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Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Odessan arrested in Carlsbad

on attempted child kidnapping

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - An Odessa man has been charged with attempted kidnapping after being accused of trying to force a 10-year-old boy into his car.

Pedro Gonzales Armendarez, 50, was arraigned Monday on charges of attempted kidnapping, concealing identity and assault on a police officer. Bond was set at $50,000.

Magistrate Walter Parr ordered the case transferred to district court and said an issue had been raised as to Armendarez's mental competency to stand trial.

Police were sent to a feed store Saturday evening after an emergency call from an employee who said someone had tried to abduct a child, claiming to be the boy's father.

According to a criminal complaint, the boy told police he had left the store on his bicycle when a stranger drove up and told him to get in the car. The boy refused, and the man got out, grabbed him and the bicycle and pulled him to the car, the complaint states.

The boy told police he pulled his arm away, ran back to the store and asked adults there to call police.

According to the complaint, the man got back into his car and drove to the store's parking lot. When an employee confronted him, the man insisted he was the boy's father.

The employee said the man returned to his car and drove away.

Carlsbad police Capt. Robert Bird said Armendarez was picked up four minutes after the 911 call by an officer who saw him standing beside a car matching the description given in the incident. The officer said Armendarez appeared to have been drinking and had to be wrestled to the ground before he could be arrested.

Senior girls given post-graduation safety tips

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tues., May 6, 2003 -- Pecos High School senior girls were given a safety lesson this morning from Pecos Police Community Officer Mike Balog in the Pecos High School auditorium, giving the girls a presentation on what to do to remain safe when they go out on their own after graduation.

Balog presented a 40-minute video entitled "Traveling Alone in America" to the seniors, who will be graduating at the end of this month. "They're going out into the business world or are going to college," he said. "This was just to give them some crime prevention tips to help them not be a victim."

The video, along with a handout sheet, provided information on the way to safely prepare for a trip alone, along with information on emergency road service, car rentals, and staying safe when arriving at hotels or using parking garages.

"Mainly what I do is point out some tips on how not to be a victim," Balog said. "Like not being naive when you're on the road, and not getting into a bad situation. After the video, I also showed them some defensive tactics right at the end.

The handout include safety tips such as not leaving your purse exposed, letting other people know your travel itinerary before starting on a trip, carrying sufficient ID and insurance information, checking the condition of you vehicle's tires, lights and windshield wipers before starting on a trip, and locking your car after you leave it.

"I went over some things most people don't know," Balog said. "For example, there's a roadside assistance number on the back of your driver's license (1-800-525-5555)."

He also advised the students not to use the 'burglar alarm' on their car, if it's equipped with one, in non-emergency situations. "A lot of people hit the burglar alarm going to a parking lot, so they can find their car, but any bad guy out there then knows the vehicle is open and knows where it is," Balog said. "I'm trying to get them not to do it until they get right up to the car."

Park St. home electrical fire kept contained

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tues., May 6, 2003 -- Pecos volunteer firemen had to dig into part of a house on Park Street late Tuesday night, after being called to a structure fire that resulted in no injuries and only minimal damage to the building.

Fire trucks responded to a call at 706 S. Park St., at about 11:30 p.m., Monday, and found smoke coming from the attic vent of the house. But it took a while longer before the source of the smoke could be located.

"The fire was inside the wall on the northeast wall," said Town of Pecos City Fire Marshal Jack Brookshire.

A woman preparing to go to sleep inside the home smelled the smoke coming from the wall, and called the fire department.

Brookshire said that the fire was located inside the wall and was an electrical fire. Firemen used an axe to chop open the outside wall near the electrical box, and then sprayed water inside with a fire hose.

"Damage to the wall was moderate and didn't spread," said Brookshire. "Nobody was injured."

Brookshire said that it took 45 minutes to extinguish the fire and there was not very much damage done to the home.

"We had another call this morning, at a residence north of Pecos, but it was a false alarm," said Brookshire.

Firefighters keep busy throughout the year, but are busier during this time of year, according to Brookshire. "It's been busier the last few months, but it usually picks up at this time," he said.

Most of the calls the firefighters have responded to lately, have involved accidents. "Luckily, none of the calls have been for major fire damage or big fires," he said. "The major fires have slowed down a little," he said.

Brookshire said that there have not been very many grass fires this year. "But we're still listed in a high area, as far as possibility of fire. That's always the case during this time of year, because of the lack of rain, and the dry conditions," he said.

Residents are cautioned not to try to burn their grass and to call in any fire that they see in pastures or fields.

City to conduct emergency siren test on Thursday

PECOS, Tues., May 6, 2003 -- The Town of Pecos City's Office of Emergency Management has scheduled a test of the Public siren warning system on Thursday between the hours of 1-2 p.m.

This will only be a test, emergency management coordinator Ricky Herrera said, and so local residents can disregard the sirens when they go off during that hour.

For more information call 445-5418.


PECOS, Tues., May 6, 2003 -- High Monday 94. Low this morning 62. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s. Light and variable winds. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Highs 95 to 100. Southwest winds increasing to 15 to 25 mph. Wednesday night: Mostly clear. Lows near 60. Thursday: Mostly clear. Highs in the mid 90s. Friday: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 50s. Highs in the mid 90s.

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