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Brownsville Herald (Newspaper) - November 8, 2008, Brownsville, Texas Online poll we asked do you think teachers deserve More recognition or incentives online voters responded yes. 69 percent a he no. 31 percent wow. Brownsville around the Valley woman pleads guilty to passport fraud by Kevin Sieff the Brownsville Herald at a hearing Friday morning before . District judge Hilda Thule Maria Teresa Payan de Castillo pleaded guilty to having used a passport obtained through a false claim that she was born in Brownsville. Payan de Castillo crossed the Border with the document 89 times before being apprehended at the Border sept. 15. She obtained the passport in 2005 through a court ordered delayed birth certificate that the government now says was based on false documents. Approximately 1,0 x texans receive delayed birth certificates every year. Before receiving her passport Payan de Castillo was convicted of attempted illegal entry into the United states in 1998 and 2004 and deported three times before her sept. 15 arrest. Payan de Castillo a plea confirms the governments suspicions that she was born in Mexico. But her friends and family members still maintain her innocence. A i Pray that the judge will see in this woman not a criminal but someone caught in something out of Kafka a a Federal Agency that Grants passports and then takes them away a said her priest father Michael Seifert a that allows someone to Cross Back and Forth into the country 89 times serve on a jury vote and of course pay taxes and Only four years later change its using a passport obtained through a false statement carries a maximum punishment of to years in Federal prison. Making a false claim to . Citizenship carries a maximum punishment of three additional years. A passport fraud is a crime with serious consequences. Payanis arrest and prosecution should serve As a warning to those who would lie about themselves in order to obtain a passport a Marian Cotter special agent in charge of the i diplomatic Security services Houston Field office said in a release. A the diplomatic Security service is both tireless and patient in pursing these is Jeff Brownsville Herald. Com lotto it Texas lot very results winning numbers Friday nov. 7 Cash five 4-20-28-32-36 pick three d 1-2-3 n 1-7-5 daily 4 d 3-6-2-4 n 0-5-0-6 additional lottery results not available at press time. Find past winning numbers at getting it right it corrections a e a i ligation it is the policy of the Brownsville Herald to Correct errors in a timely manner. Corrections and clarifications will be published in this space. To inquire about corrections readers May Call an editor. 982-6610 i 982-6681 982-6609 i 982-6618 or email us at Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley dancing for a cause contest to Benefit Sunshine Haven by Laura Tillman the Brownsville Herald local celebrities will step onto the dance floor tonight at the Rancho Viejo resort to compete for a Good cause. A Valley stars dance to Benefit Sunshine Haven will include a Competition Between sen. Eddie Lucio jr., Asim Zamir judge Migdalia Lopez Jose and Christina Zamora Joe Rivera Charles Imbergamo and others. Guests will also enjoy dinner and a silent auction. Blue Rio will provide music for non competitive dancing after the contest. Money raised during the fundraiser will be used to furnish eight new rooms for terminally ill patients at the special care facility. A we always have waiting lists of people a said Christina Brown a member of the Board of directors and one of the organizers of the event. A people done to want to go to nursing Homes to die alone hooked up to a machine in a Hospital. We want More people to have the option of coming to Sunshine care at the hospice is free and provided on a donation basis to patients with a life expectancy of six months or less. Sunshine Haven provides 24-hour care and 75 percent of their clients qualify As Low income very Low income or extremely Low income. Tables at the event Cost $1,000 for to people or $75 for individual tickets. For More information Call 956 350-8400. Robert Autrey and Christina Zamora practice the tango at Bellas artes. Tonight local celebrities will step onto the dance floor at the Rancho Viejo resort to compete in Quot Valley stars dance to Benefit Sunshine tables at the event Cost $1,000 for 10 people or $75 for individual tickets. Brad Doherty the Brownsville Herald mar s sentence still undecided Daniel Lopez the Brownsville Herald Harlingen and Brownsville police officers gather around the patrol car of Harlingen police officer Carlos Diaz in front of the Cameron county courthouse Friday As the jury deliberated the punishment for Abraham mar who confessed to the june 25 shooting. By Allen Essex Valley morning Star Brownsville a dozens of Harlingen and Brownsville police officers who waited All afternoon Friday for a sentence in the Case of Abraham mar will have to wait at least until monday to find out How Many years behind bars mar will face. The officers who filled the lobby of the Cameron county judicial building