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Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Pecos girl dies in drowning at Pyote pool
Ward County Sheriff’s Deputies are conducting an investigation into the cause of death of an 11-year-old Pecos girl, whose body was found in a public pool in Pyote Saturday evening.
Deputies said Dulce (Candy) Hinojos, 11, drowned in the Pyote city swimming pool on Saturday evening. Hinojos was reportedly at the pool with family members and others as part of a church trip from Pecos to the Pyote swimming pool when the death occurred.
According to a report from Ward County Sheriff’s Deputy Lt. Ben Deishler, officers responded to a call at 7:50 p.m. on Saturday. The child was taken to Ward Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 8:47 pm.
Deishler said Hinojos’ was discovered unconscious underwater. Unconfirmed reports indicated the girl may have hit her head on the pool’s diving board and become unconscious before she drowned.
Ward County Commissioner Eddie Nelms told the Monahans News, “I’ve had to close the pool to reevaluate the way rentals are being handled. The Wickett pool is also closed because the chlorinator is out.
“Both pools will close this Friday or Saturday anyway,” said Nelms, whose Ward County precinct includes Pyote.
Ward County operates several municipal pools, including one in Barstow. Rising liability rates on pools due to diving board safety issues have led many municipal pools to remove their boards in recent years.
Funeral services for Hinojos are pending at Pecos Funeral Home.
Planes, copter both pick up, drop off Pecos Cantaloupes
Pilots and passengers from across the region were in Pecos Sunday morning, to get a free breakfast and pick up boxes of cantaloupes as part of this year’s Pecos Cantaloupe Fly-In breakfast.
Lion’s Club members served food from 7 to just after 10 a.m. to those flying into Pecos Municipal Airport, along with local residents who turned out for the event.
“We had a pretty good turnout, with about 35 to 40 planes,” said Isabel Blanchard, who along with her husband Dennis manages the airport. “I know we fed 120 people.”The fly-ins came from around the Permian Basin area, and ranged from standard private planes to experimental aircraft to a Bell UH-1H Huey helicopter, which came in from Midland and was one of the aircraft to take its turn at the cantaloupe bombing run.
Pilot Greg Baiano said the Vietnam-era copter is based at Midland Air-Park, and travels to a number of similar events. Unlike the fixed wing aircraft, which did an west-to-east approach before trying to drop their melons into a wading pool between the runway and taxiway, the Huey took its two runs back-to-back, swinging back towards the west, while trying to keep the downdraft away from the spectators and aircraft.
“That’s what we were worried about. We started to blow the target, and they even put extra water in it,” Baiano said. “We couldn’t get too close to the planes, or it would have scattered them around.”
As it turned out, the passengers in the Huey weren’t able to zero in on the wading pool, even with the slower speed, but Dennis Blanchard said pilot Paul Putnam of Orla was able to score the only bulls-eye of the morning with his cantaloupe drop.
The fly-in breakfast has been held at the airport for the past 23 years. It was moved back to the first week of August this year, after a one-year shift to the final week of July to coincide with the rescheduled Pecos Cantaloupe Festival. The move back was made after schedule conflicts in 2006 kept a number of out-of-town pilots from making their regular trips to Pecos for the event.
Museum hosts Friday concert, reunion events
A concert featuring the Triple L Band will be held on Friday at the West of the Pecos Museum, along with a reunion of past members of the Windmill Square Players.
The concert, featuring Amy and Len Miller and their sons Lance, Landon and Levi, will be co-sponsored by Trans-Pecos Banks, and will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. “We were going to have it in the courtyard, but we may have to move it,” said museum director Debbie Thomas. Roofers who will be doing repairs at the museum have to set up equipment in the courtyard area, and Thomas said if the event were moved, it would be relocated to Windmill Square.
The museum will have a display for the Windmill Square Players on exhibit, and the reunion of past members is schedules for 7 to 8 p.m. Past members are encouraged to wear their Windmill Square Player costumes.
The Windmill Square Players annually hosted performances of melodrama as part of Rodeo Week. Last year, the event was moved to coincide with the Pecos Cantaloupe Festival at the end of July, but was not held this year.
Council to discuss litigation with county over water rates
Town of Pecos City Council will discuss water rate litigation with Reeves County and the duties of the city manager in executive session, while reviewing several items involving land in open session on Thursday, during their regular meeting, starting at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.
The city won a court case against Reeves County early this year over the increase in water and sewer rates approved by council members for all customers in December of 2005. An appeal of the ruling and legal action by the county against the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality was also dismissed by a State District Court judge in Austin earlier this year, but the city and county and still involved in working out a contract on water and sewer usage at the Reeves County Detention Center, the city’s single largest water user.
The land issues involve sale of properties for back taxes, a bid on 40 acres owned by the city in the J.F. Worsham deed of land to Pecos, and a recommendation from the Zoning and Planning Commission on the Roberson Property on the north side of town. John and Elizabeth Armstrong had a hearing last week before the commission on their request to fence off the property, located next to their home on the northeast side of town.
