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Friday, October 22, 1999

Fire burns church parsonage den

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer
PECOS, Oct. 22, 1999 - A scorched divan still smoldered this morning on the front lawn of the West Park Baptist Church parsonage at 1407 S. Plum, following a midnight fire.

Jim Cook and his family were getting ready for bed Thursday night when his wife, Donna, checked the door to the den and smelled smoke.

She discovered that fire had started in clothing and books stored in boxes that the family had not yet unpacked since their move to the parsonage at 1407 S. Plum St. on Oct. 1.

Cook is the church's new pastor.

Firemen who converged on the scene were able to contain the fire to the den, but smoke and heat heavily damaged all the interior and contents, said Jack Brookshire, fire marshal.

Intense heat burst the picture window in the front of the den, and some sheetrock from the ceiling fell, but fire did not get into the attic, he said.

Brookshire was attempting to determine this morning what caused the fire, which appeared to have started in the northwest corner of the den. Cook said that no electrical appliances were plugged in at the time, although a box fan and a broken crock pot lay on the lawn, along with luggage, sparse furnishings and two charred bowling balls.

Church members put the family up in the Swiss Clock Inn for the night and began looking this morning for an apartment or house to rent.

Donna Cook said that some of the clothing could be salvaged. Emily, the youngest daughter, rescued two of her favorite dolls from the debris this morning, their pink bodies and clothing turned brown by the smoke. Her room caught most of the smoke damage, Donna said.

Deacon Weldon Brookshire said that the church has insurance on the parsonage and contents owned by the church, but not on the pastor's possessions.

Anyone who wants to donate clothing or other items may telephone the church office at 445-2126 and leave a message with the address where members may pick them up.

Emily's size is 8-10, shoe size 3½. Sarah wears 14-16, shoe size 8 ½. Stephen's pant size is 10 regular, shirt size 10, and shoe size 5.

Donna wears an 18 petite, and Jim's pant size is 34 waist, 32 length. He wears a medium shirt with long sleeves.

Eagle band hoping to earn trip to state

By ROSIE FLORES
Staff Writer
PECOS, Oct. 22, 1999 - The Pecos Eagle Band has been practicing diligently in preparation for Regional Competition, scheduled for Saturday night at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa.

"We'll be playing some new selections," said Eagle Band Director Bill Goff.

Goff said the band has been practicing extra hard for their performance on Saturday and hopes for the best.

"We just need to stay within ourselves," said Goff. "We need to keep in mind what we're doing and just stick to that," he said.

The Eagles will perform at 9 p.m., on Saturday, but competition for other bands will be held throughout the day.

"The 4A bands will start performing at 6 p.m., with the last band scheduled for competition at 9:15, after the Pecos Eagles," Goff said.

The regional competition is made up of 10 bands, two from each of the five Class 4A districts in West Texas. Competing in the division are El Paso Riverside, Pampa, Plainview, Frenship, Amarillo Palo Duro, Fort Stockton, Canutillo, Dumas, Andrews, Canyon, Canyon Randall, El Paso Parkland, Pecos and Borger.

The two top finishers in Saturday's competition will advance to the Class 4A state finals, scheduled this year for Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco.

Not guilty plea entered by Natividad

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer
PECOS, Oct. 22, 1999 - Braulia Natividad has pleaded not guilty to theft of currency from her former employer, Madera Valley Water Supply Corporation, and filed a motion to suppress evidence.

In the motion, filed in 143rd District Court, Natividad claims that law enforcement officers seized evidence from her desk and briefcase in the Madera Valley office after she was placed on administrative leave.

Natividad said she was interrogated on March 8 by County Attorney Walter Holcombe, was placed on administrative leave later that day, and was prevented from collecting her personal property from the office.

On May 11, Natividad said she was interrogated by a law enforcement officer who used information obtained from her personal property left in the office. The evidence was not seized in connection with an arrest, and the officer had no warrant, the petition alleges.

