WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2006 LAREDO MORNING TIMES | 11A
Former Houston U.S. attorney dies
By KRISTEN HAYS Shelby joined Houston’s U.S.
Serna, Rolando Serna, Elsa ASSOCIATED PRESS Attorney’s office in 1989 and spe-
Lizette Serna, Rogelio Serna, Ul- cialized in cases involving public
yses Serna, Angie Serna and HOUSTON — Former Houston corruption, organized crime and
Federico Serna; father Santiago U.S. Attorney Michael Shelby, who environmental law. In 1997, he
Serna; brothers and sisters San- resigned as a prosecutor to go into moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where
tiago (Leticia) Serna Jr., Esmer- private practice about a year ago, he served as an assistant U.S. at-
alda (Carlos) Lopez, San Juana has died. He was 47. torney until he was sworn in as
(Rodrigo) Garcia, Eleazar Shelby died Tuesday of can- U.S. attorney for the Southern Dis-
(Juany) Serna, Nicolasa Serna cer, said Don DeGabrielle, his suc- trict of Texas in December 2001.
and Oscar (Ana Gabriela) Ser- cessor as Houston’s chief federal He was appointed by President
na; sister-in-law Graciela Orte- prosecutor. Bush to be in charge of the sev-
ga; also, nephews, nieces, nu- When asked about Shelby’s enth largest district in the country,
merous other relatives and death, Harris County Sheriff’s Lt. including Houston, Corpus
many friends. John R. Martin said deputies were Christi, Laredo, McAllen,
Visitation will be Wednesday, called to a house in the same block Brownsville and Victoria.
July 19, 2006, from 3 to 6 p.m. in where Shelby lived where a person The same month he was sworn
Federico Serna, 42, passed the Hernandez, Lopez and Sons had shot himself. Martin declined to in, Houston-based Enron crum-
away on Friday, July 14, 2006, in Northside Chapels, 800 Boston release the name of that person or bled into bankruptcy proceedings
Columbia, S.C. St. Visitation will continue at any of the details about the suicide. amid a scandal of hidden debt, in-
Mr. Serna was born in Nuevo Funerarias Vasquez on Obregon Shelby’s body was taken to the Photo by David J. Phillip | AP flated profits and accounting
Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico and in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. Harris County Medical Examin- Michael T. Shelby, U.S.Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, answers a question tricks. Shelby recused himself
had been residing in Columbia, Funeral services and inter- er’s Office for an autopsy, which during a press conference in Houston in this May 14, 2003, file photo. from the Justice Department’s En-
S.C., for some time. ment will be Thursday, July 20, was to be performed today. ron investigation because he had
He was preceded in death by 2006, at Panteon Municipal “I’ve known him for 20 years. Attorney’s office in Houston. He based international law firm. relatives who were company em-
his mother, Maria Ana del Refu- Nuevo in Nuevo Laredo, There’s not a finer or more zealous earned a bachelor’s degree at “He was immediately a star ployees and shareholders.
gio Ortega Garcia, and by his Tamaulipas, Mexico. advocate. He is one of the most ef- Texas A&M University and then a within our firm,” said Steve Dil- Shelby said last year that he re-
brothers Javier Alberto Ortega fective orators I’ve ever heard. He law degree in 1984 from the Uni- lard, head of Fulbright’s litigation signed from his federal job to join
Garcia, Silverio Serna Ortega loved his family completely, and versity of Texas School of Law. department. “He was in demand Fulbright so he could better sup-
and Rogelio Serna Ortega. he had passion in everything he He resigned from his federal from the time he set foot here. He port his family and pay for his two
He is survived by his wife, did,” DeGabrielle said. post in June last year to become a opened up opportunities for build- daughters’ college educations. His
Nora Elsa Serna; children Fed- Shelby, a married father of two, partner and lead the white-collar ing out his practice and was a ma- survivors include those daughters,
erico Serna Jr., Monica Janet was a career prosecutor, first in criminal defense practice at Ful- jor contributor despite the rela- aged 13 and 17, and his wife, Diana.
Harris County and then the U.S. bright & Jaworski, a Houston- tively short time he was here.” Funeral services were pending.
LAYNE C. TALBERT
Layne Clark Talbert, of Co-
tulla, went to be with the Lord
on Monday, July 17, 2006, at his
Cotulla, and Michael Keegan
O’Connor and Briley Shaye O’-
Connor, both of Conroe.
