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Monday, January 13, 2003

Year In Review -- October 2002

Arrest made in east side slaying during October

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the 10th in a series of stories on events that occurred in the Pecos area during 2002. Today's story covers the month of October.


PECOS, Tues., Oct. 1, 2002 — The Pecos Police Department said they have recovered the weapon used in the beating of an elderly man that occurred early Saturday morning at the Del Rio Bar, and are still investigating the incident in hopes of making arrests in the case, which has left the victim near death in a Lubbock hospital.

PECOS, Wed., Oct. 2, 2002 — They were stationed in Pecos from 1942 until 1945 and the memories of their stay will be relived this week as they come together  for another reunion.

The Pecos Army Airfield Reunion 2002 began on Tuesday and will continue through Thursday, and some couples arrived early for the happy occasion.

PECOS, Fri., Oct. 4, 2002 — Opening ceremonies for the Reeves County Fall Fair were held at 1 p.m. today at the Reeves County Civic Center, and Pecos residents  and people from the surrounding areas have just several hours after  that before the deadlines for entering the Fair's stock show and cook-off.

This year's stock show has a total of 54 entries, according to Sue Evans with the Texas Agriculture Extension Service office in Pecos. Out of that, 40 lambs, 11 steers, and three heifers were entered as of late this morning, Evans said.

PECOS, Wed., October 9, 2002 — More employees are needed at the Reeves County Detention Center and finding housing in Pecos seems to be one of the problems.

The issue was a topic of discussion at the regular Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce board luncheon, held Tuesday at the Pecos Senior Center.

The Detention Center will soon be opening its newest wing, which will increase capacity from 2,000 to 2,960 inmates, and Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo told the group that there would be an additional 100-250 new jobs at the facility.

PECOS, Wed., October 9, 2002 — An 81-year-old man who was severely beaten in his own home two weeks ago has died in a Lubbock hospital, and police in a Panhandle town have arrested a suspect in the attack.

Anastacio Acosta, 81, died Tuesday morning as a result of the head injuries he sustained in the Sept. 28 attack. Acosta was flown to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock the morning of the attack, and survived for a week after family members had him taken off the life support system because of the severe head injuries he suffered in the beating.

This morning, Pecos Police said Juan Gonzales, 20, had been arrested in Muleshoe, located 40 miles northwest of Lubbock and 240 miles from Pecos. Gonzales was arrested originally on unrelated charges, but was connected by investigators here to the Acosta beating.

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 10, 2002 — A large crowd gathered this morning for the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for TransPecos Foods' Pecos.

The group held a formal opening ceremony this morning in front of the company's production facility on Interstate 20, which for 11½ years had been the home of Anchor Foods' U.S. onion processing plant, growing to be the city's largest employer prior to its shutdown at the end of May.

PECOS, Fri., October 11, 2002 — In an appearance among some old college friends, State Representative Pete Gallego talked about anything from politics with the Pecos High School Student Council officers to just catching up on old times Thursday afternoon, during a campaign stop at the Reeves County Civic Center.

PECOS, Tues., Oct. 15, 2002 — After spending close to six months in Kandahar, a city in northern Afghanistan, a 28-year old Marine from Pecos said that though he  was scared at first, it did not seem to be that bad after a while.

Eddie Lujan, a 1992 Pecos High School graduate returned to Pecos to visit his family after serving six months overseas.

PECOS, Tues., Oct. 15, 2002 — A lawsuit filed by a the family of Ismael Lara, against Reeves County, Sheriff Arnulfo Gomez and two employees of the Reeves County Sheriff's Department in connection with Lara's death while in custody  of the department has been settled, according to the family's attorney.

G. David Smith of Rockwall said in a letter dated Oct. 10 that the family and Reeves County had reached a settlement in the case, with payment of a confidential sum to the Lara family.

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.

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.

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.

PECOS, Wed., Oct. 23, 2002 — A mural painted 45 years ago, has found its way home to a local bank, 35 years after the bank changed locations and left the  painting behind.

"We came upon the mural at the site of the old First National Bank, Second and Oak Streets," said West Texas National Bank President John Grant. The building has not been used by the bank since 1967, when it moved to its current location at Sixth and Cedar streets.

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 24, 2002 — There was probably little room for fuel in the gas tank of an SUV driven by an El Paso man on Wednesday, as local drug task force officers  found over 90 pounds worth of marijuana hidden inside the tank.

The discovery was made after the man was stopped while traveling through Pecos shortly before noon on Wednesday for a traffic violation.

PECOS, Fri., Oct. 25, 2002 — The Town of Pecos City's City Council awarded a Midland  company a bid for nearly $350,000 to construct affordable housing in the 800 and  900 blocks of West Washington Street, during their regular meeting  on Thursday at City Hall.

