New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 3, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Police: Teens asked adults for marijuana, beer the night before David Walker’s death
By Dalovulo Moultrie
David Allen Walker, the 16-year old boy found dead late last year in a field near his home, had asked neighbors to provide him and three other juveniles with alcohol and marijuana, according to a document New Braunfels police filed in Guadalupe County.
In his investigation, Det. Darren Rutledge learned that Walker, his 14-year-old sister and a juvenile friend went to Christopher Piadade and Doraiicia Villarreal for transportation Dec. 17 to buy beer and marijuana. Piadade and Villarreal drove the teens to pick up a friend and the contraband. according to a criminal complaint Rutledge filed.
The teens provided the money but Piadade made the
beer purchase and, Rutledge said in the complaint, and Villarreal did the driving.
Walker's father, James Walker, said the juveniles share some blame but, ultimately, the adults need to own up to their responsibility.
“Children make mistakes but an adult supplying them should have consequences for that," lames Walker said. "I'm not Naying the children didn't do anything wrong. I'm definitely saying David has paid his price."
lames Walker said Piadade and Villarreal failed his son.
“An adult who gives a child drugs or alcohol would have a responsibility to get him home safely," Walker said. “I don't want to have the opinion that David didn't do anything wTong. He died. He has paid his price. He's paid in full."
Piadade, 20. and Villarreal, 34, both of New Braunfels, were arrested on warrants New Braunfels police obtained .April 14, police Lt. Michael Penshorn said. He said Villarreal and Piadade were arrested on charges of second- degree felony of delivery of a controlled substance/marijuana to a minor.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission later served criminal warrants on the already-jailed Piadade and Villarreal. They were each charged with furnishing or providing alcohol to a minor.
137 turn out for first day of early voting
By Grog Bowen
Early voting in the May 14 dty and school hoard elections got under way on Monday.
Elections officials reported that that 137 votes were cast in the city election on the first day of early voting.
Thirteen ballots were cast in the New Braunfels Independent School District race and 5 were cast in the Comal ISD contest, officials said.
Early voting will continue through May 10 at the Comal County Elections Annex. 345 Landa St., which is the former lifechek Pharmacy building at Landa Pla/a.
Voting hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today, Tuesday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday;
and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10.
The general election will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 14, a Saturday In municipal races, voters are casting ballots for mayor and the District 5 city council seat and on a ballot proposition that, if approved, would grant civil service status to the city's police department.
In the mavoral race, candi -
dates are Gale Pospisil and Jason Dias.
In the District 5 council race, candidates are Bryan Miranda and Beverly Nuckols,
In the NBISD race, board president Rigo Monterò faces David McDaniel for the District 2 positior^ in C1SD, newcomers Dale Dehlin and Nancy' Pappas are running for the District 4 position.
Your Water Supply s what matters.
Current Water Restriction Status:
NBU customers are now allowed to use a sprinkler or irrigation system two days per week based on the last digit of your address:
Monday & Thursday
6 or 8
Tuesday & Friday
New Braunfels ' Stage 1 Trigger Levels:
J-17 Wei at or below 660 feet, Comal Springs at or below 225 CFS New Braunfete' Stage 2 Trigger Levels:
J-17 Wei at or befow 650 feet, Comal Spmgs at or betow 200 CFS New Braunfete' Stage 3 Trigger Levels:
J-17 Wei at a below 640 feet, Comal Spmgs at or beiow 150 CFS
Note: Watemg with a hand-heid hose, bucket, soaker hose that does not spray water m the ar, or a dnp rogation system is aSowed at any true on any day except after Stage 2 restrictions have been declared. Then ft ¡s aiowed on any day, but only before 10am and after 8pm.
More information is available at the NBU Man Office or .nbueiQS.com.
said Kevin Bammert, senior agent with the TABCs New Braunfels office.
lames Walker said even though part of the story has come out, there is still more that has not been revealed. He said his son was healthy and happy the day after asking for the marijuana and beer. Walker wants to know what led to his son’s death Sat-urday night, Dec. 18, 2010, into Sunday morning, Dec. 19,2010.
According to his death certificate. David Allen Walker died of complications of acute alcohol intoxication. Family members say they last saw him alive about 9*30 p.m. Dec 18 when he walked to the home ofViUarTeal.
The next morning, his father and brother went looking for him and found his body in a nearby field.
James Walker said he expects Piadade and Villarreal will be charged with providing alcohol and marijuana to the other three teens that Friday night. He is unsure whether any charges ever will be filed in connection with what happened to his son that fatefol Saturday night.
