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Friday, June 7, 2002

Charges filed in PD firebombing

From staff and wire reports

MONAHANS, June 7, 2002 - Travis James Harris, a 22-year-old man who had lived in Monahans about two months, was arraigned Thursday on a felony arson charge for allegedly starting a fire at the Monahans Police Department earlier this week.

Harris was arrested on Monday in Odessa after someone threw a "Molotov cocktail" through a window at the Monahans Police Station about 3:30 Monday morning. Harris was transferred to Ward County on Tuesday.

Although no one was injured in the fire the building and much of the police department's equipment was damaged.

Monahans Police Chief Charles Sebastian has estimated damages at a minimum of $350,000 but said that the estimate was probably on the low side.

City Manager David Mills said that the dispatch console alone was worth $20,000. With headquarters out of commission Monahans Police are working out of the City Annex building and working around the lost equipment to provide police protection to the city.

Officers are writing their reports by hand since their computers were largely destroyed in the blaze. Replacement equipment has been ordered and is being rushed to the police station, Sebastian said.

"Hopefully within a week or so we'll be up and fully functional," he said.

The city's 911 system is not fully functional but 911 calls are being routed through Kermit so that residents can still summon a police officer by dialing the three digits.

The Ward County Sheriff's office is handling dispatch duties for the force.

Harris also faces a third-degree felony charge of retaliation for allegedly threatening a Monahans officer on Monday, Sebastian said.

Harris remained in the Ward County Jail with bail on the arson charge set at $500,000, Sebastian said.

Bail on the retaliation was set at $40,000, said Jeff Baiza, a jailer at the facility.

Sebastian said that even though Harris had been arraigned the investigation would continue.

"We don't know that (he acted alone) so we're going to continue on until we have no more leads to follow up on," he said.

2nd Band wins superior rating, 1st Band can't compete because of stolen music


Staff Writer

PECOS, June 7, 2002 - Several Pecos Eagle Band members had the opportunity to travel to Dallas recently for a spring concert.

The group was in Dallas from Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, April 27. On Saturday the second band from Pecos received a first division superior rating in competition. "Just before the first band was to perform we discovered we did not have the correct music so the first band did not get to perform," said Eagle Band Director Merle Lenfest. "This was a shame because seven years ago, the first band received a second division at the same contest," he said.

"Our second group getting a superior rating demonstrates how much progress we have made this year and indicates that our first group was probably cheated out of a first division on Saturday," said Lenfest.

On return to school on Monday the group looked and looked for their music and didn't find it. "We did get back from contest with it that Wednesday," said Lenfest. "I can only suppose that someone took our music to hurt the band students, they were successful and it makes me quite angry," he said.

Lenfest said that several months ago, someone slashed three of his tires. "That was something done against me to hurt me. This seems to have been done to hurt my kids," said Lenfest. "You parents know this feeling: do what you want to me, but don't hurt my kids," he said.

"Mrs. Lenfest shed many tears after finding we did not have our music," said Lenfest. "Many students came to her to console her and it is very humbling to both of us to see how much faith these students have developed in us in just nine months," he said.

"It is also very humbling to have these same teenagers get up as a group and tell us we were a gift from God to them as they did in the restaurant we went to later," said Lenfest. "In just nine months many of them have truly become our kids and when you try so hard not to let them down it hurts a lot to know you have."

The students and directors thanked all the sponsors for giving their time to make this trip happen. Sponsors were: Amanda Moreno, Bertha Natividad, Bertha Porras, Guadalupe and Imelda Rede, Israel and Yolanda Rubio, Salomon and Sylvia Quintana, Albina Lara, Saul Garcia and Angel Rayos.

"We also need to thank our drivers, Raymond and Rachel Natividad and Francisco Ramirez for keeping us safe and on time on the road," said Lenfest.

"One reason this trip went so well is that I expect the best my students have to give," said Lenfest. "I do not expect more than they have to give. I insist that they represent me, the band, the school and the community with the highest standard possible," he said.

Lenfest said that the group had several Six Flags Over Texas tickets left from the trip. "They are available on a first come first served basis for $20. General admission is $42.89, so these tickets are a bargain," he said.

These tickets are good for any regular opening day for the entire 2002 season.

For more information on availability contact the band hall at 447-7218.

School board denies parent complaint


Staff Writer

PECOS, June 7, 2002 - Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board members met until late last evening behind closed doors to discuss a Parent Level III Complaint.

The Parent Level III Complaint was against Jim Workman. Board members closed the meeting to the public as they heard the complaint and consulted with their attorney as allowed under sections 551.071 and 551.074 of the Texas Public Information Act.

Board members returned to open session and a motion was made by board member David Flores to deny the grievances, including denying the request to terminate science teacher Jim Workman and Crockett Middle School Principal Juanita Davila. The board also voted to deny the request to reprimand the Superintendent Don Love, but did grant the grievances to the extent that the board will require the superintendent to conduct in-service trainings and establish district-wide guidelines to ensure the appropriate supervision of students on trips.

Workman is a science teacher at Crockett Middle School.

Board member Paul Deishler seconded the motion and all board members agreed to the motion.

Commissioners regular meeting Monday at 9:30

A departmental budget hearing for FY 2003 will be discussed at the regular Reeves County Commissioners Court meeting scheduled for Monday morning.

The group will meet at 9:30 a.m., in the third floor courtroom and the public is invited to attend.

Commissioners will discuss and take action on award of Trans Pecos Drug Task Force Grant by the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor's office; award of Juvenile Accountability Grant by the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor's Office and award of District Attorney Victim's Assistance Grant by the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor's Office.

The group will also discuss and take action on payments to several contractors currently working at the site of the Reeves County Detention Center III.

Commissioners will discuss and take action on award bid No. 01A-02 inmate work boots and jackets; award bid No. 02-02 inmate food and kitchen supplies and inmate transportation crew mileage payment.

To discuss and take action on is a property bid on property located at 4th and Pecan streets; appointment of salary grievance committee for FY 2003; Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation and Golf Course Personnel work schedules and time keeping.

Under regular agenda items the group will discuss and take action on reports from various departments; budget amendments and line-item transfers; personnel and salary changes; minutes from previous meetings and semi-monthly bills.

Car Wash Saturday

A car wash is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 8, at the Pecos Fire Department Central Station.

Cars will be washed for $10; trucks $12 and SUV's $15.

Two Rifle matches scheduled for Saturday

Pecos Rifle and Pistol Club will hold a John C. Garand and a Highpower/Service Rifle match this Saturday morning beginning 8 a.m. at the Club range.

The Garand match resembles a Service Rifle match in form but is limited to "as-issued" M-1 Garands, M-1 Carbines, 1903 Springfields and 1917 Enfields.

The Club will issue ammunition for the match.

The Service Rifle match is scheduled to begin after the Garand match.

Competitors do not have to be club members.

For more information contact Smokey Briggs at 445-5475.

Work place style show Monday

Summer fashions and proper attire for the work place do's and don'ts Style Show will be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday, June 10, at the Reeves County Hospital Lobby.

The style show is for both men and women and everyone is invited to attend.

The event is being sponsored by the Reeves County Hospital, Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Cooperative Extension Agency.

Fashions will be provided by Wal-Mart, Needleworks, Beall's, Desiree's Boutique and Hollywood Boulevard.

Refreshments will be provided.

Peaceful Garden Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

High Thursday 96. Low this morning 72. Temperature at noon 92. Forecast for weekend: A slight chance of thunderstorms through Sunday with variable cloudiness and generally mild temperatures.

Highs in the 90s over the weekend with lows expected in the 60s and 70s.

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