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Friday, March 4, 2005

Campos honored for action before bridge collapse

A Reeves County Sheriff’s Deputy who was at the right place at the right time during the Toyah flood to prevent a major highway disaster was named 2004 Officer of the Year during the Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet.

Deputy Frank Campos was recognized for his effort in shutting down traffic on Interstate 20 just before the eastbound lanes of the highway crashed into Salt Draw, due to heavy rains that had flooded Toyah earlier in the day.

Campos was working the Toyah area on April 4 of last year, after the city was flooded by the collapse of the San Martine Draw levee. He was working on I-20, east of Toyah, when he noticed the Salt Draw Bridge carrying traffic east on I-20 had buckled due to the flood waters and was about to collapse. He stopped traffic from crossing the bridge, saving the lives of eastbound motorists who would have been killed when the bridge collapsed 30 minutes later. His quick action resulted in no fatalities or injuries.

Campos was honored by the Texas Department of Transportation at its annual Safety Awards banquet in Andrews at the end of April. He was saluted as a “highway hero,” even though Campos insisted he was just doing his job.

Campos has been with the sheriff’s department since January 2004. Previously, he was a sheriff’s reserve deputy since April 2003.

He has involved himself in his community by participating in current 4-H Club as president. Campos oversees the meetings where Reeves County kids participate in agriculture and ranching. He participates in the fundraising activities and keeps track of the club’s finances.

Campos also oversees the Reeves County Sheriff’s Office Explorers. This youth group allows teenagers to experience law enforcement and participate in fundraising and assisting the sheriff’s office with parking at the rodeo events and manning the Reeves County Sheriff’s Office both during the fall fair.

He has been a member of the American Quarter Horse Association since 1994 and has raised American Quarter Horse’s in the Reeves County area. He has one horse named after the community he serves, “Pecos Tex Cowboy.”

Campos was one of the organizers of the Tony Juarez Toys for Tots held in December of 2004. Toys for Tots is an organization that provided 2000 gifts distributed to 35 homes of children that otherwise would not receive toys due to families that are unable to afford for their children.

Campos thanked Reeves County Sheriff Andy Gomez and chief deputy Victor Prieto for giving him the opportunity to serve the people.

Two other law-enforcement related awards were given out for the first time on Saturday. The Correctional Officer of the Year Award was presented by Pecos Police Department Jail supervisor Tony Dawdy to Lance Bowers, who started his career in 1993 right out of the military, by going to work for the West Texas State School as a correctional officer. He worked there until 2002 and worked his way up the ranks to supervisor before going to work for the Pecos Police Department as a jailer. He has worked his way up to sergeant of shift two nights and has two officers on his shift and is in charge of 96 bed facility housing United States Marshal inmates and local’s inmates.

Dawdy said that Bowers is a dedicated officer to his profession. “Lance has served his country in Desert Storm in the early 90’s and came back and started a career in corrections and has given it his full dedication,” said Dawdy.

“Lance helps his officer’s and also counsels inmates with numerous problems. He is well thought of by his co-workers and was elected correctional officer of the year and supervisor of the year for 2004,” said Dawdy.

“They actually have a very thankless job, it’s a very demanding profession,” said Dawdy. Bowers thanked everyone for the award and said that he realizes that the officers from the Reeves County Detention Center also have a hard job. “They do a very good job, keep up the good work,” he said.

The other new award, Communications Officer of the Year went to a longtime Pecos Police Department employee, Sulema Carrasco.

Town of Pecos City Police Chief Clay McKinney presented the award to Carrasco. “This is a very special award, because these people never receive any recognition for the hard work that they do,” said McKinney. “They are truly the unsung heroes, because their job is very vital.”

“They are never recognized in the media, they never work a high profile case, they are rarely ever even seen by the public, but without them no wheels would turn,” said McKinney. “They are the hub of public safety and I want to thank the chamber for recognizing them this year.”

Carrasco began her career in 1996 when she was hired by the Pecos Police Department as a communications officer.

She has received several commendations, including one in January of 1999 for handling a reported suicide and another in August of 1999 from McKinney for saving a child’s life in a drowning incident in Balmorhea.

“As you can see, Sue does a fantastic job for the department and the community,” said McKinney. “She is an excellent employee who always gives 100 percent. I am very fortunate to have an employee with her work ethic, dedication, and devotion here at the department,” he said.

