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Friday, August 27, 1999

Bond denied to suspects in heroin bust

Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 27, 1999 -- U.S. Magistrate Judge Stuart Platt on Thursday ordered two suspects detained without bail and is considering release conditions for a third suspect involved in the sale of more than one pound of heroin.

Lazaro Pando-Hernandez, 29, of Pecos, was in Reeves County jail when he conspired with Irene Anita Rodriguez, 40, of Odessa to sell heroin to an undercover officer, said Jeff Parras, prosecutor for the government.

Parras' motion to detain without bail is based on the fact that Pando is not a U.S. citizen and may flee the country. He also poses a danger to the community if released, Parras said.

Furthermore, if convicted, Pando could be sentenced to life in prison, Parras said.

Rodriguez waived a detention hearing.

Ricky Portillo Aguilar, 21, of Odessa, may be released on bail if Judge Platt can work out satisfactory terms of release.

Parras sought to have him detained because he believes Aguilar may flee, is a danger to the community and may attempt to obstruct justice of released.

If convicted, Aguilar could be sentenced to 10 years or more in federal prison.

Their arrests came Monday after a DPS undercover officer met with Aguilar in a mobile home in Odessa. Aguilar delivered three packages wrapped in black tape, containing 562.69 grams of heroin, to Rodriguez. Rodriguez in turn handed the three packages to the agent for inspection, said U.S. Customs agent Bill Fort in an affidavit filed with the complaint.

At that time, police officers entered the residence to arrest them. Aguilar fled but was caught after a foot pursuit, Fort said.

Pando's part in the scheme was to telephone Rodriguez from jail, giving her instructions on the sale, Fort said. Rodriguez was identified to Customs agents as Pando's girlfirend and assistant.

Parras said that the charges will be presented to a grand jury in Pecos for possible indictment.

Also on Thursday, Judge Platt accepted guilty pleas from Rosa Isela Montoya, 18, of Fort Stockton, for possession of 35.10 pounds of marijuana with intent to distribute;

And Manuel Jimenez-Guerrero, 20, of Mexico, for possession of a firearm by an illegal alien. Charges of marijuana possession (one pound) and possession of a stolen firearm will be dismissed at time of sentencing.

Water found in Monahans meteor

From Staff and Wire Reports

MONAHANS, Aug. 27, 1999 -- A rock that fell from the sky and landed in a Monahans playground in March of 1998 contained a remarkable surprise - water from the far reaches of space.

The researchers who opened the meteorite discovered tiny pockets of briny water, providing the first close look at water not originating on earth, according to an article in the journal Science.

"The existence of a water-soluble salt in this meteorite is astonishing," wrote R. N. Clayton of the University of Chicago, who was not involved in the research on the meteorite.

While astronomers have long thought that water flowed through asteroids and other bodies formed at the beginning of the solar system, the meteorite's liquid cargo offered the first chance to actually study it in a lab.

The meteorite burned through the sky the evening of March 22, 1998, and landed in a playground in Monahans where a group of seven boys found it and alerted scientists from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

When the NASA team, including asteroid specialist Michael Zolensky, cracked open part of the meteorite at their lab, they found purple crystals of halite _ or rock salt _ that contained minuscule pockets of water with bubbles, which indicated that water flowed on whatever parent body spawned the meteorite.

Chondrite meteorites, such as the one found in Monahans, are thought to comprise some of the most primitive ingredients from the early period of the solar system, and the water in the crystals could date as far back as 4.5 billion years.

After the rock was sent off to NASA for study, it became the subject of controversy last year when the city of Monahans attempted to claim ownership of the meteorite from the seven boys involved. The council later relented and a second meteorite found the following day by a Ward County sheriff's deputy embedded in the pavement on a street on the east side of town remains in the city's possession.

At the time, Everett K. Gibson, a space scientist and geochemist with the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center near Houston, said the meteor fragments were stony meteorites - not the more common nickel-iron meteorites but still common.

"The unusual thing about this find was that we don't often recover them as quickly as this," Gibson told The Monahans News. "There are plenty of meteorites found but most of them are not found for a long time and are not as suited for study as these."

After it was returned to the boys, the meteor was auctioned off this past July via the Internet, and was bought for $23,000 by Big Spring businessman Mike Craddock.

Cathi Casper, a spokeswoman for the auction company. said Craddock has no apparent scientific interest in the rock, but was upset with the attempt by the Monahans City Council to take it from the boys. "He just wanted to help them out." Casper said.

Auction officials had hoped the rock would bring as much as $60,000.

