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Wednesday, December 6, 2000

Young cheerleader scores modeling work

Staff Writer

PECOS, December 6, 2000 - A modeling career has begun early for the daughter of a former Pecos resident.

Alyssa Bella Bafidis, the 1½ -year-old daughter of former Pecos resident Alfonso "Ponchito" Bafidis III and Melissa Bafidis, now of San Antonio, was featured in an HEB flyer which was distributed this week in newspapers around Central and South Texas.

"She was actually discovered at our older son's football game," said Ponchito.

Bafidis said that he was on the sidelines of 10-year-old Cory's football game and his wife was in the stands when two women approached her and told her they wanted to use her daughter for an ad. "Alyssa was dressed up as a little cheerleader," he said.

Alyssa is the team's little mascot/cheerleader, and was with the older cheerleaders on the sidelines when she was spotted by the two women.

"They said they were from an agency and wanted to possibly use Alyssa for an ad," said Bafidis. The agency the women work for does ads for J.C. Penney, H.E.B. and other large retail stores.

"This was three months ago, after they spoke to my wife we went out to a photo shoot," said Bafidis. "And actually, our younger son, Alfonso IV, was also in a photo shoot."

The two children will be featured in another H.E.B. flyer, which will come out in the spring. "In that photo shoot, they are both modeling summer clothes, with lawn chairs and summer toys," said Bafidis, who is a 1987 Pecos High School graduate.

"She's really photogenic," said Bafidis about his daughter.

The photo shoot took only from 45 minutes to an hour, considering she is only 1½ years old. "This particular photo shoot place about three weeks ago and already she's coming out in a flyer," said Bafidis. "They told us that it usually takes a few months."

Alyssa will be used a regular model for H.E.B. and other department stores, according to Bafidis. "We feel very honored, because they came to us and they told us they will be continuing to use her in different ads," he said.

The couple is already talking to agencies about promoting their daughter and trying to do what is in her best interest.

Modeling must be hereditary, because the older Bafidis, will also be featured in a flyer.

"They chose me, the same agency, for an ad as well, but I'll be pictured with another family," said Bafidis. "That flyer, also from H.E.B., will be out on Dec. 24."

"This isn't something that we had thought about for our daughter, or ourselves, but we feel very privileged. We feel very lucky and honored," he said.

The family consists of Bafidis, his wife, Melissa, their 10-year-old son Cory, Alfonso IV, who is 2 ½ years old and little Alyssa Bella.

City set to get recommendation on new jail facility

Staff Writer

PECOS, December 6, 2000 - Corplan Corrections president James Parkey is scheduled to discuss the possible sites for the new Municipal Law Enforcement Center with the Town of Pecos City Council during their first regular meeting of the month on Thursday, Dec. 14.

"They'll make a formal presentation on that day," Pecos Police Chief Clay McKinney said.

A council-appointed site selection committee including McKinney, Parkey, U.S. Marshall Billy Johnson, Mayor Ray Ortega, Interim City Manager Octavio Garcia and Councilman Johnny Terrazas looked at three different sites for the new facility.

The locations of the sites include east of the Reeves County Hospital, west of the hospital and south of West County Road were the old Airbase Apartments were located.

McKinney said the site selection committee met several weeks ago to discuss the different sites and now the choice is up to the council.

"It's the council's call," he said.

McKinney said that if council members choose a site next week, the next steps would be to conduct an environmental impact study and get approval from the Texas Attorney General's office.

McKinney said that after that is done then construction could begin.

"If everything falls on schedule, hopefully in late February early March there'll be some groundbreaking," he said.

The new facility would allow the U.S. Marshal's Service to house inmates awaiting trial at the Lucius D. Bunton Federal Courthouse in Pecos. It would have an initial capacity of about 100 inmates, most of whom the city hopes will be from the Marshal's Service, which currently sends many of its prisoners to out-of-town jails.

The building would include enough space for the whole police department, as well as the jail facility.

McKinney said earlier this year that the space was designed with the help of Winkler County Sheriff Robert Roberts, who runs a similar facility in Kermit.

"The ideas that he had were good ideas," he said. "He's been pretty helpful."

Since the police department is moving into the new facility once it is built, McKinney said he has talked with Reeves County Sheriff Andy Gomez about the possibility of renting the currant police station building to the Trans-Pecos Drug Task Force. The Police Station and Sheriff's Department currently are located a block from each other on South Oak Street.

McKinney said after the groundbreaking construction should be completed in one year.

"They have guaranteed a 12-month completion date," he said.

Roberts' similar facility in Kermit was completed in 10-months, according to McKinney.

The police chief said his staff is looking forward to the completion of the new facility.

"I think everybody here with the police department is real excited," he said.

Bus passengers end up stopped on drug charge

PECOS, December 6, 2000 - A couple of senior citizens headed by bus from California to Tennessee saw their trip stopped short on Monday, when they were arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents on possession of cocaine charges.

According to the U.S. Border Patrol office in Marfa, the arrest occurred at the Sierra Blanca Border Patrol Checkpoint on Interstate 10 in Hudspeth County, when the bus they were riding in was stopped and searched by agents with their drug-sniffing dog.

