County Attorney Press Releases

El Paso County Attorney Releases the Names of Thousands of Individuals with Outstanding Hot-Check Warrants

As of Friday February 27, 2015, records of El Paso County indicate that the following individuals had a warrant for their arrest. A name placed on this list is not evidence of guilt. This information is prepared from public records and may not be current and should not be relied on for arrests or any other purposes. This list is informational only and is limited to misdemeanor “Theft by Check” cases. Although reasonable care is taken, clerical errors may exist. Searches based on a name are not always accurate due to use of middle/maiden/married names, or variations in spelling.

For more information regarding hot-check payments and balances please contact the El Paso County Attorney's Office Hot Check Unit at 546-2051. Individuals with outstanding warrants can make payments online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through “Hot Check ePay,” by visiting the El Paso County Attorney’s Office web-page at https://apps.epcounty.com/hotchecks/Forms/Search.aspx.

 2015 Warrant List.pdf

 

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Local Organizations Unite To Offer Free Assistance To Execute “Medical Wills” on March 13, 2015

El Paso County Attorney's Office and the University Medical Center of El Paso are partnering with the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) to promote the use of Advance Medical Directives (“medical wills”) in the community, particularly among the beneficiaries of public housing programs in El Paso County. The pilot program was created to inspire, educate and empower the public about the importance of advance care planning.

As part of the campaign to promote the use of the “living wills,” attorneys from the County Attorney’s Office, and volunteers from the University Medical Center will be offering free assistance regarding advance care planning and advance directive forms on Friday March 13, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Tays Community complex, 2201 San Antonio St. All residents of El Paso County are encouraged to come and get assistance drafting their advance directives forms.

Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to convey your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. They provide a way for you to communicate your wishes to family, friends, and health care professionals, and to avoid confusion later on.

A Directive to Physicians or Living Will tells how you feel about care intended to sustain life. You can accept or refuse medical care. There are many issues to address, including:

  • The use of dialysis and breathing machines
  • If you want to be resuscitated if breathing or heartbeat stops
  • Tube feeding
  • Organ or tissue donation
  • Blood transfusions

A Medical Power of Attorney allows individuals to designate someone they trust to make health decisions if they are unable to do so.

As part of the program, the participating organizations will another similar event in another HACEP housing complex in Central El Paso. The event will be free and open to the general public.

April 7, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Paisano Green Community

4000 E. Paisano St.

El Paso, TX 79905

 

Individuals interested in getting the Directive to Physicians and Medical Power of Attorney forms can download them by visiting the County Attorney’s web page at www.epcounty.com/ca. The forms are available in both English and Spanish.

WHO: Volunteers from the County Attorney’s Office and UMC

WHAT: Free Assistance in drafting “Living Wills”

WHEN: Friday, March 13, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Tays Community Complex, 2201 San Antonio St.

2014 Living Wills Campaign Press Release 9.pdf 

Con Artist Sentenced To 6 Months In Jail After Pleading Guilty Of Swindling El Paso Entrepreneurs

El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal today announced that a northeast resident accused of taking thousands of dollars from local entrepreneurs was recently convicted and sentenced by a County Court judge.

On January 28, 2015, Johnny Ray Mills plead guilty to three counts of Deceptive Trade Practices stemming from two different cases.

In the first case, Mills plead guilty to one count of Deceptive Trade Practices for taking more than $3,200 from the owners of the restaurant franchise “Wing It,” to secure the rental of non-existent commercial property inside Fort Bliss. The victims also paid more than $300 to advertise their restaurants to soldiers and families at the military base, but the defendant never rendered the services. The offenses occurred between November and December 2013. For this case, County Court at Law #2 Judge Julie Gonzalez sentenced Mills to 180 days in jail.

In the second case, Mills plead guilty to two counts of Deceptive Trade Practices for taking almost $600 from the owner of “Tidal Wave Spas and Pool Supplies” to advertise the business at the Freedom Crossing Shopping Center. The incident occurred in November 20, 2013. Mills was charged with one count for offering services he was not authorized to offer, and with a second count for failing to deliver the advertising services he was paid to provide. County Court at Law #2 Judge Julie Gonzalez also sentenced Mills to 180 days in jail for each of the two charges. All the sentences will run concurrently.

