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Thursday, October 3, 2002

Barstow family arrested in drug bust

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 3, 2002 -- Three individuals remain in Ward County Jail today following a  drug raid in Barstow Wednesday night that turned up both money and drugs  and led to the arrest of a mother and three other family members.

According to a report from the Ward County Sheriff's Office, at 6:08 p.m. Wednesday deputies working in conjunction with the Monahans Police Departments K-9 narcotics dog "Kiska," executed a search warrant at the residence of Susie Rodriguez, 311 Concho St.

Officers seized about half a pound of marijuana that was packaged for sale, according to Ward County Sheriff Mike Strickland.

"They also found $110 in currency and a small quantity of cocaine," said Strickland.

Rodriguez, 52, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, (cocaine), and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute in a drug-free zone.

Her son, Joseph Rodriguez, 19, daughter, Stephanie Rodriguez, 17 and son-in-law, Christopher Hodges, 20, were also arrested, and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute in a drug free zone.

Susie Rodriguez, Joseph Rodriguez and Hodges, remain in custody at the Ward County Jail in Monahans, while deputies said, Stephanie Rodriguez has been released from jail on bond.

Police continue investigation into beating of elderly man

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 3, 2002 -- The Pecos Police Department is still looking for the people  involved in the beating of 81-year old Anastacio Acosta while in his  own home early last Saturday morning.

Pecos Police Department Lt. Kelly Davis said that they are still looking at some possible suspects.

"There is the possibility of additional information on possible suspects," Davis said.

Though no arrests have been made, Davis said that he would like to arrest the right people involved in the incident.

"We don't want the wrong person," Davis said.

Acosta was found conscious by local police in his bed at his home after being severally beaten. The call on the assault was made to police at about 1:05 a.m. on Saturday.

The home in which Acosta lives at is located between the Del Rio Bar and a storage area.

When the police arrived, they found no signs of forced entry and because he lived by himself Davis did not know if Acosta had been robbed.

"I still don't know if anything was stolen," Davis said today.

According to Davis, Acosta was taken to the Reeves County Hospital where he was then airlifted to Lubbock that same night.

Acosta has been in the ICU at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock since being flown there by air ambulance on Saturday. He has been unconscious since his arrival and will be taken off the life support system sometime today to see if he will be able to breath on his own, Davis said after talking to a son and daughter of Acosta.

"He is not coherent," Davis said.

Davis said that Acosta's assailants had beaten him in the head.

"He is to elderly to defend himself," Davis said Monday morning.

The weapon that was used in the beating of Acosta has been recovered, Davis said Tuesday morning.

Davis added that Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward to any one with information leading to the arrest of the people involve in the incident.

Fox signal's on, but Cowboys still off locally

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 3, 2002 -- Pecos cable television subscribers will be able to enjoy more  Sunday afternoon NFL football games and the Major League Baseball  playoffs and World Series, along with other shows on the Fox Network,  after action by Classic Cable on Tuesday. But Dallas Cowboy fans will still  have a hard time getting to watch their team for a while.

According to Manuel Gonzales, technician for Classic Cable, the company has received a temporary permit to receive the FoxNet satellite signal until KPEJ, the Fox station in Odessa, repairs its tower on Gomez Peak. The signal was placed on the local system on Tuesday.

KPEJ's signal has been either low quality or completely out for the past two months, leaving local viewers without Fox Network programming. The signal is beamed to the antenna southwest of Pecos from Midland/Odessa, and then broadcast over UHF Ch. 20.

"Fox channel is going to be that way because of their translator, which is on Gomez Peak," Gonzales said earlier this week. "That's just what we're picking up."

FoxNet was used by Classic Cable for about five months last year, while KPEJ was getting a permit to move its signal from UHF Ch. 18 to Ch. 20. KPEJ used a more expensive microwave relay for a short time to send its signal into Pecos late last year and early this year, until the Gomez Peak permit was granted.

FoxNet airs all of Fox's regular network programming. However, on Sunday's the New York-based station picks out one of several regional games to broadcast nationally. This coming Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys are playing the New York Giants, but FoxNet is scheduled to televise the Tampa Bay-Atlanta and St. Louis-San Francisco games to its viewers across the nation. KPEJ viewers in the Permian Basin will see the Cowboys and Giants at 12 noon on Sunday.

Aside from the Fox signal problems, local cable viewers also have been receiving a poor signal for the past two months from KMID, the ABC affiliate in Midland-Odessa. That signal is sent by microwave relay to Pecos, and has been subject to periods of outages since August.

Gonzales said on Monday that, "We didn't know there was a problem with KMID, but we'll be sending a technician out to check it." KMID technician Glen Edwards said that they hadn't received any complaints and weren't aware there was a problem with KMID's signal into Pecos. "Somebody needs to call in and let them know there is a problem," said Edwards.

"We get the signal in Monahans and they aren't having any problems with it," he said.

Booth at Fall Fair scheduled to show homemade items

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 3, 2002 -- A booth at the Reeves County Fall Fair will feature homemade items.

Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce Interim Director Linda Gholson said that a booth would be available for anyone wanting to sell their "wares" during the fall fair.

Jellies, quilts, arts and crafts and more will be featured at the booth, which will be stationed in the new addition of the civic center, by the quilts display.

Different individuals in the community will place their items at the booth to be sold and the booth will be manned by members of the fall fair committee.


PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 3, 2002 -- High Wed. 92. Low this morning 66. Forecast for tonight:  Mostly clear.  Lows in the mid 50s. West winds 10 to 15 mph this evening:  Becoming NW 10 to  15 mph before midnight. Fri:  Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s. NW winds near  10 mph. Fri. night:  Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Sat.:  Partly cloudy.  Highs 85 to 90. Sun.  Cloudy and cooler with a chance of rain. Lows in the mid  50s. Highs in the mid 70s.

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