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Friday, May 20, 2005

Sadler, Flores face new race after recount

Staff Writer

Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD school board members are expected to call for a new school board election for June 16, after a recount of the May 7 election left the board’s president at a challenger tied for the second of two three-year terms up for election.

Board members were scheduled to meet at noon on Friday to discuss the special tie-vote election, which would held on June 16 between board president Billie Sadler and former school board member David Flores, who was seeking to return to the board following a two year absence.

The group canvassed election returns at the special meeting held Tuesday, following the recount, which was requested by Flores after he lost out for the final spot on the school board by three votes to Sadler.

The original vote count gave Sadler 405 votes to 402 for Flores in the final tabulation on Saturday. But when the recount was held Monday afternoon, Florez gained two votes while Sadler lost one off her final total.

The recount gave both candidates 404 votes, prompting Friday’s meeting to call a special election. The recount also showed the other incumbent seeking re-election, Paul Deishler, received 541 votes to earn a new three-year term. Deishler’s total was one vote less than the 542 he was reported to have gotten in the original vote count.

“I’m very pleased with the outcome,” said Flores, following the canvassing of the votes. “This will give the voters another chance to go to the polls.”

Interest in the school board election shot up following an April 14 decision by the board to eliminate the district’s enhanced program. The board voted 4-3 to end the program, with both Sadler and Deishler voting in favor of eliminating it starting in August.

Parental protests resulted in another board meeting on May 3, in which Deishler switched his vote to keep the enhanced program for the 2005-06 school year. However, board member Steve Valenzuela, who voted to retain the program on April 14, voted to eliminate it during the May 3 meeting. Board member Crissy Martinez was absent, and the 3-3 tie left the April 14 decision intact.

Flores, who said he supports retaining the enhanced program, finished third among voters who cast ballots during the early voting period, between April 18 and May 3, while Flores was the top vote-getter among those who cast ballots on May 7.

“I hope the voters understand that I’m for expanding educational programs for all the students, instead of eliminating them,” said Flores. “I believe in using funds towards furthering the education of our children.”

Sadler has served as school board president during her past two terms, and was seeking a fourth term overall on the P-B-T board. Flores was first elected to the board in 2000 before losing his bid for re-election in 2003, while Deishler was elected to his second three-year term in the May 7 vote.

Second attempt made to steal ATV from PHS

Staff Writer

A four-wheel all-terrain vehicle that was stolen from the Pecos High School campus and recovered earlier in the current school year was the target of burglars again over the weekend. But while this ATV theft was unsuccessful, Pecos police said several other items were stolen from three storage buildings.

According to a report by police, they were called to the high school by athletic director Patrick Willis at 9:38 a.m. on Monday in connection with the break-ins. Police said the ATV storage shed was broken into, and the burglars attempted to hot-wire the ATV, but were unsuccessful.

Two other sheds were also broken into during the burglary. Two Cobra rechargeable radios were taken from one of the sheds, while softball coach Tammy Walls said four bats were taken from the softball team’s shed, a green Lisa Fernandez Louisville brand bat, a black Easton bat, a black Nike bat and a red TPX bat. No exact values were given on the stolen items.

Back in September, police arrested one juvenile in connection with the theft of the ATV from the shed next to the PHS field house. The 1987 Honda ATV, which is used to maintain the baseball and softball field at the high school, was stolen on Sept. 18 and recovered six days later in the back yard of the juvenile’s residence.

Board re-hires former assistant band director

Staff Writer

An assistant Pecos Eagle Band Director from two decades ago will be re-joining the staff at Pecos High School in an assistant’s role, board members decided during a special Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Board meeting held Tuesday at the Technology Center.

Board members approved the hiring of Cary Stephen Hanson as the new assistant band director. He’ll be moving into the role held for the past four years by Bill Goff, who was promoted to head band director during the board’s May 12 meeting.

Goff said that Hanson had been in Pecos once before, during the 1985-86 school year. “He was here with Pam McAnally and Robert Rubio, when they went to state,” said Goff.

