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Friday, March 2, 2007

Police investigators seek leads on weekend drive-by shootings

Pecos police are seeking information into a pair of drive-by shootings that have occurred in town the past two weekends.

Police Capt. Kelly Davis said the first incident took place on Feb. 17 at 1124 S. Ash St., while the second shooting was on Feb. 23 and involved a home at 1515 Johnson Street. Davis said investigators do not believe the two incidents are related.

In the first, Davis said police were notified at 11:20 p.m. that shots had been fired at the home on Ash Street. Officers met with Juanita Ovalle, the owner of the home, who said unknown persons had fired at the side of the house..

No one was injured, but Davis said five shots from a .223 caliber weapon hit the house.The second took place on Feb. 23 at 12:12 a.m. at the home of Gerardo Montoya. Shots were fired that hit a 2006 GMC pickup in the driveway of the house, as well as the house itself.

“That was birdshot. Some of it hit the side of the house, but that was probably related to them firing at the pickup,” he said. No one was injured in the incident.

While Davis said he didn’t believe the shootings were linked, he said, “It is possible gang activity is involved. But that remains under investigation.”

Note about body in refrigerator prompts search of Orla homes

Reeves County Sheriff’s Deputies will continue their search for a body, after they received a tip from deputies about a note found on a trash barrel Monday on Interstate 10 near Kerrville.

“We received a call from the deputies in Kerr County, after they had been contacted about a note written on the top of a trash can at a roadside park,” said Reeves County Sheriff Andy Gomez.

Gomez said that immediately after they received the call the deputies, along with other law enforcement agencies began to search the area indicated in the note.

The note said that there was a body in an abandoned house in refrigerator in Orla, Texas, according to Gomez.

“As soon as we received the call on Monday, we began to search all the abandoned homes in Orla,” said Gomez.

Gomez said that the note also said, “I just had to tell somebody.”

“At this time, it might be a hoax, but we’re taking it seriously,” said Gomez. “Because why would someone take the time to stop and write something like that, and say, ‘I just had to tell somebody?’.”vHe said that it is a possibility that it’s just pranksters, but that they are continuing to search the area.

“We are now contacting the homeowners that own a home there, but don’t actually live there,” said Gomez. “As soon as we get their permission, we will search those homes as well.”

Gomez said that the sheriff’s department also has possession of the trash lid, the trash can and the items inside.

“We’re also going through all the trash to see if we might find a clue as to who might have written this, or anything else that might help us,” said Gomez.

Gomez said that if anybody has any information to please contact the sheriff’s department at 432-445-4901.

Reynolds faces new criticism on Pyote probe

Reports that officials in Austin are considering closing down the West Texas State School in Pyote, in the wake of accusations of sexual abuse by former officials at the facility, were downplayed on Thursday by the area’s new state senator. But Sen. Carlos Uresti had harsh words for 143rd District Attorney Randy Reynolds about the pace of the investigation into that charges, which were first reported to his office two years ago.

A Texas Rangers investigation in 2005 found that key employees of the West Texas State School in Pyote had repeated sexual contact with inmates. A later internal investigation confirmed the findings and said top officials knew of the abuse but did nothing to stop it.Reports in the Texas Observer and the Dallas Morning News brought the issue into the public spotlight over the past two weeks, and while most of the pressure has been directed towards top officials with the Texas Youth Commission, Reynolds also has come under scrutiny.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst attacked Reynolds on Tuesday, calling the scandal a "Watergate-like" cover-up.

"I am just as angry with the local prosecutor. How could they sit for two years and not do something with criminal activity going on with these inmates? This is outrageous," Dewhurst said.

Uresti also criticized Reynolds on Thursday for not moving sooner on the case.“I don’t know why he hasn’t prosecuted those men, and why it took two years to complete the investigation,” he said. “The report is pretty thorough on what they did.”Uresti said having worked as a criminal defense attorney, he had seen similar cases that have moved much faster. “He could have prosecuted that case and no grand jury in the country wouldn’t have issued an indictment.”

Reynolds said last week that there times when he would have preferred that the case move at a faster pace, but the time it takes for all cases to move through the system is subject to certain inherent issues that usually have a potential of delaying any case from time to time. On Thursday he reaffirmed that statement and said “Nothing I’m doing is ill-ly motivated.

“I’m confident it’s going to work out, and it’s a high priority,” he said, while adding, “I’m not going to try all of these issues in the media.”