“At this point, we don’t know what happened Saturday," Walker said. “My recourse is only to push and make sure every charge that can be filed is filed. If Friday is what I got, then that's what I got."
Penshom said it is unclear whether more charges will he filed.
He said the case is being finalized and will be transferred to the Guadalupe County District Attorney’s office, where a determination will be made about further charges.
Police continue search for murder suspect Smith
By Dalondo Moultrie
Police are still seeking, and asking for the public's help in finding, a New Braunfels man accused of stabbing his wife to death and hurting his two children.
No information has led to the capture of Shannon Dee Smith.
“Were still looking for him," New Braunfels Police Ll Michael Penshom said Monday.
Penshom said law enforcement agencies across the state have been notified but still Smith has not been apprehended.
“I know we've put out several teletypes basically’ statewide with his description and the
From staff reports
WALNUT INTERSECTION NEAR H-E-BTO BE CLOSEDTODAY
New Braunfels Utilities crews will be working in the intersection ofWalnut and Old Highway 81 today. The right mm lam going into Old Highway 81 will be dosed by the first entrance to H-E-B. Workers are making a water tap for a new car wash. Construction will start at 8:30 a.m. and finish by 3 p.m.
DRUMMER RUSS MILLER TO PERFORM AT NBHS 'NIGHT OF PERCUSS!ON'
Russ Miller - an internationally known drummer -will perform at the annual New Braunfels Independent School District's ‘Night of
Percussion' on Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at the New Braunfels High School auditorium.
As a multi-Platinum recording artist. Miller has played on multiple Grammy award winning recordings. He has worked with music legends Ray Charles, Natalie Cole and Tina Turner among others. Also performing on Thursday will be Sherry Rubins, percussion professor at ITTSA, who is performing on David Gillingham's "Gate to Heaven.'
Percussion students from New Braunfels High School, New Braunfels Middle School, and OakRun Middle School also will be performing. Admission is free.
We c*« rtm* Til« *»•«»«
1 believe it takes real teamwork to find the answers to the challenges the city’ faces and I believ e if the citizens, City Council, and city staff w ork together, we'll be able to find w ays to soh e many of the critical issues that face us.
I believe 1 have the experience and commitment needed to effectively lead the team over the next three years.
I believe the knowledge 1 acquired while serv ing on City Council from 2003 to 2009 provides a strong base from w hich to serve you as your mayor.
My supporters believe a vote for Gale for Mayor is a vote for common sense leadership backed by experience, knowledge and commitment.
Early Voting May 2 - May 10
Pd Pol Ad Tobin Hoffmann, Treas. 447 S Segua, NB. TX 78130
vehicle description,” Penshom said. “But we haven’t had anything specific leading us, or law enforcement to locating him."
Police allege Smith, 43, stabbed to death his wife, Lisa Smith, 43, and injured his son and daughter during an April 8 domestic attack in the 300 block of Scenic Meadow in North Park Meadows subdivision.
Shannon Smith is believed to be driving an orange 2007 Dodge truck with the Texas license plate AWO3046. An arrest warrant for Smith was issued shortly after the attack, with a bond set at $1 million.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information in the case.
Anyone with information is urged to call New Braunfels police at (830) 221-4100: Crime Stoppers at (830) 620-TIPS (8477) or (800) 640-8422.
Police: Woman arrested after hitting boyfriend with hammer
By Dalondo Moultrlo
A New Braunfels woman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon early Sunday after hitting her boyfriend with the claw end of a hammer, New Braunfels police said.
Carrie Michelle Trevino, 37, of New Braunfels, was jailed and held under $7,500 bond, police Lt. Michael Penshorn said.
He said Trevino and her boyfriend had an argument about 2:45 a.m. Sunday in the 1500 block of Lahn Road.
During the argument, Trevino hit the man with the sharp edge of the hammer and punctured his chest, Penshorn said.
He said the 33-year-old victim was taken to Chris-tus Santa Rosa Hospital-New Braunfels with nonlife-threatening injuries.
Woman beaten for trying to stop fight on river
By Dalondo Moultrie
A woman floating down the Guadalupe River witnessed a fight occurring on the banks, stopped, tried to break it up and was beaten several times with a rock Saturday evening, New Braunfels police said.
The 19-year-old San Marcos woman called in a complaint to police about 8 p.m. from Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos, NBPD Lt. Michael Penshorn said.
He said she was at the medical center receiving treatment for injuries sustained when someone hit her several times in the face with a rock.
Penshorn said the woman was floating the river about 5:30 p.m. She tried to intervene in the fight and was assaulted, he said.
The assault is under investigation, Penshorn said.
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