New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 25, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 154, No. 167 18 pages, 2 sectionsFormer banker to serve 15 months in jailLimmer must pay $161,099 in restitution
By Mark Koopmans
Fonner New Braunfels Councilwoman Lynn limmer was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in a federal prison for bank fraud.
According to statutory provisions, Limmer could have faced up to 30 years in jail and a fine of up to $1 million for stealing more than $161,000 from her fonner employer, First Commercial Bank in New Braunfels in 2005.
“However, the judge, who was following sentencing guidelines, looked at Ms. Limmer’s prior record — she has none — and the fact
she admitted to the crime, cooperated with FBI investigators and was willing to make such a large and immediate restitution payment,” said Gail Johns, courtroom deputy to Judge Orlando Garcia.
Garcia was the presiding judge in the case, which was heard in the San Antonio division of the District Court, Western District.
See LIMMER, Page 9A
LUMMER CASE TIMELINE
H July 30, 2005 — Lynn Limmer resigns the District 6 council seat she held for two months.
® Aug. 12, 2005 — First Commercial Bank officials confirm they are looking into allegations of embezzlement involving 10 customer accounts.
® Aug. 13, 2005 — Comal County Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip confirms his office is involved in the case and that Limmer is the sole suspect.
• Aug. 1, 2005 — Limmer's husband, Comal County sheriff's Sgt. Jimmy Limmer, passes a polygraph test to
determine his knowledge of the alleged theft.
■ December 2005 — Waldrip asks the FBI to take over the investigation.
** October 2006 — U.S. Attorney's office officials say they have decided to pursue prosecution.
A November 2006 — Limmer agrees to plead guilty to one count of bank fraud for stealing $161,000 from First Commercial Bank.
• May 2007 — Limmer will begin serving her 15 month sentence early. She will report to a federal prison by Aug. I.
Jennifer Funkhouser is dreading Tuesday, the first anniversary of her husband’s death.
Army Cpt. James “Alex” Funkhouser, the 35-year-old father of two girls, died on Memorial Day, 2006 while deployed with the Army in Baghdad,
Iraq. He was a company commander with the 4th Infantry Division as well as a part of a team that trained the Iraqi Army. I Ie, his Iraqi interpreter, CBS cameraman Paul Douglas and CBS soundman James Brolan, were killed when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive devise detonated near his HUMVEE during a reconnaissance operation. CBS news correspondent Kimberly Dozier also was severely injured in the attack.
28, continues to mourn the loss of her beloved husband, she also celebrates their life together, a life and a love that began with a professors decision to alphabetically arrange the seats in his classroom.
“My maiden name is Garza, and in 1997,1 was attending what is now Texas State Uni-versity-San Marcos,
A four-part series leading up to the first anniversary of Army Capt.
Alex Funkhouser s death in Iraq.
Today: Jennifer and Alex meet.
Saturday: Marriage, family, deployment. Sunday: Alex is killed; Jennifer faces life without him. Tuesday:The first Memorial Day; CBS' Kimberly Dozier meets Jennifer.
Walking into the real world
a Graduates prepare for their life after high school
Widow dreads Memorial Day
By David Saleh Rauf
For the 2007 graduating class from New Braunfels High School, thursday night’s commencement ceremony at Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos simply wasn’t tile end of a long journey — it was the beginning of new chapter in their lives.
“I’m glad to get on with a new part of my life. I’m ready to be independent.” said 18-year-old Colby Callahan. “I feel we’ve been prepared all this time and now they’re finally sending us out on our own.”
Before a crowd of nearly 4,000 people, Callahan, who graduated magna cum laude and plans to study chemical engineering in the fall at the University of Texas at Austin, was one of 350 seniors from New Braunfels High School to trot across the stage for the last time as a Unicorn.
“This was preparation for our real life," he said.
But for at least one of the new graduates’ hesitation about the “real world" already has set in.
Tm real scared about college,” said graduate 18-year-old Molly Bragg. “It’s a new step; the end of one but the beginning of another.”
However, Bragg, who plans to study broadcasting at Texas
New Braunfels Independent School Board of Trustees President Bill Bicjgadike presents valedictorian JaeAnn Dwulet with her diploma during commencement ceremonies heldthursday evening for the 2007 New Braunfels High School graduating seniors.
State University in San Marcos, preoccupied herself Thursday night with other thoughts.
“I was worried about falling and twisting my ankle,” she said.
Before the graduates walked, valedictorian JaeAnn Dwulet gave an emotional speech, urging the “jocks, the popular chicks, the nerds, the burn-outs,” and the rest of the graduating class to make the most of life.
“Do something. Enjoy life and laugh,” Dwulet said.
See GRADUATES, Page 9A
Braunfels High School Marine Corps JROTC Color Guard member Hunter Kelly, 17, watches as the 2007 graduating class enters Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos on
■ Local woman honors life
of husband killed I year ago
By Mark Koopmans
See SOLDIER, Page 3A
Weather could dampen Memorial weekend plans
By Suzanne Ashe
New Braunfels residents and visitors might be looking at a soggy Memorial Day weekend.
Karen Reese, park host at Rio Raft Co. on River Road,
said the Memorial Day holiday is always a gamble.
“Coming out here on Memorial Day is always a crap shoot, but it shouldn’t keep people from coming out,” she said. “Nothing severe is called for, it's intermittent (the rain),"
See WEATHER, Page 10A
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park ranger Judy Scott takes a spin around Canyon Lake on Thursday afternoon.
Boating safety urged this summer
By Suzanne Ashe
Judy Scott has seen her share of deadly accidents on Canyon Lake in her 29-year career as a U.S. Corps of Engineers park ranger. She said all park rangers have stories they would rather forget.
“Children are the worst,” she said, recalling a time when she was at the scene where a 4-year-old child
drowned while an 8-year-old child was watching him.
“When you see that, it hurts,” she said. “Watch your children, stay close — not picnic table close, arm’s length close."
Scott joined experts Thursday at the Canyon Lake Marina, located off of Texas 306, from the U.S. Corps of Engi-neers, Texas Parks and Wildlife
See SAFETY, Page 10A