Hanson holds a B.M Ed/Angelo State University, all level music. Goff said that his specialty is percussions, though Goff said he didn’t know which group of band students Hanson would focus on next year.

“We have one more individual that we will be interviewing for the third position and after that we’ll know if they’ll be with the junior high bands or the high school, or the elementary.”

Hanson’s appointment comes after Goff was returned to the head band director position, replacing Merle Lenfest, who resigned. Lenfest had replaced Goff as band director in 2001, with Goff staying on in an assistant band director’s role.

Along with a the band appointment, the school board also approved the hiring of a new teacher and coach at Pecos High School. Fred Howard was hired to teach World History and as a coach at the high school. Howard holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Angelo State University; certification: secondary social studies composite; secondary history; secondary physical education.

His appointment came after board members approved other resignations, reassignments and retirements, including two high school coaches, during their May 12 meeting. Those resignations included Craig Jackson, World History teacher/coach at Pecos High School; Jonathan Fellows, special education teacher/coach at Pecos High School; Sandra Fellows, third grade teacher/coach at Austin Elementary; and Damon Compton, criminal justice teacher at Pecos High School.

The board also reassigned Angelica Valenzuela, from counselor at Bessie Haynes Elementary to counselor at Crockett Middle School for 2005-2006 school year, and accepted the retirement of Robert Ormsby, counselor at Crockett Middle School. Board members also took depository bids for the school’s account during Tuesday’s special meeting.

Finance director Cookie Canon said that they had received two bids, one from Trans Pecos Banks and from West Texas National Bank.

“After looking at the many, many numbers, I recommend that we stay with Trans Pecos Banks,” said Canon. “We have a current relationship with them and they complied with all the bid requirements,” she said.

The contract is for two years. “We haven’t had any problems with them,” she said.

Two board members abstained from that vote, board members Amy Miller and Paul Deishler. Board member Lila Cerna was absent.

Trial set to start in lawsuits linked to Midland fatalities

Staff Writer

Jury selection is tentatively set for Monday in a complicated series of lawsuits filed in connection with the deaths of a Pecos man and a Monahans man in Midland in January of 2004.

According to the 143rd District Court Clerk’s office, the jury selection won’t be confirmed until Friday afternoon, but pre-trial motions were heard last week by 143rd District Court Judge Bob Parks in connection with the three consolidated lawsuits, which involves the families of both men who were killed, along with Brinker International Corp., the Dallas-based restaurant operator.

Three of Brinker’s companies also are named in the suit.

Lawyers for the families of Felipe Onelas Jr., of Pecos and Ruben Pando Jr. of Monahans allege that Midland’s On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina served Midland school secretary Diane Zamora too many mixed drinks on Jan. 9, 2004.

According to the Midland police report, after leaving the restaurant, Zamora’s Mitsubishi Montero Sport then ran a red light while westbound near downtown Midland, and hit a southbound Ford Thunderbird broadside at Front Street and Lamesa Road, killing the 20-year-old Ornelas, the driver of the Thunderbird, and Pando, 28. Zamora was sentenced to 27 months in state prison in a criminal trial held in Midland in June of 2004.

In addition to the suit against Brinker and its subsidiaries, the family of Pando is also suing the estate of Ornelas, arguing that he also could be held liable because he was driving with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit when the fatal accident occurred. The suit against Ornelas’ estate is based on an autopsy reports that showed Ornelas’ blood alcohol content was .10, which is over the state legal limit of .08.

In addition to those suits, the Midland Reporter-Telegram reported in March that attorney Brian Burris of Eagle Pass sued Chili’s Beverage, which has On the Border’s TABC liquor license, and Ornelas’ estate in behalf of Ruben Pando Sr. of Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Lawyers Bill Weinacht of Pecos, Amos Barton of Kerrville and Jon Bailey of San Angelo represent the Ornelas estate, the mother of the victim’s young son, Isaac and Marlene Muniz of Verhalen and Adam Hernandez of Midland as administrators of Ornelas’ estate. Unspecified damages are sought.

