CCRC staff, helpers deliver giftsBy ROSIE FLORES
The Community Council of Reeves County has helped several children in the community have a brighter Christmas, through a project the group has sponsored since 1995.
The CCRC sponsored "Angel Trees" which were set up at both First National and Security State banks. "Community Council has taken on this project every Christmas for the past three years and it has always been very successful," said project coordinator Rowena Lyles.
Individuals in the community are asked to "pick" out a name from the tree, buy a gift for that youngster and return it gift-wrapped to the same location. The gifts are then distributed by community council members.
"Thanks to the community who always comes through for us and helps us put a smile on a child's face and bring joy to his or her heart on his joyful holiday season," said Lyles.
This year the group served about 47 children who were on the list. "We put names on the list of children we feel are in need," said Lyles.
Some of the children are also referrals, by a teacher or other individuals, according to Lyles.
"This year I had help from JoAnne (Lira), our new receptionist," said Lyles.
All the names were picked off the tree, however, a gift for two of the names that were picked out have not been returned. "We were really happy that all the names were picked out," said Lyles. "We're only lacking two names, a two-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl, these names were picked out at Security State Bank."
She said that whoever picked out these names can call the community council at 447-4913 and they will go pick up the gifts for these two children.
"We the staff would like to thank everyone in the community who responded to our Christmas project," said Lyles. "We're just happy to have helped this many children."
Cops jail teens, Montana man at motelBy PEGGY McCRACKEN
Ten suspects, seven of them local teenagers, were arrested early today when Pecos Police and Reeves County Sheriff's deputies searched a motel room at Quality Inn on South Cedar Street.
Police Chief Clay McKinney said the arrests culminated a lengthy investigation of a man from Montana who was staying in motels and selling narcotics.
Allen Charles Lawson, 28, of Havre, Mont., was charged with possession of marijuana, more than four ounces but less than five pounds.
Several persons attempted to escape through the back door when officers entered the room with a search warrant at 1:21 a.m. They were detained by officers waiting outside the room, said Paul Deishler, narcotics investigator.
Charged with possession of marijuana, more than four ounces but less than five pounds, and with possession of alcohol by a minor are:
* Clifton Ray Ikeler, 18, 1919 Nebraska;
* Eric Garcia Muniz, 18, 1725 W. Fifth St.;
* Erica Maria Tarin, 18, 1508 S. Park St.,;
* Ruben Villegas, 19, 1614 Morris St.,;
* Alvaro Adame, 19, 622 S. Sycamore St.,;
* Tony Rodriguez Jr., 19, 601 S. Willow St.; and
* One juvenile.
Pedro Madrid, 23, whose address was given as 1316 W. 20th St., and Christopher Adame, 25, 622 S. Sycamore St. are charged with possession of marijuana more than four ounces but less than five pounds.
All were booked into Reeves County Jail to await arraignment this morning by Municipal Court Judge Phyllis Salyer, who issued the search warrant.
Deishler said the officers found a large compressed brick of a substance believed to be marijuana inside the room. Small plastic bags containing suspected marijuana was also found on several of the suspects.
Also found inside the room was a set of scales commonly used in weighing narcotics, sandwich bags commonly used in packaging marijuana, other types of drug paraphernalia and a large quantity of beer, Deishler said.
The marijuana charge is a state jail felony, and the minor in possession of alcohol charge is a misdemeanor.
Evans' friends decorate `ugly' windmillBy ROSIE FLORES
One Pecos resident is now a true believer in Santa Claus, after receiving a special Christmas wish recently.
The wish was made by a very special person named Mary Evans, according to her friends and family. Evans has an old, ugly windmill sitting behind her house.
One day she was asked if that old, ugly windmill worked. Mary said it didn't, but she wished it could be decorated so people could at last enjoy looking at it.
Of course she knew that would be impossible because it's a really "big" old, ugly windmill.
Well, Evans has been a bit under the weather lately and her friends wanted to cheer her up. One day while she was gone, some of her friends actually decorated that big, old ugly windmill.