El Paso County Attorney Jo Bernal said that these sentences should send a strong warning to those thinking about defrauding consumers in El Paso.

“Committing fraud against businesses or individuals in Texas, regardless of the amount, is a serious crime. Defendants can be sent to prison for several years,” Bernal said.

“If someone feels that has been the victim of an unscrupulous merchant, we are asking them to file a report with the local law enforcement agency as soon as possible, or call our office at (915) 546-2050,” Bernal concluded.

Johnny Mills Press Release.pdf 

 

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Ceremonia De Entrega De Becas “Cycle For Change” A Sobrevivientes De La Violencia Doméstica

El viernes 9 de Enero del 2015, a las 2 p.m., la Procuradora del Condado Jo Anne Bernal y la directora del refugio Villa Maria Linda Velarde, entregarán becas “Cycle for Change” correspondientes al semestre de primavera 2015 a nueve residentes del condado de El Paso. El evento se realizará en el refugio Villa Maria ubicado en el número 920 de la calle S. Oregon.

Todas las mujeres galardonadas son sobrevivientes de la violencia doméstica que están luchando para superarse y triunfar en la vida. Los fondos de las becas pueden utilizarse para cualquier programa educativo o terapéutico que ayude a la víctima a aumentar su auto-estima y ayudarle a escapar el ciclo de la violencia domestica.

El dinero de las becas proviene del evento ciclista Cycle for Change: From Surviving to Thriving,” que se realizó el domingo 26 de Octubre del 2014 en el Parque Gallegos. Más de 200 ciclistas participaron en el evento del año pasado.

“Estamos muy contentos de poder ayudar a las víctimas de la violencia doméstica, no sólo durante la fase del crisis –cuando les ayudamos a obtener órdenes de protección- pero también proporcionándoles recursos para que puedan triunfar en la vida, haciendo a un lado la relación abusiva en la que vivían,” dijo la Procuradora del Condado de El Paso Jo Anne Bernal.’

El programa de becas está disponible para cualquier sobreviviente primario de la violencia doméstica que resida en el Condado de El Paso, sin importar su estatus legal en este país.

Para más información sobre el programa pueden llamar a la Procuraduría del Condado de El Paso, al teléfono (915) 546-2053.

QUIÉN: Procuradora Jo Anne Bernal, directora del refugio Villa Maria Linda Velarde, y sobrevivientes de la violencia doméstica.

QUÉ: Ceremonia de entrega de becas “Cycle for Change.”

CUÁNDO: Viernes 9 de Enero del 2015, a las 2:00 p.m.

DÓNDE: Refugio Villa Maria, 920 S. Oregon

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Boletin de Prensa Entrega Becas Cycle for Change 2015.pdf 

Survivors Of Domestic Violence To Receive “Cycle For Change” Scholarships In A Special Ceremony

On Friday, January 9, 2015, at 2 p.m., El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal and Villa Maria shelter director Linda Velarde will award nine El Paso residents “Cycle for Change” scholarships corresponding to the spring 2015 semester. The event will take place at the Villa Maria shelter, 920 S. Oregon.

All the scholarship recipients are survivors of domestic violence who are fighting to overcome obstacles to succeed in life. The funds can be used in the pursuit of any endeavor - academic, therapeutic or otherwise - that is focused on raising the survivor’s self-esteem and taking her beyond breaking the cycle of domestic violence, to thriving as a survivor of the social disease.

The funding for the scholarships comes from the annual cycling event titled Cycle for Change: From Surviving to Thriving,” held on October 26, 2014, at Gallegos Park. More than 200 cyclists from the region participated in last year’s edition of the event.

“We’re very thrilled to be able to help victims of domestic violence not only during the crisis phase -handling their protective orders, but also providing them resources to succeed in life outside the abusive relationship,” said El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal

The scholarship program is open to any primary survivor of an intimate partner, domestic violence relationship who resides in El Paso County, regardless of their legal status in this country.

All inquiries may be directed to the El Paso County Attorney’s Office at (915) 546-2153.