Representing Pando’s mother, Lilia Alvarez of Monahans, and ex-wife, Tanya Valdez of Kermit, in her capacity as the mother of his one-year-old son, Alejandro is Odessa attorney Jose Luis Garriga. His suit was against On the Border and its three Dallas-based parent companies, Chili's Beverage Co., Brinker Chili's Texas and Brinker International. Along with On the Border, Brinker’s other restaurant chains include Chili's Grill & Bars, Romano's Macaroni Grills, Corner Bakery Cafes, Maggiano's Little Italy restaurants and Rockfish Seafood Grills.

Crockett student, teacher win awards for essay

A Crockett Middle School student and teacher received several prizes from the Midland-Odessa TV station for an essay that was part of a station contest.

KOSA-Ch. 7 held a “Terrific Teacher” contest, and Crockett Middle School eighth grader Lyndsay Chowning was one of seven winners out of 100 essays selected. Chowning won for an essay entitled “My Favorite Teacher,” which was on Gail Box, her teacher for pre-Advanced Placement English class.

“I didn’t know about it until Lyndsay won it,” Box said, after she and Chowning received their award from Hal Combs of KOSA.

“My 8th grade English teacher, Mrs. Box, is not only a teacher, but also a role model,” Chowning wrote in her essay. “She is a teacher I look up to and go to when I need help, or guidance. Mrs. Box believes that our opinion's matter and if we have a suggestion she makes sure that they are heard. She does not only expect respect, but she also gives respect. She never loses hope in a student. She pushes each of her students to do their best because she knows what we all can do if we just try. She also makes sure that we never lose confidence in ourselves or in her.

“My 7th grade year 1 was in PreAp English and did not understand it very well. It was all just going over my head. I was barely passing with 70's. This year I am doing better, I am making honors and was able to stay in the PreAp English class. Mrs. Box will not move on to the next lesson until everyone sitting in that room understands the lesson we are on. “Mrs. Box is a wonderful teacher and I believe that she should not only be a role model to us kids, but all teachers as well. If you are a new student or a new teacher Mrs. Box will help you get situated whether it's helping you make out lessons plans, or helping you catch up with everything you've missed because you just moved in to her class,” Chowning wrote.

Along with the certificate, Chowning received an “Illustrated Texas” coloring book, a new backpack, a mouse pad and tickets to the Schlitterbahn Water Park in New Braunfels. Box also received Schlitterbahn tickets, along with H-E-B grocery and Fina gas gift carts, and a night for two at the MCM Eligante Hotel in Odessa.

Police to talk with suspects after bus shot

Staff Writer

Pecos Police Chief Clay McKinney said Thursday his department is continuing to investigate a incident involving a bullet being fired into the side of a school bus as it was going to pick up children at an east side campus, and plan to talk with suspects in the May 5 shooting.

“We do have some suspects, and are going to gather as much evidence on these individuals as we can before we pick them up and interview them about the shooting,” McKinney said on Tuesday. As of Thursday, he added that those interviews have not yet been conducted.

The police chief said investigators weren’t sure of the exact time the bus was shot at, and said the driver waited eight days before reporting the incident.

“From what he told us, he was enroute to Bessie Haynes. There were no children on board, just the driver,” McKinney said.

Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Superintendent Ray Matthews confirmed that there had been an incident with one of the school buses.

“There is a bullet hole in one of our buses, that is already being fixed,” said Matthews. Matthews said that the incident was investigated as soon as the bus driver reported it. “The police are investigating it and they do have some leads, some suspects,” said Matthews.

“We feel like it occurred in the 800 block of South Mesquite Street,” McKinney said. “The driver heard the bullet impact on the driver’s side rear portion of the bus.

“The bullet did not penetrate into the interior of the bus,” he said. “Because of that, we feel like it may have been a .38 (caliber) or a 9 mm handgun.”

McKinney said officers did tests on the impact point, and as a result, believe the bullet was fired from the east side of Mesquite Street.

