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Tuesday, July  27, 1999

Commissioners receive update on task force

By ROSIE FLORES
Staff Writer
PECOS, July 27, 1999 -- Ten counties are currently in partnership with the locally-based Trans Pecos Drug Task Force, Reeves County Commissioners were told Monday during their meeting on the third floor of the courthouse.

Bruce Salcido, financial officer for the force, and Virgie Palomino were on hand to update commissioners and answer any questions they might have.

The task force was formed last year following the demise of the Permian Basin Drug Task force, and commissioners once again approved the interlocal agreement with the task force and Andrews County.

The Pecos-based task force is funded through state grants and an agreement with participating counties on housing inmates. Reeves County is paid money from the federal government for housing U.S. Marshal's Service inmates at the Reeves County Jail, while local inmates are held by other counties, freeing up bed space in Pecos.

County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo praised the efforts of the task force and Salcido who has been working diligently in trying to procure inmates to help with the funding.

"Bruce is very pro-active and we're very happy with his efforts," said Galindo. "He does things that are not really part of his job description, but are very much appreciated."

Salcido told the court that Andrews County will be providing their own officer at their own expense.

In conjunction with the update, an out-of-county fuel bid was awarded to West Texas Gas. "They are the current suppliers, who we have been using in town," said Salcido.

The fuel bid was for the task force only.

The vehicle lease bid was tabled until the task force commander and Reeves County Sheriff Andy Gomez could be at the meeting.

Salcido said that nine automobiles are currently being leased and used by the task force.

"We're also looking to purchase four with grant money," said county auditor Lynn Owens.

"Why lease instead of purchase?" asked Galindo.

"It's not always the same vehicle and the ones we buy will be used for interdiction," said Salcido. "Those will be equipped with canine."

The deputation and oath of James W. Semmler was approved. Semmler is the new investigator/supervisor for the task force.

Elfida Zuniga was once again the designated person to calculate the effective tax rate and election judges were approved during the meeting.

Delinquent tax collection services were awarded to Linebarger, Heard, Goggan, Blair, Graham, Pena and Sampson, LLP. "Collections have stayed up, we've been really at it this past three years," said Rusty McInturff.

Raid on house nets jewelrybelieved stolen


By ROSIE FLORES
Staff Writer
PECOS, July 27, 1999 -- If you're missing some jewelry, the Pecos Police Department might have it.

Jewelry, rings, earrings and necklaces turned up during a narcotics search which took place Monday, at about 8:29 p.m. at the home of Rudy Minjarez.

Officers from the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff's Department and the Trans Pecos Drug Task force executed the search warrant at Minjarez' home, 519 S. Walnut St. All occupants of the residence were secured, upon executing the warrant and officers proceeded to search the residence.

During the search, police said various paraphernalia which is commonly used with the smoking of marijuana was found inside and outside the residence. Also found was drug paraphernalia commonly used in the packaging of heroin and a substance that is believed to be heroin was also located on some of the packaging material.

"During the search we also found jewelry, such as rings, earrings and necklaces, which are believed to be stolen," said Pecos Police Investigator Paul Deishler.

"It was obvious the jewelry didn't belong to any of these people," said Deishler.

Police said Rudy Minjarez, 41, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, Class A Misdemeanor. Minjarez has prior arrests for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Roy Minjarez, Jr.,17; Ricky Contreras, 30 and Thomas Marquez were also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, Class C Misdemeanor.

Heroin charges are also pending in reference to the substance located within the residence, according to Deishler.

If anyone is missing jewelry and think it might be theirs, they are asked to contact Lt. Kelly Davis or Paul Deishler.

The arrests continue a series of raids conducted over the past 11 months by officers from the police and sheriff's departments.

Gun charges put Andrews teens in jail

PECOS, July 27, 1999 -- A routine traffic stop landed two Andrews teenagers in Reeves County Jail facing firearm charges.

Officers stopped a vehicle, Saturday at 3:02 a.m., for a defective license plate light in the 100 block of Jackson.

Pecos Police Department officers Arnulfo Rivas and Juan Vasquez searched the vehicle and found firearms. Also found was alcohol.

Arrested during the incident were David Richard Gomez, 19, of Andrews and Hugo Infante, 17 also of Andrews. Both individuals were charged with minors in possession and unlawfully carrying a weapon.

Also in the vehicle was Jaime Natividad, 18, of Pecos, who was issued a citation for minor in possession.

Insurance bids top school agenda

PECOS, July 27, 1999 -- Health insurance for employees for the 1999-2000 school year and student insurance bid will top the agenda for a special Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD school board meeting.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., today at 1304 S. Park. The meeting is open to the public.

Board members will also set a schedule for setting tax rate for FY 2000.

The group will meet in closed session to discuss personnel or hear complaints against personnel and for a private consultation with the board's attorney.

They will return to open session and take action, if any, on items discussed in closed session.

Board members will discuss/approve professional personnel: resignations, assignments, reassignments and change of contract.
 

Lotto


AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Cash 5 drawing Monay night:

Winning numbers drawn: 2-8-12-14-26. Number matching five of five: 1. Prize per winner: $79,905. Winning ticket sold in: Coleman. Matching four of five: 296. Prize: $405.

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AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Saturday by the Texas Lottery, in order:

1-4-5 (one, four, five)
 

Weather


High Monday 99. Low this morning 72. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Low around 70. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Wednesday, partly cloudy. High in the upper 90s. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Extended forecast, Wednesday night, partly cloudy. Low around 70. Thursday through Saturday, partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows around 70. Highs in the mid to upper 90s.



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