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WEBB COUNTY | INVESTIGATION CITY | CRIME
Is it murder?
By JULIAN AGUILAR “The Dis-
LAREDO MORNING TIMES
Although Texas law states au-
office of Webb
Number of homicides falls to 5-year low
topsy reports are a matter of pub- Counties re- By ZACHARY FRANZ over from Mexico, said Officer homicides per 100,000 people, F e b 2 6 : Miguel David
lic record, the report for Dr. quest that the LAREDO MORNING TIMES Jose E. Baeza, a spokesman for and the state figure of 5.7. State Lopez, 26, and Eduardo Mar-
Marissa Keene, found dead in the autopsy report the Laredo Police Department. and national figures for 2007 are tinez, 24, were killed at Mickey’s
swimming pool of her home more of Dr. Marissa The number of homicides in “I know that the detectives not yet available. Players Club, at 820 Convent
than six months ago, has not yet KEENE Keene be with- Laredo in 2007 was the lowest in have been working very hard The victims in the past year Ave., on Feb. 26.
been made public. held from pub- five years, after a spike in 2006. with street-level intelligence and had much in common. All of A witness told police that a
According to court documents lic inspection in order to prevent There were 10 homicides in with other agencies to actively them were men, all were His- man walked up to Lopez and
supplied by Laredo Police detec- hindrance of the investigation the last year; the fewest since sev- investigate, and maybe even pre- panic and they were young. The shot him in the right cheek. Mar-
tives late last week, the District and prosecution of her murder,” en killings were reported in 2002 vent certain things,” Baeza said. average age of victims was just tinez then approached the gun-
Attorney’s office submitted and the document states. “Release of and well below last year’s total of Based on Laredo’s estimated over 24, and only one lived past man, and during a struggle the
was granted two motions to pre- the information prepared by the 24. population of 215,000, Laredo his 20s. gunman shot Martinez in the
vent the autopsy from becoming Medical Examiner would inter- The decrease is the result of had 4.65 homicides per 100,000 Eight of the victims were shot chest, police said.
public. fere with the detection, investiga- good police work and the decline people in 2007. That’s below the to death; the other two were
The requests, dated July 10 tion, or prosecution of a crime.” of drug-related violence spilling 2006 national rate, which is 5.7 killed with blunt objects. See HOMICIDES | PAGE 13A
and Aug. 3, are signed by Webb The document, dated August 3,
County Justice of the Peace Oscar differs from the original motion
Liendo and were submitted by only in that it contains additional
District Attorney Joe Rubio and language stating that once the
Assistant District Attorney Jorge
L. Treviño, respectively. See KEENE | PAGE 13A
DWI LAW | LEGISLATURE
drunks to pay
By ZACHARY FRANZ children had no father.
LAREDO MORNING TIMES That’s what made his parents
Nobody should have to expe- What made them mad was
rience what Americo and Rosie that the driver who caused the
Moncada did and, if they have accident, which ultimately in-
their way, nobody will. volved eight vehicles, had drugs
The Laredo couple’s 32-year- and alcohol in her system.
old son, David, was driving to She also had multiple previous
work in Dallas last March at about arrests for driving under the in-
8 on Monday morning. fluence of drugs or alcohol.
He was waiting at a red light, Now, the couple is working
when a driver smashed into the with legislators to crack down on
back of his truck. repeat DWI offenders.
David’s truck was pushed into “It’s an epidemic,” Rosie Mon-
oncoming traffic, where it collid- cada said. “I chose to do some-
ed with another car. thing about it. I’m not saying I
Moments later, David’s wife
was a widow and his two young See DWI | PAGE 13A
Photos by Ricardo Segovia | Laredo Morning Times
Angelica Don Juan, Grecia K. Martinez and Jobana Amaya pose for a picture as they hold their toys at Casa Hogar in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas,
Mexico, on Saturday morning.
Stinson gives generously to Nuevo Laredo childrens’ home
FLOOD CONTROL | CITY By ZACHARY FRANZ The shadow of
LAREDO MORNING TIMES Vania Arteaga
Detention pond S
aturday morning, a young girl
opened the door at the gate to
Casa Hogar Monsignor Enrique
on the tile floor
of the Chapel
eases rain woes
Tomás Lozano, in Nuevo Laredo, in an- de la Merced,
swer to the doorbell. which is part
For a second, she looks suspicious- of Casa
ly at the visitors. Hogar.
Then her eyes fall on a tall man in
By ASHLEY RICHARDS prevention for his 50’s, and she smiles in recognition.
LAREDO MORNING TIMES nearby homes “Ah, Jim,” she said, pronouncing the
and streets, J like a Y.
Work has already begun but such as Gale, A moment later, Jim Stinson walks
the city plans to ceremoniously Jacaman and into the compound, where he is greet- of causes. The family leases land in Oilton for
break ground Jan. 11 on the McPherson, ed by many of the other children and “One year we bought a grand cham- hunting, so they already came to Lare-
largest regional detention pond that often flood the nuns who govern them. pion pig, and the kid didn’t even thank do often. Jim Stinson checked around
in Laredo. during a heavy Stinson and his family have been us,” he said. the area, and came across Casa Hogar
The 42-acre regional facility, RENDON rain. contributors and regular visitors to Stinson said it without resentment, Monsignor Enrique Tomás Lozano.
located west of the airport, east of “This is Casa Hogar for more than 15 years. but it was a sign that other kids could The dormitories were crowded with
McPherson Avenue and between something that really is going to Before they embraced the girls’ use the money more. bunk beds and there were only two
Jacaman Road and Gale Street, help us in trying to bring in better home, the Stinsons tried to support Stinson’s mother, Jeannette Stinson, bathrooms.
has a channel running through it quality of life,” Rendon said. “Be- children around their Houston home grew up in a children’s home in central So, the girls had to start waking up
that originates near Alexander cause they’ve (residents) always by, for example, buying the livestock Texas that was similar to Casa Hogar. at 3:30 a.m. in order for everyone to
High School and is expected to had that fear of getting flooded.” they sold at county fairs. She had fond memories of the have time to shower and prepare for
direct water during heavy rains Riazul Mia, Environmental Eventually, though, they realized home, and thought they should give
into the pond. Services Department director, their efforts weren’t going to the best their support to a similar facility. See CASA HOGAR | PAGE 12A
District V Councilman Johnny said the detention facility is de-
Rendon, in whose district the re- signed to hold water that flows
gional detention facility is located,
said the end effect will be flood- See CREEK | PAGE 12A
INSIDE OBITUARIES | PAGE A SPORTS | SECTION B WEATHER | PAGE 5B ART OF LIVING | SECTION C FOCUS | SECTION D OPINION | PAGE 2-3D THEATERS | PAGE 4D 126th Year,
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