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Archive for August 10th, 2009

Three from El Paso, including a Fort Bliss soldier, arrested in ‘Pony Trail’ cartel hit

Press releases from the EPPD. The first is from last night, the second from this morning. For background, check this AP story and these NPT stories (NPT was first to report on police confirmation of drug biz ties to the killing):


Date/Time: 05-15-2009 @ 10:24 p.m.
Location: 1300 block of Pony Trail
Deceased: 37-year old Jose Daniel Gonzalez-Galeana of the 1300 block of Pony Trail

EL PASO, TEXAS –Three men are in custody in relation to the murder on Pony Trail. Detectives with the Crimes Against Persons Unit (CAP) have, as part of the on-going investigation into Gonzalez-Galeana’s murder, spent most of today interviewing persons they believed had vital information. As a result of these interviews and other information gathered thus far in the investigation Detectives have taken three men into custody who will be charged in connection with Gonzalez-Galeana’s murder. This is developing information and no other details are being released at this time. Expect more information tomorrow. The investigation continues.

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August 10, 2009 at 10:03 pm

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Commissioners’ Court highlights

From the El Paso County PIO Aracely Lazcano, items on the tax rate, a giant park, and domestic partner benefits:

Court Accepts El Paso County and University Medical Center Tax Rate Proposal for FY 2009-2010

(El Paso, Texas) – In today’s meeting, the members of Commissioner’s Court accepted the effective and rollback tax calculations from the County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office for both the County and the University Medical Center of El Paso (Hospital District). The effective tax rate is a rate that raises about the same total revenue as last year on properties taxed in both years. The rollback rate is a calculated maximum rate allowed by law without voter approval.

The County of El Paso’s calculations are as follows:

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August 10, 2009 at 8:42 pm

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No bribes, er, contributions inside the county courthouse any more

News release from the office of County Attorney Jose Rodriguez:


New law will take effect on September 1, 2009

El Paso County Attorney José R. Rodríguez has informed County elected officials and County employees about a new state law that makes it a Class A misdemeanor criminal offense to make or accept political contributions while in the courthouse. The prohibition includes political contributions to candidates or officeholders, political committees, or persons acting on behalf of candidates, officeholders or political committees.

In Texas punishment for a Class A misdemeanors ranges from payment of fines of up to $4,000, to confinement of up to 1 year in jail, or both payment of a fine and confinement.

The prohibition, which will take effect on September 1, 2009, also applies to all county annexes, offices of the Justice of the Peace, the Juvenile Probation Department, the MDR Building, and all Municipal Courtrooms.

The new law explicitly excludes from the prohibition political contributions received via the United States Postal Service or common or contract carrier.

County Attorney José R. Rodríguez said today that, although all County officials and employees have been informed about this new legislation, it is also very important for residents of El Paso in general to take notice of this prohibition.

“In the past, it has been a common practice for individuals interested in the political process to bring campaign contributions to Judges or County Officials in person or drop them at their offices in the Courthouse. Such activity is now illegal and can bring legal consequences to those who are not in compliance”, Rodríguez said.

Rodríguez explained that awareness about the new prohibition is especially urgent because a great number of District Judges and County Officials will be running for re-election next year, and during the next couple of months many residents are expected to make political contributions in those races.

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August 10, 2009 at 11:28 am

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