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Monday, September 13, 1999

Stabbing, fights forces early end to fiesta

By ROSIE FLORES
Staff Writer

PECOS, Sept. 13, 1999 -- A Pecos Volunteer Fireman was transported to Reeves County Hospital with stab wounds and a juvenile was placed in custody following an incident that occurred during Saturday's 16th of September Fiesta celebration on the Santa Rosa Catholic Church grounds.

The incident was the first of two that officers responded to at the fiesta, which led organizers to close down the event 90 minutes earlier than planned.

Shortly after 10 p.m. officers received a call that there was a fight in progress at the fiesta, in the Santa Rosa Church parking lot. When they arrived on the scene they found that Gustavo Ybarra had been stabbed in the back three times. Ybarra, a volunteer fireman, was transported to RCH, treated and released.

"It started out with a fight, that possibly involved members of the BPG, (Brown Pride Gang)," said Reeves County Sheriff's Officer Michael Dominguez.

Dominguez said officers arrived at the fiestas due to a disturbance that was called in at about 10:07 p.m. Pecos Police Department officer Ernest Lazcano was the first to arrive at the scene. "We don't know that it was gang-related, but there were some youngsters involved that are believed to belong to that gang," said Dominguez.

There were several fights here and there, before the final incident, according to Dominguez. The victim was located at Third and Peach Streets, where the incident occurred.

"There were some other little fights and then there was this one, and the individual that was stabbed was not involved," said Dominguez.

According to eyewitness's reports, Ybarra was trying to stop the fight in progress when he was stabbed in the back by a juvenile, who then fled the scene.

"The juvenile has priors and is known to be a member of that gang (BPG)," said Dominguez.

The juvenile was arrested on Sunday, after officers had searched the fiesta grounds and could not locate him Saturday night. "We looked for him and he knew we were looking for him, we didn't find him that night though," said Dominguez.

The juvenile turned himself Sunday, according to Dominguez. The 15-year-old was placed under arrest and charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Dominguez said the incident is still under investigation and there could possibly more arrests. "This is a combined effort by the Pecos Police Department and the Reeves County Sheriff's Office," said Dominguez.

The fiestas closed down early, due to the many incidents that were occurring at the time with the juveniles. Police and ambulance attendants were called back to the site about 11 p.m. in response to another injury.

An official announcement was made over the loudspeaker a short time later that due to the many incidents the priest of Santa Rosa and Saint Catherine's Church had chosen to close the event early.

Saturday's events were the only ones held as part of the 16th of September fiesta in Pecos this year. In the past, the fiesta had been a three-day event, with booths open in the Santa Rosa Church parking lot on Friday and Saturday nights.

Officials seek information on E. side arsons

By JON FULBRIGHT
Staff Writer

PECOS, Sept. 13, 1999 -- Officials are seeking the public's help in solving a recent series of arson fires on the southeast side of Pecos, the latest two occurring early Sunday morning.

Pecos volunteer firemen were called out shortly after midnight to the first fire, at 1124 S. Walnut Street, where a vacant house had been set on fire, according to Pecos Fire Marshal Jack Brookshire. That fire was put out in about 30 minutes, but a second fire then broke out a block to the south in an old storage shed, which was reported just after 2 a.m.

"It's going to be arson on both of them, but that's about the only thing we have right now," Brookshire said. "We had the same house burn out last week, and a couple of weeks ago where that little shed burned up we had a fire in the back yard.

"We've had about five calls in that area in the last three weeks," Brookshire said, adding a fire that destroyed a house on East 13th Street on Aug. 30 to the four fire calls on Walnut Street.

He said the house at 1124 S. Walnut "is pretty well gutted on the inside, but the structure's not damaged much. They could go in an repair it, but they would have to put all new sheet rock inside."

Brookshire said Crimestoppers will offer a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons involved in the arson incidents. Anyone with information can call 445-9898 or contact Brookshire at Pecos City Hall (445-2421).

P-B-T board sets special meeting on budget

PECOS, Sept. 13, 1999 -- A special meeting will be held by the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Board to discuss proposed 1999 tax rate and hear public comments.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, in the board's meeting room at 1304 S. Park St.

The group will adjourn and a second meeting will be held immediately after the first meeting to adopt the 1999 tax rate and to discuss professional personnel: appointments, reassignments and change of contracts.

Lotto

AUSTIN (AP) One ticket correctly matched all six numbers drawn Saturday night for the twice-weekly Lotto Texas game, state lottery officials said. The ticket was worth an estimated $14 million. The ticket was sold in: Houston. The numbers drawn Saturday night from a field of 50 were: 5-6-19-39-42-43.

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AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Texas Million drawing Friday night: Winning numbers drawn: 86-0-38-68. Number matching four of four in Group One: 0. Number matching four of four in Group Two: 0. Number matching four of four in Group Three: 0. Number matching three of four in any group: 393. Prize: $300.

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AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Cash 5 drawing Friday night: Winning numbers drawn: 1-4-25-33-38. Number matching five of five: 0. Matching four of five: 204. Prize: $1,102.

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AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Friday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 8-1-5 (eight, one, five)

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AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Saturday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 9-5-4 (nine, five, four)

Obituary

Lucia Talamantez

Services are incomplete for Lucia Talamantez, 86, who died Friday, Sept. 10, 1999.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Weather

High Sunday 97. Low this morning .62. Rainfall last 24 hours .08 inch. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 55 60. East wind 5-10 mph. Tuesday, partly cloudy and warmer. High 80 85. Southeast wind 10-15 mph. Extended forecast, Tuesday night, partly cloudy. Low near 60. Wednesday through Friday, partly cloudy. Highs in the mid to upper 80s. Lows in the lower 60s.

Clarification

In an item in the police report in Thursday's Enterprise, it was reported that Cindy C. Snyder, 35, was arrested at the Bell-U-Storage on a warrant for theft of service. The theft of service was not for an incident at the storage site, but at the Flying J Travel Plaza on Interstate 20.

A charge of theft by deception against Priscilla Wright Orozco for theft by deception, which occurred in April, was dismissed on Friday in Reeves County Court-at-Law after the person involved in the incident decided against pressing charges.



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