Senior Lee selected as 2004’s Student of Year

A Pecos High School senior who is involved in several extracurricular activities and who recently placed first with her Heifer at the San Antonio Stock Show was named Student of the Year for 2004 by the Pecos Chamber of Commerce.

Katie Lee was named this year’s Student of the Year and was given the award by Chamber president Jimmy Dutchover. He said that all the student nominees were members of the National Honor Society and participates in several extracurricular activities at school.

“They also have one other common factor, they are all women,” said Dutchover. In her bio, Lee, stated, “It is just an honor to be nominated, because it is the most prestigious honors I have received.”

Lee thanked everyone who had supported her.

Other nominees included: Jennie Canon, Ashley Horsburgh, Jummy Akinyode, Amie Reynolds and Lillian Valdez.

The award was one of several awards presented during last Saturday’s awards banquet. The Agriculture Service Award went to long-time farmer and rancher Randy Taylor. Carol Salinas gave the award to Taylor and said that he has been very successful in growing crops in Reeves County. “He is also very helpful to other ranchers and is always willing to lend a helping hand,” she said.

Taylor was instrumental in the creation of the Cantaloupe-favored Blue Bell Ice Cream, which helped promote Pecos cantaloupes across the state in 2004, and helps out at the annual livestock show each year.

Taylor said that he had no speech but thanked everyone for the award.

The firefighter of the year had to respond to a call during the awards banquet and was not on hand to receive it.

This year’s Firefighter of the Year Award went to Ernest Matta. He has been a member of the department for a number of years. He serves as Captain of unit #304 and does his job very well and takes care of his truck very well, according to Lynn Foster. Director of the Year Award went to the new president Jimmy Dutchover.

Cyclist’s u-turn made to return missing wallet

A Good Samaritan made a brief stop in Pecos, while cycling through the United States. Paul Van Deursen was on his way out of Pecos one mile north at a picnic area on U.S. 285, when he discovered a man’s wallet.

“I found this wallet at the park, where I stopped for lunch,” said Van Deursen. “If it would have been an empty and had nothing in it, I would have just kept going,” he said. Van Deursen said that after looking in the wallet he discovered paperwork that he felt needed to be returned to the owner, which indicated he was from Houston.

“So, I got back on my bike and came back to Pecos to return it,” said Van Duersen, who returned the wallet to the Reeves County Sheriff’s Department.

“While I was here, the sheriff was kind enough to offer me coffee and a burrito,” he added.

Van Deursen said he began his trek across the United States on Sept. 2. “I left Canada on Sept. 2, and cycled down to Panama and now I’m on my way back to Canada,” he said. Van Deursen was born in Holland, but now lives in Canada. He was selling heavy equipment there, when he decided at the age of 50 to go back to college and earn his degree in computer science.

Van Deursen traveled from Canada to the Mexican state of Sonora. “It took me a month to get to the states,” said Van Deursen. “The highways in the United States are not made for cycling.”

“I went through Montana, Idaho, Nevada, and then into Arizona and across Needles into California and back in to Arizona,” he said. “It’s a total pain in the neck cycling in the U.S.”

The reason for his trek: a $1 bet that he made with a friend.

“We were drinking in a bar and I got tipsy enough to say I’ll do it,” said Van Deursen. Van Deursen said that he has many stories about his travels and recalls getting lost in Costa Rica and getting robbed in Nicaraguan. “I got robbed by a Canadian of all things,” said Van Deursen.

Van Deursen met up with the Canadian and his girlfriend and they became friends. “I told him to watch my bike, while I went for a swim,” said Van Deursen. “When I came out of the water, only his girlfriend was there, he was gone.”

Van Deursen said that he and the woman went to a bar he visited often to look for him. “He wasn’t there, but we decided to have a drink while we were there and then the girl said she had to leave and when I went to pay, I didn’t have any money,” he said.

Van Deursen said that it’s really difficult cashing a traveler’s check in Nicaragua. “I had the hardest time,” he said.

Van Deursen said that he bought his bike, used in Canada for $20, and was planning to cycle back west to Las Cruces, N.M., to visit a friend he hasn’t seen in many years and then to Vail, Colorado to visit another friend.

“That’s why I’m going this way,” said Van Deursen. “After that I’ll head on home.” Van Deursen said that he has also met a lot of nice people. “Like the ones I met today,” he said. “This trip has been really exciting and interesting.”

