New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Jury selected in $9 million forfeiture trial
By TERR! LANGFORD
HOUSTON (AP) — An FBI agent has told jurors that a notorious Mexican drug baron eluded police sent to capture him less than 24 hours after he told top officials, including Mario Ruiz Massieu, where the man was hiding.
The testimony about how Juan Garcia Abrego eluded arrest in 1993 came in Monday’s testimony at the civil trial of Ruiz Massieu. It was three years later that the drug baron was arrested in the same hideout.
Massieu, a former Mexican government official, is fighting the U.S. government this week for the right to keep his $9 million bank account, which U.S. officials say came from drug proceeds. Ruiz Masrieu denies that.
The testimony came from FBI agent Stanley A. Pimentel, then assigned to the U.S. embassy in Mexico. He said he rushed to Mexican officials in August 1993 with news from a Texas field office that Garcia Abrego was hiding out in Monterrey, Mexico.
Ruiz Massieu, then a deputy attorney general in the Mexican government, attended a meeting at which Mexican officials were given a map and address of Garcia Abrego’s hideout, Pimentel said.
Pimentel said Garcia Abrego, head of the Gulf Cartel narcotics ring, was not at the hideout by the time Mexican police got there.
Federal prosecutors are trying to prove this week that the money in Ruiz Massieu’s Texas Commerce Bank account was paid by drug traffickers and thereby subject to
The civil trial to confiscate Ruiz Massieu’s funds began Monday afternoon after a three-woman, five-man jury was selected to hear the case before U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlanas.
Former Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gotari Salinas named Ruiz Massieu to his post in 1993, and he later became Mexico’s top drug prosecutor.
The FBI agent, the first witness called, said he was told by informants that Garcia Abrego was tipped off to the impending 1993 raid. Judge Atlanas struck the statement after defense protests and the revelation that Pimentel couldn’t say how Garcia Abrego was tipped off.
Campaign money, trips part of Chinese lobbying
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Clinton touched off a public quarrel with the FBI by saying he should have been informed when agents told White House national security aides that China might be trying to influence U.S. elections.
This latest twist in the furor surrounding foreign political donations to the Democratic Party occurred Monday as a member of Congress said the FBI told her as early as 1991 that the Chinese government was interested in making campaign contributions to sway U.S. lawmakers.
And it came as Senate Republicans prepared to authorize an investigation into illegal fund-raising during the 1996 presidential and congressional
campaigns. Before authorizing the probe, the Senate was expected to defeat a Democratic proposal to also look at millions of dollars in campaign “soft money’’ donations.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., apparently was among a small circle of lawmakers warned to look out for approaches from the Chinese, including campaign gifts that might be passed through intermediaries. The group also included California’s two Democratic senators, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, and Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y.
Clinton on Monday ordered an investigation into why he wasn’t told when the FBI passed similar warnings to two National Security
Flood crest moves Into Illinois
GRANDVIEW, Ind. (AP) — Leaning against his pickup, Scott Basham stepped into chest-high waders to walk across a flooded street to what was left of his home.
The year-old trailer was destroyed as Basham jtried to move it to higher ground when the Ohio River swept into town last week. He hoped to find a pair of pliers in the wreckage, where ta tad earlier put a sign that read “SS Minnow” in a joking reference to TV’s “Gflligan’s Island.”
By today, the dangerous crest of the river had moved past Evansville, well protected by its 25-mile levee, and into the rural areas of western Kentucky and southern Illinois, where residents prepared for the worst.
Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar declared his state's southern border a disaster area, and sandbagging was under way from Old Shawneetown to Cairo, near the confluence of the Ohio and the Mississippi River. In between, families abandoned their homes in Metropolis as rising water swamped sandbag barriers in advance of a crest not expected until Friday.
Upriver, flood-ravaged towns and hamlets along more than 2*00 miles of the Ohio from Owensboro, K^f to Cincinnati began to take a close, painful look at the damage. Tornadoes and floodwater* have killed 59 people in the region since March I, and two men were missing after their canoe capsized near Owensboro.
