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Wdnesday, May 21, 2003

School OKs $298,000 bid for new HS softball field



Staff Writers

PECOS, Wed., May 21, 2003 -- Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school board members awarded a Midland firm a bid for just under $300,000 to build a new high school girls softball field, with the completion date set for October.

School board members met Tuesday evening to discuss and take action on competitive sealed proposals for the new field, which will be build on the northwest side of the high school's Iowa Street football practice facility.

Architect Monte Hunter, with Hunter and Corral, was on hand to discuss the proposals and show the group a copy of the plans for the field.

"We received two proposals from two different construction companies in Midland," said Hunter.

Abbott Building Company and Mid-Tex of Midland both submitted proposals for the construction in Pecos.

Hunter said that the proposal had covered the grandstand, covered awning, dugouts, announcer's booth, bases and pitcher's mound. "This proposals cover basically everything," he said.

Abbott Building Company had a base proposal of $408,210, while Mid-Tex of Midland submitted a proposal of $298,892.

"Alternate 1 concerned the backstop, some people do nets, " said Hunter. "They do that instead of chain link, but it actually costs a little bit more," he said.

Hunter said that he had spoken to some of the staff involved and that they didn't want the alternate, which was the "net" fence.

"I don't recommend it because with nets somebody could come along and they can have a knife and cut it," said PBT-ISD Superintendent Don Love. "With chain link its there forever," he said.

"I had given you an estimate of $370,000, more or less," said Hunter. "If you do approve this bid it will be another eight percent for us, plus filing fees and some other extras."

"Does this contain a $15,000 contingency?" asked Love.

Hunter said that Mid-Tex's bid did contain a contingency and Love recommended that the group go with that company to build the new facility.

"They've done some work for us in the past haven't they?" asked board member Paul Deishler.

"They actually did this building," Hunter said, referring to the P-B-T Technology building, the site of Tuesday's meeting. Mid-Tex built that facility two years ago and also had worked at the Pecos High School.

Hunter said that the company had also constructed the softball fields in Big Spring and for the Ector County ISD at the Ratliff Stadium complex.

"I've looked at their contract and they have a good group of sub-contractors," said Hunter.

The time schedule calls for them to have at least half of it finished by Aug. 10 and the rest by Oct. 18.

"It will be a kind of a two-step construction," said Hunter. "They'll work on that little area behind the fence until Oct. 18," he said.

Board members approved the bid from Mid-Tex and the company will begin construction immediately.

"We're looking forward to having a field right on campus," said Pecos Eagles' softball coach Tammy Walls. "It certainly cuts out the problem of transportation."

Pecos just completed its sixth season of high school softball. When the program began in 1998, games were split between the Maxey Park softball field and Martinez Field on the southeast side of town, which is where the games have been played the past five seasons.

That field was converted from a baseball facility, and a scoreboard and lights were added over the past three years. However, the condition of the field was a concern prior to the start of this past season, and the softball team ended up doing most of their pre-season workouts at the Iowa Street practice facility.

Under the construction plan, the work on the field will be done over the next 21/2 months, and will be completed by the time pre-season workouts start for the Eagles' football team on Aug. 4. "The field will be done by August and then they'll work on the backstop and the stands," Walls said.

"The fence down the first and third base lines will be a permanent fence, and around the outfield, they'll have a breakaway temporary fence," she said. The fence will be similar to the one current used by the team at Martinez Field, and can be taken down during football season.

With construction of the stands on the first base side of the field, about 10 yards of the current football practice field will be removed. However, school officials said there would still be enough field available so the right field fence can be a regulation 200 feet (67 yards) from home plate.

The new field will use the west side rest room facilities at Eagle Stadium, which will save on construction costs. Pecos' baseball field, which was built 30 years ago, uses a similar arrangement on the east side of Eagle Stadium.

Marquez given two-year term for soliciting child porn photos

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., May 21, 2003 -- A former Midland Independent School District security guard and Pecos Police Officer was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Tuesday to two years in prison after pleading guilty in March to attempting to buy child pornography.

John Peter Marquez, 41, pled guilty on March 5 to attempted possession of child pornography and was sentenced on Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Rob Junell. Marquez had entered the guilty plea before U.S. Magistrate Stuart Platt, after a preliminary hearing on the charges was held in mid-February.

According to the U.S. District Attorney's Office in Midland, once Marquez has served his two years in prison he then will be released and be supervised for three years.

Currently Marquez is being held at the Odessa Detention Center until he is designated a prison, the U.S. Marshal's Office in Midland said.

Marquez first pled guilty to two counts involving four pornographic photographs of teenage males performing illicit sexual acts on men. He was caught after e-mailing the images to an undercover postal inspector, and prosecutors also revealed during an early hearing that Marquez had been dismissed from the Pecos Police Department 12 years ago after reportedly molesting two boys.

Before his arrest, Marquez was working for the Midland Independent School District as a guard at Goddard Junior High on the north side of Midland. Marquez was fired from his five-year job following his arrest on February 11.

While MISD said there were no complaints against him, Marquez was forced to resign from the Pecos Police Department in 1991 after serving as a dispatcher and an officer over an 11 year period, following allegations he had molested two 13-year-old boys.

