New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 18, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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► JOSHUA DAVIS JR.
Joshua disappeared six weeks ago today
By J. Louise Larson
Toddler Joshua Davis disappeared from his New Braunfels home six weeks ago today.
As questions go unanswered and weeks slip by, the case that garnered national attention remains unsolved. The reward was quadrupled Wednesday, with $20,000 from Crimestoppers and the FBI offering incentive to someone to tell what they know about the toddler, missing since Feb. 4.
“An extensive search of the area was conducted by multiple agencies and citizens. Although law enforcement personnel have not indicated there is any evidence that a crime may have been committed, the investigation continues,” reads a statement from New Braunfels Police Department.
Though in images on fliers and in media accounts Joshua is 18 months old, he was bom almost 20 months ago. He has a baby brother, Jeiden, 3 weeks old, he has yet to meet. At the family’s Savannah Hills Circle home, 23-year-old Joshua Davis Sr. said Wednesday in a phone interview after church that he wants his son home.
“I spoke with Detective Rankin earlier today. He was telling me they’re still waiting on items from the lab and to keep my eyes and ears open. That makes me feel they’re still on the job, and we’re still doing everything they’ve asked for us to do. I’m still passing out fliers, people stop by and pass out fliers, because maybe someone knows something in that area they’re going to,” the father said.
“In my heart, I feel like someone out there has him
See JOSHUA, Page 5
Judge ups Clark’s bond to $200K
Ex-New Braunfels attorney’s attempt to get restrictions loosened backfires
By J. Louise Larson
Mark Adrian Clark’s efforts to get his appeal bond restrictions loosened had the opposite effect Thursday.
Judge Doug Shaver ruled out a
new trial for Clark and denied a defense motion to modify the disbarred attorney’s bond travel restrictions. He also increased his bond up from $24,000 to $200,000 — and required him to wear an electronic monitoring anklet.
Clark, 55, was sentenced in Feb
ruary to seven years in prison and a $10,000 fine for attempted sexual performance of a child in a June 2010 incident involving a client’s 12-year-old daughter.
Shaver rejected Clark’s requests to travel, in the presence of another adult, outside Comal County to
Austin and San Antonio between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to meet with attorneys in his appeal and to be allowed to attend church at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in San Antonio.
See CLARK, Page 5
JAPAN QUAKE AND TSUNAMI AFTERMATH
Andrew Jaroszewski, a 2005 New Braunfels High graduate, poses with some of his Japanese students.
‘PERSON OF CHARACTER’
NBHS graduate pitching in at Japanese emergency shelter
By J. Louise Larson
As the death toll Thursday morning approached 6,000, with another 10,000 feared dead in the wake of a killer combination of 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Kathleen Jaroszewski stopped watching the news.
Andrew Jaroszewski, the only child of New Braunfelsers Kathleen and her husband Mike, teaches middle school English within 100 miles of Sendai, near the epicenter of the deadly quake.
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The 2005 graduate of New Braunfels High School works for the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) program, which is sponsored by the Japanese government. The State Department has warned U.S. citizens to consider leaving the country, which faces genuine shortages and threats of radiation exposure from malfunctioning nuclear plants, but he’s staying put and pitching in at an emergency shelter at the school
where he teaches.
“I feel like I raised my son to be a person of character, and I do believe he’s showing that character now,” Kathleen said Thursday after getting off the phone with Andrew.
“He’s formed a relationship with these people he works with — a lot of these people have lost family or homes, and it means a lot to him not to abandon them,” she said, noting Andrew is also concerned for the welfare of his girlfriend.
See JAPAN, Page 5
► FORMER EDUCATOR
Racanelli strikes plea deal
Agreement includes probation, $2,000 fine
By J. Louise Larson
Attorneys for Elisa Racanelli have stmck a plea deal for 10 years probation.
In a plea agreement reached Thursday morning with the Comal County District Attorney’s office, the former New Braunfels Independent School District administrator will permanently lose her teaching certification after pleading guilty to two counts of tampering with governmental records.
The agreement includes a $5,000 fine probated to $2,000, 300 hours of community service restitution and permanent surrender of her teaching certificate.
If she serves her 10 years probation successfully, she will not be a convicted felon, said Chief Felony Prosecutor Sammy McCrary.
“If she violates the terms of her community supervision, she can be sentenced to 20 years in prison,” he said. “I thought it was a fair resolution.”
Racanelli tampered with the records of two New Braunfels High senior girls who needed to go up in class ranking to get into the University of Texas. The incident reportedly involved forging the registrar’s name on a paper document
See RACANELLI, Page 5
Haag will represent Comal at Trinity Aquifer hearing
By Grog Bowen
County commissioners on Thursday morning voted to have Commissioner Scott Haag represent the county at an April 6 state hearing on the formation of a local Trinity Aquifer groundwater conservation district.
Commissioners also moved forward with plans for a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day.
Haag was authorized to seek “party status” for the county in the triallike proceedings that will continue before State Office of Administrative Hearings Judge Paul Keeper of Austin at 10 a.m. April 6 at Hays County Courthouse in San Marcos.
Seeking party status is a natural follow-up to the county filing, in January 2009, a resolution supporting the creation of a groundwater
See TRINITY, Page 5
Court’s 1st evening session filled with spirited debate
By Greg Bowen
The first of Comal County Commissioners’ Court’s evening workshops drew more than 30 citizens and resulted in a sometimes contentious, two-hour-plus discussion on forming a local groundwater district.
County Judge Sherman Krause said the court, the county’s governing body, will have an evening
workshop on the third Thursday of each month to allow citizens to comment on items on the meeting agenda — as well as whatever else they want to talk about.
Commissioners are considering holding their new evening meetings in venues other than their New Braunfels courtroom.
Thursday’s initial evening meeting began with commissioners
See EVENING, Page 5
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