Nuevo Laredo police probe man’s death
home at the age of 66 years. Visitation will be Wednesday, By VICENTE RANGEL about 5 p.m. Monday. found a knife handle with anoth- shot several times.
He was born in Texarkana, July 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the SPECIAL TO THE TIMES Investigators said they are pur- er piece of blade still attached. He, too, was identified by his
Texas, to Oscar Layne and Mil- Peters Funeral Home in Cotulla. suing two possible motives: robbery, Guadalupe Ayala de la Fuente, mother.
dred McMurrey Talbert. Layne Funeral services will be NUEVO LAREDO — A mother because the house was in a sham- the victim’s mother, said she had Fidela Reyes Gallegos of Ciu-
served in the U.S. Army and was Thursday, July 20, at 10 a.m. at made a macabre discovery Mon- bles when the body was discovered; gone to visit her son at his house. dad Mante told officers her son
an elected Constable in Live Oak the First Baptist Church in Big day afternoon, finding her son or a crime of passion, because of the When she arrived, she immediate- had lived in Nuevo Laredo for sev-
County. He was involved in ranch- Wells, Texas, with Brother Don- stabbed to death on the floor next weapon used in the homicide. ly saw the door was open. Inside, eral years.
ing in South Texas most of his life. nie McCarter officiating. to his bed, his ankles tied togeth- Razcón Ayala, who worked at a she found the door to his bedroom Investigators also released the
On Dec. 19, 1964, he married Interment will follow at 4 er with the cord of an alarm clock. neighborhood grocery store, was was also open, and that’s where she identity of a man who was found
Brenda Stewart in the First Unit- p.m. at the Oakville Cemetery Police said Tuesday they were dressed in black shorts and a white found him, lying in a pool of blood. beaten to death Sunday near the
ed Methodist Church in Three in Oakville, Texas. investigating that death and also muscle T-shirt. He was barefoot. An autopsy was ordered, as re- Haciendas de la Concordia neigh-
Rivers, Texas, and they shared Pallbearers will be Lee Pe- released the names of two men The victim had a deep stab quired by law. borhood.
over 41 years of marriage. ters, Homer Marines, James who were found dead over the wound to the chest as well as sev- Also Tuesday, officers identi- Esteban Muñoz Santos, 60,
His grandparents, Texas Nicholas Talbert, Randy Saffell, weekend. eral other more superficial cuts. fied the man who was found dead known as “El Pilas,” worked as a
Ranger Capt. and Mrs. Bill Mc- Terry Stewart and Doug Stewart. Alvaro Adrián Razcón Ayala, At the scene, investigators Saturday in the upscale Madero security guard.
Murrey and Mr. and Mrs. Sime- Honorary pallbearers will be 21, was found dead at his home in found a piece of a knife blade. On neighborhood as Francisco Javier He was identified by his wife,
on Talbert preceded Mr. Talbert Larry Henrichson, Michael Kee- the 5300 block of San Gustavo at the other side of the bed, they Canchola Reyes, 32. He had been Margarita Frayre García.
in death. gan O’Connor, Michael Shayne
Survivors include his wife, O’Connor, Bill Peters, Jeff Yunk
Brenda Talbert of Cotulla; son and Nathan Stewart.
James Murrey Talbert and wife
Sharon of Cotulla; daughter
Arrangements under the di-
rection of the Peters Funeral
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Melissa Delayne Talbert O’Con- Home, Cotulla. Memorials may participant, 20-year-old Miss Lare- Tuesday. International University. Ana Ro- Police said both Rodriguez and
nor and husband Shayne of Con- be made to Nurses in Touch at do Ana Rodriguez. In the police report, Rodriguez driguez, Miss Laredo, graduated Garza are claiming to be the vic-
roe; sister Patricia Talbert Price 1815 10th St., Floresville, TX Rodriguez, of the 800 block of claims she acted in self-defense from United High School in 2004 tim in the assault; both are press-
of Arkansas; half-sisters Karen 78114 or the Big Wells Baptist Eaton Lane, promptly filed a when she hit Garza in the distur- and is studying communications ing charges.
Moorad of Illinois and Linda Church, Big Wells, TX 78830. counter-report, claiming she was bance that police said involved at at Laredo Community College. According to police reports, all
Kamphaus of Plano; grandchil- Peters Funeral Home, Box the one who was assaulted. least three women: Rodriguez, Rodriguez made it to the semi- three women had bruises and
dren James Nicholas Talbert and 622, Cotulla, TX 78014. (830) Miss Laredo was not present Garza and Mancera. finals in the Miss Texas USA pag- scrapes, but no one was seriously
Caitlin Brooke Talbert, both of 879-2615. during the dispute, police said. Rodriguez blamed Garza for eant. She also was named Miss injured.
