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Monday, June 11, 2001

Police arrest two suspects in Allsups attack

Staff Writer

PECOS, Monday, June 11, 2001 -- Pecos Police Officers arrested three local men involved in  two separate incidents over the weekend. 

After police officers received a disturbance call early Saturday morning they arrested Benito Juarez, 18, of Barstow and a male juvenile, also of Barstow, at Allsups Convenience Store in the 700 block of South Cedar Street.

Both men were arrested for aggravated assault after they got into a confrontation with two Allsups store clerks.

"An argument occurred between the above customers with an employee," Pecos Police Investigator Kelly Davis said.

Davis said that the employees on duty were Steve Unland, 19 and Scott Keilman, 19, both of Pecos.

"They were both working there at the time," he said.

Davis said at some point in the argument the two employees were attacked with a tire tool that sent Unland to the hospital with head injuries.

"The store's video camera captured the incident on tape," he said.

Davis said that although the store's video camera provided some information they are still investigating the matter.

The police department is also continuing investigation of a one-vehicle accident that happened later that same day on Eddy Street.

Eric Armendariz, 19, of Pecos was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident after he ran into a light pole at approximately 11:12 p.m., on Saturday night.

Davis said that Armendariz was driving a 1997 green Chevrolet pick-up truck when he hit some water and ran into a pole on the corner of Normandy and Eddy Streets.

"Because he was on probation he panicked and left the scene," Davis said.

Soon after the accident occurred police officers located Armendariz and brought him back to the scene, at which time he confessed to the hit and run.

An ambulance was called to the scene after Armendariz started complaining of chest pains, according to Davis, but transport to the hospital was not necessary.

Davis said that it is unknown at this time if there were any other persons involved in the accident.

Both incidents are still under investigation.

Ft. Davis fires contained, fire danger still high

From staff and wire reports
PECOS, Monday, June 11, 2001 --The last of five fires in the Ft. Davis area was contained as of  Friday. The first of the fires began May 26 and fire fighters from nine  volunteer fire departments, six state agencies and six federal agencies have  been fighting fire in the area ever since. 

Texas Forest Service Division Supervisor Rich Gray said that the last of the fires was one hundred percent contained.

One hundred percent contained means that a fire line has been established around the perimeter of all of the fires all though some are still burning.

"Everything looks really good right now on all five fires," Gray said.

In all, fires in Lemon Gap, Right Hand Canyon, on Pine Peak, on the Ryan Ranch and Parker Ranch burned 7,050 acres.

Gray said that while a subdivision of 400 homes was threatened, no structures were burned. Three fire fighters were treated for heat exhaustion, but there were no serious injuries.

Gray said that more than 200 fire fighters were committed to the fight at one time or another, making it the first large-scale fire-fighting effort of the year for Texas.

Seventeen counties in West Texas remain in extreme fire danger, he said. Since lightning is a frequent, unavoidable fire hazard, Texas Forest Service Fire Prevention Specialist Justin Hall suggested homeowners in the area do all they could to prevent and prepare for wildfires.

"When the grasses and shrubs start to dry out, one of our jobs is to keep the public aware of the dangers of wildfires," he said.

"We recommend clearing any dead plant limbs and grasses away from any structures and pruning trees away from the roof of your house. This way, you can reduce the intensity of the flames, giving your home a better chance of surviving," he said.

Hall also said that people should avoid parking or driving on dead grass since hot catalytic converters can ignite the dry grass. People also need to check to see if any outdoor burning bans are in place before burning any debris, and in any case, burning should only take place on calm days, he said.

Ghost Writer

Preaching the Word of God was more important than making money

PECOS, Monday, June 11, 2001 -- The last preacher in this fascinating series of Circuit Riders  is H. M. Bandy. W. D. Smithers, the author of the book  Circuit Riders of the Big Bend, calls H. M.  Bandy "Rev." and a Church of Christ preacher. Either Mr. Smithers did  not know the Church of Christ teachings or H. M. Bandy was not a Church  of Christ preacher that we know today. Today's Church of Christ  considers Psalms 111-9 which says, "holy and reverend is his name" to refer to  God. The purpose of the Ghost Writer is not to get into Bible  discussions. There is a discrepancy.

