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Friday, Dec. 27, 1996

Sleepy driver rolls vehicle

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Staff Writer
PECOS, Dec. 27, 1996 - A Dallas family was AeroCared out of the local
hospital this morning following a one-vehicle rollover.

Investigating Department of Public Safety Trooper John Henley reported
that the father and driver, John Pritchett, 29, fell asleep at the
wheel, causing his eastbound vehicle to run off the road and onto the
south service road near U.S. I-20, mile marker 28.

The driver then over corrected to the left, crossed the eastbound lane
and entered the center median. The vehicle overturned 1¼ times before
coming to rest on its left side, facing south, near the A&M Research
Station, said Henley.

Henley said he was dispatched about 8:12 a.m. to the scene, as was a
Pecos ambulance unit.

All three passengers, Pritchett, his wife, Darcee, 27, and 4-year-old
son, Cody, were ejected from the car, Henley said.

No seatbelts were worn.

All three were taken to Reeves County Hospital.

Assistant Administrator Iris Rives reported that John was flown out to
Lubbock Methodist Hospital first, about 11:10 a.m. and another
helicopter unit arrived soon thereafter for the mother and son.

The family was headed home after spending Christmas in Arizona,
according to the investigating officer.

Henley said that doctors reported John was suffering from a compressed
spinal cord, while his wife injured a left shoulder and the son had a
broken left leg.

Miracle beside the road involves Pecos trooper

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ANDREWS, Dec. 27, 1996 - An Andrews woman and her son were the witnesses
to a Christmas miracle when they were involved in a one-vehicle accident
and soon after discovered by chance by the child's former babysitter and
her husband, who happens to be a Pecos Department of Public Safety

Gina Fuentes Lanbrano, 22, and Guy Nathaniel Lanbrano, 4, former Pecos
residents, are recovering at a Lubbock hospital after being flown from
the Andrews hospital to Lubbock Methodist Hospital.

According to a report by Trooper James Fortenberry of the Andrews DPS
branch, the two were traveling in a 1995 Ford Ranger, .8 miles southwest
of milepost 344 on Texas Highway 115, just before 6 p.m., Christmas Eve
when the vehicle struck a fence. The officer reported that no seatbelts
were worn.

No other details of the accident were available according to the Andrews
DPS spokesperson.

In the last 24 hours, Gina was upgraded from critical to serious, but
stable condition, while Guy was listed in satisfactory condition after
having been considered serious Thursday morning, according to public
relations personnel.

A family member said Thursday, Guy suffered a broken leg and underwent
surgery Thursday night. Another family member at the hospital said
earlier today they were both doing fine.

According to Olga Jacobs, she and her husband Pecos DPS Trooper Richard
Jacobs, and family were traveling on Highway 115 on their way to
Seminole when they came upon the accident, where occupants of another
vehicle attempted to call for help.

Jacobs said that her husband dispatched an Andrews anbulance and DPS
unit and waited with the mother and child until help arrived.

Sisters return to old hometown

while researching family history

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Staff Writer
PECOS, Dec. 27, 1996 - Mary and Otilia Sanchez are using their Christmas
vacations to research their family history in Pecos, San Angelo, Fort
Stockton and Fort Davis.

Born in Pecos, the sisters left for college after graduation and never
came back. Mary attended Texas Women's University at Denton, and Otilia
attended New York University.

Mary (Evans) is a registered nurse with the Friendswood schools, while
Otilia is a technical editor for BMC software in Houston.

"I got on the Internet and didn't find my father's name, nor my
grandparents," Otilia said. "But I have a friend helping me with her
genealogy program."

Stopping in San Angelo, where their maternal grandmother, Maria Ruiz
Diaz, was born and lived in a tent near the Kickapoo Indian tribe, the
ladies found the courthouse closed. Reeves County Courthouse was also
closed for a three-day holiday.

Their paternal grandmother, Salome Suches Sanchez, was born in Mexico.

"I know our mother (Eubijes Diaz) and all of us were born here in Pecos,
and her mother died here," Otilia said.

"Her father was born in Fort Stockton, so we are going there, too. We
called there and got a lot of information, but their records only go
back 50 years. They told us to go to Fort Davis, where a lot of old
birth certificates and death certifiates are in the museum.

"We are also going to the border, where his father came across at
Candelaria," she said.

A Catholic priest took records from Ojinaga to Fort Davis as well, she

While in Pecos, the sisters checked records at Santa Rosa Catholic
Church for the names of other family members who were born or died here.

One of those is their cousin, Christina Diaz Sonnen, who works for
Elliott Printing Co.

"We're going to visit our cousin, then go to Santa Rosa," Mary said as
they left the Enterprise, where they searched microfilm files for

OC registration set for Jan. 6

Registration for Odessa College classes being offered in Pecos will be
held on Jan. 6 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Individuals interested in taking courses in the coming semester can come
by the Pecos High School Library during this time.


Betty Tarango

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Betty Marguez Tarango, 64, of Pecos, died Thursday, Dec. 26 at
University Medical Center in Lubbock.

A rosary will be held on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Pecos Funeral
Home Chapel.

Services are scheduled for Monday, Dec. 30 at 11 a.m. at St. Catherine's
Catholic Church with Father Rick Zamorano and burial at Mt. Evergreen

Visitation will begin on Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. at the
Pecos Funeral Home Chapel.

She was born Oct. 18, 1932, was an assistant cook for the Community
Council Meals on Wheels program, a lifetime Pecos resident and a

Survivors include one son, Anthony Villaloboz of Odessa; four daughters,
Pricilla Villaloboz of Carlsbad, N.M., Sandra Villaloboz of Odessa,
Anita Ybarra and Crissy Lozano of Pecos; one brother, Elias (C.C.)
Marquez of Pecos; three sisters, Luz Aguilar and Magdalena Abila of
Pecos, Jessie Perez of Rivera, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and four
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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