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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 26, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY January 2001 18 pages in 2 sections pages in 2 scctu HERALDZEITUNG 65 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Womens center providing lifelines to battered spouses Lynette legal advo cate for the Comal County Womens shows off the new cell JESSIE Zeitung BY BETTY TAYLOR Features Editor For victims of domestic the tele phone can become a virtual But for those just getting back on their feet with a new life away from their finding the money for the deposit and installation of a phone can be hard to come That is why a new agreement between the Texas Council on Family the Texas Legal Services Center and the Public Utility Commission has given peace of mind to thousands of battered The Comal County Womens Center has taken phone access one step further by loaning free cell phones to victims of family On a new benefit was estab lished that requires telephone companies to waive the deposit for new residential telephone service to victims of family vio The determination can be made by family violence center staff or treating medical Lynette legal advocate for the Comal County Womens said the move came out of a direct the Texas Council on Family Violence gets feedback from the This was one of the things we have come up The availability of a phone directly affects victims of family violence being able to call for she Statistics back up the importance of vic tims having phone According to the Who to call For information about a telephone service waiver of cell phone loans or dona tion of cell call the Comal County Womens Center at Texas Council on Family in of the 110 Texas women who were mur dered by their intimate more than 50 percent had left their The coun cil said studies proved that a battered woman is actually in the most danger after she has separated from her Bree public policy director for See Elvis has left the office DAs friend hangs up hat after quarter of a century BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The screen saver on Rudy Rubios computer at the Comal County District Attorneys Office repeats again and Elvis has left the In a that computers telling the truth The King isnt going any where and never if you ask Rudy is who has spent about 25 years investigating consoling witnesses and coordinating felony prosecutions in Comal is cleaning out his desk and retiring from his second Coworkers had a special lun cheon and party for him on They also bought him a book pertaining to his favorite musician which will join the other Elvis memorabilia Rubio including his six Elvis He says hes going to devote his attention now to the people and the things he 1 have a large I plan on devoting time to Im going to spend my time being a good hus and Rubio Hes also going to spend his time building his third a licensed and certified hypnotherapist and handwriting is going to turn his skills to the private he is very useful for helping clients with prob lems such as weight loss and smoking Its rewarding for me to help peo Just to see what hypnotherapy can do for people is better than better than Elvis or better than anything Rubio Rubio said he would offer handwriting analysis but in civil situations and not criminal I feel obligated to stay on this Rubio Rubio retired from the Army in 1976 after 23 years and was hired as a deputy by thensheriff Photo credit Comal County District Attorneys Office investigator Rudy Rubio is taking home the bust of Elvis when he retires Walter He moved up through the becoming a lieu tenant and heading the criminal investigations During his work as an investigator some 15 years Rubio became interested in hypnosis and some of the more arcane arts of behavioral Thursday District Attorney DibWaldrip gave Rubio the obligatory plaque and then com mended him and what hes done for the district attorneys Rubios job title is Waldrip and hes done plenty of it over the but investiga tion was only a small part of his Rubio smoothed the edges in the district attorneys office for witnesses and crime vic Replacing Rubio was a Waldrip but he thinks he has found a replacement in Mark who is moving over from dis trict Retired Texas Ranger Ray Martinez worked many murder cases with Rubio is a meticulous and tena cious Martinez Rudy stays with He digs and digs and he doesnt I was proud to be associated with Martinez Rudys a good Hed do anything for Hes that kind of person whod give his shirt off his back for Rudy gives his Former board member raises appointees past MONROE Housing rep was later pardoned in 70s BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer A new Housing Authority Board whose crimi nal history was questioned earlier this was par doned by a Texas governor more than 20 years New BraunfelsCity Coun voted f u na n i in o u s 1 y Monday to appoint Marcus Monroe to the citys Housing Authority A for mer 14 year Housing Authority Board Raul questioned whether Monroes criminal past conflicted with city Monroe pleaded guilty to burglary when he was He later was pardoned by thenTexas Dolph A spokesman with the Texas Department of Pardons and Parole Executive Clemency said a pardon did not automatically expunge a record the Department of Public Safety makes that City Attorney Floyd Akers reviewed the city rulebook and said he did not see any thing that specifically forbade someone convicted of a felony from serving the Theres nothing that says you cant serve if youve been convicted of a Akers We have a city ordi nance that says if youre con council may remove they dont have to remove him but they may remove We also have a standing kind of rule if they want to remove they can for any But they dont have Even if someone was to commit a crime while he was a board council has a chairman of the Comal County AIDS Task was a driving force behind the citys first cele bration of World AIDS Day in When the vigil Monroe was surrounded by more than 50 people and his Affordable issue with AIDS patients and the reason why Monroe wanted to join the The Comal AIDS Task Force that I organized we were deciding on what we needed to do to work for peo ple with AIDS I took on the issue of he In Monroe tried to keep some who he said actually committed the from losing an he They took the and I just got nailed with the Monroe I did nt get anything from He said the state offered to give him four years of proba tion if he pleaded guilty to the so he Good behavior earned him early Monroe When I got off I thought it was over and done he But when he was called to jury he learned that a convicted felon could not serve unless he received a full governors He appealed to thengovernor Dolph Id been leading a respon sible life for many years at that so I was able to get a full Im civic I always have Monroe Briscoe granted the pardon in according to Texas Department of Pardons and Jurors sentence NB man to 75 years in prison BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Jerald Ytuarte told Comal County jurors it took him 20 minutes on July to woo and then have sex with a New Braun fels woman who then inex plicably accused him of rap ing Jurors took that long to agree with her Thursday and convict him of burglary of a habitation to commit Ytuarte got 75 years in state prison and a fine for raping the 37year old The sentence is to run concurrently with a fouryear term the New Braunfels man is serving for will be eli f INSIDE Services for SVHS student Saturday FROM STAFF REPORTS A memorial service has been set for a Smithson Valley High School student who was killed in a car accident Wednesday Seventeenyearold Amy Burch died after her 1994 Lincoln Town Car collided with a semitruck on 281 and Farmto Market Pastor Dave McCall of the Smithson Valley Evangelical Free Church will pre side over the service at 5 Saturday at the Doeppenschmidt Funeral Farm toMarket 2673 in Visitation hours have been scheduled for 4 to 8 today and 2 to 5 Saturday at the funeral Memorials may be given to the Alzafar Shrine or the Amy Burch Memorial Mail con tributions to the Alzafar Shrine to 901 Loop 1604 San attention Donations to the Amy Burch Memorial Fund can be sent to 20475 Texas 46 Spring BURCH ;