New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 13, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas
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Defense opens, closes Thursday
On the seventh day of testimony, the defense for Janice Vickers opened and closed after an hour and a half of testimony Thursday afternoon.
Prosecutors concluded their case earlier that day against Vickers after calling ^messes for seven days.
Defense attorney Mark
Clark called two witnesses before closing his case.
Vickers stands accused of intentionally running over and Wiling 82-year-old ShMey Undenbaum on White Oak Drive in Canyon Lake the night of Nov. 3,2006.
A DNA analyst with the Department of Public Safety confirmed for the prosecution Thursday morning that blood found on the inside and out
side of Vickers' Tahoe belonged to Undenbaum. The prosecution closed with testimony from Detective Tommy Ward with the Comal County Sheriff's Office.
Ward headed the Vickers investigation, which lasted two years and resulted in her arrest and indictment for murder in December 2008.
Ward outiined the accumulation of evidence during the
investigation, focusing on his observations of the crime scene and Vickers' behavior the night of Lindenbaum's death.
He testified that after he introduced himself to Vickers that night, she made a statement to him that was "strange to hear."
"She said, '1 murdered her
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Trace evidence expert Sandy Parent of the Texas Department of Public Safety was called by the defense Thursday to testify about tears and tire impressions on Shirley Lindenbaum's clothing.GIVING THEM A LITTLE CREDIT Fort Hood suspect
Homebuyertax credit extended toAprU2010
By Eric J. VMIbmchmr
The $8,000 federal home-buyer tax credit was set to expire on Nov. 30, but President Barack Obama recentiy signed the Workers, Home-ownership and Business Assistance Act, which extended the tax credit to those who purchase a home or h4ve one under contract to April 30, 2010.
Obama signed the new law on Nov. 6. It goes into effect immediately
The $8,000 tax credit is still for first-time homebuyers or for those who have not owned a home in three or more years. The new law expands the program to include homeowners who have owned a home for five or more years, and qualifies them for up to $6,500 in tax rebates.
The law also extends unemployment insurance for up to 20 additional weeks. It extends the Economic Recovery Act small-business tax cuts for an additional year and expands the act's reach to larger businesses.
The extension of the home-buyer's tax credit is good news for local Realtors who have reported an increase in sales in the region, primarily by first-time homebuyers.
"What I have seen is a lot of use (of tiie $8,000 tax (?edit) in the under-$200,000 market," said Mark Dingeldein, a Realtor with ERA D Lee Edwards
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charged with murder
By Angela K. Brown and Lolita C. Baldor
Associated Press Writers
FORT HOOD — I he Army psychiatrist accused in the Fort Hood shootings was charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder in the military's legal system, making him eligible for the death penalty if convicted, officials said Thursday.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama ordered a review of all intelligence related to Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan and whether it was properly shared and acted
upon within individual government agencies.
ITie announcement comes as members of (x)ngrpss are pressuring for a fiill investigation into why Hasan was ni)t detected and stopimi. A Senate hearing on Hasan is scheduled for next week. The Senate Homeland Security Committee announced it is opening its own investigation this week.
U.S. Army Criminal investigation Command spokesman (>hris Cirey said at a news conference that
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Click given maximum time for evading arrest
Andrew Star Click, convicted Oct. 7 of evading arrest with a motor vehicle, was sen-t e n c e d Thursday
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to 20 years in prison.
Judge Gary Steel of the 274th judicial District, sentenced Click, 35, to the maximum sentence allowed. Evading arrest is normally a state jail felony, but Click's prior felony convictions enhanced the charge to a
Click was arrested April 6, 2008 after leading New Braunfels police on a brief chase in a stolen truck.
Sammy McOary, chief felony prosecutor for Cx)mcil County, presented the court with a list of prior convictions and 4 witnesses who testified to being victims of Click's previous crimes.
Click has convictions stretching back to 1993 for attempted malicious wounding, assault and battery, theft, resisting arrest and assaulting a peace officer, among others.
"I'm please with the conviction," McCrary said. "A guy with a record like that -at least he'll be off the roads."
Learn how to keep trash out of landfill: Reuse, req^cle this weekend
Johnny Vega talks about what mataríais can be re<YclecJ at the City Recycle Center on Thursday Annerica F^des Day takes place Saturday.
By Backy Roaabrock
Reduce, reuse, recycle. Ifs easy to say the words, but harder to put them in action.
On Saturday, Nov. 14, New Braunfels will be celebrating America Recycles Day with several events designed to spread the word about the three "Rs", and how they might be used in emydaylife.
From 8 a.m. to noon, residents may bring up to three boxes of sensitive documents to the City Recycle Center, where they will
be shredded and recycled by GreenStar. A picture ID with a New Braunfels address is required.
"Shred day is just a nice service to provide for the people," said Ci^ Recycling Coordinator Carol Clark. "We've had residents contact us in the past and we're finaUy able to offer it"
At 10 am. atlbrrey PEuk, kx:at-ed at the comer of Tc»rey Street and Gmene Road, chi^n will become ''garbage detectives," and discover what h^^^ns to city garbage. WhUe tlite event is aimed for children between thiid
and eighth grades, the entire family is invited to attend.
There will be a discussion and a demonstration for the book autopsies at the library, as well as a chance to create treasure chests, scrapbooks, sculptures and found poetry from old books. All supplies will be provided.
"The library gets a lot of books donated throughout the year, things like encyclopedias fi-om the '60s that can't exactly be used anymore, " Clark said. "They can be used to create great things, likebookends."\
AMERICA RECYCLES DAY
• Document destruction, 8 a.m. to noon, City Recycle Center. To get there, starting from the Main Plaza: Exit the roundabout onto W. San Antonio Street. Take a left onto Castell Avenue. Take a right on Butcher Street Follow the signs to the City Recycle Center.
Picture 10 with New Braunfels address needed for document destruction. Only three boxes per family/car. Free.
• Children's Activities. 10 to 11 a.m., Torrey Park, at the intersection of Torrey Street and Gruene Road. Free.
• Book Autopsies: Mysterious Origins, Curious Destinations. Altered Book Workshop, 1 to 3 p.m. Hosted by the City of New Braunfels and the New Braunfels Public Library, 700 E Common. Free. Call Carol Clark at (830) 221-4041.
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