The dog alerted to a bag in the lower luggage compartment, which belonged to the two suspects, both United States citizens in their 60s, the Border Patrol statement said. When the bag was searched 14 pounds of a substance believed to be cocaine, valued at $448,000, was found inside, and the pair was placed under arrest.

The bag and its contents, along with the two suspects, were turned over to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents, the Border Patrol said. Identities of the two suspects were not available at presstime.

Former firemen invited to attend Thursday dinner

PECOS, December 6, 2000 - The Pecos Volunteer Fire Department firefighters are inviting all ex-firefighters to their Annual Dinner.

The Annual event will be held at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Reeves County Civic Center.

Board to evaluate superintendent in special session

PECOS, December 6, 2000 - Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board members will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the board room, 1304 S. Park Street for a special meeting, the only item being evaluation of P-B-T Superintendent Don Love.

The group will meet in closed session _ as authorized by the Texas Open Meeting Act, Texas Government Code, Section 551.101 et. Seq., Section 551.074: discuss personnel or hear complaints against personnel.

The group will then return to open session and take action, if any, on items discussed in closed session.

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 instanced we will indication payment and release.
Ismael M. Valeriano, Jr., 20, was arrested at 2:48 a.m., on November 26 at Washington and Alberta Streets for driving while license suspended, a class B misdemeanor.

Willians E. Brooks, 53, was arrested on November 23 two miles north of Pecos on U.S. 285 for public intoxication.

Michael Kent Alder, 35, was arrested at 7:26 p.m., on November 19 at the eastbound mile marker 44 on Interstate 20 for public intoxication.

Juan Rodriguez Morales, 24, of Odessa was arrested at 12:54 a.m., on November 19 at the Circle Bar on Interstate 10 for a traffic violation warrant.

Thomas L. Munoz, 17, was arrested at 11:30 p.m., on November 22 in the 700 block of Cherry Street for evading arrest and minor in possession.

Edubijes Subia, Jr., 22, was arrested at 8:06 p.m., on November 23 in the 300 block of Peach Street on two DPS warrants for registration violation and no liability.

Roger Matta, 17, was arrested at 2:32 a.m., on November 25 in the 2400 block of Country Club Drive for public intoxication.

Arvil Talamantez, 45, was arrested at 4:25 p.m., on November 25 in the 400 block of Locust Street on two warrants for failure to appear and disorderly conduct.

Alfonso R. Florez, 27, was arrested at 1:28 a.m., on November 26 in the 100 block of Mesquite Street for assault by threat.

Jesus A. Quiroz, 17, and Erika Tarin, 20, were arrested at 12:01 a.m., on November 26 along with two male juveniles at Fourth and Bois D'Arc Streets. The two juveniles and Quiroz were arrested for evading and Tarin was arrested for furnishing alcohol to minors.

Louie Elliott Rico, 20, was arrested at 9:18 p.m., on November 26 at 12th and Elm streets on a warrant for motion to adjudicate/arson.

Frank Rodriguez, 43, was arrested at 3:25 p.m., on December 2 in the 1300 block of South Cedar Street for assault under the Family Violence Act.

John Ray Cole, 36, was arrested 7:48 p.m., on December 2 on Country Club and Palmer Streets for driving while intoxicated, possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lorena Jurado, 27, was arrested at 12:45 a.m., on December 3 in the 600 block of West Second Street on a warrant for theft by check over $20 and under $500.

Roger D. Matta, Jr., 17, Lee G. Arredondo, 17, and Rosalio Carmona, 18, were arrested at 9:47 p.m., on December 1 in the 900 block of Locust Street. Matta was arrested for minor in possession, evading arrest or detention and a warrant for a capias pro fine. Arredondo was arrested for minor in possession-3rd offense Class B, evading arrest or detention and a warrant for minor in possession. Carmona was arrested for minor in possession-4th offense Class B and evading arrest or detention.

Leo O. Varela, 17, Albert Contreras, 17, Jimmy D. Juarez, 18, Jaime Losoya, 17, Samuel Mata, 17, Enrique Pena, 17, Chris J. Fuentes, 18, Jose A. Barreno, 18, Tammy Natividad, 17, seven male juveniles and three female juveniles were arrested at 9:47 p.m., on December 1 in the 900 block of Locust Street. Barreno was arrested for evading arrest or detention. The rest were arrested for minor in possession and evading arrest or detention.

Steve Green, 49, was arrested at 11:42 p.m., on December 1 in the 300 block of Willow Street for public intoxication.

Abel Sanchez, 31, and Yvette Acosta, 28, were arrested at 2 a.m., on December 3 in the 600 block of East Second Street for violation of protective order.

Luis Bustamante Orona, 29, and Christopher Thomas Rodriguez, 23, were arrested at 3:34 a.m., on December 1 in the 100 block of West County Road for public intoxication.


Wanda Cowan


PECOS, December 6, 2000 - High Tuesday 55. Low this morning 39. Forecast for tonight: Mostly clear. Low 20 to 25. Light west wind. Thursday: Mostly sunny and warmer. High 65 to 70. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph. Thursday night: Mostly clear. Low 25 to 30. Friday: Partly cloudy. Low 30 to 35. High from 55 to 65.

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