4 from Central Texas among victims of Melbourne plane crash

Four victims of a plane crash in Melbourne, Australia are from Central Texas.

Public records list Russell Munsch and Greg DeHaven as residents of Spicewood. Glenn Garland lives in a gated community along the Barton Creek Greenbelt in West Austin. The fourth victim, 67-year-old John Washburn, was the president of the Barton Creek Lakeside board.

Munsch was a co-founder of law firm Munsch Hardt Kopf amp; Harr, PC The firm released a statement on Tuesday morning:

It is with great sadness that we inform you our dear friend, colleague, and co-founder Russ Munsch passed away in a tragic plane crash in Melbourne, Australia yesterday. Russ was enjoying retirement, and doing what he loved almost more than practicing law – playing golf. Russ was a lawyer’s lawyer; one of the best of all time. During his nearly 40-year career, he worked on high-profile bankruptcy cases including Enron Corporation, Coho Energy Corporation, Northwest Airlines, and as bankruptcy counsel to Nelson Bunker Hunt in what is still considered the largest personal bankruptcy proceeding in history. Russ was a loving husband, father and friend, and he will be dearly missed. Until we learn more, we ask that you keep Russ’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

Business partner, David Mattka said Munsch was a multi-talented guy and one of the smartest and hardest working people he knew. Although semi-retired, Munsch continued to mentor young lawyers and began a non-profit, The First Tee of Greater Austin.

A good friend of mine says, we arent here for a long time; we are here for a good time. And, I think Russ had a good time, said Mattka.

Mattka said Munsch leaves behind a wife and a daughter, as well as countless friends.

DeHavens sister Denelle Wicht posted on Facebook that her 70-year-old brother had been killed on a once in a lifetime trip to Australia with friends.

Glenn Garland was one of the founders in 2003 of CLEAResult and served as chief executive before retiring in 2015.

The Associated Press reports the group was on a golfing vacation when their private plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday shortly after takeoff in the Australian city of Melbourne.

The five were on a twin-engine Beechcraft Super King Air that crashed about 45 minutes before the Direct Factory Outlet mall in suburban Essendon was to open, Police Minister Lisa Neville said.

The pilot was Max Quartermain, owner of the charter company Corporate and Leisure Travel.

The plane had taken off from Melbournes second-biggest airport at Essendon for a golfing trip to King Island, 255 kilometers (160 miles) to the south, officials said.

The mall adjoins the airport.

Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said no one outside the plane was injured.

Looking at the fireball, it is incredibly lucky that no one was at the back of those stores or in the car park of the stores, that no one was even hurt, Leane said.

The pilot reported a catastrophic engine failure moments before the plane crashed into a storage area at the rear of the mall, police said.

Police and paramedics rushed to the crash site, where firefighters doused the flames.

A witness who gave his name as Jason told Australian Broadcasting Corp. he was passing the mall in a taxi when the plane crashed.

I saw this plane coming in really low and fast. I couldnt see the impact but when it hit the building there was a massive fireball, he said.

I could feel the heat through the window of the taxi, and then a wheel — it looked like a plane wheel — bounced on the road and hit the front of the taxi as we were driving along, he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Taking the stress out of buying a home – WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

CARBONDALE — Buying a home may not be as difficult as it sounds.

Local realtors and lenders explained it all at the Carbondale Public Library Saturday.

Justin Zurlinden, a realtor with Remax said his first tip of advice is to get a buying agent.

The signs you see in front of the houses have the listing agent and that person is representing that property and that seller so you can have a buyers agent who represents you. Who takes you to all of the listings that you want to go into and helps negotiate on your behalf, he said.

And he said getting a loan pre-qualification might save you in the long run.

“It’s a very,very important negotiating tool. So if you come in and make an offer on a house and you have a letter from your bank saying yeah, you know with these conditions we would loan you the money, a seller is a lot more likely to take you seriously,” Zurlinden said.

He said the local housing market is considered a buyers market.

Theres a lot more property available than buyers available and so buyers have a lot of options in terms of which houses they would like, he said.