New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 158, No. 102 10 pages, 1 section
No injuries reported in helicopter accident
By Will Wright
No one was injured in a helicopter accident in Bulverde early Wednesday afternoon.
Comal County Sheriff's Office received several emergency calls on the incident, which was first reported at 12:30 p.m.
The Department of Public Safety was working the acci
dent, which occurred in the 2000 block of Obst Road. On the property, an unidentified man was seen walking away from a small helicopter, which lay crumpled on the ground near a fence.
“Apparently, it was a single helicopter that was practicing takeoffs and landings," CCSO
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Emergency crews respond the scene of a helicopter accident Wednesday near Obst Road in Bulverde.
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THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2011
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Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 500Wisconsin fugitive captured in SeguinMan was on lam for 11 years after being charged with alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl
By Felicia Frazar
Seguin Gazette Enterprise
SEGUIN — After a tip to the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office, one of “America’s Most Wanted” fugitives was arrested in Seguin on Tuesday morning.
Ricky Alan Howard, 41, was picked up on a warrant out of Wisconsin for an alleged sexual assault of a child, said Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Sgt. J.C. Batey.
“We received information last night from a concerned citizen and due to the nature of the call,
we investigated this (Tuesday morning),” he said. “We contacted the Lone Star Fugitive Task force and with the assistance of the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit — warrant officers — we were able to locate the subject here in Seguin.”
With about a dozen law enforcement personnel, officers took Howard into custody without incident from his home in Seguin, Batey said.
“He did give the marshals a couple of different aliases — one of which was James Willy," he said.
Howard is being held in Guadalupe County jail awaiting confirmation, Batey said.
“1116 marshals may take him to their facility to wait out the extradition hearing,” he said.
See FUGITIVE, Page 3
1st U.S. hot car fatality of year
2010 was worst on record for heat-related car deaths, with 49 reported by website
By J. Louise Larson
It’s a terrible statistic: Texas leads the nation in child vehicular heat stroke deaths.
A New Braunfels baby died Hiesday, still strapped into her carseat after spending nine hours in her mother’s sun-heated car. The 6-month-old became a national statistical tragedy—she’s believed to be the first child to die that way in the U.S. in 2011.
“Last year was the worst year ever—there was 49 fatalities. We’ve never had a year that bad,” said Janette Fennell, founder and president of Kid-sandCars.org, a voice for educating the public and lobbying for stricter safety standards.
“Texas, unfortunately, has more child vehicular heat stroke deaths than any other state in the Union,” Fennell said in an interview Wednesday.
After a workday that ended in a nightmare for New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung staffer Kayla Carlson and her family, police investigators are awaiting autopsy results in the 6-month-old’s death; preliminary evidence indicated the baby had been unknowingly been left in the car, said NBPD spokesman Lt. Michael Pen-shorn.
A flood of comments expressing support or vitriol have come in regarding the
See BABY, Page 10
Newspaper creates Mya Wallace Fund
The Mya Wallace Memorial Fund account has been established at First State Bank of New Braunfels to help Kayla M. Carlson and her family with funeral expenses.
“We were moved to establish this account because of all the comments and calls from readers who were not only expressing their condolences but wanted a way to help the parents,” said Herald-Zeitung Publisher Doug Toney.
“The support we’ve received from our readers has been very comforting and appreciated.”
Herald-Zeitung staffers were deeply saddened by their colleague’s loss, Toney said, noting that on Wednesday morning, Maggie Jones, the lead chaplain from Christus Santa Rosa—New Braunfels counseled with individual employees and conducted a service at the Herald-Zeitung.
“Her words of comfort and guidance have helped us deal with this,” he said.
—/. Louise Larson
CHURCHES HOLD ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES
Photos by LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung
Pastor Helen Boursier, right, makes the sign of the cross on Royanne Chisum's forehead during the Ash Wednesday service at Community Fellowship Presbyterian Church.
everal churches in Comal County observed Ash Wednesday with services throughout the day. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and occurs 46 days before Easter. The ceremony’s name comes from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of believers as a sign of humility and repentance to God.
Diane Waddell, left, and Gloria Snell, right, help Sala Nuu, 3, as she prepares to paint a cross on a board covered with crosses made by others during Community Fellowship Presbyterian Church's Ash Wednesday service. The painting will hang near the church's altar for the next 40 days.
Sunday Services 8 and 10:30 a.m.