New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 5, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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Local elections today
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Tbday is the final opportunity for area voters to participate in elections to name new city council representatives, school board and library district trustees.
In New Braunfels, only voters in city council District 2 are going to the polls. They are picking between incumbent Councilman Larry Alexander and challenger Walter Sears to represent them on the city council.
In Bulverde, residents are picking a marshal and two aldermen. Rick Gravens, Charles Baetz and Warren Alston are running for the two aldermen’s seats. William Utterback and Keith C. McClinchie are the two candidates for Bulverde marshal.
Comal Independent School District residents in District 6 must pick between Charles Burt and Doug Nail to be their representative.
By Amy Clarkson
The New Braunfels Arts Commission found itself in a quandary on Thursday when arts organizations complained the city did not follow correct procedure in notifying groups when the commission met to decide who would receive their funds.
The Arts Commission meets once a year to rule on grant requests from various art, music and community organizations in New Braunfels. Four groups said they weren't told of the meeting and weren’t present — as required by grant rules.
The group ultimately decided against re-allocating funds or listening to new proposals Thursday* saying it wouldn't be fan to other organizations that already budgeted the money. Representatives from arts organizations that received money in March spoke, as did organizations that were not present at that meeting.
Councilwoman Debbie Flume and Dr. William Reeves requested the meeting after four organizations failed to attend the March 15 meeting. Since the Arts Commission only meets once a year to hear presentations and allocate funds — a percentage of the hotel/motel tax that is given to arts and cultural organizations — the four groups failed to receive any money. The grant process requires a representative from any organization that requests funds to be present at the meeting.
‘This troubles me,” Chairman Mary Beth Smith said. “It troubles me deeply. The most obvious one is that there
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungMichelle Crayton of Compania de Danza Folklorica performs for students at Frazier Elementary Friday afternoon as part of the Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
By Amy Clarkson
New Braunfels Councilman Robert Kendrick is asking council to decide Monday whether he should recuse himself from votes on a street project that benefits his property.
“I spoke to the Texas Ethics Commission after people said there might be a conflict of interest because I proposed extending the Gruene Road project,” Kendrick said. “I thought I would just recuse myself and that would take care of it. But they said since it was a single member district, I would take away all representation for the district. So, they said the best option was to let the council decide.”
Council voted April 23 to extend road improvements on Gruene Road. Kendrick made the motion to extend the project on Gruene Road from Hanz Drive to Sunny-brook Road in his district.
Some say his participation in that vote could represent a conflict of interest because Kendrick owns property on that portion of Gruene Road.
The money for the Gruene Road project comes from $10 million in certificates of obligation that the council plans to use for road improvements
■ WHAT: Special meeting
■ WHERE: City Council Chambers
■ WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday
■ WHY: Consider budget readings, discuss reconsidering vote on the GBRA amendment and discuss revoting on the street improvement proposal
and drainage projects.
The issue first came to council’s attention when the Gruene Road Homeowners’ Association asked council to consider repaving the road all the way to Sunnybrook.
The association cited increased traffic, potholes and ruts in the road as reasons why the improvements were necessary. Council tried to get the
Infrastructure/Improvements Corporation to pay for the project. However, that board sent the proposal back to council, advising council to use the $10 million in certificates of obligation.
New Braunfels City Council plans to conduct a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday when it will discuss Kendrick’s request, among other business.
Mayor Stoney Williams said, “He really shouldn't have brought it up or voted on it. Under state law, you can’t vote on something that benefits you personally. I’mSee KENDRICKS
Heiser defense rests case; closing arguments next
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Home and garden show
Mathew Cobb, Addison Mullins and Michelle Mullins, of Austin, check out a display Friday at the Home and Garden Show preview in Wursthalle. The show continues today and Sunday.
Kidnapping suspect kills selfFunding for arts standsCinco de Mayo
Kendrick takes conflict of interest debate to council
are rules in the granting criteria that I take very seriously. But when there is something in the process that should have been done and wasn’t, that’s an injustice.” The city provided cover letters to grant applications that were mailed. The letters stated the date of the meeting and that a representative would be required to attend, but they did not list the time
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By Ron MaloneyStaff Writer
The child injury trial of a Williamson County couple accused of nearly starving their daughter to death could go to the jury on Monday.
Defense attorneys for Yevette and Joseph Heiser rested their case Friday after four days of testimony that saw defendant Yevette Heiser spend more than IO hours on the witness stand and her husband more than three.
The Heisers are accused of injuring their child by failing to get proper medical care for her or provide her with enough food and of neglecting her in the same manner.
Child Protective Services officials took the girl from Liberty Hill Elementary School on Jan. 5, 2000. She was hospitalized, treated for malnutrition and placed in a foster home with her then 15-month-old half-sister.
The trial of the Heisers was moved from Williamson County to New
Braunfels because of pre-trial publicity.
If convicted of injury to a child, the Heisers could face five to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Endangering a child is a state jail felony punishable by 180 days to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
Testifying for the defense during the course of its case were friends, neighbors and family members, as well as the Heisers’ pediatrician, Walter Kuhl, and expert medical witness
Dr. Ann Weaver.
Friday, the prosecution recalled its expert witness, Dr. Nancy Kellogg. to rebut the testimony of Dr. Weaver.
Kellogg, a pediatrician specializing in child abuse cases, reviewed the girls medical records dating back to 1993.
In her earlier testimony for the prosecution, Kellogg characterized the condition of the 7-year-old girl at the center of the trial as being similar to that of a victim of a Nazi concen-See TRIAL/1 OA
His most recent victim escaped and was reunited with her family, officials said.
Acting on a tip, Kerr County Sheriff’s Deputy David Billeiter approached a shack Friday morning in the brush off Texas 16 south of Kerrville. Billeiter located a red vehicle with Missouri plates, and he used his patrol car to block it in.
“It looked like the wrong car,” Billeiter said. “But when he got out with a gun, I thought, This is the man. This is
the one.’ ”
As the suspect walked around to the passenger side, 11-year-old Leah Henry of Houston bolted out the driver’s side and ran to the deputy. Then Billeiter quickly got Leah in his car and took off. A gunshot rang out as they fled, the deputy said.
Although local authorities said they could not positively identify the kidnapper, FBI spokeswoman Sheila See SUSPECT/3AThird victim found south of Kerrville
By Mark BabineckAssociated Press
Photo courtesy of the Kerrville Daily TimesLeah Henry, 11, of Houston, reunites with her family Friday afternoon. She was taken as she got off the bus Tuesday. The suspect in the case killed himself Friday.
KERRVILLE (AP) — A convicted child sex offender suspected of abducting gilds and holding them in a Central Texas shack killed himself Friday after a sheriff’s deputy cornered him.