New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 30, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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since 1852.Witnesses recount plan to hire ‘hit man’
By Leigh Jones
Two witnesses recalled hearing about a plan to hire a hit man but admitted they had no personal knowledge of the alleged plot during testimony Wednesday in a “killing for hire” trial.
While the state’s first two witnesses, Mandy Reary and NBPD patrolman James Bell, recounted their roles in bringing the alleged "hit man"
scheme to the attention of the New Braunfels Police Department, defense attorneys Glen Peterson and Tony C^antrell focused on the second-hand nature of their information.
Both witnesses admitted they never heard either defendant, Samantha Kaderli Childs, 24, or Jonathan Benavides, 31, talk about their alleged intentions.
Reary, who is a photographer for the I lerald-Zeitung, told the jury of
six men and six women she learned of the murder for hire plot from her friend, Tina Lawson.
At first, Reary said, she doubted I^awson’s story.
“I didn’t believe there was a real plot,’’ she testified. “It seemed like something out of a novel, not something that would happen in my life."
Answering questions from Assistant District Attorney Geoff Barr, Reary told jurors she met Lawson
through their mutual friend, Childs, who was then engaged to NBPD patrolman Jeff Childs. Reary and Lawson were bridesmaids in the Childs’ Feb. 7,2004, wedding.
Childs and Benavides, Jeff Child’s lifelong friend, are charged with criminal conspiracy to commit capital murder in an attempt to kill Benavides’ former girlfriend and
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Samantha Kaderli Childs
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Employees say Pinto will be hard to replace
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels City Manager Chuck Pinto might be looking forward to his new job in League City, but his staff members will bid him farewell very reluctandy.
“We told him we were going to hire a charter bus to go to the League City meeting and protest," said Assistant City Secretary Am Smith, laughing.
“I told him I was going to call and tell them not to hire him,’’ added Pattie Jenkins, who splits her administrative assistant duties between Pinto and City Attorney Charlie Zech.
Despite their affectionate scheming, Pinto’s appointment to League City’s top spot, a position he has been trying to get since early this year, was approved Tuesday.
Pinto submitted his formal letter of resignation Wednesday to May-or Bruce Boyer and the New Braunfels City Council after driving back from his future home earlier in the day.
Before his last day in New Braunfels, Aug. 31, Pinto’s staff members plan to throw him a proper good-bye party.
“We have to plan a roast, and decorate his office with University ofTexas stuff,” said Jenkins, noting her boss’ disdain for anything orange and white.
While they might disagree on the proper way to send their leader to his next assignment, city staffers were united when it came to naming Pinto’s chief accomplishment during his
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
New Braunfels City Manager Chuck Pinto tendered his resignation Wednesday, hours after signing a contract that to serve as city administrator for League City. The new job raised Pinto's salary from $119,000 to $140,000. Below, City Secretary Mike Resendez, left, consults with Pinto.
time in New Braunfels.
“He brought life to this place,” said City Secretary Michael Resendez, pointing to his polo shirt with the city seal. “Getting these was a team-building exercise. Now we all wear them with pride.”
Pinto encouraged Iris staff members by getting to know each one.
“He comes by and visits with everyone almost every day," said Sam Sarske, an employee in the
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Pinto moves to League City
League City Mayor Jerry Schults and New Braunfels City Manager Chuck Pinto inked a contract Wednesday.
A look at how the hiring process played out.
March 15— Pinto confirms he applied for the city administrator's position in League City.
He was consequently named one of 11 finalists.
March 16 — League City Mayor Jeff Harrison says Pinto is top candidate for the posi-tion.
March 31 — Harrison announces he will not appoint a city administrator until after the May 7 election.
April 14 — Pinto said he would wait for the election, adding "it would not be fair for the new city administrator to come in without having full support."
June 13 — League City Mayor-elect Jerry Schults, scheduled to take office June 20, calls Pinto to see if he is still interested in the job.
Pinto says he is.
June 21 — Schults appoints city employee Mike Clawson as temporary city administrator. Both the mayor and council members say they want to hire Pinto as the permanent city leader.
June 28 — League City council votes to hire Pinto as city administrator.
June 29 — Pinto and Schults sign contract.
Summer doesn’t stop the learning process for dual-language students
Teacher Karyna Esquivel congratulates Regan Lewis, center, on a job well done on her paper while little sister, Kendall, continues working.
By Melissa Johnson
The group of students at teacher Karyna Esquivel’s house looked like any other — what set them apart from their peers was the way they sounded.
During the month of June, 18 incoming first-graders and 21 incoming second- and third-graders met twice a week
to continue dual-language education in summer camp.
I Tie students met for three hours each day at the Westside Community Center, where they made vocabulary booklets, practiced finger painting and drew Father’s Day cards — all while speaking entirely in Spanish.
The language is nothing
new for the Memorial Primary and Memorial Elementary students. Beginning in kindergarten, 11 English speaking students and 11 Spanish speakers were put in the same classroom and taught the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic in Spanish. As kindergarteners, 90 percent of the
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School finance plan pushes state sales tax to record level
By April Castro
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN—Texans j ■ would pay the highest I state sales tax in the j nation under a meas- I ure approved Wednes- j day by a I louse panel. I
The tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, led by Republicans, approved the measure lo fund scliutA piopei -ty tax relief in a 5-4 party fine vote. The plan approved Wednesday would increase the rate from the current 6.25 percent to 7.25 percent.
A proposed increase in the sales tax has been a cornerstone of most of the school revenue-generating proposals, but the rate has been contentious. The proposal could
2005 Texas Legislature Special Session
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New Braunfels Surgical Omer offers new cataract procedure.
Ornaments have historical link
By David Rupkalvis
A rare Christmas ornament could help save a part of New Braunfels’ history.
Bette Spain, wlio rims Sophie’s Shop with Anna Lee Hicks, explained that the gift shop at the Sophienburg Museum and Archives recently acquired 300 Christmas ornaments designed to
look like the Main Plaza Bandstand.
The cost of the limited edition ornament is $26. For each ornament sold, $1 will be donated to die Bandstand Restoration fund.
Spain said Sophie’s Race is always looking for new ways to raise money for the Sophienburg. While looking, Spain and I licks found a company out of Poland that makes ornaments. Spain sent the company 20 pictures of the bandstand, taken from all
■ A complete list of events scheduled for the Fourth of July
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