Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, June 20, 2003
Police arrest one, recover probable
stolen guns after shooting
By JENNIFER GALVAN
PECOS, Fri., June 20, 2003 -- Two of three guns found at the scene of last
night's shooting have been tentatively identified as weapons stolen from
the Ward County Sheriff's office in Barstow recently.
"The call came in at 10:04 p.m. from 708 E. 8th Street in reference to
a gunshot victim," Pecos Police Chief Clay McKinney said.
McKinney said that when officers arrived to at the scene they found a
male juvenile subject with a gunshot wound to the mouth area. He added that
the juvenile was transported to Reeves County Hospital and as of this morning
McKinney said that there was no word on the condition on the juvenile.
The police blotter indicated that Sergeant Armando Garcia, Patrol Officers
Ricky Martinez, Julio Quinones and Oscar Machuca, and Lt. Kelly Davis and
Lt. Juan Vasquez, and Criminal Investigators Armando Granado and Olga Lopez,
Narcotics Criminal Investigator Paul Deishler, Reserve Officer Frank Sanchez,
Jail Administrator Tony Dowdy, Reeves County Lt. Mike Dominguez, Deputies
Danny Leos and Ramon Ortiz all responded to the scene.
"The officers began to search the scene and found a second subject walking
to the residences from the alley," McKinney said.
The subject was identified as Joe Angel Hernandez, 17.
"The officers searched the alley later and found several weapons in the
area," McKinney said. "They found two shotguns and one pistol."
Lt. Davis said that they recovered a 12-guage-pump shotgun, .38-caliber
revolver and a .410 sawed-off shotgun.
"The 12-guage-pump shotgun and the .38-caliber revolver were stolen from
Barstow," Davis said.
A third subject found at the scene was identified as Margarito Vargas,
17, McKinney added.
"A pat down search of Hernandez was conducted and officers found a substance
believed to be marijuana," McKinney said. "He was arrested and taken into
custody for that charge."
Vargas was brought to the Police Department where a written statement
was taken from him in regards to the shooting, McKinney said. He added that
Vargas was released with no charges being filed at that time.
"The preliminary investigation tends to show that this was an accidental
shooting and that some of the weapons recovered in the alley were stolen
out of a burglary in Barstow," McKinney said.
Though he was not certain, McKinney said that he believed the guns were
stolen from the Ward County Sheriff's Department.
With the case still under investigation, McKinney said that it was to
early to tell whether the three victims were planning something.
All three individual are members of the BPG, which is short for the Brown
Pride Gang, police said.
Citizen's Police Alums taking orders for curb painting
By JENNIFER GALVAN
PECOS, Fri., June 20, 2003 -- The Pecos Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association
will be working on its first big project tomorrow morning by painting address
numbers on the curbs of anyone wanting it done.
"The project is called 'Numbering the Way,'" President of the Alumni
Brenda McKinney said. "It is one project the alumni has taken on to help
the law enforcement agencies, Meals-on-Wheels program, the ambulance service
and other agencies and organizations."
She added that the organization would first begin working on the project
during the weekends and that if they received a good response members of
the alumni would go out during the week and work on the projects.
'If everything goes well we may go three days out of the week if we get
that good of a response after this weekend," McKinney said. "Some of the
members will get out there and work on it."
She added that she felt it would be easier to take orders rather then
"We thought that it would be easier if we first received calls requesting
that we do the project rather then going from door to door," McKinney said.
"Currently we have about 16 homes lined up for tomorrow."
McKinney said the alumni is asking for a $5 donation but would not turn
"We will take any donation," McKinney said. "Also we will not deny anybody
who may need their number painted on the curb but may not be able to give
She added that the organization really wants to help anyone needing their
number painted on the curb.
"We would like to thank Mike Balog for his assistance in getting this
started," McKinney said. "We would also like to thank Larry Windham and
Starkey Warren for their donation of stencils and paint. Also the members
of the Alumni for taking their time out of their personal schedule to work
on the project."
Anyone interested in having their number painted on the curb may contact
McKinney at 445-9000, Laura Teal at 447-2552 or Jennifer Galvan at 445-5475.
One arrested in North Side drug bust
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Fri., June 20, 2003 -- One individual was arrested and placed in the
Criminal Justice Center, Thursday evening following a narcotics search warrant
that was executed on the north side of town.
Officers from the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff's Department
and the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force executed a narcotics search warrant
at 925 N. Hickory, Thursday evening.