But Rodriguez said Miss Lare- provoking the fight, claiming that Congeniality. Neither Rodriguez nor Garza
do was there in spirit, citing an on- Garza “aggressively” approached In the initial police report, offi- could be reached for comment
VICENTA CABRERA going dispute between Miss Lare- her and asked about her sister. cers at the scene said witnesses Tuesday.
do and Miss South West Texas as Garza graduated from Alexan- called the fight a “mutual” one; it is (Celina Alvarado may be
Cabrera, Lydia (Rodolfo) de La the reason for the altercation. De- der High School in 2004 and is up to investigators to decide whether reached at (956) 728-2566 or by e-
Torre and a grandson whom she tails of the dispute were unclear studying education at Texas A&M any arrests should be made. mail at email@example.com)
raised, Juan Antonio (Connie)
Cabrera; 31 grandchildren; 29
Secundino Costilla and Pedro
Costilla; sisters Maria Escobe-
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do and Josefina Flores; and the city delegation. Along with the $51,000 garnered pour into Laredo because of our port.
nephews, nieces, numerous oth- From March through April, this year, city officials had about investment in this trip, but more Most of the delegation stayed
er relatives and many friends. the city received $51,000 from $26,000 in the opening balance importantly, by knocking on doors at the Washington Court Hotel,
Visitation will be Wednesday, sponsors. The highest amounts from last year. and talking about these local is- spending close to $1,200 for four
July 19, 2006, from 4 to 9 p.m. came from Duty Free Americas, Not only does the city lobby for sues with national importance, days. The plane tickets to Wash-
and a Vigil of the Deceased will which gave $10,000; Blackstone federal funds, City Manager Lar- our federal lawmakers are truly ington, D.C., cost about $611 each.
be held at 7 p.m. in the Hernan- Dilworth, which gave $5,000; ry Dovalina said, but officials on understanding of the role that During the trip, Police Chief
dez, Lopez and Sons Northside and the Association of Laredo the trip are also able to discuss na- Laredo, Texas, fills for the rest of Dovalina charged a $218.86 bill
Chapels, 800 Boston St. Forwarding Agents, which gave tional issues, such as homeland the nation.” from the Federal City Bar to his
Vicenta Cabrera, 81, passed Funeral services will begin $5,000. security and immigration, with More than 20 city staff mem- room. City records show that he
away on Monday, July 17, 2006, at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 20, Invitations and electronic re- federal agencies. bers and elected officials went on wrote a check for the bill and paid
in Beeville, Texas. 2006, departing from the funer- minders were also paid for with “By continuously advocating the trip, using money budgeted back part of a cash advance on
Mrs. Cabrera was born in al home chapel. Holy Mass will sponsor money. The city paid these topics with congressional within their departments. April 25.
Encinal, Texas, and had been re- be celebrated at 8:30 at San Luis Adan Reyna $950 to design elec- leaders and federal officials,” Accompanying former Mayor Garcia, the city spokeswoman,
siding in Beeville. Rey Catholic Church. tronic invitations and reminders Dovalina said, “the City of Laredo Betty Flores were Dovalina; explained that in Washington,
She was preceded in death by Interment will then follow at as well as hard copy versions. has been able to host several hear- Councilmen Hector “Tito” Garcia, D.C., a glass of wine costs about
her husband, Luis Cabrera, and the Laredo City Cemetery. Including plane tickets and ings and meetings to help law- Johnny Rendon and Gene Bel- $8, and that a group of 10 would
by her brother Andres Costilla. lodging for Mariachi Aztlan — the makers understand these issues mares; Police Chief Agustin rack up an $80 bill on a single
She is survived by her sons 12-member group chosen to trav- at a national level and to recog- Dovalina III; Fire Chief Luis Sosa; glass of wine each.