“We took pictures of the bullet impact and looked at it under a microscope,” he said. “We believe the angle of impact was 60 degrees from the back of the bus to the shooter. That leads us to believe the bus was passing by the shooter at a slight angle when he shot at it.” News about the shooting was first reported by KWES-TV, which found out about the shooting just after police were informed, at 9 a.m. on May 13. McKinney said officials with the station said they were contacted by a parent who told them about the incident, but the chief said he did not know the name of the parent who reported the shooting.

Matthews said that the bus driver was disciplined, but is still an employee for the district. “The employee was addressed, because he didn’t report the incident in a timely manner,” said Matthews.

McKinney said he also talked to Matthews about actions that can be taken to avoid any further incidents.

“We have collaborated and made some changes about transportation of the children for safety purposes,” he said.

Bakery owner’s son rises to head of class

Staff Writer

Perseverance and hard work has paid off for one young man who recently graduated at the top of his class from the University of Texas-Permian Basin in Odessa.

Juan Carlos Munoz was born and raised in Ojinaga, Mexico, but his mother wanted something more for her son.

“I used to come to Fort Davis to work at the greenhouses and in the summers to Pecos to work at the Pecos onion sheds,” said Munoz.

Munoz is the son of Luz Maria and Carlos Munoz, who are owners of Diana’s Panaderia here in Pecos. He completed his high school education in Mexico and was still working in Fort Davis, when someone told his mother about a special program.

“Someone told her about this program at UTPB, a high school equivalency program,” said Munoz.

Munoz attended the orientation on the program, where he received information on further study and financial aid.

At this time Munoz grasp of the English language was limited, having studied in Mexico. “They went ahead and let me take the GED test in Spanish,” he said.

In 1999, Munoz started to attend college and took English as a Second Language. In 2000, he started taking his basic classes at the El Paso Community College.

“There I had the opportunity to work with Congressman Silvestre Reyes,” said Munoz. “That was really exciting and actually a lot of fun.”

He then transferred to UTPB in 2002 and in 2003 he receive an internship with General Motors in Toledo, Ohio.

“It’s huge, it was great, they make about 9,000 transmissions per day,” said Munoz. “It’s very impressive.”.

He spent the summer of 2003 with GM and returned to the area in January of 2004. “I came back to finish my degree at UTBP,” he said.

Munoz said that when he returned to UTPB, one of his professors asked him if he would like to assist him in teaching.

“I assisted the professor in two engineering classes and worked for him this year,” said Munoz, who graduated from UTPB on May 7, with an Industrial Engineering Degree.

Munoz accomplished what he had set out to do and what his mother had in mind for him all along. Not only did he graduate from college, being the first in his family to do so, but he graduated in the Top 10 in his class.

“There were about 1,300 students there this semester and more during the last semester,” said Munoz.

“It was very exciting,” said Munoz.

A pretty big accomplishment for a young boy who came to study in the United States and now knowing how to speak English, though Munoz said that he really didn’t have any trouble learning the new language.

“I don’t know why, but I didn’t have any problems picking up the language,” he said. He has already applied to three our four companies and is awaiting their responses. “I plan to move to Michigan,” said Munoz. The reason for him wanting to move so far away from his adopted hometown? His fiancé, Erica Gonzales who is employed with General Motors.

“It wasn’t that difficult learning English, now I hope my younger sister also attends college,” said Munoz, who also has an older brother, Luis Munoz. His sister, Diana Munoz, is a junior high student here in Pecos.

Pecos EMS names Munoz new president

Pecos EMS members elected a new president last week, as part of their annual election of officers for the local ambulance service.

Oswaldo Munoz is the new president of the EMS, replacing John Cravey. Members also selected Dennis Thorp as first assistant and Judy Foster as second assistant for the department.

Elected to the board of directors for the department were Tony Lujan and Susan Wimberly.

Benefit dance for Lujan on Saturday

A Benefit Dance has been scheduled for Saturday at the Saragosa Hall for Jesus “Chuy” Lujan.

Music will be provided by Maravilla and La Nueva Generacion and will be held from 8:30 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Cost will be $10 per person.

