New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 2, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
TUESDAY October 2, 2001
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Blood infection strikes SV studentBacteria causes spinal meningitis
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
SMITHSON VALLEY — A Smithson Valley High School sophomore has been stricken with the bacteria that causes spinal meningitis, officials report.
Comal County Health Nurse Karon Preiss said Monday afternoon that a SVHS student was hospitalized Friday for treatment of meningococcemia, a blood infection caused by Neisseria Meningitis, the bacteria that causes spinal meningitis.
Preiss did not further identify the ill student, but a Comal Independent School District official said Monday night the patient, who is being treated at a San Antonio hospital, is a sophomore girl.
Monday, the girl had been released from an intensive care unit and was improving, CISD reported.
Dr. Dorothy Overman,
See INFECTION/3 AMeningitis—
WHAT: Neisseria Meningitis is the bacteria that causes spinal meningitis. It is contagious (but not as contagious as the common cold or flu) and is carried in the mouth and nose.
It can be spread by contact.
RISK: Spinal meningitis can be fatal if not treated promptly with antibiotics. In survivors, it can cause nerve or brain damage including loss of hearing, vision, speech or intelligence or paralysis.
SYMPTOMS: Severe headache, body aches, fever, weakness. Anyone who might have had contact with an infected person should contact a physician immediately.
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Army Sankowsky, 4, of Marble Falls, sleeps in a tool box Saturday at the Comal County Fair while his mom works the climbing rock booth. The 108th Comal County wrapped up Sunday. Look for photographs of the fair winners in Sunday’s Herald-Zeitung.Perry visits New Braunfels Wednesday
From Staff Reports
Texas Governor Rick Perry’ will attend a reception in New Braunfels Wednesday.
The governor will make brief remarks during the reception at American Legion Post 179, 410 West Coll St. He is scheduled to speak starting at 3:30 p.m.
Perry will discuss state efforts to improve education and the state’s public schools, two-year colleges and universities; improve transportation infrastructure; increase economic opportunity and job creation for small and high tech businesses; and raise the quality of life in Texas.
The public is encouraged to attend.
.security tight in Blanco County for murder trialJury selection opens for Davis in Johnson City
By Ron Maloney
JOHNSON CITY — Jury selection in the second trial of Jack Warren Davis began Monday amid tightened security in Blanco County Courthouse.
Blanco County officials called 300 prospective jurors to consider the case against the man accused of killing Kathie Balonis in New Braunfels in 1989.
All passed through a metal detector before t hey wert* allowed to the top floor of the courthouse.
M.H. Durbin, an investigator with the Blanco County Attorney’s Office in charge of courthouse security, had his back to a locked courthouse entrance Monday morning.
“We’ve increased security because of the nature of this trial and the number of jurors called,” Durbin said.
District 22 Judge Charles Ramsay said t he trial would last about three weeks.
Da vin arrived before 8 a.m.
and waited for jury selection in an office at t he back of the district courtroom.
About 130 prospective jurors began filtering in at 8 a.m.
Some read books, magazines or newspapers. Most talked amongst themselves.
“Does anyone know what the trial is about?” one member of the pool asked those sitting around him. None did.
What the trial is about is murder — but there will bt* other issues, as well.
Davis, 42, is accused of capital murder in the slaying and sexual assault of Balonis, 24, a New Braunfels school teacher.
Balonis was found strangled and sexually assaulted
The Jack Warren Davis capital murder trial has been moved to Johnson City because of pretrial publicity.
in her apartment at 483 Laurel Lane in New Braunfels on Nov. 17, 1989. Davis, then 30, was a maintenance man at Balonis’ apartment complex.
Police arrested Davis the day after Balonis’ body was discovered. Davis was convicted of capital murder six months later and sentenced to life in prison.
The Third Court of Appeals set aside the conviction in 1992 amid allegations that then-District Attorney Bill Reimer intimidated a trial witness. The case was sent back to district, court.
Davis was released on $50,OOO bail, and lie moved to Perkinston, Miss., where he reports twice a month by telephone to the Comal County Adult Probation Office."
The second Davis trial begins against a backdrop of intense public interest and media coverage.
Ramsay issued a gag order in the case and ordered the change of venue to Blanco County because of publicit y.
Fred Zain, a Bexar County laboratory technician who processed blood evidence in the Davis case, has been fired and discredited over allegations that bt* mishandled evidence in many investigations.
Afghan refugee plight worsens
In the wake of a possible military attack on Afghanistan more refugees have fled to neighboring countries. Afghan refugees already exceeded 3.6 million world wide earlier this year with Pakistan hosting more than two million Afghans, Iran 1.5 million, Tajikistan 15,400, Turkmenistan 1,500 and Uzbekistan 8,300.
President cites progress against terrorism
SOURCES: United Nations High Commissioner tor Refugees, U S. Committee for Refugees, ESRI
APU.S. aiding anti-Taliban forces
By Pete Yost Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush cited progress on many fronts Monday in the war against terrorism. Among the U.S. offensives is a package of covert aid to groups inside Afghanistan that oppose the terrorist-harboring Taliban militia, U.S. officials said.
“We’re going to bring these people to justice,” Bush said during an early afternoon visit to the headquarters of the
agency that oversees disaster aid.
Nearly three weeks after the terror attacks against the World Trade ('enter and the Pentagon, Bush said it might take awhile to apprehend those responsible for the hijacking attacks.
But he said he was pleased with what had been accomplished. He cited hundreds of arrests here and overseas in the investigat ion, international cooperation and initial success in seizing assets of Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida organization.
“The evildoers struck and when they did they aroused a mighty land,” Bush said at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “We will not be cowed by a few,” he said.
Bush said that in the week since he announced a move to freeze assets of bin Laden and 2fi other individuals and organizations, some $t> million has been blocked and 50 bank accounts frozen, 30 in this country and 20 overseas.
He also noted that some 29,000 American troops have been committed to the effort.
As part of that effort, Bush approved assistance to groups within Afghanistan that oppose the ruling Taliban militia
The effort is separate from a United Nations humanitarian program to help Afghans overcome hardships, ami from a new U.S. plan to provide tens of millions of dollars to Afghan refugees who have fit'd to neighboring Pakistan.
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Community giving to United Way, terrorist attack victims
From staff reports
The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., came just less than a week after the United Way of Comal County kicked off its annual fund drive.
The call for donations to help the rescue personnel and victims of the national tragedy rang through the nation, and New Braunfels and Comal County residents answered that call generously.
In the meantime, the United Way of Comal County also has been col
lecting funds to help people here at home. The United Way set a goal of $500,OOO this year to help some 25 agencies provide services to residents across the county.
“We’ve collected about 30 percent in about a month,” executive director Joe Rogers said Monday. “We’ve got right at $200,000.”
Whether the Sept. ll attacks will affect the United Way’s fundraising campaign remains to be seen.
“We don’t know yet, ’ Rogers said. ‘The people here are awfully genet ous.... The people here, their needs are always here, and hopefully we'll continue to support the local people’s needs, not that the needs are not great in New York and Washington, IXC.”
Because of that, the United Way board will discuss this week sending some funds to help the Sept, ll
victims. That money will come out of reserves, Rogers said.
The $500,ROO already has been committed to the local agencies, so if the fund-raising campaign falls short, money from reserves will be needed to make up the difference, Rogers said.
Residents can donate money to the United Way at 421 S. Seguin Ave. lf giving at work, residents can designate United Way of Comal County to receive their donations by marking 825 on the donation cards.
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