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Thursday, May 2, 2002

Police top 2001 referrals to DA Reynolds' office

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., May 02, 2002 -- The Pecos Police Department had the most referrals of cases to the  143rd District Attorney's office last  year, while the Reeves County Sheriff's Department had among the  lowest number of referrals, according to figures released by District  Attorney Randy Reynolds.

For 2001, Reynolds' report showed 440 cases were referred to 143rd Judicial Attorney and staff in 2001, 285 were new cases and 155 were probation cases. Of that number, the most cases sent to the DA's office from any law enforcement agency within the district was 66, from the Pecos Police Department, which translates into 5½ referrals per month of cases handled above the Municipal Court level.

Meanwhile, Reynolds' figures showed only eight cases were referred in 12 months to the 143rd District Attorney's office from the Reeves County Sheriff's Department. However, another 56 cases were referred to the DA's office from the Trans-Pecos Narcotics Task Force, which is operated through the Reeves County Sheriff's Department.

Reynolds' 143rd District office handles referrals of cases for three counties, Reeves, Ward and Loving. His report said 55 cases were sent to his office in 2001 from the Ward County Sheriff's Office, 51 from the Monahans Police Department, and 40 from Department of Public Safety, with 22 from Ward County DPS and 18 from Reeves County DPS. Nine others were from other agencies, (Texas Parks and Wildlife and Texas Department of Health.

Out of the 440 total, 155 were probation cases filed for Motion to Revoke or Adjudicate against probationers, and a total of 160 felony cases were formally filed by indictment or information in the district in 2001.

Eighty-three defendants were placed on probation for felony offenses in the district.

Seventy-four defendants were sentenced to penitentiary time from this district.

In one jury trial in Reeves County, the defendant accused of possession with intent to deliver 9.83 grams of heroin was found guilty and sentenced to serve 25 years in the penitentiary. The case was investigated by the Pecos Police Department.

Staffers Bitolas, Rodriguez, Esparza recognized

The Pecos Enterprise recognized three of its own yesterday when Advertising Manager Christina Bitolas was named the employee of the year for 2001, while Compositor Laura Rodriguez and Circulation Assistant Sandy Esparza also received awards in recognition for their efforts in the past year.

"I have a tremendous staff and it is hard to single any one person out. But, even bands of heroes have champions that have distinguished themselves in some way," Publisher Smokey Briggs said.

"Christina has done a magnificent job over the past year and our success over the past few years is in no small part due to Christina's creative efforts in selling advertising," he said.

"No matter what business you are in, Pecos is a tough market that requires a creative approach combined with hard work. Christina's efforts over the past year have been truly inspiring."

Briggs said that Esparza and Rodriguez were awarded "Mule" awards, an award he created last year.

"For a good portion of my childhood I worked with mules training them for saddle and harness and during that time I came to truly admire mules," he said.

"To me mules are terribly underrated because their best characteristic is invisible to eye _ their heart. They are not flashy and may not be fast, but they will show up for a tough job everyday and get it done. I admire that."

Briggs said that it was in this spirit that he created the award.

"Most awards are given for some single achievement that catches everyone's eye. I think of those as horse awards, like winning a horse race."

"This award is a mule award. It is not given for any one achievement but for the kind of steady, quality work that puts a good newspaper on the street five days a week," Briggs said.

"Laura and Sandy have been examples to us all in that regard for the past year and I think the inscription on the award says it all, `Nothing flashy _ just hard work from sun to sun.'"

HS counselors say GED registration set for next week

PECOS, Thurs., May 02, 2002 -- GED Testing will be held at 4:45 p.m., on Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15, at the Pecos High School.

Registration will be this coming Monday, May 6 and Tuesday, May 7 from 1-5 p.m., at the Pecos High School counselors' office.

Examinees must present a Texas Driver's License or Texas Department of Public Safety ID Card.

For more information call Pat Cobos/Eva Arriola, Pecos High School counselors. at 447-7229.


PECOS, Thurs., May 02, 2002 -- High Thursday 100. Low this morning 61. Forecast for  tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 50 to 55. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Friday:  Partly cloudy. Highs near 85. Winds becoming southwest 5 to 15  mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Lows near 55. Saturday: Partly  cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs near  90. Chance of rain is 20 percent. Sunday: Partly cloudy. Lows 55  to 60. Highs 90 to 95.

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.

Gustavo Baeza, 21, was arrested at 9:32 p.m., on April 23 in the  1300 block of South Cedar Street on a Capias Pro Fine warrant for default  in payment on driving under the influence.

David Levario, 18, was arrested at 10:10 p.m., on April 22 in the  1800 block of Adams Street on a warrant for deadly conduct.

Geronimo Menchaca, 58, was arrested at 11:34 p.m., on April 22  in the 500 block of Ash Street for public intoxication.

Joe A. Vernon, 46, and Cynthia S. Rea, 42, were arrested at 3:34 p.m.,  on April 23 on West County Road both for criminal trespass.

Christopher T. Rodriguez, 24, was arrested at 10:24 p.m., on April 28  on Veterans Boulevard at Texas Streets on Capias Pro Fine warrants  for default in payment in disorderly conduct (fighting), public  intoxication and a warrant for theft under $50.

Fabian Bustamante, 20, and Casimiro Magana, 17, were  arrested at 11:05 p.m., on April 28, on the North Service Road near Country  Club Drive.  Bustamante was arrested for driving under the influence  while Magana was arrested for public intoxication.

Fernando Orona, 42, and Cynthia Orona, 41, were arrested at 11:51  p.m., on April 28 in the 600 block of Plum Street both for assault under  the Family Violence Act.

John William Rucker, 40, was arrested at 2:46 a.m., on April 27  in the 5200 block of South Cedar Street for public intoxication.

Oscar Baeza, 44, and Mandy Hernandez, 24, were arrested at  6:18 p.m., on April 25 on Collie Road and East Highway 80.  Baeza was  arrested on a warrant for theft by check while Hernandez was arrested on  Capias Pro Fine warrants for no driver's license and public intoxication.

Crissy Lopez, 32, was arrested at 7:05 p.m., on April 25 in the 1600  block of West Sixth Street on a Capias Pro Fine warrant for public intoxication.

Antonio Delgado, 74, and Maria Delgado, 54, were arrested at  10:59 p.m., on May 1 in the 800 block of Willow Street both for assault  under the Family Violence Act.

Cedric Smith, 18, was arrested at 8:28 p.m., on May 1 at mile marker  42 on Interstate 20 on a Ward County warrant for deadly conduct.

Pedro Morales, 22, was arrested at 12:44 p.m., on May 1 in the 1500  block of Johnson Street for simple assault under the Family Violence Act.


Sylvia Bandusky

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