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Monday, July 27, 1998

Big Spring bid lands meteorite from Monahans

MONAHANS (AP) - A Big Spring man is the proud owner of a
soccer ball-sized space rock today after placing the high
bid of $23,000 for the meteorite found by seven West Texas

Mike Craddock bought the object in an auction held via the
Internet on Sunday, said Cathi Casper, a spokeswoman for the
auction company.

Ms. Casper said Craddock has no apparent scientific interest
in the rock but wanted to help the boys who found the
meteorite and then had to fight with Monahans city officials
to keep it.

``He said that he is a native Texan and he apparently was
pretty upset when he read about the rock being taken away
from those boys,'' Ms. Casper said. ``He just wanted to help
them out.''

A telephone listing for Craddock got no answer early today.

Craddock's bid, submitted 10 minutes before the auction
ended late Sunday night, was far below what the boys had
hoped to reap.

The $23,000 sale price was only three bids higher than the
$20,000 starting price set by the auction house,

Orlando Lyles, father of two of the youths who found the
stone while playing basketball, had guessed the rock would
bring up to $60,000.

But on Sunday night, Lyles said he was happy with the final

``I was kind of surprised at it,'' he said. ``The kids are
happy with it and I'm glad it's over.''

Lyles and Steve Arnold, a broker who represented the boys
for a 25-percent cut of the proceeds, said the price was
affected by the opinion of a NASA scientist who said last
week that the rock was likely contaminated.

The boys were playing basketball in front of the Lyles home
when the meteor plunged to Earth in March.

Firefighters took it for analysis and promised it would be
returned as long as NASA determined it was not radioactive.

Days later, the Lyles family telephone began ringing off the
hook as university science departments offered to buy the
meteorite, with bids reaching as high as $31,000.

But when the family asked the city to return it, the mayor
sent a letter politely declining. The meteorite, he wrote,
was city property.

After a hearing in May, city council members ruled
``finders, keepers,'' giving the rock to the seven boys.

The boys, Flavio Armendariz, Eron Hernandez, Javier Juarez,
Patrick Lyles, Alvaro Lyles, Jose Felan and Neri Armendariz
- will share equally in the proceeds, Orlando Lyles said.

He said his sons would put their share away for college.

Rallies earn Pecos trip to Abilene

Staff Writer
BIG SPRING -- Coming back to win the subsectional tournament
title after being no-hit in their opener was quite an
achievement for the Pecos Junior League All-Stars in Big
Spring over the weekend. But in order to get to the state
tournament, they'll have to do it again starting tonight in

Pecos, no-hit in five innings by Lubbock Southwest on
Friday, 10-0, came back that night to beat Big Spring, 7-4,
then rallied from a 7-6 deficit in the sixth inning on
Saturday to beat Southwest, 8-7. Sunday night, the Junior
Leaguers came from behind again, scoring twice in the sixth
inning and once in the eighth for a 7-6 victory in the
finals of the double-elimination tourney.

The win moved the Junior Leaguers into tonight's 7:30 p.m.
sectional final against Abilene at Rosebud Park in Abilene.
However, because subsectional losses carry over, Pecos must
win both tonight and on Tuesday to advance to the state
semifinals, while Abilene -- undefeated in their
subsectional -- needs just one victory.

"You have to have a lot of heart to come back, and these
kids do," said coach Timmy Garcia. "We lost the first game
and got (10) run ruled, then came back yesterday and beat
them and tonight we came back twice."

After two errors allowed Lubbock to take a 6-4 lead in the
fifth inning, they gave them right back with three errors of
their own in the top of the sixth, while the winning run
scored when catcher Adam Mole couldn't hold a throw home in
the eighth inning. Pecos' defense, meanwhile, improved in
the final innings of both weekend games, though Southwest
was able to get some unearned runs in all three games.

They scored nine unearned runs with two outs in the second
inning on Friday off Barney Rodriguez, while Jamin Speer
kept Pecos off-balance on the way to his no-hitter. He
struck out just three, but got help from his defense,
especially shortstop Darby Brown, who was also 3-for-3 with
3 RBI in the win.

Brown would again be at the center of the games on Friday
and Saturday, but not the way he or his Lubbock teammates
would have liked.

After Pecos rallied to take a 7-6 lead on Freddie Torres'
two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth,
Southwest put runners on first and third with none out
against reliever Patrick Fuentes. Tucker Brown then sent a
grounder to Matthew Levario at shortstop, and he was able to
throw home to Ontiveros, who tagged Speer for the first out.

That brought up Darby Brown, and for the third time in a
row, he sent a shot to center field. Unfortunately for
Lubbock, for the third time in a row it was right at Pecos'
center fielder -- Fuentes the first two times, and this time
to Rodriguez, who then threw a strike to Tony Aguilar as
Tyler Mattson tried to move up to third base. Mattson was
able get his foot on the base before Aguilar's tag, but he
didn't slide, came off third base, and was re-tagged by
Aguilar for the final out, ending the game.