The council awarded the Town of Pecos City Subdivision Housing Infrastructure construction contract after hearing from Frank Spencer & Associates employee Edgardo Madrid, that a bid was received as of Sept. 17 from Reece Albert of Midland for

PECOS, Mon., Oct. 28, 2002 — TransPecos Foods, which held its official opening earlier this  month after buying the Anchor Foods onion ring plant in Pecos,  announced its first major customer today, as the company announced  that it would be the exclusive provider of onion rings  to the 650 Dairy Queens in Texas.

In a press release sent out by TransPecos Foods and Dairy Queen today, Texas Dairy Queen's President Larry Newell said, "the decision to provide its customers with TransPecos onion rings was based upon the quality of the onion rings and their `real' Texas flavor."

PECOS, Mon., Oct. 28, 2002 — Inmate population at the Reeves County Detention Center has  been at capacity in recent weeks, and things are coming along well at  the construction of the newest 960-bed addition to the prison facility,  Reeves County Commissioners were told this morning.

Reeves County Detention Center Warden Rudy Franco updated commissioners during reports from various departments at the regular Commissioners Court meeting held this morning on the third floor of the Reeves County Courthouse. .

PECOS, Tues., Oct. 29, 2002 — Motorists headed to Fort Stockton or Carlsbad from  Pecos have been able to save a few minutes on their driving time legally  since late last week, after the Texas Department of Transportation  raised the speed limit on U.S. 285 from 70 to 75 miles per hour.

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 31, 2002 — At least three horses have died from West Nile Virus in the TransPecos region in recent weekend the disease has affected about 15 others, according to local veterinarians.

"We have had 15 cases involving horses that have West Nile Virus," said Pecos Veterinarian Dr. Ronald Box. "This is in my area which includes, Van Horn, Imperial, Ft. Stockton, Balmorhea and Pecos."

Opening of prison addition at RCDC set

Staff Writer
PECOS, Monday, Jan. 13, 2003 -- Completion of the newest addition at the Reeves County Detention Center is still scheduled for the end of this month, but has been moved back one day due to inclement weather.

Construction at the Reeves County Detention Center III, the 960-bed addition at the facility, is scheduled to be completed on Jan. 30, Kurt Nissen, on-site construction manager for Carothers Construction, told the Reeves County Commissioners Court during their meeting held today on the third floor of the courthouse.

Nissen, who is in charge of the construction at the facility, told commissioners that he was asking for a one-day extension due to inclement weather.

"This is strictly for one more day," he said.

Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo asked Nissen how close they were to completion at the site.
"The mechanical and electrical part are almost complete and we have scheduled a BOP (U.S. Bureau of Prisons) and Texas Commission on Jail Standards inspection for Jan. 27," said Nissen. "I already told them they better be ready in that area."

He added that like cosmetic-wise, (construction) would probably run over a little bit more than one day. "I call it cosmetics, because it's mostly painting and things like that, but it will run over from the Jan. 30 date," said Nissen, who told commissioners that call would be made by the architect, owners and Carothers.

"Life-safety issues will be a touch-and-go," said Nissen. "But the items for safety will be on time."

The painting and "cosmetic stuff" will be the ones that will run over. "But as for the inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards and BOP, it will be ready," said Nissen.

Judge Galindo requested that Nissen give commissioners a walk-through during their next regular meeting, scheduled for Monday, Jan. 27.

"I'll have more definite answers on electronics and all that," said Nissen.

The new complex will consist of a 189,000 square campus-style facility designed to house 960 inmates with three bed general housing units, a 96 bed special housing unit, independent central control, visitation and administration, separate kitchen and dining, support services unit, health administration, education and vocational facilities, recreational building and recreational yard, AW complex, central warehouse and motor pool.

The addition will bring capacity of the minimum-security facility to just under 3,000 inmates.

In other action this morning, commissioners approved the grant application for the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force. Drug Task Force Commander Gary Richards was on hand to talk to the commissioners about the work they have been doing.

"We have been working in Andrews and have arrested about 13 people," said Richards. "We have also been busy with interdictions and have taken 10 loads off the streets, of both marijuana and cocaine and have recently been awarded a vehicle.

Richards said that they also have other cases, none of which he could discuss openly. "We're still working on those," he said.

Counties and cities cooperating with the task force include: Reeves County, Andrews County, Midland County, Culberson County, City of Andrews and City of Pecos.

"This will be the sixth year for this application," said county auditor Lynn Owens

"Have we had to use any local funds?" asked Galindo.

"No, we haven't had to use any of our own money," said Owens.

The application is for a matching grant that the task force applies for each year.

"Keep up the good work," said commissioner precinct 3 Herman Tarin.

