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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 29, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas HIXLD ADC moi lmzii tsyjo/05 SOUTHWEST HKROMJBLISHtRS 2627 E VANDEL!. DR EL PASO TX 79903 781 SPORTS STILL ALIVE Canyon Lake rallies from an early deficit to top New Braunfels in 10-year-old playoff game. Page 6A FORUM COLUMN Guest columnist Wayne Rudolph says the NB city council should rescind district funds. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County 6ince 1852. Vol. 154, No. 191 16 pages, 2 sections CLICK 500 www: I 8 56825 00001 r* PIP artly Cloudy High Low High 98 Details 73 . .. 2B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 5B COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 4BAttorney: Evidence will clear Benavides By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels’ “killing for hire” trial began Tuesday with opening statements that gave jurors two different perspectives on the same evidence. Defense Attorney Glen Peterson warned jurors of evidentiary twists and turns but promised at the end of the trial road they would see his client was drawn into a killing for hire plot out of fear for his own safety, not a desire to see the mother of his child dead. “Keep your eye on the evidence ball to see who is soliciting who,” Peterson said. Jonathan Benavides, 31, is accused of trying to hire an undercover police officer posing as a “hit man” to kill his former girlfriend, Stacy Satterfield, so he could avoid paying $350 per month in child support. While District Attorney Dib Waldrip told jurors evidence would show Benavides sought out someone who could do his “job,” Peterson claimed his client was a pawn for two women — codefendant Samantha Kaderli Childs, 24, and witness Tina Lawson. Childs, wife of former New Braunfels Police Department officer Jeffrey Childs, also is charged with criminal conspiracy to commit capital murder for her role in soliciting Lawson’s help in finding a “hit man.” Lawson, who was good friends with Childs at the time the plot hatched, subsequently worked as an informant for the NBPD. Peterson told jurors the two friends decided Benavides’ best option for getting relief from the financial burden of child support payments to his girlfriend was to have the woman killed, See TRIAL Page 3A Glen Peterson Pinto to take top job at League City By Sarah Viren The Galveston County Daily News LEAGUE CITY—Calling League City his last stop before retirement, Chuck Pinto, 59, said he is confident he can assist the city through its current growth spurt. City council voted Tuesday night to hire Pinto, now New Braunfels City manager, to run city hall. Mayor Jerry Shults said he expected to sign the $140,(XX) a year contract with Pinto today. The deal also calls for a $600 a month car allowance and six month’s severance pay. The appointment comes after more than a year of failed attempts to fill the spot. Paul Davis, who had been serving temporarily, resigned when Shults took office this month. Last week, council appointed Mike Clawson, a former city staffer and contributor to Shults' mayoral campaign, to LEARN MORE ■ For more on Chuck Pinto's decision, see Thursday's Herald-Zeitung serve as the city administrate on an interim basis. Pinto would likely take over city hall Sept. I, after giving his current employers 60-days notice. He said he doesn’t think Clawson will stay on with the city after that. A longtime municipal worker, Pinto said he would likely stay with League City five years at most, and then wants to move on to teaching. He said he sees a “good team" between himself and the new council, but will approach the job with no “preconceived ideas.” Chuck Pinto Party town? Is New Braunfels really a family destination or has it become a place for young adults to hang out and party? UNDAY "CL State looking for ways to improve FM 306 By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The Texas Department of Transportation Tuesday evening showed about 40 FM 306 area residents what a pair of railroad overpasses and $25 million worth of improvements could look like. The concept, shown at a “stakeholders” meeting conducted at New Braunfels Utilities, includes widening from two to four lanes about two miles of FM 306 from Interstate 35 to just past the second railroad crossing. It would, in preliminary concepts, include sidewalks, a bike lane and a six-inch, raised median that would promote mobility, improve safety and enable sheriff’s deputies, police and firefighters to more quickly respond to emergencies in the LM 306 corridor. TxDOT project engineer Judy Friesenhahn opened the HAVE A SAY ■ lf you would like to make suggestions for improvements on FM 306, send them to theTexas Department of Transportation, 2940 1-35 South, New Braunfels, 78130-7032. meeting with a brief discussion of the roadway. Funding has been so far approved only for the two railroad overpasses, estimated to cost $11 million. Another $11 to $13 million that would be required for the rest of the project has not yet been allocated. “As TxDOT looked at the (overpass) projects, they realized there were more issues on FM 306,” Friesenhahn said. “We’re here to do some thinking and some talking. Wed like to take your ideas and formulate them into some long range planning." Tuesdays meeting was conducted to receive ideas from See ROAD Page 3A BOYS OF SUMMER Comal ISD closer to picking new superintendent By Melissa Johnson Staff Writer The number of applicants in the Comal Independent School District superintendent pool has been narrowed from 69 to four. Three of the candidates are male, and all are Texas residents with significant leadership experience, Board member Bill Swim said. All are either serving in assistant superintendent positions with larger districts or are presently employed as superintendents. None are currently employed with the school district. CISD Board President Dan Krueger said board members met during a recent weekend to narrow the list. “We met for six or seven hours on a Saturday and talked about the applicants and the merits of each,” Krueger said. “We then went through all the applicants and narrowed them down to seven.” Out of the seven applicants granted interviews last week, four will be called back for a second interview. The second round of interviews will take place the middle of next week. “ They are all very talented and from different educational backgrounds," Krueger said. “Any one of these four could certainly lead the district. We’re looking forward to the second round of interviews." After the remaining candidates participate in a third interview, the board will make its final decision. The district plans to complete the selection process by the end of july. CISD Director of Communications See COMAL Page 3A Little League brings fathers, sons together By David Rupkalvis News Editor CANYON LAKE — Thud Kinsey was distracted when his son stepped to the plate. For a moment, he was not a coach or a fan, but simply a dad. After his son, Austin, lined a-clean single Kinsey relaxed, picked up the bat and resumed a family tradition of coaching Little League. Kinsey is an assistant coach for the New Braunfels 10-year-old Blue All Stars who played Canyon Lake in the semifinals of the special district tournament Tuesday. “Its fun coaching your son, but at the same time, it’s a challenge,” he said. “You try not to he too hard on them but you instinctively are. My dad coached me all the way through Little League.” Kinsey has coached both of his sons and he said the love of baseball is one of the things that unites his family. “It’s great spending time with your kids doing anything,” he said. “I have a love for baseball, and I was blessed with two sons who love baseball. It’s not only a common bond between us, it’s a common bond between them. They spend a lot of time playing together in die yard.” Bill Martin spent his Tuesday evening rooting for Canyon Lake and his son, left fielder Conor. Like many of the fathers at the game, he grew up in Little League and was excited when his son also decided to play. “It’s baseball,” Martin said. “It’s kids having tun and wanting to be like Major League players and parents wanting them to be like Major League players.” Martin volunteers his time helping out the little League program in Canyon I .ake, one of dozens of volunteers who made the 10-year-old tournament a success. While he enjoys watching all the children play, he always keenly watches his son. Watching Conor of the field See BASEBALL Page 8A Photos by MANDY REARY Herald Zeitung New Braunfels All-Stars Little League team gets a pep talk from coach Craig Wersterfer before taking the fieldTuesday against Canyon Lake. Below, Gene Hubnik, from right, Robert Payne, Fred Skinner and Bill Martin lean against the low part of the ball field fence to get the best view of their sons playing for Canyon Lake. american Owned. Born Here. 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