Wednesday, September 23, 1998
Pecos cooler, others stay hot as fall arrives
From Staff and Wire Reports
Texans love to brag, though most are ready to stop talking
about one of the hottest, deadliest and costliest summers in
The calendar says today is the first day of autumn, but the
Texans would like to be done with the summer of 1998, the
In Pecos, temperatures were already approaching the 110
The city also received three-tenths of an inch of rain,
Area ranches also received needed rains during the past
The first significant summer rains finally began in early
The heat ravaged Texas' cotton crop in the South Plains and
At least 131 people died of the heat in Texas, including 51
Dallas-Fort Worth endured its hottest May-August on record.
Fifty-one times - more than seven weeks in all - afternoon
Mary Jo Walker's kids will recall how they were dragged to
Security guard Beth McDonald said she would ``go home, turn
Searing, unrelenting heat also took a deadly toll elsewhere
Many of the heat's victims in Oklahoma were elderly people
``There were a lot of people who said they were tired and
Trees, shrubs and grass are scorched brown. Many plants
``I'm real glad the summer's over,'' said Luke Duel,
Autumn or not, some Texans had no plans to turn off the air
Sheryl Boyles, an office courier who drives more than 300
Officials formalize drug task force plan
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
After meetings Tuesday afternoon and this morning, Reeves
County law enforcement officials have laid out detailed
plans to host a regional drug task force.
Pecos Police Chief Clay McKinney said that letters of intent
The letters of intent are part of a package that McKinney,
Plans are for each participating agency to provide one
Some agencies in the 17-county Permian Basin region opted to
The Permian Basin Drug Task Force lost it's funding in May,
Adjustments in water projects on agenda
A change order for the Town of Pecos City water system
improvements project and the selection of an engineer for
1997 water transmission line improvements project phase IV
will be discussed at Thursday's regular city council meeting.
The meeting will be an evening session, beginning at 5:30
Council members will discuss and consider authorization to
A report on the Reeves County Juvenile Facility will be
Other items on the agenda include several ordinances which
Also on the agenda will be to discuss and consider:
* A request from Pecos Housing Authority for city assistance
* Errors and corrections for the 1997 tax roll and prior
* Appointment to the Permian Basin Airport Board.
The group will meet in executive session to discuss and
Council members will also address these issues in open
INS staff commended for video court work
By ROSIE FLORES
Pecos area Immigration and Naturalization Service officials
were commended recently for their continued work at the
INS's facility on West Palmer Street.
"You've been together a little over a year now, and last
Clausen also commended the staff on the number of cases
"Just about a year ago that number was 75 percent, so it has
Rodriguez stated that his office processes all the aliens
The process can take as little as seven days, according to
Some of these individuals come from the Reeves County
The first step in the process requires a file. If there
The case is then heard at the RCDC over a closed circuit
"Since last year we had the number of cases heard up to 75
This means three out of every four are being processed and
"Before it was one out of three," said Rodriguez.
In addition, Clausen stated that a monthly employee will be
Chihuahua man acquitted in pot trial
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Toothpaste that masked the odor of marijuana and a
legitimate reason for being in the United States may have
helped a civil engineer from Delicias, Chih., Mex. gain his
A federal court jury acquitted Jose Antonio
Sanchez testified that he was enroute to Wichita Falls to
Tearful during his testimony, Sanchez also cried when the
Scott Johnson represented Sanchez, while Fred Brigman
A second jury trial began this morning, with Jay Miller
Renteria was arrested July 6, along with her husband, Robert
Worley claimed that Renteria was asleep and did not know the
Bennett said the marijuana was wrapped in bundles and
After Duke alerted to the marijuana, the couple was placed
Judge Bunton accepted guilty pleas in five drug cases Monday
Cipriano Galindo-Villa pleaded guilty to possession with
Barbara Ann Portillo pleaded guilty to misprison of a felony
Luis Raul Cardoza-Gamboa pleaded guilty to possession with
Lorenzo Gallegos-Valdez pleaded guilty to possession with
Gregory A. Niehenke and John R. Aycock admitted violating
Motivational seminar set for Thursday
The Pecos Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a motivational
seminar tomorrow (Thursday) at the Swiss Clock Inn.
There will be two sessions, from 9 a.m. to noon and from
1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $39 per person.
The motivational speaker is Tom Starr.
"It would be nice if the whole town participated in this,"
said chamber Manger Tom Rivera. "We have 12 for sure, but we
need at least 25 to offset the cost of the speaker," he said.
Pecos Valley Crime Stoppers
On March 22, at approximately 10:27 p.m., Pecos Police
Officers responded to a burglary of a habitation located at
209 South Plum Street. Upon arrival the officer met with the
complainant who stated that a person or persons had gained
entry into the residence by breaking a window on the
northeast side of the residence.
Once inside the person or persons removed a black stereo
Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime
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.
Crystal Mendoza, 17, was served with a warrant at 3:53 p.m.,
on September 18, at Reeves County Jail, for possession of a
controlled substance (cocaine).
Oscar Granado, 34, was arrested at 7:51 a.m., on September
19, in the 2200 block of Johnson Street, for assault by
threat. He was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Pedro Morales, 60, was arrested at 4:32 p.m., on September
19, in the 800 block of East Second Street, for public
intoxication. He was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Jesus Padilla, 27, was arrested at 2:12 a.m., on September
20, at the corner of Third and Cedar streets, for assault
under the Family Violence Act. He was transported to Reeves
Jesus Villalobos, 28, was arrested at 4:05 a.m., on
September 20, in the 100 block of North Oak Street, for
public intoxication. He was transported to Reeves County
James Pickett, 41, was arrested at 1:11 a.m., on September
22, in Toyavale, for public intoxication. He was transported
to Reeves County Jail.
Johnnie Strain, 17, was arrested at 11:19 a.m., on September
22, at Pecos Municipal Court, on a warrant for an minor in
possession charge. He was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Tomas Salgado, 27, was arrested at 2:30 a.m., on September
23, in the 600 block of South Cedar Street, for a DWI
refusal. He was transported to Reeves County Jail.
Antonia Bueno Jaquez, 89, of Pecos died Tuesday, September
22, 1998, at Odessa Medical Center in Odessa.
A rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24, at
Mass will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25, at Santa Rosa
She was born May 13, 1909, in Leon Guanajuato, Mexico, was a
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marcelo Jaquez and
Survivors include four sons Sebero, Lazaro, Fred and Greg
Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Manuel Ramos, 79, of Pecos, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1998,
at Odessa Regional Hospital.
A chapel service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept.
He was born March 30, 1919, in Fort Stockton, self-employed
Survivors include his wife, Maria Ramos of Pecos; one son,
Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
High Tuesday 79. Low this morning 63. Rainfall past 24 hours
.3 inch. Total for month .68 inch. total for year 4.16
inches. Forecast for tonight: partly cloudy. Low in the
lower 60s. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Thursday, partly cloudy.
High in the lower 90s. South wind 5-15 mph.
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