“Not all people are bad and some have been really helpful,” he said.

He marks his travels on the back of his bike with red tape. The tape indicates his been to the U.S., Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and as far as the Panama Canal.

Chamber seeking volunteers for next week’s youth event

A youth concert and play day set for next week were among the items of discussion at the regular Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting held Tuesday at noon.

Chamber president told the group that the event will be held throughout the day Saturday, March 12, at Maxey Park, and volunteers are needed to handle some of the events. “They want the chamber to help out at the putt-putt,” said Chamber President Jimmy Dutchover.

He said that plans for the days events include free games from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and music from 1-6 p.m. Games will include a volleyball tournament, basketball tournament, paint ball and a horse shoe tournament.

“We need a sign-up to form a committee,” said Dutchover, explaining that the group would be in charge of handing out the clubs and balls and taking them up after they play. The event is sponsored by the Pecos Youth Advisory Committee and Pecos Main Street. Lion’s Club and Rotary members will also be on hand at the park manning different booths and events.

Chamber Director Linda Gholson said that the city also has been working on this event. “This is something for the youth to do during spring break,” said Gholson.

In other action, the Women’s Division president Michelle Workman updated the group on their projects during the past month, and their plans for spring.

“We decorated for the chamber banquet and are now working on the Golden Girl/Little Miss Cantaloupe Pageant,” said Workman.

Workman said that it took a lot of people to make the event a success and that it costs about $13,000 to put the production on each year.

This year there are 12 girls signed up for the Golden Girl Pageant.

A mother-daughter tea is planned for the young ladies on March 17 at the West of the Pecos Museum and the pageant will be held on Friday, June 24.

“The girls are usually interviewed on television and will be going to Odessa for that,” said Workman. “This is a really great tradition and I hope we can always continue it.” She said that out-of-town belles are needed for the event.

“If you know of any young lady that would like to participate during the rodeo,” said Workman. “We already two that want to come, one from Tennessee and one from El Paso.”

Board member Debbie Thomas told the group that the Main Street committee had met last week.

“We’re in the process of getting guidelines for tax abatement project,” said Thomas, referring to the abatement for downtown building improvements passed by the Pecos City Council last week.

She said that they are inviting the business owners of downtown businesses. “We’re reviewing our guidelines and getting our plans together, before we share them with the business owners,” said Thomas. “We’re all very excited about Main Street,” she said. RCDC III Warden Martin McDaniel told the group that the prison had had a disturbance among its population of Arizona inmates in February.

“The staff did an excellent job, we’re all trained and with this population that we have, we will at times going to have a disturbance,” he said.

“We appreciate the folks that started the correctional officer of the year award, because these employees do an excellent job, it’s a very stressful job,” said McDaniel. “A lot of our residents work in corrections.”

He said that an area clean up has already begun, using Arizona inmates at RCDC III. The prison, city and county have formed an agreement and will be doing clean up of various area sites.

“They cleaned up the field area by the golf course, we’ll finish that project up and move to the rodeo area, which will be quite lengthy and then go on to the city and do alley cleanups,” said McDaniel.

He said that the facility plans to plant a garden and donate vegetables to the senior center. Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Superintendent Ray Matthews reminded everyone that this week is Texas Public School Week, and that spring break for local schools is March 7-11. Matthews said that they were very proud of the 11 individuals who went to state competition in swimming.

“The Pecos Relays will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. and we want to invite everyone,” said Matthews.

Reeves County Extension Agent Tommy Dominguez told the group that they had just returned from stock show in San Angelo. “We had one that placed 11 in San Angelo and Katie Lee placed first in the San Antonio Stock Show with her heifer,” said Dominguez. Dominguez said that their next stock show would be in Houston.

“We’re working on different things right now, with the experiment station,” he said. “We’re putting different seed varieties together to which ones will do better,” said Dominguez.

Dominguez said that they would be applying pesticide to try to put a handle on the mosquito problem. Pecos received more than double its annual rainfall in 2004, and mosquito problems already have been reported in the city this month.

Airbase eyed for new park after clean-up

Clean-up work at the long-neglected Pecos Airbase site has been going “good” and plans are to continue at the site with different projects, Reeves County Judge Jimmy Galindo said.

The clean-up is part of an effort involving the county and Town of Pecos City, and which uses inmates from Reeves County Detention Center III, and is the first step in the possible creation of a park in the former Pecos Army Airfield apartments site.

