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Thursday, October 17, 2002

Former Pecos man identified as crash fatality

By The Monahans News
A 35-year-old former Pecos resident died Monday afternoon near Wickett in Ward County, when the oilfield truck he was driving ran off Farm to Market 1219 and overturned.

Peace Justice Ronold Ray ordered an autopsy to learn the cause of death of Jessie C. Anchondo, an employee of Eddins-Walcher Co. Anchondo, who had moved to Kermit from Pecos, was southbound on FM 1219, hauling a load of lubricating oil to the Sid Richardson facility at Coyanosa.

Investigating DPS Trooper Jason Anzaldua said Anchondo ran off the right side of the road where the vehicle tires went into a culvert. He apparently lost control of the vehicle and it overturned, coming to rest on its right side.

The Monahans Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to extract Anchondo's body from the vehicle.

Ray pronounced Anchondo dead at 3:30 p.m. and ordered an autopsy, the results of which should be known within a couple of weeks.

FM 1219 was blocked off while TxDOT cleaned up the roadway.

Police hope VCR tape solves Allsup's robbery

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 17, 2002 -- Feeling lucky? One local thief thought so when he took about $2,000 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets, cash and a VCR during a robbery at a local convenience store earlier this month.

But police are hoping the robber's luck will run out if they can identify a man attempting to cash the stolen lottery tickets who was recorded on a VCR tape at another local convenience store the following day.

"On Oct. 6, at about 4:09 a.m., we were contacted by the store clerk at Allsup's on Eddy Street, in reference to a robbery that had already occurred," said Pecos Police Department Investigator Paul Deishler.

Deishler said that the robbery was going to be classified as an aggravated robbery. "The reason we're classifying it as aggravated, is because the clerk felt there was a gun placed behind her head when he made her kneel behind the counter," said Deishler.

Deishler said the suspect placed the clerk behind the counter, made her kneel and threatened her. "She's not sure, but she thought it was the barrel of gun placed behind her head," he said.

After threatening the clerk, the suspect proceeded to take the money in the cash register, which was about $358, and also took $2,000 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets and the VCR that held the surveillance tape.

"The subject then exited through the back door," said Deishler. "The clerks immediately contacted the Lottery Commission and told them about the stolen scratch-offs."

Deishler said that on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 7, they had recovered $500 of the lotto tickets from the corner of Eddy Street and Raul Florez Boulevard and another $500 almost directly in front of the offices of the Department of Public Safety, also located one block west on Raul Florez Boulevard.

"The individual then went to Allsup's on Cedar Street at about 8:42 p.m. and attempted to pass some of those stolen lottery tickets," said Deishler. "They were rejected there."

The subject then went to the Town and County Convenience Store at 1219 S. Cedar Street at about 8:52 p.m., to cash some of the stolen tickets, which once again were rejected by the lottery computer.

"When they scanned the lottos, they came back as being invalid, or stolen," said Deishler. "It shows them on the screen, once they're scanned, that they are not any good," he said.

Deishler said he was then contacted by Sgt. Leo Vasquez, with the Texas Lottery Commission and advised that someone was trying to cash the stolen lottos, the time and place that this occurred.

"I was contacted by this sergeant and he had a list of when and where the individual was trying to cash the lottos at," he said.

Deishler then obtained the surveillance video from Town and Country and the suspect is shown in the video as trying to cash the stolen scratch-offs. But he added that cashing the tickets did not mean the man was the same person who committed the Oct. 6 robbery.

"We're looking for this individual, not because he's an actual suspect in the robbery, but in trying to pass the stolen lottos," said Deishler. "We're hoping the community can identify him and we can talk to him, and try to find out where he obtained the stolen lotto tickets."

The lottery tickets were still in their packets and had not been activated, according to Deishler. "Every time they open a packet they have to contact the lottery commission and let them know they are going to activate the tickets," said Deishler.

In the surveillance tape the suspect attempting to cash the lottos is identified as being about 5-foot-8 or 5-foot-9 in height, weighing about 200 pounds, dark complexion and sporting a long mustache. He is also seen wearing a baseball cap.

"One of the clerks thinks he might have left in a Ford extended cab pickup, possibly gray in color," said Deishler.

In this grainy photograph taken by the Pecos Enterprise off the videotape, police are asking the community's help in identifying the subject trying to cash the stolen scratch off tickets.

If anybody recognizes this individual or has any information about the robbery itself contact Deishler at the Pecos Police Department at 445-4911 or Crime Stoppers at 445-9898.

There is a reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual or individuals involved and all information received will remain confidential.

Kindergarten hosts parents' workshop at school

PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 17, 2002 -- Pecos Kindergarten will be sponsoring a Parent Workshop, from 3:30-5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28.

Sylvia Sadler will be conducting the workshop and there will be 10 more workshops throughout the year. A schedule of future times will be posted.

The Oct. 28 workshop will feature strategies for parents to help their children. Childcare, supplies and refreshments will be provided.

Call the school at 447-7258 to register.


PECOS, Thurs., Oct. 17, 2002 -- High Wed. 83. Low this morning 55. Forecast for tonight: Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms. Lows around 55. SE winds 5 to 15 mph. Fri.: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms, mainly early. Highs around 70. SW winds 10 to 20 mph. Fri. night: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Lows around 50. Sat.: Partly cloudy with isolated morning showers or thunderstorms. Highs around 65. Sun. : Increasing clouds. Lows 45 to 50. Highs around 70.


Jessie Anchondo, Jim Bob Kelton and Maria Miramontes

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