doners Receive a Free Ball Cap! At the Herald-Zeitung 707 Landa St. Monday r June 27th 10:30am - 12:30pm Donate & Receive a $1(1 CCM PON to the Herald. Good towards Pl RI HASE OE St BSC RI PHON OR \l>\ ERTISEMENT To schedule an appointment contact Jeff Fowler at the Herald-Zeitung 830-625-9144 HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! Anyone 17 years or older, weighing at least I IO pounds and in good general health may donate blood. All donors must show proper identification before beginning the donation process. 4RNeN ARTHUR E.(AITZE) HERFURTH Arthur E. (Aitze) Herfurth passed away on Tuesday June 21, 2005 at the age of 80. Visitation will begin on Thursday June 23,2005 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Zoeller Funeral J Tome. Funeral service will be conducted on Sat urday June 25,2005 at 10:00 AM at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Interment will follow at Comal Cemetery. ZOELLER FUNERAL HOME Funerals & Cremations 615 Landa, New Braunfels (830) 625-2349 MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Adrianne Pierce, a firefighter with Canyon Lake Fire Department, helps control residual flames after a fire completely burned down a home in Startzville Friday. MANDY REARY'Herald-Zeitung Violet Margly spends some time socializing with her three youngest kittens, Rosebud, left, Buttons and Puddin, ranging from 4 to 8 weeks in age. 608-9111 629-1501 ;