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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas

November 11, 2002

Armed robberies in Pecos, Ozona probed by officials

Staff Writers

Pecos police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred early this morning at the Allsup's Convenience Store on South Eddy Street, one of two armed robberies reported at convenience stores in West Texas last night.

A third armed robbery also was reported in Fort Stockton, but Pecos County Sheriff's Department officials said that incident later turned out to be a hoax.

No one was available at the Pecos Police Department this morning to provide information on last night's incident, but according to a report given to the Department of Public Safety by police, the robbery occurred shortly after midnight. No one was reported injured in the robbery.

The incident in Ozona was more serious, as a clerk was shot and wounded in the robbery of the store about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

According to Les Hale of the DPS office in Ozona, a man entered the T&C Grocery store in Ozona, armed with a 22-calibre rifle and demanded money.

"In the incident, the clerk was injured. He was shot twice during the robbery," said Hale.

The clerk, whose name was not released, was taken to the Crockett County Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

"The clerk is in stable condition, he was shot twice in the lower leg, which is not life-threatening," said Hale.

"We have a description of a couple of possible vehicles," said Hale.

The individual involved in the robbery was described as a male, 5-foot-11 with dark complexion and weighing about 210 pounds. The suspect was wearing camouflage clothing, a ski mask and blue sneakers.

The Fort Stockton incident involved a report of an armed robber at the Kentucky Fried Chicken-Taco Bell restaurant on U.S. 285, but Pecos County Sheriff's Department officials said that report later turned out to be false.

Area Optimists hear from head of organization

Staff Writer

Pecos played host to a group of between 200 and 300 people over the weekend, in two to participating in a quarterly meeting of area Optimists Clubs.

Members from all over West Texas and New Mexico and West Texas were on hand for the club's quarterly meeting, which also featured an appearance by the Optimists' International President Bill Teague of North Carolina, along with District Governor E.W. "Mickey" Fischer of El Paso.

Governor-elect Bob Tucker, past governor Jeff Lucke and first chairman Chris Edwards also participated in the weekend event.

Town of Pecos City Dot Stafford was guest speaker at a luncheon held Saturday at the Quality Inn, while Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce Interim Director Linda Gholson was guest speaker at a women's luncheon held for the spouses of Optimists members at the Swiss Clock Inn.

Stafford spoke to the group about Pecos' economy. She welcomed the visitors to town and said that Pecos was lucky to be hosting this event.

"I'm very impressed with the number of programs that the Optimist supports," said Stafford. "I'm a member of the Rotary Club and we like to do things for the youth as well, so I'm really glad to hear that the Optimist is looking out for our youth also.

"After all, the youth are our future and they are very important," she said.

Teague, who arrived in town on Friday, said that he really enjoyed Pecos and the friendly people.

"It's a great pleasure to be here, everyone has been so kind to us and very friendly," he said.

Teague told the group that more clubs were being started all over the United States, which was good news, "Because if there are more clubs, more youth will be served."

Teague talked about the many programs that the Optimist sponsored and encouraged the members there to recruit more members. "The more people working towards our goals, the more we can do to help our youth," he said.

Following the afternoon luncheons, a banquet was held Saturday evening for all the members from Pecos and from the different communities.

Balmorhea coat `recycling' on target

Balmorhea's clothing recycling was a huge success, according to organizers of the event.

"The 1st Friday" Trade Center will continue to store any and all clothing and/or coat donations until the next event. Everyone is asked to clean out their closets of all those unused coats for those who can wear them.

Coat recycling was held Friday and Saturday at the Ole' Country Store. All donations will be placed on the porch of the store in downtown Balmorhea. Anyone may select anything that they want for free.


High Sunday 73. Low this morning 43. Forecast for tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph in the evening: Becoming light and variable before midnight. Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 65 to 70. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Highs 70 to 75. Thursday: Partly cloudy. Lows near 40. Highs 70 to 75.

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