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Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Officials probe Oak St. home overnight fire

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., August 21, 2002 -- Pecos Police, Reeves County Sheriff's deputies and Town of  Pecos City Fire Marshal Jack Brookshire are investigating the cause of a  house fire early this morning that destroyed the inside of a home of a  Reeves County Detention Center guard.

Fire and ambulance personnel were called out at 2 a.m. to the fire, at 1015 S. Oak St. When they arrived, the inside of the home was completely engulfed in flames, but fire personnel were able to get the fire under control before the flames spread into most of the structure.

Damage was mainly to the interior of the home, though the fire did singe the exterior walls around the windows and was able to get into the attic area, where firefighters had to open up holes to get water to the flames underneath the roof.

The Oak Street building was the home of Crissy Florez, who had just recently moved into it with her family. Florez was on duty at the time at the Reeves County Detention Center, and no one else was in the house at the time the fire broke out, said Brookshire.

Florez arrived at the house about 10 minutes after firefighters reached the scene.

Most of the items in the house were destroyed, and firemen remained at the home until after sunrise working to put out the last of the fire.

"The whole house was on fire. It was emerging out of the back, too," said Brookshire, who added he could not determine if arson was the cause until a full check of the building's inside was conducted.

"We just need to wait and see when I can walk through it what we've got in there," said Brookshire.

Both police and sheriff's deputies were also called to the scene, and took statements from Florez and neighbors who first reported the fire.

The fire is the second in the past week to destroy the home of a local resident. On Saturday, a fire 15 miles west of Pecos destroyed the trailer home of to 89-year old Ruth Ince. The fire broke out as Ince was preparing to take a bath, and she was able to get out of the trailer safely before it was completely engulfed in flames.

Town or Pecos City?

Council to consider shortening city's name during Thursday meeting

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., August 21, 2002 -- During Thursday's regular City Council meeting, along  with discussing tax proposals and other agenda items, council members  will discuss changing the name of Pecos.

The name won't be changing much, and many people won't notice the change at all if the council votes to shorten the official "Town of Pecos City" title, an item on the agenda for Thursday's meeting.

According to City Manager, Carlos Yerena, the members will discuss and state how they feel about a possible name change.

"We talked to the Mayor about the issue," Yerena said. "We will now discuss it with the City Council."

Yerena said that if the council decides on having a name change it would have to be done through a charter amendment.

"Voters will have to vote to change it (name)," Yerena said.

Mayor Dot Stafford said that to her, the two words "town" and "city" in the title are redundant.

"It would be better if it we were `Town of Pecos'," Stafford said.

According to Yerena and Tom Rivera, Town of Pecos City's Main Street Program Director, Pecos' name has changed since it was incorporated.

"Town of Pecos City" is the one that is carried today on the city's letterheads and public notices, but that is not the name Pecos began with over 100 years ago.

According to the book "Pecos _ History of Pioneer West," by Alton Hughes, the minutes of the Commissioners Court meeting on June 1, 1885 state that Pecos was incorporated under the corporate name of "Pecos City." For some undetermined reason the corporation was dissolved on December 19, 1900 and was nor re-incorporated until June 12, 1903, again under the name of "Pecos City."

West of the Pecos Museum Curator Dorinda Millan said that she believed that through out the years the letter `t' in the word `town' just became capitalized.

According to Hughes book, which was written 20 years ago, over the years it has become a topic of discussion as to whether the official name of Pecos is "Town of Pecos City" or just "Pecos City."

Hughes said that the articles of incorporation very clearly state that the official name is "Pecos City."

Hughes goes on to say that he could understand how the name "Town of Pecos City" was acquired because in the order of corporation it states that the inhabitants of the town of Pecos" had applied for incorporation and that the State Statues defined a town as a community of more then 500 and less than 10,000 inhabitants, therefore it was incorporated as a "town" but the official name was designated as "Pecos City."

The current name does cause confusion at times for out-of-towners, but that's because Pecos City is located in Reeves County, while Pecos County is located just to the southeast, with Fort Stockton serving as the county seat there.

