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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 17, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas SPORTS NEW COACH New Braunfels names Salazar as new softball coach, Dial as boys basketball coach. Page 5 FORUM LETTERS Readers sound off on how April's weather and how lack of enthusiasm for campaign sign removal. Page 4 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 154 10 pages, 1 section 500 WWW? ■56825 oooov Partly cloudy High Low 84 67 DEAR ABBY    7 CLASSIFIEDS    8 COMICS    6 CROSSWORD    8 FORUM    4 OBITUARIES    3 SPORTS    5 TV GRIDS    7 Mf WKNBISD students to face random drug tests By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District middle and high school students will face random drug tests during the 2005-06 school year. Trustees unanimously decided to move forward Monday with implementing a plan by Aug. I, choosing to iron out the details between now and then. By June 20, administrators will write a policy draft, using Fredericksburg ISD’s program as a model. The policy will include important items, such as who gets tested and what consequences would ensue after a positive test result. Based on trustees’ input, the policy likely will apply to students in extracurricular activities, students who purchase optional on-campus parking permits and stu dents whose parents voluntarily choose to place them in the testing pool. The tests probably will cover all drugs, including steroids. New Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Chuck Caniford gave the program his full support. “I am all for testing anything that’s bad for kids. I See NBISD Page 3 G mmmm Weekly Tour of Faith Another church will be profiled in the weekly series of churches in and around Comal County. HEALTHY BEGINNING Killing for hire trials postponed By Bon Maloney Staff Writer Trials scheduled for this week for two defendants in an alleged “killing for hire” scheme — one the wife of a former New Braunfels police officer—have been postponed until June. Jonathan Benavides, 31, and Samantha Kaderli Childs, 24, were on today’s trial docket in Judge Jack Robison’s 207th Judicial District Court on charges of criminal conspiracy to commit capital murder. If proved, criminal conspiracy to commit capital murder is a first-degree felony punishable by a $ 10,000 fine and between five and 99 years in state prison. Robison set a new trial date of June 27, with pretrial motions to be considered June 23. Benavides’ defense attorney, Glen Peterson, reported Monday he had agreed to a request for a continuance by District Attorney Dib Waldrip, who made the request so he could attend to a relative who has had surgery. “We agreed to the state’s motion for continuance out of professional courtesy to Mr. Waldrip,” Peterson said. At the pretrial hearing, Robison will take up a motion by Waldrip that the two defendants be tried together for their alleged parts in a conspiracy to hire a “hit man” to See TRIAL Page 2 Jonathan Benavides Smantha Kaderli Childs Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Samantha Hogan offers her 15-month-old daughter, Sarah, a sample of IOO percent certified organic apple plum dessert at the Hickory Street Natural Baby Market Saturday afternoon. Market offers organic foods for infants50 black vultures to be trapped, shot DID YOU KNOW? BUZZARDS IN LANDA PARK FACTS ■ The "buzzards" in Landa Park and elsewhere in New Braunfels are actually black vultures, a species of bird protected by the U.S. Migratory Bird Act. An estimated 200 of the birds live year-round in the area and another 150 or more visit during the winter months. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer It’s about to get a whole lot less comfortable for the “buzzards” who hang out in Landa Park. In cooperation with officials of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Division of Wildlife services, New Braunfels Parks Department employees will be trapping and shooting 50 black vultures beginning this week on a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit. The city is in the process of seeking a permit of its own to eradicate more of the birds, which are said to roost in Panther Canyon and on the Word Ranch off Loop 337, and routinely visit the park in search of food. Park Ranger Superintendent Roger Dolle said the ugly birds also cause on average $5,000 worth of vandalism a year. “They're tearing up the rubber expansion joints on the pools, the shingles on Landa Haus and on top of the aquatic complex and pavilions, and the foam mushrooms and toys in the kiddie pool area,” Dolle said. “There’s something about that See PARK Page 2 Bail increased for 3 in fight, shooting incident By Ron Maloney Staff Writer District Judge Jack Robison has increased bail for three suspects in a May 7 Walnut Avenue shooting incident. Adrian Francisco Barbosa, 19, Brian Navarro, 21, and Robert Navarro, 24, all indicted tiffs past week on deadly conduct charges for shots allegedly fired at a home located in the 500 block of North Walnut Avenue, are being held in the Comal County Jail. If proven, deadly conduct is a third-degree felony punishable by a sentence of two to IO years in state prison and a $10,000 fine. Bail set on the suspects subsequent to their arrest early May 8 ranged from $18,000 to $30,(XX). Subsequent to their indictment by a Comal County grand jury, Robison raised bail to $100,000 each. In addition, Robert Navarro is being held on a no-bail warrant for alleged parole violation in connection with the incident, which police report is still See CASE Page 3 Vendor Shannon Hanz passes the time at her booth by blowing bubbles at Saturday's Hickory Street Natural Baby Market. By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Megan Gullion began cooking for her daughter before she could eat solid foods. Wanting to provide the most healthy diet possible, Gullion made her own baby food, steaming, mashing and freezing every waking minute. “It was so time consuming, that I eventually switched to buying jars,” she said, somewhat sheepishly. 'The young mother tried to stick with organic products, to get as close as possible the home-fresh food her daughter had been eating, but all natural was expensive. Saturday, Gullion discovered a new line of affordable organic baby food offered bv H-L-B. "I would definitely use tiffs,” she said, loading a sack with sample jars to take home. The “Moms Organic Choice’ baby food display was part of the Hickory Street Natural Baby Market, a first for naturel! parenting in New Braunfels. Throughout the morning and afternoon, moms and dads wandered past 47 vendors offering everything from baby slings to nursing advice, but the babies all wanted to head for the fret1 food. H-E-B representative and product line developer Doug Wise was anxious to put the See BABY Page 3 ;