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Thursday, September 2, 1999

Pecos, Monahans men jailed in task force sting

By ROSIE FLORES
Staff Writer

PECOS, Sept. 2, 1999 -- A two county drug sting conducted last Friday by the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force landed two individuals in the Reeves County Jail, while two youths were also arrested during an assist made by the force.

Task force investigators arrested Ruben Montano, 31, of Pecos and Eleno Torres Cano, 41, of Monahans on Aug. 27, for delivery of heroin during a two-sided drug sting, which was conducted in Pecos.

Montano was charged with delivery of a controlled substance and is out on a $15,000 bond. Cano was charged with possession of heroin and delivery of a controlled substance and currently remains in Reeves County Jail. Bond for the possession charge has been set at $5,000 and for the delivery charge at $15,000.

In an incident seven days earlier, Trans Pecos Drug Task Force officers assisted Reeves County sheriff's deputies Hilda Woods and Michael Dominguez in a drug arrest at Pecos High School Dominguez assisted Woods, who is the juvenile officer for the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD.

"Woods advised me that a teacher had confronted two subjects at the baseball field at the Pecos High School and had found a white powdery substance in their possession," said Dominguez. "When one of the subjects was placed in the vice principal's office another amount of white powder wrapped in plastic was located in his socks."

At this time, Dominguez interviewed Eric Armendarez, 17, who told him that the white powder was cocaine and that it was his and that he had been selling it for someone, but would not reveal who it is.

According to Dominguez, Armendarez said he had more cocaine at his grandmother's residence. The residence was then searched, with the grandmother's consent, and officers, including members of the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force, located a white powdery substance and scale. All items were taken into evidence.

Armendarez was charged with possession of cocaine and is currently out on a $25,000 bond.

Another juvenile was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in a Drug Free Zone.

"The investigations continue with the possibility of additional arrests," said task force commander Gary Richards.

Police agencies support crossing safety program

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer

PECOS, Sept. 2, 1999 -- Accidents don't happen often at railroad crossings in Pecos, but when they do, they are usually fatal.

Like other communities, Pecos has numerous crossings that are unprotected by lights and gates. That's where more than half of all deaths in railroad accidents occur.

That's why the Texas Municipal Police Association joined with RailWatch to call for increased safety on the nation's railroads.

"You might not think of rail safety as a police issue, but our folks are on the front line responding to accidents after they happen, and dealing with the sometimes tragic consequences," said Jim Lyde, TMPA executive director.

"We welcome all efforts to make our communities safer, and we support RailWatch and its call on Congress to launch a thorough investigation into the state of rail safety," he said.

The TMPA represents 6,000 police officers throughout Texas, which leads the nation in railroad crossing accidents.

"We applaud law enforcement officials in Texas for taking the lead in speaking up on rail safety," said Sherry Kiesling Fox, executive director of RailWatch. "We look forward to working with TMPA on improving rail safety in Texas."

In a study released earlier this year, RailWatch reported that there is a train accident every 90 minutes somewhere in the United States, and a derailment in which hazardous materials are released occurring on an average of once every two weeks.

Such accidents happen occasionally inside the city limits of Pecos, and residents have been evacuated when hazardous chemicals were released into the air.

"For too long, the railroads have treated the issue of railroad safety as everyone else's problem - throwing the responsibility to make their trains and their tracks safer, onto local officials and communities," said RailWatch's Fox.

"While at the same time the railroads operate under rules that don't allow local officials to do much but stand and watch the trains go by. That's why we believe, as do law enforcement officials in Texas, that Congress must get involved, starting with a full-scale investigation of rail safety."

More information about rail safety can be found at www.railwatch.org.

Lotto

AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Wednesday night: Winning numbers drawn: 13-31-34-44-45-46. Estimated jackpot: $4 million. Number matching six of six: 0. Matching five of six: 45. Prize: $2,265. Matching four of six: 2,974. Prize: $125.

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AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Wednesday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 1-6-0 (one, six, zero)

Obituaries

Dorothy Harding

Dorothy Ruth Moore Harding, 81, of Rockwall, Tx., died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999.

Viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, at the Pecos Funeral Home Chapel.

Graveside services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, at Evergreen Cemetery.

She was born March 5, 1918, in Balmorhea to Joseph Tatum Moore and Mary Somes Moore, graduated from Balmorhea High School and attended the Women's College in Denton. Later, while living in Balmorhea, she was elected Commissioner of Precinct 3, from 1952 through 1956, and holds the distinction of being the only lady to have served in that capacity in Reeves County to this date.

Survivors include her husband, Bob Harding of Rockwall; two sons, Edwin Curtis Kelly of Murfreesboro, Ark., and Robert Tatum Harding of Rockwall; two daughters, Lisa Harding of Dallas and Malinda Gibbons of Crestwood, Ky.; one sister, Mary Helen Schmidt of Amarillo; two brothers, John M. Moore of Pecos, J. T. Moore, Jr. of Dallas and numerous nieces and nephews.

Celedonio Mendoza, Sr.

Celedonio Mendoza, Sr. , 80, of Odessa, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999.

Visitation will be held from 1-9 p.m., Wednesday, at Martinez Funeral Home in Odessa.

Services will be held Saturday in Ojinaga, Mexico, with burial in Jardines de San Jose, in Ojinaga, Mexico.

He was born March 3, 1919, in Vado de Piedra, Mexico, was a laborer and a Catholic.

Survivors include his wife, Estefana Mendoza of Odessa; six sons, Celedonio and Juan Luis Mendoza of Odessa, Victor Mendoza of Rexburge, Id., Martin Mendoza of Boise, Id., Hector and Carlos Mendoza of Ojinaga; four daughters, Merce Rangel, Martha Villa and Maria Cuevas of Odessa, and Rosa Ramos of California; two sisters, Paula Rodriguez and Josefa Jaquez of Pecos; 40 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

Weather

PECOS, Sept. 2, 1999 -- High Wednesday 98; low last night 70. Tonight, partly cloudy. Low in the upper 60s. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Wednesday, partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of afternoon showers or thunderstorms. High in the mid 90s. South wind 10-20 mph. Extended forecast, Wednesday night, partly cloudy with a slight chance of evening showers or thunderstorms. Low in the upper 60s. Thursday through Saturday, partly cloudy with a slight chance of afternoon and evening showers or thunderstorms. Lows in the mid to upper 60s. Highs in the 90s.



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