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Council aides last June.
The president and senior aides suggested they might have been more careful about accepting contributions from Asian sources had they known about the alleged Chinese scheme.
The White House said the two NSC officials clearly recalled being urged “not to disseminate the information outside the briefing room.”
When the FBI responded later Monday that it had “placed no restriction whatsoever” about information going up the chain of command, White House press secretary Mike McCurry said, the FBI was “in error" — leaving the White House and FBI at an embarrassing impasse.
Kenneth W. Reichert
Kenneth W. Reichert, age 75, bom Nov. 21, 1921, passed away March 9, 1997. He is survived by his wife, Marinda Reichert; son and daughter-in-law Kenneth A. and Rosie Reichert of San Antonio; sons Sonny Reichert of California, Gary Kraft of New Braunfels, Karl Kraft of New Braunfels and Harlan Kraft of new Braunfels; daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Randy Miller of Louisiana; brothers Harold Reichert and Ralph Reichert of Illinois, 34 grandchildren, numerous greatgrandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will begin 4 p.m. Tuesday, March ll, 1997, at Mission Park Funeral Home Chapels South. Services will be Wednesday, March 12, 1997, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Braunfels with all to meet at the church for services to begin at noon. There will be visitation at the church beginning one hour prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of Mission Park South, 1700 S.E. Military Drive, San Antonio.
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Funeral arrangements are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Edwin Pelata of New Braunfels, who passed away in San Antonio Monday, March IO, 1997, at the age of 48 years.2dk
Georgia Fay Staudt
Georgia Fay Staudt of New Braunfels passed away March 9, 1997, in New Braunfels at the age of 73. She was bom Dec. 6, 1923, in Bandera, Texas. Survivors include her husband, Walter B. “Buck” Staudt of New Braunfels; son Walter Staudt Jr. of Leon Springs, Texas; daughter Sue Gabel of San Antonio; brothers Gene Fee of Bandera and Wayne Fee of Bowie, Texas; sisters Beatrice Bennet of Missouri and Lanelle Olsen of Denver, Colo.; three grandchildren and one greatgrandchild.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, 1997, at the Pennington Chapel in San Marcos with the Rev. Gordon Graham officiating. Burial will be at the San Marcos City Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice New Braunfels.
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Oscar B. Schneider Sr.
Oscar B. Schneider Sr., age 81, of New Braunfels, died Saturday, March 8,* 1997, at the Colonial Manor Care Center. He was bom Nov. 21, 1915, in Guadalupe County to Ben Schneider and Mary Knodel Schneider. He married Norma Koepp .Oct. 26, 1935. Mr. Schneider was part owner of Schneider Brothers Auto Electric since 1951. He was a member of the Elk’s Lodge, Mission Valley Bowling Club, Hermann Sons No. 106 Albert Kypfer Lodge and the Solms Bowling Club.
Survivors are wife Norma K. Schneider; son Oscar H. Schneider
Jr. of Kingsbury; daughter and son-in-law Annie Mae and Frank Real of New Braunfels; brother Raymond W. Schneider of New Braunfels; eight grandchildren and 13 greatgrandchildren plus one niece and several nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Loretta Schneider and a great-granddaughter, Joy Schneider.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, March ll, at the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Don Somerville officiating. Interment was in the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. Pallbearers were James Mote Jr., Paul McGinly, Douglas Real, Lonnie Eckert, Michael Schneider and Matthew Schneider. Honorary pallbearers were Eddie Boettner, Brian Real, Dennis Koepp, Raymond Schneider Jr., DeWayne Koepp, Elton Koepp Jr. and Skylar Koepp.2^
Jack W. Barrett
Jack W. Barrett, age 75, of New Braunfels, died Monday, March IO, 1997, in San Antonio. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston.
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