New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 15, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Rove makes fourth grand jury appearance
WASHINGTON (AP) — Karl Rove testified to a grand jury for the fourth and final time Friday, smiling as he emerged from hours of questioning about his possible role in the leak of a covert CIA officer’s identity.
White House spokesman Scott McGellan said that statements in the summer that Rove retained the president’s confidence remained true. I lowever, McClellan declined repeatedly to utter words of confidence outright.
Prosecutors had warned Rove before his latest grand jury appearance that there was no guarantee he would not be indicted. The grand jury’s temi is due to expire Oct. 28.
“Karl continues to do his duties as deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to the presi
dent,” McClellan said. “What I said previously still stands.” Rove spent about 4-1/2 hours inside the federal courthouse, and left without commenting to reporters.
His lawyer, Robert D. Luskin, said Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald “has not advised Mr. Rove that he is a target of the investigation and affirmed that he has made no decision concerning charges. The special counsel has indicated that he does not anticipate the need for Mr. Rove’s further cooperation.” Fitzgerald has a variety of options as he weighs whether anyone broke a law that bars the intentional unmasking of a covert CIA officer. Defense lawyers increasingly are concerned Fitzgerald might pursue other charges such as false statements, obstruction of jus
tice or mishandling of classified information.
Until three months ago, the White House had denied that Rove and Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter” Libby, were involved in leaking the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame in 2003.
The White House denials gave way to “no comments” following revelations in July that Rove and Libby had been sources for Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper in a story that identified Plame, the wife of Bush administration critic and former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson.
New York Times reporter Judith Miller testified twice in recent days about three conversations she had with Libby in June and July 2003 regarding Wilson and Plame.
DeLay associates released on bond in case
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) —Attorneys for two codefendants of Rep. Tom DeLay made it clear Friday they’re not in the same rush to get to trial as the former I louse majority leader and they want to distance themselves in other ways as well.
The defense team for Jim Ellis and John Colvandro is hoping to persuade appeals courts to dismiss die charges. DeLay has said he wants to get to trial as quickly as possible.
Ellis and Colyandro were released Friday on $10,(XX) personal bonds on the two most recent charges against them stemming from allegations of campaign-finance wrongdoing in 2002 Texas legislative races.
“Mr. DeLay can go to trial when he wishes to without us. And we’ll pursue the process that we’ve invoked and hopefully get a ruling from
the appellate court that brings all this to an end,” said attorney J.D. Pauerstein, who represents Ellis.
State District Judge Bob Perkins on Friday agreed to wait for rulings from an appeals court on motions to dismiss charges before setting a trial date.
DeLay, Ellis and Colyandro all are awaiting trial in the case in which prosecutors allege there was a scheme to circumvent Texas’ ban on using corporate money for state legislative campaigns.
Pauerstein and attorney Joe Tlimer, who represents Colyandro, also said they had no part in television ads that a national conservative organization began running this week criticizing the prosecution of DeLay. Tlimer said the ads were inappropriate and should be stopped.
Passport for Reading program condudes with party, prizes
By Jessica Sanders
New Braunfels students raised thousands of dollars just by simply picking up books this summer.
Students from elementary schools in Comal and New Braunfels school districts raised about $4,800 for school libraries by participating in the Passport for Reading program.
Isabel Torres, project manager for Marketplace shopping center and a Passport organizer, said the students were encouraged to record books in a passport over the summer and turn the passports in for prizes. For every passport turned in, the elementary school libraries received $10.
“The elementaries with the first and second highest number of participants received a special quilt from the Quilt Haus,” Torres said. “The quilt says ‘Readers are leaders.’”
Hoffmann Lane Elementary had the most participants with 122 passports, and Memorial Elementary was second with 52.
Becky Wiggins, a library volunteer and co-owner of Marketplace shopping center, said she started Passport three years ago to
Participants in this year's Passport for Reading program look at newspapers.The summer program encourages students to read books over the summer and record them in a passport. Elementary school libraries received $10 for every passport turned in, and students who participated received a party and a goody bag. The top two schools with the most readers also received a special quilt.
encourage elementary schoolchildren to read over summer vacation.
“Even if they don’t have exciting vacations scheduled, they can read about the places they want to go or the things they want to do,” she said.
Parties with goody bags and ice cream were provided for all students who participated. All 477 participants received goody bags packed with items from businesses such as the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung and Cinema 12. Door prizes were provided by
Hastings Bookstore and other stores in Market-Place.
Wiggins said it was disappointing that state regulations prohibited children at Comal ISD from having ice cream during school hours. Those students received gift certificates for ice cream instead. Despite the change of plans, Wiggins thinks the program accomplished its goal.
“I just think their future success depends on an interest in reading,” Wiggins said.
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Law enforcement officers in New Braunfels and Comal County arrested the following Oct. 13-14, 2005:
Antoine Lamar Ervin, 38, Canyon Lake, failure to maintain financial responsibility; expired license plate; sex offense (California).
Robert Erie Esquivel, 25, Austin, violation of promise to appear; possession of plastic foam on river.
Joel Victor Gonzales, 48, San Antonio, failure to appear/driving while license suspended.
Willie Dewayne Hall, 36, New Braunfels, public intoxication.
Brian Keith Hollek, 18,
Canyon Lake, burglary of a motor vehicle.
David John Iverson, 17, Canyon Lake, commitment/ minor in possession of an alcoholic beverage.
Sidney Johnson Jr., 29, Lexington, violation of promise to appear; theft by check between $20 and $500; failure to appear/theft (two charges); theft by check. Hector Leyva Jr., 37, San Antonio, assault causing bodily injury/family violence. Salvador Sanchez Loyola, 27, New Braunfels, violation of promise to appear/driving while license invalid. Magdalene Resendiz Martinez, 19, New Braunfels, public intoxication.
Joseph Alan Miller, 28,
Spring Branch, manufacture or delivery of between 4 and 200 grams of a controlled substance, penalty group 1. Genaro Flores Ortiz Jr., 23, New Braunfels, no driver's license; no insurance; possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.
Veronica Guadalupe Perez, 26, New Braunfels, driving
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