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November 28, 1997
Local nurse saves firemen a trip
By CARA ALLIGOOD
PECOS, November 28, 1997 - What started out as a normal home
health visit last Saturday quickly turned into something
Joseph Ortiz, an LVN with Reeves County Hospital Home
Health, called on Vicente Natividad, a patient with the home
health organization, Saturday around 1 p.m. "I just arrived
and I wasn't even there two minutes when I started smelling
smoke," said Ortiz.
"I asked the Natividads if they were cooking anything and he
said he was heating up water for coffee."
Ortiz knew it wasn't water that he was smelling, something
"I just dropped what I was doing and ran into the kitchen,"
said Ortiz. He found the kitchen full of smoke.
"I turned off the stove, and there was steam from the
water," he said. But, the steam didn't account for all the
smoke in the room.
"I turned to the left," said Ortiz, "and there were flames
about a foot high coming out of the toaster. It was
engulfed. I was startled."
Ortiz then grabbed the extension cord that the toaster was
plugged into and pulled it out of the electrical outlet.
There were several appliances plugged into the extension
"It was amazing that nothing else was burning," said Ortiz,
especially "because the toaster was right up against the
The fire slowly went down after the toaster was unplugged,
By that time, the whole house was filling with smoke, so
Ortiz opened both the front and back doors to air out the
After the fire was completely out and the house was aired
out, Ortiz said that he talked to the couple about fire
safety. Mr. Natividad told him that the bread he had been
trying to toast didn't pop out of the toaster, so Ortiz
cautioned him and his wife not to use the appliance anymore.
Natividad explained that the toaster would usually "click" a
few times, but the bread would eventually come out. This
time it didn't, and began to burn.
Mr. Natividad said that Ortiz came to change his bandage,
and when he began to do that, he smelled the smoke and put
out the fire. He wishes to thank Ortiz for being there and
taking care of the situation.
Natividad's wife, Ramona, is also very grateful that Ortiz
was there. She doesn't speak English, but her words were
translated as "God sent him over here," and her happiness
was evident no matter what language her words were spoken in.
Local elves gather toys for kids
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, November 28, 1997 - Toys for Tots elves will once
again spread their magic and provide toys for children that
would otherwise not receive anything on Christmas.
The group has already started raising funds to make
Christmas cheerier for needy children in the community.
"Christmas is just around the corner and it's a time that
children look forward to open gifts and play with toys, but
for many children this is not possible," said elf Nancy
The local economy has adversely affected many families who
will only be able to provide the necessities such as food
and clothing, according to Ontiveros. Toys for Tots has been
providing toys to needy children for more than 10 years.
The group provides new toys for needy children who qualify
for the program. Registration for Toys for Tots is being
held at Reeves County Hospital in the admissions office in
Room 102. Applications to receive toys through the program
will be taken through Dec. 5.
Guidelines for the program are based on the federal poverty
limit of 100 percent of poverty. Families will be asked to
provide proof of income.
Any individual wishing to donate new toys for a needy child
may do so by placing them in one of the drop boxes located
at the Pecos Police Department or Reeves County Hospital.
Cash contributions can be made for Toys for Tots at the
Pecos Police Department.
Toy distribution is set for Dec. 20, in the Reeves County
Hospital lobby from 4 to 7 p.m.
For more information contact Teenie Crider at the Pecos
Police Department, 445-4911 or Nancy Ontiveros at Reeves
County Hospital at 447-3551, ext. 350.
Participating agencies include Pecos Police Department,
Reeves County Hospital and the Town of Pecos City.
Legal matters on agenda for board meeting
PECOS, November 28, 1997 -The Pecos-Barstow-Toyah
PECOS, November 28, 1997 - 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.
A black, 1994 GMC Sierra pickup was scratched sometime
between 8:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and 1:30 a.m. Nov. 16 while it was
parked across the street from Saragosa Hall.
Gloria Orosco, 26, 304 E. 8th St., was arrested at 6:10 p.m.
Nov. 14 at a residence on Limpia Rd. for public intoxication.
Criminal mischief in the form of the glass door at Amigo's
Texaco, 1317 S. Cedar, being broken was reported at 3:46
a.m. Nov. 14. Estimated cost of replacing the door is $300.
Vu Anh Hoang, of Austin, was arrested at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 for
Trung Uoc Nguyen, 28, of Corpus Christi, was arrested at 7
p.m. Nov. 13 for theft.
Carol Janet Cone, 42, of Midland, was arrested the evening
of Oct. 29 for possession of marijuana over five pounds but
less than 50 pounds, a third degree felony.
Paul Diaz, 706 Locust St., was arrested at 9:38 p.m. Nov. 22
at Third and Cedar on two counts of making alcohol available
to a minor, a Class B misdemeanor.
Lucas Ruiz, 19, 1604 Johnson, was arrested at 9:38 p.m. Nov.
22 for minor in possession of alcohol.
Abel Zuniga, 19, 300 W. County Rd., was arrested at 9:38
p.m. for minor in possession of alcohol.
Twenty five pieces of lumber and two bundles of PVC pipe
were stolen from a residence in Saragosa on Nov. 11.
Irma Jiminez, 33, of Monahans, was arrested at 2:25 a.m.
Nov. 24 for public intoxication.
Eric Lopez, 25, was arrested for criminal mischief at 9 a.m.