Circuit Rider Bandy came to Marfa as a Church of Christ preacher circa 1915. Bro. Bandy felt that he had a duty to visit isolated ranches in the area as it was too far for the ranchers and their families to attend services in Marfa. His Model T Ford afforded some comfort in his travels, however, the Ford had more trouble with the roads than the horse, and tires were always a problem. Jacks, wrenches, patches and a hand pump were always on board.

Little is said about Bro. Bandy's preaching but he did talk a lot about the raid at the Brite Ranch. The Brite Ranch was about thirty-five miles west of Marfa and twenty-eight miles east of the border town of Pilares, Mexico. The many buildings and post office were the target of Mexican bandits on Christmas day in 1917. There were about fifteen men, women and children at the ranch and Bro. Bandy was to arrive with his wife and Lela Weatherby and Lovie Neil that Christmas morning.

The ranch foreman, Sam Neil, was up at daybreak to start the fire and make coffee when he saw a group of at least forty horsemen riding toward the ranch house. He noticed that the riders had rifles so Sam got his rifle and awakened Van Neil and Oscar Wells. Sam fired the first shot that killed the leader. The bandits scattered behind the buildings and fired at the house and the three men fired back from different windows. Sounds like a good western movie.

Jose Sanchez and a Mexican boy were milking and the bandits sent Jose to the ranch house to demand they surrender or they would kill the boy. The answer was "hell no." They did give the bandits the keys to the store and post office. The loot from the store and post office was not all the bandits wanted and they forced Jose to go with them to the pasture where the Brite horses were.

The bandits overtook the mailman, coming from Candelaria with two Mexicans, shot the two Mexicans and hung the mailman to a rafter by his feet and it is said that they cut his throat.

The hostages attempted to telephone Bro. Bandy but the lines had been cut. Crescencia Natividad was sent to plead with the bandits not to harm the preacher when he came and, true to their training, they let the man of God through. When in the house, the preacher said, "let us pray" and they all knelt and prayed. The preacher asked for a gun and helped the others watch the windows. One of the men took a long drink of whisky and the preacher forgave him in his hour of need.

A neighbor from a nearby ranch was going to the post office at the Brite's ranch and noticed the Mexican guards on the road. He turned around and telephoned Brite's brother in Marfa, who phoned the sheriff. A message was sent from Marfa to the bandits that a posse was on the way to the ranch and they went back to Palires.

Call it justice, revenge or murder, but at 2:00 AM December 27th cavalry troopers, Texas Rangers and ranchmen entered each house in Palires and killed only the men. They think that thirty-five men were killed and they were not sure that each of the thirty-five was part of the raiders at the Brite ranch. The Rangers were disciplined by disbanding the company but many of the men joined other companies.

Another raid was made on another ranch in 1918 to avenge the killings at Palires. U. S. troopers killed thirty-three Mexicans and went to Palires and found some of the loot that was taken from the ranch. They then destroyed the houses and there was no longer a village of Palires. The bandits found other refuge and continued to harass travelers but not preachers.

These four circuit riders, William D. Boys, Nicholas Brockdus Eaaken, L. R. Millican and H. M Bandy were men who thought that preaching the Word of God was more important than making money. They learned to read before the Federal Government took over our education system and knew that Acts 8 tells us that only Christ's chosen twelve could pass on the ability to perform miracles. If the faith healers today could heal, they would publish the name and address of each one healed and the world would be at their door. Seems to me that Christ said, "My people perish for lack of knowledge." I can't find the passage but it fits our generation. I'm sure my "Mature" advisors will help me with Book and verse.

Pageant tickets on sale

PECOS, Monday, June 11, 2001 --Golden Girl Revue and Little Miss Cantaloupe Pageant tickets will go on sale to the public on Monday, June 18, at Security State Bank.

