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Monday, January 7, 2002

Seguin man dies in I-10 crash near Van Horn

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Jan. 7, 2002 -- A Seguin man was killed after being involved in a  one-vehicle rollover with his family this weekend on Interstate 10 near  Van Horn.

Michael A. Perrin, Sr., 42, of Seguin, died at Culberson County Hospital in Van Horn on Saturday afternoon. His son Michael, Jr., 10, was also transferred to Culberson County Hospital with minor injuries where he was in stable condition.

According to the Department of Public Safety report, the accident occurred at 2:24 p.m., on Saturday six miles East of Van Horn in the eastbound lane of Interstate 10.

The report states that the driver, who was Sarah Perrin, age unknown, was either fatigued or fell asleep at the wheel causing the 1998 Ford van she was driving to roll.

"The driver was fatigued or fell asleep and went off the roadway into the center median," a DPS representative said. "The vehicle overturned ejecting one occupant."

The report does not state who was ejected from the vehicle.

The passengers of the vehicle are believed to have been wearing their seatbelts.

Justice of the Peace Ismael Villalobos of Van Horn pronounced Perrin, Sr., dead at 3:53 p.m., at Culberson County Hospital. The body was taken to Van Horn Funeral Home.

Trooper Delyande Delco is still investigating the accident.

Coyanosa teen misses detour, crashes pickup

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Jan. 7, 2002 -- The Department of Public Safety is planning to charge a  Coyanosa teen with driving while intoxicated after damaging construction  barriers on Business Interstate 20 in between Pecos and Barstow this weekend

Joseluis Carrasco, 18, of Coyanosa, was traveling East on Business 20 toward Barstow around 1:30 a.m., on Sunday when he struck the barriers beside the Long Bridge, 1.6 miles East of Pecos. The narrow 59-year-old bridge is in the process of being torn out and rebuilt to modern standards by construction crews, with traffic being detoured on a temporary road on the south side of the bridge.

Carrasco rolled the white 1999 Dodge Pickup he was driving after running into the barriers causing a couple thousand dollars worth of damage to the construction site, according to DPS Trooper Eric White out of Monahans.

"He was eastbound on Business 20 and failed to negotiate the construction area properly," White said.

White said that Carrasco ran off the road and hit barriers on both sides of the road eventually causing the truck to roll and landing "on its top."

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident, according to White.

Carrasco was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

The Pecos Ambulance Service transported Carrasco to Reeves County Hospital with minor injuries.

White said that the barriers damaged in the accident would have to be replaced but that the roadway remained open.

The accident is still under investigation.

Jailed brothers facing Midland drug charges

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Jan. 7, 2002 -- Four brothers who were arrested last week in Juarez, Mexico on  drug charges will have a trip to U.S. District Court in Midland awaiting them  when they are extradited by the U.S. government from Mexico City.

The brothers are Mexican citizens Hernaldo, aka, "Naldo" Beltran Perea and Raul Beltran Perea and U.S. citizens Jesus "Chuy" M. Beltran and Rodolfo, "Rudy" Beltran. All are former residents of Balmorhea and Pecos, according to local officials.

The four were arrested New Year's Eve in Juarez, Mexico following an extensive drug investigation by Mexican police. The brothers allegedly masterminded a cocaine smuggling ring in El Paso and Juarez for the past 10 years, officials said Thursday.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's El Paso office helped Mexico's new Federal Investigative Agency work on the case, DEA spokeswoman Angie Gurrola said.

The New Year's Eve arrests follow charges on April 19, 2000, in U.S. District Court, in Midland that were brought against the Beltrans and several others in a case that remains before federal judge W. Royal Furgeson, Jr.

Charges pending in federal court in Midland include for Hernaldo Perea Beltran, one count of conspiracy to distribute narcotics. Court papers indicate that the defendant did conspire with others to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and import and distribute marijuana.

Raul Beltran, has two counts for conspiracy to distribute narcotics. The defendant did conspire with others to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and import and distribute marijuana.

Jesus Beltran has three counts of conspiracy to distribute narcotics. The defendant did conspire with others to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and import and distribute marijuana.

Rodolfo Beltran is being charged with four counts of conspiracy to distribute narcotics. The defendant did conspire with others to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and import and distribute marijuana.

The four were charged in unsealed indictments that were unsealed on Jan. 11, 2001.

A fugitive search began on May 19, 2000 for Hernaldo Perea Beltran, Raul Beltran, Jesus Beltran and Rodolfo Beltran, among others who were named in the indictments at that time, including Consepcion Martinez, Noel Quiroz Ramos, Horland Garcia, Ruben Garcia and Randy Lopez.

Several of those named were arrested in December of 2000, while according to the El Paso Times, the brothers were arrested during a family holiday party at Ajua, a popular restaurant frequented by many El Pasoans and other tourists.