WHO: County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal, Villa Maria Director Linda Velarde and survivors of domestic violence

WHAT: “Cycle for Change” Scholarship Awards Ceremony

WHEN: Friday January 9, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Villa Maria Shelter, 920 S. Oregon

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2015 Cycle for Change Scholarship Program Press Release.pdf 

December Event to Provide Free Assistance in Obtaining Living Wills

El Paso County Attorney's Office and the University Medical Center of El Paso are partnering with the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) to promote the use of Advance Medical Directives (“medical wills”) in the community, particularly among the beneficiaries of public housing programs in El Paso County. The pilot program was created to inspire, educate and empower the public about the importance of advance care planning.

As part of the campaign to promote the use of the “living wills,” attorneys from the County Attorney’s Office, and volunteers from the University Medical Center will be offering free assistance regarding advance care planning and advance directive forms on Wednesday December 10, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Baines Community, 10661 Vista del Sol. All residents of El Paso County are encouraged to come and get assistance drafting their advance directives forms.

Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to convey your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. They provide a way for you to communicate your wishes to family, friends, and health care professionals, and to avoid confusion later on.

A Directive to Physicians or Living Will tells how you feel about care intended to sustain life. You can accept or refuse medical care. There are many issues to address, including:

  • The use of dialysis and breathing machines
  • If you want to be resuscitated if breathing or heartbeat stops
  • Tube feeding
  • Organ or tissue donation
  • Blood transfusions

A Medical Power of Attorney allows individuals to designate someone they trust to make health decisions if they are unable to do so.

As part of the program, the participating organizations will host similar events every month at different HACEP locations around El Paso. The events are open to the general public.

January 20, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Father Ochoa

8820 Old County Rd.

El Paso, TX 79907

February 4, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Williams, Machuca Communities

1039 Sunland Park

El Paso, TX 79922

March 13, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Tays Community

2201 San Antonio St.

El Paso, TX 79905

April 7, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Paisano Green Community

4000 E. Paisano St.

El Paso, TX 79905

 

Individuals interested in getting the Directive to Physicians and Medical Power of Attorney forms can download them by visiting the County Attorney’s web page at www.epcounty.com/ca. The forms are available in both English and Spanish.

WHO: Volunteers from the County Attorney’s Office and UMC

WHAT: Free Assistance in drafting “Living Wills”

WHEN: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Baines Community, 10661 Vista del Sol.

2nd Annual Cycling Tour To Benefit Survivors Of Domestic Violence

Route will take cyclists through the historical Juan De Oñate Trail and beautiful green fields and pecan farms in New Mexico

El Paso County Attorney’s Office will host its 2nd annual cycling tour “Cycle for Change: From Surviving to Thriving” on Sunday October 26, 2014, at Gallegos Park (7361 Bosque Rd., Canutillo, TX).

The purpose of the event is dual: to bring awareness about the recovery phase of the survivors of domestic violence and to raise funds to provide scholarships for educational opportunities and therapeutic services for survivors of domestic violence.

“The first cycling event held last year was a great success, and thanks to the support of the community, nine survivors of domestic violence received funds to pursue educational opportunities,” said El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal.

“Once victims finally escape the hold abusers have on their mind and body, they get a whole new outlook on life. There is an overwhelming sense of freedom they get while finding themselves once again. There is also a sense of fear in undertaking a new path in their lives. They want to do things they have not been able to do. Escaping domestic violence provides a whole new perspective for former victims. That’s where the Cycle for Change Scholarship comes in to assist and empower the survivor to soar to new heights while breaking the cycle of violence they have endured,” Bernal added.

“Our shelter was created out of a desire to help homeless women who might be struggling to recover from an abusive relationship and who might have substance abuse problems or mental health issues,” said El Paso Villa Maria director Linda Velarde.

Sponsors of this year’s event include the NM State Police, El Paso Sheriff’s Office, the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, El Paso District Attorney’s Office, and more than 16 local businesses.

The cost to register for the cycling event online is $35 for adults or $15 for children under 17 and active duty military. Online registration will end on Wednesday October 22, 2014. There will be on-site registration the day of the event starting at 7:00 a.m.

Participants will be able to choose from 3 different courses:

· 20 Mile course: (Description)

· 30 Mile course: (Description)

· 50 Mile course: (Description).

We will give out t-shirts to the first 250 registered participants. There will be cash prizes to the top 3 finishers in the 50 mile ride, and gift cards to the top finishers in the 20 and 30 mile courses.

