Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, June 11, 2001
Police arrest two suspects in Allsups attack
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, Monday, June 11, 2001 -- Pecos Police Officers arrested three local
men involved in two separate incidents over the weekend.
After police officers received a disturbance call early Saturday morning
they arrested Benito Juarez, 18, of Barstow and a male juvenile, also of
Barstow, at Allsups Convenience Store in the 700 block of South Cedar Street.
Both men were arrested for aggravated assault after they got into a confrontation
with two Allsups store clerks.
"An argument occurred between the above customers with an employee," Pecos
Police Investigator Kelly Davis said.
Davis said that the employees on duty were Steve Unland, 19 and Scott
Keilman, 19, both of Pecos.
"They were both working there at the time," he said.
Davis said at some point in the argument the two employees were attacked
with a tire tool that sent Unland to the hospital with head injuries.
"The store's video camera captured the incident on tape," he said.
Davis said that although the store's video camera provided some information
they are still investigating the matter.
The police department is also continuing investigation of a one-vehicle
accident that happened later that same day on Eddy Street.
Eric Armendariz, 19, of Pecos was arrested and charged with leaving the
scene of an accident after he ran into a light pole at approximately 11:12
p.m., on Saturday night.
Davis said that Armendariz was driving a 1997 green Chevrolet pick-up
truck when he hit some water and ran into a pole on the corner of Normandy
and Eddy Streets.
"Because he was on probation he panicked and left the scene," Davis said.
Soon after the accident occurred police officers located Armendariz and
brought him back to the scene, at which time he confessed to the hit and
An ambulance was called to the scene after Armendariz started complaining
of chest pains, according to Davis, but transport to the hospital was not
Davis said that it is unknown at this time if there were any other persons
involved in the accident.
Both incidents are still under investigation.
Ft. Davis fires contained, fire danger still high
From staff and wire reports
PECOS, Monday, June 11, 2001 --The last of five fires in the Ft. Davis area
was contained as of Friday. The first of the fires began May 26 and
fire fighters from nine volunteer fire departments, six state agencies
and six federal agencies have been fighting fire in the area ever since.
Texas Forest Service Division Supervisor Rich Gray said that the last
of the fires was one hundred percent contained.
One hundred percent contained means that a fire line has been established
around the perimeter of all of the fires all though some are still burning.
"Everything looks really good right now on all five fires," Gray said.
In all, fires in Lemon Gap, Right Hand Canyon, on Pine Peak, on the Ryan
Ranch and Parker Ranch burned 7,050 acres.
Gray said that while a subdivision of 400 homes was threatened, no structures
were burned. Three fire fighters were treated for heat exhaustion, but there
were no serious injuries.
Gray said that more than 200 fire fighters were committed to the fight
at one time or another, making it the first large-scale fire-fighting effort
of the year for Texas.
Seventeen counties in West Texas remain in extreme fire danger, he said.
Since lightning is a frequent, unavoidable fire hazard, Texas Forest Service
Fire Prevention Specialist Justin Hall suggested homeowners in the area do
all they could to prevent and prepare for wildfires.
"When the grasses and shrubs start to dry out, one of our jobs is to keep
the public aware of the dangers of wildfires," he said.
"We recommend clearing any dead plant limbs and grasses away from any
structures and pruning trees away from the roof of your house. This way,
you can reduce the intensity of the flames, giving your home a better chance
of surviving," he said.
Hall also said that people should avoid parking or driving on dead grass
since hot catalytic converters can ignite the dry grass. People also need
to check to see if any outdoor burning bans are in place before burning any
debris, and in any case, burning should only take place on calm days, he
Preaching the Word of God was more important than making money
PECOS, Monday, June 11, 2001 -- The last preacher in this fascinating
series of Circuit Riders is H. M. Bandy. W. D. Smithers, the author
of the book Circuit Riders of the Big Bend, calls H. M.
