New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 9, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 4BChilds may receive plea bargain in case
By Ron Maloney
A plea bargain might be reached that could result in a former police officer’s wife getting probation in a killing-for-hire case.
Attorney Anthony Cantrell said he would seek IO years probation for Samantha Kaderli Childs in a pretrial hearing Oct. 25.
Childs, 24, and co-defendant Jonathan Gene Benavides, are charged with criminal conspir
acy to commit capital murder.
The pair were arrested in March at the conclusion of an undercover investigation by New Braunfels police into an allegation that Benavides was seeking to have his ex-girl-friend — and possibly his son
— "whacked” to avoid child support payments.
Benavides is slated to go to trial in November.
Childs, the wife of fromer police officer Jeffrey Childs, allegedly tried to help Benavides to procure a “hit man.”
Benavides was a friend of the officer from his school days.
Jeffrey Childs has never been implicated in the case.
Cantrell said his client — who had lived with Jeffrey Childs two years and married him just one month prior to
her arrest — had no prior criminal offenses.
“I think her involvement in this case was very minimal,” Cantrell said. “Her minute involvement doesn’t warrant
See CASE, Page 2A
Joyce promoted to agent position
By Ron Maloney
When Comal County and the Texas (Cooperative Extension Service looked for a replacement for f amily and (Consumer Sciences agent Pat Rasor, they found one in the next office.
County Judge nanny Scheei and District Extension Administrator Cheryl Mapston announced T hursday that Rasor’s assistant, Martha Joyce, has been promoted into her former employer’s post.
The appointment is effective Oct. 15.
Joyce, whose husband, Ken, is a corporal with the Comal County Sheriff’s Office, has worked in the county Extension office 14 years.
Since Rasor’s August resignation, Joyce has worked to keep both the offices of FCS assistant and agent going. She will continue to do so until a replacement is announced.
In her position, she oversaw the county’s 4-11 school curriculum enrichment program, was a member of the Character Education leaders team and planned programs in food and nutrition, budgets and child development. She is a certified food protection management instructor.
Joyce also is a former Washington
See JOYCE, Page 3A
Dancing a decade
Carousel Dance Club celebrates 10th anniversary Ort. 22
SVHS cars marked with polish at game
By Ron Maloney
SAN ANTONIO — One week after a school bus vandalism incident ballooned into a potential federal court case, at least three vehicles belonging to Smithson Valley I Ugli School families were marked with shoe polish at a football game here.
Northeast Independent School District spokeswoman I .aura (Calderon said three private vehicles were found Thursday night marked with the letter “J” by constables who patrolled the parking lot during the SVI IS-MacArthur football game.
"Toward the end of the game, the constables stationed themselves at each vehicle so they could talk to the owners,” Calderon said. “They told die parents what lad happened, and offered to clean off he markings. It was just a feeling of, ‘This
See INCIDENT, Page 3A
Celebrating life, history
Fourth-graders attend dedication ceremony of mural in Landa Park
Kerry blames Bush for deficit; president says Democrat will raise taxes
By Nedra Pickier
Associated Press Writer
ST. LOUIS — In a testy debate rematch Friday, Sen. John Kerry derided President Bush as the first leader to preside over job losses in 72 years and said he had transformed huge budget surpluses into massive deficits with wartime tax cuts for the rich. Bush said Kerry would raise
taxes on middle-class Americans to pay for $2.2 trillion in new spending programs.
“ That’s just reality,”
“The president’s trying to
scare everybody here,” Kerry responded.
The two candidates quarreled aggressively over the war in Iraq, jobs, education, health care, abortion, the environment,
cheaper drugs and tort reform at a town hall session 25 days before the election, just over 90 minutes, they fielded IB questions from a select audience of uncommitted voters.
Bush said that if Kerry were president, Saddam Hussein “would still be in
See DEBATE, Page 2A
AT A GLANCE Final presidential debate
■ When: Wednesday from Tempe, Ariz.
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and the springs today.
Students rotated from one class to another throughout the day.
Karen Whitman, a fourth-grade teacher at Comal Elementary School, said her students learned first-hand how the Comal Springs affected the history of the area.
“T he kids have been learning about Native American history in school,” she said.
Gino Sciaraffa, a fourth-grade student, said he learned about ancient cultures.
“I didn’t know anything about the Comal Springs or Native American history,” he said. “T he exhibits were really cool!”
The first mural was painted in 1999 by Baermann and is called “T he (Tty of a Prince."
The second mural was painted by Alex Brocho!!, and was a tribute to Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer, Rube said.
"I Ie was the father of Texas botany, and also the editor and publisher of the I ierald-Zeitung,” he said. "It celebrated his 200th birthday on May 21,2001.”
Baermann’s second mural, or the third mural in the series, tells the story of how the area’s history tied into the springs.
“The Texas Education Department encourages field trips to learn about Texas history,” Rain* said. "So this was an opportunity for a hands-on learning experience for the kids.”
T he outdoor class on prehistoric plantlife and dinosaurs was taught by George Biasing. Ron Vaugh taught a class on the history of the Comal Springs. Ilelga Parks with the Institute of Texas Cultures taught a class on pioneer cultures. Roger Holley taught a class on the Comal Springs today.
By Scott Mahon
More than 5(X) fourth-grade students participated Friday in the dedication of Clinton Baermann’s “The Lure of the Springs” mural at the luanda Recreation Building in Landa Park.
T he dedication ceremony was co-sponsored by the New Braunfels I listoric Art Callery and the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department.
T he highlight of the ceremony was a tribal dance performed by Erwin Deluna, an American Indian whose great-grandparents were of the Taos Pueblo and Navajo tribes in New Mexico.
Deluna wore a traditional wardrobe used by American Indians in the Eagle Dance, which was a dance of healing and blessings.
Wayne Rahe, Historic Art Gallery president, said the murals painted on the side of the recreation building represent the history of the New Braunfels area.
"We started eight years ago with the murals," he said. "Today, we dedicated the third mural by (Tinton Baermann. It tells the story of how the springs have affected the history of the area throughout the last I,OOO years.”
Parks Director Stacey Laird said the parks staff suggested involving school children in Friday’s ceremony.
“It was an opportunity to emphasize things they’re studying in school,” she said. “We had four schools from New Braunfels Independent School District and Comal Independent School District.”
Five outdoor classes were held for the students, including a class about dinosaurs, American Indians, pioneer cultures, the Comal Springs
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeituny
American Indian Erwin DeLuna waits for his chance to perform in front of the Landa Park Recreation Center mural at dedication ceremonies Friday morning.
The mural, middle, painted on the side of the Landa Park Recreation Center depicts the history of Comal Springs, (left), George Biasing, right, talks to fourth graders from Memorial Intermediate about dinosaurs while standing under a giant dinosaur on the mural.