Sunday's game ended in equally close fashion. Levario
relieved Rodriguez after Pecos tied the score in the sixth,
and blew through the first six batters he faced, striking
out three. But after Ontiveros' one out hit scored Ruvel
Carrasco in the top of the eighth, Levario walked Aaron
Parrott and wild pitched him to second with none out.

He fanned Chris Williams and got Mattson to foul out after
that, which brought up Tucker Brown. He bounced one past
Levario and towards center field, but Rodriguez, now at
shortstop, was able to cut it off and throw to first, just
beating Brown for the final out.

"Barney bounced back. In the first game, they got ahold of
his fastball, but in the second game, he changed things up a
little bit and threw his knuckleball. They still hit the
ball a little, but he did better and Matthew came in and
shut them down," Garcia said.

Levario, with seventh inning relief help from Ontiveros,
also had pitched on Friday, when Pecos eliminated Big Spring
with a 7-4 win. The Junior Leaguers had problems handling
Dustin Beauchamp's curveball, but he threw enough fastballs
for Pecos to grab a 6-1 lead over the first four innings,
before Big Spring tried to rally in their final at-bats.

Levario had a trip and Joey Ortega a single in Pecos'
two-run first, while Javier Ramirez and Ontiveros would
later add RBI singles, as Pecos took advantage of seven Big
Spring errors in the early going.

While Pecos used Rodriguez, Ontiveros and Levario in two
games apiece, Lubbock chose not to bring Jamin Speer back on
Sunday, despite his Friday no-hitter. Chance Speer started
and lasted until the fourth, when Pecos rallied from a 3-0

John Hodgins, who gave up Torres' game-winning hit on
Saturday, came on after a base-loaded walk to Fuentes made
it 3-1. He proceeded to walk Aguilar to make it 3-2, and
then, after Matthew Vasquez failed on a squeeze bunt
attempt, he blooped one over the drawn-in infield, to tie
the score. A one out bloop single by Ramirez followed, and
gave Pecos a 4-3 lead.

Lubbock would tie in on a double-steal and error in their
next at-bat, then took the lead when Rodriguez threw away
Parrott's grounder in the fifth, trying to force Hudgens at
third base.

Pecos scored five times in their first at bat off Mattson
on Saturday, with Torres again contributing a two-run
single. Levario would have an RBI single an inning later,
but two double plays in the first two innings allowed
Lubbock to stay close, and they would get unearned runs in
the second and third innings on the way to rallying for a
7-6 lead.

The subsectional win for Pecos is their first since the
playoffs went to the current format in 1997. Wins tonight
and Tuesday would sent Pecos to the state tournament for the
first time since Pecos' Senior League team advanced in 1995.

Rain again bypasses city

From Staff and Wire Reports
The clouds build up to the west, moved closer, and even
moved north and south of town. But once again, needed
showers managed to bypass Pecos over the weekend.

The city received less than a trace of rain this past
weekend, as clouds built up west and southwest of town both
Saturday and Sunday, but stayed outside the city limits.
Pecos' rainfall total for all of 1998 remains at just 1.01

Clouds on Saturday went both north and south of town, and
showers were reported this morning to the northwest, in
Culberson County and Eddy County, N.M. Forecasts today again
call for a chance of evening thunderstorms.

The clouds did serve to keep temperatures down to around the
century mark over the weekend, after climbing to near 110
early last week. Saturday's high was 100, while on Sunday,
the mercury reached 101 degrees in Pecos.

The low this morning was 70 and lows generally have been in
the upper 60s to mid 70s during the heat wave, which began
in late May in West Texas.

The hot weather took about another month to reach the Dallas
area, and urban area heating there has kept nighttime
temperatures about 10 degrees higher than in rural areas.

This morning's 83-degree low in Dallas was the 25th time
this year that the low temperature was not below 80,
according to the National Weather Service. The old record of
23 was set Saturday.

The low temperatures have not been this high since 1980's
infamously hot summer, when the lows hovered above 80 for 22

That kind of sustained heat, without any respite in the
mornings or evenings, can be deadly, said Charles Gaylor of
the Dallas County medical examiner's office.

``It's like running a fever: You can't run a fever
indefinitely,'' Gaylor said. ``If your body temperature was
raised during the day when you didn't have air conditioning,
it just stands to reason that if it doesn't cool off, you're
not going to cool off.''

The heat wave has killed at least 94 people in Texas since
June 1 and caused $1.5 billion in agricultural damage and
more than 6,765 wildfires.