Ward County grand jurors met on Wednesday in Monahans, but no indictments were announced in connection with the investigation, which focus on Ray Brookins, former assistant superintendent at Pyote, and John Paul Hernandez, former principal. Both resigned their jobs in 2005 in lieu of termination.

Reynolds said he knows he’s under pressure from both the media and from elected state officials wanting to know if and when any action will be taken.

“That’s been the biggest question everybody’s been trying to find out, and that’s one I can’t address,” he said. “My object is too maintain the integrity of the case. I don’t want to jeopardize the case.”

Reynolds said following talks with investigating Texas Ranger Capt. Barry Caver of Midland, his office has been receiving assistance from the Texas Attorney General’s office on the case since January. Uresti said that action could have been taken much sooner.

“If he needed help why didn’t he call his representatives? Why didn’t he call the governor’s office?” Uresti said. “If you read the report, you’d know he could have gotten an indictment.”

The Senate held a rare evening session on Wednesday to unanimously approve a resolution asking the committee to meet quickly and recommend the firing of the Perry-appointed board.

That came following a Wednesday hearing in which State Senators, led by Sen. John Whitmire, chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, questioned officials about the problems at the agency. It also came after Gov. Perry announced the removal of board chairman Pete C. Alfaro.

Alfaro insisted he did not know about the extent of the sex abuse and cover-up until recently, but he said he would resign as soon as his removal as chairman was effective. Last Friday, TYC Executive Director Dwight Harris announced his resignation.

Uresti said he sat in on part of the hearings, and was one of the 30 senators who voted to put the TYC into a conservatorship, due to mismanagement at the agency. But he added, “I haven’t heard any move on the actual closing of the facility,” which employs over 200 people in Ward, Reeves, Winkler and Pecos counties.

“Closing down the facility doesn’t make any sense,” he said. “I understand they’ve cleaned up their act, and they’ve got some very good people working out there now.”Uresti noted that other TYC facilities in the lower Rio Grande Valley and in the Brownwood area have reported similar problems, and that a complete reform of the state’s juvenile detention system is needed.

“Sen. (Juan) Hinojosa has a bill that will deal with the present problem of serial predators,” Uresti said, noting that a system like TYC is prone to attracting people seeking to engage in sex acts with juveniles.

“That’s what serial predators do, they go where juvenile children are,” he said. “That’s what this bill would do, take care of these concerns, but reform of the system is going to take time.”

“You really can’t shut down the facility, because where are they going to put all those kids?” Uresti added

Perry spokesman Ted Royer said the governor will consider every option for rehabilitating the agency, which operates the state's juvenile justice system.

But he said management changes the governor made earlier Wednesday, including replacing the board's chairman with its vice chairman, should be given time to work."Those most drastic steps must always be the last ones that are taken," he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Chamber award for Exum follows honor at state level

A long time Pecos teacher, who recently received a state award for her work as school Technology Coordinator, was named Educator of the Year, by the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce.

Jodi Exum received her award during the Chamber’s awards banquet, held last Thursday at the Reeves County Civic Center.

Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Superintendent Manny Espino presented the award to Exum and mentioned that she had been named Technology Administrator of the Year by the Texas Computer Education Association earlier in February.

She was announced as the winner at the TCEA annual convention in Austin, Texas last month.

Exum was selected by a committee of TCEA members from among the nominees. The Technology Administrator of the Year is presented to a technology administrator who exhibits exemplary vision and management of technology at the district level.

The winners and finalists were presented with plaques in a ceremony during a keynote session at the convention. The winner received $1,000 from TCEA and the two finalists each received $500.

The Texas Computer Education Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the integration of technology into curriculum and instruction. It has more than 8,000 members in the state of Texas.

Exum began her teaching career in January 1973. After receiving her award on Thursday, she said, “When I enrolled in Graduate school at Texas Tech University, I received a call from the Assistant Superintendent in Pecos asking if I would drive to Pecos and discuss a one semester job with him. The rest, as they say, is history.”

“Over the course of the last thirty-three years here I have had the privilege of teaching kindergarten, first grade, fourth grade, serving as facilitator in several computer labs, and then in 1995 was asked to serve for yet another one semester term as Technology Coordinator for the district. That one semester turned twelve years old this fall!,” said Exum.

She attended Lubbock Christian College and Texas Tech University in Lubbock in the late 1960s and early 70s, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Education w/ minor in Art and Kindergarten Endorsement; She also has15 hours post graduate level - Sul Ross State University and East Texas State University.

