New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 16, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Canyon High s Matt Schumann and his teammates are ready for the start of district baseball competition. Page SA
Charley Reese says as long as politicians run the military, the U.S. force won t be the world's best trained Army. Pago AA
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Police department lets officer go
Jeffrey Child’s wife implicated in alleged killing for cash plot
By Ron Maloney
Staff Writer The New Braunfels police officer placed on paid administrative leave during an investigation into an alleged killing for cash scheme involving his wife has lost his job.
Police patrol Lt. John Villarreal issued a statement Monday afternoon announcing officer Jeffrey Childs no longer worked at the police department.
"To maintain the integrity of the ongoing criminal investigation, the
integrity of the internal investigation and to ensure employee privacy rights, I will make no further comment on this issue,” Villarreal said.
Police Chief Russell Johnson would not say whether Childs resigned or was fired. Johnson declined to dis
cuss the criminal case against the officer’s wife of one month, Samantha Childs, 23, or his high school friend, Jonathon Gene Benavides, 29, of Houston.
See OFFICER, Page 2A
Bail hearing held for the two suspects in case Page 3A
Young anglers reel in a string of fun
By Leigh Jones
The threat of rain could not deter 250 young fishermen who gathered Sunday on the banks of the Guadalupe River for the 8th annual KIDFISH.
"We were concerned about the weather, but two years ago in the rain we had the largest group ever,” said Kay Cote, marketing director for the Water Oriented Recreation District (WORD) of Comal County.
Que was pleased to see so many tam -Hies interested in having their children learn about fishing.
“Education is the goal of the event,” she said.
Early Sunday morning, J. P. Braze a1
from The KIDFISH Foundation released 600 trout into the river. Although there was nothing to prevent the fish from swimming downstream, the release area provided the perfect encouragement to stick around.
“T here are a lot of trees in that spot where the fish like to feed and hang out,” said Cote. “That’s where a lot of the big ones were caught.”
After some fishing technique and etiquette instruction from Brazeal, the chil-dren dropped their lines in the water. Corn was provided for bait, although some anglers brought their own worms.
Stormy Clifton from Canyon Lake caught the largest fish at 19 1/4 inches. Sydney Marburger, 2 112, and Madison
Mata, 3, both from San Antonio, tied for first place in the youngest age group with their catches of 111/2 inches.
All fish were returned to the river after their measurements were recorded.
Although none of the children could eat their catches for dinner, each received a KIDFISH certificate, ribbon and glass fish statue to take home. Trophies were also given to the top five fund-raisers. Children raised a total of $1,200 for 'Hie KIDFISH Foundation, which organizes similar events around Texas.
KIDFISH was held at White Water Sports on FM 306. Sponsors included WORD, Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority and Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
Swint, Burt face opposition in CISD races
CISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES
■ Up for election are the seats of ncurrv berrts Charles Burt (District 6) and Bill Swrt (District 7).
ii Early verting begins April 28 and ends May 11. The election is May 15.
By Dylan Jimdnez
Voters will have a choice May J 5 in both county school board trustee races.
Cindy Kelly and Klaus Weiswurm have challenged COmal Independent School District incumbents Charles Burt (District 6) and Bill Swint (District 7).
District 7 represents the Garden Ridge and Solms areas, including Cornell Elementary. Most students in this area attend
Smithson Valley I Ugh School.
District 6 includes the area along U.S. 281 North in Bexar , and Comal counties, including Rahe Primary, Bulverde Elementary and Specht Elementary. Most students in this area attend Canyon I ligh School.
In District 7, a new high school in the Canyon Lake area will be built soon to ease overcrowding at SVHS.
District 6 is one of the fastest growing areas in the county. Specht Elementary was built in
2001 to ease overcrowding anti will be at capacity next year.
Trustees also will be faced with a budget crunch as the district’s property values continue to limit its state funding.
Kelly a Specht Elementary par ent, is a medical technologist for the U.T. Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Wieswunn’s four children have attended CIS!) schools. He is president and CEO of Instruments Technology Machinery in Schertz.
City mulls tax rate hike of 7 cents
City Manager Chuck Pinto
By Scott Mahon
City taxpayers would have to pay 7 cents more per $100 of assessed valuation under a budget plan being discussed by the New Braunfels City Council.
The extra tax revenue would be used to pay for a $26 million street and drainage improvements and to hire more firemen.
At Monday’s budget workshop. City Manager Chuck Pinto said the hiring of additional firemen would add another $300,000 to the 2005 budget plan, or an additional 1.5 cents to the tax rate.
And a $26 million bond issue will increase the tax rate another 4.5 cents.
Irinto told council members the projected 2005 budget calls for a tax rate of 35.23 cents.
A 7-cent hike would raise that tax rate to 42 cents per
$100 valuation. That means a homeowner with a $100,000 home with a homestead exemption would pay about $336 a year in city property taxes The city’s current tax rate is 37.11 cents.
Mayor Adam Cork said the proposed tax hike is a bargain.
“I think it’s still a heck of a deal, considering all the city services we get,” he said.
If council approves the tax hike, public hearings would have to be held on the proposal, said Pinto.
“If you propose a tax rate that’s more than 3 percent above the effective tax rate, we ll have to go through the process of public hearings," he said.
The 2005 budget includes a 3 percent salary increase for city employees, except for department heads, whose
See BUDGET. Page 3A
2 early candidates draw no opponents in city races
By Scott Mahon
Staff Writer Only two candidates filed for the city council election before the filing deadline ended Monday — District I Councilwoman Sonia Munoz-Gill and Beth Sokolyk, who tiled in February for District 2 Councilman Ixtrry Alexander’s seat.
Alexander has served the limit of two terms and is
restricted from naming again.
Muftoz ran unopposed for District I three years ago.
City Secretary Michael Resendez said write-in candidates have until March 22 to file.
“If there are no other candidates, I II have the right to can eel the election for both districts,” Resendez said. “If a
See ELECTION, Page 3A
Samantha Childs Benavides
Above, Paul Hartmann gives his son. Christopher. 4. a few pointers on catching fish while they participate Sunday afternoon in KIDFISH along the banks of the Guadalupe River near Canyon Lake. But the big winner was Stormy Clifton, right, who caught the largest fish — a 19 1/4-inch whopper. The annual event is sponsored by the Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County.
Clinton Dieted, a fifth generation of German descendants, knew would spend his life farming, but doubts another
Ktion will continue the je.