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Thursday, March 14, 2002

Council approves fixing pool, halts executive session

Staff Writer

The Town of Pecos City Council faced an objection to a possible illegal executive session during this morning's regular meeting at City Hall.

Publisher and Editor of the Pecos Enterprise Smokey Briggs made a formal objection to the executive session during the public comments portion of the meeting.

He stated that the section of the Public Information Act used to justify the executive session did not pertain to the subject matter also listed on the agenda.

"The topic you have listed is, `Status to title to real property—rifle range," he said. "You have justified the executive session under Section 551.072 of the Texas Public Information Act which I believe creates an exception to the Open Meeting requirement for discussions regarding the transfer, lease or sale of land. I do not think that your listed topic qualifies."

The council acknowledged Briggs' objection and informed him that they did not plan to go into executive session today.

"The Counsel has made it aware to me that we'll be tabling that item," Mayor Ray Ortega said referring to information given the council by City Attorney Scott Johnson.

Ortega explained that the decision to table was in order for City Attorney Scott Johnson to research the item more thoroughly.

The council approved a bid for $119,220 from Classic Tile & Plaster, out of Grapevine, for repairs to the city pool located next to Rocket Park.

City Manager Carlos Yerena said that Classic is the only company that responded to the request for bids however, that company has been the lowest bidder on city projects in the past.

"We previously got quotes from other companies, which were approximately $160,000," he said.

According to Classic's bid, the company would remove all fiberglass and tile from the pool bed, clean the pool bed, repair the cracks and cover the bed with a layer of bond coating.

Yerena said that this process would just repair the current pool _ it is not a new pool.

There is a possibility that the surface would crack once again a few years down the line, Yerena said.

Although that is always a possibility, Yerena said that the company has never had to come back to repair a job that they had done.

Ortega informed the council that Corplan Corrections President James Parkey is the one who recommended this company to the city. Corplan just completed work on the city's new Criminal Justice Center.

Utilities Director Octavio Garcia added that the company would put in two 18-inch drains in the deep end if the pool instead of one to help the pool drain better.

Yerena said that the repair work would bring the city pool up to compliance with the new State regulations.

Repairs should begin by the first or second week of April, according to Yerena, which would allow the company time to finish the job before school lets out for the summer. The city pool traditionally opens Memorial Day weekend.

In other action today, the council has allowed the city to submit a grant application to the Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission for a regional solid waste grant.

Yerena said that the city has received the same grant for many years and must reapply for it every year.

The grant is in the amount of $13,000 that the city uses for the local recycling center located on Second Street.

Councilman Ricky Herrera questioned Yerena on whether or not the recycling center is still open since he had gone by numerous times and it is closed.

Yerena said that the center is only open for three days a week since there is not a great demand for it at this time.

The recycling center is open from 9a.m. to 5p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Yerena added.

The council also granted a pipeline easement to Pure Resources, a pipeline company.

Johnson informed the council that the company is requesting the easement to go through a city owned field.

He said that the company would lay two and seven-eighths inch temporary steel piping across a section of city land.

"They will pay us $12 a rod which comes out to $2,700 to cross it," he said.

Johnson has made some changes to the request including the company repairing the ground once they are through and a usage clause where if they do not use it for more than a year it would be considered abandoned.

Also on the agenda, the council approved the order of election for the mayor and two councilmen and the central counting station for the city election. Ortega, along with councilmen Herrera and Danny Rodriguez, will be up for election on May 4. Ortega and Rodriguez have already filed for new two-year terms.

The council also approved the financial audit report for the year 2000-01, the juvenile monthly report, the monthly municipal court report, accounts payable and the minutes of previous meetings.

Woman indicted for August vehicle accident


Staff Writer

Several individuals were indicted in late February for various violations by the 143rd grand jury in Reeves County, including a woman charged in connection with an accident involving a Pecos teenager last August at the North Side Park.

Suzanne Renee Brizzi, 38, at the time of Arlington, Tex., was arrested following the Aug. 24 accident at the park and charged with deadly conduct, a Class A Misdemeanor, after Kimbertly Matta, 15, of Pecos, fell off the hood of the 1998 green Chevrolet Blazer she was driving.

Brizzi, who now lives in Pecos, was indicted on Feb. 27, by the grand jury, who handed up their indictment to Judge Bob Parks in the 143rd District Court.

According to the indictment, on or about Aug. 24, Brizzi did then and there knowingly, or recklessly cause serious bodily injury to Matta by driving her 1998 Chevrolet Blazer and allowing Matta to ride on the hood of the vehicle. Matta then fell from the vehicle while it was in motion, causing serious head trauma.

At the time of the accident Matta was transported to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock with head injuries after falling off the front of a vehicle and hitting her head on the ground.

The report filed by Sergeant Danny Leos of the Reeves County Sheriff's Department stated in his report that Matta and Brizzi were parked at the picnic tables on the south side of the park, located just north of Pecos on U.S. 285, when Matta climbed on the hood of the Blazer and Brizzi started to drive around the park.

After speaking with Brizzi, Leos said that she informed him that Matta told her to go faster, while talking on her cellular phone.

According to the report, when Brizzi was turning to go back south Matta fell off the hood. After running to where Matta was lying Brizzi found her to be unresponsive and called for help.