The latest fatality was discovered Saturday, when agents in
the Del Rio Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol found the body
of Guadalupe Mendoza-Diaz in Maverick County. Her brother
told officials they had been smuggled with a group into the
United States, but fell behind, Border Patrol spokesman
Carlton Jones said today. The brother told agents he stayed
with his sister, who died around 9 p.m. Friday, Jones said.

On Sunday, North Texans braved heat of 103 degrees, the
region's 21st straight day of triple-digit weather. The high
today was forecast at 105 degrees.

High demand and heat-stressed pipes caused downtown water
mains in Fort Worth to rupture Saturday for a second time.

Repairs were made and a total ban on outdoor watering has
been modified.

Lawns on one side of the street will get a drink today.
Lawns on the other side must wait until Tuesday.

Odd-even outside watering went into effect at midnight after
crews patched broken mains and replaced some treatment plant
pumps damaged by flooding.

``We're going from a ban to a modified ban'' on sprinkling,
city spokesman Pat Svacina said Sunday night.

``If it's an even day and your house number ends in an even
number, you can water,'' he said. ``If your house ends in an
odd number ... and it's an odd day, then you can water.''

``By Sunday we hope to lift the whole ban.''

The alternate-day plan applies to Fort Worth and 24
surrounding communities that get their water from the city
system, Svacina said.

Saturday's rupture of a 36-inch water main came just a few
feet away from Thursday's break.

Cities face influx of Texans seeking prize

From Staff and Wire Reports
Residents of Loving, N.M. can expect to be seeing a lot of
Texas visitors heading up U.S. 285 over the next three days,
is it and other cities at the borders of states prepare for
an influx of lottery players seeking a shot at Wednesday's
record drawing.

Ticket buyers are dreaming big while stores face reality and
call in extra workers to handle the frenzy whipped up by a
$250 million Powerball lottery jackpot.

In Scottsbluff, Neb., the Express Mart sold hundreds of
tickets Sunday to the surprise of Georgia Trump, who works
at the convenience store.

``I usually don't hardly sell any on Sundays,'' she said.

In Greenwich, Conn., a suburb of New York City, residents
did not welcome the news that nobody had won Saturday's $183
million Powerball jackpot.

Thousands of New Yorkers have crowded into the town in
recent days hoping for a chance at beating the
80-million-to-1 odds and winning the jackpot. The game is
not offered in New York state.

Texas is also a non-Powerball state, but for people in Pecos
and the surrounding areas, the nearest sites where the game
is played are just 75 miles away, in Loving, N.M. Other
border cities in southwestern New Mexico, such as Jal,
Eunice and Hobbs, can expect to attract other lottery
players from the Permian Basin between now and Wednesday.

Tickets for the drawing will be sold at convenience stores
and other lottery dealers in those towns until about 9:15
p.m. CDT time on Wednesday.

Ashok Sheth, owner of the Greenwich Cigar Store, said people
have waited up to eight hours in line to buy tickets there.

``This has created a lot of chaos and a lot of aggression
towards us,'' he said. ``It is growing absolutely out of
control. This is not our primary business and people are
afraid and scared to come into the store to buy other

Wednesday's estimated jackpot is the largest ever available
to one player, breaking the record set in May - a $195
million Powerball jackpot.

Only one lottery game has given away more money. Last year's
Christmas lottery drawing in Spain - named ``El Gordo,'' or
``the Fat One'' - had a $270 million purse, but the grand
prize was only $2 million.

In Powerball, players choose five white numbered balls from
a pool of 49 and a red Powerball from a pool of 42 numbers.
A ticket costs $1. The game is overseen by the Multi-State
Lottery Association, based in West Des Moines.

Players in Wednesday's game can choose $250 million in
annual payments over 20 years or take a one-time cash
payment of $137 million.

Tracy Lewis of Des Moines took advantage of a short line at
a Dahl's Foods store Sunday to buy a ticket. He said he
plays just for fun because he's sure he won't win.

``How can you not try for a quarter of a billion dollars?
The possibility!'' he said. ``It's the first time that I've
ever really had any perspective of what a billion is.
Before, it's always kind of been out of my realm.''

Peggy Downing, a convenience store manager in Bettendorf,
near the Iowa-Illinois border, was expecting a
``wall-to-wall'' rush of would-be millionaires.

``We have plenty of people scheduled. We don't mind, it's
fun. People are patient because they're all here for the
same reason. They'll talk to each other in line,'' Downing
said. ``It does get stressful, but you have a good time.''

In Indiana, Hoosier Lottery officials have delivered extra
terminals to lottery retailers in cities near the Ohio,
Michigan and Illinois state lines. Powerball isn't played in
those states.

George Brucks of Des Moines bought early, picking his own
numbers Sunday at Dahl's Foods.

``It's fun to just be in it with everyone else,'' he said.

Brucks said he could not fathom the impact $250 million
would have on his life.