and daughters Ricardo Costilla, el with the city delegation this nize the impact of their decision to and the directors of Health, Com- (Julie Daffern may be reached
Sofia (Jesus) Martinez, Pedro year — more than $71,000 was Laredo’s community. munity Development, Parks and at (956) 728-2538 or by e-mail at
(Juana) Cabrera, Andres (Estel- spent of the sponsors’ money. “Federal dollars continue to Recreation, Planning, and the air- firstname.lastname@example.org)
la) Cabrera, Luis Cabrera, Sylvia
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departing from the Hernandez, in the future,” said Rep. John allow some illegal immigrants to time we hear them deny that giv- The odds of Congress passing
Lopez and Sons Northside Hostettler, R-Ind., chairman of the qualify for legal status in the U.S. ing illegal aliens a path to citizen- an immigration law before the No-
Chapels, 800 Boston St. Holy House panel that convened the James Edwards, a fellow at the ship is not amnesty,” said Schlafly, vember elections narrow with every
Mass was celebrated at 8:30 a.m. hearings. “The grant of amnesty in Hudson Institute, a conservative president of the Eagle Forum, a day that passes, Berman said.
at San Luis Rey Catholic 1986 did nothing to resolve the ille- think tank, told the subcommittee conservative volunteer group. The Senate-passed legislation
Church. gal immigration problem. It made that the 1986 amnesty wasn’t a House Democrats complained creates a three-pronged system for
Committal service and inter- the problem worse as millions of il- one-time event but was followed that the lengthy series of hear- dealing with illegal immigrants:
ment followed at the Calvary legal aliens poured across the bor- by other programs to give undoc- ings, set to run through Septem- Those who have been in the
Catholic Cemetery. der, waiting for their turn.” umented workers legal status in- ber, were killing chances that country less than two years would
Pallbearers were Sergio side the United States. Congress would pass immigra- have to leave the United States.
Moreno, Gilbert Almaraz, Vic- Latest hearing “Amnesty begat amnesty,” Ed- tion legislation this year. Those who have been in the
tor Avalos, Luis Alfonso Garcia, wards said. U.S. between two and five years
Jesus Eduardo Alcala, Manuel The hearing was the latest in a Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D- Differences remain would have to register with the
Sanchez, David Hinojosa and series designed by House Repub- Texas, a member of the panel, de- Homeland Security Department
Arturo Morales. lican leaders in an effort to poke fended the Senate measure by To put a new immigration law and, within three years, leave the
holes in the broad immigration saying it didn’t overlook law- on the books, lawmakers on Capitol country to apply for a temporary
bill the Senate passed in May and breaking by illegal immigrants Hill first must resolve the differ- work visa. They would eventually
Rolando Alcala, 71, passed build support for the House- because it would require them to ences between the vastly different be able to qualify for green cards
away on Saturday, July 15, 2006. passed version that focuses on pay fees and taxes and clear back- House and Senate approaches. after clearing background checks
Funeral services were at 8:05 beefing up security at the nation’s ground checks before applying for House Majority Leader John and paying back taxes.
a.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2006, borders. The House bill would do citizenship. Boehner, R-Ohio, has signaled that Those who have been in the
nothing to address the undocu- the conference committee that U.S. more than five years would
mented workers already living in- Earned citizenship would be tasked with writing the be able to stay and work. They
VACANCIES | Continued from Page 1A side the United States, expect to
make their “unlawful” presence Supporters of the Senate bill
compromise bill will not be formed
until September at the earliest.
also would be able to get green
cards after clearing background
in the country a felony. have said the measure would give “These hearings are about one checks, paying back taxes and
Castillo said the food bank applicants should bring a copy By contrast, the Senate bill, de- illegal immigrants a chance to thing — running out the clock,” paying a $2,000 fine.
is working to find funds to of a birth certificate as well as a signed by Sens. John McCain, R- earn their legal status. said Rep. Howard Berman, D- President Bush has tried to build
continue the food program for utilities receipt or other means Ariz., Edward M. Kennedy, D- But on Tuesday, conservative Calif. “We’re going to talk about support for the Senate’s approach,
students, which not only pro- to prove residency in either Mass., includes border security activist Phyllis Schlafly said plans this for five or six weeks, not con- while at the same time repeatedly
vides a hot meal but meets nu- Webb County or Zapata County provisions — such as putting new called “‘legalization’ or ‘earned vene a conference committee, not stating his opposition to any plan
tritional standards to help im- and proof of income. surveillance planes and patrols citizenship’ are euphemisms for do anything in the context of that would amount of “amnesty.”
prove the quality of life for (Miguel Timoshenkov may be on the borders — but also would ‘amnesty.’” working out differences, and then (Jennifer A. Dlouhy may be
kids. reached at (956) 728-2558 or by create a temporary guest-worker “The president and other pub- the Congress will go home, with- reached at (202) 263-6400 or at the e-
To qualify for the food bags, e-mail at email@example.com) visa for foreign nationals and also lic officials lose credibility every out passing immigration reform.” mail address firstname.lastname@example.org)