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Passenger dies as car flies off overpass


By ROSIE FLORES
Staff Writer
PECOS, Sept. 17, 1999 -- One woman was killed and two men injured in a traffic accident eight miles west of Pecos on I-20, just before noon on Thursday.

According to the Department of Public Safety, the accident occurred at about 11:53 a.m. as Floyd Harold Jenkins, 70, of Valley View, was driving a 1996 Buick Century on I-20. The vehicle was eastbound on I-20, when Jenkins fell asleep at the wheel.

The driver over-corrected, crossed the center median approaching an overpass. The vehicle was then airborne, falling about 50 feet onto a guardrail and pavement below, at mile marker 34.

Peggy Hart Jenkins, 72, of Valley View was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m., at Reeves County Hospital by Dr. Orville Cerna following the accident. She was a passenger in the car, and was not wearing a seat belt, according to the DPS report. Her body was taken to Pecos Funeral Home.

Floyd Jenkins was listed in stable condition with contusions and abrasions at Reeves County Hospital. He was wearing a seatbelt during the accident.

Another passenger in the vehicle, Roberto C. Davila, 41, of Denton, was listed in stable condition, with a broken arm, contusions and abrasions at Reeves County Hospital. He was wearing a seatbelt.

DPS Trooper David Chauvin investigated the accident.

Local unemployment shows slight decline

PECOS, Sept. 17, 1999 -- Unemployment in Pecos and in Reeves County for August was virtually unchanged from July, and both remain above 10 percent, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

August unemployment figures were released by the TWC on Thursday and show joblessness in Pecos fell one percent, from 12.9 to 12.8, while Reeves County's rate went from 11.3 to 11.2 percent.

The total number of jobs in both the city and county were down, with the height of the summer cantaloupe harvest over. The city had 90 fewer people employed in August than in July, while the total number of jobs was down by 110 compared to the previous month.

Reeves County lost 140 jobs in August, while at the same time the labor force fell by 180, allowing the slight dip in unemployment.

Jobless rates also fell in other area cities and counties. Monahans saw it's rate fall by over one percent, from 10.6 to 9.3, as a drop in the labor force outstripped a slight loss of jobs. Fort Stockton reported a similar result, losing 67 jobs but seeing unemployment drop from 9.9 to 8.8 percent thanks to a 125-person decline in those seeking work.

Statewide, the jobless rate dropped ½ percent, from 4.9 in July to 4.5 in August. Most Permian Basin counties remain above that figure, though to the south, Brewster and Jeff Davis counties each are reporting unemployment rates under 2 ½ percent. Neighboring Presidio County remains one of the worst counties in Texas in terms of joblessness, with a 27.6 percent unemployment rate, up nearly two percent from July.

August Permian Basin Unemployment

City/County Labor Force Unemployed Rate

Andrews City 4,239 399 9.4%

Brewster County 5,171 117 2.3%

Crane City 1,828 136 7.4%

Crane County 2,370 167 7.0%

Ector County 63,677 5,950 9.4%

Odessa City 48,779 4,492 9.2%

Jeff Davis County 1,769 24 1.4%

Loving County 70 7 10.0%

Midland County 63,971 4,323 6.8%

Midland City 53,904 3,605 6.7%

Pecos County 6,562 512 7.8%

Fort Stockton City 3,896 342 8.8%

Presidio County 3,613 996 27.6%

Reeves County 7,373 829 11.2%

Pecos City 5,791 739 12.8%

Ward County 4,960 444 9.0%

Monahans City 3,095 287 9.3%

Source: Texas Workforce Commission
 

Evening showers add to area's rain totals

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer
PECOS, Sept. 17, 1999 -- Gentle rain soaked the ground in Pecos overnight, leaving .62 inch in town and .68 at Texas A&M Research Station six miles west.

The storm, which moved into Pecos from the southeast about 6:45 p.m. Thursday, did bring enough lightning with it to force postponement of a junior varsity football game at Eagle Stadium, and caused some flooding around intersections after sunset.

Gary Ingram said that Toyah received about the same amount, while the rainfall tapered off to the north. More than .30 inch fell at Red Bluff Lake and .10 at the Lindsey Ranch headquarters in Loving County.

Temperatures remained about the same, with a high of 95 of Thursday and a low this morning of 63.

The Associated Press reported that isolated thunderstorms and rain were expected to drench the South Plains and Guadalupe Mountains today, with clear skies prevailing along the Rio Grande and Coastal Bend areas.

Elsewhere, mostly cloudy to cloudy skies were expected to be the norm.

Across the West and the Panhandle, forecasts called for a chance of showers and thunderstorms over most areas through Saturday.

Highs in the West were expected to be in the 70s and 80s, with lows dipping down to the 50s and 60s.