This year, individuals who want to support the scholarship fund but are unable to attend the event can register as “Sleep-in for a Change,” paying $20.

WHO: El Paso County Attorney’s Office/ Villa Maria Shelter

WHAT: 2nd Annual Cycling Tour “Cycle for Change”

WHEN: Sunday, October 26, 2014 @ 8:15 a.m.

WHERE: Gallegos Park, 7361 Bosque Rd., Canutillo, TX

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2014 Cycle for Change Press Release.pdf

Local Organizations Unite To Offer Free Assistance To Execute “Medical Wills” in October

 El Paso County Attorney's Office and the University Medical Center of El Paso are partnering with the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) to promote the use of Advance Medical Directives (“medical wills”) in the community, particularly among the beneficiaries of public housing programs in El Paso County. The pilot program was created to inspire, educate and empower the public about the importance of advance care planning.

 

 As part of the campaign to promote the use of the “living wills,” attorneys from the County Attorney’s Office, and volunteers from the University Medical Center will be offering free assistance regarding advance care planning and advance directive forms on Thursday October 16, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Father Pinto Apartments, 1001 S. Ochoa St. All residents of El Paso County are encouraged to come and get assistance drafting their advance directives forms.

 Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to convey your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. They provide a way for you to communicate your wishes to family, friends, and health care professionals, and to avoid confusion later on.

 A Directive to Physicians or Living Will tells how you feel about care intended to sustain life. You can accept or refuse medical care. There are many issues to address, including:

 The use of dialysis and breathing machines

  • If you want to be resuscitated if breathing or heartbeat stops
  • Tube feeding
  • Organ or tissue donation
  • Blood transfusions

 A Medical Power of Attorney allows individuals to designate someone they trust to make health decisions if they are unable to do so.

             As part of the program, the participating organizations will host similar events every month at different HACEP locations around El Paso. The events are open to the general public.

 





November 13, 2014

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Alamito Terrace Community

509 St. Vrain

El Paso, TX 79901

December 6, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Baines Community

10661 Vista Del Sol

El Paso, TX 79935

January 20, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Father Ochoa

8820 Old County Rd.

El Paso, TX 79907                               

February 4, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Williams, Machuca Communities

1039 Sunland Park

El Paso, TX 79922

March 13, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Tays Community

2201 San Antonio St.

El Paso, TX 79905

April 7, 2015                    

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Paisano Green Community         

4000 E. Paisano St.

El Paso, TX 79905

 

Individuals interested in getting the Directive to Physicians and Medical Power of Attorney forms can download them by visiting the County Attorney’s web page at www.epcounty.com/ca. The forms are available in both English and Spanish.

 

WHO:       Volunteers from the County Attorney’s Office and UMC

WHAT:     Free Assistance in drafting “Living Wills”

WHEN:     Thursday, October 16, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Father Pinto Apartments, 1001 S. Ochoa St.           

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2014 Living Wills Campaign Press Release 6.pdf 

Boletín Campaña 2014 Testamentos Medicos 6.pdf 

 

County Attorney Issues Warning To El Paso Residents About Possible Roofing Contractor Scams

Stormy weather as the one El Paso is experiencing now can produce a big demand for roofing contractors. It is also a great breeding ground for “storm chasers,” fly-by-night roofing contractors who sometimes go door-to-door offering their services enticing residents with incredibly low estimates or offering new roofs paid entirely by the insurance company.

El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal has some recommendations for residents who are having problems with their roofs and are in need of hiring a contractor to fix their leaks:

· Hire only licensed or bonded contractors. They might be more expensive, but are the only ones who can offer you some peace of mind in case you are not happy with the repairs.

· Do not be rushed into signing any contract, especially if the contractor uses high-pressure sales tactics, such as today-only discounts.

· Always sign a detailed contract for the project, and get the terms and any warranties in writing.

· Before deciding to hire a contractor, do your homework. Get more than one estimate; ask for references from the companies, and search online for any complaint filed against the company or the individual, particularly with the El Paso Better Business Bureau (http://www.bbb.org/elpaso/). You can also call the El Paso County Attorney’s Office at (915) 546-2050 to find out about any pending or previous criminal cases involving a particular contractor.

