New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 28, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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The Canyon volleyball team opens postseason play with a convincing win over Medina Valley. Page 5A
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SALSA FEST GETTING HOT
Paul and Monte's Salsa Festival promises to heat up New Braunfels this weekend. Page 8A
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Vol. 154, No. 291 16 pages, 2 sections
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FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3BCon artist sentenced to 18 years in prison
By Ron Maloney
A con artist pleaded guilty to felony theft T hursday and received an 18-year prison sentence for defrauding a local couple of $12,500
by promising to sell them a vending route that didn’t exist.
Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Tharp said Dion R. Clack, 41, who is now serving five years on identical charges from Travis and Caldwell counties, was transported to New
Braunfels by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to plead guilty to bilking the couple.
“lies got at least 20 previous convictions, and a lot of them are for the same scheme,” said Tharp, who would have brought Clack to
trial Monday had he not pleaded out.
The charge, theft between $1,500 and $20,000, is normally a state jail felony punishable by a $10,000 fine and between six months and two years in a state jail.
Because of Clack’s prior convictions, the charge is enhanced to a second-degree felony penalty punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
See SCAM Page 3A
VIEW FROM THE TOP
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
New Braunfels Mayor Bruce Boyer gets a helicopter tour of the city from Silver State Helicopter General Manager John HollerThursday morning after the groundbreaking for a control tower at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport. Below, Airport Manager Andy Spinks points out where improvements will be made to the facility. Looking on is chamber of commerce board chairman-elect, Bill Kotylo.
Traffic control tower will open up NB airport
By Leigh Jones
Aircraft that land at New Braunfels Municipal Airport must rely on what they can see out of their windshields to make sure they do not collide with each other.
In six months, safe landings will be directed from the city’s new air traffic control tower.
The airport broke ground Thursday on the long-awaited structure, which Airport Manager Andy Spinks thinks will bring more business to New Braunfels.
"There are so many companies that do not operate out of nontowered airports,” he said. “In six months, that wont be a problem for us any more.”
The tower will be run by Silver State I lelicopters, who will staff it with air traffic control instructors and students.
Roughly 800 potential controller and helicopter pilot students attended Silver State’s career seminar in San Marcos on Wednesday.
See TOWER Page 3A
NFL receiver visits Memorial Primary
By Jessica Sanders
Seattle Seahawk Jerheme Urban raced across the grass, a swarm of pursuers hot on his heels. He turned to toss die ball but was tackled by a giggling, squirming pack of kindergartners.
“I definitely love kids,” said Urban, who visited Memorial Primary School Thursday. The wide receiver, who had three catches last week in Seatde’s victory against Dallas, took time off from practice to visit his sister Molly, a kindergarten teacher at Memorial, and family in Victoria.
Molly Urban’s students, including Abigail Ragsdale, were anxious to tell the National Football League wide receiver about their Halloween plans and classroom activities.
“My teacher drew a picture of you,” Abigail said.
Molly Urban said she always tells her students about her family. Though she understands the rigorous schedule of a pro football player, shes been trying all year to get Jerheme to visit New Braunfels.
Memorial kindergartners lined the hall and greeted Jerheme with cheers and pompoms. The wide receiver then joined them outside for football lessons, duck-duck-goose and story time.
Though meeting so many kids seems a little overwhelming, Jerheme Urban said, he has gotten used to visiting schools because his mother is a teacher in Victoria.
“I’ve never seen so many little kids, though,” he said. “I was really surprised by all the physical contact, how
See VISIT Page 3A Thursday afternoon.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jerheme Urban attempts to organize a touch football game outside of Memorial Primary
Downstairs in the Prince Solms Inn 295 E. San Antonio “ 830-620-7600Jeanie Welcomes You To Come To The Uptown Piano Bar
Hearing scheduled Nov. 22 for former senior center director
By Ron Maloney
Pre-trial hearings have been set to consider possible plea agreements for the former executive director of the Comal County Senior Citizen Center and her husband in a case involving misuse of a donated car.
First Assistant District Attorney Ed Springer said the hearings for former executive director Geraldine Webb and her husband, Bryan, would be Nov. 22 in 22nd Judicial District Court.
Springer said if the Webbs choose not to plead guilty at the hearing, the trial could begin the following week.
'Hie Webbs, both 50, were indicted in August on charges of misappropriation of fiduciary property in a case that goes back to October 2004.
If proved at trial, the charge is a state jail felony punishable by six months to two years incarceration in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
Authorities said Geraldine Webb illegally transferred a car donated to the Senior Citizens Foundation to her husband.
She resigned her post Oct. 20,2004.
The investigation into the case began in November 2004, after Bryan Webb registered the car in his name, according to New Braunfels police Detective Mike Pen-shorn.
When Webb resigned, four
employees and two members of the foundation’s board also quit.
No one other than the Webbs have been implicated in the case.
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Despite losing her crown as Comal County rodeo queen, Jessica Bigbee continues to work with her horse and is excited about the future.
Margo Ethridge, 2, top, and her brother, Magnus, 3, got into the fall spirit Thursday while looking at an 800-pound pumpkin displayed at New Braunfels Feed and Supply.The pumpkin, which was grown in Washington and trucked to Texas, will be on display today before heading to Texas A&M University Saturday.