Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, August 6, 2002
Police hunt weapon used in shooting of teen
By JENNIFER GALVAN
Police are continuing to investigate the weekend shooting of a
16-year-old Pecos boy in the 1200 block of South Cherry, but as of this
morning, officials said no new information is available and the weapon used in
the shooting also has not been found.
According to Pecos Police Lt. Kelly Davis, the department still
are unable to take any statements from Ysidro Acosta, 16, or members of
his family, who are in Odessa at this time with Acosta, who is recovering
from his gunshot wound to the head at Medical Center Hospital.
Acosta is doing better but is still in the Intensive Care Unit in
the Odessa hospital.
Police were called to the scene at 2:50 a.m. Sunday. Four people
were arrested following the incident, but none has been charged with
the shooting as of now, and Davis said, "The investigation continues."
He also added that the four boys who were arrested have
not cooperated with them in providing information.
The four arrested following the shooting were identified by police
as Fabien Orona, 17, Peter Barreno, 18, Gilbert Placencia, 21 and
James Burciaga, also 21. Orona and Placencia were arrested for
disorderly conduct. Barreno was also arrest for disorderly conduct and for public intoxication.
"They do not want to talk to us," Davis said.
Orona, Barreno and Placencia are all members of the BPG gang, Davis said.
Davis said Monday that Burciaga is believed to have been on
Acosta's side in the dispute that led to the shooting, and is not believed to be a
BPG gang member. He was also arrested for disorderly conduct and evading arrest.
Though the investigation continues, the small caliber gun used has yet
to be found and no charges have been filed, Lt. Davis said.
If any one has any information on the whereabouts of the gun or
any information at all on the shooting they should call the Pecos Police
Department, Davis said.
New scanner helps with cancer, heart disease exams
By JENNIFER GALVAN
Patients needing to be tested for heart diseases and colon cancer
can do so now at Reeves County Hospital without suffering from
"People who are afraid can have it done without pain," said
Alexander Kovac, MD, Board Certified Radiologist at the local hospital.
Reeves County Hospital now offers a painless form of
detection using a machine called a Helical CT scanner. According to Dr. Kovac,
the machine is a new technology tube that rotates around a patient's
body taking more then one picture creating a three-dimensional image.
Before, the images were seen in sections.
"It is like slicing sausage in thin slices," Dr. Kovac said.
"The computer now takes care of all these slices."
Dr. Kovac added that exams on a patient could be done
either horizontally or vertically.
"With this advanced technology we can examine patients to see
if they have calcifications in coronary arteries," Dr. Kovac said.
Dr. Kovac said that the machine allows them to look into the
heart arteries and perform colonoscopy testing by organizing the images in such a way that they can look at them
on a computer screen.
According to Kovac, the machine now allows them to look into a
patient's arteries without injecting into a catheter.
"It is also an easy way to demonstrate where a kidney stones is,"
Dr. Kovac said in cases of renal colics.
By using the CT scanner, Dr. Kovac can take a picture of patient in
less then ten minutes allowing the patient to leave once the exam is done.
"I can go in here (the computer) and look around," Dr. Kovac said.
"The image would appear to be like as if I were to have the instruments in
the patients body."
Dr. Kovac said that Pecos has now entered into the
21st century with this new machine.
"We are up to date," Dr. Kovac said. "We can prevent, diagnose and
make the exam less painful now."
Eagles football season tickets going on sale
Reserve season tickets for the Pecos Eagles' five home
football games this season will go on sale for 2001 season ticket holders
next Monday, and continue through Friday, Aug. 23. New season
ticket sales will begin on Monday, Aug. 26 at the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah
ISD Business Office, 1302 S. Park St.
The tickets are $25 for all five home games. The five games at home
this season are Sept. 13 against Lamesa, Sept. 20 against Brownfield, Oct.
4 against Lubbock High, Oct. 18 against Presidio and Nov. 1
against Fort Stockton. All home games this season are 7:30 p.m. starts.
High Monday 92. Low this morning 69. Forecast for tonight: Partly
cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows 70 to
75. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 20
percent. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 90s. Southeast winds 10
to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with isolated
thunderstorms. Lows 70 to 75. Thursday: Partly cloudy. Highs near 100. Friday:
Partly cloudy. Lows near 70. Highs 95 to 100.
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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