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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 13, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas IT TF SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13,2004 _~ald-Zeitung SPECIAL SECTION PET PALS Special section highlights 'man's best friend' as residents celebrate their favorite pets. Inside Killing for hire trial postponed By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The Monday trial of a suspect in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme has been postponed. Jonathan Gene Benavides, 30, of Houston was set to be tried Monday before 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison for allegedly plotting with the wife of a former New Braunfels police officer to have his ex-girlfriend and her son killed — reportedly to evade child support payments. The trial has been reset to Feb. 22, 2005. Benavides and his codefendant, Samantha Kader-li Childs, 24, of New Braunfels, stand charged with criminal conspiracy to commil murder, lf proved, it is a tiist-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in state prison and a $10,000 fine Late in October, a plea bar-gain for Childs fell apart because District Attorney Dib Waldrip did not believe she was being truthful in statements she made to officials as part of the agreement. Waldrip had offered Childs probation in exchange for her testimony against Benavides. Benavides’ defense attorney Glen Peterson said he wants to see the statement Childs made. He has asked Waldrip and Anthony Cantrell, Childs’ attorney, and both have refused because of the plea negotiations, Peterson said. “The district attorney rejected this statement, we believe, because of exculpatory statements she made pertaining to my client,” Peterson said. Peterson said he would file a motion Monday in district See TRIAL, Page 3A Strayhorn: School start date should be later By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn thinks Texas children start school too soon. During a public forum in Austin Friday, Strayhorn reiterated her desire to see the school start date moved back to before Labor Day, which usually falls in early September. The comptroller bases her opinion on the findings of “Saving Summer,” a report See SCHOOL, Page 3A Tree lighting ceremony DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Hope Hospice held its annual "Tree of Life" lighting ceremony Thursday at the Marketplace. The third annual ceremony kicked off the agency's annual fund-raising drive. Its goal this year is $100,000. FORUM COLUMN J.T. Woodall writes how for Bush, the real test of his leadership ability begins with his reelection. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 4 "' 4 4 Vol. 153, No. 312 16 pages, 2 sections 500 www: _ i *56825 00001 ‘WK 60% chance of rain High Low 55 50 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 3B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM , 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS BA TV GRIDS 3B New Braunfels High School cheerleaders Andrea Rochin, left, Jessie Clark, Brittany Williams and Elise Lapaglia show their Unicorn spirit during the playing of the school song at Friday night's game. Band chaperones Monica Dockery, top, Janet Sweet, left, LaurieTieman, Kathy Burley and Shirley Littleton cheer on the Unicorns in the second quarter. Gutsy season ends for Unicorns seniors By Will Wright Sports Editor SAN ANTONIO — At the end, there was tears. Chants of the cheerleaders exhorted the New Braunfels Unicorns to stage a dramatic defensive stand to get the ball back in the final seconds. But alas, the Unicorns lost a heartbreaker— 18-16 to Boerne in the Glass 4A-Division I football playoff game at Comalander Stadium. As the Greyhounds got that final first down to put the finishing touches on their first-ever win over the Unicorns — who had unceremoniously ended Boerne’s last playoff run two years earlier — the realization set in among the 32 New Braunfels seniors that this was indeed their final game. “I can’t say enough about these kids,” Unicorns Coach Rick Rhoades said. “Three weeks ago we were sitting at I -2 in district, and it didn’t even look like we were going to make the playoffs. We had our hacks against the wall for two weeks.” Senior linebacker Jody Walk cr knelt sadly on the field with classmates and linebackers Scan I lilt and senior linebacker Kyle Jonas. Junior quarterback /ach Rhodes embraced senior defensive hack It >hnny Valadez. Two dozen junior varsity Committee to present recommended charter changes to city at workshop By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Members of the city’s Charter Review Committee will meet Monday in a joint worksliop with the New Braunfels City Council to review recommended changes. The committee was appointed by council to take a look at the city charter, which has not been updated AT A GLANCE ■ What: New Braunfels City Council and Charter Review Committee ■ When: 5:30 p.m., Monday ■ Where: Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave. since 1995. John Lovett, commit lee president, said the committee reviewed all 12 articles. City Attorney Charlie Zech said the committee's recom- me lid at ions pertained mostly to language in the chat ter that does not coincide with stale law. “Basically, the committee looked at outdated provisions in the charter. Most of the changes it will recommend lo council will update the charter to be in line with state laws,” he said. Any changes to the charter See CITY, Page 3A PLAYOFF ACTION The Smithson Valley Rangers advance to the second round of playoffs with a 38-21 win over San Marcos. Page 6A players, dressed in the Unicorns silver and white, were there to get a taste of New Braunfels’ winning tradition. What they experienced was another lesson — how to gracefully accept defeat. They joined with the team in the singing of the Alma Mater. T hey then lined the way to the dressing room, each patting the backs of the varsity players who were entering the locker room to take off their jerseys for the final time. New Braunfels had an up-and-down season, one that traversed the plain of doubt and scaled the mountain of success. T he Unicorns won their final two games to get into the playoffs, and once there, fought admirably against an overwhelming foe. “Boeme’s the No. I team in tin* area, and we stood in there with them and went toe-to-toe with them, Rhoades added, to the background of hugs and sobs in die locker room. “A tew breaks go our way. and we win this ballgame." One team lias to lose, and its end isn t always pretty. “That's the sad part about it.” Rhoades added. UPDATES Tracking the news Krueger in fair condition after apparent heart attack LASTINE KNEW: Ambassador Robert Krueger was transferred to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for tests after an apparent heart attack. LATEST: A Mayo Clinic official said Friday that Krueger is in fair condition. 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