New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 11, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Voters say no to StartzviUe incorporation
By Ron Maloney
Voters in Startzville chose not to incorporate into a city with 67 percent voting against the proposal. The vote tallies were:
STARTZVILLE — There are beatings, and then there are beatings.
Startzville voters overwhelmingly showed their displeasure with the idea of cityhood Saturday, with more than 96 percent of the 1,285 votes cast coming down against incorporating the historic community south of Canyon Lake into a Type B municipality-
Acting Comal County Elections Coordinator Kathy Hoegenauer said 48 people voted in favor of incorporation while 1,237 cast ballots against it.
The results become official a week from Thursday when county commissioners canvass the election results.
Attorney Paul Swearingen, who helped incorporation proponent William Woolley prepare the proposal, chuckled softly Saturday evening when told of the outcome.
"That’s overwhelming, isn t it?” Swearingen said. “I must say I’m not surprised. Naturally, we’re disappointed, however we accept the fact the people have spoken on the issue and respect their decision."
At a “victory party” at the Startzville Veterans of Foreign Wars post, resident Louise Lagutchik said Saturday night she believed common sense prevailed in the election result.
“I think it went in favor of intelligence,’’ Lagutchik said. “The whole issue boiled down to even if it were a good idea, we don’t have the finances to support a city.”
Startzville, she noted, already had the services it needs — provided by Comal County.
“We don’t have a police department, road department or fire and EMS serv ice, but we have all of this provided,”
See STARTZVILLE, Page 10A
A FAMILY TRAGEDY ENDS IN NEW BRAUNFELS
Father, son finally reunited
By Ron Maloney
Jeremy DeWalt returned to his dad; fugitive mother arrested
Michael DeWalt and his son, Jeremy, spent Saturday with a child psychologist in what local authorities say was an “undisclosed secure location” getting to know one another again.
DeWalt’s ex-wife, Suzanne, spent the day in a disclosed secure location — the Comal County Jail.
As details of Suzanne DeWalt’s capture in Zacatecas, Mexico, and subsequent flight back to New Braunfels emerged Saturday, it became apparent that the ending to her nearly three years on the mn from United States authorities was not without its own drama.
What began late Thursday with a series of calls between U.S. and Mexican authorities ended just before 4 a.m. Saturday with a har-rowing crash landing at New Braunfels Municipal Airport.
The commuter jet plane carrying the DeWalts, a child psychologist and a pair of FBI agents struck a coyote as it touched down on the municipal airport runway.
New Braunfels Police Lt. Mike Rust said the impact collapsed the plane’s nose wheel and dropped the front of the aircraft on the tarmac. The resulting friction filled the cockpit and cabin with smoke, and the plane had to be evacuated when it stopped rolling, Rust said.
New Braunfels police lighted up the runway with patrol cars and closed the airport while the scene was secured and the aircraft was removed, Rust said. T he coyote was killed, but no one on the aircraft was injured, Rust said.
Federal transportation authori-
Photos by MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung
Michael DeWalt, center right, reaches for his son, Jeremy, after the child and his mother, Suzanne, were flown to the New Braunfels Municipal Airport early Saturday morning. Below, Suzanne DeWalt is taken away from the airport by New Braunfels police officers.
ties will investigate die accident.
Suzanne DeWalt, 42, formerly of New Braunfels, is charged with two counts of interfering with child cus-tody and one of hindering the apprehension of her mother, Margaret Keams of San Antonio. Keams was convicted of helping Suzanne escape with her son from New Braunfels after a Comal County jury awarded custody of Jeremy DeWalt to her ex-husband. If convicted on the custody charges, she faces up to two years in a state jail. On the
See REUNITED, Page 12A
Suzanne Dewalt flees with her son just before a Comal County Jury awards custody to her husband.
DeWalt's mother, Margaret Kearns, who admitted helping her daughter flee with the boy, turns herself in to New Braunfels police after nearly a year on the run.
Ed Kearns is arrested for hindering the apprehension of his daughter.
A Comal County grand jury indicts both grandparents.
The Kearnses plead guilty before 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison.
Robison sentences the couple. Ed Kearns is released from Comal County Jail with credit for time served.
Margaret Kearns is released from state jail. The Kearnses will remain on probation for up to nine years.
Suzanne DeWalt and her son are found and taken into custody by Mexican authorities. Michael DeWalt flies to New Braunfels to meet his son.
Suzanne DeWalt is booked into Comal County Jail on two charges of interfering with child custody. Robison sets bail on DeWalt at $600,000.
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Stevick rolls to victory in Bulverde mayor s race
Sheriff’s deputies open fire, critically wound man
By Ron Maloney
By Ron Maloney
BULVERDE — Bulverde voters chose their mayor Saturday, affirming Mayor Pro Tem Sarah Stevick to complete the unexpired term of Bill Cole.
Bulverde City Secretary Marisa Knuftke said Stevick prevailed over former Alderman Charlie Baetz and Kevin Smith, with 335 votes to Baetz’ 109 and Smith’s 30.
Stevick, a retired U.S. Army captain who has been acting
mayor since Cole resigned last spring because of a terminal illness, was at home when the outcome was announced.
“Thank you very much," she said she wished to tell her
constituents. “It’s business as usual come Monday morning.”
Stevick said she ran a fairly low key election campaign.
“I wanted it to be that way
because of the circumstances,” she said of Cole’s passing. “I think Mayor Cole did a great job."
Baetz, a former Balcones Heights city councilman who lost his seat as a Bulverde alderman in the May municipal election, said he believed he was defeated by a political action group that supported Stevick and engaged in questionable campaign practices, including misstating his record and his background.
See MAYOR, Page 3A
CANYON LAKE — A 48-year-old Guadalupe County man was critically wounded early Saturday in an armed confrontation with sheriff’s deputies.
Comal County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Tommy Ward said the man was struck several times in the upper body by shots fired by two deputies. I Ie was flown to Brooke Army
Medical Center, where officials reported he was in critical condition late Saturday.
Hie deputies involved in the confrontation were not injured. Names of the deputies and the wounded man were not released Saturday.
Sheriff Bob I lolder said one deputy was to take his regular time off at the conclusion of
See SHOOTING, Page 3A