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Monday, May 3, 1999

Brookshire probing Alamo St. house fire

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer
PECOS, May 3, 1999 -- The second fire within a city block over the past month is under investigation as "suspicious," said Jack Brookshire, fire marshal for the city of Pecos and Reeves County.

Firemen were called to the Elvia Barron residence at 423 S. Alamo St. at 4:08 a.m. Sunday, Brookshire said. Fire that started in a the northwest corner of a storage room on the west end of the five-bedroom structure spread throughout the house and gutted it.

Brookshire said it is a total loss.

"We'll still be working on the investigation today," Brookshire said this morning. He was attempting to contact the Big Spring fire department for their K-9 that detects accelerants that may have been used to start a fire.

Since the house is located within a block of the West Pecos Gym that burned April 5, Brookshire said he suspects there may be a connection. State fire marshals investigating the gym fire brought their K-9, but were unable to use him because debris from the fire had been moved before they arrived.

Boxing equipment that had been stolen from a building next door to the old gym in late February was located on March 4 in the house that burned Sunday morning, Brookshire said. The equipment was found during a narcotics warrant search by local law enforcement officers.

After Sunday's fire, Brookshire noticed a framed story about the recovery of the equipment hanging on the wall of the damaged house.

One of the occupants, Joaquin Matta, 17, has been charged with burglary in connection with the stolen equipment, said Reeves County Sheriff Arnulfo Gomez. He has not been indicted.

Voters return three of five incumbents

By ROSIE FLORES
Staff Writer
BALMORHEA, May 3, 1999 -- Election races in Balmorhea were hot and heavy for positions on the Balmorhea City Council and the Balmorhea School Board, where three of the five incumbents seeking election were given new terms.

Most of the state went to the polls on Saturday to elect city, school and hospital district candidates. But in Pecos and the surrounding area, only Balmorhea voters had contested races. City and school elections in Pecos, Barstow and Toyah were uncontested, as were the Precinct 2 and 4 elections for the Reeves County Hospital District board.

Balmorhea had more candidates file for office all the other area elections combined, with eight candidates seeking three seats on the Balmorhea school board and seven others vying for three spots on the Balmorhea City Council.

In the school board election, winning three-year terms on the board were incumbent Javier G. Lozano, who had 124 votes; Jesus Alfredo Matta with 94 votes and Jimmy Barragan, with 88 votes.

Others who vied for positions on the board were, Braulia Natividad, 58 votes; Norman Roman, 34; Diana Keeper, 58; Dora Machuca, 61 and Luis R. Contreras, who had 74 votes.

Natividad was the other incumbent along with Lozano in the school board race.

In the race for Balmorhea City Council. Incumbents Sammy Baeza, and Olga Lopez won new two-year terms, while Ike Ward defeated incumbent Richard Hoefs for the third seat on the council.

Ward, Anna Contreras, Rosa Dominguez and Diana Roman were the challengers in the election, with Ward's 60 votes second overall behind Baeza's 69. Lopez finished with 57 votes to beat out Contreras, who finished with 52.

Others vying for a position were Dominguez with 49 votes, Diana Roman, 43 votes; and Hoefs, with 32 votes.

Under state law, those elections have already been canceled in order to save money, and those candidates in the uncontested races will be officially sworn in to their new terms at the next board meetings.

In the Town of Pecos City Council election, incumbents Gerald Tellez and Johnny Terrazas will be joined by Larry Levario, maintenance director for the Texas Department of Transportation, who will replace retiring councilman by Randy Graham.

All three incumbents in the Barstow City Council filed to retain their positions. Olga Abila, Lucio Florez and Dora Villanueva will run unopposed for new two-year terms, while only one individual has filed for city council in Toyah, Diane Tollett, where three seats were scheduled to be chosen on May 1.

In the Reeves County Hospital District election, only one of the two incumbents, Precinct 2 representative Marcella Lovett, is seeking a new two-year term. She'll be joined by Holly Key, who filed for the seat in Precinct 4 currently held by board president, Jeannette Alligood.

In the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD election, neither incumbent Daisy Roquemore or Alberto Alvarez filed for new three-year terms. Former board member Billie Sadler and Frank Apolinar, Jr. are the only candidates in the race.

Drug seizure suspect seeks to lower bond

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer
PECOS, May 3, 1999 -- Thomas Herrera, 55, has returned to Reeves County Jail after being bonded out on a charge of aggravated marijuana possession and will seek a reduced bond.

Municipal Judge Phyllis Salyer set bail at $100,000 for Herrera following his arrest last Tuesday. He is the first of what narcotics officers expect to be a large group of suspects in a marijuana smuggling ring.

Ernest Lazcano, a Reeves County Sheriff's deputy assigned to the local drug task force operated by the sheriff's office and Pecos Police Department, said the arrest came as a result of numerous search warrants issued by Salyer.

Seized were 17 tow sacks of marijuana, marijuana packaging and five weapons.

Lazcano said the street value of the marijuana is $1 million at its intended destination.

"The investigation has only just begun and there will be many more arrests," said Pecos Police narcotics investigator Paul Deishler. No additional arrests had been made as of noon today.

Police Report

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.


