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Monday, July 30, 2001

City seeks concrete solution to pool problem

Staff Writer

PECOS, Monday, July 30, 2001 -- The Town of Pecos City's Athletic Pool has only three weeks  remaining before it is scheduled to be closed permanently, due to new  state regulations. But city officials have been looking into many options  that would help keep pool at Maxey Park open next year.

Because Texas now has new regulations on maintaining swimming pools, the city has been looking at what needs to be upgraded at the pool in order to keep it open.

City Health Director Armando Gil said that he recently had a pool lining company look at the Athletic Pool to see how much it would cost to bring the facility up to date.

"We contacted this company out of Odessa, Triple H Pools," he said. "They sent a representative to do a study on our pool."

Once the representative looked over the pool, Gil said that they informed him that most of the pool is in compliance with the new regulations.

"Everything was in compliance with the exception of the tub itself," he said.

Gil said that the representative informed him that the pool liner would have to be replaced and a larger drain with a safer covering on the drain would be needed.

Owner of Triple H Pools K.C. Hamdan, a former Pecos resident, said that the pool lining is very important.

Right now the city pool has a concrete tub, which is unsanitary compared to the vinyl lining that Hamdan works with, according to Hamdan.

He said that over the years the city has used lots of chemicals in the pool, which has wore down the walls, which because of that it "holds lots of impurities and maybe germs."

Hamdan said that with a concrete pool there are many things that have to be done to maintain good, healthy water.

"The pool water should be like drinking water and nothing more," he said.

Hamdan said that vinyl lined pools use about 20 percent of the amount of chemicals that cement pools use.

"It doesn't use hardly any chemicals compared to cement," he said.

Plus he said that during the winter months the city has to drain the pool for liability reasons, which has caused the concrete pool floor to crack during the cold weather.

He said that cement tubs do crack when drained and cause more problems the next year.

Hamdan said that vinyl liners would allow the city to drain the pool without any threat of damage.

He said that vinyl liners are extremely tough and would be able to stand up to the most extreme elements.

After looking over the city pool, Hamdan gave the city an estimate on how much he would line the pool for coming out to $161,000.

Hamdan said that that estimate is very low because he would like to help the town he lived in for a long time.

"When we figured the price, we didn't figure it like other towns," he said.

Hamdan said that he understands that Pecos is not a rich city and if the pool closes there would not be anything for the children of Pecos to do.

"We'd like to improve the situation in Pecos," he said.

Hamdan also said that refurbishing the city pool would be cheaper than building a new pool, which could cost as much as one million dollars.

Regional Programmer Manager for the Texas General Sanitation Programs Jeff Heinatz also said that it would be better for the city to refurbish the existing pools rather than build a new one.

He said that the new regulations were not extremely tough but are tougher on new pools because some regulations have "grandfather" clauses.

Heinatz explained that some regulations would allow existing pools to keep existing equipment "just as long as it works."

Heinatz said that quite a few regulations have changed and the new regulations are very involved.

He said that the new regulations have already affected some pools across the state but that the state is not "out to get" anyone.

"It's already affected a few," he said. "A lot of that is just due to lack of maintenance."

Heinatz said that the state decided to upgrade the regulations and make them tougher in order to make pools safer for the staff and public.

"An overwhelming number of people are getting killed at swimming pools," he said.

The new regulations went into effect in October 1999 but are still new to a lot of pools in Texas.

"It's still early enough into the game where we are still working with the pools," Heinatz said.

Gil said that he is planning on asking Heinatz to come to Pecos and give him a written report on what needs to be done to the city pool.

He said that he is hoping to bring the pool up to regulation before next summer.

Small blazes give firemen busy morning

Staff Writer

PECOS, Monday, July 30, 2001 -- The Pecos Volunteer Fire Department had a busy  morning, today, with two fire calls back to back on the north and far west sides  of town.

Fire personnel were called to a fire on North Alamo Street at approximately 10:30 a.m., this morning behind Acid Delinters, after receiving a report of a large fire in a field to the west of the facility.

"They were burning trash in a barrel," said Town of Pecos City Fire Marshal Jack Brookshire.

Because there is currently an outdoor burn ban in the county the fire personnel went ahead and put out the fire, according to Brookshire.

About an hour later, the firemen were called to another fire on FM 2119 at Business Loop 20, to which the personnel were able to respond to quickly.

"We already had crews in the trucks, so it didn't take that long to get out here," he said. "They were just returning from the other fire."

The second fire turned out to be a small grass fire that also destroyed what is believed to have been a dog house, according to Brookshire.

He said that he is not sure at this time what caused the second fire.

Brookshire said that he would investigate the second fire further and also gave a reminder to county residents.

"There is a burn ban in the county and there shouldn't be any outdoor burning right now," he said.

Police probe weekend fight outside Allsup's

Staff Writer

PECOS, Monday, July 30, 2001 -- The Pecos Police Department and the Town of Pecos City  are investigating an incident that occurred at Allsup's on South  Eddy Street in the early morning hours on Sunday that led to the arrest of  three Pecos men.

