New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 28, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Wurstfest is offering a free ticket with the purchase of a paid admission to the event. Page 3A
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Vol. 153, No. 299 14 pages, 2 sections
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DeWalt case still open 2 years later
By Ron Maloney
New Braunfels Police Department Crime Analyst Libby Rinehart has photos of her son — whom she nearly lost last year in
a car accident — on the wall behind her desk.
Beside them are photos and an “age enhanced” artist’s rendering of a boy she’s never met, but hopes to one day.
If she does, it’ll only be
because she and New Braunfels police detectives look for him every day.
It’s been two years since Jeremy DeWalt, now 7, was taken by his mother, Suzanne DeWalt, rather than turn him over to her
ex-husband as ordered by a Comal County court. She had sought full custody of the boy. The court ordered him turned over to his father — and that she seek counseling.
Members of die DeWalt fami
ly, including his father, Michael DeWalt, his uncles and his grandparents, Charlotte and Ralph, have not seen him.
His other grandparents,
See MISSING, Page 4A
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DEWALT TIMELINE, INFORMATION ■ A timeline listing the events in the DeWalt case and contact information for those who may have tips on case. Page 4A
TRICK OR TREAT
Barbara Espinoza touches up the “severed torso" in the front yard of her home at South Academy Avenue Wednesday morning.The Espinoza family has been decorating the yard for Halloween since 1999.
Residents prepare for Halloween
By Scott Mahon
District releases board campaign contributions
By Leigh Jones
Only two New Braunfels Independent School District candidates — Matt Bet-tersworth and Bill Biggadike — spent more than $500 on their election campaigns.
With less than one week to go before Election Day, Biggadike has spent $814.32 to Bettersworth’s $587.41.
Both men are miming for District 4.
The most expensive campaign item — signs - were made for both candidates by Sign Connection.
Bettersworth said he paid $489.73 for 161 of the cheapest signs he could buy.
Biggadike said he chose a more expensive sign quality and paid $510.40 for 50 small signs and IO larger signs.
Both men also printed campaign
See NBISD, Page 3A
luanda Pharmacy opens a new store in Landa shopping center.
Crime Stoppers to hold ‘Crackdown New Braunfels’
DID YOU I KNOW?
WHO'S j FUNDINGTHE DISTRICT 4 ; NBISD SCHOOL I BOARD RACE?
I For Bettersworth:
I ■ David Fuqua
- $128.54 in-kind postage
I ■ James
Whetstone — $240 in-kind signs
j For Biggadike:
I ■ Jack Borchers
— $100 cash
j ■ Mae Ruth Meyer — $275 cash
■ Sts. Peter and Paul Fall Carnival —Time: 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Caramel apples, games and a haunted house
■ Oakwood Baptist — Time: 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Free rides, candy and games.
W First United Methodist Church — Time: 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. "Trunk orTreating" in the parking lot for preschoolers through elementary-age children.
■ First Baptist Church —Time: 5to 7 p.m. Saturday. Bring a canned good item to donate to the food bank, but do not wear scary costumes!
■ New Braunfels Marketplace SafeTrick-or-Treating—
Time: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday
■ New Braunfels High School — Time: 6 to 8 p.m. today. Free games and trick-or-treating, but guests are encouraged to bring a gently used children's book or canned food item for the SOS Food Bank. Admission to the Drama Club's Haunted House, recommended for children between 5- and 10-years-old, is $3.
■ Garden Ridge — Mayor Jay Feibelman said last year's smash-hit "Haunted Hayride" sponsored by the public works and police departments would be conducted each year on the last Saturday in October at the Community Center on FM 3009. "It doesn't cost anything," Feibelman said. "We have a Halloween party with free chips, soft drinks, candy and hot dogs" Feibelman said there would be two tractors making hay ride runs.The course, he said, has been extendied out into the woods. "They've even got a crashed airplane hanging out there in the trees," Feibelman said. Hours are 6 to 11 p.m.
■ Canyon Lake — Each year, Canyon Lake businesses in Sattler offer candy to trick-or-treaters. "All the businesses will be open and they'll be distributing candy to kids between 5 and 8 p.m. Sunday," an official with the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce said.