Officials said that the organization smuggled drugs through El Paso and that they were then distributed to cities in Texas, Kansas, California and other states.

"The organization was headed by Hernaldo and Raul Beltran, who organized the smuggling and distribution and sale of 50 to 100 kilograms of cocaine per week, while Jesus and Rodolfo (Beltran) recruited drivers and collected the payments," according to a statement from the Mexican federal attorney general's office.

The Times said both Pereas and both Beltrans were taken to Mexico City, where they will be processed for extradition to the United States on drug charges, said Lorenzo Aquino Miranda, Chihuahua state director for the Mexican federal attorney general's office.

TNRCC officials investigate illegal dump sites

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Jan. 7, 2002 -- Officials with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation  Commission (TNRCC) were in Pecos last week beginning an investigation on  illegal dumping sites in the area.

Municipal Solid Waste Investigator Herb Rehders from TNRCC out of Midland said that his attention was brought to the illegal dumping sites after receiving complaints on the different locations around Pecos.

Rehders said that complaints were called in to TNRCC several weeks ago.

"December 27 was our latest call that came in," he said. "It was turned in via an emergency response call."

Rehders explained that the call was originally called in as an accident but they quickly realized that it was more of a complaint.

TNRCC came into town last Thursday and began their investigation and discovered "several potential unauthorized dumping sites," according to Rehders.

Rehders said that the sites had material that was supposed to be placed in a Type IV landfill including tree branches, tires, major appliances and mattresses among other things.

The Town of Pecos City does not have a Type IV landfill at this time although they are in the process of applying for that permit.

Rehders said that he could not release the location of the sites as well as the names of possible suspects at this time.

However, he said that they do have some significant leads as to who was dumping at the sites.

"In some cases, we have actual people on the scene that saw them do it," Rehders said.

Anyone that TNRCC determines as the illegal dumpers would have to clean up the site at their own expense as well as pay a fine, according to Rehders.

If TNRCC can not determine who dumped the material illegally, Rehders said that the landowner would be held responsible.

TNRCC is busy with numerous investigations in this region, according to Rehders.

Once enough information has been gathered concerning the sites in this area that information would be presented to the local regional enforcement coordinator, Rehders said.

"He'll determine what kind of case we have and the moneys involved," he said.

Right now, however, TNRCC is still investigating the sites and it is uncertain how long the investigation would last.

"We're still gathering facts," Rehders said. "The gist of what we're doing is following up on these three major leads here and see where it takes us."

Year in Review

Republic trial, Anchor sale among August events

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the eighth in a series of stories on events that occurred in the Pecos area during 2001. Today's story covers the month of August.


Wednesday, August 1, 2001—The Reeves County Hospital Board of Directors gave approval for a financial feasibility study for a dialysis center in Pecos during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, in the classroom at Reeves County Hospital.

Two Pecos men have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing on drug related charges in connection with federal indictments returned in February by a grand jury in Midland. Gregorio Navarrete, 46, of Pecos and Thomas Herrera were among a group of people arrested by local law enforcement agencies earlier this year as part of an investigation that began two years ago into a major drug smuggling operation in West Texas.


Thursday, August 2, 2001—Jury selection and jury trial has been set for Monday for members of the Republic of Texas, including their leader Richard McLaren on federal weapons charges. A trial on charges of violating the National Firearms Act against McLaren, his assistant, Robert "White Eagle" Otto, and three other Republic members, Richard Frank Keyes, Greg Paulson and Karen Simon Paulson is scheduled to begin before U.S. District Judge Royal Furgeson in Midland on Monday. The federal weapons charges are separate from the state charges for which McLaren and the others were later convicted of following the standoff.


Friday, August 3, 2001—An effort by the U.S. Air Force to cut down its B-1 bomber fleet won't affect plans for low level flights by the bombers over Reeves County and other parts of West Texas, an Air Force spokesman said today. The House Armed Services Committee voted Wednesday to block the Air Force plan to cut the B-1 bomber force by one-third and remove them from three of the five bases that now house them. ***

Monday, August 6, 2001—Southern Union Gas Company is contributing $2,500 to the Community Council of Reeves County this week to assist low-income customers with their natural gas bills.


Tuesday, August 7, 2001—The Town of Pecos City has recently started enforcing a city vehicle usage policy for city employees after a recent arrest brought up questions about access to city vehicles. On July 29, three men were arrested for public intoxication at Allsup's on Eddy Street after police were called to the scene in reference to a fight. Two of the three men arrested were driving a 1989 White Chevrolet pickup registered to the city and issued to Fire Chief Roy Pena. The pickup had reportedly been borrowed by his son, Michael Roy Pena, 18, who was one of the three taken into custody by police, and while the vehicle itself was not involved in any violation, Police Chief Clay McKinney said that if any charges would be filed involving the city vehicle, McKinney said that the city would be responsible for it.


