Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, October 21, 2002
Five stabbed in weekend fight at party
By JENNIFER GALVAN
PECOS, Mon., Oct. 21, 2002 -- Five people, including two local gang members,
were involved in a stabbing incident at a party on the south side of
Pecos early Sunday morning, which sent one person to an Odessa hospital
and others to Reeves County Hospital for treatment of their injuries.
According to Pecos Police Department Gang Officer Mundy Granado, a call
came in at about 2:48 a.m. about an assault that resulted from a fight at
The cause of the fight was unknown at the time due to conflicting stories,
The homeowner of 2310 Country Club Drive told Granado that both groups
arrived to at the same time. However, the two members of the Brown Pride
Gang told officers that they had arrived at the party when the other three
The two BPG members were identified as a 16-year old male juvenile and
Sammy Mata, 19-years old.
The three other stabbing victims were all adults, and were identified
as Raul Arredondo, Jr., 28, Robert Jimenez, 23 and Joe Arthur Salas, 24,
who was the most seriously injured of the five as a result of the stabbings.
Granado said that the weapon used, a knife, was recovered from the scene.
All five victims suffered injuries during the fight, and Granado said he
believed a baseball bat might have been used, due to some of the injuries
on the five involved..
The two parties have had trouble with each other in the past as well,
"Raul sustained one stab wound to the left back area, Robert received
two stab wounds to the back," Granado said. "Joe Arthur had two stabs to
the back near the spine area and was transported to Odessa."
The male juvenile received 12 stitches to the head and Mata sustained
two small stab wounds to the chest, Granado added.
"Nobody was arrested that night," Granado said. "However, charges will
The stabbings were the latest in a series of incidents involving BPG members
in the past six months. A BPG gang member was stabbed in May and was later
arrested in August in connection with another stabbing incident, while three
other BPG members were questioned in connection with an Aug. 4 shooting of
a Pecos teenager.
Moore returns home after transplant surgery
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Mon., Oct. 21, 2002 -- A local law enforcement officer is "just happy
to be home again" following months in Dallas after a successful heart
"I feel great, right now I'm just trying to find my way around again,
after being gone for so long," said Texas Department of Public Safety's Corporal
Emmit Moore, who received a heart transplant on July 7, at Baylor University
Medical Hospital in Dallas and returned home this past Thursday.
Moore went into surgery at 7 a.m. on that Sunday and was out by 2:30 that
Moore, who had suffered from heart problems for the past several years
and suffered a heart attack three years ago, first arrived at the Baylor
University Medical Hospital on May 3 after being airlifted from Odessa. On
May 10 he was placed on the list for his new heart. The list is
a national database of people needing organ transplants.
When Moore was first placed on the list for a heart he was the number
three recipient and as he improved he was moved back down. However, when
his condition began to worsen he was moved back up the list.
The Moore family did not know how long they would have to wait for a new
heart but they continued to have faith.
"I feel fine and it's nice to be back home, where I know where to get
around," said Moore.
He added that he won't have to go through bypasses and all the other heart
problems he faced in the past following the transplant surgery.
"I'm in better shape now than before I had the transplant," said Moore.
Moore said that as long as he does what he's supposed to do, everything
will be fine.
"Most of what I have to do entails medication, and I work out three times
a week," he said. "I'm taking special medication, just to make sure my body
won't reject the organ."
"The beauty of it is, if I didn't feel good, I wouldn't have been sent
home," said Moore.
Moore will have to go back to Dallas on the Oct. 30 and then after that
every two weeks. As time goes on, the check-ups will be cut back to once
a month, then once every three months, then once every six months so long
as everything goes well.
"The longer I stay with my heart and the better I feel, the less I'll
have to visit the doctor," said Moore.
Moore said he plans to spend his time recuperating at home, by just being
with his family and doing ordinary things. "It's just so great to be home
among familiar things," said Moore. "That's what I'll spend my time doing,
just feeling my way around again and getting to know everything and spending
time with my family."
Moore had been staying at the Twice Blessed Apartments following his release
from the hospital.
Moore said that his wife, Louise, stayed with him in Dallas most of the
time. "When my wife had to leave to do something, my mother and my sister
would stay with me," said Moore.
"Everything is so different since I've been gone so long, so I'm looking
forward to feeling my way around," said Moore. "It's just great to be back
Cub Scouts hold registration rally at church tonight
PECOS, Mon., Oct. 21, 2002 -- Cub Scout Rally to sign up for Cub Scouts
will be at 6 p.m., today, at the First United Methodist Church, 301 S. Elm.
All boys from first through fifth grade are welcome. All Cub Scouts that
are currently registered are urged to attend.
For more information contact Jay Spence, at 447-4738 (home) or 445-9000
PECOS, Mon., Oct. 21, 2002 -- High Sunday 62. Low this morning 52. Forecast
for tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms.
Lows around 55. Southeast winds 5 to 15 mph. Tuesday: Partly
cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the lower
80s. South winds 10 to 20 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with
a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 50s. Wednesday:
Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms.
Lows around 50. Highs 70 to 75.
Dulces Bejaran and Petra Lara
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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