All proceeds will assist with medical expenses for Lujan who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Pecos LL schedules May 29 fundraiser

Pecos Little League will sponsor Cow “Chip” Bingo beginning at 9 a.m., Sunday, May 29, at the Senior League Field at Maxey Park.

Squares will be $10 a square and there will be a total of 1,000 squares sold.

Rules: Beginning at 9 a.m., squares will be sold until they are all sold. You will pick a square or as many as you want to buy, there is no limit.

Then a cow will be let loose on the field to run around. In whichever square the cow deposits a “chip,” that person is the winner.

If it deposits on the line between two or more squares the prize will be split between those squares. The winner will receive 20 percent of what is raised. It could be as high as $2,000.

While the cow is on the field you can yell, shout, make hand motions, to try and get the cow to your square.

No hitting, throwing thins, fire works, etc. will be allowed to try and win. So, come out and support the Pecos Little League and have a little or a lot of fun doing so.

Garcia celebrates fourth birthday

Joseph Garcia celebrated his fourth birthday with a party held in his honor at Chuckie Cheese in Midland on May 16.

Friends and family were on hand to help with the celebration.

The event was hosted by his mother.

Garcia is the son of Alexa Dominguez and Joe Garcia.

Blake, Hernandez announce June wedding

Mr. and Mrs. James Garlick announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Julia Blake to Ervey Hernandez.

Hernandez is the son of Gustavo Hernandez and Rosie Hernandez.

The couple plan to wed at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 4, at the Prude Ranch Tennis courts in Fort Davis.

A reception, dinner and dance will be held in their honor immediately following the ceremony.

Boicourt named to Achievement Academy

The United States Achievement Academy announced that Tiffany Yvette Boicourt of Pecos, has been recognized for academic achievement as a United States National Honor Roll Award winner.

Boicourt, who attends Pecos High School, will appear in the United States Achievement Academy Official Yearbook, which is published nationally.

“Recognizing and supporting our youth is more important than ever before in America’s history. Certainly, United States Achievement Academy winners should be congratulated and appreciated for their dedication to excellence and achievement,” said Dr. George Stevens, Executive Director of the United States Achievement Academy.

The USAA National Honor Roll Awards provide honor roll students with many benefits and services and is a great tribute to a student’s dedication, talent and ability.

Boicourt is the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Boicourt of Pecos.

Grandparents are Ernie and Ann Boicourt of Pecos and Tomas and Maria Lopez of Saragosa.

Schools bring home honors

A group of FFA students from Klondike High School proved they not only know cows, they know milk and its by-products. The Klondike FFA Dairy Cattle judging team and Dairy Foods judging team both won state championships in contests hosted by the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences at Tarleton State University.

Stamford High School won the State title in the Range and Pasture judging and Harper High School had the State Champion Land judging team.

Klondike placed three students among the top ten high individuals on their way to the State Dairy Cattle championship. Tayton McLaren was third high individual: Trista Southall, fifth high; and M’Laci Webb was ninth high.

Rounding out the top ten were Boerne’s top high individual Megan McCarthy; Ashley Moyer, Dublin, second high individual; Michael Barrientez, Stamford, 4th high; Stephanie Grafe, Boerne; 6th high; Linsey Perez of Glen Rose, 7th high; Amanda DeLeon of Hondo, 8th high; and Joey Marchetti of Rusk, tenth high.

Boerne High School placed second in the team standings followed by Dublin in third, Rule in fourth; and Covington in fifth. Completing the top ten teams in Dairy Cattle were Corrigan-Camden (6th), Stephenville (7th), Glen Rose (8th), Bloomington (9th) and Harmony (10th). Over 200 students from 54 teams competed in the State Dairy Cattle judging.

In the Dairy foods category, Klondike placed two in the top ten individuals and had their entire team finish among the top 20 on the way to the state championship. Alyssa Vogler was second high individual; and Ruby Perez was tenth high individual. McKenzie Gregory was 15th high individual and Jordan Gregory placed 20th.