Wednesday, August 8, 2001—A drug bust that started Tuesday afternoon continued today, as area law enforcement official look for four suspects wanted on warrants who remain at large. The round-up started at 5 p.m. Tuesday and most of the arrests were made last night.

Fingernail and toenail polish, colored lipstick, along with sleeveless shirts will be allowed at the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD high school campus, school board members decided Tuesday night. Board members approved the 2001-2002 handbook, Student Code of Conduct and Cafeteria Guidelines during their regular meeting held Tuesday.


Thursday, August 9, 2001—Security cameras will be installed at Crockett Middle School, Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD members decided on Tuesday, while also approving new district health insurance and the sale of several foreclosed properties during their regular monthly meeting.


Friday, August 10, 2001—Reeves County's booming dairy business has been chosen for a feature article in an upcoming issue of a statewide dairy publication. Pecos Economic Development Board Director Gari Ward said that Sherry Webb of Texas Dairy Review magazine is writing a feature article about the dairy business in Pecos and Reeves County that will run in September.


Monday, August 13, 2001—Vehicle rollover accidents took the lives of two Pecos residents and injured a Pecos teen over the weekend. A Pecos man and woman were killed in separate vehicle accidents, the first one occurring about 105 miles west of Pecos and the second about 275 miles east of Pecos.

Red Bluff Water Power Control Board President Randall Hartman was elected managing director for the district on Monday by board members, during their regular monthly meeting in Pecos. Hartman's appointment was made following the resignation of Red Bluff General Manager Jim Ed Miller for health reasons two months ago.


Wednesday, August 15, 2001—The annual Night in Old Pecos event, held in conjunction with the West of the Pecos Rodeo, turned a profit this year. And the Barbeque Beef Cook-off, which had been held annually until last year as part of the Reeves County Fall Fair, will be revived in 2001, Pecos Chamber of Commerce members were told on Tuesday.


Thursday, August 16, 2001—The whereabouts of an elderly homeless man are unknown one week after his disappearance, and Reeves County Sheriff's deputies are seeking information in the case.

Area law enforcement agencies, including the Trans-Pecos Drug Task Force, arrested two Wickett men after executing a search warrant Wednesday night in Wickett in connection with a Methamphetamine manufacturing lab.


Friday, August 17, 2001—Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD schools were rated academically acceptable by the Texas Education Agency, although the district's alternative education program campus was among the 106 schools to receive low performing rankings in the annual survey.

A couple of bridges in the area are getting a much-needed "face-lift," including the widening of one 60-year-old bridge to meet modern standards. One of the bridges is Toyah Draw, located between Pecos and Toyah, while the other one is located technically in Ward County, the Pecos River Relief bridge, commonly known as the "long bridge" located just east of Pecos.


Thursday, August 23, 2001—A Canadian frozen food company that produces some major brands sold in the United States has announced a tentative agreement to buy Anchor Food Products Inc., and its Pecos processing facility. McCain Foods Limited announced yesterday that the company will acquire Anchor Foods in a three-party transaction, a deal that also involved the H.J Heinz Company.

A federal court case against two women, who were terminated from their at the Reeves County Detention Center after being accused of having sex with inmates at the facility, was dismissed by U.S. District Court Judge Royal Furgeson on Wednesday.


Friday, August 24, 2001—The Town of Pecos City Council authorized City Manager Carlos Yerena to submit a grant application that would help the city build housing infrastructure for a new housing development during the regular meeting last night at City Hall. Yerena explained to the council that the grant would allow the city to connect new homes that they are proposing to build in the 700 and 800 block of Washington Street to the city water and sewer system as well as construct sidewalks, streets and curbs for the homes. The council authorized the application for a State of Texas home improvement partnership program grant that would be used to help in purchasing affordable housing in Pecos during a special meeting in June.

Trans Pecos Drug Task Force members, working with the Culberson County Sheriff's Department, the U.S. Border Patrol and other area law enforcement agencies, arrested three people and seized over 5½ pounds of cocaine following a traffic stop just east of Van Horn Thursday morning.

Reeves County commissioners had to juggle their boundaries a little on Thursday to reapportion county precincts along federal guidelines, but the result was four districts with less than a full percentage point difference in population. A few precinct lines were moved around, with the biggest changes coming along Eddy Street between Precincts 2 and 3 and in West Pecos between Precincts 3 and 4.


Monday, August 27, 2001—Thunderstorms didn't even wait for Sunday's "Pray For Rain Day" to begin in Pecos, as they paid a surprise overnight visit to town, dropping over an inch of rain in the city during the early morning hours. The rain was part of a line of storms that pushed southward through Texas over the weekend.