■ Bulverde — The H E B shopping Center nearTexas 46 and U.S. 281 will conduct trick-or-treating Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., according to Bulverde Police Lt. Donna O'Connor. "Chief (Royce Goodson) and I will be at the shopping center to meet the children," O'Connor said. Sunday, Goodson and O'Connor will be at the First Baptist Church located at U.S. 281 and Casey for the annual fall festival, which runs from 4 to 6 p.m. "We'll have extra police officers on during the dark hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday for safety and to address vandalism," O'Connor said.
■ Schertz — James Schindler, Schertz Public Information Officer, said his city will conduct "trick or treat" will conduct "Trunx or Treat" at the Schertz Community Center parking lot from 6 to 8 p.m. "The Schertz Fire/EMS, police department and area churches and businesses will be handing out candy from their car trunks," Schindler said.
Barbara and Anthony Espinoza have as much fun as kids do on I lalloween.
The scariest house in their neighborhood on Halloween is probably theirs.
“But it’s a safe neighborhood,” Barbara Espinoza said.
Though Halloween is 3 days away, the Espinoza’s house on South Academy Avenue is already decorated for trick or treat.
A human torso lies under the front porch, as if squashed in half, and a scary figure sits ominously on the front porch swing.
“We’ve done this since 1999,” Espinoza said. “We get
a lot of kids on our block I lalloween night, in fact, I think we had over 70 kids last year.” Though not all neighborhoods may be as enthusiastic about Halloween as Espinoza’s neighborhood, Mayor Adam Cork said Wurstfest would be a great place to celebrate I lalloween.
“New Braunfels doesn’t have as many big I lalloween activities as other cities do, but Halloween is a great link to Wurstfest,’’ he said. “Its a safe place to celebrate a safe I lalloween.”
Although Halloween may not be celebrated as it used to be, the 2,000-year-old celebration has ties to its origins.
Originally a celebration of
tilt* new year on Nov. I, the day marked the end of summer by the (x*lts, who lived in an area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and France.
On the night of Oct. 31, Celts believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.
During the celebration, they wore costumes, built huge bonfires, and tried to predict the future.
But by the eighth century, Christianity had spread into Cell ic regions, and Nov. I was designated All Saints’ Day by the Roman Catholic Church.
The celebration of All Saints’ Day was also called AU-hallows, and the night
See HALLOWEEN, Page 3A
By Ron Maloney
You might not know it, but chances are, you know a drug dealer — or know where one plies the illegal trade.
Today, you can report him or her to the police — and get a reward.
(fontal County Crime Stoppers, the Safe City Commission and local narcotic's investigators will he manning telephones as part of “( rackdown New Braunfels,” an effort to close down drug dealers as part of the annual “Red Ribbon Week” crime prevention effort.
“Red Ribbon Week” is the annual nationwide celebration in which thousands of communities and schools across the United States attempt to raise drug awareness.
Police Et. Mike Rust said he and Mayor Adam Cork went
HOWTO PARTICIPATE it The New Braunfels/Comal County Crime Stoppers tip line can be reached at 620-TIPS (8477) or toll-free at 1-800-640-8422. To turn in a drug dealer and receive a reward, call today between 6 to 8:30 p.m. or any time.
to area schools this week issuing a proclamation declaring Red Ribbon Week.
“We’re asking residents to call and turn in their local drug dealer or report any drug-related activity,” Rust said.
Crime Stoppers representatives and narcotics officers will be manning the telephones, he said.
“We’re mainly looking for information about suspected drug dealers,” the detective said. “Also, if anyone has ever wanted to become an
See TIPS, Page 3A
Safety tips to help protect trick or treaters
By Ron Malonty
Ghosts, ghouls and goblins — and their parents — should be careful to ensure themselves a safe Halloween.
AAA Texas reports that the leading cause of death among children is motor vehicle accidents—and the second leading cause among kids ages 5 to 14 is pedestrian injury.
Rose Rougeau, spokesperson for AAA Texas, said children are four times more likely to be killed by a car on Halloween than any other night.
“Children can easily get caught up in the excitement of trick-or-treating and abandon
normal traffic precautions,’’ Rougeau said. “We urge motorists to be alert for children crossing the streets this Halloween ”
Comal County Sheriff ’s Office Crime Prevention Officer, Cpl. Tim Kolbe, said trick or treaters should go out and have a good time, but use common sense:
■ Parents should explain to their children the difference between tricks and vandalism.
■ Don't allow kids to carve pumpkins by themselves.
■ Parents should know the route their
See SAFETY, Page 3A
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