New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 25, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Witnesses: Man attacked woman while awaiting trial
Dustin Simmang convicted of kidnapping, assaulting girlfriend
By Dalondo Moultrie
While out on bond last year awaiting trial for terrorizing a girlfriend in a 2009 kidnapping case, Dustin Simmang brutally attacked his pregnant fiancee in San Antonio, a Comal County prosecutor said in court Tuesday
Steven de Lemos, assistant criminal district attorney, called witnesses to testify that on Sept. 26,2010, Simmang beat and kicked Teresa Gonzales during a fight and “backhanded’' her small son.
The incident was at die center of de Lemos’ evidence during the penalty phase of Sim-mang’s trial for another crime — the kidnapping and assault of Christine Lundgren.
De Lemos asked Gonzales if the statements she gave police after the Sept. 26 incident were true. Gonzales hedged and said she started the fight and Simmang was only defending himself. On cross examination, Gonzales told defense attorney Darren Umphrey that Simmang loves her and her son, and they love him.
“Dustin has always been loving to me and my child,’’ testified Gonzales, who since had a baby girl with Simmang.
De Lemos said Gonzales told police Simmang had choked, kicked and punched her. Gonzales told police that her toddler saw Simmang fighting her and tried to intervene, at which time Simmang hit the boy with a backhanded slap. De Lemos accused Gonzales of changing her story because Simmang is facing life in prison.
“Now you want this court to believe that this was all a big misunderstanding, that you started it,” de Lemos asked.
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Oprah bidding farewell on show finale
Last episode of 25-year show airs today
By Caryn Rousseau
The Associated Press
CHICAGO—In the end, it was just Oprah.
For the final episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" taped Tuesday, the talk show queen appeared alone on her Chicago stage, talking to viewers about
what they've meant to her during the show's 25-year run. The finale will air on Wednesday.
Fans leaving Tuesday's taping said Winfrey had tears in her eyes as the television icon said a final thank you.
"She said, 'This isn't goodbye. This is until we meet again," said Amy Korin, 32, of Chicago, who
■ SHE MET OPRAHI: Kathleen Krueger talks about her experience on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Page 4
■ WATCH THE FINALE: 4 p.m. KSAT 12
was in the audience.
Winfrey then kissed and hugged her longtime partner, Stedman Graham, and made her way through the halls of Harpo Studios, saying goodbye to her staff, audience members said. She kept saying, "We did it! We
did it!," Korin said, and giving employees high-fives.
There was a single chair on the stage, but Winfrey stood most of the time, audience members said.
"A lot of crying and hugs, crying and hugs," Korin said.
Audience members described a simply produced series finale filled with a sense of gratitude.
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Oprah Winfrey will say
farewell to fans today on show
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Jason Casey, left, Brian Savage and Hans Hodell prepare a box to hold donated clothing, toiletries and other supplies for tornado victims in Joplin, Mo., at the entrance of Supplize on Tuesday.
GIVING AID TO JOPLIN
By Dalondo Moultrie
Former Joplin, Mo., resident Jason Casey shudders to think of places he used to visit that just are not there anymore.
“My brother’s former house is completely gone,” Casey said by phone TUesday in New Braunfels. “Just places we know really well are just gone, completely blown away.”
And he means that literally. A half-mile-wide tornado with winds of up to 190-198 mph swept through the city of Joplin on Sunday and left destruction and at
■ WANT TO HELP?: Donation boxes have been set up in the area. Page 14
■ DIABETES HELP: Group asks for donations of diabetes-related equipment for victims. Page 14
least 116 people dead in its wake. Rescue crews have been scouring the area and pulling people, alive and dead, from the debris. Many of the living have nowhere to live, and that’s what sparked Casey to get involved from New Braunfels, he said.
Casey said he and his father-in-law, Hans Hodell, president of Hodell Window Covering Inc.,
See JOPLIN, Page 14
A race to find survivors before more storms come
JOPLIN, Missouri (AP) — Emergency crews drilled through concrete at a ruined Home Depot, making peepholes in the rubble in hopes of finding lost shoppers and employees. A dog clambered through the shattered remains of a house, sniffling for any sign of the woman and infant who lived there. Across devastated Joplin, searchers moved from one enormous debris pile to another Tuesday, racing to respond to any report of a possible survivor.
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► JOSHUA DAVIS JR.
‘We still have faith’
National Missing Kids Day remembers the thousands of lost children in country
By Will Wright
Joshua Davis Jr. has been missing almost 16 weeks, and there’s been virtually no progress in the search for him.
The then-18-month-old disappeared from his New Braunfels home the night of Feb. 4. Since then, there have been manned searches, air searches, candlelight vigils, balloon releases and billboards erected.
Efforts by 1 a w enforcement officials in New Braunfels and Comal County, the Texas Rangers and FBI to find Joshua have produced few clues to the little boy’s whereabouts.
Keeping hopes alive of finding Josh and all. other missing children has been the Heidi Search Center’s mission for more than two decades.
At 10 a.m. Wednesday, the
See MISSING, Page 5
Josh Davis Jr.
NATIONAL MISSING KIDS DAY
WHERE: Heidi Search Center, 4115 Naco-Perrin Road, San Antonio WHEN: 10 a.m. today
INFORMATION: Call 210-650-0428
Comal ISD board to hear from superintendent about budget
By Will Wright
The beat goes on.
State lawmakers might have come to an overall budget agreement last weekend, but nothing's settled on several issues — including a public school funding mechanism — and it's looking more and more like they'll be called back after the regular legislative session ends Monday.
The Comal Independent School District's board of trustees will hear get another earful about that from Superintendent Marc Walker dur-
CISD BOARD MEETING
WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday WHEN:: CISD Support Services building
ing the district's final meeting of the school year, which begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at the CISD Support Services Building.
The board will swear in two of its members — District 3 incumbent and board vice-president Frank Baker and District 4 newcomer Dale Dehlin — and
decide how to fill the seat of a departed trustee who resigned in April. It will also hold court on several housekeeping matters and wrap by electing new officers for 2011-12.
Next year's budget — the only topic during the board's May 10 workshop session—will get another review. In light of the district's projected $17.9 million deficit, Walker has proposed another $1.1 million in budget cuts. After applying $6 million in fund balance, it leaves CISD $300,000 short.
With time running out on legisla
tors, it's looking like they'll return for a special session to decide school funding. If they don't come up with a way to distribute the $4 billion in public education cuts they've legislated thus far—and can't do it during a subsequent special session— those cuts will be distributed under current state law.
One of the most talked about methods is proration, a process by which the state's school districts would be cut proportionally and could empower the state education
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