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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 13, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels THURSDAY March 13, 2003 "VIV1*    jo    pages    in    2    sectionsHerald-Zeitung _____ _____ .. —. - —_ .. ...... _____--___---_____------ Vol. 152, No. 103 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Bomb triggers attempted homicide investigation By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — Comal County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating what they believe was an attempt to kill a Canyon Lake man Tuesday. Sheriff’s detective Sgt. Tammy Ward said deputies were called to a residence off Chapman Parkway on the south side of the lake at 7:43 a.m. to investigate a possible bomb in a vehicle. They discovered something in a compact car Ward described only as an “incendiary device.” The detective offered no details about what the device was or how it would have detonated. Ward did not reveal the name of the intended victim. Detectives, investigators from the state and county fire marshal’s offices and agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were dispatched to the scene. “We’re investigating this as an attempted capital murder,” Ward said. Attempted capital murder is a first-degree felony punishable by between five and 99 years in state prison and a $10,000 fine. Investigators believe the bomb was aimed at a specific individual, and that the general public is not at risk, Ward said. “This doesn’t seem to be a random act.. It appears to be an isolated event. We’re not looking for some person who’s going around and setting these devices around,” Ward said. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ward at 620-3400, or 885-4883. Ward said information could also be provided to Comal County Crime Stoppers at 620 TIPS. Wreck inaugurates new traffic light K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Department of Public Safety Troopers and Comal County Sheriff’s officers control traffic shortly after an early evening wreck at Texas 46 and Farm-to-Market Road 3159 near Smithson Valley High School. While the new traffic signals only started flashing today, they will be fully operational by March 19. The county and Comal Independent School District, along with private donors, funded the traffic signals to get them installed more quickly after the Texas Department of Transportation found that the amount of traffic at the intersection warranted a stop light. Search effort goes nationwide for mom, 5-year-old How to help By Ron Maloney Staff Writer City seeks volunteers to build new nature trail By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department needs volunteers to help build a new multi-use nature trail Saturday. Participants should bring gloves and tools, such as rakes, hoes and shovels, at 8 30 a.m. at the Loop 337 baseball fields for brief instructions. Volunteers will clear brush and level and pack the dirt on about 500 yards of the future trail, which will extend from the loop to the end of the ball fields at Dry Comal Creek. The project At a glance ■ WHAT: New Braunfels Parks and Recreatioin volunteer effort to build a new nature trail ■ WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Saturday ■ WHERE: near the city baseball fields off Loop 337 ■ Participants should bring gloves and tools such as rakes, hoes and shovels should take until about midafternoon, and the Lion’s Club will supply lunch and refreshments to volunteers. Roger Dolle, park ranger superintendent for PARD, said it probably takes a few hours for a dozen workers to build 1,000 feet of trail. This is only the first of many workshops to be announced, he said. After the first phase, depending on money and manpower, the parks department will try to extend the trail around the ball fields. Eventually the trail will be a 2-and-a-half- to 3-feet trail — wide enough to handle two lanes of hikers, mountain bikers and nature lovers. The new multi-use trail will add diversity to the current trail system in New Braunfels because the site has several types of terrain and wildlife including several “huge oak trees," Dolle said. “Theres a lot to be seen that’s hiding in those trees out there,” Dolle said. ‘The trail will make it very accessible.” “Theres water in the creek and lots of undeveloped area out there,” he said. Most of the trail will be down the hill from the ball fields, making the trail a more natural experience. He said nature lovers — especially bird-watchers — See TRAIL/3A Law enforcement authorities are about to get some added help in the hunt for a former New Braunfels resident believed to have fled with her 5-year-old son after losing a custody case. A nationwide advertising agency has partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to mail with its