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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZ Vol 149 No 81 20 pages in 2 sections March 10 2000 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 SO cents Bradley quits calls for party unity McCain suspends presidency run WEST ORANGE AP Bill Bradley quit the Democratic presidential campaign Thursday and said he will support Al Gore despite their sometimes bitter rival ry because now it is time for uni ty to win the White House His withdrawal comments retained traces of their campaign fight as he said Gores efforts against him had included distor tions and He added I hope that hell run a better cam paign hi the general Bradley ended his presidential campaign as Republican Sen John McCain sus pended his against Texas Gov George W Bush Both Gore and Bush emerged from the Super Tues day primaries with their nomina tions assured It certainly shows that when you do battle with entrenched pow BRADLEY er that its very dif ficult and indeed I think thats what the story of the campaign Bradley said The former New Jersey sena tor telephoned the vice president to pledge support But at a withdrawal news confer ence he said he will not release the delegates he did win saying they had earned a voice at the Democ ratic National Convention Bush and Gore at the heart of the issues73A SEDONA Ariz AP John McCain suspended his insurgent presi dential campaign today conceding the Republican presidential nomi nation to George W Bush but vowing to remain a force for After absorbing a Super Tues day drubbing by Bush the Arizona senator said GOP voters had spo ken and I respect their decision I am no longer an active candi date for my par tys nomination for McCain pointedly offered Bush his best wish es but not his endorsement after a bitter campaign that pitted a selfstyled political reformer against the Texas governor and his allies in the GOP establishment McCain MCCAIN rode waves of independents and Democrats to victories in New Hampshire and Michigan posing an unexpected threat to Bush Bush campaigning in Colorado congratulated his former rival for fighting the good fight and he said he appreciated McCains kind words I also agree with John McCain about the need to reform Washing ton Bush said In order tc reform Washington its important to get rid of Krueger files for CISD position BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Comal Inde pendent School District trustee Dan Krueger decided Thursday to seek another threeyear term in upcoming trustee elections KRUEGER Krueger who has served as school board president the past four years filed for reelection Thursday as the singlemember district 2 rep resentative The District 2 position is one of three seats up for grabs on the CISD board in May Applications for a place on the ballot are available at the districts central office 1421 N Business 35 during regular business hours Dead line for filing is March 22 The elec tion is Saturday May 6 Early voting begins on April 19 and ends on May 2 The school district is divided into seven singlemember districts each represented by a board member People interested in filing for elec tion must be registered voters live in the singlemember district they are filing for and have been a resident of the district for six months For 2000 only patrons in single member districts and 5 will vote hi the CISD school board election Krueger who has served on the board for six years said he wanted to serve another term to be involved in ongoing district projects I feel there are too many things pending that I really wanted to be a part of including the bond issue we See INSIDE Key Code 76 Labor of love Employees build ramp to aid in babys transport Physicians treat ing four and a half month old Caitlin Rodriguez left give her family little hope she will ever wake up from the coma she has been is since birth But the family has not given up hope Mom DeAnn Crow below only can hold her daughter less than one foot away from the 60 pounds of equipment that keeps Caitlin alive K JESSIE Zeitung We got to know the family on the long trips and we are very attached to Caitlin We take very good care of her and look after her when someone new has to transport her Angelo Pagoris of Metro Ambulance BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Gently nestled in her crib and lost in peaceful infant slumber Caitlin Rodriguez looks like most tinyperfect 4monthold babies Her fine light brown hair is matted slightly against her forehead Her little dewy pea eyes are closed and lined with thick dark lashes that flutter everso slightly with the steady rise and fall of her breathing Her sweet powdery baby smell fills the cheery nursery decorated in bright colors and stuffed ani mals But Caitlin is not like other babies In a coma since birth Caitlin has never awaked from her mysterious deep sleep and most doc tors think she never will If wed have gone on what the doctors said we would have given up hope by Caitlins mother DeAnn Crow said But the family is not ready to lose faith in the lit tle girl they say is a strong fighter A week after she was born they thought she was brain Crow 20 said But then two days lat er she had normal brain activity except for a minor abnormality in her left Crow said Caitlin has showed signs that make family members believe her condition was improv ing Her eyes respond more now track and dilate sometimes on their Crow said We think she can hear us Sometimes she turns her head to you She responds to pain hot and cold and sometimes she shows breathing effort and tries to overbreathe the See Assault case ends in mistrial BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer District Judge Jack Robison declared a mistrial Thursday in the sexual assault trial of Jerald Ytuarte after a Comal County jury declared it could not reach a verdict A sevenwoman fiveman jury deliberated almost 10 hours Wednesday afternoon and all day Thursday to decide whether to convict Ytuarte 23 of sexually assaulting a local woman in her apartment eight months ago Ytuarte a New Braunfels resident is accused of breaking into the victims apart ment and sexually assaulting her in the early morning hours of July A Comal County grand jury indicted Ytu arte Jan 5 on one count of sexual assault and one count of burglary of a habitation The Comal County District Attorneys office will now have to decide whether to retry the case or dismiss the charges Ytuarte will remain in custody at the Comal County Jail His bond was set at Ed Jendrzey Comal County assistant dis trict attorney could not be reached for com ment Thursday regarding the case Sexual assault is a seconddegree felony Because of the underlying sexual assault charge burglary of a habitation is a first degree felony If Ytuarte is tried again and convicted he could face life or up to 99 years in prison and an optional fine up to He was arrested July The jury was selected Monday in Judge Robisons 207th District courtroom Ytuarte and the victim both testified in the trial The prosecuting and defense attorneys made closing arguments Wednesday afterr noon and the jury began deliberations around 3 Jendrzey told jurors in opening arguments Tuesday the victim came home around mid night July when two men one who was allegedly Ytuarte approached her in the parking lot of her apartment complex and tried to engage her in conversation The two men followed her up to her sec ondfloor apartment and tried to get her to talk to them until she went into her apartment and locked the door he said The victim testified later that night she woke up and found the defendant in her room and that he pressed his thumb against her throat until she had difficulty breathing The victim testified Ytuarte raped her then left the apartment She also testified she ini tially fought against him but then cooperated because she feared for her life Officer Jason Braeutigan with the New Braunfels Police Department testified the victim told him the attacker came through See