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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 24, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas Mom fighting to keep convicted child molester in prison Who To Write Residents who wish to write to the parole board in Austin can address letters to Texas Department of Criminal Justice Victim Services Division, P.O. Box 13401, Austin, TX 78711. Armando Medina’s TDC number is #864104. The Victims Sen/ices Division can be reached at (800) 848-4284.Community asked to write, protest parole (Editor’s Note: The name of the mother in this story has been changed to protect the identity of the juvenile victims. The offender's name has been published in previous editions.) By Heather Todd Staff Writer About three years ago, Sara came face-to-face with every mother’s worst nightmare. Shortly after the holidays in early 1996, Sara said her two young daughters, who were ages 4 and 6 at the time, came forward and told her they had been sexually abused. The man they accused of sexually assaulting them was their own father and Sara’s husband at the time, Armando Martin Medina. Sara said, “Like other moms who go through this, when they first told me — even though I believed them — back in my mind I hoped they would pop up and say none of it was true — not out of love for him (Medina) but because you don’t want this to be happening to your kids.” Now Sara is facing another nightmare — the possibility that the man convicted of sexually assaulting her daughters might be released from prison. Father sentenced On July 18,1996, Medina, 33, was arrested in Comal County on charges of sexual assault of a child, indecency with a child by sexual contact and indecency with a child by exposure. According to Medina’s Aug. 14,1996, indictment, the offens es occurred in Comal County between Oct. I, 1994, and Aug. 31,1995. 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For a complete look at the forecast, see Page 2A.Index Abby.............................................2C Business..................................5-6B Classified................................1-1    OD Crossword....................................2C Forum...........................................6A Local/Metro...................................4A Movies..........................................2C Obituaries.................................3A Sports....................................1-4B Today............................................2A Key code 77► Unclaimed property The Texas Comptroller has a list of folks who have unclaimed property. Find out whether you are on the list and how you can claim your property. /11A Historic house changing addressesConservation Society making plans for plaza addition By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer Local conservationists are transplanting a nearly 150-year-old New Braunfels home this week in an effort to preserve some more local history. New Braunfels Conservation Society is paying about $20,000 to have the little house at 555 Comal Ave. moved to Conservation Plaza, “It’s a great little house. It really shows the time (it was built).” Martha Rehler Conservation Plaza director a museum of nine historic buildings on Churchill Drive. Ifs the first house moved there in about 15 years. “Ifs a great little house,” Conservation Plaza director Martha Rehler said. “It really shows the time (it was built).” The high, slanted roof and brick and cedar post framework are features common in homes built in the 1850s, she said. Carolyn Barry, president of the conservation society, said she believed Heinrich Scholl, a wellknown cabinetmaker, and his brother Adam built the house. After switching hands several times through the years, Wayne and Toni Peters of Houston bought it in the mid-1980s to use as a weekend home. But the Peters wanted to build a See HOUSE/5A WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Martha Rehler, Conservation Plaza director, shows off the house at 555 Comal Ave., which soon will be moving to Conservation Plaza. Molding young minds Study might help get flood funds ► lf s the Wurst1 Wurstfest kicks off Friday in New Braunfels. Get those calendars ready to make note of when your favorite artists, including the legendary Myron Floren, will perform. /IC WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Five-year-old Angela molds clay into a cake during the Texas Clay Festival Saturday in Gruene. The festival continues today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes demonstrations and works of art from 33 Texas potters and sculptors. Call for Loop 337 fix gets louder By Erin MAGRUDER    The    court adopted a resolution Thursday Staff Writer    encouraging    the    Texas    Department    of    Trans- Comal County Commissioner's Court joined    portation to initiate a study to look for ways to the call for improved traffic safety on Loop 337    improve traffic safety in front of the high school. in front of New Braunfels High School, 2551 N.    The public outcry comes in the wake of a car Loop 337.    See    LOOP    337/5A By Erin Magruder Staff Writer A new study might bring longawaited federal dollars to Comal County for flood control projects. Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority officials said this week the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would conduct a $400,000 federally-funded reconnaissance study to explore flood control options. The study will be sponsored by GBRA and the San Antonio River Authority. The Corps will look at options to reduce the impact of future floods in GBRA’s statutory district— which includes Comal, Kendall, Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe, Gonzales, Dewitt, Victoria, Calhoun and Refugio counties. Kerr County also will be included. “We are very excited about the reconnaissance study,” GBRA general manager Bill West said. “The study will provide a vehicle to get federal funding to support the projects.” The study will look at options such as flood control dams, construction of flood channels from small creeks and levees to separate communities from the river, West said The study is scheduled for completion in about one year, West said. After the reconnaissance study is completed, a feasibility study will be conducted to determine costs. The feasibility study will determine the cost/benefit ratio of projects such as flood control dams. To obtain federal funding, the cost of the structure must be less than the cost of the flood damage it will prevent, West said. The effectiveness of flood con- Trout Unlimited still protesting GBRA diversion — Page 3A GBRA approves water pacts — Page 3A trol dams in Comal County was proven in the 1998 flood, County Engineer Tom Homseth said. The study showed flood dams on the Dry Comal watershed reduced the peak flow of water that washed into the terrain by 50 percent. In addition, the Bleiders Creek dam prevented extensive flooding in the Landa Estates area. After the feasibility study is completed, GBRA then can go to Washington in an effort to obtain a portion of the limited federal funding available for the projects. During the past fiscal year, only $4 million in federal aid was available for watershed projects. Because the study will include flood control options that are part of an overall watershed program, Comal County will have a greater chance of receiving some of the federal money. West said. Commissioner Jay Minikin said the reconnaissance study could be a good jumping off point for the county to get additional funding. In October, the county received word it would not be recommended for the more than $23 million it requested from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The county also appointed a Comal County Flood Control Committee about one year ago. The committee hired the firm of Freese and Nichols to conduct a flood control study. Hornseth said he would like to collaborate with GBRA to prevent duplication of efforts. ;