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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas New >AVI EJ NFELS Herald-Z 20”LtTtcRO%blxshin© .1- w EX. PASO TX ?9903 AG Vol. 149 No. 81    20    pages    in    2    sections    March    IO,    2000   ^   . Friday Serving Comal County since 1852 SO centsBradley quits, calls for party unity McCain suspends presidency run WEST ORANGE, NJ. (AP) — Bill Bradley quit the Democratic presidential campaign Thursday and said he will support Al Gore despite their sometimes bitter rivalry because “now it is time for unity” to win the White House. His withdrawal comments retained traces of their campaign fight, as he said Gore’s efforts against him had included “distortions and negativity.” He added, “I hope that he’ll run a better campaign in the general election.” Bradley ended his presidential campaign as Republican Sen. John McCain suspended his against Texas Gov. George W. Bush. Both Gore and Bush emerged from the Super Tuesday primaries with their nominations assured. “It certainly shows that when you do battle with entrenched pow- BRADLEY er that it’s very difficult and, indeed, I think that’s what the story of the campaign was,” Bradley said. The former New Jersey senator telephoned the vice president to pledge support. But at a withdrawal news conference, he said he will not release the delegates he did win, saying they had earned a voice at the Democratic National Convention. S888 Bush and Gore — at the heart of the issues73A SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) — John McCain suspended his insurgent presidential campaign today, conceding the Republican presidential nomination to George W Bush but vowing to remain “a force for change.” After absorbing a Super Tuesday drubbing by Bush, the Arizona senator said GOP voters had spoken, “and I respect their decision. I am no longer an active candidate for my party’s nomination for president.” McCain pointedly offered Bush his “best wishes” but not his endorsement after a bitter campaign that pitted a self-styled 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 McCain’s kind words. “I also agree with John McCain about the need to reform Washington DC.,” Bush said. “In order to reform Washington D.C., it’s important to get rid of Clinton-Gore.” 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 net reach a verdict. A seven-woman, five-man jury deliberated almost IO 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 victim’s apartment and sexually assaulting her in the early morning hours of July 1, 1999. A Comal County grand jury indicted Ytuarte Jan. 5 on one count of sexual assault and one count of burglary of a habitation. The Comal County District Attorney’s 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 $75,000. Ed Jendrzey, Comal County assistant district attorney, could not be reached for comment Thursday regarding the case. Sexual assault is a second-degree 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 $10,000. He was arrested July 20, 1999. The jury was selected Monday in Judge Robison’s 207th District courtroom. Ytuarte and the victim both testified in the trial. The prosecuting and defense attorneys made closing arguments Wednesday afternoon and the jury began deliberations around 3 p.m. Jendrzey told jurors in opening arguments Tuesday the victim came home around midnight July I, 1999 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 second-floor 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 bedroom 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 initially 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 MISTRIAL/Inside Abby................................5A Classifieds.......................3-8B Comics...............................7A Crossword..........................5    A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies..................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports............................1-2B Today.................................2A Television................................7A Key Code 76 Krueger files for CISD positionLabor of loveEmployees build ramp to aid in baby’s transport Physicians treating 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 SLATEN/Herald- 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 tiny-perfect 4-month-old 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 ever-so 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 animals. But Caitlin is not like other babies. In a coma since birth, Caitlin has never awaked from her mysterious deep sleep — and most doctors think she never will. “If we’d have gone on what the doctors said, we would have given up hope by now,” Caitlin’s mother DeAnn Crow said. But the family is not ready to lose faith in the little girl they say is a strong fighter. “A week after she was bom, they thought she was brain dead,” Crow, 20, said. “But then two days later, she had nomial brain activity except for a minor abnormality in her left hemisphere.” Crow said Caitlin has showed signs that make family members believe her condition was improving. “Her eyes respond more now -they track and dilate sometimes on their own,” 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 over-breathe the ventilator.” See LABOR/5A By Heather Todd Staff Writer Comal Independent School District trustee Dan Krueger decided Thursday to seek another three-year term in upcoming trustee elections. KRUEGER    Krueger,    who has served as school board president the past four years, filed for re-election Thursday as the single-member district 2 representative. 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 district’s central office, 1421 N. Business 35, during regular business hours. Deadline for filing is March 22. The election is Saturday, May 6. Early voting begins on April 19 and ends on May 2. The school district is divided into seven single-member districts, each represented by a board member. People interested in filing for election must be registered voters, live in the single-member district they are filing for and have been a resident of the district for six months. For 2000, only patrons in singlemember districts 1,2 and 5 will vote in 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 KRUEGER/5A ;