December 11, 1997
Hair-brained scheme leads to arrest
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, December 11, 1997 - Two individuals were arrested
Tuesday and are currently in the Presidio County Jail in
Marfa following a "hairy" situation.
Veronica Melendez Gomez, 21, of Pecos, was arrested in Fort
Davis, Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 11:35 a.m., after a routine
Rene Humberto Anaya-Hernandez, 26, of Ojinaga, Chih.,
Mexico, was the driver of the 1988 pickup truck that was
stopped for having his windows tinted too dark.
"The border patrol agent that stopped him immediately
recognized him from other times," said Permian Basin Drug
Task Force Commander Tom Finley.
Anaya-Hernandez had no driver's license and both individuals
"They got suspicious about the two and decided to search
them," said Finley.
The search turned up seven ounces of black tar heroin hidden
in Gomez' hair.
"She kept telling them it was just rollers in her hair, but
she had pinned it up with bobby pins or something and she
had a lot of hair, in which she had concealed the drugs,"
Both individuals were charged with felony possession of
heroin and as of Wednesday were still in the Presidio County
Jail in Marfa.
DPS employee arrested in drug bust
By RICK L. SMITH
PECOS, December 11, 1997 - A Texas Department of Public
Safety communications operator, his wife and their son were
arrested here last night after law enforcement officers
executed a search warrant at their home and allegedly found
about 5.5 ounces of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Frank William and Alta Bechtel were arrested at 9:39 p.m.
yesterday after police found the marijuana and triple-beam
scales in the master bedroom of the house at 902 S. Hickory
St., according to Pecos Narcotics Investigator Paul
Deishler. Their son, Skyler Bechtel, was arrested when the
officers found drug paraphernalia, such as bongs and other
pipes used to smoke marijuana, in his bedroom, Deishler said.
The Bechtels were taken to Reeves County Jail and were
indicted in district court this morning.
The amount of marijuana found in the home constitutes a
felony and charges against the three are further compounded
because their home is located within 1,000 feet of a school,
Deishler said. The three are charged with possession of a
controlled substance (marijuana) in a felony amount within
1,000 feet of a school. They could face penalties as stiff
as two to 10 years in the state penitentiary, according to
Members of the Permian Basin Drug Task Force, Reeves County
Sheriff's Deputies and Pecos Police made the arrests on a
search warrant obtained after an undercover officer
purchased some marijuana at the residence, Deishler said.
"They were all very cooperative during the arrest," Deishler
Drug charges filed against 32 defendants
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Crime picks up during holidays
By CARA ALLIGOOD
PECOS, December 11, 1997 - According to Pecos Police
Department Investigator Lieutenent Kelly Davis, "crime
always increases around the holidays." There are more
burglaries and what Davis referred to as "emotional crimes,"
because the holiday season tends to highten people's
emotional responses to the situations they have to deal
with, and so does the alcohol which many people consume
during various festivities.
Yesterday, the Pecos Enterprise received calls about two
crimes that were allegedly committed recently, an assault on
a female employee of the police department by a police
officer, and a house burglary. Police records do not show
evidence that either of the alleged crimes was committed
within the past week, although the burglary was supposed to
have been committed Monday evening. The person whose home
was allegedly burglarized was unavailable for comment as of
Of the alleged assault, Davis said, "I am not allowed to
talk about any ongoing investigation."
When Pecos Police Chief Troy Moore was asked about the
situation, he said that "if, in fact, something like this
has occurred, it is handled by an internal affairs
investigation." Moore said further, "If we have started an
internal affairs investigation, it is on advice of the city
attorney that no information can be made public."
Davis could not find any information about a house burglary
occurring Monday on the department's computer records. In
fact, he said, "I haven't worked any house burglaries, and I
don't believe that Olga (Lopez, another investigator) has
either. It's been slow, and we've been fortunate."
Davis said that the police department is considering putting
a second dispatcher on duty both Christmas Eve and New
Year's Eve because of the increased work load on those days.
"We usually have so much going on those nights that one
dispatcher can't handle it all."
Davis said that burglars break into homes because they
believe that nobody is at home. He said that such crimes are
split between opportunists, who see a home that appears
unoccupied, and those who already know what someone has in
their home and they make plans to steal certain items at a
He offered some advice to help prevent making your home one
that a thief is likely to target.
*Leave some lights on. Burglars don't like lights.
*Leave on something that makes noise, such as a television
*Leave a car in the driveway.
*If you will be gone for an extended period of time, use
timers on some of your lights, and have a neighbor check on
your home. "Or, call the police department and we'll check
on it for you," Davis said.
*Motion sensor lights are good, but they should be mounted
up really high so the "bad guys" can't unscrew them when
they go off, Davis said.
Davis also mentioned that there are lots of good,
inexpensive alarms available here in town. He said they cost
less than most of the things that thieves would want to
PECOS, December 11, 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.
Kenneth Christopher Salas, 25, 110 W. 8th, was arrested at
11:46 p.m. Dec. 5 upon turning himself in for two warrants
on indictments for delivery of marijuana.
Jimmy White, 64, 523 Martinez St., was arrested at 9:16 p.m.
Dec. 6 in the 1300 block of S. Elm for public intoxication.
Matthew John Armendariz, 18, 401 E. D St., was arrested at 3
a.m. Dec. 7 in the 500 block of S. Mulberry for public
A Roadmaster 10-speed bicycle was stolen from 614 S. Walnut
sometime between 9 and 9:33 p.m. on Dec. 7.
Christopher Adame was arrested at 11:03 p.m. Dec. 5 in the
800 block of Walnut for public intoxication.
Gomisindo Almanza was arrested at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8 on a
warrant service at municipal court. He paid a fine and was
Rosa R. Munoz was arrested at 11:58 a.m. Dec. 8 at municipal
court on two warrants. She paid the fines and was released.
Daniel H. Rayos was arrested at 10:35 a.m. Dec. 9 on a
warrant after turning himself in at municipal court.
Luke Chandler Hoelcher, 19, W. Hwy. 80, was arrested at 3:20
p.m. Dec. 3 in the 2000 block of Nebraska for deadly conduct.
PECOS, December 11, 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 Nov. 4, 1997, the Pecos Police Department was dispatched
to the Chiropractic Clinic, located at 1309 West Third
Street, in reference to Criminal Mischief. Sometime between
the hours of noon Nov. 1 and 11 a.m. Nov. 4, a person or
persons had shot the front glass door to the clinic with an
unknown object, causing the glass door to break. Cost to
replace the door was placed at $300.
PECOS, December 11, 1997 - High Wednesday, 49, low this
morning, 26. A secondary surge of cold air following a cold
front into Texas will plunge temperatures to below freezing
as far south as Corpus Christi tonight and early Friday.
Some light snow fell across portions of the Panhandle before
dawn today. A warming trend is expected to begin from north
to south on Saturday. An upper-level trough of low pressure
moving across West Texas produced some light snow and
flurries from the northern portion of the South Plains
northward through the Panhandle before dawn today. Clouds
will be decreasing across West Texas tonight with skies
becoming clear to partly cloudy on Friday. There is a chance
of brief snow flurries across North Texas tonight and early
Friday, but no significant snowfall is expected. It will be
cloudy through Friday. Clouds will be decreasing by Friday
afternoon. Lows tonight will be near 10 in northern areas of
the Panhandle to the 20s elsewhere across West Texas. Highs
Friday will be in the 40s in West Texas.
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