· Never make full payment of the project upfront. A reputable legitimate home improvement company will NEVER ask for full payment upfront. However there are times when it’s industry standard for the homeowner to make a 50% deposit depending on the project, price and/or special order of the materials.

· Check with the City of El Paso to determine whether a city permit is needed for the roofing project. If one is required, ask the contractor obtain the permit. This will ensure he is bonded and insured.

“Most established roofing companies are trustworthy and professional. Consumers should be wary of an offer that sounds too good to be true – it probably is,” said El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal.

Any resident who feels has been the victim of a scam is asked to file a complaint with the El Paso Police Department at (915) 832-4436 or the El Paso Sheriff’s Office at (915) 546-2280. For more information, please call the Criminal Unit of the El Paso County Attorney’s Office at (915) 546-2050.

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Roofing Contractor Scams Press Release.pdf 

Local Organizations Unite To Offer Free Assistance To Execute “Medical Wills”

El Paso County Attorney's Office and the University Medical Center of El Paso are partnering with the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) to promote the use of Advance Medical Directives (“medical wills”) in the community, particularly among the beneficiaries of public housing programs in El Paso County. The pilot program was created to inspire, educate and empower the public about the importance of advance care planning.

As part of the campaign to promote the use of the “living wills,” attorneys from the County Attorney’s Office, and volunteers from the University Medical Center will be offering free assistance regarding advance care planning and advance directive forms on Wednesday September 17, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Hervey Community, 4949 Alps. All residents of El Paso County are encouraged to come and get assistance drafting their advance directives forms.

Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to convey your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. They provide a way for you to communicate your wishes to family, friends, and health care professionals, and to avoid confusion later on.

A Directive to Physicians or Living Will tells how you feel about care intended to sustain life. You can accept or refuse medical care. There are many issues to address, including:

  • The use of dialysis and breathing machines
  • If you want to be resuscitated if breathing or heartbeat stops
  • Tube feeding
  • Organ or tissue donation
  • Blood transfusions

A Medical Power of Attorney allows individuals to designate someone they trust to make health decisions if they are unable to do so.

As part of the program, the participating organizations will host similar events every month at different HACEP locations around El Paso. The events are open to the general public.

October 16, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Father Pinto

1001 S. Ochoa St.

El Paso, TX 79901

November 13, 2014

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Alamito Terrace Community

509 St. Vrain

El Paso, TX 79901

December 6, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Baines Community

10661 Vista Del Sol

El Paso, TX 79935

January 20, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Father Ochoa

8820 Old County Rd.

El Paso, TX 79907

February 4, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Williams, Machuca Communities

1039 Sunland Park

El Paso, TX 79922

March 13, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Tays Community

2201 San Antonio St.

El Paso, TX 79905

April 7, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Paisano Green Community

4000 E. Paisano St.

El Paso, TX 79905

 

Individuals interested in getting the Directive to Physicians and Medical Power of Attorney forms can download them by visiting the County Attorney’s web page at www.epcounty.com/ca. The forms are available in both English and Spanish.

WHO: Volunteers from the County Attorney’s Office and UMC

WHAT: Free Assistance in drafting “Living Wills”

WHEN: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Hervey Community, 4949 Alps

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2014 Living Wills Campaign Press Release 5.pdf 

TABC seeks to cancel permits at three El Paso Bars following long-term narcotics investigation

El Paso, Texas - The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) conducted a long-term investigation as a result of citizen’s complaints of narcotics and human trafficking at several local bars: Golden Nugget Bar (BG615814) located at 5711 Trowbridge, Doll House Bar (BG402932) located at 5715 Trowbridge and George Washington Lounge (BG257713) located at 3900 Montana in El Paso. The long-term investigation indicated that several bar employees known to be associates of the violent Barrio Azteca gang were directly involved in the distribution of cocaine at the bars.

The TABC presented a total of 59 delivery of controlled substance felony cases on 29 suspects to the El Paso District Attorney’s Office. With assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Department of Homeland Security Investigations, El Paso Police Department, El Paso County Sheriff's Office, El Paso Independent School District, and Horizon City Police Department, TABC conducted a warrant round-up in which 12 of 29 suspects were arrested. At least two of those arrested were confirmed members of the Barrio Azteca gang directly involved in the drug trafficking activities.

