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Brownsville The Herald (Newspaper) - June 15, 1995, Brownsville, Texas ÇlôSd for repair nternational bridge near Laredo closed .....Page 13 R.J Meyer leaving Hanna.....Page 14 Buying pesos Casa de cambio 1 dollar = 6.11 pesos Buying dollars Casa de cambio 6.20 pesos = 1 dollar Born on the 4th of July 1892 ©1995 The Brownsville Herald. All rights reserved. raaiffiiWHiMHBiamra»«^^ Thursday, June 15,1995 35 cents Rockets fans to game Houston wins NBA Finals By PATRICIA A. GONZALEZ Herald Staff Writer Wearing a blue Orlando Magic jersey, Viro Cardenas proudly paraded along the aisles of a local restaurant. "Bum that shirt!" Houston Rocket fans yelled as Cardenas served dinner at The Vermillion Wednesday night. People yelled and threw paper balls at him — but Cardenas didn't mind. "There's a few of us that do go for the other team," Cardenas jokingly told customer Fred Cuevas after he made fun of his shirt. See related story on page 14 Cuevas said he would make the police blotter for throwing Viro's shirt into a pot of frijoles a la charra. "They've been throwing everything at me that they have in hand," Cardenas said with a laugh. Dosens of people gathered at local restaurants and bars to watch the Houston Rockets play Orlando Magic in the NBA Finals Wednesday. Most of the crowd roared for the home state's team. "Houston's already kicking butt," Eva Elizondo yelled. "They're going to do it two Houston far» game Tuesday night from Cafe Artemis photo by Greg Bull years m a row." Some basketball itos chugged on their beers while others took tequila shots when their idols made & basket. Ricky Vasquez, showed his spirit by wearing a Rockets' jersey and cap, ' ) "I was goi^^ to bring my broom'but I was embarrassed," Vasquez said at Cafe Artemis. "Hopefully if they win the fouiih game it will be a sweep," People chewed, on napkins while others bit their nails. "The guys are proving themselves that they're the champions," banker Rene Sayas said of the Rockets before half-time. 'They were considered the underdogs in the beginning. I never lost faith in them." Belinda Martinez shared a similar comment. 'Magic can just go to the magic kingdom and wish upon a star." Couple surrenders Question remain in double homicide Herald photo by Brad Doherty Ricardo and Janie Esparza leave J.P. Tony Torres' courtroom City without top manager Andy Vega out of town By LAURA B. MARTINEZ Valley Morning Star The couple whose trailer home was the scene of a Saturday double murder surrendered to authorities Wednesday after learning arrest warrants on drug charges had been issued against them. Janie Esparza, 34, and Ricar- Vol. 103, No. 343 (14 pages) , Weather: Mostly sunny with highs in the lower 90s. Clear'to partly cloudy tonight. Lows in the lower 70s. do Esparza, 35, of No. 82 Palm Vista Drive, escorted by their attorney, turned themselves over to Cameron County sheriffs deputies Wednesday afternoon, Chief Deputy Joe Elizardi said. Authorities said they hope the couple's arrest will unravel unanswered questions surrounding the mysterious deaths of Leonardo Chavez, 33, and Annette Chavez, 31, of 1609 E. Monroe Ave., in Harlingen. The Chavezes were shot and killed Saturday inside the Es-parza's trailer home at the Palm Vista Estates mobile home park west of Palm Valley. (See COUPLE, Page 12) Ortiz reports 1994 income By LISA RICHWINE States News Service WASHINGTON — In addition to his congressional salaiy last year. Rep. Solomon Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi, earned between $25,518 and $77,900 from investments and properties he owns, according to documents released Wednesday. Ortiz also had seats at the World Cup Soccer championships and the Super Bowl as a guest of private corporations. The congressman's assets were listed between $196,014 and $590,000. But he also has liabilities, including mortgages on two properties, that range from $75,003 to $165,000. Members of Congress, who earn $133,600 a year, are required to disclose their outside income, assets and liabilities and any travel they did not pay for, but only in broad ranges. They do not have to report the value of their primary residence. Congress requires the reporting to avoid conflicts-of-interest. The M&M Mars company flew