When Mary got home that night a wonderful sight was waiting for her. The prettiest darn windmill in West Texas with lights shining so brightly. "I bet they could be seen for miles," said her friend Carol Fowlkes.
However, the best present of all was the love that people have for one another. "When someone asks what's so great about Pecos, Mary can tell them, it's not the beautiful sunsets, the sweet tasting cantaloupe, not even the wonderful Pecos rodeo _ Pecos has some of the greatest people in the world," said Fowlkes.
"If you don't believe it, just ask Santa Claus," she said.
Vegetable farmer nets 19-year termBy PEGGY McCRACKEN
A vegetable farmer from Camargo, Mex., will be a guest of the United States government for the next 19 years, following sentencing Tuesday in federal court.
Hector Holguin, 30, was convicted Oct. 22 on seven violations in connection with the Raul Gardea-Luna drug smuggling operation. His attorney, Patrick Bramlett, filed objections to the pre-sentence report that found Holguin to be a major player in the organization and noted Holguin's clean criminal record.
"This is his first brush with the law," Bramlett said. "He has the ability to have a normal life. He entered this country under legal processes; worked and was a contributing factor in society. He spent a number of years working in the arduous task of live chicken ranching in Louisiana and Georgia. He was born of the land and returned to the land from which he came.
"He is tied to that ranch in Mexico and is raising two young sons. His overall situation would indicate that the right factors would lower the range of guidelines."
Senior Judge Lucius Bunton was not moved.
"I am not going to allow the objections," Judge Bunton said. "I heard the evidence, and it became pretty obvious to me that Holguin was setting up his own network of cocaine distribution. He recruited Carmen Rios and Louise Orozco, and I suspect it was not for the Gardeas."
Judge Bunton sentenced Holguin to 235 months on each of four counts and 60 months on two counts, to run concurrently. He levied no fine but assessed $600 for the crime victim's fund.
"I accept my punishment and responsibility," Holguin said, "but I want to ask forgiveness of my family for the suffering I have caused...I have always done everything for my family, and I hope God helps me so I can be with them soon."
Also sentenced Tuesday were Jeremy Luigi Sambugaro, 22, of Plainfield, Ill., 33 months for conspiracy to possess marijuana for distribution;
* Carlos Franco-Rubio, 25, of Mexico, false claim to citizenship, two months;
* Martha Aide Saenz-Holguin, 30, Ojinaga, Mex., illegal re-entry after deportation, six months.
Armando Tarango-Holguin, 56, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to importing marijuana on Nov. 11. He admitted backpacking part of a 281-pound load of marijuana from the Rio Grande north to Valentine, along with six others.
Pecos Valley Crime StoppersCrime 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.
On June 1, Pecos Police Officers responded to the burglary of a habitation
located at 314 Mulberry Street. Upon arrival officers met with the complainant
who stated that between the hours of 2:55 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. the person(s)
had entered her residence and took a blue steel 25mm handgun from inside
Emma DelaCruzEmma DelaCruz, 49, of Odessa died Monday, Dec. 21, 1998, in Medical Center Hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Odessa, with burial in Rosehill Cemetery.
She was born Dec. 2, 1949 in Presidio and moved to Odessa in 1992. She was a nurse's aide at Midland Memorial hospital.
Survivors include her husband, Ramon DelaCruz of Odessa; her mother, Refujia Carrasco of Odessa; four sisters, Lucy Jimenez, Carmen Conner, Flora Carrasco and Elida Suarez, all of Odessa; five brothers, Santiago Carrasco, Samuel Carrasco and Valentine Carrasco Jr., all of Odessa; Luis Carrasco of Pecos and Lino Carrasco of Midland.
WeatherPECOS, Dec. 23, 1998 - High Tuesday 24; low last night 18. Wednesday mostly cloudy. High around 30. East to northeast wind 5-15 mph. Wednesday night, mostly cloudy. Low around 20. Thursday, mostly cloudy. High 30 to 35. Christmas day forecast, cloudy with a slight chance of light snow or freezing rain early. Lows in the 20s. Highs around 40.
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