Michael Roy Pena, 18, Richard Paul Rodriguez, 17, and Juan Carlos Abila, 17, were all arrested after 4 a.m., on Sunday for public intoxication. Abila was also arrested for minor in possession.

Investigator Kelly Davis that the police were alerted to a problem at the convenience store when an employee pressed the panic alarm.

"She (the employee) called in about a fight in the parking lot," he said.

When officers arrived they took four subjects, three males and one female, into custody.

Davis said that the police officers talked with the store employee and then talked with the four subjects.

He said that once the officers started talking to the individuals involved with the fight they realized three of them had been drinking.

Davis said that a Highway Patrolman that was on the scene gave the three subjects a breathalyzer test and they did have alcohol in their system.

"They were, according to the state, legally drunk," he said.

Apparently the three men were not the only ones involved in the fight, according to Davis.

"We think that there were some other subjects that were involved in the fight," he said.

The three men told officers that there were other individuals that were fighting but had left just before the police arrived.

Davis said that Abila was charged with minor in possession because one of the officers discovered a can of beer in the 2000 Izusu Rodeo Utility vehicle he was driving.

Pena and Rodriguez, along with the female, were in a 1989 white Chevrolet pickup.

Police declined to say who was the owner of the Chevrolet pickup, but Davis said that the incident is still under investigation.

City Finance Director George Bejarano said that the city is aware of the incident and is also investigating the matter.

"We're checking into it right now," he said.

City Manager Carlos Yerena was unavailable for comment in time for this article.

Brakeless bike receives blame for boy's crash

Staff Writer

PECOS, Monday, July 30, 2001 -- An 8-year-old boy was slightly hurt Sunday night in an  accident involving a vehicle on the east side of Pecos, according to police. 

The accident occurred at the intersection of Fourth and Mulberry, Sunday at 9:34 p.m., when police said the 8-year-old riding a 10-speed bike collided with a 1995 white Jeep, driven by Oscar Ontiveros.

"The boy was traveling north on Mulberry and the Jeep was going east on 4th Street," Pecos Police Lt. Kelly Davis said. "The two collided at the intersection in which the young boy ran into the driver's side of the Jeep."

When the police arrived at the scene, Davis said that the young boy lying on the sidewalk put appeared not to be seriously injured.

The driver of the vehicle was not cited for the accident because according to the police report the bike did not have any brakes and the young boy failed to yield the right of way.

"The driver of the Jeep did not intend to hit the boy, and no charges have been filed against him," Davis said.

He added that police are continuing to investigate the accident.

GED registration set at high school

PECOS, Monday, July 30, 2001 -- GED Registration will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Pecos High School Counselor's Office from 1-5 p.m.

Individuals must bring a picture ID and social security card.

GED Testing Dates are Monday, Aug. 6 and Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Pecos High School.

Testing will begin at 4:45 p.m.

For more information call 447-7229.

Pecos Valley Crime Stoppers

PECOS, Monday, July 30, 2001 -- Crime Stoppers is asking for the community's help in locating a  fugitive from justice on their "Most  Wanted" list.

Dagoberto M. Rodriguez, 43, who is wanted for motion to revoke, forgery.

The subject was born Feb. 21, 1958, is 5 feet-6 inches tall, weighs 170 pounds and has brown hair and browns eyes. He usually has a full beard.

If you know where this subject is hiding it will be worth a "cash reward" of up to $1,000 once the subject is in custody.

Call Pecos Valley Crime Stoppers at 445-9898 and you will remain anonymous.

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.


Ron A. Valeriano, 19, was arrested at 6 p.m., on July 8 in the 2200 block of Eddy Street on a warrant for theft over $50 but less than $500-Class B Misdemeanor.


Alonzo Munoz, 29, was arrested at 8:39 p.m., on July 8 in the 700 block of Mesquite Street for driving with a suspended license.


Ruben Muniz, 42, was arrested at 10:12 p.m., on July 7 in the 200 block of Sycamore Street for public intoxication.


Ramon A. Noriega, 42, was arrested at 10:35 p.m., on July 7 at Saragosa Hall for public intoxication-enhanced, Class B Misdemeanor.


Oscar Hernandez, 45, was arrested at 12:36 a.m., on July 8 in the 200 block of Peach Street for public intoxication-enhanced, Class B Misdemeanor.


A female juvenile was arrested at 2:14 a.m., on July 8 in the 200 block of Locust Street for being a juvenile runaway.


Norbeto Rodriguez, 18, and Benjamin N. Anchondo, 20, were arrested at 10:24 p.m., on July 6 in the 1300 block of Cedar Street both for public intoxication while Anchondo was also arrested for evading officers.


Enrique Lujan, 45, was arrested at 12:01 a.m., on July 7 in the 1500 block of Cowan Street for assault under the Family Violence Act.


Pedro Morales, 63, was arrested at 1:55 p.m., on July 7 in the 200 block of Peach Street for public intoxication-enhanced, a Class B Misdemeanor.