By this morning, skies were already looking grey with clouds as showers and thunderstorms developed over the South Plains and started moving northward.

Light morning rain was falling in the Lubbock area and statewide temperatures were in the 50s and 60s with the wind generally from the south at 5 to 15 mph.

Lows tonight will be mostly in the mid to upper 60s with a few 70-degree readings along the coast.
 

Balmorhea woman indicted for cash theft

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer

PECOS, Sept. 17, 1999 -- Reeves County grand jurors on Thursday indicted Balmorhea resident Braulia Montoya Natividad, 41, for theft, along with 10 other defendants.

Natividad allegedly embezzled more than $1,500 but less than $20,000 from Madera Valley Water Supply Corporation while working as office manager.

Her bail was set at $10,000.

Others indicted are:

Ariel Gonzales Pando, 23, unauthorized use of a vehicle owned by Victor Samuel Romo Jr., bail $10,000;

David Pando, 18, unauthorized use of a vehicle owned by Victor Samuel Romo Jr., bail $10,000;

And Mark Madrid Renteria, 21, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle owned by Victor Samuel Romo Jr, bail $10,000.

Felix Rivera Jr., 42, possession of marijuana, between four ounces and five pounds, bail $10,000;

Felix Resa Rivera, 66, possession of marijuana, between four ounces and five pounds, bail $10,000;

Valerie Ann Lozano, 24, delivery of heroin, bail $12,500;

Valerie Ann Lozano, 24, delivery of heroin more than four grams, within 1,000 feet of a school, Bessie Haynes Elementary;

Emilia Garcia Garcia, 42, delivery of heroin more than four grams, within 1,000 feet of Bessie Haynes Elementary School, bail $25,000;

Michael Lynn Williams, 29, aggravated assault by threatening Melissa Burton with a knife on Aug. 22, bail $15,000; and

Yvette Acosta, 26, forgery of credit card application, bail $2,500.

Alien smuggling case heard after pot  verdict

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer
PECOS, Sept. 17, 1999 -- Federal court jurors this morning returned a verdict of guilty in the marijuana possession trial of Jesus Sotomayor-Garcia, who had more than 500 pounds in his vehicle when arrested.

The fourth trial of the week began this morning, with Jeff Parras prosecuting Charles E. Kesse on three counts of transporting illegal aliens.

Kesse was arrested at the Sierra Blanca Border Patrol checkpoint after agents found 15 Mexican citizens in the sleeper compartment of his truck cab.

U.S. District Judge Royal Furgeson sentenced several defendants Thursday and today on previous convictions.

Pedro Phillips Correa, 27, of Juarez, Mex., will serve 30 months for transporting illegal aliens;

Eloy Ruiz Jr., 27, of Plainview, was given 18 months for possession with intent to distribute marijuana;

Augustin Sanchez-Sanchez, 24, of Michoacan, Mex., 46 months for possession of methamphetamine, more than 100 grams;

Benjamin Soto-Galindo, 53, of Ojinaga, Mex., 30 months for possession of more than 50 kilograms of marijuana;

Alfonso Aguirre-Rodriguez, 49, of Chihuahua, Mex., six months for importing marijuana;

Luis Perez, 31, of Camargo, Mex., time served since July 6 for importing marijuana;

Henry Danexi Acosta-Valle, 23, of Teguicigalpa, Honduras, time served since April 14 for illegal re-entry after deportation;

Antonio Santiago-Gutierrez, 37, of Mexico City, 24 months for illegal re-entry after deportation;

Gustavo Cervantes-Vitela, 40, of Durango, Mex., time served since April 13 for false claim to citizenship;

Daniel Torres Jr., 35, of Odessa, 18 months for possession with intent to distribute marijuana;

Andrew Ruiz, 20, of Albuquerque, N.M., 60 months for possession with intent to distribute marijuana;

Destiny Rios, 20, of Odessa, 12 months plus one day for possession with intent to distribute marijuana; and

Juanita Doris Shorter, 25, of Davenport, Iowa., 46 months for possession of cocaine.
 

PHA board gets  CIAP briefing

By ROBERT F. RAMIREZ
Contributing Writer
PECOS, Sept. 17, 1999 -- The Pecos Housing Authority discussed their CIAP 98 project and the opening of a new east side playground for pre-schoolers during their regular monthly meeting Thursday night.

Landscaping and fencing are included in the CIAP project, said PHA executive director Nellie Gomez, who added that the tracking has been done on the landscaping.

Force account contract labor is also included in the project, which involves footing for the fencing and will be done by an employee, said PHA chairman Frank Perea.

Perea added that the employee's pay "doesn't have to be a contract, it can be a set amount."

He said there will be different items on hourly wage.