Stafford said a final decision on any name change would depend on what the people wanted.

"We will talk about it," Stafford said. "Then there will be an election to see how people feel."

Evening rains arrive in town for second day

Staff Writer

PECOS, Wed., August 21, 2002 -- For the second day in a row, Pecos received some very much  welcomed evening rain, while other parts of Reeves County were under a  flash flood warning around sunset Tuesday night.

"We've had some tremendous thunderstorms," said National Weather Service spokesman Michael Young.

Rains hit the city of Pecos around 7:30 p.m. for the second straight night, though Tuesday's showers weren't as heavy in most areas as Monday's rains had been. The heaviest rain appeared to fall on the south side of Pecos, while downtown KIUN radio reported only .10 inch overnight, after recording 1.2 inches of rain on Monday.

To the north of town, a flash flood warning was in effect for northern Reeves and western Loving Counties. The warning covered the area around the intersection of U.S. 285 and County Road 426 south of Orla, where six inches of water covered the road at that intersection, according to Young.

Heavy rain fell in that area and rain fall was estimated between three to eight inches, between the hours of 6-7:45 p.m., along 285 in northern Reeves County and southwest Loving County. "This was along and adjacent to the Pecos River and most of it ran right into the Pecos (river)," said Young.

In recent years, the NWS has gotten its officials readings for Pecos from the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station seven miles west of town. The distance sometimes creates problems with accurate measurements for the city, as was the case Tuesday night, when Young said that officials, the weather service reported no precipitation had been estimated to fall in Pecos. On Monday, the experiment station reported .70 inch of rain fell, which was the official total the NWS reported for Pecos.

Aside from the severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings north of Pecos, another severe thunderstorm build up east of Balmorhea, and a warning was issued for western Pecos County Tuesday evening.

Fort Stockton received 0.02 inches of rain last evening, from that storm, and further south, Young said that the Chisos Basin, located in the Big Bend Area, had received a large amount of rain. "They even had a little waterfall," he said.

The forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of rain throughout the week and weekend, with partly cloudy skies and winds at 20 miles per hour.

Campaign visit by Sanchez' son scheduled Friday

The son of a the Democratic candidate for Governor of Texas will be in Pecos on Friday to address the community's thoughts, concerns and questions.

Tony Sanchez III will be in Pecos for a barbecue at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23, at the Reeves County Civic Center.

Community members are invited to come out and meet the son of Tony Sanchez, a Laredo oilman and banker who is running for governor against Republican Rick Perry, who took over the position in December 2000 after George W. Bush was elected president.

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 instances we will indicate payment and release.

Clefoas Baeza, 19, and Ignacio Suarez, 60, were arrested at 10:25  p.m., on August 17 at the Riverside Ballroom on East Third Street  for public intoxication.

Fred Lara, 45, was arrested at 6:37 p.m., on August 15, at the Town  and Country Convenience Store on Cedar Street for Criminal Trespass.

Allen Leddon, 40, was arrested at 10:22 p.m. on August 15, at the  Town and Country on Cedar Street for public intoxication.

Juan Ramirez, 51, and Javier Vela, 32, was arrested at 8:29 p.m.,  on August 14, at the 1200 block of South Elm Street for possession of  marijuana within 1000-feet of a school. Vela was also arrested for possession of  drug paraphernalia.

Amy Barboza, 25, was arrested at 11:54 p.m., on August 14, at the  1200 block of South Cypress Street for a warrant capias default of payment  of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Alan Cecil Leddon, 40, and Kenneth W. Davis, 51, were  arrested at 8:19 p.m., on August 13, at the Flying J for public intoxication.

Louie Minjarez Rayos, 29, was arrested at 1:20 a.m., on August 14,  at the Flying J for public intoxication.

Fabien Orona, 17, was arrested at 8:56 p.m., on August 12, at the  Sonic Drive Inn on West Third Street for public intoxication evading arrest  and aggravated assault.

