Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, March 21, 2003
Odessans see OC as part of school trip to Pecos
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Fri., March 21, 2003 -- Odessa students were at Odessa College this
morning - which sounds normal, except that these were junior high students
from Odessa who were in Pecos, touring Odessa College's Pecos Technical
Training Center and several other sites around town.
"They had called me and told me they were coming to Pecos and wanted
to see our college," said Pecos-OC director Michelle Workman, of the teachers
and students from Hood Junior High in Odessa. They also planned to visit
the Maxey Park Zoo and the West of the Pecos Museum during the day.
"We received a grant from the education foundation," said Hood Junior
High teacher Jan Waters. "We're doing a school newspaper with the history
of West Texas and are visiting several places in West Texas."
The students visit several "spots" in West Texas and are then asked to
write a report.
The 92 children are special education students at the junior high, which
houses 7th through ninth graders.
"We've gone to the rodeo in Odessa and the stock show and then we did
a report," said student Todd Chase. "We also visited the Confederate Air
Force and did some reports on World War II," he said.
Chase said he is enjoying visiting the different locations and is learning
quite a bit about the history of West Texas. "It's really very interesting
and I'm sure we'll learn a lot about the college today," said Chase. "I'm
also looking forward to the visit to the zoo, I hope to see a lot of animals."
Student David Duncan said that he too is looking forward to the zoo. "I
didn't know we were going to the museum also, but now I'm really looking
forward to that," said Duncan. "I'm really enjoying myself, but I hate the
The students were enthusiastic and asked many questions during their
tour of the local college.
Chamber of Commerce President Al Gomez was on hand, along with Town of
Pecos City Mayor Dot Stafford. "There are several things I want to ask her,
like is it hard to run a city like Pecos," said Chase.
Meeting different people was also one of the many things the students
were enjoying. "We get to meet more people, and hope to meet more during
our visits," said Chase.
Murder charge filed on Mills in Leigh death
By JENNIFER GALVAN
PECOS, Fri., March 21, 2003 -- A man who Pecos Police initially said had
fired at a suspected house burglar early Tuesday morning, killing the 21-year-old
man, has now been charged with the man's murder, following an investigation
of the incident.
Reuben Mills, 22, was arrested by police Thursday afternoon and charged
in the shooting death of 21-year old Keith Leigh, who was found dead by
officers in an alleyway two blocks south of Mills' house with a gunshot
wound to the back early Tuesday morning.
Mills, 21, of 325 N. Pecan St., was charged with murder by police, who
were originally called to the home at 2:14 a.m. on Tuesday on a report of
a house burglary.
"Based on the investigation it showed that the shooter and the victim
knew each other and because of other facts we do not believe the incident
was a burglary," said Pecos Police Lt. Kelly Davis.
Though Mills called it in as a burglary, Davis said that he believed
Leigh was running way from a confrontation when he was shot.
"The victim was in the process of running away from a confrontation when
he was shot in the back," Davis said.
Police Sgt. Armando Garcia and Officer Ricky Martinez were first dispatched
to 325 N. Pecan in reference to a burglary of the residence. When they arrived,
Mills told them that he had been awakened by two individuals who had tried
to gain entry.
He also said that he had gotten a rifle from inside his own home and
shot in the direction of the two subjects.
After talking to Mills, Garcia and Martinez began to search the area for
anyone who might have been hit by the gunfire.
As the officers searched the area, they found Leigh's body in the alleyway
of the 200 block of North Pecan with a gunshot wound to the upper back.
Leigh was officially pronounced dead by the Justice of the Peace on
call and an autopsy was ordered.
The results, which came in Wednesday afternoon, stated that Leigh's cause
of death was due to internal bleeding after an artery in the lung had been
Davis identified the second person involved in the incident as Chris
Hodges, 20, of 711 North Faye in Barstow. No charges have been filed against
Hodges in the case, he added.
City certifies final candidate as eligible for council ballot
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Fri., March 21, 2003 -- Town of Pecos City officials have released
the name of a fourth candidate who filed at the last minute to run in the
May 3 Town of Pecos City elections, after determining he is eligible to
run for office.
Mark Bragg filed on Wednesday, the last day to enter the city council
race, but city officials did not release his name until he had been cleared
and certified as eligible to run. Under law, the city secretary has five
days to release the name of a possible candidate until everything has been
Bragg joins two incumbents and a former councilman in the race for the
three available seats on the council in the May election. Mayor Pro-tem
Gerald Tellez and councilman Frank Sanchez are seeking to retain their seats,
while Danny Rodriguez filed to return to the council after being defeated
for re-election a year ago.
The other council member whose term is up in May is Johnny Terrazas,
who did not file for a new two-year term.