Galindo said that the area desperately needed to be cleaned up and with this agreement this was made possible this past week.

“The first step is to design the community park,” he said. “The county has two sets of highly systems that we bought several years ago that we can set up for a soccer field and men’s softball field.”

Galindo said that the area adjacent to the Pecos Housing Authority administration building would hopefully be turned into a soccer and men’s softball field. “It can then be used for other sports and whoever needs it,” he said.

Galindo said that they are also talking about the possibility of designing a small pond. “We’ll be talking to the Parks and Wildlife to talk about stocking the pond with fish,” he said.

Galindo said that they would have to design an underground watering system plan to water the whole area by the Pecos Housing Authority.

“These are plans that we are working on,” said Galindo.

The county and PHA reached an agreement two years ago to use the former Airbase apartments area south of Interstate 20 to create two new holes for the Reeves County Golf Course. The county has been working since then removing utilities and sodding the former apartments site for the new holes, which have not opened yet.

The clean-up project involves Reeves County Road and Bridge employees, city maintenance employees, county correctional officers, city certified peace officers, and RCDC III inmates will be utilized to perform these services. Along with the clean up at the former Airbase site, city and county crews along with the RCDC III inmate work detail will complete the rodeo arena south seating area.

TxDOT planning rebuild of local streets next year

After working on repaving Interstate 20 and other area roads over the past 10 months, the Texas Department of Transportation plans to make improvements on the state-maintained streets in Pecos over the next two years.

Glen Larum, public information officer for TxDOT’s Odessa district, said work is almost done on the 30-mile rebuild of I-20 between Pyote and FM 869 west of Pecos, while repaving work on FM 869 south of the interstate will be continued in May, when weather gets warmer.

The in-town projects are still about a year away, but crews were out surveying South Eddy Street between Third and Eighth streets on Wednesday, in preparation for the rebuilding of the street between Third and Stafford Boulevard next year.

Awarding a bid for the reconstruction of FM 761, from Third and Eddy streets to Stafford Boulevard and State Highway 17, won’t occur until December, but Larum said the project will include new curbs and gutters, some sidewalk replacement, ADA accommodations, and a new sidewalk on the south side of Stafford Boulevard.

The total project is expected to cost $2.6 million, and TxDOT will be talking to residents and business owners later this year about driveway changes, Larum said. He added that there are no plans to widen FM761 between Third and Seventh streets, where the Eddy Street narrows to a single lane in each direction.

“We have 100 feet of right-of-way on Eddy between Seventh and Stafford, but we only have 80 feet in that section,” Larum said. Those four blocks of FM 761 were only added to the state maintenance program in 1991, when the road was last worked on and when a new drainage canal was built along Stafford Boulevard between Missouri Street and Country Club Drive.

Third Street (Business I-20) on through Pecos is also due for a rebuild, as is Cedar Street (U.S. 285) from I-20 to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Bids on that the Business I-20 project is scheduled to be awarded a month after the Eddy Street project, in January of 2006, while the U.S. 285 project will be let in December of that year.

The $1.4 million project will include an area from the TxDOT office at the intersection with Highway 17 to the east city limits. It will include a redesign of Third Street east of Cedar to improve the drainage. Larum added that the U.S. 285 project will include concreted "white-topping" of the road at the I-20 intersection similar to recently completed projects in Midland and Odessa. The concrete is designed to hold up better than asphalt to the stopping and starting of truck and cars during hot weather.

TxDOT maintains streets in Pecos with highway designations. Other streets are maintained by Town of Pecos City crews, which is planning to do seal coating on a number of streets this summer, after repaving work had been put off for several years due to budgetary concerns.

Other current projects TxDOT crews are involved with in Reeves County include the landscaping along I-20, replacement of the 72-year-old Moody Draw bridge on the I-20 service road west of Toyah, and work on FM 1216 north of Pecos.

Larum also said that C.J. Zuniga is currently serving as interim acting assistant area engineer for TxDOTs’ three county area of Reeves, Pecos and Terrell counties under Mohammad Moabed of Fort Stockton. Zungia replaced Kelli Williams, who had been the assistant Area Engineer overseeing construction and maintenance, but was promoted to the District Traffic Engineer's position and moved to the Odessa District office.