"Once the SWAT team had secured all the occupants inside the residence,
officers then proceeded to search the premises," said Pecos Police Investigator
During the search of the residence officers found inside the house a
substance believed to be cocaine, according to Deishler. "Officers also
found inside the residence paraphernalia commonly used in the packaging
of cocaine," he said.
After the officers completed their search, Rosalba Navarette, 37, was
placed under arrest for the offense of possession of a controlled substance,
(cocaine). "This offense will be a State Jail Felony," said Deishler.
Navarette was transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center and released
to the jail staff for booking.
She is currently in custody awaiting arraignment.
Commissioners set to discuss transferring
funds from County to RCDC
PECOS, Fri., June 20, 2003 -- A new extension agent will be the topic
of discussion at the regular Reeves County Commissioners Court meeting.
The group will meet at 9:30 a.m., Monday, June 23, in the third floor
courtroom of the county courthouse.
Commissioners will discuss and take action on an interim transfer to
the Reeves County Detention Center Fund; Reeves County Food/Kitchen Supplies
bids; dental equipment bids No. 25A-03 and to declare Pitney Bowes County
Mailing Machine, Model #U570 and Serial #18584 as salvage/surplus item.
The group will discuss and take action on bond and oath for Suzanna Natividad;.
deputation and oath of Kevin Lee Roberts as Reeves County Deputy Sheriff;
consolidation of all city of Pecos polling places for the Sept. 13, constitutional
amendment election; and property bid for property located at N/2 and S/2
of South Front Street, in Toyah.
Regular agenda items include: reports from various departments; budget
amendments and line-item transfers; personnel and salary changes (RCDC,
county clerk, sheriff's department, JP Precinct No. 1, recreation department
and Reeves County Judge's Office); minutes from previous meetings and semi-monthly
Los Palominos: Musical brothers to play tonight
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Fri., June 20, 2003 -- Growing up in a musical family led four brothers
to form their own group and make their way to the top of the Tejano music
Brothers, Johnny, James, Jorge and Julio Arriola, better known as "Los
Palominos," travel throughout the United States and Mexico performing their
own special brand of Tejano music.
"We first formed our band at a real young age," said Johnny Arriola.
"We were in junior high and elementary school," he said.
The brother's father was a musician when they were very young, and Arriola
said, "I think that's why we're all so musically inclined. It's hereditary."
"That's where we get our talent from," said the accordian player.
Johnny Arriola is the accordian player and also sings vocals for the
group while brother James is the lead singer, Jorge plays bass and Julio
is the drum player for the group.
"We used to open up for La Mafia and that was the last time we've been
in Pecos," said Arriola. "It must have been in 1992-1993," he said.
Arriola said that since the group has been headlining, they have not
made any trips to Pecos, but have performed in Odessa. "We run into a lot
of Pecos people up there, though," he said.
Even though the group performs in Mexico, Arriola said that Texas was
their home state and they enjoyed performing in the West Texas area. "We
perform a lot in San Angelo, Odessa and Midland," he said.
All of the Arriola family still resides in Uvalde, where the group grew
up and still calls home. "We travel all over, but that will always be our
home," he said.
The group started recording with Tony Records and have recorded several
tapes with that company. "They were our first major label," said Arriola.
"We've recorded seven with Sony and then we went and signed with Fonovisa,
and have recorded three with them," said Arriola. "This is our tenth one,"
Arriola said that their newest CD came out in April and is entitled,
"We like to perform pretty much everything," said Arriola. "But mostly
we play Tejano music," he said.
The Arriola family consists of six boys and one girl. "She can sing really
well, but I guess she doesn't like the spotlight, so she doesn't perform
with us," said Arriola. "She also inherited the musical talent," he said.
The group will be in Pecos this evening, at 7 p.m., at the Riverside
Ballroom, located on Third Street.
"We'll be going on to Lubbock and then to Reno, Nevada and from there
to California," said Arriola. "That's a pretty typical schedule," he said.
"We're mostly on the road, especially when a new CD comes out," said
Arriola. "We're out there promoting it and that's what we're doing now,"
Arriola said that the group is excited about performing in Pecos. "It's
been a long time since we've been here and we're all excited and happy about,"
said Arriola. "We want to invite everyone to come out," he said.
Class of '83 reunion
PECOS, Fri., June 20, 2003 -- The Pecos High School Class of 1983 will
be having their 20th year reunion in Pecos, on Friday, July 4 and Saturday,
For more information or if you would like to help call Jessie Hardwick
at 445-4171 or 447-0135.
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