Along with the city council election, the only other contested races
on May 3 will be for the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah and the Balmorhea school boards.
Four candidates will be seeking the two three-year terms up for election
in the P-B-T ISD race. Incumbents David Flores and Steve Valenzuela are
challenged by Randy Baeza and Amy Montgomery Miller.
In the Balmorhea ISD race, incumbents Tommy Rey Dominguez and Paul Matta
have three challengers in their bids for re-election, in Sharon Oates, Abel
Baeza and Courtney Ballard.
Uncontested races include those for the Precinct 2 and Precinct 4 seats
for the Reeves County Hospital District board. Pablo T. Carrasco filed to
run for the Precinct 4 seat on Monday, and will replace Hugh Box, whose
home in no longer within the Precinct 4 boundaries. In Precinct 2, incumbent
Linda Gholson is unopposed for that seat.
In Barstow, incumbents Olga Abila, Dora Villanueva and Ted Porras have
filed for new two-year terms on the city council and Angel Abila has filed
for the one-year unexpired term.
Ike Ward filed to retain his seat on the Balmorhea City Council, one of
three seats up for election this year. Sammy Baeza currently holds the other
seat and there is one other seat vacant. Balmorhea officials did not report
any new filings prior to the deadline.
Under state law, elections that are uncontested can be canceled by the
elected officials in order to save money.
Seventh person arrested in credit card abuse case
By JENNIFER GALVAN
PECOS, Fri., March 21, 2003 -- A seventh person involved with the abuse
of a credit card belonging to Rio Pecos Sales - Budweiser was arrested in
Odessa Wednesday afternoon and has since posted bond.
According to Gang Officer/Criminal Investigator Armando Granado, Chase
Sanders, 19, was arrested in Odessa in connection with the incident, in
which over $5,000 allegedly was charged illegally over a 10-month period
of 2002 and early this year.
Sanders is one of seven people charged with their involvement in using
the card, belong to Budweiser, to fuel up their vehicles at Desert Distributors.
Police said they still have one warrant out for the arrest of another individual,
and could eventually charge up to 20 more people in connection with the
"The card was stolen back in May 2002," Granado said Tuesday. "They even
had the pin number of the credit card."
The card was given to Martha Leonard Rubio, 35, by a male subject who
had originally stolen it, at which point different people began to use it,
He added that the card was used on a regular basis and a total of $5,450
in fuel was reported as being charged on it.
"The card was being used from the time it was stolen till the first week
of March 2003," Granado said. "They would use it two to three times a day."
The others were arrested on March 14, and were identified by police are
Rubio, Jack Benjamin Stickles, 17, Jason Rodriguez, 17, Justin Evans, 19,
Jae Ewing, 19, and Jeffery Martinez, 22. There are also four juveniles,
three male and one female, who have charges pending Granado said.
A statement by one of those arrested said that they would often pay to
use the credit card, Granado said.
He added that the case remains under investigation and they are looking
at 20 more people, Granado said.
Of the seven arrested Stickles and Rodriguez are current students at Pecos
High School while Evans, Ewing, Sanders and Martinez are recent PHS students.
The seven individual have been charged with credit card abuse, which is
considered a state jail felony.
U.S. ag producers asked to be aware of terrorism threat
PECOS, Fri., March 21, 2003 -- Ranchers and other livestock owners are
being cautioned by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to be on the
alert for any unusual problems with their animals, after the department
elevated the terrorism threat level to ORANGE this week, which indicates
a high risk of attack to U.S. interests both domestically and overseas.
As a result of the increased security level, foreign animal disease (FAD)
surveillance should be increased nationwide. Those involved with livestock
production are urged to be particularly aware of any indication that could
signal the occurrence of a highly contagious disease or any other unusual
or unexplained adverse animal health event.
Those include sudden, unexplained death loss in the herd or flock, severe
illness affecting a high percentage of the animals, blistering around an
animal's mouth, nose, teats or hooves, unusual ticks or maggots, or staggering,
falling or central nervous system disorders.
If you see something unusual, contact your local law enforcement authorities
immediately and notify the Texas Animal Health Commission at1-800-550-8242.
PECOS, Fri., March 21, 2003 -- High Thurs. 67. Low this morning 41. Forecast
for tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in
the mid 40s. SE winds 5 to 15 mph. The chance of rain is 50 percent. Sat.:
Partly cloudy. Slight chance of showers in the morning. Highs in the mid
60s. SE winds 5 to 15 mph: Becoming. SW in the afternoon. The chance of
rain is 20 percent. Sat. night: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Sun.:
Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. Monday: Partly cloudy. Lows in the
upper 40s. Highs near 80.
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