A weekend accident left one local teen in serious condition while an Arlington woman was arrested for deadly conduct at Northside Park following an incident Friday evening.


Tuesday, August 28, 2001— Traffic at Austin Elementary School can get a little complicated at times, with the addition of third grade classes to the south side Pecos campus this year. Traffic around the school has become more crowded, with parents parking their cars during the morning and afternoon to drop off and pick up their first, second and third graders, while others wait for school buses to take them home. With the closing of Pecos Elementary and the shift of third grade classes to Austin, the additional cars caused Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD officials to talk with Pecos Police last week about helping to regulate traffic around the campus. Two cars were involved in a minor accident this morning outside the elementary school on Veterans Boulevard in which no one was reported injured.


Wednesday, August 29, 2001—A proposed new traffic plan for the area around Bessie Haynes Elementary School, which handles fourth and fifth grade students for the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD, was outlined during a special meeting of the P-B-T school board Tuesday afternoon.

The Pecos Housing Authority (PHA) Board of Commissioners approved an interlocal cooperation contract between Reeves County, the Town of Pecos City and PHA concerning land for the construction of two additional holes at the Reeves County Golf Course, during the regular meeting last night at the PHA/Farm Labor Housing (FLH) Administration Office on Teague Drive.


Thursday, August 30, 2001—Reeves County has reached an agreement with Banes General Contractors, Inc., the construction company in charge of the Reeves County Detention Center II project, over a dispute about payments on the 1,000-bed construction project at the prison that was completed behind schedule last year

Anchor West has filed a lawsuit in 143rd District Court against the Reeves County Appraisal District (RCAD) last week, the same day the company announced it had agreed to be bought by Canadian-based McCain Foods. Anchor West, in their lawsuit, claims that the Appraisal District placed the value of Anchor's property in Reeves County over market value and that the district did not apply their Freeport Exemption correctly.


Friday, August 31, 2001—A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted two former guards at the Reeves County Detention Center for allegedly accepting bribes from inmates to smuggle drugs into the facility. Four inmates were also indicted along with the guards on charges of offering bribes and attempting to smuggle cocaine and marijuana into the Pecos prison facility in early July.

Area Social Security officials set to visit Pecos

PECOS, Mon., Jan. 7, 2002 -- Officials from the Social Security Administration will be on hand at 10:30 a.m. until noon, Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Community Center, 506 S. Oak.

You can handle most Social Security business by telephone. For more information call toll free 1-800-772-1213. You can also make an appointment by calling this number.

Social Security officials will be in Pecos on the first Tuesday of each month for the remainder of 2002 at the Community Center, with the times for each session also between 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon.


PECOS, Mon., Jan. 7, 2002 -- High Sunday 63. Low this morning 28. Forecast for tonight: Clear.  Lows near 30. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday: Sunny. Highs in the  lower 70s. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Tuesday night: Clear. Lows near  35. Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 70 to 75. Thursday: Partly cloudy.  Lows near 30. Highs in the upper 50s.


Marriages for October 2001, as filed with the Reeves County  Clerk's Office.

Sammy Joe Lujan and Diana Victoria Hinojos.

Antonio Francisco Garcia and Vickie Martinez Samaguey.

Eddie Galindo Alvarez, Jr. and Estella Adriana Arredondo.

Jesus F. Vasquez and Nora O. Samora.

Johnny Lowell Strain and Katherin Elizabeth Terry.

Jose Luis Rodriguez and Maribel Alvarado Rodriguez.

Peter E. Mendoza and Amy Lee Barboza.

Saul Baeza Valeriano and Crystal Fay Flores.

Christopher Ortega Rodriguez and Marisol Hernandez Gonzales.

Ronny Jay Shackelford and Christine Marquez Vega.

Marriages for November 2001, as filed with the Reeves County Clerk's Office.

Corey Trent Davis and Amanda Reid.

Jaime V. Prieto and Kathy Lopez Martinez.

Brian Eugene Hall and Stephanie Anne Armstrong.

Stephen Bustamante and Tonya Raquel Flores.

Calvin Glenn Gerke and Ava Ruth Gerke.

Enrique Evaro Mata, Jr. and Naomi Flores Rayos.


Divorces for October 2001, as filed with the Reeves County  District Clerk's Office.

Frances T. Porras and Ted C. Porras.

Anna Marie Rodriguez and Dagoberto Mendoza Rodriguez.

Jennifer Cook Machuca and Chris Machuca.

Divorces for November 2001, as filed with the Reeves County District Clerk's Office.

Micaela Canales Pena and Juan Jose Pena.

Connie Jo Smith Kilcrease and Roland Dale Kilcrease.

Gloria Gomez and Richard P. Gomez.

Erika L. Alvarez and Jason Chris Alvarez.

Sharon Lynn Jernigan and Frederick Earl Jernigan.

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