Natividad is charged by indictment with theft of between $1,500 and $20,000 on Nov. 9, 1998 from Madera Valley while she was employed in the office.

Grand jury indicts three in aid scams

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer
PECOS, Oct. 22, 1999 - Three of eight indictments returned Thursday by the Reeves County grand jury are for tampering with government records to obtain greater AFDC and food stamp benefits through the Texas Department of Human Services.

Tracie Fuentez, 25, is charged with failure to report owning a 1997 Chevrolet automobile on her application for assistance made March 18.

Elizabeth Medrano allegedly failed to report earned income by Ramon Medrano, a member of the household, on Feb. 2.

Pilar Ornelas, 54, failed to report on July 22, 1998 that she owned a 1996 Ford pickup, the indictment alleges. She did report owning a 1991 Ford Escort and a 1981 Chevrolet Chevette.

Bail on each of the charges is set at $5,000.

Driving while intoxicated is the charge against Omar Rodriguez Garcia, 35, Omar Rojelio Salgado, 28, and Manuel Gomez Florez, 57. Bail on Florez is $1,000. Garcia and Salgado must put up $5,000 each to be released.

Hector Lopez was indicted for alleged attempted burglary of a residence owned by Frank Martinez. His bail is $15,000.

Jesus Manuel Candia Jr., 27, is charged with possession of cocaine on August 10. His bail is $10,000.

Commissioners  to discuss Envirocare dump

PECOS, Oct. 22, 1999 - Opposing a proposed low level radioactive waste disposal facility in northwestern Ward County will once again be discussed at the regular meeting of the Reeves County Commissioners Court scheduled for 9:45 a.m., Monday.

Commissioners have discussed plans by Envoirocare of Texas to build an above-ground storage facility for low level radioactive waste during their past two regular meetings. The site would be located eight miles northeast of Barstow and 14 miles northeast of Pecos in Ward County.

In other action, commissioners will meet in closed session to discuss the City of Pecos Water Rate Analysis and the Charlie N. Millian burial and plot resolution.

In open session the group will discuss and take action on the State of Texas Contract Airline Fares for official county business; FY 1999 Independent Audi Report and a resolution for the reduction and reapportionment of Reeves County Judge of the Peace and Constable Precinct boundaries.

The court will discuss and take action on Justice of the Peace Precinct #2 J.T. Marsh budget request and the deputation and oath for Jaime Rodriguez.

Regular items for discussion and consideration include:

· Reports from various departments.

· Budget amendments and line-item transfers.

· Personnel and salary changes (RCDC, Texas Agricultural Extension and the Juvenile Detention Center).

· Minutes from previous meetings.

· Semi-Monthly bills.

Gabaldon captures Power Points prize

PECOS, Oct. 22, 1999 - Angie Urias Gabladon won this past week's Pecos Enterprise Power Points competition, by virtue of a tiebreaker over Harvey Gonzales.

Gabaldon, of 608 Ross Blvd., won the Week 6 title with 97 points in the contest. She receives tickets to Odessa Jackalopes hockey at the Ector County Civic Center.

Statewide, the winner of the $1,000 first prize was Janis Hampton of College Station, who scored 133 out of 136 points this past week.

Power Points entry forms are printed every Monday in the Enterprise, and are available at local sponsoring businesses.

Lotto

AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Cash 5 drawing Thursday night: Winning numbers drawn: 8-17-23-29-34. Number matching five of five: 2. Prize per winner: $38,943. Winning tickets sold in: Fort Worth, Laredo. Matching four of five: 252. Prize: $464.

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

Weather

PECOS, Oct. 22, 1999 - High Thursday 85; low last night 43. Winds should increase and turn to the north at 15 to 20 mph. Afternoon high temperatures will still reach into the 80s in the Rio Grande valley, with overnight lows dropping to near 50 degrees. A frontal boundary should push across South Texas early Saturday, bringing cooler and drier air. No rain was expected throughout the period. On Saturday, some highs should reach the 90s in the Big Bend.



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