In other business, the PHA proposed to open the new playground from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. starting today, said Gomez. She told the board that the PHA has planted more trees and plans to build a gate around it.

The board received a High Performer's Certificate for Gomez's efforts and approved all monthly reports.
 

Task force busts 10 in Winkler, Ward counties

By ROSIE FLORES
Staff Writer
PECOS, Sept. 17, 1999 -- A two-month narcotics investigation has led to the arrests of several individuals in surrounding cities.

"We've been targeting different cities each month," said Reeves County Sheriff Andy Gomez, who is project director for the Permian Basin Drug Task Force headed by Task Commander Gary Richards.

The group has been busy with several narcotics investigations that have led to arrests in the surrounding cities and counties that are associated with the task force, which is based in Reeves County.

On Thursday, officers of the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force, Ward County Sheriff's, Monahans Police Department, Andrews Police Department, Winkler Sheriff's Office and Kermit Police Department, arrested 10 suspects in Monahans and two in Kermit on drug charges as a result of the investigation.

Arrested in Monahans were Gustavo G. Torres, on one count of delivery of a controlled substance; Timothy Valle, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance; Rudy Altamirano, one count of delivery of a controlled substance; Otis Eugene Carter, two counts of delivery of marijuana and one count of delivery of a controlled substance; Oscar G. Vidana, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of marijuana; Julio G. Vidana, one count of possession of marijuana and Michael Oyerbides Vidana, one count of possession of marijuana.

Also arrested in Monahans were Mark E. Ontiveros, one count of possession of marijuana; Efrain Lujan, one count of possession of marijuana and Jose A. Carrasco, three counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

Carrasco was also charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver within 1,000 feet of a drug free zone when Carrasco was found to be in possession of several grams of alleged cocaine at the time of his arrest.

Arrested in Kermit were Bobby Luna and Marty Beebe, both for one count of delivery of a controlled substance.

This operation actually started on or about Sept. 1, with the execution of a search warrant at 204 E. Ave I Street in Monahans and the Sept. 3, arrest of Rogelio R. Hernandez, Sr. and Rogelio Hernandez, Jr., for one count each of delivery of a controlled substance, according to task force commander Gary Richards. More arrests are expected to be made, he added.

"We've been really busy and everyone has been cooperating just great," said Gomez.

Police Report


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.

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Rodney Carrasco, 23, was arrested at 2:10 a.m., on September 9, in the 2400 block of West Third Street, for public intoxication.

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Cindy Snider, 35, was arrested at 9:01 a.m., on September 9, at the Reeves County Sheriff's Office, on a warrant for forgery.

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Rolando Hernandez, 22, was arrested at 12:03 p.m., on September 9, in the 600 block of Willow Street, on a warrant for driving while intoxicated.

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Ismael Reyes Jr., 23, and Michael Orona, 21, wwere arrested at 10:50 a.m., on September 10, at the corner of Monroe and Eddy streets. Reyes was charged with DWI (refusal); Orona with public intoxication.

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Eric Garay, 22, was arrested at 12:07 a.m., on September 11, on a warrant for criminal trespass.

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Hal S. Pratt, 58, was arrested at 2:50 p.m., on September 11, near the Santa Rosa Parish Hall, for public intoxication.

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Manuel Diaz, 38, was arrested at 8:49 p.m., on September 11, in the 1100 block of Walnut Street, for assault under the Family Violence Act.

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Larry W. Dodds, 41, was arrested at 5:42 p.m., on September 12, at the corner of Pinehurst and Highway 17, for public intoxication.

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Felipe Martel, 50, was arrested at 11:45 a.m., on September 13, at the Adult Probation Office, on a warrant for a motion to adjudicate.

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Edwardo Garcia, 59, was arrested at 12:56 a.m., on September 15, at Sauvecito Club, for assault under the Family Violence Act.

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Antonio Rodriguez, 19, was arrested at 6:42 p.m., on September 15, at Del Rio Bar, for possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Arvil Talamentez, 40, was arrested at 9:24 p.m., on September 15, in the 600 block of Willow Street, on a parole warrant.
 

Lotto


AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Cash 5 drawing Thursday night: Winning numbers drawn: 1-3-15-17-27. Number matching five of five: 2. Prize per winner: $40,480. Winning tickets sold in: Houston, Waco. Matching four of five: 227. Prize: $535.

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AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Thursday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 8-5-0 (eight, five, zero)
 
 

Weather

High Thursday 95. Low tihs morning 62. Total rainfall last 24 hours, .68 inch. Forcast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 60 65. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Saturday, partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. High mid 80s. South wind 10-20 mph. Extended forecast, Saturday night, partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms. Lows 60 65. Sunday, partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms. Highs 85 90.



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