[Watchdogs] Special grand jury takes up utility inquiry
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Fri Feb 6 10:17:37 CST 2009
Special grand jury takes up utility inquiry
Jurors quizzed about witness ties as testimony begins before
specially picked panel.
By Claudia Grisales <mailto:cgrisales at statesman.com>
Friday, February 06, 2009
JOHNSON CITY — A half-dozen lawyers cooled their heels outside a
courtroom at the Blanco County Courthouse on Thursday as a new grand
jury investigating the Pedernales Electric Cooperative heard testimony
all day long.
The lawyers had come with their clients, who were the first witnesses to
appear before the grand jury that was impaneled Wednesday to examine
potential criminal violations by former officials at the Johnson
City-based co-op, the largest member-owned electric utility in the country.
Those testifying included Will Dahmann, former deputy general manager of
the co-op; Mike Vollmer, its chief financial officer; and Rory
Boatright, who is listed as a director at Cattleman's Bank and has an
office at the Moursund law firm in Round Mountain — both entities that
have had close ties to Pedernales. They testified alone, but Boatright
left the grand jury room several times to consult with his lawyers.
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