advertising circulars 68 million cards with photos of Suzanne and Jeremy De Walt. The cards will be delivered across the United States over the coming six weeks — including to six million Tbxas households the first week in April. Suzanne DeWalt is believed to have gone into hiding with her mother, Margaret Kearns, and her son to keep from surrendering the boy to his father, U.S. Navy officer Michael DeWalt. Comal County 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison ordered the boy be turned over to his father at the conclusion of a custody trial Oct. 25, 2002. Suzanne DeWalt has alleged that the father and two male relatives sexually abused the boy, but a court-appointed psychiatrist, U.S. Navy and FBI investigators have all disputed the charge. The New Braunfels Police Department, FBI and Department of Public Safety Special Crimes Division have been working to find the DeWalts. NBPD crime analyst labby Rinehart said the photo campaign would be welcome help. “I would have to say the more people who see these photos, the better chance we have of finding this child," Rinehart said. Shortly after the disappearance, local authorities DEWALT lf you have seen Suzanne or Jeremy DeWalt call 1 -( 800-THE V LOST (or 1-800-843-5678) TDD. 1-800-826-7653. The New Braunfels Police Department and Comal County Crime Stoppers are offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the return of Jeremy DeWalt. Call 830-608-2185 or 620-TIPS. All information will be kept anonymous. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Web site can be viewed online at offered a $1,000 reward for information that led to Jeremy DeWalts return to his father. So far, there have been no takers. “We’re actively pursuing this case, and we’ve worked extensively on it," Rinehart said. “What kind of life can this be for a 5-year-old on the run with his mother?" Rinehart asked. “It all goes back to the fact that a jury listened to the testimony of this woman and decided that she didn’t need to have custody of her son. These people did not know the DeWalts, and did not know Suzanne DeWalt, and they heard the evidence and decided she should not have custody of this child,” Rinehart said. Jeremy’s paternal grandmother, Charlotte DeWalt, said Wednesday that she hoped the photos would help. Local police, state and fed-eral investigators have See SEARCH/3A Whatacouple: Pair marks 50th with burger By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer Some couples might think that a Whataburger restaurant would be an unusual place for a couple to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary. But to Bob and Jean Moseley of Canyon Lake, celebrating their September 1953 marriage Wednesday /it the only Whataburger in New Braunfels evoked old memories Like memories of 1953. * That’s when Bob Moseley, an Arma) steel retiree, was a Frito deliveryman in Corpus Christi. One of his accounts was Whataburger in Corpus Christi. The chain’s founder, Harmon Dobson, bought bags of chips from him. This was before the Whataburger restaurants sold French fries. “He (Dobson) invited me in when he heard I was going to get married,” Bob said. “He gave me a wedding present — a Whataburger and a malt and a bag of chips. And she got one too. It was great. It was free.” “They were very good hamburgers, and a lot of kids went there. They were 35 cents,” Jean added. The free meal impressed her husband; he was sold on the chain from then on. “I’ve been eating at Whataburgers ever since,” Bob said. ‘The more coupons they put out, the more I eat.” Then he grew reflective. “It was a nice thing that he invited us to come eat. We enjoyed the food ” But at the Whataburger of old, there was no drive-thru. There was no worker coming around to deliver your food and ketchup packets or cups. Or the anniversary cake that Chris Hanna of Whataburg-er’s Marketing Department was sneaking into the restaurant as a surprise. “You drove up, you got it and you left,” Bob said of service in 1953. Hanna, cutting the cake, which was trimmed in orange frosting with a bulger made out of icing on it, found out about the couple at Whataburger headquarters. “As a Frito guy, he was Harmon’s vendor,” Hanna See COUPLEInside Abby................... AA Classifieds............. .............2-4B Comics................. ..............6A Crossword 4A Forum.................. ...............5A Movies............... 4A Obituaries............ ...............3A Sports.................. ............1-2B Today.................. ...............2A Key Code 76 DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Bob and Jean Moseley feed each other from an anniversay cake presented to them by the employees of the New Braunfels Whataburger Wednesday. The two were celebrating their 50th anniversary at the restaurant with a meal provided by the chain. 56825 00001 > ;