School board sets Monday meeting on budget

PECOS, Aug. 27, 1999 -- Budget items will top the agenda at a special Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Board meeting scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 31, at 1304 S. Park, (school board room).

Dedicating fund balance and amending 1998-99 budget will be some of the things up for discussion.

Board members will also take public comments on the 1999-2000 budget and discuss/approve adopting the 1999-2000 budget.

Also for discussion will the 1999-2000 teacher appraisal calendar and PCAS appraisers.

The group will meet in closed session to discuss personnel or hear complaints against personnel.

Members of the board will return to open session and take action, if any, on items discussed in closed session.

Eagle coaches talk to Rotary

Staff Writer

PECOS, Aug. 27, 1999 -- Pecos football was the topic at Thursday's weekly meeting of the Rotary Club.

New head coach Gary Grubbs and offensive coordinator Elias Payan spoke to members about the changes taking place this season, and their hopes for the year.

Grubbs said that he was instituting new offensive and defensive systems this year.

"Both are designed to suit our kids better," he said. "We have great kids with good speed but not a lot of size. We want to take advantage of that speed this year and this system is designed to do that."

Grubbs also said that participation was very good this year.

"We have more than 100 kids out playing football this year on the freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams," he said.

When asked where he saw Pecos in the standings Grubbs replied that he saw Pecos at the top of the district. The Eagles shared the District 2-4A title last season with Canutillo, their first district championship in 23 years.

"We have a lot of young kids this year with good senior leadership. We also have better depth than we did last year and that should help us as the season progresses. As we get used to this system I think we will do very well," he said.

Assistant Coach Elias Payan also addressed the group.

Payan, a Pecos native and former player who is in his second year as an Eagle coach, said that he was glad to be home and looking forward to the challenge this season holds.

"To be the offensive coordinator in my second year here is a great opportunity for me," he said.

Payan said that after last weeks scrimmage against Monahans he was upset but that as he watched the films the next day he saw a lot of positive things to build on.

"Most of our mistakes were mental and you have to expect that with a new system. We broke the system down to the very basics this week in practice and as the players learn the system we will get better," he said.

Payan said that Pecos could expect a more wide-open type of football this year as the coaches try to capitalize on the team's speed.

"It should be very exciting," he said.

Pecos held their second scrimmage on Thursday evening at Midland Greenwood, and will open their 1999 season next Thursday at Odessa's Ratliff Stadium against Denver City.

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.


Hector H. Galindo, 38, was arrested at 8:45 p.m., on August 20, in the 400 block of South Oak Street, for public intoxication.


Jerry Dominguez, 18, Gilbert Plasencia, 18, and Jerry Olivas, 18, were arrested at 2:05 a.m., on August 21, near the Christian Home, each for evading arrest.


Arvil Talamentez, 40, was arrested at 4:35 p.m., on August 21, at the corner of Third and Plum streets, for driving while intoxicated (other than alcohol).


Manuel Rivera, 40, was arrested at 1:55 p.m., on August 23, in the 400 block of Walnut Street, on a parole warrant.


Sonia Madrid, 23, was arrested at 4:41 p.m., on August 23, in the 1600 block of Washington Street, on a Sheriff's Office warrant.


Pete Boone Liles, 18, was arrested at 6:20 p.m., on August 23, in the 2000 block of South Alamo Street, for assault under the Family Violence Act.


Alonzo Munoz, 27, was arrested at 8:31 p.m., on August 24, on Kerr Street, for driving while license suspended/possession of marijuana (under 2 ounces).


Hal Pratt, 58, was arrested at 10:04 p.m., on August 24, at the corner of Fifth and Oak streets, for public intoxication.


Leopoldo C. Gonzales, 25, was arrested at 11:02 p.m., on August 24, in the 2200 block of Scott Street, for burglary of a habitation.


Celestina Cerna, 45, was arrested at 6:02 p.m., on August 25, in the 400 block of Peach Street, on a DWI refusal.


AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Cash 5 drawing Thursday night: Winning numbers drawn: 7-13-15-22-27. Number matching five of five: 0. Matching four of five: 342. Prize: $586.


AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Thursday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 3-7-8 (three, seven, eight)


PECOS, Aug. 27, 1999 -- High Thursday 101; low last night 69. Tonight, mostly clear. Low 70-75. Light southeast wind. Saturday, mostly sunny. High 95-100. South to southeast wind 10 -15 mph. Extended forecast, Saturday night, mostly clear. Low around 70. Sunday, mostly sunny. High in the mid 90s. Monday and Tuesday, partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid to upper 60s. Highs around 90.

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