New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 5, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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mas — Memorial service is scheduled for IO a.m. today at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake.
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake Stella A. Lieck — Funeral services will take place at IO a.m. today at St. Pauls United Church of Christ in Cibolo with interment to follow at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Cemetery.
Schertz Funeral Home in Schertz J.D. Harrell—A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. today at St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Braunfels with burial at 5 3.m. at Cranes Mill Cemetery at Canyon Lake, Texas.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The unemployment rate jumped to 4.5 percent in April, reviving fears of recession as companies shed the largest number of jobs in a decade. The White House stoked that concern, suggesting that economic growth in the first quarter might be less than originally reported.
The Labor Department’s report Friday reinforced worries that rising layoffs might cause consumers
to cut back sharply on spending and tip the country into a recession.
“How do you spell ugly? How about horrible? It doesn’t get much worse than this, I hope,” said economist Joel Naroff of Naroff Economic Advisors.
Just a week ago, the government reported that the economy grew at a surprisingly strong rate of 2 percent in the first three months of
this year, raising hopes that the darkest days of the slowdown had passed.
But White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Friday that first-quarter growth might have been slower than that, referring to projections being made by some private economists.
“The president continues to be concerned about the strength of the economy and the slowness in the
economy,” Fleischer said. “He believes that the best way to protect the economy and get it moving again is for Congress to take prompt action to pass the budget and to put his tax cut into place, especially on a retroactive fashion.” However, Wall Street investors saw a silver lining in the dismal news, believing it raised hopes that the Federal Reserve will aggressively cut interest rates and Con
gress will provide tax relief. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 154.59 points to finish at. 10,951.24, the highest level since* Feb. 6.
Some private economists believe first-quarter growth could be revised down a bit, based on expectations of weaker business investment and consumer spending. Oth--ers, however, think growth might be a bit stronger.
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Thorne in Slidell, La., said he was Gary Dale Cox, 48.
Leah’s parents, Linda and Tim Henry, traveled from Houston to meet their daughter, who was under observation at a local hospital.
“She saw her older sister, her mother and myself, and we just had a big hug,” Tim Henry said. “It must have been five minutes.”
Leah’s father thanked authorities for “the greatest day of my life.” The girl was enjoying a pineapple pizza and resting in a hospital room, Henry said.
“She doesn’t sound her confident self, but she’s OK,” Linda Henry said. “She’s talking and she sounded very timid, perhaps scared — maybe exhausted. But she’s talking.”
Houston police Lt. G. Mason said law enforcement officials already had narrowed their search for Cox based on computer back
ground checks and a traffic stop in Hondo a couple of months ago. The Kerrville tip was coincidental, he said.
“We had already come up with his name and had associated him with that case and were working on it at the time the deputy stopped him and he committed suicide,” Mason said.
Cox’s criminal record in Texas shows one sexual offense involving a child in 1989, and at least four more involving girls ages 12 to 14 in 1992-95. He spent three years in prison and registered in 1999 as a sex offender in Montgomery County, records show.
He rented a mobile home east of Conroe from Bernard Samplaski in the late 1990s.
“It’s been quite a while, but his problem never came up here,” Samplaski told The Courier. “He paid his rent and he never bothered nobody around this park.”
After he disappeared from
a Houston halfway house in March 2000, a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to records. He had been listed as a missing sex offender since this past year.
FBI Special Agent Roderick L. Beverly said authorities believe the perpetrator is responsible for at least three more cases in the Texas-Louisiana area.
Leah was snatched after she got off her school bus Tuesday afternoon.
Federal agents and police began identifying similarities between her disappearance and that of two other girls who eventually were set free.
The case also might have turned on the suspect’s vehicle, identified by a number of witnesses as a white or light gray hatchback. Authorities confirmed that the vehicle found Friday was the one in question, although repainted and carrying a different license plate.
In the Bulverde Library District, Molly Martin, Phillip Tomason and Malcolm U. McClinchie are running for two seats on the board.
Also, Burnham Jones and Norma Reed are seeking the two open seats on the board for the Canyon Lake Community Rural Library District Early voting is from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. today at the following locations:
• New Braunfels City Council District 2: MemoriahEiementary? 4)900 S. Walnut Ave.
• Bulverde city: Bulverde City Hall, 30070 U.S. 281 North, Suite 236.
• Comal ISD: Bulverde Elementary School, 1715 E. Ammann Road and Bexar-Bulverde Fire Station, 1126 E. Borgfield Road, Bulverde.
• Bulverde Library District race: Bul-verde/Spring Branch Library
• Canyon Lake Community Rural Library District race: Tye Preston Memorial Library.
Elisa J. Serna passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2001, in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 67 years. She is survived by seven daughters: Eloisa Altamirano of Seguin, Texas; Antonia Gonzales of New Braunfels; Mary Rodriguez of New Braunfels; Bertha Castillo of Seguin;
Rosa Sirio of New Braunfels; Rita Nieto of New Braunfels; and Norma Morales of New Braunfels; 27 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sister Erlinda Guerrero of New Braunfels; and one brother, Joe Jimenez of New Braunfels.
Visitation will begin at noon Saturday at Zoeller
Funeral Home and continue until 9 p.m. Sunday. A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday at Zoeller Funeral Home.
The family has requested that memorial contributions be given to the family for the purpose of purchasing a monument for Mrs. Serna.
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