``I have no idea what it could buy or what I would do with
it,'' he said. ``I'm sure it would be a pain. I don't play
really with the intention of winning it. I think it's more
of a conversation piece at work.''

Powerball tickets are sold in Washington, D.C., Arizona,
Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska,
New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South
Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin.


Red Bluff Water Power Control District is offering $1,500
reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment
of person(s) vandalizing gates and outlets, gages and gage
houses in Reeves, Ward and Pecos Counties. Person(s) have
been shooting the gates and outlets used to control the flow
of water. On April 12, 1998, person(s) gained entry into the
"Gage House" located on the diversion canal near the
Imperial Reservoir in Pecos County by breaking the lock on
the door. Once inside person(s) destroyed the "Gage" inside
the house. Damage was estimated at $2,500. Then again on May
4, 1998, person(s) shot up the gates at the "Upper Diversion
Dam" on the Pecos River where the river is diverted to the
Imperial Reservoir in Ward and Reeves Counties. Amount of
damage is placed at approximately $2,500. ANYONE WITH
On June 28 at approximately 8:26 a.m. Pecos Police responded
to a Burglary of a Motor Vehicle located at 1748 Jackson
Blvd. Upon arrival complainant stated that between June 28
at 10 p.m. and 6/29/98 8:26 a.m. person(s) had gained entry
into a blue 1992 Dodge pickup that was parked outside the
residence and had taken a purse from inside the vehicle.
Inside the purse was approximately $80 in cash, credit cards
and four checks totaling $3,700 that were already made out
On 6/13/98 Pecos Police responded to a Burglary of a Motor
Vehicle that had occurred in the Reeves County Civic Center
parking lot earlier. Complainant stated that person(s) had
taken a cellular phone out of his work truck. The phone is
described as a NEC talk time 800 and belonged to the City of


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
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.
Christopher Rodriguez, 20, was arrested at 5:09 a.m., on
July 22, in the 2400 block of South Eddy Street, for assault
under the Family Violence Act and resisting arrest. He was
transported to Reeves County Jail.
Jacob Natividad, 18, was arrested at 7:47 p.m., on July 22,
at 701 S. Pecan St., on a warrant service. He was
transported to Reeves County Jail.
Nicholas Hernandez, 17, was arrested at 10:46 p.m., on July
22, at 904 S. Pecan St., on a warrant service. He was
transported to Reeves County Jail.
Ramon Ybarra, 19, and Ruben Villegas, 19, were arrested at
7:08 a.m., on July 23, in the 1200 block of Scott Street,
for public intoxication. They were transported to Reeves
County Jail.
Nellie Dunn, 38, was arrested at 9:12 p.m., on July 23, at
the corner of Seventh and Mesquite streets, on capias pro
fine warrants. She was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Rafael Medina, Jr. was arrested at 3:18 p.m., on July 24, at
the corner of Jackson and Eddy streets, on capias pro fine
warrants. He paid the fine at the Pecos Municipal Court and
was released.
David Fuentes, 55, was arrested at 7:11 p.m., on July 24, at
the corner of Fifth and Ash streets, on a capias pro fine
warrant. He was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Armando Armendariz, 40, was arrested at 8:34 p.m., on July
24, at the corner of Fourth and Peach streets, on a warrant
for criminal trespass. He was transported to Reeves County
Nellie Dunn, 38, was arrested at 12:30 p.m., on July 24, at
the Pecos Municipal Court, on a warrant for driving without
a license.
Jesus Romero, 29, was arrested at 10:20 a.m., on July 26, in
the 800 block of South Eddy Street, for theft. He was
transported to Reeves County Jail.
Dorothy McGrew, 69, was arrested at 11:00 a.m., on July 26,
in the 800 block of East 11th Street, for assault under the
Family Violence Act. She was transported to Reeves County
Domingo Jimenez, 45, was arrested at 6:44 p.m., on July 26,
in the 1000 block of East Eighth Street, for assault under
the Family Violence Act. He was transported to Reeves County
Elva Talamantez, 30, was arrested at 9:49 p.m., on July 26,
in the 100 block of East Eighth Street, for driving while
Ricardo Tavarez, 17, and Eduardo Gonzales, 22, were arrested
at 11:37 p.m., on July 26, at Pecos High School, for public
intoxication. They were transported to Reeves County Jail.
Julian Rodriguez, 36, was arrested at 12:15 a.m., on July
27, in the 500 block of Hickory Street, on a warrant for
criminal mischief. He was transported Reeves County Jail.


High in Pecos Sunday 101. Low this morning 70. Forecast for
tonight: Mostly fair, with a slight chance of showers near
the mountains. Low in the upper 70s. Southeast wind 5-10
mph. Tuesday, partly cloudy. High around 105. South wind
10-20 mph.

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