The pageant will be held at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 29, at the Pecos High School Auditorium.

Tickets are $7 and everyone is invited to attend.


Marriages for March 2001, as filed with the Reeves County  Clerk's Office.
Juan Belmontes Romero and Amy Ortega Romero.
Tito A. Rodriguez and Rickie G. Melendez.
Eloy Santiesteban Burciaga and Sarah Vela.

Marriages for April 2001, as filed with the Reeves County Clerk's Office.
John Hilary White and Lottie Beatrice Walker.
Leo Yetming Hung and Minnie Manipon Razon.
Bernardino N. Carrasco and Esther Garcia Carrasco.
Oscar Muniz Jr. and Yvonne Matta.
Michael Baron Baeza and Lorena Escontrias Baez.
Albert Aguilar and Brenda Kay Sotelo.

Marriages for May 2001, as filed with the Reeves County Clerk's Office.
Michael Shane Owens and Cristal Dawn Alvarez.
Feliz Juarez Madrid and Asusena C. Sandoval.
Virgil Lee Miles and Sonia Monique Wilson.


Divorces for April 2001, as filed with the Reeves County District  Clerk's Office.
Crystal Flores Hernandez and Jose Luis Hernandez.
Stella Garcia Lujan and Jose Alfredo Lujan.

Divorces for May 2001, as filed with the Reeves County District  Clerk's Office.
Maria Chavez and Adolfo Chavez.
Norma Cordova Villareal and Leobardo Herrera Villareal III.
Toyah Walker Crisp and Jerry Wayne Crisp, Jr.


Mary Jane Fuentez and Carlota M. Diaz

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  instanced we will indicate payment and release.


Hector Jose Perez, 23, was arrested at 6:31 p.m., on June 7 at Seventh and Sycamore Streets for no driver's license.


Lee Arredondo, 17, Pedro (Peter) Barreno, 17, Roy Minjarez, Jr., 19, and Gilbert Plasencia, 20, were arrested at 12:09 a.m., on June 8 in the 1300 block of East Third Street. All were arrested for minor in possession and possession of marijuana under two ounces. Plasencia was also arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.


Jose M. Camacho, 45, was arrested at 11 a.m., on June 7 at Oak Tree Inn on the I-20 North Frontage Road on a warrant service for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia.


Rodney Ruben Molinar, 27, was arrested at 2:45 p.m., on June 7 in the 1400 block of Oak Street on a warrant service for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.


Manuel Sosa Fuentez, Jr., 19, was arrested at 12:22 p.m., on June 11 in the 1100 block of West Second Street on a Ward County Sheriff Office warrant for failure to adjudicate on an original charge of possession of marijuana under two ounces, a Class B Misdemeanor.


Hal Pratt, 60, was arrested at 10:50 p.m., on June 9 in the 400 block of South Peach Street for public intoxication-enhanced.


Eric Armendariz, 19, was arrested at 11:12 p.m., on June 9 at Normandy and Eddy Streets for leaving the scene of an accident.


Rodolfo T. Orona, 26, was arrested at 12:30 a.m., on June 10 at La Officina Bar in the 600 block of East Second Street for public intoxication (Class C Misdemeanor), resisting arrest or detention (Class A Misdemeanor) and possession of cocaine (State Jail Felony).


Ramon A. Noriega, 41, and Pedro Morales, 63, were arrested at 11 p.m., on June 8 at the Circle M Bar on Third and Mesquite Streets both for public intoxication.


Benny H. Juarez, 18 and a male juvenile were arrested at 12:43 a.m., on June 9 at Allsup's in the 700 block of South Cedar Street. Juarez was arrested for aggravated assault (2nd degree felony) while the juvenile was arrested for aggravated assault and failure to identify.


Isaac G. Lopez, 18, was arrested at 1:04 a.m., on June 9 at Allsup's in the 700 block of South Cedar Street for evading arrest (Class B Misdemeanor) and possession of marijuana (enhanced, Class A Misdemeanor).

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