on Harrison Street played two roles providing extra Security in the event of any possible gang threat and showing Solidarity with Harlingen officer Carlos Diaz who also waited with his family to learn the punishment the 19-year-old member of the West Side aquas and los Valleos will receive for shooting Diaz with a 9 my i Point Rifle june 25 at an f Street convenience store in Harlingen. During final arguments prosecutors once again showed the jury video from Diazo a patrol car As mar emerged from his Mitsubishi galant and emptied the rifles 10-round Magazine into his Windshield striking him in his right hand shoulder and head. Mar faces five to 99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000 Fine for attempted capital murder and evading arrest chief first assistant Cameron county District attorney Charles Mattingly said. The prosecutor brought Diaz to face the jury and reminded them that the officer had taken his first oath to protect them when he joined the army at age 21 and served in combat in Somalia then returned Home and took a second oath and donned the uniform of a police officer. A we live in a county where we live under the Law or live under anarchy a Mattingly said. Citizens must Back up officers like Diaz and Send a Clear message that gang violence will not be tolerated in the streets he said. A we done to want that in the Valley a he said of violence by Street gangs. As Mattingly concluded his plea for a maximum sentence mar began vomiting the fourth such episode during the trial. Defense attorney Noe Garza said he and fellow attorney Derrek Juarez never denied the crime mar committed. While prosecutors have tried to portray mar As a hard Core gangster Garza reminded jurors of a police video showing mar on his Knees sobbing in an interview with Texas rangers it. Rolando Castaneda and Harlingen police sgt. Miryam Anderson. When mar gets to prison he will surely be raped by other inmates and become the a a wife of an older prisoner Garza said. Garza told jurors he does no to expect they will Grant probation even though he and Juarez asked them to consider such a sentence. But Garza told jurors they should also remember the physical and emotional abuse that mar and his Mother received at the hands of his father and the Way mar had to grow up being told he was worthless being thrown out of his Home and having his father deny that he sired a son with Kinky hair. Early on Friday Marks sister Indira mar testified How lost her brother was when an older sister died of cancer. That sister had filled the role of Mother because their Mother Virginia mar worked cleaning houses seven Days a week she said. When his sister was dying Abraham mar was in juvenile detention and was taken in Handcuffs for a Short visit with his sister Indira mar said. But when prosecutors confronted her with a sept. 29, 2004, Harlingen police department assault report stating she had been kicked repeatedly by her brother she denied it saying he had Only shoved her during an argument. Indira mar also said she knew nothing about a sept. 11,2003, incident in which Abraham mar held a knife on another family member. A i Wasny to there a she said. Jurors will continue deliberating Abraham Marks sentence Early monday to crab How to reach us customer service number 956 542 4301 address 1135 e. Van Buren St. 351 Brownsville to 78520 a a administration publisher r Daniel Cavazos 982-6646 business manager Olga Saldivar 982 6648 fax number 504 1119 i it newsroom phone 982 6625 fax 542-0840 editor Marcia Caltabiano Ponce director of Spanish publications Zulema Baez 982-6666 opinion editor Carlos Rodriguez 982-6681 City editor Diana Maldonado 982 -6618 City editor Jaime Galvan 982-6624 news editor Ryan Henry 982 6620 sports editor Bryan read,982-6621 photo editor Brad Doherty 982 6626 email letters l it newspaper in education director of educational services Sandy Mcgehee 982 6638 it advertising advertising director Nicanor Barrera 982-6636 advertising manager Norma Ortega 982 6680 fax number 982 4201 it subscriptions circulation director Abe Gonzalez 982-6660 circulation 982 6664 to subscribe 982 6662,982-6664 delivery concerns 982-6662,982 6664, 982 6685 6 30-11 00 . Saturday 7 00 .-12 q0 . Sunday 6 30 .-noon monday Friday % Home delivery rates by Carrier $9.50 per month single copy rates 50 cents monday saturday $1.25 sunday mail subscriptions available a a the Brownsville Herald 067-960 is published sunday through saturday mornings. Second class postage paid at Brownsville Texas 78520 visit our web site at notices in Espanol Timon Pedro says Quot there s so much fraud in the calling card Industry Quot Don Pedro said As he entered the newsroom. Quot the cheating seems blatant at Quot it does Quot the City editor agreed. Quot and with so Many people using them in the Valley these companies Are making a pretty Quot people have to look out for themselves the Don asserted Quot of they Stop using cards that Don t list their minutes or cheat them the companies will fix themselves or go out of and out he went. 1 to a

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