In conjunction with the warrant round-up, TABC worked with the El Paso County Attorney's Office to seek temporary restraining orders to immediately close down all three bars. Agents from TABC Special Investigations Unit and Financial Crimes Unit served the managers of the bars respectively with 38 administrative notices that contained 100 various violations of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code. The permit holders were cited for sale, delivery, and possession of narcotics by the employees, prostitution, solicitation of an alcoholic beverage by employees, and allowing employees to engage in continued and organized criminal activities contrary of the law designed to protect the general welfare, health, peace, morals, and safety of the people and the public sense of decency.

"TABC license holders who fail to legally manage or control their establishments and allow nefarious activities to take place on the premises do not deserve the privilege to operate a bar in Texas," said Assistant Chief Dexter Jones. "TABC will continue to partner with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to eradicate bad business behavior occurring inside of bars and restaurants permitted by the TABC," he added. "License holders have an obligation to comply with the law, and the people of Texas expect them to actively contribute to the overall quality of life and safety of their community," said Jones.

Anyone with information about illegal activity occurring in a TABC licensed location should call their local TABC office by dialing 1-888-THE-TABC. In El Paso, call 915-351-3697.

Contacts:

Assistant Chief Dexter Jones, Audit and Investigations Division, 512-206-3300

Captain Ron Swenson, TABC Special Investigations Unit, 512-206-3300

Carolyn Beck, Director of Communications, 512-206-3347

 TABC Arrests in El Paso Press Release.pdf

Original Application for TRO-Doll House.pdf 

Original Application for TRO-George Washington Lounge.pdf 

Original Application for TRO-Golden Nugget.pdf

Doll House signed TRO.pdf

Golden Nugget signed TRO.pdf 

George Washington Lounge signed TRO.pdf 

Organizaciones Se Unen Para Ofrecer Asistencia Gratuita En La Elaboracion De Testamentos Médicos

 La Oficina de la Procuradora del Condado Jo Anne Bernal, el Centro Médico Universitario (UMC), y Autoridad de la Vivienda Pública de El Paso (HACEP) han unido esfuerzos para concientizar a la comunidad, y en particular a los beneficiarios del programa de vivienda pública de El Paso, sobre la importancia de utilizar los testamentos médicos y las cartas poder para asuntos de salud. 

Como parte de la campaña para promover el uso de los testamentos médicos, abogados de la Oficina de la Procuradora del Condado y del Centro Médico Universitario ofrecerán asistencia legal gratuita al público en general para obtener testamentos vitales y cartas poder para el cuidado médico el Martes 19 de Agosto del 2014, de las 2:00 a las 4:00 p.m. en el complejo de vivienda Sun Plaza, ubicado en el número 1221 de la calle San Antonio.

Las Instrucciones Médicas Anticipadas son documentos legales que las personas utilizan para expresar sus deseos con respecto al cuidado médico que deben recibir en caso de quedar incapacitados para comunicar sus deseos personalmente, como después de quedar en estado de coma, o paralizados. A través de las Instrucciones Médicas Anticipadas las personas pueden:

  • Solicitar que se les someta a algún tratamiento o procedimiento médico en particular, como la alimentación por máquinas o el uso de pulmones artificiales.
  • Solicitar que los doctores se abstengan de someterlo a algún procedimiento médico ó tratamiento en particular.

La Carta Poder para Asuntos Médicos permite al individuo designar a alguna persona como su agente legal para que se encargue de tomar las decisiones sobre su cuidado medico que sean necesarias. Estas decisiones pueden incluir la donación de órganos o partes del cuerpo.

A través de los años, pocas personas en El Paso han tomado ventaja de las Instrucciones Médicas Anticipadas, y los especialistas en el tema indican que los grupos minoritarios, especialmente los hispanos, se rehúsan a utilizar este tipo de herramientas legales debido a sus ideas y tradiciones con respecto a la vejez y la muerte.

Como parte de la campaña las organizaciones participantes realizarán eventos similares cada mes en diferentes áreas del condado, en complejos de vivienda de HACEP. Los eventos serán abiertos al publico en general y completamente gratuitos.    