“What a wonderful and wild ride this Technology Coordinator gig has been! When I started, my district had a sad little token ring lab at the high school that I used my soldering iron on weekly to keep together, one computer of every kind that had ever been manufactured, one fax machine at the central office, and no Internet anywhere,” said Exum. “ Then the school technology boom hit: Grants were written; libraries automated; equipment purchasing standards set; Cat5 installed; fiber strung; teachers were trained; campus students and staff were linked to the Internet; e-mail was king; computers ordered in bulk; 24/7 school TV channel was a reality; laptops became the computer of choice; a district web site was developed; new district Tech Center was built; PALMS were procured for testing; video systems were put in schools; campus electrical systems were upgraded; threw-out the old gradebooks because it’s on-line now; SMARTBOARDS, InterWrite School Pads, projectors and doc cameras were put in classrooms and libraries; everyone wanted a flash drive; IP Phone systems were installed in each campus & classroom; old POTS campus lines were replaced with digital PRI lines; wireless suddenly ruled; WHEW!; and who knows what is next?,” she said.“It has truly been my privilege and honor to be a part of something so transforming as the educational technology metamorphosis we have witnessed of late,” said Exum.

Status change expected to aid RCH finances

Reeves County Hospital’s transition to a Critical Access Hospital moved closer following a public hearing on Monday at the Reeves County Civic Center.

Monday’s public hearing drew only hospital employees, board members and related personnel to the 30-minute session. “This is one of the things we had to do internally,” said hospital CEO Al LaRochelle. “Hopefully, we’ll get it out the door by this week.”LaRochelle said the Critical Access Hospital program began in Montana in the late 1980s and was supported by that state’s U.S. Senator, Max Baucus, as a way to help improve the chances of survival for rural health care facilities. LaRochelle said the hospital in Vermont where he served as CEO changed to a critical access facility in the 1990s, and 74 other hospitals in Texas already have made the chance, including Ward County Hospital in Monahans and Winkler County Hospital in Kermit.

“We’re one of the last hospitals in Texas that can go ahead and do this,” he said. “The rule says there has to be a 35-mile limit between hospitals, and according to the federal government’s figures, Pecos is 37.5 miles from Monahans. So by 2.5 miles, we’re barely in good shape.”

LaRochelle said under the hospital’s current Acute Care designation, the hospital is reimbursed for its Medicare costs for the first five days a patient is at the facility, but not after that. He said under the Critical Access system, repayments are made by day without a time limit.

“It doesn’t really change how care is provided. You don’t do anything different than you’re doing right now,” he said, explaining that the change mainly dealt with the number of beds a facility can have, and the way the facility is reimbursed Medicare and Medicaid costs by the government.

“The cost is based on the percentage of Medicare patients treated at the facility,” he said. LaRochelle added that the change is expected to increase reimbursements to RCH by about $800,000 per year, based on recent patient surveys.

He said the change would bring reimbursements closer to the payment system rural hospitals received prior to 1983, and added that administration would have to monitor patient treatment, since cost-cutting measures could lead to an even larger reduction in reimbursements.

“You have to be real careful with it,” he said. “It’s not one of those things you try to nickel and dime. It’s one of those systems that allows you to do things you haven’t done before.”

“It doesn’t solve all your problems, but it does help you get your feet back on the ground,” LaRochelle said. “I haven’t seen it be a negative in any facility where critical access has been adopted.”

Hospitals under the critical access designation can only have a maximum of 25 beds. Reeves County Hospital is currently licensed for 49 beds, but actually has few than that available, and LaRochelle said average daily patient count has been around 7 1/2 to 8 1/2 per day over the past two years.

“It will be a really good fit for us. It’s something we need to go ahead and do,” he said.He said after the required paperwork is sent out, the hospital will have to undergo an internal survey by state regulators before the change to critical access can be approved. “Hopefully that will happen within the next four months or sooner,” LaRochelle said.

He did tell hospital board member and Professional Pharmacy owner Leo Hung that since the change will also mean getting a new payment identification number for the hospital, it will cause some delay in Medicare payments.

“My experience is it will take about 60 days, and as Frank (Seals, hospital CFO) and I said, the sooner we get this done the better.”

Graham becomes first newcomer to file for seat in school election

One newcomer has filed for a position on the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board, while all incumbents in that race, along with the Town of Pecos City Council and Reeves County Hospital District elections, have filed to retain their positions.

