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Thursday, December 16, 1999

Eagle hoop teams resume play

PECOS, Dec. 16, 1999 -- School gets out for the holidays on Friday, but the Pecos Eagle basketball teams will still be in action that night, with road games in Fort Stockton and Greenwood.

Both Pecos teams are still looking for their first wins of the 1999-2000 season after taking the first part of this week off. The 0-9 girls will go to Fort Stockton to face the Prowlers, who they lost to at home three weeks ago, while the boys will try to improve on their 0-7 mark when they take on the Rangers in the first of two meetings with Greenwood this season.

Freshmen games will start at 4:30 p.m. at both sites, with the JV contests set for 6 p.m. and the varsity games for 7:30 p.m. It's the last game before the Christmas holidays for the girls, while the boys have two more games to go, next Monday at home against Sonora and Tuesday at Monahans.

The Eagles went winless last weekend at the Monahans Sandhills Tournament, though after a series of double-digit losses, they came closer to wins than at any time so far this year. The girls lost by three points on Friday and Saturday to El Paso High and Fabens, while the boys dropped a 70-63 decision to Alpine on Saturday.

"One thing they should know now, they can play with Fabens in district," Eagles' coach Brian Williams said. Pecos opens District 2-4A play at Fabens on Jan. 14 and hosts the Wildcats on Feb. 1.

Fort Stockton, meanwhile, went 2-1 in Monahans, losing to eventual tournament champion El Paso Austin in the opener, then beating Fabens and El Paso High. On Tuesday, the Prowlers lost at home to Alpine, 69-66 to fall to 3-9 on the season.

JaCinda Gonzales scored 18 points in the loss, and had 14 last month in the Prowlers' 60-37 win in Pecos. Maricela Arenivas' 10 points topped Pecos.

The boys have gotten a little more offense in the last few games, since the return of Chris Natividad, who had 15 and 16 points in the Eagles' losses to El Paso Austin and Alpine at Monahans. But Pecos is still having trouble preventing second and third shots by their opponents. Alpine built a 17 point lead on rebound baskets, before the Eagles cut that margin down to as little as five in the final period.

Greenwood went 1-1 last weekend at the Hoopstown Classic, losing to Reagan County then beating Coahoma. Chris Smith led the Rangers in scoring both days, with 18 and 11 points.

Police bag Carruth in trunk of car

Associated Press Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 16, 1999 - There was no white Bronco this time, and no slow-speed chase down the highway.

But when Rae Carruth was taken into custody on murder charges Wednesday, five years after the arrest of O.J. Simpson, it was another bizarre development in an already puzzling case.

Simpson, a Heisman Trophy winner in college who went on to fame in the NFL and broadcasting, surpasses Carruth in achievement in fame.

But when Carruth, a wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers, was captured in the trunk of a car in Tennessee, hundreds of miles from the scene of the crime he is charged with, it brought to mind the 1994 arrest of Simpson for the slayings of two people.

Simpson was ultimately acquitted of criminal charges. For Carruth, it's the latest chapter in his ordeal that began a month ago when his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams, was shot four times while riding in her car in southeast Charlotte.

On Tuesday, Adams, died from her gunshot wounds at Carolinas Medical Center. A short time later, Carruth was charged with first-degree murder, along with three other men.

Despite repeated vows from his mother that he was ready to surrender, Carruth disappeared for more than a day.

Acting on a tip given to Charlotte-Mecklenburg homicide investigators, Carruth was arrested Wednesday night at a hotel in Wildersville, Tenn., about 100 miles northeast of Memphis, the FBI said. He was accompanied by an unidentified woman friend, agents said.

Authorities said they received tips from a source in Charlotte that Carruth could be found at the Tennessee motel, and FBI agents staked it out Wednesday afternoon.

They checked the room, then found the 5-foot-11, 194-pound player in the trunk of the car parked in the motel's lot, agents said.

"When she (Carruth's female friend) started to open the trunk, she told us he was in there, for his safety," FBI agent Mark Post said. "He just had his hands up in the air."

"He was cooperative during the course of the arrest and processing," said Victor O'Korn, FBI assistant special agent in charge in Charlotte.

Carruth was being held in the Madison County, Tenn., jail Wednesday night on a federal charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. An extradition hearing before a federal magistrate was planned for this morning.

No charges have been filed against the woman, FBI spokeswoman Joanne Morley said.

Carruth was charged with first-degree murder following the death of Adams, 24, who was 6 1/2 months' pregnant when she was shot four times Nov. 16 in her car. The shooting forced doctors to perform an emergency delivery, and her son is listed in fair condition.

If convicted, Carruth could be sentenced to death or life in prison.

Carruth's name was entered earlier Wednesday into the National Crime Information Center computer.

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