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Tuesday, December 7, 1999

Incumbents file for re-election in primary races

Staff Writer
PECOS, Dec. 7, 1999 - Two more individuals have filed their treasurer's designation as the first step in running for office in the March primary elections.

Incumbents Reeves County Tax Assessor-Collector Elfida Zuniga, along with Reeves County Constable Precinct 3 Thomas Martinez have filed to retain their current positions, while several others have indicated they plan to file over the next few days.

Filing for the March primary elections began last Friday and will continue through January 3, 2000. Candidates can submit their filing petitions to Reeves County Democratic Party Chairman Bobby Dean.

Candidates can also file to run in the Republican primary election, to be held the same day, but in heavily Democratic Reeves County, the March primary race winners usually are unopposed in the November general election.

Offices open for election include the Reeves County Sheriff, a position held by Andy Gomez; Reeves County Commissioner Precinct 1, currently held by Felipe Arredondo; Commissioner Precinct 3, a position held by Herman Tarin; the County Attorney's position, currently held by Walter Holcombe; 143rd District Attorney, held by Randy Reynolds; 143rd District Judge, a position held by Bob Parks, and the four constable positions.

Several other individuals have already filed their treasurer's designation with Florez, including Arredondo, who listed himself as treasurer for the position of Commissioner Precinct 1. Jesse L. Baeza has designated Bonnie Valles as treasurer for his bid for Arredondo's Precinct 1 spot, and was the first person to file his petition with Dean to officially enter the race, while James Lee M. "Jimmy" Gallego, designated Linda G. Briceno as treasurer for his campaign to run for the Precinct 3 commissioner's post held by Tarin, who like Arredondo, plans to run for re-election.

Also filing according to Florez was Louis Urquidez Carrasco, who designated Crissy Martinez a treasurer for his campaign for Reeves County Attorney.

The filing period for a place on the ballot in the Democratic primary can be done at Dean's house, 523 S. Hackberry St., in Pecos.

The filing period for the office of Precinct Chairman is now open and will also continue until Jan. 3. This is an important position and there will probably be an opportunity for those elected to choose a candidate for one or more vacancies that occur between January and September 2000. If you are interested in becoming a precinct chair contact Dean, at 915-445-3071 or 915-528-7447, for the forms necessary to have your name placed on the ballot.

Along with the local races in March, other state and national election races will be on the primary ballot. On the Democratic side, at least two challengers have said they plan to run against incumbent Republican congressman Henry Bonilla, while the race between Al Gore and Bill Bradley for the Democratic nomination will also be on the Democratic ballot.

Aside from Bonilla, State Rep. Gary Walker will also be on the local Republican ballot, while Gov. George W. Bush will be among the names on the presidential primary ballot. Candidates in those races will file their entry petitions in Austin.

Drug, illegal entry sentences handed down

PECOS, Dec. 7, 1999 - U.S. District Judge Royal Ferguson handled sentencings for a number of defendants Monday on drug and illegal entry charges in Pecos federal court.

Ferguson sentenced Robert Edward Beaton to 63 months in a federal correctional institution for conspiracy to possess marijuana, illegal handgun possession and illegal re-entry into the United States. Attorney Paul Higdon was appointed to handle Beaton's appeal, and it was recommended the sentence be served in a facility near New York City.

A 63-month term also was handed down to Raul Gonzales-Nava, who pled guilty on Oct. 15 to illegal re-entry after deportation, which occurred on July 18 of this year.

Tomas Lee Landa was sentenced to 78 months in prison on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and also was handed another 12 months by Furgeson for failure to appear in federal court on Sept. 22. Landa had pled guilty to both charges in October before U.S. Magistrate Stewart Platt.

Terrie Jean Wellborn received a 30 month term for possession of marijuana under 100 kilograms and under 1,000 kg, for an incident which occurred on July 5 of this year. Sentencing of David Salatiel Antuna, who was indicted along with Wellborn on the same charge, had his sentencing continued until Jan. 10, 2000.

Johan Wiebe Thiessen was given a 24-month term at the federal corrections institution in Big Spring for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The sentencing report said Theissen has dual Mexican and Canadian citizenship and would prefer to be deported to Canada following his release.