17 de Septiembre, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Hervey Community

4949 Alps

El Paso, TX 79904

16 de Octubre, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Father Pinto

1001 S. Ochoa St.

El Paso, TX 79901

13 de Noviembre, 2014

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Alamito Terrace Community

509 St. Vrain

El Paso, TX 79901

6 de Diciembre, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Baines Community

10661 Vista Del Sol

El Paso, TX 79935

20 de Enero, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Father Ochoa

8820 Old County Rd.

El Paso, TX 79907     

4 de Febrero, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Williams, Machuca Communities

1039 Sunland Park

El Paso, TX 79922

13 de Marzo, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Tays Community

2201 San Antonio St.

El Paso, TX 79905

7 de Abril, 2015         

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Paisano Green Community    

4000 E. Paisano St.

El Paso, TX 79905

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Las personas interesadas pueden obtener los formularios de los Testamentos Médicos y de las Cartas Poder para el Cuidado Médico en español en la página de Internet de la Oficina de la Procuradora del Condado Jo Anne Bernal, en la dirección: www.epcounty.com/ca.

QUIÉN:              Voluntarios de la Oficina de la Procuradora del Condado y del Centro Médico Universitario

QUÉ:                  Asistencia legal gratuita para obtener los Testamentos Médicos

CUÁNDO:         Martes 19 de Agosto, 2014 de 2:00 a 4:00 p.m.

DÓNDE:             Complejo de Vivienda Sun Plaza

1221 San Antonio.

Boletín Campaña 2014 Testamentos Medicos 4.pdf 

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Local Organizations Unite To Offer Free Assistance To Execute “Medical Wills”
El Paso County Attorney's Office and the University Medical Center of El Paso are partnering with the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) to promote the use of Advance Medical Directives (“medical wills”) in the community, particularly among the beneficiaries of public housing programs in El Paso County. The pilot program was created to inspire, educate and empower the public about the importance of advance care planning. As part of the campaign to promote the use of the “living wills,” attorneys from the County Attorney’s Office, and volunteers from the University Medical Center will be offering free assistance regarding advance care planning and advance directive forms on Tuesday August 19, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Sun Plaza Complex, 1221 San Antonio. All residents of El Paso County are encouraged to come and get assistance drafting their advance directives forms.

Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to convey your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. They provide a way for you to communicate your wishes to family, friends, and health care professionals, and to avoid confusion later on. 

A Directive to Physicians or Living Will tells how you feel about care intended to sustain life. You can accept or refuse medical care. There are many issues to address, including:

  • The use of dialysis and breathing machines
  • If you want to be resuscitated if breathing or heartbeat stops
  • Tube feeding
  • Organ or tissue donation
  • Blood transfusions

A Medical Power of Attorney allows individuals to designate someone they trust to make health decisions if they are unable to do so.

            As part of the program, the participating organizations will host similar events every month at different HACEP locations around El Paso. The events are open to the general public.





September 17, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Hervey Community

4949 Alps

El Paso, TX 79904

October 16, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Father Pinto

1001 S. Ochoa St.

El Paso, TX 79901

November 13, 2014

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Alamito Terrace Community

509 St. Vrain

El Paso, TX 79901

December 6, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Baines Community

10661 Vista Del Sol

El Paso, TX 79935

January 20, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Father Ochoa

8820 Old County Rd.

El Paso, TX 79907                               

February 4, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Williams, Machuca Communities

1039 Sunland Park

El Paso, TX 79922

March 13, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Tays Community

2201 San Antonio St.

El Paso, TX 79905

April 7, 2015                    

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Paisano Green Community         

4000 E. Paisano St.

El Paso, TX 79905

Individuals interested in getting the Directive to Physicians and Medical Power of Attorney forms can download them by visiting the County Attorney’s web page at www.epcounty.com/ca. The forms are available in both English and Spanish.

 

WHO:       Volunteers from the County Attorney’s Office and UMC

WHAT:     Free Assistance in drafting “Living Wills”

WHEN:     Tuesday, August 19, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Sun Plaza Complex, 1221 San Antonio

 

 2014 Living Wills Campaign Press Release 4.pdf

Inscripciones Anticipadas Para El Evento Ciclista “Cycle For Change 2014” Inician Este Fin De Semana

Descuento de $5 por inscribirse el sábado durante la apertura de la nueva tienda "Crazy Cat Cyclery"

            La Procuradora del Condado de El Paso, Jo Anne Bernal anunció hoy que la edición 2014 del evento ciclista "Cycle for Change: From Surviving to Thriving" se realizará el Domingo 26 de Octubre.