Bandy "Rev." and a Church of Christ preacher. Either Mr. Smithers did
not know the Church of Christ teachings or H. M. Bandy was not a Church
of Christ preacher that we know today. Today's Church of Christ considers
Psalms 111-9 which says, "holy and reverend is his name" to refer to
God. The purpose of the Ghost Writer is not to get into Bible discussions.
There is a discrepancy.
Circuit Rider Bandy came to Marfa as a Church of Christ preacher circa
1915. Bro. Bandy felt that he had a duty to visit isolated ranches in the
area as it was too far for the ranchers and their families to attend services
in Marfa. His Model T Ford afforded some comfort in his travels, however,
the Ford had more trouble with the roads than the horse, and tires were always
a problem. Jacks, wrenches, patches and a hand pump were always on board.
Little is said about Bro. Bandy's preaching but he did talk a lot about
the raid at the Brite Ranch. The Brite Ranch was about thirty-five miles
west of Marfa and twenty-eight miles east of the border town of Pilares,
Mexico. The many buildings and post office were the target of Mexican bandits
on Christmas day in 1917. There were about fifteen men, women and children
at the ranch and Bro. Bandy was to arrive with his wife and Lela Weatherby
and Lovie Neil that Christmas morning.
The ranch foreman, Sam Neil, was up at daybreak to start the fire and
make coffee when he saw a group of at least forty horsemen riding toward
the ranch house. He noticed that the riders had rifles so Sam got his rifle
and awakened Van Neil and Oscar Wells. Sam fired the first shot that killed
the leader. The bandits scattered behind the buildings and fired at the
house and the three men fired back from different windows. Sounds like a
good western movie.
Jose Sanchez and a Mexican boy were milking and the bandits sent Jose
to the ranch house to demand they surrender or they would kill the boy. The
answer was "hell no." They did give the bandits the keys to the store and
post office. The loot from the store and post office was not all the bandits
wanted and they forced Jose to go with them to the pasture where the Brite
The bandits overtook the mailman, coming from Candelaria with two Mexicans,
shot the two Mexicans and hung the mailman to a rafter by his feet and it
is said that they cut his throat.
The hostages attempted to telephone Bro. Bandy but the lines had been
cut. Crescencia Natividad was sent to plead with the bandits not to harm
the preacher when he came and, true to their training, they let the man of
God through. When in the house, the preacher said, "let us pray" and they
all knelt and prayed. The preacher asked for a gun and helped the others
watch the windows. One of the men took a long drink of whisky and the preacher
forgave him in his hour of need.
A neighbor from a nearby ranch was going to the post office at the Brite's
ranch and noticed the Mexican guards on the road. He turned around and telephoned
Brite's brother in Marfa, who phoned the sheriff. A message was sent from
Marfa to the bandits that a posse was on the way to the ranch and they went
back to Palires.
Call it justice, revenge or murder, but at 2:00 AM December 27th
cavalry troopers, Texas Rangers and ranchmen entered each house in Palires
and killed only the men. They think that thirty-five men were killed and
they were not sure that each of the thirty-five was part of the raiders at
the Brite ranch. The Rangers were disciplined by disbanding the company but
many of the men joined other companies.
Another raid was made on another ranch in 1918 to avenge the killings
at Palires. U. S. troopers killed thirty-three Mexicans and went to Palires
and found some of the loot that was taken from the ranch. They then destroyed
the houses and there was no longer a village of Palires. The bandits found
other refuge and continued to harass travelers but not preachers.
These four circuit riders, William D. Boys, Nicholas Brockdus Eaaken,
L. R. Millican and H. M Bandy were men who thought that preaching the Word
of God was more important than making money. They learned to read before
the Federal Government took over our education system and knew that Acts
8 tells us that only Christ's chosen twelve could pass on the ability to
perform miracles. If the faith healers today could heal, they would publish
the name and address of each one healed and the world would be at their door.
Seems to me that Christ said, "My people perish for lack of knowledge."
I can't find the passage but it fits our generation. I'm sure my "Mature"
advisors will help me with Book and verse.
