New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 10, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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By Bon Maloney
ZACATECAS, Mexico—A 42-year-old New Braunfels woman who fled the United States in 2002 rather than surrender custody of her son to her ex-husband has been found in Mexico.
Comal County District Attor
ney Dib Waldrip and New Braunfels Police Lt. Mike Rust confirmed late Friday night that Suzanne DeWalt and her son, Jeremy, 7, had been found in this resort city located in central Mexico.
DeWalt did not resist Mexican authorities who took her and the boy into custody late
Friday. At presstime, they were on a plane enroute to the United States after being deported for illegally being in Mexico.
Waldrip said state warrants alleging two counts of interfering with child custody and one of hindering apprehension of a known felon would be served on DeWalt when she arrived.
The custody charges are state jail felonies punishable by six months to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000. The hindering charge is a third-degree felony punishable by two to IO years in state prison and a $10,000 fine.
See DEWALT, Page 6A
DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
Eddie Williams catches up on news at Slumber Falls Camp.
Williams family moving ahead
LAST WE KNEW: Roughly 50 members of the Williams extended family had taken refuge from the devastation in New Orleans at Slumber Falls Camp and Retreat Center.
LATEST: The group's children have started attending classes at New Braunfels Independent School District, with one, Arterria Williams, joining the New Braunfels High School cheerleading squad, and the adults are busy looking for jobs and permanent housing. ■ ■ ■
Schools welcome new students
LAST WE KNEW: Local schools were beginning to welcome children from New Orleans into their classrooms.
LATEST: New Braunfels Independent School District had 34 students registered by Friday. Comal Independent School District had 44.
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Family returns to New Beaunfels
LAST WE KNEW: Residents in RiverTerrace subdivision filled the home of their former neighbors, John and Rene Papachristian, after learning the Papachristian's home in Biloxi, Miss., was destroyed and Rene and her two sons were coming back to New Braunfels.
LATEST: Rene made it back to New Braunfels Sunday and was elated with the outpouring of love from her neighbors.
Church opens its doors to New Orleans congregation
By Leigh Jones
The tantalizing smell of frying bacon greeted Lendell Smith when he woke up Friday afternoon.
Me could be forgiven for thinking he had died and gone to heaven while he slept — his surroundings were so different from what he had become accustomed to during a nightmarish four days in the New Orleans Superdome.
The pillow beneath his head was soft. T he sheets were clean. And the stench of raw sewage and rotting bodies was on its way to becoming nothing but a bad memory.
Smith’s journey out of the submerged hell of his fonner home ended at 5 a.m. Friday when he arrived at Comal County’s Rock Hill Gospel Church. After an emotional reunion with his wife and children, he collapsed into bed and got up just in time for a very late brunch around noon.
Standing next to his pastor, Bishop Ronnie Stewart, Smith slowly shook his head when he thought back to what he had witnessed during the last two weeks.
“There were people committing suicide and so much violence. One little 13-year-old girl was strangled by the man who raped her,” he said slowly. “I never want to experience that again, and it s not something I would wish on anyone.”
Smith and his family sought refuge in the Superdome, where he worked, before Hurricane Katrina hit.
The first day was comfortable — employees and their families had
“ What: Disaster Relief Job Fair
■ When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday
■Where: Westside Community Center, 2932 I-35 South
Disaster relief job fair planned for Thursday
By Leigh Jones
New Braun- ■ » A GLANCE fels residents have opened their homes, hearts and re -sources to New Orleans evacuees during the last two weeks, and now local businesses are opening their doors to offer jobs.
filii mompsOii, manager ut Ihe Alamo WbrkSource Career Center, and Alan Seelhammer, chairman of the Westside Community Center, have organized a job fair Thursday to match local employers with potential employees.
“We’re trying to work within the immediate area to help these people," Thompson said. “We know they have job skills. We just need to get them connected with businesses that can offer work in their fields.”
Thompson said he already had received requests from at least one local manufacturer who was looking for qualified welders.
Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, said the job fair would be a great compliment to the annual Trade Show’.
“We’ve offered about IOO complimentary tickets to evacuees who want to come in and see about 60 different local businesses,’’ he said. “It will be a great opportunity for them to see what’s available in the community.”
Businesses are encouraged to bring applications.
For information, contact Thompson at (830)606-2055.
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Hurricane Katrina evacuee Jahron Stewart plants a kiss on the cheek of Adam Jenkins in between spoonfuls of grits while being fed at the Rock Hill Gospel Church Friday afternoon. Below, Dejan Jenkins, 14, plays a game of dominoes with friends inside the dining room at the church.
their own area and food and water were readily available.
But after the power went out and the toilets began to overflow, their refuge quickly became a war zone.
Smith admits the experience has left him angry, the main reason he is relieved to be together with his church family.
“My main focus was to be with my pastor and my church,” he said. “We draw strength from one another. We can get through this.”
Smith was one of roughly 40 members of the Jesus Christ Apostolic Lighthouse Church who have taken
See CHURCH, Page 5A
NEXT: John Papachristian flew into San Antonio Friday and will stay in New Braunfels through Sunday to celebrate his son's birthday.
■ ■ ■Hanktons find a place to live
LAST WE KNEW: The Hankton family arrived in New Braunfels just in time to escape Hurricane Katrina.They were staying in a local hotel but were anxious to get into a more permanent situation.
LATEST: New Braunfelsers Alicia and Tom Stevenson offered their rental home to the family for three months, rent free. Members of Oakwood Baptist Church had the house furnished within one day, the Hanktons moved in Wednesday.
Cuellar: Congress is working to help evacuees, local governments
By David Rupkalvis
Congressman Henry Cuellar visited New Braunfels Friday to ensure evacuees from New Orleans and local residents that the federal government was looking out for them.
Cuellar visited the Slumber Falls Camp and Retreat Center, which is temporarily housing an extended family of more than 50 New Orleans evacuees, to make sure everyone knows Congress is working overtime to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
“Earlier this week, we appropriated $10.5 billion, and yesterday, we appropriated $51.8 billion,” Cuellar told Ernest and Brenda I tingle. “The money we appropriated we want to use for housing, medical and to help you get a job. This is not a one-week problem. It will be a while. One of tile things we want to do is
make sure people get help. But we also want to make sure tile local community recoups something."
Like many in New Orleans, the I Angles were living downtown when news broke that Katrina was bearing down on their city. Unlike many of their neighbors, they were able to escape just in time.
“All we had was what we could carry," Ernest said. “We got out quick. We didn’t know where we were going.”
After arriving at Slumber Falls with their extended family, the Mingles have been amazed at the outpouring of love from the community.
“They have bent over backward without any hesitation, without any thought," Ernest said. “They have opened their arms with a smile.”
See CUELLAR, Page 5A
MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung
United States Congressman Henry Cuellar speaks with New Orleans residents Brenda, right, and Ernest Hingle, Barbara Johnson and Naomi Cosey during his visit to Slumber Falls Friday afternoon.