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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 18, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Baseball playoffs NEW BRAUNFELS HERALE THURSDAY October 2001 14 pages in sections UNG 293 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Jury Davis guilty again Timeline Kathie Balonis is found dead in her Laurel Lane apart Early the following Jack Warren Davis is arrested for May 1990 A Comal County jury convicts Davis of capital He is sentenced to life in 1992 The conviction is over turned based on alleged misconduct by former District Bill 1993 Davis bail is reduced to and he is released from 1998 State Attorney General John Cornyns office takes on the Davis prosecution for a second 19992001 State investigators rebuild the case against Davis aug menting it with DNA technology and testing not available in 2001 Davis is convict ed 11 years and 11 months after murdering BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer JOHNSON CITY listening to two weeks worth of it took a Blanco County jury just more than two hours Wednesday to con vict Jack Warren Davis of capital murder for strangling Kathie Davis stood stoically behind the defendants table in the Blanco County Court house when the verdict was announced and 22nd Judi cial District Judge Charles Ramsay sentenced him to life in A Comal County jury found Davis guilty in but the conviction was overturned in In Davis was released from The tri al that ended Wednesday put him back Davis wife who has stood beside her husband ever since Balonis was sobbed Hes so she Davis Buck Hcndry We knew we couldnt get a fair as long as this trial was held with this judge and these He was referring to the prosecution and the New Braunfels Police The surviving family of the victim disagreed strongly about the innocence of the defendant and about See I know Erins smile is lighting up the sky in Heaven right Erin Leas cheerleading sponsor Remem Erin Photo submitted Erin Leas cheered for Spring Branch Middle School before making the Smithson Valley Leas died Tuesday from injures she received in an auto Nicole Dustin Taylor Smith and Bailey Wallis from left sport pink ribbons in remembrance of their Erin as they talk about her cute smile and other things they will miss about the Smithson Valley High School sophmore Wednesday JESSIE SVHS cheerleader dies from injuries sustained in wreck BY ERIKA HELFRICH HeraldZeitung Correspondent The Smithson Valley cheerleaders signs spelling RANGERS FIGHT will be noticeably shorter tonight at the Junior Varsity football The S sophomore Erin Leas letter will be left off in remembrance of died Tuesday morn ing at University Hospital in San Antonio from injuries she sustained during a onecar accident Sunday Leas was traveling alone on Smithson Valley Road when she rounded a curve going too fast and lost control of her The 1994 Saturn skid ded off the road sideways until the drivers side of the car struck a Department of Public Safety Brian said Leas was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the Leas main contribution to Smithson Valley High school was being a vital member of the Junior Varsity cheerleading Her teammates saw her as someone who enjoyed life Shealynn Junior Varsity Erin was never shy about flashing her dazzling The cheerleaders sponsor Even in bad situations Erin could find a way to make tilings seem better for every I know Erins smile is lighting up the sky in Heaven right Nicole a classmate of Leas She was just nice to no matter Along with honoring Leas with their the cheerlead ers and Ranger supporters will release balloons and share in a candle lighting in memory of Leas during tonights The cheerleaders are also constructing a collage of pictures and mementos dedi cated to which they will display at her memorial ser The service is set for 1 Saturday at Bulverde United Methodist Church on JESSIE SMHS junior varsity cheerleader Shealynn Erin was never shy about flashing her dazzling EAA board member questions flow study BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer One of Comal Countys represen tatives on the Edwards Aquifer Authority board is raising concerns about increases in its proposed bud get for next year as well as the res urrection of a oncediscarded idea to artificially increase flows at Comal Springs during Comal County Representative Doug Miller wants to know why EEA staff is proposing for a springflow augmentation study after a pre liminary study indicated in 1995 that the process was not entirely Weve been done that and it wasnt eco nomically Miller Here we go Augmentation is a process intend ed to optimixe water flow by artifi cially pumping water from one part of the aquifer either directly into the Comal Springs and San Mar cos Springs or into a nearby recharge After looking at ways of pumping water into area springled the Center for Research in Water Resources at the University of Texas at Austin questioned the feasibility of citing hydrogeological unknowns and potential biological impact The proposal creates artificial spring How by letting the aquifer level Miller It puts all homeowners that have from Buda to San at risk by drawing the aquifer The peo ple of Comal County would and 1 am opposed to The proposed 2002 study is intended to address some of the defi ciencies in the previous according to an EEA document pub lished in There are no preconceived MILLER See INSIDE Abby 5A Classifieds Comics 8A Crossword 5A Forum 6A 4A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A Sports Today 2A Key Code Chief says added police presence on rivers was success BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer New Braunfels two high estranking police officers told the River Activities Com mittee Wednesday how the department spent the sum mer while others were vaca Both Chief of Police Ray Douglas and Chief Doug Dunlap gave a thumbs up to the summers beefedup DOUGLAS police pres ence on the Comal and Guadalupe For the first the rivers were fully staffed all season with N e w Braunfelspolice officers who traded in squad cars for motor Comal County sheriffs deputies also patrolled the banks of the Guadalupe Riv while Parks and Wildlife officials patrolled its The city paid officers to work overtime rather than hiring temporary I didnt want to go out and hire someone who may not understand the community or its Lewis said They would have been just a hired 1 wanted to see if we could do this with our own people during the first which is probably the most difficult The reaction to the height ened police presence that began May 12 was generally Douglas 1 think our officers enjoyed this past summer more than any summer since Ive been here it was so differ Douglas We received a lot of feedback from property and especially from tourists who said how glad they were to have had the officers That makes it all worth The did not pass without a few Several landowners expressed frustration that officers did not aggressively ticket Aprojxxsed See ;