New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 28, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 2A — Herald-Zeitung — Friday, October 28, 2005Brownsville man jailed for drunken driving death
By Ron Maloney
A 21-year-old Brownsville man pleaded guilty Thursday in District Court to intoxicated manslaughter in connection with a December 2003 automobile crash on Interstate 35.
Comal County Assistant District Attorney Joseph Soane III said Anthony Ruiz pleaded guilty in exchange for a 15-year sentencing cap. Had Ruiz been convicted at trial, he faced a possible sentence of up to 20 years in state prison. The plea agreement came days before a trial was set to begin Monday.
Ruiz, who is free on
$125,000 bail, will be sentenced Dec. 19 — two years and two weeks after he caused the accident that took the life of Anna Hernandez, an 18-year-old University of Texas student who was driving home to San Antonio.
New Braunfels police Sgt. Sean Gabbard said officers called to southbound 1-35 just south of Kohlenberg Road a little after 3 a.m. on Dec. 6, 2003, found two demolished vehicles more than IOO feet apart surrounded by a large debris field.
“With the speeds involved, it was massive in nature,” Gabbard said.
Ruiz’s 2000 Eclipse, originally southbound on the interstate, had somehow gotten turned around, Gabbard said, and was thought to have traveled several miles northbound before striking the Hernandez vehicle.
Hernandez died at the scene. The passenger in her car, Jesse Morales, 23, also of San Antonio, suffered major injuries and required months of surgery and rehabilitation.
“This was one of the most tragic things we’d ever seen or taken part in,” Gabbard said. “In the true sense of the word, this was a tragedy because it could have been avoided.”
White House waits another day in CIA leak probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — Working against the clock, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald weighed criminal charges against two top presidential aides at the end of a two-year investigation that put the White House in a state of high suspense Thursday night.
Fitzgerald raced against a Friday expiration of the grand jury that has been investigating the exposure of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame’s identity. Speculation flew across Washington about whom would be indicted, or whether Fitzgerald would even bring crimi
At the top of the list: presidential adviser Karl Rove and vice presidential chief of staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. Both men put in their normal long day at the White House.
The prospect of indictments added to the woes of an administration already facing serious political problems.
On a day when the White House dealt with the withdrawal of Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, Rove attended the daily meeting of the senior staff and met with the president late in the evening. Libby was said to
have passed up the staff meeting to attend a security briefing.
T\vo blocks from the White House, Fitzgerald, who has been running the criminal investigation for nearly two years, was at work in his Washington office, considering his next moves in the investigation.
Both Rove and Libby have been advised that they could be charged with wrongdoing, possibly for false statements to the grand jury that has been hearing testimony about discussions with reporters about Plame’s identity.
The Alia Prima Art Studio and Gallery will be home to many different kinds of art.
North Seguin Street was lit up Oct. 8 for the grand opening of Alia Prima Art Studio and Gallery in the newly reconstructed rock building that once housed Domino’s Pizza.
Alia Prima is Italian for the technique of spontaneous work “at first or at once” — a name chosen for this studio where the artist comes to capture the creative moment in an individual work and a gallery where individual
works are shared and appreciated.
Owner TV acy Bligh said the studio is a place where both beginning and advanced artists have room to create. She said encouraging her students to imagine, design and create works of art is the most rewarding part of her journey as artist and instructor.
The public is invited to come by the studio, located at 494 N. Seguin St., from IO a.rn. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.
Monday through Saturday to view steel sculptures by Austin artist Kat DeWees and works by New Braunfels artists Scott Jarisch (glass and clay sculpture), Jean Longone (photography), Jeff Eiler (acrylic paintings) and Sharon Pearson (oil paintings). Jewelry displays were created by Don Hudson (gem stones), Tonya Morningstar (infused glass) and Julie Swift (hand-blown glass). Call 626-8282 for information.
Matters of Public RecordBaazBS :
Law enforcement officers in New Braunfels and Comal County arrested the following Oct. 26-27, 2005:
Vincent Arron Berthot, 46, Seguin, violation of promise to appear/assault causing bodily injury to a family member. Christopher Glenn Brewer, 20, San Antonio, theft between $500 and $1,500; no seat belt;
no insurance. _
Jake Bryan Buchanan, 19, Bedford, violation of promise to appear/motion to proceed with adjudication/failure to identify by giving false or fictitious information.
Wayne Richard Burkamer, 20, Marion, motion to revoke probation/possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana._
Glenn Monroe Burns, 34, New Braunfels, motion to adjudicate/possession of less than 2
ounces of marijuana;_
Lucas Craig Frazier, 19, Spring,
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failure to appear/driving while
license invalid. _
Richard John Guerra, 41, Seguin, violation of promise to appear/possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.
James Frank Humphries Jr.,
70, San Antonio, indecency with a child by contact.
Anthony Dwayne Jones, 22, Seguin, motion to adjudicate/forgery of U.S. currency; parole violation.
Paul Garcia Mora, 39, San Antonio, driving while license invalid.
Pedro Olivares, 28, San Marcos, no driver^ license; no insurance; expired registration; wrong registration.
Timothy Dale Overturf, 40,
New Braunfels, criminal nonsupport; driving while intoxicated; motion to revoke probation/driving while intoxicated.
Ismael Mata Padron, 32, San Antonio, no driver's license; failure to maintain financial
Glen Edward Patteson, 26,
New Braunfels, speeding — 84 mph in a 60 mph zone; failure to appear.
Max Edwin Reinhard III, 24, Spring Branch, driving while license invalid.
Raul D. Reyes Jr., 27, San Antonio, no driver's license; failure to maintain financial responsibility.
Jennifer Rene Rodriguez, 25, New Braunfels, theft by check between $20 and $500. Candace Elizabeth Stephens, 25, New Braunfels, driving while intoxicated.
Jose Luis Leon Trujillo, 41, New Braunfels, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.
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