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Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Morning fire burns former cafe building

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., July 16, 2003 -- A fire early this morning destroyed the inside of an abandoned building on the East side of town that used to be a cafe.

Firefighters were called out at 5:38 a.m., today to the former La Despedida Cafe, at the corner of Fifth and Mulberry Streets. Three fire trucks were dispatched to the scene along with Emergency Medical Service personnel, though no injures were reported from the fire.

"At first it was reported that there were two individuals in the building, but when we got there, nobody was in the building," said Pecos Volunteer Fire Department First Assistant Chief Jim Riley..

He said that it took firefighters about an hour to extinguish the fire, but that they were called back out after sunrise when a portion started to ignite again. "There was some part that rekindled and it took us about 20 minutes to extinguish that one," he said.

The fire started at the front of the building and quickly moved throughout the empty, abandoned structure.

"There was evidence that people had been sleeping there, but luckily nobody was in there at the time and nobody got hurt," said Riley.

Riley said that it would take a lot of repairing to fix the building back up. "They need to just tear it down now, because it's a hazard to the community," he said.

"We're waiting on the fire marshal's report to see what the cause of the fire was," said Riley. Town of Pecos City Fire Marshal Jack Brookshire was out of town today.

I-20 closed down by evening truck wreck

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., July 16, 2003 -- A truck wreck just east of Pecos on Interstate 20 Tuesday evening resulted in no injuries, but forced traffic to detour off the highway in both directions for about four hours, while the contents of the truck's trailer was cleaned up.

The accident occurred about 6:45 p.m. on Thursday when the truck went off the left side of the highway while eastbound at the 43 mile marker of Interstate 20. The truck then jackknifed and overturned as the driver attempted to get the vehicle back on the road.

The cab section of the truck came to rest in the left lane of the eastbound side of I-20, while the trailer broke open at it's roof, spilling is cargo of plastic pellets onto the center median, while the rear of the trailer ended up in the left lane of the westbound side of the Interstate.

Pecos Emergency Medical Service personnel were called to the scene, but the driver of the truck, Bobby Brumlow, did not require hospitalization. EMS workers did treat Brumlow at the scene for a cut to his arm before leaving the scene.

Pecos police, Reeves County sheriff's deputies and Texas Department of Transportation personnel also were called out, and blocked the eastbound lanes at the U.S. 285 exit and the westbound lanes at the Collie Road exit. Traffic was diverted onto Collie Road, U.S. 285 and East Third Street (Business I-20) until about 11 p.m. Tuesday while the truck was removed from the area.

The crash was investigated by Department of Public Safety Trooper James R. Johnson.

Border Patrol reports big pot, cocaine seizures

From Staff and Wire Reports
U.S. Customs agents in the Presidio area arrested a Mexican national and confiscated a reported $10 million in cocaine last Friday, while agents working at the Sierra Blanca Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 10 near Sierra Blanca arrested a Jamaican man on Tuesday and confiscated over 11/2 tons of marijuana.

According to a press release from the Marfa Sector of the Border Patrol, the Mexican national, identified as Raul Madrid, faces federal charges and possible deportation after border agents seized 320 pounds of cocaine hidden inside a truck.

Madrid was charged Tuesday with possession with intent to distribute the drugs.

U.S. Border Patrol agents estimate the value of the cocaine seized Friday at $10.3 million.

"That is a lot of drugs kept from the streets of this area as well as the rest of the United States," Simon Garza Jr., chief patrol agent, told the Odessa American in Wednesday's editions.

Madrid was arrested at a Bureau of Customs and Border Protection checkpoint four miles south of Marfa on Highway 67. Border Patrol officers had been tipped to look for a 2000 Volvo tractor pulling a flatbed trailer that might be carrying drugs. The truck, being towed by a wrecker, came across the Marfa checkpoint shortly after 1 p.m. Friday, said Brooks.

Agents searched the truck and found the cocaine in a false tank within the gas tank.

Madrid was remanded to the custody of U.S. marshals. If convicted, he faces 10 years to life in prison and deportation to Mexico following any sentence.

The truck and cocaine were turned over to seizure custodians in El Paso, said William Upchurch, resident agent in charge of the Bureau of Immigration and Citizenship Services in Presidio.

"They'll process it and destroy it," he said.

The marijuana seizure took place about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, when agents at the I-10 checkpoint stopped a Kenworth tractor-trailer for an immigration check. The driver, a citizen of Jamaica and a resident alien of the United States, caused the Agents to be suspicious so they performed a more detailed check of the trailer.

Agents said along with some household items, 72 cardboard boxes containing 3,093.5 pounds of Marijuana worth $2,474,800 was discovered inside the truck. The driver claimed he had been hired by a "friend" to transport some very expensive China from Phoenix, AZ to New Jersey. He was paid $5,000.

The driver, the vehicle, the Marijuana and the money were all turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Odessa set to host softball tournaments

PECOS, Wed., July 16, 2003 -- A Men's and Women's Summer Bash 2003 is scheduled for July 26-27 at the UTPB Softball Complex in Odessa.

The tournaments will be a men's class E and a women's recreational tournament, with Entry Fee of $125.

Area teams are invited to participate. For more information or to sign up contact Gabriel or Michelle at 432-552-7426 or 432-352-8615.

Student physical exams available on Thursday

PECOS, Wed., July 16, 2003 -- Physicals will be given to all Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD high school and junior high students planning to participate in athletics during the 2003-04 school year on Thursday by Dr. Orville Cerna at his 925 W. Daggett St. office.

The physicals will be given to students whose last names begin with the letters A through M from 8 a.m. until 12 noon, while those with last names beginning with the letters N through Z will have their physicals between 1 and 5 p.m. The cost of the physicals will be $15 apiece and will be paid at the time the exam is given.


PECOS, Wed., July 16, 2003 -- High Tues. 109. Low this morning 69. Forecast for tonight: Mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. East winds 15 to 25 mph. The chance of rain is 50 percent. Thurs.: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. SE winds 10 to 20 mph. Thurs. night: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. Fri.: Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 90s. Sat.: Partly cloudy. Lows near 70. Highs in the upper 90s.

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