The Armstrongs were among several local residents in 2004 who successfully fought a proposal by a private developer to build 30 to 50 new low-income homes on the land, through a tax credit program funded by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.
Other items on Thursday’s agenda include discussion/consideration of a new hotel occupancy tax ordinance and an amendment to the city’s streets, sidewalks and other public places ordinance; appointments to the Pecos Airport Board; and approval of the 2007 appraisal roll, appointment of officer to calculate the effective and rollback tax rates for 2007 and discussion and consideration of the 2007 planning calendar.
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.
Jose Rodriguez Silva Jr., 27, of Odessa, was arrested by police on July 19 on a charge of possession of marijuana under two ounces, a Class B misdemeanor. Police said the arrest was made in the 1700 block of Washington Street after police were called in reference to a man and woman arguing. Silva was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.*** Jorge Arturo Almendariz, 21, of Irving, was arrested by police on July 21 on a charge of public intoxication. Police said the arrest took place at the Pecos Inn, 2207 W. Third St., and Almendariz was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.*** Angela Payen, 23, 911 W. Fourth St., was arrested by police on July 20 on a warrant charging her with theft by check-insufficient funds. Police said the arrest was made following a traffic stop in the 100 block of South Hackberry, when a records check turned up the outstanding warrant. Payen was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Enrique Natividad Lujan, 52, 1502 Cowan St., was arrested by police on July 19 on a charge of public intoxication. Police said the arrest was made at 1009 E. Fourth Street, and Lujan then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Joe Arthur Salas, 29, 904 S. Oleander St., was arrested by police on July 28 on a charge of possession of marijuana under two ounces, a Class B misdemeanor. Police said the arrest took place after officers were called to Salas’ home at 6:56 p.m. on a report of a disturbance. He was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Jose Aguilar Martinez Jr., 22, was arrested by police on July 27 on charges of public intoxication and resisting arrest. Police said the arrest was made at the Suavacito Club, 900 S. Cedar St., and Martinez then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Joe Daniel Wright, 29, 411 S. Eddy St., and Christopher Sosa Millan, 19, 402 N. Alamo St., were arrested by police on July 27, Wright on a charge of driver unrestrained by safety belt and Millan for no valid driver’s license. Police said the arrest was made following a traffic stop in the 1100 block of South Elm Street and Wright and Millan were then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Francisco ‘Frankie’ Manchaca, 34, 503 S. Almond St., was arrested by police on July 28 on a charge of public intoxication. Police said the arrest was made at 12:15 a.m. at the Farm Labor Housing, 300 W. County Rd., and Menchaca was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Adan Martinez Salcido, 61, Rm. 24, Roper’s Motel, 1200 E. Third St., was arrested by police on July 28 on a charge of public intoxication, a Class C misdemeanor. Police said the arrest took place at the Suavacito Club, 900 S. Cedar St., and Salcido was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Maria Monge Ramirez, 44, 601 S. Peach St., was arrested by police on July 28, on a charge of assault by threat under the Family Violence Act. Police said the arrest took place following a disturbance between Ramirez and her husband at their home, and she was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Juana Mendoza Prieto, 39, 2384 Madera Rd., was arrested by police on Aug. 1 on a charge of failure to maintain financial responsibility, a Class C misdemeanor. Police said the arrest was made after she was unable to present an insurance card to police following a traffic stop at Ninth and Ash streets, and Prieto was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Jeanette Florez, 29, 323 S. Cypress St., was arrested by police on Aug. 1 on a charge of public intoxication, a Class C misdemeanor. Police said the arrest took place at Ninth and Ash streets, and Florez was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Jon Jess Rodriguez, 18, 412 E. Seventh St., was arrested by police on July 31 on charges of public intoxication, a Class C misdemeanor, and resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor. Police said the arrest was made following an incident in the 800 block of South Walnut Street, and Rodriguez was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Robert Daniel Spivey, 19, 3007 Stanford St., was arrested by police on Aug. 1 on a charge of unlawfully carrying a weapon (firearm). Police said the incident occurred in the 700 block of South Cedar Street, and Spivey was transported following his arrest to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Clarissa Devonn Fobbs, 23, 808 E 12th St., was arrested by police on Aug. 1 on a charge of public intoxication. Police said the arrest was made in the 700 block of South Cedar Street, and Fobbs was then transported to the Pecos Criminal Justice Center.
Gomez, Williams announce their engagement
Martin and Mary Gomez of Lubbock proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Melisa Ilene Gomez, to Cody Daniel Williams, son of Stan and Lisa Williams of Lubbock.
The couple will be married on August 11, 2007 in Lubbock
The bride-elect is a graduate of Lubbock Monterey High School and is a licensed Cosmetologist.
The future bridegroom is a graduate of Lubbock Monterey High School and serves in the United States Air Force.
Melisa is the Grand-daughter of Maria Dawson and the late Alberto “Guerro” Gomez of Pecos and the late Virginia and Wade Wallace of Lubbock.
Cody is the Grand-son of Clint and Nan Williams and the late Windle Rayburn Branum and Ruby Branum all of Lubbock.
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