Plainview’s Alex Mulliken was the top high individual in Dairy Foods, followed by Vogler, second; Loren Lundgren, Stamford, third; Robert Duffee, New Caney, fourth; Jessica Downes, Riesel, fifth; Meghan Graham, Floydada, 6th; J.C. Simpson, Floydada, 7th; Heather Critelli, Florence, 8th; Kelin Ward, Katy, 9th and Perez, 10th.

The Dairy Foods team from Floydada finished second to Klondike. Plainview was third, Katy, fourth; LaVernia, fifth; Snyder, sixth; Florence, 7th; Hillsboro, eighth; New Caney, ninth; and Stamford, tenth.

Fifty-one teams competed in this division with just under 200 participants.

Harper finished strong in the Land Judging competition scoring 80 points better than their closest challenger. They also placed three in top ten individuals and had a fourth among the top 20. Jody Goldman, Meghan Thompson and Andrew Vasquez placed second, third and sixth, respectively, for Harper. Stephanie Brown ranked at 14th high individual.

Blanco’s Calen McNett had the top individual score in Land, followed by Andrew Grant, Pecos, in second; Goldman, third; Thompson, fourth; Patrick Schuessler, Mason, fifth; Vasquez, sixth; Tim Hartman, Blanco, seventh; Samara Gonzales, Stamford, eighth; Katy Griffis, Clarksville; ninth and Matt Elliott, Pecos, tenth.

Blanco High School placed second in the Land competition; Mildred, third; Giddings, fourth; Pecos, fifth; Hamlin, sixth; Holliday, seventh; Mason, eighth; Clarksville, ninth; and Grapeland, tenth. There were also 50 teams in this division representing just under 200 students.

Stamford’s Jacob Wendeborn was seventh high individual and teammate Evan Astin was eighth high to pace their team to the State Championship in Range and Pasture. Stamford’s Jessica Decker was 15th high individual and Jacob Riley was 29th high out of over 150 students who competed in the Land competition.

Granbury was second in the Range and Pasture team rankings followed by Anson in third; Jacksboro, fourth; Stephenville, fifth; Pecos, sixth; Harper, seventh; Holliday, eighth; Medina, ninth, and Blanco, tenth. There were 42 teams competing for the state title.

Dillon Deward of Granbury had the best individual score in Range and Pasture; Mallory Williams, Jacksboro, was second; Raz Sanchez, Anson, third; Matthew Matlock, Jacksboro, fourth; and Katie Lee, Pecos, fifth. Anson’s Kevin Taylor was sixth high individual; Wendeborn, seventh; Astin, eighth; Kyle Wood, Holliday, ninth; and Garrett Fincher, Stephenville, tenth.

Top teams and individuals received plaques during an award ceremony at the conclusion of the contests. Winning participants also received T-shirts and other prizes.

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.

*** Ashley Nicole Martinez, 21, was arrested by Pecos police on May 14 at 8:35 p.m. on a warrant charging her to injury to an elderly person, a first-degree felony. Police said the arrest was made at Martinez’s home at 811 E. Fifth St., after the warrant was issued by Municipal Court Judge Amanario Ramon.

*** Marie Martinez Gallegos, 29, was arrested by police on May 14 at 8:30 p.m. on a warrant charging her with a motion to adjudicate on delivery of a controlled substance. Police said the arrest was made at her home at 811 E. Fifth St., on a warrant issued out of the 143rd District Court Clerk’s office.

*** Francis A. Martinez, 23, 811 E. Fifth St., was arrested by police on May 14 in the 500 block of Ross Boulevard on warrants charging her with injury to an elderly person, a first degree felony, and for failure to appear on a theft warrant out of Nueces County. Police said the local warrant resulted from an incident at 507 Ross Blvd., and Martinez was transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center following her arrest.

*** Maria Torres Millan, 29, 1502 S. Eddy St., was arrested by police on May 5 on warrants out of Ward and Ector counties charging her with theft by check, a Class B misdemeanor. Police said the arrest was made at 9:54 p.m. following a traffic stop in the 300 block of Walthall Street, when a records check revealed the violations. Millan was transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center following her arrest.

