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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 2 0 HeraldZeltung g Tuesday March Jury selected in million forfeiture trial ByTERRILANQFORD Associated Press H6USTON AP An FBI agent has told jurors that a notorious Mexican drug baron eluded police sent to capture him less than 24 hours after he told top officials including Mario Ruiz Massieu where the man was hiding The testimony about how Juan Garcia Ahrego eluded arrest in 1993 came in Mondays testimony at the civil trial of Ruiz Massieu It was three years later that the drug baron was arrested in the same hideout Massieu a former Mexican government official is fighting the government this week for the right to keep his million bank account which officials say came from drug proceeds Ruiz Mastieu denies that The testimony came from FBI agent Stanley A Pimentel then assigned to the embassy in Mexico He said he rushed to Mexican officials in August 1993 with news from a Texas field office that Garcia Abrego was hiding out in Monterrey Mexico Ruiz Massieu then a deputy attorney general in the Mexican government attended a meeting at which Mexican officials were given a map and address of Garcia Abregos hideout Pimentel said Pimentel said Garcia Abrego head of the Gulf Cartel narcotics ring was not at the hideout by the time Mexican police got there Federal prosecutors are trying to prove this week that the money in Ruiz Massieus Texas Commerce Bank account was paid by drug traffickers and thereby subject to seizure The civil trial to confiscate Ruiz Massieus funds began Monday afternoon after a threewoman five man jury was selected to hear the case before District Judge Nancy Atlanas Former Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gotari Salinas named Ruiz Massieu to his post in 1993 and he later became Mexicos top drug prosecutor The FBI agent the first witness called said he was told by informants that Garcia Abrego was tipped off to the impending 1993 raid Judge Atlanas struck the statement after defense protests and the revelation that Pimentel couldnt say how Garcia Abrego was tipped off Campaign money trips part of Chinese lobbying WASHINGTON AP President Clinton touched off a public quarrel with the FBI by saying he should have been informed when agents told White House national security aides that China might be trying to influence elections This latest twist in the furor surrounding foreign political donations to the Democratic Party occurred Monday as a member of Congress said the FBI told her as early as 1991 that the Chinese government was interested in making campaign contributions to sway lawmakers And it came as Senate Republicans prepared to authorize an investigation into illegal fundraising during the 1996 presidential and congressional campaigns Before authorizing the probe the Senate was expected to defeat a Democratic proposal to also look at millions of dollars in campaign soft money donations Rep Nancy Pelosi apparently was among a small circle of lawmakers warned to look out for approaches from the Chinese including campaign gifts that might be passed through intermediaries The group also included Californias two Democratic senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and Sen Daniel Patrick Moynihan Clinton on Monday ordered an investigation into why he wasnt told when the FBI passed similar warnings to two National Security Flood crest moves into Illinois GRANDVIEW Ind AP Leaning against his pickup Scott Basham stepped into chesthigh waders to walk across a flooded street to what was left of his home The yearold trailer was destroyed as Basham to move it to higher ground when the Ohio River swept into town last week He hoped to find a pair of pliers in the wreckage where a sign that read SS Minnow in a jokitif TVs Gilligans By today the dangerous crest of the river had moved past Evansville well protected by its 25mile levee and into the rural areas of western Kentucky and southern Illinois where residents prepared for the worst Illinois Gov Jim Edgardeclared his states southern border a disaster area and sandbagging was Under way from Old Shawneetown to Cairo near the confluence of the Ohio and the Mississippi River In between families abandoned their homes in Metropolis as rising water swamped sandbag barriers in advance of a crest not expected until Friday i Upriver flood and hamlets along more than 200 miles of he Ohio from Owensboro Cincinnati began to take a close painful look at the damage Tornadoes and floodwaters have killed 59 people in the region since March 1 and two men were missing after their canoe