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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 26, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas *W TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26,2004erald-Zeitung SPORTS FAMILY AFFAIR There's a family theme to the tennis teams at NBHS with three sets of siblings playing for the Unicorns. Page 5A FORUM ELECTION FEVER Columnists and letter writers have a lot to say about next week's General Election. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 297 10 pages, 1 section K 500 www: herald* I 000011 Partly cloudy High Low 86 70 Details 2A DEAR ABBY 8A CLASSIFIEDS 9A COMICS 7A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS SAKilling for hire: Plea bargain collapses DA to ask for lie detector test for suspect By Ron Maloney Staff Writer T he deal that would have kept the ,wife of a former police officer out of prison in a killing-for-hire case col lapsed Monday in district court. Samantha Kaderli Childs, 24, was expected to plead guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit capital murder. If proved, the allegation is a first- degree felony punishable by between five and 99 years in state prison and a $10,000 fine. In exchange for her testimony against co-defendant Jonathan Gene Benavides, Childs’ attorney, Anthony Cantrell, said he would seek IO years probation. Monday, visiting District ludge B.B. Schraub reset the case for another pretrial hearing. District Attorney Dib Waldrip had said initially he would consider the plea bargain based on Childs coop erating with the prosecution of Benavides — and because she had no prior criminal record. “Based on what I know the facts to be, I think the degree of her involvement is significantly less than the others involved. The chances are See CHILDS, Page 3A City lands EchoStar Satellite and 40 jobs By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council approved Monday night an industrial district agreement with EchoStar Satellite that will allow the company to construct a $15 million satellite facility on Conrads Road. The parent company of Dish Network, EchoStar (Communications is headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and delivers direct broadcast satellite TV products worldwide. EchoStar Satellite is a division of EchoStar Communications. Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said the New Braunfels facility would be one of four satellite facilities in the United States. Attorney John Dierksen, who is representing EchoStar in the acquisition of 18.9 acres on Conrads Road, said the agreement approved was basically a nonannexation See ECHOSTAR, Page 2A TALES FROM THE CEMETERY MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Terry Dolezal, left, and Linda Lane take a moment to observe the fencing around one of the older burial plots in New Braunfels Cemetery. Due to the meticulous nature of the Germans living in the area, fencing in the plots was a common practice. ST Weekly Tour of Faith Our popular series on churches in Comal County focuses on Greater life United Pentecostal, complete with a locator map and photo. . Tours offer historical insights into 2 public graveyards By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Look and listen carefully, and a cemetery can say a lot about the history and heritage of a community. That’s why each year linda Lane, New Braunfels WANTTO KNOW MORE? Parks and Recreation Department’s youth programmer, conducts tours of Comal and New Braunfels cemeteries. “The way I look at it, there's a lot of culture and a lot of history in she said. “All the signs and symbols mean something.’’ The reason the parks department does the tours is because of a little-known fact: The city’s two public cemeteries — those not owned by churches or families — are the responsibility of the parks department. Sharon and Terry Dolezal took the tour Monday. “We come each year to touch a part of history,” Terry said. ■ The book, "Texas Graveyards: A Cultural Legacy," by Terry G. Jordan is available at the New Braunfels Public Library. our cemeteries,’ MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Lane points out a pentacle on one of the older graves. Pentacles were a common practice to keep demons away from the deceased. “If you don’t have relatives forever and forever, you just disappear,” Sharon said. “No one has any idea you were here.” No one, perhaps, except Linda Lane. Cemetery architecture, Lane said, is unique iii South Texas, showing influences of German and American southern culture. Perhaps the most awe-inspiring part of New Braunfels Cemetery, though, isn’t marked at all. It’s the big, open space in the middle where hundreds — no one is sure how many because records weren’t kept — were buried in a mass grave during the cholera epidemic that devastated the community in 1846. There are 753 marked graves. From time to time still, burials are conducted in the cemetery. Its last lots were sold in 1945. The early markers, made of limestone and other native materials, have not survived all that well. Later ones, cast in bronze or carved in marble, survive better. lime, standing in a back corner of the West End cemetery, pointed out the use of fencing. The wrought-iron fence, she said, is believed to hearken to a tradition began in England in the Middle Ages when a bishop ordered no more animals be permitted to graze on a cemetery. Families cordoned individual graves or family plots. Another, she said, was stone or concrete curbing. “That’s a very German thing to do,” she said. “They are very into having things nice and neat and orderly.” Parents plead guilty in case involving death of infant, 15 months By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The parents of a 15-month-old found dead Dec. 2, 2003, with two drugs in his system pleaded guilty Monday in exchange for promises of probation. Angela Robbins, 34, pleaded guilty to an allegation of endangering a child by failing to provide a sale environment, a state jail felony reduced to a class A misdemeanor. She received a one-year sentence in (fontal (Aimtty Jail probated two years. Her husband, Brandon Lee Robbins, 32, pleaded guilty to injury to a child, a second-degree felony. Ile was sentenced to five years in state prison, probated five years. If the couple successfully completes probation, neither will do time behind bars. District Attorney Dib Waldrip said the pleas were entered before visiting District Judge B.B. Schraub, presiding in the 22nd Judicial District. “The distinction between her being charged with and pleading to endangering, versus what the husband and father pleaded to, which is injury to a child, was that, although she allowed the child to live in an environment including illicit narcotics — and he did that as well,’’ Waldrip said. “But he was responsible, in part, for introducing those substances into the household.” Brandon Robbins’ father, Gregory Robbins, 52, stands See PARENTS, Page 3AUPDATES VTracking the news VICTIM IDENTIFIEDLAST WE KNEW: A man who drowned Friday in the Guadalupe River had not been identified by officials. LATEST: Sheriff's Deputy Tim Kolbe said Monday the victim was Hugo Isaac Grenaldo Villa, 20, a Mexican national living in the Houston area. The Travis County Medical Examiner's Office has made a preliminary ruling in the case of accidental drowning. County’s first confirmed case of flu no cause for alarm By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Now that Comal County has its first confirmed case of influenza, health officials are waiting to hear whether the strain is covered in this year’s vaccine. Samples from the New Braunfels resident are being analyzed at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. County officials and local doctors have not been able to determine how the child caught the virus. Comal County Nurse Karon Preiss said it could be up to a month before the results are in. Last year, the most virulent strain of influenza was not covered in the vaccine, leading to a bad outbreak -26 cases in October, 356 in November and 915 in December. Preiss said one case at this time should not cause wide-spread alarm. “People shouldn’t panic,” she said. “It’s a very isolated case.” Alarm over the flu is exacerbated this year because of the vaccine shortage around the country. But so far, Comal County is in good shape. Preiss received all 7,000 vaccine doses she ordered before the shortage was announced. At the first senior citizens’ clinic last week, she did not administer all 2,000 shots allotted for the day. I iealth Department officials even have made appoinunents with 1,200 people who previously had been placed on a waiting list. Preiss still is following national guidelines for adminisiering the vaccine, but alternatives are available for people who do not fall into high risk categories. “If a doctor diagnoses flu early enough, new antiviral medication can help reduce the length of the illness by several days," Preiss said. A new flu vaccine also is providing hope to people who cannot get the standard injection. EluMist is a weakened live vaccine nasal spray approved for healthy people between 5 and 49-years-old. See INFLUENZA, Page 2A Comal County Health Department will hold 2 more senior citizen clinics: ■ Friday New Canyon Lake Recreation Center, 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. ■ Nov. 6 Comal County Public Health Clinic in Bulverde, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. ;