Other sentencings on Monday were:

_ Monserrat Cardenas-Jurado, 14 months at the Reeves County Law Enforcement Center for importation of marijuana;

_ Roberto Jimenez Dominguez, nine months for violation of supervised release, in connection with a 1997 conviction for importation of heroin;

_ Juan Manuel Perez-Estevane, six months at the Reeves County Law Enforcement Center for possession of marijuana;

_ Jose Alejandro Martinez-Arredondo, 13 months for illegal re-entry;

_ Alfredo-Sandoval Rodriguez, time served for illegal re-entry;

_ Miguel Angel Vasquez-Delgado, 128 days (time served) for illegal re-entry;

_ Annette Wahquahboshkuk, one year plus one day for violation of pre-trial release on a possession of marijuana charge;

_ Jose E. Morales-Colchado, time served for illegal entry;

_ Teresa Flores, 1 month's probation for aiding and abetting illegal entry. Flores sentence came under an agreement with prosecutors after she withdrew her guilty plea;

_ Sergio Hernandez Garza, time served for illegal re-entry;

_ Jorge Luis Madrid-Jasso, 123 days (time served) for illegal re-entry;

Additional sentencings were scheduled today by Judge Ferguson at the U.S. District Courthouse in Pecos.

Girl Scouts hold meeting tonight

PECOS, Dec. 7, 1999 - The first meeting of the Cadette Girl Scouts (girls in fifth through eighth grades) will be held at the Girl Scout Hut, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., today.

Come prepared to have fun.

For more information call Laura Gonzales at 447-3755.

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.


Herbey Armendariz, 47, was arrested at 6 a.m., on November 24, in the 400 block of South Plum Street, for burglary of a habitation/public intoxication.


Rosalinda Munoz, 51, was arrested at 11:10 p.m., on November 24, in the 700 block of Ash Street, for public intoxication.


Romelia Herrera, 52, was arrested at 12:41 a.m., on November 25, on a warrant for assault causing bodily injury.


Pedro Saucedo Madrid, 24, was arrested at 2:10 a.m., on November 25, at the corner of Eighth and Pecan streets, on a DWI refusal.


Robert A. Abila, 42, was arrested at 8:50 p.m., on November 25, in the 100 block of West Seventh Street, on a DWI/breathalizer refusal.


Oscar Medrano, 19, was arrested at 9:15 p.m., on November 26, in the 1200 block of South Ash Street, as a minor in possession.


Geronimo Menchaca, 56, was arrested at 4:49 p.m., on November 27, in the 200 block of Locust Street, for public intoxication.


Pedro A. Burciaga, 31, was arrested at 9:29 p.m., on November 27, in the 800 block of Cypress Street, for assault under the Family Violence Act.


Gary Garcia, 34, and Debbie K. Garcia, 36, were arrested at 1:26 a.m., on November 28, in the 2100 block of Country Club, for assault under the Family Violence Act under class `C'.


Oscar R. Rodriguez, 17, was arrested at 3:38 a.m., on November 28, in the 1600 block of Johnson Street, for public intoxication.


Francisco Rodriguez, 52, and Humberto Delgado, 40, were arrested at 8:23 p.m., on November 28, at the corner of 12th and Plum streets. Rodriguez was charged with public intoxication; Delgado with intoxication on a breathalizer refusal.


Jeremy Renteria, 19, was arrested at 5:01 p.m., on November 29, in the 1800 block of Adams Street, on a warrant for burglary of a habitation.


Eric Garay, 23, was arrested at 8:04 a.m., on November 30, at the corner of Ninth and Pecan streets, on warrants for a motion to revoke probation.


AUSTIN (AP) _ Results of the Cash 5 drawing Monday night: Winning numbers drawn: 1-14-16-24-31. Number matching five of five: 1. Prize per winner: $78,671. Winning ticket sold in: Laredo. Matching four of five: 189. Prize: $624.


AUSTIN (AP) _ The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Monday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 8-1-9 (eight, one, nine)


High Monday 67. Low this morning 31. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy. Low in the lower 30s. South to southwest wind 5-15 mph. Wednesday: Partly cloudy and breezy. High in the mid 70s. Southwest wind increasing to 15-25 mph and gusty. Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy. Low near 30.

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