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Friday, June 16, 2000

Charges dropped, investigation continues in Tercero murder

Staff Writer

PECOS, June 16, 2000 - Murder charges against Mario Hernandez Rayos, Jr., 31 and Arturo Ortiz Gallegos, 28, have been dismissed because of insufficient evidence, but the investigation into the incident will continue, according to District Attorney Randy Reynolds.

Ward County Sheriff Jerry Heflin said charges against the two men were dropped because the case was not ready for trial and the DA is, "looking into some federal charges" against the pair.

Rayos has been released from Ward County jail, but Gallegos is still being held on other charges out of Ector County, Heflin said.

The two were being charged with murder in connection with a body that was found on the east side of the Pecos River and had been identified as being that of Pecos resident, 39-year-old, Ruben Garcia Tercero, who had been reported missing in April of 1998.

Ward County sheriff's deputies and Texas Rangers excavated a grave site on the east side of the Pecos River, Thursday, May 20,1999 below Barstow Dam, where a body had been buried.

The remains were found after Reeves County Sheriff Andy Gomez obtained information about its location.

The grave, about the length of an adult male and three feet wide, was not filled to the top. Anthropologist Dr. Robert Paine of Lubbock recommended placing one side to get down to where the remains were buried, about three feet from the surface.

Gomez said a tip to the Reeves County Sheriff's Office led officers to the site.

Reynolds stated that they are following further leads. "Before we can present it to the assistant U.S. Attorney we have got to have admissible evidence," said Reynolds.

"I can assure that this case is anything but closed and we will continue the investigation," said Reynolds. "The federal government is also investigating this case," he said.

Joe Angel Hernandez was arrested and charged with murder in that case and remains in Ector County Jail under a $100,000 bond.

Gallegos and Rayos were twice indicted on charges stemming from the case and their trial was scheduled early in June.


Elbert Yoes

Elbert Lee "Coach" Yoes died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster, Tx.

The funeral service was held Thursday, June 8, 2000 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Angleton with Dr. Rodney Bowman officiating.

Burial was in Restwood Cemetery in Lake Jackson.

Yoes was born June 24, 1922 in Iowa Park, Tx., had been an Angleton resident since 1957 and was a member of First Baptist Church in Angleton. He received his Bachelor of Arts in religious education from Howard Payne College in 1948 and his Master of Science in Education from Baylor University in 1967. For 36 years, he was a coach and a teacher, predominantly in Angleton Independent School District. He was licensed to preach by Friendship Baptist Church, Wall, Texas in 1942, after serving several summers in the Baptist Student Union and in area churches, he turned to teaching.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his sisters, Jimmie Robinson and Opal Parker.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Mae Yoes of Angleton; one son, Charles Elbert Yoes of Dickinson, Texas; three daughters, Melodee Yoes Beadle of Wallisville, Tx., Carole Yoes West of Navasota, Tx., and Holly Belle Rickard of New Braunfels; three brothers, Bill L. Yoes of Rising Star, Tx., David Yoes of Grandview, Don C. Yoes of May, Texas; two sisters, Euna Mae Thompson Thetus of Norwood, N.C., and Frances Causey of Dallas; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of usual remembrances, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Television ministry in Angleton, the Charlotte Buff Yoes scholarship fund at Howard Payne University, P.O. Box 2369, Brownwood, Texas 76804, and/or the American Parkinsons Disease Association, 1250 Hylan Blvd., Suite #4B, Statton Island, New York 10305-1944.

Arrangements by Palms Funeral Home, Angleton, Texas.

Dora Smith

Dora Wilma Smith, 83, of Stilwell, Okla. died Tuesday, June 13, 2000 at Memorial Hospital in Stilwell.

Services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 17, at Chuch of Christ, 4th and Bois D'Arc, with Reverend Monty Huffman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery. Viewing will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, with visitation with the family.

She was born Aug. 21, 1916, in Fisher County, was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include her husband, Marvin L. Smith of Stilwell, Okla.; two sons, Joe L. Smith of Stilwell, Okla., Wayland L. Smith of Mesa, Ariz.; one brother, Layne George of Kennewick, Washington; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, June 16, 2000 - This afternoon partly cloudy. High in the mid 80s. Northeast Wind 10-20 mph and gusty. Tonight mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Low in the mid 60s. Southeast wind 10-20 mph. Saturday partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High around 85-90. Southeast wind 10-20 mph. Saturday night partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Low in the mid 60s.

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