Randy Graham has filed for a position on the school board, but will not be opposing the other three incumbents who have already filed for the May 12 election.

Graham has filed for the two-year unexpired term left vacant by Amy Miller, who moved to Lubbock last fall. The deadline to file in that race is next Tuesday, March 6, while the filing deadline in all the other city, school and hospital district seats is Monday, March 12.

Three of five seats on the City Council, two of five on the Hospital District board, and four of the seven seats on the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board are up for election in May.

The other school board terms up for election are currently held by board president Lila Cerna, board members, Bubba Williams and Crissy Martinez, and all filed for new terms.Candidates picking up packets have to indicate which positions they want to run for, superintendent’s secretary Tracy Shaw said.

In the Town of Pecos City election, mayor pro-tem Gerald Tellez has joined incumbents Danny Rodriguez and Frank Sanchez in filing for new two-year terms, city secretary Crissy Barraza said. All three were unopposed in winning new two-year terms in office in 2005.

In the Reeves County Hospital Board elections, board president Linda Gholson filed run for a new two-year term as Precinct 2 representative. as did Precinct 4 representative Pablo Carrasco, who also filed to retain his position on the hospital board. Both ran unopposed in 2005.

Candidates for hospital board have until 5 p.m., March 12, to turn in applications with Nadine Smith at the Reeves County Hospital.

The school office at 1302 S. Park St., will be open on Monday, March 12, even though it is Spring Break for P-B-T students and classes will not be in session. On Tuesday, March 13, candidates will draw for a position on the ballot and the office will again be open on that day.

Sign-ups also started last Monday for city elections in Barstow, Toyah and Balmorhea, as well as for the Balmorhea ISD board, and also run though March 12.

P-B-T closer to final plans on bond issue

Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Board members will make a final decision on a bond issue for campus construction and renovation, at another meeting the group is planning for Monday evening.

The group will meet at 6 p.m. to decide whether to put a bond issue on the ballot at the next election, how much the bond issue will total and what upgrades the district will do with the funds if the bond issue is approved by voters. The district is hoping to get the bond issue placed on the ballot for the May 12 school election.

Board members held their latest meeting on the bond issue this past Monday, talking with a representative of First Southwest Company, and also reviewed the facility assessment plan.

Jason Hughes, with First Southwest Company, was on hand to provide information on the bond, during the meeting held in the Technology Center.

“If you do decide to have a bond election, then we’ll have flyers and more information available to the public,” said Hughes, who provided several scenarios for the board on the bond and the number of years that the district wants the bond for.

The district has been talking about calling for a bond of up to $30 million. The final total will be decided on during next Monday’s meeting.

Hughes also included information with figures that included EDA Funding (funding from the state) and figures that showed how much the bond would be without the EDA funding.

“We won’t know what the legislature decides until June,” said Hughes.

“One of the questions being asked and this is for information purposes only, is as far as funding, if you get more values, it makes you a wealthier district in the eyes of the state and if kids leave, they also take that into account,” said Hughes.

Hughes said that if the district has more kids coming in, it makes the district poorer, per student.

“This is a situation where state funding will change, because if you have more kids coming in, that makes you look poorer, according to the state,” said Hughes. “If you’re values go up, if you gain values, then you lose money from the state.

“But with kids leaving and the values staying the same, then the state will provide the same amount of money,” he said. School district enrollment has dropped by nearly 800 students over the past decade, while valuations have doubled over the past seven years due to rising oil and gas prices.

“The best you can do is give it you’re best guess estimate,” said PBT-ISD Superintendent Manny Espino.

“All this is based on keeping it at 33 cents,” he added, with the figure representing the cost per $100 in valuations to support repayment of the bond, if approved.

Board member Crissy Martinez said that the 33 cents is just for the bond and it will remain the same during the bond.

“I understand that you want tell the public that we won’t ever raise taxes, but you just can’t do that,” said Espino.

Hughes said that they can set the bond at $30 million. Not all the funds would have to be used, but that figure would cap any projects the district has planned.

“You can go lower, but you can’t go up,” he said.

The board then discussed the facility assessment plan and Espino told the group that each campus had deleted some items.

“We went and talked to each of the principals at the campuses and what Monte (Hunter, architect with Hunter Corral Associates) did is he took four to five cuts from each campus,” he said.

