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New Braunfels High School JROTC members salute as the caskets of Shelby Farnsworth and Fernando Diaz are carried from Wednesday’s funeral Mass at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Farnsworth, 16, and Diaz, 15, were killed in an automobile accident this past Saturday in front of the high school, 2551 N. Loop 337. Both teen-agers were members of the NBHS Marine JROTC program.Semi-annual event lets area eighth-graders visit ‘real world’
By Heather Todd
Staff WriterKiller of officers apparently enraged by marital trouble
Eighth-graders Tiffany Kaufmann (left) and Laura Avery organize merchandise Wednesday at The Retreat Day Spa, 409 N. Seguin Ave. The students participated in Shadow Day, a semi-annual event sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Pleasanton man gunned down three lawmen before turning gun on himself Tuesday night
By Jim Vertuno
Associated Press Writer
PLEASANTON — A man told a 911 operator to “get somebody out here right away” before ducking into a thicket and gunning down three officers, including one who had arrested him for beating his wife.
Jeremiah Engleton, 21, shot himself after a three-hour standoff with up to 75 officers
Tuesday night. He drew police to his mobile home with the bogus 911 call and picked off two sheriff ’s deputies and a state trooper as their cars arrived.
At least one, the trooper, didn’t even have a chance to unbuckle his seatbelt.
“There’s no way to prepare for something like that,” said Atascosa County Sheriff Tommy Williams. “If you had a half
dozen officers on the scene, you would have had six dead officers.”
The dead officers were deputies Mark Stephenson, 32, and Thomas Monse, 31, and DPS trooper Terry Miller, 37.
Wounded in the shootout were Carl Fisher, a 60-year-old retired Border Patrol agent, and Luis Tudyk, a 30-year-old Pleasanton police officer. Both were in good condition at a San Antonio hospital Wednesday.
Monse had arrested Engleton about I a.m. Tuesday on a charge of beating his wife. Violet Engleton, who had a 15-month-old daughter with Engleton, left her hus
band later that day on advice from a sheriff’s department family violence officer. Officials wouldn’t reveal Ms. Engleton’s whereabouts.
“I don’t know if he felt the police had caused his wife to leave him,” Williams said.
Engleton was released from jail about midday Tuesday and dialed 911 just after 8 p.m.
Monse, the first to arrive on the scene, was gunned down immediately as Engleton hid in a thicket of cactuses and mesquite trees. Stephenson arrived five minutes lat-
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er and met the same fate. Neither deputy called for help.
After ambushing the deputies, Engleton took each man’s handgun and shot them in the head, officials said.
Miller, dispatched when the deputies did not return radio calls, arrived 20 minutes after Stephenson.
New buildings planned for Canyon HSCISD trustees taking look at floor plans this evening
By Heather Todd
Comal Independent School District trustees will look at floor plans today for a new athletic facility and agriculture building at Canyon High School.
Trustees will meet 6 p.m. at Canyon Intermediate School, 1275 N. Business 35.
Richard Roll, from the San Antonio-based firm Reynolds-Schlattner-Chetter-Roll Inc., will present floor plans of three options for the construction of a new athletic facility at the campus, 1510 Interstate 35 East.
The athletic and agricultural buildings are part of expansion projects approved in a $141 million
bond in May. Total expansion projects for the campus, including additional classroom space to accommodate 1,750 students, total an estimated $ 18.7 million. Cost estimates for the new facilities were not available.
Guillermo Nieri, director of construction for CISD, said normal procedure was to approve preliminary drawings first.
“If the board approves the athletic facility or the agricultural building or both, then the architects will move forward on the design stage of the projects, and we can proceed with the bid documents,” he said.
The new athletic facility is expected to be completed by February 2001. The agricultural building has a June 2000 completion date.
Nieri said trustees would be presented with three options for the athletic expansion, which would be built next to the Cougar Den.
Nieri said architects proposed expanding Ben Hardy Gymnasium to include the new athletic facility, building a two-story structure separate from the existing gym or constructing a one-story building separate from the existing gym.
Nieri said trustees would also consider floor plans and location for the agricultural building.
Architects were proposing putting the building, which would house classrooms, labs and office space, next to the school’s existing bam, he said. The plans would be to build a one-story structure.
In executive session, the board will consider buying land near Comal Elementary School, 6720 Farm-to-Market Road 482, and Smithson Valley High School, 14001 Texas 46 West, for expansion.
Construction on a $ 16 million expansion projectSee BUILDINGS/3A
Eighth-graders Tiffany Kaufmann and Laura Avery probably know some of the best-kept beauty secrets in town.
Kaufmann, a New Braunfels Middle School student, and Avery, a student at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School, spent Wednesday morning at The Retreat Day Spa, 409 N. Seguin Ave.
But the two middle school students didn’t get pampered with relaxing massages or manicures. They were busy learning the ins and outs of operating a beauty and massage therapy business.
Kaufmann and Avery were two of more than 200 local teenagers who participated in the Fall Shadow Day program, sponsored by die Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc.
Other students spent the day “shadowing” veterinarians, health care workers, doctors, police officers, Comal County commissioners and District Judge Jack Robison. More IOO area businesses participated.
Throughout the day, Kaufmann and Avery got to tour the massage room and the hair and nail salons and watched employees handle clients.
Both students got a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to give a client the best manicure, pedicure or hairstyle. ^
“When they’re doing the massages, they use sea salt. That’si kind of weird,” Avery said.See SHADOW/3 AiInside
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Uvalde jury acquits country singer in 1998 killing
By Kelley Shannon
Associated Press Writer
UVALDE — A jury acquitted country singer Johnny Rodriguez of murder Wednesday in the killing of an acquaintance he claimed was a burglar.
Jurors deliberated almost two hours before finding Rodriguez innocent in the death of Israel “Bosco” Borrego, 26, who was shot once in the abdomen early the morning of Aug. 29, 1998, at the Rodriguez family home in Sabinal. Rodriguez’s lawyers had argued that he was justified under Texas law to defend himself and his property.
The 47-year-old singer, who could have faced life in prison, put his face in his hands when the verdict was announced.
A few cheers erupted in the courtroom. Borrego’s widow and other relatives cried.
“I’m just sorry that the whole incident took place,” Rodriguez said after court adjourned. “I don’t want to go through anything like this again.
Now, Rodriguez said, he wants to concentrate on being a good father to his 18-month-old daughter and rejuvenating his music career. Rodriguez is best known for his 1970s hits such as “Pass Me By (lf You’re Only Passing Through)” and “Ridin’ My
Thumb to Mexico” that soared into the Top IO on the country charts. His career took a downturn by the 1990s, but he still plays weekend gigs in South Texas.
“I think my mind will be a little more clear now. I think I’m going to cut back on the drinking, too. I’ve learned a little about that,” he said.
Rodriguez said he had booked a singing date this weekend in Rosenberg, near Houston, “just in case,” but he didn’t have definite plans beyond that.
“I can’t think that far ahead right now. I think I’m going to go barbecue me some little ribs or something,” he said.
Uvalde County District Attorney Tony Hackebeil argued Rodriguez was drunk ani used a pistol to kill Borrego — a pesky butj regular drinking buddy — as Borrego cooked a bacon and tortilla breakfast ir$ Rodriguez’s kitchen.
“How hard is it to conclude that he decided, i’m going to get rid of this pest once and for all?’” the prosecutor said.
Hackebeil, however, reminded jurors the state need not prove a motive, only that murder occurred. After the verdict wa? announced, Hackebeil said, “The facts were such that it had to be put before a jury....th$ jury of this community has spoken.”