capsized near Owensboro Centex Delivery to local businesses 154 S Business IH35 next to Adobe Cafe 6293979 B New Braunfels P Minor Emergency No Need For An Appointment Hours MondayFriday io Saturday to 6093413 226 N Union SELKT HOMES SiarlYourNewLifeWilhflNewHorae 6080304 Exit 191 New Brawifdi Concerned about high cholesterol Sylvana arch and CTHR are looking for maMf and fcmalf a 2066 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Obituaries Kenneth W Rekhert Kenneth W Reichert age 75 born Nov 21 1921 passed away March 9t 1997 He is survived by his wife Marinda Reichert son and daughter inlaw Kenneth A and Rosie Reichert of San Antonio sons Sonny Reichert of California Gary Kraft of Mew Braunfels Karl Kraft of New Braunfels and Harlan Kraft of new Braunfels daughter and soninlaw Barbara and Randy Miller of Louisiana brothers Harold Reichert and Ralph Reichert of Illinois 34 grandchildren numerous great grandchildren numerous nieces and nephews Visitation will begin 4 Tuesday March II 1997 at Mission Park Funeral Home Chapels South Services will be Wednesday March 12 1997 at St Paul Lutheran Church in New Braunfels with all to meet at the church for services to begin at noon There will be visitation at the church beginning one hour prior to services Arrangements are under the direction of Mission Park South 1700 Military Drive San Antonio Mission Park South San Antonio Edwin Pelata Funeral arrangements are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Edwin Pelata of New Braunfels who passed away in San Antonio Monday March 10 1997 at the age of 48 years er Georgia Fay Staudt Georgia Fay Staudt of New Braunfels passed away March 9 1997 in New Braunfels at the age of 73 She was born Dec 6 923 in Bandera Texas Survivors include her husband Walter B Buck Staudt of New Braunfels son Walter Staudt Jr of Leon Springs Texas daughter Sue Gabel of San Antonio brothers Gene Fee of Bandera and Wayne Fee of Bowie Texas sisters Beatrice Bennet of Missouri and Lanelle Olsen of Denver three grandchildren and one great grandchild Services will be held at 11 Wednesday March 12 1997 at the Pennington Chapel in San Marcos with the Rev Gordon Graham officiating Burial will be at the San Marcos City Cemetery Memorial donations may be made to Hospice New Braunfels Pennington Funeral Home San Marcos Oscar B Schneider Sr Oscar B Schneider age 81 of New Braunfels died Saturday March 8 1997 at the Colonial Manor Care Center He was born Nov 21 1915 in Guadalupe County to Ben Schneider and Mary Knodel Schneider He married Norma Koepp Oct 26 1935 Mr Schneider was part owner of Schneider Brothers Auto Electric since 1951 He was a member of the Elks Lodge Mission Valley Bowling Club Hermann Sons No 106 Albert Kypfer Lodge and the Solms Bowling Club Survivors are wife Norma K Schneider son Oscar H Schneider Jr of Kingsbury daughter and son inlaw Annie Mae and Frank Real of New Braunfels brbther Raymond W Schneider of New Braunfels eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren plus one niece and several nephews He was preceded in death by a daughterinlaw Loretta Schneider and a greatgranddaughter Joy Schneider Funeral services were held at 3 Monday March 11 at the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel with Rev Don Somerville officiating Interment was in the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park Pallbearers were James Mote Paul McGinly Douglas Real Lonnie Eckert Michael Schneider and Matthew Schneider Honorary pallbearers were Eddie Boettner Brian Real Dennis Koepp Raymond Schneider De Wayne Koepp Elton Koepp Jr and Skylar Koepp HOME Jack W Barrett Jack W Barrett age 75 of New Braunfels died Monday March 10 1997 in San Antonio Funeral services are scheduled for 2 Wednesday March 12 at the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel Graveside services will be held at 11 Thursday at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston TUNERfiLHOME To have a great health care plan for MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES you Benefits Benefits Benefits Do you pay expensive premiums and copayments for your health care plan Secure offered by PacifiCare of Texas a federally qualified HMO has low plan And there are absolutely no for any covered services available through Secure Horizons health care plan Does you health care plan include coverage for prescription drugs Secure Horizons offers1 a annual prescription benefit and preferred medications are only for a 30day supply at contracting pharmacies Or our convenient mailorder service offers a 90day supply 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