Espino said that the two main campuses that the bond issue would affect under current plans are Austin Elementary School and Crockett Middle School. Preliminary plans call for rebuilding the older sections of Austin Elementary on the Veterans Boulevard side of the campus and expanding Crockett to handle sixth grade classes.

“I think we need to discuss what to do with sixth grade before we do anything else, because then we’ll know where the food services will be located,” said Food Services Director Louis Villalobos.

Espino told board members that if they decided to replace two wings at Austin and add some other items there and at Crockett, the total cost is currently estimated at $22.62 million.

“We also discussed moving the food services and transportation departments to either Zavala or Pecos Elementary,” said Espino. “Monte felt that Zavala will be a better building to fit the needs of these people,” he said. Zavala was built in 1953 and was closed two years ago; Pecos Elementary was built in 1938, and was closed due to declining enrollment three years ago.

Espino said that these were just options. “We’ve laid out the different scenarios and however the board chooses to go, we’ll do that.”

He said that there was about $1.6 million budgeted in for paving, but added, “If we took that out, the figure could go down also.”

Espino said that all the information provided that evening was “just food for thought, to give board members a starting point to see where they wanted to proceed.”

“Have we even decided if we’re going to put sixth grade at Crockett?” asked board member Vanessa Simmons.

“It wasn’t a motion, but it’s more than likely,” said board member David Flores.Espino said that none of this is definite yet, until the board decides first if they want to have a bond election.

“So we’re looking at a $30 million bond?” asked board president Lila Cerna.

“If that’s what the board wants, you can come back Monday and stipulate that,” said Espino.

“That will be discussed on Monday and taken care of,” said Espino.

Both Hughes and Hunter will be available at Monday’s board meeting to answer any questions.

Board members attend seminar in Austin

Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD recently attended the Winter Legal Seminar hosted by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) in Austin. The full-day training event, conducted by Association attorneys and trainers, offered guidance in complying with education laws, solutions to potential legal problems, and suggestions on effective district governance. School board members, administrators, and school law attorneys in attendance received information on how to handle difficult issues that may arise in district operations and gained practical advice to avoid legal pitfalls.

Topics included school board member speech, to help clarify when and how elected trustees can express their opinion about school matters, and meeting management, to answer common questions about parliamentary procedure. Other sessions discussed employee contracts and preparing for high school graduations. A popular session also addressed the latest and most important changes in school law to ensure that Texas districts are up to date.

TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 4.4 million public school students.

Modern Study Club hears about India

The Modern Study Club met Wednesday, Jan. 24, in the home of J.E. and Catherine Travland, for an International Affairs Department Program entitled, “India-Land of one fifth of the World’s population” with Nan Cate of Verhalen, department chairman presenting the program.

Presenter Cate was introduced by club president Juracy Ray.

Mrs. Cate told club members and guests that India is the second most populous country in the world with over 700 million people and a land mass only 1/3 the size of the United States. They not only are filling the country of India, but also expanding into the rest of the world. Most Indians are members of the Caucasian race.

She state that India has a long history of civilization. 2400-1500 B.C. Indo-Aryan people from the great plains of Central Asia went west to Europe and southwest to India bringing with them the Hindu religion. The Aryans who settled in India found people already there. These were the Dravidians, a dark-skinned people of considerable culture. Other dark-skinned and less civilized people also were living in India at the time of the Aryan invasion.

Mrs. Cate said in 272-232 B.C. India was conquered and ruled by Alexander, the Great, Emperor Osaka and invaded by Scythian, Arabs, Greek and Bacterians. Each conqueror enlarged India. India was the center of learning, art and medicine and had rich, beautiful cities. India has a long history of invaders and rulers. In 1757 France and England and the British Each India Company conquered India and England ruled until 1858 when the British Government took over the rule of India. In 1919, India began an almost constant struggle on the part of Indians to gain their independence. Mohandas I. Gandhi was the leader and India gained independence on Aug. 15, 1947. Nehur came to power. Pakistan was separated from India because of religious differences.

Some were surprised to learn that Indians provide online tutoring to U.S. students in everything from grammar to geometry. Many Indian welders, ship fitters, on new construction and repairs of rigs and equipment were brought in to repair many oil rigs in the Gulf that were destroyed during last summers hurricanes in Miss. and Texas. India sends many of their young people to the U.S. to be educated in our colleges and universities than to any other country.

India has a terrible problem with child labor. Tens of millions of children of poor families are expected to work according to Mrs. Cate.

