New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 10, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
SATURDAY May IO, 2003
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Vol. 152, No. 152
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Mikkelson goes straight from hospital to jail
By Ron MaloneyStaff Writer
The fi9-year-old New Braunfels man who held police off for nearly 12 hours and then allegedly aet fire to hia home was released Friday from McKenna Memorial Hospital — and taken
to Comal County Jail.
Berni Mikkelson was booked on a charge of aggravated assault on a peace officer.
The charge is a first-degree felony punishable by between five and 99 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Precinct 3 Justice of the? Peace
Diana Campos set bail at $50,000.
Mikkelson was arrested by New Braunfels police officers who have stexwl by at his hospital room since the incident that started the night of Thursday, May I with a domestic dispute.
Pohce wen* called to the Sable
Circle home Mikkelson shared with his wife, Amparo, 50, and their son, Berm Jr., 8, after the suspect had allegedly struck his wife. Officers found Amparo Mikkelson outside.
Mikkelson refused to leave the home — and initially refused to release his son.
During the course of an all-night standoff, Mikkelson allegedly brandished at least one firearm at several different police officers.
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Meeting on Grunert stretches into night
Comal Independent School District trustees continued their closed-door discussions on Superintendent Dr. Jim Grunert Friday night.
As of press time, t rustees had not made a public statement about the midyear evaluation of the superintendent.
'IVustees opened the meeting at ti p.m. at the district conference room at 1419 N. Business 1-35.
They were scheduled to review Grunert’s performance. 'IVustees also were to consult with attorneys about legal questions raised after plans to loan school district funds to at hletic l>oostx*r clubs became public this week.
Trustees were locked in a closed meeting until 8:40 when Randall Pawelek stepped out and said the board was recapping what they had heard and discussed.
About 30 minute later, hoard President Dan Krueger and attorney Paige Kyle came out of the meet ing and went into the administration building to talk toTlrunert, who was not allowed into the closed meeting. As of 9:45 p.m., Krueger and Kyle were still talking to Grunert.
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Jury convicts Lake Jackson man of aggravated robbery
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
A 21-year-old Lake Jackson man was convicted Friday of aggravated robbery in a November 2002 incident in which he and a friend allegedly tried hi steal a vehicle — and shot a Schertz man.
At the end of a four-day trial, a Comal (’aunty jury deliberate! about two hours and found Danny Dale Ixibevero guilty of aggravated robbery.
'Hie jurors also found that a deadly wea|ion a handgun
had been used in commission of t he crime.
District Judge Gary Steel will sentence Lobevero after Comal (’aunty Adult Probation conducts a presentence investigation.
ljobevero faces between 5 and 99 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
The defendant was arrested on the morning of Nov. 6, 2002, along with Gary I). Quinn, 24, also of I .ake* Jack son, after an incident in winch a Schertz resident was allegedly shot in the ni*ck and arni in an attempt<1 car jacking on Interstate 35.
Quinn has not yet come to trial.
The arrest came after New
Braunf els Chief of Police Russell Johnson saw the two men hitchhiking on Farm-to-Market Road 1044
They rn a tell ch I the description of a pair of young men who had escaped police late the night before after running from the Pit Stop convenience store at Kunkle Road and Interstate 35,
In closing arguments in the trial in 274th Judicial District Court, Assistant District Attorney Rd Jendrzey laid out for tin* jury what had happened that night.
The defendant and his friend were on their way to Austin, Jendrzey U>ld jurors when their vehicle broke down.
They divided to steal a car, tin* attorney said, and select ii! their victim at a San Auto nil) service station.
They asked for a ride toward Austin, and he agreed to take them to Schertz, .leu drzey said.
‘This whole tiling turned out to he crazy,” Jendrzey said.
"It was crazy, Im valise they didn’t know (the victim) was going to fight them. They
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Showtime for Leach family
By Dylan Jimenez
A Comal County family packs up their three kids, four horses and two dogs today to head out to the Panhandle.
The I Abacli children Enc, Kara and Nolan will he |M*r-forrning all summer in Texas legacies, an outdoor drama staged on a rex:k amphitheater in the Palo JJuro Canyon depicting the history of Texas.
The U*ach family lives on 80 acres off liueco Springs Iaxjp Road plenty of room to learn to rope and ride. But Teri said the? kids are growing restless on it.
They know every crack and crevasse, she said.
The I ais ch children have been home-schooled. They have sped up their work to he able to go.
"I’ve done a semester's worth of work in three weeks,” Erie said.
Erie will be graduating this year, and the family bas bad Ut move up celebrations for his graduation, Kara’s birt hday and their parents’ anniversary,
Ten said tin; children’s performance and education keep them clos**.
The lA*ach children found out iii April they were accepted into the show. They will be three of 80 performers of all ages chosen from six national auditions in the Texas show. But Kara will be one of the youngest.
They are not sure exactly what they will be doing, but the script will be molded to fit their individual talents.
Enc, 17, will be one of the
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Erie, Kara and Nolan Leach (from left) head back to their ranch home oft Hueco Springs Loop Road.
Event’s message: ‘Jump in, the water’s fine
By Dylan Jimenez
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Acting County Judge Jack Dawson (above) rates the tubes participating in the decorating portion of the first-ever “Running of the Tubes” held Friday afternoon on the Comal River. Rowena Hackfield (below, left) and Vivian Furlow enjoy the cool water of the Comal River with their float from Caldwell Banker. Their float, which models the band stand downtown, was named most creative.
It was a hole lot of fun
Attached to a post holding up the canopy of the tuts* juelgetl the* most creative was a simple message: "Jump in.”
Ane! that’s just, exactly what a e:reiwd elf visitors ane! Convention and Visiters Bureau and local government officials did Frielay afternoon near Hillman Islam! in I«anela Park.
It was all part of a media campaign eiubbed the* “Running of the* TV bes.”
The* last New Braunfels river event to elraw ho much media attention might have been the* fiexids of summer 2002.
But maybe all the* media vans and T’V cameras just showed up to see Mayor Adam (kirk jump m the nve*r with a seve*n-fejeit e>strie:h ane! float eieiwn the* Comal with