Fernando Estorga, 42, was arrested at 2:50 a.m., on August 13, at the  700 block of South Sycamore Street for public intoxication.

Robert Jimenez, 23, was arrested at 8:21 p.m., on August 10, at  Third and Cypress streets on two warrants of no operating license two  warrants on violation of promise to appear and warrant of no inspection sticker.

Issac Granado, 20, was arrested at 10:19 p.m., on August 10, at Fourth  and Alberta streets on warrant capias violation of promise to  appear, Outstanding Department of Public Safety warrant for  speeding, Outstanding Department of Public Safety warrant for possession of  open alcohol container and Outstanding Department of Public Safety warrant  for failure to appear.

Jerado Juarez, 18 was arrested at 11:32 p.m. on August 9, at  Veterans Boulevard and Ivey Street on warrants of minor in possession  of alcohol and warrant of open container.

Fred Lara, 45, was arrested at 11:48 p.m., on August 9, at the Flying J  on a warrant for theft under $50 and a warrant for violation on promise  to appear.

Jose Sauceda, 18, Louie Rayos, 19, and Angelic Enmon, 17, were  arrested at 2:47 a.m., on August 10, at the 400 block of South Cherry Street.  Sauceda was arrested on a warrant for capias default of payment for  public intoxication. Rayos and Enmon were arrested for public intoxication.

Albert Contreras, 19, was arrested at 3:15 a.m., on August 10, at the  400 block of South Cherry on a warrant for capias default of payment  for minor in possession of alcohol and a warrant for capias default of  payment for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Noemi Jasso, 38, was arrested at 7:51 p.m., on August 8, in the  1900 block of Scott Street for simple assault on Family Violence Act.

Mark Salazar, 26, was arrested at 8: 37 p.m., on August 7, at Third  and Mesquite streets on a warrant for evading arrest.

David Reyes, 20, was arrested at 7:13 p.m., on August 6, at the  400 block of South Sycamore on warrant of capias default of payment  for reckless driving, warrant of capias default of payment for no  drivers license, warrant of capias default of payment for violation to promise  to appear cause # C00-206 and warrant of capias default of payment  for violation to promise to appear cause # C00-207.

Rosalinda Munoz, 54, was arrested at 8:04 p.m., on August 6, in the  1200 block of South Ash for public intoxication class B.

Joel Garcia, 20, was arrested at 9:27 p.m., on August 6, at the Allsup's  on South Eddy Streeton a warrant of capias default of payment for  minor in possession for alcohol.

Mickey Gabalbon, 19, was arrested at 7 p.m., on August 5, in the 300  block of South Pecan Street on a warrant for theft under $50.

Diana Rodriguez, 38, was arrested at 7:37 p.m., on August 5, at  Fourth and Locust streets on a warrant of capias for running a stop sign and  a warrant of capias for violation to promise to appear.

A male juvenile was arrested at 1:38 a.m., on August 6, at the 600  block of South Pecan Street for assault of Family Violence Act-class A,  assault on a Peace officer-state jail felony, criminal mischief-class B,  and resisting arrest- class B.

Omar Medina, 36, was arrested at 5:49 p.m., on August 5, in the  200 block of Ivey Street on a warrant for parole violation.

Shawn P. McGaffigan, 30, was arrested at 3:10 p.m., on August 3,  at the I-10 Fina Truck Stop for injury to an elderly person.

Ricardo Barrera was arrested at 8:04 p.m., on August 6, for  criminal non-support of failure to pay child support.


PECOS, Wed., August 21, 2002 -- High Monday 98. Low this morning 77. Forecast for tonight: Partly  cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the mid  70s. SE winds 10 to 20 mph. Thursday: Partly cloudy with  isolated thunderstorms. Highs near 104. SE winds 10 to 20 mph. Thursday  night: Partly cloudy with isolated evening thunderstorms. Lows in the mid  70s. Friday: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. Highs near  104. Saturday: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. Lows in the mid  70s. Highs around 102.


Santiago Carrasco, Jesus Castillo and Darrell Grogan

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