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Elva Rodriguez, 20, and Raul Garcia, 26, were arrested at 3:30 p.m., on April 20, each on a warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia. Rodriguez was also served with a warrant for possession of marijuana within 1000 feet of a school. They were taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Joaquin Matta, 17, was arrested at 7:31 p.m., on April 20, in the 400 block of South Alamo Street, on a warrant for aggravated assault and a warrant for engaging in organized crime. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Eduardo Fuentes, 33, was arrested at 11:34 p.m., on April 20, in the 300 block of South Cedar Street, for driving while license suspended. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Joe Daniel Wright, 20, was arrested at 11:48 p.m., on April 21, on a warrant for a motion to revoke/driving while intoxicated. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Pablo Hernandez, 27, was arrested at 2:30 a.m., on April 22, on a DWI refusal. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Michael Ontiveros, 31, was arrested at 1:41 a.m., on April 23, behind the daycare center on East 10th, for public intoxication. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Edel Acosta, 17, was arrested at 12:34 a.m., on April 23, at Allsup's on Eddy Street, on a warrant for aggravated assault and a warrant for engaging in organized crime.

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Juan Gonzales, 17, and a male juvenile were arrested at 2:48 p.m., on April 23, at Carver, for disorderly conduct (fighting). Gonzales was taken to Reeves County Jail, the juvenile to the Juvenile Detention Center.

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Jerry Olivas, 17, was arrested at 10:55 p.m., on April 23, in the 900 block of South Cherry Street, as a minor in possession.

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Jesus Manuel Martinez, 21, was arrested at 2:12 a.m., on April 24, in the 900 block of South Cherry Street, for assault under the Family Violence Act.

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Pricilla Wright Orosco, 30, was arrested at 3 p.m., on April 24, at 214 Daggett Street, on a warrant for theft by deception. She was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Adela Garcia, 17, and Jennifer Sotelo, 17, were arrested at 11:32 p.m., on April 24, at the Riverside Ballroom, for disorderly conduct (fighting). They were taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Ramon G. Rodriguez, 51, was arrested at 1:39 a.m., on April 26, at the corner of Third and Elm Streets, for public intoxication. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Ismael Menchaca, 22, was arrested at 5:10 p.m., on April 26, in the 1000 block of West Sixth Street, for an assault under the Family Violence Act earlier at another residence. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Robert Minjarez, 47, was arrested at 5:43 p.m., on April 26, at Reeves County Hospital, for public intoxication. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Sonja Olivas, 19, turned herself in at 7:23 p.m., on April 26, at the Pecos Police Department, for a warrant. She was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Lorenzo Acosta, 41, was arrested at 9:27 p.m., on April 27, near mile marker 206 on I-10, for public intoxication. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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John Duncan, 45, was arrested at 12:36 a.m., on April 28, at the corner of Cedar and Palmer streets, for operating an unregistered vehicle. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Isidro Lopez, 27, was arrested at 3 a.m., on April 28, in the 400 block of Alberta Street, for assault under the Family Violence Act. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Mario Rayos, 30, was arrested at 12:51 p.m., on April 28, for no driver's license/no insurance/evading arrest. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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George Ortega, 24, was arrested at 11:48 p.m., on April 28, in the 500 block of Sycamore Street, for public intoxication. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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A female juvenile was arrested at 6:20 p.m., on April 29, at Carver, for a violation of probation. She was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center.

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Dolores Machuca, 24, was arrested at 12:49 a.m., on April 30, at the Purple Sage, for public intoxication. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.

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Misti Sterling, 23, was arrested at 2:08 a.m., on April 30, in the 400 block of Willow Street, on a DWI refusal. ***

Victor Samuel Romo Jr., 19, and a male juvenile, were arrested at 10:35 p.m., on April 30, in the 1200 block of Eddy Street, Romo on a DWI refusal; the male juvenile was charged with resisting arrest/minor in possession. Romo was taken to Reeves County Jail, the juvenile to the Juvenile Detention Center.

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Jorge Barron, 29, was arrested at 5:50 p.m., on May 1, in the 1300 block of South Park Street, for driving while intoxicated.

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Angel M. Garcia, 31, was arrested at 1:36 a.m., on May 2, Westbound on I-20, for assault under the Family Violence Act/resisting arrest/attempted escape.

Lotto

AUSTIN (AP) No ticket correctly matched all six numbers drawn Saturday night for the twice-weekly Lotto Texas game, state lottery officials said. The numbers drawn Saturday night from a field of 50 were: 9-10-18-23-44-47. Wednesday night's drawing will be worth an estimated $18 million.

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AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Cash 5 drawing Friday night: Winning numbers drawn: 5-7-9-19-24. Number matching five of five: 7. Prize per winner: $13,382. Matching four of five: 428. Prize: $328.

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AUSTIN (AP) The winning Texas Million numbers drawn Friday by the Texas Lottery: 11-12-42-71 (eleven, twelve, forty-two, seventy-one)

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AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Friday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 0-8-9 (zero, eight, nine)

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AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Saturday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 3-8-0 (three, eight, zero)

Weather

PECOS, May 3, 1999 - High Sunday 86; low last night 51. Rainfall .15. May rainfall .15. Year-to-date .63 inch. Tonight, partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. low in the lower 50s. South to southwest wind 10-15 mph. Tuesday, mostly sunny and breezy. High 85-90. West wind 15-25 mph and gusty.



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