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Friday, February 06, 2004

Dan's hoping new site increases crowds

Staff Writer

Dan's Video and its Pizza Pro restaurant are still in business after a little streamlining and relocation, and are hoping for increased patronage at a more centrally-located site.

Dan's owner Ronnie Daniels was out of town today, coaching the high school boys' golf team in a tournament in Monahans. However, Pizza Pro manager, Anabell Madril, said the business was retaining its pizza operations and some of its video rentals of movies and video games from its former site, at Third and Cedar streets.

"We have kept a lot of the services that people have come to depend on available. Delivery, new release rental (VHS, DVD, Playstation 2), copies, faxes and video transfers just to name a few," Madril said. "We are also looking into adding pizza by-the-slice for after school and a salad bar. We have the bar itself already on order."

Madril added that the delivery number (445-5555) is still the same, but the 'Dan's' number has changed to 447-2875.

Dan's had been located in the 300 block of Cedar Street for many years, though the business has changed during that time. It originally focused on record sales and on-site games, then moved into the video rental business and added Pizza Pro after moving next door from its original building into the former Good Year Tire building.

Daniels, who teaches at Crockett Middle School is planning to retire from that job and move to Dallas at the end of the school year. But contrary to rumors, he will retain ownership of the Pizza Pro, according to Madril.

She added that the restaurant had been open in its current location since Thursday, but the Third and Cedar street location was going to remain open for a short time to sell off extra inventory.

"Our lunch crowd yesterday was good, but dinner was better. We did not have phones till this morning, so we are hoping for an even better turnout today," Madril said.

"I really think that the new location will help. Not only are we close to the high school, but with the future additions to the menu coming soon, I think we'll do well," Madril said.

Second person jailed in Bealls burglary probe

Staff Writer

Another second person has been arrested for a burglary of several thousand dollars in watched that occurred in January at Bealls Department Store in Pecos.

One person was arrested on Jan. 26, and Pecos Police Investigator Paul Deishler said at that time that one more was pending.

Police said on Thursday, after a lengthy investigation, Gabriel Lee Huertas, 19, was arrested for the offense of tampering with evidence, a Third Degree Felony.

"Seven of the watches taken from the Bealls store were recovered from the Huertas residence," said Deishler.

Christopher Mendoza Marchan, 20, was Jan. 26, for the offense of burglary of a building, two weeks following the Sunday morning break-in.

Huertas is also being charged with the offense of burglary of a building, a State Jail Felony, according to Deishler. He is currently in the Criminal Justice Center awaiting arraignment.

Deishler said that they had found evidence inside the building that they believe linked Marchan to the burglary, which occurred just before dawn on Jan. 11

Police were called to the scene following an alarm activation at 5:57 a.m.Bealls, in the 900 block of South Eddy Street. Burglars had broken out a window and stolen 40 men's Guess watches.

Store representatives estimated the value of each watch around $85, bringing the total value of the stolen goods to $3,400, Davis said.

"Some of the people tied to this burglary may be involved in other burglaries that have occurred recently," Deishler said. "Hopefully, we can clear these up and take these people off the street."

Anyone who has any other information on this burglary or other break-ins that have taken place in Pecos should contact the police department, at 445-1792.

Commissioners to discuss pact with BOP

An intergovernmental agreement between Reeves County and the Federal Bureau of Prisons will be will be the topic of discussion at the regular Reeves County Commissioners Court meeting scheduled for Monday. The group will meet at 10 a.m., in the third floor courtroom and the public is invited to attend.

The county houses over 2,000 inmates in two units at the Reeves County Detention Center, but have been unable until now to get additional inmates from the BOP for the 960-bed RCDC III addition. The prison was completed almost a year ago, and the county in November was forced to sign a management agreement with CGI (Wackenhut), part of which included the company's help in both locating prisoners and in meeting some of the early bond payments on the $40 million facility.

In other prison-related items, commissioners will discuss and take action on Carother's Construction request for payment No. 22-RCDC III and allow RCDC Vocational Training to dis-assemble them for parts. They will also declare tax assessor printers as salvage, discuss and take action on central counting resolution and notice and notice and order for early voting by personal appearance for the March 9, 2004 Primary Election.

Commissioners will discuss and take action on the salary grievance committee for the year 2004; deputation and oath for Jose Millan Gonzales, Jr. for deputy sheriff; discuss and take action on an agreement between Reeves County and Tom Green County for placement and treatment of adjudicated juvenile offenders; a contract and agreement between Reeves County and Bowie County for post-adjudication detention of juveniles.

Regular agenda items include: reports from various departments, budget amendments and line-item transfers, personnel and salary changes (sheriff's department, Trans Pecos Drug Task Force), minutes from previous meetings and semi-monthly bills.

Man arrested on pot charges

Staff Writer

One person was arrested on drug charges following the execution of a narcotics search warrant at a home on the east side of Pecos Thursday evening.

Officers executed the narcotics search warrant at 1320 Martinez St., on Thursday.

"Once the occupants of the residence were secured by the SWAT team, officers proceeded to do a search," said Pecos Police Investigator Paul Deishler.

He said that during the search of the residence, officers found a substance inside believed to be marijuana.

"Officers also found inside the residence, paraphernalia commonly used with the packaging and smoking of marijuana," said Deishler.

Officers completed their search of the premises and Mark Huerta Luna, 26, was placed under arrest for the criminal offenses of possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of Bessie Haynes Elementary School.

Luna was transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center where he is awaiting arraignment.


Information about the revised suspensions for two Town of Pecos City employees was incorrectly attributed to Police Chief Clay McKinney in Thursday's Enterprise. Information that that Alfredo Flores and Santiago Ortiz had been placed on unpaid suspension, did not come from McKinney, but came from statements from the family members of the accused. During an interview on Thursday, McKinney said he could neither confirm nor deny the revised punishments for Flores and Ortiz, due to the ongoing investigation.

Delegate selection seminar postponed

The Delegate Selection Seminar scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to problems with the airplane that was scheduled to fly Democratic State Party Chairman Charles Schoehting to Pecos. It will be rescheduled at a later date. County Democratic Party Chairman Bob Dean, apologizes for the inconvenience.

Santa Rosa to hold welcoming event

There will be a welcoming reception at 6 p.m., Sunday at Santa Rosa Catholic Church for Father Manuel Munoz and Father Gus Lopez. Everyone is invited to attend and welcome the preachers to the community.


High Thursday 61. Low this morning 37. Forecast for tonight: Mostly clear. Lows near 25. South winds near 10 mph. Saturday: Partly cloudy. Highs near 60. Light and variable winds becoming southeast near 10 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 60s. South winds 15 to 25 mph. Sunday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. Monday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s to the lower 60s. Monday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower to mid 30s.

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