*** Julian Isaac Rayos, 29, 201 Clarke St., was arrested by police on April 30 on a warrant charging him with burglary of a habitation, a 2nd degree felony. Police said the arrest was made after officers discovered Rayos during a walk-though at the Suavacito Club, 900 S. Cedar St.

*** Mirella Muniz Ybarra, 28, 1802 W. ‘F’ St., was arrested by police on April 29 on a warrant charging her with no liability insurance, a Class C misdemeanor. Police said the arrest was made following a records check, after Ybarra was stopped for a traffic violation in the 300 block of North Cedar Street.

*** Elsie Rodriguez, 24, 112 N. Pecan St., was arrested on April 30 in the parking lot of the Uncle’s Convenience Store at Third and Cedar streets on two warrants charging her with no valid driver’s license, one charging her with assault, one for an open container violation and another for failure to have a child wearing a seat belt. Police said the warrants were all for default payments, and were Class C misdemeanors. Rodriguez was transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center following her arrest.

At the same time, police also arrested Sonia Sanchez Olivas, 25, of 112 N. Pecan St., on warrants charging her with theft and open container alcohol. Both were also default payments and Class C misdemeanors. Olivas was transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center following her arrest.

On May 4 at 7:50 p.m., officers went to Olivas’ home and re-arrested her on a warrant charging her with forgery, a state jail felony. She was t hen returned to the Criminal Justice Center.

*** Alexandra Nichols Vasquez, 21, 815 S. Walnut St., was arrested by police on May 4 at 6:52 p.m. on a warrant charging her with furnishing alcohol to a minor, a Class A misdemeanor. Police said the arrest was made at Vasquez’s home, and she was transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.

*** Rene Garcia, 34, 1901 S. Scott St., was arrested by police on May 8 on a charge of public intoxication, a Class C misdemeanor. Police said the arrest took place in the 1900 block of Scott Street.

*** Jerry Sosa Tesillo, of Lovington, N.M., was arrested by police on May 8 on a charge of evading arrest or detection in a motor vehicle, a state jail felony, and resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor. Police said the arrest took place at Walthall and Eddy streets, after police received a call at 9:12 p.m. about a reckless driver, and followed the car with lights and siren on from the 1200 block of South Elm to the intersection of Walthall and Eddy. Tesillo was transported from the scene to the Criminal Justice Center following his arrest.

*** Adam Aguilar, 17, 417 S. Elm St. was served a warrant at the Reeves County Jail by police on a charge of no valid insurance. Police said he warrant was served on May 1 on the charge, which carried a fine of $206.

*** Gilbert Fuentes, 923 S. Plum St., was arrested by police on May 9 at the Suavacito Club, 900 S. Cedar St., on a warrant charging him with assault with bodily injury a Class A misdemeanor. Police said the arrest was made after Fuentes was discovered during a walk-through of the bar, and was transported to the Criminal Justice Center.

*** Jeffrey Eugene Ephraim, 33, 1005 S. Locust St., was arrested by police on a charge of assault under the Family Violence Act, a 3rd degree felony, and resisting arrest, search or transportation, a Class A misdemeanor. Police said they were called to a home at 1022 S. Pecan St., on a report of the disturbance at the Locust Street address. After going to that home and talking to Ephraim and his wife, he was arrested and transported from the scene to the Criminal Justice Center following his arrest.

*** Tomas Salgado, Jr., 34, 121 Walthall St., was arrested by police on May 17 on a warrant charging him with assault causing bodily injury, a Class A misdemeanor; along with resisting arrest, search of transportation, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), a 3rd degree felony; and possession of marijuana under two ounces, a Class B misdemeanor. Police said took place at 10:56 p.m. when a 1992 Chevrolet pick-up Salgado was driving was stopped for the assault warrant, and the other charges were added when Salgado resisted arrest when confronted by officers, who then discovered the cocaine and marijuana. He was arrested and transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center on the charges.

*** Ricardo Hernandez Florez, 42, 326 N. Cedar St., was arrested by police at his home on May 17 on a warrant charging him with forgery. Florez was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center on the charges.

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