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Thursday, February 3, 2000

Ex-Pecosite to head new FBI division

A former Pecos resident has been named Assistant Director of the recently formed Investigative Services Division at FBI Headquarters, according to FBI Director Louis J. Freeh.

David E. Alba will assume his new position with the FBI after having served in different roles with the agency, including as head of the bureau's regional office in El Paso.

Freeh announced the creation of two new divisions at FBI headquarters, including the Investigative Services Division, on Nov. 11, 1999. This new division encompasses existing components that were previously part of the National Security Division and the Criminal Investigative Division and include the International Operations Branch and Strategic Information Operations Center.

"Dave Alba brings to this critical assignment a distinguished career of investigative successes including cases with international impact. His investigative record, supervisory experiences, and leadership positions uniquely qualify him to fill this key position in the FBI," said Freeh. "He has worked extensively with a number of domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies, and has developed solid relationships based on mutual respect and trust."

Alba has served as the Special Agent in Charge of the El Paso Division for the past 3½ years. In this capacity, he was responsible for the overall direction of FBI investigations throughout West Texas including an extensive border territory with Mexico.

In the new Investigative Services Division, Alba will provide direction to a compilation of investigative support programs at the core of the FBI's fundamental mission. They include the recently formed Information, Analysis and Assessments Branch, the International Operations Branch and the Critical Incident Response Group.

According to the bureau, the information, Analysis and Assessments Branch is an initiative that will broaden the FBI's ability to extract information, and develop detailed analysis and assessment of information across the entire spectrum of criminal and intelligence investigations. The International Operations Branch administers and supports the FBI's overseas Legal Offices and the Language Services Section. The Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) houses a number of units including the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, the Crisis Management Unit, and the Hostage Rescue Team.

Alba was born in Piedras Negras, Mexico and grew up in Pecos. He received a Bachelor's degree in Sociology in 1971 from Brigham Young University. After graduation, Alba served for over four years as a Special Agent with the U.S. Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (now DEA). In 1979, he received a Juris Doctorate degree from Brigham Young University Law School.

In April 1980, Alba became a Special Agent for the FBI. He was first assigned to the San Francisco Division. In August 1984, he was transferred to the San Juan Division. He was promoted to the position of Supervisory Special Agent before leaving Puerto Rico in December 1988, for an assignment in the Drug Section of the Criminal Investigative Division and later in the Administrative Services Division at FBIHQ.

In August 1993, he was transferred to the McAllen, Resident Agency as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge within the southern Texas field office region administered by the San Antonio Division. In this capacity, he was responsible for the Resident Agencies in Brownsville, Del Rio, and Laredo as well as McAllen.

In July 1996, he was designated the Special Agent in Charge of the El Paso Division.

Delayed Third Street project set to begin

Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 3, 2000 - Just as work is being completed on the city's main north-south highway, work on Pecos' main east-west thoroughfare is scheduled to get underway in time to be completed by the annual Fourth of July Rodeo.

The Texas Department of Transportation is planning to give Third Street a face-lift this spring, as part of a long-delayed highway repaving project. Curbs, gutters and sidewalks are set for replacement, and a colorful rock border will be added between the two along Third Street from near Collie Road to just west of the intersection with State Highway 17, according to Paul Henderson, the engineer in charge of the project.

TxDOT has been waiting two years to begin the highway improvement project on Third Street (Business I-20). The roadwork was originally scheduled for 1998, but was delayed in order to give the Town of Pecos City time to install a new sewer line along a 10-block stretch of Third Street.

That project began in January 1999 and was completed in the late spring, but TxDOT then discovered the bids for the project as outlined all came in well over budget. That resulted in another delay while the specifications for the work could be redone to bring it in at a lower cost.

Once work on Third Street begins, motorists are urged to observe all warning signs and proceed carefully through the work zone. State law mandates that fines for traffic violations be doubled in construction areas. Work is expected to begin in February.

The landscaping was designed to complement the pavement blocks used by TxDOT on US 285 from near the Reeves County Civic Center to near the Interstate 20 intersection, according to Henderson.

The work, which is expected to take three months, will be performed by Reece Albert, Inc., a San Angelo-based firm. Cost of the project is $741,724.56, with federal funds providing 80 percent of the cost. The Texas Department of Transportation will pay for the other 20 percent with state transportation funds.

In addition to the curb, sidewalk and landscaping, TxDOT will also resurface the roadway. Officials expect the work to be completed in time for the annual Pecos rodeo.

Work is nearing completion of replacing curbs on a 14-block stretch of U.S. 285, as part of a TxDOT project to make all curbs along the city's main highways accessible to the disabled. Union Pacific crews replacing rails at the U.S. 285 crossing also have blocked cedar Street at times in the past month.

Raid nets suspected heroin

Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 3, 2000 - A narcotics search warrant carried out at a Pecos residence on Wednesday uncovered a substance local law enforcement officials believe to be heroin, but no arrests have been made yet in the incident.

Officers from the Pecos Police Department, the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force and the Reeves County Sheriff's Office carried out a narcotics search warrant at 324 S. Pine St. "Once the resident was secured (surrounded) officers proceeded to search the residence for narcotics or other contraband," said Pecos Police Investigator Paul Deishler.

