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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 15, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Low MHO*! ye, Auto, Power Windows A Locka, CO, Factory Warranty WOW.' I V BLUEBONNET X <&<£> '    JeeP ^•jooTuNcon; dr; * fir twit DIFFERENCE! http:/ www New Braunfels. TX v,-r §■*5,9! NT _. Ongnul I jsf I Vim 995 ^ HSM SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15,2005 *m lomn^yj!: J? M( no ii ,, ,°T* 7?5>nn ll"lll"ll IU,ll I    """"llllllill Zeitung UPDATES V Tracking the newsSearch continues for killing suspect INSIDE READING PARTY Passport for Reading program concludes with party, prizes for reading during the summer. Page 2A FORUM SOUND OFF Readers write about Herald-Zeitung coverage, rodeo queen, VFW poppies, and Mideast oil. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 281 18 pages, 2 sections ■56825 00001 rtly cloudy High Low I 87 65 1 i Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 6A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 3B Updates is a weekly feature to give readers the latest information on stories they have seen in the Herald-Zeitung. If you would like to see a story we've run updated, call us at (830) 625-9144, or drop an e-mail to [email protected] com. Rezoning request pulled from agenda LAST WE KNEW: Coll Street property owner Chris Mitchell asked the Planning and Zoning Commission to approve a special-use permit to allow the house to be used for overnight rentals. Commissioners denied his request. Mitchell had asked the city's Planning Department to place his request on the next city council agenda. LATEST: Mitchell pulled his request from the city council agenda Wednesday, saying he did not realize an overnight rental would cause so much controversy. ■ ■■ blackout on eve of vote SHOWING SCHOOL SPIRIT Iraqi capital hit with Assault charges filed in bullying case LAST WE KNEW: Sandra Cooper's New Braunfels Middle School eighth-grader was attacked in class after the teacher stepped out of the room for a minute.The attacker was assigned to the * district's alternative campus. LATEST: Cooper filed Class C misdemeanor assault charges against her son's attacker with the municipal prosecutor. ■ ■ ■ DA gives documents to Keams lawyer LAST WE KNEW: Suzanne (DeWalt) Kearns, 42, was taken into custody Sept. 10 and is being held in Comal County Jail on charges of hindering apprehension, interfering with child custody and kidnapping after taking her son, Jeremy, to Mexico rather than turn him over to her ex-husband. LATEST: District Attorney Dib Waldrip gave documents pertaining to the case against Kearns to her attorney in a pre-trial hearing Thursday. NEXT: District Judge Gary Steel will set a November date for a pretrial hearing. NBHS band earns honors in contest DIDYOU KNOW? FALL FESTIVAL EVENTS ■ Cable Wakeboard Competition: 10 a.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday Texas Pit Bike Pro Challenge: 4:30 p.m. Saturday ■ Bikini Competition: 8 p.m. Saturday 2® Boat Wakeboard Competition: 9 a.m. Sunday Police search for missing money from Parks, Recreation Department By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The New Braunfels Police Department is investigating the disappearance of $ 1,211 from the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. The money, contained in one deposit bag, went missing sometime during the first two weeks in September while it was being trans- ferred from the department’s safe to the bank. Finance Manager James Wilson discovered it had not been recorded by the bank when he reconciled the department’s deposit logs with the bank’s deposit receipts. “The money was counted, logged, placed in a bag and See MONEY, Page 3 By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The New Braunfels police detective searching for a suspect in a 2004 stabbing death says the man might have returned to New Braunfels—and called on him Friday to give himself up. Police Detective Bob Parchman said he continues to chase down leads into the whereabouts of Leroy Suarez, who has been on the run since the Nov. 19,2004, killing of Diego Saenz. Saenz, 22, and his 16-year-old brother were stabbed at about 12:30 a.m. after a confrontation at River Park Apartments. The boy recovered from his injury, but Saenz died near the scene after seeking help at a nearby apartment. The killing was tile first in New Braunfels in more than two years. AT A GLANCE A timeline of the investi-ation can be found on age 3A. New Braunfels police arrested suspect Adrian Guerrero within 24 hours of the stabbing. A second suspect, Christopher Andrew Ortiz, turned himself in a week later. Suarez, who police think wielded the murder weapon, has never been found. “It’s been almost a year since the date of this homicide, and we’ve been following up on every lead possible to no avail at this point,’’ Parchman said. Shortly after the killing, Comal County Crime Stoppers offered a $500 reward for information. Parchman said he would ask the See CASE, Page 3 Leroy Suarez LASTINE KNEW: The New Braunfels High School marching band took first place in the Class 4A division and three first-division ratings at the Oct. 1 Rough Rider Marching Contest in San Antonio. New Braunfels also was judged against all 5A and 4A groups for caption awards and won Outstanding Horn Line and Outstanding Color Guard. LATEST: The Unicorn Band won the 4A division of the Rocket Review Marching Contest held Saturday in Converse.The band also received trophies for Outstanding Color Guard and Outstanding Percussion. NEXT: The band will perform in the first level of University Interscholastic League competition, the regional marching contest Monday at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio. New Braunfels' performance begins at 5 p.m. Admission is $2. Fall Festival to feature several water, land events By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Extreme sports fans who like to get it done in the dirt or in the water will converge on Texas Ski Ranch this weekend to finish the Fall Festival rained out in September by Hurricane Rita. The ski ranch’s largest event of the year, the Fall Festival includes wakeboarding, motocross, an auto show and bikini competitions, with live music provided in between. The wakeboard and mini- moto events will attract some of the world’s top competitors who will be vying for more than $20,000 in cash and prizes. And when competitors aren’t on the moto track or in the water, the facilities will be open to spectators to participate in their favorite extreme sports. “This is one of our two big events of the year,” said Blake Hess, spokesman for Texas Ski Ranch, located off Interstate 35 See FESTIVAL, Page 3 Clockwise from top, a group of Canyon High School students cheer on the Cougars with "BEAT LT" painted on their chest; while most fans left the football game early, Canyon Cougar father Dan Ward stands and raises his hat to the players coming off the field to the school's alma mat; 2-year-old Cheyanne Thompson sits in her fathers lap and cheers on the Canyon Cougars during Friday night's football game. Canyon lost to Lake Travis, 35-14. For more coverage, see Page 7A. Photos by MANDY REARY/ Herald-Zeitung By Hamza Hendam Associated Press Writer BAGI I DAD, Iraq — Insurgents sabotaged power lines Friday, plunging the Iraqi capital into darkness and cutting off water supplies on the eve of a landmark vote on a constitution that would define democracy in Iraq. The charter — hammered out after months of bitter negotiations — is supported by a Shiite-Kurdish majority but hits split Sunni Arab ranks after last-minute amendments designed to win support among the disaffected minority. In Friday sermons across the nation, the message from Shiite pulpits was an unequivocal “yes,” but it was not so clearcut in Sunni Arab mosques — varying from “yes,” “no” and “vote your conscience.” Amid security concerns, Iraqis were hunkered down for most of the day in their homes, with the streets of the Iraqi capital almost empty hours before a IO p.m. curfew and the country sealed off from die outside world as borders and airports were closed for Saturday’s referendum. The widespread power outage hit soon after sundown, when Muslims break their daily fast during the holy month ol Ramadan, leaving Baghdad’s skyline black except for pinpoints of light from private generators. Water also ran out in homes in some parts of the capital and water pressure waned. The insurgents took out several electrical towers between the northern towns ol Kirkuk and Beiji, 180 miles from Baghdad, said Mahmoud al-Saaedi, an Electricity Ministry spokesman. He could not say how they were hit. See BLACKOUT, Page 3 ;