            El evento ciclista "Cycle for Change" fue creado el año pasado por la Procuraduría del Condado de El Paso y el refugio para mujeres sin hogar "Villa Maria," con la idea de cambiar el enfoque de los esfuerzos contra la violencia doméstica; de romper el círculo de la violencia al de transformar la mentalidad de las víctimas una vez que la violencia ha cesado.

            El propósito del evento es recaudar fondos para costear oportunidades educativas y servicios terapéuticos para sobrevivientes locales de la violencia doméstica. El evento inaugural se realizó en Octubre del 2013 y contó con la participación de más de 300 ciclistas, con lo que se lograron recaudar más de $5,000 para el fondo de becas. El dinero fue entregado a sobrevivientes de la violencia doméstica en una ceremonia realizada a principios de Julio.

            Este año la oficina de la Procuraduría del Condado de El Paso se complace en anunciar que la prestigiada tienda de artículos de ciclismo "Crazy Cat Cyclery" se une a la lista de organizaciones comunitarias que apoyan este noble e innovador proyecto.

            "Crazy Cat Cyclery" llevará a cabo inscripciones anticipadas para "Cycle for Change 2014" mañana sábado 2 de Agosto, 2014, de 12:00 a 5:00 p.m, durante la gran apertura de su nueva tienda ubicada en el 2800 de la calle N. Stanton. La ceremonia de corte de listón de la tienda se realizará a la 1:00 p.m.

            Solamente durante este sábado, las personas interesadas se pueden inscribir para el evento ciclista en la tienda "Crazy Cat Cyclery" pagando un precio especial de $20. Después del sábado, el costo de la inscripción anticipada subirá a $25.

 QUIÉN:              Linda Velarde, directora del refugio "Villa María"

QUÉ:                  Inscripciones anticipadas para el evento ciclista "Cycle for Change 2014"

CUÁNDO:         Sábado 2 de Agosto, 2014, de 12:00 a 5:00 p.m.

                        (Corte de listón de la nueva tienda a la 1:00 p.m.)

DÓNDE:            Nueva tienda "Crazy Cat Cyclery," 2800 N. Stanton, El Paso, TX 79901

Boletín Inscripciones Anticipadas 2014 Cycle for Change.pdf 

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Early Registration For The 2014 “Cycle For Change” Cycling Event To Begin This Weekend

Save $5 by registering Saturday at the grand opening of the new Crazy Cat Cyclery

El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal today announced that this year's "Cycle for Change: From Surviving to Thriving" will take place on Sunday October 26, 2014.

The cycling event entitled "Cycle for Change: From Surviving to Thriving" was created last year by the County Attorney's Office in collaboration with Villa Maria, a local shelter for homeless women, to shift the focus from breaking the cycle of violence, to changing the victim's mindset once the cycle is broken. 

The purpose behind the event is to raise monies for local survivors of domestic violence for educational opportunities and therapeutic services. Last year, the inaugural event saw almost 300 cyclists and was able to raise more than $5,000 in scholarship monies, which were distributed to survivors of domestic violence earlier this month.

This year, the County Attorney's Office is excited to welcome Crazy Cat Cyclery to the list of community organizations that support this innovative and worthwhile cause.

Crazy Cat Cyclery will host early registration for the 2014 "Cycle for Change" at the grand opening of its new store located at 2800 N. Stanton, this Saturday, August 2nd, from noon to 5:00 p.m.  The ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

This Saturday only, participants can register at Crazy Cat Cyclery for a reduced rate of $20. Thereafter, early registration cost will jump to $25.

WHO:       Villa Maria Executive Director Linda Velarde

WHAT:     Early registration for the 2014 "Cycle for Change" cycling event

WHEN:     Saturday, August 2, 2014, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.     (Store ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:00 p.m.)

WHERE:  New "Crazy Cat Cyclery" store, 2800 Stanton, El Paso, Texas 79901

2014 Cycle for Change Early Registration Press Release.pdf

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