Del Rio News Herald from Del Rio, Texas on February 21, 1997 · Page 1
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1276667 123199 SOUTHWEST MICROPULISHING 2627 F. YANDFLI... DR. TX DEL RIO, TEXAS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1997 50 CENTS Kachel Komes Klean Bar Association sponsors contest Students In Val Verde County, grades 9-12, are invited to take part in the 'Celebrate Your Freedom' for Law Day, May 1. Sponsored by Val Verde County Bar Association in conjunction with the State Bar of Texas, entrants will have a chance to win a $400 Savings Bond for first place and a $100 Savings Bond for second place. Students are asked to complete the sentence .. To me, the phrase "Celebrate Your Freedom" means ...'. Donna Stitts, president of the WCBA, notes, The Val Verde County Bar Association hopes to make young people realize that thanks to the freedom in our Constitution and the laws and courts that protect them, we Americans have the opportunity to develop our capabilities to the fullest." For more information, please contact Molly Frazer at 7032100, ext. 250. Help and support asked for Brittny The Del Rio News-Herald continues in its efforts to help 3-year-old Brittny Jovanna Quiroz and her family with their future expenses. Britlny, who has been diagnosed with brain cancer, has been sent home to be with her family. The News-Herald has started a subscription drive, including door-to-door and phone solicitations, for little Brittriy. A portion of each subscription will be donated to the Quiroz family. The family is also hosting a benefit BBQ plate sale at UCO Park Saturday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The plates will sell for $4 and can be eaten on-site or picked up. Tickets have been donated and are available at the family residence, 108 La Grande or by calling 774-0523. If the subscription crew does not visit your residence, and you would like to help out, please call the Del Rio News- Herald and we will gladly help you. For more information on little Brittny, please call her mother at the above number. Numerous other benefits are planned to help out the family. Any and all donations will be gratefully appreciated. 'Miss Saigon' deposit deadline is March 1 The Del Rio Council for the Arts is sponsoring a Firehouse fling to the Majestic Theatre on Saturday, June 7, to see "Miss Saigon". A deposit is required by March 1 to reserve a seat on the bus. The deposit reserves a ticket to the 2 p.m. matinee peformance, and the total cost of the Fling wil] cover ticket, bus transportation, and dinner at one of San Antonio's finest restaurants. Additional group tickets will not be available after March 1. Call 775-0888 for reservations and information. GASH 5 11-15-16-22-33 PICK 3 1-6-8 INDEX (Vol. 67 No. 303) Amusements 9 Blotter 2 Classifieds 10,11 Deaths 2 Opinion 4 Spanish 6 Sports 7 Randall Remaley Staff Writer In an exclusive interview with the Del Rio News-Herald, County Commissioner-elect Murry Kachel admitted to being a member of the Ku Klux Klan while stationed in Germany with the United States Air Force. The allegations surfaced after Kachel won a highly contested race for the Precinct 1, Val Verde County Commissioners seat and after a lawsuit was filed in Federal Court contesting the results of the election. After the lawsuit was filed, Kachel, along with everyone else involved in the case, was thrust into the national spotlight and received constant media attention. Each participant had their backgrounds thoroughly checked, which caused skeletons to begin to surface and take their rightful place in the news. At this time allegations, or skeletons if you will, are being brought to the attention of the News-Herald almost on a daily basis about each of the four involved. Knchel's skeleton came from a 1981 article in the German magazine Die Stern. The article, complete with photos of Kachel in KKK regalia, described Kachel as a leader of the Klan in Germany. Kachel began his admission by saying that he wanted to set the record straight. Kachel said "There has been recent interest in articles that appeared in 1981 about me and the Ku Klux Klan. These articles and my affiliation with this group are true. However, these articles and pictures are over 15-years- old and I believe it is now time to set the record straight." Kachel went on to say, "I want to tell you about these terrible truths and, more importantly, what followed. I admit and regret that I fell in with a crowd whose mystery, secrecy and security, seemed real 'cool' at the time. There were pictures stp.ged and taken, along with sensational quotes (not all from me) which were published in the Die Stern and the Stars and Stripes." Kachel went on to say, "I fell in with a bad crowd. During the two years I was a member of that group, I knew deep in my heart that I didn't possess the same ideas or ideals they did. I was raised in a family atmosphere by loving parents. Associating with this crowd and announcing their rhetoric was completely contrary to the way I was raised. "When I first heard about the articles, 1 realized how 1 sounded and looked in them, a big alarm went off. I took a look at myself and I didn't like what I saw. 1 became totally ashamed of myself. I then renounced my membership in the Ku Klux Klan and broke away from their brainwashing then and there. "I don't know if there was an official Air Force investigation, but no charges were ever filed against me and no one pursued the matter. 1 received two more promotions and was honorably discharged 15 years later. "1 was determined to return to the way I was raised, to be polite, considerate and to work hard and interact with all my neighbors to disprove the two years I associated with this racist group. I then started denying this stupid period of my life. I denied my involvement in the racist organization and the credibility of these articles because 1 was so ashamed and embarrassed that I could have ever been associated with such a group. I have recently confessed my wrongs to God, my priest, my family and my attorney. I have asked for their forgiveness and understanding. Now I am asking for the forgiveness and understanding of the rest of the community. "If you are one of my friends who never believed any of those articles could be true, 1 am truly sorry I let you down. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your loyalty because you were Cycling firefighters visit Del Rio * Seek donations^for burn centei— The Del Rio Fire Department had a couple of interesting visitors this week when two cycling firefighters paid a visit to the Northside Fire Station Tuesday evening. Dennis Boic and Dennis Cobb, firefighters for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, are on a cycling trek from Monterrey, Calif., to Jacksonville, Fla., as a fund-raiser for a camp in Redding, Calif., for burn victim kids. Jack Collier, Del Rio Fire Chief, stated, "They stayed just long enough to take a shower, go out to dinner, rest for the night, then left right after breakfast. Capt. Joe Harrington stated that they were well received and treated well. The guys really took an interest in what they are doing." The duo stated that this was a trip that they wanted to make on their own but in planning the tour they discovered that their cycling could benefit the cause of the Northern California Burn Fund. Cobb stated, "We asked if there was any way our ride could help out their (NCBFJ cause. This is sort of a graduation celebration as well." Boic and Cobb will be recieving their bachelors degrees soon and they wanted to do something unique to commemorate their graduation. Boic added, "This trip has taken about a year in planning. We didn't even know if we'd actually have the time off to do it because of school. We just knew that we wanted to ride across America on our bikes. We got together with the burn foundation a few weeks before we left. Our ranger unit (in Redding) is directly involved with the kids who go to the camp. Local businesses in Redding and our fire department hold fund-raisers every year to help support the camp. The foundation is asking sponsors to pay a penny a mile for the 3,000 miles that we will ride." Cynthia Vela Staff Writer Cobb stated, "We sort of have a time limit to complete this trip because our work is seasonal. Our work starts during the summer as early as May, depending on the weather and terrain conditions. We're forestry firefighters and we are pretty busy during those months." Boic stated that they began their journey Jan. 12, and plan to arrive in Florida in March. They keep in contact with the burn foundation which schedules news media interviews and lodgings at fire stations along the way. But I'd say 90% of the time we've stayed in our tents." In order to ride across thou- See FIRE, P. 5 News-Herald photo by Cynthia Vela Dennis Boic and Dennis Cobb are 21-year-old forestry firefighters from Redding, Calif., who are cycling from California to Florida to raise money for a "Camp for burn kids" in Redding. Cobb (far left) is pictured on his bike as he prepares to continue the trek. Del Rio Fire Department personnel posed for a photo with the cycling duo and made sure their bikes sported a bicycle registration license bearing the name of our fair city. Others in the photo are Ocie McCutchen (from left), Boic, Danny Harrington, and Tito Zertuche. News-Herald photo by Randall Remaley Commissioner-elect Murry Kachel is seen entering the Federal courthouse last month in this News-Herald file photo. In a shocking revelation, Kachel Thursday admitted to his involvement in the Ku Klux Klan while stationed in Germany as a member of the U.S. Air Force. judging me on the Murry Kachel you have grown to know. I can only hope that you have not changed your mind about me because of something that hap- pened years ago. I pledge to you that I will continue to be conscientious, civic-minded Murry See KACHEL, P. 5 Terminated' BP agent arrested for suspicion of gun smuggling after two-year investigation Former Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Agent Ronald Anthony Abbott, 38, was arrested Thursday morning at the federal courthouse building, by federal Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agents for his suspected role in an illicit gun smuggling operation which spanned from Texas to Florida, and into Puerto Rico. Abbott's arrest is the culmination of a two-year investigation by ATF agents In Puerto Rico, Florida, and San Antonio, and U.S. Postal Inspectors. Arraigned Thursday at 2 p.m., before a U.S. Magistrate in Del RIo's Federal Courthouse building, Abbott now faces one count of unlawfully dealing firearms, one count of transferring firearms to a non-resident, one count of unlawfully dealing in firearms, and a fourth count of possessing firearms with obliterated serial numbers. According to the indictment. Abbott did "unlawfully, knowingly, and willfully engage in the business of importing and dealing firearms, and in the course of such business did transport firearms in interstate or foreign commerce." Abbott met Puerto Rican buyers in Florida, who would then take the guns back to Puerto Rico. According to Puerto Rican police officials, the guns were used for protection by powerful Puerto Rican drug cartels. "The firearms supplied by Abbott were used by drug smugglers to protect their prime drug trafficking locations," commented one Puerto Rican ATF agent. Hoping to avoid detection by federal authorities, Abbott obliterated the serial numbers off of many of the firearms he illegally supplied to Puerto Rican drug smugglers. "Although he did remove the serial numbers off several of the firearms he was smuggling, on some of them he did not. We were able to trace the guns back to him from those guns which still had existing serial numbers," the ATF agent said. Also, according to ATF agents, Abbott was still employed as a U.S. Border Patrol agent during the time he engaged in the illegal transfer of firearms. Ricardo McGuire Staff Writer "In fact, technically, he is still on the job," one agent said. Abbott had been on suspension without pay from the Border Patrol following an April 23, 1996, incident in which he was alleged to have assaulted a 12- year-old child. Once indicted of the injury to a child charge, Abbott was placed on Indefinite suspension. Abbott was found innocent of all charges, but was terminated Jan. 19 of this year. Abbott had until Feb. 18 to appeal his termination, but Border Patrol officials were not aware as to whether he had filed one or not Did the Border Patrol's decision to terminate Abbott despite the not guilty verdict, have something to do with his latest legal troubles? "Our decision to terminate Abbott had nothing to do with the ATF investigation. We had absolutely no knowledge of his illegal firearms dealings," explained United States Border Patrol Public Relations Specialist Lisa Casey. "We are completely surprised by the charges against Abbott, and had no prior knowledge of Abbott being involved in something like this whatsoever," Casey added. According to agents, Abbott also used the United States Postal Service to facilitate his gun smuggling operation. "On many instances he would mail the guns," ATF agents explained. Several hand guns and assault rifles were listed in the indictment, and are believed to have been smuggled and sold by Abbott. Abbott's brother, Raymond Abbott, was also arrested by Puerto Rican officials in 1992 for the same offense. He soon after escaped, and has been a fugitive ever since. FREE! 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