Pageant tickets on sale
PECOS, Monday, June 11, 2001 --Golden Girl Revue and Little Miss Cantaloupe
Pageant tickets will go on sale to the public on Monday, June 18, at Security
The pageant will be held at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 29, at the Pecos High
Tickets are $7 and everyone is invited to attend.
Marriages for March 2001, as filed with the Reeves County
Juan Belmontes Romero and Amy Ortega Romero.
Tito A. Rodriguez and Rickie G. Melendez.
Eloy Santiesteban Burciaga and Sarah Vela.
Marriages for April 2001, as filed with the Reeves County Clerk's
John Hilary White and Lottie Beatrice Walker.
Leo Yetming Hung and Minnie Manipon Razon.
Bernardino N. Carrasco and Esther Garcia Carrasco.
Oscar Muniz Jr. and Yvonne Matta.
Michael Baron Baeza and Lorena Escontrias Baez.
Albert Aguilar and Brenda Kay Sotelo.
Marriages for May 2001, as filed with the Reeves County Clerk's
Michael Shane Owens and Cristal Dawn Alvarez.
Feliz Juarez Madrid and Asusena C. Sandoval.
Virgil Lee Miles and Sonia Monique Wilson.
Divorces for April 2001, as filed with the Reeves County District
Crystal Flores Hernandez and Jose Luis Hernandez.
Stella Garcia Lujan and Jose Alfredo Lujan.
Divorces for May 2001, as filed with the Reeves County District
Maria Chavez and Adolfo Chavez.
Norma Cordova Villareal and Leobardo Herrera Villareal III.
Toyah Walker Crisp and Jerry Wayne Crisp, Jr.
Mary Jane Fuentez and Carlota M. Diaz
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 indicate payment and release.
Hector Jose Perez, 23, was arrested at 6:31 p.m., on June 7 at Seventh
and Sycamore Streets for no driver's license.
Lee Arredondo, 17, Pedro (Peter) Barreno, 17, Roy Minjarez, Jr., 19,
and Gilbert Plasencia, 20, were arrested at 12:09 a.m., on June 8 in the
1300 block of East Third Street. All were arrested for minor in possession
and possession of marijuana under two ounces. Plasencia was also arrested
for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jose M. Camacho, 45, was arrested at 11 a.m., on June 7 at Oak Tree
Inn on the I-20 North Frontage Road on a warrant service for possession of
heroin and drug paraphernalia.
Rodney Ruben Molinar, 27, was arrested at 2:45 p.m., on June 7 in the
1400 block of Oak Street on a warrant service for aggravated assault with
a deadly weapon.
Manuel Sosa Fuentez, Jr., 19, was arrested at 12:22 p.m., on June 11
in the 1100 block of West Second Street on a Ward County Sheriff Office warrant
for failure to adjudicate on an original charge of possession of marijuana
under two ounces, a Class B Misdemeanor.
Hal Pratt, 60, was arrested at 10:50 p.m., on June 9 in the 400 block
of South Peach Street for public intoxication-enhanced.
Eric Armendariz, 19, was arrested at 11:12 p.m., on June 9 at Normandy
and Eddy Streets for leaving the scene of an accident.
Rodolfo T. Orona, 26, was arrested at 12:30 a.m., on June 10 at La Officina
Bar in the 600 block of East Second Street for public intoxication (Class
C Misdemeanor), resisting arrest or detention (Class A Misdemeanor) and possession
of cocaine (State Jail Felony).
Ramon A. Noriega, 41, and Pedro Morales, 63, were arrested at 11 p.m.,
on June 8 at the Circle M Bar on Third and Mesquite Streets both for public
Benny H. Juarez, 18 and a male juvenile were arrested at 12:43 a.m.,
on June 9 at Allsup's in the 700 block of South Cedar Street. Juarez was
arrested for aggravated assault (2nd degree felony) while the
juvenile was arrested for aggravated assault and failure to identify.
Isaac G. Lopez, 18, was arrested at 1:04 a.m., on June 9 at Allsup's
in the 700 block of South Cedar Street for evading arrest (Class B Misdemeanor)
and possession of marijuana (enhanced, Class A Misdemeanor).
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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