State’s workforce network offering services

Different programs and services are being offered at the local Pecos Workforce Network that many people might not be aware of.

“We have three programs we are focusing on at this time,” said workforce center coordinator Maria Urias. “They’ve been around for some time.”

The programs are operated through the Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission. “They’re the ones that do all the programs, they trickle down to us and we implement the programs,” said Urias.

One of the programs, the JTPA program, has gotten a new name. “There were a lot of changes and they changed this program to WIA, Workforce Investment Act,” said Urias. The WIA Youth Program is a year-round program. “It doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll be employed year-round, but we do monthly activities with them when they’re in school and not working,” she said.

This program will target individuals 18-21, who are out of school. “This program is for those youth who dropped out, graduated or received their G.E.D.,” said Urias. “There’s a possibility of putting them to work for the summer,” she said.

“We’ll be able to help them with funding to continue their education,” said Urias. Urias said that the most they could help them with was with two years. “We can help them with the first two or the last two years to receive their degrees,” she said. Urias added that if they qualify under the youth program part of the requirement; they must fill out a financial package to continue with their education.

To become eligible for the program individuals must show proof of income for the last six months (this will be depending on number in household and how many work); a birth certificate or resident card; their social security card and a utility bill (to verify resident status).

One of the criteria is clients have to have a “barriers.” “If they dropped out, homeless, pregnant or parenting teen, no work experience, below grade level, deficit in basic literacy there is an assessment process,” said Urias.

Urias said that if they give out an application, they assess them and at that point determine if that person will do better in those areas. “Once they qualify, we try to match them up to the employer, depending on what skills they might already have or need,” said Urias.

“We have some youth that have been with us for two years and now they’re seniors and they know they’ll have a job after graduation,” she said.

Area manager for the local office is Juanita Castro, who also oversees the Fort Stockton Office and case manager is Norma Jimenez.

“She’s the one that will be in charge of all three programs,” said Urias. She said that they have a lot of literature on colleges and careers. “We give them all this information, if they are unsure what they want to go in to.”

Urias said that the workforce network has a program set up their computers, a self-assessment program. “This program tells you what career or profession would suit you, if you answer the questions honestly,” she said. “It will give you a lead as to what you might be suited for in life.”

Urias said that these are federally funded programs.

Urias said that if they don’t qualify for the youth program The TWC can help them get registered with, among other resources available.

It has to be an occupation that is in demand or on our certified training provider list, “such as the medical field, if they meet the criteria and funds are available,” Urias said. Urias said that they are adding new work sites and businesses that want to participate in the youth program.

“The city, the county, Balmorhea State Park and Aguilar Insurance are some of the previous work sites,” said Urias. “The employers get extra help and all they have to do is teach them some skills and the employee gets paid for it.

“The employer does not pay their salary, the Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission does,” she said.

The other program currently available at the facility is the Adult Program. “This is for individuals that are 18 years old and up,” said Urias.

“There’s no cap on that,” she said.

The same criteria apply for these individuals as the other programs.

“If they qualify, we do an assessment test, then if they pass all that we go ahead and sponsor them,” said Urias. “One example, is truck drivers, that’s an occupation that is in demand right now.”

She said that if a person chooses to go into this particular profession, they would pay for truck driving school and everything else, such as tuition, books and fees.

“Some people want to go in to welding or auto mechanic and right off the bat they need tools, we provide all that for them,” she said.

Urias said that the office also provides a lot of other different services that are free to the public.

The computers can be used to type up resumes, the fax machine can be used to fax resumes and receive resumes and the phones can be used to contact potential employers. For more information individuals can go to the office located at 215 W. Second or call 445-9464.

Police Report

EDITOR’S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report is obtained from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff’s Office, or other officers of those agencies.

The serving of warrants by an officer for outstanding fines of either traffic citations, animal control violations or other court costs are considered arrests and will be printed as such unless indicated that the fines were paid. In such instances we will indicate payment and release. ***

Two female juveniles were arrested by Pecos Police on Feb. 28 at La Tienda Thriftway, 810 S. Eddy St., on a charge of filing a false alarm or report, a Class A misdemeanor. Police said they were called at 8:14 p.m. in reference to a 911 report of a robbery in progress at the store. Officers found no robbery when they arrived at the store, but were told by witnesses that the two juveniles were seen on the pay phone outside the store around the time the call was made to police. The two were found inside the store and arrested and transported to the Reeves County Juvenile Detention Center. ***

