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Wednesday , June 30, 1999

Bull riders featured at rodeo tonight

By JON FULBRIGHT
Staff Writer

PECOS, June 30, 1999 -- The first go-round for timed events at the 1999 West of the Pecos Rodeo was completed and the second go round begun during slack competition on Monday, with second go competition continuing this morning and tonight, during a special pre-rodeo performance at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena.

Tonight's performance will feature a field of nearly 50 bull riders competing for the rodeo title, along with the third go round of steer roping and the start of ladies' barrel racing, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The third go round of steer roping is new this year for the West of the Pecos Rodeo, with both the first and second go-rounds having taken place on Monday.

Leo Campbell of Canyon used an 11.5 second time in his second attempt to grab the average lead during Monday evening's competition. The time, the best so far at the West of the Pecos Rodeo, was worth $1,621.44 and gave Campbell a combined 24.6 second time for his two rides.

Campbell was the only cowboy to place in the Top 8 in both the first and second go rounds on Monday. J.D. Yates of Pueblo, Colo., and Ike Good of Elida, N.M. also turned in sub 12-second times in the second go round with Yates going 11.6 and Good 11.7 seconds, and picked up $1,409.95 and 1,198.45 respectively.

In the average, Campbell was followed by Neil Worrell of Fredonia, Kan., at 27.7 seconds. He was third in the first go round, with a 12.8 second time. Bobby Brock of Cushing, Okla., was third with a 27.8 combined time, and Colby Goodwin of Canyon was fourth, at 28.2 seconds.

In calf roping, Justin Maass of Giddings took the early lead, winning the first go round with an 8.9 second time, worth $1,688.57. Brent Lewis of Pinon, N.M. was second at 9.2 seconds, and former world's champion Roy Cooper was third, with a 9.4 second time. Cooper, of Childress, earned $1,395.90 and Lewis picked up $1,642.24.

Jade Conner of Roanoke, La., and Bubba Pascal of LaPorte tied for third with 9.5 times, worth $1,026.39. T.J. Good, Fred Whitfield and Shawn Franklin rounded out the Top 8, with 9.6, 9.7 and 9.9 second times.

In Monday's go round of team roping, defending National Finals Rodeo champions Speed Williams and Rich Skelton were tied for first place after the first go round with Tommy Mack Bierschwale of Mason and Cuatro Hindes of Charlotte, Tx. The four all picked up $1,587.80 by roping their steers in 6.8 seconds. Rube Woolsey of Dewey, Ariz. and Cody Guess of Colorado City were tied for third with Kevin Stewart of Glen Rose and Martin Lucero of Stephenville, both teams at 7.4 seconds. They each took away $1,144.69 from Monday's performance.
Marty Ellis and Victor Aros were fifth with a 7.6 time, Billy Stephens and Jeff Medin were sixth, with a 7.8 time and the teams of Brady Wren and Shot Branham and Devin Hays and Ben Blue tied for eighth, with 7.9 times.

Brad Gleason was the first go round leader in steer wrestling, bringing his steer down in 4.7 seconds Monday to win $1,748.88. Casey Callahan of Cameron was second at 4.8 seconds and won $1,520.77, Ole Berry was third with a 5.1 second time, worth $1,292.65, and Cody Walker of Stephenville also earned over $1,000, placing fourth with a 5.2 second time, worth $1,064.53.

Chuck Janowski of Simonton and Butch Myers of Athens, Tx., tied for fifth, with 5.3 times, Bill Pace of Sonora was seventh with a 5.4 time and Rope Myers 1997's All-Around Cowboy for the West of the Pecos Rodeo, tied Sid Steiner for eighth place on Monday, each with 5.5 second times.
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Rodeo Parade offering tribute to Brookshire

By ROSIE FLORES
Staff Writer

PECOS, June 30, 1999 -- Local volunteer firefighter and businessman Weldon Brookshire will be recognized during the Annual West of the Pecos Parade.

Brookshire will be honored for his 40th consecutive year of participating in the local event. His 1951 Plymouth convertible will also carry the parade grand marshal, actor and cowboy Ty O'Neal.

O'Neal has been in several films, such as "The Wild Wild West," which was released to theaters today, along with "The Postman," and the Mighty Ducks series. He has also co-starred on TV's "The Magnificent Seven," and was commentator for the National High School Rodeo Finals.

An expert horseback rider, O'Neal is a Celebrity Team Roper and a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Floats, horses, buggies and more will be a part of the annual West of the Pecos Parade.

Theme for the event is western songs.

Potential entrants have until 5 p.m. today to join the fun and become a part of the annual event.

"If they want to be judged they need to enter before 5 p.m. today," said Chamber of Commerce secretary Rachel Orona.

So far, 21 entries have signed up to be judged. "We usually have some late entries, but those can't be judged, because we need to know early," said Orona.

Last year, over 100 entries participated in the annual event, the number was higher the year before.

"I sent out a lot of entry forms, but they weren't all returned back," said Orona.

Other participants will include the Fort Davis Trail Riders, the Eddy County Trail Riders and the Red Raider Mast Rider from Texas Tech.

"These are just a few of the participants that we know of," said Orona.

The rodeo parade will kick off this year's West of the Pecos Rodeo. The world's oldest rodeo, first held in 1883, will hold its official opening at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, though a special performance featuring steer roping, barrel racing and nearly 50 bull riders, will be held tonight at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Herrera returned to Tennessee jail

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer

PECOS, June 30, 1999 -- A shaky bonding company surrendered Jose T. "Joey" Herrera Jr. to the Tennessee courts this week when they learned of a fourth charge that he supplied a death certificate for a criminal defendant.