She stated that India is considered by many as the “Land of Opportunity.” India faces a host of social problems, but with a middle class that is 300 million strong, the nation is poised to challenge China as Asia’s colossus. We here in the United States will be challenged by India. We are indeed happy they are a democracy and our friend.

President Ray presided during the business meeting. During the opening ceremonies the club collect was led by Joyce Morton and Margie Williamson led the Pledges of Allegiance to the United States of America and Texas flags.

The minutes of Jan. 10, were approved as read by secretary Catherine Travland.Betty Lee, treasurer presented a report on club finances.

An invitation from Alpine Woman’s Club was read announcing a luncheon with Dr. Suresh Gadasalli, cardiologist, as guest speaker, at the Reata Restaurant in Alpine. Dr. Gadasalli’s subject will be “Heart Truth.”

A note of appreciation was read from Sherry Phillips president of the Western District of the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs thanking the club for her monetary gift and the painting of bird houses by Joyce Morton.

Paula Fuller, Federation Chairman, reported on GFWC 2007 Convention to be held at Philadelphia, PA, with the theme “Empowering Women One by One.” She also gave interesting facts about Philadelphia and GFWC International President’s Special Project: “Domestic Violence.”

The Western District Fundraiser was again discussed and three tickets were sold for the drawing of the James Avery Necklace at $5 per chance.

Joyce Morton suggested that we start writing our Short Stories for our Mystery Meeting. The short story may not exceed 2,000 words and each story will be read at the meeting.Roll call was answered by telling a fact about India or Pakistan.

The club’s bi-monthly projects for this meeting were to donate to Bears on Patrol for Pecos Police Department, to give $1 for each computer you own for Operation Smile to donate to and GFWC Community Improvement.

It was noted that Pearl Gustafson was having a birthday.

Hostesses Pearl Gustafson, Paula Fuller and Margie Williamson served assorted vegetables and finger foods, desserts, punch, spiced tea and hot chocolate to club members and guest Louise Moore.

Natividad celebrates first birthday

Jadyn Riel Natividad celebrated his first birthday on Saturday, Feb. 17.Theme of the party was Hug and Stitches 1st Birthday Boy.

Sandwiches, chips, dips and cake were served to all his guests.

Jadyn enjoyed a Big Red Wagon that he received as a gift from his Mamaw. He received a lot of gifts and cards.

Parents are Israel “Viso” and Janet Natividad.

Grandparents are Ramon and Virginia Natividad and Wayne and Rose Mary Scroggins all of Pecos.

Cranfill receives degree from O.C.

Jena Cranfill, daughter of James and Jo Ann Cranfill of Pecos, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Odessa College on Dec. 15, 2006, with an Associate in Arts Degree in Mass Communication.

Cranfill is a 2004 graduate from Pecos High School.

She plans on pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications at U.T.P.B. in Odessa.

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.


Gilbert Acevedo, 24, 300 W. County Rd., Apt. 702, was arrested by police on Feb. 8 on charges of no driver’s license and failure to identify. Police said the arrest was made in the 1400 block of South Plum Street, when the car Acevedo was driving was stopped because a juvenile passenger inside had reportedly left home without permission. The failure to identify charge stemmed from an earlier incident, when Acevedo gave officers a different name. Following his arrest, he was transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.


Camilo Martinez Salcido, 62, 515 S. Almond St., was arrested by police on Feb. 10 on a charge of public intoxication. Police said the arrest took place in the 600 block of South Orange Street. Salcido was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.


Tanya Morales, 21, 1932 S. Missouri St., was arrested by police on Feb. 9 on a warrant for failure to appear on an earlier charge of leaving the scene of an accident. Police said the arrest was made at 8:03 p.m. at the Pecos Police Department office, and Morales was then turned over to the custody of guards at the Criminal Justice Center.


Juan Tarango, 37, 3012 Titan St., was arrested on Feb. 9 on a charge of no driver’s license, a Class C misdemeanor. Police said the arrest occurred at 7:32 p.m. in the 3000 block of Titan, and Tarango was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.


Adam Baltazar Aguilar, 19, of Midland, was arrested be police on Feb. 10 on a charge of driving while license invalid. Police said the arrest was made in the 400 block of West Third Street, and Aguilar was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.


