THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2005
STATE LAREDO MORNING TIMES | 5A
Doctor warned DPS about boxing drill 2 face smuggling charges
ASSOCIATED PRESS smuggle undocumented immi-
ASSOCIATED PRESS calls “active counter measures.” grants. Bond was denied at a
“We basically said, listen, something is The drills came under scrutiny DEL RIO — Two women have court hearing Tuesday.
AUSTIN — A doctor who after an East Texas trainee, Jimmy been denied bond on smuggling Wheeler and Suniga alleged-
helped diagnose eight Texas De- wrong. We told them very specifically that Ray Carty Jr., died in May, a week charges after they allegedly left ly told investigators that Suniga
partment of Public Safety recruits after he was struck in the head an immigrant they helped to il- was in cell phone contact with
with boxing-related concussions this is very dangerous.” during a boxing match at the legally enter the United States guides leading 22 people
during a two-month period in academy. die in a field. through the Dimmitt County
2002 said he contacted DPS about DR. CRAIG BERENT Although Berent said he does Cecilia Cigarroa Wheeler, 27, brush on July 4.
his concerns over the boxing drills. not remember the names of the of Eagle Pass, and Diana Marisa Suniga heard that a woman
Dr. Craig Berent said he and told them very specifically that this The boxing drills continued af- DPS training officials who attended Suniga, 25, of Beeville, face fed- was sick and called Wheeler in
his former medical partner, Dr. is very dangerous. These guys are ter that 2002 meeting, and since the meeting, he said they seemed eral charges of conspiring to San Antonio for help.
David Butler, called DPS to express getting concussions, and concus- then at least 18 other recruits have concerned about the injuries.
their concerns and were invited to sions can lead to brain damage.” suffered head injuries, including DPS spokesman Tom Vinger
lunch at DPS headquarters, the Berent said he and Butler ex- one recruit who died. said Tuesday that the commander
Austin American-Statesman re- plained to DPS officials how con- Roughly three years after that supervising the agency’s training
ported Wednesday. cussions, in which the brain is meeting, DPS has launched an in- division in 2002, Albert Ro-
“We basically said, listen, some- shaken against the skull, occur and vestigation into the contact exer- driguez, did not recall a meeting
thing is wrong,” Berent said. “We how they can lead to brain damage. cises like boxing that the agency with the doctors.
Money printing employee guilty of theft
By ANGELA K. BROWN maximum 10-year sentence. Stokes, who has been in custody thorities said. They believe the
ASSOCIATED PRESS Stokes faces up to 10 years in since his arrest, worked for more rest was from gambling winnings
federal prison without parole when than a decade at the plant, one of in Las Vegas.
FORT WORTH — A former he is sentenced in October for in- only two that produces U.S. pa- Stokes told investigators he
employee of a plant that makes terstate transportation of stolen per money. used much of the money for gam-
more than half of America’s paper property. His trial on both charges Authorities say Stokes stole bling and also bought a Lincoln he
currency pleaded guilty Wednes- had been set for next week. more than $600,000 over seven claimed was once owned by rap-
day to taking stolen cash outside Assistant U.S. Attorney Bret years by regularly stuffing his per MC Hammer, Helmer said.
Texas. Helmer said the government agreed pockets with folded sheets of $20 Stokes’ wife, who resigned from
Donald Edward Stokes Jr., 39, to Stokes’ guilty plea to the stolen or $50 bills. The bills were flawed the plant this spring after working
of Keller, also had been charged property charge because it was eas- and had been marked for de- there several years, remains un-
with stealing $30,000 from the ier to prove than the theft charge. struction, but the money still had der suspicion in the theft case but
U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Stokes confessed after his ar- value and was usable. has not been arrested, Helmer said.
Printing Western Currency Facil- rest in Oklahoma City in April, When Stokes was arrested in She alerted investigators in March
ity in Fort Worth. But as part of nearly three weeks after he fled Oklahoma City after a routine after finding stacks of bills in her
the plea deal, federal prosecutors when federal authorities found traffic stop, officers found about husband’s car, although he had
dropped the theft of government stolen money at his home, ac- $80,000 in the car, including been under suspicion at the plant
property charge, which carried a cording to the Secret Service. about $30,000 from the plant, au- since the fall.
Dallas holds tax credits pending investigation
ASSOCIATED PRESS asked in a letter to the execu- Others said the full council timing,” said Michelle Raglon,
tive director of the Texas De- should have voted on such a rec- spokeswoman for the Dallas
DALLAS — Dallas has put a partment of Housing and Com- ommendation. Housing Authority. “There are a
hold on accepting tax credits for munity Affairs that state “The mayor is certainly enti- lot of low-income families we
low-income, multifamily housing officials honor the request for a tled to her opinion, but to me it serve who are going to need hous-
projects pending an FBI investi- “moratorium for an unspecified would make more sense for the ing. If this ends up being a fact,
gation into corruption at City Hall. length” on the projects. A memo council to convene and discuss it,” we’re definitely concerned.”
Last month FBI agents of her recommendation was sent Council Member Steve Salazar Tax-credit projects reduce tax-
searched the home and offices of out Tuesday. said. “I would prefer to look at ... es for developers who build rental
Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill, “I don’t know why anybody tax-credit projects on a case-by- units for low-income residents.
offices of Council Member James would want to consider these proj- case basis.” In the past Miller has criti-
Fantroy and the Southwest Hous- ects at all for the time being,” Developers with planned tax- cized multifamily tax-credit proj-
ing Development Co. The FBI has Miller said. “There are too many credit projects said Tuesday that ects, saying they create blight
yet to reveal the reason for the questions about how these are be- the moratorium could jeopardize and crime problems especially
searches, but such development ing approved.” their funding and threaten, short- in south Dallas. However, she
projects seem to be the focus of Some council members agreed term, the availability of affordable has supported such projects for
the federal inquiry. with Miller’s action, saying she housing in Dallas. senior citizen and rehabilitation
Dallas Mayor Laura Miller was sending the right message. “With tax credits, it’s all about projects.