Herrera, himself a bondsman, was indicted in February on three counts of fabricating evidence by supplying false death certificates to Paul's Bonding, conspiracy to fabricate evidence, and money laundering.

Bail was set at $500,000, and established Davidson County, Tennessee bonding companies could not post enough collateral to make the bond. However, criminal court judges approved a new company, American Bonding Company, which accepted $50,000 cash and additional collateral from Herrera to post his bail.

John Zimmerman, assistant District Attorney for Davidson County, which includes the city of Nashville, said today that when the fourth death certificate came to light, his office investigated.

"We established it was sent from Herrera to Paul's Bonding," said Zimmerman. "American Bonding Co. appeared before Judge Blackburn in Division 3 because of the additional charge and exposure to punishment."

Following a hearing, Judge Blackburn concluded that American Bonding, which is under an order of suspension because of bad management practices, should return $44,500 of Herrera's cash payment and release all the collateral.

"They have all been released by today, and the money was returned," Zimmerman said. "He is in our jail."

And with closer scrutiny of bonding companies caused by the Paul's Bonding scheme, Herrera is likely to remain in jail until trial, which is set for Jan. 24, 2000.

Zimmerman said the four Davidson County criminal courts are overloaded, and the Herrera case was actually "put on the rush calendar" because one of his co-defendants, George Wiebe, was never released on bail.

Wiebe was an integral part of a large-scale marijuana distribution network when he was arrested in Tennessee in December, 1998. Herrera worked with Paul's Bonding to post bail, knowing that Wiebe would not appear for court, said Nashville Police Officer Jesse Burchwell, who investigated.

Herrera secured a death certificate for Wiebe so that Paul's Bonding would not have to forfeit his $500,000 bail, the indictment alleges.

Standberry part of Stonewalk to D.C.

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer

PECOS, June 30, 1999 -- Earl Standberry will wear a dark blue tunic made by Maria Elena Lujan of Pecos when he walks 485 miles over the coming month in a peace effort.

Tabbed Stonewalk, the march starts in Sherborn, Mass. where a one-ton memorial stone for civilians killed in war was dedicated in 1984.

Pushing and pulling the heavy stone, the walkers hope to arrive in Washington D.C. August 6, where the memorial will rest in its new location near Arlington National Cemetery.

The memorial is now located at Peace Abbey in Sherborn, a life experience school for children with special needs.

Standberry said the memorial is a gift from people of this country who support the walk.

He is taking a 33-day leave from his truck driving job with Middleton Transportation Company of Fort Worth to make the walk.

It's been more than a year since Standberry almost lost his leg in a train accident while walking through Arizona on another peace mission. He says the leg is completely healed and good as new.

For more information about Stonewalk, check out the website at www.peaceabbey.org.

Bush vetoes bill altering selection of lawyers

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer

PECOS, June 30, 1999 -- Indigent defendants in state courts will see no change in the way lawyers are appointed to represent them.

Gov. George W. Bush has vetoed a bill that would have placed authority to appoint attorneys in the hands of the state's 254 county commissioners court.

The bill, passed by the House and Senate and sent to the governor for his signature on May 28, called for commissioners courts to provide counsel for indigents through a public defender's office, an outside contractor or to allow judges to continue appointing attorneys.

Judges from across Texas launched a campaign to persuade Gov. Bush to veto the bill, and he did so on June 20.

District Judge Bob Parks said after reading the bill he called the governor's office to join his opposition to the many others.

"It sounds like a very bad idea," Judge Parks said. "it is a remedy for a problem that doesn't exist in our area."

Parks said that the bill would have put authority to appoint attorneys in the hands of people that have no way of knowing the qualifications of the persons appointed or the quality of work they have done.

"The attorneys in our area, after their first year in practice, do not seek out appointments, but do it as a duty to the court, and at a nominal fee," he said. "I can't see this doing anything but radically increasing costs. The commissioners court has no power to compel attorneys to take appointments. In order to attract folks to do this, I predict the cost will go up."

County court-at-law Judge Lee Green said that costs to appoint attorneys in misdemeanor cases are minimal, and he hasn't heard any complaints about abuse.

Counties pay the attorney fees for indigent defendants. Green said they may run from $100 for a simple case to thousands of dollars for a major felony trial.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, was unpopular with criminal court judges because it transfers the power from judges to commissioners courts.

Ellis said the current system often leaves poor suspects at a large disadvantage especially in rural and border counties. He admitted he expected some judicial opposition, but he was surprised by its vehemence.
 
 

Lotto

AUSTIN (AP) The winning Cash Five numbers drawn Tuesday by the Texas Lottery: 17-19-21-23-25 (seventeen, nineteen, twenty-one, twenty-three, twenty-five)

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

Weather

High Tuesday 100; low last night 83, a record. Last year, high 105; low 75. Records for this date: High 113 in 1957; low 57 in 1985. Record maximum low for this date, 77 in 1951. Record for June, 82 in 1951. Tonight, partly cloudy. A slight chance of evening thunderstorms. Low around 75. Southeast wind 10-20 mph. Rain chance less than 20 percent. Thursday, sunny and continued hot. High around 105. South to southeast wind 10-20 mph. Forecast for the Fourth of July weekend, partly cloudy and hot with isolated mainly evening thunderstorms. Lows 70-75. Highs near 100.



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