Marcos Mendoza, 18, 621 Alberta St., and Isaiah Miguel Ramirez, 19, 121 N. Pecan St., were arrested by police on Feb. 12 on charges of racing on a highway, a Class B misdemeanor. Police said the arrests were made when the pickups Mendoza and Ramirez were driving were seen racing on a road three-tenths of a mile of the north city limits. Both Mendoza and Ramirez were then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.


Gabriel Aaron Orona, 18, 704 Brant St. in Barstow, was arrested by police on Feb. 11 on a charge of public intoxication. Police said the arrest was made in the 1200 block of South Ash Street, and Orona was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.


Diane Lara, 49, 119 N. Pecan St., was arrested by police on a warrant charging her with theft of appropriated property, a Third Degree Felony. Police said the arrest took place at 210 E. Third St., and Lara was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.


Roy Frederick Pearce Jr., 63, 1717 Jackson Blvd., was arrested by police on Feb. 13 on a charge of public intoxication, a Class C misdemeanor. Police said the arrest took place in the 500 block of Ross Blvd. Pearce was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.


Angela Rodriguez Tarin, 20, 2401 Teague St., was arrested by police on Feb. 15 on a charge of public intoxication. Police said the arrest took place at 1:44 a.m. in the 2100 block of South Park Street, and Tarin was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.


Raul Barrera, 38, 1714 Adams St., was arrested by police on Feb. 15 on a warrant charging him with violation of safety equipment. Police said the arrest took place at Fifth and Hickory streets and Barrera was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.


Gabriel Lara Huertas, 22, was arrested by police on Feb. 15 on a charge of driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor. Police said the arrest was made at 1:43 a.m. in the 2100 block of South Park Street, after officers received a call of a man who had driven away after urinating in the 1500 block of South Missouri Street. Huertas was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.


Camilo Martinez Salcido, 62, 515 S. Almond St., was arrested by police on Feb. 17 on a charge of public intoxication. Police said the arrest took place in the 600 block of South Mulberry Street. Salcido was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.


Raul Rodriguez Pando, 40, 621 S. Pine St., was arrested by police on Feb. 18 on charges of failure to signal a turn and possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) with intent to deliver. Police said the arrest was made at 7:20 p.m. after a vehicle driven by Pando was seen speeding in the 100 block of North Cedar Street and then turning onto the 100 block of East ‘C’ Street without signaling for a turn. The drig charge was added when police said several small rocks that tested positive for cocaine inside the vehicle, along with several small bags found on the street where Pando had made his turn. Pando was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.


Roy Munoz, 35, 405 N. Cypress St., was arrested by police on a charge of driving while intoxicated. Police said the arrest was made at the Criminal Justice Center, after a call about a domestic dispute inside the building. Munoz was placed under arrest and turned over to the custody of the jail staff.


Donald Marion, 24, of Mobile, Ala., was arrested by police on Feb. 19 at the Kwik Stop in the 900 block of West Third St., on a charge of failure to identify, a Class C misdemeanor. Police said they were called to the store in response to a Greyhound bus passenger causing problems, and arrested Marion after he failed to identify himself to officers. He was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.


Pedro Melendez Acosta Jr., 28, 601 W. Eighth St., was arrested by police on a charge of driving while license suspended, a Class B misdemeanor. Police said the arrest was made following a traffic stop in the 1000 block of South Cedar Street. Acosta was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.


Jack Benjamin Stickels, 21, 1723 W. Sixth St., was arrested by police on Feb. 25 on a charge of assault under the Family Violence Act, a Class A misdemeanor. Police said the aresst was made after officers were called to Stickels’ address and were told he had assaulted his step-father. He was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.


Tomas Baeza Salgado, 35, 2301 Country Club Dr., was arrested by police on Feb. 25 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) over one onuce and under four ounces. Police said the arrest was made following a traffic stop in the 200 block of East Second Street, when a search revealed several grams of cocaine in Salgado’s possession. He was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.


Cynthia Perea, 37, 2006 Wyoming St., was arrested by police on Feb. 24 on warrants charging her with failure to appear on a charge of allowing weeds to remain on premises, a Class C misdemeanor. Police said the arrest was made at 10:42 p.m. at the 1600 block of South Park Street, and she was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.


David Allen Deckert Jr., 21, of Aransas Pass, was arrested by police on Feb. 24 on a charge of public intoxication. Police said the arrest was made at 2 a.m. after Deckert was found passed out outside the Swiss Clock Inn, in the 900 block of West Palmer Street. He was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.

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