New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 3, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3,2005
SPORTS HITTING HARD
Canyon tops Seguin, New Braunfels falls to Connaly and Smithson Valley rolls in football action. Page 8A
Tracking the news
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Webbs waive arraignment
LAST WE KNEW: Geraldine Webb, the former executive director of the Comal County Senior Citizens Center, was indicted Aug. 2 on a charge of misapplication of fiduciary property. Her husband, Bryan, was indicted on charges of misapplication of fiduciary property, putting false information on a government document and tampering with government records. The indictment alleged the couple transferred a car gifted to the Senior Citizens Foundation into their own names.
LATEST: According to the Comal County Clerk's office, the Webbs were scheduled to be arraignedTuesday but waived their arraignment.
NEXT: A pre-trial hearing is scheduled Sept. 26 before Judge Charles Ramsay in the
22nd Judicial District Court at 150 N. Seguin St. in New Braunfels.
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Drug intoxication killed man
LAST WE KNEW: Brent Neil Davis, 28, died in San Marcos July 2, the day after tubing the Comal River in New Braunfels.The initial autopsy reports showed no signs of trauma and no obvious reason for the death. Authorities said they had to wait for toxicology reports to determine the cause of death.
LATEST: Hays County Justice of the Peace Jo Anne Prado said Davis died from mixed drug intoxication. Prado said the toxicology reports showed Davis had high amounts of methadone and Oxycontin in his blood hours after death.The toxicology report also found evidence of alcohol, opiates, marijuana and other drugs in Davis' blood.
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DA receives report from bank
UST WE KNEW: District Attorney Dib Waldrip had subpoenaed First Commercial Bank for material gathered during the internal embezzlement investigation which allegedly involved former bank manager and city councilwoman Lynn Limmer.
UTEST: Bank officials confirmed they took the material to Waldrip this week and briefed his staff on the details of the trail that led to the questionable transactions.
NEXT: Waldrip and his staff will review the information and determine whether to ask law enforcement officials to conduct another investigation or whether there is enough evidence to pursue criminal charges based on the information he already has.
Guest columnist John Bertelsen questions how CISD can justify tax rate. Page 4A
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ii. ,5.:Helping out at home and away
Residents help out displaced neighbors
By David Rupkalvis
The New Braunfels community is answering the call to help Hurricane Katrina victims one person at a time.
Whether collecting food and clothing, heading an effort to get school supplies for displaced children or helping an old friend, the community is stepping up to assist those in need.
Sheila Copeland became an advocate for a family of 23 when a neighbor came home to find his extended family at his home. The 23 people fled New Orleans with almost nothing before making their way to New Braunfels. Some are staying in the Rodeway Inn and others at homes.
After learning about their situation, Copeland went to work, calling and e-mailing friends and family asking for donations.
“I’m just one person trying to help," Copeland said. “I’m hoping to help one family. I’m hoping the dona-
“ We've got 25,000 people heading this way, and they're going to need nelp.”
— Terry Burnett
New Braunfels business owner who started campaign to collect school supplies for displaced children.
tions my friends and family make will help that one family."
The response to Copeland’s request was immediate. Donations of food, toiletries and clothing started coming in a breakneck pace. She started stacking the things in her mother’s garage, but quickly ran out of space.
“I have one family that wants to donate a whole bedroom set, and I have one gentleman who lost Iris son in a wreck who wants to donate his son’s clothes,” Copeland said. “People are really stepping up. I just
See HELP, Page 3A
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
■ Kap Communications will be serving lunch for the victims of Katrina who are staying in New Braunfels and Seguin at 11 a m. today and Sunday at the Seguin Best Western.There will be a $7.50 donation requested for plates bought by the general public with proceeds going to the families in the area. To make a donation, call (210) 825-4284.
■ New Braunfels Surgical Center is collecting items for hurricane victims from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.Tuesday through Friday. For information, call 642-8600.
■ A food drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Riley's Auto Parts, 457 Business Loop 35. The drive is organized by Off Road Cowboys and sponsored byTruckin Texas. For information, call 237-2499.
■ Rush Enterprises, 555 S. I-35, will accept donations of clothing, toys, school supplies, etc. today and Sunday for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. A list of the items needed can be found at www.helpinghandsfrom texas.com.
■ The Humane Society of New Braunfels needs foster homes for animals coming with families displaced because of the hurricane. Call 629-5287
Churches, organizations join forces to meet needs
By Leigh Jones
The American Red Cross has no plans to open a shelter in New Braunfels for Hurricane Katrina evacuees, even though cars with Louisiana license plates are beginning to show up in local hotel parking lots.
Instead, agency officials are encouraging people to continue down 1-35 to shelters in San Antonio.
But local community leaders, who have been providing for the New Orleans residents since they began to arrive earlier this week, are anxious to harness support from residents willing and able to offer local assistance.
“There s a lot we can do for people here now and those who may come in tile future,' Councilwoman Kathleen Krueger told a room full of church and civic organization leaders who gathered Friday at city hall to form a plan to meet needs for shel-
A GROWING NEED
■To meet the needs of those displaced due to Hurricane Katrina, area organizations need your help.To see a list of what is needed and where to donate, see Page 7A
ter, food and clothing. “We already have people here, and I think New Braunfels is ready to meet their needs."
IXiring a series of meetings held all over town, community leaders marshaled their forces and reactivated one of the city’s most powerful humanitarian organizations — New Braunfels Rebounds.
Established to help victims of the city’s recent flooding disasters, the group led by St. Paul Lutheran Church Pastor Chuck DeHaven will now help coordinate relief efforts for Katrina’s victims.
New Braunfels currently is home to roughly 200 New Orleans evacuees, but their numbers are expected to grow in the aiming days and weeks.
See JOIN, Page 7Awww.beheardblog.com
NB National Guard unit deploys to Louisiana
By Leigh Jones
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The New Braunfels unit, called into state active duty by Gov. Rick Perry Thursday, will travel through San Antonio,
Houston and Lake Charles, La., before arriving at the Task Force Lone Star base at Louis Armstrong Airport near downtown New Orleans.
They will join 1,315 other Texas troops who are providing medical, communications, transportation, distribution, security and construction engineering services to the devastated city.
Col. Bill Meehan, public affairs officer with the Texas National Guard at Camp Mayberry, said providing
Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
One-year-old Makayla Rodriguez gives her dad, Francis, one last kiss before the National Guard specialist hops aboard a troop transport to help with the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.The group based at the National Guard Armory in New Braunfels deployed Friday. Below, Spc. Chris Hernandez talks with his girlfriend while waiting to deploy.
security would be a priority for the troops.
“You can just look at the images coming out of there and know it’s an important issue,’’ he said.
New Braunfels troops will be joining a group already working to establish lines of communication and help restore order to the flooded city.
Wednesday night, 300 special Texas security forces flew into New Orleans.
A satellite communications team
also was helicoptered into the Superdome to provide voice and Internet capabilities to the Louisiana Army National Joint Operations Center.
While 95 percent of the Texas guardsmen deployed for the relief efforts will be working in the Gulf Coast states, 5 percent will stay behind to coordinate supply distribution.
Meehan said although the mission might be emotionally taxing, it would not last long.
“These guys will be home soon,’’ he said. To keep fresh troops on the
See GUARD, Page 7A