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Tuesday, August 3, 1999

Trial underway for smuggling ring suspects

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 3, 1999 -- Five of 21 defendants named in a 15-count drug smuggling indictment went on trial today before U.S. District Judge Royal Furgeson.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom McHugh of San Antonio is prosecuting the case, which includes charges of conspiracy to import and possess marijuana, possession of marijuana, money laundering and aiding and abetting.

Martin Alarcon-Iniguez, 31, of Midland, is an alleged organization lieutenant to Oscar Javier Nino, believed to be the principal transportation and distribution manager for the group that smuggled tons of marijuana into the United States from Mexico.

Eberto Murillo-Herrera, 44, of Smyrna, Ga., is believed to be a principal buyer and distributor of marijuana in Georgia.

Rosa Rodriguez-Palma, 36, of Midland, assisted in transportation of organization marijuana, under the control and direction of Alarcon-Iniguez, her husband, the indictment alleges.

Vicente Sanchez, 21, of Odessa, allegedly assisted Nino in transportation and acquisition of marijuana.

Lourdes Alarcon Nino, 35, of San Angelo, also assisted in transportation of marijuana, according to the indictment.

Jurors chosen on Monday reported for duty this morning. Judge Furgeson began his instructions at 11:30 a.m., and opening statements were set to begin after lunch.

Defense attorneys are Steve Hargrove, Robert Harris, Jason Leach, Roberty Sykes and Anthony Foster.

The trial is expected to continue through Friday.

Deputy's car runs into retaining wall

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 3, 1999 -- Noe Ybarra, 18, escaped unhurt Monday when the sheriff's office patrol unit he was driving struck a retaining wall at the Reeves County Courthouse.

Sheriff Arnulfo Gomez said that Ybarra, a part-time employee, was sent on an errand in the patrol unit assigned to Deputy Hilda Woods.

Traveling north in the fire lane on the east side of the courthouse at 10 to 15 mph, the car swerved into the retaining wall when the steering wheel locked up, Ybarra told Gomez.

The impact inflated the air bag, punctured the radiator and damaged the hood. Gomez said that fluid spilled onto the grass and paved area is from the radiator and transmission.

Linda Lester, court-at-law reporter, said she had just parked and was getting out of her car when she heard a hissing sound from the radiator. She looked up to see Ybarra getting out of the car unhurt.

Department of Public Safety trooper Dan Woods is investigating the accident.

Schools seeking student meal applications

By ROSIE FLORES
Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 3, 1999 -- Applications for free and reduced price meals for Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD students are currently being accepted for the start of the 1999-2000 school year in two weeks.

"We've been taking applications for a week now, and will continue to do so," said P-B-T ISD Food Services Director Helen Miller.

Miller said food services is urging all those that want to apply to come do so early. "The sooner they get this taken care of, the easier it will be for the child, the school and especially the teacher," said Miller.

Office hours are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the food service office, located between the Pecos High School baseball field and Eagle Stadium. The office will be staffed throughout the lunch hour, and Miller said, "We also have a Spanish-speaking person that will help individuals fill out the application."

She said that if someone applied last year and did not qualify they are encouraged to fill out an application again. "The rules change every year and if they didn't qualify last year, they might do so this year," she said.

The Food Services office is a yellow building located directly behind the baseball bleachers.

Application forms will be distributed to all students on Aug. 16, the first day of school, with a letter informing households of the availability of free and reduced-price meals for their children.

Applications are also available the principal's office and cafeterias in the district's schools, according to Miller.

"To apply for free and reduced-price meals, household members must fill out the application and return it to the school cafeteria or the Food Service Office," said Miller.

In the operation of child feeding programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, no child will be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, national origin, age or handicap. If any member of a household believes he/she has been discriminated against, he/she should write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.

Pecos misses out on heavy rains across area

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 3, 1999 -- Despite flash food warnings Monday for Loving, Winkler and Culberson counties, little rainfall was reported, a National Weather Service meteorologist said this morning from the Midland office.

Midland did receive some rain, as did Fort Stockton (2.3 inches), Balmorhea (2 inches) and Toyah.

Showers were spotty, the weather service reported, but where they did fall, precipitation was heavy.

"If you happened to get under one of them it really dumped," he said.

A line of heavy storms was reported Monday evening between Plateau and Pine Springs in Culberson County, and flash flood warnings were issued for drivers on Interstate 10, east of Van Horn. However, the National Weather Service report said those showers were stationary, which kept the rain away from Reeves County.

Some rain fell in Mentone, but not a drop in Orla, despite the ugly clouds, said Susan Gahr, Orla postmaster.

Texas A&M Research Station west of Pecos also missed out on the rain. They reported the high temperature at 91, with an overnight low of 70.

The edge is off Texas' triple-digit heat, the Associated Press reported today. Some highs are predicted in the upper 90s for later in the week and rainfall in the forecast once again.

Thunderstorms developed early today in Longview and elsewhere in East Texas as well as along the Red River in Fannin and Lamar counties, with some rainfall locally heavy.

Showers also fell on parts of the Panhandle, with storm clouds moving north at 5 to 10 mph.

Early-morning temperatures ranged from the 60s and 70s to 80s in deep South Texas. Readings included 84 degrees at Laredo and 71 at Junction.

Lotto


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

Winning numbers drawn: 5-16-25-32-39. Number matching five of five: 0. Matching four of five: 230. Prize: $884.

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

6-4-6 (six, four, six)

PECOS, Aug. 3, 1999 -- High Monday 91; low last night 70. Tonight, partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Low in the upper 60s. East to southeast wind 5-15 mph. Wednesday, partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. High in the upper 80s. East to southeast wind 10-15 mph. Extended forecast: Wednesday night, partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. Low in the upper 60s. Thursday through Saturday, partly cloudy with a chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms each day. Highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s. Lows in the upper 60s.



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