Deishler stated that during the search of the residence a substance believed to be heroin was taken in as evidence. Officers completed their search of the residence and no other contraband was located, according to Deishler.

"At this time felony warrants are pending on two subjects that were residing at the residence," said Deishler.

OC offering help on financial aid during February

PECOS, Feb. 3, 2000 - Odessa College's Pecos Center, at 320 S. Oak St., Suite 4, is holding Financial Aid Month for February.

Individuals who would like to attend college are urged to bring in their 1999 Tax Return to apply for financial aid grants for the Fall 2000 or Summer 2001.

It pays to apply early. If you qualify grants do not have to be repaid and may help you pay for school.

For more information call 445-5535.

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.

PECOS, Feb. 3, 2000 -

Omar Garcia Soto, 23, was arrested at 10:29 a.m. on January 23 in the 300 block of Arlington Street, for assault under the Family Violence Act under Class `C'.


Billy George Barnett, 34, was arrested at 9:24 p.m. on January 24 at McDonald's on South Cedar Street, for public intoxication and resisting arrest.


Anthony Gomez, 18, was arrested at 12:08 a.m. on January 25 at the corner of Sixth and Ash streets, for public intoxication.


Billy George Barnett, 34, was arrested at 4:15 a.m. on January 25 at the Reeves County Sheriff's Office, for possession of a controlled substance (cocaine).


Elizabeth Medrano, 36, was arrested at 10:24 a.m. on January 26 at the Pecos Police Department, on a warrant for theft by deception.


Shane Bird Dominguez, 25, was arrested at 1:17 a.m. on January 27 in the 1900 block of Missouri Street, for assault under the Family Violence Act under Class `C'.


James O. Worsham was arrested at 4:13 p.m. on January 27 at the corner of Seventh and Hackberry streets, on DPS warrants. He paid the fines and was released.


Thomas Marquez, 32, was arrested at 11:58 p.m. on January 27 in the 300 block of West 10th Street, for burglary of a building.


Abdon Ramires, 79, was arrested at 10:59 p.m. on January 28 in the 200 block of Sycamore Street, for public intoxication.


Lucy Vela, 39, was arrested at 11:53 p.m. on January 28 in the 500 block of Mesquite Street, on a warrant for a motion to revoke probation and a warrant for a parole violation.


Joel L. Muniz, 30, was arrested at 3:30 p.m. on January 29 at the corner of 12th and Cedar streets, on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.


Nova Herrera, 43, was arrested at 4:52 p.m. on January 29 in the 700 block of Bois D' Arc Street, on a warrant for criminal trespass.


Jesus Hernandez, 61, was arrested at 12:05 a.m. on January 30 in the 400 block of Magnolia Street, for public intoxication.


Robert H. Ramirez, 19, and Charlie E. Campos, 19, were arrested at 3:31 a.m., on January 30, at the corner of Third and Orange streets. Ramirez was charged as a minor driving under the influence, Campos was arrested for public intoxication.


Roberto Valdez, 45, was arrested at 4:50 a.m. on January 30 in Toyah, for public intoxication.


Jeremy Renteria, 19, was arrested at 7:17 p.m., on January 30 in the 1100 block of West Fifth Street on a warrant for burglary of a habitation.


Alvaro Armendariz, 46, was arrested at 12:08 a.m. on January 31 in the 400 block of East `D' Street, on a warrant for a motion to revoke probation.


Joe Robert Lara, 17, was arrested at 4:30 p.m. on January 31 at Carver Alternative School on East 12th Street, for possession of marijuana (under 4 ounces) in a drug-free zone.


AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Wednesday night: Winning numbers drawn: 7-17-20-25-34-41. Estimated jackpot: $10 million. Matching five of six: 59. Prize: $2,248. Matching four of six: 4,502. Prize: $106.


AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Wednesday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 8-1-1 (eight, one, one)


Guadalupe Alvarez

Guadalupe G. Alvarez, 74, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at Memorial Hospital and Medical Center in Midland.

A rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel.

Mass is scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 4, at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with Father Manuel Munoz officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

He was born Dec. 12, 1925, in Shafter, was a veteran who served in the United States Army in World War II, a musician who played with a mariachi band and had been a Pecos resident most of his life. He was a Catholic.

Survivors include his wife, Josefina O. Alvarez of Pecos; six sons, Guadalupe Alvarez, Jr., of Houston, Adolfo Alvarez of Sonora, Albert Alvarez of Carlsbad, N.M., Antonio Alvarez of San Antonio, Danny Alvarez of Odessa and Abel Alvarez of Pecos; two daughters, Mary Ellen Hernandez of San Antonio and Betty Rodriguez of San Angelo; one brother, Jose Alvarez of Odessa; 23 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Inocente Machuca

Services are incomplete for Inocente "I.B." Machuca, 80, who died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at his residence.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, Feb. 3, 2000 - High Wednesday 57. Low this morning 33. Forecast for tonight: Clear. Low near 30. Northeast wind 10-20 mph. Friday: Mostly sunny and cooler. High near 60. East wind 10-20 mph. Friday night: Mostly clear. Low near 30. Saturday: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid to upper 30s. Highs in the mid to upper 60s.

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