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Friday, December 20, 2002

Drug, illegal alien smuggling 

among grand jury indictments

PECOS, Thurs., Dec. 19, 2002 -- The Reeves County Grand Jury 143rd Judicial District returned  several indictments this month, including several possessions of a  controlled substance and importing of illegal aliens.

Guerrero Molina was indicted for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Antonio Dwayne Rico was indicted for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute more than 50 kilos but less than 100.

Randy Antonio Barragan was indicted for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Jaime Ramos-Lopez and Maria del Carmen Ramos were indicted for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute less than 50 kilos. Lopez was set a bond of $25,000 and Ramos was set a bond of $10,000.

Ana Beatrice Diaz and Aurelia Aguilar were indicted for possession of cocaine and use and carry of a firearm during drug trafficking.

Carlos Echeverria-Castellanos was indicted for importation of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Zulanit Bustamante Ramos was indicted for importation of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. A bond was set for $10,000.

Cynthia Duran Holguin was indicted for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and laundering of monetary instruments.

Laura Lynn Archuleta-Salcedo was indicted for false statement to customs.

Martha Elena Vela-Chavez was indicted for false claim to citizenship.

Jose Ernesto Rodriguez-Cordona was indicted for entry after deportation.

Luis Alberto Guzman-Garcia was indicted for entry after deportation.

Jose Avila Mancinaz was indicted for entry after deportation.

Elvis Aron Gutierrez and Teodoro Gutierrez-Rios were indicted for transportation of illegal aliens. Gutierrez was set a bond of $20,000 and Rios was set a bond of $20,000.

Rogelio Sanabria-Rodriguez and Monica Mendoza-Sanabria were indicted for importing and transporting aliens.

Dolores Christine Flores was indicted for transportation of illegal aliens.

Rosio Gomez was indicted for false statement of custom and willful failure to make a file currency report.

Crash kills Tech band member from Monahans

By The Associated Press
Four hours before a Monahans native and recent Texas Tech   graduate died in a fall from a Florida hotel balcony, another  Monahans native and current student at Texas Tech was killed in a head-on  collision with a truck tractor near Menard while driving from Lubbock to  San Antonio.

Omar Jesus Garcia, 19, of Monahans died in the accident early Thursday morning on U.S. 83 near Menard. Garcia was a sophomore majoring in music.

Garcia, known as O.J., was a 2001 graduate of Monahans High School and had played in the pep band at the men's basketball game Wednesday night and left for San Antonio, following his roommate.

School officials believed the two band members planned to spend the night in San Antonio and then catch the band's charter flight to Orlando, Fla., for the Tangerine Bowl, where Tech plays Clemson on Monday.

"He was an incredibly talented tuba player and a very polite young man, always smiling," Anna Henry, coordinator for special activities for the school of music, said in a story in Friday's Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. "He was the type of person who was going to stand up and make the world a better place."

Department of Public Safety Trooper Buck Miller said Garcia apparently fell asleep while driving south on U.S. 83 about 12:25 a.m. Thursday and veered across the road into the truck's path, striking the truck near its fuel tank.

The driver of the truck, Ernesto Flores, 52, of Laredo, was not injured, Miller said.

Miller said Garcia's roommate stopped in Menard when he didn't see Garcia's headlights behind him and waited for a few minutes before turning back.

"He went back and found the wreck," Miller said.

Anna McGregor, college development officer for the college of visual and performing arts, said many were saddened by Garcia's death.

"It was his dream to be a music education teacher," McGregor said. "I understand his family was very proud of him because he was accomplishing his dream."

Garcia's death came about 41/2 hours before another Monahans High School graduate fell to his death from an eighth-story hotel balcony in Pompano Beach, Fla., while climbing between rooms, police said.

Nathan Swarb, 22, was returning to the hotel about 4:45 a.m. Thursday from a night out drinking and celebrating his recent graduation from Texas Tech University, said Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright.

Swarb, of Monahans, Texas, and six friends had two rooms at the Quality Inn, but only had a key to one of the rooms when they returned, Coleman-Wright said. Swarb decided to try to climb from the balcony of his room to get into the other room, she said.

After falling, Swarb was brought to North Broward Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.

Agenda items set for commissioners' final 2002 meeting

PECOS, Thurs., Dec. 19, 2002 -- Reeves County Commissioners will discuss naming a new public sector board member to the Community Council of Reeves County, and discuss getting a construction company to remove debris dumped on county property during their final regular meeting of 2002, scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday on the third floor of the Reeves County Courthouse.

Commissioners will discuss/take action on getting Knight Construction Co. to remove concrete, asphalt and reinforced steel that was dumped on the county's Pct. 1 Maintenance Yard area. They will also discuss two payment items connected with the Reeves County Detention Center III project, and an maintenance agreement with Western Office systems for the Reeves County Sheriff's Department.

Other items up for discussion/action include separate agreements between Reeves County and Pecos County juvenile boards, the Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission's Area Agency on Aging and American Guide Services, Inc. Commissioners will also discuss a bid for the old Spa building in the 1900 block of South Eddy Street.

Department reports, budget items and salary and personnel changes also are on Monday's agenda.


PECOS, Thurs., Dec. 19, 2002 -- High Thurs. 56. Low this morning 35. Forecast for tonight: Mostly  clear. Lows in the mid 30s. South winds 10 to 15 mph, becoming SW late.  Sat.: Mostly sunny. Highs 60 to 65. West winds 10 to 20 mph. Sat.  night: Increasing clouds. Lows in the upper 20s. Sun.: Mostly cloudy. Highs  in the mid 50s. Mon.: Cloudy with a slight chance of rain. Lows in the  mid 30s. Highs in the mid 40s.

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