New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 24, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
NB attorney represents Minn, totem-pole carver held in wife’s death
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By U*a Baumann
Duluth News Tribune
Carl Muggli is accused of killing his wife, Linda Muggli, in November 2010. They operated a totem pole carving business near Ray, Minn.
He is being represented by New Braunfels attorney Glen Peterson.
The totem pole carver charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife had his bail reduced significantly Wednesday by a Koochiching County District Court judge.
Ninth judicial District Judge Charles LeDuc of International Falls agreed to a third bail alternative presented by Peterson, Carl Muggli's defense attorney. Muggli, 49, now has the option to pledge the property he owned with his wife in Ray, for the equivalent value of $80,000, plus post an additional $500,000 bond, according to court documents.
Under the terms of this alternative, Muggli would have to live with his sister, not leave Koochiching County without permission, pay for GPS electronic monitoring and be monitored by an agent of Arrowhead Regional Corrections.
At his first court appearance, bail was set at $1 million with no conditions, meaning that Muggli could return to his most recent home, in Stockdale, Texas, about 40 miles east of San Antonio, if he is able to make bail. LeDuc set a second level of bail at $500,000, with the condition that Muggli not leave
Muggli is free to choose any ofthose options to post bail.
"The judge modified Mr. Muggli's bail over my objection," said Koochiching County Attorney Jeffrey Naglosky. "I argued that bail was appropriately set on June 10."
Muggli remains in Koochiching County jail with his next court appearance set for July 25, according to Koochiching County Sheriff Brian Youso.
Muggli's 61-year-old wife, Linda, died in November when he said a log the couple was carving fell on her. Muggli was arrested in Texas earlier this month.
According to the criminal complaint filed against Muggli, an Alabama woman who allegedly carried on intimate and romantic Facebook conversations with Muggli told a Koochiching County sheriff's deputy that she was on the phone with Muggli on Nov. 26, 2010, when she heard him arguing with his wife about getting a divorce.
The woman said Muggli called her back 30 minutes later and told her that an accident had happened and emergency medical technicians were working on his wife, Linda.
Muggli's wife died later that day after a totem pole she and her husband were carving was found on top of her.
Reprinted with permission of Duluth News Tribune and www.duluthnew-stribune.com.
Oil tumbles on plan to release reserves
NEW YORK (AP)
Oil tumbled Thursday after the International Energy Agency, which includes the U.S., said it will release some of its emergency oil supplies to stave off a possible spike in energy prices that could strain the global economic recovery.
The IEA, based in Paris,
will make 60 million barrels available over a 30-day period.
Half of that will come from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which currently holds 727 million barrels of crude. The SPR was last tapped in 2008 as oil rose to a record $147 per barrel.
Ag tour going to Mo
South Texas Farm and Ranch Club is sponsoring an agriculture tour to St. Louis, Mo., via Amtrak Train Ride this fall.
Farm and Ranch Club president Roger Bippert said the tour is an educational excursion traveling to the Mecca of agricub ture.
"We are going to the agriculture center of the United States," Bippert said. "The state in filled with research farms and I'd love to visit all of them, but we'd be there for a year."
South Texas Farm and Ranch Club was founded 27 years ago and its members are farmers, bankers, business executives, CPAs and veterinarians.
"If you eat and wear clothes, then you are familiar with agriculture. This year, we want to
When: Depart at 7 a.m. Sept. 26 and return at 10 p.m.
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Cost: $402 and $375 for ages 62 and older Contact: Roger,
learn something new,"
Bippert said. The
agriculture tour is offered every year, but this is the first year the club has planned a trip outside of Texas. Departing at 7 a.m. Sept. 26, 54 participants will spend four days and thee nights on a cultivation venture until returning to San Antonio at 10 p.m. Sept. 29.
Tourists will visit the St.
Louis arch and Budweiser Brewery, and ride atop the Mississippi River starting early Sept. 27. Participants also will travel to the University of Missouri , as well as South and Bradford Farms.
Bippert said speakers will narrate at various points on the train ride.
The trip costs $402 per person and $375 for 62 and older. Both members and non-members are invited.
Fifty-four people are needed to for the trip to happen; more than 20 people have already committed. The registration deadline is July 15.
"I get calls every day from people. This is going to be a great trip because we are doing something totally different," Bippert said.
For information about registration, contact Bippert at (210)473-4936.
EU eases access for Greece to European development funds
The European Union said Thursday it would help Greece access billions of euros in EU development funds in an attempt to boost the country's struggling economy and sweeten unpopular austerity measures ahead of a tight parliamentary vote.
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said the EU was prepared to reduce the amount of money Greece has to come up with to co-fund projects under its
regional funds to 15 percent, from the usual 50 percent. The Commission, which manages the funds, and other EU member states will also set up a program of technical assistance to make sure debt-laden Greece uses the money to stimulate economic growth and create new jobs.
The EU funds are designed to help underdeveloped regions catch up with richer parts of the 27-nation bloc. About euro15 billion ($22 billion) is still available for
Greece until 2013, but the country has been struggling to prove it can use the funds well and come up with matching financing.
EU leaders hope that the prospect of some EU funds — which, in contrast to the rescue loans Greece has been receiving for the past year, do not have to be repaid — will offer some hope to Greek citizens who have been suffering through a steep economic recession and unemployment above 16 percent.
2 arrested in Seattle terror plot
Two men intent on attacking a military recruiting station to inspire Muslims to defend their religion from U.S. actions abroad were snared by FBI agents in a terror plot sting, authori
ties said Thursday.
Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, also known as Joseph Anthony Davis, of Seattle, and Walli Mujahidh, also known as Frederick Domingue Jr., of Los Angeles, were arrested Wednesday night after
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they arrived at a warehouse garage to pick up machine guns to use in the attack, an FBI agent wrote in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court.
The machine guns had been rendered inoperable by federal agents and •osed no risk to the pub-
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HOUSTONMan gets death for killing motorists
Jurors in Houston have sentenced Teddrick Batiste to death for killing a 26-year-old motorist to steal the flashy wheel rims from his car.
The Houston Chronicle reports that after the sentencing for Horace Holiday's capital murder, Batiste's mother Rowena Scott could be heard yelling outside the courtroom, "I'm sorry for what my baby did! I'm sorry!
The Harris County jury sentenced the 23-year-old Houston man Thursday after convicting him in the 2009 killing.
Prosecutors say Batiste coveted the spinning chrome rims on Holiday's Cadillac on U.S. 59, so he drew alongside the car and opened fire. A wounded Holiday veered off the freeway, crashed his car into a gas pump at a service station and crawled in search of help.
Batiste walked up and fired a fatal shot.
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