Pecos Ambulance personnel responded to the scene as well as the Pecos Police Department and the Sheriff's Department.

After arriving on scene and beginning to treat Matta's injuries, EMS personnel requested AeroCare to fly Matta to Lubbock for treatment.

Matta is currently at her home in Pecos, but is still under a physician's care.

Also indicted by the 143rd grand jury was Adan Padilla, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance, four grams or more, but less than 200 grams;

Lee Gabriel Arredondo, charged with carrying a prohibited weapon, a short barrel firearm, 22 caliber Marlin Rifle, serial #23744929;

Esequil Olguin Ornelas, possession of a controlled substance;

Raul Lujan Barrera, possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram of heroin, within 1,000 feet of a school, Zavala Middle School. The indictment also noted that Barrera had previously been convicted of a felony offense, on Jan. 26, 1990, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and on May 5, 2000, for delivery of a controlled substance;

Conrado Gonzales, Jr., aggravated assault, bodily injury to Eduardo Fuentes, use or exhibit of a deadly weapon _ a knife;

Rudy Mora Minjarez, theft, a Uniden Portable Scanner, over $50 and under $500, from Rene Gomez;

Oscar Garcia Archuleta, possession of a controlled substance, four grams or over, but less than 200 grams of cocaine, within 1,000 feet of a school, Austin Elementary School, 1501 Veterans Boulevard;

William Bostick, III, possession of marijuana, 50 pounds or less, but more than five pounds;

Ramin Nicholas Naderi, possession of marijuana, 50 pounds or less, but more than five pounds;

Michael Wayne Hall, possession of marijuana, 50 pounds or less, but more than five pounds.

Search of Odessa home fails to turn up escapee

Staff Writer

Reeves County Sheriff Andy Gomez and his deputies were in Odessa yesterday searching for an inmate who escaped from their custody last Friday. But the search of an Odessa home, in cooperation with Ector County Sheriff's deputies, came up empty.

Steven Carrasco Perez, 31, of Pecos, escaped from the jail before 9 a.m. on Friday when he was believed to have been working in the front portion of the building. However, while Perez was spotted by several people leaving the area, jail personnel did not notice his escape until 9½ hours later.

Reeves County Sheriff Arnulfo "Andy" Gomez said that Perez was a trustee cleaning floors in the office portion of the jail when he decided to make his escape.

"We had some information that he was staying at the Paradise Trailer Park in Odessa, where his dad, Adan Perez lives," said Gomez.

Gomez said that their trip proved fruitless. "He wasn't there and we didn't find any evidence that he had been there," said Gomez. "We searched the entire house."

Gomez said that they also think Perez might be traveling to Dallas. "He has a baby in a Dallas hospital who just underwent open heart surgery," said Gomez. "His wife, Christy Rodriguez, is in Dallas with the baby and we think he might head up there to see them."

"We notified the Dallas hospital and the Dallas sheriff's department and they'll be on the lookout for him," said Gomez.

An eyewitness gave a statement that Perez was seen leaving the front door of the Sheriff's Department and walking by the Reeves County Courthouse. He reportedly headed north and east from the jail, going across Cedar Street and towards the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

The Sheriff's Department has issued an escape warrant for Perez, which is a felony offense in the third degree.

Perez was awaiting transfer to a Texas Department of Corrections facility where he would serve two years for parole violation. He had been an inmate at the Reeves County Jail since January 3, Gomez said.

Jail staff did not realize Perez had run away until later in the day when the Jailer Bea Wilson noticed he had not shown up for any of his meals, according to a report made by Sgt. Danny Leos.

"(Wilson) stated that she had seen inmate (Perez) cleaning around the booking area around 8:30 a.m., (Wilson) further stated that she passed out meals to the inmates at 12:15 p.m., and as she passed out meals in tank 2 (Perez) was not in the tank," the report said. "(Wilson) stated that she thought that inmate (Perez) was still cleaning down stairs."

As the day went by the staff was still unaware of Perez' escape.

The report continued, "(Wilson) states that she went back up stairs at 6:40 p.m., to pass out supper to the inmates. (Wilson) states that as she was passing out the meals in tank two she called out (Perez)' name and he did not answer, (Wilson) states that she asked the inmates in tank two where Steven was and no one answered her."

After informing her co-workers, Wilson conducted a head count of all the inmates and was unable to locate Perez.

Gomez said that he does not believe that Perez is dangerous stating that he has been arrested mainly on charges of burglary and drugs in the past.

"He's only had one assault charge when he was 17," he said. "In that case he fought with his cousin."

Pecos Valley Crime Stoppers is asking the communities' help in locating the escaped inmate.

He is described as a white male, 31 years of age, five feet, two inches tall, weighs 125 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes.

Perez has a tattoo on his chest, neck, and left arm.

If anyone knows any information on Perez's whereabouts, how he escaped or if anyone assisted in his escape call Crime Stoppers at 445-9898 and you will remain anonymous.

High Wednesday 93. Low this morning 65. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph. Friday: Partly cloudy and cooler. Highs in the upper 60s. West winds 5 to 15 mph: Becoming north late. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Lows 35 to 40. Saturday: Partly cloudy. Highs 70 to 75. Sunday: Partly cloudy. Lows 40 to 45. Highs 70 to 75.

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