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I pleads guilty in homicide investigation
By Bon Maloney
A suspect in a 2002 homicide investigation pleaded guilty Monday while attorneys were picking a jury for his trial.
Assistant District Attorney
Joe Soane said Daniel Campos Correa, 35, pleaded guilty to first-degree felony murder in the 2002 stabbing of Pablo Esquivel.
In exchange for the plea, Correa, who was free on parole at the time of Esquivel's
Rise in violent crimes has police concerned
By Bon Maloney
Police investigating a stabbing and an alleged drive-by shooting incident early Sunday believe the cases are related.
Another incident in which awest End man’s throat was slashed early Monday is not believed connected.
The three incidents have police concerned violent crime could again be on the upswing in New Braunfels after two years with few lifethreatening assaults.
New Braunfels police Det. Jesse Villarreal said officers were called just before midnight Saturday to a residence at Hampe Street and Samuels Avenue to invests gate a fight, which was over when they arrived.
“About 40 minutes later, we made the same scene again, this time for a report of‘shots fired,’’’ Villarreal said.
Officers were told that the shots came from a vehicle as it passed the residence. Detectives have a description of the vehicle, but Villarreal would not release it.
At 4 a.m. Sunday, a local man who had been stabbed in the back went into the McKenna Memorial Hospital emergency room for treatment, Villarreal said.
“That stabbing stems from the fight at Hampe and Samuels,” Villarreal said.
Villarreal refused to release information on suspects in the two cases.
“I can’t comment. It’s still
Capitol quiet after special session ends
By Leigh Jones
Austin’s capitol building was a little more quiet Monday afternoon after both houses adjourned, officially ending the 78th Legislature’s fourth called session.
legislators may be on an official break, but they are still working hard behind the scenes to come to some agreement on school funding and property tax relief.
Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, said she met with a group of House members before leaving Austin to see
what they could all agree on.
“We’re working hard to secure property tax relief,” she said. “I expect we'll come up with something.”
Casteel said she understood House Speaker Tom Craddick, R-Midland, did not want to reconvene in another session until August, unless members could reach a consensus.
Unfortunately for Comal Independent School District, the time to avoid making the first “Robin Hood” payments has essentially run out.
See SCHOOLS. Page 3A
killing, will be sentenced to no more than ll years in prison.
Trial for Correa’s co-defendant, John Anthony Hernandez, will continue today with opening statements by Soane and defense attorney Glen
Peterson scheduled for 9 a.m. before 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison.
A trial date has not been set for the third defendant in the killing, Santiago “Jimmy” Ronaldo Suarez Jr., 34.
Hernandez and Suarez will
be tried on the charge of engaging in organized crime and murder. If proved, the pair face between five and 99 years in state prison.
Esquivel was confronted and stabbed to death at the roadside on Daniel Drive in
Solms about 9:30 p.m. April 28, 2002, after he reportedly approached a vehicle containing three men. The men escaped.
Comal County Sheriff’s
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Birds of a feather
“Iffy th 767
fora living. That pays for this. I do it for fun, but this is love. ...It becomes a
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Pete Glawe, left, and Billy Dawson built their twin Hatz open cockpit biplanes together. The planes, designed in the 1960s and built in the mid-1990s, cost between $30,000 and $40,000 each.
- Pete Glawe
On flying his Hatz Classic biplane
Two friends enjoy seeing world from their dassic biplanes
By Bon Maloney
Billy Dawson and his friend Pete Glawe have it made, and they wouldn’t mind telling you so, if you asked them.
The pair are buddies who live in the New Braunfels and Seguin area.
The reason they have it made is they get to enjoy regularly seeing the world from a vantage point few others know — the open cockpit of their Hatz Classic biplanes.
Both live on little private airstrips. Where some home hobbyists have a workshop tucked into a two-car garage, Dawson has a hangar beside his home and restores and drives classic Corvettes when he isn’t working on or flying his sport airplane.
Glawe’s day job is flying a somewhat larger plane—a Boeing 767—for American Airlines.
“With these planes, both of us can be in the air in about five minutes,” Glawe said.
Both were among hundreds of aviation enthusiasts who attended this weekend’s second Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-In at New Braunfels Municipal Airport.
Both fly airplanes they built themselves that are exactly
alike except for their choice of colors. That’s because they built them together.
“These airplanes are twin sisters," Glawe said.
A throwback to the early days of aviation designed in the 1960s, the Hatz biplanes were updated by Dawson and Glawe as they built them in the mid-1990s. Both feature air-cooled, 160-horsepower Lycoming engines. They cost between $30,000 and $40,000 to build, which can take between two and five years depending upon how much mechanical aptitude and time the builder has.
“I get a lot of satisfaction out of flying something I built rather than something I bought,” Dawson said.
Flying an open cockpit biplane with the wind whistling through the wires is a much different experience than flying a closed cockpit small plane, Dawson said.
“You don't get that claustrophobic feeling like in a cockpit. It’s noisier and windier,” Dawson said. “I’ve gone to Wisconsin several times and Florida once, but this isn’t a tun airplane to fly cross-country.
“It’s like driving a convertible sports car versus a sedan,” Glawe said.
The Hatz is best enjoyed on
a day like Saturday, Dawson said. A cooling breeze, a few clouds overhead and the whole outdoors becomes your playground.
“These are sport planes,” Dawson said. “They’re at their best just flying 30 or 40 minutes and getting them upside down” Upside down?
“You have a shoulder harness,” Dawson said, alluding to the two open seats — the pilot’s located behind the passenger’s. “It’s not a competition plane, but it's inexpensive to fly, and you can do loops, rolls and stuff like that.
Glawe said four guys in this area fly the planes — and one
in New Braunfels manufactures them in kit form.
“Billy’s kind of our Cub Scout leader,” Glawe said. “We need adult supervision, and that’s his wife, Sherry. She makes sure we get something to eat, things like that.”
There is no comparison between being a 767 captain and flying ones' own plane in the open air, Glawe said.
“I fly the 767 for a living. That pays for this. I do it for fun, but this is love,” Glawe said. “This is almost a narcotic once you get into it. It becomes a passion. It s the most fun thing to do with your clothes on.”
Passport to reading helps students, library
By Leigh Jones
Seele Elementary students do not need to worry about being bored this summer.
Thanks to the summer reading program, sponsored by the Marketplace, Texas Cinema and the Herald-Zeitung, students have a little motivation to spend more time with books and less time in front of the television.
On the last day of class, students will take home a “passport” for their summer adventure with 14 pages to record the books they read. At the beginning of next
school year, students who successfully fill every page will be treated to an ice cream party and “goodie” bags tilled with prizes.
“I think the students are really going to go after this,” said Kathy Lamon, Seele Elementary librarian. “The kids like the structure of the passport’ and are motivated by the reward at the end.” Students in Marcia Hill’s third grade class were as excited as their librarian to see the new passports.
Sydney Gawlik said she was planning on reading “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe," by C.S. Lewis.
“Reading expands your vocabulary," she said. “I’ve read lots of books.”
Justin Lewis said he already had read the first book in the “Chronicles of Namia” series but planned on finishing the rest.
“The passport is a great way to get kids to read,” he said.
Lamon said she expected the program to be most beneficial to students who would not normally spend the summer with their favorite books.
“There are students who will always read because it’s their hobby, but they
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Billy Dawson says his Hatz open cockpit biplane is inexpensive to fly and can do loops and rolls.
Students at Seele Elementary hold up their passports for summer reading.