Vianca Mendoza was arrested at 9 a.m. Nov. 15 for criminal
On Nov. 21 a nine-year-old boy was attacked by a brown cat,
reported to be larger than a house cat and having no tail.
Since the animal could not be located, the boy will have to
take rabies shots.
Esquiela L. Martinez, 41, 402 E. 6th St., was arrested at
11:29 p.m. Nov. 19 at 1111 S. Orange for terroristic threat
and resisting arrest.
Saul Aguilar, 53, 2002 W. Fourth St., was arrested at 8:45
p.m. Nov. 22 for assault by threat under the Family Violence
Elojio Rubio, 37, 221 N. Cedar, was served at 2:14 p.m. Nov.
24 with two warrants while at the Reeves County Jail.
Lucy Vela, 36, 810 E. Ninth St., was served with two
warrants at 2:12 p.m. Nov. 24 while at the Reeves County
Carlos Madrid, 17, 411 of Alberta, was arrested at 4:23 p.m.
Nov. 25 on a warrant service.
Claudia Madrid, 26, 411 Alberta, was arrested at 4:23 p.m.
Nov. 25 on a warrant service.
Humberto Delgado, 38, 1301 S. Cypress, was arrested at 12:01
a.m. Nov. 26 in the 1300 block of S. Elm for public
James Wright Hunter, 18, and an unidentified male juvenile,
both from Va, were arrested at 7:55 a.m. Nov. 25 on I-20 for
unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
CRIME OF THE WEEK
PECOS, November 28, 1997 - Crime Stoppers will pay up to
$1,000 in reward for information leading to the arrest and
Grand Jury indictment of person(s) responsible for the
incident described below. Anyone having any information on
this crime or any other crime can call "Crime Stoppers" at
445-9898 and you will remain anonymous.
On Sept. 2 at approximately 10:22 p.m. Pecos Police officers
responded to a burglary of a habitation located at 601 E.
Fifth St. that occurred sometime between Aug. 30 at 4 p.m.
and Sept. 2 at 10:22 p.m. A person or persons entered the
residence through the bathroom window located on the west
side of the residence. Taken in the burglary was a Sanyo
portable CD AM/FM cassette stereo with speakers, a brown
knife with holster and a jewelry box with assorted jewelry.
Value of the stolen property was placed at approximately
The Fort Stockton Pioneer
FORT STOCKTON, Nov. 27, 1997 - A routine traffic stop south
of Fort Stockton resulted in the arrest of a Fort Worth man
on drug charges. Isidro Sepulveda was arrested Nov. 18, by
Texas Department of Public Safety officer Mike Cordero after
he discovered 700 pounds of marijuana in the back of
Sepulveda's pickup. Officer Cordero initially pulled
Sepulveda over for speeding, four miles south of Fort
Stockton on U.S. 67.
The Big Bend Sentinel
MARFA, Nov. 27, 1997 - The trains roar through Marfa at
least 19 times a day, fast-paced powerful and of great
length, their cargo ranging from passengers to hazardous
waste. On Sept. 11, 1996, the Union Pacific Rail Corporation
bought the Southern Pacific Rail Corporation for $3.9
billion to become Texas' largest railroad. As a result of
the merger Union Pacific now has 7,916 employees and 6,349
miles of tracks operating in the Lone Star State. Officials
say area tracks are okay, but crew fatigue is an issue.
The Alpine Avalanche
ALPINE, Nov. 27, 1997 - Opposition is growing to the
proposal that would allow Southwest Texas Municipal Gas
Corp. to sell off a portion of its distribution line to West
Texas Gas. City council members Mike McMillen and Mickey
Clouse have expressed opposition to the proposal.
The International, Presidio Paper
PRESIDIO, Nov. 27, 1997 - The U.S. Customs Service processes
thousands of pedestrians, private vehicles and freight
carriers daily through the posts of entry along the
U.S./Mexico border. Customs statistics indicate that in
fiscal year 1997, more than 634,000 freight carriers, just
under 17 million private vehicles and a little more than 4.5
million pedestrians crossed through border ports in West
Texas and New Mexico.
The Sanderson Times
SANDERSON, Nov. 27, 1997 - This year's mule deer population
estimate west of the Pecos River increased 19 percent
compared to the 1996 estimate. The 1997 Trans-Pecos district
mule deer population estimate is 114,800 animals.
The Monahans News
MONAHANS, Nov. 27, 1997 - Pecos Police shot out a tire on a
fleeting suspect's vehicle at 7:55 a.m. on I-20 near the
13-mile marker in an incident that had its roots in
Monahans. The incident occurred Tuesday, Nov. 25. When it
was over, one man was in the Reeves County jail and a youth
was in the custody of juvenile authorities. Sergeant Jim
Vaughn says he and fellow Pecos Officer Mike Dominguez
noticed a suspicious vehicle and and eventually pulled it
over on a traffic violation (no seat belt were fastened) at
the 40-mile marker.
PECOS, November 28, 1997 - High Thursday, 72, low this
morning, 43. A cold front blew into Texas, dropping
temperatures and bringing rainy conditions. In West Texas,
areas of light rain continued over the eastern portions of
the Texas Panhandle this morning. Skies were cloudy and
temperatures were in the 40s and 50s. The wind was west to
south at 10 to 20 mph. The forecast for West Texas calls for
partly cloudy skies and rain Saturday. Highs will be in the
50s and 60s except for some 70s near San Angelo. Lows will
be in the 30s.
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