Delma Nunez Gabaldon, 36, of 1600 S. Park St., was arrested by police on Feb. 28 at the intersection of Madison and Park streets on a charge of possession of dangerous drugs, a Class A misdemeanor, and child endangerment, a state jail felony. Police said they were told Gabaldon was driving a Dodge Intrepid in an intoxicated state looking for drugs, and had two young children in the vehicle. According to police, Gabaldon was found in possession of methocarbamol, a muscle relaxant that was not prescribed by a pharmacist, and her 2-year-old son was sitting on four caplets under his diaper and legs. Gabaldon was transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center following her arrest. ***

Floyd Herrera, 45, 1006 E. Second St., was arrested by police on Feb. 27 at 7:06 p.m. at the intersection of Third and Mesquite streets on a warrant charging him with assault, a Class A misdemeanor. Herrera was transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center following his arrest. ***

Enrique Estrada, 28, of Odessa, was arrested by police on Feb. 25 on Interstate 20 at the 42 mile marker on a warrant out of Ector County charging him with possession of marijuana. He was taken to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center, where additional drugs were found in his possession, and he was charged with carrying a prohibited substance within a correctional facility. ***

Federico Rede Lara, 48, of 817 S. Walnut St., was arrested at Allsup’s, 708 S. Cedar St., on Feb. 23 at 9:32 p.m. and again on Feb. 25 at 9:37 p.m. on a charges of criminal mischief in the first incident, and criminal trespass a Class B misdemeanor, in the second incident. Police said the arrests were made after Lara was banned from the store, but returned to the area. He was transported to the Criminal Justice Center, where he was formally charged. ***

Mason Troy Lamb, 18, 1927 Wyoming St., was arrested by police on Feb. 20 in the 2200 block of South Eddy Street on a charge of driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said Lamb’s vehicle was stopped because it matched the description of a vehicle that was following a newspaper person collecting monies. Officers at the scene said the vehicle had a strong odor of marijuana and a small amount of marijuana seeds and leaves were found on the floor inside the vehicle. Lamb was transported to the Criminal Justice Center, where he was formally charged. ***

Cassady N. Bradley, 19, 1704 Jefferson St., was arrested by police on Feb. 18 at her home, on a warrant charging her with making a false report to a peace officer, a Class B misdemeanor. Bradley was placed under arrest and transported to the Criminal Justice Center. ***

Alfred Johnray Hernandez, 188, 724 S. Almond St., Gregorio Alejando Pena, 23, of 845 Martinez St., and Joseph Joquin Garcia, 18, 1209 S. Pecan St., were arrested by police on Feb. 18 on a charge of possession of marijuana under two ounces, a Class B misdemeanor. Police said the arrests were made in the 1200 block of Martinez Street following a traffic stop, when a usable amount of marijuana was found in their possession. ***

Jamar Carrasco Natividad, 19, of 716 S. Oak St., and Rashad E. Terry, 17, 1120 S. Mesquite St., were arrested on Feb. 20 in the 600 block of West Fifth Street on a charge of possession of marijuana under two ounces, a Class B misdemeanor. Police said the arrests were made after a traffic stop, when a usable amount of marijuana was found in their possession. ***

Brandon Casey Fisher, 18, 2118 1/2 S. Park St., was arrested on Feb. 16 at 1:46 a.m. at the Eddy Street Car Wash at Eighth and Eddy streets on a warrant charging him with aggravated assault, a second degree felony. Police said the arrest was made for an incident at the car wash, and Fisher was transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center following his arrest. ***

Jerry David Lara, 19, 1519 Morris St., was arrested by police on Feb. 15 at the Maxey Park swimming pool and charged with criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor. Police said the arrest was made after Lara was found inside the city swimming pool fence area, where ‘no trespassing’ signs are posted. He was arrested and transported to the Criminal Justice Center. ***

Police arrested a male juvenile on Feb. 16 at 708 E. Fourth St., on a charge of possession of a prohibited weapon. Police said they were called to a home in the 400 block of South Sycamore Street at 7:16 p.m. on Feb. 16, where a complainant said the juvenile had pulled a knife on him. Officer went to the other home, where a black butterfly knife was found on a bench where the juvenile was sitting. After admitting the knife was his, the juvenile was arrested and transported to the Reeves County Juvenile Detention Center.


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