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Tuesday, August 6, 2002

Police hunt weapon used in shooting of teen

Staff Writer

Police are continuing to investigate the weekend shooting of a 16-year-old Pecos boy in the 1200 block of South Cherry, but as of this morning, officials said no new information is available and the weapon used in the shooting also has not been found.

According to Pecos Police Lt. Kelly Davis, the department still are unable to take any statements from Ysidro Acosta, 16, or members of his family, who are in Odessa at this time with Acosta, who is recovering from his gunshot wound to the head at Medical Center Hospital.

Acosta is doing better but is still in the Intensive Care Unit in the Odessa hospital.

Police were called to the scene at 2:50 a.m. Sunday. Four people were arrested following the incident, but none has been charged with the shooting as of now, and Davis said, "The investigation continues."

He also added that the four boys who were arrested have not cooperated with them in providing information.

The four arrested following the shooting were identified by police as Fabien Orona, 17, Peter Barreno, 18, Gilbert Placencia, 21 and James Burciaga, also 21. Orona and Placencia were arrested for disorderly conduct. Barreno was also arrest for disorderly conduct and for public intoxication.

"They do not want to talk to us," Davis said.

Orona, Barreno and Placencia are all members of the BPG gang, Davis said.

Davis said Monday that Burciaga is believed to have been on Acosta's side in the dispute that led to the shooting, and is not believed to be a BPG gang member. He was also arrested for disorderly conduct and evading arrest.

Though the investigation continues, the small caliber gun used has yet to be found and no charges have been filed, Lt. Davis said.

If any one has any information on the whereabouts of the gun or any information at all on the shooting they should call the Pecos Police Department, Davis said.

New scanner helps with cancer, heart disease exams

Staff Writer

Patients needing to be tested for heart diseases and colon cancer can do so now at Reeves County Hospital without suffering from any pain.

"People who are afraid can have it done without pain," said Alexander Kovac, MD, Board Certified Radiologist at the local hospital.

Reeves County Hospital now offers a painless form of detection using a machine called a Helical CT scanner. According to Dr. Kovac, the machine is a new technology tube that rotates around a patient's body taking more then one picture creating a three-dimensional image.

Before, the images were seen in sections.

"It is like slicing sausage in thin slices," Dr. Kovac said. "The computer now takes care of all these slices."

Dr. Kovac added that exams on a patient could be done either horizontally or vertically.

"With this advanced technology we can examine patients to see if they have calcifications in coronary arteries," Dr. Kovac said.

Dr. Kovac said that the machine allows them to look into the heart arteries and perform colonoscopy testing by organizing the images in such a way that they can look at them on a computer screen.

According to Kovac, the machine now allows them to look into a patient's arteries without injecting into a catheter.

"It is also an easy way to demonstrate where a kidney stones is," Dr. Kovac said in cases of renal colics.

By using the CT scanner, Dr. Kovac can take a picture of patient in less then ten minutes allowing the patient to leave once the exam is done.

"I can go in here (the computer) and look around," Dr. Kovac said. "The image would appear to be like as if I were to have the instruments in the patients body."

Dr. Kovac said that Pecos has now entered into the 21st century with this new machine.

"We are up to date," Dr. Kovac said. "We can prevent, diagnose and make the exam less painful now."

Eagles football season tickets going on sale

Reserve season tickets for the Pecos Eagles' five home football games this season will go on sale for 2001 season ticket holders next Monday, and continue through Friday, Aug. 23. New season ticket sales will begin on Monday, Aug. 26 at the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Business Office, 1302 S. Park St.

The tickets are $25 for all five home games. The five games at home this season are Sept. 13 against Lamesa, Sept. 20 against Brownfield, Oct. 4 against Lubbock High, Oct. 18 against Presidio and Nov. 1 against Fort Stockton. All home games this season are 7:30 p.m. starts.

High Monday 92. Low this morning 69. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows 70 to 75. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 20 percent. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 90s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. Lows 70 to 75. Thursday: Partly cloudy. Highs near 100. Friday: Partly cloudy. Lows near 70. Highs 95 to 100.

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