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Monday, October 21, 2002

Five stabbed in weekend fight at party

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Oct. 21, 2002 -- Five people, including two local gang members, were involved in  a stabbing incident at a party on the south side of Pecos early  Sunday morning, which sent one person to an Odessa hospital and others  to Reeves County Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

According to Pecos Police Department Gang Officer Mundy Granado, a call came in at about 2:48 a.m. about an assault that resulted from a fight at the party.

The cause of the fight was unknown at the time due to conflicting stories, Granado said.

The homeowner of 2310 Country Club Drive told Granado that both groups arrived to at the same time. However, the two members of the Brown Pride Gang told officers that they had arrived at the party when the other three boys arrived.

The two BPG members were identified as a 16-year old male juvenile and Sammy Mata, 19-years old.

The three other stabbing victims were all adults, and were identified as Raul Arredondo, Jr., 28, Robert Jimenez, 23 and Joe Arthur Salas, 24, who was the most seriously injured of the five as a result of the stabbings.

Granado said that the weapon used, a knife, was recovered from the scene. All five victims suffered injuries during the fight, and Granado said he believed a baseball bat might have been used, due to some of the injuries on the five involved..

The two parties have had trouble with each other in the past as well, Granado said.

"Raul sustained one stab wound to the left back area, Robert received two stab wounds to the back," Granado said. "Joe Arthur had two stabs to the back near the spine area and was transported to Odessa."

The male juvenile received 12 stitches to the head and Mata sustained two small stab wounds to the chest, Granado added.

"Nobody was arrested that night," Granado said. "However, charges will be filed."

The stabbings were the latest in a series of incidents involving BPG members in the past six months. A BPG gang member was stabbed in May and was later arrested in August in connection with another stabbing incident, while three other BPG members were questioned in connection with an Aug. 4 shooting of a Pecos teenager.

Moore returns home after transplant surgery

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Oct. 21, 2002 -- A local law enforcement officer is "just happy to be home  again" following months in Dallas after a successful heart transplant.

"I feel great, right now I'm just trying to find my way around again, after being gone for so long," said Texas Department of Public Safety's Corporal Emmit Moore, who received a heart transplant on July 7, at Baylor University Medical Hospital in Dallas and returned home this past Thursday.

Moore went into surgery at 7 a.m. on that Sunday and was out by 2:30 that afternoon.

Moore, who had suffered from heart problems for the past several years and suffered a heart attack three years ago, first arrived at the Baylor University Medical Hospital on May 3 after being airlifted from Odessa. On May 10 he was placed on the list for his new heart. The list is a national database of people needing organ transplants.

When Moore was first placed on the list for a heart he was the number three recipient and as he improved he was moved back down. However, when his condition began to worsen he was moved back up the list.

The Moore family did not know how long they would have to wait for a new heart but they continued to have faith.

"I feel fine and it's nice to be back home, where I know where to get around," said Moore.

He added that he won't have to go through bypasses and all the other heart problems he faced in the past following the transplant surgery.

"I'm in better shape now than before I had the transplant," said Moore.

Moore said that as long as he does what he's supposed to do, everything will be fine.

"Most of what I have to do entails medication, and I work out three times a week," he said. "I'm taking special medication, just to make sure my body won't reject the organ."

"The beauty of it is, if I didn't feel good, I wouldn't have been sent home," said Moore.

Moore will have to go back to Dallas on the Oct. 30 and then after that every two weeks. As time goes on, the check-ups will be cut back to once a month, then once every three months, then once every six months so long as everything goes well.

"The longer I stay with my heart and the better I feel, the less I'll have to visit the doctor," said Moore.

Moore said he plans to spend his time recuperating at home, by just being with his family and doing ordinary things. "It's just so great to be home among familiar things," said Moore. "That's what I'll spend my time doing, just feeling my way around again and getting to know everything and spending time with my family."

Moore had been staying at the Twice Blessed Apartments following his release from the hospital.

Moore said that his wife, Louise, stayed with him in Dallas most of the time. "When my wife had to leave to do something, my mother and my sister would stay with me," said Moore.

"Everything is so different since I've been gone so long, so I'm looking forward to feeling my way around," said Moore. "It's just great to be back home."

Cub Scouts hold registration rally at church tonight

PECOS, Mon., Oct. 21, 2002 -- Cub Scout Rally to sign up for Cub Scouts will be at 6 p.m., today, at the First United Methodist Church, 301 S. Elm.

All boys from first through fifth grade are welcome. All Cub Scouts that are currently registered are urged to attend.

For more information contact Jay Spence, at 447-4738 (home) or 445-9000 (work).


PECOS, Mon., Oct. 21, 2002 -- High Sunday 62. Low this morning 52. Forecast for tonight:   Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Lows around  55. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Tuesday:  Partly cloudy with a  20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. South  winds 10 to 20 mph. Tuesday night:  Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance  of thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 50s. Wednesday:  Partly cloudy  with isolated thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. Thursday:  Mostly  cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows around  50. Highs 70 to 75.


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