Ortiz and his son, Solomon Jr., to the World Cup in Los Angeles and paid for food and lodging for four days last July, said Cathy Travis, Ortiz's pre.ss secretary. The total cost wa.s not disclosed. Ortiz and his son also travelled to the Super Bowl in Atlanta last January as guests ol' the Kodak Company. About half of the House of Representatives typically attend the game, Travis said. The congressman's other trips included two to Taipei, Taiwan. One, sponsored by the Port of Brownsville, was intended to encourage Taiwanese businesses to invest in the Valley. The other was a nine-day conference sponsored by tlie U.S. Environ (See ORTIZ, Page 12) By ANTHONY GRAY Herald Staff Writer In the absence this week of City Manager Andy Vega, the city may be ailoat without an operational leader, according to a section of the Brownsville City Charter, the city's constitution. Vega, the city's CEO who left town Saturday to attend the Government Finance Officers Association annual conference in Baltimore, Md., named Planning Director Larry Brown and grant writer Judy Cuellar-Garcia to act in his behalf until he returns on June 19. The City Charter, however, mandates that Commission approval be obtained before an acting city manager can be named. Brown, a former assistant city manager, was as- Abby Bridge Classitiad Comic* Crossword Editorial Entertalnmant Horoscop* Lifostyl* Obituari«« Sport« Stock« TV log Valley/Stat« W«ath«r 19 19 22 18 19 6 17 19 19 2 14 20 17 13 2 Probation for baby theft Mexican judge gives three years and fine rl' T Freedom Newspaper City Manager Andy Vega signed by Vega to act in hi8 behalf through Tuesday. Cuellar-Garcia is serving in Vega's place until Monday. The city manager oversees the (See CITY, Page 12) Pon ^dro Says: The reaction from city employees was deafening, their applause echoing around city hall as though Paris had Just been liberated. Don Pedro, the acting Interim deputy assistant city manager while Andy Vega and his cronies were gone, walked around the city offices with all the class and poise of a scarfed David Qeffen stepping into a yacht. 'A four-day week for everybody!' Don Pedro said as the crowd hushed to iisten to the old savant. His pian to liberate city hall were interrupted when he awoke from his midday siesta. By LISA MARIE GOMEZ Herald Staff Writer MATAMOROS — A woman accused of stealing a baby was sentenced to three years in jail Wednesday by a state district judge. Paulyna Botello, 34, was sentenced on a "trafiicking of minors" charge. Botello was accused of stealing a baby from Laura Lugo nearly three years ago. Judge Marcelino Padrón Benavides said that Botello will have a chance today to be placed on probation for three years and agree to pay 40,000 new pesos, which is about $6,666. Padrón said if Botello chooses to be placed on probation, she will have to show up at the judge's office every 15 days for the next three years. "I am sure that Paulyna committed a crime Padrón said. "If I had any doubt, if I thought that she might be innocent, then I would have let Paulyna go. But to me she's guilty." Paulyna Botello Botello did not show up for her sentencing because Mexican law states that she does not have to attend and she was not available for comment Wednesday. Padrón said Botello didn't get a stiffer sentence because Lugo's story was inci)nsistont. He said that Lugo at first reported that she willingly gave up her baby to Botello and later changed her story to say that that her baby had been kidnapped. Enrique Juarez, Botello's former attorney, said that if Botello is guilty of child trafficking charges, then Lugo should bo charged with the same crime. "It's very questionable, if she's (Paulyna) guilty of buying a child then there has to be a seller," Juarez said. "Logic dictates that if there was a buyer, tiien there has to be a seller and that has to be Laura, so if Paulyna is guilty, then Lavn-a is guilty t(H)." Padrón, said he believes that the trafficking of minor charges is appropriate. "If the D.A.'s olTice made a mistake, and if 1 made a mistake, then there is another place to resolve that," Padrón said. "1 could have stopped this charge. 1 do believe that Paulyna was charged with the right crime." (See BABY, Page 12)
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