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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 30, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 150 No. Ill    Serving    New    Braunfels    and    Comal    County    since    185Z    $1.00American ProfileQuilting traditions/inside XXXXXXXXXXXKXX RLL LUK RUI ftfl.l XIII 1U00571 09/19/132 LIZ C/0 SOUTHUEST BICROPLMISHERS or OCCLIF'A# 2627 E VANDELL EL PASO TX 79905 SUNDAY September 30, 2001 34 pages in 4 sections ^ pages in 4 scent HeRALD-Z EITUNGLEISURE This WeekAl Barlow goes acoustic/insideLifestylePaint the town Gruene for good cause/1 CDiplomacy fails to budge Taliban rulersMajor Developments ■ Attorney General John Ashcroft says authorities have arrested or detained more than 480 people. ■ Officials say entire cost of recovery from World Trade Center attacks could reach $39 billion. That includes debris removal, overtime pay and subway and skyscraper rebuilding. ■ The National Guard takes to airports in response to President Bush’s recommendation to ensure airline safety. ■ U.N. Security Council approves a resolution demanding that all countries take measures to crack down on terrorism. ■ Number of missing at World Trade Center, 5,960, dead at 306. Pentagon death toll remains 189, Pennsylvania crash 44. By Pauline Jelinek Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON— President Bush condemned Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers for harboring Osama bin Laden and his followers on Saturday and the United States pressed its military and diplomatic campaign against terror. Peace groups marched in the capital, protesting that innocent lives could be lost in the coming retaliation against prime suspect bin Laden, believed to be hiding in Afghanistan. In his weekly radio address, Bush said the Taliban, not the Afghan people, would be held responsible for harboring terrorists. “The United States respects the people of Afghanistan, and we are their largest provider of humanitarian support,” he said. “But we condemn the Taliban, and welcome the support of other nations in isolating that regime.” Bush’s condemnation of the Taliban followed two weeks of unsuccessful efforts to convince the Muslim rulers to hand over bin Laden. A Pakistani delegation failed again Friday and said the Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, refused to discuss the Saudi exile. One of the Pakistani participants said, “I don’t think that Mullah Omar is afraid of war.” The United States moved more equipment to the central Asia region, and more reservists donned their uniforms after Friday’s callup. The Pentagon said the Marine Corps would mobilize 191 reservists and the Navy 250 more to bring those activated so far to more than 16,600. At Camp David, Bush consulted CIA director George Tenet, chief of staff Andrew Card and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice. The White House released a See BU DG E/5 A Take two of murder trial starts Monday By Ron Maloney Staff Writer JOHNSON CITY — One way or another, a decade-long New Braunfels legal saga is headed toward its endgame on Monday. And Jack Warren Davis, the man accused and convicted once of raping and murdering 24-year-old elementary school teacher Kathie Balonis in New Braunfels in 1989, is headed toward his destiny, whatever it proves to be. Monday, a jury will be selected in his second capital murder trial. New Braunfels police investigators who put Davis behind bars once would like his destiny to be life in a state prison. They have been working for months with an investigator from Texas Attorney General John Cornyn’s office to repackage the case that put him there the first time, IO years ago. Balonis was found strangled and sexually assaulted in her apartment at 483 Laurel Lane in New Braunfels on Nov. 17, 1989. Davis, who was 30 at the time, worked in maintenance at the complex. Police arrested Davis the day after Balonis’ body was discovered. Six months later, he was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison. However, the accusations that then-District Attorney Bill Renner had improperly intimidated a witness in the case led the Third Court of Appeals DAVIS See TRIAL/5A Fire destroys mobile home; investigators suspect arson From Staff Reports CANYON I.AKE — Investigators said that a predawn fire Friday that left a Rambling Drive couple homeless was arson — and were seeking public help in finding whoever set it. The back deck of James and Barbara Story’s doublewide mobile home was set on fire sometime after 2 a.m. Friday. Canyon Lake Fire and EMS crews fought the fire, but the home was a total loss. Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford and Assistant Fire Marshal Wayne Ellington investigated the fireHow to help Anyone with information on the fire that destroyed a Rambling Drive home early Friday is asked to call the Comal County Sheriff’s Office or the Comal County Fire Marshal’s Office at (830) 620-3400. A reward is available. with the state fire marshal’s office and a dog trained to find traces of chemicals used in setting fires. “All possible accidental causes for this fire have been eliminated,” Manford said. “Its arson.” Manford said help from the public in solving this case would be imperative. “We can do the investigation and determine what caused this fire. But to determine who did it, we’re going to have to rely on citizens and their information,” Manford said. This fire isn’t the first arson fire in the area. During a three day span in July, two homes were burned in nearby Mobile Home Estates. During the past year, there have been seven arson fires near Canyon Lake. Ellington said smoke alarms in the home likely saved the lives of its occupants. “Mrs. Story heard the smoke alarm go off. It probably saved her life. She thought it was the alarm clock and tried to reset it, but realized the noise was from a smoke alarm,” Ellington said. James Story went outside, and saw the back deck was in flames. He tried to control the fire with a garden hose, but it had already grown too large, Ellington said. The American Red Cross and family member’s are assisting the Storys. Inside Abby.......................... .....2C Classifieds...................... .MOD Comics....................... .....6B Lifestyle..................... ..1-5C Forum........................... ......6A Local/Metro.................. ......4A Movies........................... ......2C On the Record............. ......7A Sports........................ ..1-5B Today........................... .....2A Stocks............................ .....8A Key Code 77 County Fair Schedule - TODAY Carnival — open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.; armbands from 1 p..rn. to 5 p.m. $12; armbands 5-10 p.m. $12 Livestock judging — starts at 9 a.m. with jackpot meat goat show Comal Corral — Mariachis Ecos de America (also performing at the food mall); 2 to 4:30 p.m., Children’s Best Western Dress Contest; 6 to 10 p.m. — TC. Taylor, free admission Rodeo - Builders’ Extravaganza starts at 3 p.m.; advance tickets are $7, and tickets at the gate are $8 Antique tractor pull — play day Kiddie tractor pull — noon Arts and crafts show — opens at 10 a.m. Where’s the beef? CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Livestock results/9A Sarah Walleck brings her steer, Big Red, into the show arena Saturday at the Comal County Fairgrounds during steer and heifer judging. Sarah Walleck gets a frothy kiss from her steer, Big Red, Saturday after brushing him for competition. CHRIS PACE/Herald- Zeitung Showmanship just part of champion’s full plate By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Sarah Walleck can’t imagine a life where a kid gets home from school and sits in front of a television until bedtime. “I can’t just sit there and watch something,” she said Saturday afternoon at the Comal County Fair. “To me, that’s just boring. I have to be up and doing something.” What Walleck, 13, was doing Sat urday was winning the Grand Champion award for her Maine Anjou steer, “Big Red” and the junior showmanship award for herself. A Canyon Middle School student who lives just outside Garden Ridge along the southern border of Comal County, Walleck, a member of the Future Farmers of America, is the youngest of four children of Tommy and Antonette Walleck. See SHOWMANSHIP/5A ;