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Friday, November 16, 2001

Fog blamed for morning I-20 accident

PECOS, Fri., Nov. 16, 2001 -- Early-morning fog blanketed Pecos and other parts of the  Permian Basin, and was a factor in one accident on Interstate 20 at  the Country Club Drive exit.

No one was injured in the accident, which occurred at the Country Club Drive exit ramp on the north side of Interstate 20 (Raul Florez Boulevard). According to a report by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Saul Gomez, 20, was driving a silver Toyota Corolla on I-20, near mile marker 41 when his vehicle ran off the road into a drainage ditch.

Neither Gomez nor his passenger, Ana Chavez, 37, were injured in the accident, though a wheel cover and the front bumper of the Toyota were knocked off by the collision.

The couple was traveling from Carrollton, near Dallas, to California, according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Derek Evans, who investigated the accident.

Oil prices plunge as OPEC cutback fails

VIENNA, Austria (AP) - Oil prices plunged to their lowest level in more than two years despite efforts by OPEC to stop the free fall, which analysts said could further push down prices at the gas pump.

Setting up a showdown with Russia and other producers outside the cartel, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed Wednesday to cut output beginning next year, but only if non-OPEC producers also tighten their taps.

OPEC delegates said they would reduce their daily production target by 1.5 million barrels, or 6 percent, starting Jan. 1, on the condition that outsiders such as Russia, the world's No. 3 producer, cut their own output by 500,000 barrels a day.

Kuwaiti Oil Minister Adel al-Sabeeh said Thursday that crude prices could fall as low as $10 a barrel if the standoff between OPEC and non-OPEC producers over oil output persists.

As the market moved closer to an oil price war, traders reacted almost instantly to the uncertainty with a sharp sell-off in petroleum futures.

December crude oil futures dropped as low as $17.15 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange on Thursday before closing down $2.29 at $17.45 a barrel, the lowest level for a front-month contract since June 1999.

December heating oil futures tumbled 5.03 cents to close at $51.09 a barrel, their lowest level since August 1999, while the December gasoline futures contract ended down 4.53 cents at 48.84 cents a gallon, a 29-month low.

In initial trading Friday, oil prices rebounded somewhat. In London on the International Petroleum Exchange, Brent crude from the North Sea for delivery in January was up 67 cents at $18.00 after the contract fell nearly 10 percent on Thursday.

The global economic slowdown has dented demand for crude, and lingering uncertainty from the terrorist attacks on the United States has worsened OPEC's financial problems. Prices have tumbled by a third since Sept. 11 alone.

Although analysts warned that a prolonged slump in oil prices could discourage companies from exploring new fields and developing older ones the immediate fallout could be lower prices for consumers for gasoline and home heating oil.

For the short term, at least, they could also provide relief to airlines skirting bankruptcy since the attacks by cutting prices for jet fuel, and help truckers by easing diesel prices.

"This is good news for a world economy that could use a boost right now," said Carl Weinberg, chief economist at High Frequency Economics in Valhalla, N.Y.


PECOS, Fri., Nov. 16, 2001 -- High Thurs. 68. Low this morning 44. Forecast for tonight:  Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows  in the mid 40s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Saturday:  Morning low clouds  and fog:  Otherwise mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers  or thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 10  mph. Saturday night:  Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers.  Lows 45 to 50. Sunday:  Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers.  Highs in the mid 60s. Monday:  Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s.  Highs 60 to 65.

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.


Lorena R. Martinez, 41, and Pete F. Martinez, 46, were arrested at 1:21 a.m., on November 12 in the 500 block of Bois D'Arc Street, both for assault under the Family Violence Act.


Ricky Ortiz, 19, was arrested at 9:53 p.m., on November 10 in the 100 block of West Second Street on a Capias Pro Fine warrant for theft.


Rudy Freeman, 27, was arrested at 7:13 p.m., on November 9 in the 800 block of East 11th Street on three Ector County warrants for failure to adjudicate on theft by check charges.


Martin Vasquez, 18, was arrested at 8:36 p.m., on November 9 at Pecos High School on a Capias Pro Fine warrant for minor in possession.


Jaime Wade, 44, was arrested at 9:04 p.m., on November 9 at Pecos High School on a Capias Pro Fine warrant for no liability insurance.


Rafael Carillo, 17, was arrested at 1:36 a.m., on November 10 in the 400 block of North Elm Street for public intoxication.


Jesus Franco Orosco, 35, was arrested at 1:36 a.m., on November 10 in the 400 block of North Elm Street for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.


Beverly Yazzie, 32, was arrested at 2:11 a.m., on November 10 at the intersection of Elm and `C' Streets for driving while intoxicated and refusal.


Hal Pratt, 60, was arrested at 6:23 p.m., on November 8 in the 1100 block of Cypress Street for public intoxication.


Chris Fuentez, 19, was arrested at 2:16 a.m., on November 9 in the 800 block of East Ninth Street for public intoxication.


Willie Terry, 32, was arrested at 7:32 p.m., on November 8 at Fourth and Cypress Streets for no liability insurance.


Ray Bravo, 43, was arrested at 9:44 a.m., on November 8 at the police department on a warrant for parole violation.


Patricia A. Patino, 18, was arrested 6:34 p.m., on November 13 in the 100 block of North Pecan Street on a warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.


Jill Franco, 21, was arrested at 7:30 p.m., on November 13 in the 1000 block of South Mesquite Street on warrants for motion to adjudicate on original offense of indecency with a child, expired registration, allowing a unlicensed driver operate a motor vehicle, two warrants violate promise to appear and no liability insurance.


Sandy Rodriguez, 37, was arrested at 10:49 p.m., on November 13 in the 700 block of Mesquite Street on DPS warrants for no liability insurance, no driver's license and failure to adjudicate.

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