Beginning of trial for Harris awaits report

PECOS, Monday, Jan. 13, 2003 -- The federal trial of Travis James Harris for the June 3, 2002 firebombing of the Monahans Police Department, will not begin this week, according to officials at the Lucius D. Bunton Federal Courthouse in Pecos.

Harris, 22, is scheduled to go on trial on the federal firebombing charges, but U.S. District Clerk Johnny Terrazas said court officials are still waiting to receive a full psychiatric report on Harris before any trial begins.

Harris has been held at the Winkler County prison facility since November 7, after being returned from Fort Worth, where he underwent a psychiatric evaluation ordered by Judge Royal Furgeson in August in connection with the firebombing incident.

He also was evaluated in connection with the alleged carjacking and murder of Paul John Ceniceros, 30, in May. Harris could face life in prison or the death penalty in the federal charge of carjacking resulting in death of Ceniceros, but that case will be heard in U.S. District Court in Midland.


PECOS, Monday, Jan. 13, 2003 -- High Sunday 52. Low this morning 32. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. Light and variable winds. Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 60s. Light and variable winds. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s. Thursday: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s. Highs in the mid 40s.

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.


Ashley Salcido, 20, Ian Dominguez, 20, Manuel Martinez, 20 and David Chavez, 19 were arrested at 1:12 a.m., on January 1, at Saragosa Hall for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.


Fernando Navarrete, 22 and Franciso Navarrete Jr. were arrested at 7:52 p.m., on January 12, in the 400 block of Oak Street. Fernando was arrested for no seat belt-passenger, while Franciso was arrested for littering and failure to change address on driver's license within 30 days.


Daniel Olivas, 19, was arrested at 11:40 p.m., on January 12, at the Criminal Justice Center on a warrant for a Probation Violation.


David Salcido, 31, was arrested at 8:38 p.m., on January 11, in the 600 block of South Pine on a warrant for Theft _ Class B.


Anna Barreno, 41, was arrested at 11:49 p.m., on January 11, in the 500 block of Martinez on warrants for No Operational License, Liable Proof of Insurance and for Violation of Promise to Appear.


Ruben Reyes, 44, was arrested at 8:30 p.m., on January 11, at the Circle M Bar for Public Intoxication.


Jennifer Navarrette, 19, was arrested at 9:08 p.m., on January 11, in the 900 block of North Hickory Street on warrants for Running a Stop Sign and Violation of Promise to Appear.


Ruben Hernandez Jr., 21, was arrested at 7:21 p.m., on January 11, at the 800 block of East Ninth Street on a Reeves County Sheriff's Office warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance _ Marijuana.


Daniel L. Paredez, 23, was arrested at 11:03 a.m., on January 11, in the 2200 block of South Hackberry Street on a Reeves County Sheriff's warrant for Probation Violation.


Connie Pope, 25, was arrested at 8:44 p.m., on January 10, at the 1900 block of Missouri Street on warrants of No Operated License, Liable Proof of Insurance and for Violation of Promise to Appear.


Beverly McGrew, 44, was arrested at 12:03 a.m., on January 11, at the Criminal Justice Center on warrants of Failure to Yield the Right of Way and Violation of Promise to Appear.


Chasedy Alvarez, 24, was arrested at 8:51 p.m., on January 10, at the 2200 block of South Hackberry Street on warrants of unrestrained child under 2 years of age and for Violation of Promise to Appear.


Gloria Arredondo, 18, was arrested at 9:54 p.m., on January 10, at the 700 block of South Cherry Street on warrants of Failure to Appear _ Non-Jury Trail Hearing and Minor in Possession of Alcohol.


Peter Dominguez, 24, was arrested at 1:02 a.m., on January 11, at the Sauvecito Club at Ninth and Cedar streets on Ector County Sheriff warrants of Theft by Check, Class B, Odessa.


Jose Luis Garcia, 33, was arrested at 2:35 a.m., on January 11, at Reeves County Jail on a warrant for Theft over $500 under $1,500 _ Class A.


Annette Deihl, 34, was arrested at 10:06 a.m., on January 10, in the 100 block of North Alamo Street on a Ward County warrant for Theft over $20 under $500.


Lee Arredondo, 20, was arrested at 10:47 p.m., on January 9, at the Reeves County Sheriff's Office for No Operating License, Defective Equipment and Violation of Promise to Appear..


Jason Ephriam, 27, was arrested at 10:47 p.m., on January 9, at the Reeves County Sheriff's Office for Theft by Appropriation _ Class B.


Jose Manuel Garcia, 48, was arrested at 8:44 a.m., on January 8, at the corner of 10th and Cypress streets for Parole Violation.


Ismael Salcido Menchaca, 26, was arrested at 1:31 p.m., on January 8, at the corner of Fifth and Almond on a Ector County Warrant _ Failure to Appear, Theft by Check.


Mauro Carrasco, Opal Lovelace and Edwin Meacham

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