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Vol. 163, No. 264 14 pages, 2 sections
DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 448 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 6A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 3B2 arrested on arson charges for July fire
By Ron Maloney
CANYON LAKE — Two high school students were arrested in connection with a July fire that destroyed a mobile home in north Comal County.
Comal County Fire Mar
shal Un Manford said he and Deputy Fire Marshal Wayne Ellington arrested Charles Lee Jacks II, 18, a student at Blanco High School, Wednesday afternoon on an arson allegation.
Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders
charged Jacks with arson and set bond at $5,000. He was booked into Comal County jail.
Earlier Wednesday, a 17-year-old Smithson Valley High School student turned himself in to Ellington accompanied by his parents.
He was processed as a juvenile because he was 16 at the time of the alleged offense and was released at the instruction of juvenile authorities, Manford said.
The arrests come at the conclusion of an investigation into a July 30 fire in the
300 block of Monterrey in the Forest View North subdivision, located in the northern tip of Comal County, in which a mobile home was destroyed.
Manford said Ellington, die lead investigator, had no clue who caused the fire when he
began his work.
“This was good, old-fashioned, straight police work,” Manford said. “He had no clues, but he had the tenacity to keep digging. He made his leads, followed up on them, and his tenacity paid off.”
Local residents travels to Kazakhstan and welcome a child into their family.
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
(Left) Color Express owner Karen Cork shows a photo calendar to Becky Wood Wednesday afternoon at the Business Trade Show. (Above) Antonio Garza and Zamar provided lunchtime entertainment.
Abductee’s grandmother released out of state jail
Food, info, fun part of Business Trade Show
By Ron Maloney
As the second anniversary of Jeremy De Walt s disappearance approaches, his grandmolher has been released from state jail after serving a year for allegedly helping spirit him away.
New Braunfels Police Department Crime Analyst Libby Rinehart said Margaret Kearns was I released Friday from tile state jail facility in I Dayton. She will i remain on probation for the next nine years.
Jeremy DeWalt, then 5, was the subject of a child custody case in October2003. I lis mother, Suzanne DeWalt, alleging her ex-husband had molested the boy on an out-of-state trip, sought sole custody.
Michael DeWalt, a U .S. Navy aviator, has been investigated by Child Protective Services in New Braunfels the FBI, the Naval Investigations Service, theTexas Department of Public Safety and the New Braunfels Police Department. No charges have ever been tiled, and local and state law enforcement otlicials say they believe he is innocent.
A Comal County jury awarded custody to
Jeremy DeWalt (age progressed)
HAVE YOU SEEN ME? Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Suzanne or Jeremy DeWalt should call:
■ The New Braunfels Police Department, 609-2185.
B The New Braunfels/Comal County Crime Stoppers 620-TIPS
B For information, go to:
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By Scott Mahon
Considered one of the better trade shows in the area, more than 1,800 people attended the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce’s Business Tlade Show.
The annual show was an opportunity for 60 area businesses t( > display their products and services at the New Braunfels Civic Outer.
Wednesday’s events included seminars at Honors Hall, a blood drive by South Texas Blood and Tissue (loiter, a complimentary lunch and live entertainment.
Marty Dudley, chairwoman, said TXI-Hunter Cement won first place for its exhibit booth. [To Tech won second place, and Randolph Brooks Itxieral Credit Union won third place.
Chase Bank sponsored a seminar on identity theft at 1:30 p.m. at I tenors Hall.
The blood drive was held in honor of Ramon Chapa Sr.
“Ten doors donated by I lull Doors
of San Antonio and decorated by the New Braunfels Art League Gallery were auctioned and raised almost $1,800,” lindley said. "Half of the proceeds will go to the art league.”
Winners of a silent auction were announced Wednesday, and lindley said the proceeds would support the chamber’s economic development efforts.
Zamar of San Antonio provided live music during the complimentary lunch Wednesday, and ReBcca of New Braunfels performed Wednesday afternoon.
Shay Timmins of Star Awards in New Braunfels said the show was an opportunity for companies to learn about other businesses in the area.
“It was a great trade show,” she said.
Henry Hahn of the Alamo Workforce Development Corporation said it was an opportunity for local businesses to learn more about the state agency.
Water specialist Bobby Biome of Culligan in Seguin said many home
People attending the BusinessTrade Show line up for the complimentary lunch Wednesday.
owners stopped at his boothWednes- Waddell and Reed, Corporate Express,
day to learn more alxmt water cond]- C kiadalujx* Valley Dearie (Imperative
honing. and Colonial Manor Care Center,
lixhibitors included ()ffice Depot, among others.
Johnson: Task force needs to find solution to river crowding
By Scott Mahon
Appointed by the New Braunfels City Council to find a permanent solution to overcrowding on the Comal River, river task force members will have to deal with emotional as well as practical issues.
Mayor Adam Cork recommended appointing a task force in July after council took stop-gap measures in June to control the number of tubers on the Comal River.
Several weekends in June, the Guadalupe River was flowing too rap
idly for tubers, and outfitters were allowed to shuttle tubers to tile Comal River, which led to overcapacity crowds.
“Because of several incidents this past summer, we need to find a way to manage crowds in a equitable and safe fashion,” Cork said.
Members of the task force include Dr. Kathleen Rockwood, Wilton War-necke lr., Kevin Webb, Mayor Adam Cork, Parks Director Stacey Laird, Nathan Pence, police chief Russell Johnson, Comal County Sheriff’s Lt. Brent Paullus, District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine and Bart Bartholomew.
AT A GLANCE B What: River Task Force
H When: 6 p.m., Sept. 16
H Where: Municipal Building, 424 South Casted Ave.
Johnson said he wouldn't put the police department through the ordeal it went through in June.
“It was horrible," he said. “I’m not going to put our police department through that again. We really need to find a solution because everyone saw the chaos and danger that was created.”
Johnson said the task force’s mis
sion would be to limit the number of tubers on the Comal River.
“I’m not sure how you would determine when there are too many tubers on the river before an incident occurred,” he said. “There are a lot of variables which the task force will have to take into consideration.” Valentine said a plan should be implemented before next summer.
“One of the probable outcomes of the task force may be the reformation of the river activities committee, which was sunsetted this summer,”
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Tracking the news
Tax rate adoption LAST ME KNEW: Comal County commissioners adopted their $25.5 million 2005 budget.
LATEST: Commissioners have adopted the property tax rate of 33.37 cents per $100 to raise the general fund.
NEXT: Tax bills will be mailed in October.Taxes are due upon receipt. Jan. 31, 2005, is the last day to pay them without penalties and interest.