Nolberto Martinez, 17, was arrested at 2:30 p.m., on July 1 in the 7000 block of Titan Street in the Lindsey Addition for assault under the Family Violence Act.


Jose Luis Lujan, 39, was arrested 10:53 p.m., on July 10 in the 800 block of Martinez Street for public intoxication.


Eduardo Bernal, 51, was arrested at 9:58 p.m., on July 24 in the 1000 block of East Third Street for public intoxication.


Eric Salcido, 20, and Lee Arredondo, 18, were arrested at 11:20 p.m., on July 24 in the 200 block of West 14th Street both for evading arrest.


A male juvenile was arrested at 1:31 p.m., on July 24 in the 2000 block of Washington Street for family violence.


Carlos Nino, 20, was arrested at 2:12 a.m., on July 23 in the 200 block of Cherry Street for public intoxication.


Rigoberto Perez, 24, was arrested at 7 p.m., on July 22 at Reeves County Sheriff's Office on Capias Pro Fine warrants for speeding.


Two female juveniles were arrested at 1:14 a.m., on July 22 at the Texaco on 13th and Cedar Streets both for evading.


Manuel Fuentez, 19, was arrested at 6:10 p.m., on July 21 in the 1100 block of West Second Street for assault under the Family Violence Act.


Hector Martinez, 38, was arrested at 8:55 a.m., on July 21 in the 200 block of West Seventh Street on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a playground with intent to distribute, a third degree felony.


Ida O. Flores, 39, and Cruz S. Jimenez, 27, were arrested at 11:53 p.m., on July 20 in the 900 block of Ash Street both for abuse of aerosol paint and Flores was also arrested for resisting arrest.


Patricia Hill, 31, was arrested at 5:53 p.m., on July 20 at the Pecos Police Department on a Capias Pro Fine warrant. Hill paid the fine and was released.


Melvin Lofton, Jr., 18, was arrested at 12:58 a.m., on July 18 at mile marker 157 on Interstate 10 in Culberson County for deadly conduct and fleeing and eluding a police officer.


Pedro Melendez Acosta, Jr., 21, was arrested at 2:43 a.m., on July 15 in the 400 block of North Elm Street for public intoxication.


Jose Falcon, 20, was arrested at 11:15 p.m., on July 13 across from Balmorhea Grocery between Highway 17 and Main Street for public intoxication.


Marcos Licon, 43, was arrested at 1:29 a.m., on July 30 in the 400 block of Magnolia Street for public intoxication.


Gloria Gomez, 32, was arrested at 6:42 a.m., on July 29 at the Sheriff's Office on Capias Pro Fine warrants.


Jesus Hernandez, 62, was arrested at 7:18 p.m., on July 28 at Fourth and Sycamore Streets for a Capias Pro Fine warrant.


Israel Matta, 20, was arrested at 9:03 p.m., on July 28 at Third and Cherry Streets on a Ward County warrant for motion to revoke.


Gloria Gomez, 32, was arrested at 1:15 a.m., on July 29 in the 1000 block of East Third Street for assault under the Family Violence Act.


Ida Florez, 39, and Rebecca Jimenez, 39, were arrested at 2:30 a.m., on July 29 in the 900 block of Oleander Street both for public intoxication and disorderly conduct (fighting).


Michael Pena, 18, Juan Abila, 17, and Richard Rodriguez, 17, were arrested at 4:06 a.m., on July 29 in the 2300 block of South Eddy Street all for public intoxication while Abila was also arrested for minor in possession.


Julian Olivas, Jr., 18, was arrested at 7:16 a.m., on July 28 in the 200 block of Walthall Street on a warrant for robbery, a second degree felony.


Simon Olague, 39, Elpidia Sanchez, 33, were arrested at 9:51 p.m., on July 27 in the 2000 block of Scott Street both for assault under the Family Violence Act.


Alex Plasencia, 18, Juan Aguilar, 19, and Jimmy Juarez, 19, were arrested at 1:58 a.m., on July 28 in the 900 block of East Eighth Street. Plasencia was arrested on a warrant for engaging in criminal activity and a warrant for terroristic threat. Aguilar and Juarez were arrested for public intoxication.


Jesus C. Sotelo, 52, was arrested at 7:25 p.m., on July 26 in the 600 block of Mesquite Street for public intoxication and giving a false report to a peace officer.


Robert Rodriguez, 54, was arrested at 12:38 a.m., on July 27 in the 1400 block of Pecan Street for public intoxication.


Abel Zuniga, 22, was arrested at 8:53 p.m., on July 27 at the Purple Sage for evading arrest and detention.


PECOS, Monday, July 30, 2001 -- High Sunday 104. Low this morning 76. Forecast for  tonight: Partly cloudy with a chance of isolated Thunderstorm. Low in  the mid to upper 70s. Tuesday and Wednesday: Partly cloudy with  a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. High near  105. Lows around 75.


Loraine Austin

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