At the time of Marquez' Feb. 18 hearing before Judge Platt, Town of Pecos City Police Chief Clay McKinney said that he could not comment on the allegations of Marquez' dismissal from the local police force. McKinney was not in office at that time, but both he and former Pecos Police Chief Troy Moore were subpoenaed by federal prosecutors

In-between the time he left the Pecos PD and took his job with the Midland schools, Marquez worked for the Texas Youth Commission.

Four arrested with marijuana bags in vehicle

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., May 21, 2003 -- Two adults and two juveniles out for a ride Tuesday afternoon ended up being driven to jail by police, after a routine traffic stop uncovered illegal drugs in their vehicle.

Pecos Police Officer Oscar Machuca stopped a vehicle at about 4 p.m., yesterday afternoon for a traffic violation in the 200 block of West Second Street.

"During the stop, Officer Machuca smelled a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle," said Pecos Police Investigator Paul Deishler.

Machuca investigated further and uncovered approximately 14 bags of marijuana in the vehicle and on the suspects, according to Deishler.

Arrested were the driver, Adam Fuentes, 19, an adult passenger, Jose Garcia, along with two juveniles.

All four were taken to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center and charged with possession of marijuana over two ounces and under four ounces.

"Adam (Fuentes) was also charged with bringing a controlled substance into the facility," said Deishler, after more marijuana was found during a body search at the CJC.

"This is a felony, Deishler said, explaining that officers always ask the individuals if they have anything else on their persons before being taken to the facility.

"That's the time when they're supposed to say something, because once you bring into the facility it becomes a felony," he said.

Ministry planning weekend revival at Saragosa Plaza

PECOS, Wed., May 21, 2003 -- A revival is planned for this weekend at the Saragosa Plaza and everyone is invited to attend.

The revival will be held at 5 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It will feature live Christian music, testimonies and awesome preaching.

The event is sponsored by Puro Cristo Prison Ministry.

For more information contact Pastor Tito Hernandez at (505) 395-2074 or (505) 631-5779.


PECOS, Wed., May 21, 2003 -- High Tuesday 57. Low this morning 55. Precipitation total trace. Forecast for tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 50s. Southeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Highs near 90. Southeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Thursday night: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Lows near 60. Friday: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Highs 90 to 95. Saturday: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 50s. Highs in the mid 90s.

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.


Stephen Bustamante was arrested at 10:11 p.m. on May 19 in the 900 block of South Ash Street for assault under the Family Violence Act.


Jacob Rodriguez, 22, was arrested at 12:12 a.m., on May 19, at the Del Rio Bar on a capias default payment for open container.


Genaro Machuca, 27, was arrested at 7:26 p.m., on May 17, at the corner of Normandy and Eddy streets for three outstanding Texas Department of Public Safety warrants.


Julian Olivas, 20, was arrested at 1:30 a.m., on May 18, in the 400 block of South Cherry Street on a capias warrant for default payment of drivers license and a capias warrant for default payment for no liable insurance.


A male juvenile was arrested at 8:27 p.m., on May 17, in the 1200 block of South Pecan Street for family violence act.


Jose Luis Ortiz, 41, and Shirley Ortiz, 41, were arrested at 12:26 p.m., on May 17, at the corner of Seventh and Eddy streets for violation of protective order.


Maria Garcia, 49, was arrested at 9:18 p.m., on May 16, at the Allsup's, 708 S. Cedar St., for driving while intoxicated.


Jose Tovar, 22, was arrested at 10:15 p.m., on May 16, on the corner of Adams and Eddy streets on a capias warrant for minor in possession of alcohol and a capias warrant for default payment for driving under the influences.


Ana Barreno, 42, was arrested at 5:09 p.m., on May 16, in the 1300 block of Eddy Street on a warrant for possession of controlled substance, heroin, a state jail felony.


Delfino Lujan, 51, was arrested at 5:36 p.m., on May 16, on the corner of Cherry and Walthall streets for public intoxication.


Paul Serranto Diaz, 26, was arrested at 4:36 p.m., on May 15, at the adult probation office on a motion to revoke cause.


Julio Sanchez, 19, was arrested at 4:20 p.m., on May 14, in the 200 block of South Elm Street for possession of marijuana under two ounces.


Arturo Hernandez was arrested at 8:27 p.m., on May 14, in the 1000 block of South Elm Street on a capias warrant for public intoxication.


Jeanette Flores, 24, was arrested at 1:24 a.m., on May 14, at the Club Suavecito, at Ninth and Cedar streets, on a capias warrant for possession of alcoholic beverage open container.


Adam Arredondo, 30, Fred Tucker, 22 and Joanna Tucker were arrested at 2:17 a.m., on May 17, at Club Suavecito for public intoxication and disorderly conduct - fighting, class C.


David Acosta, 48, was arrested at 8:57 p.m., on May 13, in the corner of Third and Pine streets for driving while intoxicated - refusal enhanced - class A.


Randall French, 26, and Kristy French, 25, were arrested at 4:04 p.m., on May 13, in the 3000 block of Aggie for assault - family violence act.


Richard Gibson, 18, and Marcelino Murjuia, 20, were arrested at 7:27 p.m., on May 12, at Wal-Mart. Gibson was arrested for public intoxication - class C and Murjuia was arrested for public intoxication - class C and leaving the scene of an accident.


Daniel Rivera, 24, was arrested at 12:26 a.m., on May 11, in the 1800 block of West Adams Street for assault - family violence act.


Gerald Lewis

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